Saturday, 18 January 2020

Dragonfly Love

I've had a change from making male cards and this card could be ready for Valentine's Day which isn't really all that far away.  The various elements were die cut from cream and gold pearl card and layered up onto a pink butterfly background paper.  We've had quite a change in the weather today - nice blue sky and some sunshine but very cold with quite a frost first thing this morning which hung around for quite a while.  It is nice though to see the sunshine after a week of grey and rainy days.

Background paper - from Polkadoodles
Dies - all from Tonic

Tuesday, 14 January 2020


Today's card is similar to the previous one but with different colours, different embossing folder used and a stamped image added instead of a die cut.  Again the embossed background strips were coloured using Distress Stains.  The steampunk image was stamped and heat embossed onto a piece of text card, then backed with a purple oval mat.  A stamped sentiment on the same text card and that's another one for the box - could be suitable for male or female I think.  The purple background technique has shown up more brightly on screen than it is in real life. It was touched with some pewter stain to highlight the texture.

The weather here has again deteriorated into relentless rain and wind and I hope it isn't too bad where you are.

Embossing Folders - Tim Holtz Alterations
Sentiment - Tim Holtz stamps
Text background - from a Prima paper pad, more card weight than paper
Stamp - from Steampunkery stamp set by Chocolate Baroque

Monday, 13 January 2020

Inky Session

I decided that my box was short on male cards so yesterday I set about making some backgrounds by embossing white card using various 'industrial' style embossing folders and then colouring with Distress stains and inks along with some metallic stain.  Good idea to do most of the inky jobs in one fell swoop and then have a major hand cleaning attempt.  So far I've put together three cards and this is just one of them - they have similar components but are not all the same.  For this one I cut three strips from the inked card, die cut a motorbike and added a bit of over-stamping to some text background paper. Of course most of this is covered up with the strips but not to worry. The bike was layered onto a scrap of text paper which in turn was layered onto another left over strip of a different text paper.  A selection of cogs were die cut from black card, embossed with 'industrial' folders and rubbed lightly with Treasure gold. Sentiment was produced on the computer and punched out.  I had intended going for a walk today but became engrossed in making these cards - now it is lashing with rain so the furthest I will be going is to put the wheelie bin by the gate.

Embossing Folder - Tim Holtz Alterations by Sizzix
Cogs - Sizzix Bigz Die
Text Papers - Prima pad which I've had for a long time
Motorbike - unbranded die
Sentiment - Stampin' Up punch with ends trimmed off

Sunday, 12 January 2020

Playground Challenge # 369

The lovely Di of Pixie's Crafty Workshop fame has been taking a short break but it is lovely to see her back today with a beautiful Christmas bauble card which of course is a big hint as to what the prize will be for Snippets #369.  My make this time is a relatively CAS style of card using what I thought was an interesting set of geometric dies and something a  bit different.  I die cut the openwork layers twice and layered them together for a bit of extra dimension - using snippets of white pearl card.  Then found a snippet of card which I'd coloured with Distress Oxide and Pixie powders some time ago - this was a left over piece which of course I saved and it has come in handy for this card.  I stamped a narrow border three times onto a large snippet of white card using similar colours before arranging the triangles and a message banner, finally adding a few left over 'jewels' scattered in between.

Triangles - set of unbranded dies
Banner - Sue Wilson die and stamp from Tim Holtz
Border stamp - from a Stampin' Up vintage stamp set from several years ago