Monday, 29 January 2018

The Bee's Knees

I haven't had much time for crafting this year while I'm nursing my youngest son after surgery on his leg and foot.  Whenever I've started contemplating a card, I'll hear "Muuuuum" and that will be the end of that train of thought.  However after 3 weeks of being post-op and no return to school in sight (and a trip to the Expo Creative where I treated myself to some new goodies), I was determined to start something on the weekend and was finally successful in finishing something.

I bought this new honeycomb die with the express purpose of using it with this fabulous Verve "What's the Buzz" stamp set and matching dies and I wanted to use it first.  One of my favourite places for sketch inspiration has always been the Verve team so when I saw this sketch from Julee at Viva la Verve, a card started taking shape. 

Viva la Verve January Sketch Challenge 

Not a very traditional Valentine's Day card, but I'm not one for lot's of red love hearts anyway.  This one is certainly eye-catching (in a 'scuse me while I get my sunglasses kind of way).

I almost used a feather but this scroll die was another newbie so I thought I'd use it instead. 

Here are some of the other challenges I'm entering

Cuttle Bug Mania's Valentine's Day Challenge

SSS Wednesday "Layer It Up" Challenge

Addicted to Stamps "Anything Goes" Challenge

Happy Little Stampers "Anything Goes with Dies" Challenge

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Wednesday, 6 December 2017

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like ...

The timing on this card was perfect.  It's not long finished and I just got an email notification of the latest challenge at Double D Challenges.  There's lots of inspiration here - something I have struggled with over the last few weeks.

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

If you're interested in the details, that beautiful large snowflake die is from WMS - I was lucky to pick that up before Claire closed her doors 😢 and I'm not sure if she has re-released it under the Gina K label like many of her stamp sets.

It's huge and will not fit comfortably on an A6 card so I did that off the side trick.  The other two snowflakes are also from WMS.  I thought the middle snowflake die resembled foliage so I had no worries about cutting it from green.  In fact when I looked for an appropriate stamp (to decorate the inside and the envelope) I found that she had designed a matching forest stamp - Claire is a genius at designing clever sets!

In my first design of this card, I used a red bead in the middle.  It looks great, but I'm not sure it's up to the long trip to Australia or post office franking machines.  So I used a red brad.  BUT it was just flat and ordinary SOOOO.  I applied about 3 coats of glossy accents to the brad to give it that enamel dot look (and a touch of glitter along the way for some interest).  This is an especially good trick (if you have the patience) when you want to match your  enamel dot perfectly to your project. Enamel dots are pretty expensive - and you can't possibly have them in every colour you might need.  I normally keep any "dotty leftovers" for such a purpose and I have a few dies that will quickly produce  a few different sized dots if I need them.  Because of the viscosity of Glossy Accents it stays on the dot - just make sure you keep your project flat until it's dry.  Here's a close up

Here are some other great challenges which I'm also entering

Just Add Ink - Just Add Glitter

Muse Christmas Visions Festive "Free for All"

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Friday, 17 November 2017

Can't See the Trees for the Wood

This pretty patterned paper from My Mind's Eye was from a free gift with Cardmaking & Papercraft Magazine and has been languishing in a box waiting to be used for some years now.  The berries on the trees gave me the idea to cut my own berries in different shades of green and brown and dress up a few twigs.

And sitting on top is a little Meadow Bird enamelled with pale green embossing powder and UTEE and sprinkled with Pale Gold Tempera Powder while the UTEE was still molten.

Initially I was only going to have my bird sitting on a single twig but being so light coloured, he was lost against the background so I had to add more twigs to frame him.  I should have gone with a brown bird with just a hint of the green - note to self!!!

I'm entering this card in the Cardz4Guyz Challenge #182 Oh! Christmas Tree

Dies : Spellbinders Cherry Blossoms (Twigs); Verve Awards Banner (Baubles); Memorybox Meadow Bird
Stamps: WMS Vintage Ornaments (Sentiment); WMS Flurries (Envelope and Inside)

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Friday, 27 October 2017

Falling Leaves

Inspired by the beautiful colours of Autumn, I thought I'd make some Autumn leaves today.  I die cut the oak and maple leaf from an old Spellbinders die and set about distressing them with various Distress Inks and Glimmer Mists.  IRL there is a gorgeous sheen but naturally I wasn't able to catch it  in the photograph.

I thought that since I was making this much mess, I should make a few extras for future projects.  The bead of glossy accents (meant to imitate a dew drop) wasn't yet dry in these photos I took this morning. 

Since these leaves have been distressed to within an inch of their lives, I'm entering this card in the current Timeout Challenge that has the theme

Sympathy With the Optional Twist of Distressing

I'm also entering it in the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge for their Anything Goes theme

and the October Anything Goes with Dies Challenge at Happy Little Stampers

I'm entering it in the current Fusion Card Challenge

Just noticed the Double D Challenge has the theme "Leave it to Me!" so I'll be entering over there too

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Thursday, 26 October 2017

More Poppies

As I said in my last post, a bad case of flu and some family issues have had a negative effect on my mojo lately.  I thought one way to kick start it might be to revisit some old designs.  I had some of these Simon Says Stamp Poppies already made up from earlier on this year so I thought I would put some of them to use.  This first card was pretty much the same as the one I made earlier in the year, using WMS Big Day Today and the WMS Double Stitched Frames - baby steps.

But then I thought I'd try changing the matting and sentiment.  I used a a smaller internal rectangle to create a thicker frame and this simpler simple sentiment (also from WMS Big Day Today) fitted perfectly.   I actually prefer the simpler sentiment and I love how the poppy is bursting out from the frame.

I always like to dress up my envelopes so I stamped this flower from the WMS 2-step sprig (though it's actually a 3-step stamp).  I also stamped it on the inside.

The edges of the poppy petals have been distressed with black soot DI to give them some dimension,  which is fortunate for me because the current challenge at Time Out is "Sympathy with the optional twist of distressing".

Other Challenges

Simon Says Stamp has an "Anything Goes" challenge this week

CAS on Friday has the theme "Flowers"

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Friday, 20 October 2017

Be Spectacular

Apologies for the lack or posts recently.  A nasty bug I caught in Sydney has laid me pretty low for about 8 weeks now and I'm still not fully recovered.  I keep losing my voice but at least the coughing has subsided.  Another problem I had was that my Mac's hard disk was wiped when I upgraded it to Sierra.  Fortunately I had my photos and documents backed up but there are several things I have had to reload (or have tried to reload), so that has also kept me busy.  

There has also been some nastiness in my family concerning my older brother following the execution of my father's Will.  It's taken a lot of my energy (and my younger brother's and sister's) to support my mother through it.  Suffice to say that my father didn't make adequate provision for her and my older brother ended up being virtually the sole beneficiary.  Before you ask, "yes she is his mother too" and "no we're not talking Downton Abbey here - just a large free standing house in a leafy inner city suburb of Sydney".  He's never really got on with my siblings and me and he's been strangely distant from my mother for about 6 years now but we never dreamed he was capable of this!!!  

I actually made this card a few months back before my trip to Australia but ran out of time to post it.  It was inspired by my choir mistress.  She was wearing a very simple grey dress one Sunday last June and donned a really chic pair of red sunglasses when she stepped outside!!!  Both pairs of spectacles were cut with the Memorybox Stunning Spectacles but the red ones were coated with glossy accents and I placed tiny black gems in the corners to give them a little more pizazz!!!  

Here's the inside, "Be Spectacular" meant to look like an eye chart.  I designed it myself using Microsoft Word and Wordart.  Trouble is I can't open the file because I no longer have Word installed on my computer.  I found the installation disk but I can't find the licence key so I'll have to buy Microsoft Office again @#^$%!!! 

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