Thursday, June 27, 2013

Brown and Gold


I have made this card for our Grandson's dedication.  He is a wonderful little boy and it is a joy to have him in our family.

I started with this lovely rich chocolate brown card and embossed it. If anything the embossing made it seem an even richer brown.  This was layered over gold and then the cream card base.

I adorned the brown layer with a very simple embossed gold cross, which was mounted with foam, and a smaller cross mounted in the centre, again mounted with foam to give some subtle dimension.

The sentiment was also gold embossed on white - I cut the ends of the card by hand and was not happy with one end..... In this photograph you can see the gold layer.

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013


Welcome, from a very 'wintery' New Zealand.

Last week New Zealand was lashed with a storm with its origins in the South Pole - it was cold, wet and wild, and for a lot of the country there was also snow!!  Since then we have had one sunny day (in our corner) - and it was not today, so when I went to photograph this card, I could only take one shot without the flash, and this is it.

I did take some close-ups, but the flash distorted the colours.
The sentiment was from Word Art Wednesday, and I added faux stitching, extending it over onto the doily, which was layered over some washi tape. 
The final details were the bakers twine and sponging around the edge of the card to match that on the sentiment and doily.

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Monday, June 17, 2013

Silver, Red and Scripture


I  recently made a card to encourage a friend, and this was the result.
The word art was from Karen Wright at Papercraft Memories, cut with a die and sponged before removing the die.

I started with a white base, and then a layer of red embossed card, as I know that red is a favoured colour of the recipient.

The silver panel was a piece of acetate that was painted with silver paint on the back and then embossed. 

The flower is a stack of three fabric flowers held together with a brad.

The card was finished with a string of pearls.

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Friday, June 14, 2013

Patchwork Card

Welcome - I am glad to have you visit again.

I have called this post a patchwork card as there are various parts to it.


I started with the embossed resist panel again, as I so love that technique.

I then chose a dark blue base to contrast it against, and the orange embossed panel was sitting on my desk and it also 'fitted'.

I had seen a challenge for 'flaps and folds' and remembered that when I saw this wee card.

I embossed the sentiment inside it, 

and then adhered it to the card with three strands of beads anchored behind it.
The final touches were the three sets of champagne pearls and it was finished.

Loved making this card, and the recipient loved it too.

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Monday, June 10, 2013

A Digger for my Grandson


I am sharing a fun card I made for my Grandson's third birthday.

Typically, he is fascinated by large diggers and trucks, so this image, one of my first digis by 'Sunshine', was a guaranteed hit.

The sentiment started as an experiment to see if the letter set I had would stamp onto the mini tags die cut, which it did!!  This was a great revelation as I have had this alphabet 'forever' and had never used it!

The stamps tags were then threaded onto twine and 'strung' across the card.

The image was coloured using some water colour pens that were also one of my first purchases - so glad our 'stash' does not expire!!

The card was a great hit - especially as it was accompanied with a large digger to be used in his new sandpit!

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Saturday, June 8, 2013

Inspired by Nina

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I follow a blog called Crafting in Croatia by Nina Brackett, and recently she has been experimenting with her backgrounds, and I was inspired to try too.

I used several stamps in my background, which was clear embossed on white card, then sponged with distress inks.

Here is a close up, with two of the different stamps showing.

I made a banner for the sentiment and placed foam tape under it for dimension - I had to place the sentiment here as there was a star on the top of the tree which I had forgotten about, having inked and embossed it before I remembered.

The scene stamp was coloured with Prisma coloured pencils, and a silver pen was used to accent the ripples and clouds.

I was pleased with the results - as was the recipient, who usually does not comment on the cards I make for him.

There was a comment on a blog recently about making your stamps 'go further' by using different sets and brands - on this card there are four different brands of stamps used, from five different sets :-).

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Thursday, June 6, 2013

Poppies on Print

 I have finally got my technology to be polite and co-operate again.
And again I have been using my Precious Poppies set by Sweet'n'Sassy - I am loving this set - not only is it large, it has lots of sentiments and images.

I was inspired to make this card by an image on Pinterest, which linked to this blog here, to print onto dictionary paper - as my technology was not being polite, I decided to stamp and colour and image instead.

I stamped the image onto a page from an old concordance, then coloured the poppies with chalks.

The sentiment was stamped and embossed and cut into a tag, and the edges sponged with the same ink, Worn Lipstick distress ink. I also used this ink to sponge the edge of the card.

The final detail was a few red rhinestones.  I must admit I love this card, and I am very happy with how it has turned out.!!

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Saturday, June 1, 2013

Dahlia Thanks

Welcome again

 While the technology is co-operating I thought I would put up another post.

The card was inspired by the the Technique Tuesday Challenge.  I have recently started following this blog, and thought this was a good time to refresh my dahlia fold technique, which was rather rusty.

I also had to use a rescue technique as the doily slipped as I went to cut it, and one side was straight... so I placed that edge on the side of the card.

To balance that, I added the ribbon to the right of the bloom, and moved the sentiment to sit under the edge of the ribbon.

For interest I threaded the ribbon between the flower and the doily.  I also added the butterfly to 'finish' the centre of the dahlia, and some deep red pearls.

I learnt that the paper I used was rather thick for this technique, and the petals have lifted a wee bit - hopefully by the time it has sat in an envelope for a trip to the recipient, it should be properly flattened.

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