Crafting has had to take a back seat just lately – a new role at work involving more hours has seen to that. But a friend’s daughter is off to Borneo for a month at the end of the week so I rustled up a quick card to wish her “bon voyage”. She loves Borneo’s orang utans and this card turned out pretty much exactly as I’d envisaged. I combined two free digital images into one; the orang utan started out hanging from a tree but a little bit of photo editing made it – I hope – seem as though he was waving from behind the suitcases.
I coloured both images with Promarkers, adding a little bit of shading with some cheap W H Smith colouring pencils. The greeting was a standard one in Craft Artist Professional.
I’m entering this into the challenge over at Stamping Sensations, where the theme is “Feature a Creature”.
Wonders will never cease – two entries for this week’s LIM die cut challenge! The added challenge I set myself at this time every year is to come up with something different on a cricket theme for our nephew’s birthday.
This particular card was inspired by Chrissie’s cards using Memory Box dies. I downloaded some free cricket pictures from the internet, did a huge amount of editing, welding etc in Craft Artist 2 Professional & Ecal before cutting the finished article on my Sizzix Eclips. My original attempt at clear embossing the greeting then overspraying with Promarkers using my airbrush was a dismal failure, so I re-did the airbrushing then overstamped instead with a greeting by Clearly Besotted. A few brads (coloured with Promarkers) kept the overall look CAS.
White cardstock: Limetree Crafts
Green cardstock: Coredinations Mantis
Promarkers: Pear Green, Olive Green
Ink: Yinks Olive Green
Greeting stamp: Clearly Besotted
Wonders will never cease – a second entry for the same challenge. Again, the One Layer Anything Goes challenge at Less is More. For reasons I won’t bore you with, this card was a very quick one to make.
The butterflies are Hero Arts stamps, masked then sponged over the top using an Imagination Crafts Honeysuckle stencil. The greeting was computer-generated in Craft Artist 2 Professional.
The largest butterfly was stamped onto the card & also onto a piece of vellum, which was then attached & the wings lifted. Although it’s difficult to photograph, the smaller butterflies & some detail on the larger butterfly with glittered with some clear Wink of Stella.
Cardstock: Anna Marie Designs
Ink: Memento Elderberry
Stencil: Imagination Crafts Honeysuckle
Stamps: Hero Arts
This card is a kind of “homage” to one of my favourite cardmakers, Michelle Short who makes the most gorgeous cards over at the Card Grotto. A couple of times this week she’s posted cards made using a die from Memory Box but as I recently bought a second hand Eclips & the Ecal software to go with it I decided to have a go at creating something similar, and this is the result.
Ecal is really easy to use so the heart only took me about 30 minutes to create in the software – getting it to cut properly out of 300gsm cardstock took a bit longer! I really should buy some new blades as I’m still persevering with the used ones that came with my machine and they are definitely past their best. Still, I eventually worked out the settings as you can see below:
The finished heart is 10.5 cm across (just over 4 inches), each one of the butterflies is 1.5 cm across at its widest point (just over half an inch) so you can see how intricate the cut is. I created the greeting in Craft Artist 2 Professional and mounted the whole thing on pearlescent DCWV cardstock. A bit of Wink of Stella clear on the capital letters & I decided to call it quits. Hope you like it!
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Cardstock: Xerox Colotech Plus 300gsm, DCWV
My sister asked me to make a card for a good friend of hers, a lovely lady who was my son’s Year 6 teacher. She’s very feminine so I took the opportunity to make a variation on a dress card I’ve seen a few times on the internet, using some papers I’ve had in my stash for ages.
I got the template from here
, using old-fashioned tracing methods & cutting out by hand. I used my Wink of Stella on the bodice (although you can’t see it on any of the photos, unfortunately) and found some matching ribbon in my stash.
The ribbon buckle is from Meiflower
and that was the only tricky part of the card, because the skirt sticks out so I found it difficult to get the buckle to lie flat. The greeting was created in Craft Artist 2 Professional then cut from a modified Spellbinders tag die.
A normal envelope wouldn’t do for this, of course, so I made my own, decorated with matching papers:
Cardstock: Xerox Colotech Plus
Papers: Cart-Us Romantic Flowers
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This was our son’s Christmas card this year. As an avid guitarist the phrase “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” seemed most appropriate. I was going to cut out the tree & guitar on my new Eclips but ended up doing it by hand (long story!). I got the tree from here then paper-pieced it. The guitar was stamped in Adirondack Red Pepper then glittered with my Wink of Stella clear pen & the rest was done in Craft Artist 2 Professional:
Cardstock: Xerox Colotech Plus
Ink: Adirondack Red Pepper
Stamps: Inspired by Stamping
I love taking part in challenges when I get the chance. This week over at Less is More the challenge is to use designer paper in a CAS way – a perfect opportunity to make kusadama flowers, something I’ve wanted to try for ages. I needed a thank you card for my sister, who was my son’s sponsor at his confirmation last night and I know she’ll love them. The papers are by K & Company.
The greeting & stems were created in Craft Artist 2 Professional, and I coloured the text to match the paper.
As you can see, they certainly don’t lie flat so this presented another opportunity – this time, to use my new metric Scor-Pal, which I’ve wanted for ages & treated myself to at the NEC the other week. I adapted a box design which I found on the web and created a custom made box to present the card in.
Papers: K-ology Addison, code 628052