Friday, February 27, 2015

His and Hers Paw-some Birthday Card!

Hi blogging friendsSmiley from Millan.Net

Today I am sharing two cards using the newly released Taylored Expressions Paw-some stamp and die set which I think is adorable.  My brother-in-law and his wife have birthdays 4 days apart so I thought I would challenge myself to make a "His and Hers" card using the same image.  

This is also my entry for the Crafting from the Heart Challenge and The Pink Elephant Challenge as well as the Splitcoaststampers CAS311 Challenge.  Details and links are towards the end of my blog post.

First up is my BIL's card: 

I stamped the image with my MISTI onto Ranger watercolour cardstock using Ranger Archival Jet Black ink then coloured it using Faber-Castell + Lyra watercolour pencils and a paintbrush.  I added the black patches myself then diecut the image using my Big Shot and popped it up on dimensionals.  The sentiment is also from the same Taylored Expressions set.

I added some Glossy Accents to the dog's nose and once dry, added a dot of white acrylic paint for some highlight.  I added a very fine line of Stampin' Up Dazzling Details glitter glue onto each side of the dog's hat which doesn't look too sparkly for my BIL.  When I want to add an extremely fine line of glitter glue, I squirt some onto some scrap cardstock and use a pin to pick up tiny amounts and apply it to my image.

Here is a close-up:

The twine came free from Lawn Fawn with an order I received late last year (they wrapped my stamps in tissue paper and tied on the twine which I saved).  I added Fray Stop to the cut ends to stop them from fraying.

Lastly, I added 2 blue brads and corner-punched the kraft cardstock using a We R Memory Keepers 1/2 inch Corner Chomper which my wonderful DH gave me for Christmas. 

And now here is my SIL's card:

All the details are basically the same except that I added more Dazzling Details glitter glue to the image:  gotta have more sparkle and shine on a feminine card :-)  I also added tiny pink Molossi rhinestones to the dog's collar to make the collar look like one of those fancy diamante collars.

The twine came from my local Woolworths Supermarket and I added some iridescent sequins and stars which came from a $2 shop; they were glued on using Ranger Multi-Matt Medium.

Here is a close-up:

Here are the Challenge Details:

Crafting from the Heart - Anything Goes
The Pink Elephant Challenge - TPE287 - Anything Goes 
Splitcoaststampers Clean and Simple Challenge - CAS311 - Rainbow  

Did you notice the word 'MISTI' in my write-up?  YES - I am the proud owner of a MISTI which I bought from Scrapbook Boutique right here in Melbourne a bit over a week ago.  Yay! Smiley from Millan.Net   

Scrapbook Boutique had stated in their newsletter that they were getting some stock of the MISTI so I checked (read: stalked!) their website about 10 times a day until I saw it listed and didn't hesitate to buy it immediately as I knew they would sell out very quickly.  I wasn't so keen on buying it from the USA due to the high cost of postage, the exchange-rate conversion from US$ to Aussie$ being pretty bad at the moment, plus the potential for it being damaged in transit  - so I was thrilled to be able to buy it locally from a store that I have been a long-time (online) customer of.  And it is a really fantastic and clever tool - I am so glad that I bought it.  Scrapbook Boutique are currently sold out but they are getting more stock in according to their newsletter.   Please note I have no connection to Scrapbook Boutique other than being a happy customer for many years.

Thanks so much for visiting my blog today.


Card Recipe:

Stamps:  Taylored Expressions Paw-some cling-mount set

Ink:  Ranger Archival Jet Black

Designer Paper:  None

Dies:  Taylored Expressions Paw-some

Accessories:  Big Shot, MISTI, Faber-Castell + Lyra Watercolour pencils, #2 round paintbrush, Stampin' Up Dazzling Details glitter glue, dimensionals, JoSonja white acrylic paint, Ranger Multi-Matt Medium, twine (Woolworths and Lawn Fawn), Fray Stop, We R Memory Keepers 1/2" Corner Chomper, blue brads, Molossi tiny pink rhinestones, iridescent sequins and stars ($2 Shop), Glossy Accents, Ranger Watercolour cardstock, other cardstock - kraft and white

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Lili of the Valley James - Big Heart Valentine's Day card

Hi blogging friendsFrom Millan.Net 

Today I am sharing a Valentine's Day card that I made for my daughter.  Even if you don't celebrate Valentine's Day per se, I think it is a great opportunity to send a card to someone to say how much you care about them.  My daughter and I also celebrated the occasion by baking some chocolate cupcakes and iced them with pink strawberry icing and sprinkles - yum!  

This card is also for the following Challenges:

Suzy Bee's Bloomin' Challenge 67 of Anything Goes with a Twist - add a bow

Craftyhazelnut's February Patterned Paper Challenge which is 'Anything Goes' but Hazel must be able to see that you have used patterned paper as the whole idea of the challenge is to use up your stash of patterned paper - and let's face it, many of us have enough to keep us going for 10 lifetimes (I know I do LOL!).  And yet the lure of a fresh paper pad is so hard to resist........

I bought this adorable teddy bear stamp - James Big Heart - from Lili of the Valley UK just before Christmas but it hasn't seen ink till now.  I stamped the teddy using Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto KW Doggett smooth white cardstock and coloured the teddy using Prismacolor + Derwent Coloursoft + Lyra coloured pencils and Odourless Mineral Spirits ie: the Magic Coloured Pencil technique aka Gamsol Magic - then coloured around the teddy using blue chalk.

I paper-pieced the heart and ran a soft grey Tombow pen around the outer edge to try and give it some 'roundness'.

I stamped the teddy again onto a scrap piece of cardstock and coloured the flower and the paws holding the heart - then cut them out and popped them up on dimensionals.  I also went around all the edges of the paper pieces with a Copic black multiliner to hide the white of where I cut.  You can see a little of the dimension in this close-up here:

Here is another angle to help you see the dimension:

I went over any areas that needed the blackness touched up especially around his eyes and nose with a Copic black multiliner then used a white gel pen to redo the white dots in the eyes and nose.

The sentiment is also from LOTV from their newly released set 'Happy Bears' which has lots of teddy bear images and sentiments - see HERE.

All the designer papers are by Crate Paper - Love Notes - which I picked up from Spotlight late last year.  It is a gorgeous pad with soft reds and light teal colours - right up my alley!

I used a Wink of Stella clear glitter pen to add some subtle glimmer to the heart and rose which is very hard to see in the photo.   The centre panel was trimmed to 1/8" using my Perfect Layers Tools.

The light teal organza bow was made using my Bow Easy and I added Fray Stop to the cut ends to stop them from fraying.  I glued the bow on using Fabric glue.  

I used an EK Success Arrows border punch to punch some tiny little hearts from the soft red cardstock (they are the leftover punchies that look like tiny hearts) and glued them around the teddy using Tombow Aqua glue.  Here is a close-up of that sweet teddy bear:

Once I had layered up the card, I attached a white cardstock base which was diecut using a circle die except that I moved the die up so that I still had a fold at the top.  The next photo explains what I mean if I am not making any sense:

I usually make my card fronts first then attach the front to a white cardstock base (unless it's a one-layer-card of course).

I think you could use this LOTV image for a Wedding Anniversary or Engagement too.

And now I thought I would share the gorgeous Boofle card that my daughter gave to me:

The papers and butterflies are by Kaisercraft from their Enchanted Garden collection.  The twine was saved from a clothing tag and the rhinestones are also by Kaisercraft.

My daughter knows that I love Boofle so I received a Boofle Gift bag filled with lots of lovely goodies.

Thanks for visiting my blog today.


Card Recipe:  

Stamps:  LOTV James - Big Heart ST483, sentiment from LOTV Happy Bears SET088

Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black

Designer Paper:  Crate Paper Love Notes 6" x 6" pad (2013)

Dies:  Lifestyle Nesting Circles and Nesting Scalloped Circles

Accessories:  Big Shot, dimensionals, Prismacolor + Derwent Coloursoft + Lyra coloured pencils, Odourless Mineral Spirits, paper stumps, Kaisercolour blue chalk, light teal organza ribbon, Fray Stop, Bow Easy, cardstock - soft red, light teal + KW Doggett Smooth White, Perfect Layers Tools, Wink of Stella Clear glitter pen, Black Copic multiliner 0.05, white gel pen, soft grey Tombow pen, Tombow Aqua glue, Stampin' Up Fuse Fast adhesive, Fabric glue

Punches:  EK Success Arrows border punch

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