Wednesday, April 22, 2020

A Tulip and a Circle


Its been a glorious, sunny day here, and I have walked, chatted at a distance to folk,  and gardened. Autumn does have some wonderful days, and I am sure most of us here in my corner of New Zealand will be feeling a little less 'blah' about the lock down and isolation... 

This card was made for the Word Art Wednesday Challenge starting today, and is sponsored by Stamp Simply, who are providing either two stamp sets, or a stamp and a die set, of the 
winner's choice. 

I chose to work with the "Get Well Tulip" set,  for which there is an accompanying die set available.

For some reason the scripture begged to be cut using a circle die... which I did, embossed it, and then sponged the inside with Broken China D.I. before removing the die. 

For the base I started with a piece of 15 cm x 15 cm card and folded it in half, and then stenciled the  background  using a STAMPlorations Leaf Print stencil, with Lucky Clover D.O. then sprinkled it with water. After it reacted, I mopped with a paper towel and dried it. 

The tulip was coloured with Polychromo pencils and fussy cut..

I mounted the scripture panel over the folded card, and the adhered the tulip to one side of it.

To finish the outside and decorate the inside, I used a strip of some 'silk' tape that I have had for an embarrassingly long time - it was one of my very early purchases, and adhered it to the bottom of the front, and folded half of it to the inside.   As it is a small card, I wanted maximum space for a note. 

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Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Sweet Blossoms and Splats


I was tempted when Korin from Sweet'n'Sassy put up the In This Together set of digital stamps, and succumbed and bought them - it helped that there was no postage :)

I was inspired to colour it because of the current 30 day Coloring Challenge

This is the first image I have coloured, and I used my Polychromo pencils, then fussy cutting it. 

The background was made using some mica based water colour paints by Semco on light weight card, then after drying, it spent the night in the middle of a heavy book!.  

The sentiment was stamped in dark blue ink onto a snippet of the water colour paper.
Both panels were backed with dark blue card, and the main panel was mounted over a couple of layers of ribbon, and then the sentiment was added.

The inside was finished with a strip of washi.

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(I did not use the embossing option)

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Cling Wrap Inspired


This card was the result of a challenge in a small (N.Z.) swap group I belong to.  The challenge was to use cling wrap in your background

I started with some Watercolour paper and sprinkled Brushos over it - blue, aquamarine and violet I think, and also pearl SprinkleITs. spritzed it well, placed the plastic film over it, then twisted it from the centre to add texture, then left it to dry.

When it was dry, I trimmed out the piece I wanted to use and adhered the die cut. 
( a M/B poppy die that appears to have been discontinued.)
I then tapped embossing ink over the panel, added clear embossing powder and heated - I repeated this four or five times.
The embossing appears to have re-actived the Brushos, and colour moved onto the die cut in places, but it also intensified the colours and textures. 


I mounted the panel onto some pale blue textured cardstock , and stamped the sentiment (a magazine freebie,) below the image panel, and rubbed the edges of the panel onto the same ink to define them.

The card looked a little stark, so I embossed a line of dots on either side of the main panel, which gave some interest without detracting from the focal point.
In the photo above you can just see some of the sparkle the pearl sprinkleITs gave to the brusho panel 

The inside was decorated with some matching blue washi tape. 

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Friday, April 17, 2020

A Birthday Tulip


I am doing a happy dance as I have finally managed to get my watermark into my new photo editing progamme, and subsequently onto my card photos - whoopee!!

I love how this card turned out - it's the first time I really, seriously, tried no line colouring, stamping the image in London Fog ink, and colouring with my polychromos. 
It is also the first time I have used this gorgeous stamp by Stamp Simply 

The sentiment was simply stamped using an old ink called Sugar Loaf Green, but it has always been this delightful blue.  I also ran all my edges over the pad, which gives a very discrete frame.
The embossing I used on the white panel is an old S/B Em-boss folder

The head of the tulip had numerous layers of colour, yet  I was  not really happy with it until I picked up a Prismcolor pencil and did a final layer!

The leaves  I was really happy with - especially once I added some black and very dark green to the base of the leaves.

Unfortunately  the camera has washed out the colours a bit.

The strip of paper that I mounted the tulip over is a snippet that was sitting on my desk, from a Craftwise pack called Oceania. 

I stamped the tulip again on the left of the inside of the card in the same ink I used on the outside of the card.

And added a final snippet of the paper to the bottom right.  

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The Tulip Stamp
I focused on the garden part of the quote

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

White Flowers


Today's card was made for a friend who is turning 89 this shortly, and is unfortunately suffering from Macular Degeneration, which limits her sight, hence the high contrast of  the white die cut over the bright background.

The background was made with brushos, using some gold SprinkleIT  for some sparkle

The sentiment was simply stamped with Peeled Paint DI, hand cut into a banner and mounted, offset, over a snippet of  gold sparkle card

As the die cut was smaller than our standard card size, I added a wee gold ribbon and bow to the base of the card, and also a few gold sequins for some wee accents

The inside I finished with some twill ribbon, which covered the ends of the gold ribbon. A scripture stamped in the same green ink,  from the Grace so Amazing set by Sweet 'n' Sassy stamps was stamped on a white snippet and then trimmed and added to the top panel of the tent opening card.

The bottom panel was white, and I left it plain so I could write with a thick nibbed Sharpie on it. 

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(NBUS - The gold SprinkleIT and the die )

Monday, April 13, 2020

A Different Type of Colouring!


Not sure if this is 'offically' colouring, but it does colour my world...

I finished this on Saturday.. sans one button, which has escaped my knitting bag, and I will not be able to add it until after we are out of lock down.

A close up of the pattern - this is a Danish one I purchased online, called Bella.  by Lene Holme Sansoe.  The first time I have knitted from the yolk down. 

And here is little Missy Moo, ensconced in her seat on the back of her mother's bike, wearing it. They did a 'ride by' to show me.  I deliberately knitted it longer than the measurements so hopefully she will get two winters out of it. 

Saturday, April 11, 2020

Easter Tree


Just a quick post to join in the new 30 Day colouring Challenge

I discovered a wee Easter bunny card in my letter box the other day - courtesy of the neighbour's young daughter. 💗

This is the card that I coloured today and popped into their letter box, then texted her Mum to let her know.  One young girl was very happy to have her own mail (card).😀

I printed out an image which was a freebie from Carmen of Beyond the Fringe and coloured it with my Polychromos coloured pencils, then added metallic pen accents.

My placement of the image on the page wasn't very accurate, so filled the gap on the right with a piece of gold sticky tape.
The sentiment is hand lettered

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May you all have a Happy Easter, despite the current situation.

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Grungy Gears


I hope you are all safe and well.  
We are in a four week nationwide lock down, and up to day 13.  It's been fine up until now so I have been able to do some walking, but we have currently have some much needed rain falling!

It's time for another challenge over at Word Art Wednesday, where the scripture used on this card is available as a freebie. 
This fortnight we are being sponsored by the lovely Gina K Designs, who is providing a $40 voucher to the winner to spend in her store. 

I started with a base of kraft cardstock, and sponged the edges with Espresso Ink, and randomly stamped some small cogs on it with Versamark ink, and brushed gold perfect pearls over them.

The snippet of grungy corrugated card was sitting on my desk, so I decided to mount the scripture over that, after painting the edges with Ink Gold paint

I had no smooth gold card, so glued some thin gold paper onto card and die cut that with my M/B cogs die.  I only used a few touches of glue to adhere it to the card front, as I added brads to some of the cog centers, to add to the industrial feel of the card. 

I finished the inside with some thin card on both sides with some 'industrial style' washi tape on one side of each panel. 

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Friday, April 3, 2020

Purple Rats Reign!!


Believe it or not, the rat is purple... it's the camera that is lying... 

The background for the card is the bubble technique, but as I don't have re-inkers or tube water colours, I changed things up a bit

I started with a piece of white (linen) cardstock, sponged it with Distress inks,, and then dipped it into the uncoloured bubbles, left it a few ticks and then popped a paper towel over it to dry it off.  
I was thrilled with the results!

 What to do with it?  

I stamped the rat from Katzelkraft Les Rats De Ville set on a snippet and then coloured him purple with my Prismacolor pencils

The child I made the card for is turning one, so I punched a group of balloons from sparkle card, and also the digit 1, tied some metallic sewing thread around them , and attached them to the rat's tail.

I stamped and embossed in gold the simple greeting, 

and decorated the inside with a snippet from trimming the background to fit the card front.

I am linking this card to:
Surely a Purple Rat counts as cute?
This is one friendly rat!!
What could be cuter than a purple rat?
The rat and the bottom right balloon are purple