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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Wednesday, 6 July 2016

A Grand Piano

I have my last solfège lesson for the year tonight and I made this card for my teacher.  Solfège is music theory - in Europe the theory and the instrument are taught separately.  I learnt musical theory alongside the piano, guitar and violin when I was young but if I wanted to continue with the saxophone here, I was told I would have to study solfège.  I started reluctantly 3 years ago but I have to say I love it, so much so that I am considering an Open University degree.  

I cut three of this Die-namics Grand Piano to make the shape a bit more solid and then double embossed it with black embossing powder, then a sprinkling of gold embossing powder and finally a few coats of UTEE.

Here's the inside

I'm entering my card at Mojo Monday #455 (hey it's competition week and I love Verve stamps)

and  Shopping Our Stash Challenge #259 Shopping Our Stash Challenge #259 "Say What" - to use a speech bubble - the circle in the upper left corner put me in mind of a speech bubble,

and my favourite type of challenge at Addicted to Stamps 

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Saturday, 2 July 2016

Stained Glass

One of the members of my church choir is leaving Luxembourg soon and this card is to thank him and wish him well.

I coloured an acetate panel (upcycled packaging) with alcohol inks to give a stained glass effect behind the Gothic arched window.  The musical script stamped background is still clearly visible.

I can't say it's the best card I've ever made - my mojo seems to be having the weekend off.  I don't think the piano border really works with the gothic arch, but as Ciaran has helped out when our pianist has been away I wanted to include a piano in the design. 

Simons Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge has an Anything Goes challenge this week, so I'm entering my card over there.

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Stamps : De Stempelwinkel Musical Background
Dies : Memory Box Piano Border, Memory Box Musical Motifs, Spellbinders D-Lites Windows Three, Frantic Stamper Village Sky (the little stars), WMS Stitched Rectangles

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Set in Stone

I wanted to achieve a gold-flecked marble effect with this computer generated and die cut heart panel.  The effect was achieved with 2 layers of clear embossing powder and 2 or so layers of UTEE, interspersed with sprinklings of pale gold Sakura Tempera Powder Color and WOW Earthtone Blueberry embossing powder.

The outer heart was embossed using WOW blueberry and gold powders, as well as UTEE.  The UTEE mixes and marbles the embossing powders underneath it as well as giving great dimension.

I've had the tempera powder in my stash for over 20 years, having bought it for calligraphy purposes before I even started making my own cards.  Initially I was looking for some gold glitter to sprinkle but remembered I had this little bottle of powder so I experimented with it.  It didn't work with Glossy Accents - it reacted with the glossy accents and turned a murky blue-green colour.

I accented this Simon Says Stamp Triangle Pattern card front panel with pearls coloured with gold and denim alcohol inks.

The design was inspired by CAS(E) this Sketch #178

I'm also entering this in the current Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - to add shimmer

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Sunday, 19 June 2016

Incy Wincy Spider

Simon went to a birthday party of one of his best friends today.  He gave him a remote control spider as a birthday present so I thought a spider birthday card would be cool.  I cut and layered three of this spider to give him some substance, double coated him with two coats of black embossing powder and UTEE to give him that extra glossiness.  However being all black he seemed a little dull, so I coated him with just a little silver embossing powder in the hope of marbling the finish.  It worked but I wanted more colour so I also added a little red embossing powder (every decent spider should have some red on him, don't you think) and then pushed the red embossing powder around by directing the heat from the heat gun and this was the result.

I wanted my spider to wiggle and jiggle so I added an acetate spring constructed from some old packaging, and placed him strategically on a dry embossed web.


so my little spider will be wiggling and jiggling over there !!!

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Thursday, 16 June 2016

A Glossy Apple for the Teacher

It's that time of the year again when we have the opportunity to thank those who have made an enormous difference in our children's lives over the past year.

When I started this card I already had the idea of using a negative of an alphabet die cut to create a panel.   I used this XCut Centurion Alphabet die to create the panel.  There's a sheet of acetate under the negative and I adhered the little inner parts of the letters to that.  I then cut it to size using a WMS Stitched Rectangle.

 This sketch from Mojo Monday gave me the idea of how to hide the unfinished bottom of the die cut where the Ms and Ns were truncated.   

I was at a loss as to what to put in place of the square when I thought of a juicy apple decorated using one of my favourite techniques - multiple embossing.  

I started by cutting the apple from white card twice (so it was a bit more solid).  I coloured the leaf and stem with Promarkers and coated the body of the apple with versa mark and embossed with pink embossing powder and then red embossing powder (doing my best to avoid the stem and leaf).  The real magic happens though, when you coat it with UTEE and it starts to marble.  When I had finished the body, I applied Versamark to the leaf and stem and coated that with UTEE too.  I decorated three apples at the same time using the same procedure but as you can see they all turned out differently.

I set off these pretty papers from My Mind's Eye On Trend 2 with a grey, oxford striped DP and some charcoal cardstock.  I thought the Oxford striped added to the academic look.

I will also be entering this card in the Anything Goes with Dies Challenge at Happy Little Stampers

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