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Thursday, 27 March 2014

52CC - weeks 10 and 12

I am lumping these together as I struggled with the week 10 and I am not sure it deserves a post to itself LOL.
The prompt for week 10 was wood-plastic-stickers.  Doesn't sound very difficult, does it??  But I don't have any stickers, no wood paper, couldn't think of anything plastic!  So .... this card uses some magazine freebie paper (Making Cards) - the owls are sitting on a tree and wood comes from trees.  The pearls are plastic and the sentiment is a peel off sticker.  There you go :-)

I am much happier with week 12 - the prompt was soft spring colours and I went with soft peach and aqua, again MC magazine papers.

I invert-rounded the corners of two cardstock mats and the background paper, and put pearls into the corners.  The leaf flourish is a Cheery Lynn die, cut in half so that the ends tuck under the circle edge and enough of the leaves still show.  I bought the fabric flowers at the Make It show a few weeks ago, but can't remember where from.  The scalloped circle is a Stampin Up punch and the circular sentiment stamp is from Stamping all Day, the circle is fixed with 2mm foam tape for dimension.

I think this is one of my favourite cards so far this year, it just came together really easily!

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

52CC week 11 - something old, new, borrowed and blue

The prompt for week 11 is the saying "something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue".

The 'old' for both these cards was that they both have a previously prepared base - the inked and stamped background for the Christmas card and the embossed card blank, doily plus flower on the Mother's Day card.  For 'new' I used some newly bought pearls for both.  The 'blue' is self explanatory :-)  'Borrowed'... well I will have to resort to 'borrowing ' inspiration from the prompt!

I layered up various die-cut mats on the Christmas card - the base one is from Joy Crafts, the doily mats are Dienamics and the plain circle is a Woodware punch.  The stamped and embossed sentiment is a Technique Tuesday stamp, I think.  The snowflakes are done with a Martha Stewart punch, that's also 'new'!

For the Mother's Day card, I punched out a plain circle and ran it through the Big Shot in a spotty embossing folder.  Then I die-cut the banners (Dienamics) then added the sentiment and pearls.  I am not sure whether I am completely happy with this one, I think the big flower unbalances it a bit, but maybe it will grow on me!

Monday, 24 March 2014

Beat the Christmas Rush - February

Just before the deadline..... here are my four BtCR cards for February.  They are all done with 6" papers, I think from Authentique. 

I decided that BtCR cards had to be simple - so I have just done a background mat and a sentiment, this one is from Stampin' Up, stamped and embossed with Wow detail red powder.  For the sentiments cut with Nestie labels 32 (?), I left the die-cut in the die and inked with Antique Linen so there is a paler edge.  The pennants (Dienamics) I inked all over, once out of the die.

Sunday, 23 March 2014

52CC week 9 - Mother's Day

The photo prompt for week 9 features soft mint, pink, white, gold, doilies, embossing, flowers .... a lot of elements to choose from!

I went with the colour scheme to make two Mother's Day cards, using a First Edition 6"paper pad.  Some of the papers are double sided, so for the first one I used the white-on-pink as a base mat, then cut another mat about two thirds the size in the pink-on-white.  The join is covered with a die-cut doily lace border (Dienamics).  The butterfly flourish is a die from Joanna Sheen and is actually reversed on this card - I put the paper over the die the wrong way up!  Pink pearls were added to the die cut.  Then I punched out some butterflies (Martha Stewart) from the embossed card left over from making the panel on the other card and added gold pearls to them and the corners of the mat.  A peel off sentiment completes the card.

The second card has a base mat of plain pink, to frame the white-on-pink damask background paper.  I cut a plain green mat for the pink/green patterned panel and I embossed some plain pink with a Stampin Up embossing folder and cut a panel from that.  The panels were assembled with some 1mm foam tape under the embossed one.  The sentiment tag is a Nestie die, the flower is possibly Kaisercraft and the punched fronds are Martha Stewart.  Pink pearls to finish :-)

I think the butterfly flourish is my favourite, it could be adapted to many cards .... must remember to put the paper the right way up next time LOL.

Monday, 17 March 2014

52CC week 6 - paper collection

I have had a bit of a catch up over the weekend and I am now only two prompts behind, including today's new one! Now that I have upgraded my faithful craft robo to a silhouette (Valentine's pressie from DH!), there's no stopping me LOL.

Week 6 was "use a paper collection for the majority of elements on the card".


The birthday card is made with - what else - my beloved Timepiece collection from Bo Bunny.  The background, the frame/mat and the wings are all silhouette cutting files.  The gears are laser cut and the clock is a Tinchies stamp, coloured with Kuretake markers.  I love the way the winged clock has turned out, will definitely do that again :-)

For the Christmas card I used Basic Grey 'Wassail', not one of my favourites, but for some reason I bought a 6" paper pad, have been trying to use it up ever since :-)  The background, the doily and the sentiment are all silhouette cut.  Just a ribbon needed to ground it a little :-)  

Saturday, 15 March 2014

52CC week 8 - sketch challenge

Week 8 - sketch prompt

The prompt for week 8 was this sketch.  It did fox me a little at first, but then whilst blog hopping I saw a project which gave me an idea, you can see it here on Neet & Crafty.  As you can see, I have 'card-lifted' the design more or less exactly for the birthday card and changed it a little for the Christmas one!

The birthday card is done with some free papers from Simply Homemade magazine, I think they may be Kaisercraft?  The butterfly is a Martha Stewart punch, crystal trail is Kaisercraft, sentiment stamp may be Technique Tuesday or Twinchies, not sure which.

The Christmas card also has magazine papers, this time from Making Cards. I found some Bazzill in Cajun and Rusted to match the colours, used them to make the sentiment circle.  The sentiment itself is from Stamping All Day.  The holly leaves and berries are an MS punch and I finished off with some gold ribbon.  I am still hesitating over whether to put some pearls in the bottom right corner, but I think I'll leave it alone for now!

Monday, 10 March 2014

Sapphire Wedding Anniversary card

One of my work colleagues asked me to make 45th wedding anniversary card - she made the request last Wednesday and needed it for the following day!!! 
A 45th anniversary is represented by Sapphire, so I went with that :-)  I embossed some Diamond Bazzill Bling with a roses embossing folder, then die cut a pearlescent blue mat using a new Sue Wilson die - one of the Spanish ones, bought at the recent Make It show.  The mesh heart is done on the Silhouette, as are the numbers.  I added a dark blue rose and pearls.  The sentiment is done with tiny peel-off letters - not my original plan, but my printer refused to co-operate with printing out onto card, so I had to improvise!
My colleague was very happy with it!  She has also asked for a 65th wedding anniversary card, but has given me a few weeks to do that ...... LOL.

Friday, 7 March 2014

52CC week 7 - blue, aqua green


The prompt for week 7 is to use the following colours - blue, green, aqua, white, cream.  I made two birthday cards, but no Christmas card.

The butterflies are punched (Martha Stewart) in dark blue for the shadow and again in fresh green for the 3D effect, a row of nail heads in aqua completes the butterfly bodies.  I made two mats in aqua and white and used a border punch (MS again) at the base for a little detail.  The sentiment is done with two Stampin Up punches, I added a little row of nail heads at each side for a stronger horizontal line.

The next card uses some old Basic Grey 'Two Scoops' papers.  I punched the flowers (EK Success) and fronds (MS), then added some two Scoops brads to the flower centres.  The scalloped circles are done with Wood are punches and the lace stamp is from Stampin Up.  The sentiment stamp is from Stamping All Day, they have a really nice range of small clear sentiment stamps.

I think the butterfly is my favourite, I especially like the way the bordered mats look :-)