Saturday, 23 May 2009

Vintage Wedding Anniversary card.

Hello, well here's the finished card I made using the masked paper from the previous post...

This is a 6.5" x 6.5" / 16.5cm x 16.5cm card.
From the base up...

  • Stardream pearlescent “Chocolate Brown” card.
  • Main DP and Strip – Cosmo Cricket – Autumn. Mounted onto card from Pizazz 8x8 Christmas Cardstock Pad.
  • Small SquaresDP - K & Co Vintage Collage Flat Paper. Mounted onto card from Pizazz 8x8 Christmas Cardstock Pad.
  • “Photo” from Joanna Sheen’s “Fashion Boutique” CD Rom printed onto smooth pearl photo paper. Aged with Tim Holtz Distress ink pads – Antique Linen and Vintage Photo. Edges lightly distressed with Tim Holtz Paper Distresser. I thought I had ruined this TWICE!!! First, when I had gone over the photo with the distress inks the ink reacted with the black printer ink on the photo and turned it purple, but I decided it looked good. THEN, when I was messing with the Tim Holtz mask it caught the photo I had put to one side and took off the top layer of the photo, and that’s why there is a white patch on the womans skirt. But again I thought it looked good. That was after a whole lot of VERY bad words :oP
  • The heart I made with a Tim Holtz Grungeboard flourish (see previous post). Went lightly over with Versamark pen and then heat embossed with Heat It Up Gold EP.
  • The butterflies where made with Martha Stewart’s “Monarch Butterfly” punch from the same cardstock I used to mount the DP on. It’s a double sided card hence two different coloured butterflies. Again these where lightly gone over with versamark pen and then heat embossed the same as the heart.
  • The “Once Upon A Time” stamp is from Hampton Art. I’ve got the matching "And they lived happily ever after. The End” stamp to go with this, which will be used on the inside.
  • The lace I got as a freebie from a magazine a while back and then lastly I used Making Memories eyelets to decorate the corners.
  • The sketch used for this card is one I borrowed from Just Magnolia week 5 challenge.

I made this card as a Wedding Anniversary card for a lady at work to give to her husband. That’s why it isn’t full of flowers and bows. I’ll be making her another card but with a more modern design so she has a choice as everybody’s tastes are different.

Right, I won't be blogging now for a while, my time just seems to be taken up at the moment with gardening and work, and I'm just too tired to keep up with challenges and just generally visiting my favorite blogs. So I'm going to take some time out. Thank you for visiting my blog and I'll see you around :o)

So until we meet again ... take care & keep smiling

Tuesday, 19 May 2009

Tim Holtz Mask - OK, I admit it...I'M HOOKED :o)

Grrrr, had to come in from weeding as it decided to persist down with rain, soooo I had another play with my new Tim Holtz Flourish Mask. What do you think?...

The paper is from Cosmo Cricket - Autumn. On the large paper I used the mask in the usual way with Antique Linen Distress ink (my favorite) and then on the strip I used the negative inked up with Antique Linen first and run through the Cuttlebug and I decided it was too pale. So I inked it up again with Vintage Photo Distress ink and because the negative (and the mask) are clear I was able to position my paper again in the same place and re-run through the Cuttlebug. To make things easier I reversed the Cuttlebug Sandwich ( you can make sure the mask is in the right position this way) on the second run, from the bottom up -

  • A plate
  • B plate
  • tan mat
  • 2 scrap pieces of card
  • DP with pattern up
  • mask, ink down
  • B plate

And you can see I also did A Tim Holtz Grungeboard heart. Well actually it's a flourish, I cut it in half and positioned them to look like a heart, just got to get rid of the two sticky up bits at the bottom :o) HOPEFULLY this will end up being an Anniversary card, with a few more bits added of course. Anyway I just wanted to share my new toy with you and I can't wait to buy some more T H Masks, but they'll have to wait until next pay day UGH :o(
Take care & keep smiling

Tim Holtz Mask - Throw away the negative! I DON'T THINK SO

Right this is just a quick post as I was out in the garden getting rid of an over abundant supply of weeds... Grrrrrrrr. But the postie has just been and in a parcel that had some rather gorgeous papers was a Tim Holtz mask I had ordered. Well, have you seen the size of these things!!! They're HUGE. Had I have known how big these things were I wouldn't have ordered it. Anyway I went on to Tim Holtz's blog to see how to use it, and I'm sat there watching..."Hmmmm I think I'm going to like this" I thought, THEN he said "I just toss this" refering to the negative of the mask. EXCUSE ME, I don't "toss" anything. So I took the negative part and sponged Tim Holtz Antique Linen Distress ink onto the negative. You'll feel ridges (the out line of the mask) and it was inside the ridges that I put the ink. I also used the distress ink as it stays wet for quite a while. Then I ran it through the cuttlebug. The same sandwich as you'd use for Nestabilities - A plate, B plate, Mask Negative (ink side up), card or paper, two layers of scrap card, Spellbinders tan mat and lastly another B plate. I ran it through twice (forward and backward), and here is the result...

I think it looks great for a first attempt and only on printer paper. You also get a slight embossed feel to it, though I don't know how long that would last as the mask is only a thin plastic and not really designed for use in the Cuttlebug. So there you have it and the moral of the story is... don't throw ANYTHING away. And if you another one :o)
Right back to the weeds.
Take care & keep smiling

Sunday, 17 May 2009

Super Mario Birthday Card Insert - For Nathan

Ooooo, two posts in one day, I think I may come over all faint :o) I don't know if you remember but back in March I made a Super Mario Birthday card for my Dad to give to my nephew Nathan, who is a BIG Nintendo DS fan, well today I did the insert for it. I don't usually show the inserts to my cards as frankly compared to the outside they suck big time. I've seen so many of the inserts to cards made by other crafters out there and they are so superb I thought I'd make a bit more of an effort...

It's all computer generated, and all the images were sourced from the internet. The hollow lettering (Super Mario font from Urban coloured in with Sakura Gelly Roll Stardust pens and the other lettering (comic sans) was gone over with atyou spica clear glitter pen. Oh and the octagon was made with my new Octagon Nestabilities my Dad bought me for my birthday :o)
Well I'm off to have a bath now as I've got to go to bed early tonight as I have to start work at 5am tomorrow, this is NOT my usual work hours, just covering for someone who is off ill, but I get to finish at 1pm and then Tuesday is my day off, so it's all good.
So goodnight, God bless and keep smiling

Raspberry Ribbons Sketch 21 - Once Upon a Time…In ye days of olde, when knights were bolde…

Hmmmm, I’m not sure this card turned out how I wanted it to, my Dad likes it, but I’m not sure. I like the stamped images and my first attempt at distressed edges :o), it’s just the card and paper I’m a bit dubious about. But It’s done now and it’s for the Raspberry Ribbons challenge sketch 21 and also my third installment of my Once Upon a Time cards…

Ooops, forgot the "Once Upon a Time" Stamp !

From the base up...

  • Stardream Pearlescent “Antique Gold” card.
  • Bazzill card – Edges distressed with Brilliance “Coffee Bean” ink pad and Tim Holtz paper distresser.
  • Scalloped Panel – Bazzill Card, Friskars “Threading Water” punch. Edges first gone round with with Brilliance “Coffee Bean” ink pad and then gone over again with Versamark pen and then heat embossed with Heat It Up Gold EP. Gold Organza ribbon.
  • Top Panel – DCWV “Once Upon a Time” 8x8 pad, cut out with my largest deckled edge Megabilities. Gold silk Mirri card that was cut out by tracing round the deckled edge die with a fine embossing tool then cutting out by hand.
  • Main Image – Whiff of Joy “Warrior Charlie” and “Charlotte’s Horse”, coloured with Derwent Coloursoft pencils and Sansodor. The “metal” parts (armour, shields etc) where gone over with Sakura Gelly Roll clear glaze pen. Oh and the swords on the little image where coloured with a silver gel pen. For the smaller image I used Deckled edge rectangle Nestabilities.
  • Fleur de Lys – these where made from a small punch I have (unknown make) and then heat embossed with Heat It Up Gold EP. I only did one layer of EP as I wanted an uneven finish to make them look old.

So there you have it, I’ve got to wait for three stamps to be delivered before I can carry on with my little series, one of the stamps has got to come from America, so I probably won’t get it until the end of next week :o( Oh well in the mean time there’s always Tilda :o)
Take care & keep smiling

Sunday, 10 May 2009

Whiff of Joy Challenge 29 - Once Upon A Time ... There Was A Queen

Hello and here is my entry for the Whiff of Joy challenge 29 - A Sketch.
This card is the second in a series of cards I intend to make entitled Once Upon A Time. The first card which I didn't enter into a challenge was Once Upon A Time ... There Was A Dragon. I do so love the Whiff of Joy Medieval collection, they remind me of my childhood when my head was always stuck in a book - fairy tale books, so here's my card...

Card size - 6.5" x 6.5"/16.5cm x 16.5cm

  • Stardream pearlescent "Ruby" card
  • DCWV Once Upon A Time 8 x 8 paper pad
  • Ribbon is from Raspberry Ribbons September 2008 Loving Lilac kit.
  • Gothic Window and Bricks Rubber stamps are from Cherry Pie Art Stamps. Colored with Derwent Coloursoft Pencils and Sansodor. The "glass" of the window was gone over with Sakura Gelly Roll Clear Glaze pen. The plain parts of the wall and edges where sponged with Versafine Smokey Grey and Vintage Sepia ink pads.
  • Queen Charlotte and Throne of course are from The Whiff of Joy Medieval collection. Coloured with Derwents again and the crown and Sceptre where coloured with a silver gel pen.
  • The crown charm I got from eBay and I added the gems/rhinesones to ti just for a bit of bling :o)
  • And the sentiment stamp, did you notice it? Up in the right hand corner , "Once Upon A Time". Sorry I can't tell you who the manufacturer is as there isn't one on it, but again I got it off eBay.

Well I'm not quite sure what my next card in this series is going to be, I've got so many little scenes in my head for these cards it's hard to make up my mind which one I want to do next. But tomorrow I'll be showing you a card that was made for me, it's so cool :o)

Take care & keep smiling

Gift Tag - Raisa FINALLY got her prize :o)

Raisa finally got the Birthday Surprise present that I gave away on my birthday. Here's the tag I made to go in the parcel (photo stolen from Raisa's blog as it was a far better photo than the one I took), and if you want to see what was in the parcel click HERE...

he he he, I absolutley loved making that parcel up, I loved it even more when I got to give it away :o)
Take care & keep smiling

Monday, 4 May 2009

Just Magnolia Challenge 3 - Tilda And Edwin Together Chasing Butterflies

Here's my entry for the Just Magnolia Challenge 3 - A Sketch...

Card size - A5/21cm x 14.8cm
Stardream pearlescent blue card.
DP is from Bearly Mine Designs – Designer Extreme Vol.1 CD ROM, printed onto white Hessian card.
Oval cut with largest Nestabilities using Bazzill card. Blue ink sponged around the edge.
Tilda and Edwin are from the Magnolia Chasing Butterflies collection. Coloured with Derwent Coloursoft pencils and Sansodor. Edwin’s Buttons and Tilda’s shoes gone over with Sakura Gelly Roll Gaze pen. Edwin's hand was cut and Tilda’s hand was slipped into the cut and secured with glue. Butterflies are from Magnolia Stamp Club 2007 Collection, coloured the same but with white gelly roll pen on spots and body gone over with atyou Spica black glitter pen.
White band was cut from white Hessian card and punched using Fiskars Threading Water punch.
Ribbon is from Rapberry Ribbons June ’08 Pink kit.
Flowers were made with white Hessian card, punched with three different sized Woodware daisy punches and two different sized EK Success Retro flower punches, sponged with pink ink and flatback pearls in the middles.
Flourishes were made with a Quickutz die and Bazzill card.
Mermaid Tear Zoomz.
Thank you for looking