Thursday, 10 July 2014

Inspiration from a Friend

When my friend Anne posted two projects on her blog recently I was reminded that I'd not used my alcohol inks for absolutely ages so I was inspired to dig them out and have a play, ending up with two interesting pieces of coloured card.  I decided to try embossing one of them  and then rubbing  with Treasure Gold gilding wax (copper), although I wasn't sure if it might react with the alcohol ink.  I think it has turned out OK so then I had to hunt around for bits and pieces of card to match up so that I could make a card.  I've yet to try the shaving foam background technique which Anne also showed but watch this space!!

Background - actually the cover from a very old pad of papers
Punched layer - EK Success border punch
Embossed panel - coloured with alcohol inks, embossed with Cuttlebug folder and rubbed with Treasure       Gold copper colour
Image - Fine Feathers stamp by Stampin' Up embossed with copper powder
Circles - Spellbinder dies
Sentiment - Stampin' Up Bitty Banners with matching die

Wednesday, 9 July 2014


When searching for an image suitable for the current challenge at the Male Room I realised that I should look through my digital CDs much more frequently because as well as finding something suitable for their 'Games' theme I also found just the thing for my son's birthday card which I'd been struggling with.  His will be the next male card I make in time for his birthday mid month.  Obviously this card had to be male themed and could include anything related to any game - I've chosen golf which I know is played by women too but then so are most games.  Their design team have chosen a selection of games and I expect there will be a great variety amongst the submissions.

Image - from Just Inklined CD
Background paper from my stash
Embossed panel - letterpress technique Sizzix folder
Greeting - Computer generated on labels from Stampin' Up stamp and punch

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Mail Art

The challenge at Make My Monday this week is to produce some Mail Art which as I understand it is, strictly speaking, the decorating of envelopes or postcards to send through the mail. However I've made a card inspired by the topic using various related items which I dug out of my stash - some of which certainly haven't seen the light of day for a while!!  The background paper has been over stamped and I used the letterpress technique with the embossing folder.  There are some great examples on their blog and it would certainly be good to receive a few decorated envelopes through the post instead of the usual boring window ones containing bills!!

Background - paper from Tim Holtz Vintage Shabby range
Over Stamping - various suitable stamps from Chocolate Baroque and one unidentified (triangular)
Embossing Folder - Tim Holtz Alterations
Bird Postcard - Crafty Individuals stamp
Tickets - Creative Expressions stamps

Monday, 7 July 2014

Teen Card

I thought this image from Polkadoodles would be just right for a teenage card - they love shopping don't they!  Background paper was overstamped with some swirls.

Dies - Sue Wilson California collection Frames set B
Sentiment - stamp given free with recent magazine (Lili of the Valley I think)
Lace Border - Tim Holtz strip die
Flowers - Spellbinder Faux Quilled flowers dies with microbead centres

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Snippet Time Again

The weeks seem to come around so quickly meaning it is time to post another card for the Pixie Snippets Challenge.  This time I've used a lovely butterfly background, snippets of card from my oddments, a doily and some die cut elements.

Background - Craftwork Cards paper pad
Embossed panel - scrap of card using Deco embossing folder
Swirls - Marianne die
Butterflies - die cuts from Craftwork cards and one using a Joy die
Sentiment - from Craftwork cards