I’ve not done much crafting lately as my mojo has been on its holidays for a while! A few recent crafty purchases have inspired me a little, and this card for my aunt is the result.
The rose stencil is by Birds Cards, cut from Bazzill Basics card on my Sizzix Eclips. Unfortunately I removed it from the tacky mat without checking first that the blade had cut all the way through, so I spent a very long time finishing it off by hand but I was pleased with it in the end & it kept me out of trouble for a while! I mounted it on a piece of patterned paper by My Mind’s Eye.
The roses stamp is by Clearly Besotted, coloured in Ruby & Soft Green Promarkers, and the greeting is by Paula Pascual. I decided to add a few sequins to fill in a bit of white space. I’m entering this into the challenge over at Stamping Sensations where the theme is One for the Girls.
These are a few of the set of cards I made which were mostly sent to close family. As I was trying to avoid buying new crafty supplies, I decided to try the “one sheet wonder” method of making cards, and dug out some handmade paper from my stash. I randomly stamped a snowflake over the whole sheet so I could emboss it in Wow! silver embossing powder but then I discovered that Versamark didn’t work (the embossing was a dull metallic) so I had to use a Versacolor silver ink pad instead.
This first card was made using a shape I designed and cut out on my Sizzix Eclips with the rest of the greeting stamped. I’m entering this into the challenge over at CASology where the theme is “Merry”:
This was a similar one using my Eclips again:
And lastly, two using just words cut on my Eclips from silver mirri card with a stamped and embossed greeting:
I’m way out of my comfort zone with the bright colours I’ve used for this card! The images are from the Altenew Persian Motifs set which I finally managed to get hold of last week after waiting what seemed like ages for them to come in stock over at Make the Day Special. I’ve used Zig Clean Colour watercolour pens, without diluting them, on Crafters Companion watercolour card and the layout is based on the current sketch over at Case This Sketch.
When I’d finished painting the image I was tempted to tone down the finished card by using a more neutral card but I didn’t have any that matched, so I was forced to go with the bold option of bright orange card by American Crafts as a base. I then stumbled across a free “happy” cutting file to use with my Sizzix Eclips which fitted with the sketch perfectly. A touch of Wink of Stella turned the boring black card into glittery cardstock. A stamped, embossed word from the Many Mini Messages stamp set from Clearly Besotted finished the greeting but I felt the card was still lacking something, so I added a few Doodlebug sprinkles to fill up a little bit of white space.
A while ago I spotted this card and knew that something similar would be perfect for our guitar-obsessed son for his 16th birthday. The card below was my interpretation of it, but it had to be six-stringed for my son as I knew he wouldn’t want a four-string bass guitar! The strings on my finished card ended up being not quite what I had planned, but lack of time for shopping & crafting meant I had to improvise with what I already had in. The basic shapes were cut on my Sizzix Eclips although someone more skilled with scissors than me could cut these by hand.
It’s my husband’s birthday on Sunday but as he never looks at my blog I’m quite safe to post his card here! A looming Ofsted inspection at the school where I’m a Governor has kept me too busy to craft just lately so I decided to stick to quite a simple card, although it seemed to take a long time to put together. The “record” consists of simple Spellbinders circles cut on my Cuttlebug and is in fact a pocket, in which I’ll be putting some tickets to a concert I’ve bought him tickets for – if they arrive in time!
The notes were either cut on my Sizzix Eclips or stamped in Memento Lady Bug. The black sentiment using Anna Marie stamps was stamped in Versafine Onyx Black, the “golden oldie” was cut in gold mirri card on my Eclips using Penultimate Light.
I’m hoping I’m not too late to enter this into this week’s challenge over at Less is More where the theme is black, metallic & one.
A picture-heavy post to finish the year’s Christmas cards. First, the card I’m probably most proud of: the one to our son who adores West Highland Terriers but unfortunately this is the nearest he’s ever likely to get to owning one!
The Westie, coloured using cheap coloured pencils from W H Smith, is a free download from Bird’s Cards, which is an amazing collection of free resources for cardmakers. The reason I’m so proud, though, is that although I’m not an artist I in fact drew the tree by hand after watching a Youtube video!
My second card is the one for my husband, the word art having been cut on my Sizzix Eclips:
The kisses were drawn in white gel pen and the stamped “Husband” is from Little Claire. Next up is an image from Mo’s Digital Pencil, coloured in Promarkers with a sponged Memento Summer Sky background:
And last, but by no means least, the one to my father-in-law which uses Perfect Pearls on a stamped image from IndigoBlu, a chipboard word which I’ve coloured in gold & added some Anita’s Clear Gloss. The remainder of the greeting is also from the IndigoBlu set. I’m entering this one into the current “Family” challenge over at Less is More:
To gain a Masters degree takes a great deal of hard work; to do so whilst holding down a more than full time job as a busy parish priest, serving the local community on more than one school governing body (and in a myriad of other ways) is a huge achievement. It was a pleasure to make a card to celebrate this as the man concerned is, quite simply, thoroughly likeable and great to work with.
This was also one of those rare cards which turned out exactly as I envisaged it! I “drew” the mortar board in the Ecal software then cut it & the letters out on my Sizzix Eclips then stamped the “congratulations” in Versafine Onyx Black, going over the letters with Wink of Stella to add a tiny bit of glitz which I couldn’t manage to capture in either photograph. The tassels were simply made from black twine.
I’m entering this into the 200th challenge over at Less is More.
This card is for the one-layer challenge over at Less Is More where the current theme is Foliage.
The greeting is by Clearly Besotted & was stamped in Distress Peeled Paint onto watercolour cardstock. The leaf stencil was a downloaded image (modified in Craft Artist 2 Professional to add an extra branch) then cut on my Sizzix Eclips. As embossing paste is all the rage right now I used my own version which is known in the US as “spackle”, but I know it as “One Strike Filler”. I mixed it on my craft mat with Distress Peeled Paint ink. A few arty water splashes were all that was necessary to finish it off.
This was my third attempt – the first couple of attempts initially turned out fine but I managed to ruin each card in different ways! Although I could reuse parts of them they wouldn’t have been one layer so watch out for them over the next few days as they turn up in modified form.
The challenge this week over at Less is More is to use more than one stamp. Well, for this card I’ve managed three: the flower image, “Happy” and the dotty background. I’ve also just realised that I can enter this months “Tags and Scraplings” challenge over at Virginia’s View. I *just* qualify because the ribbon is recycled (it was originally on a blouse!)
This was one of those cards where everything that could go wrong, did go wrong. Still, the end result was more or less exactly what I’d set out to achieve and as it’s for my oldest friend it’s worth it.
The tag & birthday word (from the Birthday Words set at Miss Kate Cuttables) were cut on my Eclips. The stamped flower was coloured with Promarkers, there’s a close-up of it here (and I did re-do the dodgy petal before I sent it!):
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.