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Friday, 25 February 2011
Today I have something to show you which is most unlike me!! As you will know if you're a regular follower, I've been dabbling a bit with Distress Inks recently, and so I thought I'd try something a bit more suitable for a man's card and see what I could come up with. I'm amazed to say that I really like the finished product, which will encourage me to explore this medium a bit more. The stamps are from a Vintage set by Sam Poole which I believe are called 'Wine Label'. I made all of the papers on this card. I distressed the edges with walnut stain, then randomly stamped various images from the set over the bottom paper. The printed paper was done with a stamp from an old HOTP set. The bottle and glass were both coated with UTEE, then I put the bottle in the freezer for a few minutes, before cracking it to give it a really 'aged' effect. As always, I hope you like it, and look forward to hear your thoughts if you have time to leave a comment.
Sunday, 20 February 2011
Hi there peeps
This is the first card I've made in what seems like ages, that I didn't feel under pressure about - ie., it's not for any particular occasion, I made it just for the fun of it, and I'm REALLY pleased with how it turned out.
The image is called Vanessa and is from Crafts and Me. I cut out the base card using one of my XXL Go Create dies. Because you need to leave a little bit of the card uncut so that the card holds together it rather spoils the shape, so I then cut the shape one more time in white card, which I then coloured and stamped with Distress Inks to give me my background. After this I stamped it again with the edge of a stamp from Stempelglede , and glued it to the card base. I cut the same shape in a smaller size, and then coloured that with the same Distress Ink (Victorian Velvet), then stamped it with a text stamp from HOTP which I've had for ages. The torn newspaper effect paper is a stamp from Whimsy and you can get it from Quixotic Paperie. I distressed the edges of everything with Walnut Stain, then added a strip that I'd punched with my newest MS punch. There are a couple of hearts on there cut with Nesties, the large dragonflies are a Magnolia Doo Hickey die, and the small one is another MS punch. Flowers from WOC.
I hope you all like it as much as I do.
Wednesday, 16 February 2011
Hi again fellow craft addicts
Today's card features 'Flapper Girl Melody', a stamp which I bought from Crafts & Me at Stamperama. What a lovely image it is, and so nice to colour with the distress inks. I also got the papers from them at the show, they are by Memory Box, and are (I think), called Gossamer. I backed all the patterned papers with dark brown card stock, and then added the swirl (Doo Hickey die), a couple of ticket sentiments which I did on the computer, and the flower, folded down the corner, and backed it with a matching paper, and hey presto!
Feel free to leave your comments, good or bad.
Tuesday, 15 February 2011
I made this card having been inspired by some beautiful work done by Camilla one of my favourite crafters. I'd forgotten about this lovely stamp from Ching Chou Kuik which had been lurking in my drawer for some time, so got it out and gave it the distress ink treatment. I was a bit unsure about colouring the background, but I think it came out quite well in the end, and that's boosted my confidence a bit. Sorry I've forgotten who the papers are by. The stamp is from LOTV (I think), and the ribbon is seam binding which I've dyed with distress ink to match my colouring.
Hope you have time to leave me a comment as I love to hear your thoughts on my work.
Saturday, 12 February 2011
Today I'm going to show you Paul's birthday card which I mentioned yesterday. I spent ages faffing with this. I seemed to have so many conflicting ideas, and I couldn't get anything to come together, so in the end I put it all away and started from scratch. I loved this paper which is one in a pile of freebies kindly given to me by my wonderful crafty friend Tasha last year. The image is from Digi Stamp Boutique, and really sums up my darling hubby!!! He likes a drop of beer, loves to read his paper, and really enjoys a snooze at ANY time, lol. As you can see, what I came up with in the end was SO simple, that I couldn't believe I'd fretted so much, but I guess it was a case of I tried too hard, because I wanted to make it special.
Hope you have time to stop and let me know what you think.
Friday, 11 February 2011
Today I'd like to share a card that I made for my hubby. It was our 12th Anniversary last Thursday, not to mention Paul's 50th birthday - I married him on his birthday so that he couldn't forget our anniversary, lol. As you all know, men's cards are notoriously difficult to make, and I struggled with this one and his birthday card, but he seemed pleased, so that's the main thing.
Anyway, the image is a digi from Bizzy Becs, I loved it the minute I saw it, and it seemed to fit the bill here. Papers are Basic Grey (I think!!!) Image was coloured with copics, and the sentiment was computer generated. The hearts were cut with Nesties, and then I added a few little dots of the matching papers to add a bit of extra interest. Hope you like it.
Tuesday, 8 February 2011
I had meant to post this card before going away for the weekend, but Blogger was messing around and uploaded it sideways again! Well, not being a person to be easily foiled, I've done some research and finally found out how to fix this problem, apparently it is quite common in pics taken with Canon cameras - typical!!
Anyway, I decided for a change to drag out some of my flower stamps, and particularly like this poppy from Justrite stamps. The background is again one that I've made myself, using a Clarity feather stamp - this one is REALLY versatile. I used an MS border punch and my new favourite Nestie set (a gift from my lovely hubby at Christmas). The sentiment was computer generated, and the lovely double sided satin ribbon came from my stash. Hope you like it.
Tuesday, 1 February 2011
Hi again people
As you will see on my card today I've been practising my colouring with distress inks. I think I've found a better paint brush to use, and would you believe it's a really CHEAP one, I pinched it out of the grandkid's craft box, just to try, and it seems much better than the more expensive one that I used last time - this one cost 50 pence! I made the main background paper myself, again using distress inks - yep, I'm beginning to think I'm hooked!!! All I did was blend three different colours, just to take the whiteness out of the paper, and then I stamped over the top with an old wood mounted leaf stamp in a random design, and was very pleased with the finished article. I then added a small piece of paper from a Basic Grey kit, and a doily cut with a Marianne Creatable die, which I again distressed around the edges to take away the white. Tilda was stamped with Versafine, and then coloured with the distress inks. I can't believe how few colours you need for this technique, unlike with my Copics. The sentiment was computer generated, and then glued behind a cut out which I made using my new Cricut machine. A bit of stitching, a couple of die cut corners, and some home made card candy, and that completes this one.
Hope you have time to leave a comment, as I love to hear what you think.