Friday, July 24, 2020

The Power of Three

 Hi there 
How has your week been?  Good I hope!
Not much going on around here, but we are well, and sometimes that's enough,
Our Wedding Anniversary is coming up, so I thought I'd try and make a card for OH that would also work for this week's Daring Cardmakers challenge.
 The Three Musketeers 
Joanne here today and as a big reader I can always find an excuse for a literary connection! It’s the birthday of author Alexandre Dumas today - The Three Musketeers is probably his most famous work so 
let’s celebrate the power of three!
 Show us three of something on your cards this week.

There are things I like, and things I'm not so keen on, with the card I made, so this may not be the card he actually receives in the end!
But there are several sets of three; circles, small red hearts, tiny gold hearts, gems, kisses
Smooth wghite card for the card base and more for the stencilled panel,
The upper panel was randomly stencilled (Kaleidoscope stencil by Crafters Workshop) with a couple of shades of aqua ink, aqua and gold Nuvo Embellishing Mousse. Before adhering to the card I rubbed a little
gold Nuvo Embellishing Mousse around the edge.
The heart is three layers of card die cut with one of a set from Bright Rosa, glued together and inked with a few shades of  Distress Inks to build up the depth of colour.  I then covered the whole heart with Glossy Accents, then sprinked over some Glamour Dust and left overnight to dry.
The Scribble Circles are from a Tonic Studios die set, the word dies are from a couple of different Spellbinders sets and the small heart dies are from various places.
To colour the words I inked a piece of card to match the deep aqua ribbon, covered it with a layer of PVA and left to dry before cutting out the words/  The colour is less green than it looks on the photo!
That's all for today, I hope you like it - but if you have suggestions on making it better then I'd love to hear them.
Thank you so much for visiting, I hope you'll leave a comment, I'm so grateful and happy when someone leaves a message!

Happy Crafting, and please Stay Safe

Friday, July 17, 2020

Down Mexico Way

Hi there
I hope you've had a good week, its been pretty much the same as other weeks around here, which is fine by me!  There was one little bit of excitement though - how could I forget!!  The garage door finally arrived and was fitted, and OH and I took turns at pressing the button to make it go up and down - well, you have to take your fun where you can just now, don't you?

I really enjoyed researching and making my card for today's Daring Cardmakers challenge.  Something a bit different and a bit 'right up my street' all rolled into one.
It's Svenja here and I'm inviting you to celebrate the life, work 
and home country of 
Frida Kahlo
Think of flowers, bold colours, strong eyebrows, her beautiful Casa Azul but maybe also of suffering and revolution. And of course of her country 
  Click HERE to see this week's fabulous DT inspiration

I had a good old root around on t'internet looking for ideas on how to use Frida's extraordinary life and art as inspiration for something as simple as a greetings card.  Just for a moment I was tempted by some 'still life' paintings
 of juicy watermelons and other fruit, but in reality once I'd set eyes on all those gorgeous flower headdresses and rich coloured backgrounds there was no option

 'Fat rectangle card blank
.Piece of white Bazzill card coloured with several shades of aqua and turquoise ink until I was happy with the depth of colour. I then used a woodgrain embossing folder to add texture and swiped a dark charcoal inkpad lightly over the raised areas before adhering it to my card. 
The flowers were die cut using dies from several collections and manufacturers so I won't name them all.  I inked thin card with the bright shades I wanted to use for the flowers and shaped them with a ball tool before assembling.
Once I'd made them up, it was a case of moving them around until I liked the layout, then sticking them down and adding a few pearls and gems 
Finally I made up a sentiment topper using a black and white 'Happy Birthday' and a few more patterned pieces from the bag of offcuts I keep on my desk, and some tiny banners cut from the leftover flower paper.

That's all for today, Thank You so much for visiting,
i hope you'll leave a comment, I'm so grateful and happy when someone takes the time to leave a messages
Happy Crafting, and please Stay Safe

Monday, July 13, 2020

Eclipse Bird

Hi there
I've another 'catch-up' to share today.  

Quite a few weeks ago we had Daring Cardmakers challenge set by our lovely Nat to feature birds on our cards.  Although I made a couple of cards for the challenge, I wasn't really happy with either of them but was determined to use the theme to make something I actually liked!
I went back to one of my favourites, the Eclipse technique and made this
White 'fat rectangle' card blank 
A spare piece of card inked with several shades of pink and peachy inks, 
which was then stencilled over using a Crafters Workshop stencil 
and some rose glitter gel
I die cut 2 squares from this, then used a Spellbinders die to cut the bird from the smaller one. The bird was then cut 3 more times in a toning card and the 4 bird layers glued together.
Next I die cut a fluted edge square from white card and layered the three squares up before adhering to the base card. 
The bird was now adhered into the aperture it originally came from, but now sits proud from the base.
The Black and White patterns and sentiment were created on the pc - I print a larger amount than I need so that I have a little batch of spare pieces ready for other cards.  Once I'd assembled the sentiment section I adhered it in place over some black and white twine, and knotted a little bow around the strands.
To finish I added some tiny punched hearts and a tiny diamanté gem for the bird's eye

Thank you for visiting today, I hope you'll leave a message before you go - I do love to know what you think!

Happy Crafting, Stay Safe


Friday, July 10, 2020

Got a Lotta Dots

Hi there
 I've had one of those weeks when I've felt a bit lethargic and generally 'under the weather' and haven't felt  much like doing anything.  Do you ever feel like that or am I just a lazy wot-sit and need to give myself a good talking to and shake myself out of it?

I completely failed to do a midweek catch up blog post (again) but I have however made two cards, including the one for today's Daring Cardmakers challenge.  Just as well I found the willpower to do it though as its my turn to set the challenge this week!

 "Deckchair Stripes and Sunny Dots

I've been using small areas of spots and stripes on loads of my cards lately, especially in a simple Black and White combo, often just to mat my sentiment on, as a 'foil' for all the other colours.
So this week I'd like to see lots of spots. stripes or both on your cards please
Use paper, paints, inks, stencils, stamps....
Make them however you like and whatever colours or sizes you like"
 Click HERE to see this week's fabulous DT inspiration

This is another of my current fave 'fat rectangle
 cards.  It started out as a 15cm square smooth white card blank, but I cut about a 2cm strip from the side to make this shape
I taped a Crafters Workshop 'Polka Dots' stencil onto the card then spent some time filling in all the polka dots with a lot of different coloured inks applied with rolled up scraps of used wet wipes - I save any used wipes that aren't covered with ink or paint to reuse for this kind of ink job
Next I coloured a piece of spare card with yellow and peachy shades and when dry die cut the petals for my big flower (Dies by Tonic Studios).
I added polka dots to the petals by taping them to the reverse of the stencil and applying Nuvo coral embellishing mousse with another scrap of wet wipe. 
A strip of Black and White diagonal striped card was glued across the card, then the flower adhered in place. 
The 'HELLO ' letters were die cut from gold glitter card and glued to as strip of black card. I decided it didn't look right placed straight across, so glued it down at an angle instead. 
To finish, I punched a small gold glitter card circle to use as the centre of the flower

That's all for today, Thank You so much for visiting,
i hope you'll leave a comment, I really love seeing your messages - and I'd love it if you'd join in with us this week!!

Happy Crafting, and please Stay Safe

Friday, July 03, 2020

Happy Hello

Hi there
Today I've banished Mrs Angry from the room and I'm not going to rant about Covid-19 stuff.  We're in a tricky position and our economy has to rebuild, I just hope that we can live very carefully through the next weeks and months.
 Its not over and we need to stay vigilant and show respect for those who are maintaining caution and social distancing.
Here's Svenja with this week's Daring Cardmakers challenge: 

 "Can you believe we're halfway through this crazy year already? And of course for the start of a new month we do have a new moodboard for you:
I guess I went a bit crazy when I got everything together for the photograph - but I do hope that you will find this a fun theme and just right for the summer holidays after all.
Please use at least 3 elements from the picture.
Colours count as one element only."
 Click HERE to see this week's fabulous DT inspiration
It was hard to decide which direction to go in with this one, there was so much choice! Part of me wanted to go down the Paris route - especially as I have hose little 'buttons' from the picture in my own stash.  But I loved these colours and they aren't ones I use very often so in the end I decided to use those as my starting point, adding in the honeycomb pattern and the stars as elements two and three. Here's what I came up with

To make the fat rectangle shaped card I cut 1.5 strip from the side of a smooth white card blank.   
For some reason this is my current favourite shape to use - not quite square, but not too narrow a rectangle! 
I used a Crafters Workshop honeycomb stencil and a couple of shades of yellow ink to add some colour to the card, then added some greens and aquas too
Using various inks and embellishing mousse I coloured a piece of card, adding some stencilled hexagons over the top once it was dry.  I chose the section I liked best to cut a wavy panel to go across the card blank 
The 'Scribbled Circles, small flowers (both Tonic Studios) and the stars (various dies sets and punches) were all cut from the remainder of the inked card. 
Using the black and white sentiment and little banners brings balance to the LO.
To finish I added a B&W twine bow and a few silvery gems

That's all for today, Thank You so much for visiting,
i hope you'll leave a comment, I really love seeing your messages!

Happy Crafting, and please Stay Safe