Monday, May 14, 2018

Hazards Ahead - Construction Zone


This was made for a young boy for his 5th birthday

The stamps were from a set by FLONZcraft called toy trucks. They are just the right size to make a 'scene' with

I stamped the images in Espresso Ink, coloured with (basic water colour) markers, and then fussy cut each image.  The rocks were 'made' using a textured paste mixed with dark brown acrylic paint and scraped through a bubble stencil!  Espresso ink was then stippled between the 'rocks'. 
They are really very textural to touch.

There was glitter paper used for the digit and the layered circle

The sentiment, one of my original stamps probably 15 years old, was stamped in blue and coloured with twinkling H2O paint, which was used for the 'sky', and then fussy cut an placed on the background.

The final stamp was used on the left hand side of the inside of the card - you can see from this how I trimmed out the digger image from this one.

I was just about finished when Tinker lived up to his name and photo-bombed the session!

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Friday, May 11, 2018

6 H's and a Butterfly


It was a cloudy and cooler day today so I took the opportunity to 'play' in my studio.  
I was fascinated by Mrs A's Butterfly Challenge this round, so made this card to fit!

This is my result, which I might add, I am rather pleased with...

I stippled the Viva Harvest Gold paint through a Honey Bee Layering background stencil onto the Hunter Green card, and used the same card to heat emboss the sentiment on.

The hearts (an unidentified die)  and butterfly,( by Memory box) were die cut from Hot Pink, then painted with a hot pink Mica based paint that dried lighter :(.

I cut the background into a large hexagon (that was quite a challenge for this geometry challenged oldie), layered that over a glitter card stock before adhering it to the white base.

To finish I added the stripes down the spine of the card, and a touch of gold under the sentiment before adding the die cuts and the hot pink rhinestones for the butterfly's flight path and body.

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(I used all seven elements)

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Tulip Border


Although we are going into winter here in the Antipodes, I am about to plant my new tulip bulbs, and hopefully in a few months I will have a border of blooms like this!

This is a tri-fold card, with the die cut attached to the left hand side of the card and swinging out to reveal the background, before the main part of the card is opened from the left to reveal the inside of the card.

The die cut was cut with an Intri-cuts die by Couture Creations - sorely under used, and here painted using water colour crayons, also an underused resource.


The sky was created using a hand cut stencil and sponging, and the sentiment was gold embossed.  The stamp is one of my originals, bought from a chain store of  'el-cheapo' goods, some 12 or more years ago!

This is the full panel - with just a touch of green at the base to go behind the floral border

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(The sentiment stamp is over 12 years old)

Monday, May 7, 2018

Birthday Bicycle(s)


I made this card for my grandson who was turning six, and receiving a new green bike for his birthday!!

The background was stamped randomly using an image from a (now retired) Hero Arts stamp set of bicycles in Memento Pear Tart ink 

The sentiment (by Spellbinders) was cut three times, once in white, once in dark green and once in silver glitter paper, and they were stacked in that order, with the silver slightly off set to give a shadow effect. this was mounted on white card over green burlap ribbon. 

The die cut digit, by Kaisercraft was stacked in the same manner.

Part of his gift was hidden in this tin, which I cut the bottom part out of, filled with wee gifts, sealed with hot glue and then decorated.

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Friday, May 4, 2018

Paint Chip Flower


I had fun with paint chips when I made this flower - The colours I used were Red Alert and Lime Leaf - both British Paints brands.

I embossed the background using the 'fade' technique, and also emphasised the blank by outlining it with an embossed oval

The flower was die cut in the two colours (the chips are quite large) and then inlaid it into the background

There were a couple of  'oops' in that process, plus a wee dab of colour where it should not have been, so what better than some rhinestones to do a cover-up job and embellish?

The edges of the feature panel and the sentiment were (heat) embossed in gold.

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Monday, April 30, 2018

Snow Board Birthday


I have been MIA as I took time out last week to indulge myself in another passion - embroidery - and went on a four day retreat to simply sit and stitch. Bliss.

I made this card for a young man who loves his snow sports when the family heads up to the Central Plateau (in New Zealand) to stay on Mt Ruapehu.

I started by blending my Broken China, Faded Jeans and Chipped Sapphire Distress Inks  on the blue cardstock... I was not happy with the result, but had to leave the project to have a meal, and when I came back I was very surprised to see they had dried and looked wonderful!

The snowboarder image is from an Avery Elle Stamp set Stoked, and coloured with Polychromos, and his visor was given dimension and shine with some Glossy Accents

The sentiment was embossed with gold on the white, die cut 'slopes', which were edged with
 Kindy Glitz

The stars were embossed with platinum embossing powder.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Little Birdie Birthday


And a special welcome to my newest follower, Ishani, who's blog is called Quillish.  Please pop over and visit, her work is a delight to the eyes.

I made this card for a friend who loves greens! 

Hence why another Alcohol Ink background in these tones.  This time the inks were dropped onto a surface of hairspray and mixed with my finger, then sprayed again to get a less distinct pattern.  I learnt of this technique here on the Ink Stains Blog by Roni. His results differ from mine, but I am happy with my end product.  
I did learn that the gold and silver mixatives don't play well with this technique.

I tried no-line colouring with this wee bird from a Sweet n Sassy set Birds and Blooms. I stamped it with Desert Sand Memento ink and coloured it with my Polychromos.

I die cut the image with a die from the S/B Marvelous Squares set, then painted the edge with Semco Mica paint.  This was mounted onto the background with two gold glitter 'corners', which were made by cutting an old Cuttlebug /Provo craft square die cut diagonally.

The sentiment was embossed in gold and mounted over some organza ribbon across the top of the alcohol ink background.

This panel was mounted over gold glitter cardstock, and then onto dark green cardstock, and some small champagne pearls added.

I stamped and coloured a floral branch from the same stamp set as the bird, and coloured it with polychromos.  The sentiment was a SnS stamp from the Prayerful Thoughts Set.

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