Tuesday 28 July 2020

Happy Birthday

Nearing the end of the month and lucky I checked the close date for The Butterfly Challenge - #144 - A for Accordion Fold..... my card had become hidden under the desk mess...
I used all seven elements of the challenge.

Scored and cut A4 white card to give four folds on my Accordion folded card and used a lacy edged die to add interest to the card... needed to continue the lacy edge so cut an inner white panel, die cut the edge and used a butterfly embossing folder so it wasn't just plain card .  Chose three patterned papers.. and added stamped music script and mini butterflies to the aquamarine and apricot papers then sized and cut them to fit panel..... I decided my apricot and pink didn't go too well so attached them to opposite folded sides so they were concealed.  To finish I stamped and clear embossed the sentiment, die cut with a fancy label and sponged ink on the edge.  To finish the card I added three die cut butterflies cut from shiny metallic paper - gold and iridescent blue and aqua glitter card.

I am also playing along with AAA Birthday challenge - Game #15 ...  3D.
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Card Recipe 
Stamps:  I think my sentiment stamp is from Stampin' Up,  Kaisercraft -   Sheet music, Hero Arts - Heart sparkle butterfly
Dies: Butterfly - unknown, Spellbinders - Classic petal edges, Spellbinders - Labels Eighteen
Inks: Versafine - black,  Distress Ink - Peacock feathers, Spiced marmalade 
Other:  patterned paper, clear embossing poweder, glitter card and metallic paper,  Cuttlebug embossing folder - Jules Jewells

Mixed Media card

Mixed media style doesn't come easily to me so I've been checking out fabulous ideas on Pinterest... here's my card for Just Add Ink challenge #515 - Mixed Media

I decided to use some kraft coloured card for the front panel and firstly added some inked areas and also coloured Gesso with a stencil.  I stamped random script and tiny dots in dark purple and white DI when the Gesso was dry.  I die cut some flowers and foliage and blended Distress Inks to colour them.  Used a light brown card base and arranged the wildflowers with a mini twine bow and added some white crystal drops to the flower center.
My mixed media elements are - stamping, stencils, texture paste, twine, die cuts, crystals drops

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Card Recipe 
Stamps: Kaisercraft - Script, Tiny Dot
Dies: Sizzix - Wildflower stems #1
Inks: Distress Inks - for background - Chipped sapphire, Gathered twigs, Picket fence, for flowers - Shabby shutters, Mown lawn, Tattered rose, Victorian velvet, Shaded lilac, Picked raspberry
Other:  Kaisercraft stencil - Birch, white Gesso, twine, white Nuvo crystal drops

Monday 27 July 2020

Christmas Wishes

Sharing with you my latest lily in flower...  no idea it's name and first time flowering for me... happy me!!!     not happy Jan!!! ... this new blogger .....grrrrr  - how do I get this paragraph next to the photo not under or above?

So anyway... here is my Christmas card for the July Rudolph Days challenge.....
From my stash I found this stamped and clear embossed tree.... I added a matching frame layer, a shiny gold star and a two part sentiment.... die cut the 'Christmas' from shiny red metallic card and stamped the 'wishes' in green and clear embossed.  Thought I might be fancy like so many of my clever friends and add some gold splatters... well I need practise is all I can say....

It's great to keep ahead with my Christmas cards all through the year and never to late to start... want to join in and share a card at Rudolph Days... click here
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Card Recipe 
Stamps: a friends tree stamp, Kaisercraft - Christmas sentiments
Dies: Kaisercraft - Christmas sentiments
Inks:  Distress Oxide inks - green shades.
Other:  gold and red metallic card, clear embossing powder

Sunday 26 July 2020

2 Split cards

An idea to use this new (gifted) NBUS stencil was brewing away in my head last night so with a free Sunday on my hands - hubby off playing second round of golf this weekend, I set about making four cards from an A4 card sheet.   ADDED NOTE - Australian paper sizes are slightly larger than US and measure in metric --  I scored at 3in (7.6cm) and 6in (15.2cm) along long side and then scored the short side in half at 8.25in (10.5cm) up to the 6in score -- these are just front panels for cards and the slim were a bit long for me so trimmed them down.

Seeing the latest trend being slim cards I measured the card to achieve two slim and two normal A5 card fronts, then cut the slim from the A5 panel... see this post

For my A5 cards - I scored the middle - positioned the stencil and used Tattered Rose Distress Ink to blend over all the flowers, moving the stencil about too.  Then  I chose darker colours to add to the flower centres - DI Aged Mahogany on the left section   and   DI Abandoned Coral on the right  -- and used a fine brush to deepen the centre spots.

For my first card I added a matching coral coloured layer and stamped and silver embossed the sentiment.

With the second card I stamped the sentiment in grey and clear embossed then added a deep red border layer and a brown card 

I am posting these cards to NBUS challenge #16   .....   AND   .... Seize the Birthday challenge #195 - Non-neutral card base   .....   ALSO   .....  Yes, Virginia July Show and Share.
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Card 1 Recipe 
Stamps: Kaisercraft - Birthday Wishes (sentiment)
Inks:  Versamark,  Distress Ink - Tattered Rose,
Other:  Funky Fossil Designs - Shrubbery, silver embossing powder

Card 2 Recipe 
Inks: Versamark,  Distress Ink - Tattered Rose, Aged Mahogony
Other:  Funky Fossil Designs - Shrubbery, clear embossing powder

Another set of 2 Split Cards

My follow on post for today - playing with other section of the 4 Split Cards.
For my slim cards (I cut these away from the A5 section) I positioned the stencil across the middle score line and blended Distress Inks in orange shades... moving the stencil and masking off areas as I went ...  I used deeper shades to give some depth to the images.

For my first slim card I used a post-it note to mask off a sentiment strip in the middle of the card and scored lines after stamping the sentiment in grey and clear embossing.  Used a bright orange layer to frame the panel.

For my second slim card I moved the stencil around all the edges using post-it notes to mask areas.  I stamped and clear embossed the sentiment and used foam tape to mount it to a stitched die cut rectangle frame in bright orange card ... and used it also to frame the panel.

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Card 1 Recipe 
Stamps: Happy Little Stampers - Fun Birthday sentiments
Inks:  Versafine - smokey grey, Distress Inks - Dried marigold, Spiced marmalade
Other:  clear embossing powder,  Funky Fossil Designs - Shrubbery

Card 2 Recipe 
Stamps: Kaisercraft - Factory 42 (sentiment)
Dies: Poppy Stamps - stitched nesting rectangles
Inks:  Versafine - black, Distress Inks - Dried marigold, Spiced marmalade
Other:  clear embossing powder,  Funky Fossil Designs - Shrubbery

Friday 24 July 2020

Two Cards featuring Butterflies

I'm really pushing the clock today with my Butterfly cards for the July Twofer Card Challenge #29
I used a very old wood mounted stamp to create my cards.

For my first card I teamed the stamped, white embossed and fussy cut butterfly with a background die cut that I lined with pink paper, and a lovely rose stamped image sent to me by friend Linda... because of course you see butterflies hovering around the flowers in your garden.... and especially here at the moment because all the mango trees are out in flower.
I die cut the white front panel down with a stitched die  and sponged Distress Oxide ink in pink shades over the embossed butterfly, then I added some pearl antennae as well.  To finish I stamped and silver embossed the sentiment and attached the flower and butterfly with foam tape.

With my second card, I stamped the butterfly randomly over a white card panel with Distress Ink in Tattered Rose to create a background.  Then stamped and gold embossed the butterfly and fussy cut it out.  On a scrap of matching card I stamped and gold embossed the sentiment and to finish added a matching layer to frame the panel and added a few gems for some sparkle.

I am also playing along with Penny Black Saturday July challenge - Optional Nature.
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...or Hedgie
Card Recipe 
Card 1
Stamps: Penny Black - Quiver (butterfly), Power Poppy - Simply Camellias (sentiment)
Dies: Sizzix - Mixed Media #2,CUTplorations - Crazy Running Double Stitched Nesting Rectangles.
Inks: Versamark, Distress Oxides - Worn lipstick, Victorian velvet, Seedless preserves
Other: white embossing powder, silver embossing powder

Card 2
Stamps: Penny Black - Quiver (butterfly), Chocolate Baroque - Amazing Birthday (sentiment)
Inks: Versamark, Distress Ink - Tattered rose
Other: gold embossing powder, gems

Thursday 16 July 2020

Split 3 Sweet Pea cards

Hello there today and how are your creative juices flowing... mine have been inspired by my friends Loll and Marcia with their Split 4 cards.... mine were meant to be four but as you can see I had a mishap with the stamp on one corner....    you should check out this neat technique if you haven't seen it - a great quick way to create 4 cards.

I used a Sweet Pea stamp set to stamp the four corners and then after cutting the A5 sheet down to 3 cards I used a combination of coloured pencils and Distress Ink water wash to give me three cards in different colours.

I used a dotty stamp and the red DI to add interest to the waterwashed background, and stamped and clear embossed the sentiment. Then finished off with a red card layer to frame the panel and a white card base.

To finish the purple card I flicked DI over the water coloured background, stamped the sentiment and clear embossed it and framed with a purple card.

I used the dotty stamp and grey DI to add interest to the pink water wash background, stamped and clear embossed the sentiment and framed with pink card.

I am playing along with The Flower Challenge #46 - Summer/Winter flowers.  I checked google and see that Sweet Peas (my MIL favourites) flower at different times of the year across the world and in Australia flower from Winter into Spring.
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Card Recipe 

Stamps: Power Poppy - Sweet Memories, red card - a freebie sentiment, Kaisercraft - Fading dots, purple card - Penny Black - Every Day sentiment, pink card - PSX - Happy Birthday
Inks: Versamark - black, Distress Inks - Candied apple, Seedless preserves, Pickled raspberry, Shaded lilac,
Other:Coloured pencils, clear embossing powder