Monday, September 30, 2019

Ivy and Rose Buds


I was asked to make a card by a gent who is marking an anniversary with his fiancee.

Believe it or not, I was actually inspired by this card by Cinderella, at least for the basic shape and floral theme!

The lady who will receive this is quite a 'practical' person, so I did not go for a lot of fuss... 
I started by embossing a frame 5mm in from the edges of the card front. Then stamped the 
leaves, which are a very old Hero Arts Stamp, using my new Catherine Pooler ink Grass Skirt 
(that I promised myself I would not open until I have reorganised my studio - oops)

I die cut the hearts and digit out of sparkle card, glued the layers together, and then cut a piece of thin corrugated card to the size of the large heart, but trimmed the sides back slightly before gluing that on, so I could fit the stems of the rosebuds under the edge.  
(I used that 'cover' to attach them, using glue dots) 

I used more glue dots to attach the lace bows over the end of the stems

The inside of the card was finished with a wee piece of washi tape.  The edge of the card front, and the white layer inside were wiped over the Delicata Golden Glitz ink pad.

The customer was very happy with the card - I will have to wait for a week or so to hear if the recipient likes it 

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Friday, September 27, 2019

A Simply Stamped Rose


This is a rather CAS card, but I liked the outcome

I started with the snippet of paper that I mounted the rose on, and decided that it looked best over the pale green card.  
The Rose from Stamp Simply Thinking of You Rose  stamp and steel die set was stamped using markers on the stamp, and then cut using the matching steel die

The sentiment (from Montarga Stamps, a New Zealand firm) was embossed in silver.
I ran all the edges of the green panels over a Memento Cottage Ivy ink pad

The final detail were some random clear rhinestones on the feature panel, and a strip of them across the bottom of the card

I inside was kept simple with a wee piece of washi to match

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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

A Rainbow of Daisies


It's time for another challenge at Word Art Wednesday, and this week's freebie is a beautifully scripted verse from 1 Corinthians.

I deliberately printed it out fairly large to let it be easily read.  It was die cut with a Memory Box Stitched Rectangle Die, and layered over dark blue cardstock, the same as the card base. 

The background was a Daisy stencil and I started on the diagonal in the centre and blended my colours out from the red stripe, using blender brushes ( Yes, I do have some blender brushes as well as make up brushes)   Love how the colours blended and created intermediate colours too. 

The finishing touch was the ribbon treatment - the ribbon picks up the colours around it, which was perfect for this card.  It does not knot well, so the bow is held with a glue dot. 

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Monday, September 23, 2019

Give a Man a Fishing Rod...


We have several keen fishermen in the (wider) family, and I could not resist this die.

I cut the image from white card stock and water coloured it

The sky was sprayed with Lindy's spray, but it blotched, so I used my finger to sweep the ink from side to side and my background was created!  
You can just see the sparkle in the left of the photo below.

The water was a piece of mulberry paper torn across the top, and it had some silver florist wrap layered over it before gluing it to the base.  The 'hill' was also a piece of torn paper.

The sentiment was embossed with Platinum ep, and the clouds die cut, and lightly shaded at the bottom to mimic the shadows .

I used a bright yellow base for the card to intimate that it was a sunny day!

I finished the inside with a strip of fishy washi.

I am linking this to:

I used the centre horizontal line - Die cut, Stamp, Blue line. 

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Daisy, Daisy....


And a very warm welcome to my newest follower Bonnie of Stamping with Klass.  I am honoured that she has followed me, as her work is amazing!! Please pop over and pay her a visit.

I made this card with the 'goodies' I won over at Pixies Snippets Playground -a set of stamps and dies from Newtons Nook, Dainty Dasies, and a Feeling Dotty stencil by Altenew

I stamped and die cut the daisy image - the stamps gave a clear impression first time, and the die cut like a hot knife through butter - and then painted them with some watercolours - from a sample sheet of Daniel Smith Watercolours, sent to me by the wonderful Libby Hickson of  

I then cut two masks, one of the daisies, of which I used the positive, and one of an oval, which I used the negative of,  placed them on the card where I wanted them to go, then applied iridescent medium though the stencil - and when I was happy with the result (shhh, second time around) I left it to dry overnight!! 

I mounted the daisies over the background on foam squares after trimming the panel a wee bit, and added a narrow border of lace down one side

The sentiment was also in the stamp set, and stamped then die cut with a S/B double ended tag die.

The inside was decorated with a narrow strip of gold Washi

I am linking this to: 

Friday, September 20, 2019

Newsprint, Flowers and a Butterfly


This card started as a  cream, trifold, pre-cut I was given.. I had sprayed a Lindy's Spray called Sweet Violet, Purple and Teal over the base, and was not happy with it initially, so it was put to one side for a week or two...

When I picked it up again I stamped the panel behind the oval with a newsprint stamp I won recently from a N.Z, store, Three Buttons,  It is from a set by Jilli Bean called Butterfly dictionary.

The sentiment was stamped and embossed with Renaissance Red ep.

The butterfly was made from a piece of silver patterned deep red paper glued over a firmer paper and then cut using an older  Marianne die, and embellished with some clear rhinestones.

I raided my various packets of flowers and came up with this combination of various one layered and held with a jewelled brad

This was tailor-made for a family member who loves butterflies.  

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Monday, September 16, 2019

Number it!


This card was made for a man who plays a lot of Sudoku...

I started with a print off of some Sudoku games from the internet.  The way the games printed I ended up with a gap between two of the games, but by trimming the printed paper carefully, it meant that I had a spot for the greeting.

The sentiment was embossed in white on a snippet of red cardstock, hand trimmed into a banner shape and then mounted, offset over a scrap of black.
The white layers of the card were sponged with red ink.

I kept the inside simple with a piece of striped washi tape.

I am linking this to: 
(my Brother in Law)

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Rhubarb and Butterflies


This is very much a card made from scraps - all in the cause of tidying my desk... 

I chose four pieces of paper that coordinated and adhered them to copy paper, sponged the edges with Memento Rhubarb Stalk ink, then adhered that to the card base (that also had the edges sponged with the same ink), and  stamped the quote about the butterfly,  again using Rhubarb Stalk ink.

The butterflies were stickers from my stash that have hovered around my desk for longer than I care to admit. 

That, and the greeting stamped in the same ink, were both magazine freebies.  

I finished the inside with a butterfly from the same set of freebies in the same ink, and added a tab of washi tape and called the card finished.

I am linking this to:

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Angel Wings


This week's card for Word Art Wednesday, features the digital freebie that is currently available on the site,  It is from Psalm 91:11.  
As soon as I saw it I thought of wings, knowing I had a die of wings, and a set of stamps...

I had in mind a certain gentleman from our congregation who is currently in hospital, so this influenced my design to be fairly CAS.

I die cut the wings above the scripture panel from vellum, using the Spellbinders Die D-lites, Wings and Crown set, and adhered it under the feature panel. 

The wing (from Layers of Color Regal Wings, now defunct) was stamped over the scripture in Versamark ink, and then 'coloured' with gold perfect pearls powder. 

The gold paper that I used in the background was from the Amy Tangerine Sunshine and Good Times 6x6 pad - thankfully although the light was good enough for photography, it was not so bright that the gold 'glowed'!

The only embellishment was some red metallic cord wrapped around the gold paper, and an extra knot over the cross-over to hold it in place and create some interest. 

I finished the inside with a narrow strip of gold Washi tape.

I am linking this to:
(I did not use the Back To School Optional Twist)

Monday, September 9, 2019

Tiled Leaves

Be warned - this is a photo heavy post, so I will keep the 'talking' to a minimum 😉
This card was made for a swap within a small Kiwi group of stampers that I belong to, and the theme for that month was to use tiles!

I had borrowed a die from a friend and had cut out these tile like cuts, which was my starting point.

I tapped them over a Delicata Gold Glitz ink pad, then embossed with layers of clear EP.

The branch (from Memory Box) was dabbed on a brown ink pad, and then clear embossed several times too

I had stencilled through a page of die cut 'waste' and rubbed clear perfect pearls over it for some subtle background interest

The tiles were suspended from the branch with some metallic sewing thread

I finished with a magazine freebie sentiment, and a thin off cut of the light green card below the main panel when mounting it onto the deep green base card

I finished the inside with some washi tape

I am linking this to:
(I used the optional  Twist of Autumn Colours)