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Sunday, 31 March 2013

Stamped New Baby Card

Was asked to make a new baby card for a lady and after hunting for almost half an hour for the acrylic stamp I wanted to use (don't EVER tidy up your stamps and put them in a file - got no chance of finding them !!!) I finally came up with this design.

The stamp image is from Wild Rose Studio. I used versafine black ink onto cream water colour paper and used Aquamarkers throughout to colour the image.

I trimmed the image and edged it with Tattered Rose Distress ink which is available from Craftsite 
To make my mats I cut a 2nd piece of card 5cm larger. I inked the edges with a papermania mini ink pad and layered the topper onto the mat.

Taking an 8 x 8 scalloped card, I used a Dreamees leaf stamp in two opposing corners before using tattered Rose distress ink around the complete edge of the die. I noticed that the ink from the lead die merged with the distress ink but I was pleased with the effect so carried on. 

I stamped the "Congratulations" sentiment onto cream water colour card to match the topper and used the same ink techniques as the topper. 

I swirled distress ink over the remaining sheet of water colour card and made 3 torn roses to embellish the card. I then used some Create & Craft pastel blush linen card stock to cut 2 swirls & 2 corners in green and a butterfly in purple 

The whole card was then assembled and I think it has a 'vintage' feel to it

Thank you for stopping by my blog today x

Serif Craft Artist 2 samples for DT call

Well, if any of you saw the Serif Give Away show on Create and Craft at 9 am this morning, you will have seen some of the samples that I made for the show, after having been asked by Hayley West if I'd like to do some for her. I wanted to show new Serif users that the software isn't just for scrapbook pages and flat card.

The picture below is the group shot of all the projects I did, bar 1. I did a scrapbook layout from the 'layouts' section but forgot to save it or take a photo so will have to ask Hayley to take a picture for me and send it back. 

There were 5 digikits in total and I made 3 projects per digikit. 

This set below is from Bluechie Coo

The 'special delivery' gift set comprises a card where the sender can fill in the details of the new arrival.
The cracker contains scratch mitts as a gift item
The gift box has been topped with a pinwheel from a template on the cd

This set is from Pinkie Pie

Again, a simple card using elements from the digikit
The gift box contains scratch mitts
The wine bottle hanger is for dad to "wet the babies head" - a template from the digikit

The three items below are all from "Classic Wedding"

2 cupcake wrappers with added embellishments from the kit 
A small pillow gift box with a gift for the groom (who is often forgotten, yet its his day too)
And finally confetti cones, these could have the names of the celebrants added if desired

The following 3 projects are from 'Blushing Bride'

The top photo is a simple guest book printed onto card stock and the pages printed onto 120gsm paper
then held together with eyelets.

Next is a ring pillow. This was printed onto printable fabric, then sewn up and stuffed. 

And lastly for this set, a door hanging. Again made using printable fabric and sewn together.

As with the pillow, the printable fabric I used for the samples isn't waterproof BUT you can get waterproof fabric - I chose not to use it for these samples 

Last but not least is 'Prettiest Princess'

For the mask, I used a template from the Digikit, added a few embellishments and simply cut it out by hand.
I added some satin ribbons from my stash box. 
I wanted to use a handle for mine and not the elastic as suggested. I have a box load of unsharpened wooden pencil - perfick :-) Match a promarker pen up to one of the ribbons and coloured the pencil 

The cupcake toppers simply printed onto card stock and I used a Spellbinder die to cut them out

As I said, I also did a scrapbook layout of my great niece but forgot to grab a pic.
As and when I get it, I will add it to this post

Thank you for stopping by today xx

Saturday, 23 March 2013

Sam Poole Inspired piece of Altered Art

This morning, I watched Sam Poole from Creative Expressions doing a demonstration on Create and Craft Shopping Channel. During one of the demo's, she made a heart card from a piece of corrugated card.

I ran with this idea this afternoon and went off on a tangent using what products I have to hand and came up with this piece of altered artwork. 

Hope you like it and thank you for stopping by my blog today x

Saturday, 16 March 2013

A 2nd retirement card - decoupaged too

Are retirements like buses??? Don't have one for ages then 2 come along :-)

Anyway, this card has been made from the Card Creations "Garden Shed" CD
Them simple used a piece of wood effect card and "hand-painted" the name on the door, as you do.

Hope you like it and thank you for stopping by my blog today x 

Friday, 15 March 2013

Retirement card

Here's a retirement card I have made this afternoon.
So, where to start with the recipe for this one .....

The backing card was edged with memories chalk ink pad Cloudy Coral.
The nature & butterfly stamp are from Creative expressions 
The cuttlebug embossing folder is available from Craftsite  and inked over with Victorian velvet distress ink
The sentiment topper is from Ali Reeve's Washables range.
The butterfly die is a Marianne Design Die (I think, it may be a Joy die)

I then took a single A4 sheet of plain white thin card stock and using a mixture of stippling, etc etc and a variety of colours, I covered the entire sheet and then cut out the 3 spiral flowers (spellbinders) and all the leaves. All available from Craftsite  then stuck down with Cosmic Shimmer Dries Clear adhesive. A little dot of Ranger Rock Candy Stickles glue has finished off the centre of the flowers 

Hope you like my creation and thank you for dropping by today x

Thursday, 14 March 2013

"Gorjuss" Birthday card

Here's a birthday card using the "Gorjuss" rubber stamp image and coloured with promarkers.
The tree bough is from a Woodware set.

I printed the frame onto the backing paper which came from the "Beaches" Digikit from Serif.
I then printed the frame again onto wood effect card stock and cut out the frame shape and glued it over the backing paper, sandwiching the tree bough in the middle so as to "hang" the stamped image.

I used Memories Chalk inkpad in gossamer blue and frosted mint on the card stock then stencilled through the remains of a spellbinders die with "Foliage" Big & Juice ink pad.

The torn flowers and leaves were made from the remaining backing paper and "Rock Candy" stickles filled the centres of the flowers 

The tickets are from a Polka Doodles CD 

Hope you like it and thank you for stopping by today x

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Religious based birthday card

Hope this one fits the brief.

65th birthday and I know he is deeply religious

The Stained Glass window digistamp is available from Stitchy Bear

I used flexmarkers throughout with this design.

I imported the PNG image into Serif Craft Artist 2
Added the text and printed out an A6 size image
To create the background on the card itself, I cropped a section of the design and expanded it to fit an A4 sheet of paper and then cut it down with a guillotine to fit the card stock and again used the same flexmarkers to colour it in. The striped backing paper is from Papermania and simply torn and cut to fit 

Hope you like it and thank you for stopping by my blog today.  

Sunday, 10 March 2013

"Visible Image" Edgar birthday card

Here's a birthday card for a couple to give to their grandson.
The stamp, 'Edgar', is available from Visible Image 

He has been coloured mainly in Promarker Cool Grey Shades with a splash of colour added from the promarker & Flexmarker range where needed.

backing papers from my stash (papermania and Kanban stock I believe)

Cog dies from the Papermania Chronology range
(I suggest using wax paper with these as they are a struggle to remove otherwise - trust me)

Hope you like it and thank you for stopping by my blog x

Fairy Birthday Card

Received a request to make a card for a lady celebrating her 60th birthday who loves fairies and pastels.
So here is the card I have made for the lady who is 60 yrs young.

The digi Image is available from Redonkulous Designs  I am amassing a few of these wonderful designs now as they are perfect for so many occasions.

I have coloured the image in with a variety of promarkers and flexmarkers.
I used the trellis mark from Ali Reeve then using the cut out waste from a Spellbinders leaf die as a stencil, I inked through with Victorian velvet distress ink then used Perfect Pearls Mica powder (pink gold) over the top to add a touch of shimmer. 
To add sparkle to the wings I painted on Sakura Clear Star pen with an almost dry paintbrush. 
The pastel card stock is 'pastel blush' from Create and Craft.

I then used the same stencil and distress ink on the card blank itself to add interest. 

Hope you like it and thank you for dropping by blog. 
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Thursday, 7 March 2013

A @jellypark Mothers Day Card

here is another Mothers day card

The flowers digistamp is available from jellypark 

And coloured with flexmarkers

Mothers day card order

I was asked by Clair from Affordable Printing  to make a card for her mum for Mothers Day. 
The brief was she liked shoe's & handbags. 
So here is what I created.

I paper pieced the handbags and the stiletto heels then used promarkers on the other shoes & the boot.

Edges inked with Tattered Rose distress ink. 

Monday, 4 March 2013

Jelly Park Digi Birthday card

A very quick birthday card made from a JellyPark Digistamp

Coloured with promarkers / flexmarkers 

Foliage die available from Craftsite 

Sunday, 3 March 2013

Journal Cover

I had it all planned in my head what I was going to do on this journal cover - then I started on it and all my idea's when clean out the window. 

So, here goes. I started by applying a rough layer of gesso. Once dried I used Antique Linen Distress ink all over the base then used a sanding block to smooth out the journal cover. I then roughly inked over the top with Frayed Burlap Distress ink. Using a piece of bubble wrap and Tea Dye Distress ink pad I began to create some texture on the cover. I also used a plastic bag to add to the effect along with various distress ink and Artiste ink pads. The stamped images are from Creative Expressions and are stamped with Versafine Sepia Distress ink. The whole thing was then dried using a heat gun. I then added some red water colour pencil to the poppy centre and using a barely damp brush, pushed the colour around to fill in the design, The same technique was used on the leaves of the poppy. Then, again using the plastic bag, I added more texture using the vintage sepia ink pad. 

Finally to finish, I used Sunkissed gold perfect pearl mica powder over the cover (although this doesn't show up well on the photo)

Now I have sat and looked at it, I can think of a few more things I want to add to the cover, so watch out for an update on this post soon :-) 

ADDED - 2nd photo is the new update one - it needed a hinge & a couple of butterflies 

Birthday card & Mothers Day card

The above card Was made in Serif using a Dalmation Digi-Stamp available from The DigiStreet
The papers were then cut out and mat & Layered as in regular paper crafting

Here is my Mothers Day card for my mum.
I can't remember where I got the digi-stamp from so if anyone knows please let me know so that I can give them due credit. I used flexmarkers throughout to colour the image.
The butterfly fly stamp is an Urban stamp by Papermania. I used old school whispers brush pens to ink up the stamp using a different colour for each butterfly on the stamp and then "huffing" on them to make sure they stamped properly. Then finished off with some old school silk flowers and bows.