Monday, October 20, 2014

Pint Sized Laura

I was asked a couple of days ago to make a couple of Birthday cards for her to give to her hubby and a friend.  The hubby is 50 (you can see that card on the previous post) and the friend is 60.  Whenever I am asked to make a card for somebody I don't know I do like to know their hobbies/likes etc. but my friend was not very helpful, the spec for her hubby's card ended up as he likes hedgehogs and put a 50 on top lol.  For this creation all she could come up with was 'he likes beer' - thanks to Just Inklined I had what I hope is the perfect digi to work with.  As my friend is German I tried to add a German feel to the card with the text prost (cheers) and by designing the dp with bottles of German beer.

To begin with I designed my design paper.
 Next I opted to make a style of card I have not done before and oh WOW - I loved working with this shape and will certainly be using it again.  I used white card which I covered in black then added my design paper on top.
Next to print and colour the digi. Oh I think I lost my brain at this point or maybe I just needed a caffeine top up because I forgot to add the text digitally and did not realise until after I had coloured the image.   To solve the problem I used my die cutter and black vinyl - a great way to get out of a sticky problem <g>
Here is the image coloured and the vinyl text added.  The image is Pint Sized Laura by Just Inklined
Image was coloured with Promarkers
A very simple topper was added which I created digitally and then used Spellbinder dies to cut.
 To finish off the digi I added red line stickers around the edge so match the red inked outline round the 60 in the topper.
 And here we have the finished card :)
  • Digi - Pint Sized Laura by Just Inklined 
  • DP by me
  • Spellbinders Circles and Labels 22
  • Promarkers
  • Line stickers and black vinyl from my stash
I am entering this creation into the following challenges:-


Just a quick post.  I was asked to make a couple of special birthday cards so spend the day in my craft room and having a ball.  This card is for my friends husband for his 50th birthday.  When I asked what theme she would like, you know the sort of thing we all like - a bit of guidance her reply was 'I don't know' hahahahaha in the end she decided on hedgehogs.

I used the digi and paper pack 'Headgehog Digital Stamp and Paper Pack' by Coosty Creations.  To begin with I printed out a couple of the papers from the pack and the digi.

 Next I prepared the sections for my card.
 I covered the sections on the front of the card with the digital papers.
 Next I printed another of the sheets from the pack and used this to cover the back of the card.
 The digi was coloured with Promarkers and Spectrum Noir Blendable Pencils.  I then used Spellbinders Ovals and Scalloped Ovals to create the mounts.
 Colouring mediums used
 A little bit of distressing of the edges of the card sections to finish off.
Finally, to finish off I added a 50. Now I could have cut something out with my die cutter but then remembered I had some funky foam numbers.  Alas no 5 and 0 in the same colour but that was not really as problems.  To tie the colours into the creation I had planned on copper so coloured each of the numbers with Promarker Metallic Copper - worked a treat :)
To give a floating effect and as the person who this card was being made for requested a 50 above the hedge hog I mounted the numbers on acetate.
 And here we go, the finished project.


  • Digi and papers -  'Headgehog Digital Stamp and Paper Pack' by Coosty Creations
  • Promarkers
  • Spectrum Noir Blendable Pencils
  • Spellbinders Ovals and Scalloped Ovals
  • Funky Foam numbers and some acetate
I am entering this creation into the following challenges:-

SPS - Moonlight Whispers

Sweet Pea Stamps

Today is my day to showcase an image from Sweet Pea Stamps for our Artist Week where the whole team are using images by Helena Reis,  I have chosen to work with the image Moonlight Whispers.

I started by colouring the image with Promarkers. Then used a Spellbinder circle die to cut it out.
Promarkers used and my trusty gold pen
 Next I sorted my papers.  For the background I used starry night vellum and while in the draw getting that out I came across some pinky purple plastic with holographic squares.  When the light catches this it looks like there are stars lit up.  Having totally forgotten about this plastic paper I was over the moon as it was just perfect.  To add some texture I embossed one corner of the plastic with a Tattered Lace embossing folder.  For the border and the doily I used the same starry night vellum that was used for the background.  A digital sentiment was printed and cut.  I ended up not using the sentiment as this was one card that did not follow my planning.  Originally I had a song printed in mauve to fill a circle on acetate which I was going to overlay over the digi.  Alas I did not like the result, it seemed like a good idea when I thought of it but did not work out as I had hoped.  The sentiment was perfect for the song but on it's own a little cryptic so I changed to a hand stamped Happy Birthday sentiment instead.
 Here is a close up of the plastic paper which I have embossed.  In the final photo where I have used a light box this paper has become very transparent and most of the navy blue backing is shining through.  Anyway, not to worry but in real life this is the true colour.
 My attempt at rubber stamping, something I keep dabbling in but am not very successful at, I am a digi person hahaha.
The border was cut with a Tim Holtz die and I added a wee gold star and a heart to the bottom of the sentiment layer.  The plastic paper was attached to the card with the same gold stars.
Inside of the card - using the same paper as the sentiment and a Scalloped Circles Spellbinder die I created an area for a personal message.  This was edged with a gold pen and some wee dots added.  There was a scrap of the starry night vellum left, not worth keeping so I decided to cut the doily again with it (well most of the doily, the paper scrap was not big enough for all of it <g>) and cut two good quarters for the diagonal corners.
 Finished card

  • Image -  Helena Reis  Moonlight Whispers
  • Promarkers
  • Dies - Tim Holtz Decorative Strip Die, Spellbinders Circle and Scalloped Circle
  • All other items from my stash
Challenges entered

Sunday, October 19, 2014

OSAAT - Genie 1

Hello folks.  We have another challenge at One Stitch At A Time so how about popping over to see all the fabulous creations by the design team.

We have some changes going on with the way we run the challenge, we are now going fortnightly with a prize for the random winner and badge for the Top 3 chosen by the DT.

Challenge #222

Theme 'Anything Goes with a Butterfly

The sponsor is StitchyBear Digital Outlet with a 5 image October prize pack. Remember if you use one of the store items you can enter as many times as you want <g>.

Oh dear, crazy camera battery died as I was making this card so I used my mobile phone to take pics as I was going along.  Now I can't get the images from my phone to my laptop and it does not want to charge either - do you think I am being told something :) :) :) I will do my best to show you sections from the finished card pic as I am going along.

Anyway, this week I worked with the image Genie 1 by Scrappers Delights for our Anything Goes with a Butterfly challenge.

After colouring the image with Promarkers I then printed a large butterfly.  I cut out some of the areas of the wings of the butterfly then airbrushed.  Once all that was done I mounted the butterfly on acetate and cut it out.
For the backing paper of the card I used a butterfly embossing folder then picked out some of the areas which I added Liquid Pearls too.
To pick up the colours of the most beautiful pin I was recently given by one of our lovely teams (CraftyGirl :) :) :) ) I decided to make the used a similar coloured paper for the die leaves and airbrushed the centres of the flowers to match too.  The flowers were made using the Dogwood die by Sizzix, they were finished off with some Liquid Pearls and a pearl bead in the centres.  I also added sprays of pearls to finish off this corner of the card.
 Here is the totally gorgeous pin CraftyGirl sent me which I have placed on a sentiment tag.  The sentiment is a stamp from Just Right and I stamped it in mauve.  Lace was added to the corner for no other reason than I fancied some lace :)
 And here you have the finished card with lots of butterflies.


  • Digi - Genie 1 by Scrappers Delight
  • Promarkers
  • Tattered Lace Butterfly embossing folder
  • Dogwood flower die from Sizzix
  • Sentiment stamp - Just Right
  • Pin - from CraftyGirl
  • Glitter, lace and other bits and bobs from my stash

I am entering this card in the following challenges:-
Thanks for looking and hope you have a happy crafting day:)

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Saucy Fairy

Time for another challenge over at

Think Pink
(Breast Cancer Awareness)

Welcome back to the IKEsWORLD challenges :)  do pop on over to IKEsWORLD to join in the challenge, just remember, you must use and IKEsART image to be eligible for the prize.  Why not pop on over to the store too :), Ike produces the most amazing stamps, everything from off the wall to cute and fluffy :) :) :)

For this fortnights challenge of Think Pink (Breast Cancer Awareness) I thought it would be great to work with a digi I have just got from Ike :) - the digi is Saucy Fairy .  Now I can hear some of you saying 'What - a saucy fairy for something as serious and heartbreaking as Breast Cancer Awareness" and I agree.  However, life is not all doom and gloom and I believe much of the battle for any illness is staying as positive as possible and doing ones best to make the good days as good as possible, live life to the fullest when you can.  I also believe you need to find peace from within and the way I do that when life is a bit s****y is to have a lovely hot bath (not to get clean, no soap involved hahahah, generally thought a LUSH bath bar so I have lots of bubbles), I turn the lights off as they ruin the ambience and light candles instead and then I put my favourite music on, get into the bath and close my eyes so I can sink into a place of peace and tranquility for a just a little while.  Now you can see why I have decided to go upbeat with this creation, all be it pink (Ike - what are you doing to me, more pink, I so seldom have anything to do with pink but in your challenges I seem to use it a lot hahhaha), a fairy in her high heels and feel good clothes, a positive sentiment and another sentiment to link with the candles included in the card.  I hope it all makes sense now and you don't feel I am being flippant.

So here is my candle card

To begin with I made the card/box using pink hammer card.  I then covered the front, inside and candle box area with some lovely pearl satin ribbon paper with pink hearts on it.  This paper was bought from the States when I first started making cards, I think it was the first speciality paper I every bought and this is the second time I have used it :)  Not because I don't like it but because it is on a mini roll and stays in a drawer and not with my other flat paper so I keep forgetting about it.  The window has acetate behind it.

Next I assembled the card and put the candles in for no other reason at this point in time other than I wanted to hahahaha
Next I cut three fan sections using Joanna Sheen's - Large Lattice Fan and stuck the sections together.
 Onto some printing.  Using acetate I printed the text I wanted on the front of the card.
 Time to do something else with the acetate.  My old trick of using my 6x4 embossing folders which don't work with any card shapes I make these days so I don't mind taking my hammer (usually the rolling pin but I think hubby has pinched that back and put it in the kitchen).  By using my rolling pin/hammer I can control where the embossing happens, in this case, I embossed all over with the exception of the areas were there is text with wee hearts.
 Now to put these bits together before moving on.
 Time to start on the digi, I printed the digi at 30% opacity as I don't want many lines showing.
Then I coloured her in using my beloved Promarkers.  Pink Stickles were added to the frilly petticoat and the shoes.
 Promarkers used
For the wings I used some of the acetate I had left over and a second printed copy of the digi in case I messed up on the first <g>  I am happy with the way the first one turned out so this one is spare so I will use her to cut a second set of wings.  I have forgotten to take a pic, but once the wings were cut I sprayed them with gold glitter varnish from Crafters Companion, one of my new favourite acquisitions.
 Next using my electronic die cutter I cute the word Positivity in vinyl.
Onto the inside of the card while the varnish and Stickles are drying.
 All done, everything dry and assembled.  To protect the candle card saying as it does not fit in an envelope I have made a sort of tent shape with a boxed bottom out of acetate.
And here we have the finished candle card.

  • Digi - Saucy Fairy by IKEsART
  • Promarkers
  • Acetate, Stickles, Liquid Pearls etc. from my stash
I am entering this project into the following challenges:-