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Tuesday 27 September 2016

…dress impeccably and they remember the woman



I’m sharing a birthday card I’ve made for a friend featuring Flapper Twirl from Lemon Shortbread.


When I saw the word prompt over at Inkspirational I thought it was very fitting for my friend who does regularly look quite glamorous, even when she’s just out for a spot of rehearsals (she plays violin in an opera orchestra).  So with that theme in mind I looked through my digi collection and settled on this very glamorous 1920’s image and coloured her up.

I wasn’t too sure how to best show her off on my card but the sketch over at CAS Colours & Sketches proved the perfect inspiration.  Instead of flourishes I added some shell elements to a basic geometric frame and then did the whole lot in foil on a black background.  I forgot to print the sentiment so I could foil that too and then cut my frame so couldn’t put it back through my printer.  Hence the slightly askew lettering, I had to add it in with some rub-ons.

I toyed with colouring the background of the image (no way was I fussy cutting round those pearls!) but decided to keep it simple and so left the white background.  To that end I mounted my image and frame on a white card base and have to say I am very pleased with the result.  Being a CAS card I am also entering it in the current challenge at Creative Friday.

Ingredients:
Copics
Skin E000, E00, E11, E21 (E02 cheeks)
Eyes B0000, B04
Lips E04, R56, R59
Hair E40, E41, E42, E43
Outfit E08, E21, E37, E97, N6, N8, N10, YR02, YR04, YR20, YR61, 100
Embellishments
Inks & Paints etc
Papers
Stamps
Challenges
 
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Sunday 25 September 2016

I was once like you are now…



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


I ended up using the same stamp set Tim used for his as it was the only masculine stamp set I had that had a closed design to use for the alcohol ink resist technique.  We are simply not going to talk about the number of pieces of Yupo I ruined before I finally got to this result.  I will just say that to finally get the resist through the stencil to work I sacrificed the nib of my Copic Colourless Blender, all other attempts to use the ink blending tool like Tim did ended in a splodge of messiness and near tears of frustration.

The distress patina technique was almost as hard and I can’t say I’m happy with the background I finally went with.  Despite the instructions saying to use more of the metallic paints I ended up with pretty much nothing but them showing up and a rather murky result, thankfully mostly hidden under the top layer.

Here in Australia we celebrate Fathers’ Day in September so that is the theme I have chosen for my tag.  My embellies and the words I chose for the stencil resist all reflect that and I’ve kept this deliberately CAS with minimal embellies.  Over at Stamping Sensations they are looking for projects for males so I am entering my tag there.

The Crazy Challenge current theme is Burlap and/or twine and I’ve used the latter to secure my Typed Token.  I chose the word ‘brave’ as that is what dads are, well at least mine is.  Maybe not in the rescue someone from a burning building type of brave but in the crawl under my house to fix the plumbing notwithstanding his claustrophobia or climb a ladder to fix my roof notwithstanding his fear of heights kind.  You get the picture; my dad does stuff for me despite his own fears so he is my kind of brave.

Ingredients:
Dies, SVGs & Templates etc
Embellishments
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Alpha Parts ~ Newsprint
Inks & Paints etc
Papers
Ribbons & Trims etc
Darice Hemp Cord ~ Grey
Stamps
Challenges

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Saturday 17 September 2016

Vous aviez mon coeur, Moi, j’avais le vôtre…



I’m sharing a card today featuring Tom and Tilly from Mo’s Digital Pencil.


My card follows the sketch over at Stamps & Fun = Creativity, which worked well for a CAS style that allowed the fab image to take centre stage.  I used some pearls for embellies as I always associate pearls with older ladies, not sure why, and because when I looked up 66th wedding anniversaries the stone was one I’d never heard of and in a colour I couldn’t match.

Over at Cards and More they are looking for cards featuring no designer paper and I’ve left the texture of the cardstock I’ve used be the only pattern so am entering my card in their challenge.  My no DP and CAS style matches the current theme at Simon Says Stamps Wednesday Challenge so I’m also linking up my card there.

My card is also ‘All Squared Up’, which happens to be the current theme at Crafty Boots.  And as I’ve featured a Mo’s Digital Pencil image I will also link it up at DP2.

Ingredients:
Copics
Skin E000, E00, E11, E21 (E02 cheeks)
Hair N1, N3, N5, N7, T2, T3, T4
Outfit B00, B12, B14, B37, B91, B93, B95, B97, B 99, BV04, BV08, BV20, BV23, BV25, BV31, BV34, C0, E21, E23, E25, E27, E29, E30, E31, E33, E35
Bouquet R01, R02, R05, R81, R83, R85, R89, YG03, YG63, YG67
Bench W3, W5, W7, W8
Grass YG03, YG63, YG67
Embellishments
Kaisercraft Pearls ~ Snow
Papers
Bazzill Prismatic Cardstock ~ Vibrant Teal
White Wave Cardstock
Stamps
Challenges

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Sunday 11 September 2016

When you wish upon a star…



The card I’m sharing today features Rainy Mae from Some Odd Girl.


I needed a special card for a friend who is having a milestone birthday and wasn’t overly sure what I wanted to do.  Had a look around some challenges and saw at Hanna and Friends the theme was to be inspired by a song.  Thinking about birthday wishes made me think about wishing upon stars and that got the song Wish Upon a Star from Disney’s Pinocchio (I’m a sucker for classic Disney movies) stuck in my head.  So then I had to do a starry card but not just any card, a light up starry card.  So here’s what it looks like lit up, not a great photo but you can see the lights.


To make up the starry night sky I first used a stencil and embossing ink to mark out my stars.  I then embossed these with white embossing powder.  I also added in the sentiment from a Tim Holtz’s set, the perfect one to go with my starry wishes theme.  I used Distress Ink in various colours to then ink up my background and finally spritzed with some Perfect Pearls for the perfect shimmery starry sky.  With all my embossing I am entering my card in the current challenge at The Cat’s Pajamas.

Then I went on a hunt for the perfect image to match and it was quite a hunt.  I finally found the Some Odd Girl Mae, she had the right expression, was looking up and with her upturned hand just seemed like she was waiting to catch a falling star.  To add to the perfection she has a hairdo much like the recipient so it was a match made in starry heaven!

Although I haven’t actually added a birthday sentiment or indeed the milestone year this is for a special birthday (shhh, it’s 50) so I am also entering my card in the birthday challenge at 4 Crafty Chicks.

Ingredients:
Copics
Skin E000, E00, E11, E21 (E02 cheeks)
Eyes E30, E35, E37, 0
Mouth E04, R00, R02
Hair E35, E50, YR24, YR31
Outfit G24, G40, G43, G94, G99, N6, N8, 110
Pearls T1, T2, 0
Chalks & Powders etc
Dies, SVGs & Templates etc
Memory Box Stencils ~ 88573 Stardust
Inks & Paints etc
Papers
Bazzill Classic Cardstock ~ Licorice
Stamps
Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Collection ~ CMS132 Words for Thought
Challenges

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