Monday, December 30, 2019

2019 in Review -A Top 12


I am doing a Top 12 from last year, listing the cards by month - I will link to the original posts, so if you want more information, you can click on the link.

I hope you enjoyed this review - I certainly enjoyed looking through my work again, and some months I could have posted two cards!

May 2020 bring you many opportunities to be creative, and many joys as you create

Saturday, December 28, 2019

A Golden 50


I hope you all  had a wonderful Christmas, or should you celebrate another festival, that that too was a precious time of family and friends, and love and laughter.

I had a family member turn 50 recently, and he does not like 'fussy' cards, like most men, I gather :)

I started by stenciling the background using Delicata Golden Glitz ink.

I also ran the ink pad over the wee molded accent piece, and it just caught the tops of the impression.

The 50 was die cut from golden sparkle card using Kaiser Craft Number Dies

The gold embossed sentiment was a magazine freebie.  I hand cut the banner, and the underlying snippet of the last of the same paper I had used (a snippet of) for the side decoration

The photo above gives and idea of the subtle sparkle this card has.

The final detail (inside the card) was the banner made from the last snippet of the design paper .

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Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Cross Stitched Christmas


Just a quick post today, Christmas Eve, to wish you all a wonderful, peaceful and joy-filled Christmas

I made this card for a swap group I am part of, and the theme was to use stitching on a card.

I stitched the tree on some red even weave fabric using cream thread, making up the pattern as I went.

This was mounted on some textured cream card (the photo has whitened it) that I embossed stitching around the edge of.  
The sentiment stamp is a magazine freebie, embossed in gold.  
The feature panel was then mounted over plain red card.

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(My inspiration was the red and white of the wrapper)

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Copper Sparkle Plus Texture


It's good to be back, albeit I am a day late posting this.  
I am still working on the borrowed computer, and this is also causing me some brain strain 😓

For this weeks Word Art Wednesday Challenge I chose to make a card with a masculine twist, so started with a Brusho's background I made a while ago when trying out Brusho SparkleITs.  

The photo below shows the sparkle that the copper  SparkleIT gives the red toned background

I added some corrugated with some string across it as an embellishment to the base of the card

The scripture panel was mounted over a S/B Marvelous Square die cut (appears to be discontinued) cut from wallpaper with some shimmer and texture to it.

The background was made on a page from a mixed media journal, hence the notched and torn top edge of the background panel, which I decided to leave for extra interest.

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Saturday, December 7, 2019

Sparkly Poppy and a Magic Window


This is another Magic Window card - this time made for the New Zealand swap group I am in.
My partner for the swap last month more often than not has flowers on her cards, so that was the theme I chose for her.

 The centre panel is made with a piece of paper napkin glued onto a circle of card, and layered over a maroon lacy circle die cut.  I added some pencil colouring to the image to deepen the colours, and then some Brusho SprinkleIT powder in Iridescent.  

I misted the powders, and unfortunately some clumped together, giving the appearance of white spots, but the the sparkle is so bright in the photo, it caused the camera to loose focus!

I used the last snippets of the design paper for the inside panels, and used white embossing on a maroon snippet for the sentiment

The final touch was to add some satin ribbon to the outside to form a closure.

I will be away from my computer for most of next week - thank you for your visits, and hopefully I will be able to get around to visit after next weekend

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Wednesday, December 4, 2019

WAW - Christmas Anticipated


I am slightly red faced here - December has started off with all sorts of things happening that were unplanned, including the fact I have used the wrong scripture for today's  Word Art Wednesday 
DT card. My bad, I was rushing to get things done and did not double check the dates before printing the verses. Karen, bless her, has been most understanding and accepted it graciously. 

I die cut the feature panel using a S/B Lacy rectangle die, and sponged the panel after embossing it and before removing it from the die.  I used Delicata Gold Glitz, and it really shimmers IRL

I added a triple layer of ribbon and cord, and the wee, embossed nativity...

 then decided that I wanted more shimmer, so used a lemon coloured mica spray, which blobbed a bit.. not a good look.

It also looks green on the black dp

At least the inside came out nice and crisp and clean with just the narrow strip of gold washi tape. 

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Saturday, November 30, 2019

Tree Silhouette


November  and I are not friends!!
 I don't know how come it is the end of the month - somehow the middle two weeks escaped me!!

Sorry I have not been around 'blog-land' much, but life has been busy, and I have been exhausted by the evenings, which is when I usually visit - I am also working on the borrowed computer, which taxes the brain somewhat 😩

This  masculine card was inspired by the die cut, that was one of many I cut when I was lent some dies by a friend  - it was an unidentified one.

I layered the die cut piece onto a dark blue, linen textured card, but before doing that, sponged some clouds and painted the lower portion where the 'water' would be with silver

The tree and grass were lightly coloured with Prismacolor pencils

The dots are from a set of Ditzy Dots by Rosie's Studio. (They appear to have been discontinued now)

I simply stamped the sentiment (a magazine freebie) with black ink, using the Misti so I could repeat stamp and get good coverage.  

The completed top layers were mounted over a pale grey base

I swiped the edges of  the inside layer of card over a  blue ink pad, and stamped the oak tree from the S.U. Lovely As A Tree set with London Fog ink to finish

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Sunday, November 24, 2019

Birds, a Flower and a Magic Window


After a fraught few days, I have been blessed with the loan of a near new computer for as long as needs be!!  I have not figured out how to transfer my watermark to this one, but have organised a few things so at least I can be online, edit my photos and blog now. 

As this is the same fold as I have used before, I will simply link to the source

I used this gorgeous bird paper from the Amy tangerine pad, Sunshine and Good times (now retiring) for the background, and layered die cut flowers over the scalloped circle die cut from pink card, and the circle from a piece white card coloured with Cosmic Shimmer Opal Polish, Pink Thistle

The inside was finished with some glitter washi tape (part of a RAK from Mia), which, along with the fun mechanism of this card,  was really appreciated by the young girl who received it. 

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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

A Brushos Background Plus

This post may be rather brief as I  am writing it on my phone - my computer was most inconsiderate and chose this morning to 'die'...  

This card is  for the new Word Art Wednesday challenge.

I started with a brushos background that I had made when playing' with Brusho's and SprinkleITs a while back,  so although the camera did not pick up the sparkle,  it is there! 

I printed and die cut the verse,  and brushed on some yellow ink before removing the die,  and also ran the very edge over a red ink pad

The ribbon was added and the panel mounted on the white base,  and there it sat for several days looking incomplete.  
Inspiration hit,  and the rhinestones were added and the card came to life

I finished the inside with red and gold Washi tape. 

As I am not well versed in blogging from my phone,  I will not be adding links to this post.