Friday, 28 August 2015

Christmas card trio

I was having a play and doing some Christmas cards trying to decide which might be good for doing as my send out this year.  I love making shaker cards, so I decided to have a go at a couple.  The first two are what I came up with.  

I saw a card on pinterest that had been done by "created by Debbie 4000" and loved how she had created the snowy scene for her shaker card, so decided to case it (I hope she doesn't mind) but use the tree dies I had (Leanne Creatief  pine tree dies). I put some glue along the edges of the trees and stuck some creative expressions glacial ice on it to resemble snow. I used the Memory Box stitched square dies for the shaker part.  The Sentiment is the Kaisercraft Clear stamp set Mistletoe. 

This one is from a die I had used for Christmas cards last year, and thought it might make a nice shaker card.  It is the Cottage Cutz Nativity Ornament.  I made the shaker part by cutting out a circle in the front of the card with a nestabilities die which was exactly the same size as the outside edge of the ornament die, and put a strip of acetate behind it. I stamped the sentiment with the Merry Christmas sentiment from the Kaisercraft Yuletide clear stamp set.   I put fun foam behind the front.  I put a strip of silver and white diagonal striped washi tape down the left edge of the base card for the silver and red card. I made a strip by stamping some waste card with a flourish background stamp by Impression obsession and embossed it with a gold sparkle embossing powder and attached it to the left side of the gold and green card.  Before attaching the front of the card to the back, I put a strip of thin ribbon from the top of the acetate to the top of the card edge, and stuck it down behind.  I then filled the shaker part with red sequins for the silver card, and green for the gold card, and then stuck down the top part of the shaker.  (You can't see many of the green sequins in the photo, but they are there!)  Finally I stuck the die cut of the Ornament die down over the acetate to complete the card.

This last one is a bit different.  I have started liking 'CAS' (clean and simple) cards more and more. This one is using that philosophy.  

I have made a wreath design on the front of the card by drawing a light circle and then filling the edge with various sized gems to make as close to a circle as I could ge.  I then cut the front of the card with one of the edge dies from the Spellbinder A2 scalloped border die set.  The Merry Christmas is a die from Cheery Lynn, but I cut of the snowflakes as I wanted it plainer, with just the script writing.  I 
put a strip of Christmas striped paper along the bottom of the card base, added a string of gold thread from the wreath to the top of the card topper, and mounted this part on some fun foam to give some dimension, added a tiny bow with the gold thread as well to finish it off.  

Art Deco Wedding cards

 A couple of months ago I made some Wedding cards from the Debbie Moore Glitter and Glitz Art Deco Wedding CD Rom.  I mad quite a few, as it is such a great CDrom, so I thought I would show you about 3 of them.  I just did a pile with different combinations of the accessories that come on some of the printable sheets and with different colour combinations.  There is a huge range of choices.  

This one is the bride and groom decoupaged and then put onto one of the backgrounds available.  I used one of the backing papers, strips and sentiments available.  

This one was one of the stepper cards, that the template was on the CD rom.  The topper was quite big, so I thought that it would work quite well as a stepper card.

This is another decoupaged card which the frame and picture coming all in one, that just had to have the decoupage done and then use one of the backgrounds and a sentiment.

They are so easy to do, and so pretty and effective.  I was very pleased with the end result, and the beauty of it, I can go and make more at any stage, just print off more of the elements.

Friday, 15 May 2015

Shaker card obsession

I am a bit obsessed with Shaker cards at the moment, I did a couple of Christmas bauble cards last year, and they were a big hit, so I thought I would have a go at some for Mother's Day recently, and a couple for my niece and nephews birthdays coming up.  

There are tons of really great you tube tutorials available and Jennifer McGuire and Kristina Werner are two of my most favourite You tuber's so check them out, as they have some great tips.  

This first one I got from a card I saw on pinterest that was pinned from which I saw, and liked how she had done the butterfly trail, and the simplicity of it.  So I made this card using two Memory Box dies I had.  The butterfly trail is made with a glitter gel pen, the sequins are from a craft store called 'Spotlight' and the sentiment is done on the computer and cut out with a die.  A few flatback pearls in a couple of sizes to finish it off.

This card is inspired by a card I saw, also in pinterest, done by Barbara Anders from My Favourite Things.  She had used some other balloon dies, but the ones I have used are Paper Smooches large balloon dies.  The Shaker section was done with spellbinder nestabilites circle dies.  The 'happy' is also a paper smooches die from the Christmas Word 2 die set.  The birthday is from a clear stamp set by Kaisercraft called 'Save the Date'.  Some sequins and stars in the shaker part, which has been mounted on some fun foam.  String to make the balloon strings and a card suitable for children. 

This last one is a card I have made from quite a few cards I saw on Google images, but a lot of them have the shaker part of the rattle made into a shaker by using a dome type thing.  I didn't have access to one of those, so I ended up making the circle shaker part like the balloon one above, into the white embossed card and then using a cutting file that I got from the silhouette store to make the rattle which I made the size to go over the circle die cut.  The embossing folder is the sue Wilson pinpoint floral brocade, and then the scalloped borders top and bottom are done with the spellbinder A2 scalloped border die set.  

There are countless ways to do shaker cards, I have lots more ideas, especially Christmas ones, which I plan to have a go at later in the year.

Saturday, 18 April 2015

Vintage Rose Birthday cards

I haven't posted cards for quite a while, I haven't actually been making much in the way of cards.  I have been doing other crafts, I have been having a go at doing some mixed media canvases, which I have loved, and it has been a great break, and I have come back to card making zinging with ideas.  

I have been feeling like getting into a bit more stamping, as I have moved away from it lately, and do a lot more die cutting.  A few months ago I purchased the stamp set called Vintage roses by Altenew.  This is a stamp set where you build up the rose in layers using a progression of inkpads from a light shade to a deeper shade.  Now I don't have many inkpads, and here in New Zealand there are not a lot of choices in things like the shadow inks and pigment inks in colours.  A only ones that seem to be available are the Tim Holz distress inks or just the black stamp pads in various different brands and versamark, or I can buy the Brilliance ink pads but they only seem to be available in pearlised colours which don't seem to be suitable for this method.  Anyway I did manage to put together a selection of pinks and mauves, but I have struggled to find yellows and blues in the right shades to do these roses.  I will keep hunting and trying to come up with some.  

Now I also have to say, I didn't find it very easy at first, doing the stamps on top of each other, and getting them lined up, I kept throwing attempts away, until I managed to do some I was happy with.  There are some great you tube videos to watch on others using them, which were very helpful, as there were some that did them in a different order, so eventually I found a method that worked for me.  Another thing I seemed to do quite often was I would somehow get ink somewhere else on the card I was doing my arrangement with. I think it was from my acrylic blocks, as I only have about 4 blocks and some of them were quite big, so not very suitable for doing this method.  So for those ones that I had got ink somewhere else on the white card, I have had to strategically place some sequins or have had to cut them out and mount them on another piece of card.  Anyway, I got some I was happy with.  

So here is two cards I have made with a selection of pinks to plum, and mauve to purple.  

This one I did an arrangement of roses in different sizes on one piece of card, and then stamped some more randomly on a strip of scrap card, so that I could create this border.  Then some strategically places sequins and clear gems to bling it up a little.

This one I have done two strips of the roses and leaves stamped randomly, and then I have cut a central panel with two of the spellbinder A2 scalloped border dies, a piece of pink ribbon going through the centre, and finally the sentiment done on the middle die of the Spellbinders Radiant Rectangles die set  A few pearls to finish it off.  It has made such a pretty card.  

I love this stamp set, I love all things vintage and flowery, so this combines it perfectly.  I would love to get some more of the Altenew stamp sets, as they are a little bit different, but it is so expensive to have them sent from America, the international postage is very prohibitive.  I will have to wait and see if I get some money for my birthday, and I might treat my self to another one!  Here's hoping!!

Saturday, 21 February 2015

Some more special Birthday cards

Carrying on from the last post, I am also trialling this new design, to see how they will go for popularity.  I have again, done one for display purposes, and then left two cards in different colour options, that I can make to order.  

These ones I have used the Spellbinder Radiant Rectangles dies, these are one I really love, and definitely a 'go to' die for many cards.  I have used various digital papers, again flowers I have made and then contrasting ribbon and pearls.  I have done a border around each of them with the pearl PVA by creative expressions.  

I made a box for each and used the same die for the aperture.

I think the middle one is my favourite, so pretty with the pop of darker colour with the ribbon.  

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Special Birthday cards

have been having a session on making flowers, to build up my stash, and decided I needed to use the Seville die from the Spanish Collection of Sue Wilson dies, that I purchased part way through last year, and hadn't really done much with.  

I love the cards Cristina Griffiths from 'flowers ribbons and pearls blog' makes and so decided to make some cards similar to the ones she did with the Seville die, but to use the flowers I had made.  I have made 4 different colour ways, but kept 3 of them blank, so that I can make them up as requested, and one made for a special birthday, so that I had one finished, to show people. 

So the are pretty much the same as each other, other than different colours behind the main die.  I have made a box for each one, and have done the Seville die, without the outer die (which cuts it away from the card) so that the die stays in the card for the lid, and then lined it on the inside with thick acetate.

These are the other three colour combinations, the purple I have done like the burgandy card, the pink and yellow I have used glitter card.

I love how the flower arrangements have turned out, I used some loops of either gold or silver fine cord, poking out from behind the flowers and foliage.

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Butterflies everywhere!

I have been making some butterfly cards, as they are so popular and I love them.  Flowers and butterflies are my thing!

The first two are the same design, but different colours and slightly different backgrounds.

This one I have used some flock cream paper (actually wallpaper) for the background, mounted on a white card base, and put some corners using the Nellie Snellen corner dies.  The frame is done with the Spellbinder Gold labels four which I cut two of.  One I cut the inside out of with the standard Labels four die which was mounted with foam tape, on the top of the designer paper which was stuck to the base full second gold label four.  The sentiment is done with the centre die from the Gold labels four set too.  The paper bow is done withe the Sue Wilson filigree bow with a crystal brad in the centre.  Finally the butterflies are the Memory Box Kaleidoscope butterfly.  

This second one, has turned out to be my favourite card at the moment.  You know how sometimes you do a card, and somehow just the colours and patterned paper you combine, somehow makes it special without realising it until you finish it, and then you think wow!  Well this is one I think is very pretty, if I say so myself.  
have used a spotting pink paper for the background, matted on a white card base, and then stuck some bling corners and strips to create a border. I have done the same frame as the one above, but used a pretty rose paper for the inside of it.  The same sentiment and butterflies.  

The next two I did some stenciling for the backgrounds.

This one I have used the Memory box stencil called 'Butterfly Vine' which I brushed with Shabby Shutters Distress Ink on white card, and then mounted it on some mauve mat and then on a white card base.  The flourish is the Cheery Lynn Fanciful flourish.  The butterflies are the same as the two above.  The sentiment is some silver peelcraft stickers on the Memory Box Pastry Label die. 

This one has the 'Modern Blooming Frame' stencil which I did with Spun Sugar Distress Ink, then mounted on mauve mat, and then a white card base.  I kept the rest very simple with the Kaleidoscope butterfly, a bling flourish, a ribbon triple bow with a diamante bow slider/buckle.  I cannot take the credit for this bow, I saw a You tube video by Christina Griffiths doing this loop bow and thought it was great, The link is here.

All of these cards were all relatively quick to make, and are the sort of cards that would be good to have in your stash, without sentiments, that you can then add at a later time, when you have to find a card quickly and can make it any type of card.