Thursday, 28 June 2012

Purple and flowers

I nearly forgot to take a photo of today's card.  I remembered in the car just before I had to take it inside ready for everyone to sign.  I manged to take a quick photo in the car with my phone, so not the greatest picture.

This is a larger sized card.  I needed a thank you/farewell card to give to one of our church "Music Box" team members who is moving on from our team since her son is off to school soon.  "Music Box" is what our church calls "Mainly Music" - a music and movement seesion for preschools with their mums/caregivers.  Lots of songs, actions, and props (shakers, ice cream containers as drums etc)  The children love it and have lots of fun.  I enjoy helping out and my 16 month old likes to take part too.  She just loves music.  I needed to make a big card so we had room for us all to add our farewell wishes.  I decided not to put a sentiment on it.


My first challenge was finding a background stamp big enough.  Even stamping two rows of the envelope stamp was not quite big enough so I remembered Dawn's background technique and created my own with the small flower stamp.  (Thanks Dawn)  Once again another card  of mine with layers.  (Something I seem to like doing in my cards).  I recently looked back at the cards I have been making over the past few months and there tends to be a theme of lots of flowers and dry embossing - I think I like the texture that creates. 

Anyway, back to today's card.  I matted this flower created background onto a darker purple card.  I white embossed two larger flowers and two slightly smaller flowers.  I fussy cut them and layered them too. Before I adhered my matted background onto the white card I added the purple panel with the punched scalloped edges and added the twine.  Finally I added the gems. 

Large card approx 6"x8"
Stamps: Small flower (used to create the background) Paper Salon PS1334E15, HA Four flowers CG290
Other: Twine, white embossing powder, embossing ink, gems, SU scalloped edge punch
Cardstock: white, lilac, purple
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Monday, 25 June 2012

Embellies with a Twist at TCC - Circles

"Circles" is the theme for the "Embellies with a Twist" Monday challenge at The Crafter's Cafe.

I chose these colours so it would be more a masculine card.   It also uses the June sketch from Hero Arts.   The first card had the plain cream background.  I wondered if the card needed something more to it, so I made a second card and added the envelope stamp in the background.  Please let me know which one your prefer.

Circles without background

Circles with background

Stamps: Hero Arts - Envelope stamp S5507; Zig zag stamp CG422; Old french writing H2365; Branch background CG122; Happy Birthday C5594          
Other: Sizzix plaid embossing folder, gold embossing powder, embossing ink, Chocolate Impress ink

Cardstock: cream, copper, mulled wine 

Thanks for stopping by and for your comments.

Have a great week.


Friday, 22 June 2012

Ribbon Panel Card

On Wednesday I was able to attend a Stampin Up class at Julia's place.  We made a lovely ribbon panel card.  It was a fun card to make.  It was a little fiddly weaving the ribbon and we had to make sure we kept the same cross over pattern on the front and back, but in the end it was well worth it.  I have kept the middle panel blank to write a message on.  I had fun using the Stampin Up coordinating bird and flower stamps and punches to decorate the card.

Riboon panel card

Cardstock: Lucky Limeade
Paper: PDS paper from the 2011-2012 colour range (Lucky Limeade)
Ink: Calypso Coral & Lucky Limeade

Stamps: Language of Friendship set
Punches: Bird Builder & Boho Blossoms
Other: Zutter, Calypso coral ribbon, Framelite dies

Thanks for stopping by and for your comments.  Have a great weekend.


Monday, 18 June 2012

Embellies with a Twist at TCC - Layers

This week's challenge at The Crafter's Cafe is to make a card with layers and of course include embellishments.  We would love you to take part and join us with this challenge.  Remember that you do need to register and become a new member of the forum if you wish to take part.  I forgot to log in first last week and so my card appeared as a guest.  I will remember from now on.

I often like to include layers, so I had lots of fun with this challenge.  Here is the card I created, using purples, one of the colours I really like to use in my cards.


To create the background I stamped the flower in black ink onto the purple card (Thanks Dawn for sharing this technique of creating your own background).  I embossed the lilac card and cut a panel and adhered it to the purple card and added the ribbon.  I printed my image, coloured it with copics, added the Hello sentiment.  I then matted it onto the dark pink card to match the main colour of the card.  Lastly I added the kindy glitz. 

Image: The Stamping Boutique - Flower Cart (On sale for $2 instead of $3)
Stamp: Flower stamp from Simon Says (from a  goodie bag prize from A Blog Named Hero, HA Hello stamp
Ink: Versafine black ink
Cardstock: Purple, lilac, bright pink, white
Other: Cuttlebug floral screen embossing folder, ribbon, kindy glitz, copics

Thanks again for stopping by.

Have a great week.


Sunday, 17 June 2012

Balloon Fun

Last night I had some time to do some card making again.  I was inspired by some cards I had seen on Dawn's blog.  I love the way she used her stamp to create the background.  Today's card is CASED from Dawn.  When I saw her card with balloons I remembered the HA balloon stamp that I have.  I haven't used the stamp for a while.  It is a great stamp to have for kid's cards. 


My balloon stamp is a bit bolder than Dawn's.  I was going to use white and blue card, but the blue didn't quite match the card, so I did what Dawn did and inked my matted card too.  Such a clever idea, Dawn!  I decided to add twine rather than a bow so it would be more fitting for a boy.

Ink: Impress Celestre Blue                              
Stamps: HA Floating Balloon D1207, HA Happy Birthday C5594
Cardstock: White
Other: Twine (Dilly Dally "Celebrate" twine from My Mind's Eye), Copics

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Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Embellies with a Twist at TCC - No Sentiment

I am not getting to add to my blog quite so much these days.  Not as much as I would like! Anyway, I did find time to make a card for the Monday daily challenge for Embellies with a Twist this week at The Crafter's Cafe is "No Sentiment".

You will see at The Crafter's Cafe there is a new layout with the daily challenges.  Even though I am a member of The Crafter's Cafe, I had to register with this new forum, so you will need to too if you would like to take part.  I know the new layout may take a bit of getting used to.  The Crafter's Cafe has just introduced a new points system for taking part in challenges and other things.  Part of the reason for the new layout is to help you track your points.  Please come along, take a look and join us in our challenges.  We would love to have you play along.

My card uses a sketch from Card Patterns #169 and the colours from The Play Date Cafe - PDCC135.

Birthday cake
Image: Candle cake from Tiffany Doodles
Stamps: Hero Arts Envelope stamp
Ink: Impress Celeste Blue
Cardstock: blue, orange

Other: Twine, brad, copics, patterned paper, Sizzix plaid embossing folder

Thanks for dropping by and for your comments.

Enjoy the rest of your week.


Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Embellies with a Twist at TCC - Swirls

This week the Monday challenge for Embellies with a Twist at The Crafter's Cafe is "Swirls".  Please join us this week with your creation using swirls.  If you are not already a member of  The Crafter's Cafe, it is free to join up, and we would love to have you along.

This card also features the colours for the colour challenge at A Blog Names Hero "Color me a Hero" - Challenge #5.  (I am from New Zealand so I used the UK way of spelling colour).  I didn't have the forth greeny/yellow colour so I have kept to the other three, pink, light blue and brown/kraft. 

I am also entering this in the Simon Says Stamp Challenge - "Anything Goes"

Here is my card:


Image: "Cupcake digital stamp" from The Stamping Boutique.
Stamps: Hero Arts Happy Birthday
Ink: Versafine Black
Cardstock: dusty pink, blue and kraft
Other: Cuttlebug swirls embossing folder, gems, glossy accents, Copics BG01 & RV02

I initially started off with just one cupcake, but that didn't seem to be enough for the card, so I decided to do three of different sizes.  I coloured the cupcakes using copics.  I dry embossed the swirls onto kraft card, framed this with blue and added it to my pink card.  I used dimensionals to mount my cupcakes onto the card.  I stamped the Happy Birthday sentiment onto pink card, added the banner shape to one end and  framed it with the blue cardstock.  I also added this using dimensionals  Lastly I added some gems and glossy accents on the top of the cupcake.

Thanks for stopping by and for your comments which are always gratefully received.

Have a great week.