Saturday, 30 November 2013

Simply gifted

Hello, wanna come and play at 365 Cards today?  The challenge is to make a card and include a present or gift on it.
I was initially a bit stuck for ideas, but when I got started I thought of more and more things to add.
So, I started with a square of patterned paper, then overlaid a smaller square of white card with a rectangle cut from the middle to make my gift.  Next I added my ribbon bow thing (I'm sure it's got a proper name but I can't think of it right now ...) I started with a glue dot on a piece of its backing paper and folded and glued down loops of the ribbon, then finished it with a pink gem.  After adding the length of ribbon around my gift, and the (8) sequins, I figured it needed a gift tag too and was delighted to find my teeny tiny tag punch, and even more delighted to find a stamp set with 'for you' small enough to fit on it!
I stamped the Happy Birthday sentiment, then added a shadow to it by stamping again without re-inking just next to it.

I'm also entering this into
CAS-ual Fridays - Create with 8
CASology - Shop
Inkspirational - Anything Goes

Saturday, 23 November 2013

Polka Dot background card

I downloaded the free digi stamps from Paper Smooches recently (they're available here) and have been rather keen to use them, so thought I'd enter their colour challenge this week

I've combined this with Lawnscaping's polka dot challenge too

I printed the owl and squirrel along with the sentiment (the font is a free download from here), then painted and fussy cut the critters out.  I hand drew (well, with a circle template) the polka dot background for the greeting before applying some watercolour.  I chopped the squirrel up a bit (no animals were harmed in the making of this card, honest) before sticking him and the owl on.

CAS pink flowers

This week at 365 Cards we've been setting our challenges on beautiful backgrounds, and today I get to join in with a white background card.

I took my inspiration from the Runway Inspired Challenge #48

I drew out an elipse shape and stamped my sentiment inside, then stamped (with a bit of careful masking) eight flowers around the edge.  All the stamping was done in grey then I went over some of it with a black pen.  The flowers were watercoloured with a light pink wash and a few pearls and gems added to finish it off.

Dare I say it, but for a CAS card I'm actually quite pleased with it  :-)

I'm also entering this into CAS-ual Fridays' Create with 8 challenge

Saturday, 16 November 2013

Stamp and Stitch Chalkboard Cake Card

Today over at 365 Cards the challenge is to use two techniques - stamping and stitching

I used the chalkboard technique for the focus of the card and framed it by stamping some planks on brown packaging paper which I've sponged over with white and grey inks.  These were fussy cut out and then cut to length to make a rectangular frame.
This was mounted onto some plain red paper and then onto the patterned background paper.  I've done some faux cross-stitching to join the two red layers.
I stamped, water-coloured and fussy cut the leaves and cup cakes.
All finished off with a big spotty ribbon and a touch of gold glitter.

I'm entering this into The Shabby Tea Rooms Challenge #192 Holiday Baking

Saturday, 9 November 2013

Pretty Printing Anniversary Card

Hello, welcome back and thank you to everyone who left me such lovely comments last week.

Today's challenge at 365 Cards is Pretty Printing - hand write your own sentiment, and make sure it's at least three words long.

I love sets of alphabet stamps so that I can print my own personal message on a card but handwriting a sentiment is a bit scary.  Still, in for a penny!

Last year I went to a big craft show and bought a set of foils and a glue pen.  Well, actually, I bought the big pack because the lady demonstrating it made it look so easy and I thought it would look really great on a card.  This is the second time I've used it and I haven't quite got the knack yet, hence it's all a bit bumpy!  And I have a bit of a confession.  I was concentrating so hard on making the letters look pretty that I made a bit of a spelling mistake.  Doh.  You're looking at version 2!

I found some pale blue background paper and wrote my sentiment with the glue pen.  Then waited a g e s for it to dry before rubbing over a dark brown glossy foil.  Meanwhile I die cut my flowers out of the Colour Q pallette and stamped my leaves before fussy cutting them.  I love the Runway picture with the flowers over the model's shoulders and the stripes at the bottom so thought I would add a few stripes of my own to the card.  Finished it off with the buttons, twine and glitter brads.

I'm entering this card into
Lawnscaping Challenge #69 Let a sentiment stand out
Runway Inspired Challenge #47 Alberta Ferretti

Colour Q #214

The Daring Cardmakers - All the other reasons

Saturday, 2 November 2013

Life is better at the beach

I've heard that everyone can be split into two distinct groups - you either love the seaside or the mountains.  Well, I'm a beach girl, no doubt about it!

Today we're having a blog hop and give away over at 365 Cards.  We (the DT) are all making cards in our own favourite styles.  The challenge is to scraplift your favourite one of our designs. Take a tour around and see what you think...

Ruth (that's me)

Once you've visited everyone (and left a comment on each blog), go to the 365 Cards site and comment that you've visited us all (and who your favourite was) and a winner will be drawn at random to win a prize package of crafting goodies.

I started with the beach background paper with that fabulous sentiment.
I tore a piece of paper to mask off the centre of the card before stamping the grid under the anchor paper strip.  The grid and chevrons are in perfect plum.
To give it a seaside feel I knotted some bakers twine into a rope and strung it in a wave pattern.  Then, I'm a bit proud of myself for the next bit, studied a book of knots to make a continuous ring hitching around some small split rings!
The seagulls are stamped and fussy cut, the pair of seagulls involved some more masking.  And I've added a little wooden button to finish it off.

I'm entering this card into
The Craft-Room Challenge - use stencils and/or masks
Just Add Ink #189 Colour Challenge (crumb cake, perfect plum, raspberry ripple and white)

The Friday MashUp #134 Got Chevrons?
Totally Papercrafts #191 Button It Up
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes

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