Thursday, January 31, 2019

Roses Stamped Simply


This weeks challenge at Word Art Wednesday is sponsored by Stamp Simply Clear Stamps.  
They very generously gave the DT members a choice of stamp set to work with, and I chose the Thinking Of You Rose stamp and die set, although ironically I did not use the die on this card!!

I started by masking and stamping the column of three roses, and then coloured them with my Poly Chromo pencils, using four shades of yellow in the petals and three of green in the leaves.

I loved the sentiment, and made a feature of it with by off setting the  M/B stitched circles die cuts 

When I came to mount the image panel I added the ribbon and perfect bow, of which I am very proud, ahem, cough cough, layered it over a pair of snippets of blue card under each edge,  and then mounted it all onto a chrome yellow card base. 

The inside I kept simple with washi tape and a birthday greeting.

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(Memory Box Stitched Circle dies)

Monday, January 28, 2019

Snippets For Di

Welcome ...
and a very special welcome to Jo from Jo's Stamp Shack and Studio 33, who is my newest follower.

This post is to honour Di from Pixies Snippets Playground  
Di has run the challenge for seven years, keeping us all under some sort of control, and entertaining us with her stories of Parsnip, and more recently, Dudley. 
 Thank you Di for all you have done in the last 7 years!!
There is a wonderful blog hop that has been organised by Darnell as part of the celebrations

All the patterned paper, and die cuts, on this card are from snippets, 
as is fitting for a tribute to Miss Di.

The die cuts come from a spellbinders stamp and die set, Memories... a NBUS set that was crying out to be used!!  I sanded the edges of the large panel before adhering it to the white card.

The leaves were cut from a green snippet, and the flower was cut from the other side of the panel paper, embossed and then sanded.  
The wee piece of lace was trimmed (snipped)  from the side of a wide floral panel - I didn't need much!!
None of the photos really show the sparkle from the WoS on the leaves.

The smile, appropriate as Miss Di makes us smile with her tales of Dudley's antics, was cut and layered on three layers of white card, an orange layer that was slightly offset, and then the patterned paper. 

The sentiment was stamped on the left of the inside of the card as it was so large - it is from KatzelKraft (another NBUS item).

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(I used snippets that could have been thrown out)

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Birthday Blues


Making this card was enough to give me the blues... 
I started by stencilling using coloured gel medium, but smudged it, and was not happy - just as well as I realised later I had had the stencil the wrong way up on the paper...

I used Memento Danube Blue ink and stippled it through the stencil and was a lot happier with the outcome

I then wrapped some metallic blue cord around the panel, cut three tags, stamping the sentiment and sponging the edges of the white one with the same blue I had previously used. The edges of the dark blue tag were sponged with Platinum ink, the final tag was cut from sparkle card. The tags were attached with more blue cord, and also adhered with glue dots to keep them positioned 'just so'.

I had mounted the blue layer on the white base, and was still not happy, so I then covered the tags with some scrap paper and splattered with blue perfect pearls and some old silver shimmer spray - neither container will spray now, but the contents splatter well!

The inside of the card was finished with some silver and blues washi tape. 
 The final 'ugh' with this card was when I realised the recipient is turning 21, and I could use another (21st) card I had on hand... 

I do like how this turned out, but it was quite a journey 😊

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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

CAS/CASED Valentines Card


I saw a card on Instagram, that gave me the inspiration for this card, but unfortunately I now don't recall who designed it to be able to give them credit.  If any one recognises it, I would love to acknowledge them. 

My daughter and her husband are not 'fussy' people when it comes to cards, so I immediately thought of them.  If I recall correctly the original card had stamped hearts and lines,  I used die cuts and embossed the lines using a metal stitch die, and also flipped the layout. 

To fit with the Less is More challenge, I stamped and embossed the word love on the heart. 

The  heart die cuts were cute from a retired set by Whimsy stamps, once I had adhered them onto the card, I layered Glossy Accents over them

I am really happy with how this turned out.

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Friday, January 18, 2019

Happy Moover!


I have had a 'me' day today and that has included time in the studio (not all of it successful) and time to blog too.

This card was made for a friend who lives on a 'mixed dry stock'  farm - (beef and sheep) but not that long ago moved off a dairy farm, so I knew she would appreciate the image! 

The card base had been prepared some time ago, and then popped in the 'promise box' for future use... The patterned paper is from one of my original purchases when I first started making cards. 

The image and sentiment are from a (NBUS) Artistic Impressions  Udderly Fantastic Set.  I stamped the main image and sentiment using Espresso ink over Versamark, and then clear embossed.  The embossing powder has been polluted with some glitter embossing powder, and the result is rather sparkly!  
The embossed sentiment was die cut with a M/B Stitched Circle die and also sponged with the espresso ink before removing the die. 

I coloured the dancing cow with watercolour pencils (S.U. and some El Cheapos) and then activated with water.   I then winked the skirt and balloons with layers of WoS.   
I gave her some grass to dance on, then fussy cut the image and mounted her on some vellum (to mute the background a wee bit) before adhering her to the card.

I finished the inside of the card with a wee tab of washi tape - as our friendship goes back a long time, I thought the hearts were appropriate. 

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(Product used, a Memoery Box stitched Circle Die)

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Lace, Thread and Rhinestones

Life is moving way faster than me at the  moment - I keep thinking it will slow down soon, but it never seems to... 

That said, I am back with my DT card for the Word Art Wednesday Challenge!

My starting point was the piece of dp, which had been sitting in my 'promise box' as a snippet for a while, and was crying out to be used.

 I printed out the scripture and die cut it with a S/B die, Labels 10, embossed it, then sponged it with a soft pink ink before removing the die.

I was not happy with the size of the paper snippet, so trimmed it down some more, and then added the lace.  Still not satisfied, I embossed the card base using a S/B Lovely Lattice embossing folder before assembling it all.

I then  had fun adding embellishments, a rhinestone swirl to the top right corner

and to the left of the panel some multicoloured and silver metallic threads, tucked under the edge of the panel. 

I used the trimmings from the patterned paper to decorate the inside, but although I have taken eight photographs of it, the camera was not focusing properly and they were all blurred.

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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Watery Birthday


Although this card took me way longer than I wanted it too, I love the outcome.

I started by sponging through the stencil in blue ink on the blue card base, moved the stencil marginally, then sponged it with iridescent medium.  I think my impression of water moving worked - the stencil I used is called Waving Branches, and should be used vertically, not horizontally!

I then cut a window using the  Peek a boo window die from MFT, from white cardstock, sized to cover the card front with a small border.  I stamped and silver embossed the fish on a snippet, and then painted it with Iridescent Blue Twinklng H2O paint, which you can just see on the tail flukes.  I created an acetate window, and glued the fish across the bottom of the aperture.

The sentiment was also stamped in blue using a vertical stamp.  All the edges were sponged with the same ink.  I adhered two layers of foam on the back, filled the shaker element with blue and white sequins, and adhered the blue base card over it.

The inside was finished with some blue and silver sparkle tape, and some silver spotted washi.

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Friday, January 4, 2019

Rhinestones and Ribbon


I do hope you all had a wonderful new year, and new goals for the year are set.  

"I'm late, I'm late for a very important date.." (a quote by White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland), and embarrassingly so, for the first Word Art Wednesday Challenge for the New Year.  
 Hangs head in shame.

The verse we were given is this beautifully presented one, designed by Karen Murray.  I kept the card layout simple to be able to really showcase it to best advantage. 

After trimming the verse (which is available for free download) I sponged it with Memento London Fog ink.  The framing die-cut, from a snippet of card that matches the base,  is one from the lavish layers set  by Divinity Designs .  Because of the balanced border design, I could not adjust  the shape, so offset the scripture and added some clear rhinestones.

I finished the card by mounting the panel, again offset to the left , over an embossed layer of dp, from an old Kaiser Kraft pad, "After Five", and adding the ribbon and bow and a few scattered rhinestones.
I tried to capture the glint of the sun on the rhinestones and failed, and the strong light also dulled the colours a bit - the second photo, taken inside, shows the true colours of the card.

The inside I finished with a wee strip of Washi tape.

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