Thursday, December 8, 2016

Lighthouse Birthday

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My 'invisible' new follower is Sue, of Sue's Card Craft - do pop over and have a look at her wonderful cards.  Thank you for following me Sue.

This card was made for a family member who loves lighthouses


I started with the main stamp from Our Daily Bread Designs set Keep My Lamp Burning, and stamped it in Memento London Fog ink on a grey recycled paper from my local printer.  I stamped using my Misti, thankfully, as it needed several applications, but even then it is not perfect - I should have been more patient.


This was mounted over a striped paper, which also has a clear sparkling stripe in it. I used my vertical birthday greeting, embossing it in a nautical blue ep.


The silver cord was knotted and adhered and three brads placed in the wide end of the cord. 


The brads were initially 'gold', but I tapped them onto my versamark ink pad, then into the blue ep, then heat set it - I repeated this several times.  I love the results.

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Monday, December 5, 2016

This Year's Christmas Card

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I would also like to extend a warm welcome to my latest follower - I cannot see a new photo, but the total number has gone up one.  If you would like to introduce yourself, that would be wonderful.


When Our Daily Bread Designs introduced their Christmas dies back in October I feel in love with them immediately, and bought this nativity set, and the word Peace.


I started the card by loosely painting the background with Rich Cobalt, Ocean Wave and Sunflower Twinkling H2O's, then masked the bottom of the card and sprayed it with Lindy's Blue Hawaiian Blue mica spray.


The word, star and angel were cut from gold paper and the nativity from thin black card and glued onto the base. 


This shot gives an idea of the sparkle this has. 


I made two prototype cards, and DH decided which one he would prefer.  This alternate one has just a sprayed background, which looked quite 'arty farty'. To be honest it was my favourite, but as his name is on the cards, I chose to honour his choice.

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Update - Fledged!!

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After several days of  chatting to the wee starling in the box, and it would sit there and chat back, this morning it fledged.


I saw it several times on the back lawn, and you could see it getting stronger and stronger with each attempt at flight, although its navigation needed quite a lot of improvement, even when I took this photo a few moments before he disappeared.

We have not see it since mid-morning, but are so glad that we got to see him fledge.

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Saturday, November 26, 2016

Growing up

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It is late spring here in the Antipodes and we have had a starling box in the back yard for several years now - this year the pair started early, and hatched two chicks.

Of late we have seen more and more of the chicks sitting looking out of the hole, and one chick will let me get quite close before they duck back in.

I took these photos from a distance on full zoom, to be sure the chick would not hide, and unfortunately one is a bit fuzzy.


The marks around the hole are from the parents feathers when they hold onto the edge of the hole to feed the chicks


I think it will not be long before the chicks fledge, and then the back yard will be very quiet!!
The neighbours have two boxes, but their birds were much later to breed, so we will still have some starlings around, amongst the other birds.

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Friday, November 25, 2016

Folded Butterfly

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I wanted to use a background stamping technique recently, and not only did I create a reasonable background, I also used a folded butterfly shape I have recently learned.


To stamp the background you start with the darkest colour first and the boldest motive, followed by a medium colour and a more delicate motif, then the lightest colour and a background stamp.


I stamped the piece of copy paper that I was using for the butterfly with a co-ordinating colour and motif - it did not contrast enough, so I sponged the edges with the ink I used to stamp it with, then assembled the card.


The sentiment was stamped in a red ink, then embossed with a red ep, trimmed to a banner shape, then mounted over a matching red cardstock.


I was still not happy with the card as a whole so it sat on my desk for some days, then I added the red gemstones, and still not happy, picked up a sponge that had some delicata gold ink on and gently tapped it over the butterfly, putting paper under the edges to prevent smudging.  I then masked the butterfly and sprayed with perfect pearls perfect red spray, and was finally happy with it. 

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First vertical line - Sentiment, flowers, gemstones.

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Thursday, November 24, 2016

A Question

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Can anybody tell me how to get another page header to show on my blog's home page?? 

 I do have a third page, but the tag does not show up, and I cannot figure out how to get it to show.... even less now that blogger has it's "new and improved" layout which I find totally frustrating!

Thanks in advance for all your help

Edited

Thank you all for your help - it's all fixed and functioning 😀


Monday, November 21, 2016

Water Colours and Leaves

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These past few weeks a have been very busy, and this week is shaping up to be the same...
I made this card earlier in the month as a demo for my stamp class


I started by loosely painting the background with watercolours, then when that was dry,  the branches embossing folder was inked on the raised image side of the folder using a brayer, then embossed the image on the background.


To tie the whole design together I stamped the Friends stamp (by Hastings Rubber Stamps) using the same ink, on the same card stock as the base  (a grey recycled card from a local printer). 


The final detail was to sponge all the edges with the same Espresso ink before assembling the card, and add some white flat back pearls.

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The stamp, paints and folder were all some of my early purchases, stash from way back! 

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