July 26th, 2014
The final farewell was this week, another of our contractors left as we have finally filled the position permanently.
Metallic white square card, edged with Aged Mahogany ink. Floral paper trimmed to fit, edged with Antique Linen. Nestabilities Label 17 die used to make floral label and white card label (yay! first time I have done this myself). Penny Black floral stamp inked with Crushed Olive and Aged Mahogany distress ink, spritzed with water and stamped onto the floral tag shape, edged with Antique Linen then layered onto the white label which was edged in Aged Mahogony and Antique Linen. Three white pearls added to bottom right corner.
July 24th, 2014
The second person to leave was a workmate who has moved to Melbourne, as her partner lives there. L is obsessed with all things French, so I used that as her theme.
Stamp Stampington’s ‘Visit to Paris‘ by Clauding Hellmuth onto smooth coated cardstock with Versafine ink. Edge in blue ink, layer onto black cardstock, then onto Kaisercraft Bonjour Paris striped black paper, and then layer on to black square envelope.
Tattered flowers die cuts from other Bonjour Paris papers edted in blue ink then added – three stacked in bottom left corner, and one single small flower on top right. Torn strips of blue french themed Cavallini & Co paper tape (French Ephemera collection).
July 22nd, 2014
We have had a few staff leave at work lately, and a few new arrivals to go with that. So farewell cards have been in demand lately.
First of the departures at work was a casual who has been working with us for a few years, first as a student then recently as a grad. She has moved back to Sri Lanka with her husband.
I had already done an engagement card, a ‘congratulations’ card for graduating, and a wedding card for her, so I needed to come up with something different – went for a different palette also.
This is quite a simple design, similar to one I have done before. Butterfly stamped in Eggplant Adirondak ink onto purple patterned paper which has been edged in Eggplant Ink. Layerd onto handmade white silk paper edged with copper. Kraft cardstock folded to a square, edged in Eggplant. Copper Brilliance used to stamp flourish randomly in the corners. Strip of striped purple paper laid across the craft card. Butterfly layers added at an angle. Two small flowers added to lower corner. Purple gems added to centre of flowers and butterfly body.
July 20th, 2014
This was for D’s sister, her birthday was in June. He was after something ‘not girly’, so I had to have a think about it, and what papers and stamps I have. I went with a steampunk themed card using Graphic 45′s Steampunk Debutante collection.
Cream square card, edged in Vintage Photo distress ink. Bo Bunny Timeless paper trimmed to fit. Winged Manniquin dressform torn around, edged in Vintage photo. Layered onto square of corrugated card edged in Vintage photo then onto card. Cog added to one corner.
July 17th, 2014
Recently Daedalist requested a card for a male family member. I decided to try out some new things I had to play with, and a different colour scheme to my usual ones. I think it is quite striking.
White cardstock stained with Antique Linen Distress ink and edged with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. The Stampers Anonymous Dragonfly legend was stamped with Vintage Photo ink.
Black Co’ordinations cardstock was embossed with a chicken wire embossing template, and then sanded back to show the core colour. Dragonfly card image layered on top of the embossed card. Ink swiped on part of the raised sanded parts of the card. A piece of twill was swiped with Antique Linen ink then wrapped around the Dragonfly and embossed card.
Patterned paper distressed around the edges, swiped with Vintage Photo ink, and layered on to a black square folded card edged with Cosmic Copper Brilliance ink, then the Dragonfly panel layered on top. Star punched from patterened paper offcut, edged with link and placed on the dragonfly pane.
The rest is below.
June 18th, 2014
So I am on leave this week, sick leave to be exact. I wasn’t allowed to drive yesterday or today after having an operation, and so today I decided to set myself some crafting challenges for the week.
First up, using papers and embellishments (mostly papers) that I have scattered all over my work desk – offcuts, things I liked and put there but am yet to use etc – and also the papers I often get free with crafting magazines. Stamps and other embellishments are allowed, but no other papers (but not to worry, the pile is huge).
This evening I managed to make 8 card. Part of the challenge was to use the paperstack (book) of Romantic Garden paper by Meg’s Garden – the papers are beautiful but the elaborate designs and square shape makes them somewhat difficult to use. I had a similar issue with my Vintage Christmas Cards last year, you can see that each paper is pretty much an artwork in itself. But just sticking on paper that covers the entire front is not really cardmaking to me, I need a way to make it my work.
Anyway, here are the results.
This first card uses a whole sheet of the paper. You can see how elaborate the designs are, and I hate to throw out any of that. in this one the paper is trimmed slightly to fit, distressed around the edges, and the two butterflies were stamped on it. Paper then mounted onto a square card. I am probably going to add some gems to the butterflies, but I haven’t decided on the colour yet.
Details and other designs are below the cut:
June 10th, 2014
This is for a family member, I posted it off last week so I hope it arrives soon. And because of the embellishments I actually put it in a padded envelope, so no need for a stamp on the card envelope. It was actually very difficult to come up with a concept and colour palette, as I don’t know the person I am sending it to.
Base – cream square, edged in Vintage Photo distress ink then smudged with copper ink. Set aside. On a smooth piece of white card (not glossy, but coated), stamp background images (mesh, butterfly etc from the Stampington Fresh Flowers Elements set) in Victorian Violet distress ink. Stamp over this with the Rose Print collage stamp in Vintage Photo distress ink – after it was inked, I carefully removed ink from the heavy border of the stamp so it blended with the background more. I then inked up just the Rose on the stamp in Cosmic Copper Brilliance ink and stamped it again.
Stamped square was mounted onto gold paper, and then onto floral paper. Cream lace wrapped around this, then whole set mounted on the base card. Pink Petaloo flower added to top left corner, and pink pearls added to both sides to enhance the corner aspect. Key and heart lock (from Prima Wooden Shapes lock and key set) stained with Cosmic Copper brilliance ink, glued to the card, and pink pearls added to each.
Inside and envelope below the cut.
May 19th, 2014
Last Saturday I did a Spellbinders workshop at Fantasia at the Bella Vista store. It is the first time I have done a class there, the workshop area is very nice and set out classroom style. I have a die cutting machine (a Big Shot) and while I use it for embossing and some dies (mostly the Tim Holtz ones as they are easy to use), I wanted to find out other things I could use it for, and also see how some of the smaller dies are used – the ones that don’t come with their own foam padding. I didn’t get to use the dies as much as I wanted (a lot of the stuff was precut in packs), but I did get new ideas and also a demo on how to use some of the other materials.
Spellbinders make dies, including the Nestabilities concentric shapes, as well as embossing folders and a few other interesting items. For this class the dies shapes were pre cut for us in each card pack, and we were able to do embossing and other cutting ourselves. Light blue and tan inks were also supplied for this class (but sadly not ours to keep).
The base card (light blue) was edged with tan ink. Printed paper was embossed with M’Bossabilities double sided embossing folder (there are two design options on these). This was distressed around the edges, then inked using a brayer, and layered onto cream card, then onto the base card.
White Nestabilities label 17 was embossed with the the same embossing folder and edged with blue ink. Fancy oval was embossed with Imperial Gold Ovals one, and layered onto the tag. Piece of lace attached to the bottom, purple bakers twine wrapped around the lace, and pink button attacked to the twin. Pink flowers added to the centre of the oval frame. Bling elements added to the top of the label shape.
May 12th, 2014
In February I attended a wedding that was held to coincide with Chinese New Year.
I decided to go with the theme, and use some of my asian papers. I did a similar design for friends a number of years ago, but haven’t used it since (and that time I used my Luck Dragon stamp also)
‘Double Happiness’ (Hero Arts) stampped on cream cardstock, edged in dark red ink. Layered onto gold paper. Base cream cardstock edged in dark red, and then layered with gold paper and red yuzen-shi paper. Stamped image layered on top, and cream flower with cream pearl added to the top left corner.
It is a simple design, because I wanted the complexity of the hand screen-printed papers to be the main feature. I liked the over all effect, and I used a lot of red and gold because they are culturally considered good for a wedding.
April 7th, 2014
My work colleague went on maternity leave, and before she left we went to her baby shower. I did a card for the group present we gave her. I have done a lot of pastel baby cards and I wanted something a bit more vibrant – I also know that S and I share a love of purple.
Stamp-It flourish collage stamp in Adirondak Eggplant stamped on cream cardstock, edged in purple ink. Layered on silver paper, and then onto a purple printed japanese paper. Layered onto more silver, and then onto cream cardstock that has been prepared by stamping flourish from same set along the top and bottom, and edging in purple ink. White flower edge in purple added to top corner and purple pearl added to the centre.
All stamps (except Congratulations) are from the Stamp-It A5 Set 20 (code: siset020mc) by Mickey Choo, which I got for my birthday last year from Wystii and N. As with all the Mickey Choo and Laura Koh sets, the stamps are gorgeous – full of filigrees and flourishes and beautiful little touches. I have a few of these sets, they an unmounted red rubber set that come already mounted on cling foam from a Western Australian company. Good quality stamps and highly recommended.