Thursday, 6 December 2012

Faking it

Stamps: Bitty Bird (PTI); Season Sparkle (My Cute Stamps); words (Elzybells)
Ink; Versamark (Tsukineko)
other: Prisma colour pencils; Parker alphabet dies (Memory Box)
A complete change of direction for me today.  When my 7 yr old saw this card, he said "Wow Mum, did you draw that?".  As he never normally applies 'wow' to anything I do I was tempted for a moment to let him believe in mum-as-artist, but had to confess to stamping lest he call my bluff later on!
I really enjoyed myself with this, stamping in Versamark & then going over the lines with pencil.  I'm not uberhappy with the JOY bit, even though I embossed it with my favourite letter dies.  Next time, I'll cut out the letters & sponge them with white - but this is for one-layer-Wednesday, so die cuts are strictly verboten!
Linking to:
One Layer Wednesday: OLW117 ~ Snow

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Curvy Christmas

Font: One Starry Night
Dies: Pennants (Spellbinders); Stars (MFT)
Other: 0.25" hole punch; gold tinsel embossing powder; red glitter paper
It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas...  Have just been to see my youngest in the carol service at the cathedral, & wrapped a few gifts, BUT I refuse to put up any decorations for at least another fortnight.  Am I a Scrooge?  I don't think so.  I want to look forward to Christmas & enjoy it, not be sick of it before it even arrives!  OK, rant over.
This card was inspired largely by the fabby font that someone pinned on Pinterest.  I really like the shape of the letters, so decided to make more of a feature of it by curving it up the side of the card (using Silhouette Studio), then cut the edge to match.  A strip of spotty paper inside the card helps highlight the edge.  The tree is simple strips of green stuck on a die cut triangle.  I am perfectly capable of cutting a triangle, but now I own dies for things, I feel duty bound to use them,  even when it takes twice as long to haul out / clear up all the kit...  A smidge of glue pen & embossing powder along the edge gives a bit of extra glam.  This one definitely lends itself to batch production; maybe next year...
PS Thanks Darnell for the heads up about the FaceBook showCASe on ATCAS - I didn't even know it was there!
Linking to:
Addicted to CAS: ATCAS#2 ~ Bauble
Less Is More: Week 96 ~ Red & Green
CASology: Week#22 ~ Sparkle

Sunday, 2 December 2012

More red & green

Stamps: Bitty Banners (WM)
Ink: Bamboo Leaves, Rhubarb Stalk (Memento)
Paper: Jolly Holidays (SU)
Other: 1.375" circle punch
This is one of the cards I demonstrated for my class last week.  I made a triangle template on the computer, printed it out on to an old cereal packet & used it to fold the petals of the flower on each of 6 circles (cut from my carefully hoarded stash of SU paper).  These were then stuck down to form the flower.   Using the banner stamps, I created a wreath of swags for the flower to sit on. A simple punched gold star in the middle to cover up any folding deficiencies  adds a bit of glitz to finish it off.  It might look even better on a larger card base, with a bit more white space around it.

Linking to:
Less Is More: Week 96 ~ Red & Green

Saturday, 1 December 2012

Quilted star

Less Is More are asking for traditional colours today - red & green.  Hurray.  I have been making a lot of Xmas cards this week, haven't posted them all, so may enter more than once.

Stamps: Text Style (PTI)
Ink; Rhubarb Stalk (Memento)
Die: Quilt Cuts 2 (WPus9)
Firstly, a nice regular quilted star.  Squares & other regular shapes are really my first love.  Although I appreciate quirkiness & off-sets, I also struggle with them.  There is something inherently right about a square design matted on to the centre of a square card.
I die cut the star from 2 pieces of card in my stash.  Drawing around the inner squares, I masked off the area & stamped the text.  Using a Quickie Glue Pen was far & away the easiest & cleanest method to stick down the frame & the inserts.  A few more squares, & we're away.  I also tried a card with the left-overs, reversing the colour scheme, but it didn't look right.
Linking to:
Less Is More: Week 96 ~ Red & Green
Dynamic Duos: #31 ~ Light Green & Red
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