Friday, August 31, 2018

Birthday card that features a die cut butterfly, a digital image and a punched greeting

Am getting back in the swing of things after a few weeks of other summer activities!!  A card for a friend having a birthday very soon!! 
I started with a piece of colour printed digital scrapbook paper and adhered it to a coordinating card front after trimming it to size.  I added a coordinating length of gros grain ribbon cut at an angle on the bottom edge and folded over the top and secured with double sided tape.  I watercoloured the laser printed digital image from Melonheadz adding some shimmer to the bee's wings. I layered it onto a layer of green white core cardstock and distressed the edges before mounting it to my card front with 3D foam tape.   I found a coordinating greeting punchie in my stash and mounted it below the image and centered on the ribbon using 3D foam tape.  I added a champagne coloured die cut butterfly (SX) on the corner of the image using double sided tape.  I cut a bunch of these when I was visiting my sister last time.  As a final touch I added clear dimensional paint to the bee and laid it flat to dry.  Like the look!!      Therese

Thursday, August 30, 2018

A fun thankyou card that features a coffee cup, a distressed background and some colourful ribbon

 This card started with a distressed background which I ripped in two and sponged the edges with brown.  I filled the gap with some printed collage paper overlaid with a coffee themed vellum before adhering this large element to a brown card front.  I added a bit of texture to the background by running my tracing wheel around the edges.  The focal element was a digital coffee cup image (CLKER) combined with a font greeting which was originally trimmed square on the top.  Wanting a more distinctive image I trimmed the top portion with a round Nestibilities die and placing my cutting pad to just cut the top rounded part.  Worked out well!!  I ripped off the bottom portion and sponged all the way around.  I watercoloured the image and added dimensional paint to the cup to give it a beautiful sheen.  Once it was dry, I added the little ribbon with flagged ends on the back and ran my tracing wheel across the bottom before adhering this large focal element to the front of my card with 3D foam tape.  I love how this one turned out!!            Therese

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

A few more of the laser printed and sponged greeting cards

I made a few of these a while back and wanted to make more as I had all sorts of ideas of for combining the large greetings with images.  The greetings are all from Desert Diva's blog and the images are from CLKER except the cupcakes which are from Beccy's Place.    You can check out the others I made here.
For the top left and the bottom right I sponged and then added watercolour to finish off the greetings.  For the other two it was just sponging.  The large greetings are fun and I combined them with the images digitally before laser printing them on white cardstock.  After cutting them apart I sponged them in appropriate colours and then layered them on coordinating cardstock!!  Love these!!!        Therese

A graduation card that features a digital image, lots of watercolour and some beautiful butterflies

I made this card for a special person who is graduated from high school this year.  
I laser printed the greeting (DESERT DIVA - digital) large on white cardstock and added watercolour until I was happy with it!!  After it was dry I adhered the panel to a deep maroon card front.  This is a large format card.  I added three butterflies - a large copper one (SX) and yellow one (SU) which I embellished with yellow and orange and a smaller one which echoes the copper of the large one.  I received this on in a swap so I am not sure of the maker.  I tied cording to the two smaller ones to create antenna.  I mounted them with 3D foam tape.  Really happy with how this one turned out!!


Monday, August 27, 2018

Three cards that all use the same sketch - an image, an embellishement and a large greeting

I am getting cards made for the next month for my family's special occasions!!!
It just sort of happened that I made three cards using the same sketch!!  It started with the top one - a birthday card for a special little girl!!
A scrapbook paper background glued to a coordinating card front.  I added a watercoloured image of a cupcake (digital laser printed) from Beary Wishes which I layered with a coordinating cardstock.  I added a green layer below the flag ended laser printed greeting which I embellished with my pattern tracing wheel.  I trimmed the green piece to the edge of the card on both sides and added two clear rhinestones to the greeting to add a bit of sparkle.  I did use shimmery watercolour on the icing of the cupcake to make it fun!!  I added a flower embellishment which was created using a flower punchie, a small flower sequin held together with a silver brad to finish off my card.  My next two cards were thank yous.  The pink one features a pink scrapbook paper background, a Birdie Brown little pin cushion laser printed digital image which I watercoloured and a layered laser printed greeting embellished with a couple rhinestones and some lines from the tracing wheel as well.  I finished it off with a little button die cut (CB) tied with a bit of white thread.  The last one features a teacup digital image from Cre8tive Hands which has been watercoloured and layered with cardstock, a colour printed digital background (Pixabay) adhered to a coordinating card front, an embellished layered greeting and a little heart 3D embellishment created from two little hearts die cuts.  Nice when you can make cards with the same sketch - it makes them a bit quicker.  All the supplies were from my stash!!  Therese

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Made some cards with photos from photos calendars!!

 I wanted a few cards to add to my stash so I could make a nice set of cards for a gift so I decided to make a few of these simple sentiment cards with pages from photo calendars which I have received from my sister over the last few years.  I love the look of these cards because the photos make such great focal elements.  I have created a few greetings by combining frames with font greetings which I laser print on white cardstock, cut apart and then use as a layer between the photo and a coordinating card front.   You get four greeting layers from one sheet of white cardstock theses can be made up in batches fairly quickly!!  I do have to trim the photos as well because they are 4"x 4" once they are trimmed from the calendars.  These calendars featured teacups and tea pots, black and white architecture and a wide variety of nature shots!!  She has a few 2019 ones ready to go already for sales this fall.       Therese

Handmade cards featuring digital greetings and images along with some sponging

I found a card on Splitcoast Stampers that attracted me because of its large greeting so I took a bit of time to see what else was cool about it.  It was a CAS card with a large black greeting, some flowers stamped in black and some sponging on the lower portion of a white single layer card.  I really liked the look so I decided to make it my own.  I found a few fun greetings on DesertDiva's blog which worked for the greeting.  I found a good variety of images that I liked on CLKER so I combined them digitally and laser printed them onto white cardstock.  After cutting them apart I sponged the images with colours that worked with the images and then layered them onto coordinating coloured cardstock.  Love how they worked out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I like the "wishing you.. " greeting in that it can be for almost any occasion and works with quite a few images.  I did find that I watercoloured a few of them to add dimension and depth.  I added purple to the butterfly wings to define them and just water to the ink that was already there on the purple flowers which changed them enough to give them texture.  I did add purple to the greeting on that one too.  The other two were good to go with just sponging.  I generally started sponging at the bottom of the image and added as I went up decreasing the depth of colour as I went up so that it would just fade away before it got to the greeting.  I will be making more of these!!                Therese

Sunday, August 05, 2018

Wedding card with embossing, ribbon and some shimmery watercolour

Stash building!!  I started by embossing a white quarter sheet with a flourish embossing folder, adding a white ribbon by gluing both ends to the back of the layer and adhering this large element to a white card front.  I used a wedding cake image from my stash (CLKER) which I laser printed and coloured with shimmery watercolours in silver, purple and green.  I made the colours subtle because that worked better with the white on white background.  When dry, I layered it onto a purple rectangle from which I had already punched the Modern Label (SU) layer for my greeting.  I mounted it to my card front using 3D foam tape then did the same with my layered punchie greeting.  To finish off my card I tied a short end of the same ribbon to the length on the front to simulate a bow!!


Saturday, August 04, 2018

Wildflower on a brayered background with a small layered greeting

I used a few of these backgrounds the other day to make a few cards.  I brayered these a long while ago using a Kaleidacolour pad on coated cardstock.  They die cut very nicely.  I trimmed this one to size and die cut a wildflower silhouette  (TH) in the center of it.  I backed it with a black layer and then mounted this large focal element to an embossed card front.  I added  little laser printed greeting layered onto a label using 3D foam tape on the lower right hand corner which nicley bridged all the elements. 


Friday, August 03, 2018

Faux stitching, fussy cutting and a beautiful image of Peggys Cove

Back to making cards!!  This image has been in my stash for a long time because a portion of the sky was not well stamped.  I was looking in my stash for an image that would fit into this frame (also from my stash) and this one I thought was pretty close so I just fussy cut along the horizon and when I put it in the frame the lighthouse overlapped the frame!  I love it!!  I watercoloured the image (PSX), added a blue decorative paper to make the sky, trimmed the outside edges to fit in the frame and adhered all the pieces in place.  I adhered the top of the lighthouse to the front of the frame with a bit of 3D foam tape which makes it stand out very nicely from the scene.  The frame had already been embossed with a distressed embossing folder so I simply added some faux stitching to give it a bit more definition.  I adhered this large element to a gray card and I was done!!  An card for any occasion!!  Therese

Thursday, August 02, 2018

A card that incorporates a watercoloured digital image, paper flowers and some stamped stitching

Making cards for special days in the lives of my special people!!  This one is for my sister!!  I started with the laser printed image of little sunflowers (CLKERto which I had added a font greeting before printing.  I watercoloured the image and layered it onto a dark yellow cardstock rectangle.  I stamped the leaf stitching (SU) which I then watercoloured as well.  I trimmed the bottom with decorative wave scissors and pierced a row of dots just above it.  I went digging in my decorative paper stash for coordinating papers and found these blue hued ones that worked.  Blue is one of my sister's favorite colours!!  I trimmed my scraps and mounted them to brown cardstock leaving a bit of space at the bottom where I trimmed it with scallop decorative scissors and mirrored the paper piercing on my focal element by piercing each scallop.  I used a long unused stamp of zigzag stitching (Hero Arts) and stamped each joint between the papers.  My sister is a quilter and will appreciate the stitching on this card even if it is stamped.  I mounted my background to a blue card front and positioned my focal element over it and found that it needed a bit of something to make it pop so I dug through my silk flower stash and found these paper flowers which were exactly the right colours.  I layered two (brown & yellow), added a little brown flower punchie and then a blue sequin before binding them with a brown brad.  After a bit of auditioning I added the floral 3D element to the focal element and adhered this large element to my card front using double sided tape.  Really happy with how this one worked out!!!!!!!        Therese

A cute little bird, a label and a fun greeting for an all occasion card

A few more cards for the stash!!  I manually embossed my blue card using a swirl embossing folder (TH).  I found the yellow top note label die cut in my stash and die cut a circle (Nestibilities) which would accommodate this cute little bird image (Beary Wishes).  I manually embossed it with  a star embossing folder.  I watercoloured the laser printed digital image of the bird and mounted it to the back of label. I added a nice green organza ribbon and tied on a short piece with one knot to simulate a bow then adhered this large element to the front of my card.  I found the laser printed greeting in my stash, watercoloured it and mounted it to a green circle (Nestibilities) before adhering it to the front of my card over the ribbon to finish off my card.  Little birdie cards are handy for a wide variety of occasions and this one is pretty cute so would do for a child's birthday or for a new baby!!                Therese

Wednesday, August 01, 2018

Embossing, die cuts and silk flowers make for a beautiful birthday card

Cards are always a great hostess gift so I am putting together a few to bring along to a summer BBQ!!  I started with a gray card which I embossed with a very organic and stylized embossing folder.  I embossed the blue label die cut (SX) with the Swiss Dot embossing folder and punched a slot (SU) on each end for the ribbon.  I slipped the ribbon in both sides and then adhered the label to the front of the card and the ends of the ribbon to the inside front with double sided tape.  Next I added a black oval (Nestibilities) which I highlighted with a clear glitter gel pen.  The focal element is a laser printed digital greeting (font words - Bird's Cards frame) punched with a large oval punch (SU) and adhered to the inside of an opening in a decorative label die cut (SX).  These layered so nicely!!!  I added two layered silk flower embellishments to finish off my card!!  The colours matched perfectly!!!             Therese