Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Bamboo and Teddies


I love this teddy punch, and these wee fellows were punched out of a snippet of kraft card and sponged with espresso ink, and the features were drawn in with a fine line pen. I then perched them on the bamboo background.

I made the background using part of a large stencil that I was given - it is unmarked. I used Memento  inks Bamboo Shoot and Cottage Ivy with blending brushes

The number was die cut out of glitter gold card and inserted in a green oval, which was mounted over a (matching) scalloped gold oval.

The sentiment was stamped in the Bamboo Shoot ink on another snippet, and trimmed into a banner.  This was mounted off set over a layer of green card, and a strip of lace,

which matches the lace mounted to the side of the main panel

Sunday, June 27, 2021

Purple Friendship


This is the card I made for a card swap I participate in - it is a small, local, group and each month the swap involves a challenge. This months challenge was to use nesting dies for the base, and a nice sentiment on the front.  

I cut my base using the largest die in the S/B Romantic Rectangles set (discontinued), in a soft purple cardstock

I then cut the next size down in vellum, and stamped and embossed it in WOW Gold Metallic, Rich ep

The sentiment stamp is by a New Zealand firm, Rubbadubbadoo., but I have had it for many years, and I cannot find it on their site now, so it is likely discontinued.
I mounted it over a small rectangle of white cardstock to highlight the words, and then layered it onto the larger die-cut, using foam tape to lift it slightly.

The card was finished with a tiny strip of gold ribbon with a 'faux' bow, and some flat back pearls .

As the coloured card was fairly light, I used a stronger white card for the back, and also layered some more white card on the back of the purple layer, which hid the ends of the ribbon too.

This was a real stash-buster card!

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Thursday, June 24, 2021

Stripes and Scripture


It's once again the start of a new challenge over at Word Art Wednesday, and our lovely sponsor is
My Scrap Cabin Shop , who are offering a bundle of seam binding ribbon of your choice.

My card today started when I decided to use up some of my (large) pile of trimmings...
they were glued to a sheet of A4 light weight card, then I cut into it as I need to. 

I trimmed out the size I wanted, and then embossed it with an (unmarked) folder with a pattern of squares on it, with the thought of keeping to a geometric theme.

The scripture, designed by Karen Watson, and available free on the WAW website
was cut using a Hero Art Infinity hexagon die.  I cut a two layer black frame using the same dies

To finish the card I layered the background over a black panel, and added some black bakers twine before adding it all to a white base. 

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Sea, Sky and a Ship


Some time ago I made a batch of 'ink over dried glue resist' backgrounds.  On this one I stenciled some dots using a brown ink, and then it sat, until recently.

I stamped the panel using the Crafty Individuals stamp 'Of The Sea'.  The stamp is fabulously detailed, and I had difficulty getting a good impression, and then the paper moved in the MISTI so I could not re-stamp...  so I used a fine black pen to add in detail that was missing

To 'colour' the ship, I stamped the image onto plain white paper and painted it with watercolour paint before trimming it out and paper piecing it over the original image

To the sea area around the base of the ship, I added dark blue and some white pen for detail

The sentiment was a magazine freebie, which was stamped on deep blue card and white embossed, then trimmed into a banner shape before being mounted on foam dots

I added this washi tape to the inside - it reminds me of compasses.

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Saturday, June 12, 2021

Purple over Pink With Silver Accents


This card uses another Brusho background - only this was a 'print' off a much stronger coloured panel.
There is a wee hint of silver on this background - from memory I splattered some silver spray on the first panel, and some of it transferred to this one. 

The image is a Concorde and 9th stamp, Uplifting Thoughts, that I have had for waaaaay too long before using... 
I stamped it in Memento Grape ink, then fussy cut it out. 

I didn't want to distract from the floral 'fall', so the sentiment was embossed onto a strip of vellum using silver ep and then layered across the main panel

The butterfly, sadly now discontinued, was cut from silver glitter paper . I popped it directly over one of the blooms, and added the silver gem onto the body. 
Further silver rhinestones and some silver scotch tape finished the front of the card

The inside was finished with gold dotted washi tape.

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Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Splattered Scripture


The time has rolled around for another Word Art Wednesday Challenge, and this time we are sponsored by Pretty Pink Posh, with  $30 voucher to their store

I made a lot of backgrounds recently using brushos, and on this one I sprayed with a blue Lindy's spray to activate the brushos,  which you can see in some of the photos

The scripture was cut using some stitched 'hill' edge dies... 

The ribbon accent includes purple and gold bakers twine, and also white and silver twine.  I kept it simple and twisted them a bit before tying them together with a reef knot.

The inside was finished with a small strip trimmed off the background.

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Monday, June 7, 2021

Bright Umbrella


I don't often paper piece my images, but I did on this CAS birthday card, and love the results!!

The image is from Simos Says - Follow the Rainbows

The sentiment (one of my originals) was gold embossed using WOW Rich Gold Sparkle EP

You can see the raindrops on this shot, which I added Glossy Accents to.
I also accented the paper piecing with pencil shading

WoS was used on the umbrella as whole, to give the impression of it glistening from the rain.

The inside was finished with a strip of the metallic paper that I used to layer the image over.

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Friday, June 4, 2021

Rat in Grey


I very much enjoy using my Katzelkraft Rat stamps, and I let this one take centre stage on this card,
made for a young man. 

I kept the colouring to simple touches of grey, yellow and gold throughout the card

The sentiment from Hero Arts hand Written Sentiments Set was gold embossed

The background was made by embossing two dies from the Hero Arts Hexagon Infinity dies set onto the card, masking the resultant shape, then smooching/splattering London Fog ink over the rest of it

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

The Fisherman


I would like to welcome my newest followers - 
Connie W.H. - I cannot find a blog for Connie, but if you would reach out to me via the comments, Connie, I would be pleased to follow you too.
Also two of my grandchildren have signed on to follow me - Lydia and Asher, welcome.

This card was a series of highs and lows, but I am pleased with the eventual outcome

I started with watercolouring the background, using the wet on wet technique, and I was very happy with the outcome, but not after a major OH NO!!  
That was because I had no 'low tac' tape to hold the paper down on my work surface... in the end I resorted to clear sellotape/scotch tape. I figured I could trim the image if needed - but as I used the heat gun to dry areas, the tape lifted/pulled away, so that was what I used to remove the panel!! Saved!

Next I stamped the (New Zealand produced)  image - this is the result - I did not allow for the watercolour paper texture.
(there are shadows from the curtains that make it look wrinkled) 
Out came the trusty marker and fine tipped pens, and with great attention to the stamp itself and another stamped impression, I retrieved the panel....

I then held my breath and cut out the sentiment (a Hero Arts die) from the panel, layered it up, and replaced it and it worked - no 'saves' required, thankfully.  The birthday stamp is part of the set.