Friday, 28 February 2014

catching up with .......

........ cards I have recently made.

Good heavens where have 2 weeks disappeared to - that's the time since my last post.  Definitely time to catch up with showing my cards then.

Two recent birthday cards;



Both cards were made using a set of stamps from The Stamp Man - which I had bought quite some time ago.  There were these two butterfly designs & two flower designs (see one HERE) inside these wavy frames & some extra embellishments.

I stamped, & embossed, the design in Versamark Ink & Gold EP.  The images I then coloured in with some watercolour paints that have a similar finish to Twinkling H2O's - but cost a lot less.  I bought them from The Works some years back & they last & last.

I have also recently made a couple of non-stamping cards which I couldn't show until they had been received by those they were for so thought I would show those to you now as well;


This is my Valentines Day card to my husband.  The embossing folder also incorporates a die which cuts out the heart.  This way you can have the embossed background with a heart aperture - or - as I have done here placed the cut out heart on sticky pads to make it raised above the aperture.  I also cut out just the heart in gold mirri card & inlaid the curls in opposite hearts.  Some gold pearl gems give it a little bling.


This is the card I made for my step-son & his girlfriend on the occasion of their engagement - which was also on Valentines Day.  I remembered I had an embossing folder with hearts on & a set of dies that cut out different hearts.  I cut the lacy heart in white & then laid it onto a plain silver heart, & on the embossed heart I put their names made from small peel off letters.

I will have two more birthday cards to show you shortly after they have been received by the persons they were for.

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Friday, 14 February 2014

A birthday card

Hi everyone - just popping in to show you a photo of a birthday card I made back in January. When I had finished it & written inside it I immediately put it in the envelope & sealed it. But, I had forgotten to take a photo.  I am very fortunate because the lady who it was for kindly took a photo & emailed it to me.

Here it is;


The stamps are part of a set from "The Stamp Man" which I purchased quite a time ago.  There are 6 different "squares" like this with some extras like the butterfly on this one. They came on an unmounted A4 rubber sheet.

I stamped the images in Versamark then embossed with gold EP.  The colouring has been done with some rather cheap - what am I saying! - inexpensive :),  palette of 12 water colour paints. These paints have a consistency like H2O's & have the same pearlised finish.  They were cheap, I think I paid £1-99 from "The Works" at least 5 or 6 years ago.  In fact they were so good - I bought 2 more sets so that I would have them for a long time.

I cut around the main image following the wavy outline & also cut out one of the butterflies.  Little pale pink flat backed pearls were placed in the corners of the main image & one of my favourite small "Happy Birthday" stamps, with some delicate pink ribbon down the side to complete it.

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Tuesday, 11 February 2014

sad cards to make

Hello everyone
Sadly with this new year only about 6 weeks old I have had three sympathy cards to make. Because at all happy times i send handmade cards I feel it is only right to do the same at sad times. Mainly, I have to say, that commercial cards can be a little over the top.




I am not sure why I made the top one in cream as I usually make all sympathy cards in white.

Looking on a happier side - I have two colleagues both preganant & expecting in early March - so some happy cards to look forward to making.

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Monday, 10 February 2014

More mixed media on the way!

Hello everyone I hope you have all avoided the snow that fell in my area this morning.  It came down quite thick but soon turned to sludge & now the sun is out & you wouldn't know there had been any.  That may not be the case in other parts of North Wales though.

Last night, just before going to sleep, my mind started ticking over as to what my next mixed media project would be.  Isn't it annoying when that happens - as - I don't know about you, but then I find it hard to shut my mind off & go to sleep.

Anyway I remembered that some years ago I attended a trade workshop being organised by Kars & I was invited along by the lady who owned the craft shop that I did my workshops at.  One of the things we learnt about was a new product (then) of a scrapbook picture frame.  We were given one each to use along with various papers to decorate the front with.  Unfortunately we didn't have time to get very far with this as it was the last item of the day.  My late night thoughts reminded me that I had never gone back to it & finished it.  Here was my next project!  Also towards the end of the day there was a lucky draw where various items were won & I won another of these boards.  So, perhaps 2 projects are in the pipeline.

Here are some photos;


This is how it has looked since that day.  It has been covered in a grey distressed looking paper & inked with black ink pad around the edges.


These are the papers that I was given - the white sheet is a script embossed piece of card.
Perhaps this was where my liking for black & white started.


This is the one that I won in the draw - as you can see - still in it's packaging.
But - hopefully not for too long, now.

So now I have something definite to work towards & it will of course include some stamping. I hope to get started on it at the weekend - at least get ideas in my mind & materials put together. Why not pop back from time to time & see how it's going?

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Sunday, 9 February 2014

Altered mirror workshop

Good afternoon everyone - I hope you are having a good weekend.

Yesterday I attended a workshop at Peerless Designs & our project was an altered mirror.  This is the third workshop I have been to at Peerless Designs - the other 2 were for altered canvases. Please take a look at Sarah's website & the other workshops that she runs.  They are excellent days & most enjoyable.

The project went from this


a plain white Ikea wood mount mirror


to which we added printed papers, texture via silicone paste with stencils, to lace, wooden ornaments, die-cuts.  Once it was all laid out to our liking the painting started - using several layers of different colours to achieve a good colour & finally some little areas highlighted in gold for the finished result.


& here it is.
I can't wait to get to Ikea & buy some to make more of these - with different colours & effects.  
I see Christmas presents!

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Monday, 3 February 2014

using the faux leather

Hello everyone

Having made a second piece of faux leather on Saturday I felt that I really should use it, not just hang on to it like the first piece.

Next week is my step-daughters birthday, she lives in America, so I have to think well ahead in order to have the card arrive as close to her birthday as possible.  She is a very artistic person & likes different things - so I thought the faux leather might be good to use for her card.

Here is the card;


I took a piece of the card that I had made the faux leather from & layered it onto the front of a cream deckle-edged card. To one side of the card I stamped & embossed in gold EP a leafy flourish to which I added a couple of flat backed gold pearls. I thought giving the leather a torn edge might give it more of a leathery look & then added this to one side of the main layer.  On another remnant of the original card I stamped & embossed in gold EP a butterfly, which I cut out & glued onto the leather piece, adding some flat backed pearls for the body.  A small gold peel off Happy Birthday completes the front.

I typed a personal message on some cream paper for the insert, then as I cut it to size to fit in the card it tore a little.  Rather than screw it up & throw it away I distressed all the edges of the insert with my scissors then with Fired Brick Distress Ink.  This worked well as it carried the distressed look into the card. 

The card is now safely on its way to America.

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Saturday, 1 February 2014

More faux leather

Hello everyone

Last night I had a thought that I would try some more faux leather but this time to use a coloured card.  I decided I would try some red card that I had.

Then this morning in my emails was one from a fellow stamper who had seen another technique & thought I would like to know about it, so sent me the link.  Well! when I went to have a look - lo & behold  - they had used coloured card & red at that!

Now if you have read much of my bog you will know the purpose of the ? at the end of the blog name came about because - although an avid stamper I hate inky fingers. But as I have been getting into some mixed media techniques I have tried to overcome that state of mind.

The reason I explain that is - that the red card I chose to use seemed to have a coating so I wasn't sure the glycerin / water mix would work properly.  But it did - & I was being "brave" & not wearing gloves.  I now have very red fingertips.  Well, I say now - it is about an hour later & I have washed my hands a couple of times - so they are not so red now.


Here is the end result alongside a piece of the original card.

I used several distress Inks on this piece starting with Fired Brick to try & enhance the red, then some Crushed Olive to see what effect the green would have - not much at all.  This was followed by Vintage Photo which added a richness & then a light brush of Black Soot to pick out the pattern. To finish, a coating of Spray & Shine.

You can see how well the card took the wetting process - I accidentally pulled a corner off.

Here is the link to the other method I mentioned above


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Take care in this awful weather - I hope you are not amongst those unfortunate people getting flooded out of their homes.