Monday, May 30, 2016

Tagged Hydranga

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I am very pleased to be able to share this post as a Guest Designer for Crafty Boots Challenge, the theme of the challenge is Butterflies and Bees.







This card started when I was so tired one afternoon that I just sat and 'tidied' some scraps on my desk by punching out butterflies... then the brain kicked in when I saw how many I had, and I thought I could add texture to a flower stamp with a layer of butterflies forming the petals....

The problem was my flower stamp was smaller than I remembered, and the butterflies would have overwhelmed it, so I swiped some Memento Brilliance Ink in Coral over some pink paper, and punched some tiny flowers out instead.



I stamped and fussy cut the image, and then adhered the punched flowers over the bloom, and added pink liquid pearls to the centres. 



 The finished flower was then attached to some bottle green, fine corrugated card that I had swiped with a white ink pad and cut to a tag shape.


The sentiment was stamped in the same pink ink and fussy cut before being added to the tag, and the assorted ribbons were added, secured with a fine silver cord.  I them mounted the completed tag over some silver paper, leaving just a fine edge showing.


I found a couple of die cut butterflies cut from silver sparkle card in my jar,  added some pearls and then assembled all the elements onto a tall-folded purple base.

The finished card sat on my desk for a couple of days, and annoyed me as it seemed unfinished, once I realized why this was so, I tweaked it with a silver doodled edge.
The later photograph was taken under different light, thus the different purple, 

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Saturday, May 28, 2016

Trees and a Gold Van Dyke Pattern

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I needed a masculine card, and in the end used two of my oldest stamps and a NBUS die.


I cut some TH embossed kraft paper, and gold embossed the single tree from the SU set Lovely as a Tree to the left of the paper.



I had in my promise box a trial cut from a (NBUS) Couture Creations Intri-cutz die from the Savvy Backgrounds series, that I tried against the kraft I was using and didn't like it - way to dull to make the most of the die cut, so I applied Gold Delicata ink direct to the paper and loved the result.


I stamped and gold embossed the sentiment, cut around it to form a tag, and stained it with TH Tea Dye DI. to 'age' it , then attached it with some twine.
  

The kraft layer was then attached to a deep red/brown base, which really seemed to make the card come to life.

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(the die I had for ages before trialing it, then the piece took forever to use...)


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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Lace Love and Mother of Pearl

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I decided to try the Faux Mother of Pearl technique, using Liquid Pearls rather than the paint suggested in the tutorial I have linked to.  It didn't turn out quite like the tutorial, in that the texture is different, but that was my doing.  I sponged the paint with Tumbled Glass DI.


The feature panel is the wonderful Love graffiti stamp from Penny Black, 
stamped in Mediterranean Blue.


The sentiment was stamped using a discontinued stamp set.


The lace added to the side of the card was given to me by one of the recipients of the card.


The final details were some silver sequins.

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Monday, May 23, 2016

A Very Sad Day

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It's been a sad day for us as we have had to farewell our sweet cat....
He was quite the character, and even starred in his own post here.


(This was taken in 2006, when he was in his prime)

He came to us at just six weeks old, and left us today aged 16 1/2.


He was dearly loved, by three generations of the family, and the neighbours!!


He often tried to photo-bomb my card photo sessions.


He was quite adept at playing to the camera!!,


and climbing around the pergola frame, and pretending that he could not get down!!


He was adept a begging for treats - he loved chicken - his ambrosia - 
and ice cream.


Too sore to curl up, but he still loved sleeping on the deck, especially if we were out there.

Farewell our sweet, and bossy, friend, our home will be very empty without you.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Simple Thanks

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I made some thank you cards recently, and I wanted to keep them simple.


So out came the (NBUS) Simon Says Painted Thanks die, and I started by cutting a white and blue rectangle with a stitched rectangle die by Memory Box, cutting the sentiment, and then inserting them in the opposite rectangle.


I then mounted the smaller rectangle onto the largest stitched rectangle die cut in the opposite colour, before being mounted again onto the base, swapping the colour again.


To finish one card I added a strip of patterned card across one layer,



on the other I used metallic butterfly stickers to  finish it.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Water Coloured Heart

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I may be MIA a bit in the next few days as we are blessed to have family living with us between leaving their rental and moving into their own home!  Life is busy with little people in the house again!

I was asked to make a card for a teacher who was leaving the kindergarten that my grandchildren have attended.  


I started with this piece of background which was made by scrunching up some wax paper and then ironing it onto some shiny card, the wax formed a resist, which I coloured over with ink.  As this was made over a year ago, I cannot tell you which inks I used :-).
(My apologies for the reflection in the photo, but that was the sheen on the card)


I then picked up this heart I had played with using my watercolours , cut it into a square and added a faux stitched border and Best Wishes stamp. 


I added a shadow and two wee hearts to represent the two children from that part of the family who had attended that centre.


These two parts were mounted over a bright pink base, and the rhinestones added in the corner.  The colours used were influenced by the ethnicity of the staff member.

I was pleased with this, as was the recipient.

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Friday, May 13, 2016

Sailing Sympathy

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I needed a sympathy card in a hurry a few months ago, and this is the result.


I started with the image from STAMPlorations True North Set, and painted it with Twinkling H2O's,


 I watercoloured the background with a broad brush, and added some detailing behind the ship, masked the ship and sprayed with silver glimmer spray.


Stamped and silver embossed the sentiment from ODBD Heartfelt Sympathy set
  

The waves were made by using the reverse side of a scallop cut from Paper Smooches Boarders 2   dies, and the blue card??? paint chips!!!  They make perfect ombre waves.

The edges of the panel were sponged with dark blue ink, and then it was mounted onto dark blue card stock.

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