Monday, August 30, 2021

A Lighthouse Spotlighted


Thank you for visiting - I so appreciate you calling by

I needed a masculine card, and had some new stamps, and this is the result.
This stamp is called Lighthouse by Nellie's Choice, one of a wonderful selection in a new stamping and papercraft shop, that has recently opened here in town.
 I love this stamp, and can see myself using it lots!

I stamped the image onto blue cardstock, and partially stamped it onto a snippet of white, gold embossed it and water coloured it, then decided which piece to use and die cut the circle out. 

When it came to mounting the circle, I added a layer of gold paper under it to give some extra definition

The sentiment, a magazine freebie, was embossed in gold also.  The whole panel was layered onto gold, and then onto a white card base, of which I ran the edges over a blue ink pad. 

I added a layer of white card to the inside, also edged with the blue ink, and some glitter tape as a final detail.

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Saturday, August 28, 2021

Teddy Bear for a Wee Boy


I  almost went totally digital with this card - almost - I did colour the cupcake!

The teddy bear image is a freebie from Sobriety Stamps.   Barb has some wonderful freebies on her site, and i encourage you to visit.

I die cut the image using a Sizzex stitched oval die, then brushed the edges lightly with some blue ink.

The cup cake image is from Pattie's Creations, and I painted it with mica paints, mounted it over some glitter card, and added the matching die cut numeral

As the patterned paper left a narrow border top and bottom, I added faux stitching to tie in with the oval die cut.

I added a strip of the paper to the inside to finish. 

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Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Patchwork and a Pincushion


I made this card recently for a keen patchworker.

I started with the idea for the main panel, which looks deceptively simple, but it took me a lot of doodling and measuring on scrap paper before it got the shapes to 'work'!

All the paper snippets came from the same pad, which has been on my shelf for some time 
(um er, I'm not sure how long, but... )

I paper pieced the pincushion and thimble, then overstamped it using embossing ink, then silver embossed it.  
The wee strawberry beside the pincushion is an emery bag, used to sharpen you pins and needles. 

The papers were carefully placed apart on the cream layer so I could faux stitch between them, using a fine-line pen.

I stamped the sentiment in espresso ink and trimmed it out to a banner shape, layering it on a snippet of  orange card, and also 'stitching' around the words.  The orange base card was 'stitched' with a silver pen.

I finished the inside by stamping the pincushion again in the espresso ink, off the edge of the page.

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Thursday, August 19, 2021

Happy Bird-Day


We are in lockdown, so as I am not as busy as usual, I have time to blog more and craft more...

This card was made some months ago, for a young boy, and I found I had not blogged it.  
I am sure the sentiment and image stamps were magazine freebies..

The feature panel is the 'floating image' technique by Natasha Foote, only I did it my way 😀, and the circular background is the floating element with the image on top.

The image was stamped and coloured with my Polychromo pencils, and I added glossy accents to some elements for added interest

I stamped the banner and sentiment directly onto the patterned paper background

I repeated the bird image on the left side of the inside, leaving his party hat off.

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Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Scrappy Scripture Card


It's time for another challenge over at Word Art Wednesday - and our wonderful sponsor is 
The Project Bin, with a $15 voucher to spend in their store for the winner.

This card is basically made from bits and pieces that were on my desk - and of course the wonderful scripture, which is available free over at Word Art Wednesday.

I am very fond of this scripture, which speaks of the great mercy of our loving Heavenly Father.

After printing, it was cut using a stitched rectangle die and sponged with Memento Ladybug ink before removing the die.

The side panel is a snippet of gold paper that was lurking on my desk, with a die cut that was also in my 'bits and bobs' container... I coated that with Wink of Stella for added sparkle

What does not show is that the background paper has red metallic dots on it

The inside was finished with gold washi, with a  stirp of the dotty paper over it.

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Sunday, August 15, 2021

A Corner Flip and a Rose


The challenge for this months round of the small Card Swap group I am in was to make a card using the Corner Flip fold, and this is my result.

I altered the technique slightly, but the main fold is there... 

For my focal panel I used a NBUS stamp set I recently purchased by Kiwistamping.  It was stamped using Memento London Fog ink and coloured with  Faber-Castell Polychromos

The sentiment was part of the set,  stamped in Memento Grape Juice ink

The inside was left blank other than the patterned paper backing the corner fold, which was from a Rosie's Basic Patterns pad. 

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Friday, August 13, 2021

A Farewell


Earlier in the year I was asked to make a card for a farewell for a couple who had pastored our church.
I made a large (A4) composite card, using images that they could relate to

The 'patchwork' represented the wife's love of that craft - 
All the papers I used were from the one set that I bought years ago from a discount store

The garden barrow and flowers reflects the husbands love of gardening - he would call it his "brain dead Olympics"  - implying that this was something he could do that did not require much thought.
I stamped and embossed the barrow with Platinum EP, stamped, coloured and fussy cut the flowers three times, and inserted them into a slit I had cut in the barrow. 

The trees were representative of the district - we are a forestry town with a paper mill.  The trees were a Christmas set that I embossed in the same platinum ep, although they show silver in this photo

The sentiments were die cut from silver sparkle card

As there was need for a lot of space for people to write in the card, I inserted several sheets of copy paper between the two full sheets of card.  After adhering them all together, I punched a couple of holes and added a silver ribbon bow. 

 To finish the card completely I added silver faux stitching around the edges.

Thank you all for your expressions of concern re my hand - just as I was over the worst, I stumbled on a raised lip on a concrete footpath when out walking yesterday and fell, this time my right hand took the brunt and was grazed and bruised, just to balance things up - what a week!

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Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Sparkly 100


I am afraid that this will be slow to read as I am typing one handed, thanks to an altercation with my cat, involving him catching his claw in my cuff, and getting agitated and biting me on the back of my hand... This will limit my computer time, and I may not visit blogs for a wee while as it heals. 

I was asked to make this for a founding member of my local Embroiderer's Guild - although unable to take part in guild activities now, she retains a good interest in it, and we wished to celebrate her momentous 100th birthday. 

As there are many members who remember her, I was asked to make a larger card so it could be signed my many - so this is an A5 card, double my usual size of A6. 

I die cut the numbers out of gold sparkle card, glued them onto red card, and then cut a 'shadow' for them to make them stand out more

I used a large stamp for the greeting, using glitter gold embossing powder, and coloured the centre of the letters with a red pen.

The Corner Tulip stamp, by Divinity Designs,  was embossed with the same glitter gold embossing powder, and water coloured.  I then trimmed the edge of the card up to the edge of the flowers. 

The layers were then all mounted on the card base, repeating the red layer for cohesion.

To finish I repeated the tulip stamp inside in red ink. 

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(my usual style is basically CAS with a bit of extra)