Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Motorcycle Make


I am sorry I have not been visiting your blogs much, but I am still having some problems with my eyes, and am not having a lot of computer time.

I needed a masculine card in a short time, and I had recently received a bundle of unidentified dies, and this motor bike was amongst them, 

so I ran it through the cuttlebug with a dull silver card.  As the card was a good weight, it not only cut well, it also embossed well too.  Love the detail it gave.

I heat embossed the sentiment from Avery Elle using silver ep, and mounted the bike over a black ribbon with a white stitched border to ground it, and the card was done!

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

What a Week!


I had intended to be back before this, but it's been quite the week!

Tuesday was wet and cold, and I had gone out to have a day at my local embroidery guild, hoping to finish my part of a group project.  I left some of my equipment behind, and when I came home to get it, there was a parcel in the letter box - thankfully the postie had put it where it was sheltered, but I was glad to be home to bring it inside sooner rather than later.

The parcel was from Mia of Craftartista blog, as part of her first blogaversary.

What a range of beautiful goodies she had packed up - and I was one of ten or twelve 'winners'.

Love these wee stitched wooden ornaments, and the chocolates did not last long 😏

The coffee was a total and very pleasant surprise!!  Love a good cup of coffee, and I have several friends lining up to share it too!  The ribbon is very pretty, and those black labels are so dramatic.

Love this embossing folder, and the snowflake bling, hearts and sparkle washi tape.

The ring. filigree corners and earrings are beautiful, and I look forward to trying the glue glitter pens.

So looking forward to using these doilies too.

Thank you Mia, this was a bright spot in a difficult week!!

Late on Monday evening I had noticed a slight visual disturbance in my left eye - by Tuesday evening I was quite concerned as I had flashing lights and 'cobwebs' there.  Wednesday I contacted my doctor, and long story short I ended up at the Eye Clinic at the 'base' hospital an hours drive away.  
Turns out it is part of ageing, and a relatively normal process that often gives no symptoms, but in my case which is not unusual, the retina was being tugged at which was what was causing the disturbances. Worst case scenario is a detached retina, but thankfully I have dodged that bullet.

Moral of the story - don't get old!!  

Moral 2 - have great neighbours - mine basically gave up her whole day to ferry me both locally, and when my family couldn't help, up to the base hospital.  Then she and her husband  'fed' me before they let me come home, and checked up on me this afternoon in case I needed to go back!!  Thankfully it is improving, but my computer time will be limited for a day or so!

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Monika's Shoe in Red


I would love to extend a warm welcome to two new followers - Nenny and Kate.
Unfortunately I cannot find if they publish a blog - probably the grey matter under the grey hairs not functioning well - but if you do have a blog, please let me know so I can pay you a visit and also give you a shout out here.
I while ago Monika sent me a wee gift that included these stamped shoes, so I coloured this one up with my Prismacolor pencils, and then coated the red leather with glossy accents to mimic patent leather.

I sponged the edge of the panel with red ink, and added a layer of lace at the bottom of it,
 then mounted onto a water colour paper background that I had marbled with nail polish
(here is a close up of it.)

I wrapped the left side of the background with some hand died seam binding, (a gift from Linda)and attached the sentiment tag with some twine.  The greeting is a very old Hero Arts one and was silver embossed.

This is the final card - which I was very happy with. 

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Used the centre vertical line, plus I made my own patterned paper

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Black, White and a Sparkly Pink Doily


I was recently asked by a friend to make a card for her, for a 21st she was attending.
I was given the brief that the recipient liked White, Black and Pink.  
This is the result, which elicited a squeal when the recipient opened it, as the colours were identical to her cake!!

I started with layering the black over the white, then laid another white layer before starting to die cut the doily out of sparkle card.  That took two attempts and a lot of exasperation ... I had already decided to trim the side of the doily and use a black strip down the left side.
I then cut the white centre piece with the numbers cut out, and layered over the black over the doily

I sent a photo of it to my customer, and she was happy with it all laid out.

Next day I went to stamp the sentiment, and removed the top white layer and was stunned by the drama that was the pink over the black, so made the card up without the last white layer, and changing the side strip ti white.

Subsequently I white embossed the sentiment on the black

The centre part of the unused die cut was removed and layered over some more black card and placed on the left inside of the card

On the right inside I layered another piece of white card that I had sponged the edges of with Worn Lipstick DI ready for the message.

I am linking this to:
(the sentiment was a 'real' stamp)

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Masculine Geometry


I had fun with this card playing with my watercolours!!

I started by white embossing on white watercolour paper the large geometric background stamp. (The company is now no longer trading)  

I then spent the next hour or so painting in the triangles randomly, but making sure that I did not have two colours the same in adjoining triangles.... 

The greeting was computer generated, printed on vellum and gold heat embossed.  The vellum was then wrapped around the main panel, along with some string, and then layered over the brown backing before being mounted on the the Hunter Green base.

I stamped the oak from the SU Lovely as a Tree set in Bottle Green on the inside.
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(I used white, embossing and my own/self-made patterned paper)
(I have used water colours, embossing, vellum and twine)

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Coffee Blessings


I have been wanting to give some encouragement to someone going through a difficult time.  The Coffee Lovers Blog hop is the ideal time, as they love their coffee!

I deliberately kept it CAS as they are not 'fluffy' people. 

The two stamps above are from the  STAMPlorations Anywhere There's Coffee set.  The image was stamped with Memento Rich Coffee ink, and the sentiment with Ranger Espresso, and shaded with my Polychromos

The sentiment (also from STAMPlorations) was die cut in gold card, and on the card base, and the gold inserted into the base.

The white layer was then added to a soft brown card base, and both layers were edged in black ink to give some definition.

I stamped the ODBD Scripture Verse in Espresso in the left of the insert inside the card.

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Monday, May 28, 2018

Cats, Banners and a Birthday


I have been really enjoying the the Tim Holtz Crazy Cats over the past few months, and this is another of those cards :-)

I started with some paper from my "promise basket" (I promise I will use it one day) and hand cut the banners from scraps /snipetts, sponging the edges with Memento Danube Blue ink.

I stamped, trimmed, sponged and mounted the sentiment over the banners on some foam. 

This fellow was coloured with chalks, in a similar colour to my cat

especially the brown/gold eyes, which were emphasised with Glossy Accents

I stamped another cat image on the inside in London Fog ink, and gave him green shiny eyes.

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