Monday, December 31, 2018

2018 in Review


For the third year, I am highlighting a project from each month, with a link to the original post if you wish to pursue the details, (simply click on the card title to go there), so this post will be heavy on photos and short on words.













Some months the choice was easy - other months I had a hard time choosing just one.

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May you know God's richest blessings in the 2019

Monday, December 24, 2018

The 2018 Christmas Card


Firstly may I wish all my followers and visitors a Blessed and Peaceful Christmas

This is just a quick post to share the Christmas card design I mass produced this year. 
I am sharing it now as I think most of my overseas recipients have now received their copy.

My starting point was this wonderful die cut - I was sent it as a RAK from Kary over at 

After cutting out the image, I painted the star and rays with Inka Gold gold , which gives a wonderful gleam IRL

I then embossed this sweet nativity in silver below the adhered die cut.

I used an embossing folder to add a simple frame to the feature panel, which was mounted over a white base

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Friday, December 21, 2018

Meowy Christmas x3


Earlier in the month I won a set of stamps and dies from Your Next Stamp called Meowy Christmas, and I used the stamps to make some cards for my Grandchildren

The boys have cards identical in layout but in different colour-ways

To add interest I used corrugated card between the image panels and the card base

and layered the sentiments and images over heavy card for some dimension.

Both cards had a layer of sparkle card to give them a bit of Christmas shine!

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My oldest grand daughter is not a frills and fuss girl, so I compromised with an embossed layer, using a Petal Lace  EF by Brutus Monroe

I die cut the cat image with an oval die, and edged it with black, before mounting it on the diamond glitter card which was backed with black card.

All the sentiment panels were edged in black and mounted offset over another black panel. I added dimension by mounting them over a layer of think card.  
The card base for this card is a deep lavender card purchased from a local printer.

The cats were coloured according to the cats in the boys homes, and my grand daughters is coloured to look like my boy. 

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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Lavender, Mini-roses, and Rhinestones


I love this time of year when my lavender is flowering, so much so I used it as a prop for my photo.  For me, the lavender flowering means it is close to Christmas.
This card is for the new Word Art Wednesday Challenge (weeks #366-367), and the beautifully crafted scripture is available as a free download there.

I started with a card base that I had made for a bridge card some months ago, but never finished.  I discovered that I had printed the scripture out at the perfect size for the centre panel, so die cut it using a Memory Box Stitched rectangle die, and sponged it with some ink before removing the die.
I also put a dot of gold ink in the centre of both stars.

To decorate I used strips of clear rhinestones and some mini roses I had on hand

Quite a simple card but I love it.

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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Friday, December 14, 2018

Model T Dreams


This was a commissioned card for a young man who loves machinery, vehicles in particular.

The stamp is of a Model T delivery van, and I embossed it in silver on a navy background, before showcasing it through a peek a boo die cut window

The sentiment is from STAMPlorations 

And this inside stamp from a magazine freebie set. 

Very CAS but I was very happy with it.

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Mills and Boon Birthday


This was a card I taught at a recent class - we revisited inking scrunched up printed paper (this time from and old Mills and Boon type booklet) to make a background, and making a rolled flower. 

The paper was crumpled, inked, and then re-crumpled and re-inked - I used Memento Rhubarb Stalk dye ink and Worn Lipstick DI. 

The crumpled and inked paper was trimmed to size, and cut on an angle.  After adhering it, I inked a narrow strip of paper to give a clearly defined edge, using Rhubarb stalk ink, then stamped the greeting (a magazine freebie), starting in the centre then moving out towards the edges.

The flourishes were cut with a Spellbinders die in light green card, and inked through the die.  I trimmed one to fit on the card better, then added the rolled flower (also cut from a Spellbinders die) 
The finishing details were some flatback pearls on the flourish and the bottom right corner, and a generous coat of Wink of Stella. 

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Friday, December 7, 2018

Stitched Tree


I made this card a while ago, and where I usually make just one design for Christmas, this was an exception... 

I had seen a few stitched tree cards around, so I lightly pencilled a tree shape onto the card base, pricked holes down either side with a paper piercer, and stitched... and only when I reached the end did I realise that I hadn't counted the holes, but thankfully it all worked out!

I added red (with gold) french knots to the purple tree shape, and did some needle weaving to form the 'tub' for the tree to sit in

The tree was topped with a stitched star, I added a thread of gold to that too, along with the pearle, for some more sparkle. 

The sentiment (a magazine freebie)  was stamped and embossed in in deep green, and the panel was mounted over a green base.

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