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June 20th, 2013

card with rooster theme front view
card with rooster theme spread open
card with rooster theme closeup of eggshell mosaic

This accordion card with a rooster theme is made for a swap at Art for the Creative Mind swap group.

I used dark brown Bazzill card stock for the card itself, and I relied heavily on Graphic 45 French Country collection.

In the first photo, I show the front of the card. It has the scrapbook paper as mentioned earlier. I used some white and brown ribbon along the side, and a green feather.

The text, computer generated, reads, “The Rooster Crows”.

In the second photo, I show the entire card opened up.

The text message is spread over all pages. It reads,

“The Rooster Crows But the Hen Lays the Eggs.”

For the three inner pages, I used eggshell mosaics. I thought eggshell worked well with the rooster theme. I colored the eggshell mosaics with alcohol ink.

On the bottom picture, I showed a closeup of one of the eggshell mosaic pages.

If the Graphic 45 French Collection interests you, here is a link to the products on Amazon: Graphic 45 French Collection

 

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June 10th, 2013

card with asian theme This hand made greeting card has an Asian theme.

I used Bassil card stock for the card itself, with a layer of torn scrapbook paper along the left side.

I made an origami kimono using pink vellum, using a pattern found on the Internet. I tied a deep red bow around the kimono.

The Asian word is stamped and heat embossed with gold embossing powder. I have been told that the word translates to “qualified.”

A small Asian charm completes the card.

March 29th, 2013

playing in paradiseI am fortunate to be this week’s winner of Playing in Paradise.  Playing in Paradise has a weekly challenge. Participants are given a theme and invited to create a project showing their approach to the theme. The winner is announced every Friday. Winners get some very cool prizes.

As this week’s, I was invited to be a guest designer for Challenge Number 110.

The theme was a picture of a button on some fabric, and the text read, “Embellish a Little Or Embellish a Lot”.

 

Here is my card. I call it Pears with Layers.

card with pear with several layers of text and print The pear is a stamped image using PSX Stamp K-3133. I used the watermark ink resist technique on glossy paper, and then brayered on some dye inks after the watermark ink dried.

The card itself is gold colored card stock. I made layers using first scrapbook paper and then a page torn from an old book. I added some colour to the edges of both using decorator chalk in a light orange hue.

I backed the stamped image with gold card stock and centered it.

Since the challenge theme showed buttons and fabric, I added a row of lace. The lace started out being pure white in colour, but I dipped it in coffee, then rinsed in clear water to get an aged effect.

I added blue buttons on each corner. The blue matches some blue in the card stock, and each button has a strand of light blue embroidery thread in the center.

I finished by cutting a few words and sentences from scrapbook paper and glued them in place. The words are: “faith“, “be nice“, and “stay true to your heart.”

 

 

 

March 27th, 2013

easter card with stamped tulips This is the Easter card that I made this year to send to my friends.

It uses the Triple Stamping technique as described at www.splitcoaststampers.com.

To do this, I stamped the tulip stamp three times, using black dye ink.  I colored each stamped image using watercolour pencils.

I cut out the tulip shapes and layered each on green card stock.  I assembled as shown, using three dimensional tape between each layer.

The white card stock in the background is dry embossed using an embossing folder.

Easter Greetings is another stamped image.

March 8th, 2013

masculine card with aboriginal image This masculine card with its aboriginal image was made for a swap at Art for the Creative Mind.

The theme was simply to use our favorite stamp.

I have many stamps and no particular favorite. That is, my favorite tends to change from day to day based on a whim.

This card uses two stamps.

The reeds are stamped. I used the watermark resist technique, applying a dye ink over top with a brayer.

The cormorants are a stamp also. I stamped them with black pigment ink and then heat embossed using clear embossing powder.

I blocked on brown card stock and put the card on black card stock.

The small black squares are embellishments found in my stash.

March 2nd, 2013

Celtic card for St. Patrick's Day with Center Step fold This St. Patrick’s Day card is really ‘wearin’ the green”. Its entered in the Playing in Paradise Challenge #106. The theme is St. Patrick’s Day Green.

I made this Celtic card using the Center Step Fold tutorial provided on splitcoaststampers.com.

The paper with the shamrocks is scrapbook paper.

The scalloped oval is cut with a Spellbinder die from Nestability.

The girl is clip art found on the Net.

I decorated with a rosette cut with the TH rosette die, using the shamrock scrapbook paper and attached a little gold fibre under the rosette for contrast.

Lastly, I added a stamped sentiment, “Good Luck”, with a small shamrock in the middle. I heat embossed the sentiment using gold embossing powder and colored in the little shamrock with gold pen.

 

February 9th, 2013

black and white card with swirls This is another black and white card with swirls, similar to the one with birds that I showed a few days ago.

The background is stamped with a swirly stamp, using black dye ink.

The bird and the branches are both cut with Memory Box dies.

You can get Memory Box dies at Amazon. Here is the search: memory box dies

I covered the bird and some of the branches with black Flower Soft.

The word, “Namaste” is a stamp from The Old Island Stamp Company in British Columbia, Canada.

“Namaste” is derived from Sanscript and is used as a greeting in India and perhaps in other countries as well. Loosely translated, it means, “the spirit in me recognizes the spirit in you.”

 

February 2nd, 2013

black and white card with bird This black and white card is designed for Challenge Number 102 at Scrapbooker’s Paradise.

The challenge used a sketch, which we were to follow in our project.

I stamped and heat embossed the swirls on a white card stock background.

The bird and branch are die cuts from Memory Box. I added some black FlowerSoft to the bird.

There is a strip of fibre or ribbon running vertically down the card, and the stickers at the bottom spell the word JOY.

November 28th, 2012


christmas card with center fold This Christmas card is made with a simple center fold.  It doesn’t show well here, but the card stands up and opens up quite nicely.

I used brown  card stock trimmed with scrapbook paper from my stash. I  sponged distress ink along the borders.

The Two Calling Birds are die cuts, made with the Cricut using the Joys of the Season cartridge. It’s available here: Cricut Cartidge, Joys of the Season

I added a white eyelet at the top for an added embellishment.

I entered this card in Playing in Paradise Challenge Number 96.

November 26th, 2012

card with floral French design and text reading happy days This Z-Fold card features floral two sided scrapbook paper on a base of peachy cream card stock.

I cut an oval shape using a Nestabilities die and then layered flowers from the scrapbook paper in the middle.

The stamp says, “Happy Days.”

This card is entered into the Playing in Paradise Challenge #94