Sunday, September 29, 2013

Paper and Punched Flowers


I made this card for a friend with Macular Degeneration, which means that for her to be able to 'see' the card, she needs strong contrasts in colour intensities.

I die cut the flowers in the dark green panel using one of the dies from the Classic Postage Stamp Edgeabilities, cutting it three times, then overlaid the green onto yellow to give the contrast.

The sentiment is one of my original stamps, and I gold embossed it, then filled it in with a gold pen.

The flowers I gathered from assorted sets, the base one was coloured with ink, and the brad was overlaid with gold liquid pearls.  The finishing detail was a wee snippet of gold ribbon peeping from under the flowers. 

The completed panel was mounted onto a white base, which I had sponged the edges of with Dried Marigold distress ink.

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Friday, September 27, 2013

Simple Biplane

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I needed a masculine card, and the is is the result.

The mid-blue background was supposed to be a pearlised card, but it had little evidence of that, so I sprayed it with silver glimmer mist before I started the rest.  

I stamped and silver embossed the aeroplane, and decided that I would just add some blue 'sky' and not colour the plane at all.  I sponged the blue on with the image still in the die.  The image panel was then mounted over a dark blue oval.

To embellish the card I added some silver brads to two corners, and to the mid-section of the propeller.  In the above photo you can see the glimmer that I added.

 The sentiment was embossed, and just as I finished I put my thumb on it while it was still hot - and thought I had wrecked it - I rapidly added more powder and heated it again and voila - all was rescued!!

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Victoriana in Green


Here is another card made using the second woman from the Victorian Ladies set of stamps.

I used chalks to colour the image in green tones, and then mounted the fussy cut image onto some red mulberry paper.

This was layered over a die cut in silver card, with some silver web ribbon layered between the two, and some plain rhinestones either side of the image.

The sentiment was embossed in silver and also mounted over a layer of red. 

The image and sentiment were then mounted over a panel of green striped paper than had been embossed with a Tim Holtz folder, and had sage ink applied direct to the paper.  This was then layered onto a dark green base tyo complete the card.

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Friday, September 20, 2013

Victorian Lady with Feathers


I made this card the other day using The Victorian Ladies Stamp set from Kiwistamping - a local firm whom I blame for my stamping addiction.

The image was stamped with espresso ink, and coloured with chalks before being fussy cut. It was mounted with foam dots over a panel of patterned paper that had been embossed with the sizzex square lattice embossing folder that had Desert Sand ink rubbed over it.

The sentiment was gold embossed onto a semi circular scrap that was sitting on my desk.  Both the pieces of dp were off-cuts from another project.

The card was assembled onto a deep pink base, and lace and pearls added as embellishments.  The feathers were the final touch and really made the card 'come to life' as it were.

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Monday, September 16, 2013

Potted Topiary

The card I am sharing was inspired by this card by Carolyn King, and I was going to CASE it, but things did not go how I had hoped.

Firstly The background did not go as planned, so I used dp instead 

The image was the same basic shape as Carolyn's, that and the curled corner, were  basically the only likenesses in the end, but I was glad of the inspiration.

I added an embossed sentiment to the side of the image.

And a flower to the bottom right corner, with a wee piece of gold ribbon peeking out. The base card was cream coloured, and the edges wee sponged with Bundled Sage distress ink.

On the inside I stamped the image again with orange and brown die inks. 
(For some reason the camera made the card look blue, not cream.)

 On the other side I embossed a rather fun sentiment

I also added a wee strip of the dp across the bottom.  It is almost unheard of me to decorate the inside of a card, so I was very pleased with this.

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Saturday, September 14, 2013

Pink Poppies and Butterflies


In a previous post I mentioned a poppy stamp that I had coloured twice - here is the other colour-way.

This was coloured with Prismacolor pencils and blended with baby oils.

I trimmed the image down from the original size, and ran the edges along a spun sugar distress ink pad.

The sentiment was stamped with the same ink, and the edges of the panel also swiped along the pad. I used a spellbinders embossing folder for the texture.

These panels were then mounted over a piece of dp that I had trimmed to form a banner.  I sponged the edges of that with tea dye distress ink, and also the edges of the base card.

A few pearls randomly placed (very hard for this right brained perfectionist) and some tiny butterflies and the card was finished.

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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Friendly Birthday


I wanted a card for a friend, and something that did not take too long to make, and this card fitted the bill.

I started with the the stamp and vellum, embossing the sentiment in gold.

The ribbon was pleated along the top edge of the vellum, and a button adhered at the end - with a piece of pearle thread forming a bow threaded through it.

The sentiment was stamped onto matching green card and gold embossed.
I finished the card by mounting the vellum over a cream card that I had sponged the edges of, and adding some pearls for interest.

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Monday, September 9, 2013

Grandma's Heart


I made a quick card today, in less that 30 minutes!!

I cheated a bit - the base was made yesterday when I was playing.

The base was sponged with distress inks, a stencil called Sea Foam by Artists Cellar laid over it, and then spritzed with water and blotted with a paper towel.

Paulette from Create With TLC had this graphic up for grabs today, so I downloaded it, sized and printed it, and coloured it with chalks.

The graphic was mounted on foam dots over some gold edged clear ribbon, and four flowers added to the other end of the ribbon, with a red rhinestone each to create the flower centres.

I want to send it to my grand-daughter as she recently made and sent me a card 'to make me happy' because I am due for some surgical maintenance.

Oh how I love this :-)  It is one card that will be kept and treasured.

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Sunday, September 8, 2013

Playing with stencils

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I went to a craft fair this past week, and indulged in some new supplies, which included some stencils.

This afternoon I spent the afternoon 'playing' with them.
The following cards are the results from one stencil.

The stencil has various clock faces and hands on it, and I used Orchid, Coral and Lavender Pearlescent inks to stencil onto white card.

This done I then sprayed it with a silver glimmer mist, and over-stamped it with a watch image using Platinum Pearlescent ink.

I wanted a masculine card, so added some washi tape over some of the pink inked area to mute it, computer generated the sentiment and cut it using a labels three die, sponging it with the Lavender ink.  I cut another die cut and sponged the corners and mounted them cross wise and on foam tape.

After mounting this on a dark blue base some black pearls finished the card. 

I also computer generated the inside sentiment "Your Birthday"

The other card was made from the balance of the original card. I stencilled some butterflies from a negative die cut from a new die, using the  same three inks up the edge of the card, and also sponged the edges.

I added this sentiment as it fitted the theme of the card.

Some random placements of pearls finished this card after it was mounted on a light purple base.

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Card 1 - Masculine

Card 2 Feminine

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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Simple Poppies

Yesterday it was sunny and warm and very 'springlike', and I spent the day outside gardening.

Today has turned wet and COLD, so I retreated to the studio and made a card.

Although this looks very simple, and one may think it would have gone together quickly, no-way - it fought me every inch of the way.  This is the third stamping and second colouring of the image!! (Precious Poppies by SNS)

The flowers were coloured using ink from distress pads, as that was the only way I could get the red that I wanted.

After painting the feature panel, I spritzed it with perfect pearls in a blue tone, and the distress inks reacted with the moisture,

Which added to the 'watercolour' effect when the perfect pearls had a wee splotch in the middle of the stems.

I finished the panel with some ribbon, pearls and faux stitching before mounting it over the red base.

I am quite happy with the final result, but what a marathon to get there!

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Sunday, September 1, 2013

Butterflies and Flowers

I'm so glad it is now officially spring here!!
I had fun in the studio this afternoon and made this card.

I had a couple of challenges in mind when I started, and was very happy with the finished article.

I started with a base that already had the circle cut in it, and added the dp and re-cut the circle.  Next I added the doily, and cut out the centre of it, embossed the sentiment onto that, and then adhered the piece to the inside of the card. The blue is the base behind it, although the sharp shadows distort it.

The sizzex butterfly was cut from silver paper and adorned with the clear rhinestones.

The flowers were my first try using the Bitty Blossom dies, and were cut from a shiny paper, and had lavender ink sponged on while they were still in the die.

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