Sunday, 29 January 2012

Less is More - Week 52 - Sketch

This week's challenge over at Less Is More is
For our challenge this week we have a SKETCH and we have a few basic ground rules.
We would like the card to be
  • rectangular
  • in landscape orientation
  • with the band remaining in a vertical position 
As it's a very simple sketch,  we would like it to remain as is without any rotation of either the card or the vertical band.
For my card I have used my Tall Trees stamp set by Elusive Images (now Chocolate Baroque).  I started off stamping half the tree onto black card with Versamark and heat embossed it with white detail e/p.  I then stamped the whole image onto my white DL card in black Versafine ink and heat embossed it using clear e/p.  I then placed the image on the black card over the one on the white DL card and made sure it matched up before sticking down.  The sentiment is from my Sincere Salutations which is a Stampin Up set - this was also heat embossed with clear e/p.

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Thursday, 26 January 2012

This is the last one..............

Front of card

Hi Everybody - well if you've been following the saga of the 18th birthday cards I have, at last, finished and this is the last one.  It's mostly been constructed in CraftArtist and the mechanics of the card was inspired by Dave Brethauer and his Heart Tuckaway Card.  The card has been made out of A4 card, printed on both sides with images of BMX bikers, grafitti etc.  I used the cutout studio in CA to isolate the biker which is along the bottom of the card and I also decoupaged him for a bit of dimension.  I have used my Spellbinders book pages for the cutout closure.  The cogs/wheels are from the
Back of card
Sprightly Sprockets set die cut from pewter mirri card.  I've added metal corners and a metal embellishment "go for it" - all from my stash.  The sentiment was again done in CA matted
Card closed
onto a die cut cog.  I partially embossed the tag using the Couture Creations Workshop e/f and then sponged with DI.  I've added a BMX biker and various items stamped onto shrink plastic to use as "danglers" from the tag.  The greeting on the back was made in CA, die cut using my book page die, sponged with DI and foiled using my foiling machine.  I've also made a box to match.

Thanks for stopping by.

Karen x

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Less is More - Week 51 - Theme - Cut it out

This week's challenge over at Less is More is:


I've used my circle and scalloped circle nesties to die cut an aperture in a square card blank and then made a frame from some cardstock I had printed on the computer.  I then die cut the same size circle out of double sided sticky.  I used my Memory Box La Rue Flourish on another piece of matching card and placed this in the centre of the sticky circle.  I sprinkled purple glitter around the outside of the circle and silver glitter in the centre and then placed it on the inside of the card so it could be seen through the aperture.  I used a Marianne corner die and put another piece of co-ordinating card at the back.  The sentiment is a digi stamp from the lovely Lynne at Crafts4You - she has several sentiments specially sized to fit the Stampin Up punches.

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Monday, 23 January 2012

18th card for a girl

Well, here's the second in the long running saga of the 18th birthday cards.  I've used a template for an 18th word book.   I was told that this girl was interested in drama and art so I had to have a look round the internet for suitable images.  The artist on the first page is Little Artist by Whimsy Stamps, the girl shopping is Lydia does Shopping by Little Claire (which was a free download) and the Drama Queen on the end is from Tiddly Inks Digital.  There is a variety of embellishments which were all from my stash or die cut elements.  Here's the matching box:

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Friday, 20 January 2012

LIM - Week 50 - One Layer - Birds v2

Just a really quick post to add another card to the LIM challenge this week.  This was super easy but I like the simplicity of it.  From a blank A6 card I used a nestie to make a nicer shape.  I then inked the image (which is from Joanna Sheen's Wordy Words Two set) with Versamark and then gold embossed it.  I inked round the edges (being super careful this time lol) with a gold pen and that was it.  I just love the sentiment on this stamp.  I ended up scanning this card as none of the photos showed that it was gold embossed.

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Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Less is More - Week 50 - One Layer - Birds

The challenge set this week over at Less is More is:   

with the subject of
Now before I get told off by Mandi or Chrissie I know it's one layer but just as I'd finished my card when I was inking the edges......... well, you can guess can't you?  Yep, my hand moved and I got an ink smudge........... didn't have time to do it again so I'm afraid I've stuck a small ribbon bow over the smudge to hide it!!!

The image is a free digi stamp called Love Bunting from San's Designs  - she's got some lovely inspiration on her blog so why don't you pop over to take a look.  I printed the image and coloured in using Promarkers.  The sentiment is from the set Stampin Up Wonderful Words and was inked up with Dusty Concorde DI........ and then there's the bow...........!  lol

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Monday, 16 January 2012

18th card

I've been asked to make three 18th birthday cards - two for the same lad and one for a girl.  I'm absolutely not bothered about the one for the girl but 18 year old lads are just as bad as men!!!  lol  Anyway the brief I got was that he was into sports but heavily into BMX biking................. it took me an awful long time to find a suitable image but luckily I found a clear stamp from KayCee Crafts.  Then one Sunday I happened to be watching C&C when Joanna Sheen was on and she was introducing a new set of stamps called Speedy Celebrations JS332 with a speedometer, bike chains etc.  I thought this would be ideal and one of the card samples really set my mind whirring so I'd like to give a big heads up to the lovely Sylvie of the Creative Mind of Sylvie who had done some sample cards for the show.  One in particular was brilliant and I have adapted it to make this card.  The base card is two 8x8 square cards joined together to make a K card.  I've covered the card with backing paper from my stash and then added all the embellishments which are on the Joanna Sheen stamp set.  All the chain was silver embossed onto bronze mirri and joined with brads to go round the cogs.  The needle on the speedo is set to 18 and I've added the year of birth where the number of miles would go. 

This photo shows the inside.  I've used the number plate stamp "Just 4 You" also silver embossed onto bronze mirri card and then the sentiment on the last section. 

I do hope he likes it.

Saturday, 14 January 2012

Club samples - Awning cards and resist techniques

Just to prove that Anne and I really do mean we've been busy making samples for our club night (!!!) we really aren't telling porkies........ lol  Here are some samples of awning cards that we did with the girls.  For instructions and digi stamps pop over to see the delightful Carmen at Beyond the Fringe Crafts - thanks Carmen, the girls really enjoyed making these.

The second photo shows samples of the resist technique using both chalks (couple on beach SU set) and inks with a Versamark inkpad.  The inked examples have been done on coated cardstock.  The Paris card used the Paris Postcard stamp set from Elusive Images (now Chocolate Baroque) and the floral card was made using a negative floral stamp which, I think, is buried under a heap on my craft table at the moment and I can't remember what make it is!!!

All ribbons and embellishments are from my stash.

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Thursday, 12 January 2012

Birthday card

It's my friend Jan's birthday today and I've made her this card.  It's based around the gorgeous Sugar Nellie image called Verity.  I printer her out on super smooth card and die cut using my large scalloped circles dies and cut a navy mat from the next size up.  She was coloured using a mixture of Flexi and Promarkers.  Base card is an 8x8 and all the papers, flowers, ribbon and lace were from my stash.

Thanks for dropping by.  All your comments are really appreciated.

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Less is More - Week 49 - Colour - Purple

This week the LIMettes have been asked to base their card around a colour theme which is:
Predominantly Purple

On some white card I have stamped the Vogue Silhouette (Stamps Happen) using Dusty Concorde DI.  I then stamped the same image onto acetate using Royal Purple Stazon in.  I drew around the outline and on the shadows of the dress with a Quickie Glue pen, waited for it to dry, and then used purple foil to add more colour.  I then cut the acetate out and used a purple brad to attach it to the original stamped image.  I matted this onto some purple mirri card.  The sentiment is from Hobby Arts and I stamped it in the Dusty Concorde again and clear embossed it.  It was then die cut using a labels die and mounted onto purple mirri.  This was very difficult to photograph as the purple seems almost to turn black but I've taken the front view and a side view so you can see the acetate overlay.


Friday, 6 January 2012


Sorry for the lack of posting but I've been busy making sample cards for our club night next Wednesday.  However I knew I wanted to take up the current challenge at Make My Monday this week; the theme is Nature and this week's challenge is Birds.  Also over at Judith's blog Forgotten Friday  the theme is Winter Wings.

I decided to make a card from A3 pearlised card - not sure of the correct name but guess it's a stepper card without the "centre or side"!!!  I cut the A3 card lengthways at 5 1/2" and then scored at 5 1/2", 11" and  13 3/4" which basically gives you a 5 1/2" square card which will fit into a 6x6 envelope.  The papers are from a Chocolate Baroque set called Pretty Birds. I printed out one of the backing papers and then two of the main page with the blue tit on it.  I cut the piece to size and mounted onto matching pink and blue card and edged this with lace.  I then cut out the bird from the other sheet and decoupaged over the first bird.  I then used my Memory Box branch die to cut the branch for the bird to sit on.  The front "step" has more backing paper and lace and I've computer generated the sentiment onto a spare piece of the Pretty Bird page and die cut using my Spellbinders Fancy Tags 3 set.  I cut out a flourish using a Marianne die and then added some pretty flowers and leaves.

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