Happy March 1st, blog visitors! I looked out the kitchen window this morning & there are FOUR daffodils in glorious bloom in the back garden – Spring is definitely on its way.
Here is today’s tag. It is number four in the Chocolate Baroque Alpha Tags Swap for 2012. I decided to see if I could pare everything back, stick to one main colour, use no backing papers or layers & this is the result.
D is for:
- Dusty Concord
- Chocolate Baroque Punky Romance & Patchwork Butterfly stamp collections
- Dusty Concord & Antique Linen distress inks
- Spellbinders Donna Salazar sprockets & gears dies
- Manilla tag
Step by Step:
- Stamp image with Dusty Concord, dry with heat tool.
- Put DC on craft sheet, spritz with water & with a small brush paint areas of image.
- When image is dry blend Antique Linen & DC inks over tag.
- Stamp butterfly from image on scrap paper, colour as above, dry & cut out wings, stick them to butterfly on tag.
- Die cut two small gears from mirri card, attach to tag.
- Add highlights & handwritten ‘Dream’ with silver ink.
- Add bling & ribbon.
That’s it. Maybe I shouldn’t blow my own trumpet, but I’m happy with this tag. If nothing else, I proved to myself that I don’t have to add lots of stuff to my projects.
Until next time – I’d like to say tomorrow, but it’s more likely to be Saturday – thanks for looking.
Love & light.
Today I have the birthday card I made for a friend to show you. A few weeks ago, I was looking at this beautiful card on Jo Firth-Young’s blog & it occurred to me that I had never used grey as the focal point on a card. After giving it some thought, I decided on a grey & blue colour scheme & began…
- Blue ribbed card from Limetree Craft
- Spellbinders classic Ric Rac Edgeabilities
- Spellbinders labels Nestabilities
- Kanban stamps – Jasper collection
- PaperArtsy flower dies
- Marianne Design leaf swirl die
- TH distress inks – Antique Linen, Stormy Sky
- Promarkers – Satin, Cool Grey, True Blue
- Versamark, silver & clear embossing powders
I wanted as little black on this card as possible, so I stamped the dress with Versamark, then covered it silver EP & heat set it. I coloured the image with the Promarkers a few times, trying to build up a depth of colour. When I was happy, I scribbled over the skirt with a Versamark pen, leaving patches here & there, before covering it with clear EP & heat setting. The result was a lovely shine, which of course, the pic doesn’t show.
After stamping the stand on a separate piece of card & cutting it out I cut a tiny slit in the bottom of the skirt & pushed the top of the stand through, sticking it to the back & colouring over the slit. I then blended DI around the image; the white was too stark against the blue. When I matted it on to the silver card I decided the blue base needed something to break it up slightly, so I used the scalloped edgeability to cut the pattern along the side. To show the pattern I placed some of the silver card on the inside of the card, cutting the pattern on the other side. with the label diecut I think it gives a little interest to the inside of the card.
Once all that was done, it was a matter of putting it altogether; diecutting the leaf swirl, the flowers & the label for the birthday sentiment. The silver, metal flower was a Christmas gift from my mum a few years ago. I have a small bag of them that I use very sparingly indeed.
I do know that this final photo is, technically, not the best, but the sun was shining through the window behind me & I like the way it hit the dress. It looked terrific in RL, I promise. 🙂
That’s it for now, thanks for looking. Until next time,
Love & light.
There’s no stopping it now, 2012 is well on the way. In some places – Happy New Year Australia, New Zealand, Japan, etc. – it is already here. I’m creeping in under the wire with one last Christmas card. I should have posted it hours ago, but have had major computer problems – cookies, grrrrr.
This card was an experiment in minimalism. I’m not sure anything should be minimalistic at Christmastime, but I thought I would give it a go. The inspiration was this video tutorial by Linda Duke on the Spellbinders blog. I loved the rosette & as the only set of Edgeabilities I have is the Classic Ric Rac I had to have a go.
- Scalloped edge white cardstock, folded into an easel
- White, hammered cardstock
- Red Mirri card
- Baker’s Twine
- Large brad, from Dovecraft I think
- Hat pins, from an eBay seller. Apologies for not remembering the name.
- Quickie glue pen & glitter.
Don’t examine my rosette too closely. It was the fourth one I made & the only one to look even halfway like it should. Still, practice makes perfect & I shall make many more.
I’ve used lots of Baker’s Twine on my Christmas cards this year & each time I’ve posted pics on my blog I’ve forgotten to say where I got it from. It comes from the wonderful Louise at www.pur-ple.co.uk. I got a metre of each colour she has available, which for me, is a perfect amount. And yes, you will be seeing lots more of it in 2012. 🙂
I used my scoring board to score two lines on the hammered cardstock, you can just see them in the above pic.
And here’s the finished card, hope you like it.
To everyone who visited my blog in 2011, thank you & I wish you a very Happy New Year.
Happy New Year’s Eve Eve! I wonder how many millions of resolutions are being thought about right now? 🙂 I’m mulling over a few…….
Today’s card is another Christmas one. I made this for my niece.
- Easel card folded from 6×6 white, scalloped edge cardstock
- Blue & silver mirri card
- Dress & crown – Kanban ‘Vivienne’ stamp set
- Wings – Tim Holtz
- Spellbinders Nestabilities label & scalloped circle dies
- Ranger embossing tinsel
- Versamark & gold embossing powder
I stamped the dress on to white cardstock with Versamark, before sprinkling gold EP over it & heat setting, then colouring with Promarkers. The wings were gold embossed too & after cutting them out, I scribbled over them with a Versamark pen, sprinkled over the embossing tinsel & heat set.
Adding the blue ruffled ribbon gave a little texture to the front of the card & the sparkling snowflakes & gems from my stash give the card some Christmas bling.
I tweeted a pic of this card to one of my crafting sheroes, Dawn Bibby, earlier today & she gave it her seal of approval. Which meant a lot, as she is responsible for me getting into this cardmaking lark in the first place.
You may have noticed a new button on my sidebar. I signed up today for Effy’s Book of Days on her Wild Precious Life site. I have promised myself that I will start art journalling in 2012 & I think Effy’s project is going to be ideal.
I have one more Christmas card to share with you, so I shall return tomorrow. Until then, thanks for looking & keep crafting.
Love & light.
Happy Wednesday to everyone. Here I am again, this time with my final take on Sir Tim’s 12 Tags of Christmas. Although I didn’t manage to complete the challenge during the actual 12 days, I’m still glad that I made 12 tags. Above is Tim’s tag & here is the relevant blog post. You will notice immediately that my tag is nothing like Tim’s, except for the holly wreath. This time I couldn’t even attempt the technique, as I have no paint daubers, or Christmas embossing folders, so I had to come up with something else. So, the ingredients:
- Ranger alcohol inks – Eggplant & Purple Twilight
- Ranger Inkssentials foil tape sheets
- Distress inks – Seedless Preserves, Evergreen Bough, Gathered Twigs
- TH Texture Fades embossing folder – Regal Flourish
- TH Baubles
- Dawn Bibby Designs Green Glitz shimmer spritz
- Tattered Angels glimmer chips – Holly wreath
- White, glossy cardstock
- Spellbinders Labels nestabilities
I decided I wanted the background to really stand out, so I kept the labels diecuts small & unshowy. I heat embossed the ‘Christmas Wishes’ with silver embossing powder on to white cardstock, before blending Seedless Preserves DI over it.
Having the pack of glimmer chips from Tattered Angels has been really great this year, I never used them as much previous Christmases. They take distress inks so well & shimmer sprays so well. They are light, but not flimsy. I covered this one with Evergreen Bough DI, then spritzed it with DB Green Glitz mist. Again, the photos do not do it justice. I coloured the baubles with Red Pepper alcohol ink & attached them & the wreath to some baker’s twine, & tied that to the ribbon, which was white before I coloured it with Seedless Preserves DI. I found the red glitter glue in my stash – one of the first things I bought when I started cardmaking, way back when. I think it stands out very well against the green.
And that’s it, until after Christmas. I doubt I shall be doing any crafting, but I will have some cards & things to show. I would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas, thanks for visiting & keep crafting.
Right, let’s see if I can actually finish this post tonight. I’ve tried every night this week & gave up because I was so tired, I kept making mistakes. I’m still making Christmas cards – it’s neverending! Today, I managed to finish one. One!!! I may end up giving people a Post-It with “IOU 1 Christmas Card” written on it. 🙂
Here are two of the cards that I was asked to make by a friend in the US. The reindeer in the centre of the circle was the freebie stamp in the December issue of Craft Stamper magazine. Or was it the November issue? One of them. I think it goes well with the My Mind’s Eye patterned paper that I used on this first card. I made a tag from another piece of MME paper that has a Christmas carol on it & wrapped a piece of torn vellum around the tag.
Searching through my stash for an embellishment & found a pack of Dovecraft brads, one of which had a reindeer on it – perfect. I blended Vintage Photo distress ink around the edges of a white card, layered everything & that was it.
For the second card I used the MME reindeer paper again, on a white 6×6, scalloped-edge card that I’d blended Vintage Photo DI on to. I think I also blended Stormy Sky or Chipped Sapphire distress inks onto the patterned paper, but can’t remember. I used Spellbinders Classic Ric Rac Edgeabilities to cut a patterned length of dark blue cardstock for the centre of the card. When it was in place, I used a silver Krylon pen to colour the paper showing through the holes. I die cut a shape from a piece of Core’dinations Whitewash with a Nestie & embossed it with a swirly embossing folder. Another few Nestie shapes on the centre & the CS reindeer stamp again.
And that’s enough from me. I shall be spending the weekend at an art workshop in London & I am very excited. I’ll tell you about it probably on Monday. Until then, have a great weekend & keep crafting.
Love & light.