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Thursday, 28 April 2011

Red, Black and Gold Oriental Birdcage

Here's the card I made for my mother-in-law for her birthday. I wanted to use my oriental papers and after using the mica powder on hubby's birthday card, I wanted to try the Stamp 'n' Bond powder with it to see how it works.


The Birdcage image, from the Papermania Tweet stamp set and the Little Bird image from the Papermania Chatsworth Furnishings stamp set were stamped using Versacolor Black pigment ink onto black card and Stampendous Stamp 'n' Bond embossing powder was added and heated. The Gold Lustre Iridescent Mica Pigment Powder from Stamps Away was then dusted over the sticky powder and left to set. (It tends to stay a bit sticky for a while but does set hard eventually).


Holes were pricked in the top corners of the image panel, using the Stampin' Up piercing template (Mat Pack) and small red brads from Papermania were added in the corners. This was then matted onto white and red card.

A half-front card blank was created from red card. The white and gold foiled bamboo paper from the Papermania Oriental Treasures paper pad was matted onto the black card and adhered to the inside of the card.


A white paper flower from Papermania Imaginisce was covered in Emboss Clear Pigment ink and then the Stamp 'n' Bond powder was added and heated to melt. The Gold Lustre mica powder was then dusted over the top. A smaller white paper flower from the Prima Botanicals Mix was coloured using a dark grey Copic marker (N9) and the Gold Lustre mica powder was lightly dusted over the top. The flowers were then layered up and a large red Papermania brad was added in the centre and attached to a panel of the red and gold chrysanthemum paper matted onto the black card. This was then adhered to the card front.


The sentiment panel was created by stamping the Happiness symbol and word from the Papermania Oriental Treasures Lanterns stamp set using the Versacolor Black ink onto a black oval die cut using a classic oval Nestabilities die. The Stamp 'n' Bond was added and heated and the gold mica powder dusted over. The sentiment panel was then matted onto larger red and white ovals, also die cut using the Nestabilities dies. The sentiment was added in the bottom right hand corner of the inside of the card, overlapping the image panel.


Here are the blog challenges I am entering this card into:

Sunday, 24 April 2011

Aqua Lace Boy Age One

Here is the card I made for my cousin's little boy's first birthday.


I decided to use the digi stamp image, Boy Age One, that I recently purchased from The Clipart Fairy. It's a really cute image and perfect for a little boy. The image was printed onto Xerox Colotech Gold card and coloured using Copic markers:
  • '1st': BG02, BG11. BG32, B00, Y17
  • Hat/Jumper: BG02, BG11, BG32, B00
  • Skin: E00, E21, E51, R20
  • Little Boy: E11, E13
The image panel was then matted onto aqua card.

The aqua stripe paper and aqua glittered bubble paper from the DCWV Nana's Nursery Baby Boy mat stack were joined and then wrapped with cream broderie anglaise and aqua Dovecraft grosgrain ribbon and matted onto aqua cardstock.


The 'Happy Birthday' sentiment, from the Papermania Clare Curd Sentiments stamp set, was stamped using Versafine Onyx Black archival pigment ink and matted onto the blue bubble paper and the aqua cardstock.

The floral aqua card candi from Craftwork Cards was added to the card either side of the sentiment panel below the image panel.

I also decorated the inside of the card using a panel of the striped paper and a stamp from the Papermania Clare Curd Sentiments stamp set using ColorBox Celadon pigment ink.


Here are the blog challenges I am entering this card into:

Friday, 22 April 2011

I Made The Top 3 At Totally Papercrafts

I've just found out, thanks to my matey Teresa, that I've made Top 3 over on Totally Papercrafts.




You can see my original post for this card here.

Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Lilac and Apple Green Easter Basket Kid

Here are my Easter cards for this year. I decided to go cute this year and used one of my recent Clipart Fairy purchases.


The image, Easter Basket Kid from The Clipart Fairy, was printed onto Xerox Colotech Gold card (my choice for Copic colouring) and coloured using Copic markers:
  • Basket: YG11, E31, E35, E39, E57
  • Eggs: YG11, BV00, BV04, BV31
  • T-Shirt: BV00, BV04, V91
  • Bows: BV00, BV04, BV31
  • Skin: E00, E21, E51, R20
Highlights were then added using the Papermania Snow White gel pen.


The corners of the image panel were then rounded using the large XCut corner rounder punch, and matted onto lilac card.

A panel of light green card was embossed using the Swiss Dots Cuttlebug embossing folder and was joined to a panel of the lilac mini polka dot paper from the DCWV Nana's Nursery Baby Boy Mat Stack with a length of white woven ribbon and light green organza ribbon.

This was then matted onto a panel of the lilac card.

The sentiment was computer-generated and matted onto lilac card.

I also made a version using Nestabilities classic oval and classic scalloped oval dies but the card looked a bit unbalanced to me.


Here are the challenges that I am entering these cards into:

Saturday, 16 April 2011

Pink, Blue and Cream Dragonfly Kooky Teapot

Here's another card made using one of my recent wins! This one is from Happileigh Scrappin' and I think it's really stylish and elegant.



The Kooky Teapot #1 digi image was coloured using Copic Sketch markers:
  • Teapot: R20, E51, B00
  • Rosebuds: R20, RV21, YG41
  • Dragonfly: B00, R20, RV21, E51
The image was then die cut using a square Nestabilities die and matted onto a larger die cut square of cream card.

This in turn was then matted onto a panel of the blue rose and ribbons paper from the Papermania Blueberry Hill paper pad. A panel of light blue paper was then punched using the Martha Stewart Eyelet Lace corner and border punches.

All the layers were then matted onto the card blank and a bow tied using Celebrate cream organza ribbon and added in the top left corner of the image panel.

Three white Papermania adhesive pearls were coloured using Copic markers:
  • Pearls: E21, E51
These were then added in the bottom right corner of the image panel.


The sentiment, from the Papermania Scrolls and Sentiments stamp set, was stamped next to the image using Brilliance Pearlescent Sky Blue pigment ink.


The dragonfly was then highlighted with Craft Planet Iridescent Sparkle glitter glue and the pearl detail of the teapot highlighted with Anita's 3D Gloss.

Here are the challenges that I am entering this card into:

I Am A Winner Over On The Pile It On Blog Challenge

I am a winner over on the Pile It On blog challenge - in fact I am one of three winners of the Pile It On #11 Challenge, which was to use green and orange.


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The card that I won with was my St. Patrick's Day card, an obvious entry for that colour combo.


My prize is a digital sheets of stamps from the very talented artist Rick St. Denis.

You can see my original post for this card here.

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Aqua The Stork Delivers

Some friends of ours (finally) had their little baby last Wednesday - we will have no excuse to forget that birthday as the poor mite shares a birthday with my hubby now!

The little baby, a boy, is called Max and I just had to use this super-cute image from The Clipart Fairy - especially after what I saw Kerry had done with it.


The digi image, The Stork Delivers, was coloured using Copic sketch markers:
  • Skin: E00, E21, E51
  • Hair: E11, E13
  • Blanket: BG11, BG32, B00
  • Stork - Feathers: E40, E41
  • Stork: Bill/Legs: R20, E40
The corners of the panel were rounded using the large XCut corner rounder punch and then matted onto a panel of aqua card from the DCWV Brights Mat Stack, die cut using a Labels 1 Nestabilities die.

A length of cream broderie anglaise and aqua Dovecraft grosgrain ribbon were wrapped around the join of two patterned papers from the DCWV Nana's Nursery Baby Boy mat stack and then matted onto the same aqua card.


A computer-generated sentiment was die cut using a classic circle die from Nestabilities and matted onto a circle of the blossom paper and a scalloped circle of the aqua card.


Three cream paper flowers from the Prima Botanicals Mix were adhered over the bottom left corner of the image and aqua dewdrops (Patti's Pretties) were added in their centres. The sentiment was added over the bottom right corner of the image.


I also decorated the inside of the card, but kept it simple, just using strips of the aqua card and the blossom paper.

Here are the challenges I am entering this card into:

Monday, 11 April 2011

Brown, Cream and Green Opossum Pals Anniversary

Here is an anniversary card I made for some good friends at the end of last year - yet another card I found saved in my drafts on Blogger!


The Opossum Pals image, from Stampavie/Tina Wenke, was stamped using Versafine Onyx Black Archival Pigment ink and coloured using Copic Sketch markers:
  • Opossum 1: E43, E31, R20
  • Opossum 2: N1, N3, R20
  • Tree: E35, E39, E57
  • Leaves: YG07, YG67
  • Outline: B00
The corners of the image panel were rounded using the large XCut corner rounder punch and matted onto dark cream and brown card.

A strip of the cream multi-stripe damask paper from the HOTP Floral Ultimate Cardmaker's Creative pack was matted onto strips of the cream and brown card and then across a panel of the cream multi-dot paper from the same paper pad.


A beige paper flower from Prima was colour-tinted with Copic markers and added in the corner of the image panel with a pale green dew drop from Patti's Pretties.

Here are the challenges I am entering this card into:

Saturday, 9 April 2011

Friday, 8 April 2011

Mauve, Pink & Silver Butterfly Frame

Thought it was about time I uploaded this card to my blog. I made it last year but for some reason it's been sat in my drafts for a while.


A circle was die cut from white card using a Nesties die and the butterfly image from the Penny Black Enjoy Life stamp set was stamped using Versacolor Black pigment ink and heat embossed with PSX silver embossing powder. The image was then coloured using Copic sketch markers and highlighted with Glitz It Lilac glitter glue.

The edge of the circle was then lightly coloured with Tim Holtz Dusty Concord distress ink and silver embossed.

The Fleur de Lys circle frame stamp, from the Papermania Hampstead Icons and Sentiments stamp set, was stamped and silver heat embossed onto pink card and die cut using a circle Nesties die. This was matted onto a die cut mauve circle and a Big Scalloped circle die cut from silver mirror card and embossed with the Swiss Dots Cuttlebug embossing folder.

A panel of the mauve patterned paper, from a pad of Kate Knight designed papers I got free with a magazine, was distressed around the edges with the Dusty Concord and Black Soot Tim Holtz distress inks.

A strip of the silver mirror card was punched with the XCut Scallop border punch and embossed with the Swiss Dots embossing folder. A strip of the pink card was matted on top and a length of white and silver organza ribbon was tied around it.

The strip was added across the patterned paper panel and this in turn was matted onto panels of the pink and silver mirror card.

Clear 'Patti's Pretties' dewdrops were then added in each of the corners of the patterned paper.

Here are the blog challenges I am entering this card into:

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Red Black and Gold Bonsai Tree

Here is the card that I made for my hubby's birthday today. I wanted to make something a little bit different as he's had Edwins the past couple of years.


I decided to go with an oriental theme and used my reasonably new Papermania Oriental Treasures stamps and papers.

The Bonsai Tree image was stamped onto black card using Emboss Clear pigment ink and dusted over with Stamps Away Gold Lustre Iridescent Mica Pigment powder. Unfortunately you can't really see the shimmerr that these powders give the image in this scan. The corners of the panel were then pierced using the Stampin' Up piercing template (Mat Pack) and then matted onto white and Craft Planet Gold Mirror card.

A strip of the red and gold ginkgo leaf paper from the Papermania Oriental Treasures paper pad was matted onto the card blank and the image panel was matted over the top.


The Love character from the same stamp set was stamped using Versafine Onyx Black archival pigment ink and the Love word was stamped below it. The corners were then rounded using the small corner rounder punch by Avec and matted onto a gold mirror panel die cut using a Labels 8 Nestabilities die. A length of cream and gold organza ribbon from the Papermania Sparkly trim pack was then adhered behind the panel.

I also decorated the inside of the card and decided to produce a faded image of the tree on the inside.

A second generation stamping of the Bonsai Tree image was stamped onto a panel of white card and overstamped with the Birthday Wishes sentiments stamp from the Hero Arts Birthday Messages stamp set using Adirondack Red Pepper dye ink.


This was then matted onto a panel of the red and gold ginkgo paper and then onto panels of the black, white and gold mirror cardstocks.

Here are the challenges I am entering this card into:

Monday, 4 April 2011

CAS Stream Funky Heart Flower

Here is the first of the CAS cards I made using the lovely Heart Flower image from the Pink Gem Funky Flowers stamp set.


The Heart Funky Flower image was stamped using Stream Adirondack dye ink and die cut using a Petite Oval Nestabilities die. This was then matted onto a teal Petite Scalloped Oval mat.

A panel of the teal mini polka dot paper from the Making Memories Funky Vintage Ruby Collection paper pad was punched along the edge using the XCut Sparkler border punch and adhered across the tent fold card blank.


The image panel was matted over the top and the sentiment, also from the Funky Flowers stamp set, was stamped using the Stream ink at the bottom the card blank.

Blue faux gems were added to the flower image.

Here are the challenges I am entering this card into:

I Won Second Place Over At Happileigh Scrappin'

My Pink and Burgundy Heart Flower and Sparkler Mother's Day card has been chosen in 2nd Place over on the Happileigh Scrappin' challenge blog.



My card was entered into the Spring Has Sprung challenge.
 
 
You can see my original post for this card here.
 
My prize is two images from Happileigh Scrappin'.

Saturday, 2 April 2011

I Am A Winner In The Dutch Dare Blog Hop

Dutch Dare held a blog hop for their 105th challenge. It's the first blog hop I've taken part in - and I think I'll be entering more now!!!

The card I entered was the Moroccan Tiles card:


You can see the original post for this card here.

I know that I've won a prize from Robyn's Fetish, but as yet, I don't know what exactly I've won. I'll let you know as soon as I find out.

ETA: I have won a pre-selected assortment of images - typical because I'd just compiled an extensive wishlist and there was only one of them in the selection!! Never mind!
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