Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Wellington Bear - a birthday card for my girlfriend


Hi blogging friendsFrom Millan.Net

This is my entry for the Suzy Bee's Blooming' Challenge of Anything Goes - more details and links at the end of my blog-post.  

Whilst I still had my Docrafts Wellington Bear Decoupage kit still on my desk after making my husband's birthday card, I thought I would make a birthday card for my girlfriend Y who lives in another State.  Some of the images in the pack (although predominantly for men) are suitable for ladies too.  And here is what I came up with:


I paired the image with some gorgeous Dovecraft First Edition - New Bloom papers.  Ohhh, I adore these papers!  Love, love, LOVE the colours!  They were a recent purchase which I just couldn't resist as I love purple and teal - my favourite colours!

All the layers are from the pad and were trimmed to 1/8" using my Perfect Layers Tools. The sentiment is also from the Wellington Bear set and was popped up on dimensionals.  I attached the organza ribbon in two separate elements and the bow was made with my Bow Easy then glued on using Fabric glue.  I added Fray Stop to the cut ends to stop them from fraying.

Once I had done the card front, I attached it to a white cardstock base.  I sewed some purple thread though a button then glued it on using Glossy Accents.

Can you see the tiny purple hearts on the top left-hand side?  I used some Stampin' Up Dazzling Diamonds glitter cardstock (which is white) and rubbed some Versacolor Lilac pigment ink over it then punched out the hearts using my EK Success Arrows border punch (they are the leftover punchies that look like hearts which, if you are a follower of my blog, you know that I use them ALL the time!).  My Stampin' Up Demonstrator said that I can rub ink over the Dazzling Diamonds glitter cardstock to change it to any colour that I want so I gave it a try and it worked brilliantly. 

Here is another angle so you can see the dimension on the card:


I added some Stampin' Up Dazzling Details glitter glue to random spots on the daisies around the bear but you can't see that in the photo because the weather was really dull and dreary when I took the photo.  I will be very happy when we have some sunny days to make photographing outside a little easier.  I can sense that Spring is just around the corner as the Cherry Blossom trees are just starting to flower - yay!

Challenges:

I made my card for the following challenge -

Suzy Bee's Bloomin' Challenge #41 - Anything Goes

Thanks for visiting my blog today!

Jocelyn


Card Recipe:

Stamps:  None

Ink:   Versacolor Lilac pigment

Designer paper:  Dovecraft First Edition New Bloom 6" x 6" pad

Accessories:  Docrafts Wellington Bear Ultimate A4 Diecut Decoupage pack, Dovecraft ribbon 1 cm - 3/8" wide, button from stash and matching sewing thread, Fray Stop, Bow Easy, Glossy Accents, dimensionals, Perfect Layers Tools, Stampin' Up Dazzling Details glitter glue, cardstock - white, Stampin' Up Dazzling Diamonds glitter

Punches:   EK Success Arrows border, Stampin' Up corner


Thursday, August 7, 2014

Penny Black Well-Wishers for your birthday!


Hi blogging friends From Millan.Net

Well, the nasty winds have finally abated after causing plenty of damage around our State but we got off lightly compared to Tasmania who received a battering.  We had some bitterly cold days where there was snow down to low levels.  No snow here but we had plenty of hail.  And we had quite a run of 0 degree mornings as well so I have quite a few plants that have been burnt by the frost.  We had the slow-combustion fire going almost non-stop which made it very cosy inside and made our cat Ruby very happy.  I am just amazed at how much a cat can sleep when you have the fire going:  cat's REALLY know how to relax, that's for sure!

Today I am sharing the birthday card I made for my daughter's 11th birthday at the beginning of July.  I used a Penny Black stamp called "Well Wishers" and stamped it onto watercolour paper using Ranger Archival Jet Black ink and coloured it with various mediums:  Lyra, Inktense and Albrecht Durer watercolour pencils, Tombow pens and Winsor and Newton watercolour paints.


The stamp just had the mouse holding one balloon but I thought it would be fun if the mouse held a bunch of balloons and decided to paper-piece each one.  I repeatedly stamped just the balloon onto various designer papers from the Echo Park Hello Summer pad and fussy cut each one then popped them up on dimensionals.  I popped some of the balloons up higher than others.  I drew in the balloon strings using a Copic multiliner black pen.  I did run around the left-hand edge of the balloons with a pale grey Tombow pen just to make the balloons look a little more rounded.  I also paper-pieced the present that the hedgehog is carrying.  Here is a close-up:


For my sentiment, I thought it would be fun to add a speech bubble which I hand-cut then ran around the edges using Sky Blue pigment ink which hid any uneven cutting as well as making sure the speech bubble stand out a little from the background.  I used my Martha Stewart Stars edge punch to punch some tiny stars from the designer paper (they are the leftover punchies after using the punch) which I glued around the sentiment.

It's a bit hard to see in the photo but I added Kindyglitz Crystalina glitter glue to the stars on the sentiment panel, around the pink icing on the cake and the candle flame, the highlights on the balloons, the ribbon on the present and the cheeks on all the animals.

The card base was trimmed to 1/8" using my Perfect Layers Tools and the main image panel was diecut using my Big Shot and Lifestyle Nesting Rectangle dies.

Because the image panel was quite large, I kept the rest of the card simple and just added the bottom panel and tied on some twine.

When I started this card in the 2nd week of June, they had posted the Splitcoaststampers Technique Lover's Challenge TLC485 of Paper-Piecing Revisited - so that was why I decided to do paper-piecing on my image.  I always forget to do paper-piecing but I just love how it looks.  Unfortunately, I couldn't share my card on my blog until after my daughter's birthday (some weeks after the challenge was first posted) because it would spoil the surprise - but with other things going on in my life, I am only finally getting around to blogging it.  I am still popping it into the SCS Challenge as there is no time limit and I did specifically make it for the challenge.  Obviously, I won't be entering any other non-SCS challenges as that defeats the purpose of entering a challenge!  Click THIS LINK for more details on the TLC485 Challenge.

Thanks for visiting my blog today.

Jocelyn


Card Recipe:

Stamps:  Penny Black 'Well-Wishers' 2884K wood mount, Sentiment from Penny Black clear set 'It's Your Day' 30-046

Ink:  Ranger Archival Jet Black, Versacolor Sky Blue pigment

Designer paper:  Echo Park Hello Summer 6" x 6" pad

Accessories:  Big Shot, Lifestyle Nesting Rectangle dies, 1mm/2mm/3mm dimensionals, Kindyglitz Crystalina glitter glue, The Twinery 'Shore' twine, Fray Stop, Lyra + Derwent Inktense + Albrecht Durer watercolour pencils, Tombow pens, Winsor and Newton watercolour paints, #2 Kolinsky Sable paintbrush, Copic Multiliner waterproof 0.05 black pen, 140lb watercolour paper, Perfect Layers Tools, cardstock - light blue

Punches:  Martha Stewart Lace Doily + Stars edge


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Just cruisin' with Wellington Bear birthday card


Hi blogging friendsFrom Millan.Net

Sheesh - sure is windy where I live - which makes it very hard to take photographs of cards outside but inbetween gusts, I managed to take a photo of my husband's birthday card:


My husband's birthday isn't until August so I am a little ahead of schedule - yay me!

The main image is from the Docrafts range - Wellington Bear - and came already diecut so I just popped out the pieces and trimmed off any daggy bits then layered them up with dimensionals.  I did actually trim the panel down a bit on the sides because it was a bit too wide for my card base.  I just LOVE this Wellington Bear range:  so perfect for masculine cards I think.  You can see my other Masculine Wellington Bear cards HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE.

The designer papers - the blue and the dotted paper - are from the Fancy Pants Beach Bum 6" x 6" pad.  I love how the dotty paper had the blue and rusty red colours in it that matched the car and Wellington's scarf so perfectly.  The card base is kraft cardstock.  All the layers were trimmed to 1/16" using my Perfect Layers Tools.

The ribbon came from Riot Art and Craft (a recent purchase) and was attached in 2 separate elements and I added Fray Stop to the ends to stop them from fraying.  This ribbon frays terribly so the Fray Stop is fantastic for those types of ribbons because you can add the Fray Stop first then trim so the ribbon doesn't have a chance to unravel.  The ribbon knot was glued on using Fabric glue.  The ribbon is quite thick and I chose it specifically because of its knitted texture echoing what I think Wellington's scarf would be like in real life (yes, I have a vivid imagination - as if you would see a teddy bear driving a car!).  

The buttons are from my stash and have matching thread sewn through them before gluing on using Crafter's Pick Incredibly Tacky glue.

The sentiment is also from the Wellington Bear pack and was popped up on dimensionals.

Challenges:

I am entering my card in the following challenges -

Suzy Bee's Bloomin' Challenge #39 - Anything Goes
Splitcoaststampers - Ways to use it - WT489 - lots of dots (or spots)

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

I haven't had much cardmaking time nor blog visiting time of late as my loved one has been sick for the past few weeks - in total (including their cold) about 5 weeks straight.  They are slowly improving so I hope that once things settle down, I'll have a little more "me-time" to catch up with my blog visiting.  

Thanks so much for visiting my blog today!

Jocelyn


Card Recipe:

Stamps and Ink:  None

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

Accessories:  Docrafts Wellington Bear A4 Ultimate Diecut Decoupage pack (image and sentiment), dimensionals, Multicraft Imports SR108J ribbon (Riot Art and Craft), Fray Stop, Crafter's Pick Incredibly Tacky glue, blue buttons (stash) and matching sewing thread, Perfect Layers Tools, kraft cardstock

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Vintage Dasher Christmas card


Hi blogging friends From Millan.Net

I am almost over my wretched cold (thank goodness!) and I am really now just tired and lacking energy.  We had some wonderful visitors over the weekend:  on Saturday, my American sister-in-law and her grown-up son (they reside in Australia but in another State so we don't catch up very often and they were on a stopover in Melbourne on the way home from the USA). My sister-in-law has always been a HUGE supporter of my cardmaking and a couple of years ago suggested that I start a blog to showcase my cards.   

On Sunday, my gorgeous friend Y and her 12 year old son from Brisbane visited for a couple of hours after lunch.  Y is the one who first introduced me to lots of different crafts:  dried flower arranging, then decorative painting and then cardmaking.  I never had any confidence with my crafting abilities and in fact, I didn't think I had a creative bone in my body until I met Y - but she was so encouraging and enthusiastic that my confidence slowly grew.  Y is one of those people that even when you don't see each other often, when you catch up, you just pick up where you left off.

And of course, when you are with people whom you love dearly and get on so well with, the time always passes far too quickly - and when they leave, there seems to be a void From Millan.Net

So what card am I sharing today?  It's another Christmas card!  Yep:  I have the Christmas-cardmaking-bug and there is nothing I love more than rifling through my Christmas stash finding things I have forgotten about - a great journey of discovery...fun...fun....fun :-)


One of my all-time favourite Stampin' Up Christmas stamps is:  Dasher.  I love Dasher because the image is so versatile and lends itself to many different styles of card whether clean and simple or layered - and today, I am sharing my vintage-inspired version.  I am a little crazy about Vintage Christmas images at the moment so I have a few projects on the go and lots of ideas running through my head and my Craft Room is in total chaos LOL!

I stamped Dasher onto cream cardstock using Stampin' Up Crumb Cake ink and then after diecutting and layering the image panel onto crimson cardstock, I heavily distressed the panel using Ranger Antique Linen Distress ink and my Ranger Blending Tool.  I added some Kaisercraft blue-grey rhinestones and Bo Bunny burgundy rhinestones to Dasher's antlers.

The designer paper is really old - Cosmo Cricket:  Oh Joy (I used both sides of the paper) which I bought quite a few years ago now when I was required to make some Vintage Christmas cards for Fat Cat's Card Corner (I was on their DT).  Thankfully, there are lots of Vintage Christmas papers around these days that you could substitute and Kaisercraft has had some gorgeous Vintage papers out the last couple of years eg: Just Believe  - and of course, Graphic 45 has some amazing papers too, just to name a few.  I heavily distressed the card base/papers using Antique Linen ink.

I dyed/aged the cream lace using a tea bag and then tied on some rusty bells (and they even jingle!) using some twine.  As is my usual practice, I added the lace in 2 separate elements and glued the knotted part on using Fabric glue (it's just neater that way for me!) - and I added Fray Stop to the cut ends to stop them from fraying.

I added an Imaginisce brad to the bottom right-hand side which is from their Snowy Joe Brad Collection.  I received this set of brads free with an order from an online store and I suspect they are l-o-n-g retired.  It was just pure luck that the colours on this brad matched really well with my card (LOVE it when that happens!).

Lastly, I attached my decorated card front to a cream cardstock base.

Finished size is:  5-3/4" x 4-1/8" or 146mm x 105mm.

Challenges:

I am entering my card in the following challenges -

Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra - July - Anything Goes
Completely Christmas - Challenge #20 - Anything Goes

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Jocelyn


Card Recipe:

Stamps:  Stampin' Up Dasher (retired)

Ink:  Stampin' Up Crumb Cake, Ranger Antique Linen Distress Ink

Designer paper:  Cosmo Cricket Oh Joy - Frosty 12" x 12" (retired)

Accessories:  Hero Arts Lace Ribbon CH231 (tea dyed by me), fabric glue, Bo Bunny 'Father Christmas' jewels (burgundy rhinestones) JFC497, Kaisercraft rhinestones Blue-Grey RS406, Big Shot, Lifestyle Nesting Circle and Nesting Scallop Circle dies, Ranger Blending Tool, Pickadoll PT-1550 1cm rusty jingle bells, Darice hemp cord (to tie on bells), Imaginisce Snowball brads - Snowy Joe Collection (retired), Fray Stop, cardstock - Bazzill Basics Crimson, Paper Mill cream

Friday, July 4, 2014

Just-Rite Christmas Treasures Fan Club Christmas Challenge


Hi blogging friends From Millan.Net

Thank you for your kind 'Get Well' messages from my last post.  My cold is lingering on and on but hopefully it will start to improve soon.  My loved one is still sick too but they feel quite a bit better than a few days ago and their cough is certainly not as yucky so the antibiotics seem to be working.

Today, I am sharing a Christmas card which I made for the Splitcoaststampers Christmas Fan Club Challenge for July and the theme is "All about the Sentiment".  I have hardly made any Christmas cards this year.  I had originally planned to make a card each month for the Christmas Fan Club Challenge but just wasn't "feeling it" until now.  I have to be in-the-mood for Christmas cardmaking and if I try and force myself to make one when I don't want to, I usually end up with a messy Craft Room and very little to show for it.  


The dry embossing is a Nellie Snellen Christmas Square-1 EFE004 embossing folder.  The sentiment and border is from an old Just-Rite Christmas Treasures set (which uses their own 3-1/4" round stamper) and was stamped using Versamark Watermark ink and heat-embossed using Ranger Silver superfine embossing powder.  I really love how you can see such fine detail with this embossing powder.

After I attached the main panel to the card, I thought that the panel needed something more so decided to cut a silver glitter cardstock border using my Lifestyle Nesting Circles and the Magnetic platform in my Big Shot.  The magnetic platform makes it so easy to cut a border this way because you can lay the dies exactly where you want them and they don't move in the machine.  I glued down the silver circle using Tombow Mono Multi glue.

I used my Perfect Layers Tools to trim a 1/16" border around the silver cardstock base (LOVE these tools - they make crafting so much easier!).  By the way, I attached the silver glitter cardstock to the white cardstock using Ranger Wonder Tape.  Doublesided tape, in my experience, just doesn't work for attaching glitter cardstock - it isn't strong enough.

Lastly, I added silver rhinestones.  Finished size is 5-1/8" x 5-1/8".

Challenges:

Apart from the SCS Fan Club Challenge, I am entering my card in the following challenges -

Papertake Weekly Challenge - Anything goes - with the optional extra of doing something for Christmas in July

Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra - July - Anything Goes 

Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge #183 - Let's get Sentimental

Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog today.

Jocelyn


Card Recipe:

Stamps:  Just-Rite Christmas Treasures (sentiment and border)

Ink:  Versamark Watermark

Accessories:  Just-Rite 3-1/4" round stamper, Big Shot, Big Shot magnetic platform, Ranger Silver superfine embossing powder, heat-gun, Perfect Layers Tools, Lifestyle Nesting Circle dies, Nellie Snellen Christmas Square-1 EFE004 embossing folder, Ranger Wonder Tape, Tombow Mono Multi glue, Papermania adhesive stones Silver PMA351103, cardstock - silver glitter, white

Monday, June 30, 2014

Memory Box Grand Happy birthday - brother's card


Hi blogging friends From Millan.Net

The cold Winter weather has certainly arrived with a bang where I live with some rather violent and windy weather during the past week causing quite a lot of damage around Victoria - and boy, has it turned cold.  After thinking at the beginning of June that there wouldn't be any snow this season on the Alps, now they have had huge falls that will make the snow-bunnies very happy. 

I am very unwell at the moment.  I contracted a horrible cold last week which I am feeling the full force of From Millan.Net.  My loved one has also contracted the same virus - fortunately, not as badly as me.  They are on antibiotics and are already alot better than 2 days ago.  I am very glad that it is now school holidays here so I don't have to venture out into the Antarctic to do the school-run and my wonderful husband is picking up bits and pieces from the shops for me on his way home from work.  Anyway, I will get on with sharing my card which I have been working on these past few days and will be giving to my brother for his birthday in August:


I have used my old favourite Penny Black dog stamp which I have used a ton of times in the past for masculine birthday cards.  I stamped him onto watercolour paper using Ranger Archival Sepia ink and coloured him with various mediums:  Faber-Castell watercolour pencils and Tombow pens using a #2 round paintbrush.   I stamped him again so I could have 2 layers to give him some dimension then fussy-cut him.  I wanted the present that the dog is holding to stand out against the muted tones so cut some tiny pieces of blue and red glitter cardstock and glued them onto the present.  Here is close-up of the cute little fella:



The diecut 'Happy Birthday' is a Memory Box die which I really love:  so many ideas and possibilities with this die.  I added the strip of designer paper near the bottom of the cardstock to balance out the card elements then tied on some Darice Hemp cord.  I added Fray Stop to the cut ends to stop them from fraying.  I had trouble with the bow and tails sitting flat so ended up gluing them down with some Fabric glue.   The card is a top-opening card so that made it nice and easy to tie on the cord.

Lastly, I glued on the paw pad button using Glossy Accents and corner-punched the bottom corners.

Finished size is 125mm x 125mm or 5 inches x 5 inches.

Challenges:

I am entering my card in the following challenges -

Fan-Tastic Tuesday Challenge #41 - Anything Goes (as long as it's square) 
Seize the Birthday - Anything Goes
Splitcoaststampers - Ways to Use it - WT480 Paper Tole/Pop-it up

Thanks for visiting my blog today and especially for any comments that you care to leave.  Running short on time or you want to leave an Anonymous comment?  Just click on the 'Reactions' at the bottom of my post.

Jocelyn 


Card Recipe:

Stamps:  Penny Black 'For you!' 3446E wood-mount

Ink:  Ranger Archival Sepia

Designer paper:  Bo Bunny Zoology 6" x 6" pad

Accessories:  Big Shot, Memory Box Grand Happy Birthday #98839 die, paw pad button - Buttons Galore and More - Pets Little Paws, Glossy Accents, Fabric glue, Darice Hemp cord (Riot Art and Craft), Fray Stop, 140lb watercolour paper, Faber-Castell watercolour pencils, Tombow pens, #2 round paintbrush, cardstock - kraft, red and blue glitter

Punches:  Stampin' Up corner

Friday, June 13, 2014

Masculine embossing folder stamping


Hi blogging friends From Millan.Net

Today I am sharing a couple of masculine cards using the same technique of 'Embossing Folder Stamping' that I have shared on my last couple of blog posts.  In my immediate and extended family, we have a ton of birthdays in August and most are masculine - so I was looking for some quick and simple cards that I could make multiples of - and here is my first card:


For my first card, I used a Cuttlebug Distressed Stripes embossing folder and inked the folder with Antique Linen, Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain Distress Inks then sprayed the folder with water using my Ranger Mini Mister.  I made sure that where I wanted to stamp my sentiment that I had more of the lighter coloured ink so the sentiment stood out a little.  I lay my kraft cardstock on top and let it sit there for about a minute and pressed down to smoosh the ink around then lifted the cardstock off and let it dry naturally.

I rubbed my embossing buddy over the sentiment area then stamped the sentiment with Pearlescent Chocolate pigment ink and heat-set it using clear embossing powder.  I diecut a star from dark brown cardstock and popped it up on a 3mm dimensional then added Glossy Accents to make it all shiny to match the sentiment (bit hard to see in my photo).

Lastly, I added the dark brown cardstock strip and tied on some Darice Hemp cord.  I added Fray Stop to the cut ends to stop them from fraying.

Now, here is my 2nd card:


This time I used a Darice Woodgrain embossing folder and used the same inks as my first card.  Once my kraft cardstock was dry, I ran it through my Big Shot with the same Woodgrain folder as I wanted the card to have some texture but I was very careful to match up the pattern perfectly by using removable tape to hold the cardstock in place so it didn't move at all.

I stamped the sentiment using Gingerbread chalk ink then diecut it using a die from a set that I originally purchased on Joanna Sheen's (UK) website.  There is no brand name on the set and I can't find the set on Joanna's website anymore so I have no clue who makes it.  All I remember is that they were very cheap and cut beautifully!  I inked around the edges using Gingerbread ink then popped the sentiment panel up on dimensionals.

I wanted the Hemp cord to match the card so rubbed the Gingerbread ink pad over the cord then heat-set it with my heat-gun it to dry the ink thoroughly then tied it on.

I am sure that you could use these cards for Father's Day as well (which we celebrate in September in Australia) or simply change the sentiment for a Get Well card.  I have made about 6 of them so I have a nice little pile of cards for my stash which makes me uber-happy ----> see:  this is me  From Millan.Net

Challenges -

I made my cards for the following challenges -

Papertake Weekly Challenge - For the Boys - anything male
Cute Card Thursday - Challenge #325 - So Macho - any male themed cards/projects
Splitcoaststampers - Clean and Simple Challenge CAS275 - Quick and Stackable - cards that you can make multiples of
Splitcoaststampers - Technique Lover's Challenge TLC482 - To Emboss or to Stamp - which is specifically for Embossed Folder Stamping

Thanks for stopping by!  It's mid-afternoon on Friday here in Australia so I am really happy that it's almost the weekend.  I haven't been well this week so I'm looking forward to relaxing and having some time-out.

Jocelyn


Card Recipe:

Card No. 1 -

Stamps:  Stamp-It Australia siset-014 sentiment set

Ink:  Brilliance Pearlescent Chocolate pigment; Ranger Antique Linen, Walnut Stain and Vintage Photo Distress

Accessories:  Big Shot, Cuttlebug Distressed Stripes embossing folder, My Favorite Things Stacking Stars Die-namics dies, Ranger Mini Mister, Glossy Accents, 3mm dimensional, clear embossing powder, heat-gun, Darice Hemp Cord (Riot Art and Craft), Fray Stop, embossing buddy, Stamp Positioner, cardstock - kraft, dark brown

Punches:  Stampin' Up corner

Card No. 2 -

Stamps:   Wendy Irving Expressions clear set J6412.02

Ink:  Versamagic Gingerbread chalk, Ranger Antique Linen, Walnut Stain and Vintage Photo Distress

Accessories:  Big Shot, Darice Woodgrain embossing folder, Unknown brand die (for sentiment panel), Ranger Mini Mister, Darice Hemp Cord (Riot Art and Craft), Fray Stop, heat-gun, dimensionals, cardstock - kraft, chocolate

Punches:  Stampin' Up corner

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