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.

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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.

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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

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Computer Geek

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 I was asked to make a card for a computer buff - who works with, plays with, programmes and studies computers. I was asked to have a computer image on it. This is the result.

The images were freely available on the internet (Google Images).  They were printed, trimmed and mounted on dark brown card.
The design paper is one from a Kaiser 6x6 stack, Le Chateau.  

The sentiment is from Kiwistamping and was gold embossed, cut out and sponged with a Spellbinders ribbon tag trio die

The faux nail heads are my own creation - I punch out the circles, adhere them where I want them and then put a drop of dimensional glue on them.

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Sunday, November 20, 2011

Lily Boy Blue

I was asked to make a baby boy card the other day,
and this is what transpired, which I was very happy with.

The image is Baby Cana Lily by McMahon Vintage Digitals, coloured with chalks.

The image was printed on cryogenic paper which has a lovely twinkle in it which shows through any colouring medium.  The image was mounted it on a scalloped oval cut from some shiny blue paper from a 'scrap pack'.

This was mounted over a beautiful ribbon that came wrapped around some stamps (thanks to Layers of Color), and a button was added to that.

The corner was cut using the Vintage corners die, and pearls added for interest.  The sentiment is from Stampendous, and the card was finished with some faux stitching with a glitter pen.

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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Royal Gathering

Thank you for visiting, and I trust you are feeling most welcome.

Despite the title, I have not been taking tea with the queen.

This is a new release from McMahon Vintage Digital  entitled Royal Gathering.

I have discovered over the past months that I love these designs. I have coloured the image with chalks, and then sponged the edges with distress ink before mounting it on the beautiful paper from the Prima Romantique 6x6 stack.  

I chose this paper as it had the wee picture of the two horses in the corner, which so beautifully complemented the main image.  Again the edges were sponged, and then mounted on the Kraft base, which I simply ran the edges over the same ink pad.

The card was finished with a bow made from hand dyed seam binding, (a RAK from Lovely Linda) and some chino Kaiser half pearls

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Sunday, November 13, 2011

The sewing project.........

 Welcome - I trust you will enjoy a non-card related craft post this afternoon.
It all started appox. 12 months ago when a young friend announced her engagement, and I offered to make her wedding gown.....

So there was a shopping trip to a larger centre, and I came home with metres of chiffon, satin, lining, satin binding etc. 

A few weeks later I received the lace, which made me drool it was so beautiful.

There was another woman making the bridesmaids dresses, but her machine could not handle the chiffon, so I also ended up with some of the bridesmaids sewing to do too!

Four weeks ago I started with the chiffon 'shrugs'...

Then came the frock, and the fittings, and the alterations to ensure it was a good fit - all between trips back and forth between where she is living now, and here, for the bride, as she had some commitments there which were unavoidable.  Made for fun at times, but we persevered and had a good result.

One of the parts I really loved was working with the lace, and here is a view of it attached to the top of the bodice of the frock.

One of the last parts to be made was the train - of two layers of chiffon. This is a snap of just the end of it, 

after the metres and metres of
 hand stitching the bias to the inside.

And here is the finished product

And the box of scraps at the foot of my sewing machine, which has not done so much sewing for a very long time!!

And some photos of the big day - it was warm enough that the bridesmaids did not need to wear their shrugs..

On her father's arm....

The Vows

Presenting Mr Craig and Mrs Sheryl Hoare

The bridal party outside the church - just as it started to rain, and before everyone was posed......

I trust you enjoyed this post, and I will be back to stamping and paper-craft shortly.
May your day be blessed.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Sweet sleep

Welcome, and thank you for visiting again.

I have had a run of making baby cards recently, and this one was made with the Stamping Sisters In Christ challenge in mind.

The challenge was to Dig in your stash and use one of your oldest stamp sets, one that hasn't seen any use for a long while.

I used two of my original stamps in the background - the script stamp is from Kiwistamping, a local company who are totally responsible for my stamping addiction, and my first ever purchase are the flower stamps, two from a trio from Hero Arts which is now deleted.  The script was simply stamped with chalk ink, and the flowers were stamped with embossing ink and clear embossed.

The adorable focal image is a digistamp, a freebie, by May Brit. This was coloured in chalks after being printed in Cryogen paper, and was mounted on foam dots for some dimension.

This photograph gives some idea of the subtle sparkle in the paper that shows through the colouring medium.

I fussy cut the image and mounted it on an oval cut using a Nestabilitie Classic oval that was sponged before removing the die.  this was mounted over the organza ribbon which was folded in half to get the strong colour and correct width. The bling was the final touch.

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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Christmas is coming!!

Welcome - thanks for visiting my blog again.

This week at McMahon Five Christmas designs are the theme of the releases - I decided to show case the Purrfect Stocking image.

As a cat lover this image had instant appeal - I decided not to colour the kitten, rather to showcase him by surrounding him with colour.

I used Lyra watercolour crayons to paint the image, added some Crystal Stickles for glitter, over painted the holly leaves with twinkling H20's, and used a metallic gold pen for the bells.

This photo shows the sparkle a little better.

I mounted the coloured image onto some red card stock, and doodled some faux stitching around the edge of the white with a red pen.

The finishing detail was this variegated 'eyelashes' yarn wound around the top of the image panel and tied in a bow.

The other design team diva's have made some amazing samples, so please visit them - the links are on the sidebar.  

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Sunday, November 6, 2011


Thanks so much for visiting - I trust you feel welcome here.
The card I want to share today is one that wish to give to a friend stepping out on a short term missions trip.

I used the Layers of Color stamp sets Gothic Crosses and  Encouragement.

The cross was stamped and embossed in gold on cream card - it is a darker cream IRL.

The sentiment was also gold embossed and cut with a Spellbinders Lacy Circle, and sponged with Brilliance Galaxy Gold ink before removing the die.

The dp is from the Prima Fairy Flora 6x6  stack, and embossed  de-bossed with the Swiss Dots folder.

The final detail was to add this hand died seam binding that was a RAK from Lovely Linda  and mount it all on cream card stock which I had sponged the edges of with more gold ink.

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Thursday, November 3, 2011

Ready for the Ball

Welcome, and thank you for visiting.

Once again it time for a new release from McMahon Five
 This image is from McMahon Vintage Digitals, and is called 

The image was coloured with chalks, but glitter pens were used for the dark pink and gold trims. She was cut out using a Nestabilities classic oval, embossed and sponged with gold ink before the die was removed.

This was mounted using the Card Patterns Sketch #139.  The ribbon was some that I have had on hand since my very early days of stamping, bought, I think, from the Warehouse.  This was placed over the dp from the 

At the base of the image is Prima warm gray lace, alternated with some narrow nylon lace.

The card was finished with some bling recently given to me.

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