Sunday, August 17, 2014

Watercoloured Camellias

The thank you card stash is getting low, so I thought I would try a simple watercoloured card using one of my favourite Waltzingmouse Stamps sets: Camellia.

I stamped and clear embossed the blooms all over white Tim Holtz watercolour card stock, washed them in water and then used Distress Ink reinkers to paint them in. Just used Worn Lipstick and Dried Marigold. The background was Antique Linen. I had planned to iron off the embossing, but decided I liked the contrast of the shiny white against the matte colour.

I dusted off an old Spellbinders Ribbon Slider die to cut a frame for a sentiment from the same set, stamped in Adirondack Mountain Rose ink. Some peach and white ribbon and foam tape to lift the panel off the pink and geranium back panels and we're done! I am entering this in the Waltzingmouse Fanatics Challenge to use markers, paint or other colouring mediums.

Tomorrow is Monday. Someone mentioned online that their full-time work is impeding their part-time creativity. I can relate! Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Vintage Sympathy Card

I think if we polled card makers, they would say the most difficult cards to make are sympathy cards. And the difficulty seems to be in direct proportion to how well you know the family or cared about the person who passed away!

I wanted to make a vintage-themed condolence card for a friend, and I recently picked up the Botanical Tea designer paper by graphic 45, which helped set my direction. These toile-inspired birds were especially nice with the matching Nantucket Blue background paper.
I die cut some kraft cardstock doilies and stamped a doily pattern from Waltzingmouse Stamps on them (see upper right). I distressed edges with Vintage Photo distress ink. I created a tag by using an interesting Tammy Tutterow paper transfer technique of placing paper on the adhesive side of a Tim Holtz ideology mirror sheet, then wetting and rubbing away the back of the paper. I distressed the edges of the tag, too. Unfortunately I ended up covering up most of the mirror tag so you cannot see how cool it is - but please check out Tammy's tutorial for more info.

I tied some mottled hand-dyed seam binding around the top of the tag and some lace and paper twine around the bottom. The flowers are Spellbinders Bitty Blossoms die cuts, surrounded by assorted leaves. I added a bit of glitter to the flowers. The sentiment is a Quietfire Design stamp that I stamped in black Archival Ink, then pounced Versamark over top and clear embossed with a couple layers of clear embossing powder. I cracked the surface and then ran Broken China distress ink over the cracks to add some character. Here is the finished card, ready for a padded envelope:

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Strictly Ballroom!

Hello, friends! Long time, no see. Work has kept me away from the craft room, but I am ba-a-a-ack! The theme for the Waltzingmouse Fanatics Challenge this week is Anything Goes, and the theme at the Cut It Up Challenge is Twilight, so I am sharing a birthday card made for my daughter's friend.

This gal and her husband are ballroom dancers so I had fun with the WMS art deco themed sets and my Silhouette Cameo machine. 

The dancers are made from a file from the Silhouette online store, as are the deco borders top and bottom. I pressure embossed the lady's white dress in my Cuttlebug machine. The train and underskirt are made with glittered cardstock. This is really nice quality stuff from my local stamp store - no shedding with handling. I used it to mat the stamped sentiment and the black embossed background.

I picture these two dancing at twilight, and the purple glitter also makes me think of twilight. 

It's fun to personalize cards for recipients. Take THAT, Hallmark! Why not join in the fun at these two challenge sites?

Thursday, June 12, 2014

WFC 19 - Sketch Challenge

Just squeaking in under the wire to enter the current Waltzingmouse Fanatics Challenge. Deborah and Tara chose this sketch:

Here is my card. A collage of bits and pieces. I am not sure what I will use it for so I will leave the inside blank until I decide.
I popped up the entire white panel with foam tape on a green Bazzill Basic Paper base which is not noticeable, but in real life seems to give it a little more presence.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

WOYWW and Organization

In a quest to use more of what I have, I decided recently that unless my Distress Ink Blending Foams were out on my desk along with the ink pads, I was not going to reach for them like I should. I have slowly been collecting the handles to put in the Ranger Inksentials Craft Spinner three tier metal storage stand. I add the handles to mail orders or buy them with coupons.

Here is my desk with the organization project. I decided that until I own handles for every ink colour (ha - not going to happen), I would at least load the ones I have with foams for all the colour families on the colour wheel. I have this great Quilter's Colour Wheel from my old quilting days that served as a guide, with the neutral Antique Linen in the center. 

The first two tiers are full on the spinning rack. The Ranger website has labels for the Distress Inks that I printed out and stuck to the wood bases.

My Distress Inks are on a plastic Lazy Suzan spinning base and sit next to the rack of handles. There is room in the middle for a bottle of Perfect Paper Adhesive.

I may buy another extension for the handle rack - I get them from the Frantic Stamper - if tier three gets filled up. Each tier holds 8 handles. I used to only have three handles and would switch foams out but all that peeling off of the Velcro takes a toll on them and slows down the creativity.

So that's what's on my workdesk this Wednesday. Go to the Stamping Ground to share your desk and see others.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Texturized Birthday

The Waltzingmouse Fanatics Challenge #18 is to add texture. I got out a bunch of embossing folders and ran some manila card stock strips through my Cuttlebug. Then I applied Picked Raspberry and Broken China Distress Inks and cut them up into 1.5 inch squares.

Finished card: 5 inch square 
I sewed the squares down with a zig zag stitch to a turquoise ground. I used the same blue for a doily circle to mount my little Copic-coloured WMS cupcake and greeting.
Sakura Gelly Roll Clear Star Glitter Pen for sparkly frosting.
Seize the Birthday's "topping" is to use a tag for their challenge, so I added the "2U" tag with some white twine. I clear embossed white pigment ink and forgot to use the non-static bag to keep the stray flecks away. Once I went over it all with the Distress Ink, out they popped. I actually liked the effect and it just added more texture, so it's all good!

Monday, May 12, 2014

WFC Colour Challenge and Faux Enamel Dots

Look at these fun tropical colours the Waltzingmouse Fanatics chose for us this fortnight! Love those little birdies. 
Here's my card, featuring Nordic Spring and Big Day - Today stamps from Waltzingmouse Stamps:

The really fun part of this card, besides the RIOT of colour, is the  faux enamel dots technique. They have been popping up all over, but I have not seen any in my local stores. Lindsay, the Frugal Crafter, to the rescue. Her video on her blog shows how to make these fake-aroos out of paper and embossing powder (two things we all have on hand). The neat thing with this technique is your dots will always perfectly match your paper.
I am needing a lot of birthday cards all of a sudden, so this is also being entered in the current Seize the Birthday challenge which asks for flowers (note the tulip border). Thanks for stopping by. Let me know if you try this technique.