Wednesday, October 31, 2012

3-D flower and Butterfly

Greetings again - thank you for visiting, and I trust you feel welcome in this corner of the blog-isphere.

I recently made a birthday card for a friend with limited sight, and I try to make a very tactile card with reasonable contrast for them to be able to appreciate it.

I started with a very large scalloped oval that I had received in a RAK from Lovely Linda.  I made a basic gatefold card from it, and then added the dp on the two outer surfaces.  The edges of the card, and the top and bottom of the inner were sponged with a rouge ink.

The rose started as crinkled tissue paper that I rubbed the rouge ink over, then glued to thin card and cut and embossed, then edges of the petals were inked as well. The layers were held together with a jewelled brad.

The butterfly was made using a cuttlebug die and embossing folder set.

The sentiment was embossed, cut and sponged and layered over another die cut, and the closure secured with a ribbon.

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Card Recipe:
Card - white and a scrap of red
Ink - Rouge chalk ink, clear embossing ink
Stamps - unknown sentiment
Paper - Kaiser Miss Nellie pad
  Dies - Spellbinders Large classic scalloped oval, Labels 10, Donna Slazinger Rose, Magnificent Circles.
           Provocraft Butterfly with embossing folders
  Ribbon, gold embossing powder, tissue paper, jewelled brad

Monday, October 29, 2012

Cycle of Life

Welcome again - and thank you for visiting.
Two days after the news of a death last week, we had the news of a birth of a wee boy in the extended family.

I started by embossing the patterned paper with a a Tim Holtz 'fades' folder, 
and sponging the edges and applying ink to the texture using the 'direct to paper' technique.

The teddy bear image is a freebie from Organic Zombie,  coloured with chalks and mounted on foam for some dimension.

The sentiment was stamped, cut and sponged before being mounted with ribbon. 

The card was finished with some pearls. 

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Thanks for any comments left - they are such an encouragement.

Card Recipe:
Card - dark blue
Image - Ozzy Bear by Organic Zombie
Patterned paper - pack from The Warehouse
Inks - Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Faded Jeans distress inks
Accessories - China kaiser craft half pearls, chalks, ribbon.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Unexpected Sympathy

Greetings and welcome.
The card I had to make yesterday was for a work colleague of my husband.  Both men are retired, but for all that his death was unexpected.

Sympathy Barrie H 12 (3)
I chose the colours as they are ones I know he enjoyed. 
Sympathy Barrie H 12 (1)
I started by crinkling a piece of pale pink tissue and then rubbing the violet ink over it, then wrapping it around a bright pink panel of card to sustain the pink colour.
Sympathy Barrie H 12 (2)
The crosses from the Layers of Color (retired) set Gothic Crosses were gold embossed on white card and fussy cut and layered. 
Sympathy Barrie H 12 (5)
When they were mounted on the panel I used foam dots to give them some dimension.
Sympathy Barrie H 12 (4)
I stamped and embossed the sentiment, from Layers of Color retired Sent With Love set. After shaping the banner, it too was mounted with foam dots over the gold edged ribbon that went the full width of the card..
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Card Recipe:
Card – purple, white and Pink
Ink – Clear embossing and Versa color Violet
Paper – pink tissue paper
Accessories – gold edged ribbon and gold embossing powder

Monday, October 22, 2012

Sunflowers and Prayers

Welcome – I think the computer issues that have kept me unable to blog are now resolved, thanks to my wonderful SIL!!
I was given this image of sunflowers to use by Cora over at Digital Two for Tuesday, and this is what eventuated.
GDT DTT12 (7)
The image was printed on cryogen curious metallics paper and coloured with chalks. The paper has ‘inbuilt’ glitter which shows through whatever medium you use to colour it, in this instance, I used chalks.
GDT DTT12 (5)
The image was cut and embossed using a Spellbinders Classic oval die, then mounted over die cuts from the Marvellous Squares and Floral Ovals sets in orange and golden yellow cards stock respectively.
GDT DTT12 (3)
After mounting these on a green card, I finished the card by stamping and gold embossing the sentiment from a deleted stamp set from Layers  of Color, and added two gold cut outs from the Cuttlebug Vintage Corners dies.
The final touch was to mount it all on a very dark brown base.
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Any comments you leave are greatly appreciated.

Card Recipe:
Cardstock – Dark brown, smoky green,gold yellow, orange.
Colouring – chalks
Paper – cryogen curious metallic
Ink – clear embossing
Accessories – Spellbinders dies as named, Cuttlebug die as named, gold embossing powder.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

A Bevy of Beauties

Welcome - thanks for calling by again. 
 I have had the pleasure of making cards for three wee girls who have been born in the last month.

This was the first of the cards, and I gained my inspiration from a blog I follow, and the artist was good enough to supply a template - unfortunately I cannot remember who, and their name was not on the template.  What I did learn from her was to use an oval spellbinders die to cut the 'leg' edge.

The collar was cut using a Spellbinders Die, and pearls added for decoration, and the lace was a scrap I had on hand.

The sentiment was initially stamped using white ink, but that was not distinct enough, so I re-stamped and embossed it. Although I used the Stamp-a-ma-jig, I was slightly off, so there is a shadow effect.

The next onsie was cut using white card, and the edges sponged.

After cutting the 'collar' portion, I sponged the edge whilst it was still in the die.  After stamping the sentiment I added bling to finish the card.

The final card was again cut using a white base and sponged with pink.  

The collar was cut from a dp that has a slight sparkle in it, so I also added sparkle to the paper lace I edged the sleeves and legs with.  The lace was originally white, and I added colour by running the lace over the ink pad.

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Cardstock - White and Pink
Papers - white, Kaiser Miss Nellie  block and Authentique Splendor block
Stamp - Stampendous Welcome Little One
Ink - Whispers Rich Plum, Brilliance Pearlescent Poppy and Orchid, and Moonlight White, clear embossing
Dies - Spellbinders Exquisite Circles, Labels 10 and 20
Accessories - paper lace, kindy glitz, pearls and rhinestones, lace, white embossing powder

Sunday, October 7, 2012

World Card Making Day

Welcome - this is my contribution to World Card Making Day. 

I made it today, sharing the day with some from the States, as I did not get a chance to make one yesterday, the 6th October, here in the antipodes.

I used an image from Birds Cards, a freebie.

After printing it off, I cut it out using a Spellbinder labels 10 die, and coloured it using distress inks, and 'sparkle' pens, and then stippled Iridescent Medium over the 'sea' and the sails.

You can  just see it here in this photo.

I mounted a layer of mesh from a vegetable bag over the blue card, and adhered the image over this, after adding some twine to one end.  The featured panel was then mounted over a base of dark green.

Thanks for calling by - may your day be blessed.
I welcome your comments, they are always an encouragement.

Image - free from Birds Cards
Blue and green cardstock.
Plastic mesh.
Distress inks - Faded Jeans, Broken China, Tumbled Glass, Tea Dye, Vintage Photo and Bundled Sage.
Iridescent medium
Pearl cotton
Red, Bronze and blue metallic ink pens.

Friday, October 5, 2012


Greetings, and welcome again.
Thanks for being patient while I continue to deal with unruly computers.

I needed a card for a young man who is developing into a real bookworm, and I could not access my digital images at the time, so this is what I came up with.

The card started with the end (read scrap) of a piece of watercolour paper which I had misted with water, coloured with distress daubers, then misted again.  That piece then dictated the orange card base.

I pulled out a scrap piece of card stock and saw this old greeting stamp used on it, so fossicked around, found it, and gold embossed it, then coloured the balloons with metallic pens.

The background paper is a scrap from an old dictionary page (my friend found it in a garage sale and bought it for me).  I tore and sponged the edges.

The book I drew freehand, and mounted over foam dots to give dimension.  The bookworm is a piece of cord that I cut to measure, whipped the end of, and in the whipping added a couple of beads.  It looks really cute IRL!

The final detail was a bookmark to go with it - I used the same card and paper and simply stamped his name on it with some plain alpha letters and covered it with clear sticky plastic.  The cord is threaded through an eyelet.

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Thank you too for your comments - they are a real encouragement.  

Cardstock : Orange
Papers - water colour and dictionary page
Inks - clear embossing, Bronze, gold and silver metallic pens
Stamps: Sentiment by Kiwistamping, letters - cheap, clear set from chainstore
Accessories: distress Daubers Vintage Photo, Rusty Hinge and Spiced Marmalade,
                  Cord, thread, beads.