Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Gearing Up


It's been a bit of a mission getting this far - I have my own computer, finally, and I am still getting used to it and all the differences with updated programmes etc 😀

I love how this turned out - I used a S/B 3-D embossing folder (disontinued) on the orange card, then layered over it a Memory Box Cogs die cut, (again discontinued)  cut from bronze paper.
This was attached with a few drops of glue and gold brads

The sentiment (a magazine freebie) was heat embossed using copper ep

The completed panel was mounted on a dark green cardstock base

The inside was finished with some industrial style Washi tape.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Windows and Roses


Despite the Covid-19 we can still make our cards and share our work thanks to the internet - I call my computer my 'social life in a can', and it's so true now!

Today is the start of another challenge over at Word Art Wednesday, with the accompanying scripture freebie on site.

This fortnight our sponsor is Heffy Doodle and they are providing a generous prize package worth approximately 40 Pounds (U.K.)

I started this card with the 'left over' half of a sheet of card that I used to make another card of the same fold.  This time I added some paper from the Kaiser Kraft 
Rose Avenue pad.
The edges were all sponged with Tea Dye D.I., and then, as it was too 'yellow', I sponged Victorian Velvet D.I. over that again

These roses were cut from the top layer of a paper napkin

The verse was trimmed out, sponged as described above and then adhered onto some pink paper, and the sides trimmed with a Paper Smooches Borders 2 die.   

This is the card opened up, with a snippet of the patterned paper edged with just the Victorian Velvet DI across the bottom.

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Monday, March 23, 2020

A Wavy Swap


I trust you are all well - New Zealand is on the verge of a complete, at this point four week, lock down, starting Wednesday.  Due to my age, and my old friend asthma, I was self isolating, starting this week - now it is required of me - a bit scary, especially as it means I see very little of my family, and I am really going to miss that as we are close, both geographically and emotionally.

This card was made for a small Kiwi group I am in that swaps a card a month, made to a challenge one of the members sets.  This month the challenge was to make a card with a recessed panel.

I used some paper from the Kaiserkraft pad Summer Splash for the recessed panel, and added some silver glitter paper, cut with my very old wavy edged scissors, to the edges of the recessed area.

I also embossed the top layer with an unmarked circles embossing folder - no, not from China, I just didn't keep the packaging or mark the folder :).  I used the circles and the wavy edge to accentuate the sea theme of the paper. 

The feature at the tip of the recess is a couple of toppers from the pad, some bakers twine and ribbon from my stash, and partially held together with a white brad.

The sentiment was also a topper, and all the toppers were liberally winked with a clear WoS pen.. 

The inside was finished with a narrow strip of the patterned paper.

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Friday, March 20, 2020

Musical Birthday


I made this card for a gent who loves his music, he plays guitar and sings for the local rest home.

The image is another complements of Mr G**gle, printed off and lightly coloured with Prisma color pencils, and cut with a Tim Holtz oval stitched die

The greeting was white embossed on black, and mounted over a white layer to accentuate it

I embossed this treble cleft (now discontinued) in clear embossing powder on the black background, and also some random notes around the rest of the card

I finished the inside with the same treble cleft, stamped in London Fog ink - I wrote in the card before I photographed it, hence the paper covering the other side of the inner.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2020


I hope you are all well and keeping 'safe'.  The virus has hit here in our corner of Down Under... a total of 11 cases in our wee nation - so far. 

I was asked to make a card for a boys birthday, and one of his interests given was Judo - I have no judo stamps, so Mr G**gle was very good and provided me this free image.  

All I needed to do was add a wee bit more shading in the 'nooks and crannies', and some hair and flesh colours.  I also added some shadows to ground the image.

I decided to make a horizontal card, and used a vertical greeting, gold embossed on white card and matted on black.

I added a wee strip of the patterned paper (from a Craftwise collection, Celebrations) to the inside of the card.  What appears to be the occasional black shape on the paper is actually gold!

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Friday, March 13, 2020

A Water Theme...


I was recently asked to make a card for a woman who was turning 70.  In the course of the conversation with my customer, I learnt that the recipient lives near a lake, and that they are very 'environmentally aware' . 

To make the card a wee bit more 'special' I decided to make this slanting tri-fold design, (aka a concertina fold) and used card made from recycled materials for the base, and papers from the Craftwise Ocean 6x6 pack of papers. 

On the front panel the sentiment was stamped and embossed with Whisper Sugarloaf Green ink, cut with an old S/B die, which was embossed and the ink sponged around the edge before removing it from the die.
All the edges of the base and layers were also sponged with the ink.

The centre panel had the age die cut from silver sparkle card in the corner where it could be seen when the card was folded. The dark line through the paper is actually silver, so it all coordinated beautifully.

On the largest  panel of the card I layered this wonderful textural paper from the pack, the 'grey' stripes are actually a textural silver glitter!  I then simply added the embossed and fussy cut feather (from a NBUS STAMPlorations set, Feathery) to echo the 'found' one on the front.  

This is the card opened out, with a white panel for the personal message. 
I was very happy with this card, as was my customer. 

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(three panels, three papers)

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Clearing my Desk???


         The fortnight has rolled around again the once more there is a new challenge over at Word Art Wednesday -
This time sponsored by DRS Designs who are gifting a $20 gift voucher to the winner, along with this berry wreath stamp!

I have none of their wonderful stamps, and ended up printing off the scripture and mounting it over scraps off my desk... not that it cleared much of my desk! 

I printed out the scripture, which is a freebie over at Word Art Wednesday, and die cut it with a Tim Holtz Stitched Oval die, embossing it, and then colouring it with two inks, Espresso over Ladybird Red, with my blending brushes to tie it in with the background colours, before I removed it from the die.

This panel is tissue glued over card, and is a remnant from another card - it is a very pretty pale aqua colour with silver glitter in it.  The butterflies were previously cut  oddments on my desk.

The music was from an old hymnal, and the scraps were sitting in my promise box, so I trimmed them to fit top right and bottom left. 

Bottom right panel is a snippet from a Brusho's piece, which I had used some copper Sprinklets on... 
I tied a ribbon around this panel to balance the butterflies.

The inside was finished with another scrap of the music paper, and the edges of the white panel had been run over the same red ink pad that was used around the scripture oval 

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Saturday, March 7, 2020

A Most Serendipitous Card


My apologies for not visiting this past week, but life took over, with not only lots of helping of family, but also a funeral and a migraine, just to spice things up!

This card was made for a rather special young lady's birthday, and I just hope it was enjoyed as much as I enjoyed making it!

I love this 'roaring twenties' image - made by a local firm and now retired.

I started out by looking for paper that I could use to paper piece her, and ended up using it for the background of the card too.

The wee snippets of pink were the perfect match for her accessories, and I shaded her underskirt and feathers with pencils

The sentiment from another Kiwi company, Montarga Stamps,  was heat embossed with a platinum powder.

Both panels were mounted over some angled scraps of an ancient (18 yrs or more old) paper - this was from one of my first ever purchases of patterned paper!

I then noticed, horror of horrors, that I had some black ink smudges where they were not supposed to be, so I rummaged around and found I had the perfect colour of sequins that I could use as embellishments... 

I stamped the woman's image again on the left of the inside of the card
My apologies that the images are a bit 'faded' but these were taken at the height of summer when the light is very bright.

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(I had not planned on the sequins - they were a 'save')
(the snippets were the pick accessories and the purple layering paper)

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Swapping Double Points


It's been longer than I intended between posts, but life happens! I have been very busy in the studio creating, but have not had much time in the evenings to blog or visit - thankfully we have had some rain today, so I did not have to water the gardens. 
I have also been busy cooking a freezing garden goodies!

This card was made for my small Kiwi swap group, and the challenge was to make a double point card - a new 'fold' to me, but a lot of fun to make.

My center panels were cut using a S/B Floral Oval die set, and each layer was sponged with Delicata Golden Glitz ink

Some of the shimmer can be seen here, as can the sparkle on the dragonfly die cut

The spray of flowers and the sentiment are magazine freebies.  The floral stamp was reluctant to take the ink from my watercolour markers until after I had used some stamping inks on it, so the above has numerous layers of stamping and gentle sprays of water on it!  The 'hello' was stamped on a panel because of an 'oops', but I like the extra definition it gives. 

The double point layer was added to a tent fold card, where I used the floral spray again on the inside, and it stamped much better there.  I was very glad for my misti for all the repeat stamping I had to do with this image!

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(I delayed making this card as the fold was somewhat out of my comfort zone)