Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Patchwork border

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Some days ago I saw this pattern for a French Braid Block here on Pinterest, so I 'had a go' the other day without actually going back and looking closely,  so mine is not quite accurate - apologies to all the patch-workers out there who may be offended by my interpretation of the pattern.

I needed a card for a young girl, so after using the scraps on my desk to make the panel, I mounted it onto a bright green. I then stamped and embossed the sentiment and made a tag, and also mounted that onto the green.

I placed it onto the panel and tied a bow with the variegated ribbon that had been around a present just a day or so earlier.

The image is one from Kiwistamping - I stamped her in cocoa and coloured her with chalks, using lime green for her top to match the green behind the panel.

A few green rhinestones and the card was finished.

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Saturday, March 23, 2013

Come follow me to BlogLovin'


As many of you may know, blogger is making major changes come July.

There are many who are uncertain about what is happening to the Google Reader and Friend Connect functions, so many bloggers are changing up how they administer their blogs, and I am one of them.

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Should you have a blog and wish to change, all I can say is that BlogLovin' is fantastically fast and simple to set up on.... and that from a "senior surfer"!

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

An Evening In Paris

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I was recently asked to be a guest designer for 

I was given this image of Lady Katherine by Sandi Hugget to use.  I took a couple of days mulling over how I would present her, and I decided that a Parisian theme would 'fit' her.

The background image is one I found on my computer under the category Dana's Inspiration (which I have linked for your convenience).  The edges were distressed, and faux stitching was added. I painted Lady Kathleen's gown in Twinkling H2O's, and chalked her skin and hat, and popped her up on foam dots.

Needless to say an evening in Paris would not be complete without feathers and bling.

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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Green Birthday

Welcome again - I am making time to blog again today.

I needed a card for a birthday this week for a man who loves fishing.

I started with a technique I read about in a magazine, using gesso and distress inks - this is my second attempt and I was much happier with this result.  

My ink colour was Bundled sage, and then I added to the look by spritzing with some water - I love the way the distress inks react to water.

I then used masking to stamp only part of a stamp, and embossed it with silver before colouring with watercolours.  The stamp is by Hastings Rubber Stamps and is a 'composite' scenic stamp of New Zealand.

The tag is one which I had been experimenting using distress inks with ages ago, and was lurking on my desk, so I embossed the sentiment and added the paper string before adhering it to the card.  This layer was then adhered to a dark green base.

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Anniversary card with Silver

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I have so meant to blog again before this, but once again life and I have not quite co-ordinated our schedules!!

I tried the blackboard technique the other day, and this is the result.

Although the stamping and embossing appear white in the photograph, IRL the embossing is a cream colour.

The image is from the (retired) Love set of stamps from Layers of Color. It was cut with a spellbinders die, and the 'chalk dust' added before I removed the die, and then mounted on a white layer.

The ribbon was rather insipid on it's own, so I mounted it over a piece of red card, and added the three silver heart bards to finish it.

The ribbon and sentiment panel were mounted onto white, the edges of that layer sponged with red before being mounted onto the black base.

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Sunday, March 3, 2013

Love Expressed in a Hymn

Welcome back to our scorching hot fall/autumn - we had some rain this morning, but not enough to make a difference.  
So this afternoon I headed out to the studio and made this and another card.

I started with the grey die cut (part of a RAK from Lovely Linda), and the pink card stock.  The grey dp is actually an offcut of wall paper.

The sentiment was stamped with red ink - it is part of an encouragement set that was produced by Layer of Colors, layered onto the die cut, and then onto some musical dp from a LilyBee paper stack.

The butterfly was cut with a cuttlebug die and embossed with one of their folders - there are two layers, one of pink card and one of pink vellum, and pearls were added to form the body.

The ribbon and bow was the remnant of some ribbon that I bought some time ago - it was quite a challenge to get the bow tied and the strip down the card! Some extra pearls were added to finish the card.

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