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Wednesday, 15 August 2012

All in



I made this card for a friend’s birthday coming up this weekend.



The title is apt as it contains a whole lot of references to things he likes, starting with playing cards for the poker he loves to play.  They are Tim Holtz embossing folders, the Poker Face set.  I inked them with Tim Holtz Distress Inks, in Black Soot and Forest Berries.

All of the cuts are from the CTMH Art Philosophy cart, which I recently bought.  It was so great to be able to make a card with so many different cuts without having to change carts.  My friend is a Red Sox fan, hence the ticket to a game and the baseball brad.

He also loves Lego, I think he’d have a ton of the stuff even if his young son wasn’t into it!  So I had to buy the Lego brads and pop one on.

The stamp is from Stampin’ Up and I stamped it on a tag cut.  The brads are a bit big but they go through the two tag ends.  The black tag wasn’t going to show up too well on the black background so I inked the edges with the same Versacolor ink I used to stamp the sentiment.

I curled the ribbon cut to add a bit more dimension but found the adhesive wasn’t enough to hold the ends down so I used a couple of white brads.  I also used 3D Zots to add dimension on the playing cards, the Jack is adhered flat to the card, the King is adhered with a single Zot and the Queen has two Zots on top of each other.

I chose to go with red and black to mirror the colours of playing cards and broke it up with white.  As always I followed a sketch from Raq’s challenge on the Cricut MB, this one was up a few weeks back but I only just got the card finished.

I’m really happy with how this card turned out, I haven’t made a lot of guy cards but using things my friend likes as the inspiration really helped.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, 5 August 2012

Bubbles of fun...NOT!



This little card was made for my niece for her birthday.



I followed a sketch from Raq's challenge over on the Cricut MB.

The cute girl is the Wizardette digi stamp from Tiddly Inks but I changed her a bit - something I love about digis, if they don't quite suit your needs you can alter them.  In this case, I swapped her wand for a bubble blower and the "magic" dust for bubbles.

I cut the large bubbles using my Cricut to get nice even circles and used Liquid Glass to make them shine, I also added this to Wizardette's hair and bubbles.  I couldn't find a blue ribbon with bubbles on it so had to settle for this pink one that I picked up at the $2 shop.  The blue spotty background paper is from the Dotty collection from CTMH.

The sentiment stamp is from Stampin' Up but I stuffed up when I stamped it and the 'Birthday' ended up upside down!  So I stamped another one on some white card and stuck it on with a 3D Zot and Liquid Glassed it to make it look like I wanted it to be a "button".  That is after I inked the edges and ran over a bit!

Not content with that mistake I then decided to scan the card and thought the Liquid Glass was dry but oh no, it wasn't!  The smallest bubble and the "Birthday" button got stuck to the glass plate of the scanner.  At this point I was about ready to throw the whole card away but I couldn't as I was leaving in the morning off to visit my "second" family and needed to take the card with me.  I discovered that a second coat of Liquid Glass hid the mess so left the card to dry until the morning.

Unfortunately the mistakes on this card weren't done yet and in the morning when I picked up the card to scan it in I managed to crack the finish on the small bubble!  There's also a nail imprint in one of the bubbles Wizardette is holding courtesy of me being too impatient wanting to cut her out.

But despite all the issues with this card I do like how it turned out and my niece liked it, which is all that really matters.

Thanks for stopping by!