Sunday, June 28, 2015

Blue Butterflies Anniversary


I had really, really, really, been meaning to be back before this, but....
life intervened, as it does!

I first saw this technique over at Jennifer McGuire's blog, and taught it at class this month.

I used the Tsukineko Kaleidacolor pad Blue Breeze, on watercolour paper.

I finished the card with some sequins and the sentiment panel.
The sentiment was embossed in white,the base of it was coloured as I had no washi tape that 'fitted'.

Some shiny thread behind the panel, and some sequins finished the card.

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I CASEd the layout and sentiment presentation

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Monday, June 22, 2015

Trees and Gears


I love how this masculine card turned out.

I started by using the letter press technique to emboss the main panel with the Spellbinders 

I then stamped this image from the SU Lovely As A Tree set, having used three inks on it to give some variations of colour to it.  The edges were sponged and it was mounted over hessian ribbon to add to the texture.

The sentiment was embossed with real green ep, on a smooth part of the panel

The finishing detail was the knotted ribbon threaded behind the image panel.

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Saturday, June 20, 2015

Sea Shells and a Fancy Fold


I tried a latch card the other day, and this is the result

I had a change of pace and went for a dreamy, seaside type of card... one can always dream of a warm sunny day!!

I stamped the feature panel with this fabulous Beach Trio stamp from Kiwistamping and coloured it with chalks/pastels.

The sentiment tag was stamped using a stamp from a magazine, and was layered onto a lacy circle die cut to form the 'latch'.

The edge panel is a scrap/snippet from the After Five pad by Kaisercraft

On the inside panel I added a second generation impression of the feature panel in gray ink, just off the edge of the panel.  
Lots of sponging on all the edges to keep the soft and dreamy effect.

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Thursday, June 18, 2015

The Card with a Hairstyle


This is the last of the cards for my customer - she wanted a card for a hairdresser.

I g**gled hair images, and came up with one that had a braid plaited into the hair, down the back of the head.  I changed it into sepia tones, and blurred it slightly, and then printed it out, and trimmed it to fit the card base.

...and that was when this card took on a life of it's own.....

I had decided to use this die cut, and I cut it out of the same card as the base, and snuggled it into the curve of the plait on the background.

Then came the washi tape, the distressed and sponged edges,

and the wonky machine stitching. 

The sentiment was stamped randomly around the background, before it was all constructed, with Versamark ink, then sprinkled with Perfect Pearls gold powder. I brushed off the excess and returned it to the jar, then wiped the whole with a dry tissue, which cleans off the surplus powder beautifully.
The final details were the flat back pearls by Kaisercraft.

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(Perfect Pearls/die cuts)

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Monday, June 15, 2015

Not Quite Straight.....


This weeks CCC Digi Creations Challenge is "Not Quite Straight".  
Our sponsor is Bugaboo Stamps

and the image I have worked with is Beautiful blocks - Faith

I started by colouring the image block with Prismacolor pencils, and decided to mount it on a lacy square cut from pink cardstock

To keep with the theme, I used my ribbons on an angle, and then adorned the card with butterflies and rhinestones.

The glitter that can be seen on the patterned paper is some Tattered Angels glitter paint - which I 'splattered' on - and it went not only on the paper, but despite my precautions, also onto some other cardstock on my desk, and this morning I discovered some on my glasses!!

I am linking this to:

I had hoped to be back sooner than this, but life intervened - the winter lurgies have hit the family!

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Rugby League Fan


Continuing with the orders that I have, this one is for a 
Rugby League loving 18 year old...

I went to G**gle Images, and found this image that I used as a background.

I printed it off, after sizing it, and chose to layer it over a chrome yellow and blue card, to match the colours on the ball.

The sentiment was embossed with some Holographic Silver ep.

The only other embellishment was the ribbon, placed in a V, like the design on the players jersey's, and black and white, which are our national colours.

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Sunday, June 7, 2015

A Watercoloured Rainbow.



 and trundelled along some of the blogs and was inspired, especially by Kristie

This afternoon I got to play - I started by rubbing Gelatos onto an acrylic block, spraying it with water, and 'stamping' onto wet watercolour paper - massive fail!!  
To redeem it, I coloured directly onto the paper and smooched the colour around with my finger, then dried it.

I then sprayed some silver shimmer over it
 - and was quite heavy handed with it.

I had demonstrated cutting this poppy die the other day, and had it sitting on my desk, so applied it to the panel, which I had ripped off the main piece of paper and mounted on a black card base.

A white embossed sentiment and some clear rhinestones finished the card.
I really love how this card turned out, and am proud to link it to the hop.

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Saturday, June 6, 2015

Elvis to Order


I am taking this chance to extend a warm welcome to froebelsternchen Susi who has become a follower - her wonderful blog is here.

This card is a commissioned one - with the brief that the boy it is for loves Elvis, and has taught himself to play the guitar by playing Elvis's music. 

I started by googling an image, and was very happy when I found this one, so I printed it to the size I wanted, and decided to keep it black and white.

I stamped some music notes around the image, but was not happy with the result. I took a stiff paint brush and tapped it onto my Versamark pad, then onto the card, sprinkled gold embossing powder over it and heated it... and was very pleased with the results.

The sentiment was gold embossed

The white was layered onto gold paper, then a red base.  I deliberately placed the layers slightly to the right and bottom for a tad more interest.  I do hope the customer likes the card.

I am linking this to:
Old - the sentiemnt stamp, New - the gold splotches - a new technique 

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Thursday, June 4, 2015

Paper, Flowers and Washi


I would like to extend another welcome to a new follower, 
this time to Pamellia Johnson 
who has a wonderful blog full of creativity at My Little Craft Things
Pop over and visit her, and be inspired.

This card was, despite it's look, was very quick and easy to make.

I started with a piece of patterned paper that was an off cut from a 12x12 sheet that was bought in a closing down sale - brand unknown

The sentiment was my old stand-by from Montaga, a New Zealand firm, and it was embossed with a Halogen Silver ep.

The snippet of white was trimmed, the corners rounded and the edges sponged with red ink, then mounted over some strips of washi tape in the corner of the card. 

The flower was made up of three layers of Prima flowers, and then a flower surround to the brad that held it all together.

Both the paper and the white card base were also sponged with the red ink before they were layered together, with the opposing corners rounded.  
I must admit that I was more than happy with the outcome of this card.

I am linking this to:
(The patterned paper and the flower - all the layers)
(Summer fun means gardening and flowers for me)
(I used embossing ink and powder to make my mark)

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Monday, June 1, 2015

A Layered Jug of Flowers


I would like to extend a warm welcome to Joy, of Morning Glory Card Studio who is following me on Blog Lovin', and Becca of Damsel of Distressed. Do pop over to see their blogs and leave them some love. 
They are inspirational stampers

Today's card is my DT card for the CCC Digi Creations Challenge #26 
- Layer it Up
Our sponsor is Oak Pond Creations

 I have used the image Flower Jug

The image prints out in a fine gray line, which enticed me to watercolour it, using Lyra watercolour crayons and a very fine brush.  The Lady bug image on the jug was stamped, using one of the first stamps that I purchased...

There was a "dreaded blot" on the image panel after painting it, and thanks to Carpel Tunnel syndrome I could not repeat the painting, so added some fine splats all over the image to give it a 'painterly look'  as I have heard it called.

My layers of ribbon were also placed strategically to cover another wee oops... this was one card that did not want to be made easily.  I added a doily that I cut in vellum, then in half and offset the halves behind the die cut.

The sentiment was stamped repeatedly across the bottom, centering the first impression, then working out from there in both directions. All edges were sponged with Bundled Sage DI
Some flat back pearls in green scattered around as a finishing touch.

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