Monday, December 26, 2011

Hats Essential!!

Welcome - it is sooo hot here at the moment, one dare not go outside without a hat!!

I enjoyed 'playing' with this set by Layers of Color stamp set Beautiful Lace, designed by Nina B.

Love this wide border and when stamped in dye inks the detail is amazing!!

This hat is also part of the set - I painted it with twinkling H2O's and fussy cut it and mounted it on foam dots.

The background doily was cut from pale blue card and the edges sponged before adhering just the centre of the doily to the base, which meant the edges lifted a wee bit giving, the impression of more dimension.

The sentiment was embossed on vellum, cut and embossed with a labels 10 die  and mounted over an identically shaped piece of blue card.

The final detail was the rhinestones and silver cord.

Thank you so much for visiting - may your day be blessed

Friday, December 23, 2011

Christmas Card 2011

Thank you for visiting, and may I take this opportunity to wish you Christmas greetings. 

Just a short post today to display my Christmas card for this year, as I know folk I posted to have now received them. 

I kept them very CAS this year and was pleased with the result.
The images are from Layers of Color, from two of their new Christmas sets
Christmas Verses and Glad Tidings.

The dove was stamped and gold embossed, the holly painted with twinkling H2O's and some Kindy glitz added. 

I cut a spellbinders classic oval die out of some scrap card, stamped the image on another scrap, then cut it out and adhered it inside the edges of the cut oval, this was used as a stencil so I could sponge the edges of the oval.  After sponging I ran a blue glitter pen around the inside edge of the die.

The sentiments were both stamped in red.

My apologies to the overseas recipients that they did not get the glitter on their cards - that inspiration did not strike until later .

I am linking this to:

May your Christmas be blessed.

Card: white
Ink: memento Red Rooster and Danube Blue, Clear Embossing ink.
Accessories: Blue glitter pen, spellbinders classic oval dies, kindyglitz.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Birthday for a Young Man

Welcome - as promised, another card.
 I will let the pictures speak for themselves and keep the words to a minimum.

I started out with a totally different idea, but it just did not work, so I changed tack, and this is the result.

The main image was stamped in a deep red on kraft card stock.

The scripture was gold embossed and sponged before I mounted it on foam dots.

The sentiment was also gold embossed and the edges sponged, before being mounted over raffia ribbon on foam dots.

Thank you for visiting - may your day be blessed.

Stamps: Our Daily Bread Designs Keep My Lamp Burning
            hero Arts Little Happy birthday
Inks: Clear embossing, Pearlescent Poppy
Accessories: Gold ep, raffia

Saturday, December 17, 2011

A Girl And Her Pearls

Welcome - I am so pleased to have you visit. 

I have had lots of fun in the studio these past few days - with lots of productive time, and hopefully, lots of blogging, depending on visitors and 
grand children :-).

I had great fun with this dress form image, and I also played with my
 Opalite interference inks.

I used the same technique on the sentiment panel.

The dress form was mounted on some dp from the Fairy Flora stack that I had embossed using the retro circles folder.

The final touch were the pearls!!  No self respecting girl would go out without her pearls.

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Thanks for calling by - may your day be blessed.

Stamps: Layers of Colors Beautiful Lace, Hero Arts Happy Birrthday
Inks: Opalite Interference - Glacier Blue, Nordic Ice, Winter Rust, Clear Embossing
Card Stock: Blue, dp - bugaboo paper, Prima Fairy Flora 6x6 stack
Accessories: retro circles embossing folder, pearls, silver embossing powder.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Lace and Layers

A warm welcome to you all - thank you for visiting.  

I had time to 'play' with my new Layers of Color stamps the other day and this is the result.

I started by creating the background using the 'ink, spray, smash' technique. The instructions are on the Layers of Color blog.  

I then stamped over this using the border stamp from the Lovely Lace set of stamps, and gold embossed it.

The dress form was stamped on a scrap of paper from the Fairy Flora pad. This was mounted on some novelty 'ribbon' I had on hand.

The scripture stamp in the set was stamped and gold embossed.

The doily from the set was stamped in versamark ink to give a watermark effect.

The card was assembled with a gold ribbon ribbon and some rhinestones to finish.

I am linking this to:

Thanks for calling by - may your day be blessed.

Stamps: Layers of Color Lovely Lace
Inks: Clear embossing and Versamark
Paper: glossy white, orange, Prima Fairy Flora 6x6 stack
Accessories: Gold ribbon, rhinestones, fancy ribbon

Thursday, December 8, 2011

I Will Sing

Welcome - it is lovely to have you visit again.
This is a new release from McMahon Five and is called 

I printed the image and verse directly onto the design paper - from the Prima, Fairy Flora 6x6 stack. 

 The image comes with the Treble Cleft either open or solid black - a lovely variation.  The open one was printed and coloured with  gold pigment ink. 

The corners are provo-craft vintage corners, and were cut from some card stock that matched the blue in the paper, and I added the 'bliss'  half pearls from Kaisercraft

The butterflies were punched from a subtle gold paper with a Carl Craft punch, and the 'bodies' of gold dimensional paint added.

I am linking this to:
Thank you for visiting - may your day be blessed.

Card Stock: crimson, pale blue
Dp: Prima Fairy Flora
Stamp: I will Sing by  McMahon Digital
Accessories: Pearls by kaiser craft, Vintage Corner die by Provo Craft

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Dare taken!!

Welcome to my craft area - this is a one-off post written in response to a friend 'daring' me to share my work area, which she does on a weekly basis!

This is my desk, with equipment stored at either end and underneath.

This is the main work station with what I use most, closest to hand.

To the left

and to the right...........

Shelving behind me

and stuff on the floor 'coming to get me' as my DH says!

I do have a wonderfully light area and I love working in this space.

Thanks for calling in - may your day be blessed.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

CAS and Wood Themed

Welcome to my little spot of blogland.

I had to make a birthday card recently which was done in a hurry, and was the second one I had had to make for this person. This was the result.

The creative process was started with the tree stamp - one I had received earlier in the week in a blog candy/RAK from Kary over at Papercrafting and Travels as part of her birthday give-aways.

Next step was when this tag fell out from a tray as I was getting out some scrap paper for my desk - it was an old one which I promptly turned over and re-purposed.

I applied two inks to the tree stamp fairly randomly, not in a true rock and roll technique, but the idea came from that.

The edges of both the main tag and the white image panel were distressed and sponged, and the sentiment was stamped using the same ink.

The ribbon was originally white, but I ran it over the darker inkpad to colour it.  Although it looks as though a thread on the edges has not taken the die, it did eventually spread right through the ribbon.

The dp was from an "el-cheapo" pack I bought from the Warehouse when I first started to consider using layers - very early in my paper crafting days!! It had a very pale striped pattern on it, which did not quite 'fit', so I ran it through a woodgrain embossing folder, and then swiped it with an ink pad.

The base card is a dark hunter green, and the whole was finished with some bronze bling.

Total time from sitting down to completion - 25 minutes!!  Pretty quick considering I really didn't have anything in mind when I started.

I am linking this to:

Thanks for calling by. May your day be blessed.

Stamps - sentiment Kiwistamping, tree from Peace, Joy, Love set by Unity Stamps
Inks      - Memento Cottage Ivy, Bamboo Leaves, Desert Sand
Paper    - Warehouse pack,
Card      - hunter and lime green
Accessories - Rhinestones by Kaisercraft

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Silent Night

Welcome once again - today I am sharing a new release image from McMahon Vintage Digitals called Silent Night

I printed both the image and the sentiment onto vellum gold embossed them, and cut them with a Nestabilitie classic oval.  

The scene was coloured on the back of the vellum with water colour pens, and some blue card was cut to the shape of the sky line and adhered to form the sky.  The image was them mounted over a scalloped oval of Cryogen paper, although the sparkle did not show through the vellum.
The sentiment was also layered over the cryogen card.

The background layer was a dark blue card sprayed with Shimmerz spray.

The ribbon was layered over the blue, and a wee bow folded held with silver flower spit pin.

Pleae feel free to visit the other team members (they are linked from my side bar) to see the other releases this week.

Thanks for visiting - may your day be blessed

Image: Silent Night digital from McMahon Five
Accessories: Gold embossing powder, water colour pens,
                  silver ribbon, silver split pin,Shimmers Spray
                  Cryogen paper.

Monday, November 28, 2011

White Rose Birthday

Warm greetings to you from the Antipodes - I trust you feel welcome here.

The card I am sharing today is one I have enjoyed making - even if what I envisioned and what evolved are two different things.

I started with the background, sponging colours onto shiny white card, then stamping the motif over it.

The main sentiment was embossed using Green Tinsel embossing powder, and the edge of the panel was run over the green ink pad and then lightly sponged.

The greeting panel had the same treatment.

The lace had some gold edged ribbon laid threaded through it, and the wee bows slipped onto the ribbon as it came to the front of the lace.
Another two ribbons were laid diagonally across the top section of the card. 

The main panel was layered over a dark hunter green base card.

The  final addition were these three wee roses with Kindy Glitz added. The stalks were twisted around to form a feature, instead of adding leaves.  Ideal for a small feature like this.

I am linking this to:

Thank you so much for visiting, and more so for commenting :-)
May your day be blessed.

Stamps - Motif from Touch of Elegance by Layers of Color
              Scripture from Our Daily Bread Designs Scripture Collection 2
              Birthday greeting by KiwiStamping
Ink        -Memento Pear Tart, Bamboo Leaves, Cottage Ivy, Cantaloupe. 
             Adirondack bottle, Clear Embossing
Card     - Shiny White, Hunter Green.
            - Tinsel Green Embossing Powder, Ribbon, Prima Flowers

Friday, November 25, 2011

Anniversary Tag

Welcome - thank you for taking the time to visit.

This card is for a couple celebrating a wedding anniversary, and I chose to use the Layers of Color Love Chapter set of stamps.

I am always aware that an anniversary card goes to a couple, so try to not to make it too feminine.

The sentiment is from the Happy Wishes Set, also by Layers of Color, and the tag made using a Labels 14 die, which was embossed and used as a stencil for the sponging.

I could not get a good close up of this stamp, but it is 1 Cor.13 vs 4-6 in a beautiful script.  This and the torn  paper were both sponged with violet ink.

The pearls finished the card.

I am linking this to:

Thanks so much for visiting - May your day be blessed.

Stamps: Layers of Color Love chapter and Happy Wishes
Inks: Brilliance Mediterranean Blue, Memento Violet
Paper: Handmade purple, Prima Fairy Flora
Accessories: Labels 14, Pearls, Ribbon