Wednesday, August 31, 2011

scrap-it-lah august challenge

Here is my submission for the August challenge over at Scrap-It-Lah.
I have not done any scrapbook pages for weeks, 
so it feels good to actually get one done.
~ Ü ~

I did a two-page spread as it felt a bit tight on a single one. The current challenge requires stamping, embossing and misting; 
plus dressing up a raw chipboard.

The flower centre is a papermania bare basics chipboard, which has been inked, stickled and topped with liquid pearls. The title letters are also chipboard. They have been inked and the bottom coated  with a pearl pen. I was hoping for a bit of dimension, but in the end it just looks chocolate-coated! LOL!

The edges are Viva Decor flourish stamps, which are then inked with DIs. The misting smack right down between the pages is not too obvious. It set the tone for the colours though. A little pink, and highlighted with browns.

The butterflies are cuttlebug. This one has been embossed, inked and coated with crackle paint. The centre is a plain button run through with a satin ribbon. The fly trail is done with paper pen.

The colours look rather washed-out here. IRL they are a lot more vivid. Must be the lighting. This is what happens when one does things the Malaysian way 
- at the eleventh hour! Oh well . . .

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

blue ribbon rose

Another handmade flower today . . .

This card is based on the sketch from CardPatterns, and the colour is inspired by The Shabby Tea Room (my birthstone is sapphire). The ribbon rose is inspired by Yvonne's guest challenge. E.T. has a tutorial for a splendid ribbon flower. I've tried and tried but could not get a good result, so I shall have to stick to this for now. I'm presently also intrigued by CAS layouts, so I'm playing along with Less is More today.
Week  18 Monochrome, Week 22 Shades of Blue & Week 25 Ribbon.
No, not very much white space here, but for me, this is already well-pared down!
~ Ü ~

The ribbon is from Ikea, a purchase made years ago. It is wired, which makes it easy to hold together. The leaves are spellbinders, and the other die-cut shapes are lifestyle crafts's new nesting sets. The lighter background paper is a free download from cardmaking & papercraft. The darker one is from my stash. Inking is done with clearsnap and blended with stormy sky DI.

This photo was taken with the sun behind it, hence the purplish tone.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

sweet summer tilda

Something sweet and girly for today's card.

It's inspired by The Shabby Tea Room with this lovely pic

and using the colours pink, peach, green, neutrals and handmade flowers. The fruit box reminds me of a vintage card I made recently, so I decided to go sweet vintage for this card.

Yvonne has a guest challenge using ribbon flowers, which has inspired me in making this flower. I've always had trouble finishing the centres of paper flowers without buttons, brads and the sort. So why not try ribbon? So I made this rolled ribbon rose, and I think it looks fine! 
~ Ü ~

The paper flower layers are cut from pink cs using sizzix TH tattered florals die. The edges have been inked with tattered rose & fired brick DIs. It is fnished with a sheer bow from my ribbon stash.

The background frame is cut from recycled kraft paper with a spellbinders die. The paper was originally used in a cotton wool roll. It is embossed, then inked with vintage photo DI. 

 The cotton wool has long since finished, so this is all that's left of that roll.

The background papers are free downloads from papercraft inspirations. I felt that the rose background was too starkly white, so i inked it with antique linen DI for a more vintage look.

Tilda has been coloured with a water brush and water colour pencils. She is sitting on a faux cushion (embossed with CB folder), which has been layered onto ribbon, over the framed background.

Other challenges entered are Magnolia Down Under Challenges, TOMIC and 365 Cards (combo of Day 84 - Tilda's dress, Day 119 - flowers & frame, & Day 151 - layers behind Tilda).

Thursday, August 25, 2011

bird cage keyring

I have a different project to share today. A keyring . . .
~ Ü ~

Make My Monday is still having their Things with Wings challenge, but with the added twist of acetate!
After much humming and hawing, I decided to go the Tim Holtz way, and play with alcohol inks.

 The cage is cut from acetate and corrugated board. I made two sets and glued them together, so it's quite chunky. I coloured the acetate layer with ginger, currant & sunshine yellow, with drops of copper. On top of that I stamped a swirl using black stazon. Both sides are similar.

 The bird is also cut from acetate, but uncoloured. It is stamped with a text stamp, and a swirl. I originally wanted a yellow bird, and added pearl mixative. Ugh! It turned out looking like mud!
The wings are cut from packaging material, an inner tray from a biscuit pack or something. It's very thin & light, but the corrugation gave it some rigidity. They are tucked in midway between the cage bars.

I wanted some bits & bobs for the top of the cage, so I added small acetate tags. One is stitched with butterfly sequins, and the other has layered flower sequins with a pearl centre. I did my inking on a tile, and the tags were coloured with just blending solution, and whatever it picked off the tile. I wanted some definition, so I ran the side of a marker nib along the edge. It's much safer than using the tip, as you could easily run the tip onto the tag itself

 I had a lot of fun with this, and my younger son is already eyeing it. That'll be a great excuse to make another! LOL! The only snag with this is that it's not waterproof. 
I should try out those shrink plastic sheets one day . . .
~ Ü ~

Other challenges entered:
Stampalot Challenge - whatever you fancy
Hooked on Craft - things with wings
Incy Wincy Designs - anything but a card
Try it on Tuesday - hang it up

 supplies: sizzix dies, alcohol inks & blending solution, stazon, Viva Decor stamp, Tim Holtz stamp

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

vintage birds atc

I've made a pair of atcs for a swap. The card is edged in ink, and layered with embossed paper, which I have sanded, and a strip of sheer ribbon. The main image is distressed & inked, them embellished with leaves, a gem and liquid pearls.

 supplies: image from The Graphics Fairy, cuttlebug embossing folder, sizzlits die, Viva Decor pearl pen, distress inks

Monday, August 22, 2011

CAS slider card

Going CAS again today! 

Less is More is having a "Things that Move" theme, and Chrissie has posted some fab tutorials for slider and spinner cards. I'm having a go at making a slider card.
 I used the sketch from clean & simple, which has a joint challenge with jingle belles. So, a Christmas card it is! 
I'm also incorporating some embossing to link up with CAS-ual Fridays.

For the slide-out card, I've used a TH tag die. I had to shorten it to fit, but I like tag-looking cards. 
~ Ü ~
The sentiment is a stamp from a set that came with a magazine. The star centre is glossy accent, just for a bit of dimension.

I've used a sizzix die for the tree as I do not have a suitable stamp in my stash. The tree has been embossed, then coated with Perfect Pearls; although it's hard to see the shine here. I've also used PP for the flourish stamp on the background circle.

supplies: sizzix dies, Tim Holtz stamp (background text), Viva Decor stamp (flourish), free stamp (sentiment), papermania embossing folder, Ranger Perfect Pearl, xcut border punch, distress inks

Sunday, August 21, 2011

vintage plus black

Ok, I think this should be my last card for the vintage week over at 365 Cards. Frankly, it's been rather exhausting. I have new respect for the weekly all-star players.
~ Ü ~

 This design is based on the sketch from Card Patterns

 I thought I should have at least one stamped vintage card and not just printed images, and this is  it! It's one of my favourite stamps from Viva Decor, stamped in Clearsnap charcoal chalk ink. It's been coloured in with a water brush using aquarelle colour pencils. The edge has been sponged in charcoal, and framed by a scalloped circle which is highlighted by stickles and liquid pearls.

 The background is corrugated cardboard, painted white and then inked over with charcoal. The centre strip consists of layers of lace, punched paper, embossed paper, and grosgrain ribbon.

This card is also entered into the challenges over at Crazy 4 Challenges (embossing, die cuts, ribbon), stamps + fun = creativity, Creative Inspirations, Papertake Weekly (lace, ribbon & embossing) and Dare to be Sassy Thursdays.

supplies: lifestyle crafts die (label), spellbinders die scalloped circle), quickutz die (circle), xcut border punch, papermania embossing folder, Viva Decor stamp, mecanorma aquarelle, stickles, Viva Decor paper pen

vintage plus yellow

A verrry yellow creation today. 
~ Ü ~

The image is mounted on corrugated card, and finished off with liquid pearls, a dyed twill bow, gold twine and a button. The topper has been cut from lacy cloth, and finished with a strip of ribbon and cute little buttons.

This card has been linked up with 365 Cards, Simon Says Stamp and Truly Scrumptious.

supplies: image from The Graphics Fairy, papermania folder, papermania buttons, gold acrylic paint, Ranger liquid pearls

vintage plus green

Another day, another card ... I really have to stop this! 
~ Ü ~

A simple card today, with just a few embellishments.

My latest bows are all made using the bow easy technique I saw on youtube. I layered a khaki grosgrain on sheer ribbon for this. Then finished it off with gold twine  and a button.

The butterfly was stickled, then coated with gloss gel. I like the dimension, and how it curls up when it dries. It is then layered onto a Tim Holtz mini butterfly, and topped with a gem.

supplies: image from The Graphics Fairy, papermania embossing folder, sizzix die, cheery lynn die, distress inks, stickles, Viva Decor paper pen, Viva Decor gloss gel; others from my stash.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

vintage mushroom

I had some fun making this card, and I hope you enjoy it, too!
~ Ü ~

It looks harmless enough, until you remove the tag.

Fun-guy, get it?

~ Ü ~

Not to risque for anyone, I hope ... LOL

This card is based on the Sunday Sketch from 365 Days. And it is also linked up with Simon Says Stamp, the Pink Elephant, Ruby's Rainbow, Kaboodle Doodles, Cards for Men and Crafting for all Seasons.

supplies: image from The Graphic Fairy, cuttlebug dies (tag & alphabet), distress inks, stickles, Viva decor pearl pen; others from my stash

vintage fruit

Another vintage offering from yours truly. A pink fruity layout this time.

Challenges entered:

supplies: image from The Graphic Fairy, sizzix embossing folder, distress inks, Viva Decor gloss gel; 
others from my stash.

Friday, August 19, 2011

vintage baby

A third card today! Another entry for the vintage plus blue challenge over at 365 Cards. Also using the simple yet versatile sketch from Cupcake Crafts Challenges.

This is a much cleaner & simpler design. Fit for a new baby boy. 
~ Ü ~

The blocks are made out of embossed card and corrugated card. The corrugated card was originally kraft, so I painted it white and edged it with stormy sky DI. The other block panels are also distressed and inked.

The image is framed with a pleated doiley. Adds a softer touch, I think. It is simply embellished with stitching, liquid pearls and pins of my own making.

supplies: image from The Graphics Fairy, cuttlebug embossing folders, spellbinders die, Viva decor paper pen, Viva Decor gloss gel, acrylic paint, distress inks

vintage plus blue

Another card today...
Still playing along with 365 Cards, Day 170.

Going glittery for this with glitter embossed butterflies, gems and liquid pearls. Taking inspiration from City Crafter Challenge Blog, they are cut from scrap card, as is the flourish. All the paper used here are scraps; the large stamped piece is backing waste after misting, stitched onto a piece of leftover wrapping paper. So you can just imagine how much scrap (crap?) I have lying around ... 
~ Ü ~.

The base is finished with layered ribbons, bows and a button.

supplies: image from The Graphics Fairy, sizzix die (flourish), cheery lynn dies (butterflies), Tim Holtz stamps (background), papermania embossing folder,  Ranger holographic embossing powder, Viva Decor gloss gel, Viva decor paper pen; others from my stash.

vintage plus red

It's vintage week over at 365 Cards, and I'm tagging along. First up is Day 168, vintage + red. This card is based on the sketch over at Cupcake Craft Challenges.

Just a simple layout, using blocks of distressed, stamped papers. They have all been stitched for a shabby finish. The top left block is covered in crackle paint to give it a subtle difference from the block below. The butterflies have been embossed in distress EP and the fairy has been raised with foam pads for more dimension.

supplies: image from The Graphics Fairy, lifestyle crafts die, Tim Holtz stamps, distress ink, Ranger distress crackle paint, distress embossing powder, Viva Decor pearl pen.