Monday, September 19, 2022

Snippets Galore


A more usual post this time - I was discharged on Friday, but have only just got to my computer today.  Still a few issues to resolve, but nothing serious has been revealed - thankfully.

I made this card some time ago, using bits and bobs that were on my desk

The background was one that I I had made last year, by taking prints off an acrylic block inked with distress oxides - this is a second pull, and resulted in a lovely, soft toned, panel.

The sentiment panel was sparkly gold embossed on a kraft die cut that had been sprayed with a gold mica spray, and 'floating' around on my desk for ages before I used it.

As you can see in the lower corner of the above photo, the butterflies were punched from some dry  embossed gold paper - again a snippet from on my desk

The flowers were cut with a very old S.B set, and layered up in different combinations of the three colours, and secured with a brad I had embossed with the same gold I used on the sentiment.

The assembled panel was adhered over a gold sparkle card layer and then the cream base card. 

Thursday, September 15, 2022

A Change of View


A bit of an unexpected change of view...
I have had a few health issues of late, and then everything turned to custard on another front and I have ended up in a bigger hospital in a nearby city... nothing critical, but definitely uncomfortable, and needing to be sorted 

This is the few from my initial room. An isolation room as I had, in the middle of this had, a (false) positive covid test

To the bottom left you can glimpse a corner of the local lake.  Not the best shot as I simply held the phone up and clicked ...

Later that day, after repeated testing, I  was moved to the other side of the ward. 
Featured here  is Mt Pirongia

Looking due south between Pirongia and the tiny hill, on a clear day one can see the central North Island mountains...

This shows the southern end of Hamilton city

From these last three windows we also can watch the rescue helicopters coming and going

Hopefully I will be posting as usual shortly!!

Saturday, September 10, 2022

For a Little Man


And a warm welcome to my newest follower Hilary Wright, unfortunately I cannot find a blog to link so you and I can visit her - Hilary please contact me if that is what you would like.

I made this for a great-grandson who is turning two shortly.

The background is a one-layer paper napkin/serviette, and unfortunately I didn't quite get it onto the backing card  as straight as I would have liked... 

The sentiment was stamped and white embossed onto a red hand cut banner to match the base card
You can just see some of the texture of the napkin that showed up after gluing

The image was unbranded, but named Tattered Teddy.  I stamped it in Versafine Clair Pinecone ink, and coloured him with pastels/chalks, and popped him up on foam dotes

I decided that the card was rather dull for a little guy, so added Kindy Glitz to the polka dots on the background, and then also added some iridescent shell shaped bling 

I finished the inside with some red striped washi tape.

A heart felt thank  you for all those who expressed their get well wishes - covid itself has not been too bad thanks to some antiviral meds, but a pre-existing chest infection has turned to pneumonia.  I am at home, and on so many meds it's a case of shake me and I will rattle, but I am stable, and I get a daily call from the doctors office, and am well supervised by my daughter. I very energetically spend my days online or knitting....

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Tuesday, September 6, 2022

Slimy Slug....


And a special welcome to my newest follower, a fellow Kiwi, Catherine, who's blog is here.

This card was made for a young lad, who lives on a farm, and I am sure he is familiar with slimy slugs, but probably not purple ones 😄

I started with this 'messy' piece of mixed media paper that I had 'played' with Brushos on nearly 12 months ago - it does have some sparkle in it

The image was one I stamped while house sitting - I coloured it with my Polychromo pencils and fussy cut it - once I had adhered it, the eyes and slime had glossy accents added

The sentiment was stamped, trimmed and brushed with some green ink, and added to the base of the purple card, that I had a scored some lines onto for interest.

The inside had another image from the set added to one corner, and that panel was also brushed with the green ink, as was the lemon layer that I used for the base.

I am sure this wee fellow looks way nicer than the Covid 'bug' I have just tested positive for!! 😦

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Sunday, September 4, 2022

Last Minute x2 - No Problems...


It's been a rather stressful week - I developed a chest infection, and my grand daughter had ongoing throat and chest issues - the end result is that I ended up antibiotics, as did she, but to top it off the poor girl also has covid again, so we (the family) are all back in isolation.  So far she is the only one affected..

Today is Father's Day here in New Zealand... and late yesterday afternoon my daughter realised she didn't have cards for the occasion, so it was Mum to the rescue, with the help of Mr G***le.
I got two QACAS card made with a couple of print outs..
Two because there was one from the children and one from her.

This one is not so CAS - a layer of printed paper for the background, and another computer printed out, fussy cut and touched with black and silver pens layered over the top of the background

The sentiment was from a magazine set, and I performed surgery to be able to stagger the words across the screen. They were stamped in Catherine Pooler Rouge ink, and the edges of the background piece were wiped over the pad also.

I doodled around the paper, and card one was done... as my son in law is a very 'non frills' person I left the inside plain. 

Card 2 

My daughter saw the image I had selected, and suggested the wording...

I trimmed the image, distressed and brushed the edges with Catherine Pooler Over Coffee ink

I embossed the sentiment (in it's original form) using Espresso Bean ink

The words were computer generated, trimmed out, framed with a brown pen and applied.

I told you these were quick cards.  Thankfully, as this was the first time I have made cards for a week or more - I have mainly been knitting as it's pretty mindless, good when you are feeling below par.

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Card 2

(a retro style image)

Thursday, September 1, 2022

Sweet Kitty


This is another card I made whilst house sitting

The image was unbranded, stamped in Versafine Clair Pine Cone ink, and coloured with 
Polychromo pencils.  I am rather partial to ginger cats, and was thinking of my own boy as I did this, as he loves to 'supervise' me in the garden.

The main panel was sprayed using Lindy's Mica spray - one was Get A Guy Gold, the other was a gold toned green, but I cannot recall the name of it.  It's beautifully sparkly IRL

I edged the image panel and the main panel with an orange ink, and added a chiffon bow to one side of the image panel, and three flat back clear rhinestones

I finished the inside with a trimming of the background paper layered over a piece of the ribbon

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Sunday, August 28, 2022

Framed Butterfly


I have spent the afternoon crafting, and this is one of the results - I can blog it now, as my grand daughter is too young to be reading my blog...

The butterfly was one I stamped while house sitting, and it was unmarked .. I had been playing with Wilted Violet DOX and stamped and embossed over it.  I was initially not happy with the result, until I trimmed it out, adding a body as I did.

I layered some cheerful paper from an Amy Tangerine pad called Sketchbook onto my base, which I had edged with Wilted Violet DOX also.

I made a frame for the sequins (Razzle Dazzle mix from Picket Fence), but before I added it to the base, I put down a layer of vellum to mute the paper behind the sequins, embossing the sentiment onto it.

The inside was finished with the strip of sparkly washi tape across the bottom

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Saturday, August 27, 2022

No App . Oval Needed


This months challenge in my small New Zealand swap group was a technique called  Faux Torn Mosaic
It was messy, but fun, and I loved my results.

I chose a purple paper that had a diagonal checked pattern on it, tore it up into random pieces, smudged the pieces with Wilted Violet DOX and the edges with Villainous Poison DI, and adhered them to the background layer, trimming the sides and then inking them with the darker ink again

The image and sentiment  I used are from an Art By Marlene set, coloured with my Polychromos pencils. (unfortunately the colours look somewhat washed out in the photo) 
The sentiment was filled in with a gold pen

I then die cut the image and sentiment using some deckle style oval dies.  The sentiment cut was too large, so I did some partial die cutting to reduce the size.  
The edges of the ovals and the base white layer, were brushed with Memento Dandelion yellow ink.

I finished the card with some small metallic adhesive embellishments, some purple flat back pearls for buttons, and a piece of sheer gold ribbon under the sentiment panel. 

The inside was finished with a narrow strip of the patterned paper in it's original form.

Unfortunately I managed to delete my photos as I downloaded them from the camera, so these two were kindly taken by the card's recipient - who loved it. 

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Thursday, August 25, 2022

Card for a Quilter


I was blessed earlier in the year to 'win' an IG giveaway by Meghan K. and received a gorgeous Jillbean stamp of a sewing machine.  I immediately knew who I wanted to make a card for using it.

I started by embossing the image in white on black, as the recipient has white sewing machines.
I cut a slit where the presser foot would sit, and slid a snippet of pink ribbon into it.

I chose the paper as the design looks like a quilt pattern,
and embossed it using a TH folder,  then sanded the embossing lightly to add definition.

The sentiment panel was also white embossed over black card.
Both the image panel and the sentiment panel were mounted over snippets of pink metallic paper
I ran a pink ribbon across the centre, and then added the wee scissor charm

The panel was mounted over dark pink card, with more snippets of the metallic paper  under the top left and bottom right corners.
The inside was decorated with some of the ribbon.

The card was very well received!

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Tuesday, August 23, 2022

Stitched, Not Stamped...


I was recently given a wee kit by a friend who was de-stashing, and she is not really a needle woman.
The kit contained the pattern and fabric for a needle case and pin cushion, and as I thought the pattern was rather pretty, I decided to make it up sooner rather than later...

Here is a close- up of the design, which IRL is 6 x 6cm, and has slightly stronger colours - the sunshine made them look a bit lighter ...

The pin cushion measures 8cm square,

the needle case 8cm x 9cm

The insert is in the linen that the kit came stamped on - I prefer to use a woollen felt..

Part of the reason I stitched it up is that is was something I could get finished in time for our local Embroiderer's Guild 40th Anniversary, and Regional, Exhibition.

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