Saturday, July 31, 2010

A very vintage Christmas from the NEW Debbi Moore Vintage Christmas CD

Hello and welcome to my Blog :-)

This is a DT card for Fat Cat's Card Corner using the new Debbi Moore CD range of printable images.  This particular image (the centre panel, ie: the Church) is from the Vintage Christmas CD and there are 100 images for you to play with.  Now I have to say that I LOVE Vintage cards but haven't really made them until this card - I've had all the tools and I have a little collection of Vintage-style Christmas dp's and embellies, but wasn't quite sure what to do.  So what better way to start, than to jump in the deep end - plus it was easy starting with an image that I didn't HAVE to colour - the job was already done LOL!!

There are instructions on the CD on how to print the images - you don't need any fancy software.  I printed the image out onto white cardstock using my Canon printer on the "highest" quality.  Easy peasy!

The designer paper is by Webster's pages Holiday Collection Combo pack 6" x 6" pad which I bought last year.  I literally squealed with delight when I saw that the same colours on a lot of the Vintage images on the CD match this Webster paper pad perfectly even down to the aqua roof on the Church!  A match made in heaven!

I distressed each layer with a blending tool and Antique Linen distress ink.  The main image panel is up on 1mm mounts (dimensionals) as is the sentiment circle.  The sentiment is from a retired Stampin' Up set called 'Riveting'.

I added some fine red glitter to the berries on the designer paper.  The poinsettias have a sparkly star brad in the centre and were glued on using Crafter's Pick Incredibly Tacky glue (LOVE this stuff!!).  I sprayed the whole card with Gold Glimmer Mist which adds a lovely subtle sparkle.

I did a very simple card inside:

I used my Labels 1 Nesties to diecut the cream cardstock sentiment panel to match the same shape as on the designer paper on the card front, then heavily distressed it with Antique Linen ink.  As you can see, I need a bit more practice with distressing so I don't get any hard edges!  The sentiment is from a gorgeous set by Waltzingmouse Stamps called 'Very Vintage Christmas'.  Waltzingmouse Stamps are based in Ireland and post worldwide.  The decorative border was made with a Martha Stewart Arch Lattice edge punch - there is a score line just above the border which I made with a Martha Stewart Scoring board.

Check out the other Debbi Moore CD's at Fat Cat's Card Corner.  There is a large range to suit your taste - from Silhouette to Oriental, to Art Deco to Sepia, Men's & Boys, Cats, Vintage Flowers and more!  Plus there are also Debbi Moore stamp sets.

Thanks again for stopping by!  Have a great weekend!


Card Recipe:

Stamps:  SU Riveting sentiment set, Waltingmouse Very Vintage Christmas clear stamp set

Ink:  Colorbox Dark Moss chalk ink (for sentiments), Tim Holtz Antique Linen Distress Ink

Designer paper:  Webster's pages Holiday Collection combo pack 6" x 6" pad

Accessories:  Debbi Moore Vintage Christmas CD, Cuttlebug, Spellbinder Circle Nesties & Labels 1 Nesties, Ranger Inkssentials blending tool and foam pad, ribbon - Making Memories 'Fa La La', 1mm mounts (dimensionals), Glimmer Mist - Iridescent gold, fine red glitter, Tim Holtz Prima Poinsettias, red glittery star brad - Making Memories, Crafter's Pick Incredibly tacky glue, MS Arch Lattice edge punch, MS Scoring board, Cardstock:  olive green, white, cream, burgundy

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Stampendous Bee Daisy - bee happy on your birthday!

Hi and welcome to my Blog :-)

I had to make a quick card for my niece's birthday later this week, so this is what I came up with.

The beautiful embossed frame is by Craftwork Cards which I bought from The Craft Barn in the UK.  They come in packs of ten with all sorts of designs and are perfect for square cards which I love to make, and I love that they have the scalloped edge too. 

I coloured the bee with OMS and Prismas, then glued on black and yellow Fun Flock using Art Institute Designer dries clear adhesive, then added clear glitter to his wings, pink to his antennae, plus pink and lemon glitter to the flower.  I lightly chalked around the image too.  The tiny lemon and pink hearts are the leftover punchies from my Arrows Border punch (but your probably already know that by now if you follow my Blog 'cos I use them ALL the

Here is a little close-up of the flocking.  I keep wanting to "feel" the little bee - he's so soft and furry!

I'm popping this card into the Splitcoaststampers CAS75 Challenge of dry embossing.  See this link for the deets.

Thanks again for stopping by.  Have a great week!


Card Recipe:

Stamps:  Stampendous CRE214 Cling Bee Daisy, Sentiment: from Crafter's Companion 'Popcorn the Bear' Bunches of Love set

Ink:  Memento Tuxedo black

Accessories:  Odourless Mineral Spirits, Prismacolor pencils, paper stumps, Stampendous Fun Flock: Lemonade Yellow and Black, Art Institute transparent glitter: pink, crystal and pink (from Shabby Chic set), Art Institute designer dries clear glue, Kaisercolour chalks, EK Success Arrows border punch, Stampin' Up corner punch, Craftworks cards embossed frames: mixed bouquet, ribbon, Bow Easy, Cardstock: white, pink, lemon

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Blog Candy at Papercrafts by Rach

Rach from Papercrafts by Rach has two generous lots of Blog Candy on offer.  

One is for:
Neenah Classic Crest smooth - natural white pack 50 sheets
Neenah classic crest super smooth - solar white pack 50 sheets
a total of 100 sheets supplied by:  Hobbyhouse UK

Neenah cardstock is great for colouring with Copics according to Rach.

and the second candy giveaway is for:
A set of Hanglar and Stanglar stamps Kit 6

Both candy’s will close on Wednesday August 4th @10pm UK time.

To enter, use Mr Linky and you need to spread the word via your Blog.

While you are on Rach's blog, have a look at her beautiful cards especially the ones using Lily of the Valley (LOTV) stamps (which is one of my fav stamp companies).   Rach's cards are so amazing and she really knows how to colour in an image.


Monday, July 19, 2010

Penny Black Party Time and Cuttlebug Grace's Frame + a Blog Award


Hello, and welcome to my escape from the ironing basket!

I made this card for the Splitcoaststampers 'Free for All' Challenge F4A20 of 'Show us What Ya Got' where you find the most recent thing you purchased that is still in its package and use it - see this link for the deets - so it didn't take much prompting to open up my new Penny Black clear stamp set - the newly released "Party Time".  I also just recently bought this Cuttlebug Grace's Frame embossing folder from Fat Cat's Card Corner, so I couldn't wait to rip open the packaging and use this gorgeous folder.

I'm also popping this card into the Splitcoaststampers Clean and Simple CAS75 Challenge of 'Dry Embossing'. See this link for the deets.

The image was coloured with Odourless Mineral Spirits and Prismacolor pencils.  I stamped a 2nd image and cut out just the present and popped it up on a 1mm mount (dimensional).   I went to town with the pink glitter on the balloon and present - {sigh} - I just love glitter - messy but I love sparkly things!!   I lightly chalked around the image with Kaisercolour chalks for the blue sky.   The bow was made with my Bow Easy.  The pink colour of the bow matches perfectly to the pink cardstock IRL, but for some reason, the pink cardstock looks a bit more purpley-pink in the photo.  The pink cardstock was embossed with my Jamara embossing folder.

This card took me very little time to make and will be going to my 3 year old niece for her birthday later this week.

* Two Awards from Anna in Wisconsin, USA *

Anna from her Blog: Anna's Papercrafts has been so kind and given me not one, but TWO Blog Awards and made some lovely comments about my Blog - thank you sweetie - it really made my day!  Anna is a newbie to the Blogging world having started blogging only a few months ago and posts nearly every day.

I am supposed to pass this award onto 10 other Bloggers.  I would love to pass it on to countless bloggers who have inspired me and encouraged me - every single person is worthy and it is impossible to choose - I truly think you are all amazing.  I'll just list a couple for now:

Lollychops - Lolly is incredibly crafty lady and among other things, has these amazing Flower tutorials.  Recently I crocheted some of the flowers using the tutorials from her Blog and I was so happy with how they turned out.

Indigo Inklings - Jay has lots of Cuttlebug & embossing folder tutorials, Coloured Pencil tutorials, Big Shot tutorials - I have learnt so much from her.

Thanks again for stopping by and thank you for all the lovely comments you have been leaving - they are so appreciated.


Card Recipe:

Stamps:  Sentiment and Hedgie by Penny Black: Party Time 30-049 clear set 
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo black 

Accessories:  Cuttlebug, Grace's Frame and Jamara embossing folders, Prismacolor pencils, OMS, paper stumps, 1mm mounts (dimensionals), Art Institute transparent pink glitter (from Shabby Chic set), Art Institute Designer dries clear adhesive, pink satin ribbon, Bow Easy, Stampin' Up Corner punch, Kaisercolour chalks, pink gems, cardstock: white, pink

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Cuttlebug Winter Wonderland Christmas baubles

Hello and thanks for visiting :-)

I had this idea in my head to make an all-white Christmas card using only embossing - no designer papers, glitter or stamps - something that was easy to mass-produce for Christmas - and this is what I came up with.  My little Craft Room has been a hive of activity this week - what a mess - it looks like something exploded in there while my mojo has been running on overtime!!

Not much to explain.   I corner-punched the cardstock before I did the embossing - otherwise you will squash/mark your embossing with the punch (yes, I know that's logical, but I found out the hard way!).   The baubles are one of the folders from the new Cuttlebug Winter Wonderland set and I made two score lines with my Martha Stewart scoring board, THEN used my timeless Swiss dots embossing folder on the ends.  By doing the score lines first, you can butt your dots folder up against the line so that you will be sure it is straight.

ETA:  Thanks to Joy who emailed me as she was stumped at how I did the dry embossing - it never occurred to me to explain it - so here's how I did it:

I started with a separate piece of white cardstock to my actual card – the size I generally use for a card-front on regular (ie: non-square) cards is 15cm high x 10.5cm wide (which is just a shade over 6 inches x 4 inches if you prefer imperial measurements instead of metric).  So it is then easy to pop your separate piece of cardstock into your embossing folder to put thru your Cuttlebug. 

Once I had finished my embossing & added the ribbon, I then glued this separate sheet of cardstock to my card front which I had already corner-punched and is the same size as my separate sheet of cardstock – in this instance, I chose to have a top opening card – and neatened any edges that were sticking out – so it LOOKS like it is just a one layer card but in reality, it is 2 layers – the embossed/decorated front panel is just attached to the actual card front - you can hardly tell unless you are looking for it.  In fact, I do this for many of my cards. 

The reason I like to do it this way is for several reasons:
  1. So it is easy to do the dry embossing 
  2. If I add a ribbon, I can hide the ribbon edges under this layer so they don’t show at all – looks neater that way
  3. I can do the inside of the card before I attach the front panel, and if I mess it up, I can throw that bit away and do it again (and you have no idea how many times I manage to smudge the inside greetings or stamp them crookedly or even upside down - insert groan and rolling eyes here...LOL!) - it's like my fail-safe escape plan for my dumb dingbat stamping methods......
I hope this makes sense.  If it doesn't, please feel free to email me - my addy is at the top LH side of my Blog.

I thought the card needed a little pizazz, so I added the sparkly red star brad to the ribbon.  I actually cut the prongs off and glued it on - I couldn't get the prongs to wrap neatly around the ribbon plus the ends were sticking out, so it was much quicker to cut the prongs off and glue (I will know that for NEXT time so I don't have to fiddle and fiddle and fiddle LOL!!)

I'm popping this card into this week's Splitcoaststampers CAS75 Challenge of "Dry embossing" -  plus I am entering it in the ABC Christmas Challenge of "O is for Ornaments" - with the added option to add some gloss and shine to your creation - which is my red sparkly Star brad.  The brad doesn't look very sparkly in the photo - no sunshine here today - cold, dull, Wintery and cloudy so not great for showing up "sparkliness"!

Hope you like my CAS card - and thanks again for stopping by!


Card Recipe:

Accessories:  Cuttlebug, Swiss dots embossing folder, Ornaments embossing folder from Cuttlebug Winter Wonderland set, organza ribbon, red glittery star brad, Stampin' Up corner punch, Martha Stewart Score board, Cardstock: white

ETA:  I just learned today that this card was chosen as one of the top three over at the ABC Christmas Challenge "O is for Ornaments" so I will be receiving a special little blinkie to add to my Blog.  Woo hoo!!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Cuttlebug Perfect Perennials Birthday Card

Hello and thanks for stopping by to have a peek at my Blog :-)

Woo hoo!   I'm actually on-time for another Splitcoaststampers Challenge!  This card is for the CAS75 Challenge of Dry Embossing.  If you follow my Blog, you will know that I LOVE my Cuttlebug so the Challenge gave me the perfect excuse to use my new Cuttlebug 'Perfect Perennials' die/embossing folder combo.  It's so handy to be able to emboss and diecut a window at the same time; I can see myself using this folder alot for quick and simple cards.  The corners were all rounded with my SU corner punch.

I coloured the hedgie with OMS and Prismacolor pencils, then lightly chalked around the image for the sky and ground, and added a bit of pink chalk as well to match the pink cardstock.  The hedgie looks a bit washed out in the photo but it isn't IRL - the pink embossed cardstock came out really dark in the photo so I had to lighten it which made the hedgie a bit too light, and this was about the best adjustment I could get to make the whole card look kinda normal!

I added some fine crystal glitter to the flowers, the hedgie's envelope and the tiny heart (which is the leftover punchie from my Arrows border punch) next to the sentiment.   I attached the ribbon in 2 separate elements and made the bow itself with my Bow Easy (don't know what I'd do without my Bow Easy!).

This card is going to my SIL for her birthday.  Thanks again for visiting!  TTFN!


Card Recipe:

Stamps:  Hedgie from Penny Black: Party Time 30-049 clear set, Sentiment: Crafter's Companion Someone Special Popcorn the Bear set 

Ink:  Memento Tuxedo black

Accessories:  Cuttlebug, Cuttlebug 'Perfect Perennials' Emboss Plus, pink gems, odourless mineral spirits, paper stumps, Prismacolor pencils, Kaisercolour chalks, Art Institute crystal transparent glitter, Art Institute designer dries clear adhesive, Stampin' Up corner punch, EK Success Arrows Border punch, ribbon, Bow Easy, cardstock: white, pink

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Crafter's Companion Bunches of Love for my niece's birthday

Hi and welcome to my Blog :-)

I made this card for this week's Ways to Use it Challenge on Splitcoaststampers WT278 Yellow sunshine where you are to use yellow in a card.  See this link for the deets.  Yellow is not a colour I use very often, so this challenge gave me the perfect excuse to ink up this cute little duck.

This clean & simple (CAS) little one-layer card is going to my niece for her birthday.  Not a whole lot to explain really - the duck is from an unmounted 'Popcorn the bear' set by Crafter's Companion - and was coloured with Odourless Mineral Spirits and Prismascolor pencils, then I added some little strokes with watered-down acrylic paint to add some feathers (you will probably need to click on the piccy to see them), then blended the feathers in by adding a wash of watered down yellow paint over the top.  I did a similar thing with the centre of the flower too.  I love how you can combine the pencils and paint to create some "extra" texture to an image.

Because I am the Glitter Queen, I added pink glitter to the duck's heart and purple glitter to the flower petals and around the edge of the sentiment tag.  The tiny little purple and lemon hearts underneath the birthday sentiment are the leftover punchies from my Arrows border punch.

I chalked around the image for the sky and ground and lightly chalked the dry embossing.  I attached the ribbon in 2 separate elements and the bow itself was made with my Bow Easy.

Thanks again for stopping by - have a great weekend!


Card Recipe:

Stamps:  Bunches of Love set by Crafter's Companion, Impression Obsession Sentiments 1 WP16

Ink:  Stazon Jet Black (for the sentiments) and Memento Tuxedo black (for the duck)

Accessories:  Cuttlebug, Sizzix Textured Impressions 'Hello Kitty Spring Set' #2 embossing folder, Odourless Mineral Spirits, Prismacolor Pencils, paper stumps, Kaisercolour chalks, JoSonya Acrylic paints, paint brushes, Bow Easy, yellow button, yellow sewing thread, 12mm-1/2" wide ribbon, Art Institute Transparent Glitter - pink and purple from Shabby Chic set, Art Institute Designer Dries clear adhesive, EK Success Arrows border punch, Cardstock: white, purple, lemon

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Rose Topiary Stitchery

Hi and thanks for visiting my little Blog :-)

I thought I would show you one of my Stitcheries that I finished a little while ago.  The stitchery combines my "other two loves" which are decorative painting and embroidery.  It comes as a kit designed by Libby Richardson from ArtSmart Craft Cottage (Australian company but there are stockists all over the world if you look at their website) and is called "Standard Rose Stitchery" - the design is printed on calico and you also receive the 3 ceramic rose buttons (for the topiary), but you supply the paints, stranded cotton embroidery threads, needles, hanger (I bought my hanger from EBay) and fabric and it comes with instructions on how to do the panels/borders. 

The images are painted with a mix of JoSonya acrylic paints and JoSonya Textile medium and is simple enough for a painter with limited experience to do, then you simply add the embroidery. The best thing about the embroidery is that it uses simple stitches like backstitch, french knots and lazy daisy so it is something you can do and watch TV at the same time and not mess it up!  I added a gold bee charm which didn't come with the kit - just needed a "little something" to finish it off.  I have no connection to ArtSmart Craft Cottage - but have been a regular customer over the years and did a fabulous workshop with Libby a long time ago at a Craft Show.

Hope you like it!  Don't forget you can click on the picture for a closer look.  See you again soon.....


Stitchery Recipe:

Kit:  Standard Rose Stitchery by ArtSmart Craft Cottage

Your own supplies:  Anchor stranded cotton, embroidery needles, JoSonya Acrylic paints, JoSonya Textile medium, sewing thread, sewing machine, assorted co-ordinating material scraps, rotary cutter and cutting board (optional but it's easier than hand-cutting!), bee charm (optional), wire hanger

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Peachy Keen Sleeping Teddy baby girl's card

Greetings and thanks for visiting :-)  Sssh - be very, very quiet - you don't want to wake the bear!

I suddenly realised that I hadn't uploaded this baby card to my Blog - just to my on-line galleries at Splitcoaststampers and Fat Cat's Card Corner.  Duhh!!  A close friend of mine has become a grandmother again to a baby girl, so this is the card I made for her.  Most of her grand-children are pretty much grown-up and this baby has been long-awaited by her son and DIL - so my friend is over-the-moon to have a new granddaughter in her life.  It seemed fitting to choose an image with a moon - isn't this image adorable?!!   I LOVE making baby cards - they are so much fun to make :-)

The image was stamped onto Watercolour paper and watercoloured with JoSonya Acrylic paints.  I lightly chalked around the image with blue Kaiser chalk, then added AI pink transparent glitter to the bear's hat and muzzle, plus the edge of the pink blanket, then added AI lemon transparent glitter to the edges of the star.  The tiny hearts (the leftover punchies from my Arrows border punch) on the sentiment have also been glittered and I ran my Tim Holtz Spun Sugar (pink) ink around the edge of the sentiment, then attached it to the panel with a yellow button brad.  The image is up on 1mm mounts (dimensionals).

This is the first time I ever done REAL stitching on the card, but I chickened out using my sewing machine - I thought the needle might get gummed up from the adhesive on the doublesided tape plus the panel is quite thick and thought I might ruin the card - so I simply pierced the holes with a paper piercer, then sat in front of the TV that evening and hand-stitched it while I watched my favorite shows.  I LOVE how it looks and will definitely do it again.

The paper flowers are from Enthaily Wholesale.  Aren't they pretty?!   I recently found this really great Australian supplier via their EBay listing and bought a little stash of flowers.  Enthaily Wholesale are an on-line 'his & hers' retailer, ie: they sell craft for the girls and car hoses for the boys all on the same website and are based in Queensland.  They have a big range of flowers: roses & rose buds, dahlias, lilies, forget-me-nots, daisies, orchids, mini blossoms, floral stamens, holly, all different types of leaves, some very cute buttons & lots of other stuff.  I have no connection to them - was just very happy with their service and prices plus they carefully wrapped my flowers so they wouldn't get squashed in the post and I like that you can buy a small quantity or in bulk.

I glued the flowers down with a fabulous new glue called "Crafter's Pick 601104 Incredibly Tacky Glue" that I bought from Gosford Hobbies in NSW.  Bev Rochester from her All the Things I love blog recommended it for attaching embellies so I sourced an Australian supplier.  The glue is really, really great - my flowers are really stuck down and haven't moved an inch even though they've been poked, prodded and 'felt' by my 7 yo DD much to my consternation!!
Thanks for stopping by - back in a few days with a new creation.


Card Recipe:

Stamps: Peachy Keen: PK-250 Sleeping Teddy, Impression Obsession: Sentiments 1 WP16 

Designer Paper:  Basic Grey Two Scoops - dreamsicle 

Ink:  Stazon Jet black, Tim Holtz Spun Sugar Distress 

Accessories:  Cuttlebug, Tiny Tags die set, Textile embossing folder, Punches: Martha Stewart Pinking scallop & EK Success Arrows border, pink and lemon Art Institute Transparent Glitter from Shabby Chic set, Art Institute designer dries clear adhesive, tiny button brad (from Target), lemon button, pink sewing thread, paper piercer, Spellbinder Circle Nestabilities, 140lb/300gsm Watercolour paper, JoSonya acrylic paints, paint brushes, 1cm wide gingham ribbon, 15mm roses + 25mm mulberry paper blossoms - Enthaily Wholesale, Crafter's Pick Incredibly Tacky Glue, Kaisercolour chalks, 1mm mounts (dimensionals), Cardstock: lemon, pink

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Another Christmas card using the Cuttlebug Winter Wonderland set

Hello and thanks for popping by my Blog :-)

Haven't had much time for cardmaking this week because it's school holidays plus it was my DD's 7th birthday.  We went to see Toy Story 3 and it was really fun - highly entertaining for both children and adults.

I did manage to squeeze in another quick one-layer-card this past week again using one of the folders from the new Cuttlebug Winter Wonderland set except this time I turned the folder up the other way.   Here is the link to the first card I made using this folder.

I watercoloured the image with acrylic paints and added blue transparent Art Institute glitter to the letters and orange glitter to the snowman's hat.  I added Crystal Lacquer to the snowman's hat so it looks all shiny.  The ribbon was attached in 2 separate elements and the bow itself was made with my Bow Easy.  

I'm also popping this card into the Splitcoaststampers Clean and Simple Challenge CAS02 of 'One button will do'.   See this link for the deets.

Thanks again for stopping by.  Have a great weekend.


Card Recipe:

Stamps:  Stampin' Up Big on Christmas (retired)

Ink:  Stazon Jet black

Accessories:  JoSonya acrylic paints, paint brushes, crystal lacquer, Art Institute transparent blue and orange glitter (from Shabby Chic set), Art Institute Designer Dries clear glue, Cuttlebug, Winter Wonderland embossing folder set, 10mm wide ribbon, blue button, blue sewing thread, Stampin' Up corner punch, Bow Easy, cardstock: white
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