Thursday 22 February 2024

Floral Birthday Postage Card

... Hello! I've got a birthday card to share with you this morning. This was inspired by Gina K's recent video, although the only Gina K products on the card are the inks!! Here's the card:

Stamps: Altenew - Enjoy Life, Just a Number; Waffle Flower - Postage Collage Fall, Postage Collage; The Greetery - Sentiment Suite Birthday
Inks: Gina K - Lemon Drop, Light Lilac, Medium Lilac, Dark Lilac, Applemint, Lucky Clover; Versafine Clair - Nocturne
Dies: Waffle Flower - A2 Postage Collage Die 
Accessories: White Card; Stencils - Waffle Flower Postage Collage Colouring Stencil, Altenew Enjoy Life; Copic Markers

I'm submitting this to Color Hues - CH#81 to use Lilac and Mint, to The Flower Challenge - TFC#88 - to add a heart, and to Never-Before-Used-Schtuff - NBUS#59 - the Postage Collage stencil and stamps have not been used before.

I have the Waffle Flowers postage collage collection and not really used it much. I was watching Gina K's release video where she made a postage stamp card with one of her flower stencils - I loved it. So I decided to use that as the inspiration and mix and match my existing stamps, dies, stencils, etc. I started by cutting the A2 postage collage die in white card. I added masking magic tape to cover the dots and stitched lines and using the first part of the collage colouring stencil, I lightly inked in pale yellow around the edges to define the 'stamps'. I then stamped the floral image onto the panel and used the matching stencils to add colour. I removed the masking magic and using a variety of stamps added words, images and prices to the 'stamps'. I created the border on the A2 note card by using Waffle Flower's Postage Collage Colouring stencil - first in green, then in lilac. I adhered the postage stamp panel to the front of the card.

For the inside, I cut a piece of white card slightly smaller than the note card. I lightly inked the edges of the panel with lilac ink. I stamped a fun greeting in the middle of the panel, and stamped the floral image again and coloured it with Copic markers.

This card is for my aunty Sue. She has her birthday on Saturday - and I'm safe to share it here now as Sue doesn't look at my blog! To be honest, not sure any of my family look at my blog. That's all for today - I'm off to the post office now. See you all soon.

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Monday 19 February 2024

Great-Nephew's Birthday

..... Good morning!! It's been a while - February is flying by. I'm here today to share the card that I've made for my great-nephew, he'll be 5 years old tomorrow.

Stamps: My Mind's Eye - Boy Crazy; Lawn Fawn - Happy Happy Happy; Mama Elephant - Mixed Wishes Greetings
Inks: Gina K - Red Hot, Blue Raspberry, Wild Dandelion; Versafine - Onyx Black; Versafine Clair - Nocturne
Accessories: White Card; The Greetery - Pinwheel Party Stencils; Copics; Clear Embossing Powder; Lakeland - Foil Number

I'm submitting this card to the following challenges: CAS Colours & Sketches - CASC&S#530, Time Out Challenge - TOC#257, and CAS on Friday - CASOF#277 where the theme is male/boy.

I had such fun making this card. I started by stencilling the red and blue pinwheels directly onto the A2 note card. I used my MISTI to stamp the robot onto white card. I removed the image, coloured it with Copic markers, returned it to the MISTI and stamped with Versafine ink and heat embossed with clear powder. I then carefully fussy cut out the robot and edged the image with a black marker. I added a simple birthday greeting and a large bright yellow '5' at the top of the card.

I cut a piece of white card for the inside - I lightly brushed on red ink around the edge. I stamped the robot at the bottom left and added a simple birthday verse along with some yellow elements.

I'm heading to the local post box shortly to get this card in the post - I had thought that Elijah's birthday was next Tuesday, but in fact it's tomorrow!!! I hope he likes the cute robot - it's a favourite of mine for kids cards. That's all for now - see you soon. 

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Friday 2 February 2024

February Florals

... Morning! I'm here today to share a birthday card I've made for a friend of ours, she has her 60th birthday this weekend:

Stamps: Gina K - Birthday Cheer Mini, Filled with Sunshine
Inks: Gina K - Wild Dandelion, Sweet Mango, Red Hot, Key Lime, Lucky Clover, Soft Stone; Versafine Clair - Nocturne
Dies: Gina K - Master Layout 1, Sentiment Strips, Fancy Florals
Accessories: White & Black Card; Gina K Stencils - Fancy Florals Layering Stencils, Masks & Fillers; Taylored Expressions Stencils - Bokeh, Masking Ovals; Gina K - Pre-printed Sentiments; Gems; Waffle Flower - Grip Mat

I'm submitting this card to several challenges. First challenge is Addicted to Stamps and More! - ATSM#460 to use Die cuts and Stencils, next to Time Out Challenge - TOC#256 - to CASE Sarah Grey, to Seize the Birthday - STB#276 - Birthday Anything Goes, and finally to Never-Before-Used-Schtuff - NBUS#59. In CASEing Sarah's card - I used a stencil to make a diagonal background, placed the focal image in the bottom right corner and a greeting in the top left - to echo Sarah's layout.

Inspiration for this card came from the Tag Team Techniques video with Gina K and Jennifer McGuire that I watched yesterday. I started by die cutting the Fancy Floral die - I cut several. Using my Waffle Flower grip mat, I one of the white die cut floral clusters in the centre of the mat. I used the matching layering stencils to add colour. They are very easy to use. Using the first stencil I inked yellow petals, I inked the next stencil with pale orange ink and leaving it in place, I put over the top a stencil with tiny holes and I added red ink to the petals - resulting in dotty petals on the flowers. I then used the leaf stencils with green and yellow inks. I made the top leaves into flower buds by inking the last bit of the leaf yellow instead of green. I layered together the three die cut floral clusters with the inked one on top. Next, I put a piece of white card on the grip mat and, using the Bokeh stencil diagonally across the panel, added soft grey to make a background. I cut the panel with MLO1 and layered it onto a black mat and added to the front of an A2 white note card. I adhered the floral cluster towards the bottom right of the panel and added a die cut birthday greeting in the top left corner. Finally, I added a few clear gems.

Inside the card, I cut a mat layer of black card. On the white panel, I stamped a simple birthday greeting. I used an oval mask and the left-over yellow ink on the brush to add a subtle oval around the verse. I finished with a simple leaf silhouette.

That's all for today. See you again soon.

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Thursday 1 February 2024

February Hearts

....   Good afternoon! It's been a few days since I posted, I'm here to share my decorated calendar page for February:

Stamps: Dina Wakley Stamps - Hearts; Dylusions - Star Struck, Xmas Stamps 
Inks: Gina K - Obsidian Amalgam
Accessories: A4 Wirebound 2024 Calendar; Tombow & Sakura Pens

I'm submitting this to Love to Craft Challenge Blog - LTCCB#78 where it's always, anything goes.

I used some old stamps that I got in the States - they were made specially for Joanne's (a craft shop) and I'm so glad I've got them. I stamped various hearts in black ink, added some words and then coloured the hearts with Tombow markers. I added sparkle to some hearts with Sakura Stardust pens.

That's all for today - bye for now.

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Monday 22 January 2024

Floral Birthday

... Hello again! Just a quick post to share a card I made for Ben's grandmother - it's a clean, simple and pretty card - well, I think so!!

Stamps: Gina K - Love at all Times, Filled with Sunshine, Fancy Phrases
Inks: Versafine Clair - Nocturne; Gina K - Lovely Lavender, Passionate Pink
Dies: Gina K - Master Layout 1, Love at all Times, Fancy Phrases; Taylored Expressions - Diamond Piercing Plate
Accessories: White & Black Card; Copics; Gems

I'm just in time to play along with the current challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches - CASC&S#528 - such pretty colours. I'm also playing along with Seize the Birthday - STB#275 - my card is anything birthday goes.

Using my MISTI, I stamped the large floral image removed it from the MISTI and coloured with Copic markers. I put the image back and restamped with Versafine Clair Nocturne black ink - gives such a great black outline. I then used the floral die to cut out the top part of the floral image which I stacked onto two white floral die cuts. I stamped the birthday greeting - such an elegant font - die cut and stacked onto two other diecuts. I used the diamond plate to pierce a pattern into white card and then cut out a rectangle which I layered onto a black mat layer. I added the panel to the front of an A2 white note card. I adhered the floral image and greeting, and finished by adding a few gems.

Inside the card, I cut a mat layer of black card. On the white panel I stamped the solid floral image in soft lavender ink, added the mesh image in pink and finished by stamping a birthday greeting.

Today has turned out to be beautiful with blue skies, bright sunshine and mild temperatures. Hardly any wind at all. I mentioned earlier about a falling tile last night, well I found out where it came from. Now waiting for the insurance team to come and check things out. Hopefully, it'll be dry tonight. Bye for now. See you again soon.

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Rainbow Gamer

... Morning!! I made a birthday card for our daughter's boyfriend, Kobie, yesterday. I had such a hard time coming up with an idea, then I remembered that he likes to play computer games, and it was easy:

Stamps: MFT - Level Up
Inks: Gina K - Wild Dandelion, Red Hot, Blue Raspberry; Versafine Clair - Nocturne
Dies: MFT Die-namics - Game Controller
Accessories: White & Black Card; Gina K Card - Silver Metallic; Visible Image Stencil - Breakout; Copic Markers; Glossy Accents

I'm submitting this card to Seize the Birthday - STB#275 - in the anything goes birthday section, but I think it fits the topping option of dry embossing too. I'm also playing along with AAA Birthday - AAAB#57 - rainbow colours, and Inkspirational - INK#307 - to use a stencil.

The rainbow background was made the quick way - simply using blue, red and yellow and overlapping to give orange, purple and green. I cut the panel to 5¼" square and stamped a bold birthday greeting in black in the bottom corner, added it to a black mat and then to the front of a 5¾" square white note card. I die cut the game controller from silver metallic card and two plain white pieces, which I layered together for strength and stability. I used Copics to add shading to the controller, which you can't really see in the picture above, but you can in the photo at the end of the post. I coloured the little pieces to match a real controller and adhered them to the controller. I added the controller to the front of the card and finished by adding glossy accent to all the buttons - and you can see the shine in the photo above.

I kept the inside of the card reasonably simple. I used the same stencil and simply used whatever ink was left on the brushes to get the subtle rainbow spectrum. I stamped the bold greeting, layered onto a black mat and added it to the card. Below is the photo showing the shading on the game controller.

Before I go, I do hope that everyone in the UK is okay this morning; Storm Isha was really bad last night. We had rain and high winds around here and, about 9pm last night, there was a huge crash in the back garden. We found a roof bridging tile on the floor. It's only just got light, so I've got to go out and see if I can find out where there's a gap!! Keep safe.

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Sunday 21 January 2024

Dylusions Tags

... Morning! Besides making cards, I love to work in my Dylusions Dyalogs and journals. Last year a few of us started a Tag Swap using Dylusions products - they are such fun to make. I spent yesterday in my craft room making a couple of tags, and here they are:

Stamps: Dylusions - Mischievous Malcolm, Christmas Borders
Inks & Paints: Dylusions - Cut Grass, Calypso Teal, Lemon Zest
Accessories: Dylusions Stencils - Sugar Lumps Lg, Jolly Holly Lg; Dylusions Collage - Christmas #2; Dycuts - Me Peeps; Copics; Sakura Stardust Pens; Ribbon 

I'm submitting this tag to The Holly & Ivy Christmas Challenge - H&ICC#154 where it's Anything Christmas Goes, and to Merry Little Christmas Challenge Blog - MLCCB#54 - again, it's Anything Christmas Goes.

This the the second tag I made - it's for our January theme:

Inks & Paints: Dylusions -Vanilla Custard, Rose Quartz, Periwinkle Blue, Rose Quartz Shimmer
Accessories: Dylusions Stencils - Snowflakes Lg, Star Flurry Sm; Dylusions Collage - Christmas #2; Dylusions Dyamond Dust - Island Parrot, Laidback Lilac, London Blue; Back Chat; Ribbon 

I'm submitting this tag to the ABC Christmas Challenge - ABCCC#01 - where A - Anything for Christmas, and B - Berries. Obviously, I've made a tag for A - anything for Christmas.

When I ink or paint pages in my journals, I often have pages left over, which I keep in my stash. Both of these tags started off this way. I simply cut them to a large tag size 8" x 4⅛". I then decorate both sides of the tag and finish off by adding ribbons.

I thought I'd share the tags I made last year - as you can see - there's lots of variety.

I hope everyone is keeping safe and warm. The cold weather we've had last week has gone and we've been left with grey and wet, and a bit warmer. Anyhow, that's it for now. See you again soon.

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