Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Art Deco Anniversary

Hi there everybody.   No new anniversaries at the moment, but I made this card towards the end of last year as this was needed for a couple who only got married several years ago, in fact it is the last wedding we attended.  I remembered their stationery had an Art Deco feel to it and I bought this Papermania stamp a little while ago at a very reasonable price as a local shop was closing.  Unfortunately it doesn't seem to be very readily available now.  It is called Charleston but they are definitely not dressed for that particular dance, I think a fringed dress would be more, but it is very pretty nonetheless.

I found a piece of nice smooth white card and stamped it using my black Archival ink pad and coloured it using Spectrum Noir Coloured pencils, two or three shades of red and two or three greys through to black, although the finish looks more grey than black as I didn't want a dense black colour.  I do have the Sansodor and paper stumps which I didn't need to use as I felt the finish was smooth and blended enough without.  The man's button hole was coloured with the same red but unfortunately looks as though it's black in the photo. 

I die cut it with a Crealies Pierced Rectangle die and matted it on to a slightly bigger piece of silver mirri.  I decided to use a Marianne die - Twine Border which I also cut from silver mirri and mounted this across the middle of a 6" square white base card, and then placed the rectangle over the top.

I finished with a thin strip of black card and using my Misti I stamped the sentiment from the same stamp set and cut it with a fish tail and placed it across the border butting it up to the right hand edge.

I decided the topper perhaps needed something to bling it up a bit so I used a Sakura Starlight silver pen and added some touches of glittery silver to the dress and the headdress.  There were some little dots which came out of the border and I stuck a few of those randomly over the topper.  They were a bit fiddly to stick but I used my Zig glue pen.

Thank you for visiting me today and I hope to see you again soon.

I am entering the following challenges:

Fashionable Stamping Challenges - No. 131 Anything Goes.
Country View Challenge January 2018 - Anything Goes.
AAA Cards CAS Challenge - No. 106 Quote - the quote includes the words 'something new', and my stamp is being used for the first time.
Penny Black and More January Challenge - Something New.
Allsorts Challenge - No. 450 No Patterned Papers.

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Painted Petals and Texture Fragments

Hi everybody.  This is one of two cards I made a little while ago which have been made using pieces of mop up copy paper from a session of gelli plate printing using Distress Inks, and which had been sitting on my table for quite a while, and I thought were too pretty to waste.  This piece has a sort of pinky orange tinge and I enhanced it with some extra inks put on my glass mat and spritzed before swiping the paper through it and dried with my heat tool.  I then for fun decided to cover it with these Chocolate Baroque Texture Fragments really just to see what they all looked like when stamped as they are NBUS/new and this card is their first outing.

I stamped using the same inks, i.e. Spiced Marmalade, Fired Brick and Victorian Velvet.  I have been wanting to get these stamps for ages, and by ages I mean probably three or four years, and for one reason or another I have ended up getting some others instead, but I decided to take the plunge, and I am so pleased I did as I think they are great for enhancing a background.

When finished I thought that it was definitely nice enough to go on a card, and as the copy paper is somewhat flimsy I stuck it on to a snippet of white card and die cut using my Crealies Pierced Rectangles.  I decided to make a 7" x 5" card so wanted this to be just a smidge/tad/gnat's whisker, or if you prefer, just about 1/8" smaller.

I have had this set of stamps by Stamping Up called Painted Petals for a year or two and haven't used them a great deal.  I won them over at Pixie's Playground and they have lots of flowers and leaves which you can use in all sorts of pretty combinations.  There are also two group stamps, one of flowers and one of leaves which go together to make a lovely spray of flowers.  I think not reaIising this at the time, I cut the flowers and leaves out so that they were all separate, and then when I tried using them together I found it difficult to get a nice arrangement so I gave up.  I have recently looked at some videos of them being used and now understand how they should go together, so after practising  a bit I managed to get a reasonable result.   Here is a picture of the stamp set:

I used a snippet of white card and stamped the Painted Petals flowers and leaves.  I used Distress Inks in Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade and Fired Brick to give a variation in tone, and then Adirondack Lettuce with the darker green being Mowed Lawn DI for the leaves.  I blended some Spiced Marmalade and Fired Brick round the edge of the piece after I had cut it with one of the Crealies Pierced Rectangle dies.   I finished the topper with a white layer also cut with the Crealies die.

I finished by adding the sentiment on to the topper using Adirondack Espresso ink and then I layered it up on to my white base card.

I used the technique which I used on my Michael Powell stamped card to make the right size of rectangle on the background and both layers of the topper.  This means cutting with a slightly larger die then placing it back in to nip a bit more off one side, or in the case of the white layer both sides, by hanging the die cut piece over the edge of the die making sure the pattern lines up, and then running it through again.  I must admit the white layer behind the topper could have been a little bigger.  I thought it needed to have a white edge to show up better against that busy background and I wanted to cover as little of the pretty background as possible.

Thank you for visiting my blog today and I'll be back soon.

I an entering the following challenges:

Pixie's Crafty Workshop - Weeks 315/316  where we use our snippets of paper and card etc.
Penny Black and More - Something New.
Artistic Stamper - Anything Goes.
Sieze the Birthday - Anything Birthday Goes.

Saturday, 6 January 2018

Fluttering Hearts Anniversary

Hi there.  This is the last anniversary I had to make a card for in 2017, early December, but with everything else going on I never managed to show it.  There are a few others that haven't had an airing either which may appear on here between now and April which is when I start with the new season of anniversaries amongst my family and friends.

I thought I would use these two sets called Fluttering Hearts and Baroque Corners from Chocolate Baroque which I got fairly recently.  I was going to do it in just black and white but decided to add some red too.

I stamped the Baroque Corners on to a piece of white card about 6" square using the smaller of the two in the top left and bottom right corners, and then the larger corner in the other two using Black Archival ink, and heat set with WOW Clear Gloss Embossing Powder.  I decided to colour the two larger corners using a red Spectrum Noir pencil for the flowers and just one shade of green for the leaves.

I then stamped two hearts on to a piece of black card usingVersamark and heat set with WOW Opaque White EP.  I cut them out and added some dots of red glue gel to the centre of each flower on the hearts and also to the two largest flowers on the large corners.

To finish I added the sentiment again using the Archival Black ink and WOW Clear Gloss EP, and then layered it up.

I am giving two new followers a shout out.  The first is Christine whose blog you will find here, and who is a lady after my own hear and loves getting inky.  The second is Sharon whose blog is here and who I am pretty sure I have never given a shout out to.  I have noticed that my numbers have not always shown up accurately, and I was checking through the list and noticed Sharon there so I apologise if you have been with me for a while and I just haven't noticed you.   She makes the cutest and most prettily embellished cards, so if you have never visited these ladies before you are in for a treat. 

Thank you for visiting today and I hope to see you again soon.

I am entering the following challenges:

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Something New (The Baroque Hearts).
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Something New (The Baroque Hearts).
Fashionable Stamping Challenge - No. 130 Celebrate.
Inkspirational Challenge - Designer's Choice - Stamping Only.
Country View Challenges January 2018 - Anything Goes.
WOW Embossing Powder January Challenge - All About Hearts.

Monday, 1 January 2018

A Year in Cards

Hi to everyone who ventures here on the first day of a new year which is always so exciting as it gives us the opportunity to draw a line under last year and start afresh.  Last year was a bit mixed for me as I did have problems with my gall bladder for more than half the year, but I am pleased to say that normal services have been  I have decided to do what I have noticed a few other people have done which is to mark the start of a new year with a montage of cards, one from each month of last year, some of which are my personal favourites and others were those that seemed to hit the spot with you all, so here goes:


I hope you have all enjoyed taking another look at some of my cards from 2017 and I look forward to seeing you all throughout 2018.

  Wishing you all a very HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

Friday, 29 December 2017

Selection of Hybrid Cards

Hi there.  Here are the 'hybrid' cards I was talking about on my last post.  I found a bag full of card fronts and some focal images off some cards which I think one of my friends gave to me and which I had put at the back of the cupboard.  I was in need of some quick cards and so I picked out some of these and added some bits of my own to embellish and was pleased that at least I have recycled some bits which would otherwise have been thrown away.

This first robin caught my eye straight away so I added the stamped NBUS Phill Martin Snowflakes Large Rectangle Frame using Versamark Ink and WOW Metallic Gold Embossing Powder on to some red card and then mounted it on to a green base card, some leftovers from ages ago.  I finished with the gold embossed sentiment.

This dove was extremely simple, I just mounted it on to a white 6" square base card and added the two die cut snowflakes which I cut from a piece of white card which I had heat embossed with WOW Sparkling Snow EP.  The smaller snowflake, bottom left consists of two snowflakes.

The robin I matted on to red card and then embossed using a Cuttlebug folder I got many years ago which I managed to run through again and make square, on to some gold mirri, and then before mounting on to the green base card I cut a strip of vellum and gold heat embossed the sentiment then wrapped it round the topper.

This last one I didn't mount on to anything as it already had a gold edge.  I cut the blue card using a Crealies Pierced Rectangle die and stamped the sentiment using Versafine Majestic Blue ink which I then heat embossed with WOW Clear Gloss EP.  This gold base card had become a bit chewed up on the edges as it had been laying in the cupboard for some time so I used a corner rounder punch.

Thank you for looking at my blog today and I hope to see you again soon.

Tuesday, 26 December 2017

Happy Christmas To All

Hi there everybody.  I know the Christmas celebrations are well on their way by now, and due to my business before Christmas I am late in showing the last few cards which haven't appeared here.  Apart from this card for my DH, there are just a few hybrid cards and one I sent overseas which haven't been shown, and hopefully as the week progresses these will make an appearance.  In case you are wondering what the hybrid cards are all about, they were some which I made with toppers from cards which were sent to us, and I thought might be good to use with some things of my own making, to recycle rather than waste.  This card though is new from beginning to end.

I did ponder a bit before making this card, as having been so busy this month this was quite last minute and the mojo has been suffering a bit, but I have this Sweet Dixie die which I got from The Range and I thought it deserved an outing, so I cut if from a snippet of white card and coloured it with my Distress Inks, and mixed the black for the base with silver Perfect Pearls, and for the candle and flame colours, Mustard Seed and Festive Berries with Gold Perfect Pearls.  This doesn't really show in the photo but has given it a lovely shimmer.  I also used Festive Berries for the poinsettia, and Mowed Lawn and Pine Needles for the foliage.   I backed both the poinsettia and the candle with a piece of card so I could fill them in with the colour.

I then found another snippet of white card and cut it with a stitched die from The Works and embossed with a Marianne Snowflakes Embossing Folder, and I then edged it with Mustard Seed DI applied with a blending tool, and also added some of the Gold Perfect Pearls.

For the background I used a Cuttlebug Holly Ribbons EF and inked up the inside of the front with Pine Needles DI using a roller, and then spritzed it with a little water and pressed the card on to it with the folder open flat and rubbed the back over for about ten seconds before lifting, this gives the ink time to sink in well, and when dry I blended some more of the same ink on to it using a blending tool.

I decided that I would use a white 7" x 5" base card and I used some gold mirri as the first layer, die cut with a pierced edge rectangle die from Crealies, unfortunately this doesn't seem to be available at the moment, and I then cut the inked layer with the next size of die and adhered these to the base card.  I then mounted the topper and added the coloured image using Pinflair Glue Gel for a bit of dimension, and then the gold sentiment to finish.

I was hoping that DH would not think the image too feminine, and he did say he liked it, but I wasn't totally, but in his defence it is a bit different from the type of card I usually make for him.

Anyway, thank you for taking a look and I hope that all of you are having a good Christmas and my thoughts are also with those who are not having the best of times at the moment for whatever reason.  I also look forward to visiting all my blogging friends throughout 2018, and seeing all the wonderful creativity there is to be had in this great community of ours, and long may it last. 

I am entering the following challenges:

Pixie's Crafty Workshop - Weeks 313/314 where we use our snippets of card and paper etc.
Happy Little Stampers December Watercolour Challenge - Anything Goes, but using the twist which is Christmas.
Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge - No. 365 Anything Goes as long as it's Christmas.
Happy Little Stampers December Anything Goes with Dies Challenge.

Sunday, 24 December 2017

Winter Pine Branches and Berries

Hi all.  I'm sorry I haven't been around much lately but have been so busy with other things this past two or three weeks that posting has had to take a back seat.  I have managed to keep visiting though and looking at all your beautiful Christmas cards.  Everything has calmed down now and we went out yesterday to get the last food shopping so today we will be able to relax.

This was the card I made and sent to our DS in Australia.  He has received it now so thought I would show it.  Last year I was sad that for some reason he didn't get it until after Christmas but so pleased it arrived on time this year.

This was created using a card I found over here as my inspiration, made by Heather Telford, and as I don't have the stamp I decided to just paint it as a more or less direct CASEing of it.  For those that don't know Heather she does do the most amazing work and is just so talented at watercolouring,  and if you visit her using the link above you will see what I mean.  I used very few lines and just went for it, and I was fairly pleased with the result but wish I had made the sky a stronger blue to give more contrast.  I was having trouble coming up with something and time was pressing as I new the last dates for posting were imminent, and thought that the foliage and berries would work, though I did wonder if the finished piece might look a bit plain and uninteresting.

I used my watercolour paints and I also did some spattering with white acrylic paint and added some white gel pen snow on the branches and in amongst the foliage.  I heat embossed the sentiment with WOW Silver Metallic Embossing Powder.  I then mounted it on to dark green card and added it to a 6" square white base card  on which I embossed some snow using a SSS Snowfall stencil.  It doesn't show up much in the photo unfortunately.

Thank you for visiting and I hope you are all prepared and looking forward to the festivities.