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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Friday, July 19, 2019

Baby Boy Buggy Blues


Firstly I would like to say a warm hello to Cindy Tempelman, who has started to follow my blog.
I cannot find if you have a blog Cindy  to be able to follow you back - please let me know if you do.
 I apologise for the tardy welcome, I started this post some time ago, then left it in drafts...

I was really pleased how this card turned out - I started with an embossed panel using a magazine freebie, and  die cut the Ornate Pram by Wild Rose Studio, out of blue sparkle card.

The die cut was glued on the bottom section of the embossed area

The sentiment (by Montarga Stamps) was stamped in Memento Mediterranean Blue ink and cut with the smallest in the S/B Modern stationary card creator die, (I can't find it to link) stippling through the die before removing it, then layering it over some dark blue card.

I layered some of the dark blue card across the plain section of the embossing, and layered a light blue ribbon and a  narrow white chiffon ribbon over it, and finished it with a blow and a tiny blue pearl.

The inside was finished with a simple strip of washi tape.

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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Filigree Framed Scripture


I would like to give Joy from Joyfully Stamps an extra warm welcome as my newest follower.  
Do pop over and visit her blog and enjoy her beautiful work.

This weeks card for Word Art Wednesday's new challenge came together very quickly

I printed the lovely scripture (the new freebie over at Word Art Wednesday) and die cut it using a Divinity Designs die - the largest one from Filigree Frames, adding some Golden Glitz ink to the edges before removing the die.

The wee, whimsical  'scene' at the bottom of the card was one I had coloured some years ago, and came across recently - I think it was a digi from the now defunct Layers of Color.  This was mounted over a layer of gold paper

The only embellishment was a simple gold bow on one end of the die

I finished the card inside with a couple of thin strips of gold washi tape.

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Monday, July 15, 2019

Tweet Anniversary Wishes


In a recent 'round' of swap cards in a small group I belong to, we had to use the bleaching technique.  My partner not only sent a beautiful card, but she also sent some other samples that she had made, but was not particularly happy with, and this was one of them,

I coloured the image, which had been embossed with a sparkly black embossing powder, with my polychromos, keeping to a soft palette.

The sentiment was embossed in silver on a mauve snippet,  trimmed and the corners rounded with a punch, then mounted over a lemon snippet that matched the card the image was layered on.

I wanted to use the soft pink ribbon, but it was so sheer the lemon showed through and made it look apricot, so I layered it over a snippet of  white card , and wound some mauve toned bakers twine around it, including a double heart charm under the bow

A dotted line was doodled in purple ink, and the lemon panel mounted on the mauve base.

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Sunday, July 14, 2019

A Garden Twofer!!


I've done it - I have actually made two cards for the Two-fer challenge, and it's in time to enter... 
usually I think about it and that's as far as it goes!!

Ta Da!! - two different cards for two different occasions, using the same stamp, stencil  or die!

My first was using the die cut in an conventional manner. 

It was cut it in black card, mounted on a die cut oval of schparkly gold card...

then onto a dark green base.

White embossed the sentiment directly onto the base card stock, doodled around the edge and fancied up the inside with some washi tape.

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The second card I cut the image from the die, and used it as a mask to create the background, inspired by Ardyth, here, but definitely not as skilled!

I was reasonably happy with the outcome, but decided to keep it really simple by cutting out the smile with a M/B die (appears to be discontinued), and letting the base card show through.

And stamping the sentiment (a magazine freebie) multiple times in the Memento Rhubarb Stalk ink that I had used in the background.  
In retrospect, I should have clear embossed it for a wee bit more emphasis.

Again I finished the card with some washi tape in rose gold on the insert

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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Alcohol again... and some foiling


Last weekend I had fun playing with my alcohol inks again - I used two greens and two yellow/golds on some yupo 'paper'. 

Before the inks were fully dried, I put some bronze foil on the damp spots, and loved the resulting spots of metallic shimmer

I was inspired by this post at Sundaystamper  Papercrafts blog to use a negative die cut over the background, which in some spots was not how I wanted it to look!

I finished the card by stamping the sentiment and dragonfly in Delicata Gold  for a  subtle effect, letting the negative die cut take the eye. 

I trimmed the die cut piece to be slightly smaller than the yupo, to make the most of the inks that extended to the edge of the paper, and then mounted both layers onto a deep green base.

The 'positive' die cut I left in the die and stippled two green inks on it 

and then adhered it to the left of the inside of the card.

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