Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Couple of cards from my class today.  We used Tim Holz dies for this first one - the banner part with the name on is suspended by jump rings, so it swings back and forth like a pub sign.  If you're reading this Paul, it's for your birthday next year :) 
This next one's quite an unusual design of easel card, and so it folds flat to go in an envelope.
The 'button' in the corner is actually a flattened metal bottle top, which cuttlebug'd flat beautifully! Once it was flattened, it was stuck onto a circular sticker, and we then added a smaller sticker, jewel bead, and covered it all in dimension glue. There's a close up at the bottom of this post.  Pretty cute!

 Both of these were out of my comfort zone - but that's the beauty of a class, learning different methods and combining different materials.

Here's a close up of that 'button' :-

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Storage !

My craft stuff is gradually taking over my house - and it's sooo hard to keep it all tidy, and actually remember what I've got!
I found a really good blog well worth exploring. When 'Blogger' stops misbehaving and lets me add it to my blog roll, I'll add it on to there.  Have to say though - some of the craft rooms featured on there look more like well stocked shops ;)

Cat and mouse

Love this stamp - I used a clear embossing stamp pad, and silver embossing powder on a mottled grey/green background. I used Promarkers to colour in. I edged it in red - but the jury's out on that, and may decide to trim that off.  Having a think about how to finish it all off, so will post the finished article soon!

Monday, 25 April 2011

Best wishes

Got some beautiful papers from a favourite company which I just HAD to use :)
I rubber stamped the flowers onto white cardstock, and used distress inks to shade the edges once I'd cut the shapes in my cuttlebug using Nestability dies. I punched out a simple butterfly from white card, and gave it the distress ink treatment. Some ribbon and jewels plus a sentiment completed the card.

I'm relatively new to card making - as yet, I don't have a particular style, so am just experimenting with different techniques to see what works and what doesn't. I do know rubber stamping and colouring in are things I really enjoy doing though.

Sunday, 24 April 2011

This is a 'congratulations' card I've made.  I used a new Hero Arts clings stamp called 'dandelions' which I really love. I stamped it onto white card using black memento ink, and then went on to use some Tim Holz Distress inks to create the shading. I used a cuttlebug die to make the 'congrats' out of gold mirricard, and then mounted it onto some peach card.
I love rubber stamping, and find the detail on the Hero Arts stamps pretty incredible.
PS - sorry about the fine black border on the bottom edge. I actually scanned the card rather than take a photo of it, and didn't edit the scanned pic properly :)

Saturday, 23 April 2011

This card was fun to make: I used Tim Holz Distress inks on some watercolour card, and cut out  the aperture using one of my Nestabilities dies.  I stamped the 'happy birthday' onto plain lilac paper, and added the flowers (which were stamped and then coloured with promarkers. I mounted it onto gold mirriboard. It's almost finished now - just need to adhere it to a card, then send it on it's way to a friend.

Friday, 22 April 2011

2 more cards

Couple of cards here that I made some time ago :-

This is one of the Christmas cards I made.  I put the white and peach card through the cuttlebug, and cut out the stamped image of the angel. She was coloured in with my beloved promarkers, and I added some dimension medium to her wings, and scattered on some very fine glitter.

I used my favourite cupcake rubber stamp on this card. Coloured them in with promarkers, and added some dimension medium to the cherries - they looked very realistic and ready to eat when I'd done :)
I mounted it on some spotty paper (free in a magazine) and then onto some silver mirriboard.  A few beads and an outline sticker sentiment completed it.  When I made this card, I wasn't too confident about stamping a sentiment directly onto the card, so took the easy way out!

This card isn't quite finished.  I used some patterned papers for the background, and punched the blue strip out using one of my favourite Martha Stewart punches.  The flowers were printed out onto patterned papers (free in a magazine), glazed, and I added a brad in the centre. It was then mounted onto the card, and 4 small gems added to the corner.
Might leave it as it is for now - can personalise it later when I've decided who I'm sending it to :)

I had a lovely afternoon this week on a card making course. We made a simple box, and 4 cards using brown and turquoise cardstock, Kanban clear stamps,Versafine ink (blue lagoon),some ribbon, twine and buttons.  It was a pretty rushed afternoon, so the perfectionist in me doesn't like the fact that some parts are uneven, but I can live with that.  I'm thinking of making some box sets for presents so that people have notelets to hand.

This is a card I've made for my brother's birthday.  I used some free papers and a template from a magazine to make the shirt and tie, and 'cuttlebug'd' the shirt. Mounted onto free paper and mirriboard. Added a few buttons for decoration. I stamped the 'happy birthday' onto mirriboard with brown archival ink, and embossed it with clear powder
I was pretty pleased with it!