Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Caps Off

My eldest son graduates from the University of Aberdeen with first class honours next Monday.  I thought the occasion merited a special graduation card.

There seems to be a lot of talk in the news recently about mortarboard throwing being banned.  Not sure what Aberdeen University's policy on this is but I thought it would be fun to make a card on which Gavin can toss a mortarboard cap as much as he likes!  

Alcohol inks was the challenge for "Just Us Girls" this week which inspired me to make the background from various alcohol inks - Pool, Sandal, Willow, Lemonade and a touch of Silver.  I do love making these backgrounds, they look like polished marble to me.  Stamping on them is very tricky however.   I thought I'd use my Tim Holtz stamping platform in case I had to repeat the stamping (which I did).  Unfortunately the glossy paper still slipped, and I ended up with a slight double image.

Here's a close up of the stamped image and the background.  I stacked the Mini Mortarboard up 4 times to get a nice substantial thickness.  I glued a mini magnet to a circular piece of acetate and another magnet to the back of the mortar board (making sure the polarities were correct).   The spin channel was cut with two Spellbinders Petite Ovals using the partial cut method.

Supplies :
Impression Obsession Mini Mortarboard; Katzelkraft Mini Capitals

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Thursday, 7 June 2018

Country Train

I've had this Quickutz Train die for many, many years.  I think I bought it at the same craft fair I bought my first cuttlebug.  I cut four trains from red, green, blue and yellow cardstock and then switched various elements around in the different colours until I was happy with the results.  It's a bit fiddly but it is cute when assembled.  I gave the engine and the carriages a good coating of glossy accents for extra wow.  

The clouds were sponged in using Salty Ocean DI and some die cut Memory Box Puffy Marshmallow Clouds.  The hills and fence were die cut with the MFT Rolling Hills and Fence dies.  There's plenty of room for personalisation at a later date when it's needed!

I'm entering this card in The Male Room Challenge # 87 - Little Boys

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Monday, 14 May 2018

Getting Krafty

I have been itching to use these lovely Elizabeth Craft Dies since I bought them last January!  I knew I wanted to do something simple and thought I'd try kraft on white.

The Current Timeout Challenge gave me the perfect opportunity with their current "Inspired By Words Challenge"

I'm getting ready for an artisan market I help organise with various artisans from different fields all local to Luxembourg.  I haven't had a lot of time with Simon's recuperation from surgery so I'm having to work late into the night making enough cards to sell.  I liked the simplicity of this design so much I decided to make up a batch of others with various sentiments.  

Supplies : Elizabeth Craft Designs Pair Of Leaves; Crea-Nest-Lies 44 and 52; WOW! Vanilla White Embossing Powder; XCut Herringbone Embossing Folder; Sentiments from WMS Teeny Trees, WMS Big Day Today, WPLUS9 Funky Flowers

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Saturday, 12 May 2018

Ship in Port

I have a fundraiser market coming up shortly and I've been busily trying to stock up on cards to sell.

My first port of call when I'm in need of inspiration is usually the Viva la Verve Sketch monthly sketch and as usual Julie Tilman did not disappoint.

Viva la Verve May 2018 Sketch

That banner got me thinking nautical!  Initially I was going to to make a masculine (probably Father's Day card), but ended up with this encouragement card instead which I thought would be perfect for a young person (male or female) about to fly the coop!

Stamps and Dies : Verve Strong Anchor and Matching die set; Verve Stitched Pennants (some creative die cutting to make it this long); WMS Safe Harbour Sentiments

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Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Push Biking up Daisies

Last week summer finally seemed within our grasp and it was easy to imagine sunny blue skies and fields full of daisies - this week it's a little more difficult.  

The fluffy white clouds were made using a die cut WPlus9 cloud border and Salty Ocean DI.

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes

Other Supplies
Dies : Marianne D. Vintage Bicycle; MFT Rolling Hills and Fence; Frantic Stamper Village Sky;
Stamps : WMS Old Country Roses (Sentiment); Jaine Drake (Sarah Hurley Special Editions) On Your Bike (Envelope and Inside)
Inks : Charcoal Colour Box Fluid Chalk (sentiment); Smoke Blue Versacolor (Envelope and Inside)

Friday, 27 April 2018

Putting my spin on it

A quick post to show you this card I created last week.  It was for 10 year old basketball fan.  I downloaded an image of a basketball court and a basketball inserted them into a word document, resized them and printed them on white cardstock.  I die cut the basketball with a Spellbinders Circle die, coated it with glossy accents and sprinkled ultrafine glitter while it was still set.  I attached a brad to another circle and attached this circle to the back of the basketball - giving me a basketball brad!

I attached the basketball brad to the centre of the court, added a 1 cut Sizzix Serif Number 1 and added the court to the card blank with dimensional to give the brad freedom to move.

Pretty simple card really. Here's a basic video of the card in action!

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