Wednesday 27 September 2023

Sympathy Cards

.... Hello again! Yesterday I shared some sympathy cards I've had to make. Today, I'm sharing some more. This is the first:

Stamps: MFT - Deepest Sympathy; Gina K - Fancy Feathers
Inks: Gina K - Lovely Lavender, Ocean Mist, Soft Stone; Versafine Claire - Nocturne
Dies: Gina K - Fancy Feathers, Master Layouts 8, Lots of Dots
Accessories: White & Black Card; SU Card - Smoky Slate; Silver Satin Mirri Card

This card was inspired by the card Gina K made in a five minute video using the Fancy Feathers die. I changed up the colours, the feather used, the direction of the dots and the stamps used. Inside the card, I cut a mat layer of black card. On the white panel I stamped two of the smaller feathers and added a simple greeting in black.

This is the second:

Stamps: Waltzingmouse Stamps - Fine Feathers; Waffle Flower - With Sympathy Duo
Inks: Gina K - Lovely Lavender, Ocean Mist, Stormy Sky; Versafine Claire - Nocturne
Dies: WMS - Fine Feathers
Accessories: White & Grey Card; Gina K Stencil - Lush Leaves; Silver Thread; Crystal Gem; Copic Marker

I started by stencilling a background pattern onto white card - I simply used the ink left over on the brushes. I trimmed the panel to size and added a black border to the top and bottom with a black Copic marker. I stamped the message in black ink and added some wings below with a tiny gem in the middle. I finished the front by adding two feathers - one stamped in blue and one in lilac. The stamp set and dies from WMS are both discontinued. For the inside, I cut a piece of white card which I edge with a black marker. I then stamped a simple message and added another of the feathers to the corner of the panel.

And this is the final card:

Stamps: Gina K - Bold Bloom, So Many Sentiments; WMS - Frame It
Inks: Versafine Claire - Nocturne
Dies: Gina K - Master Layouts 2
Accessories: White & Black Card; Copic Markers; Sakura Stardust Pens

I'm submitting this card to Never-Before-Used-Schtuff - NBUS#54 - this is the first time I've used that beautiful flower.

I used my MISTI to stamp the image on white card, removed it and coloured it with Copic markers. I returned the image to the MISTI and restamped with Versafine Claire Nocturne ink - such a deep black. I used a stitched edge die to cut out the image, stamped a sentiment below, adhered it to a black mat and glued it to the front of an A2 (US size) white note card. I added a touch of sparkle to parts of the flowers and leaves with Sakura Stardust pens. Inside the card, I cut a mat layer of black card. On the white panel I stamped a simple sentiment and added the flower in the corner.

I mentioned yesterday, that these have been the hardest cards I've had to make. They were all for my family. My lovely cousin, Neil, died on Monday 18 September - he was only 57 years old. 

Neil was such kind man and much loved by all the family. Neil's passing has left a huge hole in our hearts.

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Tuesday 26 September 2023

A Trio of Sympathy Cards

... Good morning! The cards I'm sharing this morning are amongst the hardest I've ever had to make. I used a technique that Gina K demonstrated last week - to use paper, stamps, and card. Here are the cards I made:

Stamps: Altenew - Dot Botanicals; Waffle Flower - With Sympathy Duo; Gina K - Sympathy & Love
Inks: Gina K - Fresh Asparagus, Black Onyx; Versafine Claire - Nocturne
Dies: Gina K - Master Layouts 2
Accessories: White Card; SU Card - Soft Sea Foam, Pear Pizzazz, Gumball Green

I'm submitting these cards to Never-Before-Used-Schtuff - NBUS#54 - I've had the stamps for a while, but never used them!!

The technique that Gina showed us is brilliant. I picked three shades of green card and cut the strip to ½", although you could use more colours and have thinner or thicker strips. Once each panel was assembled and stamped with the message, I used a stitch edge die to cut out the panel and adhered each to a black mat layer and then added them to the front of an A2 (US size) side-opening white note card. On the inside of each card I cut a mat layer of green card and on the white panels I stamped the dot leaves in pale green and added different sympathy messages in black ink.

Two of these card have been sent to my cousins; their brother passed last week. And that's why these were so hard to make.

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

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Monday 25 September 2023

Special Celebration

... Hello! Somehow this slipped through the net - I should have shared this card several months ago. I made it for one of my favourite craft designers - Dyan Reaveley. Dyan's 60th birthday was in March and I know that I'm safe to share it now. It's a tag card:

Normally I list all the products I use when making a card, but I used so many Dylusions products on this card that the list would be very long!! I used Dyan's inks, paints, stamps, stencils, collage, and words - it was a joy to make. I used Copic markers to colour some of the stamped images. I'm going to share this card to the Love to Craft Challenge Blog - LTCCB#76, where the theme is always anything goes.

That's all from me today. The sun is shining, it's dry and warm. I'm going to take mum shopping. See you all soon.

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Sunday 10 September 2023

80th Birthday Celebration

.... Hello, good morning!!! It's been almost two months since I posted on my blog - we've had a busy summer and, while I've not made many cards, I have been busy in my craft room doing a bit of reorganisation and working in my dyalogs. However, today, I'm sharing a couple of birthday cards that I made for my uncle Ian, who celebrated his 80th birthday last weekend. Here's the first card I made:

Stamps: Simon Hurley - Candles; Cas-ual Friday Stamps - Shenanigans
Inks: Gina K - Wild Dandelion, Sweet Mango, Applemint, Key Lime, Jelly Bean Green, Grass Green, Christmas Pine; Versafine - Onyx Black; Versafine Clair - Nocturne, Green Oasis
Dies: Stampin' Up! - Large Numbers
Accessories: White & Black Card; Glossy Black Card; Sakura Stardust Pens; Clear Embossing Powder; Simon Hurley - Layering Candles; Copic Markers

I'm submitting this card to Happy Little Stampers Stencil Challenge - HLSSC#09 where is Anything Goes.

I used my MISTI to stamp the candles in Versafine black ink and heat embossed with clear powder. I added colour by ink blending through the matching layering stencils. I checked with my uncle to find out his favourite colour - green!! Yea, mine too!! I started at the top of the panel with light, bright greens and shaded down to darker greens at the bottom of the stencil. I used the next stencil to colour the flames. Next, I added sparkle to the candles and flames with Sakura Stardust pens in co-ordinating colour giving a subtle shimmer. I trimmed the panel to size, layered it onto a black mat layer and added the panel to the front of a 5¾" square white card. I cut the numbers from black glossy card and white card; I layered them together for dimension and stability and adhered them to the card. I finished the front with a bold sentiment stamped on white card. I used dimensional tape to add this to the card. Inside, I cut a mat layer of black card. On the white panel, I added a fun birthday greeting, stamped the candles at the bottom and coloured them with Copic markers. This is the card Jonathan and I gave to Ian.

Next up is the card that I made for my mum to give to Ian, her baby brother:

Stamps: Visible Image - Brother Definition; C&9 - Beautiful Words; Winnie & Walter - The Big, The Bold, and The Happy; Stampin' Up! - Made with Love; Uniko - Classic Numbers
Inks: Gina K - Powder Blue; Versafine Clair - Nocturne; Versafine - Onyx Black
Dies: SU - Word Bubbles; Gina K - Today & Shadow
Accessories: White Card; SU Card - Blueberry Bushel; Copic Markers; Clear Embossing Powder; Cuttlebug Embossing Folder - Happy Birthday

There's a story behind the design of this card. Ian's, mum's brother, always teases her by calling her "his older sister". So, when I asked what she'd like on Ian's card - mum smiled and said "the words 'baby brother'". I went one step further by adding a cute blue babygro with the number 80 on the front 😁. I made the note card from dark blue cardstock. I used a very old, but perfect for the theme, embossing folder from Cuttlebug, I lightly inked the edge and glued it to the front of the note card. I stamped the babygro and number on white card, embossed with clear powder, coloured it with Copic markers and then fussy cut it out and glued it to the card. I die cut the word bubble from white card and made the sentiment by mixing words from several stamp sets. I finished the front by adding the die cut word 'today'. Inside, I cut a piece of white card onto which I stamp the brother definition - absolutely perfect. I kept the 'baby brother' theme going by adding a cute duck and teddy, along with a row of alphabet letters in pale blue ink.

I am happy to report that Ian thought that both cards were just brilliant. Mind, he wasn't too keen on the thought of 80 candles on his cake!!! This is the birthday cake that my aunt had made for him:

It was a good birthday party with all the family there to celebrate - including some very distant cousins that I hadn't seen in years!! 

That's all for now. I'm going to publish this post and then go down for a cool glass of water. The weather this week has been nuts!! July and August were not the best summer, and then the first week of September is blazing hot!! See you soon.

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