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This blog was created to act as a record of the cards and other projects that I have made. It is for both my own reference and to help inspire anyone who wants to take a look.

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Tuesday, 9 June 2009

Pink and Blue Butterflies Tri-Shutter Anniversary

Why is it when you need to make a card quickly you decide to try a new card design that ends up taking forever????
I saw this Tri-Shutter card over on the Splitcoaststampers gallery and thought it looked very effective. I shall definitely be making it again, but I have learnt my lesson and won't be making it when I need a card made in double-quick time!

I started by creating the card blank from cream linen cardstock. This consisted of folding a piece of card measuring 30cm x 15cm at the 5cm, 10cm, 20cm and 25cm points. Then the card was cut lengthwise between the 5cm and 25cm folds 4cm from the top and bottom of the card. I used a craft knife and metal edge ruler for this. The edges and cut edges were then coloured using the ColorBox Old Rose pigment ink pad.

The panels of the card (excluding the large central one) were then covered using two different blue/pink rose papers from the Papermania Blueberry Hill paper pad. Each was edged with the Old Rose pigment ink before attaching them to the panels.

Flourishes were cut from the cream card using the Sizzlit Flower and Flourish #2 die and edged with the Old Rose ink and attached to the larger central panels top and bottom.

A bow was tied (using a bow-maker!) in a narrow cream satin ribbon and attached across the central panel and then attached to the card base. The 'Happy Anniversary' sentiment, by Stamps Away available at Clevercut, was stamped onto a panel of the cream card and matted onto a piece of the rose paper over the cream ribbon.

Using the Butterfly stamp from the Stampman Aspects of Design Botannical stamp set, two butterflies were stamped and clear embossed, one using the ColorBox Old Rose pigment ink and the other ColorBox Aqua pigment ink. ColorBox Pink pigment ink was sponged over the pink butterfly image after it was embossed to make it more pink as the Old Rose pink colour didn't show up much pn the cream linen card.

They were cut out and wire antennae added. The pink butterfly was attached on the right-hand panel and the blue butterfly was attached onto layered circles using the standard and scalloped Nesties using cream card and one of the rose papers.
This is the view of the card when laid out flat and the picture below shows the card when closed up ready to post. It will fit into a C6 envelope (but will need a 'Large' stamp if you embellish it - it might need it even if you don't!!!)

This is what the reverse of the card looked like after I had added the 'Handmade By' medallion and the greeting panel.


And here are some close ups of the greeting panel and 'Handmade By' medallion, both matted onto the rose papers from the Blueberry Hill paper pad to match the rest of the card.

Monday, 8 June 2009

Black, White and Blue Gorjuss Girl Sitting With Bird

Here's another of those cards I've been holding on to until I know the recipient (Loretta) has received it.

I wanted to make a card for her birthday using another of my newest stamps, the Gorjuss Girl Sitting with Bird, from Sugar Nellie and available from Funky Kits.

I decided to go with a monochrome colour combo with a hint of blue.

I started by stamping the Gorjuss Girl Sitting with Bird using Versafine Onyx Black pigment ink then watercoloured it using the Whispers Brushstrokes markers. The sentiment, from the Making Memories Express It! stamp set. was then added to the image panel using the Onyx Black ink. This panel was matted onto black card.

A panel of patterned paper from the Papermania Ivory and Black Creative Tones paper pad was cut to size and the large daisy was watercoloured blue using one of the Whispers Brushstroke markers. The Making Memories Notch and Die tool was used to create slots either side of the daisy to allow the light blue organza ribbon to be threaded through and attached on the reverse of the panel. This was then matted onto a panel of the solid blue paper from the Papermania Citrus Colossal paper pack.

A scalloped circle was cut from the blue striped paper from the Papermania Citrus Colossal paper pack using one of the Nestabilities scalloped circle dies. A clear faux gem was attached within alternate scallops. This was then cut in half and attached behind the ribbon.

The image panel was attached over the semi-circles and mini clear faux gems were attached in the centre of the daisy.

For the inside of hte card, I used the outside of the scalloped circle cut for the front of card, matted over a piece of white paper and a square of black card. The sentiment was stamped using the 'Happy Birthday' stamp from the Hero Arts Birthday Messages stamp set and the Onyx Black ink. This was matted over patterned paper to match that used on the front of the card.
The 'Handmade By' medallion was attached to the reverse of the card. It was made using a 'Handmade By' stamp from Oyster Stamps and the blue stripe paper used on the front of the card.

Sunday, 7 June 2009

Pink Leanne Ellis Girl with Bird Cage Gatefold

Finally I can upload this card! I've been wanting to upload this for a couple of weeks now, but restrained myself as I didn't want the recipient (Jules B) to get a glimpse of it before her birthday. But, I know she's received it now, so I can put it on my blog!


The card was made using one of my newest acquisitions - one of the lovely Leanne Ellis stamps called 'Fly Free' fron the Sugar Nellie family, available from Funky Kits.

I started by creating an off-centre gatefold 6" square card made from plum card. The flaps were covered with a combination of pink multi spots paper and purple mesh paper, both from the HOTP Citrus Cardmaker's Creative Pack. A strip of sky blue card from the DCWV Brights Card Stack was added across the right-hand flap.

A length of Anita's self-adhesive satin ribbon was added to hide the join of the two papers on the left-hand flap, and a length of narrow white lace was added down the edge of the left-hand flap.

The 'Fly Free' image was stamped using the Versafine Onyx Black archival pigment ink and watercoloured using the Whispers Brushstroke markers. The background colour, Whispers Rich Plum permanent dye ink, was added by sponging around the image.

A clear faux gem was added to the centre of the flower in her hair.

The sentiment 'Fabulous Friends', from the Smirk Love and Friendship stamp set, was stamped onto the image panel using the Onyx Black ink, and the panel was matted onto dark plum paper.

A tag was cut from the HOTP Citrus Cardmaker's Creative pack and a large silver eyelet set at the top. A piece of the lace was threaded through the eyelet, and a strip of the pink self-adhesive ribbon was attached across the tag, with a Prima paper flower attached to the edge of the tag with a small silver brad. The sentiment 'A Day To Celebrate', from the Hero Arts Birthday Messages stamp set, was stamped across the top of the tag using the Onyx Black ink.

The tag was backed with the dark plum paper so that it looked better when the card was opened. The image panel was attached at an angle to the left-hand flap, and the tag to the right-hand flap. Clear faux gems were adhered in rows of three to the top right and the bottom left corners.

A 'handmade by' panel was created for the reverse of the card using paper and card used on the front of the card, the Sizzlit Elegant Embellishments die, standard and scalloped circle Nesties and a strip of the narrow white lace used on the front.

Friday, 5 June 2009

Another Amazing Gadget

WOW!!

Don't know how many of you have already come across this amazing gadget, but I think it's really innovative. It will be interesting to see how much the brads will be to buy, and if other companies will make some that will fit this gadget.
There is a video here to show you exactly what I'm talking about. It's a tool that allows you to make your own designer brads using paper, material etc to cover your brads.

There are projects using it over on the imaginisce website.
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