Wednesday, 8 April 2015
Monday, 30 March 2015
I don't make Christmas cards very often, and certainly not months in advance… but when approached I took the challenge, building little shadow boxes out of card stock and then recessing the Nutcracker Sweet stamps… one of my favourite little rodent stamp sets… rodent stamp sets often come with a little swag of little accompaniment stamps, in this case, little bits and pieces to build present stacks, baubles, wreaths, and of course trees, I enjoyed making these and it is good to see outline stamps used without any need to colour them in… bringing them to life in different ways than traditional colouring is challenging in this era of colouring tools, but great all the same!
In saying that, three cheers for the eternal success I have when I need chipboard to be coloured in a hurry and I turn to my trusty Copics… instant rich colour, no dry time, no paint mess to clean up… and a matt finish… better than a vintage Moet really!!
Sunday, 29 March 2015
The card at the top of this feature I started to put together for a submission call for cards that featured sequins, with the thought that I would build a fully covered sequin panel behind the branch scene, but it didn't ever grown legs with me and I ended up with a scattering of sequins and then featuring sequins in the tail of the bows on the flower element… I still sent it in at the time but ended up being asked to turn it into a feature by making another card… and it was so hard to purchase another stamp to make this happen…. NOT!! I really do love the Wryn series by Tiddly Inks, very sweet indeed!
So I continued the hand made embellishment theme this time pairing the stacked sequins with some fancy pins and beads, great way to jazz up simple rolled flower embellishments I think… and I was happy I stuck with my principles and made the grey leaves work, I love grey, nearly as much as I love black… I haven't shown these stamps to my niece yet, not because I don't think she will like them, primarily because she will bat her eyelashes and ask for them to go home with her… not just yet Dear Miss G!
Saturday, 28 March 2015
The scattering of circles in the background was perfect for the circles background stamps, and I took the Copic Colouring from the top layer of birds all the way through to the circles in the background stamping… I even used the primary green Copic to make sure the layering card matched the stamping, a sure fire way to make things match when you have already introduced patterned paper but it doesn't have the perfect shade, of green in this case…. I based the colour of the fabby and much cherished heart embellishment which is by Webster's Pages, love these!
So any stamp with a bird has me before the first hello, tweet or beak, and these little lovelies are no exception, so much fun with the jazzy tails and different belly features, I was very happy with this little card!
Friday, 27 March 2015
I was also more that a little happy to put my new at the time delusions stamp to use, the head and crazy hair are there in duplicate, no lazy day when you cut that hair out multiple times let me tell you, but fussy cutting is cool when the hair is crazy if you KWIM?!!
And a little shout out to my Molotow paint pens… they really came to my rescue with this piece as they had enough depth of colour that the little squishes of paint and splatters of dots held their own amongst the other bold colour blends… gotta love that!
Thursday, 26 March 2015
I love incorporating techniques into feature sets, and weaving has been a go to for me for a number of years… I really liked the black elements in the Anna Marie paper collection by Prima, so I conjured up 5 different weaves and paired the detailed background with 5 of my very much loved Unity Stamp Company Angie Girls… these were some of the first I added to my collection, I have many more these days!
Wednesday, 25 March 2015
I just found this card in my "must add to my shop" stash the other day, it's not very big at all, so given that it certainly packs in some features… I worked with orange and blue too, rather unusual for me I would say…. but the flowers in triplicate sealed the deal and it was really just about dressing from that point forward… in the form of die cut after die cut after another die cut!!
Tuesday, 24 March 2015
The Wendy Burns' Stylish Friends stamps release by MFT have also had a lot of use in my creative space, I like that they are long stamps, with fine lines…. sweet! The fabric polaroid is where I started once I had the stamps in mind… these frames are part of the Maggie Holmes Flea Market collection by Crate Paper, and came with the fancy sewn banners, so this little submission came together is a super flash!
See the classic style lolly-pops in the tea cup in the background, love that!
Monday, 23 March 2015
I do remember that when I originally bought these MME Cut and Paste papers that I was pushing my not too colourful, and not floral boundaries… but they jumped out at me and I used them A LOT! In this card teaming them with a FabScraps frame which was coated in white paint and then sprayed aqua thanks to my trusty Copics and airbrush system. The Prima Flowers were actually where this card started way back then… and perhaps the purchase of these flowers was the start of my little love of yellow which has developed over the last couple of years…
Not quite sure about the purple toned cupcake in the background, but if I could get my hands on the little glass plate and heart topped cover I would be more than a little excited!
Sunday, 22 March 2015
I thought it might be nice to emulate an actual old schools chalkboard, so framed the stamped sentiment with X-Press It Sticky Barc (coloured with a Copic Marker), and then went all out with an abundance of embellishments… if I remember correctly I had a rather large stash from Greatest View (Etsy Shop), including the little doilies I halved for the banner, and the rolled flower, and I was also quite chuffed with myself that I used that little row of resin circles, had those in my stash for a VERY long time!
Important that I also give a shout out to the fabby sky/cloud paper the I used in the background, Crate Paper be still my heart!