Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Shady Trees?


Another fortnight has passed and it is time for the new Word Art Wednesday Challenge.

Our generous sponsor for this challenge is The Project Bin, who are offering the winner a $15 voucher to their store.

I love the scripture we have today - which is available as a freebie  here. 

I printed it onto pale blue vellum, and then clear embossed it

The trees are from the now reitred SU set Lovely as a Tree, and I stamped using first and second generation  impressions, masking as I went, and also spritzed it with water to get a slightly water coloured effect.
The sky was then added using LC brushes

This image is from my only set of Project Bin Stamps, and is called Feline Good.  I stamped the image with a dye ink, and then moved the colour with a wet paint brush.  It was cut  with the matching die.

Oops, looks as though he may have slurped his milk a bit quickly and messed his 'bib'!  I didn't see that until I looked at the photo close up :(

I tried to convey that the cat was sitting under the shade of the trees... 

I am linking this to:

The PB cat is over 2 yrs old, the SU set 15 yrs at least
Diagonal, btm left to top right  - Critter, Die cut, Sentiment

Monday, February 24, 2020

Fruity and Floral Twofer


I decided to take up the  Twofer challenge this month, with the theme of Fruity - I am only just scraping in .... 

I used a pear image from an old Stampin' Up set Infinite Goodness.

Both cards took a life of their own - I started white embossing the pears on kraft coloured paper   - they would not fit on the card the way I had planned...

Plan B was to trim them out and line them up on this long thin card

the sentiment was stamped and copper embossed,  the numerals die cut of Champagne glitter paper

I added some colour with Prismacolor pencils to the pears

The ribbon was some that my grand children had salvaged for me, and I added a line of  rhinestones in a soft amber colour to finish the card

The inside was finished with the final snippet of the ribbon.

The pansy card started as I tried to stamp a larger flower with four front petals, and four in behind - it was not working, but suddenly I 'saw' a pansy, so again I went to plan B ... 
This time with googling some pansy images - I discovered that there are all shapes of pansies! Some with large top petals, and some with nearly any  - thankfully.

So with a lot of trial and error and masking, I finally managed to stamp this pansy using the base of the pear stamp!

I kept the card simple and let the pansy take the stage, but did add a butterfly in lemon sparkle card with a couple of gold rhinestones to finish, and masked the pansy and stamped some sublte leaves around it.

The sentiment (Rubadubaboo stamps, a New Zealand firm)  was stamped in the Sweet Plum Memento ink  that the pear/pansy was, and then embossed with clear embossing powder.
The edges sponged with the same ink

The inside was finished with a strip of washi tape. 

Thank you for staying with me for this long!

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Saturday, February 22, 2020

Sort of Steampunk


I would like to extend a warm welcome also to Autumn Zenith, who has just joined my followers

Yes, two posts in as many days - it's been wet here today, and I am rejoicing.  
Although we need a lot more rain, I am thankful for the amount we have got today.

This steampunk style card came together very quickly

I was inspired by this background paper provided by Pauline Slater of Creation With TLC , although this was on the facebook group. 

I wanted to keep the background grey, but I only had light grey card, so I swiped the edges with London Fog ink for all the layering.

This engine is from the Dark Room Door stamp set, Steampunk, it is beautifully detailed, and repeat stamps really well (in the Misti) to give a fabulous impression.

The sentiment was also stamped in black ink on the light grey card

I finished the inside with a strip of this wonderful washi tape, which fitted the theme perfectly

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Friday, February 21, 2020

Spotlight on a Ship


Some time ago I welcomed Sue to my blog as a new follower - I have managed to find her blog, only to discover that I have followed her for some time - her work is exquisite.
 Do pop over and visit Sue's blog - you are in for a treat.

I love working with colours that contrast or complement, and this was the reasoning behind the basic colours of this masculine card

I started with the image, which is part of a magazine freebie set - stamped it in Faded Jeans DI twice
then cut out the ship element for a 'spotlight' feature before colouring in the background with various DI's and Prismacolor pencils.  I loved how the tip of the big wave curls into the spotlight image!

I inked all the edges of the images with the Faded Jeans ink before adhering it too the blue die cut.  I offset the main image on the blue to mimic the placement of the spotlight element.

I used an embossed orange panel for the main background, which was also placed in an offset fashion on the blue base.   I added the twine to the top of the embossed panel to hide the fact that the embossing does not go right to the top.  

The sentiment came with the set and was stamped in the same ink

For the inside I created a 'negative' mask and stamped the spotlight area through the hole in 
London Fog ink on the left of the insert.

I am linking this to:
(I used the words birthday and party for my inspiration)

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

It Wasn't Me!!


One of these days life will slow down a bit and I will be able to blog more than once a week!
Not quite sure when though, the way things are going!

I would like to welcome Susi from Austria as a new follower - she has a wonderful blog here.  I have followed her for some time now, and find her work is inspirational

Love the way this card turned out -  it is for a 10 year old boy
It started with a piece of a masterboard I created last year.  I had fun creating it, but cannot remember which products I used as I made three at the time, and used all sorts of everything as I was having such fun!

The sentiment was a magazine freebie, embossed in white over plain grey paper, and layered over a snippet of white card

I know I used a stencil to get the fleur de lis design just visible above,  the shimmer is from a mica based spray... 

The cat is a Tim Holtz Crazy Cat stamp, stamped onto some plain dark grey paper, and the white painted with acrylic.  It was cut with the matching die.  The spilt milk I drew freehand and tucked it in behind the bottle.
The cats eyes and the bottle were coated with glossy accents.

I used the same stamp using the 'off the page' technique, in London Fog ink, to decorate the inside

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Channeling Seth Apter...

Two posts in three days - quite astonishing at the moment. With needing to garden during the day (before it gets too hot) and then water said gardens in the evening I am constantly running out of time for indoorish things, apart from card making!

I would also like to welcome my newest follower, Shirley-Ann Barber, of Stamping For Joy She lives 'across the Ditch' from me in Australia - I hope you have not been affected by the fires Shirley-Ann.

This is my DT card for the Word Art Wednesday Challenge starting today, and our sponsor is the wonderful Seth Apter, who is giving two $25 vouchers to his store to two winners!! 

I started this card with this wonderful coffee circle die. I understand it was a Seth Apter one, unfortunately now unavailable.
It was cut twice from Kraft card, and sponged with espresso ink.

I then created the background by sponging/brushing more espresso ink around the edges of the cream cardstock I had chosen to work with, and had distressed the edges of,  to give a really grungy look.  I layered the die cut(s) over a piece of old dictionary paper I had on my desk... 

I  then picked up a piece of corrugated card (also lingering on my desk) and stripped off one surface to give a textural background panel to the scripture (Available as a freebie at Word Art Wednesday)

The scripture panel was also sponged with the espresso ink, and distressed around the edges.  I was liking the look, but there was something missing, and I spotted some stamps I bought from China about a year ages ago, so I inked one up, held it in my fingers, and did some selective stamping in the background, often using a second and third generation impressions to give some more variation

To finish the inside I distressed and sponged the edges of the panel, and stamped the gauze like stamp again, on a block this time, along one edge.  

I loved how this turned out, as grungy is not my normal make!!

Monday, February 10, 2020

Gauze, Gems and a Butterfly


I would like to welcome my latest follower Nastya Deutsch
who has a blog on beauty, fashion and lifestyle. 

This card was made for an elderly Aunt.  
I love how it came together and am very happy with the result

The butterfly is a die cut that has sat on my desk for a very long time, and I sponged it with DOX Peacock Feathers and Picked Raspberry

I added it to some gauze, and then to the pretty paper - it looks like draped silk

The greeting was stamped and gold embossed and them mounted on the layers of card that I have used to mount the main panel on.   A few rhinestones and I called it finished. 

The inside was finished with some washi tape down one side. 

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Sunday, February 2, 2020

Sympathy with Lilies


I would like to start my post by welcoming my newest follower, Susan Hogan - Susan if you have a blog, please let me know so I can visit you, and return the compliment.

I don't often make sympathy cards "in advance" as I prefer to tailor them to the recipients, but I did make three the other week as I needed one, and just kept going.

I started with the light blue cardstock for a base, and added the dark grey and black floral paper from a Rosie's pad called Forever - and then decided that it was too dark, and stalled

I stamped the sentiment (a magazine freebie) using Broken China D I, and cut it with a S/B Floral Oval die, sponging some more ink onto it both before and after I removed the die.

Inspiration struck about that time, and I added a layer of blue vellum over the paper and was happy with the much softer background.!!

The card was finished with some blue ribbon from my stash, and a Prima Hibiscus flower and three white lilies, again from my stash.

The inside of the card was finished with some pale blue sparkle tape