Thursday, December 31, 2015

Christmas card No. 2 - Stampendous Candy Bear

Hi blogging friendsSmiley from Millan.Net

Whew, sure is hot here today - 42.7 deg C (that's just short of 109 deg F if you are imperial)!  Good for catching up on stuff indoors - like cleaning my Craft Room.  It never ceases to amaze me how much mess I can make just from making a few cards - although I am sure I am not alone, hee hee!   Today I am sharing another Christmas card which I made on Christmas Eve - and I gave this one to my daughter.

This is also my 2nd card for each of the following Challenges:

Holly Jolly Christmas Challenge - December - Anything Goes
Craftyhazelnut's Challenge Extra - December - Anything Goes

The image is by Stampendous and is retired but is just so adorable, don't you think?!  I stamped the image onto watercolour paper using Ranger Archival Jet Black ink and coloured it with Faber-Castell watercolour pencils using a #2 round paintbrush.

I added dots of white acrylic paint onto the bear's scarf using a very fine stylus as well and I painted a fine white line down the centre of the candy cane for a highlight using a Liner brush.   I lightly chalked around the image with Kaisercraft blue chalk and added snow using Stampendous Cotton White Fun Flock mixed with fine Crystalina glitter - which was also used to add fuzz to the hat.  Here is a close-up:

I popped the image panel up on 2mm dimensionals.

The green dry embossing is an embossing folder by Crafts Too - Christmas Holly Frame.  I layered the panel onto some red cardstock and trimmed the layers to 1/16" using my Perfect Layers Tools.  I added the red reindeer ribbon from my stash then attached the panel to a white cardstock base.

The sentiment is by Elzybells (sadly no longer in business but Penny Black has reissued some images over the past few years) - and was diecut using a Cuttlebug Tiny Tags die.  I added a tiny Couture Creations red rhinestone at each end of the sentiment panel.  I tied the tag on using Doodlebug Ladybug twine and added a dimensional to hold the tag firmly to the cardstock.  I added Fray Stop to the cut ends of the twine to stop it from fraying/unravelling.

Lastly, I adhered the glittery sparkly snowflake from my stash using Crafter's Pick Incredibly Tacky glue.

Thanks for stopping by.


Card Recipe:

Stamps:  Stampendous Candy Bears E208 (retired), Sentiment: Elzybells Mini Messages - Christmas clear set 20-054  (retired)

Ink:  Ranger Archival Jet Black

Designer Paper:  None

Dies:  Cuttlebug Tiny Tags

Accessories:  Cuttlebug, Crafts Too Christmas Holly Frame, Perfect Layers Tools, Doodlebug Ladybug twine, red/white reindeer ribbon (stash), Fray Stop, Couture Creations tiny red rhinestones, Stampendous Cotton White fun flock mixed with fine Crystalina glitter, Tombow Mono Aqua glue, Stampin' Up Fuse Fast adhesive, Crafter's Pick Incredibly Tacky glue, 2mm dimensionals, snowflake embellishment (stash), Jo Sonja white acrylic gouache, stylus, #2 round + liner paintbrush, Faber-Castell watercolour pencils, 140lb watercolour paper, Kaisercolour blue chalk, cardstock - red, green, white

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Christmas card number 1 - Penny Black and bird

Hi blogging friendsSmiley from Millan.Net

As promised (if you managed to catch my last post), over the next week, I am sharing a couple of Christmas cards that I made at the last minute just before Christmas (as I had been unwell again since November) - and the card I am sharing today, I gave to my husband.   Luckily, he doesn't mind cute and sweet so that makes life very easy :-)  And I started it on the 23rd December and finished it on the afternoon of the 24th - inbetween doing a couple of other Christmas cards!

This is also my card for the following Challenges:

Penny Black Saturday Challenge - December - Christmas/Holidays
Holly Jolly Christmas Challenge - December - Anything Goes 
Craftyhazelnut's Challenge Extra - December - Anything Goes 

The card base is KW Doggett Knight white smooth cardstock and first of all, I worked out where I was going to stamp the image so I knew where to do the bottom dry embossing.  The snowflakes embossing is a border folder from an older Cuttlebug (Provocraft) set called Winter Borders.  This set is still readily available in Australia - not sure about the rest of the world as I rarely buy from overseas these days and therefore can no longer recommend any stores.  You can check out my favourite Australian suppliers at the tab just under my blog header.

I added a score line above and below the embossing using a Martha Stewart Mini Score board and trimmed off the excess cardstock at the bottom.  I punched a scrap of aqua glitter cardstock using an EK Success Scalloped Scallops border punch then attached it using Ranger Wonder tape.

The image is from a Penny Black clear set called 'Christmas Friends' and was stamped using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  I coloured the image using Prismacolor + Derwent Coloursoft pencils, paper stumps and Odourless Mineral Spirits ie: using the Gamsol Magic aka Magic Coloured Pencil technique.  I actually messed up the colouring on the bird as I coloured him in red and orange and it looked awful against the coolness of the colours on the hedgehog - so I simply restamped and coloured it in the blue and green hues and cut it out, went around the edges with a black Copic multiliner and glued it over the red and orange bird.  Here is a close-up:

You can't even really tell unless you look super-hard can you?!  I went over all the images with a black Copic multiliner for any lines that needed darkening up and also the eyes which does make a big difference to how nice the final image looks.

I went over the scarf using a Wink of Stella clear glitter brush but you can't tell in the photo; it does add a soft sparkle that I can get away with on a guy's card (well, for my husband at least!).  I also added some blue chalk around the image and Cotton White Fun Flock mixed with fine Crystalina glitter on the bottom for snow.

The snowflakes were punched from aqua shimmer cardstock and a Martha Stewart Snow Flurry edge punch ie: they are the leftover punchies.  I added some tiny Couture Creations silver rhinestones to the centres.

For the top panel:  I punched some scrap white cardstock using my Martha Stewart Icicles edge punch then ran the panel through my Big Shot using the same snowflake border I used on the bottom.  I added a small strip of aqua glitter cardstock using Ranger Wonder Tape then attached the panel to my card using Stampin' Up Fuse Fast adhesive.   Lastly, I tied on some aqua organza ribbon from my stash and added some Fray Stop to the cut ends to stop them from fraying.  I didn't add a sentiment 'cos I couldn't figure out where to put one and just put one on the inside!

Thanks for visiting my blog today.  I'll be back soon with another one of my Christmas cards.


Card Recipe:

Stamps:  Penny Black Christmas Friends clear set 30-084

Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black

Designer Paper and Dies:  None

Accessories:  Big Shot, Cuttlebug Winter Borders set 37-1928, Prismacolor + Derwent Coloursoft pencils, paper stumps, Art Spectrum Odourless Mineral Spirits, Copic black fine multiliner, Wink of Stella clear glitter brush, Stampendous Cotton White Fun Flock mixed with fine Crystalina glitter (for snow), Kaisercraft blue chalk, Couture Creations tiny silver rhinestones, Ranger 1/4" Wonder tape, Tombow Mono Aqua adhesive, Stampin' Up Fuse Fast adhesive, Aqua organza ribbon (stash), Fray Stop, Martha Stewart Mini Score Board, Cardstock: KW Doggett Knight white smooth, aqua shimmer, aqua glitter

Punches:  Martha Stewart Icicles + Snow Flurry edge, EK Success Scalloped Scallops border

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Painted teddy bear ornament and a video of Ruby

Hi blogging friendsSmiley from Millan.Net

Please excuse my absence of blogging.  I became sick again during November (just when I thought I was almost back to being reasonably OK) so my cardmaking has been non-existent until just before Christmas.  I only made a couple of cards this year and will share them over the next week or so.

In the meantime, I thought I would share a teddy bear ornament that I painted for my brother and his family a while ago:

The original design is by Debbie Mitchell from one of her Cozy Cubby decorative painting books.  The craftwood cutout was sealed using Jo Sonja Clear Sealer then painted using Jo Sonja acrylic gouache.  I used a deer's foot brush to make the teddy bear's fur look fluffy and remainder of the design was painted using round, flat and liner brushes in various sizes.  The ornament is all one layer so I had to be careful to adding plenty of shading and highlighting to make the various elements look 3-dimensional.  The gold on the right foot is actually reflection from a candle which was lit close by.  The heart was splattered with gold paint which you can just see a little of on the RHS.  Once the painting had cured (around 2 weeks), the item was sealed using Jo Sonja waterbased varnish.  All I had to do then was add some gold cord for hanging up the ornament.

And just because I love my cat, I thought I would share a couple of pictures of Ruby enjoying the morning sun coming through our Dining Room window next to her scratching post:

And lastly, I wanted to share a video that I made of Ruby playing with her Catnip sausage which Santa gave to her last Christmas and that she still (surprisingly!) playing with.  If you want to see a larger picture, click through to the You-Tube link on the bottom RHS of the video.

For those of you who celebrate Christmas, I hope that this Christmas season will be everything that you would wish it to be - and may all your dreams come true in 2016.  Thank you for supporting my blog during 2015.

Jocelyn xx

Friday, October 30, 2015

Spooky Halloween Greetings card

Hi blogging friendsSmiley from Millan.Net

Today I am sharing the Halloween card that I made for my daughter.  I had so much fun making this card and enjoyed making the scene come together.

This is also my entry for the following Challenges (click on the underlined words to take you to their blogs):

Papertake Weekly - Take your Pick - the last challenge of every month has several themes and you simply take your pick from them. There’s a sketch, a colour theme, a product theme and a technique theme to choose from. I chose the colour theme which is Halloween Hues ie:  blacks, oranges, purples, greys etc.

Little Red Wagon - Challenge #313 - Ghosts and Goblins or other Halloween creatures.

Splitcoaststampers - Ways to Use It WT555 - Use brushwork on your card - anything from painting to adding various mediums to dry-brushing.  I dry-brushed white pigment ink on the black elements on my card.

Diecutting Divas Weekly Challenge #239 - Happy Halloween - All projects must have at least one diecut on them to qualify.  I have LOTS as you can see :-)

I did a prototype using diecut white cardstock so I knew exactly where to place my diecut pieces which was a big help and saved alot of frustration - and it made the card come together alot quicker too.  I am perilously low on black cardstock so I couldn't afford to make any mistakes on the actual card itself!

First of all, I made the sky using Ranger watercolour cardstock and Distress Inks.  I diecut a circle from stamping mask paper and placed it on the cardstock so I could mask where I wanted the moon to be.  I then coloured the cardstock using my round ink blending tool with the following Distress Inks:  Dried Marigold, Scattered Straw, Spiced Marmalade, Stormy Sky and Hickory Smoke.  I removed the mask and coloured the moon a little with Dried Marigold and shaded it a little with Hickory Smoke.  I added two layers with my Wink of Stella clear glitter brush over the moon to give it some subtle sparkle.

The house, pumpkin and gravestones and bats are a die by Impression Obsession - Halloween Hill - but I cut off the tree next to the pumpkin and didn't use the far RHS of the diecut (as it didn't fit into the scene but saved it for later on).  The front hill was diecut using another Impression Obsession die - Hill Landscape Layers (which comes as a set of 3) - which I bought from an Australian online store a few days ago.  I don't know about you, but I can't handcut a curvy hill that looks nice so these dies will save me alot of angst!

The gravestones and cat are leftovers from the far RHS of the back hill plus I diecut another scene and cut off a couple of gravestones and tucked them all in behind the diecut hill.

I used a small flat brush dipped very lightly into some white pigment ink to add a bit of whiteness to the tops of all the black diecuts (except for the Orchard Tree frame) so it would look like the moon is reflecting off them and to add a bit more spookiness.  It also adds a bit of depth to the whole scene plus makes the images stand out a bit more.  Here is a close-up so you can see the detail a bit better:

The ghosts were diecut using a Memory Box - Ghastly Ghosts die set - and I added some clear Wink of Stella to them for some sparkle.

The black tree frame is also by Memory Box - Orchard Tree Frame - which I diecut 3 times and glued together using Tombow Mono Multi glue.  Originally I had thought about diecutting one and adding dimensionals behind the frame to 'pop' it up but thought that that would be way too fiddly - so gluing 3 frames together was far easier and alot quicker.  Because the Tombow glue doesn't dry immediately, you have a bit of time to move the parts of the diecut around so that they line up perfectly.  I glued the frame to the scene using the same glue.

I used some cobweb (which I bought from my local supermarket from their Halloween stock) to make some fog/mist over the moon and on the bottom diecuts.  It's awful stuff to work with as it catches on everything but I really love how it looks on my card.  I added very tiny dots of Ranger Multi Medium Matte glue here and there to attach it as this glue dries perfectly clear.

The designer paper has been in my stash forever and is called Spellbound by Making Memories.  I used the Orchard Tree Frame to diecut the paper but used the negative of the diecut.  I used a Lifestyle Nesting Card Template die (rectangle) to cut the paper negative to the size I wanted then just glued that in around the black Orchard Tree diecut frame.  It was great because it just slotted in around the black diecut tree on my black cardstock base.

The sentiment is from a Hero Arts clear set - Happy Halloween - and was stamped in Versamark Watermark ink and heat-embossed using Stampin' Up white embossing powder.  I trimmed the sentiment panel down then cut a flag end on the RHS.  I added a black rhinestone then popped the panel up on 1mm dimensionals.

Lastly, I tied on some Halloween twine. 

I am not sure how many kids will be out trick-or-treating tomorrow evening as it is the Melbourne Cup long weekend here in Victoria and alot of people go away over the four days - plus the weather forecast is looking very wet and stormy. It was great last year seeing the little kids in our street dressed up in cute little costumes and having some fun.  We never do anything really scary - it's all very low-key compared to the USA. 

Thanks for visiting my blog today and for any comments you care to leave - they are always very much appreciated!


Card Recipe:

Stamps:  Hero Arts Happy Halloween clear set CL353

Ink:  Versamark Watermark, Versacolor white pigment, Ranger Distress Inks - Dried Marigold, Spiced Marmalade, Scattered Straw, Stormy Sky, Seedless Preserves, Hickory Smoke

Designer Paper:  Making Memories Spellbound 12" x 12" (2008) - retired

Dies:  Lifestyle Nesting Card Templates (rectangles) DC0431 and Nesting Circles LCC001, Impression Obsession Halloween Hill DIE029-P and Hill Landscape Layers DIE343-T, Memory Box Orchard Frame 98300 and Ghastly Ghosts 98701

Accessories:  Small flat paintbrush, Big Shot, Kuretake Wink of Stella clear glitter brush, Tombow Mono Multi glue, Ranger Multi Medium Matte glue, 1mm dimensionals, Kaisercraft rhinestone - Black SB777, Stampin' Up white embossing powder, heat-gun, embossing buddy, cobweb (Woolworths supermarket), Inkadinkado Stamping Mask Paper, Ranger round ink blending tool, Ranger watercolor cardstock, black and white cardstock, Halloween twine by Divine Twine

Friday, October 2, 2015

Clean and Simple Wedding Card

Hi blogging friendsSmiley from Millan.Net

It feels good to be able to play in my Craft Room a bit more - and today I am sharing a Wedding Card:

This is also my entry for the following challenges:

Papertake Weekly Challenge - Take your pick - the last challenge of every month has several themes and you simply take your pick from them.  There’s a sketch, a colour theme, a product theme and a technique theme to choose from. I chose the Technique Theme which is:   Embossing either heat, dry or simply embossing a die or using an embossing folder.  I used heat embossing and dry embossing on my card.

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes - they are showcasing Clearly Besotted Products this week but you don’t have to use them to join in, however, if you have some, they would love to see them used.  I didn't use those products.

Splitcoaststampers - Clean and Simple CAS310 Challenge - Love is in the Air - which is from February but there are no time limits to play SCS Challenges.

Anyway, on to my card........

I love to use embossing folders to make wedding cards and used one of my all-time favourite folders by Craft Concepts - Budding Vine.  So pretty, don't you think?!  Once I worked out whereabouts on the card I was going to put my cord, I made two pencil lines about 1/2" apart so that I knew exactly where to do the dry embossing, then used my Martha Stewart Score Board to score a line right underneath and above the dry embossing.  I really love how the score line just "finishes" the dry embossing edge.

I used a Corner Chomper on the 1/2" setting to round the bottom corners then tied on the silver cord which came from my local supermarket last Christmas.  I added Fray Stop to the cut ends to stop them from fraying and added a dot of Super Glue to the knot to stop the cord from coming undone.  I attached the dry embossed panel to a top-opening white cardstock base by using lots of doublesided tape and a bit of Tombow Mono Multi glue (less surface area from the dry embossing = need more adhesive!) then trimmed the bottom and side edges to 1/16" using my Perfect Layers Tools.  I  rounded the bottom corners using the same 1/2" setting on the Corner Chomper. 

The sentiment panel was diecut using a Spellbinders Nestabilities Floral Ovals die (I used the 2nd largest die).  The sentiment is from a Simon Says Stamp set - Sending and Wishing and was stamped with my MISTI using Versamark Watermark ink and heat-set using Ranger Silver Superfine embossing powder.  I attached the sentiment panel using dimensionals.

Lastly, I punched a heart from pink glitter cardstock using a Carl CP-1 Heart punch.  Initially, I had punched a red glitter cardstock heart but decided to go for a softer look by using the pink instead. 

Finished size is 5 inches x 5 inches or 127mm x 127mm.

Thanks for visiting my blog today!


Card Recipe:

Stamps:  Simon Says Stamp Sending and Wishing SSS101475 clear set

Ink:  Versamark Watermark

Designer Paper:  None

Dies:  Spellbinder Floral Oval Nestabilities S4-356

Accessories:  Big Shot, MISTI, Martha Stewart Score Board, Craft Concepts Budding Vine embossing folder, silver cord - Woolworths Christmas Collection, Fray Stop, We R Memory Keepers 1/2" Corner Chomper, Super glue, Tombow Mono Multi glue, doublesided tape, dimensionals, Ranger Superfine Silver embossing powder SFJ18292, heat-gun, cardstock - white, pale pink glitter

Punches:  Carl CP-1 Heart

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Birthday card for my Mum

Hi blogging friendsSmiley from Millan.Net

Thanks for your 'Get Well' wishes from my last post - I really appreciated them and they certainly cheered me up no end!
Today I am sharing a card I made for my Mum's birthday.  This is also my entry for the following challenges:  

Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper - September Challenge - where the challenge is to encourage you to use up your stash of patterned paper.  The challenge is also open worldwide which is really cool!

Splitcoaststampers - Ways to Use it WT533 - Favourite Tools - mine are my Big Shot, Dies, Perfect Layers Tools, Lace Doily edge punch and embossing folders.

This was one of those times where everything for my card came together very quickly and easily: just love it when that happens :-)

Every layer on the card is patterned paper - no cardstock other than once I had finished the card front, I attached it to a white cardstock base - and all the papers are by Basic Grey - Kissing Booth - which I bought back in 2011.  The image is a 3D sticker by K and Co. which I have had for quite a few years and had completely forgotten about it till I was rummaging around in my stash looking for something floral.  I diecut a circle from cream designer paper and ran it through my Big Shot using my Jamara embossing folder then popped the sticker on the paper but added a bit of Tombow Mono Multi glue to the back of the sticker to make sure that it would stick really well to the embossed paper.

The pale pink paper on the bottom panel was also embossed with the Jamara folder and the dark pink paper was punched using a Martha Stewart Lace Doily edge punch.

The pale pink seam binding was attached in 2 separate elements and the bow itself was made using my Bow Easy.  I added Fray Stop to the cut ends to stop them from fraying.

The sentiment is from a clear set by Impression Obsession - Sentiments 1 - and was stamped using Versafine Onyx Black ink onto some of the pink designer paper.  I diecut the sentiment using a Spellbinder Labels Trio die and added some Couture Creations pink gemstones to each end.

All the layers were trimmed to 1/8" using my Perfect Layers Tools

The K and Co. sticker came with tiny pink gemstones already added to the flowers plus both the butterfly and flowers were already glittered (not that you can see the glitter in my photo but it is there!).  Here is a close-up so you can see the dimension on the image:

Thanks for visiting my blog today.


Card Recipe:

Stamps:  Impression Obsession Sentiments 1 WP16 clear set

Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black

Designer Paper:  Basic Grey Kissing Booth (2011) 12" x 12"

Dies:  Spellbinder Labels Trio Shapeabilities S3-147, Lifestyle Nesting Circles L-CC-001, Lifestyle Nesting Scallop Circles L-CC-005

Accessories:  Pale pink seam binding, Fray Stop, Bow Easy, Cuttlebug Jamara 5" x 7" embossing folder, Big Shot, Couture Creations self-adhesive pink gemstones, K and Co. Tim Coffey Foliage Grand Adhesions dimensional stickers, Perfect Layers Tools, dimensionals, doublesided tape, Tombow Mono Multi glue, white card base

Punches:  Martha Stewart Lace Doily Edge

Monday, September 7, 2015

Wellington Bear Father's Day card

Hi blogging friendsSmiley from Millan.Net

I am still not very well and suffering alot of pain which is quite debilitating (hence my lack of blogging) but I did manage to make a Father's Day card for my husband who is an awesome Dad to our daughter.  We celebrate Father's Day on the 1st Sunday in September here in Australia.

This is also my entry for the Papertake Weekly Challenge of Anything Goes. The Challenge also has the optional extra of recycle/upcycle (which I didn't do).

I love Wellington Bear for making masculine cards - and although this range by Docrafts has been out for quite some time, it is still readily available if you do a search online.  I bought numerous Wellington Bear Decoupage Packs at the (Australian) Picture to Page Scrapbook Show late last year so I have a nice little stash ready for all the masculine cards that I need to make.

Please note that I can longer recommend suppliers other than Australian ones.  I often get emails asking where to buy a particular product in the USA but as I rarely buy from the USA, I cannot be sure of a company's customer service, communication or reliability.  The same goes for UK companies.  Near the top of my blog, I have added a page:  Where I buy my Craft Supplies which lists Australian Stores that I use frequently and love - and can therefore recommend based on personal experience.

Anyway, onto my card:

The Wellington Bear image already came diecut so it was super-easy to pop out the pieces and layer the pieces together using dimensionals.  The designer paper is an old one by Kaisercraft - Reminiscing - which I picked up at my local Kaisercraft Clearance store.  I used both sides of the paper.

The side panel was punched using an EK Success Open Scallop border punch and popped up on dimensionals to accommodate the Jute Ribbon which is quite thick.  I bought the ribbon from KMart in their scrapbooking section and added Fray Stop to the cut ends to stop them from fraying.

I added Glossy Accents to Wellington's glasses which looks really cool in real life - but it is hard to see in the photo:

I added 3 x brown brads from my stash to the bottom right-hand side.  The sentiment is also from the same decoupage pack and was popped up on dimensionals.

The chocolate brown and dark teal cardstock layers were trimmed to 1/8" using my Perfect Layers Tools; the kraft cardstock layer was trimmed to 1/16".   The corners were rounded using my Stampin' Up corner punch.

Here is a photo so you can see a bit more of the dimension:

As well as the Papertake Weekly Challenge, I am entering my card into the Splitcoaststampers Free for All Friday Challenge F4A275 of Honor Thy Father from the 29th May which was for cards for Father's Day due to the USA celebrating Father's Day in June.  Thankfully, there are no time limits to play SCS Challenges.

I think you could use this Wellington Bear image for many occasions for a guy - not just Father's Day.  Thanks for visiting my blog today.  Hopefully, I will post again soon!  I know I am uber-keen to get back into my Craft Room on a regular basis as I am really missing it.  


Card Recipe:

Stamps and Ink:  None

Designer Paper:  Kaisercraft Reminiscing P203 - Hold Dear (both sides) - retired

Dies:  None

Accessories:  Docrafts Wellington Bear Decoupage pack, dimensionals, Jute Ribbon - Franceville (KMart), Fray Stop, Perfect Layers Tools, brown brads (stash), Glossy Accents, doublesided tape, cardstock - kraft, dark teal, chocolate brown

Punches:  Stampin' Up corner, EK Success Open Scallop border

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