Monday, May 25, 2015

Different inking on an old Christening card design..

Popping in to share a slight variation on a favourite older card design.
Yes a lot of you like the design and I get asked to make it time and again, so I can't do much else other than change it completely but I like it the way it is, with the arched window shapes.

That being said, adding a sprinkle of pink gives it a delicate touch of everything girly without being too pink.. I did use a soft brown and sublte grey colour scheme to achieve the layering but this time I ommitted the grey and used the palest pink hammered card from Craft Creations instead.



For stenciling the arch shapes inside the die, I used worn lipstick and a little pumice stone shades - from Tim Holtz distress inks. I find I am mixing them more and more now for projects, and the shade results are endless shades - love that!



Also, after finding cutrite wax paper from CraftyAngels in Newbridge, I have pulled out old dies - those I had stopped using because of how difficult some are to retrieve the cuts from the dies themselves - delighted I can use these tags again!!



Some closeups of inking and colouring - yes still using pencils..... 


That's all for today, have a few more orders to finish and things to do outside ;)

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Ivory and Copper Wedding Card

Another wedding card to share, this time in ivory and copper.


Love the colour copper card - the last batch of my centura copper pearlescent card unfortunately, because the colour has been discontinued :( . So using it for special projects while it lasts!


The ivory boxes are from Stella crafts which you can purchase here.


Dotty embossing and simple die cut shapes for this design make a classic look for a wedding card.





The dies are Heartfelt Creations / Spellbinders Daisy Patch dies which have rounded tips to the petals. these are a good set as the 5 sizes all 'nest' very well. Now I really need the stamps to go with the dies LOL........



That was a quick post for today, a couple of days off work with lots to do :)

Thursday, May 21, 2015

CraftyCutting Shadow Box - Design Team post

Hi everyone, a little late with a post than I wanted to be, but  I had been working on a project and delighted to showcase these gorgeous shadow boxes from CraftyCutting.
The theme I chose this time was Weddings.


Lots of photos in this post and if you have any questions about materials used, just ask by leaving me a comment.
I have used lots of different brands of dies and various materials including hessian / burlap I bought near the end of last year ... have been itching to do make the bunting with lace since buying the hessian, and delighted with how it turned out now.


I wanted to keep the project as clean and simple as possible but still decided to ink the papers to give the box a slightly aged / worn feel, without being too shabby!


You can see how deep these boxes are in this photo, and I raised the heart around a third of an inch from the back panel, still giving loads of depth for the flowers and without 'hiding' the heart shape.

The heart shape is also from CraftyCutting and can be seen on my last CraftyCutting post where I covered a mini heart shaped album - yep that's one of the die cut heart shaped pages! (use the labels on my blog to locate CraftyCutting projects)


A love themed Artemio stamp used to alter the dotty papers memento ink, after which the heart was distressed with Frayed Burlap distress ink.


One final photo to show the depth - I fussed a lot about where to hang the bunting as adding it the front seemed too obvious and I like the way it hangs inside the frame.
The lace was sewn onto the bunting with a sewing machine.


Will be back with more cards shortly :)

Sunday, May 17, 2015

18th Birthday celebrations for twins Lili of the Valley stamp

I loved making this card, and it would never have occurred to me to use this image for a birthday card either but it WORKS - my customer saw another anniversary card with the image and chose it straight away - well you can't help but like all of the Lili of the Valley images!


So the occasion was an 18th Birthday for twins and the stamp I used for this card is Lili of the Valley's Together Forever which you can find HERE.


I used some digi papers from Bearly Mine Designs with a patchwork theme (sadly due to digi retail and tax implications Donna no longer sells her papers online:( )


Side view of the card - used alphabet dies and some greyboard + glitter board to make the 18 numbers


Inside the card - papers faded out in the centre for the placement of the sentiment - yes it took me ages to come up with the wording!!


A closeup view of the colouring and inking - I used Tim Holtz Weathered Wood shade of distress ink.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Baby boy card with a stork theme

Time for something in blue I think, so sharing this new baby card using digital artwork - not a coloured image to be found today for this card share.



This artwork is just so cute, I love it and resizing etc makes it so versatile to fit into the die shapes I chose.


I know it looks black, but the colour scheme was chocolate brown and powder blue, one of my favourite colour combinations.


Some more photos..



The gorgeous pale blue ink used for stenciling /shading inside the die cut is Tumbled Glass Tim Holtz distress ink.



Wednesday, May 13, 2015

feast or famine!.... and handmade flowers

Where did the last month just go - horrified to find I hadn't blogged for so long - those who visit my blog must have thought I had left the planet!
Anyway I guess First Holy Communion and Confirmation season as well as Mothers Day makes this time of the year busy for those of us who love making cards, so I have a few to share over the next couple of weeks (also because I realise how many photos I had taken and not blogged).



Onto a 50th Birthday card - feminine, pink, pretty and hand made flowers - I have to make some others as I am getting addicted to these shabby ones and maybe I need a new idea huh??



So lots of photos of the flowers and the leaves and the light that day was good so the embossing looks really crisp on the white card.




This was a large square 7 and 3/4 inch card, boxed because the flowers are very dimensional and are adhered with silicone glue and the boxed card makes a perfect keepsake..



I love this new font - Great Vibes, thanks Claire my crafty friend,-it's down to you that I am now addicted to it as it's sooooo elegant!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

MR Designs In The Garden Papers for a feminine horse racing card

Hi everyone, am back with a very different card - a tall order but I think I cracked it!?
A 'feminine' feel horse racing card is really hard to achieve, so when I came across Michelle's In the Garden papers, they were the perfect solution! Green, rural with the tiniest hint of a delicate white flower, and they were the answer to my needs - you can purchase the papers HERE if you fancy them.


I don't have any horseshoe dies :( so had to improvise with some spellbinders nested ovals, a brocade embossing folder and some distress ink to ''age'' the horseshoe.


Finished off with some flourishes and a post card which I designed in some graphics software (very basic skills used but I managed to use overlays in the form of a postcard wording in french and some stamps bought from an Etsy digi shop and added these to a vintage racing image to make the post card). The design of the postcard took a while, and happy with it so I might make some more


Inside view of the card and a close up photo so you can see the detail in the papers.
This card was heavily distressed and inked, using Peeled paint and vintage photo inks which accentuate the green shades of the digi papers.


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Navy and Ivory Floral Wedding

As promised, here are photos of the navy and ivory wedding card


The navy card was dark, so hard to photograph, and you will see more detail in close up photos.



I used Spellbinders / Heartfelt Creations Posy patch dies which I crumpled and distressed / shaped and then added shabby frantage embossing powder to the edges.


Different brands of dies and punches used for the leaves and flourishes.


The flourish is and EK success scroll pattern punch, which I doubled up to decorate the box and card with - really like this punch, and it's my first time using it, so no doubt it will become a favourite.


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Stampin Up Special Blessings set - Sympathy Card

So sometimes you see a product or a stamp which you just HAVE to HAVE - and this is one of those... I saw this stamp set on eBay and bid on it and won. Postage was expensive but it is a retired Stampin Up set and i wanted it so much LOL!!
It's so versatile for Christenings, Baptisms, Wedding and Sympathy cards. 


tThe embossing was done with one of the first cuttlebug folders I ever got, the smaller size folders, which I used twice to emboss the A5 white sheet.


Flowers are a little EK success punch (OR the smallest of the Posy patch spellbinder flower dies are almost the same if you have those).. the leaves are a small EK success punch too.


That's all for today, will be back tomorrow with a cream and navy wedding card, I just have to tidy up the photos..

Butterflies and Pretty Etsy papers

Hi everyone, I have two posts to share today, both with a definite spring and pastel feel to them!

First up is a butterfly themed card for a young lady, a special request with a special verse inside, so a pleasure to make.  


For this card I used kraft, rose pink and white card and some quickutz dies for the lettering, some dotty papers and the floral papers are from Etsy.  
The butterfly stamp is from Hero Arts, as is the text stamp.



Gathered Twigs is the distress ink colour I used to stencil the circle with, and toffee crunch memento ink is the ink I used to stamp the text with.
The butterfly was stamped with Memento Rich Cocoa.