Saturday, March 31, 2018

Confessions of an Untidy Crafter


Yes, I am an untidy crafter - I really do know where most things are on my desk, and I do put away after myself, but somehow no matter how I try, I end up with a 50cm x 50cm (18" x 18") or less,  space to work in!!

This card started with the platinum embossed and painted (with mica based paints) floral stamp on a snippet of black card.

I paired it with the deep red card for the card base, and added a layer behind it from another snippet of the same card.

The blue sprayed card was another snippet sitting in my 'promise box' (I promise I will use it one day) , and I ran the edge of it over a blue ink pad to define the edges and embossed the sentiment on that panel.  Unfortunately the camera did not pick up the sparkle in the spray.

The background layer was embossed in a S/B em-bossing folder, Lovely Lattice
After laying everything out on the embossed layer I jiggled it all around,  added the faux stitching, and was still not happy - then I spied the ribbon, and it was completed in very short time after that. 

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The poppy stamp is at least 10 years old!

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Alcoholic Owl Birthday Card


Now I have your attention with that title...

The alcohol is on the background of the card in the form of Alcohol Inks!

I was so pleased with this panel that I did not want to cut it up, or cover it up more than the bare minimum... (slight dose of pride here!!)

So I made a removable bookmark to go on the front of the card, with the sentiment  ( a magazine freebie) white embossed on the hand cut double fishtail banner that holds the bookmark in place.

The bookmark was cut using a tag die by Paper Rose, an Australian company.

The owl on the bookmark is from Unity, a Jillibean Itty Bitty stamp set called Have a Hoot, which appears to have been retired.

He was stamped on kraft card, white embossed and coloured with Polychromo Pencils, and mounted over a snippet of green patterned paper I had on my desk.

I used an irRESISTable Pico embellisher to give dimension and added colour to the eyes and the dots on the hat. 

Friday, March 23, 2018

Patchwork Thanks


I am very aware that I have been missing from the 'blogisphere' for a week or two - life has been very busy and then just as it quietened down, I was attacked by a nasty lurgy... and lost my voice into the bargain, the poor cat was confused!!  It is coming back now, slowly.

If you think this card looks familiar you are correct - it is made from the same shades of paper that my last quilted card was, as I ended up cutting five sets for the different layers... 

This time I added a sparkly thanks die cut, 

and three butterflies with silver thread looped underneath

and finished the card by tying some silver cord across the bottom of the forest green card base and adding a bow.
I was pleased that the recipients really loved the card.

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This is a Frantic Friday Quilt Die

Monday, March 12, 2018

Hearts and a Cat

I recently made this anniversary card for family members,
It is very personal as I managed to incorporate the number of years they have been married, as well as the newest member of their family

I started with the mini Crazy Cat set from Tim Holtz , which includes the stamps, dies and an embossing folder, which I used on the yellow layer.

I stamped the image (on a snippet) in Memento London Fog ink and coloured it with chalk, being careful to put a very distinctive smudge on its face, to match the family's cat, then die cut it with the matching die.  
 The greeting had been silver embossed on a snippet of  dark blue card, which I hand cut to a banner, then sat the cat on it, with the fish skeleton nearby.

I coloured the eyes with a mixture of green and then blue chalks to make them match the family cat and then added glossy accents to bring them to life.

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Thursday, March 8, 2018

Smile Swap


This card was made for a local (New Zealand) swap group, where the challenge was to make your own background.  I can share it now as I know it has arrived at its destination.

I started with a background I had already made some months previously, and then botched.  It had been sprayed with Lindy's Hydrangea Blue and Tattered Angels Chalkboard grape, (that I can remember, there are some other sprays there I cannot recall!))  and then had some gold embossing added.

I removed the area that I had initially botched, added a blue stitched die cut to frame the sunflower that I placed on the purple layer of the card.

The sunflower is a digi, but I cannot find where from.  If anybody recognises it, please let me know so I can acknowledge the artist. It was coloured with Polychromos and then had WoS added, not that it is showing in the photos.

I find it difficult to add a greeting on a swap card, so I chose to use this die cut in gold to tie in with the gold embossing.  The die is one I was given out of it's wrapper, so I do not know the brand.  I use washi tape to line the letters up, and then remove it when all is adhered.

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Sunday, March 4, 2018

Turtle-y Awesome!!


I am still one handed, so the next few cards that I blog will be ones that I have made recently, but have not had time to share.

I love the stamp set "Birthday Pals" by Sweet'n'Sassy Stamps, and used it on this card, starting by stamping and embossing the turtle, and then colouring it with my Polychromo pencils, I die cut him, and sponged a background before removing the die

The sketchy balloon coloured up well,

and thanks to the MISTI I got a great stamping of the matching sentiment.

After assembling the card, I added the doodled border, and was very happy with the outcome for Master Five.

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