Thursday 30 July 2009
Wednesday 29 July 2009
Tuesday 28 July 2009
Monday 27 July 2009
Sunday 26 July 2009
Same snowman JudiKins 3084H which I used on the cards I showed a few days ago, but this time masked so now we have Mr and Mrs Snowman in their pink and blue scarves which were coloured with Marvy pens. It's snowing by the magic og Judikins snow white glitter ........ can't recommend this enough, it really is brilliant and I also used it on the bottom using a heavy dose of Art Institute dries clear glue so as to achieve a bit more dimension. I have simple matted the image onto some dark blue glitter paper.
Saturday 25 July 2009
I really enjoyed this one even if I did have a calamitous start ........ created a card I was really happy with, but in shades of green ! It's all this holiday excitement........yes cases down from the loft and lots of neat piles waiting to be packed ....... only downside is that I keep saying "don't wear that, find something old"....... by Friday the family will look like tramps if I get my way.
Enough blather, down to my card in the correct colourway. My image is Penny Black 3982K stamped twice with Brilliance orchid and chocolate, cut into three ........ yes I know I did this last week, but it goes with what I want to achieve with this one which was to ink each section with versamak and then iridescent embossing powder. My DP is a double sided one from Chatterbox, the centres of the flowers are pink, but afraid you can't see too much of them. The greeting is Hero A4981 cut out with nesties on the bug and pearls added to finish.
Thursday 23 July 2009
The main image on the top card is Hobby Art FL1910E, stamped with versafine sepia and embossed with detail clear. The flower at the bottom left of the card has been made up using the smaller flower stamped out three times and layered up to create the single bloom. All flowers have been lightly coloured with Marvy pens and glittered using a quickie glue pen and crystal glitter. The buds have been cut on Cricut storybook and the dots on the main image traced with liquid pearls.
The second card uses the large bird stamp and buds from Hero Arts CL3318 and again stamped with Versafine sepia and embossed with detail clear. The buds were stamped onto he same My Minds Eye DP's and cut out - a bit time consuming but will keep the girls awake !! The frame is cut from Bazzil using a nesite frame run through the bug and the edge the reverse of the PD punched with Fiskars threading water.
Wednesday 22 July 2009
Monday 20 July 2009
"They weren't sent to make me look kind and generous. They were sent to reward you for being so brave and uncomplaining and to make up for the world being a bit of a bummer to you at the mo. I simply wanted to make you feel a bit better".
She has succeeded, because they have so cheered me up and throught this post I want to say thank you so very very much, it seems inadquate for such a wonderful heartfelt gesture. I adore all flowers........figure this is pretty evident from my work and as you can see, these ones are absolutely beautiful.
For those of you not up to speed........it's seems innapropriate to keep rattling on about this ongoing jaw/teeth sage day in and day out - I want you to enjoy coming to my blog, not frighten you away with horror stories.......so breifly, second batch of high strength antibiotics still not working and the infection got so bad over the weekend that 6am this morning the hospital carried out a horrid procedure to put a drain into my gum - I'll say no more that that - promise........ except I can't talk much and there's great relief abounding here........dinner with no mention of distressing, challenges or anything remotely crafty. That has to be a first.
All I will say about the person who has sent these flowers is that we share a mutual love of Penny Black stamps....... seems a more than adequate basis for a friendship to me and as so many of us love PB stamps, it can't shed any light on the generous blogger.
Sunday 19 July 2009
Saturday 18 July 2009
Back to Allsorts and we are so pleased that you keep coming back to show us your fantastic creations and of course a chance to win some of the great candy that has been on offer. This week Emma has set you a bit of a challenge - use only one of everything, so that means one image, DP, flowers, brad or whatever else you decide to use on your project there can only be one of each. And what about the prize on offer this week - a two week guest DT spot for one lucky person. Good or what ?
For my DT card I have gone for one of my favourite stamps from Hero Arts - S5033, which I have stamped with versafine black and embossed with detail clear powder onto a Glimmer Misted background of lemon zest and lily pad. I cut my image into three and mounted onto black cardstock then green which I punched along the bottom with Fiskars threading water. Even I nearly got caught out here as I was going to add black gems between the holes, then remembered - only one !
The strip of DP is Kaiser, the scroll cut on Cricut home accents, inked with Brilliance thyme and embossed with detail clear. I coloured the flower which was ivory very lightly with the same green brilliance ink, added a button and a piece of wire and ribbon round the image.
Friday 17 July 2009
I did try a card earlier and was actually pleased with the result, only to remember that there was a specific colour scheme required and mine most definitely was the wrong colour, so back to the drawing board on that one.
But I do want so say a huge thank you to Shirley and Zoe for sending me two lovely awards, even if I have been a bad blogger the last few days. I know I have to do some passing on but hope you'll forgive if I don't deal with that today. Just hope the storms that seem to have been going in circles for the last twenty four hours abate soon and we get back to something resembling summer........we live in hopes but this is the UK I guess, so anything goes.
Thursday 16 July 2009
I started with another of the new Penny Black Christmas stamps 3984K available now from Sir Stampalot with one my favourite messy techniques ....... what better way to start the day than elbow deep in inks, glue, acetate, an old book and kitchen foil ........ anyone who wants to try this out I go into it detail here.
Wednesday 15 July 2009
Tuesday 14 July 2009
It's been driving me crazy because I had an appointment for routine eye checks this morning and they put those horrid drops in so you can't see properly for hours and here's me itching to get stuck in to these stamps. Well managed to see enough to get one done, it's pretty simple until the eyes clear properly........ but you can't wait forever can you. Have ideas galore going round so I'll be back with more later.
Monday 13 July 2009
So what has brought all this on, well I have thought this for some time, but today prompted me to commit my thoughts to paper or should I say blogland. A blogging friend and fellow crafter Christine of Craftings Cosy Corner send me a beautiful thank you card and I was truly taken back........ you will see my card made by Chris on her blog. What promoted this card ........ well, last week Chris put a post on her blog asking if anyone knew the details of a stamp. I did as I had it so gave her the details, but when she searched found it had been discontinued, so I did what lots us would do, stamped her up some images with that stamp and a few with one of a similar style which I thought she would like and posted them off thinking no more about it.
So I want to say a huge thank you to Chris for her thoughtfulness. I have put a link to her blog above, please check out her work, it is quite unique and wonderful and I have already done a spot of scraplifting.
As usual I can't do a post without a picture so am sharing one of a beautiful orchid that we have on flower at the moment. It is a special orchid as it was my Dad's who some of you will know died at Christmas.
Lots of stamps used and of course some messy elements. The background was sprayed with Glimmer Mists lavender fields, lemon zest and honey dew mist, with a mask put in place before I sprayed to create a moon........I have some lovely coloured grass in my garden as I tend to do my spraying in the garden when it's dry.......doesn't everyone ?
Sunday 12 July 2009
Saturday 11 July 2009
This time I have used it in a totally different way following this weeks super sketch from Friday Sketchers, which is very 'me' nice and symmetrical. Quite a lot of elements used here, but real fun and a bit messy too ........ right up me street. I stamped the image onto a piece of ivory linen cardstock using Tim Holtz spiced marmalade, then while it was still wet brushed gold perfect pearls over which gave me a nice shiny finish but with some of the orange still showing through. I then spritzed the piece with Glimmer Mists gold and terracotta and finally roughed up the edges and distressed with more of the TH ink.
I used the same stamp again onto a pieced of tan cardstock stamping with versafine brown and embossing with detail clear, then bleached out the flowers ........ the bleach worked really well on this card, it's always a bit hit and miss as they all react differently, but I was really pleased with this finish.
The butterfly and swirls were cut in Cricut home decor/accents, and 'splodged'.......this is most definitely a technical terminology.......with Adirindcak acrylic dabbers copper and gold. Finally a band across the middle punched with my MS embossed scallop, a button, some raffia and some gems ........ swarovski ones so this card must be for someone special - ah just remembered, it has a home in Peterborough !
Friday 10 July 2009
Some cord and a bead have been wound round and a swirl from Inkadinkado 97632 offstamped with Brilliance chocolate. The greeting has been stamped witht the same ink using Woodware FRCL 128. That's it folks, off to that craft shop at Peterborough for some indulgence now.
Thursday 9 July 2009
On to my card which is following another super sketch on ICS this week, a bit different and lovely to work with. I worked a bit in reverse with this one as I had decided I wanted to use a DP from Fancy Pants ........ two weeks stroking is enough I think ? I cut the top band and bottom tab using Cricut storybook, then laid a piece of the reverse across the middle of my base card which is a nice limey green which picks out the buds on the DP.