Monday, September 12, 2011

Sending you a smile

For todays card I thought I would try a clean & simple card with no layers, not an easy feat. While I am happy with the way it turned out I keep thinking it needs a bit more. It took me ages to get the colour of the circle to a shade I was happy, I had to use several different colours. The card is gloss which is great for blending die inks on but you have to be careful when stamping as it is easy for the stamp to move.
Layout Inspiration from Clean & Simple blog
Stamps: Basic grey, paper pretties
Other: Gloss card, adirondack & brillance inks, circle punch mask


Saturday, September 10, 2011

Super Cupcake

Happy Birthday Sky. My Nephew's girlfriend is having a fancy dress 18th birthday party. I am looking forward to seeing the photos of all the costumes. Now I wanted to make a card in the same theme and thought is was about time I christened this La-La land Marci stamp. To start I coloured the image with copics but I must have used the wrong card and they did bleed a bit but that was ok as I had planned to cut the image out anyway. I used My favorite things sketch mftwsc36 for my layout inspiration and the colours were inspired by the Marci stamp packaging but since Sky is blond I changed the hair colour. I hope that she does like the pink and purple colours.
I found this sheer ribbon that match very well and I went with the button embellishment, actually it is two button I had a small silver button that fitted perfectly inside the larger purple button. The colours didn't photograph very well but they are purple and silver.

For something different I did the inside of this card using the Martha Stewart border punch some scrap card and a stampin up stamp and punch.

Stamps: La-La Land, stampin up

Paper: white, black, rich razzelberry, DP DCWV glitter stack

Other: copics, ribbon, buttons, thread, MS border punch , SU scallop punch, foam dots



Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Spring Flowers

Today I am sharing a card with you that I made for the Boomerang Stampers List COTM Spring theme, I showed you my other entry yesterday. I was in total shock when I recieved an email to say that I had won, my card now graces the home page for the month of September.
I used the Penny Black stamp and coloured it with copics adding twinklette pen to the flower centres, then framed the image using spellbinders nestabilities. The flower was made with mft die-namics upsy-daisy die and finished with a button brad. The swirls are decorative swirls 3 from sizzix and the Designer paper is DCWV Citrus. I also used flower ribbon and paper piercing tool and mat around the top edges.



Tuesday, September 6, 2011

For my special bud

Well can you see it down on the left hand side the daisy that caused me so much stress, admittedly it is the one that I had to finish by hand cutting the felt but it looks so beautiful. I created this card for the boomerang stampers list COTM theme "spring" and used Sweet Sunday Sketch 131 for the
The girl and verse is from stamping bella, I have coloured her with copics. The designer paper is sugar & spice 6x6 stack from dovecraft. I have also used a Martha Stewart border punch and spellbinders nestabilities. And used some sponging with distress ink antique linen around the edges.


Sunday, September 4, 2011

What a mess

I recently purchased the MFT daisy die-namics, I really liked the look that I have seen on several other blogs. I have used die-namics before but usually just the layering type. It seemed pretty simple just run the die through your die cut machine, I had used it with paper and didn't have any problems as you can see in the photo on the left. But I wanted to use felt for a softer look but this is where my problems began. After several attemps I was wasting too much felt, now I had tried to put extra shim layers to get an even pressure on the die but nothing worked. Then I thought because I am using a very old sizzix machine I had better pull out my brand new big shot that I had yet to christen. As you can see in the next photo it still did not do the job and cut all the way through in the centre and I had to hand cut the last of the petals.

I also had a simular story with the rolled rose die it did not cut all the way through and when I tried to unwind the cut felt it just fell apart and I created some pretty deformed roses. Again I have used this die with card and am very happy with the results although it is a bit fiddly getting the roll just the way you want it. I did a search and found several tutorials on these dies and have a better understanding on how to use them, but I can say I don't think I will be using them with felt too often.