Nov 28, 2011

Red + White + Emboss

Hello Everyone
I posted off my Christmas Cards today, and next weekend will be the trimming of the Tree, I am beginning to feel Festive and looking forward to celebrating the Day.

Penny Black Saturday Challenge...Week 179 

Christmas + Red + Embossing.

Red is my favourite colour to wear and it also makes for a striking card. 

It is the Christmas Colour even though there are various hues.

Did you know that red is the highest arc in the rainbow, and it is one of the oldest colour names, it is a sensational colour, and has the greatest emotional impact of all the Palettes.

I chose the  PB flower from the "to you"set. (30-067).  The Flower was going to be my main focal point of the card so I made this first. On White CS I randomly daubed Barn door distress stain, then I embossed the image x3 using White Diamond EP.      

Then I fussy cut ALL layers.

 Layer 1- cut just around the flower.

Layer 2 -  cut each individual petals and attached with dimensional dots.

Layer 3- cut the inner petals and scrunched them up.

Layer 4- cut around the centre. 

The leaf is a fern stamp that I clear embossed and applied  frayed burlap distress powder and Distress crackle paint -old paper.

The fancy frame has been cut on the Cricut. I added some brilliant gemstones to the bottom trim, and the sentiment I found amongst cast-offs on my desk,


And as I stated at the beginning of the post, the colour is striking and dramatic, and it increases your heart rate because it is so stimulating.


 This is why it is the colour of love!

Don't you agree? 


I am also entering this card into 'a bit of Bling' #43.

'Less is More': Challenge:  because Rosie said I should, and although I am not a diva in this Genre, she is, and I must take her advice! and while I am here I must add that we both received honourable mentions at the  The Shabby Tea Room for our cards, if you want to see them look for the numbers 23 (me) and 33 (Rosie). You will notice immediately why I am so Shabby and Rosie is so CAS!

This card has great  Clean Lines, but as you all know I abhor the word Simple in CAS and prefer Stunning, so here is my Clean and Stunning. 

Thanks Rosie, I do think it is a little fussy for a true representation of CAS but we will see........

Hope you are having a great day, thanks for looking.


Nov 21, 2011

Green, the Colour of Balance.

Hello Everyone
Green is a safe colour, if you don't know what colour to use anywhere use Green.
The meaning of Green
  • a new state of balance
  • feel a need for change or growth 
  • protection from fears and anxieties especially when connected with the demands of others. 
The symbolism of the Fir tree - Clarity, Achievement, Energy.

 Green and Trees


I responded eagerly and excitedly as it is a great colour to work with for all the above reasons.
The Fir Tree image is one that I am drawn to since purchasing the PB 'winter wonders' clear set. You will notice the versatility of the image by the way I have used them on  previous projects.

BG is Hero Arts  'Artistic Circles
OverlaidwithPennyBlack'Music Background'
Die cut trim border (cricut)
'JOY' sentiment Penny Black from the same set.
The two toned effect of the tree was achieved by stamping two images; one on white CS and the other on coloured CS. I then fussy cut around the images to  conjoin  the opposites.

Stickles and bits for the trim on tree to add some sparkle.
The little gems are from Crimson Cloud, (part of my prize) they were little devils to work with, but obviously the green palette was doing it's 'job' as I propitiously adhere them, and not one imprecated word was heard at any time during this process!!!!!

Inks used were all Distress -
peeled paint.
shabby shutters.
forest green.
worn lipstick (accent)

I am now balanced, I have achieved  and with some luck I would have grown creatively!
Three cheers for glorious, gratifying, gorgeous Green.

If you are low, make a GREEN CARD!
Have a great week

Nov 11, 2011

It's Shabby not Funkie for #10 Tag

It is the last day of the week, and I am looking forward to the weekend as it is Stamp Group tomorrow. I spend most of the time there talking and fluffing around than being productive, but it does not matter because I enjoy the day/evening, catching up with some friends who love to make cards.
So onto Funkie Junkie #10 Challenge and Linda made a really beautiful one this week, I got so excited when I saw it, I had to make myself a cuppa to calm my exuberance.
I had a plethora of ideas flooding my brain that I was feeling quite light-headed for awhile.

I will start with the BG as it is a collage of different scraps of paper....
that you can't see!!!!!!
But trust me I glued them all down and then applied Gesso to merge and soften the edges.
I embossed a snowflake design and painted over with iridescent medium, I stamped a holly design down the bottom of the Tag,  it is the little black bits, and also stuck some mesh  (which again you can't see!) doing well so far am I not!!! Ha.

What you can see is my stitching,  bling flourish,  my seam binding /CS Flower, which is meant to be a Christmas Rose, and a little lace at the very bottom.
The sentiment is Graphic 45 paper.

 There is a new tag each Wednesday until we complete all 12 tags.  You are challenged to find at least one thing on her tag that will inspire you. Well I picked up lots, the mesh, embossing, music paper, seam binding etc etc.

This is Linda's Tag#10

Had a great time making this one, thanks heaps Linda.

                                                 Have a great weekend everyone,


I am so thankful you have visited me today.

Nov 8, 2011

Swinging around.

Hello Everyone.
I learnt something today after reading Rosie's  post; that there are Super Women in the card making world.  Her words, and I quote 'I didn't think it would take me all afternoon' !   perplexed me.
 An illusion presented itself in my mind in an abnormal manner, I became prostrate on the floor with vexation  when I read these words. I forgot to add that she was making dinner as well!!

The discomfiture was only temporary however, as I soon realised that Rosie is a Diva that I could never match, so once that was sorted I proceeded in my measured way, and now I am posting up my card that took me three days to make!!!!!!!!!! (No comments please, unless they are constructive, my ego can't take another hit today.)

I stamped twice once on white CS and once on PP. I fussy cut the body and coloured with distress inks, I free hand cut the holly leaves.

I used the cricut for the die cuts using Graphic45 (Christmas Emporium Collection).
I added the coloured wool thread to give the impression of a swing and holding on for dear life!
No sewing on the card, but to my mind it needs it, I scored and distressed the edges instead. This card is a 6x4 and not bulky one of three of an order, they are being posted to the UK.

This is the sketch I followed, sponsored once again by Craft Spot by Kimberly.
Card Patterns: Sketch #40
I hope I have not veered too far away from the design, I have all the elements, oh well it was a great sketch to work.

 And the other Challenge is one of my favourites:
Allsorts Challenge Blog  this weeks hostess is Jill Hansen.

Week 128 - Anything but Square.

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And I leave you once again, I hope you enjoy my post as much as I have enjoyed writing it for you.

I am so thankful you have visited me today.

Nov 4, 2011

Fools Gold Tag # 9.

 Hello Everyone,

I used a Holly Flourish which I cut twice on the cricut, I coloured up the smaller one in peeled paint distress inks and applied glossy accents.
'Joy' rub-on.

And the star elements I coloured up in gold.
The PP is a Penny Black.

Have a great weekend and keep safe.

I am so thankful you have visited me today.