Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Happy fall

While everyone is gone trick or treating, we are enjoying the cozy indoors and are relaxing after work.
The weather is miserable so hopefully not too many knocks on our front door, but we have the candy ready. I have decorated the front window a bit and added candles, so the little ones don't get too scared when they come round. We tend to get quite small children with their parents watching from a safe distance. We don't want to frighten the living daylights out of them...

I have made a fall basket for my DH's sweeties. Not that I will let him go round the houses, haha.
Everything is made from scratch, even the pumpkin. I scrap-lifted the idea from a Magnolia Ink magazine and added my own twist. scroll down if you like to see more.
A sweet little Tilda on one side.
 And Edwin on the other side.
The images are coloured with Faber Castell Polychromos pencils. Edwin and Tilda are sitting on a CC Designs  bench. The pumpkin is made out of 5 ovals each. I painted the with spiced marmalade and inked the edges, then the ovals are glued together.

The lettering has been die cut with a Tim Holz die and coloured with gold metallic pen. The little flowers and swirls are from Magnolia Doohickey dies. Anita's orange gems in the middle of each flower and on the handle.
The design paper is from K&Co and is an old stack I have lying around, but the colours always come in handy.
 Oops... it seems my big ghoul has already been at the goodies.

Sunday, 28 October 2012

To someone special

I made a card with some free gifts that were supplied with a crafting magazine in this past summer issue.
Normally I would struggle to use any free gifts as the style or colour might not suit and quite often the quality is not there. This time I just loved the papers and acetates as all the colours were so lively.

The card has a summery feel to it and can be used for birthdays or just to say hello to that someone special.
I stamped this large Hero Arts flower on watercolour cardstock and coloured it with Caran d'Ache watercolour pencils. I added Ranger pearlescent paints in the middle and edges of the leaves.
I used some Spellbinders dies to cut the images and create border and focal point. The acetate butterflies are decorated with some Melissa Frances half pearls.
The inside of the card is decorated with more of the free papers and another writing area made from American Crafts cardstock.

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Happy birthday with Wild Rose studio

I have a sweet little birthday card to share with you today. The card is only 5x5 inch and this is my favourite size of card to make and send.
The highlight is this little girl by Wild Rose Studio holding her cat.
The circle sentiment is from Lili of the Valley and the flowers are made by heat embossing an Autumn Leaves flower on pink cardstock and cutting them out. The image is coloured in Distress inks and the edging on the blue cardstock in done with Distress crackle paint.
 The paper is from Websters Pages and I have also used it to decorate the inside of the card.
I finally found a cheap little Dymo label maker in Cardiff. I like the old fashioned look of these labels and it makes a change of always stamping a sentiment in my cards.

Little wonder baby card

An unusual subject for a card from me; a baby card. I don't often make one of these as there aren't many opportunities in my close circle.
Websters Pages paper lends itself brilliantly for the job, so sweet and soft.
 An 8x8 inch card blank from Papermania with October afternoon papers for the background layers.
Spellbinders dies create such lovely borders and accents on the card. The kraft card is from Tim Holz and the brown printed paper is from a reissued magazine.
 Handmade flowers and butterfly painted with Distress ink, Glimmer Mist and Fairy dust glitter are assembled with a dazzler from Websters pages, a little blue acrylic flower and a gemstone brad. Some foam stickers for extra dimension on the card.
The main image has been decoupaged from 2 layers of paper. The Autumn Leaves sentiment has been heat embossed.
The inside has also been embellished with some designer paper and dies to form a little emblem flower decorated with stick-on pearl halves.
The completed card again with all its embelishments.

Thursday, 11 October 2012

Autumn card series with the wizard of Oz (3)

A final card - for the time being at least- in this series of the Wizard of Oz. A card for friends and to celebrate friendship.
A really simple card using a lot of Spellbinder dies. The squares, corners and tag are all cut with dies.
Using Tea Dye Distress ink, I stamped the sentiment on white card and distressed the tag while it was still in the die, so the center plaque is lightly distressed as well as the edges. I applied the same technique on the corner dies.
Hope you like all 3 cards and your fall is wonderful. I am hoping for some dry days with sunshine, so we get a chance to enjoy the changing colours.

Autumn card series with the wizard of Oz (2)

A second card to join the series of the wizard of Oz cards using these lovely papers and images from Graphic 45.
More Bazill Basics cardstock for the background in a peachy orange. I made another background paper using a stamp from the collection stamped all over the paper in Tea dye ink and then distressed the edges.
I made a little frame for the main image with a Spellbinders die. I decoupaged Dorothy's shoes and gave them a bit more sparkle with Fairy Dust glitter.
The inside of the card has also been decorated with more of the designer paper and my own stamped paper. Another Spellbinders frame makes a good centerpiece to write a sentiment on.

Autumn card series with the wizard of Oz (1)

More good use of Graphic 45 papers from the wizard of Oz collection coming up in this post.
 A handmade poppy from tissue paper and sprayed to add colour with Glimmer Mist. The cardstock for the base of the card is from Bazill Basics with Tim Holz kraft card. The images are all from the Graphic 45 collection, even the little postage stamp. The little tag is made with a matching stamp and has been stamped in Tea dye Distress ink covered with Glossy accents.
A close up of the paper tissue poppy in 2 shades of Glimmer Mist. The tag is made with a die from Marianne design.

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

A little ducky

... is thinking of you.
I love Crafty Secrets stamps, I must have told you this a gazillion of times. These adorable American stamps are always on my wish list.
The card base is made with Bazill cardstock in pink, while the designer paper is from a collection from American Crafts. I love the ditsy flowers on the dark background. The main image is stamped in Adirondack Latte and coloured with pencils. It is then die cut with a Spellbinders die and edged with antique linen crackle paint.
The flowers are made from white tissue paper and I stamped the first few layers with a little love heart stamp from the same set and then sprayed the flowers with Glimmer Mist. I used a copper brad to affix them together. A small dollop of white pearl pen covers the copper brad.

The inside of the card is decorated with a little sentiment too with more paper from American Crafts.