Saturday 30 April 2016

…before it was too late to have a proper tea…

I have a card to share today featuring two images, Coffee and Friends from Kraftin’ Kimmie and Cafe de Paris Scene from Make it Crafty.

The Kraftin’ Kimmie stamp is sadly now retired so I’m glad I got mine when I had the chance.  For some reason I can’t seem to stamp an Annie Rodrigue image from Kraftin’ Kimmie in anything but Desert Sand to do some no lines colouring.

I wanted to do something a bit fancy with this card so I have tried a new card type I found on Splitcoast Stampers called an Envelope Fold Card.  As this is a fancy fold card I am entering it in the current challenge at The Paper Girls.

While I have kept my embellies to a minimum and flat to ensure this folds up as it should I have added quite a few layers, probably more than I really should have.  My background image is double matted as is my apt quote from Peter Pan.  I’ve popped the image up on some foam squares to add some further depth.  Lots of layers is the current theme over at Creative Knockouts so I’m entering my card there.

This card is celebrating a special birthday for a special friend.  I’ve added in the milestone (40) on my little tea bag label and I chose the picture as it actually looks a lot like my friend and I and we celebrate our birthdays with high tea.  Fussy cutting the image was a bit of challenge with all the little bits to get around but I like a challenge!  I’ve also got lots of die cuts on this so have both the theme and optional twist for the challenge at Time Out covered.

Skin E000, E00, E11, E21 (E02 cheeks) & E30, E31, E33, E50
Mouth R00, R01, R24
Hair E21, E23, E25, E27, E29 & T6, T8, 110
Outfits G24, G28, R35, R59, RV21, RV29, YG21, YG23, YG25 & B21, B24, B28, B39
Crockery & Cutlery C0, C1, C3, Y11, Y15, Y19, YR61, YR65, YR68
Table & Chairs C5, C7, C9, E31, E35, E57, E79, Y21, Y23, YR21, YR24
Background W00, W0, W1, W2, W3, W4, W5, W6, W7, W8, W9, W10
Prismacolor Pencils
Outfit PC914 Cream, PC1084 Ginger Root & PC 935 Black, PC 938 White, PC1069 20% French Grey
Lips PC924 Crimson Red
Dies, SVGs & Templates etc
Cottage Cutz Die ~ CC-BR07-003 Tea Time
Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Die ~ 660234 Tea Time
Spellbinders Shapeabilities Die ~ S4-448 Victorian Tags
Inks & Paints etc
Sharpie Metallic Markers ~ Bronze & Silver
Tsukineko Memento ~ Desert Sand
Bazzill Classics Cardstock ~ Licorice
Bazzill Smoothies Cardstock ~ Grapefruit Bliss & Tangy
BoBunny Double Dot Vintage ~ Burnt Orange & Maize
BoBunny Weekend Market ~ Tapestry
Ribbons & Trims etc
Hemptique Hemp Cord ~ Earth 10lb
Kraftin’ Kimmie ~ Coffee and Friends (retired)

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Tuesday 26 April 2016

They shall grow not old…

I’m sharing my April tag today for Tim Holtz’s 12 Tags of 2016.

The techniques Tim remixed this time were paper mosaic and paint resist.  I bought Tim’s paper mosaic kit at a recent papercraft show so I actually had that to use.  When I saw the paint resist technique I thought of rough woven linen and knew I wanted to make an ANZAC day themed tag as I figured the paint resist would be perfect for a soldier’s uniform.  So I knew then I needed to flip the techniques and use the mosaic for the background and the paint resist for my focal image.  I also needed a soldier die and I found one from Britannia dies and it made it here from England in time for me to get my tag in before the end of April, whoo hoo!

For my mosaic background I wanted to create an ANZAC image so I took the ANZAC symbol (the sun) and placed it on a beach, for those who don’t know the ANZAC legend was born on the beaches of Gallipoli in World War I.  I made the tiles for the ANZAC symbol out of metallic cardstock and the beach and sky out of Tim’s papers.  I deliberately picked papers that were printed to look like letters as I wanted to give the impression of the beach and sky being made from letters as one of the more poignant remembrances from war are the letters sent home from the front.  My mosaic is my “M” element for the “Just add M” challenge over at JustAdd Ink.

The solider die cut came up beautifully, it was the perfect die with the pose just perfect for the minute silence and he is a proper WWI soldier too.  Tim’s paint resist technique and distressing added just the right amount of worn grunge, like he’s been through the trenches.

For embellishments I’ve made some poppies out of Clearly for Art Whiteout that you can mould.  I stamped my poppies (from Heartfelt Creations) with StazOn and coloured them with Various Ink then cut with the matching dies.  I heated them up and then used my Marion Smith Bloom Impressions tool to shape before adhering two together.  I filled the centres with Prills, which I had to paint as I only have brown ones!

To finish off my tag I’ve added a metal dog tag hanging off the linen ribbon in keeping with my military theme.  I’ve used rub-ons as I don’t have an engraving tool to add my sentiment.  I had to be a bit creative in making up some of the words for the appropriate wording.  With my text element I am also entering my card in the current challenge at Little Red Wagon.

Dies, SVGs & Templates etc
Britannia Die ~ 172 Soldier
Heartfelt Creations ~ HCD1-764 Blazing Poppy
Prills ~ Espresso- Yourself coloured with Black Soot Distress Paint
Prima Sunset Sunrise ~ Vintage Trinket
Tim Holtz Idea-ology ~ Loop Pin
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Remnant Rubs ~ Life Quotes
Inks & Paints etc
StazOn ~ Jet Black
Tim Holtz Distress ~ Mosaic Kit
Tim Holtz Distress Ink ~ Frayed Burlap & Ground Espresso
Tim Holtz Distress Paint ~ Walnut Stain
Tim Holtz Distress Stain ~ Frayed Burlap & Pumice Stone
Varous Inks ~ C10 & R59
Core’dinations Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Metallic Collection ~ Bronze
Couture Creations ~ Acetate
Ranger Tag ~ #8 Kraft
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Paper Stash ~ Correspondence & Destinations
Wendy Vecchi Studio 490 ~ Clearly for Art Whiteout
Ribbons & Trims etc
Tim Holtz Idea-ology ~ Linen Ribbon
Heartfelt Creations ~ HCPC-3674 Blazing Poppy Petals
Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Collection ~ CMS221 Mesh & Linen

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Monday 25 April 2016

Now that I see my lady bright…

The card I’m sharing today features a beautiful image from Gweyeni on DeviantART called Elf Queen.

I chose this image after looking for some inspiration for a card I needed to make for a friend’s birthday and finding it at Get Creative where their current theme is Gothic or Medieval.  I love medieval English history, in particular royal women and, while this image is an elf, the rest of her attire and jewels made me think of medieval queens.

To make up my card I’ve followed the current sketch over at Sketch Saturday and used some gorgeous papers from Graphic 45’s Renaissance Faire collection I’ve been hoarding.  In keeping with the medieval theme I found a lovely chippie frame in my stash that made me think of wrought iron so I painted it black and added in some red rhinestones to tie in with the jewels on the image.  The chippie was definitely a stash piece; I have tons of chipboard pieces in my collection, so I am entering my card in the current challenge at Shopping Our Stash.  Completing my card is a simple flower from Prima, another stash item, which I coloured up to match the lace detail on the image and swapped out the metal rose bead in the centre for a large rhinestone I coloured with my Copics.
Skin E000, E00, E11, E21 (E02 cheeks)
Lips R24
Hair E21, E23, E25, E27, E29
Outfit C0, C1, C2, C3, C4, R37, R39, R59, RV99
Jewellery C0, C1, C2, C3, C4, E01, R02, R08, RV00, Y23, Y26, Y28
Prismacolor Pencils
Eyes PC956 Lilac, PC 1008 Parma Violet
Lips PC926 Carmine Red, PC924 Crimson Red, PC925 Crimson Lake
Chipboard Frame from stash
Multi Craft ~ Crystal Multi Mix coloured with R59 Copic
Prima Flower coloured with Various Inks C1 &C2
Red Rhinestones from stash
Inks & Paints etc
Craft-T Metallic Rub-ons ~ Walnut
Graphic 45 Renaissance Faire ~ Bona Fide & Florentine

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Monday 18 April 2016

In the twilight rain

The card I’m sharing today features an image from Sheep Ski Designs called  Becca.

The layout of my card follows the current sketch at CAS(E) this Sketch, which I’ve flipped.  My image is taking the place of the small trapezium element.  For some added interest I have cut a second parasol and popped it up on foam squares.

I picked my image first and then my sketch so decided I wanted to incorporate a background with cherry blossoms to fit with the image.  How I was going to add that background I wasn’t too sure until I saw that Edna was looking for embossed projects over at Sisterhood of the Snarky Stampers.  And because, as Edna says herself, E is or embossing and Edna, I decided I needed to have both dry and wet embossing on my card.  I have an enormous embossing folder collection but happened to get lucky and stumbled on the fab cherry blossom embossing folder I used in my die box when I was putting a die sheet away.

Wanting to keep this card CAS, which is the current theme over at C.R.A.F.T. Challenge, I decided to add some interest to the dry embossing by colouring the raised design with my Twinkling H2Os.  I used the same shimmery cardstock to do the second background element, this time using wet embossing and a white embossing powder over the white cardstock, using my embossing ink through a stencil.  Matting both elements on the same pink cardstock as my card base helped them stand out from the white background.

While my card is clean and simple I also think it is elegant too.  Something I love about a CAS card, you can make them a bit playful and fun with the right image (think Tim’s crazy birds) or sophisticated and elegant with an image such as this one, especially with a bit of gold foiling as an accent over the water colouring (which has shown up black in the photo!).
Chalks & Powders etc
Dies, SVGs & Templates etc
Inks & Paints etc
Arches 185GSM Paper ~ Smooth Watercolor
Bazzill Fourz Cardstock ~ Tutu Pink
House of Paper Romanesque Cardstock ~ Pearl
C.R.A.F.T. #359 ~ Clean and Simple

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