Thursday, December 24, 2020

Hello Sunshine


I want to take this opportunity to say I wish all my followers and visitors a 

Christmas blessed with Peace and Joy

Albeit that it may not be what you would like, without family and/or friends to celebrate with.  
We are so blessed here in New Zealand to be able to associate freely, but carefully!

I have moved house and am gradually sorting and setting up my craft supplies... it's a slow process!

I made this card using a minimum of supplies, but for all that I am pleased with it, as is the recipient. 

It was made for my swap partner in the small N.Z. group I am in, and the challenge this month was to use the layered circle card technique.

What I had in mind and what eventuated were two different things, and after cutting two different sets of circles, I decided to use a double swirl on my card!

The colours, and the fact that we are just coming out of a late, wet spell of spring weather  made me decide to use this greeting (a magazine freebie).  It was stamped  in Memento Tangelo ink, die cut , and sponged before the die was removed.  The edge was run directly over the ink pad, as were the edges of the card itself.

The wee felt flowers were a gift from a friend - love the ladybird/ladybug on each of them. 

I embossed the background with a daisy chain EF - another magazine freebie. 

I finished the inside with a strip of orange washi tape.

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Tuesday, December 1, 2020

A Stitch In Time


Thought I would pop in and show off a stitching project I finished this year...  I have no idea when I started it,  I have to confess

The stitching  technique is Ukrainian White work, finished with a typical withdrawn thread, hemstitched edging, with needle woven elements.  

My apologies for the creases,  but it's been folded ready for packing,  but before I did that,  I wanted to share it. 

I hope you have enjoyed a glimpse of one of the other crafts I do. 

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Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Red, White and a Touch of Gold


A quick post this evening, that will most likely be my last until after I am moved... I am knee deep in boxes at the moment!!

This card was made for my small swap group, where the challenge this month was to use the 
Stamp Etching technique.

I had trouble finding an "open" image that was large enough for the technique, and ended up using one from a magazine set, which included the die and sentiment

I stamped the image using Memento Ladybug ink, and the etching lines were made using a standard ball point (Biro) pen, as my fine art pens are packed - I was nearly cross eyed by the time I finished it!

The sentiment was stamped in the same ink, and I hand cut the banner and inked the edges.
The ribbon was layered over the embossed panel, then the rose and sentiment adhered.

Thank you for visiting - any  comments you may leave are appreciated

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Singing Thanks


It feels as though it has been weeks since I posted here - and the next few weeks be equally sparse, as I have sold my house and will be packing and moving in early December.  I suspect that any posts I do make will be of cards that I have made previously and not shared.

I would also like to welcome Cheryl of Cheryl Quilts as a follower.  Do pop over and look at her beautiful work. 

This week is another wonderful scripture, designed by Karen Murray and available at the  Word Art Wednesday  blog,  where a new challenge has started.  Our sponsor is the wonderful 
Sugar Pea Designs, who are providing a $25 voucher for the winner.

This card started when I was sorting through 'stuff' on my desk, and came across this front panel off a note card that I had received, and saved, some years ago.

I trimmed it down to fit the green card base that was also on the desk - yes I am a bit of a messy crafter, and I have a large desk too.... 

Saturday, November 7, 2020

Snippets Galore


I made this card for a wee girl, and must admit that I am rather pleased with it.  The photos do not pick up all the glitter and sparkle, but it really is a very glittery card!

The paper is from a pack of "scrap paper offcuts" that one could buy cheaply at one point, and has gorgeous sparkly stylised flowers on it

The balloons were fiddly as they come as one die, so to get the various colours I had to make various cuts with the die (An unmarked,  NBUS one that I have had for a year or so) and also do some fussy cutting with scissors... 

The '2' is from a Kaisercraft set, and the candles were another unmarked NBUS die set

I finished the inside with the sentiment and a trimming of the patterned paper.

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Thursday, November 5, 2020

Silver Butterflies and Scripture


This week a new challenge starts at Word Art Wednesday, and our sponsor for this challenge is

Who is not only sponsoring the challenge with a $50 voucher for the winner, but is also giving a discount of 25% off everything - use the code 25Off

As the scripture is quite long, I decided to keep the card simple, and started by matching up various shades of card with the colours in the paper (which was from a very cheap pack in a Dollar Shop!)

I decided to add some interest by offsetting the layers behind the scripture, then added some butterflies cut from a piece of silver foil that was the seal on some cream cheese.

I finished the inside of the card with a narrow strip from the patterned paper that I ran through a crimper. 

All the layers of card, and the patterned paper, were swiped over a C.P. ink pad, Queen for a Day. 

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Monday, October 26, 2020

A White Lady


This card was made for a small New Zealand swap group I participate in.  The challenge this month was to use a white die cut.  

I started with this purple toned piece from a masterboard I made last year -  I cannot recall exactly what I used, but I identified an embossing paste stenciled (STAMPlorations) butterfly, brushos, mica sprays, some paint and random stamping.  
I placed it to the bottom right of the lemon coloured base card, for added interest

The lady die cut was cut using an unidentified die

This is a close up of the butterfly, which shows some of the glimmer.

I added a ribbon partly concealed down one side of the panel, and then stapled a folded section at the top before covering it with the stamped and die cut greeting circle.

I finished the inside with a trimming from the panel, but had written in the card before I took the photo, hence the 'cover up'.

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Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Wheat Ears and Scripture


The fortnight has rolled around again and it is time for another challenge at Word Art Wednesday, this time sponsored by The Project Bin, with the winner receiving a $15 gift voucher.

I decided to create an autumnal themed card to coordinate with the scripture.

I printed the verse then  die cut it with a stitched rectangle, and blended lemon ink around the edges before removing the die.

The Wheat Ears were cut from an unidentified die I received as part of a prize package from Mia. They were cut from white card, then I blended yellow ink over the die cuts, then painted over the stems and ends of the ears with an olive ink.  They then received a liberal coating of WoS

The  green layer of card was splattered with a fine mist of  Inka Gold gold paint. as a final detail before assembling 


The inside was finished with some sparkle tape, and then I layered three strips of narrow washi tape onto the centre of it.

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Monday, October 19, 2020

Playing with Dimension


This is a card made a few weeks ago for a friend who lives locally,  so I could hand the card to her and not worry about postage, or getting it crushed in the post.

I love how it all worked out together without a lot of effort - some of the parts were pieces on my desk, and that's always good ... 

The flowers were die cut from scraps of patterned paper and sprayed with a mica spray, not that it really showed on the pink flowers, and the leaves were also cut from snippets

The oval layer was a piece of paper I had played with ages ago.  I do remember that after crushing it, I swiped a golden glitz ink pad over it, and above you can just see the glimmer it gave. 

This gives an idea of the height of the flowers.
The base layer of green was embossed, but with a folder that is too small for our standard size of card, so I added the ric rac to cover the blank strip, which also echoed the edge of the die cut yellow layer.
The sentiment is from a Dark Room Door set, and the panel edges were swiped with yellow ink. 

A few rhinestones in the centers of the flowers, and also around the flowers, and a foil cut butterfly were the finishing details. 

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Friday, October 9, 2020

Clearing My Desk...


I am still working on sorting, purging and packing, and had overlooked the fact that I had to make a card for this week's Word Art Wednesday Challenge  .... eek!

I had started on my desk yesterday, and came across this piece of green cardstock so used that for my base this morning - I then ratted in my pre-made background container and found this piece.
If I recall, it was made by sprinkling Brusho's in an embossing folder, misting it with water, placing a piece of watercolour paper in it and simply pressing it together by hand. 

After printing the wonderful verse (available free on the WAW blog site)  I trimmed it and lightly distressed the edges - both the background and verse were layered on deep red card, then mounted on the green base
The butterflies were from my jar of pre-cut butterflies, and I brushed some red ink onto the yellow one to make it 'fit' colour-wise. 

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