Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Summer by the Sea


No, it's not quite summer here, but the theme this month for the small N.Z.  swap group I am in
was to create a Pinwheel Tower card with an optional summer theme.

As you can see I went with a beachy theme. 
As this is a photo heavy post, I will keep the words to a minimum

All the stamps on the larger sides were from a magazine freebie set,
All were stamped in snippets of card, and coloured with Polychromo Pencils

The papers were from an unmarked pack - possibly from the local 'Warehouse' store

The sun ray image was  cut free-hand, from yellow vellum

The shells and seahorse were digi images by Pattie G at Pattie's Creations.  
The shell border I won, the seahorse was a freebie.

This final (small) panel used stamped images

The 'sand' was kraft card sprayed with Tim Holtz Mica sprays - a bronze and a gold

Thank  you for visiting, and making it this far - I hope you enjoyed this fun card.

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Monday, October 18, 2021



I don't often post personal 'stuff', but I was "Nana-napped" for the weekend and taken to a beach for a weekend away with family.  It was a wonderful break, and I have a few photos to share.

The beach is on the east coast of the North Is (of New Zealand) so the sea is relatively calm, the weather was glorious on the Saturday, and the grandies enjoyed the water, later going further  in, in  their swimming gear. 

On Sunday morning, when the others had gone out, I had a very friendly visitor....

On Sunday the weather was starting to break, with the wind blowing in off the sea and the skies overcast, but that did not keep us off the beach.

I had a wonderful weekend, and was glad of the break, and thankful that we are in part of the country that means we can still move relatively freely, as other parts are in quite a restrictive lockdown still. 

Friday, October 15, 2021

Steampunk Pussy Cat


I discovered this image as a freebie last month - I found it on the last day it was available, and was able to download it from here, the Gecko Galz Steam Punk Challenge - they have a free image each month.

I sized the image and printed it, and distressed and sponged the edges with Tea Dye DI.
The mat behind the image was also distressed and sponged with the same ink, and I embossed some gear images on the corners that would be visible with Copper EP.

I also added Glossy accents over the lens's of the glasses
As it was a birthday card, I embossed the vertical sentiment down the one side 

To create a subtle background I took some random gear images and stamped over the card with Versamark ink, then brushed on bronze perfect pearls 

In the bottom right corner I added a die cut of cogs in a mat finished bronze card

Thi inside was finished with some washi tape that kept with the theme.

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(Opt Twist not used)

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Tea and a Verse


Today is the start of a new challenge at Word Art Wednesday 
And our wonderful sponsor is Stamp Simply, with a generous prize of either two stamp sets, 
or a duo set of stamps and dies.
For my card I used the Coffee or Tea stand alone set of dies

I decided to make a side step card, using the main panel for the wonderful scripture, which is available free over on the Word Art Wednesday site.   After die cutting it with an (extended) stitched rectangle die, I sponged it with Concorde & 9th Grapefruit ink

I then die cut and shaded the tea cup, and added the two steam swirls coated with Glossy Accents and added it to the back 'step'.

The word tera was cut three times, twice from white card and once from the peach coloured base,  and stacked and glued together, offsetting the top layer slightly.  This was coated with clear Wink of Stella, but the photo does not show it.

On the front step I added this wee swirl of pearls.  
The paper was all from the Kaisercraft  Rose Avenue 6x6 pad.

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Saturday, October 9, 2021

Yes, Purple and Yellow


This card had two sources of inspiration, not the least being the Less is More current colour challenge.  I taught the colour-blocking background technique at my last class - Natasha Foote's video on this was my inspiration there, although I have done this before... 

I decided to use the colour prompt for my background, and kept the stamping very simple, stamping in black on white and then die cutting the rose from this set by Stamp Simply, and popping it up on dimensional tape.

I then stamped the sentiment (a well used, original stamp, still available) and embossed it in Egg Plant EP - one of my original powders that must be 20 yes old or more!!

I finished the inside by stamping the rose bed in Limoncello ink in opposite corners

I was really pleased with how this turned out.

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Thursday, October 7, 2021

May Flower Bouquet


Todays card was made for a keen gardener.

It started with the pink background which was made with Bushos with Pearl SprinkleIt's added, on watercolour paper .  
It still looked rather insipid, so I used an old 'blow pen' to add the fine splatters.
 It was so old that the other pens in the set have dried out, and it took me ages to figure out how to use it again!!

The image is from (the now defunct) Layers of Color, entitled Mayflower

I stamped it using some Tombow dual coloured markers, and loosely coloured the images with the lighter shade of the colours, trimmed it out and added some ribbon around the stalks before I adhered it to the base.

The sentiment was embossed using Platinum E.P. on a snippet of the blue card that I used as the base. 
A strip of the lemon ribbon also was added to the panel. 
A glittery gold butterfly was added immediately below that.

The finishing details were the tiny champagne rhinestones which I not only added to the bottom corner, but also to the flower centres

I finished the inside with a corner of the flower stamped off the edge

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Tuesday, October 5, 2021



Today's card is one I made for a mechanic...

I started with a background I had made using Brushos

The sentiment is a magazine freebie that I copper embossed and trimmed around, 
then mounted with foam tape.

The tools were from a Darkroom Door set - Tool Shed I embossed them in copper ep and fussy cuut them and again used foam tape to mount them

The feature panel was mounted over copper metallic paper and then onto dark brown card

Sunday, October 3, 2021

Sunray Thanks


I recently bought a new sunray stencil, and had to have a 'play', I stencilled it using four colours starting with the red , grading it out to orange and then a deep yellow and a pale yellow.

The stencil itself was smaller than my paper card, so I put a piece of gold tape top and bottom to fill up the length I required 

I used the same gold tape to cover a snippet of card to die cut the sentiment - I layered that over red, orange and gold layers to match the rainbow

The die cut was then mounted over the leaf spray, which had been cut from dark green card and heavily 'winked'.   This panel was then mounted onto a dark blue card base

I glued a white panel edged with red inside, and then added another piece of gold tape. 

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Friday, October 1, 2021

Stitched, Not Stamped


This is a photo heavy post showing a couple of canvas work projects I have recently completed.
The first was a wee sample that was in a box of bits donated to our local Embroiderer's Guild that I volunteered to finish and make into something

It started as just the blue stitching, so I added the yellow 

The edged it with some Palestrina Knot stitch, 

Lined it and added some wool fabric for the needles, and a button and loop completed the project, a wee needle book. Approx size 4x4 cm.

The second project was a teaching module from the ANZEG, our national body.

It was supposed to be a larger piece, stitched into a square pincushion, but yours truly decided on a biscornu shape, so my stitching was done on two smaller squares of canvas, and joined, corner point to side centre, to give a 3-D octagonal shape.

I started with some bright yellow canvas, which to a point dictated my autumnal colour scheme.

Most threads were solid colour, but here you can see some of the variegated colours

There was a variety of threads used, and below you can see some metallics under the stranded cotton.

The centre button was one from my stash - which includes buttons from my mother, grandmother and mother in law... 

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