Wednesday, February 22, 2023

Patchwork Challenge


The challenge for this month is my small swap group was to make a 'patchwork' card - there have been some wonderful cards displayed, and I received an exquisite one from my partner.

This was my offering - I have a couple of A4 sized sheets of card that I have covered with paper snippets, ready to use as backgrounds, so I took one and cut out four squares, then 'fiddled' around to get the placement that I liked.

As you can see, there are a myriad of different papers that I used.  I mounted the four squares over a black background, leaving them fractionally apart to give definition.

I also embossed the squares using a geometric folder.

I used the space at the bottom of the card to place and platinum embossed sentiment,  I stamped it on black, the cut a double fishtail end to the piece, and added some silver stitching 

I went through my (rather extensive) stash of card to find a base to assemble the pieces on, and this green was the only colour that really 'worked'  

I added an offcut of the panels to both the inside of the card, and the envelope

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Sunday, February 19, 2023

Dotty Birthday


This is my mid-month reminder post for We Love Stamping - Stencilled Background Challenge,
there is a fabulous prize on offer.. more on that later
I chose to make another birthday card, this time for a young woman, and it is somewhat more vibrant than my first card for the challenge. 

The main image is an Hero Arts Florals, Poppy stamp and Die set, coloured with Polychromo pencils, die cut and adhered to vellum.  I used the wee ladybird to cover the conglomeration of stems at the base

I had started with the green panel and used iridescent medium through a Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz layering stencil Dot Fade

The sentiment was embossed with silver ep, and mounted with foam dots.
The silver strips down the side were added as I had cut the panel down a tad too much... oops

I rounded the corners on all the elements to give a softer look, and the inside was decorated with the ends of the silver strips. 

The prizes for this challenge come from Highlight Crafts and are a stamp set and a die set

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Friday, February 17, 2023

Flourishing Anniversary


I had intended posting a couple of days ago, but life caught up with me a bit :)
For those wondering - we had some strong winds and rain here, but no damage.  I did have to wait three days before hearing that family and friends in the affected areas were alright.

This card started with a white die cut I received in a RAK from the lovely Shelly of 
My Creative Rumblings.  It is called Flourishing Blooms cover Plate by SSS.
I painted it using watercolour paints, and added gold paint to the border and flower centres

The sentiment, which was gold embossed, was a magazine freebie.  I layered it over some gold painted card to match the frame

The final details were some gold painted spots in the background, 
which incidentally is dark blue, not black.

I used some narrow, gold dotted washi tape for the inside.

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Monday, February 13, 2023

The Correct Number...


Some of you wanted to see the (correct) 60th Anniversary card, so here it is.
As it was VERY difficult to photograph, there are only two shots

I embossed the panel, with the Altenew Flowers and Leaves 3D folder  using a pink metallic card, and sanded lightly to bring out the 'high points'. This was a tribute to the lady's love of floral work, and mounted it on a metallic blue card base - I used this marine blue card to acknowledge the gent's love of fishing.

The sentiment was embossed using silver ep, and the digits were die cut, from the blue card.  I mounted them onto some cream metallic paper to provide contrast for them to show up. 
I added clear rhinestones on the stamens and centres of the flowers, under the sentiment, and on the digits, to symbolise that is is their 60th (Diamond) anniversary. 

For those of you who made have heard of our weather situation, here is a link to show the progress of the ex Tropical Cyclone currently pounding us - we are pretty much in the centre of the North Is and feeling the effects with strong winds and rain, but are really not as badly hit as so many other areas. 

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Thursday, February 9, 2023

Golden hearts


And a very warm welcome to my newest follower Chrissy - a fellow New Zealand crafter, whose wonderful work can be seen here on her beautiful blog.

I was recently asked to make an anniversary card, and this is the result - problem is I didn't confirm with my customer which anniversary, (although I had seen her invitation), and it should have been a diamond anniversary card!! Oops!
Part of my inspiration came from the Inspiration Station graphic, with the simplicity of the image, and the 'floating' hearts.

This was very difficult to photograph, as the main layer is gold.. I cut a rectangle from it using a Peek-a-boo die, then cut out the numbers and letters.

The light gold hearts were a snippet I found in the die packet, and also the red inserts were there, cut from the same red card as the base!!  Bingo!!
As the hearts came in one large "fall", I had to separate them into groups for the card.

The sentiment was a magazine freebie, and I embossed it in red

I added gold washi tape to the white panel inside - this will now be put away for future use... 

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Monday, February 6, 2023

Seed Heads and Stencilling


Today marks the start of a new challenge at We Love Stamping, where the theme is: 
Anything stamped, with an option of add a stencil, keeping the stamping as the focal point.
The sponsor for this challenge is Highlight Crafts, the prize is a fabulous stamp set, and a beautiful die.

I started by inking up an old stencil with my new ink, Memento Angel Wings - I deliberately kept it very soft as I wanted a dreamy look to the card.  I really love making my own backgrounds!


The images (a magazine freebie set) were stamped with Twilight Ink, and coloured lightly with my Polychromo pencils

The bee was the only element stamped with black ink, and I coloured his wings with a silver pen, that I  also doodled around the borders of the card with.

The greeting was silver embossed, and some silver sequins added.
  I finished the inside with some silver toned washi on the right side, and also repeated the stencilling on the left inside of the card

The corner of the envelope received the same treatment as the inside of the card, but I used more ink for  better definition of the design, which in all instances, I faded out towards the edge of the stencil.

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(I love creating my own backgrounds)

Friday, February 3, 2023

Seaweed Hide 'n' Seek


I have quite a few men in the family who enjoy fishing, and their birthdays are around this time of year, so it is a bit of a stretch sometimes coming up with cards for them all.

This is for one of the younger ones, so I had a bit of fun with it... 

I started with some light blue cardstock and stencilled over it in Danube Blue, moved the stencil slightly, and then added Bamboo Leaves.  It was a bit blah, so then I moved the stencil again and used Versamark ink , and silver embossed that...

On the stencil, which is called Mini Moving Vines, the design slopes down on one side, so I flipped the it over and repeated the process until I was happy with the panel.  

I then sprayed it with Lindy's Starburst spray in hydrangea blue.

The fish was silver embossed on a wee piece of white card, and painted with Sparkling H2O's.
I then cut a slit in the background panel, following the lines of the 'seaweed' and slipped him in behind.

The sentiment was silver embossed onto the same bottle green card that the panel was mounted on.

Some green and silver washi tape finished the card inside.

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Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Gloriously Grungy!!


Today I had time to 'play' a bit -  the day was wet outside, again, so I went all grungy, and had a ball doing so!!

These are the elements that I had ready to assemble - the piece of heavy paper that I used was a 'card layer' sized print from last year's Imagine If calendar, by 3/4 Designs, their inhouse brand, as were the ephemera elements. 

By this time I had sprayed it with  Lindy's Go Get a Guy gold spray, added some Lindy's Bratwurst powder and sprayed it, randomly folded it and brushed the folds with Vintage Photo D.I., as well as distressing the edges and brushing them also...  as I also did with the Kraft card base

Here you can see a little of the glimmer the Lindy's product give - quite subtle, which is what I needed as this is going to a teenage boy!!  All the ephemera elements were also distressed and sponged.

This is the finished product with the ephemera adhered on foam pads, and the gold twine randomly wrapped around the base. Two opposing corners were folded back a wee way, and gold paper was layered underneath them. 

This gives an idea of the dimension of the final assembled card....

The sentiment (a magazine freebie) was surgically separated to stamp in an up and down orientation, that was embossed with Espresso Bean EP onto an ephemera speech bubble

I finished the inside with a 'cut-off' from the main panel, some more Bratwurst Powder and some old clockface stamps, the smallest of which I gold embossed.  

The outside of the envelope also was stamped in a similar manner, and the Distress ink gently moved with a wet brush. 

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