Friday, February 5, 2016

Bloom

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I dug into my NBUS tray for this card - and found the wonderful set from STAMPlorations called Hope Blooms.  


I started by spraying across the white cardstock with gold and really red perfect pearls.  This did not show up that well so I then stamped some butterflies in Spun Sugar DI, following the angle of the spray.


I stamped one of the images from the set in Espresso ink on a snippet, and coloured it lightly with prismacolor pencils, and then layered it on some pink glitter card.


I repeated that process with the word bloom.


Both panels were mounted using foam tape. Above you can see the butterflies and spray behind the floral panel.


Both the butterflies and the floral panel were then painted with clear WoS.


The final details were to sponge the edges of the card with the Spun Sugar DI, and add a birthday greeting and this bow to the inside.


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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Sketch'ed Anniversary

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I made this card a week or so ago using a sketch challenge, but then could not blog it as one of the recipients  reads my blog, and would know who it was intended for....


I flipped the sketch horizontally, and started with the three yellow squares - they looked harsh initially, so I embossed them and inked the edges...


The heart was an adaptation of the sketch, and after die cutting it I painted it with Inka Gold gold paint.  The background layer was my addition, and was a snippet I came across whilst fossicking in a box of die cuts.... it just seemed to fit on the card. Although it does not show, it is a slightly sparkly bronze colour.


The sentiment was gold embossed, and after cutting it out,  the embossed edge was painted too.
The final addition were the green rhinestones, which arrived in some blog candy from Barb.

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Saturday, January 30, 2016

Gold Edged Foxy Greetings

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This card was made for a young man who loves dogs. 

I started with the kraft base embossed it, then rubbed espresso ink directly onto it, decided it was too dark, so rubbed some Ink Gold Gold paste over that again to brighten it up.


I found the image of a fox terrier at the Graphics Fairy, sized him to what I wanted, and then framed him with a Polaroid die cut frame, the edges of which I swiped with Ink Gold Gold Paste.


The greeting was a freebie at Birds Cards - it was trimmed and the swiped with the gold paste before adhering it.


The final detail was some washi tape over the plain area at the top of the card where the embossing folder did not reach, and I punched in two eyelets and threaded some coarse twine through them.


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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Negative Roses

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After finishing my previous card, I had the red coloured die cuts left, 
and needless to say I wanted to use them, so this card is the outcome


Where the other card tended more towards CAS, this one is fussy and fancy.  I cut some leaves from a scrap of plain white card and water coloured them, and mounted them with the roses on the doily, which was cut from a scrap of cream card with edges sponged with some Worn Lipstick DI


The sentiment was stamped and white embossed on a maroon scrap, and the edges were also white embossed.


The patterned paper in the background is another scrap from my 'promise box', and was originally wrapping paper - it was a tad narrow for the card, so I used a snippet of lace to 'extend' it.


Although totally different to the original card, I am equally happy with it.

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Sunday, January 24, 2016

Temptation was not Resisted....

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Firstly I would like to welcome my newest follower - 
I encourage you to visit her as she does wonderful work, and writes her blog with great humour!!


Way back in mid-December I saw a post by Yoonsun Hur using the Single Rose Die by Simon Says, and fell in love with it, and did a spur of the moment purchase.  i had to wait for it to arrive, but it was worth it.


I 'CASED' Yoonsun's card from memory - making the water coloured background using some Kohinoor water colours, sprayed it with silver shimmer mist and die cut the rose and leaves out of it.
(You can just see the shimmer in the photo below)


I then cut some scraps of the same weight water colour paper with the roses, and some green card with the leaves, and placed them back into the die cuts, with the red background cut outs too.


I embossed the sentiment with white ep at the base of the card, and added a wee silver bow and sequins to finish the card.

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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Inspired by Others

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I was inspired to pull out the pearl-ex powders by Autumn at Sew Paper Paint, and to stamp and emboss onto vellum by Suchi at Suchi's Cardstock.  Both techniques I have not used in a while.  Suchi coloured her stamping on vellum, but I ended up not doing that, other than on the body of the moth.


I started by stamping a panel with the silk moth image (a now discontinued stamp) in Versamark, and then brushed pink pearl-ex over it.  To seal the colour onto the card I gave it a quick spray of hair spray - it worked a treat.


I started using the other side of this paper, but when I turned it over I decided to use this side with it's softer colours and subtle images.


The sentiment was stamped and white embossed on a snippet of the same card as the base, and cut into a banner - this was mounted over some loosely looped gold thread, and raised with some foam dots in the centre.


This is a close up of the silk moth image - I coloured the body with a dark brown marker on the back of the vellum, and then adhered the fussy cut image with some foam dots under the coloured body.


A few rhinestones finished the card.  

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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Ballerina Birthday

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I have had this gorgeous All Dressed Up image coloured and ready to go on my desk for ages, and decided to use it on this card for a two year old.


I cut the image with a S/B Labels 11, embossed it,  then coloured the debossed line with a prismacolor pencil - fussy, but it was worth it, I feel.


I cannot recall which pencils I used to colour the image. I added clear Kindy Glitz to the top of the skirt and the bow.


I mounted the image panel over some old DP - from the Prima Fairy Flora pad, one of my original patterned paper pad purchases.  I split where I placed the sentiment, with three 'happy's across the top of the card,


and the 'birthday' at the base.  The stamps are a clear set that I received in Blog Candy from the lovely Barb, but they had no brand name on them. 
A few (carefully placed) random sequins finished the card after mounting the image over the layer of lace.

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