Saturday, May 30, 2020



The original of this card was made some years ago, and then languished, as it was larger than a usual square card ... (I am sure it was a DT card, but I cannot find the post)

The image is a digi, and is on an old hard drive that I cannot currently access.  I had originally coloured it in pencil, and then had added WoS, but it had lost it's shine.  I was still happy with the decoupage element of the panel, so wanted to use it...

Surgery time!!

I cut down the original yellow base to a more manageable size, and curved the bottom right corner.
To restore the shine I painted the roses with Iridescent medium. 

Having trimmed off the original Thanks sentiment, I then stamped and gold embossed a Happy Birthday sentiment on the feature panel, and then found some matching pearls to add to the curved corner

I then mounted the altered panel onto a deep blue cardstock with a shimmer to it, and layered two gold ribbons over the base to balance the card

I add some floral yellow washi to the inside, and rounded the corners on the right side of the card to tie in with the curved panel element.

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Thursday, May 28, 2020

Apricot Layered Rose


I would like to welcome another new follower - Regina S , who's blog is about crafts and her reflections on life - a encouraging read in these troubled times.

My card today was made out of bits and bobs on my desk...  I started with the background paper, which was some double sided paper that had been used to make an envelope to send a larger- than- average card to me... this was the inside

The layered rose was cut from snippets using an Altenew die that was a magazine freebie, and layered onto a stitched circle (M. B.) die, sponged with Faded Jeans DI whilst still in the die.

The leaves (using a Decorative Vines die by Kaisercraft)  and the sentiment banner were cut from a mottled green and blue paper from my stash.  It was highly absorbent and did not emboss well. 
The sentiment was another magazine freebie. I cut the leaf vine in half to 'stretch it' the full length of the card, and hid the gap behind the rose panel.

The inside was decorated with some silk leaf ribbon, a freebie in an order from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

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Sunday, May 24, 2020

Paw-some Parcel


I would like to extend a special welcome to my newest follower Maria Vavouraki.  Do visit her blog and look at the incredible handiwork she does!  

I started this card with an image from a MFT Christmas set, and used one of the sentiments from that set too... it appears to have been discontinued. 

The image was painted with water colours and fussy cut, the sentiment heat embossed and mounted over some gold sparkle card, as was the heart embossed snippet I found on my desk... 

Despite what the camera says, the cream layer is in reality, a light lemon, and the gold ribbon looked wonderful over it.

The birthday sentiment was stamped in red ink on the inside of the card. 

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Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Red and Gold


It's time for another Challenge At Word Art Wednesday where our sponsor is Art Glitter, who are providing a generous $50 voucher for the winner

My card today is very simple, as I do like the scripture to take center stage, I also like to have cards on hand that I can use for a man or woman. 
 The scripture is available at Word Art Wednesday as a freebie

I die cut the verse with a stitched rectangle die, and sponged around it with Barn Door DI before removing the die

After mounting the die cut panel onto some neutral patterned paper, I placed some gold  ribbon across the corners, then layered a narrow gold edged red ribbon over that, with a bow in the center of the top corner treatment

The inside was finished with a strip of red and white washi.

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(the gold ribbon is super sparkly - just doesn't show well in the photos)

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Say Cheese!


In the small New Zealand swap group I am part of, this months challenge was to use the ATC we had received in a previous round,  on a card.  Either as a 2-D box,  the 'lid' to be cut from the ATC, with something coming out of it, or make a card with it as the focal point, but you were to use your 'bitz' on the card - nothing specifically made for it.  

Because of the recessed panel on my ATC, I decided to cut the lid on an angle following the recess.
The background I chose was a piece from a mixed media notebook that I had torn out and played with brushos on,  leaving the torn edge for extra interest.

I stamped one of the rats from the KatzelKraft set Les Rats des Villes on kraft paper and lightly coloured some areas with Prismacolor pencils, and added glossy accents to it's eyes, nose and teeth. 
I then carefully placed it so it looked as though he was popping up from within the box and throwing stars around.

The sentiment was computer generated, and then trimmed to a banner shape, and mounted using foam dots.  For extra interest the corners were all rounded to match the ATC.

The inside was decorated with some dark blue sparkly scotch tape. 
The recipient enjoyed the card :)

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(this card has given a smile to it's recipient)
(My splashes are in the background)

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Underwater Fish


Yes, another man in the family who loves to fish!! so another 'fishy' card

The centre panel was created using an embossed and painted fish image, which is one of my oldest stamps, and used multiple times.  You may recognize it as it has often featured on my cards. 
I used Twinkling H2O's, to paint it, but it doesn't show here, fussy cut it out and adhered it to dark blue card. I then covered it with blue tissue paper that had come around some stamps, and I had kept it to up-cycle.  The shiny bling is part of the paper!  Of course I had to save it... 

The panel was framed with papers, die cut with a stitched wavy edging.  - The top paper has some pale clouds on it, and I heat embossed in copper part of the the sentiment (a magazine freebie)

and used a 'grass like' paper for the bottom third, where I embossed the second part of the sentiment.
The twine was one ply of some heavy string, that I separated out and wound around the panels.

The inside was decorated with some more of the 'grass' paper.

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Monday, May 11, 2020

Brushos and a Lighthouse


A  clean and simple (CAS) masculine card to share today, 
made for a man who loves his salt water/ deep sea fishing.

My starting point was the brushos panel that I made earlier in the year in a fun session with a friend - that was when I was introduced to SparkleITs. You can just see the iridescent sparkle from this angle. 

The panel was placed behind the MFT peek-a-boo die cut, and the fussy cut light house image on the edge of the aperture.
I deliberately kept the stamp plain, apart from some light colouring on the grass and cliff face, and some Glossy Accents on the 'glass'.  

The sentiment (a magazine freebie) was silver embossed and the silver ribbon was the only embellishment. 

This inside was finished with the light house stamped in London fog ink. 

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Friday, May 8, 2020

Poppy Sympathy


I was asked to make a sympathy card the other day - the local paper had been published for the first time in over six weeks, and my neighbour, after reading the numerous death notices, ordered a sympathy card... 

My neighbour mentioned that the person she wanted it for had extensive gardens, so I went with a floral theme, using the poppy image from one of my original Stampin' Up sets, Oh So Lovely. 

I stamped the full image on one side of the card, then die cut an aperture using the MFT Peek a boo die.  The two other images were stamped on a scrap piece (or should that be pieces... I have never smudged or messed up so many stamping attempts!). 
But I (eventually) did  my first ever successful 'mirror' stamping on this!

Once I had the images presentable, I coloured the ones on the scrap with Prismacolor pencils, brushed on a light sky of Broken China DI,  then coated the flowers with numerous coats of  Wink of Stella before mounting them behind the aperture, lining up the flowers on the left.

A very old Divinity Designs sentiment was used on the outside, and a few white sequins to break the 'severity' of the simple stamping. 

And a sentiment from the same set on the inner. 

Unfortunately I photographed this late afternoon, and did not realise until I uploaded the photos to the computer that they had a yellowish tinge that I cannot edit out.  The one truly white one was taken under electric light with the appropriate camera settings.  

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Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Fuchsias for Mother's Day


It's time for another Word Art Wednesday Challenge.
 Our sponsor  this time is  Pink and Main who are most generously providing a  voucher for the winner valued at over $25.

Just before I received my files for May, I saw some vintage floral images with a label included over at Graphic's Fairy, and instantly thought using these for Word Art Wednesday!

I was very pleased to be able to get the Scripture  graphic sized and overlaid into this image!

I distressed the edges of the image, and also included a torn section and rolled the edges of that back, as well as one corner, and placed washi behind them for interest

A wee bow in a shiny ribbon under the scripture and some white sequins finished the outside of the card

This inside was stamped with a now discontinued Sweet'n'Sassy quote, and brushed with Bundled Sage DI to give a halo effect.

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Monday, May 4, 2020

Lovely Lavender


This card started with a 'reject' on my desk - I had made a card earlier that I was not happy with, so I took some elements off, and remade it!

The embossed panel was already adhered with the blue bakers twine behind it, so I worked from there.  The base is a subtle metallic blue card. 

The speckled panel was from my 'promise box', a trimming/snippet off a full 6x6 piece of paper, which I have no idea where it came from! 

The die cut is a Memory Box one that I borrowed - it appears to be discontinued.
I coloured it with chalks and adhered to the patterned paper

The embossing folder has a 'bon voyage' sentiment on it that I did not want, so the paper covered it nicely, but I know the recipient would love to travel.

The sentiment was stamped with Catherine Pooler Queen for a Day ink, die cut using a S/B Card creator  die from the Modern Stationery set, embossed and brushed with more ink before removing it from the die. 

The inside of the card was brushed with more ink, and an (Hero Arts)  Eiffel Tower stamped in London Fog ink on the left side of the inner liner. 

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