Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Happy For You Card

A card for my sister, sharing her news.
The black cardstock is cheap & nasty but I
did manage to get all the marks off.
Technique, versamark ink & coloured Perfect Pearls.
Image DoveCraft - Sparrow
Die - Tim Holtz
words - chat chat stickers.

Monday, 29 October 2018

Thank You Card

I made this card for my ex- colleagues.
I was one of three, made redundant on 01 October.
Despite it being a month, I still miss my friends
&  being part of a team.
I stamped & Heat Embossed Altenew Leaf Canopy,
using WOW - fine detail Gold powder.
I decided on a resist background technique.
I created the resist with Distress Oxide Inks;
Spiced Marmalade / Barn Door / Ground Espresso
& added regular distress in Seedless Preserves.

 I then did an inlay frame technique that I had
seen done by Nichol Sphor.
I used a Concord & 9th Thank You die in gold card.

I wished to thank them all for the support
well wishes, kind words & the
card, flowers & money collected.
I worked with the majority of these people 
for 10 years, they were my second family.

Below are photos of the bouquet.
I didn't have a large enough vase for them.

Saturday, 27 October 2018

Commissioned Christmas Cards

I was asked to make three cards
at the end of July 2018, for a friend
who occassionally travelled on the bus with me.
She needed special cards for sets of friends.
I was given the design brief of anything you like
"but about this size."
She showed me a folded newspaper.
I gu-estimated it to measure 5x7.

Here is what I came up with.
Classic Christmas colours, clean & simple.
I created my card bases from pieces of Stampin' Up
Cherry Cobbler cut to 7 x 10, scored at 5"
I added white, dies cut, shaped panels on the insides.
I embossed pieces of Whisper White card with
Gemini Brick wall folder.
I die cut my window from same card & fun foam.
(I can't remember the make of the window die.
Except it is not Memory Box or Tim Holtz)
I used Tim Holtz Garlands die,
X Cut Daisy border punch,
Stampin' Up Fishtail Banner.
Scraps of DoCraft/Papermania papers for blinds
More Cherry Cobbler for pelmets. 
Computer Generated Text - Alex Brush size 16.

These are the first cards for 2018.
I have been made redundant & am taking a few weeks
to rest and create more pretty things.

Thursday, 25 October 2018

Pocket Letter

In this digital age, it is still lovely to
send and receive snail mail.
I love it and what's great, is I have a pen friend.
 Marion & I worked together over 10 years ago for about 14 years.
We keep in touch the old fashioned way.
Its great to sit and write as I often only ever
signed my name all day at work.
I also fancied trying something new and below are two
pictures of my first ever pocket letter.
Back of letter;
I stamped in Altenew Ink.
Image: Stampin'Up (a previously loved image)
I used an Avery Elle Stamp pocket
& created the individual pockets with my
WRMK Fuse Tool.
I punched a hole to tie.

Flora imagery,
Summer colours
& sequins.
My letter went in the top left hand side.
I used Altenew / Concord & 9th
Creative Stamping & another previously loved image
of Macaroons which I believe is Impression Obsession.
I absolutely love those colours.

Tuesday, 23 October 2018

Wedding Anniversary card

Today is my sister's Wedding Anniversary.
She loves muted colours and CAS designs.
Not so certain on the clean & simple but it
is relatively plain for me!

I stamped Natalie Kabach texture stamp 
in Nougat Fresco chalk paint (PaperArtsy),
then over stamped Kaisercraft Dictionary stamp
randomly in Evening Gray ink (Altenew).
This was then overstamped and offset slightly
with the same ink & Kaisercraft Flutter stamp.
I also stamped the greeting from a free set with same ink.
I die cut leaves from plain paper & vellum
to add movement to the card (Tim Holtz Garden Greens)
Adding Resting Birds (Poppy Stamps Dies) before
splattering a little Gold Shine spray on the main image, 
adding shimmer to edges of leaves & birds.

Monday, 22 October 2018

90th Birthday & Encouragement Cards

First up we have a 90th birthday card for Eve. 
I am not 100% certain what I used to make this.
Background is a Heidi Swapp Stamp.
Die cut is Sue Wilson.
I can't locate the book with the sketch & materials list.

This card is again for my friend, Kate.
Encouragement was the aim of this card.
She had a wedding to attend and a certain dress she 
had to fit into. This card was sent to remind her
she only had a tiny way to go.
Images are free from creative Stamping.
Paper pieced using bits from my scraps box.
I added Anita's 3D gloss to the hearts.

Saturday, 20 October 2018

The New & The Old(er)

This first card is the First Wedding Anniversay
for my friends, Kate & Paul.
I embossed the front with a Brenda Walton Folder.
I die cut the heart from an already die cut piece.
Banner & greeting - Stampin' Up.

 This is the card I made for the wedding.
This image was not lost. I was a witness along with my Dad.
The wedding was conducted in secret, we were the only two
who knew! So I have not shared until now.
I used free magazine stamps & dies.
I had to add the dog in the back window as straight after
the wedding, they collected Skye, the labrador, and shot off 
to the Lakes, where they then told family and friends!!

Thursday, 18 October 2018

Mother's Day Commission

I made this for a former colleague, Kim.
Various photos show the card.
First up the side view. Doesn't look much!

This is the inside when you first open the card.
It is held closed by a magnet.

Under the wording at the top of the last photo,
I created a mini card for Kim to write her message.

This final shot shows the front.
I used grape card stock and Stampin' Up thinlits.
The heart was a button I think and the jewels from
my stash.

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Pop Up Box Commission

My brief for this commission was quite simple.
Teapot, 60 and wording provided by Lorraine, (the commissioner)
So to begin, I picked my favourite tea time paper
by Lucy Cromwell. Then, raided my stamps for tea themed items.
I decided to do something interactive and to make the 60
less obvious.
This shows the card closed.

This is with the two front flaps down,
giving a peek at the design.
 These next two pictures give you angled views 
of the card.

This last picture shows the card viewed 
when the box opens.
All the stamps were from a free magazine cover gift.
Wording written by Lorraine was computer generated.

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Another found image

Here is another card made in 2016!
It is such a relief to recover these
"lost" images.
This was for my friend, Kate's birthday.
Background created by stamping the image
by Natalie Kalbach & blending from the centre out.
Original distress inks Worn Lipstick and Pumice Stone. 
Spritzed with perfect pearls water.
Other stamps;
HOTP - feathers/stars/sentiment
Feathers were coloured with Altenew ink;
Rose Quartz & Sand Dunes