Friday, March 23, 2018

Patchwork Thanks


I am very aware that I have been missing from the 'blogisphere' for a week or two - life has been very busy and then just as it quietened down, I was attacked by a nasty lurgy... and lost my voice into the bargain, the poor cat was confused!!  It is coming back now, slowly.

If you think this card looks familiar you are correct - it is made from the same shades of paper that my last quilted card was, as I ended up cutting five sets for the different layers... 

This time I added a sparkly thanks die cut, 

and three butterflies with silver thread looped underneath

and finished the card by tying some silver cord across the bottom of the forest green card base and adding a bow.
I was pleased that the recipients really loved the card.

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This is a Frantic Friday Quilt Die

Monday, March 12, 2018

Hearts and a Cat

I recently made this anniversary card for family members,
It is very personal as I managed to incorporate the number of years they have been married, as well as the newest member of their family

I started with the mini Crazy Cat set from Tim Holtz , which includes the stamps, dies and an embossing folder, which I used on the yellow layer.

I stamped the image (on a snippet) in Memento London Fog ink and coloured it with chalk, being careful to put a very distinctive smudge on its face, to match the family's cat, then die cut it with the matching die.  
 The greeting had been silver embossed on a snippet of  dark blue card, which I hand cut to a banner, then sat the cat on it, with the fish skeleton nearby.

I coloured the eyes with a mixture of green and then blue chalks to make them match the family cat and then added glossy accents to bring them to life.

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Thursday, March 8, 2018

Smile Swap


This card was made for a local (New Zealand) swap group, where the challenge was to make your own background.  I can share it now as I know it has arrived at its destination.

I started with a background I had already made some months previously, and then botched.  It had been sprayed with Lindy's Hydrangea Blue and Tattered Angels Chalkboard grape, (that I can remember, there are some other sprays there I cannot recall!))  and then had some gold embossing added.

I removed the area that I had initially botched, added a blue stitched die cut to frame the sunflower that I placed on the purple layer of the card.

The sunflower is a digi, but I cannot find where from.  If anybody recognises it, please let me know so I can acknowledge the artist. It was coloured with Polychromos and then had WoS added, not that it is showing in the photos.

I find it difficult to add a greeting on a swap card, so I chose to use this die cut in gold to tie in with the gold embossing.  The die is one I was given out of it's wrapper, so I do not know the brand.  I use washi tape to line the letters up, and then remove it when all is adhered.

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Sunday, March 4, 2018

Turtle-y Awesome!!


I am still one handed, so the next few cards that I blog will be ones that I have made recently, but have not had time to share.

I love the stamp set "Birthday Pals" by Sweet'n'Sassy Stamps, and used it on this card, starting by stamping and embossing the turtle, and then colouring it with my Polychromo pencils, I die cut him, and sponged a background before removing the die

The sketchy balloon coloured up well,

and thanks to the MISTI I got a great stamping of the matching sentiment.

After assembling the card, I added the doodled border, and was very happy with the outcome for Master Five.

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Monday, February 26, 2018

All Done

Just a quick note to say my surgeon did not stand me up today and all went to plan.
You will have to read this slowly as I am typing it with my left hand and on my phone....  
The right hand has sensation and is starting to move again after the nerve block,  so that's all progress. 
Thank you all for your thoughts. Kind words and prayers .  

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Bottom Dwelling Exotic Fish

I must apologise for not being a frequent visitor to your blogs - I have my date with the surgeon again in this coming Monday - as I am top of the list, I hope he won't stand me up this time 😇
Because of this I have been busy getting the gardens etc all ready to be left until I am recovered enough to pull weeds again!!

This card was made for a keen fisherman's birthday.
I started with brushos on water colour paper, and spritzed them with with water, using a lighter spray than I have done in the past - I was pleased with the outcome.

I then randomly stamped and embossed some seaweed - as I was stamping in Versamark ink, it was very hit and miss, as I could not see where I had been!!  
After heat embossing with rich green ep, the results were most pleasing!!

I cut the top of the paper with wavy edges scissors, to 'match' the torn bottom edge. and embossed the sentiment on the base card in Silver

The fish were stamped and black embossed on a snippet of white card, and then painted in yellow Twinkling H2O's before fussy cutting them and attaching them to the card.

I loved how this card turned out, especially the  brusho background .

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Denim for a Teen


I was stuck for a card idea, and was browsing though a magazine I have had for some weeks, (A U.K. magazine Cardmaking and Papercraft Issue173) when I came across this idea for a card, and as I had all the requirements on hand (which does not happen very often) I decided to give it a go. 
The article was entitled Optical Illusions/Tactile Textures, by Carolyne Knott..

I started with some linen textured card, and swiped Chipped Sapphire and Faded Jeans DI across it
as the base 'denim'

After that was dried I used a white pencil for the 'wrinkles' and a gold pen for the stitching

I had no fancy brads for the rivets, so heat embossed bronze over gold split pins instead.

The final detail was the sentiment, embossed with white e.p.

A simple card for a teenage girl who is very much on the go and loves her denim .

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