Thursday, March 26, 2015

MR Designs In The Garden Papers for a feminine horse racing card

Hi everyone, am back with a very different card - a tall order but I think I cracked it!?
A 'feminine' feel horse racing card is really hard to achieve, so when I came across Michelle's In the Garden papers, they were the perfect solution! Green, rural with the tiniest hint of a delicate white flower, and they were the answer to my needs - you can purchase the papers HERE if you fancy them.

I don't have any horseshoe dies :( so had to improvise with some spellbinders nested ovals, a brocade embossing folder and some distress ink to ''age'' the horseshoe.

Finished off with some flourishes and a post card which I designed in some graphics software (very basic skills used but I managed to use overlays in the form of a postcard wording in french and some stamps bought from an Etsy digi shop and added these to a vintage racing image to make the post card). The design of the postcard took a while, and happy with it so I might make some more

Inside view of the card and a close up photo so you can see the detail in the papers.
This card was heavily distressed and inked, using Peeled paint and vintage photo inks which accentuate the green shades of the digi papers.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Navy and Ivory Floral Wedding

As promised, here are photos of the navy and ivory wedding card

The navy card was dark, so hard to photograph, and you will see more detail in close up photos.

I used Spellbinders / Heartfelt Creations Posy patch dies which I crumpled and distressed / shaped and then added shabby frantage embossing powder to the edges.

Different brands of dies and punches used for the leaves and flourishes.

The flourish is and EK success scroll pattern punch, which I doubled up to decorate the box and card with - really like this punch, and it's my first time using it, so no doubt it will become a favourite.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Stampin Up Special Blessings set - Sympathy Card

So sometimes you see a product or a stamp which you just HAVE to HAVE - and this is one of those... I saw this stamp set on eBay and bid on it and won. Postage was expensive but it is a retired Stampin Up set and i wanted it so much LOL!!
It's so versatile for Christenings, Baptisms, Wedding and Sympathy cards. 

tThe embossing was done with one of the first cuttlebug folders I ever got, the smaller size folders, which I used twice to emboss the A5 white sheet.

Flowers are a little EK success punch (OR the smallest of the Posy patch spellbinder flower dies are almost the same if you have those).. the leaves are a small EK success punch too.

That's all for today, will be back tomorrow with a cream and navy wedding card, I just have to tidy up the photos..

Butterflies and Pretty Etsy papers

Hi everyone, I have two posts to share today, both with a definite spring and pastel feel to them!

First up is a butterfly themed card for a young lady, a special request with a special verse inside, so a pleasure to make.  

For this card I used kraft, rose pink and white card and some quickutz dies for the lettering, some dotty papers and the floral papers are from Etsy.  
The butterfly stamp is from Hero Arts, as is the text stamp.

Gathered Twigs is the distress ink colour I used to stencil the circle with, and toffee crunch memento ink is the ink I used to stamp the text with.
The butterfly was stamped with Memento Rich Cocoa.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Girly pink with glitter!

Back with another make, this time it's one from a few weeks ago, which I forgot to blog. Lots of pink and white glittery stuff for a special Girly Birthday!

So was time to use the toe tapper template which hasn't been out for a while and make a shoe / slipper card!

White glitter card from Craft Creations which is available in A4 or A5 sheets does a fantastic job and doesn't shred any glittery bits when cut!

Some more photos - the leaves are a magnolia die cut with pistachio green textured card from PDA

OK I wouldn't normally mix pearls and gems, and usually use one or the other, but using both worked well in this case LOL

Thursday, March 12, 2015

A familiar wedding card, this time using mostly white

Hi everyone, sorry for not being around again, but I had a massive tidy up and clear out and all ready for springtime crafting LOL.  Well that and painting and freshening up at home too, I love how the longer days and brighter weather puts a pep in our step!

So I had forgotten to share this card a little while back, and it worked out well, the same design as the ivory and gold version, this time in greys and a lot more white and I really like the way it turned out.

Using matt silver card rather than shiny card makes it more subtle, which I prefer personally.

layering and inking close up photos.. the hard part was the inking so I mixed Tim Holtz Distress inks in pumice stone and antique linen to get the right shade - on their own they looked to blue or too yellowy so the mix turned out well, but took a bit longer to apply.

So my craft mojo took a raincheck for a while and that might have been because a lot was going on and it happens to all of us I guess, so it's back now and I cant wait to share the makes I have this week with you over the next few days.

For all the Mums out there, I hope you get spoilt and have all the nice things Mum's deserve this Mothers Day.