Thursday, August 28, 2014

Bokeh Anniversary Cards

It has been a busy few weeks!!  I am working on my cards for September a little later than usual but fortunately these took less time than I expected!!  I went to Splitcoast Stampers for inspiration and found this card which led me to this tutorial for Quick and Easy Bokeh with Dawn Woleslagle!  I was in!!  I had these alcohol ink backgrounds sitting on my desk from my visit with my sister a couple of weeks back and thought they would do the job perfectly!!  I made myself a circle stencil using vellum and punches and used my Brilliance Moonlight white ink pad to sponge through the openings!!  I am very happy with the results!!  I dug out hearts that coordinated from my stash and created the greetings digitally using a scroll from CLKER which I modified by removing the ferns.  I added the greetings in different fonts and laser printed a half sheet.  To create my cards, I trimmed my background to just less than a quarter sheet after they were dry.  I mounted them to coordinating cardstock and adhered my layered hearts using 3D foam tape.  I fussy cut my greetings, gave them a colourwash with watercolour and glued them just below the hearts using yet more 3D foam tape.   
You can see on the left a bit more of the dimension created by the different layers of sponged circles on the backgrounds.  I need to work on the placement a bit more but for my first attempt I am very satisfied!!

It feels good to be back in my craft room though all the family time and berry picking was also very enjoyable!!


Friday, August 15, 2014

Large butterfly thank you card

I am enjoying the process of making cards for my friend.  I started with the stamped turquoise layer which I created in the process of making these cards. I added the piece of blue green polished stone over it and found that the silver butterfly which worked very well with all the elements.  I decided on a purple card front, adhered all of the layers and found a colour printed greeting to finish off the card.


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Subtle thank you card

For this thank you card I found the stamped background in my stash - solid flower stamped in blue, outline stamped in pink along with a stamped greeting in blue .  All the images are from SU.  I chose a coordinating pink card front, added a tied vintage seam binding embellishment and glued the layer to my card front.
Another relatively quick card and a stash buster as well.


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Shoe shaped card!

I joined a "Shaped card" swap on AFTCM for a SHOE!!  There were so many possibilities but in the end I found an elf shoe card on Splitcoast Stampers that was really cute so I decided to make one of those.  I made my own pattern and traced it onto a top folded red landscape card and cut it out.  I added a piece of white flocked ribbon which I trimmed by hand into little flag ends. I glued it to the top of my shoe using double sided tape and trimmed it to the edge of my card.  I used double sided tape to create a doubled rick rack embellishment to go over the white and positioned it mid way between the flags and the top.  I added large green self adhesive rhinestone bling to the bottom of each flag - perfect!!  I embossed my greeting using silver embossing powder and then decided the whole thing needed a bit more texture so I stamped the shoe with Versamark ink using a snowflake background stamp.  On hind sight, I should have reversed the order of this process so that the stamping was done first and the embellishing of the top done last.
I will be making a few more of these for my Christmas card stash!!  They are really cute!!!


Monday, August 11, 2014

Thank you card with silhouete image

Another thank you card!!  You can see the others I made here and here.
Again, I have used the IO flourish background stamped on a card front.  I found an image in my stash that coordinated nicely (black EP on an acrylic & ink background) which I layered onto black.  I added a layered circle punchie greeting below the image.  It needed a bit of something so I added white faux stitching around the bottom section and dots around the image using a white gel pen.


Sunday, August 10, 2014

Magical greetings with serendipity paper

I made these two cards for my monthly card exchange!!  I was working on these serendipities a few weeks ago and because they were still on my desk I chose to use them for these cards.  I cut them with the largest labels framelit (SU) of the set and punched a slot (SU) on one side.  I found two pieces of coordinating cardstock for the backgrounds and embossed them with a swirl embossing folder (TH).  I added coordinating grosgrain ribbon to the left hand one and white vintage seam binding to the right hand one.  I glued the ends to the back of the embossed layers with double sided tape before I adhered them to white card fronts. I laser printed the digital greetings which I downloaded from Pink Cat Studio and embellished them with gel pens.  I die cut them with circle Nesties, layered them over a coordinating scallop circle (Nesties) and added them to the cards using 3D foam tape.
Serendipity is a wonderful technique for using up scraps.  I should use it more often!!  It might be a good "Art Every Day" project for me because I always have scraps sitting around on my desk.  You can check out my other projects using this technique by clicking HERE!


Saturday, August 09, 2014

Thank you card with roses

Another thank you card!  I used a background I found in my stash that was created using pigment ink and window screening as a stencil which gave it a subtle cross hatch pattern.  I stamped it with the IO flourish background stamp in a darker blue colour and glued it to my warm blue card front.  I added an embossed rose image which I watercoloured using very neutral colours.  I sponged the edges, added a colour printed greeting to the side and adhered it to my card front using 3D foam tape.


Friday, August 08, 2014

Thank you card using an ATC

Still making thank you cards for my friend.  This one features an ATC from my huge collection.  The ATC had a blue brad in the right lower corner which seemed to be throwing off my colour scheme so I found a star brad in my stash that was a more appropriate colour and substituted in.  Much better!! I added a colour printed greeting, embossed the background using Swiss Dots (CB) embossing folder and glued all the elements to a very light blue card front.  Makes for another subtle card with a beautiful loon image.


Thinking of you angel "ATC" card

I made this card for a friend who is facing a challenge and I wanted to send her angel.  I found this bright and cherry angel in my ATC collection and thought it would do perfectly for her.  I added an all over gel pen squiggle to the blue layer and adhered it to an orange card front.  I added the angel ATC with 3D foam tape and hand lettered my greeting just below it using an orange gel pen!!
A hand made card is like a gift to someone who needs a lift or a bit of encouragement.  It is a physical reminder that they were on your mind and the hugs you sent along!!


Thursday, August 07, 2014

Monochromatic thank you cards

These are the first of several thank you cards I made for my friend.   I found the three images in my stash and went about finding some coordinating cardstock.  I stamped each card front in a coordinating ink using a flourish background by Impression Obsession.  I added colour printed greetings - either attached to the image as in the blue one on the right or layered with a label as the turquoise and green ones to the left of it. I love the softness of these monochromatic cards and feel that the image is appropriate,


Sympathy card with polished stone

A friend has lost a loved one this week! It is never easy when someone passes away.  We are often at a loss as to what to say and do.  I have made a card and will be sending it on it way tomorrow along with a variety of thank you cards which is something I can do.
I used a piece of polished stone cardstock I had in my stash and stamped it with a wildflower silhouette stamp (SU) using Concord Distress ink.  I stamped it first in the center and then again to one side then the other.  I used an eyelet border punch (SU) on the bottom edge and sponged all the edges using the same purple stamp pad.  I added a length of yellow ribbon gluing the ends to the back using double sided tape and tied a short piece to it using a single knot which makes a simple looking bow.  I adhered this layer to a yellow card front and added an oval colour printed layered punchie greeting over the ribbon.


Sunday, August 03, 2014

A card created with pieces

I needed a card for a family birthday and created this one from the pieces left on my desk after creating this card.   I started by embossing the left hand side of my yellow card front using a QK embossing folder.  I sponged the embossing a bit with read ink and used my stipple stamp (SU) to add yet a bit more texture with the same red ink.  I added the strip of red origami paper to the right hand side.  I love the serendipity flowers!!  I added some sponged yellow punchies in their centers to finish them off and used double sided tape to adhere them to the embossed side of my card.  I wanted a nice prominent greeting and found this one in my stash.   It was laser printed on white so I simply watercoloured it using coordinating colours.  It is a greeting from Birds Cards.  Really happy with this one too!!