Sunday, October 30, 2016

Numbers and Sentiments

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I would like to extend a warm welcome to Monika Reeck who blogs at 
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This card has not photographed well - despite the fact I tried on two different occasions - the orange is a lovely clear, bright colour IRL- not the muddy look it has here!! 


The  card is intended for a 12 yr old boy - to be given from his grandmother, and I felt when making it that he needed encouragement.


The stamps I used were an older set of Kaisercraft stamps that I bought over 12 months ago (on special), and were very much in the category of NBUS!!
I embossed the number panel in gold on the base of green cardstock.


The sentiments were stamped in Peeled Paint DI - I was very glad to be using the MISTI as I had to stamp them several times to get a good impression, and stop the orange showing through and making the colour of the images look really 'yuk'!


The finishing touches were the gold coloured thread and the buttons
 - what 12 year old boy would want (or excuse) bling on his card?? - 
but I really wanted something more than just the stamping on this card.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Flowers and Bling

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With this card I was again suffering from lack of mojo, so I started with a panel that I had stenciled some time ago


After ensuring that it would look o.k. on the green card, I decided to add the embossed edging - despite my best efforts to avoid it, the folder left an impression down the middle of the card....


So the feature panel was to be moved to the right to cover it, but the gap on the left was too large to ignore, so out came the clear rhinestones, and that was overcome.


Ah - a sentiment was needed, so I decided to use silver embossing as it fitted with the clear rhinestones, and then I decided to emboss the edges of the panel as well....


All in all I was pleased with the end result.

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Sunday, October 23, 2016

Let Paper Take the Stage

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I was struggling to make a card this afternoon, I had chosen my stamps but then got 'stuck'.  I picked up a paper pack I bought some months ago, and it all continued from there...


I paired the paper with some gray card stock, sponging all the edges with London Fog ink.  I also stamped and embossed the sentiment with the same ink


I also stamped just the quote from the set (an old SU set) and then cut it with deckle scissors, and also sponged those edges. 


Before I assembled the card I sprayed the paper with some silver shimmer spray, which shows up brilliantly in the light.


The only embellishments were two strips of rhinestones 

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Metal and Flowers

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Yesterday I made this card using a new to me technique that Karen Hasheck uses, but I altered it (unintentionally, put it down to stress) and did not put the Versamark ink on the embossing folder, rather I simply dropped the embossing powder over the embossed surface and heated it from behind....


After preparing the base panel, I decided to cut the flower from double sided paper and reverse the layers to give definition to the petals, and also curled them to give some dimension.


I added a wee bit of the ribbon under the brad before securing the layers together.


The sentiment was cut using a S/B die, out of the green side of the paper, and then it was mounted over a pink and cream layers of card before adhering to the double embossed panel.


The final detail was a length of ribbon and a bow added to the base of the panel before being mounted to the pink base.

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Monday, October 17, 2016

Caught in the Act!!

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Again I needed masculine cards so I settled down on Sunday afternoon to do them. The recipient of this is a keen fisherman, and I am sure they have had a cat, so I think he will see the humour in this!


I love the expression on this cat's face, and couldn't resist the fish skeleton in front of it.  The images are from a Tim Holtz Crazy Cats set, and cut with the matching dies after I coloured the cat with chalks. I grounded him on the washi tape, which reminds me of a vinyl covered floor.


The sentiment was gold embossed and mounted on a hand cut banner over some foam to give it some dimension. 


The designer paper was some from a 'Rosies' brand pad I bought locally .

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Friday, October 14, 2016

Lighthouse Birthday

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I needed a masculine card in a hurry, and this is the result - using some very old stickers!!


I started with the embossed layer of an almost matt silver card


Die cut the cranberry snippet with a M.B die for a feature layer and sentiment in one,


Added the lighthouse


and stanchion stickers that have languished in my stash for longer than I like to remember!!


Mounted the textured  and die cut panels over the white base, the edges of which were sponged with Rhubarb Stalk ink.

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Stitched Sunflowers

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This is not my usual card style, but I was gifted a slew of small cross stitch kits a while ago, and I finally got this one made up - I say finally because for sometime I could not stitch due to problems with my hands, which are now thankfully resolved


I started with some water colour paper and dribbled the various colours across/down it - it took a while to get it how I wanted it to look, but it was worth persisting.  I then flicked some colour across the whole piece of paper to complete the background.


I trimmed the stitched piece to the size I wanted and mounted it onto some white card with Perfect medium, then onto the base.


The sentiment was stamped onto a snippet of the base card and copper embossed to match the stitched sentiment, and hand cut into the banner shape and mounted using foam dots to give some dimension.

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As we now have major health issues in the family, you may not see me around blogland quite as much - either posting or commenting - I will do my best, but priority must be my family.  Thank you for your understanding.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Sequins and a Bug

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This shaker card was inspired by a class I took at a recent craft show, which made the shaker element very simple to make.


The wee girl I made this for turned four, and loves sparkly, shiny things,


So the wings of Bitsy Bug Dot (a freebie from a A Day For Daisied) were covered in Kindy Glitz and she was layered over a silver die cut.


The sentiment was gold embossed and ribbon mounted after die cutting.


The sequins were a mix of heart shaped and round faceted ones, and there was a wee bit of purple glitter added too.

The wee one loved her card, and wanted to get the sequins out - thankfully I had used a strong piece of acetate from some packaging.

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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Fishy Birthday Greetings

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I had fun making this card - yes, it is similar to one I made a while back, but the process for the background was different.


I started by trying the wet on wet technique to water colour, but it didn't do what I wanted, maybe because I was using mica based paints.  I used two blues and a green, but the green does not show in these photos.


When it was dry, I sprinkled on some Magicals in Whale Watch Blue, then wet them with water and a layers of blue mica based spray.... you can see the sheen above.


I die cut the circles in a semi-matt silver card, and stamped and embossed the fish on the same card.  This time I mounted the fish half way through one of the circles, lifting the front half with thin foam dots.


The sentiment was embossed in silver directly onto the water colour paper, which somehow always seems to absorb it.  I then mounted that panel over a medium blue cardstock.

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Monday, October 3, 2016

Sunflowers and Shimmery Butterflies

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The image on this card was coloured while I was visiting DH in hospital last week - I needed the card in a hurry, so I then dashed home and just before the light faded completely I sorted out the papers etc to complete it - thank goodness for daylight savings time!!


I found this image on Pinterest, traced it backwards, and discovered that it came from here on 1001 ColoringPages.


I coloured it with prismacolor pencils - no blending as there was no time!! Die cut it with a square S/B die, and backed it with a scalloped die cut.


Stamped and embossed the vertical sentiment after deciding to use this layout that I have seen around the 'net quite a bit.


The final details were the butterflies which I coated with WoS, but it came out rather fast and the twinkle really showed up, and some yellow rhinestones.

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Saturday, October 1, 2016

Hearts and a Butterfly

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This month's sponsor for a Bit More Time To Craft Challenge #29 is 
Odd Ball Art,  I have used the image #317 in the Big Eyed Girl Series




 I coloured her with Prismacolor pencils, and coated the hearts in the background with Glossy Accents to emphasize them.  I then cut the image out with an elegant S/B Labels One die.  

I mounted this over some of Lozzy's lovely paper - this is one from the Elegant series of 12 patterns of paper.


I added a simple sentiment mounted on ribbon, and added a few heart sequins.


The butterfly is is  M/B die cut from metallic paper. 


The beautiful paper by Lozzy was so pretty that I used some of it on the inside of the card.

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