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!
Saturday, 21 March 2015
This card was for a Valentine's Day Feature and I chose to go masculine… I am not quite sure why the large majority of Valentine's Day Cards in magazines and such are of the feminine variety, I would have thought the large majority of card makers were women who would share cards of this nature with men… saving what I suppose is more of an American tradition to share V-Cards with friends… but for whatever reason I made a masculine themed card… also likely because at the time these little rodent stamps were new to the market… I love the graphic yet old worldly feel of Waltzingmouse Stamps My Kind of Guy stamps, and they teamed nicely with some Teresa Collins paper and my much loved Studio Calico wood veneer!
I must confess that I got a fuzz-buzz when I opened this mag to see how they staged the photo, this is always the best part to having a card published… seeing how the set maker sees your card, and I thought the James Bond Martini, flash watch and glasses totally nailed it… so thanks ACSPC for accepting this card for publication!
Friday, 20 March 2015
So I immediately thought of a little rodent stamp that is still close to my heart, and it has the English feel about it this little cottage… team with a good dash of kraft, and for some reason a red and green colour pop combination… red was always in the picture and green infiltrated when I decided to use the foliage stamp as a bit of background interest… one of those things where I started with the initial stamp and let it build naturally…. happy also with the letters I incorporated, "new" die cut, and "beginnings a little packet of kaiser letters that have been sitting on my new and must use pin board for like 3 years….
So here is to new beginnings, whatever form they are taking at the moment for you!