Sunday, January 29, 2017

Two Gifts + Stash = One Card

Welcome

I have (thankfully) been told that my new follower, Anne's, blog is here, and called Cotnob Crafter
Do pop over and have a look - Anne does some beautiful work.


This card was inspired by some of the goodies that came with a Verve Stamps order I had recently bought.  The design paper and the ribbon came in that package.


The die cut doily (cut with the Marianne Die, French Pastry) was cut from translucent paper that I use like vellum - I love the soft look of this and it does not hide the paper the same as a plain paper doily would.


The ribbon is a such a pretty colour of seam binding, and I was so happy to get a really lovely bow from it.


The butterfly was part of a RAK sent to me from MariLynn of Missippi Mc Gyver blog


The sentiment was silver embossed on the paper, and the card finished with some flat back blue pearls.


The inside was finished with the sliver of patterned paper that was over.

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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Cupcakes for Kezia

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And a special welcome to my newest follower Anne Dimitriou - I cannot find if she has a blog, but you can be assured of a warm welcome Anne.

This card was made using a NBUS set of stamps by Close To My Heart called Cutie Pie - they have languished in my stash for over 12 months :-(.

I started with some paper by Authentique, from the Promise bundle, which I randomly stamped the wee hearts over in a co-ordinating pink ink.


The cup cakes were stamped on a snippet of card in black ink and clear embossed.  The 'cup' part of the images were also stamped onto some paper from the same pad, fussy cut and layered onto the base images.  The 'icing" was painted with Sparkling H2O's, and topped with a clear rhinestone.


The sentiment was die cut twice from pink card, the layers adhered together and then onto the card. There were several layers of Wink of Stella applied.


The banner at the bottom of the card came in the set.  Before stamping it I checked that the alpha stamps would fit the squares, then once the banner was dry, I stamped and gold embossed Kezia's name in the banners, then painted around them with WoS too, which not only gave some more subtle sparkle, but also slightly darkened the colour of the paper.


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Sunday, January 22, 2017

Black, White, and a Motorbike

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I was challenged by a friend  to enter the Double D Challenge of Black and White ... and this is the result.


I started with the image - one of my originals, by R & R Pocock, (1997)!!

Inked it up with Memento Graphite Black ink and stamped with a piece of firm foam underneath to get a good impression.


I then cut that, and the next three layers, with graduating sizes of M/B stitched rectangles.


The sentiment was stamped on a snippet of black card and white embossed.

I finished the card sith some black rhinestones, and was very pleased with it.

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(Optional twist - Monochrome)

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Friday, January 20, 2017

Decoupage Bunny

Welcome

Firstly I would like to welcome my newest follower Barb, from 
Barb's Farway Cards.  Please pop over and visit, her work is wonderful.

This card is the result of a lack of inspiration at one point.  
I had been fossicking around my untidy desk at the time and came across a book of decoupage images and paper that had come with a (now unknown) magazine a long time ago, so I decided to 'have a go' at it.


All the layers were numbered, so cutting them out and then layering them was not too arduous ...


I finished off the base panel with some pink flatback pearls from my stash, and a some WoS on the rose and his tie.


The backing paper was from the 'kit'  so co-ordinated beautifully. 
The ribbon was from my stash, and the bow attached with a glue dot.
 The sentiment was cut with a S/B die with a snippet of card the same colour as the card base, and layered over two other cuts of white, which I also had sponged the edges of with pink ink.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Dragonflies for Sarah

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This card was made using this beautiful butterfly digi which was a freebie from Ginny over at Maxam Made Studio.  Have a look around as Ginny is so generous in sharing digi images.


After printing it, I cut the panel with room for a stamped and silver embossed sentiment at the top, and some Bakers Twine at the base


The edges of the image panel were also silver embossed


The dragonflies were then coloured with Prismacolor pencils and blended with an alcohol pen


and given some sparkle with a good coating of Wink of Stella (clear).

The finished panel was mounted onto frayed burlap which was already mounted onto the card base.

I was really pleased with this card - it came together without fighting me, and did so quite quickly.

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Faux Water Coloured Lighthouse.

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This was one of a batch of cards that I made earlier this month.

I started by printing off this watercoloured lighthouse image, which was a freebie from Ginny at Christian Card Makers Group on Facebook


I thought myself very clever that I was able to superimpose the scripture on the corner of the image before printing (my computer skills are all self taught.)


I ran around the edges of the image panel and the white layer it was mounted on with a blue ink pad, stamped the sentiment in the same blue ink and clear embossed (I swear that the stamp was straight on the MISTI before I stamped).  Layered those onto the red base, added the black flatback pearls and called it done. A very quickly made masculine card.

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Sunday, January 8, 2017

Owl Wish You Happy Birthday

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This card was made for a six year old boy 's birthday - as I don't know the child it was a bit awkward. 

My starting point was the owl I had pre-coloured that was sitting on my rather messy desk, and the scrap of orange card...


I found that the owl just fitted into a S/B circle die, which in turn just fitted on the scrap.  I added a blue outline and the the shaded gray background to the image, and as it was all done in Prismacolor pencils, I then tried blending it with an alcohol blending pen - I was pleased with the results.


I decided to use punch waste to layer under the orange card. As I got it out of the drawer it snagged on some crimped metallic thread and unraveled it.... 


So I wound the resulting wobbly thread randomly around the central panel!!


After assembling the card I added silver confetti stars to the image panel.

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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Splattered Birthday

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I don't know if Blogger is being rude or what, but I have lost a couple of followers of late 😕.

This is the last card I made for my 2016 birthdays - unfortunately it still has to be sent....


It is for a young man whom I have not met as that branch of the family is overseas, so I went for something neutral.  I made the splats by banging distress stains on the linen cardstock.


I did an extra layer on the reds, and sprinkled on and embossed some psychedelic  E.P.


The sentiment was embossed with an embossing powder called Metallic Medley, which has numerous colours in it, but it does not show well in the photograph.

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Monday, January 2, 2017

Year in Review

Welcome

I got this over half done last night and then the computer ate it overnight!!

I published 133 blog posts last year, and I have tried to choose one card for each month, and have mentioned another if I was having difficulty choosing.  The main card is linked through the month heading if you wish to see the original post.



Closely followed by this seabird one.



I still love the Valentines card I made for DH

This was the start of numerous sympathy cards last year




Another card I loved in April was this fun Froggy one



This Sailing Sympathy is another card that I like from May.



This is another Sympathy card that I was pleased with.



Love this card, but the photos really don't do it justice.



I also enjoyed this rather fishy card.


Love this Butterfly card


Closely followed by this card, the result of crafting with my grand children.



Closely followed by this Stitched Sunflower card.






Closely followed by this Lighthouse card.

Thank you for sharing my year in review with me.

May your day be blessed.