Friday, 27 February 2009

Moon Card

The challenge for Sunday Stampers this week was to create something with the Moon as your them. This is what I came up with.

My starting point was a stamp I have from Clarity Stamp which is a quotation from Walter de la Mare - it's hard to read in the photo but it says :

Slowly, silently now the moon
Walks the night in her silver shoon:
This way, and that she peers and sees
Silver fruit upon silver trees.

I started with a base of navy card, punched a circle of white paper for my moon and stuck it to the card. Then, using a one of the tree stamps from the Arboretum themeplate by Elusive Images I stamped and heat embossed the tree using silver EP.

I then added some silver chalk to create the impression of thin streaks of cloud across the face of the moon and also applied some of the chalk at the base of the tree to ground it. This was matted onto silver foil card then onto more of the navy card stock.

Monday, 23 February 2009

A Thank You Card

This was a card I had an idea for back in January, but at the time didn't feel up to following through with the idea. The stamps are by Elusive Images, the leafy swirl is from a Graphicus Guild members limited edtion themeplate and the text is from the Words of Gratitude themeplate.

Both were stamped with green pigment ink and then embossed with clear EP. I blended Distress inks over the card stock and stamped the small thank you message over that. The clear embossing over the leafy leafy swirl resisted the blue of the distress inks.

The paper on the background is from the Artylicious Damask Delights CD and the gems were from my stash, they started as clear gems but I tinted them with Denim Alcohol ink.

Saturday, 21 February 2009

A Whiter Shade of Pale

Not only one of my favorite songs, but a post title that suits this card. The card was made for a swap on Craft Telly Forum with the theme "a mostly white card".

All cardstock used is bright white card from my stash. The flowers are from a stamp by Personal Impressions. I stamped and heat embossed them onto white vellum using powders from the Cosmic Shimmer Range of embossing powders . Some of the flowers were stamped with Tropic Pearl Luster and some with Iced Blush Luster. The "Luster" Cosmic Shimmers are the very translucent powders. I used a ball tool to dry emboss onto the back of the vellum inside each of the petals to turn the vellum opaque white and then cut the flowers out. I added some translucent yellow glitter to the center of each daisy.

The matting layers were cut using a Spellbinders Nestbilites die and the larger one embossed through my Cuttlebug using the Swiss Dots folder. On the smaller layer I embossed the sentiment with more of the Iced Blush Luster. The text stamp is from Elusive Images and can be found on the Rose Script Themeplate. It's hard to see in the photo but the text says "Earth Laughs in Flowers". I swiped my Versamark ink pad round the edge of both of the layers and used more of the Cosmic Shimmers on that to give each layer an edge. Iced Blush again on the top layer and Tropic Pearl on the Swiss Dots layer.

Finally I assembled all the elements using Pinflair Gel Glue (which behaves like a Silicone Glue but without the smell) to mount the flowers. The final touch was to add a bow of pale pink organza ribbon. I was really pleased by how pretty and delicate the finished card turned out.  With a change of sentiment to something more relevant I think this would make lovely Wedding card.

Friday, 20 February 2009

Pink and Brown - Meh...

...not too sure about the outcome with this one - in my head it was going to different. It was made for the challenge on My Time To Craft this week for which the theme is to us a Pink and Brown colour scheme. Lovley colours, shoulda been an easy make. Time permitting I think I may have another crack at this challenge later on.

The stamps are from a themeplate by Creative Expressions, more designs from Sheena Douglas. The inks are Distress Inks, Tattered Rose, Worn Lipstick and Vintage Photo. The sentiment stamp is by Elusive Images and was part of a Graphicus Guild limited edition stamp set. Glitter is Pink Stickles Glitter Glue.

Wednesday, 18 February 2009

Another Green Snowdrop

Yesterday when I was deciding what to do for the Feeling Green challenge card I stamped the same Elusive Images Snowdrop Script stamp onto some green card, then using stipple brush added some ink to adjust the colour of the card to a more yellowy green. I painted the image with Twinkling H2Os again - and yes Jo, incase you didn't see my reply to your comment in yesterday's blog post the white paint is an H2O. It's the colour called Oyster from kit #655 and the only one in that kit that does not have an inteference colour.

Today I edged my stamped image with some green ink and dipped it into some of the pearl Cosmic Shimmer embossing powder (Tropic Pearl Lustre) and heat set it. I made a matting layer from some ivory pearlescent card and stamped a border of little snowdrop flower heads using green ink and embossed these with more of the Cosmic Shimmer EP. The little Snowdrop flower head image is from the same Themeplate as the main image.

The main card is some ivory hammer card and I have used one of the paper designs from the Artylicious Damask Delights CD as a background on it. The paper was edged with some green ink and overstamped at the bottom corner with a large flourish stamp that comes from Creative Expressions and was designed by Sheena Douglas. The flourish is also embossed with the Cosmic Shimmer EP, but it was hard to catch the shimmer in the photo.

Glad I was still in Green mode today because I can include this card in the Anything Goes Challenge on Craft Swap Forum where the current theme is "Green"

Tuesday, 17 February 2009

Spring Snowdrop

The challenge this week on Daring Cardmakers is Feeling Green and challenges cardmakers to use lots of green on their card.

My card uses a stamp from Elusive Images and was stamped with Forest Green Stazon then painted with Twinkling H2O's. I edged the image with some lighter shades of green from a ColourBox Queue that has an assortment of green shades in it. I made a shimmery green background layer by blending a little more of the green inks onto some white card then spritzing with Glimmer Mists in green and yellow. The Snowdrop word stamp is from the same Snowdrop Script themeplate as the flower image and was stamped in green pigment ink then heat embossed using a clear pearl Cosmic Shimmer EP that has a green mica sparkle to it once heat set.

Thursday, 12 February 2009

Another January Rose

I was in the mood to get on with my half-attempts at crafting that have been lying around since January. This card was made from things I had been playing around with in a plum and gold theme. It's the same stamp, the Elusive Images Harelquin Rose.

This time I have created a background in the plum and gold tones using Adirondack Alcohol Inks. The colours were Wild Plum, Cranberry, Raisin and a little of the Gold Metallic Mixative. Onto this background I stamped and heat embossed the rose using White EP and edged the piece with a gold Sakura Pentouch Pen. This was mounted onto white card stock and then onto another piece of card that had been coloured with the same Alchohol Inks and edged with the same gold pen. These were then mounted on to some plum colour Bazzil card stock. The Bazzil looks a bit bumpy on the folded spine of the card and this seems to have been emphasised in the photo to the point where it almost looks torn, I may have to think about remounting this onto something else.

Wednesday, 11 February 2009

Better Late Than Never

As the challenge this week on My Time To Craft is "Going for Gold" I decided that I really should take that as a sign that I needed to finish a card I had started making in January, it was originally meant to be for "Plum and Gold" for the challenge on the Graphicus Team Blog, but as I have mentioned January was a bit of a nightmare. Anyhow here is my "Going for Gold" (with Plum) card.

The stamp is by Elusive Images and can be found on the Harlequin Rose Themeplate. It was stamped and embossed with Gold EP onto black card first. I then bleached out the card where I wanted to paint the rose and used Twinkling H2Os to paint the flower and leaves. This was matted onto some plum colour Bazzil card and then onto gold mirror card.

The main card is black card which I have partly covered with paper printed from the Artylicious Damask Delights CD. A narrow gold peel off border was added to the edge where the paper joins the card. Finally this was spritzed with Silver Bells Glimmer Mists to give both the printed paper and the blank card a lovely shimmer.

Monday, 9 February 2009

Birthday Card for a friend

First I should say sorry to all my lovely blogging friends who have been wondering where I have been. I had to have some dental treatment in January which included having some teeth out. It's been a nightmare, pain from the extractions, pain from infections and sockets that just didn't want to heal. All of which lead to the dentist doing more stuff that left me once again feeling like I had been belted in the face with a cricket bat and no craft mojo at all! Anyhow things seem to be on the mend now and I am hoping my mojo is back cuz I have a few projects on the go just now.

A friend had a birthday recently. He and his partner make lovely cards so I tried to make something in a style I hoped he would like. Not my usual style so I am never very sure if my efforts at this kind of card are that good, but I enjoyed making the card and love how crisp and fresh the colours in these papers look. The papers are by ScribbleScrabble and the stamp is from an HOTP set that came in a QVC TSV.

Sunday, 8 February 2009

New Collage Themeplates from Elusive Images and Blog Candy

The new Butterfly Collage Themeplates have been revealed over on the Elusive Images Design Team blog..... yummy! And even more yummy - there is blog candy up for grabs to celebrate the launch of the new stamps so why not pay the EIDT blog a visit!