Thursday, June 29, 2023

Textural Birthday

Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog

I made this card some time ago, and have only just now got around to blogging it - thus I cannot tell you in detail the materials I used.... sorry.

The embossing folder is the Altenew 3D folder 'Gem'.  I ran an ink pad over the raised edges, and the rest of the colour was added using mica based sprays

The cup cake was a digi image I had printed three copies of.  I water coloured this one and fussy cut it,  adding the gems and some WoS to the icing.  It was mounted on foam dots.
The sentiment stamp was a magazine freebie from years ago, stamped in blue and clear embossed.

When I mounted the focal panel, I added some dark blue card under opposing corners, and some more gems - some old flat back adhesive rhinestones

In the oabove photo you can just see some of the sparkle this card has, and the dimension in mounting of the cupcake and sentiment banner

This inside was finished with some deep blue sparkle scotch tape.

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Monday, June 26, 2023

Blue Stitched flowers


I was recently asked to make a card for a centenarian's birthday - the information I was given was that she loved her garden and reading, and the colour blue.

My starting point was a piece of light card from a calendar page that had some floral images

I then found a free book image on Google, sized and printed it off, and masked each page as I stamped the other with a very old script stamp using Memento London Fog ink.

I coloured the page edges with a cube of gold ink, and was very pleased that the script on the pages echoed the script on the base paper.

The flowers are a Spellbinders die from set released last year.  I stitched them with three strands of stranded cotton, with a strand of Krenick blue glitter thread.  The yellow centres were stitched with three strands of some variegated lemon rayon sewing thread. 

The words and numbers were cut from medium blue glitter card.

The inside was decorated with the two strips of florets from the same die set, stitched with a lighter blue thread and the same sparkle thread

With a French knot for the centre in the same lemon thread

The card was finished with two groups of flat back adhesive pearls, which have been in my stash from very early in my crafting days.

I needed to make an envelope, so used some rainbow 12x12 patterned paper with happy birthday printed over it.

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(All die cuts are from snippets

Saturday, June 24, 2023

Poppies for Mother's Day


Mother's Day in New Zealand is in May, so this card was requested a wee while ago.

I started by cutting the white panel with a stitched rectangle die, then masking the edge to stamp the image - an older Sweet n Sassy set, precious poppies,

The images were coloured with my Polychromo pencils, then coated with WoS, which seems to have smoothed out the shading somewhat.

I then brushed some ink onto the background

And added some 'worker stamps' in blue, golden Glitz and grey

The envelope was given a poppy border, using a smaller stamp from the set

And the inside finished with another stamp from the set, and a green and orange trimming - the orange is two layers of narrow washi tape. 

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(Faux stitching on the focal panel)

Thursday, June 22, 2023

Something Fishy - again...


As many of you know I make quite a lot of fish themed cards over the year, so here is another one..

I sprayed the blue base of the card with Lindy's Hydrangea Blue through a diamond stencil, to mimic a fishing net.  I then doodled with a silver pen around the edges

My trusty fish stamp was stamped in blue ink and clear embossed on a pearlescent panel, which was cut with an oval die and doodled around.
The sentiment was computer generated, and I sketched around it with a blue 'sparkle' pen

Turns out I forgot to take photos of the inside, so that's it for this post - short and sweet

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(the recipient of this card considers a fishing trip to be fun)
(Fishing is a summer sport - the fish stamps must be close on 20yrs old)

Tuesday, June 20, 2023

Upcycled Jar


I made this the other day when I wanted a wee gift for a friend
I had recently emptied this jar, and removed the label, but the jar was still slightly sticky, and this sparked the idea...

I wrapped it in lace,  adding some double-sided sticky tape to help hold it on

I then found some double sided paper and used a NBUS Nellie Sneddon folded heart die to make this pleated heart - this was not my first attempt - there were no instructions with the die and so a few 'oops' occurred in the making. Of course, since then I have found instructions online!!
The paper underneath the heart is the other side of the pink.
The ribbon is from my stash and matched perfectly

Sunday, June 18, 2023

Solo Seagull


I would like to extend a welcome to my newest follower, Anke of Anke's Stamp Magic.  She has a lovely blog showcasing her beautiful work.

Today post is  the reminder post for We Love Stamping Challenge for June, where the theme is Anything stamped goes, with an optional twist of CAS.

The image was stamped using Memento Tuxedo Black ink, as was the sentiment.

The image was coloured with Polychromo pencils, and a wobbly frame drawn around the card with a fine line pen

The inside was finished with some strips of gold Washi tape

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Friday, June 16, 2023

Industrial Grunge Meets Steam Punk


Warning - Photo Heavy Post!!
I will try and keep my words few :)

This was made for a  Steam Punk fan.
The background was created from a textured card, embossed with a Tim Holts Industrial folder which I had wiped Versamark ink over before using, then I brushed copper Perfect Pearls over the embossed panel.  Love the grungy result.

The ephemera are from a local (New Zealand) design called 3/4 Designs

The vertical stamp was embossed onto a snippet of smooshed card - I think it was Catherine Pooler Queen for a Day ink, very very dilute.

The details on the flowers is fantastic, so here is a close up

A close up of the texture in the background panel

The insert also had some ephemera.

Again, a close up

Wednesday, June 14, 2023

Stormy Weather and Torn Paper


I was intending to post again before now, but the 'flu had other ideas... 
This was made before it attacked me, and it has been received.
It was made for the June challenge in our New Zealand Swap group, where we were challenged to use the torn paper sponging technique.  The sponged background was supposed to be monochrome, but I made an oops... 

I started by taping off the area I wanted to use, and after tearing some paper, brushed ink , working from the top down with the green, and then bottom up with the blue of the clouds, moving the paper around to add variety of 'shapes', and adding more or less ink to add further interest.

When I had finished the inking, I came to the conclusion that the sky looked rather stormy, so on the hills I added some trees and some brown to represent the slips and damage that  occurred in New Zealand earlier this year, some of which occurred due to deforestation of hills. 
In the foreground I stamped two trees from an old set I own, from a now defunct company.

The greeting was stamped in the same Over Coffee (Catherine Pooler) ink, and then clear embossed.  
It is a NBUS Hero Arts stamp  

I echoed the tree stamping on the insert,

and the envelope.

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(Our summer was a summer of rain and storms here in New Zealand)

Friday, June 9, 2023

Punky, Funky Flower


I had fun with this card. 
I wanted to use the flower from the Punky Hearts set by Chocolate Baroque Stamps, and this is what eventuated - the card is for a younger woman.

The background was made by inking up the 3-D Altenew folder Gem Pattern with Memento Delicata Golden Glitz ink before embossing the background panel

I then stamped and embossed the image using Espresso Bean ep., on a snippet of white card, and painted using some green mica paint and Lindy's Grab A Guy Gold Shimmer Spray that I had sprayed into a palette, before fussy cutting it.

The sentiment (a very old stamp) was embossed with the same ep, and painted with the last of the spray

I glued the base of the flower stem to the background, but popped the flower head up on foam dots.
The cog wheels were die cut using a piece of gold paper glued to a snippet of thin card.
The lace was some in my stash
I also layered some gold snippets under the top left and bottom right corners of the main panel