Thursday, April 28, 2016

HRH The Frog Prince

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I had so much fun making this card - actually I think it may have made itself!!


I started with scraps on my desk - the yellow and purple, and embossed the yellow with a S/B Embossablities folder.


I then found a scrap of green paper in my promise box, and stamped and embossed the sentiment and frog - both Kiwistamping stamps.  
These folks are responsible for my addiction to card making!!


The half doily is a Kaiser Craft stamp that I bought from a bargain bin at the Stamp Expo last year... and was NBUS until now :-) It was fussy cut after stamping


The cake plate is a Close To My Heart stamp - again NBUS - and I paper pieced it, and added some gold highlights with a Signo ball pen.
The frog was embossed with dark green ep, as was the sentiment, and then fussy cut.
Something was missing, and so I found this crown stamp in a (retired) Layers of Color set, gold embossed it and again fussy cut it.
Assembled the card and was happy with it, but for all that hesitated for some time to post it - I have since heard from the recipient that is is appreciated, and she loves HRH the frog!

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Rainbows and Trucks

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Some time ago I was experimenting with distress inks, watercolour paper and gold perfect pearls, at least that is what I think I used on this background... Or then again it may have been watercolour paints. 
Needless to say it was months ago rather than weeks, and my memory has failed me - oops!


I took the background and made a couple of ribbon 'roads' on it. 


The images were stamped on scraps of coloured card, silver embossed and fussy cut, and mounted with foam dots. 
The images are from a set called Toy Trucks by Flonzcraft


The sentiment was white embossed.


The coloured panel was then mounted over a bright blue base to make a fun card for a small boy's 5th birthday.

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(Inspired by the motor/mechanical theme)

(A Fire engine with loads of water on board, and I think watercolours on the background)
(The trucks were stamped on and cut from snippets)

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Sunday, April 24, 2016

Daisy Encouragment

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I wanted a card to encourage a friend, and this is the result... with help from Our Daily Bread Designs dies and stamps - thank you ODBD!


I started with one of the Scriptures from the Grace's Hope Set, stamped it with 'Bottle' dye ink. After cutting it with a die from the Lavish Layers Die Set, I sponged the edges before removing the die.


That was then layered over a metallic red piece of card that had been cut with another die from the same set.
 

The 'scrolly' die cuts were cut from an oddment of card that was in a kit.  They were fairly long, so I snipped them in half and tucked them behind the layered flowers.


The layered flowers are a mix of brands, the top daisy is from Prima, the rest from an unmarked packet. 
 The brad was also unmarked, but the perfect match with the scroll die cuts.
The patterned paper from and Amy Tangerine 6x6 stack.

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O= ODBD stamps, D = Dies, B =  Brad, D = Daisy

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Saturday, April 23, 2016

Silver Poppies

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First I would like to say a very warm  'hello' to
 Jen Thompson of Dare To be Different 
Leanne of Leearts
who have both chosen to follow  my blog - thank you for the compliment ladies.



This card started with the blue rectangle cut with a MB stitched die. 
The Poppies are a Sweet n Sassy stamp, and the word 'sister' is from the same set, and both were stamped with versa mark and silver embossed.


The greeting is cut from silver glitter card using a S/B die, and was inserted into the card front.
The butterflies were punched from the same glitter card


As the rectangle die cut is smaller than our (NZ) A4 card front, I offset it on the base, and added a silver ribbon and bow to the end.  I wiped the edges of the white base over a blue ink pad.

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Gears for a Guy

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I had intended to post before this, but lately life seems to have thrown several days at me in one, plus I have been trying to get the gardens sorted for winter, but winter is slow in coming and the weeds keep growing.... 

I made this card for a man who is a mechanic.
I was inspired by a card somewhere (can't member the details) where the frames where made by cutting two graduated dies at one time.


Keeping with the 'square' theme, I embossed the black panel with a square patterned folder


The greeting was stamped on the center off-cut from the frames, and embossed in copper.  The greeting is a very old Hero Arts stamp, one of my originals - i am so glad stamps do not wear out!
  

The gears within the frames were cut from silver and copper glitter card, some bronze card with a sheen in it, and shiny black card.


The gold layers behind the dark gray frames and sentiment, are actually the wrappers from the Hershey's Kisses that we shared for Valentines.

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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

A Stencil; and Silhouette Trees

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I have loved the cards I have seen with bare tree trunks around the net for some time, so not that long ago I bought a stencil - and put it in the NBUS tray, and there it stayed....
Until I needed a card recently for a friend who is having major health battles. 
I took a deep breath and started sponging using distress inks - I eventually stopped, and was not very happy with the results, so the card took another break.


I came back to it with some more ideas and enlarged the sunset, adding some more colours to it, then drew the shadows on the tree with a water colour pencil, and moved the colour with a damp paintbrush on the trunks only. 
 Finally I felt it was finished.


I added this wee sentiment ( from the ODBD Faith card Sentiments set) on the outside


This inside sentiment from the same set was stamped on a die cut from the 


I mounted the die cut over a piece of metallic paper to show it off even more.

In the end I was happy with the card.

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(The Diecut is inside)

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Monday, April 11, 2016

Croc Skin and Pussy Cats

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I made this a while ago, and as it has reached it's destination, I can now share. 
I am haunted by the fact that I have used the 'cherish' die before this, and blogged that card, as somebody identified the previously unknown die for me, but I cannot find that post....


I stenciled the background using a TH stencil, Crocodile skin, and three DI inks, Shattered Glass, Broken China and Faded Denim, to give an ombre effect.


The die is a TH Hand written Love , cut in glitter card and layered over two layers of white card.


The unknown image - name has worn off the stamp - was gold embossed on white card, fussy cut and then the heart only coloured and highlighted with glossy accents.

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