Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Elzybells: A little Winter magic!

Hello and thanks for dropping in!  Here is a quick little one-layer Christmas card using my favourite Cuttlebug folder from the Winter Wonderland set.  I really love the embossing on this particular folder - it's just so pretty.  It is available at Fat Cat's Card Corner here.  I actually started this card in August - but only just got around to colouring the image - it's just been sitting on my desk buried amongst all the other stuff (you know how it is LOL!!!).

I coloured the image with Prismacolor pencils and OMS, plus I used a Lyra Skin tone pencil for the face which I recently bought from my local Art Store.  Lyra pencils blend beautifully with OMS.  I added some Liquid Applique to the coat and ear muffs and let that dry overnight before I applied my heat-gun to make it "pop".  I did actually paint over the Liquid Applique (once it had cooled) with white acrylic paint because the Liquid Applique comes out an off-white colour which looked kind-of "dirty" against the white cardstock, then added Kindyglitz on top to make it sparkle.  I lightly chalked around the image with blue chalk.

The snowflake on the ribbon was diecut using the Cuttlebug Snowflake #2 die set, and the snowflakes dotted around the embossing were punched from my Martha Stewart Snow Flurry edge punch (they are the leftover punchies when you punch a border with it), and these snowflakes are up on mounts.   I added tiny red rhinestones to the centres.   Here is a little closeup:

I attached the ribbon in 2 separate elements and the bow itself was made with my Bow Easy.

Both the image and sentiment are by Elzybells Art Stamps UK who are closing on the 30th September.  These particular images have sold out, but there are still alot of other stamps - including Christmas ones - that are still available but you'd better be quick!!  I still can't believe they are closing - it is such a shame :-(


I am entering this card into the Crazy 4 Challenges C4C56 of "Bling".

And the Allsorts Week 71 Challenge of Plain and Simple.

Plus I am also popping this card into the Splitcoaststampers Free for All Challenge F4A21 of Snowflakes and Pearls from July - which was what I was originally started making the card for.

Anyway, that's about it for me.  Thanks for visiting - I'll be back in a few days with a Vintage Christmas card!  


Card Recipe:

Stamps:  Elzybells Ice Skater 10-080, Sentiment from Elzybells 20-053 Mini Messages - Winter

Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black

Accessories:  Cuttlebug, Snowflakes ef from Winter Wonderland set, Cuttlebug Snowflakes #2 die set, OMS, Prismacolor Pencils, paper stumps, Lyra Skintone pencil, white liquid applique, white acrylic paint, Kindyglitz Crystalina, Bow Easy, gingham ribbon, 1mm mounts, Kaiser rhinestones SB711 red (largest rhinestone on ribbon), Basic Grey Bling-it red rhinestones (tiny red ones on snowflakes), Kaisercolour chalks, heatgun, Cardstock: white

  Stampin' Up corner, Martha Stewart Snow Flurry edge

Friday, September 24, 2010

Basket of roses for an 80th birthday!

Hello and thanks for visiting :-)

I've been a bit quiet on the cardmaking-front this week: it's school holidays plus I haven't been well - but I did manage to make this card which is for a lady's 80th birthday which was quick and easy.  I didn't want the card to 'SHOUT' 80 years old because I know this person wouldn't like it - so I just merely tried to make something elegant and pretty for the occasion.  This basket of roses is an old PSX (Personal Stamp Exchange) stamp which I have had forever.  PSX are no longer in business but I believe Inkadinkado bought alot of their beautiful designs.  I did actually find this PSX stamp on EBay USA for about US$8 - and then found another one for US$52!!  Eeek - it pays to check your prices!!  Some of the rarer PSX stamps sell for heaps on EBay - I am sitting on a goldmine - pity I love them so much that I don't want to sell them!!  Anyway, enough waffling, and onto the card itself.......

I stamped the image with Versafine Vintage Sepia, heat-set it, then coloured it with OMS and a mix Prismacolor and Derwent Colorsoft pencils.  I added some pink I-Kan-dee Pearlescent chalk around the image which adds a soft, subtle sparkle - alas not really captured by the camera :-(

The tiny pink hearts are the leftover punchies from my EK Success Arrows border punch; I added some pink AI glitter to them.

The BEAUTIFUL white embossed background was done with a new embossing folder by an Australian company called Craft Concepts which only arrived in my mailbox this week.  I had it on Pre-order for months and so glad it's finally here.  Not sure if you can get it outside Australia.  It uses the same sandwich in your Cuttlebug as other folders, ie: A plate, B plate, folder w/cardstock, B plate.  

Please note that the pink cardstock deckled oval was hand-cut so I could have a small border to the main image panel.  The ribbon was made in 2 separate elements, and the bow itself was made with my Bow Easy.

The sentiment is from a set by Elzybells who are closing on the 30th September :-(   Just checked on their website, and it's sold out.

Challenges:  I am entering this card into Bizzy Becs Creatalicious Challenge #14 of pink, brown and green.  See this link for the deets.

I am also popping this card into the Splitcoaststampers 'Free for All' Challenge F4A24 of "It's garden pickin' time" where the main image is from your garden - either fruit or flowers.  As it is Spring here where I live and my garden is alive with daffodils, anemones, freesias and carpet roses after a long, cold Winter, I HAD to pick flowers for the main image.

Thanks again for stopping by - hope to see you again soon!


Card Recipe:

Stamps:  PSX G-2548 (retired), Sentiment: from Elzybells Spring Cubes 20-015-CC clear stamp set (no longer available)

Ink:  Versafine Vintage Sepia

Accessories:  Cuttlebug, Spellbinder Large Deckled Oval Nestabilities, Craft Concepts Budding Vine embossing folder, I-Kan-Dee pearlescent chalk, OMS, Prismacolor pencils, Derwent Coloursoft pencils, paper stumps, Art Institute pink glitter, Bow Easy, pink sheer ribbon, heat-gun, Cardstock: KW Doggett Knight white, Bazzill pink, Basic Grey pink rhinestones

Punches:  EK Success Arrows border, Stampin' Up corner

Friday, September 17, 2010

Popcorn the Bear - Thanks a Bunch - sunflowers birthday card

Hello and welcome to my Blog!  I am finally back on deck after being away for about 2 weeks.  Yay!!  You might need your sunglasses for this card!!

I needed to make a birthday card for my Godfather's partner's birthday this week.  She is a wonderful and vibrant lady who emigrated to Australia from the Philippines about 20 or so years ago.  I know that she really LOVES bright colours, so when I was looking for some ideas, I came across the Splitcoaststampers Inspiration Challenge IC249 - 'Cost Plus World Market' website - where you choose an image that inspires you - and I chose the orange scarf from the 3 photos they had there because it was so bright and cheerful, plus when I thought of yellow/orange, I thought of sunflowers, and chose this picture as well from the Cost Plus World Market website.  I would love to have a field of sunflowers in my backyard just like in the picture - they just exude warmth and vibrancy.  And then I remembered I had this 'Popcorn the Bear' image holding the huge bunch of sunflowers - ahh, perfect!  

I stamped the image with Memento Tuxedo black ink and coloured it with Odourless Mineral Spirits (OMS) and Prismacolor pencils then chalked the sky and ground.  I ticket-punched the corners.  The tag was diecut with my Cuttlebug and one of the Tiny Tags dies; I lightly inked around the tag with 'Olive Pastel' chalk ink so the edges would stand out better against the main image panel.  I stamped the sentiment with Stazon Jet Black - I find this ink seems to work better with clear (photopolymer) stamps (as opposed to rubber) and I get a clearer image.

The orange designer paper is by My Mind's Eye and comes from a 6" x 6" pad (of some 48 sheets) called "Bloom and Grow" and was already embossed (just in case you thought I put the paper thru my Cuttlebug).

The tiny orange hearts near the duck and on the tag are the leftover punchies from my Arrows Border punch, which I added a bit of glitter to.  I attached the ribbon in 2 separate elements and the bow itself was made with my Bow Easy.

Challenges:  I am entering this card into the Allsorts Challenge Week 69 of Colours of Autumn.  I think mine should qualify with the orange, green, brown and yellow tones.

Thanks again for stopping by - I'll be back in a few days with another card!


Card Recipe:

Stamps:  Crafter's Companion 'Popcorn the Bear' Thanks a bunch PST-TKS unmounted set, Sentiments from Impression Obsession Sentiments 1 WP16 clear set

Ink:  Memento Tuxedo black, Stazon Jet black, Colorbox Olive Pastel chalk

Designer paper:  My Mind's Eye 'Bloom and Grow' 6 x 6 pad

Punches:  EK Success Arrows border, Stampin' Up Ticket corner punch and Horizontal slot punch

Accessories:  Cuttlebug + Tiny Tags die set, ribbon, Bow Easy, OMS, Prismacolor pencils, paper stumps, Kaisercolour chalks, Kindyglitz Crystalina, burnt orange brads, Cardstock:  KW Doggett 'Knight' (white), burnt orange, pale olive

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Cuttlebug Winter Wonderland - Hanging Christmas Baubles

Hi and welcome to another scheduled post whilst I can't access my computer for 2 weeks (sniff!!).

Another quick and simple Christmas card using one of the embossing folders from the Cuttlebug Winter Wonderland set - available here from Fat Cat's Card Corner in Queensland.  

Not much to explain.  The sentiment was heat-embossed with gold embossing powder and the stars next to the sentiment were diecut from my Cuttlebug Snowflake #2 die (which includes snowflakes and stars).  I added some fine gold glitter to these stars.

The ribbon was attached in 2 separate elements, and the bow itself was made with my Bow Easy.  The star on the bow was punched with a Carl CP-1 star punch and was glittered with gold glitter.

Thanks again for stopping by - this should be my last scheduled post (hopefully) and things will be back to normal and I will be able to come and visit you all again.


Card Recipe: 

Stamps:  Sentiment from Inkadinkado Silhouettes 97289 Clear stamp set (retired)

NOTE:  Edited to add:  Thanks to Nanette for alerting me to the fact that the original stamp set name I listed (Hot off the Press 'Christmas Art' HOTP 1006 clear set)  was incorrect.  It is definitely by Inkadinkado!

Ink:  Versacolor gold pigment 

Accessories:  Cuttlebug, Hanging Baubles embossing folder from Winter Wonderland set, Cuttlebug Snowflake #2 die, Carl CP-1 Star punch, fine gold glitter, Art Institute Designer dries clear adhesive (for glitter), Bow Easy, ribbon, Stampin' Up corner punch, gold embossing powder, heat gun, Cardstock: white, gold, burgundy

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Miss Molly Bear Stitchery - Artsmart Craft Cottage

Hi and thanks for stopping by :-)  This is another scheduled post whilst I can't access my computer for 2 weeks.

Today's post is another stitchery I made for my DD.  One of my other loves is embroidery and decorative (tole or folkart) painting, and I love projects which incorporate both these crafts.  I also LOVE the old-fashioned floral materials that you can get nowadays which I used on this stitchery.

This particular design is by Australian designer:  Libby Richardson from Artsmart Craft Cottage and comes as a printed panel on calico, full instructions and you get that gorgeous ceramic handbag that the Molly is holding plus the pearls around Molly's neck, but you supply all the embroidery threads, paints, materials for the panels, and hanger.  The bear was painted with acrylic paints and textile medium, then you simply embroider the bear using simple stitches like straight stitch and french knots - can you see the gold embroidery for ribbon on the hat?  You can always click on the photo for a bigger LOOK!     Lastly, I sewed on the panels and attached the wire hanger.   The finished size is around 22 cm x 28 cm (which is 8" x 11").

I've made 3 of them so far and given 2 away as gifts and the 3rd is on my DD's bedroom wall.

Hope you like it :-)  Thanks again for visiting!  Back soon with another post!



Artsmart Craft Cottage pre-printed stitchery design 'Miss Molly', JoSonya acrylic paints, paint brushes, JoSonya Textile medium, Anchor stranded cotton in various colours including gold, embroidery needles, materials scraps for panels, wire hanger

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Cuttlebug Winter Wonderland - Burgundy Christmas Baubles

Hello and welcome :-)

This is another scheduled post whilst I have no access to my computer for 2 weeks :-(   Hopefully, I will get a few extra cards done during that time.

Anyway, back to my card:  I did a similar one a couple of weeks ago which was white (see here) and this is the burgundy version.  Not much to explain - so quick and easy.  All I did was round the corners with a corner punch and add the ribbon.  The ribbon was done in 2 separate elements and the bow was made with my Bow Easy (I LOVE my Bow Easy!!).  The star was punched and I added some gold glitter.  Note to self:  add glitter to star BEFORE gluing to card so you don't spend an hour getting all the gold glitter out of the ribbon and the embossed parts of the card - duhh!! 

This embossing folder is part of a Cuttlebug set called "Winter Wonderland" and is available here at Fat Cat's Card Corner in Queensland.

Back in a few days with another scheduled post!


Card Recipe:  

Cuttlebug, Baubles embossing folder from Winter Wonderland set, Carl CP-1 Star punch, fine gold glitter, Art Institute Designer dries clear adhesive (for glitter), Bow Easy, ribbon, Stampin' Up corner punch, Cardstock: burgundy, gold 

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Penny Black 'For you' - a birthday card for my Godfather

Hi and welcome to my little Blog :-)  This is a scheduled post because I won't have access to my computer for 2 weeks - it will be very strange to not use it - eek - I think I will feel naked!! Anyway, onto the card.......

I made this quick and simple birthday card for my Godfather's birthday.  Hope you're not tired of looking at dog cards!  We have so many male birthdays in August in my family - I feel like it's a production line!   I have used one of my favourite sketches from Splitcoaststampers SC278 - it's a great sketch because you can have lots of layers or very few.  This time I used a circle for the centre image instead of a square.

Not much to explain really.  I stamped the image with Versafine Vintage Sepia and coloured it with OMS and Prismacolor pencils, then lightly chalked around the image.  I stamped the image again and cut out just the present, added some fine blue glitter with AI glue just to add a little "zing" to the card, then popped it up on 1mm mounts (dimensionals).

I used a Horizontal Slot Punch to punch the hole for threading the ribbon thru just for something a little different but not too fancy for a guy's card.

Easy peasy!

I'm also popping this card into the Splitcoaststampers 'Free for All' Challenge F4A17 of "Man's Best Friend" which can be a dog, cat, goldfish, reptile - any pet you like.

Thanks again for stopping by!


Card Recipe:

Stamps:  Penny Black 'For you' 3446E

Ink:  Versafine Vintage Sepia

Designer paper:  Digital by NitWit Collections Fat Quarter Bundle Series "Me-Wow" ©2009 by Mary Fran of

Accessories:  Cuttlebug, Spellbinder Square Nestabilities, Circle Nestabilities, Petite Scallop Circle Nestabilities, Art Institute blue glitter (from Shabby Chic set), Art Institute Designer Dries Clear adhesive, 1mm mounts (dimensionals), grosgrain ribbon, OMS, Prismacolor pencils, Kaisercolour chalks, Stampin' Up Horizontal Slot punch, paw pad button by Buttons Galore: Pet - Little Paws, Cardstock:  chocolate, mustard, KW Doggetts Knight (white)
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