Monday, July 30, 2012

Grandma - full time lovin'

Welcome, and this post will explain my lack of blogging for a day or two.

We have spent the last few days with my daughter and her family. The two little people have both been a bit off colour with winter ailments, but this afternoon my daughter snapped this photo.

My grand daughter had wanted to climb up and join the cuddles, but when her mother went to take the photo she objected - which is most unusual as she usually loves the camera!

Next post will be another card, no doubt!

Thanks for visiting - may your day be blessed.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Stitched Sympathy

Welcome again - I have had to make another sympathy card today, and I 
went for extreme simplicity.

Just texture and a sentiment.

The sentiment was stamped and cut with a Spellbinders classic oval die, and the edge pierced before removing the die, faux stitched with a silver pen and the edges sponged.

The embossing folder was a Sissex by Tim Holtz that I got as part of the class I went to at SENZ.

I am linking this to:

Thanks for visiting - may your day be blessed.
Thank you also for blessing me with your comments - they are such an encouragement .

Card recipe:
Card: - White
Ink: Vivid Cobblestone
Stamp: Our Daily Bread Designs - With Sincere Sympathy

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Grease Monkey

Welcome to my corner of blog-dom, and thank you for visiting.

The title of this post is a slang term for a mechanic, and implies that they are not well qualified - it is not a popular name, and I risk offending some, but it is an attention grabber for a title.

I needed a masculine card for a mechanic, so could not resist using this image from Bonibleaux Designs/Dudetime Doodles

I coloured the image with chalks and sponged the edges before mounting it on the layer of gray card stock.  The stripey boarder was a scrap on my desk, left over from a workshop, but it fitted beautifully here.

The sentiment was silver embossed and then had ink sponged over it, and wiped off the embossing for greater contrast.  The homemade tag was attached with a brad, and three matching brads were placed at the base of the panel.

The whole was then mounted on a cream card, and the card edges swiped over the ink pad as a finishing detail.

I am linking this to:
Simple Create Too Challenge #18 - Use it two times (at least)
(The gray card as background and tag, the brads)

Thanks so much for visiting - may your day be blessed, and thank you for blessing and encouraging me with your comments.

Card Recipe:
Stamps: Undercarriage Craig by Bonibleaux, Hero Arts Little happy Birthday
Card stock: Cream and grey
Paper: SU, name unknown
Ink: Vivid Cobblestone
Accessories: Brads, Chalks

Friday, July 20, 2012

Card for a Friend.

Welcome, and thank you for visiting again

I wanted to make a card of encouragement for a friend who was taking a step of faith, and this is the result.

I started off with the main image, which I had downloaded from Karen Murray's blog PaperCraft Memories, from her WORDart series.

I sponged the edges with gray in and mounted it onto gray card stock, and then tied some bakers twine across the bottom - some of my stash from a shopping spree at SENZ (Stamp Expo New Zealand) last week.

This was mounted onto a base which had been decorated with some dp, and then I added some perfect pearls (more stash)

The final touch was this rose which was in a RAK from Sue McMahon of McMahon Five when I was on her DT.

I am linking this to:

Thanks for visiting - may your day be blessed.

Card recipe:
Card: Grey
Stamp: digi from Papercraft Memories
Ink: vivid Cobblestone
Accessories: Prima rose, Prima dp, Romantique, bakers twine.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Yellow and green

Welcome, and thanks again for calling by.

I was wanting to make a fresh 'spring like' card for an upcoming birthday, and this is the result.

I started with the background - which is one of a series of photographs that my DS and DIL took for me to use as backgrounds some years ago. It is simply a macro shot of an heavily textured leaf.

The tag is from Our Daily Bread Designs.  It was stamped and fussy cut, the flowers were coloured with ink from stamp pads. I wanted a more grungy look and tried several ribbons on the tag, but ended up with just the two in a very simple, sparkly duo.

 The tag was layered onto the photo, the yellow card and then onto a pre-cut card base with a deckle edge, and the edges were all sponged with co-ordinating inks.

The butterflies were punched, adhered and then blinged with pearls, some of which were added to the corners of the yellow layer.

I am linking this to:

Thanks for visiting - may your day be blessed

Card Recipe:
Card Stock - Acid green, bright yellow
Stamps: Our Daily Bread Designs Daffodil tag
Inks: Tsukineko Memento Bamboo Leaves and (yellow)
Accessories: Photograph, butterfly punch, pearls, ribbon

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Praying Sympathy

Welcome again - yes two posts in two days.... thanks for visiting.

This time it is a sympathy card I am featuring.

The background was made by pounding flowers - this was the sheet of paper I had on the reverse of the flowers, so was not particularly 'pretty'. 

 I embossed it with the leafy branch folder, and the rubbed green inks over the embossing, and the edge of the panel on a light brown ink.

As this is quite busy, I kept the balance of the card simple.  

The sentiment was stamped on a small panel of the base card stock, and sponged with the same ink - the base card was also sponged with the same colour.

The final touches were the satin ribbon and bow, and the string of pearls.

I am linking this to:

Thanks for visiting - may your day be blessed.

Please excuse the white highlighting - I don't know why it has appeared, and I cannot seem to remove it :-(

Card Recipe:
Card Stock : Lemon and watercolour paper
Inks : Memento Bamboo Leaves, Pear Tart and Desert Sand.
          Whispers Mossy Stone
Stamps: Our Daily Bread Designs - Praying For You
Acessories: Ribbon, pearls, pansies.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

A Fun Technique

Welcome - thank you for taking time to visit.

Late last month there was a tutorial over at Our Daily Bread Designs using embossing resist to form a background.  I liked to look of it, so 'had a go' and this is the result.

For the background I chose to use a butterfly image, and I was glad I did as it was very hard to see where I had been - I was not worried that some overlapped, as a flock of  butterflies don't fly in straight lines when disturbed.

Not all the embossing was as neat as above, so when I assembled the card I added the corner ribbon and the sentiment label in strategic places.

I had fun playing with this technique, and have been dreaming up other colour and stamp combinations to use.

I am linking this to:

Thanks for visiting - may your day be blessed.
Card Recipe:
Card - Bright yellow and white
Inks: Distress in Aged Mahogany,Victorian Velvet, Mustard Seed, memento Tuxedo Black
Stamps: Layers of Color (ret) Butterfly Collector, Inspired Stamps Inspired Backgrounds
Accessories: Brad, ribbon Spellbinders Double Ended Tags

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Just Sayin'

Welcome once again - I am glad you have made time to visit.

I recently made a card for a four year old boy - he is a bright young man who is very active, so with this in mind I made this card.

I used The Crafts Meow set Just Sayin' to make the center panel.

I stamped the word bubble first, added the greeting and embossed it in copper, then masked it off and created the background with the abc stamp in the set, using further masking and stamping off to vary the placement and colour intensity.  As I did not have any matching cardstock, I swiped the ink pad on the edges of the layer to have a matching border to the panel.

The little skate boarder is a digi image from The Digi Garden - he was coloured with chalks and mounted on foam dots to add dimension.
The final detail was to sponge the edges of the card with the ink used on the feature panel.

I am linking this to:

Thanks for calling in - may your day be blessed.
Card Recipe:
Card stock: kraft
Ink: Tsukineko Memento Rhubarb Stalk
Stamps: Just Sayin' by the crafts Meow, Skateboarder by The Digi Garden
Accessories: Clear Embossing ink, copper embossing powder, chalks.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

CAS Birthday

Welcome - thanks for calling in, I so appreciate your visits.
Today I am sharing a card that was inspired by the challenge over at Less is More to use their logo as inspiration, and this is the result.

This card came together quite quickly as I had already planned it in my head.... that does not always happen.


This image was stamped using a Kaleidacolor ink pad, and one other.

The sentiment was stamped using the 'extra' ink colour I had added to the base of the image.

The butterfly was painted with the colours from the kaleidacolor ink pad after I had gold embossed it, and mounted on a dimensional foam dot.

The pearls were the final embellishment, used primarily to add emphasis to the sentiment and balance to the whole.

I am linking this to:

Thanks for visiting - may your day be blessed

Card Recipie:
Card Stock  : White
Inks: Tsukineko Kaleidacolor Cappuccino, Ranger Adirondack Espresso, Clear Embossing
Stamps: Layers of Color (retired) Butterfly Collector and Joyful Noise, Sentiment unknown
Accessories: Kaiser half pearls Chino, gold embossing powder.