July 21, 2014

Bundle of Joy Baby Card

This is a card I made for a friend who recently had a baby.

I started out by stamping the pram on purple cardstock with a dark purple ink.  I stamped the sentiment with the same ink.  The top and bottom were die cut to fit the card base.  I coloured the blankets pink and added some pink rhinestones.

The backing paper was originally pink, but I didn't like how it looked when I went to put the panel piece on, and so changed it to a darker purple.  I die cut the bottom edge (both front and back) with a Spellbinders die.

I don't normally add stamped sentiments inside my cards but I did this time so I could use the hand prints.  My husband pointed out that the hands are backwards.  In my defense the stamps came joined and I'm not sure I can separate them without tearing the stamps and the mini hands are so cute.

July 11, 2014

With Deepest Sympathy

This is a card I made a while back for a friend who had a death in the family.

I used gelatos to make a green background then white heat embossed a background stamp over it.  I die cut a small frame and stamped a rose using water based markers (so I could colour the leaves green and the petals red).  I added a piece of dark red velvet ribbon, edged in gold as a border and stamped the sentiment.

June 27, 2014

Flower Shaker Card

I'm submitting this card to two challenges, the JustRite Friday Challenge, whose sketch I roughly followed for this and Simon Says Stamp's Anything Goes challenge.

I started with a hydrangea image I coloured yesterday (JustRite Botanical Medallions and Banners) to test out some new purple Spectrum Noir markers.  I used Copics for the leaves.  I decided to turn that image into a shaker card focal point.

I die cut a piece of light purple cardstock, a piece of clear plastic and 2 pieces of craft foam with the largest 2 dies of JustRite's Nested Ovals Medallions die.  After I separated my pieces I realized I wanted to leave the centre of the plastic piece intact, and so had to cut out a second piece of plastic with only the largest die.  I cut the flower out using the same large die so it would fit the rest of the shaker pieces exactly.

I attached the layers for the shaker using glue for the top and plastic and a tape runner for the other layers (I didn't think glue would properly stick to the foam layers).  One of the foam layers had stretched a bit when I cut it, so I had to trim it a bit so it wouldn't show out the sides.

I filled the shaker using some sequins, glitter and mica flakes.

I took a dark piece of cardstock to layer everything on the card base, adding a small strip of patterned paper.  For the flags from the sketch I substituted greenery I die cut from two Spellbinders dies in complementary shades of bluish green.  I'd originally planned to have some flowers at that side of the shaker, but when I got to this point in making the card I thought that would be overkill.

June 26, 2014

I'm a Lucky Girl

A month or so ago I won a Spellbinders prize on Scrapbook and Cards Today.  Well, today my package arrived.  The prize pack was a set of 3 In'spire dies.  Two of the dies I loved but couldn't justify buying (as I had similar products already) and the third I wasn't too sure how often I'd use.  Anyway, I opened the package and found this instead:

Awesome!  I have similar style tools for the point but nothing with the brush and I have a bunch of intricate dies I don't clean the pieces out of properly (which is probably why I have trouble with some of them).  I can see myself using this a LOT so I'm uber excited.

Craft companies are so awesome. :)

June 20, 2014

Feather in your cap card

I made this card for Clearly Besotted's Anything Goes challenge.

I started with a piece of glossy cardstock, upon which I stamped 2 feathers in different shades of blue.   I attached the cardstock to a dark blue card base and then die cut a label and stamped the sentiment, again in 2 shades of blue.  I grabbed 2 feathers from my stash and used the label and a hot glue gun to attach them to the card.  Because I had to work fast the label went on a little crooked.  Ah well.  For the finishing touch I added 2 dots of glitter glue to the label.

June 19, 2014

Fans & Flowers Card

I made this card for Marianne's Design Diva's flowers challenge.

I started with a card base I made a while back when I die cut the largert of Petra's Large Ovals (LR0240) from one side of a piece of cardstock.  I kept the card thinking I'd make a window card from it, but the die cut's quite large and the thinnest sections bent, so I needed something that could stabilize the card.

I saw the flowers challenge and knew I wanted to use this 'scrap'.  I die cut several fan bases, and one top, inking the top with a bit of white pigment ink (LR0168).  So you could see the different pieces better, I inked the edges of the fans with a dark purple ink.

I cut and embossed two sizes of flowers (LR0169 & LR0168) inking the embossed parts with purple, plus some leaves (Tiny Swirl L3).  I also inked the card base with some teal, to give it some colour.

I glued the fan pieces together and then to the base.  For a bit more contrast I cut a piece of cardstock that matched the leaves to layer under the upper fan piece and glued those together.  I carefully glued the fans to the card base, making sure it supported the thin edges at the top and bottom.

I glued down the leaves - adding some more support - and the flowers, with a generous dollop of purple glitter glue in the centers.


June 12, 2014

Cars Movie Birthday Card

One of my nephews recently turned 3 and I wanted to make a special birthday card for him.  He's obsessed with the movie Cars, so I looked on pinterest to see what others had done and found these cards.

I made a #3 template with scrap paper, then cut out the top loop until the underpass from one sheet of black cardstock, then the underpass and the bottom of the 3 with a second piece.  I glued the pieces under the underpass section so the join wouldn't show.  I used a white gel pen to add the dotted line and used pop dots to keep the upper track separate.

For the card base I scored a checkerboard and coloured half the squares with a grey pencil crayon.  The car is a sticker.