Monday, 31 May 2010

Playing with Dies and Folders

A friend of mine has asked me to make some cards that she can give to her employees and I thought it was the perfect opportunity to have a play with some dies and embossing folders.

The first card is made using a Tim Holtz embossing folder and a Paperartsy bird die:
The background is coloured with Bundled Sage and Crushed Olive distress inks plus Gold glimmer mist. It's really shimmery in real life.

The next card is made using the Tattered Flowers die:
The background is same inks as above over some masks.  The flowers are inked with Victorian Velvet and Spun Sugar inks, then sprayed with Pink glimmer mist.  Buttons are SU and greeting is by Stampington.  The smaller flower stamp is by Magenta.

Next I used the Cogs die:
Background is Wild Honey, Rusty Hinge and Pumice Stone distress inks.  Images (Elusive Images) are stamped using Vintage Photo distress ink.  Cogs were inked and sprayed with glimmer mist, then I added an old watch spring to the larger cog and added some acetate to the large watch image.  Mask is Tim Holtz.
I am going to use this card for the Tuesday Taggers mens card challenge this week.

Another of Tim Holtz's embossing folders now:
I just love this folder coloured with Tumbled Glass and Chipped Sapphire distress inks and Pearl glimmer mist.  Old book page coloured with Tumbled Glass and punched with Martha Stewart border punch.  The tag is coloured with Stormy Sky distress ink and Cosmic Shimmer silver mica powder.

Last card used Tim Holtz's Birdcage die:

The background is done using Bundled Sage and Peeled Paint distress inks and all the stamps used are by Paperartsy.  Birdcage inked with Pumice Stone ink and sprayed with Vanilla glimmer mist.  The embellishment is Tim Holtz Foliage charm. X

Thursday, 27 May 2010

Play Date Cafe Challenge 31

Julie set this week's colours:
I decided to alter an empty perfume bottle.  First of all I coloured some tissue paper with bundled sage distress ink and dusty concorde distress ink and sprayed green and periwinkle glimmer mists on top. I glued this to my bottle using spray adhesive and added a label (from Artchix) edged with distress ink.

Next I stamped a Crafty Individuals scroll stamp with dusty concorde ink, I coloured the lid with copics and added some gems, again coloured with copics, two colours of ribbon and a strip from Artchix.

Wednesday, 26 May 2010

Artsycrafts Weekend Newport Pagnell

I was lucky enough to go to a second Artsycrafts weekend during the second weekend of May.  Once again there was a really friendly group of fellow crafters. I had a great time and thank you especially to these 3 ladies for being such good company:   Kay, Freema and Neet:

We also made friends with the lovely Spanish girls below.  This is Rita and her two sisters-in-law.  Rita was the only one who spoke any English but we had great fun using sign language and they really were good fun and we had lots of giggles.
Our first project was a large tag:
On day 2 we decorated a bird house with paint, cuttlebugged metal and stamps:
The main project for the weekend was a sampler board using LOADS of techniques and gorgeous stamps, dies and various paints:
Lin, Leandra, Karen, Jo and Lynne did a fantastic job of organisation, teaching, filling us with sugar, coffee, cakes and keeping an eye on us all - Thank you!!!!!!!!!

Counting down to the next one already! X

Wednesday, 19 May 2010

Card in a box (almost!)

I haven't made a card for ages but the other week my neighbour asked if I would make a card for her mother's birthday.

She wanted a card with dimension on it, so that meant that it wouldn't fit in to an envelope without being squashed. I used Prima paper and flowers, Martha Stewart butterfly punch, Craftwork cards greeting, coloured with distress inks, and American Crafts thickers.
 I made a box base, but I didn't feel like making a lid, so I decided to experiment with a piece of co-ordinating cardstock instead, and this is the result:

I will experiment with making the ribbon a bit tidier, and hope that it's ok for my neighbour.
Thanks for looking. X