Sunday, July 23, 2017

Flower, Lace and Washi Tape

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I had not meant to be absent from blogland for quite so long, but my computer, camera card and external hard drive were not talking to each other - they got over their hissy fit this evening, and now I can show you what I have been working on.


I have had this layout on my mind for several days, and this afternoon it was just a case of sorting out which materials I would use to create it.  


The die cut is one I used as a trial when I received some CCD's recently - (Cheap Chinese Dies),
The thread is some glitter machine embroidery thread.  I put three coats of WoS over the die cut to get the sparkle.


I deliberately tore the ends of the washi tape, and layered a narrow lace under the edge of the lower piece.
The sentiment is an old one from Kiwistamping, which was embossed in blue.
The final detail were some flat, blue holographic sequins.


I finished the inside of the card with more washi tape.

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Feline Better?

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This will be a short post as 1) this card is very CAS and 2) I have had to use a phone photo as my camera and computer are not being cooperative, so the detail photos I took are nowhere to be found!

There is no doubt this has been inspired by one of the Queens of CAS, Miss Ellenor


I started with a RAK sent to me by the wonderful Kelly, The Sandcastle Stamper 
being the Feline Good stamp and die set by The Project Bin.

I stamped and cut the fat cat of the set on a snippet of card, and coloured him with chalks.  Next I stamped the sentiment, and added some grey chalk to ground the cat.   To add some subtle dimension I added two layers of card under the cat before positioning him.  The orange twine, which tied the pretty packaging the set came in, was tied across the top to finish.

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Memorial Thank You Cards

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Firstly I would love to welcome my newest follower Diane Wray, 
Please pop over and have a peep at her beautiful work, and say hello.

These were the thank you/memorial cards that I sent to acknowledge the love poured out to me after my husbands death.  
I received many cards and well wishes from so many people, that I was like a one armed paper hanger in tornado making these - well, a slight exaggeration, as I developed a 'system' that worked for me and was quite methodical!!  - even if I did take over part of the kitchen bench for several days, but as there is 'just me' now, it was not an issue.

I made a selection of designs in this batch, but all the same layout.

 


These were all stamped using the Misti - what a gem of a tool!!  The images were all from a NBUS Your Next Stamp set called Framed Flowers.  




All images were stamped with Memento Tuxedo black ink, and the flowers coloured by painting with a mica based Semco set of paints,


and the Thanks was a stamp from the Duck set by Kiwistamping.

I made nearly 70 of these cards - it was quite a marathon, but by working systematically I got through them in relatively short time.  I am sharing them now as I know the majority have now arrived at their destinations - all around the globe!!

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(I did not use the optional twist of Christmas)

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Sunday, July 9, 2017

Lace, Paint Chips and Flowers

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I am so glad you continue to visit me.

This card was made for a young woman who is best described as minimalist, so I needed a fairly simple "unfussy" card, yet I wanted it feminine. 


I started with some paint chips, which I cut apart, as I didn't want the white strips between them and the colour names showing, and then held them together with removable tape while I randomly stamped flowers over them and then gold embossed the images. 
(Be warned, paint chips can bubble when heated!!)


I then separated the chips again and mounted them over the layer of lace on the gray card base.


The sentiment was stamped directly onto the base and gold embossed - quite a simple card, but I was really quite happy with it.

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(The pinks and grays inspired me, and the lines of  the macaroons)

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Friday, July 7, 2017

Ribbon and Layers

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I don't often make cards with many layers, but this was the exception to that 'norm', and I was very happy with the results.


I was inspired by scraps on my desk, and the fact that the recipient is quite feminine, and loves the Lord, so a scripture stamp was appropriate


The scripture was stamped onto a journaling card (by Prima) in Espresso ink, and the panel had the ribbon and clear rhinestones added before I layered it over the scrap of pink the same as the base, and a scrap of embossed card that I had tried to colour and it hadn't really worked... the smudges don't show with it being layered like this!


I used a neutral coloured paper on the base, and wanted the colour of the sentiment to blend in, and tone with the ribbon - it did that a bit better than I thought it would, but as it does not detract from the overall look of the card, I let it be, and did not try to redo it before assembling the layers.
A few sequins and the card was finished.

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(Gems, Ribbon and embossing)

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Monday, July 3, 2017

Do It Outdoors!!

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I have recently seen some wonderful cards made using nail polish marbling, so I bought some cheap ones and had a play... after watching some videos here and here.  I took the advice offered and ended up working outside whilst I was playing, and I was very glad I did as the fumes are potent!
These are the results, and I discovered that some colours were better than others, and that I suspect was a variation of quality, as they were very cheap!! 3 for $5.
(I also discovered that the polishes will dissolve a polystyrene dish if they hit the bottom!!)

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I chose this green one for the feature panel of a card I made yesterday.


I trimmed the marbled paper, and layered it over a bright green backing, then a forest green base, when I realised I had no layer to hide the ends of the ribbon behind - oops.



I few green/gold sequins were added to both the panel,


the sentiment panel, which was mounted on fun foam,


and one end of the layered ribbons.

I was really happy with the end result of this card, which is now in the mail.

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Friday, June 30, 2017

Sympathetic Butterflies

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I don't usually use 'sketches' to start my card making process, but I saw this sketch (designed by Ginny Maxam) in the Christian Cardmakers Women's Fellowship Group on Facebook, and was hooked.


The butterfly panel was a trial with an emboss resist technique, using sprays wiped with a baby wipe over embossing - I was not happy with the results at the time as the colours really faded out, but I immediately thought of this panel when I saw the sketch.  The sprays had mica in them, so there really is a lovely sheen on this.



I found some suitable paper in my DCWV Old World Mat Stack for the base layer, and layered some sparkling mauve ribbon behind the butterfly panel, and over that I layered the  gold embossed sentiment on an hand cut banner.


The hardest part was to work out what to use for the accents, I was very happy to find some co-ordinating buttons in my collection.


I threaded mauve embroidery thread through them, then adhered them with glue dots, and added an extra to the sentiment banner.



I finished the inside with a couple of strips I had trimmed from the butterfly panel.
All the edges of all the layers were sponged with violet ink.

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(There are three butterflies, three words on the sentiment, and three button in a row)
(I like using ribbon as a layer as it means I don't have to tie a bow, and it adds texture and often sparkle in an unexpected place, as on this card.)

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