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Young Love!

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Card making has yet again been taking a back seat lately – along with all the usual pressures, the school at which I’m a Governor got “the call” on Tuesday and Ofsted descended for 2 days. So it’s taken me a week to finish this card, which I started last Saturday as soon as I heard that our nephew Adam had got down on one knee & proposed to his gorgeous girlfriend Kasanita.

The heart was inspired by Fran Seiford from Stampendous, who I had seen doing embossing techniques that morning on Hochanda. I realised I had almost everything I needed to try it for myself, the only difference being I had to melt the powders in the oven for 15 minutes! I used a combination of UTEE and various other embossing powders I’ve had in for several years, melted onto pre-cut chipboard to give a very 3 dimensional heart which proved to be VERY difficult to photograph!

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The creative process then stalled until today when I saw the sketch below at Freshly Made Sketches, where I’m entering this into their challenge. I’m also entering it into the embossing challenge at AAA Cards.

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Valentine Heart

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Just in case you forgot, today was Valentine’s Day, and this was my card to my gorgeous hubby. The background is ordinary tissue paper glued onto the card. I diecut the heart and then diecut the “love” word from Clearly Besotted. The greeting, also by Clearly Besotted, was stamped onto black cardstock then embossed in white. A few red heart sequins finished it in CAS style.

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I’m entering this into the challenges at:

 

Bon Anniversaire Chere Sylvie!

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A lovely French friend celebrates her 60th birthday today. She doesn’t look her age and is always stylish, as so many French women are, and I hope that the card I’ve made reflects that. She also loves red so there was never any question about what colour I should incorporate! The stamp is “Giant Poppy” by IndigoBlu, and I spent a happy evening colouring the whole image in the only 2 Copic markers I own, which happen to be red.

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Once I’d coloured it, I spent ages trying to decide what on earth to do with it, so I decided to be brave and cut the image as I felt it had more impact that way. As soon as I’d done that, the card came together very quickly. The die cut numbers are by Robert Addams, the birthday die cut is by Clearly Besotted and is liberally coated in Wink of Stella.  Clearly Besotted also produced the greeting stamp which I embossed in Wow! gold embossing powder. I thought of adding a little bling but decided to leave it alone. I’m entering this over at Stamping Sensations where the theme this month is “Anything Goes”.

Butterfly Dreams

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This card started out as an experiment with Distress Inks, Perfect Pearl sprays & water droplets on Sheena’s Stamping Card. I based it on a “recipe” I found on the internet – this colour combination was recipe 2. I then stamped some of the MFT Inspired by Butterflies stamps in Versamark and embossed the images in white embossing powder.

Basing the layout on the current sketch over at Tuesday Morning Sketches, I found a piece of backing paper in my stash which matched really well, then stamped the greeting by Docrafts in Memento Rose Bud ink. A ribbon and a few sequins from my stash finished it off.

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Playtime with Watercolours

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Another card made by “shopping my stash”, which is forcing me to be more creative and I’m loving it! The background is the result of playing with Winsor & Newton watercolour paints on Crafters Companion watercolour card, inspired by this card created by Heather Telford.  I painted a few fine lines with ArtQuest Micacolor paints, which I’ve had for years but hardly ever used.

The layout is based on this sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches. I stamped the Indigo Blu butterfly in Versamark & embossed it with Wow! silver embossing powder, then cut the frame by hand from American Crafts cardstock. The greeting (by Paula Pascual) was stamped onto parchment paper in Versamark, then Memento Grape Jelly, so I could emboss it with Stampendous detail clear powder.I added a few sequins to hide the glue holding the parchment paper in place. I also added a little bit of glue behind the greeting.

Despite it being a very dull day, this card was VERY difficult to photograph! I’m also entering this into the following challenges:

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Sequins & Such

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This week I have a guest designer spot over at City Crafter where the theme for week 263 is “Sequins” and there is a photo to inspire us:

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The butterfly stamp is by IndigoBlu and was a recent purchase so this seemed like the ideal opportunity to ink it up. My favourite colouring technique at the moment is watercolouring, so I stamped the butterfly in Versamark ink onto Crafters Companion watercolour paper, then embossed it with Wow! Silver embossing powder. I also inked the edges of the cardstock & embossed that also.

I used Distress Ink in Salty Ocean, the embossed lines make the watercolouring much easier! An embossed greeting by Clearly Bestotted and some sequins kept the card simple. Here’s a close-up:

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I was so pleased with the finished result I made a similar one in a slightly different shade of blue, using my Cotman Watercolour paints and a greeting stamp by Inkylicious:

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Ode to Joy

Well, okay, not actually an ode, I don’t do poetry! This is more of an “homage to joy”: Joy Taylor over at Simple by Design where I saw this stunning card with a video of how it was made. I’m never comfortable copying ideas exactly so I decided to combine it with the All Things Metallic challenge over at Virginia’s View. I’m also entering this into the Festive challenge at CASology and the Shine challenge over at Inkspirational.

I began by stamping some Spellbinders Heirloom Ornaments stamps (free from a magazine last year) onto Crafter’s Companion watercolour card using Versamark ink. I then embossed with some old Heat It Up! gold embossing powder. Using similar techniques to those Joy used I watercoloured the images with Seedless Preserves & Picked Raspberry Distress Inks, the bottom one of the two smaller ornaments being a mix of both inks together.

I cut the sentiment stamp from the same set to make it fit the card better, inking & embossing it as above. I decided that adding any other embellishment would be a touch too much so simply mounted the image onto American Crafts textured card to finish. Here’s a close-up of the ornaments: