Saturday, 30 May 2009

Scrapbook 6x6 continues

Here is a few more scrapbook pages that I have created for my Sisters 25th Anniversary. As mentioned previously this is a 6x6" sized book which is proving harder to complete than 12x12" due to the messing around with photos. I have distorted the face of each picture as its a child and there is no control over pictures uploaded to the web. I have also smudged her date of birth on the photo. I know you were thinking that my picture taking is really bad but it's not that bad!
I have used my Hot Foil Wizard to inscribe the name Ellen on the tab. The tab can be pulled down to reveal hidden journalling. I've left it blank so that my Sister can record her own thoughts. I have done the same on the second page. I have used Papers/Card - K&Co Classic double sided papers and Red Bazzill card white card for the big flower and red velvet paper for the small flower in the centre. Tools - Spellbinders Nestability Labels Four, Flower Die, Leaf Die, Hot Foil Wizard Punch - Heart and Oak Leaf Embossing Folder - Cuttlebug Birds & Swirls Ink - Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Aged Mahogany Copic Ciao Pens - To colour the leaves Mica Powders - Bronze & Gold Peel Offs - Gold Butterflies Gelly Roll - White pen
Here is the second page Finally a close-up of the flower.
To make this, I punched out a large flower using the spellbinder die, embossed it using the cuttlebug birds and swirls folder (you can use a brass stencil design if you have one). I then coloured the design with the Tim Holtz ink pad by dragging it over the flower. Mica powders were brushed around the edges while the ink was still wet (click on the picture for a closer look) . Finally, I used a white pen to roughly draw around the embossed edge. I really liked the end result. To finish off I made a centre piece using eight hearts punched out of red velvet paper. These were glued to a green Prima flower shape using silicone.
I wasn't lucky enough to win the Truly Scrumptious challenge last week but had some lovely comments left by the design team which was very nice to read, so thank you. Over at the Truly Scrumptious blog for the next fortnight the challenge is to make a card using folds. The design team have created beautiful cards to give you inspiration. You can check out their blog by clicking on their name, under the Wednesday heading, to the right of this post. Thanks for looking.

Sunday, 24 May 2009

Truly Scrumptious Challenge 7 - Going Dotty - Get Well

Today's card is using the theme over at the Truly Scrumptious blog, spots, dots and circles. To complete this challenge I decided to give my gorjuss girl stamp, spots in the form of chicken pox. The circles came from the cuttlebug embossing circle folder and the dots from some free papers within a magazine. Lucky for me the truly scrumptious blog sets a challenge every two weeks giving me plenty of time to come up with something. Items Used Paper/ Card - Bazzill card, Dark Brown and Spring Breeze, free dotty paper from a magazine, Windsor & Newton Extra Smooth Bristol Board 250gsm for the stamped image. Rubber Stamp - Gorjuss Girls set 2 Tools - Circles embossing folder from the Cuttlebug range put through my Spellbinders Wizard, Nestabilities ovals, Hot foil Wizard for the sentiment Medium - Copic Ciao pens, Tim Holtz Distress Ink Embellishments - Pink satin ribbon with iridescent edge, small plastic flowers, a freebie in a magazine. I hope you like my design and thanks for looking.

Tuesday, 19 May 2009

Sketch Saturday No, 51 - Take It Easy On Fathers Day

Well, I'm ahead of myself this year for Father's Day! I have used this weeks sketch created by Sketch Saturday and enjoyed it so much I will definitely use it again. I purchased the new Daisy & Dandelion stamp set called "Dandelion goes fishing" for £3.99. It's a cute design and worth the money because you get other stamps with it. To make the card I have used: Paper/Card - Basic Grey Boxer Pad & Bazzill Card in a teal colour. Silver stardream paper Ribbon - Satin ribbon 10mm wide, Silver wired ribbon 45mm wide and brown wool Stamps - Daisy & Dandelion clear stamps, Papermania Just for You stamp. Free this month with a craft magazine. Tools - Nestabilities Label die, Keepsake Romance Embossing Board Here is the sketch and the inside of the card. Thanks for looking.

Thursday, 14 May 2009

Baby Wash Day - Friday Sketchers # 51

I needed to make yet another baby card and have tied it in with the Friday Sketchers blog sketch no. 51. It runs out tomorrow so have managed to get it in just in time. It's a year since the challenge blog was created and the design team are giving away their beautiful cards along with a prize. I have been blogging for a month now and it was the Friday Sketchers blog that inspired me to try it for myself. I have a very long way to go understanding how to link etc so I am hoping I do it right this evening. The card was created using a 6x6" base card, Nana's Baby Girl Nursery papers by DCWV and Bazzill "Spring Breeze" paper. The stamp is from the Forever Friends range, coloured using set B copic caio pens and embellished with a 3d flower from Crafts House and letters from Paper Cellar M.I.Y range. I have also used two rhinestone stickers out of an old kit and two mulberry flowers coloured with copics. Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, 12 May 2009

Blog Candy from Artfully Ila

I have come across some lovely blog candy from Artfully Ila. It runs out tonight so be quick. Anyone can enter, all Ila asks is for you to tell her of any good books you have read recently. Ila's blog is very inspirational so its worth a visit even if you don't want to enter.

Sunday, 10 May 2009

With Sympathy - 1 Layer Decoupage

I always find it difficult to make a With Sympathy card and even harder when it's a member of the family. For this creation I have kept it very simple using a sticker that I had in a Create and Craft purchase. It's not easy to see but I have stuck the sticker to a piece of paper and then cut around it. To give extra dimension I have cut around the biggest flower and bent it so that it sits off the page. I have used foam pads to lift it off the spellbinders oval. A grosgrain ribbon bow has been added and I have gone around the edge with green stickles glue. The sentiment was embossed and then coloured with chalks. I haven't shown inside but this was finished with a piece of parchment paper and a verse found on a free website. Thanks for looking.

Friday, 8 May 2009

Silver Wedding - Embossing & Punching

This is a card I made for a Silver Wedding celebration. My brief was to use the colours black, white and silver and a photo of the happy couple. Unfortunately, the photo was taken back in the 80s and the quality was not so great. I decided to make a simple and elegant card. I have used black stardream card for the base. Silver glitter card for the layer and opal stardream paper embossed using the cuttlebug textile embossing folder for the top layer. It's not easy to see but the photo has been pyramaged and mounted onto silver glitter card and silver stardream paper. I have used the 3-in-one punch from Kreations and my hot foil wizard pen for the sentiment. To finish I have used black grosgrain ribbon and a graphite organza ribbon bow. The finished design looked much better than my terrible picture and more importantly my customer was happy. Thanks for looking, I hope you liked the card.

Monday, 4 May 2009

Gorjuss Girl With Attitude - Sketch Saturday No. 48

I have done well this weekend...two projects besides wedding invitations. Here is a birthday card for my boss. It's her birthday next week and I volunteered to make the card for the team. I used sketch no. 48 from the Sketch Saturday blog. It's last weeks sketch so too late for me to include it in their challenge. I used my new set of Gorjuss Girls from Funky Kits and coloured her with copics. The papers are from Basic Grey - Bittersweet collection. I have used a lovely 3-in-one punch from Craft Habitat - Kreaxions and Spellbinders oval. The sentiment was created using my Hot Foil Wizard pen. The rose at the top of the card was made by punching out 16 small hearts and gluing together using silicone. A pearl bead was used for the middle. Below is a closeup. My boss is crazy about handbags so I added a handbag charm that I had received as a free gift from a card magazine a few years ago. For my second project I created a voucher pocket using 12x12 paper. Anne Bodil has instructions on her blog along with inspiration! (Click here to view Anne's blog) Unfortunately, I didn't have any double sided pink paper so have had to stick two sheets together taken from the K&Co Tim Coffey Super K range. It's finished with ribbon to hide the edges. Thanks for looking.

Friday, 1 May 2009

Fit for a Queen - Card Competition

This week I have been busy working on a card to enter into a competition being run by Quick Cards. To enter you had to make a birthday card for the Queen who will be 83yrs in June and send a birthday message. The closing date is Tuesday 5th May and true to form I have left until the last minute to get my entry in. The beautiful fairy is a stamp by Pink Gem Designs, named Sprinkles Fairy. I ordered it off the website and it arrived the next day. I coloured her in using copic caio markers set B. The papers are from K&Co, Basic Grey, Bazill, Glitter card and some red handmade paper with sparkles on. Not sure where this came from. I made the larger leaves using a spellbinders die. The other leaves I made using a cheap small oak leaf punch and attached a number of them to a branch shape I cut out. I know a lot of people have bought the Martha Stewart branch punch but it is pricey at £10.95 so I improvised and used what I already have in my stash. It's going to be a busy weekend as I have a wedding invitation order to complete and various cards that need to be made. This card was made using a sketch found on Tiets blog. I didn't use the exact measurements given. http://simplyscrapcards.blogspot.com/2009/04/1-sketch-3-cards.html