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Friday, May 25, 2012

roses for a lady

Roses for a birthday lady
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Not my mum, though. A friend requested a card for her mum's birthday.

Entering these challenges

The patterned paper was printed off a magazine website ages ago, but I never got round to using it. Another oldie here is the sentiment stamp which I've used rather sparingly since getting it early last year.

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supplies: dies (spellbinders), alphabet die (lifestyle crafts), inks (ranger), stamp (papermania)

Saturday, May 19, 2012

it's your day

Something simple for a change . . .
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 The maroon pearl card looks and feels simply luxurious simply embossed, but it's a pain to photograph . . . The butterfly has been cut from the same card, and given a silver edging and a gem centre.

For these challenges
Kaboodle Doodles Challenge #119 Clean and Simple
Top Tip Tuesday Challenge 76 Clean and Simple
Simon Says . . . . . Clean & Simple!
CAS-ual Fridays CFC53: Punchy

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supplies: embossing folder (cuttlebug), dies (sizzix & lifestyle crafts), inks (ranger & tsukineko), stamp (papermania)

Friday, May 18, 2012

flower burst

Flowers are bursting into song this week
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A flower burst tag for these challenges

 
The background of the tag is gingham fabric with a diagonal rip, from which flowers burst through. The pink silk blooms are leftovers from CNY decoration, and the smaller ones are rolled paper roses, which have been misted and inked, all with a pearl bead centre.

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supplies: stamp (papermania), tag die (sizzix), flower die (spellbinders), sentiment (hotp), pearl dots (viva decor), distress inks (ranger), versafine (tsukineko), glimmer mists (tattered angels)

Saturday, May 12, 2012

white orchids

It's a white flowers challenge at Make My Monday and here's my offering
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A clean, classic layout, featuring orchids, with a multiple ribbon base. The stamped sentiment tag is hung from twine with a jump ring.

Also playing these challenges

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supplies: image (theHouseAcrosstheBay), stamp (me to you),  frame die (spellbinders), tag die (cuttlebug), paper (d'arte), distress ink (ranger)

Monday, May 7, 2012

Mother's Day

for my mum . . .
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The main image is an orchid digital print from the House Across the Bay (yes, mum loves orchids!). The text background is from an old paperstack by Papermania, and the sentiment is a new one by docrafts.


The sentiment is stamped with Perfect Medium and and Perfect Pearl for a bit of shimmer.

Playing these challenges

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Monday, April 23, 2012

flappers

Hi! It's French week over at Papercraft Star, and
here's my vintage-y little piece.
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 It's a flappers themed deco I made for a swap. 

Wherever possible, I try to reuse stuff, esp paper, and this is no exception. The image is matted with a used envelope (reused item #1). The stamped image has been trimmed and placed on either side of the main image. I love how the base visually holds everything up, and it's really firm, too! It's cut from the back of a pizza box (reused item #2), then embossed. The letter stickers are adhered, then the whole strip coated in crackle paint. It is simply embellished with a layered flower. And as nearly always, everything had been given the distress treatment. 

Also entering these challenges

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supplies: printed image (The Sum of all Crafts), stamp (papermania), daisy punch (dovecraft), flower die (cuttlebug), fence die & embossing folders (sizzix), distress inks & crackle paint (ranger)

Monday, April 16, 2012

beach babe

Good morning! I actually have a second creation to share this week!
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The theme for this is vintage bathing beauty, and I have chosen to use a natural palette, with bits and bobs thrown in. The burlap base gives it a rustic feel, which has been enhanced with bunting and buttons. The bunting flags are cut by hand, then raised with foam pads. I have a thing for flourishes, and have added them on either side to frame the main image. The background is a misted and stamped piece. There's a frame just behind the image, with muted corners and edges all done in swirls and flourishes.


 Challenges entered

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supplies: dies (spellbinders), stamps (viva decor), alphabet (sizzix), distress inks & stickles (ranger)

Friday, April 13, 2012

victorian ladies

Oh, it's been so long since my last post. Yup, life does get in the way sometimes . . .
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Sharing a deco I made for a victorian theme swap. I'm using a digital image from theHouseAcrosstheBay, and paired it with some frilly die cuts from spellbinders. Finished simply with layered punched flowers, a button and some bling. Oh, and some inking and stamping in the background.

Entering these challenges

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Thursday, March 29, 2012

easter wishes

It's time for Easter cards and this is mine
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 This card is based on the sketch at The Crafty Pad Challenge #163
And the colour inspiration from City Crafter Challenge Blog Week #102.
 

The image & sentiment is from the ♥ Some bunny loves you . . . ♥ stamp set by docrafts. Image has been coloured in with coloured pencils, and the paper edges distressed and inked.

Also entering these challenges
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supplies: stamps (docrafts), inks (versafine & ranger)

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

spring bird

It's copy cater week at CCCB, and here is my take
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The challenge is to use the vintage bird image from The Graphics Fairy in your creation. The image looks great by itself, so I have opted to frame it, (with distressed & inked edges, of course!) as opposed to my usual style of piling on the layers. It is finished with just a button & burlap twine.


For these challenges

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supplies: image (the graphics fairy), corner die (sizzix), corner stamp (viva decor), pattern die (cuttlebug), distress inks, glossy accent, crackle accent (ranger)

Friday, March 23, 2012

spring fold card

Trying out a new card fold today.
The tutorial for this spring fold can be found here.
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Make My Monday's challenge this week is a spring fold card, with a spring theme. It's a rather complex fold, so I decided to keep it simple. 


The main image is a stamp from the botanical print set. It is stamped and embossed in clear ep. Then I applied a blend of distress inks - peeled paint, spiced marmalade, tumbled glass and victorian velvet. It has been popped up with foam pads on a rounded square shimmery background (unfortunately, not visible in photos). Another rounded square is cut, with a round aperture, on which I attached a coloured ring, and gems in the corners. The sentiment is stamped and layered onto a scalloped circle and topped with a button and twine bow.


The base of the card. The pattern in stamped and embossed before applying ink, and the top edge cut with a border die, and embellished with a simple jute string and bow.

Also for these challenges
Papercraft Star challenge 89 - spring!
Speedy Fox & Friends challenge 99 - CAS
Scrapbook Sisters Card Challenge #76 - Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday Challenge 209 - Anything Goes
Crafty Ann's Challenge #61 - Spring into Spring
Fat Pages & Cards with Attitude challenge 9
Deep Ocean Challenge #21 - Butterflies
Flutter By Wednesday #195 - Open

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updated: Top 3 at Make My Monday ~ Woo Hoo!

supplies: stamps (papermania), sentiment )dovecraft), dies (cheery lynn, lifestyle crafts & spellbinders), inks (ranger, tsukineko & versafine), embossing powder (tsukineko)

Monday, March 19, 2012

green tilda

It's been a long time since Tilda surfaced, so she's looking a bit green  . . .
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For these challenges:


Tilda has been coloured with coloured pencils, in a stroke style. Something a wee bit different from  the norm. Ok, I tried distress inks, but the paper (despite its description of fine quality suitable for inks & watercolour) did not take colours well and just bled all over the place! She sits on corrugated board which was previously used as friction buffer. It has been painted lightly in cream, then edged in DI & stickles.
 The background is made up of printed kraft wrapping paper and quarter cut large doily, both inked in forest moss DI.


A brighter pic of the bow topped with a button from an old garment, and burlap twine. The strip of ribbon has been stitched with a leaf stitch using the sewing machine. The flowers are cut from Japanese print paper and inked with peeled paint, forest moss & walnut stain DIs.

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supplies: stamp (magnolia), postcard (theHouseAcrosstheBay), dies (spellbinders), pearl & paper pen (viva decor), ink (versafine),
distress ink & stickles (ranger)

Sunday, March 18, 2012

another steampunk atc

Hello again! Made a second ATC for a steampunk swap
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An airship! As with the previous ATC, the base is a digital collage of steampunk elements and a magazine page. One side has been embossed and the whole thing inked and distressed. The image has been printed twice. The top layer is fussy cut, inked and raised on foam pads.

For these challenges

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supplies: images (The Graphics Fairy & The Sum of All Crafts), embossing folder (cuttlebug), inks (ranger)

Saturday, March 17, 2012

steampunk atc

Hello and hope you're having a good weekend! 
I'm sharing a steampunk ATC today.
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I created the base as a digital collage of steampunk elements and a vintage page. I have embossed some of the edges and inked & distressed the whole thing in DIs. The butterfly was printed twice, with the second layer raised at the wings and highlighted with gloss gel. The sentiment are letter stickers. Aren't the eyelet binoculars great? A borrowed idea from previous steampunk challenges . . .

Entering these challenges

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supplies: embossing folder (cuttlebug), inks (ranger), gloss gel (viva decor), images (The Sum of All Crafts

Saturday, March 10, 2012

celebrate spring

 Hello and have a Happy Spring! Here's what I'm sharing today
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A soft spring card with bluebells, accented in pink. The main image has been inked and distressed, and stitched onto a used envelope. The ribbon is hand dyed twill.


 The flourish, flowers and butterfly have been cut from a used pink envelope. They have been inked and the flourish & butterfly covered with a film of gold pearl pen. The bookplate is cut from cereal box, and embossed in a mix of copper and vintage photo ep. The butterfly body is made from layers of a small flower, sequin and brad, with stamens for antennae.


Challenges

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supplies: paper (The Paper Shelter), ticket stamp (Stampers Anonymous), sentiment stamp & brads (dovecraft), bookplate (Sizzix), flourish  & small flower (spellbinders), butterfly (cheery lynn), flowers (cuttlebug), inks (Ranger & Versafine), pearl pen (viva decor), liquid pearl & embossing powders (Ranger)

reap what you sow

 Hello! It's another green hue day today - for cards, that is!
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Using this week's fabulous image from Papercraft Star, this creation uses shades of greens with yellow and gold accents. The edges have been inked in peeled paint & walnut stain DIs, as has the flourishes and butterfly. Floral background is from the Spring Swing set from The Paper Shelter, which have been stitched onto glittery yellow paper.


The butterfly has been inked, then applied a thin shimmery film from gold pearl pen. The body is moss green dotted with gold.


The multi loop bow done in paper twine is based on a tutorial by Emily Keaton here.
 

The sentiment is a mix of sticker letters and raised die cut letters.

Challenges

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supplies: flourishes (spellbinders), green letters & border (lifestyle crafts), butterfly (cheery lynn), pearl pens (viva decor), inks (Ranger)

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

art atc

It's an arty celebration over at Wicked Wednesday and this is my atc
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Yes, it's been a long day, and bedtime is what I am thinking . . . 
hence the design.
The background has been inked with DIs, and overlaid with a silhouette tree. This is done on marbled paper (black on white). Both images are from Stampers Anonymous, stamped in Versafine Onyx Black. The ticket has been stamped onto a scrap from a used envelope.

Also linked up with

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edited - Top 3 on Wicked Wednesday

Monday, March 5, 2012

hoppy wishes

Good afternoon! I have a green creation to share today!
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The background is a piece of paper napkin, glued onto cs. The main image is a frog for Papercraft Star. A simple border, twine, and buttons finish off the CAS card based on sketch 155 from CardPatterns.



The frog has been coloured with distress inks, and the spots made with pearl pen.

Other challenges

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supplies: stamps (pink petticoat), inks (ranger, versafine), border, sc. rectangle & circle dies (lifestyle), sc. circle die (spellbinders), pearl pen (viva decor)

Sunday, March 4, 2012

vintage in purple

Hmm . . . vintage in purple! What a choice of colours! Still, I think I did a pretty decent job of it!
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It all started with the images which had a purplish hue to them. After some inking and distressing, I stitched them onto contrasting mats. And then, it's just a matter of selecting matching papers and embellies.
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Challenges
Dutch Dare #154 Tic Tac Toe (flowers, bling, distressing)

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edited - Top 3 in Kaboodle Doodles

supplies: images (theHouseAcrosstheBay), flowers & flourishes (spellbinders), butterflies (cheery lynn), paper pen (viva decor), background paper (cardmaking & papercraft), inks (versacolor & ranger), corner stamp (viva decor), border stamp (papermania)

Saturday, March 3, 2012

romance of the fairies

Hi! I have a card to share today. It's spring and the fairies are sharing a playful romantic moment. I shall call it "Romance of the Fairies"
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The image is part of a collage by magic moonlight. It has been stitched onto red paper and white cs. The red paper is cut from a used ang pow (red envelope) from Chinese New Year. This has also been used as backing for the embossed panel, and the red butterfly. The embossed panel and the stamped background are recycled backing waste from misting. The darker panel is from the sweet melodies set from stitchy bear, which has been stitched on. Most items have been distressed and inked with antique linen, vintage photo, fired brick and my new BFF, walnut stain (I love the very dark, but not quite black edging) DIs.

Top Tips for today - before sewing layers together, use some adhesive at the centre so the layers will not run while running through the sewing ,machine. Make sure the adhesive does not reach the area to be stitched as the needle will collect the stickiness and be rendered completely useless (experience showing here! ~ Ü ~). Also, embossed papers will stretch and be distorted when run through the sewing machine.


Another recycle item - bookplate cut from cereal box. Painted, inked & crackled, to frame the sentiment of the piece. It is backed onto a border strip of corrugated board (painted white and inked), burlap twine and a piece of furry yarn.


Pretty pink roses from papermania. They were too "pink", so I sprayed them with some homemade mist. I can't recall the colour or mix I used but it's something yellowish/golden. These are framed with leaves, inked flourishes, and finished with gems, gel dots and pearly dots.


Final embellies - butterflies with bling!

Challenges
 Top Tip Tuesday challenge #71 Stitches . . . Real or Faux (tips above)
Stampin' for the Weekend #4 Bingo (pink, butterflies, die cuts)
Make My Monday 38 Romance - Flourishes & Diamonds
Cute Card Thursday challenge 206 Signs of Spring
Paper Crafting Journey challenge 4 Anything Goes
stamps & fun = creativity challenge  #88 non-cute
Fussy and Fancy challenge 57 More than Words
Little Claire Monthly Challenge #18 Romance
The Crafty Pad challenge #159 Recycle It!
 The Stamp Man Colours of Spring/Easter
Raise the Bar challenge #94 use Twine
Deep Ocean challenge #20 Spring
Allsorts 143 It's Your Choice

Thanks for stopping by!
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other supplies: sentiment stamp (Tim Holtz), background stamps, gloss gel & paper pen (Viva Decor), butterfly dies (Cheery Lynn), bookplate & leaves dies (Sizzix), flourish dies (spellbinders), distress inks, crackle accent (Ranger), chalk ink (colorbox)

Sunday, February 26, 2012

best fishes

A fishy CAS card this time
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Except for the card base, all papers used are scraps. The back border is a marbled off cut. The fishes have been stamped on white, then spot coloured with pencils and Sharpie. It is then pieced over with a scrap of non woven wrap which has been stamped and fussy-cut. The dots are transparent gloss gel, which has also been applied over the hearts, and dotted on the fishes.

For these challenges

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supplies: stamp (Pink Petticoat), circles (spellbinders), scalloped rectangle (lifestyle crafts), gels dots (viva decor)

in the kitchen

Second post for today - not quite making up for lost time, though. . .
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The image is a vintage Japanese print, from theHouseAcrosstheBay. It has been distress inked and stitched onto a piece of scrap card. The background is recycled wrapping paper, topped with scraps of sakura print paper, die cut strip, and embossed card. All the edges have been inked in fired brick & walnut stain. Embellishments are die cut butterflies, gems, ribbon, paper twine and gel dots.

For these challenges

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supplies: butterflies (cheery lynn), embossing folder (cuttlebug), waves (lifestyle crafts), gel dots (viva decor)

vintage romance

Ah, it's good to be here again! Sharing the first of two creations today
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A valentine deco booklet using a Victorian valentine image. With the image colours as a guide, this creation is done in a non-traditional palette.

Playing in these challenges

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supplies: image (theHouseAcrosstheBay), heart, flourish & flowers (Sizzix), button, ribbon & gems (own stash)

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

dragon tag

Hello and Happy Valentine's Day!
Sharing a tag today, but not anything on love, though!
Something mystical and magical . . .
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Top Tip Tuesday has a Mystical, Magical & Fantasy challenge this fortnight. I have been asked to GD, and here is my creation

 
The tag base is covered with marbled paper although it's not obvious here, which is then layered with part of a recycled onion bag for some texture. The printed images from theHouseAcrosstheBay have been distressed, inked and raised on foam pads. It is then finished with a Chinese coin, peel-off circle, Chinese knotted paper twine and red lace.

I'm entering this tag in the following challenges

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Monday, February 13, 2012

vintage valentine atc

Hi! I have an atc to share today. 


For a Vintage Valentine themed swap. Image from theHouseAcrosstheBay, embossed sentiment from Sizzix, background stamp from Tim Holtz.

For these challenges

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Sunday, February 12, 2012

with all my love

February is the month of love, and this is my contribution to the myriad of love themed creations. A card for my darling hubby
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 Using the sketch from Kaboodle Doodles with a love script inspiration from Make My Monday, colours from Raise the Bar and a recipe from Simon Says Stamp & Show


The main image is a new stamp from Papermania. I've paired it with the sentiment, also from Papermania. The large heart die cut is from Sizzix, butterfly from Cheery Lynn, and the embossing folder is from CB. I've incorporated the torn corrugated board as a textural element, and lace for some shabby chic goodness! The background is stamped repeatedly with a medallion stamp from Viva decor, and everything given the distress ink treatment - walnut stain, vintage photo & fired brick


The flowers are from SB, with one button centre. Pearls are paper pen.

 There are tons of love/heart/valentine themed challenges and several others that this card fits. I'm sure there are more that I could enter but I think I'll cap the night at *just* these
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Sunday, February 5, 2012

knotted dragonfly

A very late (again!) entry for Make My Monday's nature theme challenge. A Chinese knotted dragonfly done in natural twine and pearl beads.


The background is blended distress inks in stormy sky & forest moss. Embellished with ribbon grass and liquid pearls. This is done in a deco square format.

Entering these challenges also
Fat Pages with Attitude - Flowers / Anything Goes
Terrifically Thrilling Thursday (again!) - All tied up!
Simon Says . . . Animal Antics (not too cuddly, but still cute! LOL!)

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rustic cowboy

Where did the time go? It seems like I blinked and it's now February. This year has really gotten off to a slow start. I have not been able to spend much time either at the craft desk or here on my blog. I did manage to squeeze in little bits and pieces and here is one of them


Papercraft Star has a rustic challenge this week, and I thought this picture looked perfect for it. It's a vintage cowboy from The Graphics Fairy.
The base of the card has been embossed with the woodgrain folder from Sizzix, inked and overlaid with gauze (couldn't find my burlap stash) and a fence cut from corrugated board. The topper has been stitched and how do you like the sentiment!
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The card is finished with natural twine, ribbons, and a chipboard star. The star is a Sizzix die cut laid atop a circle cut from a Lifestyle Crafts die. The circle is coated in crackle accent, and the star with distress stickles mixed with some crystal stickles for a little sparkle.

Also entering these challenges

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