Tuesday, February 25, 2014

A Boy's Card and an Award

This card is for a three year old boy, and what boy does not love vehicles, particularly large vehicles!?

I started with some silver tape - unfortunately a cheap variety, and it tore easily and did not peel off the roll that well, but I persisted and covered the base layer, then embossed it with a cuttlebug folder. 

I had to do  'double run' as the folder did not go right down the piece - then I discovered that I had in effect de-bossed the panel - oops :-)

I stamped the images from Flonzcraft in cocoa ink,  fussy cut them, and then made a sentiment banner, embossing the wording, and then mounted it over the corrugated card  with brads for more texture.

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The other day I was honoured by Shelly at My Creative Rumblings with the Liebster Award.  Shelly is a wonderful artist, and it is worth a visit to her blog to see some of her wonderful work.

Here are the rules of the nomination:
  1. Be sure to thank the blog that nominated you and be sure to link back to their blog.
  2. Answer the 11 questions that the blogger asked you.
  3. Nominate 11 of your favorite blogs with under 500 followers and ask your own 11 questions.
  4. Make sure to let each blogger know about your Liebster Blog nomination on their blog (leave a comment and link back to your Liebster Blog post).
These are the questions Shelly asked:

1)Why did you start Blogging?
Because my daughter told me it was easy – which it is – time consuming, but easy! I also ws following other blogs and liked the concept of blogging my craft(s)

2) Where do you get your inspiration for your projects?
Often from knowing for whom I am making the card, through looking at other cards, and having a deadline gets the mojo flowing.

3) What is your favourite colouring method?
Chalks – fast and effective

4)What time is the best for your creativity?
Sunday afternoon – that is my 'set' studio time

5)Do you like making 3D items?
Yes, but I have not made a lot of them.

6)Describe your typical type of cardmaking- eg CAS, Shabby/Chic.
I am a fairly eclectic card maker, but tend towards CAS....

7)Do you like using rubber or digi images?
I prefer rubber but can do digi with no hassles

8)What other crafts do you do?
Knitting, crochet, bobbin lace, embroidery, sewing, gardening, reading.... but most take second place to card making.

9)If you were the main character in a movie, who would play the role of you?
Don't know as I don't follow who is what in the movies – I am a movie novice.........

10)What makes you Laugh out Loud?
A good cartoon

11)Name three crafting items you could not live without.

Scissors, glue, paper... I could name a few more too!!!

Blogs I am nominating:

Questions to be answered:
What started you crafting, especially paper crafting?
What is your favourite medium for colouring in paper crafting?
Do you use a cutting/embossing machine?
Have you ever taken card making classes?
Where do you craft?
When did you start your blog and why?
Do you have any hobbies/obsessions other than card making?
Where do you live?
Do you love to travel, and where?
What is your favourite TV programme?
What is your ultimate goal in card making?

Thanks for taking the time to read all this 
Any comments you may leave are deeply appreciated
May your day be blessed. 

Monday, February 24, 2014

Pink Anniversary


I was commissioned to make an anniversary card recently, and this is the outcome.

The couple had had pale pink in their bridal party, so I decided to go with that as a colour scheme.  
The background, although it was a slightly textured paper, was insipid, so I adhered the pink to some white copy paper and ran it through an embossing folder, then swiped it with Spun Sugar ink to highlight the embossing.

 The feature panel is a retired Layers of Color stamp, and I stamped it using my new Delicata Gold ink by Inspired Inks, and highlighted it by using a deep pink layer of card to frame it.

Look at that lovely gleaming gold ink!! No need for embossing with an ink like this!

To finish the project I added this fancy flower brad, and a layer of ribbon and lace.

I secured the flower shape with a pink centred brad, and then slipped and secured a wee tad of pale pink ribbon behind it.

I stamped the sentiment with the same ink (Delicata Gold) and again mounted it on the deep pink card to highlight it before placing it in the card.

I would like to mention here that the embossing folder and ribbon and brad came from RAK's from other stampers - thank you Grace and Michelle

I am pleased to say the customer loved the card.

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Friday, February 21, 2014

Tree Welcome


I have guests due shortly, and this is the card I made for them.

It is a bit larger than the last one, and square.

The tree (Seaweed) stamp is one I bought from Kiwistamping earlier this week. I stamped it in Espresso ink, masked it, and then sponged it with bundled sage, and overstamped it with desert sand ink using a Hero Arts woven background.

The sentiment is part of a Stampendous stamp, Welcome baby, stamped in Crushed Olive ink.

The edges were sponged with the bundled sage ink.

The guests are nearly here so I had better run... and will link up later to some challenges.

Linking up to:

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May your day be blessed

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

New Stash Inspiration


Yes, I am back again!!  Some of my stamp class ladies wanted to go meet the Kiwistamping owners, so we arranged a visit today..... 

As you may recall, I blame them for my addiction to this craft.

I did succumb and buy some more stash, including this wee stamp, and then just had to use it when I got home.

This is one of those cards that did not turn out anything like what I had first envisaged... but it was started before I bought the stamp.

The image was coloured with pencils - I did think of blending them, but decided to simply leave it 'as was'.

I had no die that would fit the panel, so used a border die to cut both sides of the red panel.

The sentiment was stamped on scrap of handmade paper (with Lady Bug ink, another new purchase). I used the same paper on the base of the card, and all the fluffy edges were sponged with violet ink. The final details were the bow and some sequins.

And I remembered to 'finish' the inside of the card.

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May your day be blessed.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Silver and Blue Birthday

Welcome - is it really a week since I was here?? 

I hope you were not looking for me - I have been crawling around a garden, pushing the lawnmower and the worst of all, I had a migraine - oh, and hubby wanted my computer to follow the cricket on, as we do not have pay TV.

But, I got some time in the studio yesterday, and got this card made.

I am really disappointed with the camera as it has picked up the the sparkly flower as gray with glints, when IRL it is really a very pretty, clear silver.

The background is stencilled using Broken China Distress ink through a mesh bag - the sort you get your fruit in.  It was a bit fiddly to use as it kept wanting to spring away, but the use of masking tape, holding the mesh onto a glass cutting board sorted that problem.

The top panel was a scrap that I found in my stash of odd and ends - after tearing the bottom edge I inked it with some silver ink - bad move, so I then dipped it into silver embossing powder and heated it and volia - success!

After assembling the card I felt it still lacked something, so sprayed it with a silver shimmering mist - still not happy, I rounded two of the corners.   I then thought of adding some pearls, and was scrabbling around to find them when I came across some clear rhinestones -  I added them top and bottom and was finally happy with the card.

There is a lot of shimmer and shine on this card, and the more I see it the more I like it - I am allowed to say that, aren't I?

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Crayon Resist Scribbles


I recently bought a January copy of the U.K. magazine Craft Stamper, and in it there was an article by Riikko Kovasin, using wax crayons as a resist to watercolour.

I was teaching a stamping class today, and as we were making Salted Backgrounds, I thought I would throw in this extra technique as a challenge.  
I know I found it hard the first time I tried it as I am mainly right brained, and the free-form nature of this is a bit scary.

Here is the card that I made and took as a sample.

I made the background doing random  scribbles with the wax crayons, and then painted over them with water colour paint.

I took one look and did not like what I saw - so left it for an hour or so as I had a visitor, which was most timely!

When I came back, I first added three strips of Washi tape,

then scrabbled through my card scraps, and came up with the orange and gold, which matched some of the crayon colours.

I tidied the orange piece, punched the corners, then die cut two flower shapes, inked the edges of the petals, shaped them slightly and adhered them to the orange with a brad. The green in the brad matched the watercolour green.

The end result is a bright and cheerful card that I am rather pleased with.

The challenge to the class was to create a background, and then take it home and create a card to bring back next time we meet.

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May your day be blessed

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Pink Roses and Purple Accents

I had intended to be back here before now, but the gardens have been calling! I have a fabulous display of roses this summer, and they inspired this card.

I started with a (retired) Layers of Color set, and stamped the doilies in Pearlescent Orchid ink.

The rose is a retired FireCracker Design, stamped in Cocoa ink and coloured with chalks. The die cut I layered it onto with foam tape is a Spellbinders Marvellous Square cut out of vellum. The corner accents are from the same die set.

The main panel was mounted to make an easel card.

The base of the easel was decorated with a border from the same set as the doilies, the sentiment is from a Crafts Meow set, embossed in gold and cut out using a tag die and sponged with a wee tad of violet ink.
The strip above that is a ribbon covered layer of card with lace and pink pearls added to it.

Another view of the finished card.

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Sunflowers and Butterflies


Butterflies, sunflowers, and music - great memories of a wedding day ten years ago - and the traditional anniversary for the tenth anniversary is tin or aluminium, hence the layers of silver on the card.

The die cuts were all made with the same set - the smaller one was simply placed at right angles to the large one.  

The heart stamp was stamped using Versamark ink and clear embossed on a tectured card - the sentiment was silver embossed on smooth card.

 The sunflower was an (old) freebie digi image from Beccy's Place that I printed out and coloured with chalks. One was left as it was printed

 This other one was made of two layers, one having the outer petals cut out of it. The layers were given extra dimension using foam tap.

The final details were the butterflies, cut with a die by Memory Box, from the same silver paper as the layers.

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Sunday, February 2, 2014

Anniversary Hearts and Pearls


I have wanted to share this card for some time, but could not as one of the recipients reads my blog regularly and would have realised it was intended for them.

I was inspired by this card on Pinterest, but I cannot attribute it to anybody, much as I have hunted for the creator of it.

The colours were inspired in part by the blue in the bridal party that the recipient had chosen. I chose to heat emboss the hearts, available from Kiwistamping, and interlocked them with a wee slot.

 The background white I embossed with a couture creations folder, and then I added the paper lace hearts either side of that layer.

The sentiment was stamped inside the card, using a (retired) Layer of Color set of stamps.

The final details were the ten pearls - one for each year of their marriage.

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