Wednesday, December 23, 2009

LOC card and candle

I had a chance the other day to take some time out and make a birthday card for a birthday on the 27th, so I took the opportunity to break out my new  Layers Of Color  stamps.  
I was so keen I used images from three sets!

I started with a dark green card base, and chose a lovely lemon card to go over that for the design base and embossed it with the Cuttlebug Textile Textures embossing folder before sponging the edges with Memento Pear Tart Ink.

The lace is some that has been in my scraps box forever... I think it was my late MIL's stash!! 

I chose the flower and leaf image from the Flowering Gems set, stamped them with Memento Tuxedo Black on white card and  painted them with Twinkling H2O's - Love using those paints as they are so versatile and give such a lovely sheen.  The half pearls are by Kaiser, and the very small dots around the centre of the flower are made with dimensional glue. 

I started with three leaves surrounding the flower, but it looked odd, so three more were added.  They are attached to the underside of the flower, which is popped up on dimensionals over the lace.

The bee is from the Granny's Jewellery set - again painted with Twinkling H2O's and then I used clear rhinestones to glam it up.  I only adhered it to the card under the body so the wings are slightly raised to make it more realistic.

I finished the card with a wee corner stamp from the Flutterescent set.  I painted the butterfly in one of the shades of pink I used in the flower, and mauve.  The final touch were the two sets of three gold rhinestones in opposite corners.  I decided against a sentiment on the outside of this card as it was already so busy.

Next I really branched out and tried my hand at stamping on a candle - well, transferring stamped images to a candle - although not perfect, I decided the end result was good enough to give as part of the gift to go with the card.

I stamped the images in chalk and dye inks, coloured them with chalks and then positioned and adhered them.  The candle has been wrapped in cellophane and tied with a pink bow since this photograph was taken.

The final touch was that I stamped the flower once more on white card in pink ink and coloured it with chalks, popped the centre with dimensional glue and cut it out to use as a gift tag on the parcel.

I think I am organised for Christmas... we are sharing the main meal Christmas Day with my DD's in-laws, who we have been friends with since before our offspring met!  We are basically having a quiet family Christmas, with folk staying around to help us paint the house.... no beach expeditions for us!!

Thank you for calling by - I really treasure your comments, and wish you all the very best for this special season when we celebrate the start of God's plan of redemption - the birth of His son Jesus. 


Lovely Linda said...

HI Maxine - what a gorgeous card - I love the way you have used those LOC images - you are a natural with these girl!! Great colouring Maxine and that embossing - perfect! I smiled whan I saw all of the bling - it just goes with LOC so well - I use it on every one of their cards - and I don't consider myself a 'bling' person!! This is just beautiful!
Love the candle too - it is so lovely to have hand made gifts - I have made a few this year and will attempt to be more organised and get more done next year! Merry CHRISTmas Maxine to you and Kelson - you are in our prayers! Enjoy your Christmas - celebrate the Gift we have all been given and enjoy family and friends! God bless you my friend - I am glad of your friendship! {{{hugs}}}

Laura - Layers of Color said...

WOW!! What WONDERFUL creations Maxine! I love your details and creativity, what delightful gifts!

Merry Christmas!