Tuesday, April 11, 2017

AWOL

Welcome

Just a short note to say I will be AWOL (Absent Without Official Leave) from blogland for a week or so as DH's health has taken a nosedive and we are currently out of town and at a hospice as they try to get his condition stabilised.

To all those who are praying for us and sending best wishes, we sincerely thank you 

See you whenever 💟

Friday, April 7, 2017

Simply Dotty

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I wanted simple card to send a note to a friend, and started by picking up the piece of blue spotted paper.


I was also aware of a current challenge to us inlayed die cuts.... so that was another influence


The Die is the M/B Prim Poppy - I love its classic clean lines!


The sentiment stamp I embossed in blue - it is from KiwiStamping, and laid it up the side of the blue panel, adhering it to the panel, and the card base behind the panel, and let it lift slightly to add some interest.  All edges were sponged with Faded Jeans DI.

The card base was embossed using the Swiss Dots folder, extending it to fill the card surface, as the British card sizes are slightly longer than the American. I adapted a technique I saw on a video over at the Gina K site.

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I Used Stamping, inlaid die cut, embossing wet and dry.

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Tea Time Birthday

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This was made for an order, as the recipient is not a fussy and frilly person, this is what I created.


For the feature panel I used a stamp that I won from a challenge on a Christian Cardmakers Group on Facebook.
 It is called Tin Can Mail by Inkadinkadoo.


I coloured it with Prismcolor pencils, and added a gold band on the cup and saucer and some accents on the tin with a signo metallic pen. 


Both rectangles were cut with Memory Box Stitched rectangle dies, and the sentiment gold embossed on the lower one.  They were both mounted with an edging of narrow lace.


The final details were these rhinestone flowers in opposite corners.

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Monday, April 3, 2017

Pussy Cat Pussy Cat...

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This card was made for a cat lover. 


I started with the s/b die d'lite tree, cut out of light green and shaded with prismcolor pencils.


The sun was cut freehand from gold paper


And the cats die cut using Memory Box dies, then coloured. I sat them on a sponged lawn, and drew in some birds for the cats to watch.


The sentiment was stamped repeatedly, starting from the centre and working out to the sides.


Gold dotted Washi tape finished the inside of the card.

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Saturday, April 1, 2017

Box Birthday Card

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Thank you for calling in - warning - this is a photo heavy post!!

About a month ago DH and I had to go to our 'base' hospital for a procedure that is not performed locally, and as he was to be there overnight, I needed accommodation, and the wonderful Carol of CarolG ... Creates so very graciously opened her home to (a rather stressed) me at short notice.

That evening we had some crafty time together, and made the shell of this box card - my first.



This is the card closed - the belly band was a sentiment sticker I added from my stash, as this card was for DH's birthday.


Here is the card opened - the vehicle die cuts were from Carol too, and I painted them blue, as those were the colours of the associated vehicles in DH's life.  I mounted them on silver card stock to strengthen the die cuts and to give them shiny windows and 'chrome' bumpers and trim.


This gives a true photo of the sheen!!


The balloons were punched from glitter card, and attached with white wire.

These next photos are the side panels - each one made up part of the 'story' I told with the card.




DH loved the card, and kept pointing it out to the visitors we had that day.

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Birthday Coffee,and Pounded Pansies!!

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I can finally enter a card in the Coffee Lovers Spring Blog Hop 


I made this as a birthday card for a friend, starting with the background, which was made by pounding pansies between water colour paper through the cuttlebug!


My focal point is a freebie from STAMPlorations last year, which I coloured with my Prismacolor pencils.

Before adhering the coloured image, I carefully placed it on the background, lightly marked where it sat, and stamped the little sprays of flowers using markers on the stamp, positioning them around the image.

The finishing details were the pearl dots in the centres of the flowers, which promptly took the colour from the ink.


I embossed the sentiment vertically as that was really the only place it fitted...
...and  added some bee images and embossed them and added some Kindy Glitz for a touch of sparkle and whimsy.


The piece of purple ribbon was the final touch, to ground the image. 
I really enjoyed making this card and was pleased with the result.

Today has been another tough day in paradise, so forgive me for not visiting/commenting on your blogs - I will be back when I can.

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Monday, March 27, 2017

Steampunk'ed Car

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I really enjoyed making this card for a young steam punk fan.


The original stamp for the Model T delivery van had other elements to it, so I trimmed it to what I wanted, and then added the steampunk elements.
Love the way the cog fitted into the lines of the stamp.


The cogs in the background were some I had previously cut, and then I cut some more to fill the design.


The panel on the left was stamped using a stamp from the 
 It was not quite long enough, so I split it, and added the bronze embossed sentiment in the centre.


The recipient was very happy with the card.

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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Layered Butterfly

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This card started as part of the Daily Marker 30 Day Colouring Challenge.  
The images were coloured while waiting in a hospital waiting room recently.
So I used my el-cheapo pencils and layered and layered the colours.


The coloured images sat for some days until inspiration hit - die cut one using a stitched circle M.B. die, and fussy cut the other and layer it. 


 I was gutted when I realised that the paper I had coloured on was a different white to the base, but I had to keep going ...


The sentiment was silver embossed.


This gives an idea of the dimension of the butterfly.


The final detail to show you was that I embossed the base with a stitched rectangle M.B. die.  I had to extend the die to reach the bottom edge, as our card sizes are slightly larger than American ones, and it worked perfectly!! I was very happy with that.
The finishing touch was to add the sequins.

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(I took the delicate pink and the purple/gray colours and circular form of the bowl)
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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Brrrm Brrrrm or Chug Chug??

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This card was made for a five year old who is a farmer's son, and I am sure he is very familiar with machinery.


The background is made using an Artist Cellar stencil, with VersaMagic Sahara Sand Ink. I also sponged the edge of the panel with the same ink.


The tractor image was courtesy of Google Images, printed on card and then fussy cut, and mounted over fun foam


The sentiment was gold embossed using a Kiwistamping image.


I finished the inside of the card with some washi tape.

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Smooshed Stripes

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I made this card yesterday afternoon - it was so good to get back into the studio and create!!


I started with some scraps that I had used to mop up some 'overspray', (smooshed) and cut part of it into strips.


I eventually found that it looked best on a purple card that I had on hand.  I layered a floral die cut over the strips - it was a gift, so do not know the origin of it.


I silver embossed the sentiment, but it is so delicate it did not show well on the card, so I added some rhinestones for emphasis, then also added rhinestones to the flowers and a few to the strips.


What I have just managed to capture with the camera here is some of the shimmer and shine on the strips - the sprays I had mopped up were two Lindy's, and some silver shimmer spray.

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Oh La La

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I wanted to send a friend a note recently, and as she is a self confessed 'Francophile', I came up with this card, using a very old Hero Arts set of stamps.


Firstly I sprayed some Lindy's sprays onto a glass cutting board (that I use as a non-porous surface) and smooshed the corner of the card onto them.  I was most happy that some of the spray dots showed up outside the smooshed area..


Stamped and embossed the images,


Added some paper piercing and called it done.
 I made this a couple of weeks ago but could not blog it until the card was received.

This was to be published a few days ago, but real life intervened and DH was hospital again, so it has been delayed.

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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Pink Anniversary....

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I wanted to make an anniversary card for a couple, and this is the result!

I started with another piece of the metallic tissue that I had made, and this time layered it over a deep pink card, and got a totally different 'look' to it.


I then stamped the sentiment in Versamark (it is only part of a stamp) and white embossed it.


The print really didn't stand out after the sponging with pink inks (I used two different ones, as one pad was a bit dry, and kept the darker tone directly over the words) so then I ironed off the embossing,


and was very happy with the result, added the sequins and was done.


The inside was decorated with a strip of washi tape.

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