Sunday, 28 February 2010

18th Birthday Red Car

I was asked to make this card for a friend to give to his nephew for his 18th Birthday, he chose the image of the car which was a decoupage image so I was a bit limited in what i did as my colour scheme had to include red and as it was a card for man I couldn't include my normal sort of embellishments (flowers, gems, bows etc) so used a few challenges to inspire me on where to go with this one.

Product used:
  • Papers: Paper Adventures (red) and HOTP (Black - Not 100% sure on this one).
  • Decoupage image: no scissors required (although i did still trim it a bit).
  • Background to image and numbers stamped using hero art stamp.
  • Letter and numbers: cut using cuttlebug dies.
  • 18th mat cut using nestabilites.
  • Border cut using martha stewart punch.
  • Embellishments:Grossgrain ribbons, pewter brads.
  • Tools used - Cuttlebug machine and dies, Spellbinder dies, Black Soot distress ink, Smokey grey Versafine ink.

I cut the papers and mats to size, stamped the mats and edged all of them with black soot distress ink. I prepared the border strip using the punch and added a layer of red ribbon and a narrower layer of black ribbon and assembled the layers adding brads to border strip. I cut some nestability spiky circles in black and silver and used them off set behind the may for the numbers to create a mechanical look and finally cut and added the name to card.

I'm entering this card for the following challenges:


Friday, 26 February 2010

Mothers Day Easel Card

I decided this year i was going to try not leave anything until the last minute and have managed to stick to my resolution and make my Mothers Day card a couple of weeks early.

This is the first easel card i have tried and i was quite happy with the result.

Products used:
  • Papers - K&Co papers and blue and off white pearl cards
  • Stamped Image - Lilli of the Vally.
  • Letters - Cut using cuttlebug dies.
  • Paper Lace - Cut using Martha Stewart doily border punch.
  • Embellishments - Pearls, ribbon, flowers from stash, leaf punched from card
  • Greeting - Printed from computer.
  • Tools used - Cuttlebug machine and dies, Oval Nestabilites, Leone M leaf punch, Distress inks (Old paper, Antique Linen and Walnut stain), Marvy Le Plume Pens, Glossy Accents, Martha Stewart Doily Punch and glitter.

I stamped the image and water coloured it using Marvy Le Plume pens, printed the greeting from the computer. The edges of the image, greeting, mat and papers were all edged with a combination of distress ink and the edge of the image and the mat for the "MUM" letters were stamped with a small flourish stamp and matted everything onto blue pearl card.

I cut two strips of co-ordinating paper and using the Martha Stewart Doily punch to create a paper lace effect and edged them with distress inks.

I covered a piece of mountboard with the K&Co paper, cut letter from it using a cuttlebug dies, edged with distress inks and coated with glossy accents and crystal glitter.

I then assembled the card using ribbons, pearls, stamen and flowers from my stash and punched out leaves to embellish it.

As another first have decided to enter this for a few of the challenges that inspired me in various ways.

Hopefully none of these challenges mind me combining challenges, but if so please e-mail me.


Tuesday, 23 February 2010

Something of a landmark moment for me - my very first post on my first blog.
This card was done as an order for a friend to give to her sister-in-law. I orginally did a card with this design as a 50th birthday card for a colleague, from that one card i have then been asked to do 60th, 16th and this 40th version.
I'm not 100% happy with the photographs, so I think i will have to spend a bit of time trying out various location in the house to find the best light and background.

Products Used:

  • Papers: Blonde Moments, Papermania and unknown card from my stash.
  • Numbers cut on the cricut.
  • Balloon, presents and cakes cut using cuttlebug dies and embossing folders.
  • Embellishments: Stickles, Papermania Gems and Embroidery thread from stash.

To highlight and edge the numbers and balloons I ran a Marvy Le Plume pink pen around the edge and used a fine line black pen to draw the stitching onto the numbers to create a border.

Well that's it for now, will have to get a bit more practice in on getting the format of my posts right but hopefully this is not too bad a first attempt.