Monday, January 30, 2012

One Layer Anniversary

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 I needed a plethora of anniversary cards recently, and this is one of them.

I went for a single layer with sponging and random word stamps from the Layers of Colour set The Love Chapter for the background.

The sentiment was stamped and embossed and cut using a Lacy Circle spellbinders die, and then a scrap of sparkly ribbon was  wound around it.

The charm was attached with the same ribbon that I used on the circle, which had by now run out, so I had to use a silver edged ribbon for the bow.

The band across the base was punched both sides and then sponged with a pearlised ink. A clear chiffon silver edged ribbon was layered over this and the wee letter buttons added, then some rhinestones.

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Saturday, January 28, 2012

Bird and Cage

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I was sent some of the bird cage and bird die cuts in a RAK by the lovely Shelly Schmidt and challenged myself to use one the other day.

My base card was a piece I had coloured with the Ink, Spray and Smash technique some time ago.

I sponged both the bird, branch and cage with various Tsukineko inks.

The base of the card was stamped lightly to ground the image - the stamp was inked using the Rock and Roll technique.

The gloriously textured ribbon across the top of the card was bought at a Craft fair last year.  The lemon ribbon was layered over that and a bow attached over the hole of the cage.

The main card was layered over an apricot paper and then onto a deep cream card base. 

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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Puppy Love

Greetings, thank you for visiting, and I trust you feel welcome.

This is an image that is being released this week by McMahon Vintage called Puppy Love.

The image was coloured with chalks and the panel edges distressed and sponged.

The image was then mounted onto the angled plain paper, then onto the dp which is from the Prima 6x6 stack, Romantique - it is somewhat more green IRL than the camera showed.

The ribbon was some I had on hand from the Warehouse (local equivalent of K Mart) and the pearl mini swirl is by Zva Creative.

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Monday, January 23, 2012

Fleur Heart Anniversary

Welcome back - I am glad to see that you have visited.

I made this card as a CASE of one I saw at Paperlicious Designs, but when I went to link to the specific project, it has been taken down.

The main stamps are the same - the heart from the Fleur Hearts, and the words from The Love Chapter set by Layers of Color

The heart was stamped and clear embossed, masked, and the background wording stamped in blue not black.  

The lace is totally different, and I added the pearls and rosette.

I stamped and silver embossed the sentiment directly onto the card base rather than mount it on another layer as in the original.

The panel was stamped on cryogen paper which has a subtle sparkle, and was mounted on the navy base, and two silver lines drawn down either side.

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Friday, January 20, 2012

Happy Birthday

Greetings  - it is great to be here, albeit somewhat latter than planned.

This week I have used the new release Happy Birthday image from the D'Amour Allure range of images designed by Tiffany Mills that is available  from McMahon Five

 The image was coloured using chalks and some Stickles glitter glue for accents, and then cut using a Labels 14 die.

The sentiment was stamped with orange ink and clear embossed before cut with a Lacy circle die.

The paper is from the Prima Romantique pad.  The edge was punched and Kaiser chino pearls were added for accents.

The lace was a RAK from lovely Melisa Waldorf, the ribbon some I had purchased locally and some more pearls finished the card.

The team have produced some beautiful expamples of the releases this week - feel free to visit them - the links are on my sidebar.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Oops, Trying again

Welcome again - why the title - I entered too many challenges in the Less is More Challenge yesterday, so I am trying again....

This time my bird is a whimsical one from Layers of Color named Royal Birds

The image was stamped and then painted.

I then masked it with an oval and sponged around it with gold ink.

The sentiment was then stamped in the gold and embossed - this shot shows just how shimmery the ink gold is.

The final detail was to sponge the card edges.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012


Greetings - I am so glad you choose to come and visit my blog.

The subject of this post is a New Zealand indigenous bird, the Pukeko, also known as a Swamp Hen in other parts of the world.

I love this stylized stamp of these birds which so captures their cheeky nature.

I ran the card through the Flourished Frame folder to emboss it, and stamped the birds inside the frame. 

The birds were then painted with watercolour crayons, mixing a deep blue and black, then to try and give the sheen on the coats that these birds have IRL, I then over-painted them with irridescent blue.

The sentiment was stamped off centre in Memento Tuxedo Black as the birds were the focus of this card.

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Saturday, January 14, 2012

Fishy Beach

Greetings to my cyber visitors.
 I trust you feel welcome - and relaxed at this beach.

I made this from 'scratch', starting with a chalked background. The sky was chalk applied with my finger. The sea, chalk applied with a cotton bed (Q-tip), also using a torn piece of paper as a mask. 

The palm image (by Kiwistamping) was stamped using a watercolour crayon direct to stamp, and then touched up using a brush and colour from the crayons.  The fishing rod (Hastings Rubber Stamps) was stamped using a dye ink.

The sentiment was computer generated and double mounted.

Kindy Glitz was added to give the impression of foam on the wave edges.

The whole was then mounted onto a dark blue base.

A simple card which the photos do not really do justice to.

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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Jenna and Daisy Dog

Welcome, and may you enjoy your visit today.

I have two cards to share using new releases from McMahon Five

The first image is from a new line Sue is carrying called D'Amour Allure
Which has both red rubber,digi and clear acrylic stamps.
Let me introduce you to Daisy Dog  who is available as a digi stamp in both JPG and PND files. Isn't she so cute!!

Daisy was printed and then coloured with watercolour pencils.

She was then mounted in a frame made using Spellbinders Labels 10 that was previously embossed. 

The sentiment was computer generated using the Gigi font.

The lower right corner was adorned with some paper flowers that I had coloured with ink and rhinestones. 

The final detail was some silver cord on the top.

The second is being released under the Solocosmo label and is entitled Jenna.

I printed the image onto linen textured card and coloured her with chalks.

I mounted her over some paper scraps that were on my desk, the green is from the Prima Fairy Flora 6x6 stack. All the edges of the layers were sponged with the green ink used to colour her eyes. 

The wee doily at the bottom was one that I had stamped and embossed some weeks ago when I was just 'puddling around' in the studio.

After mounting all the layers on a some speckled cream card, the corners were pierced and the edges sponged with Memento Bamboo Leaves ink.

Please do visit the other DT members' blogs (by clicking on thier names on the side bar) to see all the crafting beauty that has happened this week, and all the other releases. 

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Orange Dahlias

Greetings to my guests - Thank you for calling by.
It is a soggy summer in my corn of the Antipodes, and today I have been chased indoors from the garden by the rain, so I have chosen this cheerful card to share.

I used the Dotted Dahlias image by Nina B Designs for the focal point, stamping the large one three times and cutting two smaller layers.

They were painted with twinkling H2O s and mounted with foam between the layers to give dimension, and a pearl finished the centers of all three blooms.

The card base was orange card stock, with a green pattern designer paper layer. I made sure the palest corner was where I was going to stamp the quote from Spurgeon.

I finished the card by stamping a Dahlia bud and the sentiment inside.

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Monday, January 2, 2012

Paper Piecing and Dotted Dahlias

Welcome - May I take this opportunity to wish you all the best for 2012.

This card was inspired by another blogger who uses the paper piecing technique frequently and to great advantage.

I used the Nina B designed Dotted Dahlias set from Layers of Color . 

 The paper on the flower is from an old, unnamed set of scrap book papers, the stems from a Bug a Boo set of papers.

These layers were from various scraps that I had saved/hoarded (depends on your perspective) and punched the edges.

The sentiment was stamped on another re-purposed scrap and formed into a mini-tag with a punched the edge.

This fabulous thread is called feather twine and is gorgeous!

The butterflies were punched and adhered to the base, then had micro beads glued on.

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