Thursday, September 23, 2010

Layers of Color Fun

Welcome back - again, yes, I am on a roll.  I got several cards finished over the weekend, and another couple today.  This one is from the weekend.

I decided that I wanted to play with one of the Layers of Color (LOC) stencils that I bought I while ago, so after a quick fossick in the drawer I came up with the Delicious Dots Stencil, and the Merci Bouquet stamps - both of which are overdue to be 'christened' :-) - and this is the result.

This card was not without it's 'oops' moments, but overall I was pleased with the outcome.  

 It was thanks to one of those moments that the image of the flowers was cut out and mounted over the top of the urn, and the placement of the sentiment was the result of another.

The flowers were painted using  twinkling H2O paints - they give a wonderful sheen to the colour that is not always immediately apparent.

Materials used:
Layers of Color:  Art Stencil - Delicious Dots, Stamp set Merci Bouquet.
Inks: Memento Bamboo Leaves and Tuxedo Black, Brilliance Pearlescent Orchid, Clear Embossing
Paints: Twinkling H2Os.
Ribbon, Gold embossing powder, white and pink cardstock.

I am linking this to:
Creative Inspirations - Wednesdays' Challenge #79, 2 or more stamped images
The Corrosive Challenge - use unused 'stash'

Thanks for calling by and I am encouraged when you comment - it is very much appreciated.

May your day be blessed.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Red, white, black and gold!!

Hello and thank you for calling by again - this time my posting showcases another Priscilla Styles image - a corset!!     I must admit I love this image.  

I printed the corset off and painted it with a shimmer paint that really brought it to life, and showed through the red roses after I had coloured them.

I then decided that it was too glamorous to have black (printed) lacing, so I cut the image and laced the corset with genuine gold thread (left over from the days when I used to embroider...)  

The corset image was mounted onto a spellbinders "dotted circle" background, and then I threaded the fine ribbon through the gaps at the base of the embossed dots, and added three gold rhinestones on either side of the circle. 

This was put aside as I decided on the base - as I wanted the image to take
 centre stage, I kept it simple and white, and textured it with a cuttlebug herringbone  folder. 

I then added the rich red and gold ribbon, mounted the image panel on foam tape and decided the corners needed some glamour, which was provided with a vintage corner by cuttlebug, and more rhinestones.

And here is the finished product 

- all ready to be entered into these challenges

Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge #72

Wild Orchid Challenge #6 - Ribbons and Bows

Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge #101 - anything goes

Alys Sunday Challenge#25 - Sparkle and Glitter - really sparkly IRL

AiFactory Challenge - Anything goes

Charisma Cardz Challenge 38 - anything goes

Digi Doodles Shop Challenge - Embossing

Practical scrappers - use Ribbon

Thank you for visiting, and may your day be blessed

Monday, September 20, 2010

You're A Star

Greetings - it's good to 'see' you back here, and thank you for visiting.

Today I had a birthday card for a young boy to make, and I resorted to a digi stamp again - this time one from Bug A Boo stamps entitled star.

Initially the image was printed onto copy paper, then glued onto card - unfortunately the glue stick 'smudged' and I was left with a lump in the surface, so out came the trusty cuttlebug, and I made a 'sandwich' using the A and B plates, then the image, the tan mat and a layer of chipboard and then the  C plate - ran it through and presto, the image was smooth.

I decided to keep things fairly simple and coloured the stamp with pencils and then sponged the edges, keeping the colours clear and bright.

I then cut a star out of gold card, using pencil and ruler to design it, and edged it with gold Kindyglitz.  The greeting from Kiwi Stamping and the hand written word 'star' were heat embossed on the base card. The card was assembled with the star onto the red base, then the image, and gold 'party confetti' stars glued around the edges.

Thanks again for visiting, and feel free to leave a comment - they are always appreciated.

May your day be blessed.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Bulldog Birthday

Greetings - I have finally got my mojo back!!

I needed a masculine birthday card, so resorted to the bulldog again - this time because the recipient is a farmer and works with dogs... I doubt he uses bulldogs, but hey - it's a dog :-), and his farm is in the hill country, so this image fits very well.

The image is a digi image from Priscillastyles store which I printed out onto white, coloured the background mainly by sponging dye inks, and the dog was watercoloured

The image was cut with a Spellbinders rectangle, and the black backing layer was a rectangle one size up and the image offset onto it, the wider edge pierced and then faux stitched with a white pen.

The dp was stitched with black thread and the layers were mounted, the ribbon attached and the embossed sentiment label secured with silver brads.

Although a simple card in the end, it went through several metamorphosis's in the making!!

This is being linked to:

Stampin Royalty Challenge #37 - Stitching Madness

Southern Girls Challenge #1 - anything goes

Shirleys2Girls - Twisted Thursdays Challenge #74 - Happy Birthday with a Critter

Thank you for visiting, and I treasure all comments left here.

May your day be blessed

Thursday, September 16, 2010


Hello to you all, and thank you for visiting.  I am displaying a change of craft today.  

My 'mojo' deserted me earlier this week, so I finished a project that has been in the making for so long that I had to return to my books to do some of the basics. Ooops!!  

I am pleased with the outcome, although annoyed with myself for pulling a thread on the edge as I removed the lace from the pillow.

The thread used was a pearle 8 - oh, the tail will straighten out, it is still 'curly' as the thread has not been long off the bobbins.

I tried to get a slightly larger image, but if I make it larger, the image goes off the page - frustrating!!  Ah - a bit of tinkering, and here is something a bit better as far as the detail goes.... I hope :-)

Thanks for calling by - may your day be blessed.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Pink and purple :-)

Hello, I just had to share the fun I had with this card this afternoon.

I have a friend who has limited sight and I wanted a card for here that had images that stood out - so I went for gold embossing, dry embossing and colour contrast.

The images are from Priscilla Styles Store and after printing them onto a bright pink vellum type of paper,  I heat embossed them in gold, then coloured the over-skirt on the frock with a glitter purple pen.  These images were then trimmed and stuck to white card.

The background paper is some that I painted eons ago, and I ran it through the Cutttlebug in the Oriental Weave folder.  The purple corner treatments are Vintage corners - again cut in the cuttlebug - where would I be without my trusty cuttlebug!!

I sponged the edge of the base card with purple ink, mounted everything onto it, and then added the rhinestones.

A quick card that I enjoyed making - I hope you have enjoyed the journey.

This is being linked to:

Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge #70

Paper Players Challenge #14 - Clean and Simple

Alice In Wonderland - Shine or Sparkle

Bee Crafty - Anything (digital) Goes

Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge # 99 - Clean and Simple

Thank you for visiting, and I love the comments you leave.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Bulldog and Bling - MMSC#70

Yes - two posts in a day - That's what happens when you make commitments to design teams - but it is fun!

When I was sent this image to work with I flinched for several reasons.  But enough of that, this image (this is one of a set of six) and an adorable new set of a terrier pup, are available at Priscillastyles Store

The image of a bulldog was a challenge to me. I am not a 'dog' person at all, and in New Zealand we have a gang called the Mongrel Mob (enough said) which uses a bulldog as it's insignia... not a pleasant association. But I overcame my prejudices and produced a card to the sketch given.

I started by re-sizing the image, and in one instance, I flipped it as well - another steep learning curve to this senior blonde - and after several arguments with the printer, I got it printed!!  

I heated the image with my heat gun to stop any ink run, and then coloured all four images the same, with multi mediums - inks, (sponged on), chalks, and water colour pencils.  The image in the largest panel was printed twice, and after colouring the dog, it was trimmed out of the second printed image and glued over the first one - the added dimension does not show much in the photograph, but it really 'pops' in real life.

I then trimmed and mounted the images on black card to 'frame' them before mounting them onto the red base card.  Then came the 'bling' requirements.  I could have used piercing, but did not remember in time so out came the black rhinestones - thankfully I had exactly the right number.

I could not help but to use the expression Doggone it!! - it was computer generated, cut with a shapability label die, embossed and sponged.  The inside of the card will have a comment about where have the years gone...

I have linked this to 

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May you have a blessed day.

Another Digital Two for Tuesday GD spot and MMSC# 69

Thank you for calling by - I love to see that you have visited. Today I am able to share some cards that I made for a Guest Designer spot over at Digital Two for Tuesday.  Cora shares the most amazing digital images sourced from old books, dress catalogues and the like.

She sent me the two images that she is sharing today, and this is what I did with them.  This cottage just cried out to be a masculine card, so that is what it became.  

I coloured the image with chalks, sponged the edge lightly with brown ink, and mounted it on a very dark green card. The base card was scored with the Scor-it tool.  I wanted a wee bit more detail, and as I had no brads, I punched some dark brown card with a 3/8" punch, glued them on and then put a drop of dimensional magic glue over them to give some shape and gloss.  What took the longest with this card was actually finalising the colour card to mount it on!

This is being linked to 
Stamping Sisters In Christ - Depicting Water 
Based on this scripture John 4:10, 13-14 (NIV) Jesus answered her, "If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water." Jesus answered, "Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life."

The next card had a lot more detail in the image and the card itself - The image was coloured with a combination of mediums, but primarily watercolour pencils - I decided to cut into the image with an oval nestibility.  To mount it on the purple scalloped part oval was an simple decision, but when put against the lace that edge was lost, so I eventually added the green layer, trimmed very closely, before the purple.

The detail on the purple was a gold dimensional glue.

The base that the lace, and then the oval was mounted on was a olive/gold paper which I had run through the Cuttlebug fleur-de-lis folder, distressed the edge of and then stitched onto the paler base that had been sponged with a similar coloured Whisper dye ink, Mossy Stone.

The butterflies were part of gift given as a thank you for "cat sitting".   They lacked an elusive 'something', so I sat and scrabbled through all sorts of odds and ends until I came across the green bugle beads  which were glued in place   - they seemed to just pull the whole thing together into a pleasing result.

I am linking this to 
Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge #69

Bunny Zoe's Crafts Challenge #3 - Vintage, distressing etc

Stamptacular Sunday Challenge #75 - distress it

Thank you for calling by - I treasure your comments.

May you day be blessed.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Nature Walk

Greetings  - the last couple of days the weather has thought that it is still winter, although officially it is spring, so it has turned cold and wet, which has meant studio time for me - not that I am complaining.

I finished this card yesterday afternoon, but could not photograph it until this morning as the light was appalling.

I started with this dark blue scrap that was on my desk and ran it through the cuttlebug in the Textile Texture folder  - to add emphasis to the design I ran a brayer loaded with Brilliance Moonlight white ink over it - then clear embossed it,  although the white does not show much, overall it gave the embossing a wonderful dimension.

With spring in mind, I decided to use my Layers of Color stamp set Nature Walk and stamped the flourish on the base cardstock - the joy of clear stamps (which these are) is that you can position them so easily :-).  

I then stamped the flowers from the same set in Brilliance Pearlescence Orchid, cut them out and layered them with dimensional tape.  The center of the smaller one was beaded using micro beads set in white craft glue.

It took a few minutes moving the flower around the card before I was happy with where I wanted to position it.

I wanted to add some lace, and in the end resorted to some paper lace I had on hand - it was white and looked too stark, so I inked it with the orchid ink, with a most satisfactory result.

The sentiment was added using the same ink as was used on the flourish - I chose this script-like stamp as it 'fitted' with the flourish.  

The final detail were the rhinestones in the corner.

Overall a card that I am very happy with, and was not very time consuming to make - I also used some materials that have been 'just sitting' for a while.

I am linking this to :

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