Sunday, May 15, 2022

Silver and Shimmer


Yes another post - second in two days  :)
I know I can put this card up on my blog as the recipients don't read it.

This was a very simple card to make.  I took a sheet of white card and coloured it with 
Cosmic Shimmer Pink Thistle Opal Polish - it's fascinating as sometimes it looks lavender, and in other lights, quite pink. This shows in some of the photos.

After embossing the panel using the S/B 3D embossing folder Floral Jewel, I heat embossed the sentiment in silver, and 'underlined' it with silver metallic bling

Added more of the bling on certain elements of the design.

And then tied a bow across the base of the card with a transparent ribbon with a wee bit of sparkle in it that picks up the surrounding colour.
When I mounted the coloured panel to the base, I popped some silver mirror card under two opposing corners for added sparkle.

I finished the inside with some beautiful shimmery washi tape

and also added some to the envelope.

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Saturday, May 14, 2022

Panelling and a Sun Flower


This is a card I made while staying with my friend earlier in the year.
The background is another piece of the faux weathered wood panelling that I made at the time

The image was one that was a freebie in support of Ukraine from Power Poppy that I printed out and coloured with my Polychromo pencils, fussy cut, and glued over the cream coloured die cut oval

The sentiment was silver embossed on a snippet of brown card, and few clear flatback rhinestones finished the card

I omitted to take a photo of the inside, but I assume I added a wee strip of the background card. 

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Tuesday, May 10, 2022

But First, Coffee


I needed a Mother's Day card just as the Spring Coffee Lovers Blog hop started, and I found this freebie here on Taylor Made 4U, (with the coupon COFFEE,) which would be appropriate for the recipient. 
The freebie is one on a sheet of four, designed to be used as note cards...

I printed off the page, then trimmed out this one, and also computer generated the sentiment  and printed it on vellum.

The image was added to a larger piece of card on which I had created a border using Vintage Photo DI,
It was then adhered to a white base - I secured the ends of the vellum between the layers

The inside was finished with a strip of Rose Gold Washi tape

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Sunday, May 8, 2022

Blue Butterflies


Another birthday card, this time with a shaving creme and Brushos background
For those of you thinking of trying this, sprinkle the Brushos onto the creme,  give a couple of spritz's of water before putting your card onto it, then press fairly firmly into the mix before lifting it for the best results - moving the card gave the swirly effect on this one.

Made while I was at my friends place, the dies were all unmarked

Loved the wee butterfly die cuts - they came as a set of three and cut the surround and the centre in one pass - I just mixed and matched to get the result I wanted, then placed them on a flower over a circle so they did not get 'lost' on the busy background

Loved using this vertical die cut sentiment, also cut from the silver card the butterflies were cut from

A close up of the background, trimmings of which were used to decorate the inside

Thursday, May 5, 2022

Made From a Calendar Page


I needed a card for a birthday in a HURRY - all my tripping around has left me scrambling to keep up..
I have a beautiful calendar in my craft room, and the background of this card is part of the panel for February.

As the card is for my decidedly arty and creative grand daughter, I decided to be a bit steampunk-ish with it, and coated a couple of chipboard cogs with Inka Gold Copper Paint - and despite the way the light is catching them and making them look as though I used two different colours, they are the same!

I then trimmed out the birdcage image from a tissue box and added some copper ink highlights to it

The sentiment was stamped onto a snippet of the paper and then copper embossed before being trimmed into a banner shape and mounted it using foam tape... I initially embossed the sentiment directly onto the paper, but it got 'lost' in the design

The inside was decorated with some washi tape.
My 12 year old grand daughter loved the card!!

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Saturday, April 30, 2022

Black and White, Plus One


This card was made for my New Zealand swap group, where the challenge this month was to make a black and white card, with a pop of colour, and this video by Natasha Foote was the the technique inspiration....

I made this earlier this month while still at my friends place, but could not share it until it had been received by my swap partner.

My original idea didn't work, so I chopped up the piece of card I had been using, turned it over and used Black Soot DI through a stencil that had four sizes of stars on it - I only used three sizes.
Placed on the white card, they looked absolutely chaotic initially, then I wiped the edges of the pieces over the ink pad, and it calmed it down and made it way more appealing.

My pop of colour started with the flower die cut, sprayed with firelight TH mica spray.
Next came the button, which I threaded two strands of pearle cotton through, then tied a bow.
There was a void at the base of the flower, so I added three gold rhinestones which finished it nicely.
The finished panel was mounted onto a white card, that I had made a border on by using the direct to card technique with the Black Soot ink.

I finished the inside with a thin strip of gold washi tape - unfortunately the camera did not pick up the true colour or sparkle.

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Thursday, April 28, 2022

Ombre Greens


I am back from my trip.  The travelling was exhausting, as the travel time was about 8 hours, but the visit with my friend was enjoyable, and well worth the travel.

The new challenge at Word Art Wednesday is sponsored by Really Reasonable Ribbon with a selection of ribbon and other accessories for the winner.

This card was started with brushing through a die (belonging to my friend) using peeled Paint and Mown Grass DI to give an ombre effect

I die cut the sentiment (which is available free over at Word Art Wednesday) with an oval die, and brushed the same inks onto the edges in the opposite orientation.

After mounting the oval over the background, I added some green rhinestones and some May Arts leaf ribbon

The inside was finished with some variegated green washi tape.

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Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Butterfly Sympathy


I am finally home, for two nights, and then I am away again - this time I am flying and travelling with a cabin bag only, so the computer is staying home... so you won't 'see' me here for a while. 

I enjoyed making the background for this card - I blended Memento Bamboo Shoot and two Catherine Pooler inks, 

Then placed an ARTplorations Flutterby stencil over it, and dabbed water through it to remove the die ink and create the  soft images

The sympathy stamp, a very old one, was silver embossed on dark blue card, the panel mounted to one side of the same blue base, and a strip of some 'chrome' rhinestones adhered on the side of the base, and various others were added to the butterfly 'heads'

To complete the card I stencilled a butterfly onto the corner of the envelope in the same green ink

And finished the inside with some silver washi tape

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Thursday, April 14, 2022

An Easter Card...


I am running late with this post for the new challenge at Word Art Wednesday.

I had a four day weekend at the coast with my two closest friends, which threw my 'days of the week' totally out of whack, as we did not return until Monday afternoon... and then
last night my friend and I spent an hour or so at the local hospital E.D. after a fish meal, and a bone that decided it did not want to go down a throat, and got stuck.... 

Our sponsor this fortnight is Heartfelt Creations  who are providing a $20 credit to their store.

As I am still at my friends place, I made this card using up some of my crafting scraps, aligning them diagonally across the white card, adhering them, and then embossing them. 

This wonderful Easter Scripture is available free over at the Word Art Wednesday blog. I sized and printed it, trimmed it down, and ran the edges over a blue inkpad to frame it.

For a little bling and pizazz, I added some loosely coiled silver thread to one  end of the panel

An also to the top.  The copper toned stipe has a metallic sheen to it also.

This inside was decorated with two more stripes, off cuts from those on the outside of the card.

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