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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Saturday, August 20, 2022

Wonky Home


This is another card made whilst house sitting, and using my friend's supplies, for another friend who had recently moved out of town.

The background was another I made using the Lindy's Magicals

The house was coloured with my Polychomo pencils after stamping with Versa Fine Clair Pine Cone ink.  After colouring it I fussy cut it.  The stamp was unbranded.

The unbranded die cut was cut first cut from card coloured with Memento Dandelion Yellow ink using the direct to paper technique, next were a couple of white layers. 

The yellow on it's own was 'lost' on the background, so I added a mid green layer slightly offset.  

I finished the inside with an offcut strip from the background.

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(Pencils, Magical Powders)

Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Ball Sports


This card was made for a young man who loves a particular ball sport, so I took the colours of the team he follows, and some ball images, and created this card for him.

The balls were all found online as one image - and I printed it three time in differing sizes, then trimmed them out, popping up on foam dots (the only large image) of the ball of the code he follows - Rugby League as it is known here.

The idea to use the lined background (using the team colours) came from one of 

I added card stripes of the team's colours on the right of the card, and a simple sentiment stamped in blue ink at the bottom

The inside had a strip of blue and silver washi applied to the left.

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Saturday, August 13, 2022

A Man and His Horse


I am back home and don't have to limit my data usage, so you will see more of me now.  This is one of the cards I made whilst away.

The background was made using Lindy's Magicals,  trying to create a loose 'hills and sky' type of background 

The image (unknown) was stamped in VersaClair Pinecone ink, and coloured with Polychromo pencils, which over the green caused a rather odd colour on the horses rump...

The sentiment was gold embossed before the image panel was mounted over green card and then white, both layers were edged with deep green ink.

The inside was finished with a trimming of the background panel, again edged with the deep green ink.

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Monday, August 8, 2022

A Promise of Spring


Another quick post as I am still away from home, and having fun with sprays and stamps that are not my own - the joy of house sitting for a fellow paper crafter!

The stamp was unbranded, and stamped in Versafine Clair Pinecone ink and coloured with my Polychromo pencils

I trimmed around one edge before mounting it over a panel sprayed with Kitsch Flamingo distress spray, and Lindy's Get A Guy Gold Mica spray - it has a gorgeous gleam that I tried to capture above

The sentiment was cut from a piece of card I had coloured with Memento Sunflower yellow ink,
and mounted over several layers of white  before adhering to the base

The all the layers on the front, and the inside liner were all edged with the Kitsch Flamingo ink  - my new favourite ink!!  A trimming from the front, sprayed panel decorated the inside. 

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A garden in spring always brings happiness

Friday, August 5, 2022

Silver Sympathy


Edit: I have changed the photos as the light was better today and I managed to get a better representation of the colour of the die cut sentiment

Just a quick post - I am still house sitting, which has given loads of time to craft, so once I am back home, you will get a lot of posts.  I am well ahead of myself in getting cards made, but will have to be careful as to which ones I share... 

This one is inspired by the current 'Less is More' challenge, which is butterflies!

Very simply made, I brushed some Altenew Rubelite ink onto the card base, and splattered it with water to create some interest,

Die cut (an unbranded) butterfly from silver mirror card and adhered the body only, so the wings lift and give some subtle dimension.

Die cut the sentiment (from Crafts-Too, discontinued) with deep pink mirror card and adhered.
The final detail was to wipe the edge of the card across the pad to 'frame' it, which can be seen in the photos.  It is a tiny detail, but one I love to do.

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