Monday, 31 August 2009

Here is a little card I made for a friends birthday later this week. The chair is a serendipity stamp, coloured with copic pens. The blue panel has been put through the cuttlebug with the birds and swirls folder. The background paper is from a CD although I can;t remember which one. I have a habit of printing out a load for my folder from various CDs. The lace is made using a Martha Steward punch, topped with green gross grain ribbon. The Happy Birthday is a little faint as it is a second stamping as I didn't want it to be too in your face.
At the moment I'm in the process of making some entries for our WI Produce Show taking place on Saturday. I have completed a Christmas card. Nearly finished a collage on fashion and I'm in the middle of a scrapbook page on my late grandmother who lived to the ripe old age of 103. I just need to take some photos of trees tomorrow for another category. Then that will do for me I think. I'm not the baking or jam-making sort!
I'll post the Christmas Card tomorrow. Don't think the collage or scrapbook page will fit in the scanner but I might try and photograph them.
Bye for now.

Tuesday, 11 August 2009

This is my take on a card produced some time ago by Michelle Zindorf. I just wanted to practice and try and get the same, or similar, results to her work. I am relatively pleased with it but will keep practicing! I just love Michelle's work.
I won't go into too much details about how it was made - you can always check it out on her fantastic site. Suffice to say, I used dye based inkpads and a brayer and copy paper to mask to areas I did not want to colour. The shadow in the snow was created using cute and dry foam. The skiier and the Xtreme stamps are from Tanda stamps and the tree is from Lavinia stamps.
I really enjoy producing this type of work. I find it so satisfying to take a clean sheet of card and end up with a creation of my making. I also like using other techniques to add colour and dimension to a clean sheet of card or paper.
I still haven't painted my new racks. It's lucky I ordered the triple ink pad rack as I already have some 66 ink pads and there are still loads I need. I'm not sure how many reels or ribbon I have but I'm sure I will soon manage to fill the other rack. Now all I need is that long-awaited craft room! My family will sure appreciate getting our dining room back. Not sure what I will turn my attention to now as I'm feeling a bit tired. My copy of Technique Junkies arrived today and it's packed with techniques using gesso. Now is that pronounced as spelled or like jeeso?

Had a early start today as we have to take our GD to the hospital every morning to have her EEG checked and the batteries changed. Roll on Friday. Think I may just create something quick and easy.

Bye for now.

Monday, 10 August 2009

I went to a sale of craft goods being sold my the owners of a local craft shop that closed down recently. Amongst the goodies on offer where some stamps, papers and embellishments fromn the Laura Ashley range. This little card, measuring 5" x 7" is what I came up with. The lovely little butterflies stamp is part of a set of four in the range. Background papers are also from the range. Ribbon is from my stash. The little tag was made using a useful little stamp from a set of six with various sentiments, origin unknown, but often used.

Must get back to playing with my brayer now.

I was determined to get some practice in with my brayer, so having studied the images on Michelle Zindorff's amazing blog I set forth to create the card on the right. The meadow flowers are from a set from Graphicus and the bunny rabbit is from a Create a Scene plate from Creative Expressions, the butterflies are stamps from Lavinia stamps. I stamped and coloured the images in first, then added highlights and shadows with black and white marker pens, covered the images with a versamark pen and clear embossing powder, then added the background colour using my brayer. The butterflies are decoupaged on afterwards then the ribbon embellishment is added. It was great fun to create this little 5" x 5" card. I plan to get a lot more practice in with my brayer. As they say, practice makes perfect.

Off to have another play with my brayer now!