Thursday, November 27, 2014

More Mama Elephant Arctic Penguins


Hi blogging friendsFrom Millan.Net

I am still playing with my Mama Elephant Arctic Penguin stamp and die set and thought I would make another Christmas card - this time for my husband.  I am so lucky that my husband doesn't mind cute images - he is such a great encourager for my cardmaking and I feel so blessed :-)  This card is also my entry for the Crafty Catz Challenge #256 of Winter.

If you missed my last post using this stamp/die set, you can see it HERE.  I decided to go with the same layout, twine, papers and dies to make the whole process quicker and will probably make a few more cards in similar fashion - although I always make a few little changes to make the cards a bit different.  You know, I hadn't even thought about the fact that there are no penguins in the Arctic until my blogging friend Jackie pointed it out!  Maybe the set should be renamed "Antarctic Penguins" instead!


I love how this stamp set has lots of little images (as well as lots of penguins in different poses) and the matching dies saves alot of time fussy-cutting.

To do the background, I used a Lifestyle Nesting Circle die to diecut the My Mind's Eye Winter Wonderland snowflake designer paper and Ranger watercolour cardstock - then used one of my WPlus9 Landscape border dies (which comes in a set of 3) to cut the designer paper where I wanted the edge of the horizon to be then adhered the designer paper to the watercolour cardstock circle.  I scribbled Evergreen Bough and Peacock Feathers Distress Markers on an acrylic block, added some water and painted the watercolour paper to look like the sea.

I stamped all the images using Ranger Archival Jet Black ink onto watercolour cardstock and coloured them with various Distress Markers and Tombow Pens, then diecut each piece.  

I used a Red Wink of Stella glitter pen on the red Santa hat, skates and berries on the mistletoe and Clear Wink of Stella on the floating pieces of ice, leaves on the mistletoe and the green hat.  I added Stampendous Cotton White Fun Flock mixed with Crystalina glitter to the pompom and cuff of both hats.  I also added white dots to the green hat with a white gel pen and Glossy Accents to the nose on each penguin.  I lightly chalked in the cheeks using pink I-Kandee Pearlescent chalk.  Here is a little close-up so you can see the detail:


The floating pieces of ice were glued on using Tombow Mono Multi glue and the penguins and mistletoe were popped up on dimensionals.

The scalloped circle main image panel is a gorgeous die by Spellbinders from their Majestic Circles die set.  

The snowflakes are dies from the Poppystamps Christmas Baubles die set.  I glued down the centres then bent the arms up a little and added red and teal Fun Fair Glitter Colours Adhesive Enamel dots to the centres.  You probably can't tell from the photo but these enamel dots are very glittery and are absolutely gorgeous!  

I was so annoyed with myself because I had coloured the hats and added the Fun Flock and put them aside to dry.  I had already attached the penguins and decided to glue on the diecut snowflakes totally forgetting about the hats.  When I went to glue on the Santa hat, I realised that it was covering part of the snowflake so tried to remove the snowflake but of course, it was stuck fast.  If I had my time over, I would have moved the snowflake down a little so it wasn't partly hidden - oh well - just one of those little irritating things...... Here is an even closer view of the main image:


A few months ago, I decided to upgrade my Digital Camera and it takes fantastic close-up photos.  It's a Nikon Coolpix L320 and takes 16.1 megapixel photos.  My husband had bought a second-hand Nikon Coolpix L310 which was the previous model to this one so I tried it out and was really impressed with how easy it was to use and the quality of the photographs was much better compared to my old camera.  So I bought the latest model and really love it and it didn't cost an arm and a leg which was great.  I have found that I don't have to fiddle as much with my photo editing programs to get the colours true to real life compared to my old camera - and most of the time, I don't need to do very much at all.  With my old camera, I would often spend quite a bit of time editing and but sometimes, no matter how much I fiddled, I couldn't get my photo to look like my card did in real-life which would frustrate me no end!  By the way, I use a mix of Google Picasa and GIMP for photo editing - both free programs.  I am no expert on cameras and I am sure there are more amazing ones around but thought I would share my experience in case it is helpful to someone.  Anyway, I am digressing.......back to my card......

The twine and designer paper on the card base are by My Mind's Eye Winter Wonderland which was released in 2012.  The sentiment was also trimmed from one of the designer paper sheets; I layered it onto teal cardstock and trimmed it to 1/16" using my Perfect Layers Tools then popped it up on dimensionals.  

The teal cardstock base and burgundy cardstock layers were trimmed to 1/8" and 1/16" respectively using my Perfect Layers Tools.

As always, I added Fray stop to the cut ends of the twine to stop them from fraying and unravelling.

As I type this, I am at the hospital in the City with my loved one waiting for an appointment - just routine.  We have just been to one appointment but there is a 3 hour gap between appointments so we are hanging around.  We are coming back in again tomorrow for another 2 appointments - again just routine - and then another one early next week - but fingers-crossed, that will be the last of the hospital appointments in the City for the year.  I am using the hospital computer and the colours look super-bright compared to my home laptop - in fact, my card colours look too bright and the sea looks like there are brown patches in amongst the teal!  Gee, I hope it doesn't look like that for all of my blog readers and that it is just this computer (?!). Thanks for visiting my blog today - hope to see you again very soon!

Jocelyn


Card Recipe:

Stamps:  Mama Elephant Arctic Penguins set

Ink:  Ranger Archival Jet Black

Designer Paper:  My Mind's Eye (MME) Winter Wonderland (2012) 6" x 6" pad

Dies:  Lifestyle Nesting Circles, Spellbinders Majestic Circles, Mama Elephant Arctic Penguins, Poppystamps Christmas Baubles (snowflakes), WPlus9 Landscape Borders die set

Accessories:  Big Shot, Ranger Watercolour cardstock, Stampendous Cotton White Fun Flock mixed with fine Crystalina glitter, dimensionals, Tombow Mono Multi glue, doublesided tape, Fun Fair Glitter Colours Adhesive Enamel Dots (by Helz Cuppleditch), Twine from MME Winter Wonderland twine set WW1068, Perfect Layers Tools, Glossy Accents, Distress Markers - Evergreen Bough + Peacock Feathers + Festive Berries, Tombow Pens, #2 round paintbrush, Cardstock - burgundy and teal, Wink of Stella glitter pens - red and clear, I-Kandee Pearlescent chalk, Ranger Inkssentials white gel pen


Monday, November 24, 2014

Mama Elephant Arctic Penguin Christmas card


Hi blogging friendsFrom Millan.Net  

When Mama Elephant released their Arctic Penguin stamp set recently, I couldn't help myself and just HAD to get the set - those little penguins had captured my heart!  I love how the set has alot of penguins in different poses PLUS it has tons of little extras like the Santa hat, winter hat, present, cup, mistletoe, 2 sizes of floating ice and a few other little images.  Cute, cute, CUTE LOL!  I also bought the matching die set which makes putting together a little scene nice and quick.  And here is my card:


To do the background, I used a Lifestyle Nesting Circle die to diecut the My Mind's Eye Winter Wonderland snowflake designer paper and Ranger watercolour cardstock - then used one of my WPlus9 Landscape border dies (which comes in a set of 3) to cut the designer paper where I wanted the edge of the horizon to be then adhered the designer paper to the watercolour cardstock circle (I hope that makes sense!).  I scribbled Evergreen Bough and Peacock Feathers Distress Markers on an acrylic block, added some water and painted the watercolour paper to look like the sea.

I stamped all the images using Ranger Archival Jet Black ink onto watercolour cardstock and coloured them with various Distress Markers and Tombow Pens, then diecut each piece.  

I used a Red Wink of Stella glitter pen on the Santa hat, skates and top of the present and Clear Wink of Stella on the floating ice and green part of the present.  I added Stampendous Cotton White Fun Flock mixed with Crystalina glitter to the pompom and cuff of the hat.  I added Glossy Accents to the penguin's nose.  Here is a little close-up so you can see the detail a bit better - the photo is a little dull as it is very stormy here today and I had try and take photos inbetween squalls:


The floating ice was glued on using Tombow Mono Multi glue and the penguin and present were popped up on dimensionals.

The scalloped circle main image panel is a gorgeous die by Spellbinders from their Majestic Circles die set.  

The snowflakes are dies from the Poppystamps Christmas Baubles die set.  I glued down the centres then bent the arms up a little and added red and teal Fun Fair Glitter Colours Adhesive Enamel dots to the centres which I bought 2 weeks ago at Scrappy Hollow in Croydon, Victoria.  You probably can't tell from the photo but these enamel dots are very glittery and are absolutely gorgeous!  There are quite a few colours and sizes in the set which makes it good value for money.

The twine, chipboard sentiment and large brad plus the designer paper on the card base are all by My Mind's Eye Winter Wonderland which was released in 2012.  Here is a close-up of that gorgeous brad:


Gosh, I love the colours in the My Mind's Eye Winter Wonderland set - right up my alley and so perfect for cool, winter/Christmas scenes.  Yes, I know it is summer at Christmas where I live but I am just crazy for snowmen, snowflakes and snowy scenes.  I have never felt very attracted to images of Santa on a surfboard or Santa wearing shorts for Christmas cards - they just don't appeal to me - and I am blissfully singing "Winter Wonderland" or "I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas" no matter how hot it is!  I just bought some more of this MME range online from Scrap Therapy in Queensland, Australia as I was getting a bit low - they have great customer service - prompt and the goods are really well-packaged for the postal service (I have no connection to the company other than being a regular customer).  You can see their MME Winter Wonderland range  HERE

The teal card base and burgundy cardstock layers were trimmed to 1/8" and 1/16" respectively using my Perfect Layers Tools.

As always, I added Fray stop to the cut ends of the twine to stop them from fraying and unravelling.

Challenges:

I am entering my card in the following Challenges:

Splitcoaststampers - Free for All Friday F4A248 - Grab and Go - grab the most recent thing you have purchased and haven't used and use it.

Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra - November - Anything Goes

Thanks for visiting my blog today!

Jocelyn


Card Recipe:

Stamps:  Mama Elephant Arctic Penguins set

Ink:  Ranger Archival Jet Black

Designer Paper:  My Mind's Eye (MME) Winter Wonderland (2012) 6" x 6" pad

Dies:  Lifestyle Nesting Circles, Spellbinders Majestic Circles, Mama Elephant Arctic Penguins, Poppystamps Christmas Baubles (snowflakes), WPlus9 Landscape Borders die set

Accessories:  Big Shot, Ranger Watercolour cardstock, Stampendous Cotton White Fun Flock mixed with fine Crystalina glitter, dimensionals, Tombow Mono Multi glue, doublesided tape, Fun Fair Glitter Colours Adhesive Enamel Dots (by Helz Cuppleditch), Brad from MME Winter Wonderland Decorative Brads set WW1063, Chipboard sentiment from MME Winter Wonderland Decorative Buttons set WW1064, Twine from MME Winter Wonderland twine set WW1068, Perfect Layers Tools, Glossy Accents, Distress Markers - Evergreen Bough + Peacock Feathers + Festive Berries, Tombow Pens, #2 round paintbrush, Cardstock - burgundy and teal, Wink of Stella glitter pens - red and clear


Sunday, November 16, 2014

Clean and Simple Kate's Snowflake Christmas cards


Hi blogging friendsFrom Millan.Net

Today I am sharing some Clean and Simple Christmas cards using my favourite snowflake die:  Kate's Snowflake by Simon Says Stamp and a new embossing folder I picked up at a Craft Show in October.

These cards are also my entry for the following challenges:

Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra - November - Anything Goes
Crafty Catz Challenge #255 - Christmas is coming

The embossing folder is by Nellie Snellen - Christmas Round and was just the right size for the snowflake die to fit inside - yay!

On Jennifer Maguire's blog, I had seen Jennifer diecut things then heat-emboss them and thought I would give it a try - and it worked really, really well.

For the gold snowflake:  I smooched the diecut snowflake very thoroughly with Versamark Watermark ink and poured on Ranger fine detail Gold embossing powder and picked it up very carefully with my closed-point tweezers and heat-set it.  As soon as the powder melted I poured on a 2nd coat of embossing powder and heat-set it.  You really do need two coats of the embossing powder to get really smooth coverage - one just doesn't look as good:


For the silver snowflake:  I used the same ink and did two coats of Ranger fine detail Silver embossing powder:


For the teal snowflake:  I inked the diecut with Colorbox Sapphire Silk pigment ink and did two coats of Polysparkle clear embossing powder:


I adhered the snowflakes to my white cardstock using Tombow Mono Multi glue which gave me a little bit of time to line up the points perfectly.  I cleaned up any stray bits of glue using my Xyron adhesive eraser.

I have also seen on Jennifer Maguire's blog how Jennifer had made matching embossed edges to her embossed diecuts so I did this same technique for the bottom matching borders.  All you have to do is take a scrap of white cardstock and apply the same ink that you use for your diecuts to one edge and heat-set with two coats of embossing powder then trimmed it to size.  Simple and quick!  I attached mine to the card base using doublesided tape. 

I tied on the twine/ribbon and added Fray Stop to the cut ends to stop them from fraying.  I glued the tails down with Tombow Mono Multi glue to hold them in place because they kept blowing in the wind when I was trying to photograph them! 

Lastly, I added rhinestones to the snowflake centres.  The gold gem came on a sheet of different coloured rhinestones from Bellbird Paper Arts which cost about $2.50 (Bellbird Paper Arts are located in Blackburn, Victoria).  The silver and teal rhinestones are by Kaisercraft.  I couldn't figure out where to put a sentiment so left it off.

Please note it is REALLY hard to photograph silver and gold so the snowflakes look a bit brighter in real life.

Thanks for stopping by!

Jocelyn


Card Recipe:

Teal Snowflake -

Stamps:  None

Ink:  Colorbox Sapphire Silk pigment

Dies:  Simon Says Stamp Kate's Snowflake SSSD111309

Accessories:  Big Shot, Nellie Snellen Christmas Round-1 EFE003 embossing folder, Tombow Mono Multi glue, doublesided tape, Polysparkle embossing powder, heat-gun, Fray Stop, blue sparkle ribbon, Kaisercraft Ice Blue rhinestone (SB774) white cardstock

Gold Snowflake -

Stamps:  None

Ink:  Versamark Watermark

Dies:  Simon Says Stamp Kate's Snowflake SSSD111309

Accessories:  Big Shot, Nellie Snellen Christmas Round-1 EFE003 embossing folder, Tombow Mono Multi glue, doublesided tape, Fray Stop, gold cord, Gold gem (Bellbird Paper Arts), heat-gun, Ranger fine detail Gold embossing powder, white cardstock

Silver Snowflake -

Stamps:  None

Ink:  Versamark Watermark

Dies:  Simon Says Stamp Kate's Snowflake SSSD111309

Accessories:  Big Shot, Nellie Snellen Christmas Round-1 EFE003 embossing folder, Tombow Mono Multi glue, doublesided tape, Fray Stop, silver cord, Kaisercraft Silver rhinestone, heat-gun, Ranger fine detail Silver embossing powder, white cardstock

Monday, November 10, 2014

Lawn Fawn Winter Penguin Christmas card


Hi blogging friendsFrom Millan.Net

I am finally getting back into the groove of making cards on a regular basis.  Funny how when you have hardly made any cards for a while, it seems difficult to get everything flowing again.  I haven't coloured anything much for ages and it was almost like I had forgotten how:  I felt so rusty!  But with Christmas fast-approaching, I need to get my skates on as I haven't made very many Christmas cards this year - and today I am sharing a card using a super-cute little penguin from Lawn Fawn which is my entry for the following challenges:

Papertake Weekly Challenge - Anything Goes
Christmas Stampin' All Year Long - Challenge 36 - Anything Goes


I dry-embossed a piece of Ranger Distress watercolour cardstock using my Big Shot and Ultimate Crafts Snowflake Frame embossing folder (which was a recent purchase at a Craft Show in October and is a 2014 release).  I really love how this folder has a blank section in the middle for your image.  

To do the background, I drew a wavy line with my pencil as a guide for where I wanted my skyline then used an old paintbrush to drop in dots of Masking Fluid where I wanted the snow to be.  Once this was dry, I wet the cardstock with clear water using a flat paintbrush and dropped in some watered-down Winsor and Newton watercolour paints in blues, purple and a little bit of grey and just let them mingle together.  I left it to dry and then used my finger to rub off the Masking Fluid which left white dots for snow.  I also painted the area to the left of the penguin with watered-down Ultramarine watercolour paint.  The sky looks quite a bit paler in the photo than in real life and you can see the detail a bit better in the close-up photo a bit further down.

I was a bit clumsy when I painted the sky and some colour leaked into the dry-embossed frame (next time I will mask off that section!) and it didn't look very good so I tried to sponge the colour out but just made it worse!  I was getting very cheesed off and almost tossed the jolly thing out - but then came up with the idea of adding a diecut frame over the embossed frame to hide the mess and was lucky to find one that was almost the right size and figured it was near-enough so ran with it.  I glued it on using Tombow Mono Multi glue.  Phew!  And you know, I actually preferred having a frame over the centre compared to no frame.

I stamped the penguin onto Distress watercolour cardstock using Ranger Jet Black archival ink and coloured him with Festive Berries and Peacock Feathers Distress Markers and Black Soot Distress ink.  I added some white dots on the scarf using a white gel pen then diecut the penguin using the matching Lawn Fawn die.

The sentiment is also from the Winter Penguin stamp set and was stamped with RangerJet Black ink and Ancient Page Cardinal dye ink.

I drew in the black skating line using a Zig black pen then glued on the 3 x pale teal snowflakes around the image.  The snowflakes are the leftover punchies from using a Martha Stewart Snow Flurry edge punch:  I love these punchies because the snowflakes are so tiny and perfect for adding as little embellishments.  I added silver rhinestones to the centres.

Here is a close-up of the main panel:


The white snowflakes are by My Favorite Things - and I used the smallest and 2nd smallest dies.  I popped them up on dimensionals and added red rhinestones.

I layered the main panel onto red cardstock and trimmed the edges to 1/16" using my Perfect Layers Tools.

Lastly, I used a Clear Wink of Stella glitter pen to add some sparkle to the scarf, skates and the pale teal snowflakes and some Glossy Accents to the penguin's beak.

Before I go, I forgot to share on my last post the Halloween card that my daughter gave me:


Pretty cool, don't you think?! 

And just a snippet of happy news:  my Halloween card (see THIS blogpost) was picked as one of the favourites for the week on Splitcoaststampers - yay me!  And my card was also showcased as one of the top 4 picks over at Diecutting Divas (you can see the details HERE - just scroll down till you see my card!)  Oh my gosh, I can hardly believe it!!From Millan.Net

Thanks for visiting my blog today. 

Jocelyn 


Card Recipe:

Stamps:  Lawn Fawn Winter Penguin set

Ink:  Ranger Jet Black Archival, Ancient Page Cardinal dye, Black Soot Distress Ink

Dies:  Lawn Fawn Winter Penguin, My Favorite Things Die-namics Snowflakes Trio, Lifestyle Nesting Card Templates (rectangles)

Accessories:  Big Shot, Ultimate Crafts Snowflake Frame embossing folder (from 2014 Feliz Navidad Collection), Perfect Layers Tools, dimensionals, Tombow Mono Multi glue, doublesided tape, Distress Markers - Peacock Feathers and Festive Berries, white gel pen, Zig black .03 pen, Winsor and Newton watercolour paints, 1/2" flat paintbrush, #2 round paintbrush, old round paintbrush, Masking Fluid, Papermania silver rhinestones PMA351103, Kaisercraft SB711 red rhinestones, Wink of Stella clear glitter pen, Glossy Accents, cardstock - red, pale teal, Ranger Distress watercolour

Punches:  Martha Stewart Snow Flurry edge

Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween card


Hi blogging friends From Millan.Net

Sorry for my long absence:  I have been helping out with preparing for a stall to sell loom band creations (which if you don't already know, are super-popular with kids at the moment!) at my daughter's School Fair (which was held last Sunday).  My daughter made most of the loom band creations which has taken her about 5 months!  We were running the stall to raise money for charity so attending to all the details was very time-consuming (plus I was making a few loom band creations too).  Our stall ended up raising $121 - and when you add a few donations from other people and sales to family/friends, the total ended up being $181!  Woo hoo!  The weather was perfect for the occasion - around 25 deg C (77 deg F) and sunny - which was fantastic but also very lucky because at 2 am the following morning, the storms began and it was very wild with heavy rain and flash-flooding well into the next day.  Soooo glad that we didn't have weather like that for the Fair - it would have been a disaster!

The card I am sharing today is a Halloween card which I made for my daughter and now that I have given to her, I can share it here on my blog.  This is also my entry for the Die Cuttin Divas Challenge #189 of Happy Halloween where you must have at least one diecut on your creation.


I really enjoyed making this card as it gave me an opportunity to play with Distress Inks to make a sunset on Ranger watercolour paper which I have never done before.  I had a great play as I tried different colour combinations and have plenty of leftovers to use for other cards.  But first of all, I punched out a circle from a post-it-note to use as a mask so that when it was removed after blending the inks, I had a moon.

I used a round Ranger Blending Tool which I like alot better than the rectangular one as I find that I get less lines.  I used quite a few colours of Distress Inks (which are listed in the Card Recipe below) which you wouldn't probably realise from just looking at my card.  I went from light to dark and just kept blending till I was happy.  I tried to make it a little darker on the LHS and kept it lighter on the RHS where there would be more light from the moon.  I removed the moon mask but decided to add a little watered down Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink with a paintbrush to the moon to try and make it look more rounded and not quite as white.

The house, tree, pumpkin, tombstones, cat and bats are all from one die called Halloween Hill by Impression Obsession.  I diecut 2 layers from the black cardstock and glued them together so there was a bit more depth.  I used a small scrap of watercolour paper and coloured it yellow using Lemonade Distress ink then cut it to fit in behind the pumpkin face and the windows on the house.  I used a sponge and Hero Arts White dye ink to sponge the edges of the diecut to look like the moon was shining on the various elements then attached the diecut to the inked watercolour paper.  I added some Stampin' Up! Dazzling Diamonds glitter glue plus Kindyglitz Gold glitter glue to the pumpkin face and the windows on the house for a bit of sparkle.

The very front panel is a die by Memory Box - Graveyard Landscape and again, I diecut 2 layers and also sponged the edges with white ink.

The ghosts are also by Memory Box - Ghastly Ghosts which has 5 different ghosts in the set. 

The sentiment is from Hero Arts and was stamped using Versamark Watermark ink and heat-set using Stampin' Up white embossing powder.  I love this embossing powder because it is really white.  I attached 2 Doodlebug brads which I have had in my stash forever.

I used some Mounting Tape to attach the scene to some orange glitter cardstock then attached that to black glitter cardstock using Ranger Wonder tape which is very strong and works really well with glitter cardstock. 

Lastly, I attached some white cobweb across the sky using tiny dots of Tombow Mono Multi glue to look a bit like mist/fog.  This cobweb is from my local supermarket (Woolworths) and comes in a big bag with black spiders and looks like cushion stuffing and costs about $3.  It's really awful to work with as it catches on everything which nearly drove me bonkers - but I like how it looks on my card :-)
Happy Halloween for those of you who celebrate the occasion From Millan.Net   We had ALOT more kids/parents visiting us tonight and it was great to catch up with neighbours who were all getting into the spirit of it and just having a happy time with nothing really scary or weird.  I decorated the outside of our house and I noticed that there were alot more decorated houses around compared to previous years.  Seems to be catching on in Australia but not in a creepy way.

Thanks for visiting my blog today!  I have ALOT of blog reading to catch up on! 

Jocelyn


Card Recipe:

Stamps:  Sentiment from Hero Arts Happy Halloween CL353 clear set

Inks:  Versamark Watermark, Hero Arts white dye, Ranger Distress - Squeezed Lemonade, Spice Marmalade, Scattered Straw, Rusty Hinge, Dusty Concord, Faded Jeans, Stormy Sky, Black Soot

Designer paper:  None

Accessories:  Big Shot, Impression Obsession Halloween Hill DIE029P, Memory Box Graveyard Landscape 98375 and Ghastly Ghosts 98701, Ranger round ink blending tool, Doodlebug 1974 Halloween Assortment boutique brads (2008), heat gun, Stampin' Up white embossing powder, Stampin' Up Dazzling details glitter glue, Kindyglitz gold glitter glue, cobweb (supermarket), sponge, 1 inch circle punch + post-it note (for masking moon), Ranger watercolour paper, paintbrush, X-Press It mounting tape, Tombow Mono Multi glue, Ranger doublesided Wonder tape, cardstock - orange glitter, black glitter, white, black



Monday, September 22, 2014

My first Centre-Step birthday card for my Mum


Hi blogging friendsFrom Millan.Net

I have felt very, very dry creative-wise in recent weeks and really only made a mess in my Craft Room with nothing to show for it.  One of those phases where you try new techniques but they don't work; nothing appeals to you in your stash and you just get frustrated.   Two of my extended family had birthdays during the past few weeks but I ended up buying cards for them as I just couldn't think of anything to make! 

But, in the last week, I have finally found Mr Mojo and started creating again....phew....I was starting to think I would never make any more cards!  Just as well as my mother's birthday is coming up this week and I wanted to make her an extra-special card as Mum is one of my biggest fans and always so enthusiastic about my cardmaking.  There was no way I wanted to buy a card for my Mum - it wouldn't feel right - and here is what I came up with - which is also my entry for the Incy Wincy Designs Challenge of 'Anything Goes' as well as two Splitcoaststampers Challenges (details and links are near the end of my blog post):


The image is from Craft Creations and is called Birds in Blossom.  I picked it up at the Paperific Show which was held during the last week in August at Ascot Vale (a suburb of Melbourne).

By the way, the show was fantastic and I just loved surrounding myself with other enthusiastic cardmakers and a huge array of cardmaking supplies......crafty heaven!!   I met people who had flown over from Western Australia (which, for my overseas readers, is over 3,400 kilometres one way - more than 2000 miles!) and even some from New Zealand!  It was great to meet my Stampin' Up Demonstrator for the first time and do a Christmas card workshop together.  I came home with lots of goodies as I save up for nearly a year in anticipation of the show - but I do take cash rather than a credit card so I can keep a lid on my spending.  Just to have some solo me-time where I am not thinking about anything medical in relation to my loved one is very soothing for my soul and I really enjoyed being able to have a whole day out.  My husband was looking after our loved one and made dinner as well so when I arrived home about 5:30pm, all I had to do was sit down and have a cuppa and look through all my goodies:  what a wonderful man he is!   Anyway, back to my card.............

Once I had layered up the image using dimensionals (which was very time-consuming!), I was a little stuck with what to do with it as it is quite large.  Then a light-bulb went off when I espied a Centre-Step Card die by Cheery Lynn in my stash which I bought from Fat Cat's Card Corner at the Paperific Show last year.  I remember at the time, Kaaren (who owns the store) said that the die was no longer being made by Cheery Lynn as it was too expensive to manufacture and that once the die was sold out, that was it - there would be no more manufactured.  I didn't pay alot for the die as it was being sold at cost.

Of course, you can make your own Centre-Step cards - you don't need a die - but boy, does the die make it easier because not only does this particular one cut the card base and score where the folds are, but you have separate dies that diecut the panels so your layers are perfectly matched.  And I love that this type of card folds up flat.   I am absolutely hopeless at measuring things correctly which is why most of my cards are just simple cards folded in the centre, so without a die, I personally wouldn't even try making this sort of card base!   You need an extended platform for your Big Shot to use the die as the die is really long.  You are extremely unlikely to find this particular Cheery Lynn die online but Crafts Too are releasing a Step Card die in October (see HERE at the Crafts Too website - scroll down till almost the end of the page to see it).  You can also buy Centre Step Card blanks on EBay Australia as well as a few other places depending on where you live in the world.

I bought an 8" x 8" paper pad of Graphic 45 Botanical Tea at the Paperific Show which I absolutely adore - and they matched the image so perfectly that I did a happy danceFrom Millan.Net  Sometimes I can struggle to find matching papers to a Topper or Decoupage (paper tole) image but in this case, it was a match made in heaven.

The main image was taller than the actual diecut card centre panel but it didn't matter and the card still folds up flat (other than the layering sticking up a little of course).  All the layers are from the Graphic 45 pad and I stuck them down onto a white cardstock diecut Step-Card base.  Here is a slightly different angle so you can see the card shape a little better:


The sentiment was popped up on dimensionals and I added Stampin' Up! Dazzling Diamonds glitter glue to all the flower centres.  Lastly, I added a pink heart Sparklet to the bottom right-hand side.  I didn't really want to do anything more fancy as I just wanted to let the image shine.  I did actually go around the blue panels with Polar Blue ink to hide any white cardstock that was showing and as the blue paper layer around the sentiment was handcut, the inking hid any imperfections in my cutting.  Here is a close-up so you can see more details of the dimension:


I decorated the card inside using the same designer papers and diecut some white cardstock using a Spellbinder Floral Oval Nestabilities die (I used the largest die in the set) then added some Soft Pink rhinestones to the top, bottom, right and left sides in the centre of the flower. The floral designer paper was diecut using one of the Step-Card dies in the set.


Challenges:

I am entering my card in the following challenges -

Incy Wincy Designs - Anything Goes 

Splitcoaststampers - Free for All Friday F4A239 - Birds - put a bird anywhere on your project

Splitcoaststampers - Technique Lover's Challenge - TLC190 - Stair Step Fold Card (which is from ages ago but there is no time limit on SCS Challenges)

Thanks for visiting my blog today and for any comments that you care to leave - they are so appreciated!

Jocelyn


Card Recipe:

Stamps:  None

Ink:  Versacolor Polar Blue pigment

Designer Paper:  Graphic 45 Botanical Tea 8" x 8"

Accessories:  Big Shot, Big Shot Extended Platform and Plates, Cheery Lynn Centre-Step card die (retired), Spellbinder Floral Oval Nestabilities S4-356, dimensionals, Stampin' Up Dazzling Diamonds glitter glue, Craft Creations Birds in Blossom diecut 3D decoupage sheet, Kaisercraft Heart Sparklet RS420, Kaisercraft Soft Pink SB701 rhinestones, white cardstock

Friday, August 29, 2014

Father's Day card for my husband


Hi blogging friendsFrom Millan.Net

In Australia, we celebrate Father's Day on the 1st Sunday in September - and today I am sharing the card I made for my husband who is a FANTASTIC Dad to our daughter.  This is also my entry for the Simon Says Challenge of 'Anything Goes' and to use Memory Box products if you have them - as well as the The Male Room Challenge of 'Seeing Stars'.  More details and links on the challenges at the end of my blog post.

My husband loves the older-styles of planes so when I saw this Decoupage/Paper Tole image of a De Havilland Tiger Moth from Craft Creations, I thought it would be perfect for him.  They have come out with some fantastic masculine diecut images in the past year or so and I find them really great for making those oh-so-hard-can't-think-of-what-to-make masculine cards.


The image came already diecut so I just popped out the pieces and trimmed off any daggy bits and put the pieces together with dimensionals.  Easy peasy!

I did actually trim down the base image panel quite a lot because it was really large and wouldn't fit on my standard-size card front.  This image panel is layered onto blue designer paper from my Fancy Pants Beach Bum 6" x 6" pad and trimmed to 1/16" using my Perfect Layers Tools.

The card base is kraft cardstock layered with the same blue paper as the main image plus some dotty paper from the same pad - and these were trimmed to 1/8" using my Perfect Layers Tools.

To make the stars, I cut two small pieces of Stampin' Up! Dazzling Diamonds glitter cardstock (which is white) and rubbed the cardstock with Versacolor Smoke Blue pigment ink, gave it a quick blast with my heat-gun to dry the ink, then diecut a star using my Big Shot and Memory Box Celestial Bodies die set which includes a couple of different sized stars.  Likewise, for the reddish-orange stars, I rubbed a mix of Colorbox Warm Red and Blush Rose fluid chalk ink over the glitter cardstock, heat-set it and then diecut the stars.  A GREAT way to match the glitter cardstock to the colours on your card - which was a fantastic tip I recently learned from my Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.  The stars were popped up on dimensionals.

Here is a close-up of the main image so you can see a little of the dimension on the plane plus those glittery stars:


The sentiment is from my Docrafts Wellington Bear Ultimate Decoupage pack which was still sitting on my desk from my last couple of Wellington Bear cards and thought it matched perfectly.  This was also popped up on dimensionals.

Did you know that The Twinery has brought out solid colours of twine to match their range of white/coloured twine?  I couldn't WAIT to get my hands on some because I LOVE twine so I bought some from a USA Seller on Etsy:  nope - couldn't wait till it was available in Australia!  Ahh, the joys of the world-wide-web!!  The twine I used on my card is Midnight Blue and I added Fray Stop to the cut-ends to stop them from fraying.

I think you could use this image for a birthday as well as Father's Day.

Challenges:

I am entering my card in the following challenges -

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes - with the option of using Memory Box  products.  I used the Memory Box Celestial Bodies dies.

The Male Room - Seeing Stars

I am off to the Paperific Show on Saturday so I will really love having a whole day to myself looking at pretty things and spending time with like-minded crafters who get excited over ribbon and sequins like I do:  I can't WAIT!!  Thanks for stopping by!

Jocelyn


Card Recipe:

Stamps:  None

Ink:  Versacolor Smoke Blue pigment, Colorbox Fluid Chalk Warm Red and Blush Rose

Designer paper:  Fancy Pants Beach Bum (2011) 6" x 6" pad

Accessories:  Perfect Layers Tools, The Twinery Solid Midnight Blue twine, Fray Stop, Stampin' Up! Dazzling Diamonds glitter cardstock, dimensionals, Big Shot, Memory Box Celestial Bodies dies, heat-gun, Docrafts Wellington Bear Ultimate Diecut Decoupage pack (sentiment), Craft Creations De Havilland Tiger Moth DCD555 diecut Decoupage (paper tole), cardstock - kraft

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