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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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 . . .

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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.


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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.


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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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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!

 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)