Sunday, 15 June 2014

Gold, white and blue

I bought the stamps used in the card a few weeks ago, just because they are so pretty. Of course, I put them to one side as I tried to come up with a plan to use them so I sat down this morning and decided to put stamp to ink. The Allsorts challenge seemed the perfect opportunity.

Elements used:

  • Artemio stamp set (sorry no name on the pack). The main stamp and the butterfly were used and stamped on white card using Encore Gold ink and then embossed with clear embossing powder.
  • Tumbled glass distress ink was used to edge and colour the stamped images.
  • Background was created using the That Special Touch eyelet mask and tumbled glass DI. I also edged the background with faded jeans DI to add dimension.
  • The flowers are prima flowers coloured with tumbled glass DI and a candi centre.
  • The flourishes are from Marianne creatables elegant elements.
  • The sentiment is, I think, from Red Hot Bed which I have had for ages.
  • Some white ribbon, lace and clear dew drops to finish.

I am entering the card in the Allsorts challenge - white, gold and another colour.

Saturday, 14 June 2014

A Christmas Scene

Another Christmas card.

The picture looks so dimensional but apart from the embossing is flat. Its the quality of the stamp more than my colouring efforts that achieves the effect. Having done this though, next time I plan to try a decoupage version of the image.

Elements used:

  • Sheena - Bah Humbug 1 stamp for the scene plus the star and the sentiment.
  • Big and Juicy Mountain Meadow ink pad, sponged on to create the sky above the masked stamp.
  • Scene stamp coloured in with spectrum noir pens.
  • Then embossed with WOW white puff embossing powder to create the snow in the sky and on the buildings.
  • Stickles also added for sparkle but it doesn't show up on the photo.
  • The scene is matted onto some white card and some blue shiny paper, as is the sentiment. I also used a gold marker pen around the edges.
  • Sue Wilson 3D lattice bow from the same blue paper.
  • Britannia Xmas flight die cut from black paper and highlighted with white pen.
  • Clear gems and blue ribbon to finish.

Some close ups:


Christmas rooftops

 I am entering the card in the Winter Wonderland "A Christmas Scene" challenge.

Off the edge one layer card

One layer card

This card started off as a mistake. I was meant to be cutting some flowers for another card but forgot to add the border die! Then I saw the Less is More challenge and decided to see if I could turn it into a card.

The flower shape is from the Spellbinder d-lites Medallion nine. Having "mis cut" the first one, I added another one below. I snipped the edges off the flowers to add an interesting "edge" and then cut the card down to size.

Using three distress inks (shabby shutters, tumbled glass and mustard yellow), I randomly inked up the Creative Expressions newsprint stamp and stamped over the cut flowers and also in a border on the inside of the card. It would probably be easier to do the stamping before cutting in future!

I added extra colour to the central flower shapes to make them stand out more.

The "with love" border and butterfly stamp is from a Papermania set that came with the Creativity magazine this month.

I added some extra dimension with faux stitching using a micron pen.

Some extra views because this card was also really difficult to photograph:

I am entering this in the Less is More one layer over the edge challenge.

Friday, 13 June 2014

"L is for Little Gifts"

There is something about June that always makes me think of Christmas. Perhaps because we are halfway there or is it because, as much as I enjoy the sunshine, I love cold winter mornings. Anyway, I always have good intentions to start preparing for Christmas early and never quite get there so this year I am going to try harder...

The card has a lot of different elements as follows:

  • Background paper is from Dovecraft Back to Basic Christmas 6x6 pad.
  • The presents and robin are stamps from a free magazine set and coloured with Spectrum Noir pens.
  • I used the spellbinders classic scallops to die cut the stamp and antique linen distress inks to colour the edges.
  • The scalloped circle is matted onto a circle of green coredinations card which I also used for the other die cuts.
  • The white strip is punched using a Martha Steward border punch.
  • The sentiment is from the Britannia word die set
  • The Christmas tree is the Spellbinders Mini Christmas tree die with stickles to create the "baubles".
I am entering this in the ABC Christmas challenge "L is for Little Gifts".