Saturday, August 17, 2019

A Stencil and Hello


This is  a quick post this evening as I have been away and am trying to catch up on visiting and commenting :)

This card was made for a swap group that I am in, and the theme this month was to use a stencil as the main feature on the card front.

I laid a stencil from a now defunct company on the card, and sprayed with a Lindy's  spray - purple and teal - the teal shows in the larger dots - I could not get a good photo of the shimmer.

The sentiment is from the Rosie's Studio set Arabesque.  The small stamp I put directly on the background,  repeat stamped it, and it smudged (despite being in the Misti) so then I stamped it on a white snippet and ran a black pen around it in a loose frame, and was more than happy with the result.

The stamp and die cut greeting was a greater challenge, and I ended up die cutting then stamping -  even that was not 100% successful, and a calligraphy pen helped some of the oops!
The roses on the sentiment were coloured with a gold pen, and I layered the die cut over another white layer, then a purple layer, which I offset slightly to form a shadow. 

The main panel was mounted over purple and then onto a gold coloured base

I finished the inside with some white card to balance the weight on the front,
 and some gold washi tape. 

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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Transformation Into Patchwork


And a special welcome to my newest follower Chriss, who has the most awesome blog here
Do pop over and say 'Hi' to her, and enjoy her wonderful work.

This card is for the new challenge over at  Word Art Wednesday 

I die cut the verse, (M/B Stitched Rectangles) and then picked up some scraps off my desk, in a vain attempt at tidying it, and it all started there...

I arranged the various bits and bobs, which included off cuts from backgrounds, design paper and edges off a boo boo!

I added the faux stitching as an extra detail, some lace and a sole bright strip to take the eye to the verse,

Added some washi tape to the inner, and called it done!

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Monday, August 12, 2019

Recycled Roses


I made this card some time ago for a friend who is the queen of up-cycling commercial cards.

The image that I have used was one on a 'card' my grand daughter brought home for me from kindergarten, some four years ago - it was so pretty, and I am so sentimental, I could not just bin it, and then came the opportunity to use it for a very special friend. 

I fussy cut the teapot image, and then mounted it over the blue doily Die cut - I cannot recall the name of it off hand, and it's so old it is possibly discontinued by now!

These were  then mounted over some wide broderie anglaise lace I had been given, which I secured with some washi tape.

The final detail was the Happy Birthday embossed with platinum ep., hand cut into a banner and sponged with Whisper Rich Plum ink

The inside was strengthened with a white card panel as the front was fairly heavy, and the edges of that were also sponged with the Rich Plum ink, and then some washi tape as a finishing detail.

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Friday, August 9, 2019

Butterfly Thanks


I would like to start this post with a warm welcome to Sally Bownes of Sallys Bitz2 - do pop over and look at all the gorgeous work she showcases, and leave her some love.

I was recently commissioned to make some thank you cards.
I thought about the design for a while, knowing the circumstances of the need, and suggested  incorporating a butterfly.  
The suggestion was accepted, with the proviso that it look similar to a Monarch butterfly.  

Here they are as a swarm, or kaleidoscope of butterflies, on my bench.

This is the finished card

I started by colouring a sheet of watercolour paper with Yellow, Orange, and Gamboge Brusho powders and spritzed them lightly with water and let them react.  When that was dry I cut the bottom layer of the butterflies using an M/B  Effera die - (Appears to be discontinued, but the Asti Die is similar).

I next cut a corresponding number of the M/B Pippi Die from black cardstock.  
My Cuttlebug was working overtime!

I then sponged through a Paper Roses Small Mesh die cut with Broken China DI and one of the darker blues from a kaleidoscope pad.  
I used my new blending brushes, they are wonderful to work with, and did not 'soak' the cardboard stencil I had made with the die cut. 

I then layered the butterfly die cuts over that,

stamped the sentiment at the base of the card, being very thankful for my Misti ,

and it was finished.  I used a big sentiment to balance the card.  
It was one word in a set of large word stamps, intended to be used as a guide to writing...  

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Thursday, August 8, 2019

Tool Time Birthday


I made this for the birthday of an avid handyman - a cabinet maker/joiner by trade, he has long since retired, but still enjoys using his tools, and often gets a call to rescue me when a particular cupboard door decides to pack a hissy fit!

The tools are a die cut from Frantic Stamper Small Hand Tools set, cut in a dark brown card, adhered to a white panel of which I had sponged the edges with Espresso ink.  I love all the small details in these die cuts.

The sentiment was a freebie magazine stamp that I  randomly stamped in Versamark ink and then brushed Copper Perfect Pearls over 

I was happy with this card, and the recipient appreciated it too.

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Sunday, August 4, 2019

Fairy Wishes


I made this card early in the year for one of my great-grand daughters.

The stamp is a freebie from a magazine that I have had for years and never used, so I inked it up with Memento Pearlescent Orchid, which has a slight sheen to it, and also 'winked' her wings 

I 'grounded' her on an acanthus leaf stamped in green and coloured with Prismacolor pencils.  The image panel was cut with a M/B stitched rectangle die, adapted to fit, and layered over some gold edged organza ribbon. 

The sentiment was embossed with platinum embossing powder on a hand cut banner on a snippet of white card, then layered, slightly offset, over another snippet of pink

The paper is a very old Prima pad - this was one of my first pads of paper, way back!!

Sorry about the fuzzy image,  I stamped this on the inside of the card using stamps from the set and the same ink as the fairy.

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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Roses and Words


For this weeks Word Art Wednesday card I have chosen simply to accent the scripture with flowers, over some marbled card, that I purchased locally

The verse was printed onto card and then cut using using a Romantic Rectangle die from S/B
(which appears to be discontinued), then sponged with Whispers Rich Plum ink before removing the die. I added a layer of foam behind it to give some dimension when adding to the base card.

The roses came from Rosie's Studio, and are simply white paper roses, but again I cannot find them on their site.  I lightly sponged the edges of the petals with the Rich Plum ink, and wound the wire stems into coils before attaching them over some die cut and painted leaves, from KaiserCraft, and added a wee bow of twine to complete the accent

On the inside of the card I sponged the edges of the copy paper liner, and on the left I stamped a rose, using my markers to ink the stamp.

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Thursday, July 25, 2019

A 'Bitz' Challenge, and a Two-fer


Warning: Photo heavy post!

In the small (New Zealand) swap group I belong to, we were given a bundle of 'Bitz" from a partner last month, (in with our cards in that swap) and this month we had to make a card from them!
This was the bundle I received

And this the resulting card - All I contributed were the pearls, the slightly textured pearlised base card and the die cut window. (Spellbinders Window Die)

The background behind the die cut is the marbled paper from the bundle, and the cats I inked in black and embossed

The enclosed flowers were layered and held together with a brad

 I had fun with the cog and button die cut

A scrap of the marbled paper adorns the inside.

This is really only a small notelet - 
a white snippet that was on my desk as I went to tidy up after the first card.

After laying out the pieces I had remaining, I  came up with this design

I took all the pieces off and stippled yellow ink where the cat would sit before gluing everything down.

From the original stash. I have one leaf and a  fleur-de-lis die cut and two images unused. 

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Monday, July 22, 2019

Blue Poppies???


Thank you Cindy for contacting me - you can visit her blog here, to see some of Cindy's wonderful creative work. 

Blue Poppies - yes they exist in my card making world!  
I am generally  very  "true to life" in my colouring, so this is a bit of an exception - it started as I went to use this die, and discovered several die cuts from previous projects, including this  watercoloured one from a previous project.

I had intended to simply emboss the edges of my panel, but was chatting on the phone while I was crafting, and ended up cutting it... then I left the studio with the pieces on my desk

I returned next day, and loved that the white panel was sitting at an angle on the blue base, so trimmed the rectangle slightly smaller and went with that... I had to 'stretch' the die initially as the USA sizes are smaller than our (Birtish based) paper sizes 

I used my vertical sentiment stamp this time, and used one colour from a blue kaleidoscope ink pad. 
The feature panel was layered over   'cereal box' cardboard to give a wee bit of dimension.

I finished the inside with some sparkly washi tape, and the camera focused on that only :(

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