Saturday, December 31, 2016
Just stopping in to share a few Christmas cards that I made this Christmas season. I will share them over several blog posts otherwise this blog post would go on forever! This particular one I finished on Christmas Eve! I wasn't well from the last week in November so only ended up making a few cards which was very frustrating!
I really love to make white Christmas cards with just a little bit of silver (or another sparkly colour) thrown in:
This card is also my entry for the following Challenges:
Holly Jolly Christmas - Challenge #86 - Create a Christmas Card or Anything but a Card
Splitcoaststampers - Free for All Friday F4A354 - Make your creation snow
Splitcoaststampers - Fan Club December Christmas Challenge - SCSCCDEC16 (note you have to be a paid Fan Club Member to be able to participate)
Onto my card: the snowflake frame is by Memory Box - Dancing Snowflake Frame. Once you diecut the cardstock, you then pop it back into your diecutting machine with an embossing pad (and obviously change the sandwich compared to a diecutting sandwich!) and then the frame embosses a few extra elements around the frame. I don't actually find that it works terribly well even if I add a shim or two but hey, it still looks OK. If anyone has any recommendations as to how you can make it work better, please let me know!
The deer are also by Memory Box - Deer Trio. The background dry embossing is an old retired Cuttlebug embossing folder - Kars Snowflake but there are numerous brands of similar embossing folders that you can buy that will do the same job. I often get emails about where it can be purchased but it would be like finding a needle in a haystack! I glued all the layers together using Tombow Mono Multi glue then attached the panel to silver glitter cardstock using Ranger Wonder tape which is a strong adhesive and works really well in those situations where regular doublesided tape doesn't adhere very well. I trimmed the silver glitter cardstock to 1/16" using my Perfect Layers Tools
The sentiment is by My Favorite Things - Starry Christmas - which is a few years old and probably retired too - but again, there are plenty of brands you can substitute. I prepared my cardstock using a powder tool then stamped the sentiment using Versamark Watermark ink and heat-embossed it using Ranger Superfine silver embossing powder.
I diecut the sentiment using a My Favorite Things Fishtail Flag Stax die. As I wanted a fishtail at both ends but the die only cuts a fishtail on one end, once I had diecut one end, I simply flipped the die around to diecut the other end so it was a perfect match.
I added a Papermania silver star rhinestone to each end of the sentiment panel then attached the panel using doublesided tape.
I diecut some snowflakes out of silver glitter cardstock using a Poppystamps Valley Snowflakes die set then glued them onto the scene using Tombow Mono Multi glue. I added a tiny Papermania silver rhinestone to the snowflake centres.
Once I had finished my card front, I attached it to a white card base.
Thanks for visiting my blog today :-)
Stamps: My Favorite Things Starry Christmas
Ink: Versamark Watermark
Designer paper: None
Accessories: Powder tool, Papermania silver rhinestones set PMA 351103, Ranger Superfine silver embossing powder, heat-gun, Big Shot, Cuttlebug Kars Snowflake embossing folder (retired), Tombow Mono Multi glue, Ranger Wonder tape, Perfect Layers Tools, Cardstock: white, silver glitter
Dies: Memory Box - Dancing Snowflake Frame #99281 + Deer Trio #98166, My Favorite Things Die-namics Fishtail Flag Stax, Poppystamps Valley Snowflakes #1234
Sunday, September 4, 2016
Today is Father's Day in Australia and this is the card that I made for my husband who is a fantastic Dad to our daughter:
This is also my card for the Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge for September. The idea of the challenge is to use up your stash of patterned paper because, let's face it, many of us have heaps! The paper I used on my card is from 2013 but I have plenty that is older than that LOL! The Challenge is open to anyone no matter where you live in the world, so why not play along? It is always 'Anything Goes' so that makes it easy.
The main image is a topper from Docrafts - Wellington Bear. The kraft and navy blue cardstock layers were trimmed to 1/16" and 1/8" respectively using my Perfect Layers Tools.
The designer papers are from a 6" x 6" paper pad - Authentique - Season's: Winter. The colours in the pad matched the image to perfection so I don't think it matters that the pad is meant for Winter.
You can't tell from the photo but I ran the designer paper on the panel underneath the main image through my Big Shot using a Cuttlebug Argyle embossing folder. Just wanted to add some texture for interest. I punched the navy blue cardstock using a Fiskars Scallop border punch then added the ribbon. I added Fray Stop to the cut ends to stop them from fraying.
I glued on a navy blue heart button from my stash using Crafter's Pick Incredibly Tacky glue. I sewed some navy blue thread through the button holes as I don't like 'naked' buttons on my cards - they don't look finished to me :-)
Once I finished my card front, I glued it to a white cardstock base using Tombow Mono Multi glue as it gives you some time to make sure everything is straight before it sticks. Finished size is 5-1/2" x 5-1/2" or 14cm x 14cm and it is a top-opening card.
We have just had a lovely and quiet day at home to celebrate Father's Day. The weather has been dreary this afternoon so we lit the fire, made a vanilla butter cake for afternoon tea and are having a roast for dinner. Perfect!
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps and Ink: None
Designer Paper: Authentique Seasons - Winter #SEA017 (from 2013)
Accessories: Docrafts © Hallmark Wellington Bear topper, Perfect Layers Tools, Stampin' Up Fuse Fast adhesive, Crafter's Pick Incredibly Tacky glue, Tombow Mono Multi glue, navy blue heart button (stash), navy blue sewing thread, Big Shot, Cuttlebug Argyle embossing folder, cardstock - kraft, navy blue, white card base
Punches: Fiskars Scallop border
Monday, August 29, 2016
I think it's lovely idea to surprise someone with a card when it isn't for a specific occasion such as a birthday - and the card I am sharing today was for a very special lady who lives on the other side of Australia just to let her know how loved she is by our family. Now that C has the card, I can share it here on my blog:
This card is also for the Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge for August. Please see THIS LINK for the challenge details.
The main image is from a Lili of the Valley (UK) Art Pad called 'James and Jenny Bear' Set 23 - and the designer papers are also by LOTV - Always and Forever - all of which LOTV retired a little while ago :-( The papers were designed by NitWit Collections for LOTV and you can buy and download them here at NitWit's website - see THIS link.
I diecut the main image using my Big Shot and Lifestyle Nesting Circle dies. The sentiment is also by LOTV and was stamped using Ranger Archival Sepia ink. I coloured in the flowers on the sentiment using a pink pencil then added some tiny pink Molossi rhinestones to the flower centres. I popped the panel up on dimensionals.
The bottom panel cardstock was punched using a Martha Stewart Lace Doily Edge punch. The lacey top-left corner is a die by Cuttlebug - Vintage Corner - which I diecut using my Cuttlebug from the designer paper. I diecut multiple layers of pale pink cardstock and glued them together then glued the designer paper on top so the diecut had some depth then added some Kaisercraft pink rhinestones to the top right and bottom left corners.
The pink seam binding was added in two separate elements and the bow was made using my Bow Easy and attached with Fabric glue. The heart button was glued on using Crafter's Pick Incredibly tacky glue. I added Fray Stop to the cut ends to stop them from fraying.
The layers were trimmed to 1/8" using my Perfect Layers Tools. I using an EK Success Arrows border punch to punch some tiny hearts (the leftover punchies look like tiny hearts) from dusky pink cardstock and added one to the sentiment panel and dotted the rest around the teddy bear. I added plenty of Stampin' Up Dazzling Details glitter glue to the tiny hearts, bunch of flowers and the tag and the teddy's bow. Here is a close-up:
Once I finished the card front, I glued it to a white card base.
I decorated the card inside to match the card front:
The sentiment is by Mama Elephant from their Woodland Gifts set.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps: LOTV Circular Sentiments Set 7, Mama Elephant Woodland Gifts clear set
Ink: Ranger Archival Sepia
Designer Paper: LOTV 'Always and Forever' 8" x 8" pad © NitWit Collections
Accessories: Main image - LOTV James and Jenny Bear Set 23 Art pad, Big Shot, Cuttlebug, MISTI, Perfect Layers Tools, pink heart buttons - Dress It Up, pink sewing thread, SU Dazzling Details glitter glue, SU Fuse Fast adhesive, Crafter's Pick Incredibly tacky glue, fabric glue, Molossi and Kaisercraft pink rhinestones, pink pencil, dimensionals, pink seam binding, Bow Easy, Fray Stop, cardstock - dark dusky pink, pale pink, white, brown, white card base
Dies: Lifestyle Nesting Circles, Cuttlebug Vintage corner (retired)
Punches: Martha Stewart Lace Doily edge, EK Success Arrows border
Friday, August 12, 2016
Well, it's been been ages since I made a card due to our family medical issues but thankfully, everything is looking very positive now and we can move forward - and I can start creating again as I am back to just caring for just one family member instead of two. It was actually really hard to start cardmaking again and initially, I felt really frustrated - but I had a deadline as it was my husband's birthday yesterday so I persevered and this is what I came up with:
This is also my card for the following Challenges:
Incy Wincy Designs - Anything Goes
Splitcoaststampers - Free for All Friday - F4A337 - Think Cool
Splitcoaststampers - Ways to Use It - WT588 - Make it Masculine
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge - August - Anything Goes
The main image is one of the first stamps I ever bought so probably dates to somewhere around 2008 and is the Bounty ship by Stamperoo (an Australian stamp company). I haven't heard of Stamperoo for a really long time so I doubt you would be able to find it anywhere - however, you could substitute Stampin' Up's The Open Sea as there is an old ship in that set.
I stamped the ship using Ranger Archival Potting Soil ink onto Distress watercolour cardstock and didn't do any colouring other than the red flag at the top which was coloured with a Festive Berries Distress marker. I used Ranger Distress inks for the sky: Hickory Smoke, Pumice Stone and Stormy Sky - and Faded Jeans, Evergreen Bough, Iced Spruce and Stormy Sky for the sea. I used a round ink-blending tool to add Antique Linen around the edges of the image panel to make it look older.
Here is a close-up:
All the designer papers are by Kaisercraft from their Coastal Escape pad. This is one of my favourite all-time releases as I love the colours and designs. All the papers and cardstock have been edged with Antique Linen.
I used my Lifestyle Nesting Circle dies to diecut the porthole from the woodgrain designer paper then cut multiple portholes from scrap teal-coloured cardstock so I could layer them up to give the porthole some depth. I glued them together with Tombow Mono Multi glue and once dry, poked holes with a paper piercer and added the antique copper brads.
The side panel kraft cardstock was punched using a Fiskars Threading Water border punch which is one of my all-time favourite punches for masculine cards. I added a score line using a Martha Stewart Scoring board then butted the anchor paper up against that line. I added the Jute Ribbon, added Fray Stop to the cut edges to stop them from fraying, then popped the panel up on dimensionals. I tied on the anchor charm using some string.
The sentiment is by WPlus9 - Basic Banners - and was stamped with my Misti using Versamark Watermark ink and heat-set using Copper embossing powder. I diecut the sentiment using a Spellbinder Labels Trio die then popped the panel up on dimensionals.
All the layers have been trimmed to 1/8" using my Perfect Layers Tools.
Once I finished the card front, I attached it to a white cardstock base. Finished size is 140mm x 140mm or around 5-1/2" x 5-1/2".
Thanks for visiting my blog today. It feels so good to be able to create again: I missed it so much and I can't wait to share my next creation with you!
Stamps: Stamperoo - The Bounty Ship - D1-700 (retired), Sentiment - WPlus9 - Basic Banners
Ink: Distress - Antique Linen, Evergreen Bough, Faded Jeans, Stormy Sky, Iced Spruce, Hickory Smoke, Pumice Stone, Ranger Archival Potting Soil, Versamark Watermark
Designer Paper: Kaisercraft Coastal Escape 6" x 6" pad
Accessories: #2 round paintbrush, Ranger round ink-blending tool, Couture Creations non-stick craft mat, dimensionals, doublesided tape, Tombow Mono Multi glue, antique copper brads (stash), Perfect Layers Tools, heat-gun, SU powder tool, Copper embossing powder (brand unknown), Ranger Festive Berries Distress marker, Misti, paper piercer, Big Shot, Martha Stewart scoring board, Jute ribbon - Franceville (KMart Australia), string (stash), anchor charm (stash), Cardstock - kraft, white, teal, Ranger Distress watercolour
Dies: Lifestyle Nesting Circles, Spellbinder Labels Trio S3-147
Punches: Fiskars Threading Water border
Sunday, May 22, 2016
Hi blogging friends
Seems like ages since I posted - well, it feels like it. Currently I am caring for another family member as they recover from major surgery done late in April so I don't have much time to craft. It's been a bit of an emotional rollercoaster ride since January with the shock of diagnosis so we are all feeling quite exhausted emotionally and physically. Personally, it's also a bit of a juggle for me having 2 family members with medical issues/appointments and helping both of them - but I am very lucky to have great neighbours who can lend a hand when I need it - and just having someone to have a quick chat to about it all helps so much. The great thing is that my loved one will make a complete recovery - it is really just time to heal from the surgery.
Today I am sharing a baby girl card that I made for my nephew and wife to welcome their first baby. I made this card a while ago but couldn't share it here until I knew they had received it (they live in another State).
The main image is by Docrafts - Forever Friends and is from some years ago. I don't know what it's called as it just has a number on the side. From memory, I bought it from The Glitterpot in the UK when I used to buy more stamping stuff from overseas.
I stamped the image onto Ranger Watercolour cardstock using Ranger Archival Jet Black ink and coloured it using Faber-Castell + Lyra watercolour pencils and a #2 round paintbrush. I paper-pieced the nappy by stamping the image again onto a scrap of pink gingham designer paper. I went around the edges with a black Copic multiliner to hide any white edges then glued that on top of the stamped image. I added a little bit of shading around the edges of the nappy with a pink Tombow marker. I inked up just the paw again and restamped, coloured it and cut it out then popped it up on a 1mm dimensional.
The sentiment is by Impression Obsession - Sentiments 1 WP16 clear set - which I bought years ago but is still readily available. It's a fantastic set to have because you can mix and match tons of sentiments for any occasion.
I added a pink Kaisercraft enamel heart then added Kindyglitz Crystalina glitter glue to it as well as to the tag on the nappy. Here is a close-up:
All the circles and scalloped circles were diecut using Lifestyle Nesting Circle/Scalloped Circle dies. The lacy circle is a die by Nellie Snellen Multiframes Doily Flower MFD020 and the main panel is up on dimensionals.
The dry embossing was done with a Cuttlebug Jamara 5" x 7" embossing folder. I trimmed the panel underneath the image to 1/8" using my Perfect Layers Tools.
I felt like I should add some more embellishments like flowers or rhinestones or ribbon or twine or ? but I had my usual "embellishment brain freeze" and thought that if I let the card sit on my desk overnight surrounded by all the pink embellies that I got out, the fog would clear and I would know what to add....but nope, I just couldn't think of what to add and gave up - and then spent over 30 minutes putting away all the stuff I got out...sigh.....
Things should settle down here at home by about mid-June so I hope to get back into the swing of cardmaking by then.
In the meantime, if you want to look at cute pictures of my cat Ruby, click on the link to Instagram (which is on the left-hand side of my Blog). I also love taking photos of sunrises/sunsets.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps: Docrafts Forever Friends FFS 9061006 E © 2008 Hallmark wood-mount, Impression Obsession Sentiments 1 WP16 clear set
Ink: Ranger Archival Jet Black
Designer Paper: Scrap of pink gingham (unknown maker)
Dies: Lifestyle Nesting Circles + Nesting Scalloped Circles, Nellie Snellen Multiframes Doily Flower MFD020
Accessories: Big Shot, Cuttlebug Jamara 5" x 7" embossing folder, Perfect Layers Tools, dimensionals, Faber-Castell + Lyra watercolour pencils, #2 round paintbrush, pink Tombow marker, Kindyglitz Crystalina glitter glue, Kaisercraft ink enamel heart, black Copic fine multiliner, Stampin' Up Fuse Fast adhesive, Cardstock: white, medium pink, light pink, Ranger watercolour
Saturday, April 9, 2016
Hi blogging friends
Yesterday, my husband and I celebrated our 27th Wedding Anniversary. It is hard to believe we married in 1989; the time has gone so quickly! My husband is a wonderful man - kind, caring, supportive and patient - I feel very blessed.
And this is the card that I made for him:
This is also my entry for the following Challenges:
Incy Wincy Designs - Colour me Wonderful - use your favourite colouring medium: mine is watercolour pencils/Tombow pens.
Little Red Wagon - Challenge #336 - Celebrate - any occasion from birthday to Christmas - mine is a Wedding Anniversary of course!
In the Pink - Challenge #91 - Dies and/or Punches - and your card must be predominantly pink - I used Stitched Rectangle dies, tiny punched pink hearts and punched pink glitter hearts.
Splitcoaststampers - F4A312-Pretty In Pink - Make a card with PINK in it. For extra points use glitter.
Luckily, my husband loves cute and cuddly critters and he loves cats so I thought this Penny Black image "It's from you!" would be perfect for him - and well, you know how much I love Penny Black images! I love the excited expression on the cat's face: Margaret Sherry is so wonderful at capturing expressions on the images that she illustrates.
I stamped the image onto Ranger Distress watercolour cardstock using Ranger Archival Jet Black ink and coloured it with Tombow pens + Albrecht-Durer watercolour pencils using a round paintbrush. I lightly chalked around the image using Kaisercraft blue chalk then added some subtle I-Kandee pearlescent pink chalk here and there (unfortunately not really evident on the photo). Here is a close-up:
I decided that I would paper-piece the envelope plus the card that the cat is holding - including the hearts on the card so stamped those parts of the image onto some designer paper from the same pad that I used for the paper on the card base. I cut them out then went around the edges using a black Copic fineliner pen to hide the white edges and glued them on using Tombow Mono Aqua glue. I then re-stamped the paw that is holding the card, coloured it, cut it out, went around the edges with the black pen then popped it up on a dimensional. You can see the dimension in this photo:
Because I can get away with a little bit of sparkle and glitter on my husband's cards, I used a Wink of Stella clear glitter brush to go over the paper-pieced card and envelope. I love how it adds a bit of subtle sparkle (even if you can't really see it much in the photo).
I used an EK Success Arrows border punch to punch some tiny hearts from the designer paper (they are the leftover punchies that look like tiny hearts) and glued them around the image then added some Stampin' Up Dazzling Details glitter glue using a tiny paintbrush.
I diecut both the image and the black cardstock using Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle dies. These dies are a recent purchase and gosh, they cut so beautifully. I have always been very impressed with Lawn Fawn dies - fantastic quality and cut in just one pass in my Big Shot.
All the designer papers are by Bo Bunny from their pad Love Letters. The black cardstock base was trimmed to 1/8" using my Perfect Layers Tools. I tied on the cream ribbon then punched three hearts from pink glitter cardstock using a Carl CP-8 heart duo punch (I used the largest heart from the punch) then popped them up on dimensionals on the bottom right-hand side of the card. I didn't think I needed a sentiment on the front of the card and just added one inside.
Lastly, I added my card front to a white cardstock base. I think you could use this card for Valentine's Day as well as an Anniversary or simply to say 'I love you'.
Thanks for stopping by! Hope to see you again soon!
Stamps: Penny Black It's from You! 2859J wood-mount
Ink: Ranger Archival Jet Black
Designer paper: Bo Bunny Love Letters 6" x 6" pad
Dies: Lawn Fawn large and small Stitched Rectangles
Accessories: Big Shot, Wink of Stella clear glitter brush, Kaisercraft blue chalk, I-Kandee pearlescent pink chalk, Stampin' Up Dazzling Diamonds glitter glue, Tombow pens, Albrecht-Durer watercolour pencils, #2 round paintbrush, tiny round paintbrush, Tombow Mono Aqua glue, double-sided tape, dimensionals, scissors, Copic fine black multiliner, cream grosgrain ribbon, Perfect Layers Tools, Cardstock: black, white, dark pink glitter, Ranger Distress watercolour
Punches: EK Success Arrow border, Carl CP-8 heart duo
Sunday, March 27, 2016
Please excuse my lack of blogging since Christmas. Life has been very busy with some major and very stressful issues including medical stuff to deal with - but the Easter break has afforded me a little bit of crafting time to make an Easter card for my daughter. I started it yesterday afternoon (Easter Saturday) and finished it just before bedtime! It felt soooo good to be creative again but I did feel a bit rusty with my colouring! Now that it's school holidays here in Victoria, I hope to have some more crafty-time.
This is also my entry for the following Challenges:
Penny Black Saturday Challenge - March - Easter
Splitcoaststampers Free for All Friday Challenge - F4A318 - Bunny Hop - make a card with a bunny on it and it doesn't have to relate to Easter
Splitcoastampers MIX164 - Celebate Spring
Fan-Tastic Tuesday where it's Hip to be Square Challenge #129 - Anything Goes with a twist of Cute Critters + your card must be square
Little Red Wagon Challenge #334 - Happy Easter/Spring
The adorable image is by Penny Black - Egg-Painting. It was stamped onto Ranger Distress Watercolour cardstock using Ranger Archival Jet Black ink and coloured with a large mix of mediums: Faber-Castell, Lyra, Derwent Inktense + Albrecht-Durer watercolour pencils, Tombow pens and Winsor and Newton watercolour paints + a round paintbrush. I dry-brushed some white acrylic paint on the eggs to add some highlights plus I went over the lighter areas on the bunnies. Once I had finished coloring the image, I used a Copic fine black multiliner to go over the areas where the outline was a little lost.
I added Stampin' Up Dazzling Details glitter glue to the bunnies' cheeks, wings on the bees plus the dots, flowers and stripes on the eggs. The other parts of the eggs plus the daisy petals have been glittered with my Wink of Stella clear glitter brush (which never shows up in photos unfortunately). Here is a close-up so you can see the detail:
I used an EK Success Arrows border punch to punch some tiny pink hearts (they are the leftover punchies which look like tiny hearts) and added them around the bunnies. These also were glittered using Dazzling Details.
The main image was diecut using a Lifestyle (Quickutz) Nesting Card Template die. The teal and pink cardstock layers were trimmed to 1/8" and 1/16" respectively using my Perfect Layers tools. The designer paper is by Echo Park - Happy Easter: so pretty, don't you think?
The sentiment is by Lawn Fawn from their newly released Chirpy Chirp Chirp set. I initially stamped it using my MISTI on the image panel but then noticed there was a bracket ")" at the end of the word! DOH! But thankfully it was an easy-fix as I could put a sentiment panel over the top of my mistake and just mask off the bracket at the end when re-stamping. PHEW! I diecut the sentiment using a Spellbinders Labels Trio die, added Kaisercraft Soft Pink rhinestones then popped it up using dimensionals.
The teal organza ribbon was added in 2 separate elements and the bow itself was made using my Bow Easy. I added Fray Stop to the cut ends to stop them from fraying.
I glued on some Teal Sparklets using Ranger Multi Medium Matte. These Sparklets were purchased from EBay a few years ago.
Lastly, I attached my card front to a white cardstock base.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps: Penny Black Egg-Painting 2303K wood-mount, Sentiment from Lawn Fawn Chirpy Chirp Chirp LF1046 clear set
Ink: Ranger Archival Jet Black
Designer Paper: Echo Park Happy Easter 12" x 12"
Dies: Lifestyle (Quickutz) Nesting Card Templates DC0431, Spellbinder Labels Trio S3-147
Accessories: Faber-Castell, Lyra, Derwent Inktense + Albrecht-Durer watercolour pencils, Winsor and Newton watercolours, Deco-Art white acrylic paint, round + flat paintbrushes, MISTI, Stampin' Up Dazzling Details glitter glue, Wink of Stella clear glitter brush, Kaisercraft Soft Pink SB701 rhinestones, light teal Sparklets, fabric glue, Ranger Multi Medium Matte glue, doublesided tape, dimensionals, Copic fine black multiliner, teal organza ribbon, Bow Easy, Fray Stop, Perfect Layers tools, Cardstock - light teal, pink, Paper Mill white base, Ranger Distress Watercolour
Punches: EK Success Arrows border