Thursday, February 28, 2013

Penny Black - A gift for you - BIL's birthday card

Hi blogging friends From Millan.Net
First up:  a special welcome to my new followers - it is fantastic to have you onboard From Millan.Net  - that's me jumping for joy!

Today, I am sharing a card I made for my brother-in-law's birthday.  If you have followed my blog for a while, you will have seen this dog image by Penny Black quite a few times before but I just love him for masculine cards for any age group.  He is so quick and easy to colour too which is a bonus.  And isn't it good when you have a stamp that you get plenty of value out of?!

I stamped the image with Versafine Vintage Sepia ink onto KW Doggett Knight white smooth cardstock and coloured it with Odourless Mineral Spirits and Prismacolor + Derwent Coloursoft pencils and paper stumps, then chalked around the image with bluebrown and grey chalk for the sky/ground.  To make the tail look like it is wagging, I added a few strokes around it with a Staedtler Lumocolor 313 permanent waterproof brown pen.  I added a little bit of Kindyglitz Crystalina glitter glue to the green part of the present.  This main image panel is up on dimensionals.
The gorgeous background designer paper is by We R Memory Keepers - Friends Furever - Making Tracks which is layered onto kraft then brown cardstock.  I trimmed the edges to 1/8" with my Perfect Layers Tools.
As I had no matching brads in stash to put on my card, I made my own.  I saw a demonstration at a Craft Show late last year at the Alison Ellis Stand of how to colour your own brads to match your project.  I wrote the instructions down but can't find my book but from what I remember there are several ways of doing it.  Anyway, to make mine, I held the the prongs of a silver brad with a pair of closed tweezers, dabbed on some Versacolor Bark pigment ink then poured on some Alison Ellis clear detail embossing powder, tapped off the excess and heated the brad with my heat-gun.  Because I could still see a bit of silver, once the brad had cooled, I repeated the process 2 more times until I was happy with the look.   Probably the only downside, is that you need to be careful how much you handle the brad afterwards because the coating scratches off quite easily as I ended up needing to re-do one of them.   Maybe I should have left the brads for 24 hours to see if they hardened up a bit?  Or I might try coating the brad with clear nail polish or perhaps some spray varnish to protect it next time and see if that helps. 
Lastly, I added the ribbon and sewed on a red button.  I added some Fray Stop to the edges of the ribbon to stop them from fraying.  I couldn't figure out where to put a sentiment but I figured the image is self-explanatory anyway.
As I did with my last card, I did a quick and simple card inside:
The sentiment is by Penny Black and was stamped with Versafine Vintage Sepia ink.  I used a Fiskars Scallop border punch along the bottom.
Finished card size is 120mm square or about 4-3/4".
I am entering my card in the following challenges -
The Pink Elephant Challenge - TPE188 - Anything Goes
Allsorts Challenge #195 - Animals 
Thanks for stopping by!
Card Recipe:
Stamps:  Penny Black 'For You!' 3446E wood-mount, Penny Black 'Dog-gone Birthday' 1709E wood-mount - inside sentiment
Ink:  Versafine Vintage Sepia, Versacolor Bark pigment (for brads)
Designer Paper:  We R Memory Keepers - Friends Furever - Making Tracks
Accessories:  Big Shot, Spellbinder Square and Scalloped Square Nestabilities, brown grosgrain ribbon, Fray Stop, Kaisercraft chalks, silver brads, heat-gun, Alison Ellis clear detail embossing powder, closed tweezers, Prismacolor + Derwent Coloursoft pencils, paper stumps, Odourless Mineral Spirits, red button from stash, red sewing thread, Kindyglitz Crystalina glitter glue, dimensionals, Staedtler Lumocolor 313 permanent waterproof brown pen, Perfect Layers Tools, Cardstock - kraft, brown earth, KW Doggett Knight white
Punches:  Fiskars Scallop border (card inside)

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Bentley bear's birthday wishes

Hi blogging friends From Millan.Net

The card I am sharing today is for my sister-in-law's birthday.  Ages ago, I got some adorable freebie Bentley Bear decoupage/papertole images and sentiments with an issue of the UK magazine 'Cardmaking and Papercraft'.  I love buying the UK cardmaking magazines because you always get some sort of freebie with them.  And being a teddy-lover, if there is some sort of freebie involving a teddy bear, I find the magazines hard to resist!

The image was handcut and then layered together with dimensionals.  I added some Kindyglitz Crystalina glitter glue to the sprinkles on the cupcake that Bentley is holding plus the cupcake on the sentiment panel - and a dot on each wing of the butterfly - which you wouldn't know from the photo but trust me, it is there and looks so pretty in real life......sigh.....

Both the main image and sentiment are layered on a sheet of teal designer paper from the Bo Bunny 6" x 6" pad 'Sweet Tooth'.  The background designer paper is also from the same pad.  I inked around the edges of the teal designer paper that the sentiment is layered on with Colorbox Aqua pigment ink to help hide my slightly uneven trimming.

Here is a wee close-up so you can see the dimension on the card:

The ribbon was attached in 2 separate elements and the bow itself was made with my Bow Easy.  I sewed on a pink heart button with some pink sewing thread to the bow centre then glued the bow onto my card with some fabric glue.  I added some Fray Stop to the ribbon edges to stop them from fraying.  Lastly, I added some Teal Sparklets to the top RHS of the card.  These Sparklets are from an EBay Seller in Thailand which you can see HERE.  I glued the Sparklets on with Crafter's Pick Incredibly Tacky glue (LOVE this glue!).

I decorated the inside of the card very simply using the same Bo Bunny designer papers and a Martha Stewart Doily Lace edge punch.  This was my first-ever edge punch and I still love it the most out of all my punches.  The heart underneath the sentiment was punched from pink glitter cardstock - which was really to hide the heart which is part of the sentiment stamp that I accidentally smudged From Millan.Net - oh well:  at least it was fixable!  The sentiment is by Penny Black and is one of my favourite sentiments to put inside a card when I use a teddy bear image on the card-front.  I stamped the sentiment with Versafine Vintage Sepia ink.


I am entering my card in the following challenges -

Splitcoaststampers - February Fan Club - you have to be a Fan Club member to play along with these monthly challenges

ABC Challenge - H is for Happy Birthday

Card Crafter's Circle - Challenge #63 - Teddy Bears on parade - because I came across this Australian challenge yesterday when I was blog-surfing and saw that the challenge was for teddy bears, it gave me the perfect excuse to break out my little Bentley Bear pack.  So glad I did - I just love little Bentley - soooo adorable!

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a fab weekend!


Card Recipe:

Stamps:  Penny Black 4028H - The teddy effect! - wood mount (inside sentiment)

Ink:  Versafine Vintage Sepia, Colorbox Aqua pigment

Designer paper:  Bo Bunny Sweet Tooth 6" x 6" pad

Accessories:  Image - Bentley Bear from Cardmaking and Papercraft Magazine - by artist Adam Pescott, pale pink ribbon, Fray Stop, Bow Easy, pink heart by Trimits, pink sewing thread, fabric glue, Crafter's Pick Incredibly Tacky glue, Perfect Layers Tools, teal sparklets (EBay), dimensionals, Kindyglitz Crystalina glitter glue, cardstock - kraft, white + pink glitter

Punches:  Martha Stewart Doily Lace edge, Carl CP-1 heart

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Boofle - an engagement card

Hi blogging friends From Millan.Net

My nephew recently became engaged and this is the card I made for him and his fiancee.  I must admit that this card really had me out of my comfort zone so it took alot longer than usual but I was lucky enough to have some "me time" at home - all by myself - which doesn't happen all that often with the constant care of my loved one.  I don't know why it really took so long to make my card as in the end it looks like a very simple design - but I always approach a different style with some trepidation - yep, I am a chicken and a bit of a one-trick pony and really just plonk the image in the middle or use similar layouts - but every so often, I get the urge to try something new.

I really love the Docrafts range of Boofle images.  There is just something so adorable about him.  He seems to have taken the world by storm as I see the knitted toys, cards, wrapping paper, mugs etc. everywhere and I was so pleased when Docrafts brought out their range of Boofle images for cardmaking which somehow seemed to fall into my shopping basket at The Glitter Pot (UK)....happy sigh.....

Boofle was handcut from the Docrafts Designer Decoupage Sheet which has around 24 different designs - great value for money.  I popped all the layers up with dimensionals.
Both the cream and pink designer papers are from one of my favourite ranges - Basic Grey Kissing Booth.  I ran the cream paper through my Big Shot using the embossing folder from Cuttlebug's Love Language combo set twice because the paper was too wide for the embossing folder (fortunately this was one of the folders that I could match up the design) - and the pink paper using the Jamara embossing folder (which is a large 5" x 7" folder) then sanded it lightly to add a few highlights.   I love the texture that the Jamara folder added to the card.  I added a strip of cream satin ribbon underneath then attached this to my Kraft cardstock base.  All the corners were punched with a Stampin' Up corner punch.
I stamped the sentiment onto the same cream designer paper using Brilliance Pearlescent Chocolate ink - my new favourite brand of ink because the colours stamp brilliantly and give great coverage.  I added some Lippy Red rhinestones around the scalloped circle edge which was also diecut from the pink designer paper.  The sentiment panel is up on dimensionals.
Lastly, I tied some pink twine through a wooden button, added Fray Stop to the ends to stop the twine from unravelling, then glued the button on.
I think this card could double as a Valentine's Day card or for a Wedding Anniversary.
I am entering my card in the following challenges:
Incy Wincy Designs - add texture
My Time to Craft Challenge #208 - Decoupage
Simon Says Stamp - Have a Heart 
Splitcoaststampers - TLC416 - Dry embossing and sanding on patterned paper
Thanks for stopping by!  Hope you have a fab Valentine's Day this week!
Card Recipe:
Stamps:  Sentiment by Stamp-It Australia - siset014 foam-mounted sentiment set
Ink:  Brilliance Pearlescent Chocolate
Designer paper:  Basic Grey - Kissing Booth
Accessories:  Boofle by Docrafts - Decoupage Sheet with 24 designs, dimensionals, May Arts pink button twine, Fray Stop, wooden button from stash, Spellbinder Circle + Scalloped Circle Nestabilities, Big Shot, Cuttlebug Love Language embossing folder, Cuttlebug Jamara 5" x 7" embossing folder, Kaisercraft Rhinestones RS405 Lippy Red, cream satin ribbon 1 inch/25mm wide, Kraft cardstock
Punches:  Stampin' Up corner
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