Dec 30, 2012

A lovely flower.

Happy New Year to you all!

I have had a good break and now I am reinvigorated to start 2013 with good intentions of improving my artistic skills and showing them off to you all, with the hope that some may be inspired, and also have some enjoyment along the way as well.
I am going to enter this card into the 'Fashionable Stamping Challenge' - 'Surprise Us!' Sponsored by Cottage Crafts.

The Flower stamp is Hero Arts.
First I stamped and embossed the image and I coloured it up using T.H.  Distress pens, which I scribbled on the craft mat first, then used my water pen to pick up the ink.
Faux stitching in Forest Moss Distress pen.
Sentiment is a Penny Black from the clear set' Gratitude'.
The Bg has been stamped using VersaMagic-Tea leaves chalk ink.
 You will all instantly observe that this is not my usual style.
'No embellishments.' was the request by my friend, she wanted a Birthday card for her 85year old Mum'.
Thanks for taking the time to pop in, I know this is a busy time for you all, I do appreciate your following very much.

Dec 20, 2012

Christmas Flag

Hello Everyone.
My banner has two sides and I have not completed it, so I have to continue under my own steam and look for inspiration elsewhere, which is not difficult, as it is everywhere.
So this is Flag No 13- unlucky for some...... yuk a dreadful cliché.

Die-cut - Spellbinders 'Ribbon Banners' for the sentiment, and the Cheery-Lynn Holly Flourish
Free - image.
Glitter- on my Holly leaves.

The sentiment says Merry Christmas in Maori. (Native language of NZ.).
The Bg is stamped tissue  paper and applied with matte medium. 
Then dry embossed.
I cannot remember where the image is from, I have so many of them sitting in a box.

And that's it for 2012, I only wish the best for you all.


Dec 15, 2012

Christmas Wreath.

Hello Everyone,
Purple and Silver are two colours that I do not use very much, as you expect I will be loquacious in my narrative!
Purple is a glorious yet complex colour; a bit of an enigma, as it is both sensual and spiritual; it is a mix of the excitement of Red and the tranquillity of Blue. So it is very surprising even to me, that I do not use this palette on a regular basis. 
I would like to think I am sensual and have a tad of excitement about me. 
And as for Silver, well this magnificent chroma which illuminates everything it comes in contact with, is glamorous, sophisticated and alluring, and relates a positive feeling even though it is seen as a cool colour, but it also has the unfortunate association to growing old; Silver hair!
All these adjectives sound wonderful, and I can understand why many card-makers like to work with this palette. I like the partnership of these two feminine colours as well and when

The shape of my card was cut on the cricut. I inked everything up in milled lavender and dusky concord distress inks.
To create the Silver effect;which does not photograph well, I applied silver leaf and burnished it over the embossed Bg.
My stamp is the 'Music Wreath' from Stamp-it, which I White embossed, then inked over using a selection of colours. I fussy-cut the Holly leaves and Berries.
You can just see the Silver leaf effect on this close-up.

I will finish off with  a few words .... as I am apt to do.

"As we grow older, how quickly the months disappear.
All of a sudden-whoosh-December is here.
There are presents to buy and cards to write.
Planning the dinner; Turkey or Lamb,
or maybe a picnic with salad and ham.
However each family plans to celebrate,
this special important once-a-year date.
Take time to pause and reflect on the reason,
I wish everyone Joy at this festive season." 

Merry Christmas to you All.

Dec 8, 2012

A little bit of fabric with a stitch or two..yea

Hello Everyone.

The fabric is the Red element, I have a tutorial on how I created the texture below.

The other elements are a Vintage image.
Corrugated cardboard.
Textured paper, which has been torn.
Snowflake, which has been embossed with Enamelware ep.
And the numbers 25, which were inked up and little bits of mesh glued on, then coated with glossy accents.

Two types of machine stitching; a straight and zig-zag,  I thought it would create more interest.
You can just about see that I have applied some white acrylic to the Corrugated Cardboard Bg, just to break up the uniformity of the lines.

My piece of calico was sprayed with inks, stamps applied and then a light coating of Gesso, I do this last part to stabilise and stiffen the material.

It also has the wonderful effect of toning and blending the inks into the material. I let this Gesso dry.
A tip, Only  use 100% cotton.

Place inside an embossing folder, and you create the patterned texture as you would when using card stock.

Now just cut or fray as I have done to fit your project.

Christmas shopping with my girls tomorrow, a great weekend for me.

Dec 6, 2012

Flag12- Funkie Junkie Style!

Hello Everyone

Challenge: 12 Tags of Christmas.

The last and final week of this Challenge, and Linda finishes with a most gorgeous Tag, which has been Gold embossed with a flourish stamp and sponged with a combination of Festive Berries and Barn Door distress inks.

Flag No 12
This week I have loosely interpreted the Tag, I chose the colour palette, Holly leaves, and I used a double layer as my Bg, from her Tag.

I first Gold embossed a Holly stamp on my Bg then I painted Vermilion watercolour over the top.
The second layer is white Cs which has also been gold embossed, in hindsight I could have made this larger.

I chose a stocking ornament as the dominant feature for my Flag. It has been cut on the cricut, and painted in Gold and Vermilion, the snowflakes were stamped over the top but did not show up so well so I went over them in White Pen.

I added some Diamond dust  for texture as it did not have very much.
The doll was an image that I fussy cut, and the Holly leaves were stamped, inked and fussy-cut as well.

Flags No 1 to No 5

Flags No 5 to No 9
Flags 10 to 12 are on the reverse.


Dec 1, 2012

A Vintage card with a touch of Shabby!

Hello Everyone
Saturday Dec 1st and here in NZ officially the first day of Summer, all we need to confirm this is for us to feel some heat from the sun.....not much happening at the moment!!!!!

Images are from Bo Bunny and Graphic 45 papers; my all time favourites.
Vintage has the feeling of bringing you back to your grandparent's home; and this does remind me of my Christmases in Wales where I grew up.
I love to combine elements to create dimension and texture; as you all know I love texture.
There is not much in that area here other than the embossed oval frame and my little hand made flowers.
I wanted to relate a Christmas feel; the warmth, the joy, the prickly Holly leaves which represent the crown of thorns that Jesus wore when he was crucified, and the symbolic berries; the drops of blood that were shed.

And Father Christmas; well, someone has to deliver the presents to the children.
Otherwise there is no magic!

Please do not think I had one too many while stitching the card, my intention was to make it aimless and irregular, I wanted to create a feeling of movement.

This card is already winging it's way to a special person, someone who I know will appreciate the work involved and not dis-Card!

Remember you can click on the card for a close-up view.

 I like to decorate the inside.

Have a great week.