Saturday, July 31, 2021

A Yellow Rose


I have had this image printed out since the initial lockdowns when Covid hit last year - it was a freebie digital at the time, and I loved it, but was more than a bit intimated  when it came to colouring it!
Unfortunately I cannot recall who gave it, and I did not write the name on the back of it after printing.

It wasn't until after one of the tutorials that come with the 30 Day colouring Challenges that I picked up the courage to work on it, using my Faber Castell Polychromos pencils... 
and then I had fun partially trimming it out.

the sentiment was a magazine freebie, and I gold embossed it, and hand cut the banner

I mounted the sentiment and image onto a cranberry slimline card base.

Added the faux gold stitching around it, and was happy!

The inside was finished with some gold washi tape.

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Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Bookbinding and Patterned Papers


I don't know what is up with blogger, but my 'followers'  icons do not show up here on my laptop, but they do show on my phone - go figure - I can't!!

I made this card for the small swap group I am in - 
the challenge this month was to use the bookbinding construction technique.

I was sorely lacking in mojo - I think the winter had scared it off to warmer climes, so I resorted to a Kaiser Craft 6x6 pad called Miss Nellie, and this came together

On the top section, I added some gold ribbon and topped it with green chiffon, tying a bow to one side.
Immediately below that, on the body of the card, I added two of the 'tear-outs' from the pad.

At the base of the card I adhered a topper that I had stamped on - all very simple

The main design in the paper had a metallic element, which you can see here

I used another strip of the paper at the base of the inside of the card

I enjoyed constructing this card - it is a simple way to make a slightly 'different' card.

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(gold ribbon, chiffon ribbon and paper design all sparkle)

Sunday, July 25, 2021

Roaring Dinosaur Birthday


This card was the result of a 'playtime' yesterday - the idea came because I had seen these cute dinosaur stickers in a local '$2' type of shop, and bought them. 

The card just sort of happened as I went - no real prior planning.

The 'sunrise' was stenciled on, and the sky sponged almost as an after thought...
The sentiment is a freebie from a magazine, which I embossed using coffee bean ep.

This is one of the stickers - kind of cute!  I grounded him on some scribbled  'grass'

And here's a close-up of the other one

The 'grass' border was initially a pale green card, that I inked direct to paper with some Memento Bamboo leaves ink, then flicked some green markers over it to add more colour and texture, after hand trimming it to (sort of) look like grasses. 

The inside of the card was finished with a trimming from the green card, but it did not photograph well

Then I couldn't resist stamping this across the bottom of the envelope!

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(I used stickers, markers, embossing, stenciling, fussy cut 'grass')

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Tulip With a Wish


As promised in my post yesterday, this is the sponsors card that I made for the Word Art Wednesday Challenge that started then.
The featured stamp, and sentiment, are from the Stamp Simply Get Well Tulip set.

I stamped the image in Memento London Fog ink, and coloured it with my Faber Castell Polychomos.
It was  fussy cut, as I do not have the accompanying die set. 

The sentiment was stamped in an old, nearly dry, unmarked violet ink.   

I chose the triangle shape for the tulip image, as it was getting 'lost' on the busy paper, so then echoed it for the sentiment - they still looked a bit lost, so the addition of the faux stitching gave some sparkle and definition to the shapes. 
A sprinkle of sequins finished the front of the card.

I used this NBUS border stamp for the inside, stamping it in Milled Lavender DI
For those who were wondering, yes, the background panel was covered with some more of the serviette I used in a post several days ago.

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Wednesday, July 21, 2021

B & W Sympathy??

Today we start another challenge over at Word Art Wednesday, and our lovely sponsor is Stamp Simply, and they are generously giving either two stamp sets, or a stamp and die set of the winners choice!!
Psst - Stamp Simply have a fabulous new website too!!

As usual our scripture for the week is available free on the website, and was designed for us by the lovely Karen Murray

This card was made using just this weeks scripture - I will be sharing a card I made with a set from Stamp Simply tomorrow.

As soon as I saw the scripture I knew I wanted to cut it with a circle die - that, combined with finding this embossed doily on my desk, started me on the journey to this card

I die cut the scripture, and then it layered over a a lacy circle die cut in black, and secured it in the centre of the embossed doily.

This panel was then layered over black card, creating a narrow boarder, then onto the white card base. 

Monday, July 19, 2021

I Snaffled a Serviette...


A few weeks ago I attended an evening meeting where there was a lovely supper shared, with some beautiful serviettes (or napkins). 
When I saw them I asked the hostess if I could have one for card making - and she willingly said yes. 

I separated the layers of the serviette, and glued one section with the lavender onto some white card, slightly smaller than my card base.

Before attaching it to the base, I threaded the gold elastic through that layer and the tag, on which I had embossed a wee sentiment, and tied a bow.

I offset the main panel to the left, and added some lace to the right of the card front

The inside was decorated with some washi, overlaid with some more of the lace.

I gave this card to the lady who gave me the serviette, and she was so thrilled.  E.  has family in South Africa, and as she cannot guarantee any mail arriving safely there, she was going to photograph the card and send the photo to a relative.

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(Serviette, tag, elastic bow and lace)

Saturday, July 17, 2021

Be Still With Stars


It's school holidays here and I am doing a lot of babysitting of my grandies - add in an extended family 80th birthday 'out of town' celebration, and life has been somewhat busy!!

I made this card for a friend was having a rough time with their health, and was in and out of hospital for quite some time.

I started with the dark blue base and added some textured paper that came in a mixed pack of paper scraps that I purchased when first card making, 15 or more years ago...  I sited it to the left of the base.

I then stamped the sentiment from Rubbadubbadoo, and gold embossed it, on a snippet of the dark blue card, mounted that onto gold paper, and then onto corrugated card.  
Those layers were then attached to the card over the edge of some gold ribbon

I used another snippet of the red and gold paper to the inside
I was pleased with how this card turned out, and the recipient loved it. 

Monday, July 12, 2021

1920's Anniversary


I had an anniversary and wasn't sure what to do, then I remembered the couple love Steampunk, so that was my starting point...

I embossed some Kraft card using the Spellbinders 'Cog's 3-D folder, then experimented with a bronze polish - unfortunately it had passed its prime, but still gave a reasonable result. 

The sentiment is one of my original stamps, but the font fitted the theme - it was white embossed on black, and a gold edge added.  This was mounted on foam dots

I found the image here, on the Graphic's fairy site, printed it and trimmed it, then layered it onto a
 die cut layer of  gold card

As the card base was wider than the embossing folder, I added a thin strip of gold paper down either side of the card.

The inside of the card had a matching gold strip added.

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Friday, July 9, 2021

Friends Hangin' Together


I needed a card for an older teen girl, and came across an old magazine with these freebies in it.
I must admit it was a very 'easy' make to take the papers and images and layer them up.

I used a red card base, added a white layer, and then the spotted paper.

There were several variations of the main image, so I decided to use one to spotlight the girl with the dog - partly because the recipient has dark hair.

I added some deeper shading to the skin of the image, and also some more black to the hair to hint at the ethnicity of the recipient. 
The edges of all the image panels were wiped over a red ink pad to give them definition.

The stamp I used for the sentiment is an old one, embossed with  gold glitter ep on a hand cut, 
double ended fishtail banner

Thursday, July 8, 2021

Cherry Blossom, Sparkle and Scripture


I am running late, thanks to life getting extremely hectic of late....

This is my post for the new Word Art Wednesday Challenge, where we ae being sponsored by
Heartfelt Creations, who are offering a U.S. $20 voucher to their store

The wonderful scripture is crafted by Karen M, and is available free over at the challenge blog. 
I die cut it using a Sizzix stitched oval die.

The inset panel is water colour paper which I smeared Opal Polish Summer Sky over, then sprayed very lightly with Lindy's Hydrangea Blue Starburst Spray. It has a fabulous shine and colour interference, which is so difficult to photograph - you can get some hint of it from the above shot, especially when you compare it with the other photos.

I decorated the left inside of the card with another die cut stamp - the stamps (and dies) were a freebie from the Simply Cards and Papercraft Magazine #215.  
I used my Faber Castell Polychromo pencils to colour the flower springs. 

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