Tuesday, November 27, 2012

This Year's Christmas Card

Welcome - and thanks for calling by to visit.

Just a note here to say that I may not be posting much over the next few weeks as we have family commitments, and we are also finishing some painting on the house.  I would far rather paint with water colours on paper, but needs be that I have to use acrylics on wood...

I started this project by sorting through my Layers of Color Christmas stamps. Unfortunately the company is now not trading any longer as I love their stamps.

This is the stamp I used as the main feature, and after stamping I distressed the edges and sponged on some more ink.

There were two sentiments used - this is on the top left,

and this on the bottom right.

The wings were stamped using a Brillance pearlescent ink, which you can see in the second photo has a lovely sheen on it.

The card was assembled after sponging the edges, starting with a strip of Christmas dp from a pack that I won from Alicia over at Time to Create, then layering the main image over that.  The stars are from a packet of metallic confetti that I have had from very early in my stamping days! (Ahem, like a decade...), and after gluing them on, I remembered why there are still so many of them in the container!! 

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Thanks so much for visiting - and for any comments you may leave - they are a great encouragement.
May your day be blessed.

Card recipe:
Card stock - bream and white
Inks - Tsukineko Brillance Galaxy Gold and Memento Rich Cocoa
          Distress Inks - Tea Dye, Fired Brick and Crushed Olive
Stamps - all retired Layers of Color - Post Card, Regal Wings, Glad Tidings and Christmas Verses

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

My First Class

Welcome and thanks for visiting. 

 This post is about stamping, but not just mine.
I have been asked recently to run a class, and this week I took the plunge and 'just did it'.  It is just a small class, but we had fun!

These are the two samples I made - a calendar.

And a  Christmas card.

What doesn't show here, is that I used a 'twinkling' silver embossing powder, and there is kindy glitz on the circles in the stamp and the centres of the star bursts, so IRL it really sparkles.

These are the results - as you can see, these girls weren't afraid to change things up a bit.

The afternoon was voted a success, and they asked for more!!  

Thanks for visiting - may your day be blessed.

Project recipe:
Card - Forest Green and chrome yellow, scraps of white and cream.
Ink - clear embossing, Memento Dandelion, Distress - Barn door and Mustard Seed.
Stamps - Butterfly - The Crafts Meow - Friend of Mine,
                              Kiwistamping Christmas tree (retired) Daisy 
                              All Night Media -  Starburst 
Accessories - white pens, scrap of dp, aqua pencils, brads, Kindy Glitz

Sunday, November 18, 2012

A Commission

Welcome, and thanks for visiting.

I have deliberately punned the title of this post - I was asked to make a card (a commission) for a couple who are being ordained (commissioned) into positions of ministry in their church.

I chose to make a very simple card in gold and white with a touch of red.

I love this scripture, and felt it appropriate for the occasion. The print was gold embossed, and the edge was also gold embossed before I mounted the panel over a layer of red/gold paper that I was given in a 'scrap-pack'.

The panel was mounted over the ribbon with foam tape to give some dimension.

The inside was decorated with a strip of washi tape and this sentiment stamped in gold ink.

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Thanks for visiting - may your day be blessed
Thank you for comments left - they are such an encouragement.

Card recipe:
Card - white card stock
Paper - gold, red/gold (from my stash) white
Stamps - main one from Stampendous, inside (retired) from Layers of Color
Ink - Clear embossing, Brilliance Galaxy Gold
Accessories - ribbon, gold embossing powder, washi tape, Spellbinders M-bossing folder.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Gift Card Base Thank You

Welcome, and thank you for visiting.

I apologise for not posting for so long, but there have been various reasons for my absence, not the least being that I was having difficulties (read senior blonde moments) with my photo-editing program, Photoscape - thankfully we visited our son and his wife the other day, and my daughter in love so graciously gave me a tutorial, and also pointed me to an online tutorial, which has been a great help.

I recently received a gift from a fellow member of the Splitcoast Stampers group Stamp Addicts.  It was a wee portfolio of card blanks.  I needed a Thank You card, so started with one of the blanks, and the accompanying off cuts, and a sketch from A Die For A Sketch.

I love this web ribbon and the colour was an almost perfect match with the background,

The diecut was a Spellbinders labels 10 which I embossed and sponged to highlight the sentiment.

The final touch was a row of pearls under the sentiment and along the base of the other layer.

I love the subtle colour way of these papers, and the way they can be mixed and matched.

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Thank you so much for visiting - may your day be blessed
Thank you also for any comments left - they are much appreciated

Card Recipe:
Card base and off cuts - from Die Cuts With a View
Stamp - Thanks - unknown
Ink - Whisper - sugarloaf green
Accessories: Kaiser pearl strings