Monday, January 22, 2018

Lydia's Florals

Welocme - thank you for visiting.

I would like to welcome two new followers - Karen Letchworth and Sylvia, both of whom make beautiful cards - I encourage you to click their names and visit their blogs - you will be in for a treat.

The other day my granddaughter Lydia visited me on her own for a 'Mama Date', and she was anxious to make a card.

I prepared the base, and she stamped the flowers , quite happily stamping off the edge, as she had a teacher who encouraged her art last year, and had taught her such things.    She then chose to colour them with her crayons.

I stamped the image to go under the aperture, as she did not want to spoil it.  She then coloured that, noting that one flower was a different shape, and colouring it in blue.

I also stamped another couple of flowers from the scrap left when I had cut the aperture, and she coloured them, and I die cut them (with help) and popped them up on foam tape, much to her joy.

Later I realised that the aperture was going to leave the cardfront weakened, so I found a snippet of pink card that matched, and cut a frame and adhered it.

Lydia loved her card, and it is going to her teacher on the first day of the new term!!
Her Mama is yet again impressed with her eye for colour and composition, and her colouring skills.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Two of a Kind.....


I had intended being back here sooner, but life has been crazy busy, and I have had a houseful of guests for three days. Not that I am complaining, and the gardens are looking good too!

I made this card for a swap in a group I belong to, and the theme for this month was 'floral'.

The recipient is a wonderful cardmaker, and has an awesome CAS style, so I kept my card very CAS.

The image is a Kiwistamping one, coloured with watercolour paints. The edges of the panel were coloured with Cottage Ivy ink, and it was mounted over an embossed panel

The sentiment, also from Kiwistamping, a local (N.Z.) company whose website is down, was heat embossed using Renaissance Red ep.  The edges of the embossed and stamped panels, and the card base, were all edged with Poppy Red ink.

I was running out of inspiration, and needed a second card for a birthday in a hurry, so duplicated the image and layout, changing the colour of the flowers, and painting them with mica paints

And using a vertical birthday greeting from Montarga Stamps (also a

I enjoyed making both of these cards, and both were well received.

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Monday, January 8, 2018

CAS Silver Rose and Alcohol !!!


I recently had a 'play' with my alcohol inks and some yupo paper that I have had on hand longer than I care to remember.... 
 I watched a 'how to' video on Lolls blog  to get myself started, and then just played....

The background I used here is the softer of the two results - the other is rather gaudy, and will be a challenge in itself for me to use it.

With the background on hand the card itself was easy to make.

I chose an area of the background I wanted to use, die cut it with an oval die and stamped and embossed the rose in silver.  As yupo is a 'plastic paper' I had to be careful with the heat embossing.
This panel was layered over a snippet of cream card, die cut to an oval.

The sentiment was also silver embossed 

some Versamark stamped flourishes in the opposite corners, and some 'crystal' rhinestones finished the purple layer, which was mounted over cream cardstock.

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Thursday, January 4, 2018

Tool Board Birthday


I do hope your New Year is off to a good start.
This card was made for a birthday last year, but when I uploaded the photos to the computer it packed a hissy-fit and hid them, and it has only been in the last few weeks that I have worked out how to get them from 'there' to where I wanted them filed to be able to edit them.  
At least I did not have to ask my Son in Law, again 😉

I started by cutting the tools out with this die  from Frantic Stamper once in black cardstock, and then again in tan for the 'handles'.

I then placed them on the 'tool board' with a wee tad of glue, and added gold dimensional glue dots to look as though the tools were hanging from nails.

The tool board was then mounted over some grey speckled recycled card that I had swiped, using my finger, with Inca Gold pastes in gold and bronze .  I also swiped the corrugated card with the same pastes, and tore the edges to add to the 'rough' look of the card.

The sentiment was gold embossed directly on the base card of Forest Green, and then painted with a green Twinkling H20 paint.  
The final detail was the snippet of gold glitter card either side of the sentiment.
The recipient, a retired builder, loved the card.

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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

2017 In Review


 I know I am a wee bit late to be putting this review post up,  but better late than never.
It is always interesting to review your own work, and I find it interesting that some of the cards I was least pleased with, brought the most positive reactions from you, my readers. 

I will link  each card to where it was posted in the month title.

I still love the drama the black and white gives  this card.

Yes, a CASE of the above card, but I still love the cheerful colours and the cute image

I must have been really inspired in March as I had difficulty choosing one to share!

Love this card when I made it, and still love it.

This was one of two box cards I made last year. 
 The recipient loves it so much she still has it on her mantelpiece

The photos never did this card justice, as the shimmer and shine did not show up well.

I really enjoyed using this die set, and the CAS card was appreciated by the recipient.

This was one of several cards I made using nail polish for the background

This is one of several Steampunk style cards I made this past year.

This was made for a local (N.Z.) swap group that I am part of - I really enjoyed making this card.

This card was made using off cuts !! Waste not want not was what i was brought up with ...

The sentiment says is all - Thanks a bunch if you have made it this far.

In retrospect, I see that I am predominantly a CAS card maker...

May your 2018 be filled with pleasure in the small things,
lots of crafty time,
and love those who are near and dear to you - life is fragile.

Friday, December 29, 2017

Butterflies on Lace, and Quilting


I was going through a dollar bag of 'bits' that I picked up at a craft display and sales day some months ago, and came across this snippet of (machine made) lace. I trimmed and tidied it up and made it the center piece of this card.

The purple card was embossed with a We R Memory Keepers geometric folder.
The butterflies were cut with a M/B Pippi Die from snippets of pink glitter card

The card was finished with a fish-tail banner with the greeting heat embossed on it, 
and a piece of pink ribbon under it. 

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Sunday, December 24, 2017

Star Christmas


As this is my last post before Christmas, I am taking this time to wish all those who follow my blog a very happy and blessed Christmas and all the best for 2018.

This is the Christmas card I mass produced this year, using this sweet Nativity stamp from Kiwistamping, it is an old stamp, one of my original Christmas ones!

It was stamped on the inside of the card, behind the star shaped aperture, and painted with Twinkling H2O's

The Double Stitched Star die is from Our Daily Bread Designs, and I sponged the edges with Memento  Delicata Golden Glitz ink .  Now I have a pile of stitched star die cuts waiting to be used!!

The greeting was stamped in Memento Lady Bug red using one of the stamps from the Our Daily Bread Designs set  Christmas Flourished Verses.

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