Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Penny Black It's from you - Wedding Anniversary card

Hi blogging friends From Millan.Net

The card I am sharing today was for my husband in celebration of our 24th Wedding Anniversary.  I am so fortunate that my husband loves cute and cuddly things and he just adores our cat Ruby - which is why I picked a Penny Black cat stamp for the card.

This is also my card for the My Time to Craft Challenge #227 of 'Spots and Stripes'.  My spots are obvious of course and the stripes are in the plaid designer paper.  I am also entering my card in the Penny Black June Saturday Challenge of Masculine.

I stamped the image onto watercolour paper using Versafine Vintage Sepia ink and coloured it with Derwent Inktense and Faber-Castell watercolour pencils and a paintbrush.   I lightly chalked around the image using blue chalk for the sky and grey, green and brown for the ground.  I stamped the image again and cut out just the envelope and popped it up to give it some dimension.  I added a tiny bit of Kindyglitz Crystalina glitter glue to the envelope as I can get away with a bit of glitter on my husband's cards!  I added some Glossy Accents to the hearts on the card then popped this main panel up on dimensionals.

All the designer papers are by Lili of the Valley from their Crab Apple Lane - Country Gent pad.  I punched some hearts using the plaid paper and my Looped Hearts edge punch (they are the leftover punchies) and popped them up on dimensionals to the top RHS of the card.

The sentiment panel has tiny hearts at each end of the sentiment and these were punched from the plaid paper using my Arrows border punch (again, they are the leftover punchies which look like tiny hearts to me) and I added a tiny bit of Kindyglitz to them.  The sentiment is from a retired Elzybells clear set:  Everyday Greetings.

The punched bottom border was made using my Scalloped Scallops border punch - again using the plaid designer paper.

All the card layers were trimmed to 1/8" using my Perfect Layers Tools.

Thanks for visiting my blog today.


Card Recipe:

Stamps:  Penny Black 'It's from you!' 2859J wood mount, Sentiment from Elzybells 'Everyday Greetings' 20-006 clear set (retired)

Inks:  Versafine Vintage Sepia

Designer paper:  Lili of the Valley (UK) - Crab Apple Lane Country Gent 8" x 8" pad

Accessories:  Big Shot, Spellbinder Rectangle Nestabilities, Perfect Layers Tools, 140lb watercolour paper, Derwent Inktense + Faber-Castell watercolour pencils, paintbrush, Kindyglitz Crystalina glitter glue, Glossy Accents, Kaisercolour chalks, Fray Stop, brown grosgrain ribbon, dimensionals, cardstock - kraft

Punches:  EK Success Arrows border, EK Success Scalloped Scallops, Martha Stewart Looped Hearts edge

Friday, June 14, 2013

LOTV Teddy Topper birthday card with heart banner

Hi blogging friends From Millan.Net

The card I am sharing today is for my great-niece's 8th birthday later in July and is my card for the Divas by Design Challenge of 'Happy Birthday'.  It is my first time playing their challenge and I love that you don't have to use a stamped/digi image and you can make anything you want.  I find it difficult to find challenges where it is OK to use a topper.  You can find more details on the challenge HERE.

The main image is a an adorable topper from Lili of the Valley but I just checked their website and they don't sell this particular topper anymore; in fact, none of the toppers that I have in my stash are there and it doesn't seem that long to me since they released their Mini Masterpieces (?) - oh well!   LOTV do have an Outlet Store on EBay UK HERE and have a lot of different toppers listed so you might be lucky enough to find this particular topper amongst the listings somewhere. 
I added Kindyglitz Crystalina glitter glue to the ribbon around the cake, the candle flames, the cheeks on the teddies plus all the confetti - not that you can see the glitter very well in the photo due to the gloomy weather.  I took the photo inbetween showers of rain - and boy, it sure has rained here ALOT these past 2 weeks which has been fantastic after such a dry autumn.  I love going to sleep with the sound of rain on the roof - so soothing.

When I was at the Picture to Page Scrapbooking Show in May, I bought a La-La Land Heart Banner die which I have wanted for ages but every time I went to buy it online, it was out-of stock:  it must be popular - and I am not surprised as it is so pretty, don't you think?!   I did fiddle around with the Heart Banner die a bit and originally had a white banner with pink hearts but it just seemed to disappear into the designer paper background so switched to pink with white hearts - plus the diecut had four flags and I cut one off because it fitted around my main panel better.  I added Kindyglitz to the white hearts and added a pink rhinestone to each end of the banner and popped the banner up on dimensionals so it would be the same height as the main image panel.
The pink cardstock is by Coredinations and is from the Gemstones range - Pink Diamond - and has a lovely metallic sheen - so PRETTY!
For the bottom panel, I diecut the pink cardstock using a Nellie Snellen Lace Edge border die and my Big Shot.  I added a Scor-Pal line above this border so I had a nice straight edge to butt the designer paper up against.  The pink ribbon was added in 2 separate elements and the bow itself was made with my Bow Easy.   I added Fray Stop to the cut ends to stop them from fraying.
The sentiment was stamped using Memento London Fog (grey) dye ink which looked 'softer' than stamping it in black and I think, looks nicer with the image.  I added 3 pink rhinestones underneath the sentiment then popped this panel up on dimensionals.  I can't for the life of me find the sentiment on the LOTV website which came in a set - perhaps it has been discontinued too (?).....sigh.....
All the borders were trimmed to 1/8" using my Perfect Layers Tools.
Finished size is 5-1/2" square or approximately 140mm if you are metric.
Thanks for visiting my blog today From Millan.Net

Card Recipe:
Stamps:  Sentiment by Lili of the Valley UK - possibly retired
Ink:  Memento London Fog dye
Designer Paper:  Best Creation - Once upon a dream
Accessories:  Perfect Layers Tools, Big Shot, Spellbinder Circle and Scalloped Circle Nestabilities, Nellie Snellen Lace Edge border die MFD023, La-La Lands Heart Banner die #8026, Scor-Pal, Kindyglitz Crystalina glitter glue, ribbon, Fray Stop, Bow Easy, Kaisercraft SB701 pink rhinestones, dimensionals, cardstock - white, Coredinations Gemstones pink diamond, Lili of the Valley teddy topper (retired)
Punches:  Stampin' Up corner

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