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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Wednesday 17 January 2024

Birthday Fun

.... Good afternoon! It's a beautiful day here in Northop Hall - blue skies, brilliant sunshine and absolutely freezing 😁, so I've been enjoying the weather inside my craft room. I've got a fun birthday card to share today:

Stamps: Stampin' Up! - Giggle Greetings, Endless Birthday Wishes
Inks: Gina K - Jelly Bean Green; Versafine Clair - Nocturne
Dies: MFT Die-namics - Chevrons, Stitched Tag Corner Rectangle Stax #4
Accessories: White & Green Card; Taylored Expressions Stencil - Bokeh; Copper Satin Mirri Card; Copic Markers; Gems

This card is for four challenges - Freshly Made Sketches - FMS#619, Color Hues - CH#79 - copper & green, The Male Room - TMR#182 - funny/pun, and Inkspirational - INK#307 - use a stencil.

Continuing my aim to use older stash, I found the chevron dies and cut out green and copper stripes. I found the fun image and sentiment in a (much) older SU stamp set. I stamped the image twice. I coloured the cat on one image and then fussy cut it out, and I used the fancy stitched die to cut out the other image. I adhered the cat to the panel. To get the green mat layer, I drew around the outside of the die and then cut it out - gives a lovely thin frame. I used the Bokeh stencil with a light green ink for a subtle background, added the two chevrons to the edge and finished by adding the stamped panel. I added a line of tiny copper coloured gems to the bottom of the image.

Inside the card I cut two pieces of white card. On the larger pieces, I added green ink around the edges to match the colour on the front of the card. On the white panel I adhered the two remaining chevron strips at the bottom of the panel, and then added a simple greeting.

This card is for my nephew, Gareth, who has his birthday next week. He enjoys silly cards!!

Before I go, I must say thanks to everyone for stopping by and leaving comments. It's so nice to be back making cards. That's all for now. See you soon.

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Sunday 14 January 2024

Birthday Cheers

.... Hello again! Somehow, I seem to be managing to make a card a day (well, almost). Today's card is for Shane, my niece's partner, who has his birthday next Saturday:

Stamps: Taylored Expressions - Argyle Stamp; Concord & 9th - All the Birthdays; Apple Blossom - Bubbles & Fizz (free with craft magazine); Gina K - Birthday Greetings
Inks: Gina K - Kraft, Key Lime, Turquoise Sea, Blue Raspberry; Versafine Clair - Nocturne
Dies: MFT - Wonky Stitched Rectangle Stax #5; Winnie & Walter - Cheers Cutaway; Apple Blossom - Bubbles & Fizz (free with craft magazine)
Accessories: White Card; SU Card - Crumb Cake; Taylored Expressions - Argyle Layering Stencils; Copics; WF Grip Mat

I'm submitting this card to Cardz 4 Guyz - C4G#338 where they want us to use something new from our stash; Never-Before-Used-Schtuff - NBUS#58 - it's in the name, and to Inkspirational - INK#307 where they want us to use 'stencils'.

The somethings new on this card is the argyle background, made with Taylored Expressions stamp and layering stencils - which will come out again soon, and the beer mugs - which I've had for sometime (they came free with a UK crafting magazine), but they are 'new' as this is the first time they've been used. I've also gone back to some older stash - the stitched die from My Favourite Things and the Cheers word from Winnie & Walter (sadly closed). My Waffle Flower grip mat is getting a workout this week, as I used it again to hold the stencils in place while I made this lovely bright background. Once cut out I stamped a simple birthday greeting in black, added the beer mugs which I'd stamped, coloured with Copics and cut out with the matching die. I finished the front with a bold word 'cheers' in green card.

On the white panel inside the card, I simply stamped a birthday greeting in black ink, added the beer mugs in kraft ink and lightly edged the panel with lime green ink. 

I do like the argyle background, it's perfect for a guy card, but I can see it working on so many cards. Anyhow, that's all from me today. See you soon.

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Saturday 13 January 2024

Embossed Elegance

.... Morning!! It's so good to be back making cards, and refilling my card boxes. I had completely run out of birthday and thank you cards. So, this morning I've a pretty, elegant and lightly embossed card to share with you:

Stamps: Gina K - Bold and Blooming, Birthday Greetings
Inks: Gina K - Bubblegum Pink, Medium Lilac, Jelly Bean Green, Sandy Beach; Versamark; Memento - Tuxedo Black
Accessories: White & Black Card; Gina K Stencil - Christmas Flowers; Gold Embossing Powder; Copic Markers; Waffle Flower Grip Mat; Versamark Pen

I'm submitting this card to Color Throwdown - CTD#775 - such lovely colours, to Time Out Challenge - TOC#254 - where the theme is new, and to Seize the Birthday - STB#275 - where you can follow the topping, dry and/or wet embossing, or simply make a birthday card. So, for TOC my new is the Gina K stencil which is very pretty, and for STB, I've added gold embossing to my card.

This was so easy to make. I used my Waffle Flower grip mat to hold a piece of white card 5½" square and created the flowers. The stencil has four layers and is very easy to line up. The note card is 5¾" square, so I cut a mat layer of black card 5½" square and trimmed the stencilled panel to 5¼" square. Before layering together I stamped a birthday greeting in Versamark ink and heat embossed with gold powder. I used my Versamark pen to add dots in the flowers and embossed them with gold too. I finished the white panel by lightly edging the square with Versamark ink and embossing a fine gold border. I then adhered all the panels to the front of the card.

I like to decorate the inside of my cards and, as I'd already put away the stencil, I decided to use one of the flower stamps from Bold and Blooming at the bottom of the white panel. I coloured the image with Copic markers. I finished by added a simple greeting. So, this card is for my stash.

I've got a very busy day today - I'm going to be in my craft room all day. I need to work in my daily Dyalog, and I want to make a few more birthday cards. That's it from me today. Keep safe, keep warm.

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