21 February 2013

Paper Players #133 Challenge - A CAS, Buttons and Bows card for Baby

I love challenges because they often get me using a technique I have not tried before, or designing a card in a style I wouldn't otherwise do.
CAS is a place I find it almost impossible to go............I always want to add something!:-)

The extra challenge was that I have only one baby set that could be used for CAS.
It's a Brenda Walton design by Inkadinkadoo.
To go with this, I used the most versatile Tweed Pattern Background stamp (S5654) from Hero Arts for the color bars.The only other stamp I used was the striped dot (actually a 1 3/8ths circle), from the Hero Arts Many Dots stamp set (CL519). See this on the landscape oriented card.

To make the color bars for these two cards, I only inked the Tweed stamp once!!
I used Dew Drops so it was easy to ink a third of the stamp in each color.
I used Tsukineko Versa Magic inks for the color bars and Versafine for the black.

This card is for The Paper Players Challenge:-

A second card

19 February 2013

I missed the deadline for Moxie Fab's Tuesday Trigger - I've A Notion!!

I have just finished my 'Moxie Fab's Tuesday Trigger - I've a Notion' card and have found I have missed the deadline!!
C'est la Vie..............I thought I would share anyway.
I loved the colors, and the fact they were notions as the inspiration. See the trigger below.

I even crocheted the wee peachy piece. I had to get out the instructions for Double Crochet, as it's been a while.

Anyway here's the card:-

I used Hero Arts Tweed Pattern Background stamp (S5654), and the Sentiment is Hero Arts Every Day Sayings (CL342). The wee label stamp is about 8 years old.
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17 February 2013

Simon Says Stamp Challenge White On White

Simon Says Stamp Challenge - White On White gave me the chance to continue with the white washed theme.................but this time in a slightly different way!!

Here is the card......


Read on for construction and a couple of ideas for making stick pins:-

I cut a piece of craft stock for the background slightly smaller than an A2 card.

Emboss the craft with the Cuttlebug Distressed Stripes Folder.

Scrape thick, white acrylic paint over the surface with an old credit card. Leave to dry.

Cut a piece of felt with Papertrey Ink's hearts border die. Glue to the card.

Wind two rounds of twine and tie in a bow.

Take the card to the sewing machine and stitch around the edge.

I used straight stitching at the top and bottom, and zig zag on the sides.

Adhere the craft background to an A2 card.

Cut 'thanks' with Cuttlebug Olivia alphabet die. (cuts the thanks all in one) Glue to the card.

For the flower, smear a thin layer of acrylic paint over an old dictionary page with an old credit card. The paint stiffens the page slightly so I find it better than using ink for this.
Cut out flower pieces using Tim Holtz Tattered Flower die. I used two medium and two small for my flower. Scrunch or curl the edges.
Glue layers together and add a gem to the center. Glue to the card.

Add some Flat backed pearls.

And finally, add one of my favorite embellishments (I think they may have gone out of vogue now), stick pins. The pearl pin is a purchased item, but I like to make my own too.

Here are a few of my ideas:-

Take bead caps and flatten them with your thumb (they are very soft).

Use as is, OR............emboss them!! They are great!!

To make the pin, take any smallish item: your embossed bead cap, crocheted flowers, punched or die cut items, pre-made flowers,  gemstones and much more.........


 Glue them to a Flat Quilters daisy pin. Heaps of scope here! Have fun...............


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16 February 2013

A Blog Named Hero - If I Could Turn Back Time-Vintage or Shabby Chic Challenge

After my last post I found this Challenge on A Blog Named Hero. The card I made last night is Shabby Chic so fits the bill........................
For the card I have used the Hero Arts Simple Frame (S5324) Stamp, the Wise Bird (H5719) Stamp, the French Script Cling Set (AC015), the Antique Flowers and Butterflies Stamp and Die set (657773), and the sentiment Everyday Sayings (CL342).

I first laid down three Versa Magic colors for the background. Aspen Mist, Wheat and Pixi Dust.
Once this was dry, I laid a translucent wash over the colors with Vera Magic- Cloud White.

The photo below shows the white wash over the left hand side of this sample.

I then stamped the frame, and the French Script within the frame.
I colored the frame with a Distress marker and used the Versa Magic White over the French Script.
A bit of ribbon and twine to anchor the bird, flower and sentiment.
Add a butterfly and some Rhinestones.
And here is the card with the link to the Challenge.


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15 February 2013

That White Washed effect.

I am such a fan of that French, farmhouse, whitewashed, shabby chic look. It just rings bells for me. I really can't explain how our color and style attraction works....someone shows you a bit of fabric, or you see a photo of a gorgeous interior, or maybe a nineteenth century dress. It is the color and the texture, it just takes your breath away. And it is so different for each of us.
I made three cards that kind of have that white washed feeling. A couple are actually white washed. I stamped the image on the background then knocked parts of it back with Versamagic White. I have also whitewashed the edges of the card base. I love the effect.
I have used mostly Hero Arts stamps. See what you think???
Remember to click on the image for a larger view.

The cream background at the base of the bird card is Shantung silk, attached to the card with the ATG gun. This worked really well. I love the texture, and of course the luster of the silk. I will definitely use this again.
Just love crinkled, dyed, rayon ribbon.

04 February 2013

Hero Arts February Challenge -Love and Lace- Fun Folds

With Valentines Day coming up, I was reminded of a card I designed in 2005 that I thought was a bit of fun, and worth repeating in a more up to date form. I sat down and made this card last night...........I am quite pleased with the way it has turned out. It's a more masculine card, and that is fine, I'm a gal so I can give it to my fella.
Having made the card, I wondered if it would fit into any Challenges. Lo and behold, I discovered Hero Arts challenges for this month so I thought it would fit right in. I don't know that the folds are terribly innovative, but it's an idea to share I think. It fits into the Love part of the 'Love and Lace' Challenge.

Here is the card:- Click on the image to enlarge.

These are the products used:-

The card is made with two A2 cards placed one inside the other.
Make the left hand card as you would normally. I used the HA's Envelope pattern (S5507) stamp for the background. This made it very easy to place the elements on the diagonal.
Draw a pencil line along side the red card as shown.
Add adhesive on the back side of the black card within the pencil line.
Attach the black card to the red card. Add adhesive to the front side ot the black card.
Close the red card to secure.
Cut the message inner square, half an inch smaller than the finished outer card size. Stamp and embellish. I placed a brad on the exposed corner. This gives strength to the corner and something to hang on to. 
Below are the original cards I made back in 2005. You can tell......LOTS of Krylon pen on all the edges!!
This was the first one I made.
The next card was made for a Swap. The saying on the inside was written in my Autograph Book (remember these) by my Grandmother about 45 years ago. I love it!!
The last one was made for a friend for Christmas.
I made the background paper using acrylic paint and stamping. It remains my favorite background to this day. I have an ATC sized piece left....precious!!
That's it for now....I hope you enjoy.
Thanks for visiting.