Friday, May 29, 2015

Boy's Confirmation card

Back with a new design for confirmation cards, using text like I did on last years embossed communion cards - this time I also stamped text within an oval shape which I inked with distress ink too - like the effect.

Used different textures on this, hammered card, hessian embossed card and embossing folders, plus leather effect embossed card and they work well with all the white, keeping the design fresh.

A side on view to show the layering...

The dove was very lightly dusted with pumice stone ink.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Different inking on an old Christening card design..

Popping in to share a slight variation on a favourite older card design.
Yes a lot of you like the design and I get asked to make it time and again, so I can't do much else other than change it completely but I like it the way it is, with the arched window shapes.

That being said, adding a sprinkle of pink gives it a delicate touch of everything girly without being too pink.. I did use a soft brown and sublte grey colour scheme to achieve the layering but this time I ommitted the grey and used the palest pink hammered card from Craft Creations instead.

For stenciling the arch shapes inside the die, I used worn lipstick and a little pumice stone shades - from Tim Holtz distress inks. I find I am mixing them more and more now for projects, and the shade results are endless shades - love that!

Also, after finding cutrite wax paper from CraftyAngels in Newbridge, I have pulled out old dies - those I had stopped using because of how difficult some are to retrieve the cuts from the dies themselves - delighted I can use these tags again!!

Some closeups of inking and colouring - yes still using pencils..... 

That's all for today, have a few more orders to finish and things to do outside ;)

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Ivory and Copper Wedding Card

Another wedding card to share, this time in ivory and copper.

Love the colour copper card - the last batch of my centura copper pearlescent card unfortunately, because the colour has been discontinued :( . So using it for special projects while it lasts!

The ivory boxes are from Stella crafts which you can purchase here.

Dotty embossing and simple die cut shapes for this design make a classic look for a wedding card.

The dies are Heartfelt Creations / Spellbinders Daisy Patch dies which have rounded tips to the petals. these are a good set as the 5 sizes all 'nest' very well. Now I really need the stamps to go with the dies LOL........

That was a quick post for today, a couple of days off work with lots to do :)

Thursday, May 21, 2015

CraftyCutting Shadow Box - Design Team post

Hi everyone, a little late with a post than I wanted to be, but  I had been working on a project and delighted to showcase these gorgeous shadow boxes from CraftyCutting.
The theme I chose this time was Weddings.

Lots of photos in this post and if you have any questions about materials used, just ask by leaving me a comment.
I have used lots of different brands of dies and various materials including hessian / burlap I bought near the end of last year ... have been itching to do make the bunting with lace since buying the hessian, and delighted with how it turned out now.

I wanted to keep the project as clean and simple as possible but still decided to ink the papers to give the box a slightly aged / worn feel, without being too shabby!

You can see how deep these boxes are in this photo, and I raised the heart around a third of an inch from the back panel, still giving loads of depth for the flowers and without 'hiding' the heart shape.

The heart shape is also from CraftyCutting and can be seen on my last CraftyCutting post where I covered a mini heart shaped album - yep that's one of the die cut heart shaped pages! (use the labels on my blog to locate CraftyCutting projects)

A love themed Artemio stamp used to alter the dotty papers memento ink, after which the heart was distressed with Frayed Burlap distress ink.

One final photo to show the depth - I fussed a lot about where to hang the bunting as adding it the front seemed too obvious and I like the way it hangs inside the frame.
The lace was sewn onto the bunting with a sewing machine.

Will be back with more cards shortly :)

Sunday, May 17, 2015

18th Birthday celebrations for twins Lili of the Valley stamp

I loved making this card, and it would never have occurred to me to use this image for a birthday card either but it WORKS - my customer saw another anniversary card with the image and chose it straight away - well you can't help but like all of the Lili of the Valley images!

So the occasion was an 18th Birthday for twins and the stamp I used for this card is Lili of the Valley's Together Forever which you can find HERE.

I used some digi papers from Bearly Mine Designs with a patchwork theme (sadly due to digi retail and tax implications Donna no longer sells her papers online:( )

Side view of the card - used alphabet dies and some greyboard + glitter board to make the 18 numbers

Inside the card - papers faded out in the centre for the placement of the sentiment - yes it took me ages to come up with the wording!!

A closeup view of the colouring and inking - I used Tim Holtz Weathered Wood shade of distress ink.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Baby boy card with a stork theme

Time for something in blue I think, so sharing this new baby card using digital artwork - not a coloured image to be found today for this card share.

This artwork is just so cute, I love it and resizing etc makes it so versatile to fit into the die shapes I chose.

I know it looks black, but the colour scheme was chocolate brown and powder blue, one of my favourite colour combinations.

Some more photos..

The gorgeous pale blue ink used for stenciling /shading inside the die cut is Tumbled Glass Tim Holtz distress ink.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

feast or famine!.... and handmade flowers

Where did the last month just go - horrified to find I hadn't blogged for so long - those who visit my blog must have thought I had left the planet!
Anyway I guess First Holy Communion and Confirmation season as well as Mothers Day makes this time of the year busy for those of us who love making cards, so I have a few to share over the next couple of weeks (also because I realise how many photos I had taken and not blogged).

Onto a 50th Birthday card - feminine, pink, pretty and hand made flowers - I have to make some others as I am getting addicted to these shabby ones and maybe I need a new idea huh??

So lots of photos of the flowers and the leaves and the light that day was good so the embossing looks really crisp on the white card.

This was a large square 7 and 3/4 inch card, boxed because the flowers are very dimensional and are adhered with silicone glue and the boxed card makes a perfect keepsake..

I love this new font - Great Vibes, thanks Claire my crafty friend,-it's down to you that I am now addicted to it as it's sooooo elegant!