Friday, August 29, 2014

Father's Day card for my husband

Hi blogging friendsFrom Millan.Net

In Australia, we celebrate Father's Day on the 1st Sunday in September - and today I am sharing the card I made for my husband who is a FANTASTIC Dad to our daughter.  This is also my entry for the Simon Says Challenge of 'Anything Goes' and to use Memory Box products if you have them - as well as the The Male Room Challenge of 'Seeing Stars'.  More details and links on the challenges at the end of my blog post.

My husband loves the older-styles of planes so when I saw this Decoupage/Paper Tole image of a De Havilland Tiger Moth from Craft Creations, I thought it would be perfect for him.  They have come out with some fantastic masculine diecut images in the past year or so and I find them really great for making those oh-so-hard-can't-think-of-what-to-make masculine cards.

The image came already diecut so I just popped out the pieces and trimmed off any daggy bits and put the pieces together with dimensionals.  Easy peasy!

I did actually trim down the base image panel quite a lot because it was really large and wouldn't fit on my standard-size card front.  This image panel is layered onto blue designer paper from my Fancy Pants Beach Bum 6" x 6" pad and trimmed to 1/16" using my Perfect Layers Tools.

The card base is kraft cardstock layered with the same blue paper as the main image plus some dotty paper from the same pad - and these were trimmed to 1/8" using my Perfect Layers Tools.

To make the stars, I cut two small pieces of Stampin' Up! Dazzling Diamonds glitter cardstock (which is white) and rubbed the cardstock with Versacolor Smoke Blue pigment ink, gave it a quick blast with my heat-gun to dry the ink, then diecut a star using my Big Shot and Memory Box Celestial Bodies die set which includes a couple of different sized stars.  Likewise, for the reddish-orange stars, I rubbed a mix of Colorbox Warm Red and Blush Rose fluid chalk ink over the glitter cardstock, heat-set it and then diecut the stars.  A GREAT way to match the glitter cardstock to the colours on your card - which was a fantastic tip I recently learned from my Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.  The stars were popped up on dimensionals.

Here is a close-up of the main image so you can see a little of the dimension on the plane plus those glittery stars:

The sentiment is from my Docrafts Wellington Bear Ultimate Decoupage pack which was still sitting on my desk from my last couple of Wellington Bear cards and thought it matched perfectly.  This was also popped up on dimensionals.

Did you know that The Twinery has brought out solid colours of twine to match their range of white/coloured twine?  I couldn't WAIT to get my hands on some because I LOVE twine so I bought some from a USA Seller on Etsy:  nope - couldn't wait till it was available in Australia!  Ahh, the joys of the world-wide-web!!  The twine I used on my card is Midnight Blue and I added Fray Stop to the cut-ends to stop them from fraying.

I think you could use this image for a birthday as well as Father's Day.


I am entering my card in the following challenges -

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes - with the option of using Memory Box  products.  I used the Memory Box Celestial Bodies dies.

The Male Room - Seeing Stars

I am off to the Paperific Show on Saturday so I will really love having a whole day to myself looking at pretty things and spending time with like-minded crafters who get excited over ribbon and sequins like I do:  I can't WAIT!!  Thanks for stopping by!


Card Recipe:

Stamps:  None

Ink:  Versacolor Smoke Blue pigment, Colorbox Fluid Chalk Warm Red and Blush Rose

Designer paper:  Fancy Pants Beach Bum (2011) 6" x 6" pad

Accessories:  Perfect Layers Tools, The Twinery Solid Midnight Blue twine, Fray Stop, Stampin' Up! Dazzling Diamonds glitter cardstock, dimensionals, Big Shot, Memory Box Celestial Bodies dies, heat-gun, Docrafts Wellington Bear Ultimate Diecut Decoupage pack (sentiment), Craft Creations De Havilland Tiger Moth DCD555 diecut Decoupage (paper tole), cardstock - kraft

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Wellington Bear - a birthday card for my girlfriend

Hi blogging friendsFrom Millan.Net

This is my entry for the Suzy Bee's Blooming' Challenge of Anything Goes - more details and links at the end of my blog-post.  

Whilst I still had my Docrafts Wellington Bear Decoupage kit still on my desk after making my husband's birthday card, I thought I would make a birthday card for my girlfriend Y who lives in another State.  Some of the images in the pack (although predominantly for men) are suitable for ladies too.  And here is what I came up with:

I paired the image with some gorgeous Dovecraft First Edition - New Bloom papers.  Ohhh, I adore these papers!  Love, love, LOVE the colours!  They were a recent purchase which I just couldn't resist as I love purple and teal - my favourite colours!

All the layers are from the pad and were trimmed to 1/8" using my Perfect Layers Tools. The sentiment is also from the Wellington Bear set and was popped up on dimensionals.  I attached the organza ribbon in two separate elements and the bow was made with my Bow Easy then glued on using Fabric glue.  I added Fray Stop to the cut ends to stop them from fraying.

Once I had done the card front, I attached it to a white cardstock base.  I sewed some purple thread though a button then glued it on using Glossy Accents.

Can you see the tiny purple hearts on the top left-hand side?  I used some Stampin' Up Dazzling Diamonds glitter cardstock (which is white) and rubbed some Versacolor Lilac pigment ink over it then punched out the hearts using my EK Success Arrows border punch (they are the leftover punchies that look like hearts which, if you are a follower of my blog, you know that I use them ALL the time!).  My Stampin' Up Demonstrator said that I can rub ink over the Dazzling Diamonds glitter cardstock to change it to any colour that I want so I gave it a try and it worked brilliantly. 

Here is another angle so you can see the dimension on the card:

I added some Stampin' Up Dazzling Details glitter glue to random spots on the daisies around the bear but you can't see that in the photo because the weather was really dull and dreary when I took the photo.  I will be very happy when we have some sunny days to make photographing outside a little easier.  I can sense that Spring is just around the corner as the Cherry Blossom trees are just starting to flower - yay!


I made my card for the following challenge -

Suzy Bee's Bloomin' Challenge #41 - Anything Goes

Thanks for visiting my blog today!


Card Recipe:

Stamps:  None

Ink:   Versacolor Lilac pigment

Designer paper:  Dovecraft First Edition New Bloom 6" x 6" pad

Accessories:  Docrafts Wellington Bear Ultimate A4 Diecut Decoupage pack, Dovecraft ribbon 1 cm - 3/8" wide, button from stash and matching sewing thread, Fray Stop, Bow Easy, Glossy Accents, dimensionals, Perfect Layers Tools, Stampin' Up Dazzling Details glitter glue, cardstock - white, Stampin' Up Dazzling Diamonds glitter

Punches:   EK Success Arrows border, Stampin' Up corner

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Penny Black Well-Wishers for your birthday!

Hi blogging friends From Millan.Net

Well, the nasty winds have finally abated after causing plenty of damage around our State but we got off lightly compared to Tasmania who received a battering.  We had some bitterly cold days where there was snow down to low levels.  No snow here but we had plenty of hail.  And we had quite a run of 0 degree mornings as well so I have quite a few plants that have been burnt by the frost.  We had the slow-combustion fire going almost non-stop which made it very cosy inside and made our cat Ruby very happy.  I am just amazed at how much a cat can sleep when you have the fire going:  cat's REALLY know how to relax, that's for sure!

Today I am sharing the birthday card I made for my daughter's 11th birthday at the beginning of July.  I used a Penny Black stamp called "Well Wishers" and stamped it onto watercolour paper using Ranger Archival Jet Black ink and coloured it with various mediums:  Lyra, Inktense and Albrecht Durer watercolour pencils, Tombow pens and Winsor and Newton watercolour paints.

The stamp just had the mouse holding one balloon but I thought it would be fun if the mouse held a bunch of balloons and decided to paper-piece each one.  I repeatedly stamped just the balloon onto various designer papers from the Echo Park Hello Summer pad and fussy cut each one then popped them up on dimensionals.  I popped some of the balloons up higher than others.  I drew in the balloon strings using a Copic multiliner black pen.  I did run around the left-hand edge of the balloons with a pale grey Tombow pen just to make the balloons look a little more rounded.  I also paper-pieced the present that the hedgehog is carrying.  Here is a close-up:

For my sentiment, I thought it would be fun to add a speech bubble which I hand-cut then ran around the edges using Sky Blue pigment ink which hid any uneven cutting as well as making sure the speech bubble stand out a little from the background.  I used my Martha Stewart Stars edge punch to punch some tiny stars from the designer paper (they are the leftover punchies after using the punch) which I glued around the sentiment.

It's a bit hard to see in the photo but I added Kindyglitz Crystalina glitter glue to the stars on the sentiment panel, around the pink icing on the cake and the candle flame, the highlights on the balloons, the ribbon on the present and the cheeks on all the animals.

The card base was trimmed to 1/8" using my Perfect Layers Tools and the main image panel was diecut using my Big Shot and Lifestyle Nesting Rectangle dies.

Because the image panel was quite large, I kept the rest of the card simple and just added the bottom panel and tied on some twine.

When I started this card in the 2nd week of June, they had posted the Splitcoaststampers Technique Lover's Challenge TLC485 of Paper-Piecing Revisited - so that was why I decided to do paper-piecing on my image.  I always forget to do paper-piecing but I just love how it looks.  Unfortunately, I couldn't share my card on my blog until after my daughter's birthday (some weeks after the challenge was first posted) because it would spoil the surprise - but with other things going on in my life, I am only finally getting around to blogging it.  I am still popping it into the SCS Challenge as there is no time limit and I did specifically make it for the challenge.  Obviously, I won't be entering any other non-SCS challenges as that defeats the purpose of entering a challenge!  Click THIS LINK for more details on the TLC485 Challenge.

Thanks for visiting my blog today.


Card Recipe:

Stamps:  Penny Black 'Well-Wishers' 2884K wood mount, Sentiment from Penny Black clear set 'It's Your Day' 30-046

Ink:  Ranger Archival Jet Black, Versacolor Sky Blue pigment

Designer paper:  Echo Park Hello Summer 6" x 6" pad

Accessories:  Big Shot, Lifestyle Nesting Rectangle dies, 1mm/2mm/3mm dimensionals, Kindyglitz Crystalina glitter glue, The Twinery 'Shore' twine, Fray Stop, Lyra + Derwent Inktense + Albrecht Durer watercolour pencils, Tombow pens, Winsor and Newton watercolour paints, #2 Kolinsky Sable paintbrush, Copic Multiliner waterproof 0.05 black pen, 140lb watercolour paper, Perfect Layers Tools, cardstock - light blue

Punches:  Martha Stewart Lace Doily + Stars edge

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