Thursday, 30 May 2013

Chalkboard card for a teacher

I was asked to make a card for a few of us to sign, to give to a teacher on her special birthday.

I had a seen a few of the chalkboard cards popping up in galleries and blogs everywhere but hadn't given one a go until now. I then found this gorgeous card on Angie's blog Feathertassel, which provided me with inspiration, although I didn't refer to any of the sizes, as my card needed to be big. I made the sizes up as I went along, using two sheets of A4 card, joined short ends together so that the card stands about 27cm tall and is 17cm wide. The frame part of the board is raised on foam pads, and the chalkboard part is created with matte black paper, lightly sponged with white chalk ink, with the sentiment Versamarked then heat embossed with white embossing powder.

I used the Sizzix Framelits Bicycle set to make the bunting and the clipped on sentiment (love this set), and Tim Holtz Word Play for the numbers.

All the papers, except the black, came from various Quirky Kits Lite kits.


Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Raising a glass with Hero Arts digital image

I love this Hero Arts Wedded Bliss digikit, which I bought some time ago from Two Peas in a Bucket. I have just checked the site to link to it, and virtually all the Hero Arts digikits are gone (at least I can't find them), but were there very recently, so I'm not sure what's happening with them. I've used it quite a few times now, but never like this. I was asked to make a 50th birthday card for some friends to give to a lady who was being given a champagne tasting birthday treat, and who is well known to be a big bubbly fan. Although this kit is designed for wedding projects, the champagne glasses work well for any celebration.

The card is a big 8"x8" one, but the image was perfect even when enlarged to this extent. The birthday girl has a bit of a thing about green, so the original colour of the the image wasn't any use, so using Serif Craft Artist, I recoloured it pink. As she loves pink bubbly, this was perfect.

I printed the image twice so that I could decoupage the glasses, which were glazed with a thick coating of DecoArt Triple thick Gloss Glaze - love that stuff! The image was then double mounted on silver and black.

The insert was printed using the matching watermark image that is included in the kit.



Sunday, 19 May 2013

Stampendous Ranunculus Field watercolour card

I had a lot of fun making this card this afternoon. I bought a pad of watercolour paper very cheaply in The Works a while ago and it has languished unused in the back of a cupboard since then, but it was perfect for the look I was going for today. The square of paper was distressed with scissors round the edge, then Distress ink in shades of pink and orange were applied with ink dusters. This background was then splashed with a little water to create some droplets. Parts of Hero Arts Old Letter Writing stamp S4878 were stamped here and there, followed by the Stampendous Ranunculus Field stamp CRR 112, in Versafine. It was coloured with Distress ink and Whispers watercolour pens. My new favourite thing, Frantage embossing enamel, was randomly sprinkled and heat embossed to add a bit of interest. This Shabby White enamel has a lovely fine gold glitter through it and is my favourite from the taster set of five I bought.

The card front was mounted on to Kraft card.

Job done, and a card ready well ahead of time to send to my friend Anne.


Saturday, 18 May 2013

Quirky Kits Lite March/April kit layout

At last, I got round to doing some scrapbooking, and pulled out my favourite Quirky Kits Lite kit. The majority of the LO has come from the March/April kit, but the full sheet in the background is from an earlier one. I love mixing the kits and spreading them all out around me.

This was a LO of a couple of photos taken of me returning to our campsite following a swim in the North Sea. It wasn't a long swim, and I didn't go far, but I felt really proud of myself for doing it, as it felt pretty scary to me. I rarely go out of my comfort zone, but I did a couple of times during this holiday, pointing a few so called friendly observers to conclude I was having a mid-life crisis! The rest of the folk in the photos are just some of the crowd we go camping with each year. All of the kids, and most of the adults, spent the majority of the week in wetsuits, and had an absolute ball.

The LO is a pretty shameless lift of one of Shimelle's recent videoed LOs you can see here.

I love embellishments clusters, and this is a close-up of one of my attempts.