Friday, May 15, 2009

Another June Birthday

Another June birthday card ticked off my list. This time it is for my niece but before I could get started on this card I had a wee disaster. As I was getting all the bits together to make the card and going through my tins of buttons, brads and flowers, I somehow managed to tip the whole lot on the floor. All I will say is that there was a slight navy tinge to the air around me as I scrambled about on my hands and knees trying to pick everything up.

I got a wee delivery from Cropstop, some new embossing folders from QuicKutz, one being the Scallops and Dots and this was my inspiration along with some gift ribbon from Hallmark which fitting nicely between the dots of the embossing folder.

After running the embossing folder through my trusty 'bug' I punched out the holes before fixing on the ribbon. Then matted onto cardstock from the Amy Butler Sola range and Remake Ocean Blues, both from K&Company. I distressed the edges of the Ocean Blues cardstock with Timber Brown Stazon.

The button embellishments are from Bo Bunny and the sentiment is a silver peel-off which I coloured with a brown marker pen and mounted it on a strip of the Ocean Blues cardstock.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Bee Crafty Challenge

Last night will doing a bit of surfing, looking for sites that sell Digital Stamped Images, as I can't get decent stamps out here and to buy them online can mean having to pay a lot for postage, I came across a lovely site, Bee Crafty. Her digital stamped images are fab. She is also running a challenge which finishes tomorrow noon - UK Time. For the challenge you have to use her 'slice of cake' image (a freebie into the bargain), so thought in return for downloading the image I would enter the challenge and get one of my June birthday cards done into the bargain.

I started off colouring the image using both watercolour pencils and sakura pens. The cake layers and icing were done with the watercolour pencils - Cadmium Yellow and Leaf Green. To give the edging icing on the cake a bit of texture I used a Sakura Souffle pen as well as the white icing. For the candle and the decoration on the side of the cake it was Sakura Glaze pens, watered down with a Koi brush.

Out came my trusty 'Bug' and Deckled Rectangles from Nestabilities. Highlighted the deckled edge of the rectangle with the same green watercolour pencil and blended it using the Koi Brush. As I did this the edges turned up slightly, so decided to keep this effect when I matted it on to the back of Bo-Bunny's Back to Backs card stock - Alissa Look At Me, using foam pads just down the middle of the image. Mounted this onto another piece of Bo-Bunny's cardstock from the same Alissa range, this time, Alissa Spunky. The sentiment was done on Word and again used the Deckled Rectangles and highlighted in the same way using the green watercolour pencil.

Mounted all this onto plain white cardstock, again highlighting the edges with the green watercolour pencil. For a finishing touch, I added crystal stickers from my stash.

Hope Merrigan approves of my use of her digital stamp.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Been a bit quiet

Have been very quiet this week as I have a severe chest infection and have been signed off my work and have been put on a course of heavy duty antibiotics. Got to go back to see the doc on Sunday.

Today is the first day that I have felt like doing anything. It was a bit of a struggle, as I still feel a wee bit weak, but managed to get two cards done. This first card I did was for a friend who has had some knee surgery. Decided on a blue theme as he is a Glasgow Rangers fan. I used blue cardstock for the base and printed off a sheet of striped paper from Printable Heaven for the background. Then being a thrifty Scot, I used some of my scraps of card and with my Nestabilities - circles and inverted scalloped circles - cut out three sets. On each set stuck on one of the words of 'Get Well Soon'. Using more scraps cut three strips of navy blue cardstock which I stuck on the background stripes and at the end of each strip mounted one of the circle sets.

The second card I got done was a friend of one of our neighbours. The neighbours are organising a birthday party for him tonight and to which we have been invited but as I am still feeling a bit weak have declined. Don't know where the inspiration came from. When I was doing the 'Get Well Card' I was going through my stamps drawer for the sentiments and spied 'Claudette the Camel', which I stamped onto some scrap cream cardstock using brown ink. Then coloured it in with watercolour pencils. The Nestabilities came out again - deckled rectangles - and cutting out Claudette and the mat below. For the background of the card I used the darker section of the background section of Fred, She Said's Dancing Daisy and the 'Happy Birthday' sentiment came from the same sheet.