Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Digi Dog

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I saw this gorgeous picture on The Graphics Fairy's website before Christmas and printed it off, and have recently made it into a card.


I kept the card fairly simple so the image could speak, stamping and embossing the sentiment in the bottom part of the panel.


Below the panel I pleated some ribbon after threading it through a card buckle, cut from a die recently received in a RAK from Grace over at 


Other details included are the gold embossed the edges of the dark card layer, and faux stitching around the image panel.


The final detail was this button, the top of which I coloured with a pen.

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Monday, January 27, 2014

Encouragement in Orange



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I think the fact that it is summer here influenced my colour choice on this card, that and the dp, from an Amy tangerine pack.


The set is from Sweet n' Sassy, and I love this sentiment, which was stamped on orange paper to match the card base and pick up the colour from the dp.


The image is from the same set, and the panel was sponged with a coordinating ink before being mounted over a doily.


The final touch was the ribbon with a wee bow slid onto it.


I love the vibrancy of this card.

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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Bugaboo Baby

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This is one of the most digitalised cards I have ever made.

I started with and image from Bugaboo Stamps - one of their Friday Freebies! The sentiment was also computer generated - by me. 


We have a very special wee girl about to join our extended family shortly, so I thought I had better be prepared.


After sizing and printing the image, I coloured it with watercolours. 


After colouring and trimming the card to size, I punched the corners, sponged the edges and added the ribbon.

I love how this has turned out - I just hope the parents will too.

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Faux Cloisonné Butterfly

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I recently saw a post on the The Born Doodlers  blog  using a faux cloisonné type technique.  I have basically cased his card.


I started with a magazine illustration that I liked because of the colours and went from there, being careful how I placed the stamp to get some reasonably life-like marking - that was my right brain talking!!



The butterfly stamp I used is a (retired) Layers of Color stamp.  This was also stamped and embossed on the black base, along with the sentiment. After the coloured layers were adhered, a glue and gold glitter trail was added.  


This was mounted over gold paper, and then another layer of the magazine illustration.


A bow was added before the whole was mounted onto the bright orange base.


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Friday, January 17, 2014

A Change of Craft

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I slight change of craft today - I have returned to the sewing machine and created a frock for my grand daughter.


Although the pattern looks simple, it can be a bit tricky to sew - I made it twice for my daughter years ago, and I had forgotten just how tricky!!


The front and back look very much alike, so I added some trim to the front


Here is a close-up of it - it is a very simple needle lace pattern


This is a photo of Button modelling it - she had just returned from pre-school, and did not want to take off her tights!

Needless to say little brother wanted to get in on the action too!

Loving my Grandma cuddles - be back next week!

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Monday, January 13, 2014

Simply Valentines


Welcome - it's good to see you here again.

I needed a Valentines card for an order, and I was inspired by the challenge over at Simply Less Is More challenge.


The images were stamped with Rocket Red ink.  They are from a very cheap set that I bought years ago from the local Warehouse (NZ equivalent to K Mart and the like)


After stamping the sentiment was enhanced by debossing a heart die around it.


I couldn't resist adding this cheeky stamp in the corner as the card is for a woman to give her husband.

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Sunday, January 12, 2014

Yellow and Gray and a Flower

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I made this with at least two challenges in mind, and I enjoyed the process.
I came across a couple of images I had coloured using the chalkboard technique when I was doing a tidy up recently, so one of them formed the starting point, and focal image, for this card.


I cut the image using a plain oval die, and then faux stitched in silver around it before removing the die.


I used some pale lemon coloured card for the scalloped layer, which really complemented the colours in the image.



I experimented with black Staz on ink and stamped the greeting on the ribbon, and it worked first time!!



The lower layer of paper was embossed, and the lace layered under the image.  A few black pearls finished the card.


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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Welcome Card

Welcome - I have a very short post today.

For years I have welcomed my guests with a wee card in their bedrooms,  starting long before I ever made cards.  The other day I had a guest arriving, and I realised I did not have a card available, so it was out to the studio and in 20 minutes I had this card to pop on my guest's bed!

I was inspired by this card, initially viewed on Pinterest, by Cibele Glazer.


I sponged the edges of the business sized card with a red ink, then masked off part of the words on the stamp so I just had the welcome.


This was stamped on the bottom edge of the card and embossed


The rose was stamped and coloured with watercolour crayons, then masked and the script stamped.  Masking was applied to the card so I could create a background by sponging with distress inks.

TIP This is a wonderful way to use up wee pieces of card, and I know that they are always appreciated.

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2 backgrounds, 0 papers, 1 image, 4 shades of water colours

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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Monday Blues

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I wanted a 'no fuss' style of birthday card recently, and I was inspired by this card by blogger Maureen Merrit, and here is my CASE.  It was the layout that attracted me.


I started with the patterned paper - a scrap of an Amy Tangerine design, then matched the blue in the design for the base.


I was not entirely happy with the basic card, but did not want to detract from the design, so I stamped using bubble wrap and Versamark ink and embossed the results with clear embossing powder.  This definitely added the interest I wanted, without detracting from the paper.


I was then at a loss as to how and where to add the sentiment, and came up with this diecut from the Lacy Circle set of dies, which was sponged to echo the dots on the card base.


I was quite happy with the results.

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Saturday, January 4, 2014

Mademoiselle La Chat

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I am not trying the "100 cards and 100 blog posts in 100 days" challenge, but I had fun today working on a TAT (Try A Technique) Challenge in an online stamping group I belong to.

The TAT challenge this month is to use the Salted Background Technique
I tried various combinations of water colours and ink on card stock, watercolour paper and glossy card, with varying results.

This card was made with one of the less obvious results, having used watercolour paints on plain cardstock, the moisture absorbed into the card too much before I put the salt onto it.


 This is probably the most obvious corner where the salt took effect.


After the card was dry, I sprayed it with a silver glimmer mist, and then over-stamped it lightly with a script background stamp in Desert Sand ink.


I then inked up some stamps I won as some blog candy - the set is by Hero Arts, but I don't have the name, and cannot find it on their website. 


 The cat is a digi stamp from Andy Bauer that I have had for ages, and I just could not resist using it on this card - I love that cross-eyed supercilious look on it's face!!  


I coloured it with chalks, then embossed the crown from the HA set, and the wings from a (retired) Layer of Color set and added them to it. The final details were the sequins - oh I am loving them at the moment!

Totally whimsical and not my usual style at all, but I had fun!!


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Speed Wobbles!

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I needed a masculine card but ran out of inspiration, so I 'cased' a card I made last year (here). I wanted to give an impression of movement on the card this time.  


So to do that I masked and did a second and third generation impression.


The result, to my eyes, looks as though the bikes are coming out of the fog!! This effect is added to by the sponging on the bottom edge!


To finish the card I stamped the sentiment and rubbed some chalk across the top of the card to make a sky.

This panel was then placed over a blue layer and them mounted onto the bright orange card base.

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