Oct 31, 2011

xmas card 4

This is the fourth in my series of quick and easy cards to make...I saw this a few times on different blogs, and had a go using the stamps that I had on hand.
The border is just done with fine liner, the bell is masked and lightly sponged over to "spotlight" the bell.
DI around the edge finishes this off beautifully.

Oct 30, 2011

xmas card 3

This is the third in my series of quick and easy cards to put together for xmas.
This is a layered card.  A little time consuming in that there is a bit of cutting out to do...other than that it is easy enough.
The holly is in three layers, and coloured with copics...with some dimensional magic on the berries for lushness.
On one of the cards I distress inked the edges with barn door and it looked quite effective...and took away a little of the whiteness. But that is personal preference.

Oct 29, 2011

xmas card 2

This is the second card in a series of quick and easy cards that I have put together for you to interpret anyway you wish.
I get so much inspiration from blogworld, that I was just in the mood to give a bit back.

Oct 28, 2011

xmas card 1

I have been busy making quick and easy xmas cards for a local market that is on this weekend.  These have all been inspired in some way by all of you, but with my own twist on it, using whatever stamps I have.
They are just quick and easy cards, and I am posting them (probably one a day)  for you to interpret any way you wish....

They are not for comps, just putting some ideas out there for you .


Oct 23, 2011


Welcome to Fashionable Stamping's latest challenge..."Coffee and Cream and a Hint of Dark Chocolate"
If you are visiting my blog for the first time, or dropping by for another look, welcome! And I hope you enjoy my card.

When we were asked to come up with some ideas for challenges, I was just on my way out to have coffee with friends...
and I was looking forward to a very decadent afternoon, so "coffee and cream" sounded right to me!
The vision for this card just evolved over a couple of days, and then it was stuck in my head.
 Wow, isn't it crazy how once an idea gets inside your head, you just can't get rid of it?..that is exactly what happened this time.

I had a Joanna Sheen stamp of a cat, and thought.."cream"...lol, because we all know that
cats love cream!
The "coffee" was the fun part, mixing a strong brew and using a toothbrush to flick it onto cream card, dripping it and sponging it.
(the smell was fantastic, and I can still smell it on the card!)

So, putting it all together! I masked the tea party stamp and put the big cats behind it.  And that's pretty much it!
 The kittens stamp only had 5 kittens...and I needed more to go right across the front of the card ~ so I just stamped another lot, cut a couple out and added one to each end of the stamped image.  They have been raised on foam mount to give a floating effect, and to take away from the flatness of the masking.
The big cats were water coloured with Vintage DI to add more depth to the card.
This is exactly what was in my head to start with!

Only 3 stamps used on this card...The Tea Party (CI-269) and Kittens (CI-222) from Crafty Individuals and the Maine Coon Cat (JNM537) from Joanna Sheen.
Only 2 inks were used...Sepia Archival Ink and Vintage DI.
Ranger gold embossing powder and ribbon and pearls from my stash complete the list!

I am entering this card in the following challenges
~ Bling It On Challenges - No patterned papers
~ Moving Along With The Times - Vintage 
~ Designed 2 Delight - Cute Critters
~ One Stop Craft Challenge - No designer paper

Oct 9, 2011

"Anything But a Card" at Fashionable Stamping Challenges

A Box For My Cards.
When I first put my cards in at a local cafe/gallery to see how they would go, they were crammed into a tiny, gold and glittery box.  Belinda said that it would do until I decorate my own box with feathers, bright colours and lots of bling to show my personality...

I did nothing!

Thank goodness Shirl (our fearless fashionista at Fashionable Stamping Challenges) set a challenge of
"Anything But a Card".

Reaction 1:  I wanted to wimp out of the challenge! Big time! The truth is, I spent 4 weeks trying to come up with a believable reason not to do this challenge!!!
Reaction 2:  I could make that box that should have been made 3 months ago....
but...feathers???  bling???  bright colours???  that's right, still stalling....
Reaction 3:  I decided to just to go with it and see what evolved, maybe something that was beautiful and calm ~ like me 
(lol,...sorry, couldn't resist that!)
And I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge!        

This was the result. 

The box is a chipboard tissue box, turned upside down.  I then went and got the biggest saw I could find and shaped it so that it sloped downwards. 
I gave the whole thing 2 coats of white acrylic paint.  I left the inside white,
And sanded it.
But went over the outside in 3 or 4 different blue DI's and a purple one too.
And sanded it.
The long vine stamp at the high end of the box (on both the sides and the back) is stamped in white ink and clear embossed. And the flourishes around the rest is done in the same blues as I coloured the box in.
And sanded it.

This is a view of the front of the display box.

I just want to point out that around the top edge of the box I painted on some white picket fence paint..enough so that it dripped.
The blue distress inks have seeped into it and looks really good I think! 
There is a clearer view of this at the back of the box.

And this part of the view of the side of the box.

All around the box are stamped images from Crafty Individuals which I really like at the moment.  They are stamped in Pumice Stone DI on patterned paper and water colored with the same watered-down ink.  Blue DI edges each pic which has been distressed and layered and mounted, with some cheesecloth and ribbon from my stash, behind it.
Oh, and notice the bling...just had to have a little!

And this is a view from the back.

All around the box are silver embossed butterflies that seem to float from frame to frame to give continuance to each side. As does the ribbon which wraps all the way around.
This gorgeous image is silver embossed also.On the inside of the box I have randomly stamped butterflies as well just to draw the inside out...
I ended up sanding half of the images off so I ended up with a more muted effect.


I am entering this project in the following challenges~
Crafty Individuals October Challenge - Things with Wings

Oct 1, 2011

A Work in Progress

I have been really interested in a post by Brenda at Bumblebee and Butterflies  (thanks Brenda) who drew my attention to Cindy Adkins free tutorial on improving and enhancing the effectiveness of your blog...did I mention that it's free!  Her blog is called Whimsical Musings.  The information is sooo easy to read and follow and very practical.
So, I now have a "blog button"...if anyone would like to copy it to their blog, with a backlink back to my blog,  feel free and I would be more than glad to return the favour. I love the idea of networking and linking up with others who share similar passions.  To me it is all about learning and sharing and growing...and above all ~ having fun.

This is my blog button!