Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Coffee lovers Hop

Welcome

This card was made as a "oops I missed your birthday" card,  
and also made with the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop in mind.  
I think the sentiment fits the occasion.

The stamps are from one of the major sponsors of the hop, Verve Stamps, and the set is Coffee Helps


I started with the dp, but decided that gray on white with embossed gold dots was a bit blah, so coloured the roses with chalks, and liked the results at the time.


The sentiment was initially stamped onto the dp, but it warped and did not emboss well, so plan B - put it onto plain white card, die cut it and sponge the edges with gold Delicata ink.


I also stamped and embossed the coffee mugs as I went, and coloured them with prismacolor pencils before fussy cutting them.


I laid out the card, was happy how things looked, so wound the bakers twine around the dp, and adhered it to the base, having previously gold embossed the edges of it.

Then I discovered another BIG OOOPS - I had adhered it upside down, so that meant a quick rearrangement of the elements before adhering them over fun foam.  

Some gold sequins in the centre of the flowers on the cups and on the sentiment panel and the card was done - finally 😏, by then I was having second thoughts about the flowers being coloured, but I was not going to start again! 


I finished the inside with a strip of the dp (uncoloured) and a gold bordered ribbon.

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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Flowers Galore

Welcome

I had intended to be back sooner than this, but life has been full of the unexpected this past week... 

Some time ago I printed off a freebie from the Retro Cafe Art site, and this year got to use one of the last motifs on the sheet for a card.


I love this panel, but it is in colours out of my usual range, which is why I suspect it was the last one to be used.


I matched the colours for the layered flowers on the corner, securing the layers with a gold brad, and using some leaf shaped sequins for a touch of greenery.


The sentiment was stamped and gold heat embossed on the dp - a sheet from a DCWV Old World Mat Stack.  
The edges of all the layers were sponged with Tea Die DI.


I used a couple of trimmings of the dp to trim the inside of the card


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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Recipe Challenge

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At the last class I ran, for one of the projects I challenged those present to make a card using a recipe that I provided - my assumption that they would find this easy was not correct!!  


It was a real challenge to those present, but what they created was amazing. 
 The recipe was to use from the supplies available:
Two patterned papers,
a scripture stamp,
1/4 of a large doily,
Washi tape or ribbon.
Bling was optional...


I selected this stamp from the Our Daily Bread Designs - Grace's Hope Set - I stamped it in Memento Rhubarb Stalk ink , and sponged it with Whisper Rich Plum ink after die cutting and embossing it, before removing the die.


The paper came from a collection I have had for years - I cut it into banner shapes and sponged the edges of it with the Rich Plum ink and also the Sugarloaf Green from Whisper inks, and added matching ribbon and rhinestones. I also sponged the edge of the doily with the Sugarloaf Green ink.


The butterflies were cut with Memory Box dies from pink glitter card, and had clear rhinestones adhered to them, that matched the rhinestones on the corner and top of the banner.


I decorated the inside using some paper lace tape that I sponged with the Sugar Loaf green ink.

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(This card is for a friend who has just had surgery)
I used ribbon, Die/punch. Sentiment

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Friday, June 16, 2017

Sometimes...

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This card was a 'for fun' card - not made for any particular reason...


I was in the studio and I had a few spare minutes, so I took a gray card base and glued the strips of trimmed paper to it - shh, I left the centre of the base empty (all in the name of thrift, of course)!!


I stamped the centre panel with a NBUS Sweet 'N' Sassy stamp, and discovered that the ink pad that I was using 'collapsed' - it was a sponge pad as I was using pigment ink, but it just went flat - most annoying as it was nice and juicy still .


After die cutting the sentiment panel (M/B Stitched Rectangle) and sponging it, I mounted it on foam,


added some bling, 


and another strip of offcut on the inside and called it done!

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(I used a Memory Box Stitched Rectangle Die)

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Golden Anniversary

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This is another of  'those cards' that just did not do what I wanted it to do... so here it is in it's final, very modified state!


I started by smooshing alcohol inks "a la Loll" and ended up with a nice sheet of colour - tried heat embossing it on a scrap - it worked, but what I really wanted to emboss did not work at all!!


I chopped it down to a piece that I could use, and partially stamped some script in Staz On ink 


This was mounted behind a window in the card base, and then the gold die cuts glued on top.  Although I have used one intact and one dismembered and re-arranged die cut here, I even managed to cut a third 'spray' from the wrong side... 


The sentiment was gold embossed on vellum, and layered over some more of the background layer, before adding gold sequins to finish the card.
(p.s. I am seriously considering sponging gold Delicata ink around the edges...)

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(Both the sentiment stamp and the partially stamped word stamp are well over 5 years old.)

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Sunday, June 11, 2017

Hexagons and a Rose

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This card came together in relatively quick time, although it is nothing like what I had intended to make!!  but that's o.k. as I am happy with the end result.


After I concluded that what I had planned was not going to 'work' I changed directions, tore a piece of scrap paper and placed it over the card base, then sprayed with a Purple Twilight Adirondack Color 
Wash, a silver shimmer spray and Wild Berries Smooch Spritz.


This gave an amazing, shimmery background, over which I glued two layers of the hexagon border die cut from Frantic Stamper, cut from a scrap of light mauve card, and sprayed with just the silver shimmer mist.


I then stamped and silver embossed the rose, (on a wee cut-off) painted that with mica based water colour paint - just a cheap set that is un-named, and fussy cut it before gluing it over the border die cuts.!


The finishing detail was to silver emboss the sentiment on a mid purple card, which I cut to a banner shape, and mounted it over a dark purple layer.

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Monday, June 5, 2017

I Didn't Forget...

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This card was made for a family member who's birthday I really did not forget, but it occurred right at the time we were busy with the funeral and such things...  I think she may excuse it's late arrival.


I started with a card from a Prima Journaling pad, trimming off the top corners to make a tag. I mounted it offset onto a small piece of dark card, and sponged the other edges with ink. 


Before it was layered onto the base  I stapled two pieces of organza ribbon onto it.


I computer generated and printed the start of the sentiment onto a pale green vellum and gold embossed it, and attached to to the base with vellum tape.


The balance of the sentiment I printed inside the card.
The finishing touches were the green rhinestones.

The last few days I have found very hard, so please excuse me if I have not visited you recently.

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

Pussy Cats - again...

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(My card is below the first two photos)

I would like to introduce to you my new companion - Tinker.  So named as he is a really mischievous young fellow - about 5 months old.  


Quite timid as yet, he is a rescue kitten who has not been well socialised, but very vocal. He was constantly 'talking' as I took the photos!!


In addition to that, I have recently made a birthday card for another cat lover in the family.


The cat image is an old Hero Arts one.  I stamped in black and clear embossed the image, masked it and a background area, and then sprayed the background with a chalk ink.  Before removing the masks, I also stencilled a background using a Stamplorations Confetti Circles Stencil and Delicata Golden Glitz ink.
The floor boards were drawn using a fine micron pen, and the image and floor coloured with chalks, and the bow with a glitter pen.



The sentiment was white embossed on black card, and trimmed out to form a banner.  


After much plotting and secrecy, the recipient has (literally) just been surprised with a grey and white (sort of tabby) cat for their birthday.!!
It is a very special breed, La Perm, that does not cause an allergic reaction for one of the family members.

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Monday, May 29, 2017

Simply Lego

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Just a quick card today.  I made this in a hurry when DH was so very ill.

The recipient was turning seven, and he loves his lego, and is very clever with it, which gave me the inspiration for the card.


Mr Google-Images was very co-operative and gave me the image, which was printed off and mounted on black cardstock, layered over gold and then onto a black base.


The greeting was gold embossed on a black tag and mounted at the base of the picture.  I heavily embossed a number seven and added it to the panel, and seven dots of gold Kindy Glitz on the right of the card were the final touches.
The recipient was suitably impressed.

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Friday, May 26, 2017

Taylored to Jan

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I had great pleasure in making this card for a special friend - I made it shortly after I did my first box card, but could not show I until now as the recipient did not receive it until late in April, by which time I was temporarily not blogging.


I altered the size from the original dimensions so that it would fit a standard envelope here, so it is a bit smaller than my first one.

My friend loves her garden, so there were flowers on the outside of the closed box, stamped, embossed and coloured, and grounded with lace washi tape.


On the front drop down flap I gold embossed the sentiment and added some ribbon and gold washi tape.


I continued the washi tape right around, but on the side flaps I placed a die cut cat - one in each of the colours that her cats have been/are.


At the front of the box I placed a row of flowers (this stamp is an old Hero Arts one, part of a three stamp set, and one of my original stamps!!)  They were stamped and embossed on a scrap of smooshed card, the leaves over coloured in green, and all covered with layers of WoS.


Behind that were the numbers, some stars glued onto acetate, and a cup cake, as my friend is a fantastic cook!


The image of a cake plate on the back flap, was on the dp that I used, and I trimmed it so that I could feature it.  The edges of all the layers of paper were sponged with Bundled Sage DI.

My friend loves her card, and it is still 'on display'.

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