Monday, October 16, 2017

Embossed Flowers


I would like to extend a warm welcome to Cathy S who has started to follow my blog - I would love to know if you have a blog, Cathy, so I could visit you in return.

I apologise if I have not visited you of late, but these last few weeks life seems to have broadsided me with one thing after another.  This week is also looking as though whatever spare time I thought I may have to visit blogs is rapidly disappearing... 

This is a very simple card I made for a friends wedding anniversary.  
I had come across a NBUS, 3D embossing folder and decided to try it out.

After embossing it I lightly coloured the raised parts of the panel with chalks/pastels using a
 cotton bud/q-tip.  
 I love the hint of Steampunk in this with the gears at the base of the design.

I then heat embossed the sentiment in the centre of the design, mounted the panel onto a deep pink base and called it done. 
 The couple loved the card.

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Friday, October 13, 2017

3 Happy Snails


This card was made for a three year old boy's birthday - and what small boy is not fascinated with creepy crawlies, and snails in particular!

I  had coloured the snails as part of the 30 day Marker Challenge. and decided to put them to good use on this card.

After fussy cutting them I adhered them on the black base, and used a metallic pen with a 
co-ordinating colour for their trails.

The greeting was stamped and embossed using a sparkling green ep, and then the letters were coloured with a glitter ball point.

The black panel was mounted over a white glitter card, and then onto a blue base.  The final details were the silver stars.

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Word Art Wednesday Guest DT


I am honoured to have been invited to be the October Guest Designer on the 

I started by die cutting the verse with the S/B Labels 14 die, (which appears to have been discontinued.)  Before removing the die, I sponged with Delicata Golden Glitz ink.  This was mounted over part of a Cheery Lynn Italian Flourish doily 

         After mounting the top part of the card  onto the patterned paper, I arranged the  layered flowers over the leafy die cuts , and secured them with a gold brad.                 

Somehow the piece of ribbon just begged to be on the card, and looked so right coming out from behind the flowers there.  The final detail was the wee die cut butterfly in lemon sparkle card that I popped onto the feature panel.

I finished the inside of the card with some scraplings from the patterned paper.

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Silhouette Anniversary


Firstly I would like to extend a warm welcome to my newest follower, Henry Evans - unfortunately he does not appear to have a blog, so I cannot visit him in return. 

I made this card for my daughter and her husband on their recent anniversary, it was one I had printed off a while ago, a freebie from Beccy's Place, but coloured and mounted when I needed it.

To colour it I simply sponged distress inks onto it, graduating the colours from light to dark as appropriate .

After the ink was dry, I sprayed it with a silver shimmer mist

I love the quote at the bottom, and have used it in other forms for Anniversary cards.

I stamped and embossed the greeting and cut it using a ticket die, and ran a gold pen around the edge.  That was then mounted over a gold ribbon across the base of the design paper.

I wee off cut of the paper was added to the inside of the card to finish.
I was happy with the end result, and the couple loved the card.

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Friday, September 29, 2017

In Flight


This is another commissioned card, and again a name was requested.  This time the recipient is in their early 20's, and I must admit I was scratching my head as to what to create.

Having decided to feature the NBUS die In Flight by Spellbinders I then made the background using a hand cut template, (stencil)  and Memento Summer Sky and Danube Blue  inks to sponge the clouds with.

 I cut and embossed the bird in a heavy silver card, 

The detail in the bird's plumage is fabulous

The name was also die cut from the same card - I used washi tape to line the letters up on, 
  The tape removes easily and the result looks good.

The  sentiment was silver embossed to maintain the colour scheme.

After the main panel was assembled, I then mounted it over a matching stitched rectangle of the silver card, and then onto the the blue base.

The inside was finished with a strip of the sponged card.

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Giggling Girls


Thank you for calling back to visit.

I made this card for a commission, and the customer wanted names on the cards I was making. this card is for a 15 yr old girl.

I started by trying out my brushos again, and this time I loved the results I got.  I also sprinkled on some silver embossing powder before the watercolour paper was dry, and heated it to make the powder melt - it gives a gorgeous effect once it is all dry.

I have a new Alpha set from Couture Creations that gives both upper and lower case letters, so I cut the name of the recipient out of a glitter card, and mounted it over the base, using washi tape to give me a straight line to place the letters on.

The greeting is a digi from Beccy's Place  - I am not sure if it was a freebie, or in a set that has been discontinued, but I cannot find it on the site.  I die cut it with a S/B label, sponged it with pale blue ink and sprayed it with  silver shimmer spray.  The brads were silver, so I coated them with Versamark ink and dipped them into blue embossing powder and heated them.  I love colouring them that way.

The silhouette is also a digi from Beccy's Place from a set called Splish Splash and again it is the first time I have used it - I sized it to suit the card, printed it and then fussy cut it.  It reminds me of a group of young teens, reluctant to part, and giggling together as only they can do.

The card was finished by mounting the panel over a panel of the blues glitter card, and then an aqua toned base.  The customer loved the card.

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Monday, September 25, 2017

Starry Butterflies


Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog again - I so appreciate your visits

I purchased this M/B Silver Springs Butterfly die recently and decided to break it out over the weekend... Just in time for Darnell's NBUS Challenge.

I cut it out using a pearlised paper - it cuts beautifully!!  I then cut it a second  time and trimmed out the butterflies and layered them.  They were mounted over some new patterned paper  from American Crafts called Farmers Market.

The sentiment was gold embossed on a snippet of white card and layered over a scrap of lemon card, slightly offset to add interest to it.

To complete the inside of the card I took some trimmings from the second die cut and glued them across the bottom of the liner - you can just see the pearlised look of the paper in this view.

The butterflies were finished with a few green rhinestones after the paper was mounted onto the lemon card base.

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