Saturday, July 27, 2013

Floral, this time.

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I had no sooner completed the first two sympathy cards I needed this week when I heard that I needed a third!

This time I went 'floral' and I am very happy with the result, although it took me all afternoon and I had several 'oops' occasions!

I started with some paper that was on my desk - that had been under some die cuts I had painted and sprayed with a silver glimmer mist.  I know my friend would have laughed with me over using this!

This is a close-up of the shimmer that is on the paper.
I edged all the layers with a quick rub over a bundled sage distress ink pad.

I found some cream shimmery organza ribbon and tied a triple bow.

Stamped, embossed and cut and sponged the sentiment panel.  A bit of an oops there - I discovered when I went to emboss, I must have touched the stamp twice, and I had to take a fine sable brush and tidy the excess....

Now if you have never seen a cream and blue flower with blue leaves, I can understand, but  my friend was never one for the conventional....

I initially assembled this onto just the cream base.  I then stamped a sentiment inside and some flowers... and messed around with the flower colouring it, and boo-boo'd again, so badly that in the end I cut the back of the card off and mounted the front on a blue layer, and that really tied the whole thing together and made it 'sing' - finally!  Needless to say the inside now has just a simple sentiment stamped on it! 

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Thursday, July 25, 2013

A Simple Sympathy Card

 I am so glad you have visited my wee corner of blogland.

I had a call to make some sympathy cards this week.  Why is it that the need for sympathy cards always comes in waves? Then there is always the decision, do I make a feminine card for a widow, or a vaguely masculine one to acknowledge the loss of her husband?  And also, what does one make for a mother who had lost a son?

This is the first one I made.

The paper is from a new pad I got - the brand is 'Rosies'... not the top of the line, but definitely useful! That was layered over a matte mid-blue layer and then onto a pale grey/lilac base.

The ribbon tied all the colour together in the paper, and I managed to make the double bow look good - recently every time I have gone to make a bow it has turned to custard!!

I embossed the sentiment in gold and cut it using a floral ovals die, and sponged it with violet ink before removing the die. It was mounted using foam dots to give some dimension.

I left the tails of the bow long so they would pop out from under the sentiment panel, and added the wee rhinestone flourish, which neatly mimics the flourish on the edge of the paper.

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Sunday, July 21, 2013

Casing a Master

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I have had a wonderful day in my studio - mainly working on a large project, but I also made this card whilst 'waiting for things to dry'.

I was cruising the internet this morning when I saw this card by Michelle  Woerner, and immediately thought 'I have the die used for this cut' and that was my starting point.

I cut the vertical pattern almost the same as Michelle's card,(I offset the die on the third cut a wee bit differently)  then changed the sentiment and simply stamped and embossed it onto the white card.

The flower is one I had crocheted a while ago and popped into my stash, I attached it with a glue dot, and added a half pearl in the centre.

I decided to mount the white over a cream card, but before I did so I sponged the edges of both colours of card with a soft orange ink and also rounded all the corners.

I lined the inside with copy paper after stamping a poinsettia in orange in opposing corners, and sponging the edges, again.

So this is my CASE of Michelle's project - somewhat more simple, and with different colours, but I am very happy with it.

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

A Ripping Good Time


 This second card that I taught last week is not my usual style, but it is good to extend myself, and those I am teaching.  The style? Shabby Chic.

I started the class by teaching them to tear paper so you have a ragged edge to sponge, and then layering onto the card base.  The layer on the outer edge is actually some wrapping paper that I bought some 10 years or more ago!

The flourishes were cut in a light brown card and sponged, before being layered under the rose.

The rose is made out of dictionary paper, the edges stained and folded and crushed gently to get the turn back... at class there were many laughs as some were a tad energetic with their 'crushing'! One even turned into a 'bud'!

These little flowers were a result of one of the class members punching some scrap paper and squishing it slightly.  Again I stained mine and added a pearl when I mounted them.

The lace is some I bought off a local auction site - I added some pearls for decoration.

I added the embossed sentiment after class, when I had decided what I wanted to use the card for.

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Sunday, July 14, 2013

Embossed Dots and Butterflies


I ran a card class last week and this is one of the cards that I taught.

The idea of embossing the background cut-outs was well received, and each of the resulting cards was a little different, as the circles were adhered slightly differently.  There were  three different sized circles in each paper, and I encouraged them to use three inside, and six outside the card.

The large butterfly was cut in cardstock, and then cut and embossed with vellum, had liquid pearls added to the body, and layered onto the card.

Small butterflies were cut from the scraps of vellum and added around the card.

The sentiment was embossed and then die cut and sponged before being attached using foam dots.

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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Tag Engagement

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I have an engagement card to share today that I was asked to make.

The only instruction was that it was to be 'romantic'  to suit  the young couple.

I started with a fairly large tag which I distressed and sponged the edges of, and then gold embossed the sentiment on.

A large pink flower (that I have had so long I do not know where it came from) and some lace finished the tag.

The base of the card was some bright pink card, softened by an overlay of printed vellum, which I embossed with the word congratulations.

A few pink pearls and the card was finished.

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Sunday, July 7, 2013

One Shade of Gray

I needed a card in a hurry today as I had missed the date it was for, and I was meeting one of the recipients this afternoon.  I also wanted to enter a challenge that was to use grey on a CAS card.

I also was inspired by this card on Libby Hickson's blog, so took the liberty to CASE it.

The camera has played 'dirty' with the colours, and after a wee bit of work, I managed to get the colours true in the above photo, but the others still distort it a bit.

I had 'fun' with the sentiment as the stamp has the words above each other, so I had to mask the stamp with masking tape and use a stamp-a-ma-jig to line the words up. 

To add to the difficulties, I got the front panel finished, the edges all sponged and managed to smudge it :-( - so it was turn the card over and start again... so much for a quick card!!  I stamped the main sentiment first, masked it all off and stamped the background - the first time was better than this attempt, but time was fast running out, and this perfectionist had to just had to let it go.

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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Simple Sea Scene

I have been MIA as life, and family events, have taken precedence to blogging these past few days.

This card was quite simple to make - the paper is a trimming from one I downloaded and printed from TLC Creations called Dad's Honey Do Paper.

The image is from Digital Two for Tuesday,  coloured with chalks.

The sentiment is embossed with a dark blue embossing powder, and the stamp is from Hero Arts.

A somewhat CAS card but I am happy with it.

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