Thursday, 17 November 2011

Heartfelt Creations posy patch die/stamp and hydrangea stamp card

Hello blogging peeps today's card is an entry to the Crafty Bloggers Network Challenge All the twos.

As you can see I have used the Heartfelt Creations Hydrangea stamp and stamped two but decoupaged one, there are also two backings, 2 different colour gems (2 of each) and two ribbons so I am hoping I fulfilled the objective of the challenge lol.

You may also be surprised to see an A5 size card... yes I did stray from my beloved 8x8 lol but don't worry I will probably be back with them very soon.

 For this card I cut a piece of silver mirri to size and used this to work on as I knew I was using ribbon and wanted to hide it behind the mirri. I had two pieces of whitewash coredinations one with a purple core, one with a pink and embossed them with the same script embossing folder and sanded them back. I cut them to size and stuck them down to the mirri. I flung my ribbons here and there looking for one I liked and decided on this sage green gingham (yeehaaaar for those who watch c&C regularly ;) lol) and I used it to cover the edges of the coredinations and glued to the back of the mirri. I then stuck it down to my base card.

I stamped the hydrangea stamp in black onto some masking paper and cut a mask. I then stamped it again onto the neenah card with my trusty gluepad and dusted green mica on the leaves and intermittant purple, blue and pink over the image.... this was a complete waste of mica I could have just dusted the edges. I then put the mask over it and stamped another one 'behind' and repeated with the mica. I then cut this out with an oval spellbinders and set aside. I then stamped another hydrangea and repeated the mica decoration and cut it out. Using the smallest of the posy patch stamps I stamped a lot of flowers and then mica'd them. I then cut them using the posy die which took some time I can tell you.... wow quite a bit of time actually. I then shaped them and using the already stamped images to guide which flowers were on the bottom layer I glued them to the cut out hydrangea. Well I liked it but I thought it needed a few more so I stamped some more...... and cut some more..... then shaped and glued them into place.

Oh I thought to myself it just needs the odd one here and there so I stamped...cut....shaped... and stuck to my hydrangea to cut a long story short (too late I hear you cry lol) I went back and cut some more two more times after this.. and I still think I could add a couple here and there. Anyway back to the card.... I allowed it to dry some and then shaped the leaves and stem a little before glueing on top of the one in the front on my topper. I then matted and layered the topper twice more with spellbinders and glued centrally to my card. I added two bows with the sage gingham (yeeehaaar) and added some gems in a pale green and in a purpley colour (I had to colour the green ones with a purple spectrum noir) and all this card needs is a sentiment... which it may not need as I think I will keep it on my shelf a while.

All in all I like this card. I love hydrangea's but always have wanted a blue one.. where I used to live there was a pink one and I tried using the powder to change the soil so it would turn the flowers blue but all I got was these mixed flower colours which is why I used the pink and purple on my card. I can't think of another quickish way to mix the colours on one stamped flower other than the glue and mica. Anyway with the hydrangea stamp comes a cherry blossom which the smallest posy is again used for the flowers.... I have an old japanese'y kit from c&c yonks ago somewhere so I might try and liven it up with this stamp.

Anyway for now thats all don't forget to pop over to the crafty bloggers network blog if you get chance and there is a facebook group too if you would like. Oh and if you like the heartfelt creations stamps and dies check out the Heartfelt Creations blog they make some pretty amazing cards and things and show new products too.... very inspiring!

Take care

Cj x

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Fairyopolis/Heartfelt Creations posy card

Hello Blogging peeps, another card offering from me with a combination of the fairies I like from the fairyopolis kit and the Heartfelt creations posy stamp and diecut. (Apologies for the not so good photo)

Well I had this idea, that as there are a number of fairies sitting or perching in the kit I could make little scenes with them using other things and this is the result. The idea I had in mind was that he was a fairy climbing over the magical garden wall, at night, to sneak into the real world.

I used an 8x8 blank and matted a silver mirri with a backing paper from a charmed whispers digi kit which has lots of lovely fairy/magical type scenes on them. I used grey coredinations and embossed it with a brick pattern and cut to size with one being higher than the other and sanded them back. I added some marianne creatable sprigs and placed one on the front of the wall and one coming through from the garden. I also added some leaves from the iris heartfelt creations stamps well behind the wall (you can barely see them but the fairy is holding one to steady himself. I used the smallest heartfelt creations posy stamp and stamped with the glue pad and dusted with pink and purple mica. I then cut these out using the die and shaped them before layering them and adding the tiniest gems I have (which came with a glitter girls stamp kit ages ago)

I arranged the flowers on the card and glued them with collall. I took my boy fairy and (gulp, squeaky voice..) cut his wings off! (I know not so nice) and then decoupaged him up. I took a memory box corner die and cut two new (better, definately better) wings from some dotty parchment paper I had. They faded into the background when I layered them to see what it looked like so I coloured the back of them green with the spectrum noir pens and they looked better. I arranged the fairy on the card with his brand spanking new wings and added another flower in his hand. To finish I stamped a sentiment and diecut into a circle then layered onto a scalloped circle and added another flower. The final finishing touch was to go round each sparkly star in the sky with a sakura glitter pen to give the sky a little sparkle.

All in all I really, really like this card. The flowers are really small and cute and he looks great with his new wings, really want to try a xmassy fairy with the snowflake one I have and build a similar type of scene, only snowier of course.

Anyway its pretty late, and I have been working on another card with the posy stamp and dies which if it looks as good on a card as it does off it, I will be keeping it on display a while (its lovely) so anyway until tomorrow...

Take care

Cj x

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

LOTV baby stamp coloured with spectrum noir pens

Hello blogging peeps, another quick post with a gorgeous stamp from Lili of the Valley for the the Crafty Bloggers Network challenge pink, purple and green.

I used an 8x8 blank, and matted pink coredinations onto gold mirri and stuck to card as the base layers. I then took some purple coredinations and matted onto gold again as the middle of the card. I stamped the lovely stamp with memento ink and coloured with the spectrum noir pens and then cut out using a spellbinders grandnestie die. I then cut a green coredination layer and then a gold mirri in the same shape and layered them up and stuck to my middle purple layer which had not been glued to the base yet. 

 I cut a thin strip of the same green coredinations and glued it to my purple layer and then glued some pink polka dot ribbon round it and then added a bow near the top of the card which I made with the glitter girls bow maker and glued them down with some clear hatpins and a pearl heart hatpin which I had coloured using the speccies. I glued the purple middle to the base of the card hiding all the back where the ribbon was glued. I stamped the greeting which came with the stamp and cut it out using a spellbinder circle and then cut the next size from a purple polka dot paper and layered them up before glueing to the card.

To be honest although I really do like this card I think it would have been better with the first pink layer having a pattern of some kind either the matching polka dots or even just lines would have made this stand out a little more. Also next time I make something like this I will use slightly brighter coloured card.... I think the pink,green and purple although they match perfectly are slightly dull/muddy and for a new baby perhaps cleaner/brighter colours would be a better choice. But it still is a pretty card and I love this stamp will definately be using it again.

Until next time

Take care


Monday, 7 November 2011

Magnolia's Edwin foldback card

Hello blogging peeps another quick post from me as I am still so tired from the NEC Hobbycrafts show yesterday. Had a wonderful time apart from being generally pushed, run over and crashed into by other enthusiastic crafters and saw lots of people from the crafting world that are usually only on the tv and spent too much money but came away tired and happy with a few new toys to play with and a long list of other things I would like so I will have to save for next march and try to get there on the first day next time before things sell out.

Anyway today's card has already been delivered to my nephew, Anfield, who is 8 today bless him. I used a magnolia stamp with Edwin and his football which I coloured with my spectrum pens. I matted him onto a circle of grey and then black and placed him in the middle of a lovely lace die I bought at the NEC that I cut in red foil . The card was an 8 x 8 with the front being folded in half to make the fold back section of the card. The 'inside' of the card was covered with a DCWV paper from stash. I stuck a gold mirri panel on the front fold back half and then some black magic coredinations which I had used some letters from the cuttlebug all in one embossing system to spell out his name with and sanded back before adding to the card.

The topper was added to the top of the card so it was central on the finished card when closed. I then added a rosette which I made into a badge by adding a brooch back to it. I used my craft artist to put his name on and that it was his birthday in a circle before cutting it out and layering it on some white card to give it stability and sticking it to the front of the rosette. I attached the rosette with a few foam pads so that it was easy to remove without damaging the paper underneath.

At first I thought this card was a little dark for a small boys card but have to admit it looked quite stunning from a distance on a shelf. The main thing is he liked it and he liked his badge with his name on as their isn't much with his name on.

Anyway am off to play

Until next time.

Take care


Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Fairyopolis side easel card

Hello blogging peeps just a very quick hello and card I started yesterday and finished off this morning.

Another side easel card as I do like them a lot (even though this is only the second one I've made lol) this time using the lovely fairyopolis set. The decoupage image came from the collection and the bottom patterned paper came from the cd. I love this little fairy and was a little disappointed she doesn't have a rubber stamped image as I think she is a mischievious little fairy and fell in love with her straight away.

I used an 8 x 8 card and scored across the centre diagonally to make the side easel fold. I added a gold mat and then an embossed paper with leaves for the top part of the card. I used the spellbinder edgeabilities to make the 'bunting' at the top and bottom out of the printed paper and die cut two sprigs from a memory box die. I inked the sprigs and the topper with vintage photo distress ink and added a few gems to the sprigs after I had glued them onto the card. I used a card blank from the fairyopolis kit and cut it into two as the base for the decoupage fairy and glued to card on a gold mat.

The base was made with another gold mirri base mat and then the patterned paper matted onto it. I used a spellbinder label die to cut two shapes from the leaves paper I used from the top of the card and a smaller one from the other side of the card blank I used from the fairyopolis kit. Onto the smaller label I used the rub-ons from the kit for the greeting and the two fairies to co-ordinate. Once these had been glued to the card I added the same memory box die in the gold mirri.

All in all a very autumnal card and I am very pleased to have been able to use a few bits from stash. Have to go get ready for work now.

Until next time

Take care

Cj x