Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Saturday, 19 April 2014

New technique

Well, it is to me as I have only just found it.

Hello everyone I hope your Easter weekend is going well.  I am popping in today to show you some cards I have made using the "new" found technique called Faux Silk.

This was my first try;

The Faux Silk uses a stamped image on card which is then covered with stick glue & crumpled tissue laid over the top.  It is a very delicate effect.  Here are two more cards with this technique;

I can see me using this technique quite a lot & I think quite a few of this years Christmas cards will be made using it.  Oh dear - I have mentioned the "C" word in April!!!!  Still it is never too early to start is it.

Thank you for stopping by I hope you enjoyed your visit.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

One more background card

Good evening everyone - well I have managed to get another card out of my background piece of stamped card.

There was one long straight edge to the piece - so I used my picot scallop scissors to cut a fancy border.  Then I punched out a tag along with one in each of black & the rust coloured card.  I also used my petal pairs punches - well only one actually - to cut a flower.  I cut 2 of the same shape rather than different shapes & interlinked them, then added a gem for the centre.  I completed the card by stamping "happy birthday" in black onyx Versafine ink.  My base was a scalloped edged white 5"x 5" card.

This is all I now have left of that A5 sheet.  Will I get another card from it - we will have to see.

I think I fancy doing this again with another piece of stamped card.

Thank you for stopping by I hope you enjoyed your visit - please pop back again soon.

Friday, 11 April 2014

A second background card

Good afternoon everyone & today I am showing you another card I have made using pieces from the background card I made earlier.

Here is the card;

Another cream 5x5 card on which I used a thin strip that had been left over after trimming one of the triangles on the first card.  For the main part I used a tea plate to get the curved edge on the patterned card, which was then layered onto black card leaving a narrow border just at the curved edge.  The little black images that look like duck feet are actually a little trefoil stamp.  That is what they call 3 leaves together, isn't it?  The card then finished off simply by the Happy Birthday greeting.

There is still some of the card left & I think I might get 2 more cards from it. May not get to look at it though until Monday as I have a busy weekend now that the weather has brightened up - plants to put in the garden has to take priority.

Thank you for stopping by I hope you enjoyed your visit.

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Playing with backgrounds

Hello everyone - I thought I would show you something I have been doing with my clubs recently - I challenged them to make an A5 piece of background card & then using the serendipity style make some cards with it.

This is my piece of card made at the same time

It started life as a white A5 card on which I randomly stamped various images in black archival ink (Versafine). Once the ink was dry I then used Distress Inks to colour over the images - I used Spiced Marmalade, Vintage Photo & Fired Brick.

I then started to cut it up into different pieces & here is the first card I have made

The base is a 5x5 cream card then the two patterned triangles are adhered onto some black card & trimmed leaving a thin border.  The sentiment was a freebie on a magazine some time last year & the dots are white flat backed pearls which I have coloured with a black permanent pen.

Now I need to see what I am going to make with the remainder of the card - hopefully 2 more cards.

Thank you for stopping by I hope you enjoyed your visit.

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Less is More - Week 166 - A touch of Turquoise

Hi everyone
After only just making my card in time for last weeks Less is More challenge I have managed this weeks challenge much earlier.

The theme this week is colour & the colour is turquoise, & the challenge is being sponsored by "The Ribbon Girl".  Turquoise is one of the colours, I think, where you are not sure if it is blue or if it is green or even somewhere in between.

Here is my card;

the colour in the photograph is more blue than green - but I would say the ink I used leans towards a greener blue.  Does that make sense?  The stamp is a little heart stamp that was free on the front of Craft Stamper one month & I decided it would make quite a nice butterfly.  Little gems made its body & the end of its antennae.

I think this is the earliest I have entered a LIM challenge & is probably the less less is more design I have created.

Thank you for stopping by I hope you enjoyed your visit, & don't forget to pop over to the LIM blog (just click on the name at the start of this post) & see how others have interpreted this challenge.  Also why not pop over to The Ribbon Girl & take a look at their lovely products.

Friday, 4 April 2014

Less Is More - Week 165 Round & Round

Good morning everyone & a rather grey & murky morning it is too.

But never mind we have challenges to brighten up the day & the one I am writing about now is the one at "Less is More" where the theme is Round & Round.  A popular theme at the moment as I have seen it on other challenge sites too.

Here is my inspiration for my card;

I chose these stamps to use after having a tidy up of stamps on my desk & as I put them away in my folder I spotted this one.  I think it was a freebie on a magazine. I had several ideas about what to do with the circles.  Card candy, buttons, gems, sticky dots with glitter on - my mind started to run wild.  

After stamping the design & embossing in silver - I chose;


Looking at the stamp after I had made the card I realised it would also make quite a good small scale design for zentangle patterns.  I don't think this set will be going back in the folder just yet.

Thank you for stopping by I hope you enjoyed your visit. I am off now to see what others have done with this challenge - why not join me - just click on the link at the start of this post.

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Another fun workshop, but ...

... this time I was pupil not teacher.

On Sunday a stamping group I am involved with had a really lovely workshop hosted by Stephanie of Clearly Besotted Stamps.  A lot of their stamps have matching dies & this certainly added to the fun on the day.

We were very lucky that Stephanie & her group had prepared little packages for us that contained all the card that we required for each item we were making. They provided all the stamps & dies & started the day with giving us a very useful tip for using these.

In all - we made - an Easter card & a box to hold small Easter eggs; 4 cards which were then presented in an acetate window box.  The theme for most of the items was butterflies which was just up my street - as I think they are one of the most beautiful creatures we have.

Here is what I made;

There was a tag to go with the box of cards but I didn't complete it as I wasn't sure what I would be doing with them.  Probably a gift for someone - or a raffle prize & I think I might decorate the box a little more.

A great day & it was so nice having me time.  What's more whilst I was at the workshop my DH was cooking dinner - well, after all - it was Mother's Day!