Monday, September 25, 2017

Starry Butterflies


Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog again - I so appreciate your visits

I purchased this M/B Silver Springs Butterfly die recently and decided to break it out over the weekend... Just in time for Darnell's NBUS Challenge.

I cut it out using a pearlised paper - it cuts beautifully!!  I then cut it a second  time and trimmed out the butterflies and layered them.  They were mounted over some new patterned paper  from American Crafts called Farmers Market.

The sentiment was gold embossed on a snippet of white card and layered over a scrap of lemon card, slightly offset to add interest to it.

To complete the inside of the card I took some trimmings from the second die cut and glued them across the bottom of the liner - you can just see the pearlised look of the paper in this view.

The butterflies were finished with a few green rhinestones after the paper was mounted onto the lemon card base.

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Sunday, September 24, 2017

Sir Steampunk


Firstly I extend a welcome to two new followers - Karen Letchworth  and Liv Frische, who unfortunately appears not to have a blog.  

This was made with a steampunk fan in mind!   
I bought the stamps while in Australia - they are by an Aussie firm, Darkroom Door.  
Their stamps are top quality, with wonderful detail and they stamp well.

I started by stamping the images in Memento Graphite Black ink, using the Misti and masking the images as I went to get the dimension, and although I had to stamp multiple times, the detail was retained .

The cogs were sitting on my desk, so I coated them with Copper Inka Gold paint and added them to the corner

I then embossed the word TIME (from the same stamp set) in various spots around the card.  
The final detail was to doodle the wobbly lines around the edge.

To finish I stamped the (?) Steam engine that came in the set on the left inside of the card.

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Pink and Brown Quatro Fold


I recently took part in a card swap, where the requirements were to make a Quatro Fold card, and to use the colours pink and brown.

I started with a base of off white, and constructed the fold, which is reasonably easy, as long as one does the measurements correctly.... (Don't ask me how I know!)

I decorated the outside panels starting with a  snippet of fairly neutral paper in a sandy colour in opposite corners, and a freebie from Beccy's Place on one

And a sentiment stamped in Espresso ink in the other

In the other opposing corners I used a soft pink snippet of paper and stamped, coloured and fussy cut the a butterfly from Hero Arts (now  discontinued) onto a snippet of white card. -  I layered a fussy cut one over another image stamped directly onto the paper

The flowers are from Kiwistamping, (again stamped on a snippet) coloured with pencils, and they  have micro beads glued the centres.  Both the flowers and butterflies had several coats of  WoS.

I decorated the inside with a fussy cut, slightly smaller black and white copy of the birdhouse, 
All corners were rounded, and all edges sponged with Espresso ink.

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(Both stamps are so old five years would be the minimum for the butterfly, 
and approx 10 years for the flowers)

Monday, September 18, 2017

Begonia Birthday


When I think back to how I made this card, which is very typical of my process, I am far from organised - I do not select my background paper and then decide what colours to colour the image...

I started with the image, a (Flourishes) Begonia, and coloured that with chalks...

Then came the background, and I came across this piece that was in my 'stash', I am sure it was given to me by a friend who was experimenting with marbling acrylic paints at the time.  I gave it a quick spray with a silver glimmer mist , then decided to use a doily die cut for the flower to sit on, which I cut from a Stampin' Up Christmas pad.

The sentiment I have had for years, and is a N.Z. made one, was embossed in silver, and accented with the lace.

The finishing touches were some silver sequins.

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Friday, September 15, 2017



I started the feature panel (a fabulous Tammy Tutterow Stamp) as a colouring project for the Daily Marker Challenge, and couldn't help but mount it up as soon as it was finished.


I coloured the panel using my polychromo pencils,

then sprayed it with a lemon and a silver glimmer mist, and red perfect pearls..

which gave it a lovely sheen. The panel was die cut using M/B stitched rectangles, and layered over two corners from the S/B Marvellous Squares

The balloons were punched from glitter paper, the strings made using metallic sewing thread, and caught under the bow on the gold ribbon.

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Peaceful Peony Sympathy


I love the way this card came together as a soft and gentle expression of sympathy

My starting point was a piece of paper that was on my desk - it came as a gift is some stamps I had purchased, a loooooooooong time ago.....
This was paired with stamps from the Sweet 'n' Sassy stamp set  Peaceful Peonies

I stamped the sentiment directly on the paper in Bottle green ink

Stamped (in bottle ink), coloured (with Prisma color pencils) and fussy cut the flower from the set and popped it up in the corner, and added some micro beads to the centre for some texture.  Rhinestones were added to some of the highlighted stars on the paper

The inside was finished with a scripture from an ODBD set, and the peony  image repeated.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Flowers, Glitter and a Greeting


This started as a project to colour while I was looking after a grandson the other day, and to also enter it in the Daily Marker Challenge.  I often do the colouring, but don't always get the projects finished.!

I coloured the image (Flower Swag 3 by Tammy Tutterow) using crayola markers - they are new, and very juicy - so much so that when I added the second green to the leaves, it re-activated the first and blended it - the flowers were also very bright.  I dabbed the blue as I coloured, it was so dark.

(the original)

I still was not that happy with it, so next day I tried spritzing a dried sample, liked the results, so held my breath and spritzed the image, dabbed with a paper towel, repeated, and was really happy with the result!!

The end was still fairly bright, but somewhat muted and 'softer' in appearance.  What is not visible here is that there is a wee bit of a 'watercoloured' look to it, and the brush strokes are now blended in.

I cut the image panel into an elongated semicircle, and sponged it with Delicata Golden Glitz ink to tie in with the tiny dots that I coloured with a Signo Gold Pen.
I then mounted it onto the green layer, with a narrow strip of the glitter card top and bottom of that layer 

 I die cut the letters for the greeting from a Couture Creations set from the same glitter cardstock and added the  Spellbinders Border-abilities  decorative one at the base of the card.

I decorated the base of the inside with the same border die cut that I used on the outside - again thanks to the sparkle it is not a clear photo.

Unfortunately I didn't realise the last photos were so blurred - blame the glitter card.  The card has now been posted so I cannot re-do the photos. 

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Watery Thank You


I recently wanted to join the "Mermaid" trend in card making, but I had no stamps.  This came about as I had made a very soft chalked background that looked like seaweed, but I had no stamp to use on it, so I enlisted Mr G**gle and found a free image, which I altered to suit my taste.

To make the background I used chalks/pastels through a leaf stencil, colouring first with one colour, sealing it with a burst of hairspray, and then moving the stencil and colouring it with the second colour.

The Thanks was a Simon Says die cut of sparkle paper, and the rest of the sentiment was computer generated.

I coloured the  Mermaid image with my Chromocolor pencils, and mounted her over a S/B scalloped circle die cut that I had painted with Semco Mica paints, using green and  blue paints to match the background

The final touch were some translucent sequins and 'eyelash' yarn glued to the side of the card - I also glued this inside my card, but the photograph was blurry.

This is the original card which I made as a sample for my class, and the background was much softer, and the layout slightly different, with metallic cord across the bottom and some white Pico dots.

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(I did not use the recipe)

Monday, September 4, 2017

Lacy Bird


I was tidying my desk not long before I went away and came across a card kit that Ginny Maxam had sent me some time ago, so I put my thinking cap on and came up with this card.

All the elements on the card, with the exception of the ribbon and rhinestones, came in the kit

Unfortunately the platinum embossing powder was difficult to see on the dark blue paper, and after heating I found that it was somewhat 'speckled'!! 

The paper for the base had a rough edge that I wanted to keep, so I accented it by inking it (and the other edges) with Delicata Golden Glitz ink

I loved the lacy panel that was in the kit, and was pleased that it showed up so well over the dark paper.  The paper strip on the side had soft yellow shading on it, so I drew that out and brightened the card with some yellow organza ribbon over it.

I repeatedly painted the bird die cut with WoS and managed to capture some of the sparkle in this photo.  I finished the bird with a clear rhinestone eye.

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