Friday, 19 August 2016

Under the Sea

Make My Monday has the following wonderful photo inspiration for this fortnight.  

Which is very fortunate because I made a wedding card for a scuba diving enthusiast before I went away on holidays and had forgotten to blog it since I've been back.  

The background was created using alcohol inks and overstamped with various shells and starfish - mostly from a Crafty Individuals set, with the exception of the nautilus shell which is one of my oldest stamps.  It's a wood mounted stamp from Stamp World and as I have had it for almost 20 years, I would be surprised if you can still find the company let alone the stamp.  But it is beautifully detailed and still one of my favourites.

The central panel was computer generated and double embossed with clear and a sprinkling of Persian Sea Aurora Cosmic Shimmer embossing powder.  Further embossing with UTEE added to the depth and mixed up the embossing powders giving the appearance of water without obscuring the sentiment.  I've edited out the names of the bride and groom and the date of the wedding in this photo.

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Sunday, 14 August 2016

Dream Catcher

I have been wanting to make this card for so long now and finally I have a reason and a challenge to push me to do so.  The reason, a friend of mine travels to Tanzania next week to visit an orphanage where I have just sponsored a child and I wanted to send her a card.  The challenge is this dreamy photo inspiration from Verve.

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Sunday, 7 August 2016

Sunshine Yellow

I was experimenting again with embossing powders and UTEE and made this wee little bird last week. When I saw this week's Muse Anita Bowden I knew how I wanted to use him.

The stitched frame made me remember this Memorybox Sunburst die I bought earlier this year and which sadly hadn't seen the light of day.  It was then just a matter of finding a suitable sentiment which I did in the WMS My Island set.

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Spread Your Wings

Couldn't let the weekend go by without another attempt at the Mojo Monday 459 sketch and here it is, using one of my favourite colour combinations and this beautiful Oriental Butterfly from Tattered Lace.

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Thursday, 4 August 2016

Mojo Mishap

I don't know where my mojo has been this week, I've found it nearly impossible to get motivated.  Today I forced myself to sit down and make a card, and this was the sorry result.  

Not my best work and there are definitely some things I would redo given the time again - choose a different patterned paper for one, or use a different central image, but scripture and stylised tartan aren't exactly a match made in heaven!!!  What was I thinking???

I followed this sketch from Mojo Monday 459.  It's contest week over there with Verve stamp sets up for grabs, so you might want to head on over and check it out.

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Friday, 15 July 2016

That's What Friends are For

My youngest son Simon finishes primary school in our local village today.  We have decided to put him into a specialised school for children with special needs.  Initially it was to be a partial integration but he loved his week long observation, so he will be attending full time when school commences in September.

I was more than a little sad as I was preparing these cards yesterday for his class mates, many of whom he has spent the last seven years with.  I can never thank them enough for the assistance they have given Simon during this time, for always watching out for him and including him in their games even though he isn't the ablest of players, but mostly for their friendship, for seeing the person behind the handicap(s).  

My friend Jaine of Basement Studio was having a sale on paper sets so I picked up this I Love Sunshine set from Echo Park for a steal.  Some women love shoes, but I love pretty papers.  I find it difficult to use them mind, but with 14 cards to make in one day (plus a few others for teachers etc.) patterned papers can make a simple design effective and quick so I dove right into this pack!   I knew it would work very well with the Partly Cloudy die set and Rise Above Stamp set which came in my most recent Verve order.  This sentiment made me think of the Dionne Warwick song That's What Friends are For - Keep smiling, keep shining … so it seemed appropriate on more than one level.

 I was inspired by Mojo Monday 456 which had this cool sketch - I saw a sun in that circle.
The trouble with sketches is I think I remember all the elements but when I finish my card(s) I take another look and realise I have something backwards or something omitted.  Last week I had the banner the wrong way around, this week I have the panel tilted in the wrong direction.

Here's a few more using various papers in the set.  I used Ranger Enamel Accents for the enamel dots - I wish this came in a range of colours - I'd buy them all as they are so convenient !!!

In the end I changed the sketch so I could use up all the little left over strips of paper, this gave me a way to minimise the pink (for the boys) without them becoming too bland.

Inside is a little poem I wrote to thank them (one of my older sons helped me translate it into Luxembourgish) and a photo of Simon.

Time Out Challenge #61 has the following text as inspiration so I'll be entering there as well

"Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine"
Anthony J. D'Angelo

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