Saturday, August 31, 2019

Robotic Birthday


Today I am sharing a card that uses the robot image from Dr Digi - I won a voucher,  and  John was so pleased I had chosen this image that he also sent the matching paper for me.
(It is now sold as a set) 

I sized and printed out the robot to take the stage on the card front, and then coloured him up using metallic paints and pens, some of the sheen and sparkle you can see in the photo below.

The image was fussy cut and placed over the paper.  The seven stones represent the age of the recipient, and they were mounted on black sparkle card, over a strip of silver sparkle tape.

The greeting was stamped and embossed in silver, on silver card, and coloured with a silver pen.
This is one of my original stamps from (the now defunct) Kiwistamps, who got me into this craft!!

More silver and black tape and card, and more robot paper finished the base of the easel, and a couple of brads held the main panel upright. 

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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Layered Bookmark


Today is the start of another challenge over at Word Art Wednesday, and as part of the Design Team, I have created a book mark with the free scripture that is available on the site.

As soon as I saw how the scripture was crafted I thought 'bookmark' - I did manipulate it a wee bit before printing, but this size is wonderful for a Bible

I cut the tops with  Paper Rose tag dies, and rounded the bottom corners with a punch, swiping the edges over a Delicata Golden Glitz ink pad

The scripture panel was embossed with a cross stitched border  from Lawn Fawn 

I was looking for a long narrow piece in my off-cuts box, and also found this piece of florist wrap, that I popped between the layers
The top ribbons were stapled on and reflect the colours used.

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Monday, August 26, 2019

Brushos and a Poppy


Thank you for visiting today

I thought I had blogged this card, but where I discovered it in my files today meant I obviously have not shared it!

I started by playing with a piece of normal card and brushos, and lots of water.  
If I remember correctly I had to 'book it' for a couple of days after drying it!

I die cut the M/B Prim Poppy out of the background, and also from white card, and coloured the latter cut with Prismacolor pencils before inserting it into the negative on the background. 
 (The blue die cut was used on this card)

The sentiment was stamped onto white card and cut using a S/B die.  I put white card behind the orange chiffon ribbon to let the colour remain true, and not be contaminated by the blue background. 

Clear rhinestones finished the feature panel, which was mounted over line green and then white card. 

I finished the inside with a layer of card, which I edged using orange ink, and added another strip of ribbon too.

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Saturday, August 24, 2019

Gold and Jelly Bean Birthday


What does one design for a sweet nine year old who is going on 19?

This card started with some gold striped  paper, and I cannot remember if it was a magazine freebie or from a pad...

The jar and sentiment (again a freebie) were stamped and gold embossed, and then the jelly beans were stamped using blue ink, coloured and covered with glossy accents

This panel was in another magazine feebie set... she really doesn't really need to be told she's fabulous - she already seems to know it, but I love her as she is a real sweetie with it.

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Friday, August 23, 2019

On Being Grandma Part 2

I couldn't add both entries from the one address, so here is Big Sister's work!

Older sister Lydia (aged 9) has always loved colouring and chose quite a detailed page to colour

I stamped the parrot, and she painted it with Twinkling H2O's, and trimmed it out

You can just see the sparkle in this photo.

The card base colour was her choice, and  she adhered the panel onto the base, and also placed the parrot where she wanted it.

I was really impressed with their work and the end results!!

On Being Grandma


This year I have been doing  "Grandma Duty" for a couple of hours, two afternoons after school, most weeks.  We have had a winter of damp, grey weather, and the two children  have not been able to get outside much, so my daughter and I came up with the idea to do some art on the afternoons I am there, so a couple of colouring books and pencils were invested in. 

About that time I spotted the Simon Says Kids Summer Vacation Challenge, so to give an incentive for them to work, I told them of it, and they both responded well - although the younger child was disappointed that they were not going to America to put their entries in!

So here is Asher's entry (he is 7yrs old)- The background is a colouring page, the car I stamped out, and he painted it with Inca Gold paints

Here is a photo with the sparkle and shine on it


After cutting out the image, I trimmed the coloured page where he wanted it, he placed the (ready taped) background on the base (his colour choice), and  also placed the car where he wanted it - it was on foam dots.  Asher  had to take the backing off the sticky bits, which was a bit of a challenge for him.!

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

A Boy on His Bike


I am sharing this card I made earlier in the year - it came together very quickly, and I love the final 'look' of it.

I started by stamping the background stamp in Memento London Fog ink - the stamp is a very old, second hand stamp that is great for backgrounds.   It is wood  mounted and I had to guess a bit on the placement, but I was happy with the result. 

The featured stamp is another old one, from Kiwistamping, who have now gone out of business. 
It was stamped in Espresso ink, and coloured with Prisma Colour pencils.

The image  panel had the edges distressed and then sponged with the espresso ink.
The sentiment (a magazine freebie that is getting a lot of use) was embossed with copper ep, hand cut into a banner and I also sponged the edges.  
The completed panel was mounted over a deep red card base (card from a local printer)

The inside was finished with some copper sparkle tape.

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(Optional Twists not used)

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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