Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Baby Thank You Cards

Greetings to you all - thank you for coming to visit :-)

While I have been with DD awaiting the birth of her first child, I have been busy making some thank you cards for her - using some paper which had been wrapped around a gift given to her.
I spent an afternoon cutting out the images, and then after we wee bit of experimentation decided to 'ground' them on the card with a wee bit of dark grey chalk, and add a wee bit more dimension by using some blue chalk for a wee bit of 'sky'.

I tried to place the images so they appeared to to be looking at the sentiment, which was stamped with Brilliance Graphite ink... but not all of them worked that way.  The base card had a linen to texture to it, which added interest to the card.

These are small cards, approx 105mm by 75mm (4.1" x 3") to fit an a standard letter envelope.

Thanks for calling by - I enjoy seeing that you have visited.

May you day be blessed.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Roses, Lace and Pearls

Hello to all you who visit - it's great to know you call by :-)

This will be a brief post as life here is somewhat fraught with things medical as well as our DD due to deliver her babe at any time!!

I made this card for a dear friend who loves green - my starting point - and I can always associate roses, lace and pearls with her - so here is my card.

The light today is not the best with the sun playing hide and seek with the clouds, but this is fairly true to the original colours.  

I put the green base through the cuttle bug with the Oriental Weave folder - gotta love that texture!!  I wanted a specific scripture quote and used the computer to generate this one, (James 5:16b) from the Holman Christian Standard Bible.

I printed it on a thin card, cut it out with a Nestabilities classic oval, embossed it and sponged it with Chalk, Warm Red ink.

I surrounded it with a half wreath of roses from the Layers of Color set Vintage Roses - stamped in black ink and then coloured with chalks and added some Kindy Glitz for a wee bit of sparkle, and mounted this on dimensionals.

The lace is some from my stash, which has been boosted recently from a sale in town :-), and added the half pearls - green on the green card and white on the lace and on the bottom of the scripture feature.

This was then mounted onto the pink base, the edges of which I sponged with the Warm Red ink.

I am entering this card in the following challenges: 

Stamping Sisters in Christ Challenge #34 - to have a card reflecting prayer or praise, based on the scripture Phil. 4:1-7, to rejoice and not be anxious, but rather pray, in all circumstances.
Stampin' Royalty Challenge #15 - KISS - Keep it Simple Sweetie
 My Time To Craft - Pretty Pearls
Crafty Angels - My Favourite Things - lace
Practical Scrappers - Glitter and bling

Thanks for calling by.  I love knowing you have called and especially treasure your encouraging comments.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Production line...

Hello to all my visitors and cyber friends.

As I mentioned in my last post, I loved the sketch that I used for that card, so I continued on in the same vein, initially almost identically, as I had all the materials on my desk, and I believe in labour saving where ever possible.

The main point of difference is that I used a  digi stamp of Party Hat Cocoa  from Sweet 'n' Sassy Stamps.  I coloured him with S.U. coloured pencils, and then water blended them.                                             

To add some bling to the card I highlighted the image with stickles and also added them around the edge of the image to create a frame.

I had a certain young girls birthday in mind when I made this card.  She is a very feminine lass and loves 'cute' images, so this fits the bill for her.

The next card I changed the colour way to green and gold, but followed pretty much the same sketch, apart from shortening the main panel that the image is mounted on, and placing the ribbon further down the page. the gold paper had lots of texture as it is a handmade paper so it was not put through the cuttlebug.   I sponged the edges of the panels and the base card with Memento Bamboo Shoot ink.  

The image is another Cocoa image - Peek-A-Boo Cocoa.  Coloured and blended as on the first card, and with gold stickles to frame him.

A good afternoons work that I was happy with, although I must add that I don't usually make 'production - line' cards, but life is a bit fraught at the moment and these needed to be made, so I took the route of speed rather than great creativity!!

Thanks for calling by, and I treasure any comments that you may leave.

Have a great day.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Inspired - I think

After a quiet day Saturday and a Nana nap in the afternoon I was feeling great yesterday and felt inspired by all the challenges I saw via the 'blogisphere'.  

This card is the result.... not quite what I had in mind, in the end, but it is staying as it is for a while, and in the 'stash' as an any occasion card - I may even be able to add an appropriate sentiment under the bow in the future... 

The bottom right corner has been obscured by my white background cloth - it is still there, honest!

The base of the card is  kraft coloured, the long strips are from an 'el cheapo'  pack from the local Warehouse store, and have been run through the Cuttlebug embossing folder Swiss Dots.

All the edges have been sponged with Rouge chalk ink.  The dragonflies are from an Our Daily Bread Designs set Heartfelt Sympathy and I have painted their wings with iridescent red Twinkling H2O paint which just shows on the top right dragonfly.

Challenges that this card is linked to:

Crazy for Challenges C4C32 - 1-2-3 challenge
Our Daily Bread Designs Stamping In Time Challenge #7 - tearing
Flourishes Release Week Challenge - Twinches
Our Daily Bread Designs - Shining the Light Challenge #9 - Sketch

Thanks for calling by - I loved this sketch and have made another couple of cards using it which still need a few tweeks, so I may post them tomorrow once they are finished.

Thanks for calling by - I love knowing you have been and reading what comments are posted.  

May your day be blessed.

Monday, April 5, 2010

LOC fun

Greetings to my cyber visitors - I trust you have a wonderful Easter and that the weather was warm and sunny for you, no matter where you were.  We were both warm and sunny, but are now looking forward to some much needed rain.

    I had a couple of hours in the studio today and gave both my cuttlebug and my Layers of Color stamps a good workout.  

This card was started with a brick coloured piece of paper put through the Cuttlebug in the Fantastic Flowers folder, and then I ran a silver pen around some of the elements.

The sentiment was stamped with Brilliance Thyme ink and clear embossed, cut with a Nestabilities label and threaded on green gingham ribbon.

The butterflies, from the LOC Flutterby set, were stamped and embossed in gold, and the background chalked to add a wee bit of colour before they were cut out and mounted with glue from a hot glue gun - one of the few times I like using hot glue - much easier than trying to cut dimensional foam tape into small pieces!! This was then mounted onto a white base to finish the card.

This next card used a stamp 
 from the LOC Fruitful Harvest set for the central image. I stamped it in Memento Tuxedo Black before cutting it out with the large oval Classic nestability.  I sponged around the edge of the image with Memento Olive ink before colouring it with chalks.

This was mounted on a scalloped oval in the base card green, then mounted on a white card that I had run through the cuttlebug Textile Textures  folder, then sprayed with Glimmers silver and then a quick mist of yellow, which gave a lovely sheen to the card with an almost oyster colour, surprisingly!

The bow was tied and slipped onto the ribbon, and this was then adhered behind both corners of the white card, before mounting the whole onto the green base.

I was pleased with my afternoons work, and I hope you have enjoyed viewing it.

Thanks a lot for calling, and your comments are always appreciated.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Back to cards....

Good Evening to my guests - and may you know Easter's rich blessings.  I do love hearing once again of Christ's death and RESURRECTION!

My card today will fit a couple of challenges, which is rather a surprise as I did not start with them in mind. 

I was making another masculine card, and wondered how I could liven up the look of the card after I started with the brown (Kraft) base, sponged the edges with dark brown and gold embossed the scene (using an Our Daily Bread Designs set Keep My Lamp Burning).  

I stamped the lighthouse on white card, 
embossed it and then and cut it out and mounted on dimensionals. 

These were thicker than I would have liked, so after stamping and embossing the bird section of the stamp, and cutting them out, I mounted them on multiple layers of double sided sellotape.

I then stamped and embossed the verse on the gold card, cut around it free-hand,  sponged it with some brown ink, then mounted it over the raffia I had wrapped around the base of the card.

Over all I am pleased with this, and it fits the
Stamping Sisters In Christ challenge #32, based on the verse from Isaiah 40:31 about mounting up on wings of eagles..... and the challenge is to mount things up on the card.

Crazy for Challenges challenge #31 - to use a craft base for the card.

Thanks for calling by - I really enjoy knowing you have been, and I treasure you comments.