Friday, August 17, 2018

An Impossible Rose


In one of my classes this year I taught the Impossible Card fold, which I might add is deceptively simple to make.

The patterned paper I used is from a Stampin' Up Christmas pad... 

The rose from Darkroom Door (Full Bloom Vol 1) was stamped with Memento Lady Bug and Cottage Ivy inks.

The sentiment is from the same set. 

The final touches were the gold glitter card behind the panels and some champagne flat back pearls.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Have a Whaley Good Birthday


This card was made using both paper and a stamp set from a magazine I bought earlier in the year.

I loved the whale / nautical theme the set had, and stamped and embossed the whale flukes in black, then coloured the image using silver Inka Gold, and the sea splash in Twinkling H2O's.

I  diecut the image, sponged the panel and mounted it over cardboard to add some dimension, adding some silver thread loops under it as it was adhered - which was very difficult to control!!

The sentiment(s) were stamped and embossed on opposing corners, and string wound around the left hand side of the card before the paper was mounted over a soft aqua coloured card stock.

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Monday, August 13, 2018

Embossed Leaves and Music


I recently had need of a sympathy card, and I had time to make this one very personal for the recipient.  It is also one of the several I made during the challenge to make at least three cards from a piece of 12 x 12 page of designer paper.

The floral paper is one side of the sheet, and the music is the flip side, and I embossed the ODBD sentiment on that, knowing it would co-ordinate perfectly.

The three leaves were embossed on an snippet of scrap paper that I had rubbed ink onto years ago...
(no I don't hoard, just "lovingly care for"  until I find a use....)

The leaf stamp is one of my originals from Kiwistamping, a local firm, who are responsible for my addiction.

The music is from a part of on old hymn book that I was gifted by MariLynn sometime ago

This inside I finished with some (ODBD Faith Card Sentiments) encouraging words, as the circumstances that needed the card were a tragic, and very random,  accident.

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Snippets are the leaves, stamped and embossed onto a snippet of coloured card and trimmed out
The leaves were stamped on an experimental scrap)
(The sentiment is my go-to for sympathy stamps)

Monday, August 6, 2018

A Buttercup and a Butterfly


As part of Kathy Rac's last colouring challenge, I printed off some images and coloured them - I am not sure I even got them finished during the challenge, but I did complete them.

I posted them on Instagram, and a friend commented on the quote on this card that I showed

It had been coloured in an ombre style, and that was commented on, so I trimmed it out, distressed and sponged the edges of the panel.

I decided to put it on a grey background, that has green undertones to it, which really made the panel "shine" even more.  The printed butterfly was coloured with silver pencils and I die cut a M.B. Pippi butterfly from silver glitter card to pop over it.

The card was finished with a panel of lace over a deep green layer of card, and some silver rhinestones.

I was very pleased with how this turned out, and the recipient was very happy to receive it too.

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(Grey, greens and silver)

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Nail Polish Swap


Sorry to have been Missing In Action again, but life has been really stressful and busy, and blogging and visiting blogs has taken a hit as a result. 

The card is what was swapped, not the nail polish - the nail polish was used to make the marbled background.

I followed a couple of You Tube tutorials here and here - the main hint I would give is that this technique is best done outside, and that the paper is left to dry outside too.

I used water colour paper for the marbling, and found that when I went to emboss on it, the emossing seems to sink into the paper, and is not as raised  or shiny as on plain card.

I kept the card simple to show off the marbling, so only added a matching organza ribbon and a few flat back rhinestones

Here is a shot showing some of the shimmer and shine the nail polish gave

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Saturday, July 21, 2018

Dragonflies and a Double Pleat


I fully intended to have posted before now, but life got in the way!!
This is a card I made for a swap in a group of  New Zealander cardmakers.  The brief was to make a card using the 'double pleat' technique.  A tutorial is here.

Again I needed double sided paper, but this time I did not need a full sheet. 

The contrast between the patterns was not as great as I thought when I folded it, so I sponged the edge of the exposed side with Tea Die D.I.

The image I used as a focal point on the band, made of two ribbons, was from a magazine.  It was stamped in Rich Cocoa Ink and coloured with polychromo pencils, and die cut with a S/B  oval.  The hello was embossed with platinum embossing powder.

After layering the folded panel and ribbon band onto the purple background I them placed it all onto a soft green panel, and added the sparkly punched dragonflies.

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Friday, July 13, 2018

Sequins and a Moth

Welcome back - it's great to know you have visited.

Believe it or not, this beautiful image is of a Silk Moth, not a butterfly!
It was manufactured by the now defunct Layers Of Color, and is one of my original stamps that I bought from overseas,  and I still love it. 

I stamped it directly onto the card base and gold embossed it before painting it with Twinkling H20's.  The camera was unable to capture the gorgeous sheen the finished image has.

Some 'plum' sequins and a simply stamped and embossed greeting, layered over some lace, finished the outside of the card

The left hand side of the insert in the card was stamped with the same image in a soft pink ink.

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(it's pretty enough to be a butterfly, isn't it? and there are no moth challenges)
(Lace, Stamp and Sequins)