Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Elzybells Challenge #41 - Single Layer Card


ETA:  I just learned that this card won the Elzybells Challenge - woo hoo.  Thanks Elizabeth - I'm over the moon!!

Hello and welcome to my little world!

Over at the Elzybells Blog, Elizabeth is running her fortnightly challenge and this time the Challenge (#41) is:  a single layer card - you can embellish as much as you like, but no layers.  I whipped up this simple card this morning and it was super-quick to make.  I think it could be used for any sort of occasion: birthday, friendship, thank-you, or even Mother's Day.  Did you know that Elzybells now has a forum which is where we post our Challenge cards? 

First I measured the width of my embossing folder and put a pencil mark on my cardstock so I could make the scoring lines with my Martha Stewart Scoring Board before I did the dry embossing.  That way I could line up the embossing folder so it would be straight.  I did actually try it the other way round first, but I ended up with crooked lines so I used the card as a frisbee instead!   Trust me - the 2nd way is so much easier, and you can always re-score the lines if they get slightly mushed in the Cuttlebug folder.

The embossing folder is from a Cuttlebug set called: "Just my Type".   I really like these narrow folders - they are really useful.   I lightly chalked the embossing with purple, lemon and green chalks to match the colours in the image.

The image was coloured with Gamsol and Prismacolor pencils, then I lightly coloured around the inside of the box with blue chalk.  I was in a glittery-mood, so I added some very fine glitter to the tulips as well as on the yellow dots on the vase.  I used my Zig Platinum Pigment Pen to draw a faint grey line around the image to try and give it a little depth.

Lastly, I added the pearls although they look more pink in the photo than in IRL - trust me: they really are purple!  It would be fun to make a little set of these cards using the Spring Cubes set as a gift for someone maybe for Mother's Day or a Birthday.  I'll add this little idea to my list of things to do!  Sorry it's not a fantastic photo - the weather was so cloudy and dull here today which made photography rather difficult.

I am also popping this card into the Splitcoaststampers Clean and Simple Challenge of CAS56 - "It's Hip to be Square".   The great thing about Splitcoaster Challenges is that you can play anytime - there is no time limit - so over the course of time, you get to see a gallery full of lots of different ideas.

Thanks for stopping by!  Thanks to all my blogging friends who have been leaving such lovely and encouraging comments - they have brought me so much joy!  See you again very soon!


Card Recipe:

Stamps:  Elzybells Spring Cubes 20-015-CC clear set

Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black

Accessories:  Gamsol, Prismacolor pencils, paper stumps, Kaisercolour chalks, .008 fine yellow glitter, Kaiser Pearls SB785 Lavender, Martha Stewart Scoring Board, Cuttlebug, 'Just my type' embossing folder set, Zig Platinum pigment pen, Cardstock:  white

Monday, April 26, 2010

Penny Black: I'm so cute - another thank you card.......

Hello and thanks for stopping by :-)

I made another quick and simple 'Thank you' card to give to a friend who is very much a dog-lover and is, in fact, a Dog Chiropractor by trade.  I love to make square cards and though it would suit this cute dog image so I'm popping this card into the Splitcoaststampers Clean and Simple Challenge CAS56 - 'It's hip to be square!".  See this link for the deets on the Challenge.

This dog stamp was one of the very first Penny Black stamps I bought many years ago and it doesn't seem to date and I still love it as much as I did when I first bought it.

The image was coloured with Prismacolor pencils and Gamsol, and then I lightly chalked around the image with my Kaisercolour chalks and added pink I-Kan-dee pearlescent chalk here and there so the card shimmers a little (not sure if you can see by my photo).   The 2 tiny pink hearts next to the sentiment are the leftover punchies from my EK Success Arrows Border punch (they look like tiny hearts)  and  I added some Kindyglitz to the hearts as well as the rose.

There is a Scor-Pal line underneath the ribbon and above the brown/pink cardstock border (hard to see the brown one on the photo).  To do the bottom border, I punched brown cardstock with my Martha Stewart Checkerboard edge punch then I simply glued some pink cardstock underneath so I ended up with the pink and brown checkerboard pattern which I thought would look pretty and match the pink and brown ribbon.

Edited to Add:

When I did the sentiment on the inside of the card, I dropped the stamp - which made a big mess!  DOH!!!  So I ended up cutting the front panel off the card and attaching it to a new card and turned it into an easel card to "save" it - so it's not technically really a CAS card anymore even if the front part still is.

Here's a little pic of the finished "Easel Card".  Aren't the paw pad brads cute?!  They were perfect for holding up the front of the card.

Thanks again for visiting - hope you enjoyed your stay!


Card Recipe:

Stamps:  Penny Black 'I'm so Cute!!' 1706H, Sentiment #1from Elzybells 'Spring Cubes' 20-015-CC clear stamp set, Sentiment #2 "freebie" from Verve stamps

Ink:  Memento Tuxedo black

Accessories:  Gamsol, Prismacolor pencils, paper stumps, Martha Stewart Checkerboard edge punch, EK Success Arrows border punch, Scor-Pal, ribbon 3/8" - 10mm wide, Kaisercolour chalks, I-Kan-dee Pearlescent chalks, Kindyglitz Crystalina, Paw pad brads: Buttons Galore & more, Cardstock:  brown, pink, white

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Penny Black: Love Tail - Flowers for my sweet friend

Hello and thanks for visiting my Blog :-)

I've had a tough week with the sudden and unexpected passing of our dog, so I needed to make a bright and happy card to soothe my soul. The CAS Challenge #54 on Splitcoaststampers from a little while ago was "Wishing for Spring" - see this link for the deets - and as I love Spring flowers and this cute little PB stamp the Postie brought me a few weeks ago HADN'T seen any ink yet, I thought it seemed a good way of taking my mind off things.

It's a very simple one layer card which took very little time. The dry embossing border is a Sizzix Textured Impressions embossing folder which is my fav all-time folder - and it fits in the Cuttlebug with the same sandwich as the Cuttlebug folder.  I lightly chalked the embossing with my Kaisercolour chalks.  The image was stamped with Memento ink and coloured with Gamsol and Prismacolor pencils. I chalked around the image with those same chalks, then added some very fine .008 red glitter to the six hearts around the image. The camera didn't really capture the sparkle, but it looks so pretty IRL.

The sentiment was stamped with Stazon ink and I added a tiny heart next to it which is the leftover punchie from my EK Success Arrows border punch ('cos the punchies look like tiny hearts to me). I added red glitter to this tiny heart as well. The gingham ribbon bow was made with my Bow Easy then I sewed a button on top and attached it to the card with a glue dot.

I'm also entering this card in the PaperPlay Challenges Blog - Week 16 - No patterned paper.  See this link for all the deets.

I'm giving this card to my best friend who has been there for me this week.  Thank you sweetie :-)  I feel so much better now.

Thanks again for stopping by and have a great weekend!


Card Recipe:

Stamps:  Penny Black: Love-tail 3608J, Sentiment: from Crafter's Companion 'Someone Special' set 

Ink:  Memento Tuxedo black, Stazon Jet black 

Accessories:  Cuttlebug, Sizzix 'Hello Kitty' Spring Set #2 embossing folder set, .008 fine red glitter, 3/8" - 10mm wide red gingham ribbon, red sewing thread, red button, glue dot, Kaisercolour chalks, EK Success Arrows border punch, Gamsol, Prismacolor pencils, paper stumps, Bow Easy, cardstock: white, red 

Thursday, April 22, 2010

An award for lil' ol' me - thank you Robyn

Hi - thanks for visiting my Blog!

Robyn, a fellow Aussie blogging buddy from "Rainbows by Robyn" sent me this award.  How sweet!!  Thank you Robyn! :o)

Robyn and I met on-line at Splitcoasterstampers just before I started my Blog when I was trying to pluck up the courage to begin blogging.  It turned out we hail from the same city (Melbourne)!   Anyway, Robyn has been really encouraging me since I started Blogging which has been lovely - and I hope that we shall meet one day.  The award really brightened my day because our beautiful dog Jessie (who was 16-1/2) suddenly became ill during the afternoon and passed away.  Jess was fine and happy at 3 pm - by 5 pm she was not, so I have been a train-wreck ever since because it was so sudden and the house seems very quiet and very empty.  Receiving my first award helped take my mind off things.

I'm supposed to share 10 things about me as part of the Award, so here goes:

1.  I try and live by the motto:   Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul (Henry Ward Beecher)

2.  I am allergic to citrus (try eating out with this allergy!)

3.  My favourite colours are purple and teal green

4.  My favourite flowers are fuschias, daffodils, and ranunculus

5.  I used to be a member of several Motorsports club and competed in club-level races and rallies all around my State (Victoria) with my own racing and rally car (yes, really!!)

6.  My grandmother was born in 1878 - if you do the maths, Gran would be 132 years old (no-one believes me that she was born so long ago, but she had children late in life and so did my late-father - my Gran's youngest son - hence the gigantic generation-gaps - and seriously, I'm NOT old - yet!!)

7.   If you had asked me a bit over a year and a half ago about a Blog or a Design Team, I would have had NO IDEA what you were talking about!

8.  There is nothing better than my first mug of tea for the day!

9.  I like to do cryptic crosswords

10.  My favourite stamp companies are:  Lili of the Valley (UK), Elzybells (UK), and Penny Blacks (Margaret Sherry Collection) and pretty much any brand that has a cute snowman on it!

And I'm passing this award on to these "beautiful bloggers" who I would like to know 10 new things about.  I would love to pass it on to a hundred cardmaking bloggers who have inspired me and encouraged me - every single person is worthy - so I'll just pick a couple for now.  Of course, I realise we are all busy & not everyone wants to "share" - but I would still love you to have the award.

Danielle from Fat Cat Stamper 
Michelle from Just Painting Around

Thanks again for stopping in - see you again soon!


Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Our Daily Bread Designs: Blessed Christmas


Hello there, and thanks for stopping in - it's lovely to have you!

I've been meaning to upload this Christmas card for a few weeks but lost the Card Recipe after I had uploaded it to another on-line gallery! Doh! This afternoon, I finally found it!  This is one of several Christmas cards I made for an interstate store who asked me to design some cards as a "try-out" for their DT, and they were happy with what I made, so I'm in - woo hoo!  It's not a "pressure" thing where they have a Blog or Weekly Challenges - just purely and simply cards that they take as samples for all their Craft Shows that they do around Australia, and when they are not at Shows, will be displayed at their shop.  Gee, I was sooooo nervous making the cards - I'm not a confident person and it's been one of my long-term goals to be a part of a DT, so I feel  incredibly excited and blessed. 

I'm finding that my camera does NOT like photographing reds for some reason and it was hard to adjust the photo with my Photo Editing Software to make the card look like it is supposed to.  Trust me - the ribbon, designer paper and cardstock is a bit brighter IRL and nowhere near as dull as in the photo.  Oh well!  I might have to invest in Photoshop......

The image was coloured with Prismacolor pencils and Gamsol and I sponged around the edges with Peeled Paint (green) Distress ink.  The image panel is popped up on 1mm mounts (dimensionals).   I ran the burgundy cardstock background through my Cuttlebug with the (large) Jamara embossing folder - LOVE this folder - it's so elegant.   Not sure if you can see, but I sprayed the whole card with Iridiscent Gold Glimmer Mist - the card really sparkles IRL.  You can always click on my photos for a close-up if you wish :-)

I added a gold brad at the top LH & RH corners just to add 'something' - it looked kinda bare!

The beautiful burgundy ribbon was attached in 2 separate elements and the bow itself was made with my Bow Easy.  The ribbon is made of silk and is the first time I have used silk ribbon on a card.  I have to say how beautiful it was to work with - didn't have to fight to get it to look neat and elegant.

Here's a little pic of the inside which I kept really simple.  The border was made with my Martha Stewart Arch Lattice edge punch (LOVE this punch!).

Thanks again for stopping in and have a great week :-)


Card Recipe:

Stamps:  Our Daily Bread 'Blessed Christmas' set

Designer paper:  Cosmo Cricket "Oh Joy" - Wrapping paper (no, it's not really wrapping paper - that's what it's called!)

Ink:  Memento Tuxedo black, Tim Holtz 'Peeled Paint' Distress Ink

Accessories:  Cuttlebug, Jamara embossing folder, 1mm mounts (dimensionals), Glimmer Mist - Iridescent Gold, Gamsol, Prismacolor pencils, paper stumps, Stampin' Up ticket corner punch, 2 gold brads, 4 red brads, glue dots, Burgundy silk ribbon - 32mm / 1-1/4" wide, Bow Easy, MS Arch Lattice edge punch, Cardstock:  burgundy, dark green, white

Monday, April 19, 2010

Blog Candy alert

Hello again!  This is my 2nd post for today - please scroll down for today's card.

One of my favourite Blogs that I've been following for ages is "All the things I love" by Bev Rochester.   I joined up when I first started colouring with my Prismacolor pencils and Gamsol, and have learned so much from her (and still have much to learn!).  If you have never seen her Blog, please go and have a look - she makes the most amazing cards.  Bev really knows how to colour images - they are just WOW!  And the way she uses embellies is stunning.

Anyhow:  Bev is celebrating her 2 year Blogaversary.  Bev has this amazing candy on offer with a huge array of flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts as well as pins, lace and designer paper.  Check out Bev's blog for the deets and to enter via Mr Linky.  Good luck :-)


Cuttlebug: Jules Jewells - With Heartfelt Sympathy


Hello and 'Happy Monday' - thanks for dropping in :-)

I started a Sympathy card the other day to play the Splitcoaststampers Clean & Simple CAS61 Challenge #61 of "Sentiments" - the only stamping being allowed on our card was a sentiment or a verse - but I ran out of time because I had so many birthday cards which HAD to be done, so finished my Sympathy card a few days ago.  I made it to have on hand because I rarely feel like making one when I need to.

Not a whole lot to explain really - it is a very simple one-layer card.  The dry embossing is my new Cuttlebug folder: Jules Jewells which I really love & I think could be used for almost any occasion.  The postman brought me my new Stampin' Up corner punch which I used on all the corners.  AT LAST I have a corner punch that cuts cleanly AND easily - it is top quality and wish I had bought one a year ago & not put up with daggy edges that my old 'home brand' one frustratingly made all the time.

The sentiment panel was popped up on 1mm mounts (dimensionals).   I punched 2 small hearts and glued them to the sentiment panel and added some very fine .008 white glitter to them just to add a little something "extra" that wasn't over-the-top.

The ribbon was made in 2 separate elements and the bow itself was made with my Bow Easy.  I attached the bow with a glue dot.

Thanks again for visiting and your comments always make my day!


Card Recipe:

Stamps: Sentiment from Wendy Irving Expressions J6412.01 clear stamp set 

Ink: Stazon Jet Black 

Accessories: Cuttlebug, Jules Jewells embossing folder, Spellbinder Oval Nestabilities, Bow Easy, Carl CP8 Heart duo punch, .008 fine white glitter, SU corner punch, 1" - 25mm wide white organza ribbon, glue dot, 1mm mounts, Cardstock: white

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Elzybells: George - and his dragon

Hello and welcome to my little Blog :-)

My DD received a party invitation a few days ago to a boy's 7th birthday party which was held on Saturday afternoon.  Eek - not much notice and not much time to make a card because I had lots of running around to do during the week but I managed to squeeze the card in somehow.  It was rather fortunate that I had a Leggo set put away in the cupboard which I had bought on sale - what better image to match the Leggo set (see below) than my Elzybells Knight and Dragon stamp which I still had on my desk from the card  I uploaded here to my Blog a week or so ago.

Plus on the "Something Completely Different" Challenge Blog, the theme for Week 47 is "D".  My "D's" are the dragon, the distressing, the diamond & dots embossing folder, the designer paper has diamonds on it, and I pierced the dots around the image and sentiment, I used distressing stamps around the various layers (most visible around the edge of the image though where you can see "cracks" etc), the sentiment is on dimensionals, and the rust-coloured cardstock is Deep Desert Dune.  It was fun to try and get as many "D" items on the card as I could.

I'm also popping this card into the Splitcoaststampers "Ways to use it Challenge" WT167 of Masculine.

The Cuttlebugging was done with my Quickutz Diamond and Dots embossing folder, then I lightly sanded the embossing.  The image was coloured with Gamsol and Prismacolor pencils then I lightly chalked around the image with my Kaisercolour chalks.  I used my Kaszazz distressing rubber stamps with my Hero Arts 'Soft Sand' Shadow ink around the edges of the image, the sentiment and the designer paper, then grabbed my seasponge and smooched the same ink around the edges of each layer on the card.

The sentiment was stamped with Burnt Sienna ink and was popped up on 2mm mounts (dimensionals).  The ribbon was made in 2 separate elements 'cos I like neat ribbons on my cards!

I recently purchased a Bazzill In 'Stitch'z Mat from Scrapbook Boutique which I used underneath my piercer - it is really thick and works 100 times better than my old mouse mat and I ended up with a much neater row of dots.   I just checked and the mat is sold out at the moment, but you can click on the little envelope which is just above the "Add 1 to basket" so you can receive an EMail when new stock arrives.  I have bought a ton of things from Scrapbook Boutique and they always give super-service and are very reliable; I have no connection with the store - just a very happy customer :-)

Thanks for stopping by.  I'll be back tomorrow with another card.


Stamps:  Elzybells - 'George' 16-031, Kaszazz - Crackle and Cross-hatch stamp (comes in a set of 4 unmounted), Kaszazz Birthday Postage Mark

Ink:  Memento Tuxedo black, Hero Arts 'Soft Sand' Shadow, Colorbox Burnt Sienna Chalk

Designer paper:  K & Co. Brookfield Vintage Diamonds

Accessories:  Gamsol, Prismacolor pencils, paper stumps, Kaisercolour chalks, Cuttlebug, Quickutz Diamond & Dots embossing folder, 2mm mounts (dimensionals), Spellbinder Circle Nestabilities, 15mm - 5/8" wide double-sided satin ribbon (Spotlight), glue dots (to attach ribbon), 3 decorator brass round brads - American Traditional Designs CA-0013, sandpaper, paper piercer, Bazzill In 'Stitch'z piercing mat, seasponge, Martha Stewart Arch Lattice edge punch, Cardstock: white, khaki green, Colormates deep desert dune

Monday, April 12, 2010

Lili of the Valley: Thomas - Letter for you

Hello!  Happy Monday and welcome to my Blog!   It's the start of Term 2 at school so I was back doing the school-run today and catching up on cleaning the house after a whirlwind seemingly went through it these past two weeks!   

I made this card for my soon-to-be 8 year old niece and thought it would be fun to use some new items the postie brought to my door the other day - which is also the Ways to Use It Challenge #261 (WT261) at Splitcoaststampers from a few weeks back where the theme is "What's new?". See this link for the deets.

So what's new on my card: the Designer Paper is a digital download I did from a few days ago, the cat is my new stamp from Lili of the Valley (LOTV), the flowers are from my new Cuttlebug flower die set, the bottom punched border is my new Martha Stewart  Floral Lace edge punch and the embossed purple cardstock is my new Cuttlebug Caramello embossing folder.  Sometimes it takes a while before we get the "latest" craft items here in Australia - so some of the items might not seem very new to you if you are in the USA - but they are to me.

I rarely use purples to make a card which is odd because it's my favourite colour, yet I only have about 6 purple ribbons compared to about 100 pink or brown ones.  Anyway, I think I'll use purples more often from now on - they look so pretty and are a very nice change from pink.

Isn't this cat stamp just so adorable?!!  Being a cat-lover, I had to have this cat (along with several other designs) as soon as Lili of the Valley (UK) released them.   I coloured the image with Gamsol and Prismacolor pencils and I added Kindyglitz Crystalina to the cat's cheeks, flowers and around the edges of the envelope.  I wrote the 'for you' on the little card with my Zig black pen.  I lightly chalked around the image with my Kaisercolour chalks.

The image panel was popped up on 1mm mounts (dimensionals).  I also ran my Warm Violet ink around the image panel and Peach Pastel ink around the Buttercream cardstock panel because these panels were handcut using the Nestie as a stencil and it makes them look better because it tends to hide my not-so-perfect cutting!  I wish Spellbinders would bring out the inbetween sizes in the Labels Nesties - it would make things so much easier.

The Designer Paper (floral background and purple gingham) is a from a digital set called "Noah's Too" by NitWit Collections.   I said I would never use digital papers - I'm eating my words since I thought I would give them a chance and try them and oh my gosh - I am such a convert!  They are BIG files to download, but I can print them on my printer using the "Standard" setting which doesn't use too much ink and they just look fantastic.  I love the idea of being able to resize the image, or change the colours - and even with only my Canon Scanner program - I don't have Photoshop.

For the flowers: I attached the different coloured elements of the flowers to white cardstock to give them some stability as the Designer paper was printed on just ordinary printing paper which is thin so I needed some extra thickness to keep all the bits together and so I could bend the petals up a bit without ripping the paper!  The button is sewed on with Anchor stranded cotton using the full 6 threads. Two of the flowers were mounted with glue dots, and the top LH one is on a 2mm mount so it would be slightly higher then the one next to it. 

The ribbon was attached in 2 separate elements and the bow itself was made with my Bow Easy.

I am also entering this card in 3 Challenges:

Alice in Wonderland Challenge - Chapter 8 (OAC8) - the Challenge being "flowers".

The Pink Elephant Challenge #62 - which is 1 image, 2 dies and 3 of my favourite embellies:  the 2 dies being the Labels Nesties and the Cuttlebug Flower dies, and 3 of my fav embellies are the flower buttons.

Colour Create Challenge #42 - which is Lilac, Grey & White + the extra challenge of Gingham (my cat is coloured grey in case you are wondering where my grey is).  I had to think very hard about how to incorporate the "extra" challenge of Gingham, but that's why it's called a Challenge isn't it?!

Wish me luck :-)

Thanks for stopping in to have a peek at my card!  


Stamps:  Lili of the Valley (LOTV) 'Thomas - Letter for you' S125 (unmounted)

Paper:  NitWit Collections: NitWit Collections Backs "Noah's Too" ©2008 by Mary Fran of www.nitwitcollections.com

Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Colorbox Warm Violet & Peach Pastel chalk ink 

Accessories:  Cuttlebug, 3 flower-shaped buttons, 1mm & 2mm mounts (dimensionals), Caramello embossing folder, Swiss dots embossing folder, Spellbinder Labels 2 Nestabilities, Martha Stewart Floral Lace edge punch, Anchor lilac stranded cotton, Gamsol, Prismacolor pencils, Zig Millenium .005 black pen, lilac ribbon 3/8" - 9mm wide, Kindyglitz Crystalina, Bow Easy, Kaisercolour chalks, Cardstock: white, lilac, buttercream

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Penny Black: Just next to you - Happy 21st Wedding Anniversary!

Hello and thanks for visiting my Blog!

It's DH's and my 21st Wedding Anniversary today!  Yep, 21 years!!  We married in 1989!  It doesn't really seem that long ago and it's amazing how the time has flown and how the world has changed since then.  We are having a little celebratory dinner at home with our 6 yo DD.  She is very excited about it and can't wait to celebrate her own wedding anniversary seeing as a little boy in her class wants to marry her - yep, he's proposed (several times actually)!   It just cracks me up when I see how excited he is to see her when we arrive at school and wants to hold her hand straight away.  Sheesh - he's only 6 but he's sooooo smitten.  Anyway, I am digressing.....

I made this card (obviously) for DH and coloured the image a few weeks ago, but was stumped at what to do with it.  It sat on my desk until I saw the Challenge over the ABC Challenge Blog of  "R is for Red".  "Perfect" I thought and when the Postie brought me my long-desired Cuttlebug Love Language embossing folder and die set (courtesy of EBay), I put them together and this is what I came up with.   Simple and unfussy.  Sorry it's not a great photo - my camera doesn't photograph reds very well and adjusting the image with my photo imaging software doesn't help much - there doesn't seem to be anything between underexposing and overexposing the photo.  The dogs are actually darker IRL but look a bit washed out in the photo.   I'll have to try and get some advice on how to photograph red cards from somewhere.

I'm also popping this card into the Allsorts Challenge #46 which is no DP's!  I love making cards with no dp's - clean and simple with just a bit of embossing for texture.  Right up my alley.

I coloured the image with Gamsol and Prismacolor pencils and lightly chalked around the image with my Kaisercolour chalks, then ran my Warm Red ink pad around the edges of the oval.  I added to some glue to the hearts on the image, add poured on some very fine red glitter.   I punched a heart from red cardstock, and glittered this as well.  I stamped the sentiment with Stazon jet black ink as it seems to give better coverage on clear stamps than the Memento ink.   I did the ribbon in 2 separate elements so the writing wouldn't be upside down and so I could get the writing even on both sides of the knot.

Thanks for stopping by to have a peek at my card.


Card Recipe:

Stamps:  Penny Black 'Just next to you!' 1921F, Sentiment from Elzybells 'Spring Cubes' 20-015-CC clear stamp set

Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Stazon Jet Black, Colorbox Chalk Warm Red

Accessories:  Cuttlebug, Cuttlebug Love Language ef, Spellbinder Oval Nestabilities, .008 fine red glitter, corner punch, Carl CP-2 Heart punch, Gamsol, Prismacolor pencils, paper stumps, Kaisercolour chalks, Ribbon 1/2" - 13mm wide, Cardstock: white, red

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Elzybells: George - In days of old, when Knights were bold.......

Hello everyone!  Hope you had a lovely Easter.  

I made this card for my soon-to-be 5 year old nephew and used one of my favourite sketches for the layout from the Christmas Stampin' All Year Long blog.  This sketch is by Maria Bell and is from way back in October 2009 - see this link for the details and here is a copy of the Sketch.  I'm a huge fan of Maria Bell - she is so incredibly talented and I really love her Sketches. 

I have a folder will all my favourite card layouts/sketches which are great for looking through when I'm a bit low on my mojo.

Isn't this Elzybells image just so perfect for boy's cards?  Although my DD said she wants it on her birthday card except that the dragon will HAVE to be pink (of course - what else?!).  The image was coloured with Gamsol and Prismacolor pencils and I lightly chalked around the image with my Kaisercolour chalks.  The sentiment is also from Elzybells and because I bought it unmounted, it meant I could separate (ie: cut) the words so it would fit inside the oval panel (note: I can no longer find it on their website but Elzy has plenty of other birthday sentiments that would work just as well).  I added an 'old gold' brad either side of the sentiment.

I had a go at putting some Tim Holtz 'Antique Linen' Distress Ink around the edges of each panel using my new Ranger Ink Blender tool which the Postie delivered last Thursday.   I am not very confident with distressing and aging cards but I am trying to learn (even if I think my distressed cards look like something from my compost bin!).  I "re-discovered" an unmounted Kaszazz stamp in my stash that puts crackle lines on  your cardstock, so pulled out my Hero Arts Shadow ink and proceeded to splot the crackle lines around the main image panel, the sentiment panel and the designer paper.  

The dry embossing is the Cuttlebug Moroccan screen embossing folder which I lightly sanded before adding the Distress ink around the edges.  Both the image and sentiment panels were popped up on mounts (dimensionals).   The brads underneath the ribbon have been kicking around my craft room for over a year but seemed to be just perfect for the card.

Thanks for stopping by to have a peek at my card!


Card Recipe:

Stamps:  Elzybells - 'George' 16-031 & Happy Birthday sentiment, Kaszazz - Crackle stamp (comes in a set of 4 unmounted)

Ink:  Memento Tuxedo black, Tim Holtz 'Antique Linen' Distress Ink, Hero Arts 'Soft Sand' Shadow ink

Designer paper:  Fancy Pants - Papa "Courageous"

Accessories:  Gamsol, Prismacolor pencils, paper stumps, Kaisercolour chalks, Cuttlebug, Moroccan Screen embossing folder, 1 and 2mm mounts (dimensionals), Spellbinder Oval Nestabilities, Ranger Ink Blender tool, 10mm - 3/8" wide pale olive grosgrain ribbon, glue dot, 2 small 'old gold' brads, 3 decorator brass round brads - American Traditional Designs CA-0013, Cardstock: pale olive, rust, white, Colormates deep outdoorsy olive (pretty cool name for a cardstock colour eh?!)

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Penny Black: Bunny Kiss - Happy Easter!


Hello and thanks for stopping by :-)

I made this Easter card for my DD.  She was SOOOOO excited about the Easter Bunny coming this morning - nothing is more precious than seeing a child's eyes light up in wonder at the magic of it all!

One of my favourite cards to make is an Easel card.  They are so easy but look so good, and it makes me decorate the inside of the card which I don't often do.  

I am entering this card in the Papertake Weekly Challenge of "It's fill your boots time" which is an open theme so we get to choose what we want to make and we have the chance of winning a $25 voucher to the Simon Says Stamp on-line store.  Wish me luck!  I LOVE doing Challenges which is one of the reasons why I started a Blog and have learnt so much from doing them.

This cute little Penny Black bunny and chick was coloured with Gamsol and Prismacolor pencils and I lightly chalked around the image with both Kaisercolour chalks and I-Kand-dee pearlescent chalks.  It was very cloudy and quite "dull" here yesterday, so it was really hard to get a decent photo.  I added Kindyglitz to the bunny's cheeks and ears, the chick's cheeks, plus the flower petals.  The tiny pink and light mustard hearts near the chick and on the bottom RHS of the bottom panel (where you write your message) are the leftover punchies from my EK Success Arrows border punch.

The main panel has been popped up on 1mm mounts (dimensionals) as has the sentiment panel.  I finally "made" myself use 3 of my gorgeous little stash of pink Robin's Nest Dew drops.  They are so pretty and shiny!  I sure do love them!
When I added the 3 flower brads to the bottom section that holds up the front panel, I didn't push them quite all the way through so that they were high enough to hold the panel easily without the panel slipping off.  There is also a score-line above the pink punched border on the bottom section which I made with my new Martha Stewart scoring board.

Here is a pic of the side view of the card:

Thanks for having a peek at my card.  Hope you are having a wonderful Easter!


Card Recipe:

Stamps:  Penny Black 'Bunny Kiss' 2563H, Sentiment: Pink Gem Designs 'Easter Wishes' (clear stamp)

Ink:  Memento Tuxedo black

Designer paper:  Basic Grey Urban Prairie - Bountiful

Accessories:  Cuttlebug, Swiss dots embossing folder, Kaisercolour chalks, I-Kan-dee pearlescent chalks, 1mm mounts (dimensionals), Gamsol, Prismacolor pencils, paper stumps, Spellbinder Large Square Nestabilities and Large Scalloped Square Nestabilities, Robins Nest dew drops, Kindyglitz Crystalina, glue dots, Martha Stewart Doily Lace edge punch, EK Success Arrows border punch, Martha Stewart scoring board, flower brads, Cardstock: Colormates deep pretty pink, white, light mustard
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