Monday, September 28, 2015

Shaving Creme and a Butterfly

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After tidying my desk somewhat during the past week, I had lots of 'stuff' I discovered again, including the die cut and the shaving creme patterned panel. 


I kept this card simple in design and with high contrast, as it is for an elderly person who suffers from Macular Degeneration, an eye condition that reduces vision severely, especially in the centre of the field of vision.  Strong contrast does help them perceive things more easily.


A close up of the panel and butterfly - I wanted clear rhinestones for the butterfly, but could not find them in my bin, until after I had attached the pink ones.  I edged the top and bottom of the panel with a narrow strip of silver glitter card.


I silver embossed the sentiment and then filled it in with silver ink, using a Stablio pen.

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(The butterfly and the background panel)
I was inspired by the colours in the icing that look like my feature panel,
the magical feature are the rhinestones on the butterfly.

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Saturday, September 26, 2015

Silver Faux Letterpress

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I needed an anniversary card, and was a bit stumped as to how to go about it, as this is the last in a series of anniversary cards for the year...


I remembered the faux letter press technique I tried earlier in the year, and that there was one sample still in my 'promise' box - there were originally two hearts on the piece, but I was not really happy with them, so I trimmed out the better of the two to use.  The difference with this piece is that I used Versamark ink and then embossed it using detail silver ep.


The tag was embossed with silver ep, and trimmed by hand and the edges sponged with violet ink.


The finishing details were ribbon (silver and purple) some silver sequins and some rather appropriate washi tape.


The background paper is some that I bought in a 'grab bag' type of purchase, and I have no idea where it is from.

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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Black and Gold Rose

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This is a card made up of bits and pieces.  I had made one card that I really did not like and the main elements of this are salvaged from that.


The 'rose' was a sample from a demonstration of flitter glu and gold flakes.
Love the way the colours catch the light!!


The small panel is part of a sample back ground I taught last year, using bubble wrap and punch scrap, Tumbled Glass and Broken China Distress Inks.


The sentiment was embossed using a  metallic medley ep, which mirrors the colours on the rose. I sponged the edge of the panel with Delicata gold ink.


These elements were mounted over an embossed layer of paper from the Kaisercraft Botanicals collection, and few butterflies punched from gold glitter card finished the project beautifully.

 I am very grateful for the crafter who told me very early in my cardmaking endeavors, that the easiest way to remove elements on a card that had been attached with tape, was to heat the card from behind and it would lift of far more easily!!  So very true :-).

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Monday, September 21, 2015

My First Shaker Card

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I took the plunge this past weekend and made my first shaker card - and I must admit I am pleased with it.  I just hope that my three year old neighbour is too!


I stamped the Bentley Bear image (a freebie stamp from a magazine) with espresso ink, and coloured him with chalks, fussy cut him and mounted him on foam tape.


The greeting was stamped with a clear stamp that I bent on the block before stamping to form a curve to echo the oval shaker element.


I trimmed the sentiment freehand before mounting it - the shaker is filled with assorted sequins as the recipient is young and (hopefully) will like the various colours and shapes.

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Sunday, September 20, 2015

Green Bikes

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I needed a masculine card recently and this resulted - basically assembled from my 'promise' (scrap) box.


I cannot remember when I stamped the side panel, but it was on the back of a piece of card that had once been used for demo scrapbook page.


The sentiment was stamped with silver hologram ep to add a wee bit of understated bling. The photograph does not do the silver justice, but it does show some of the 'twinkle'.


The dot accents were small punched circles of the base card, adhered to the card and then covered with glossy accents. 


I hope the recipient likes it as much as I do.

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Friday, September 18, 2015

Flora, Fauna and a Tag

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I am so glad you are visiting here.
I would also like to welcome my newest follower Shaz From Calligraphy Cards - Shaz in Oz

Another card for a gardening friend, and a second entry in Darnell's NBUS Challenge #5 - this time the Never Before Used Schtuff is the lattice die, and the stack of patterned paper I used.  


I went to the Botanicals 6x6 stack by TrimCrafts as a starting point for the floral theme, but I was also inspired by Grace at Th-ink-ing of You in the way I used the lattice Die Cut.


I matched the card base to some of the flowers in the paper, and cut the lattice in an off-white card to match the ecru colour in the background, I could have used gold, as the paper is pearlised and gives of a strong golden sheen in the bright light.


The tag was made using a scrap that I found amongst some very early 'experiments' in my crafting days, and I sprayed it with a gold spray, then dabbed some Versamark ink over it, sprinkled some gold ep and heated it from behind.  The edges were also gold embossed on both tags.


The butterflies were cut from foiled cardstock.


Another view of the card, this time showing the light hitting the gold sheen.


Loved this card by the time I finished it!

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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Tip Toe Through The Tulips


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I really enjoyed making this card with it's hints of spring, desperately wanted here as winter is being very reluctant to leave :-)


I painted the tulip die cut with twinkling H2O's, and mounted it over some freehand cut dp.
I have had the die for over 12 months and never used it... I think that qualifies for Darnell's NBUS challenge (Never Before Used Schtuff)


The dragonflies were also cut with a NBUS die, using vellum.


The clouds were simply Moonlight White ink sponged directly onto the blue 
card stock.

The sentiment was embossed with silver halogen ep - unfortunately the sparkle does not show in this photo.
The finishing accents were the clear rhinestones on the dragonfly bodies and also across the base of the card.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

A Giddy Golfer

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The new challenge at CCC Digi Creations starts today with the theme Anything Goes,
 and Bugaboo Stamps as our wonderful sponsor.


I was given the image Guy Golfing , and must admit he looks a bit giddy at the thought of actually hitting the ball.  I think I would be giddy if I ever got onto a golf course again - with fear that is - I have tried playing once, and that was more than enough!!


I coloured him using my Prismacolor pencils - apart from the jacket, as my orange prismacolour pencil has gone walk-abouts :-(.  After colouring him, I cut the image to size and distressed and sponged the edges


I stamped and embossed the sentiment in deep green, and also distressed the edges of that panel.  I mounted the panel over ribbon, and added some white brads (aka [smooth] mini golf balls)


To add a wee bit more interest I cut three small pieces of ribbon into 'pennants' and added them under the image panel as I mounted it onto an Argyle embossed kraft layer.


I really enjoyed working with this image - Bugaboo are wonderful sponsors and have a wide range of wonderful images.

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People, Metal, Blue and Brown
Golfer, grass, golf clubs(faux) golf balls.


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Friday, September 11, 2015

Sparkling Owls - Yup, Sparkling Owls

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Sometime ago I made a DT card with this image from Aurora Wings, and decided to keep the card for a birthday later in the year  - then another family member saw it, and loved the image, so I made a second card for her.


I coloured the image with water colours this time, and added WoS and glitter , and some metallic confetti stars.


I mounted it over a dark green card which I had embossed with a branch e/f and letter pressed it using Delicata Gold ink.


The sentiment was embossed in white over black, cut to a banner shape and mounted over some foam tape.


This photo shows the glitter and gleam of the WoS and Kindy Glitz.

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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Experimental Tag

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I would love to extend a very warm welcome to Bonnie of This Creative Day who has become my latest follower - please pop over and visit her blog - her work is fabulous, and I am humbled that she has chosen to follow me.

I took my friends out of their comfort zones this month at card class, and taught them stenciling and ghosting techniques on tags - as well as a card project.

This was the second tag I taught, where we not only did a ghosted image using a stencil, 


we then used modelling paste to accent the ghosting.  I waited until the paste was dry, then replaced the stencil and gently dabbed some Tumbled Glass DI onto the paste..


As I thought about the tag after class, I developed the concept with some washi tape,


a couple of typed and 'grunged' sentiments to add to the stamped sentiment,


some silver shimmer was sprayed on,


and some hand dyed, crinkled ribbon and iridescent ric rac stapled to the top finished the project.

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Sunday, September 6, 2015

Two Botanical CASEs

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Back in July I saw this post by Alicia on her blog Time To Create, showcasing the Kaisercraft Botanica collection.  I was so taken with all her samples ( she did three posts) that I bought a 6x6 stack of the Botanica papers when I saw them at a craft fair a while later.

I needed a couple of quick cards recently, and both were for women who are keen gardeners, so I reached for the pad, remembering Alicia's post as I did so.
These are the result.


The main elements in both cards were the papers, including the small botanical samples and a pre-printed label.

This card was made using a purple colour scheme, and added some ribbon and clear rhinestones to finish. All edges were sponged with purple ink.


I stamped the sentiment and embossed with pale lilac ep.


Here is a close up of the ribbon and rhinestone treatment.


The other card was made with a green colour scheme.


The mauve twine and rhinestones were the embellishments, and the edges were sponged with green ink.


And the sentiment was embossed in dark green.


I kept this card a simple as the background paper has a wonderful sheen to it.
While I was photographing this I was closely supervised by Octavius, our resident teenager with attitude, (and unfortunately arthritis)!


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