Back on the air…

February 24th, 2016

Despite good intentions, I once again got behind with posts.  This was due to a number of reasons, including:

  • making cards for the crazy Christmas period
  • making different cards for the New Year period
  • going into hospital for major surgery on 23 December
  • while I was recovering from surgery, my brother visited from the UK, bringing his lovely wife to Australia for the first time which meant I had hostess duties – plus I had to make some artwork for them too

The result of all that was that I haven’t had time to do much posting, but I will try to make good on that over the next few weeks.

To start with, here are some of the birthday cards I made in the second half of last year.  No instructions this time, as they are all variations on cards I have done before.

Aimee's bday card

Butterfly bday card

Sweet Treats bday

Sweet Treats bday

Jubilee bird birthday

Jubilee bird birthday

Birdie birthday

July 21st, 2015

One of my colleagues had her birthday a while back, and I wanted to play around with some new papers and wooden embellishments I got around Christmas time.

Birdie birthday - front

Birdie birthday – front

The papers are from Prima Marketing’s Epiphany collection (specifically the Striking Appearance design), which has distressed, watercolour-esque backgrounds with black doodle style images.  There is a light and whimsical feel to them, even the ones that have black backgrounds and borders.

I took one of these with a birdcage design down the side.  Trimmed the paper and edged it in burgundy, and layered onto black card, then a bit of lace wrapped down the right side.  One of the offcuts had a butterfly design on it, so I also edged it in burgundy and layered onto the first piece, overlapping the lace.  Then I used one of the matching bird wooden embellishments, which had already been painted in a whitewash.

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Through the Looking Glass

December 26th, 2014

Recently two of my friends had a joint birthday party, fancy dress theme.  (ok the theme was Game of thrones but I wasn’t feeling it).  I had these gorgeous papers by Kaiser Craft from their ‘Through the Looking-Glass’ paper set.  They are very floral and vibrant, but there are also the classic illustrations by Tenniel throughout the designs.  The first card was for a female, the second for a male.

In addition to layering papers, I also have the matching collage pack so there were plenty of elements to stack on (like the flowers).  I also used washi tape to tie the layers together, along with the yellow butterfly that is on both cards.

looking glass - B

Alice – flamingo croquet

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Flower fairy card

December 17th, 2014

Another birthday card for someone at work.  This time I tried a layout I saw in a magazine, it is simple but effective I think.

Flower fairy birthday card

Fold craft cardstock, ink the edges.  Trim a piece of ‘La Spa’ paper from Prima Marketing’s Fairy Belle collection, and then distress and ink the edges in a lighter (contrasting) colour.  Attach to the base card.

Place a strip of gold paper across the card, near the bottom with edges inked in the darker colour.  Add a die-cut shape (Spellbinder’s Labels 17 set) on top of the gold paper, with the edges inked in the lighter colour.  Attach a folded piece of ribbon and add a ribbon on top.  Place a pink pearl in the centre of the flower.

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Cat birthday card

August 24th, 2014

My brother’s birthday was in July, and he is a big fan of cats (like all my family).  I have a tin of Cavallini & Co vintage cat poster stickers, and I found one that actually has July on it – a Harper’s cover from what I can tell.

Because I am trying to use up my paper pads and scraps, so I pulled out the green and blue colours from the sticker, and layered in onto a piece of white cardstock.  This was edged in blue ink, then placed on a piece of blue scrap patterned paper also edged in ink.

I then too piece of blue cardstock the same side as the A6 card, and embossed it with my new Coutour Creations small dots embossing folder.  The blue card was distressed with my distressing tool, and then blue ink swiped around the edges.  All layered onto the A6 white card, and three small pearls added to the top right side.  Inside ‘Happy Birthday’ was stamped in blue.

I was happy with it, recipient was happy with it, all is good.

Harper's cat birthday

Harper’s cat birthday

Vintage birthday

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.

Steampunk Debutante birthday

Steampunk Debutante birthday

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.

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A vintage dragonfly birthday

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.

 

black dragonfly card

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.

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A January Birthday

March 31st, 2014

I’m a little behind with some of my updates.  I’ll try to get them up over the next week or so.

First up is a birthday card for one of  my work colleagues.

Summer floral birthday

Summer floral birthday

I liked the background paper and wanted to make it a feature.  So I found a stamp that had a similar style flower and used that on the front of the card in black, no other colouring.  the stamped image was edged in black, as was the gold paper.

I wanted to lift the colour palette a little, and so added the purple washi tape in the two corners.  Although all the layers of paper are taped down separately, the washi tape was positioned so look like it was holding it all together.

Butterfly birthday

December 17th, 2013

This is a card I made for my personal trainer.  I wasn’t really sure where to go with colour schemes and designs, mostly she wears black.  But I decided to try a more feminine design as I love these paper design.

Butterfly birthday

Butterfly birthday

Butterfly filligree chipboard layered on gold paper.  Gold paper edged in aged mahogany ink, and layered on pink butterfly scrap.  All layered onto aqua butterfly music paper.  Whole piece layered onto craft cardstock, everything edged in victorian velvet.

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Timey Wimey

December 1st, 2013

This was for my friend B’s birthday, which was celebrated last night in a Doctor Who themed party.

Timey Wimey

Timey Wimey

Cream cardstock folded to a square.  Piece of Bo Bunny ‘Timepiece’ Paper on the left, and Coor’dinations Chocolate Box cardstock embossed with Tim Holtz Steampunk Texture Fades embossing folder, sanded back to reveal the core colour, both edged in Raisin Adirondak ink.

Craft cardstock was stamped with Finnabair Vintage Vanity Circles and the gears and butterfly stamps from the Graphic 45 Steampunk set (by Hampton Art Stamps) in Tatter Rose distress ink.  Overstamped with the winged dressform from the Graphic 45 Steampunk set, and the words Time and Machine from the Oxford Impressions Steampunk Works sheet in Raison Adirondak ink.  Piece was edged in Raison ink and layered onto the square card.

Smallest flower die cut from Tattered Flowers and smallest gear die cut from Gadget Gears, both sets from the Tim Holtz Alterations Dies collections.  Edged in Raison ink and layered together.  Copper Kaiser craft pearl added to the centre.

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