I’ve neglected this blog for far too long; I still make cards sometimes, and enjoy it when I do, but dressmaking has become my main hobby and I don’t have time for both so the blogging takes a back seat to the creating.
Anyway, without further ado this card for my nephew’s wife was inspired by a Christmas gift from my crafty friend Vicky, which was the lovely set of stamps by Crafters Companion which comes with matching dies. This card wasn’t planned, I just went with whatever I fancied doing. The background was inked with Distress Inks in Broken China and Tumbled Glass, so the stamps were also inked with Broken China. As they’re new and I was using Distress Inks, the images didn’t stamp cleanly, but I decided I liked the effect and just re-stamped where the ink was a little too patchy.
I finished off with a sentiment by Altenew, embossed with Wow! Bright White embossing powder (which really isn’t bright white at all), and some off-white sequins to match.
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.
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”.
It’s been a while since I did any crafting as I’m still playing nurse to my poorly husband whilst doing all the other usual stuff. But recently I treated myself to a set of 48 Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens so I made the time to have a play with them the other night. I started off by stamping one of the Clearly Besotted “Fresh Flowers” stamps onto an Inkylicious tag, then embossing it with Wow! Platinum Fine detail embossing powder. Out came the the brush pens, which blended really well on the art card as long as I worked quickly. Once I’d done that, I really didn’t know what to do next – my mojo hasn’t had much practice just lately!
Then I was inspired by this card by Michelle Short, one of my favourite card makers, so I decided to fussy cut the flowers instead of using the tag. Then I used my Sizzix Eclips to cut the numbers out of Reeves watercolour card. I made a card base out of more Reeves card, and used the same Zig pens to make a background behind the numbers; I found the watercolours didn’t blend well on this card at all as they dried very quickly.
The greeting, by Paula Pascual, was also embossed, along with a strip across the bottom of the card. This card is for my boss, who has been really understanding over my home situation & has allowed me to work from home, for which I consider myself to be very lucky! I’m entering this into the following challenges:
It’s one layer week over at Less is More with the theme of “Love”. This was a really quick & simple card involving a Stampin’ Up! stamp heat embossed in white, a mask cut with a Spellbinders heart die & Hero Arts Pale Tomato Shadow Ink sponged through the mask.