Saturday 24 October 2009

Forever Friends - Congratulations

Don't you just love it when one of your lovely family members rush in and say 'have you got a card for .............'. This card is the result of just such an occasion. My daughter's off to a wedding reception tonight and sprung it on me just before she went off to watch Birmingham play Sunderland that she needed a card. I'm really flattered that they think my cards are good enough to send to their friends, but a bit of notice would be nice!!!

Anyway, the clean and simple look had to be choice for this card. The card base is a nice pearlised texture so I matted a piece of ivory/gold coloured card which has been through the Wizard in a Cuttlebug Heart folder on top. I was lucky to have a piece of ribbon in my stash that matched (it's beautiful ribbon from Anna Griffin). The stamp is from the Do-craft range of Forever Friends stamps, which has been coloured with Prisma pencils.

Have a good weekend everyone.X

Thursday 22 October 2009

Season's Tweetings

Famous last words, heh, 'More Time to Blog'. I don't think so. I don't know where the time has gone or what I've been doing since my last post, but apologies for lack of visiting and uploading.

Here is another Elzybells card, as you know I love these stamps and this is yet another favourite. The background is done the same as my previous Reindeer card, an Elzybells snowflake stamp using Versacolor, Polar Blue. The sentiment is also from Elzybells. The image has been coloured with Prisma pencils. The snowflake is a Sizzix die and I've covered it with Diamond Dust from Twinklets, this is fab stuff, it looks all crusty and sparkly. I found this on Joanna Sheen's website, it's crushed glass and imo much better than any glitter. I've done a little close up, but don't think I can do it justice on a photo.
Sorry the photo's are a bit dark, I couldn't find a light enough spot now that the days are drab and miserable.

I did something a bit different with this next card. Not a single stamp in sight. I found this vintage car stencil amongst my stash and dug out the 3D relief paste I bought yonks ago and never used. The glitter is from Art Institute and gives a lovely sparkle. I wanted to do a DL size for a change, so added the side panel which was done with a Lace stencil. I mounted both onto some gold mirror card, I'm quite please how it's turned out.

Saturday 3 October 2009

More Time to Blog

Now that's summer has passed, such as it was, I'm hoping to be a better blogger. I've been very bad at posting and visiting others, I will try better, promise.

Here's a couple of recent cards I've done:

This is a miniature Clarity Stamp which I've used to create a reflection scene. It's very easy to do if you own a brayer. Just ink up your stamp and roll the brayer up and over it like so:

Next, position your brayer in the centre of your card and roll the image onto the card creating your reflection. You then re-ink your stamp and position this above the reflection (many of you have probably seen Barbara do this at the Exhibitions).

I then added some background leaves from a Tapestry set of stamps. For the refection of the leaves just ink the stamp and blot it onto a piece of scrap paper to give a more faded look.

I used Pine Needles Distress Ink for a bit of shading and also to create the water (I'm just loving Distress Inks at the moment, nearly got the whole set).

I used a Rollergraph to create the leafy background, using Graphite Black Brilliance Ink on the white card and White Versacolor ink on the black card.

Again, I used my Scor-pal on the black card for a grid effect, but I don't think it shows on the photo and nesties to mount the image. This card was great fun to do.

Next, a simple Elzybells Christmas card. I really like the Elzybells stamps, they're so easy to use and I love the simplicity of them.

I've recently dug out my Prisma pencils after a phase of Faber Castell watercolour pencils. I'd forgotten how great they are and what great depth of colour you can get from them. The background card was stamped with an Elzybells snowflake stamp using Polar Blue Versacolor inkpad and I've just distressed the edges a bit. The snowflake die cut is from Sizzix with a Papermania brad added. I decided to get my sewing maching out for a bit of stitching around the main image and added a bit of glitter for the snow.

Hubby is at work today so I've got a few hours to play with a few more new Elzybells stamps I've just got.

Hope you have a good weekend. X