Sunday, December 28, 2014

Grasses and Gears

Welcome

I started to 'blog' this over a week ago, and am only just now sitting down to finish it - the house is finally quiet, tidy, and back to just Darby and Joan and the cat!!


This card started with a piece of TH embossed Kraft card that I had puddled some distress stains and Picket Fence stain onto, and then it sat in the 'someday' box until now


 It was embossed in a S/B gears 3-D folder, and a Delicata Gold ink pad was swiped over it





This shows the whole panel, with some of the gleam of the gold ink.


The grasses are a retired Hero Arts stamp, that I coloured with two inks using the rock and roll method.  I also masked the lower images to achieve the three images the length of the panel. 


The sentiment was stamped on matching card with espresso ink, and both panels were swiped over the pad to give them a fine edge.  The panels were then attached with gold brads, and the whole mounted over a dark brown base.

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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Christmas - the main card

Welcome

I usually mass produce my Christmas cards, and this is the one that I designed for this year.


I bought some new Christmas stamps from Our Daily Bread Designs this year, and this is the focal image - stamped in Espresso Ink and painted with watercolours.


The glow on the lamp was attained with a quick rub of some Inca Gold gold paste.


The final detail was to gold emboss the sentiment.  
I can share this now that all the cards have been posted - finally!

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The Annual Calendar

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As I think it is world wide, life is busy here at the moment, hence my lack of blogging, and unfortunately, lack of crafting time.

The second project I taught at class last week was a wee calendar, with a panel of wax-paper resist coloured card behind it.


The card was a piece of glossy card. I usually buy my glossy card from a stamp company, but had not seen any recently, so I substituted some photo paper - a good choice.


After the wax was added to the glossy surface, I brayered Rhubarb Stalk ink over it, when dry, burnished it with a tissue then sprayed purple ink over it, which gave a wonderful depth to the background.


The glossy card was mounted over black card, and the ribbon sandwiched between the two layers.  The finishing touch were a few gold sequins dotted around the back ground after the calendar was attached.
The calendar was a 'freebie' from the internet.

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

A Crochet Flower and Splats

Welcome

I would like to welcome my newest follower, Karen Hasheck, whose beautiful blog is Karens Kreative Kards.

This is the card that I alluded to in my last post, the one that I had taught at class this week.


I started with an old stamp from Kiwistamping - I think it was my original background/script stamp, and it appears to have been retired.  I inked it with three shades of green in distress ink, ensuring that both times the darkest ink was toward the centre of the card.


The splats were made with distress stains.  I added the crochet 'poof' flower and heart over the ribbons - all attached with glue dots.


The sentiment is another Kiwistamping oldie but a goodie, possibly my first birthday greeting, stamped in DI, and cut with a s/b tag, threaded on the same ribbon that I used on the central feature.  



Rhinestones were the finishing detail, both on the tag and the main panel of the card.

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(stains and ribbon have been around for well over 2 years)

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Splats and Shades

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Life has been rather stressful these last few weeks and I have had very little crafting time.  Today I had to make a card that is needed tomorrow - eek - where did the time go???

(Edited - the card has been given - and appreciated)


I had demonstrated the technique of using several different colours of ink on a stamp today, so took an old, now discontinued, Hero Arts stamp for the background and used the same technique - taking the basic layout of the stamping from a card I saw somewhere, but I do not remember where :-(.


The image was stamped with distress inks, and the splats made with distress stains. On the original the splats were closer together and just in the centre, with a feature of some sort over them again.

The sentiment was embossed using copper embossing powder, and a dark brown ribbon added across the base.


(I apologise for the poor photo above - my camera batteries died just after I took it)

A quick wipe around the edges with ink, and then that panel was mounted on an orange base.
All done and dusted in just over 30 minutes - not bad, if I may say so myself!!

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Kraft Nativity

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It is my privilege to once again bring you a card designed for Word Art Wednesday, using the scripture art designed exclusively for them by 


I started by printing out the scripture and cutting it into a banner shape and piercing it across the top.  This was placed over two smaller banners. 


In the lower right corner I stamped this nativity scene by Our Daily Bread Designs and coloured it with prisma colour pencils.


The final detail was to pierce the corner, and then mount the kraft layer over an orange base.

I apologise for the variation in the colour of the photos - I really don't know why it has - I put it down to the vagaries of the digital age.


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Monday, December 1, 2014

Oh Christmas Tree

Welcome

This months challenge at Creative Craft Cottage Challenge #30 has some inspirational pictures as a starting point for the Christmas theme.


I took the top right corner and translated it to the background on the white panel, after I had clear embossed the (now retired) Kiwistamping Christmas Tree image.


After I had painted it, I placed the card between clean copy paper and ironed the embossing off, which gives an almost sunken (3-D) look to the image when it is removed.


The ribbon was wound twice around the panel, forming a crossing towards one side, over which I glue-dotted the wee bow.


The corners of the white panel were rounded and then it was mounted over the red base to complete the card.

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Shepherd Boy Christmas (CCC Digi Challenge)

Welcome

Our sponsor at CCC Digi Challenge, Christmas and a digi,  this month is  
Aurora Wings, who id providing the first prize of a $10 gift voucher to her store.


I used the image Little Shepherd  image for my card.


 After printing, I coloured the image with Prisma coloured pencils, and lightly stippled the background with blue and green inks.


The wee lamb had a layer of glue spread over it and fun flock adhered.


The sentiment was computer generated and cut with a s/b ribbon tag die, which I moved part way through cutting to get the extended length - I also had to move it as I sponged the ink around it.


The tag was held onto the  the green layer of card with some gold ribbon, and then the whole was mounted onto the red base.

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Every Good Gift...

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As soon as I saw that this was the verse for the week over at Word Art Wednesday, I thought of the contrast between light and dark, which is what I have based my colours on.


I started by deciding to layer the scripture on the blue glitter card - and sponging around the sentiment before I removed the die.   The difference in the die sizes was larger than I wanted, so I drew around the outside of the die on the back of the blue layer, and then cut it with scissors.



The background layer is sparkly, which only really shows in this photograph. I decided to use the debossed side of the folder (which, to admit the truth,  means that I put the card in the folder without really thinking and discovered the sparkly side was the debossed side.)


I then added the flowers - the centre one is a Prima one that came in white, but I sprayed it with perfect pearls for a touch of colour, and added the blue (Kaisercraft) roses either side, again contrasting light and dark colours.  They were layered over some s/b leaf die cuts.


The ribbon is from a short piece of gold I have had on hand for years - I do not know where it came from., but it was soft to handle and perfect for this card. (The camera has made it look more silver than it is IRL).
Top Tip - I hold the bow to the ribbon, and ribbon to the card with glue dots.
  

Blue and silver rhinestones finished the card.

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(Blue, black, bling, lemon, leaves, embossing, glitter,sparkle, sponging)

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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Sweet Baby Girl

Welcome

I would like say hello to  Ellie of My Creative Moments who is a new follower.
Please pop over to her blog as see her wonderful work.

I made this card as an order for a soon to be Great Aunt - she knew the arrival was to be a wee girl, and wanted an appropriate card, but not a 'fussy' card, and this is the result.


I started with a scrap of embossed white card and sponged it using Spun Sugar DI., and layered if over some (ancient) patterned paper on the bright pink base.


The 'pram' was first cut with a spellbinders oval from some beautiful textured paper that is almost as old as the pp.  I then cut the oval to suit, sponged the edges with memento Poppy ink, and added the deep red 'wheels' and handle.  Some narrow lace was mounted behind the edge of the hood.  


The rose is one I crocheted in white, but I wiped it over the Spun Sugar ink to give it some colour.


The sentiment was embossed onto some of the red paper and popped under the edge of the rose, then there were pink and white pearls added to finish the card.


My customer was very happy with the card.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

I Am Excited!!!

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It is with great excitement that I can share that I have been asked to be a Guest DT member for a short spell on Word Art Wednesday.

This is my first card, and the scripture is from Psalm 100:4


I die cut the verse with a s/b rectangle die, and sponged the edges  with Bamboo Leaves ink before removing it from the die, then mounted it onto a scalloped rectangle.


This was mounted over a panel I had made using the 'ink, spray, smash' technique that I learnt from MariLynn, aka  Missippi McGyver. The panel was edged with a doodle using a .25mm Micron pen in brown.


The gorgeous butterfly was one I received in a RAK from Grace at 


and  was mounted over a white panel embossed with the s/b folder


The final detail was the wee bow, made with a scrap of ribbon, the tail end of a piece that came in the same package from Grace. 

I am really happy with the outcome.

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Peaceful Greetings

Welcome

I would like to welcome two new followers to my blog, 
Angela Conkin of  Heartly Handcrafted
and Diane Hasthorpe of  Tawny Inspirations
please pop over to their blogs to see their wonderful work.

I made this card in response to a challenge, but never got it linked up ...  a not uncommon occurrence I believe!


I sponged the 'sky' in Chipped Sapphire and Faded Jeans DI 


After the ink dried (assisted by the heat gun) I embossed the image with detailed silver embossing powder, some of which caught on the sky and when heated, it now looks like millions of tiny stars in the background.


The last detail was to fill in the capital letters with a silver pen.

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Saturday, November 15, 2014

Humphrey's Animal Antics

Welcome

This fortnight's challenge from CCC Digi Creations is Animal Antics. 
I loved this image from our wonderful sponsor Oak Pond Creations.


 It reminded me of a wonderful children's book that I own, Humphrey's First Christmas by Carol Heyer.  Humphrey is a camel with serious attitude!!


I coloured both Humphrey and the background with chalks,


Then 'sat' him on a red (with a silver pattern) blanket to ground him.


Love the expression on his face!


I even gave the 'blanket' a fringe.


Although the photo looks as though the sky is light, IRL it is quite dark, hence the stars.
I enjoyed making this card, and hope you have enjoyed it too.

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