Aug 26, 2013

Soft and Shabby.

Hello Friends
It is the last week of August and it is the turn of the Shabby/Vintage team (my genre) to show you their creations at House of Cards Challenge, and this month we were given a sketch.

Like most, Butterflies are a common element on my cards and all I saw on this sketch was the butterfly, so that was my immediate inspiration, then I went from there, I made my Bg's with watercolour paints,  stamped and stitched the first one, embossed the second and cut a circle with the third.

The butterfly's body is made from metallic threads.
 My paper flowers have been toned down with gesso.
The lace and netting a must for a Shabby Chic feel.

 A delicate pastel card; balanced with warm and cool colours, happily co-existing as they blend beautifully with the tinted Whites.
More than any palette it relates a vulnerability.

Please hop across to HOC and join in this fun Challenge.

Also over at Top Tip Tuesday  there is a very interesting Challenge that I am entering this card into:
Use two things using your Initials
S.B. -Shabby stitching and Butterfly. 

Thanks for your visit today.


Hello Friends
Gosh it is Monday and another start to a busy week, today at Scottie Crafts, I have posted up a little card that I believe is easy to make, I often make creations that are quite complex in nature and would not appeal to the card maker who is easily intimidated.
So I thought..... what would I have liked to do as a starter to gain confidence in this craft.

I came up with this:

If you hop across to Scotties here you will see the products and steps that I took to make this sweet elegant card.

Thanks for the visit and your lovely comments I appreciate them so much.

Aug 22, 2013

Two ICAD's

Hello Everyone
Last month Astrid (Astrid Artistic Efforts) made some ICAD's and she asked if anyone would like to swap some, well there were 23 very interested followers of her that were, and I was one of them.... You may want to know what this Acronym stands for- Index Card A Day.
They are cards, 3 x 5 inches the size of an index card, and you can make them in what ever style you want.
My two recipients were Carol and May and they have received the two Icad's I sent them, so now I can post them up.

 The front of the folder and the inside of the folder.

Once again the front and the inside of the folder.

 ICAD No2.
They were such fun to make, I went Mixed media and as much texture as I could create, as this is what I like doing. The benefit in a swap such as this, is that I have met 4 more talented Bloggers.

Have a great day creating and have fun.

Aug 19, 2013

A Daisy

Hello All
Once again it is Monday and I have another little card to show you as part of my Dt commitment to Scottie Crafts.
You will notice immediately that it is not a complicated design, I used the Kaisercraft 'lifetime Blue Bayou'   paper for the Daisy head, which was cut on the cricut. then dry embossed.

 I applied UTEE.

 Added a few embellishments

Some faux stitching.

Matted onto a card.

  More details on how I made this over at Scotties HERE.
 Do have a great week wherever you are and thanks for visiting.

Aug 12, 2013

A Vintage Box.

Good Morning,

Another week and another designer creation for Scottie Crafts my local stamp shop  here in NZ, hopefully some inspiration as well to get your juices flowing.

First though, please accept my appreciation for supporting me last week with my first project and taking the time to hop across to the Scotties Blog and leaving a comment, you all made my day and I know the team at the shop would have been thrilled with the Thank You.
Now, let me take you through my altered box.
And like many of you I was so eager to start painting that I forgot to take a picture of it before the paint went on!!!!!!!!!!
It was a plain paper mache box.

This is the inside lid, with two coats of Acrylic- Raw umber and Gold metallics.
It might look messy but it did not matter as most would be covered. Why paint it then you may ask, yes well, what can I say other than I like getting messy and paper does not satisfy the need!

And here finished with wonderful elements.

Top of Lid 

The finished Box.
The Turquoise  script  is a paper napkin mod-podged on.

Do you want more pictures and details on how I made this then  hop across to Scotties HERE.
 Do have a great week wherever you are.

Aug 6, 2013

How are you?

 Hello All
These three words in my title are used as a greeting in the English language and the reply is usually 'Fine thanks' or 'Very well thank you',  I often wonder when the question is asked if the recipient is really interested in how you are actually feeling,  I suspect it is used mainly to initiate a conversation, as the reply is more often than not 'Fine thanks' even if you are feeling absolutely lousy, you are not going to start a conversation about all your ailments are you?
This is a greeting that I use all the time and in the written word, not ' How R U????'  but the full and correct spelling, I have used these words in my card today.

And it is my first card for Scottie crafts  as one of their Dt's.
I was given a lovely pack of mixed elements to work with, it was exciting.

All the details and close ups on how I made it is on their Blog-HERE.
If you have a minute I would love you to pop over and leave a comment.

Challenge:  - Make IT Monday Linky party- 'Anything goes.'


Aug 2, 2013

HOC Shabby Chic

 Hello Friends

It's the fifth Monday of the month and it's our first photo inspiration + ANY CARD MAKING STYLE GOES challenge at House of Cards! (HOC)
My genre on this team is Shabby/Vintage so of course I provide the inspiration for you if you so choose to try out this style.

 If you do not like to work within this genre, then never fear our other teamies have samples for you on CAS, Cute/ Fun and Classic/Elegant, just pop over and have a peek.
                                                        The inspiration Photo.
Although the photo is classic and has elegance, there is enough shabby/vintage qualities to work with, for example, the soft sheer curtain and the flowers. The wallpaper is a bit garish for a shabby chic theme and can be a difficult colour to work with but I managed to find a pattern paper that had soft qualities and texture. 

 I do love making frames out of the Spellbinders dies and adding a little interest to them, on this particular one I applied some crackle glaze, it dried off very fine, it is always hit and miss whether it works or not for me, this time it was okay.

 I cut a V shape in my background paper and tucked in some lace, the picture within the frame is from my stash, and the paper flowers and leaves  I tinted up  lightly using my finger and distress inks.
The obligatory stitching and some pearls to complete the look.

All four Design Teams have made creations and it is fascinating  to see how the different genres produce such amazing cards from one inspirational photo.
Would love you to join in.

Have a great weekend,