Thursday, 28 April 2011

Quackey Birthday

I made this card using the ‘Cream Quackers Die-Cut Decoupage Kit’ from Create and Craft, it landed on my doorstep on Tuesday and I thought they’d make perfect cards for my daughter to send to her friends, little did I know I’d need them so soon J  I used white for the base and used some very bright pink pearlescent card for the matt, it looked a bit mad so I toned it down a bit with some black.  I used a Martha Stewart punch for the edge and attached some small black pearls .  The happy birthday sentiment was originally a pointy ended banner thing and I didn’t like the pointy bits so I trimmed them back into a wavy line. I have had these in my stash for years and keep dragging them out every once in a while.  The kit comes with enough of these ducks to make thirty two cards, so that should keep her going for a while.

Wednesday, 20 April 2011

New set from Dimension Fourth - Wrinklies Beach Party

Originally this post was under the Dimension Fourth heading, using their stamps, then the name change to Dimensions Stamps.  Now the name is Nina Crafts and the old names have been dropped.

This is the new set of stamps from Dimension Fourth (they remind me of Bournemouth lol) and Aly is on Create and Craft tomorrow (Thursday 21st) at 9am and 2pm. There’s loads in this set: a party girl, handbag, balloons, a cake, confetti, a pair of sunbathers (lady in deckchair and a gent stood on the sand), two sandcastles, an ice-cream, a lolly, two seagulls, a starfish, a shell, sun cream, a beach hut and four pieces of text.  Like I said loads, I don’t think I’ve missed anything out lol.

Last year my daughter got some advertising stuff through the door and before throwing it all away she gave me one bit of it and suggested I make a card using the idea.  Well here it is, I just needed something appropriate to put on it, what do you think?

I used some brown card for the chair, I did all my measurements to do a template then cut it out using my Cricut Expression machine.  Then using my Photoshop Elements software made some deck chair paper.  I used Nestabilities – Label one for the toppers and stamped all the images using Memento – Tuxedo Black, I then did some masking, colouring with ProMarker and inked the backgrounds with Distress Ink – Tumbled Glass for the sky and Memento – Desert Sand for the sand.  I used a basic black card stock for all the matts just to make all the images stand out more.  The happy birthday stamp is one I’ve had for ages and it’s from Dimension Fourth and I used the Shapeabilities – Double Ended Tags die and finished it off with two red Papermania Dew Drops.

I used some blue textured cardstock for the matts on this card and used my Cricut Expression machine to cut them out using the Winter Woodland cartridge, I used an orange textured cardstock for both the border and background..  All the images are stamped using Memento – Tuxedo Black and coloured in using ProMarkers.  The sand at the bottom of the card is an embossed Mulberry like paper that I inked with the Memento – Desert Sands and for the water and sky I used the Distress Ink – Tumbled Glass.

I had a rummage through my card and paper bits and pieces draw and found some purple glitter card, just enough for the diamond.  I punched the corners with one of my old punches and put some lilac card on the back of the stars.  I also have a draw with cut shapes and that’s where I found the circle, so I stamped the party girl with Memento – Tuxedo Black and coloured in with ProMarkers.  I did the confetti in the background with VersaMark and Cosmic Shimmer Mica Powders.  I used a Sakura Gelly Roll pen to add the faux stitching on both the circle and the sentiment.  Last of all I added some of my very very small gems for her ear-rings, necklace, bracelet and hair band before attaching the circle with silicone glue.

I used plain white as the card base for this shutter card, I wanted to keep to soft colours as much as possible.  I stamped in Memento – Tuxedo Black and again inked the sky with Distress Ink – Tumbled Glass and the sand with Memento – Desert Sand, I coloured all the images with ProMarkers.  I matted everything onto a rainbow mirri card.

Sunday, 17 April 2011

Watercolour Birthday Card

This easel card topper was printed from the My Craft Studio – Countryside Garden CD, I printed it three times and did a bit of decoupage on three of the flowers.  I sized it to fit in the largest of the circle Nestabilities die I have, and used Distress Ink – Scattered Straw on both the circle and the circle scallop matt.  I used watercolour pencils to colour it in, a bit of Sakura green Gelly Roll pen on the leaves and finally used Glossy Accents on the flowers and to add a little bit of a extra shine I lightly sprinkled some Glamour Dust over the wet flowers.  I cut 2 Marianne flourishes and coloured them in with Distress Ink – Peeled Paint.  Lemon card for the base and the front, inked the edges with the Scattered Straw then stamped some script from an Artemio stamp set and again used Scattered Straw ink.  Punched the edge of some flower/leaves vellum with a Martha Stewart punch then attached with gold flower brads, before attaching to the card I stuck some green/gold ribbon across the front.  I did the same for the inside of the card and used Nestabilities – Labels Ten for the happy birthday, edged with the scattered straw.  For the verse I used My Craft Studio – Tattered Lace CD, edged with Scattered Straw and matted onto the script card.

Saturday, 9 April 2011

ATC's March 2011

Originally this post was from the Dimension Fourth Project Club, then the name change to Dimensions Stamps.  Now the name is Nina Crafts and the old names have been dropped.  I thought putting all the posts together would be better and easier to find things.

Why not have a go, you could win a free stamp from Dimension Fourth, but you have to be in the Project Club to enter.  To join the Project Club have a look on the website for details.  I will be photographing all your ATC's and showing them on here, for more details please see the project club newsletter.  Thank you and good luck.

From left to right: 'Spring Hearts' and 'Roses for You' both from Elaine, 'Arabian Nights in Green' and Arabian Nights in Blue' both from Jacqui.
My photographs don't do any justice to these ATC's, hope you can see the curve on the vase,
 the shades of lilac and the yellows from Elaine, the colours are really vibration.  The glaze from Jacqui's Sakura pens just doesn't show up at all, I like the background textures used.  Sorry ladies hope your not too disappointed with these photo's.

From left to right: 'Greek Urn' and 'Birthday Princess' both from Susan, 'Old Garden Urn' from Pippa and on the end 'Accessories' from Julie.
I wish I could take better photo's (I'm blaming the strong sunlight lol), Susan has a glaze on her urn and embossed the background corner stamp and the mica on the hearts and the silver embossing really does catch the light.  On Pippa's ATC the greens in the grass and ivy look at bit washed out on this photo and blue sky isn't very visible, but they do stand out really well and what a good idea splitting the bottle like that.  I just can't get the right shade of pink for Julie's water-coloured bottle and shrink plastic charms, I think I heard her say she's based this ATC on a bottle of perfume she has.

Thank you all very much for taking the time to enter your artwork this month.  I'm sorry there's only one winner and this month it is
for her 'Spring Hearts'
your free stamp is the 'Frames and Flourishes' from Dimension Fourth and its on its way to you.

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Pieces of Eight

Originally this post was under the Dimension Fourth heading, using their stamps, then the name change to Dimensions Stamps.  Now the name is Nina Crafts and the old names have been dropped.

This is the new stamp set from Dimension Fourth and Aly will be on Create and Craft next Tuesday (12th) morning at 8am and then again at 2pm.  There are loads of stamps in this set: the pirate, rowing boat, cannon, treasure chest, a smugglers cave, a quick sand patch, waterfall, peaceful palms, a hook, a treasure sign, a message in a bottle, a foot print and three pieces of text.  I think I got them all, fifteen stamps all together.

For the background I used a dark green card and stamped the text ‘hidden treasure’ and the treasure sign with VersaMark and embossed with clear embossing powder.  For the skull matt I used my Cuttlebug – Skeleton Scroll folder and using VersaMark I roughly smeared it over the embossed image and then embossed using gold embossing powder, I had actually used both gold and silver on the reverse of this matt but it looked rubbish, so I turned it over and just used the gold.  Onto white card I stamped the pirate and coloured him with ProMarkers and on a separate piece of white I stamped the treasure chest, again colouring with ProMarkers.  The corners were cut with my inverted corner punch and the gold gems are from Create and Craft, they are the Mosaic Stickers.  I stuck the skull matt down with silicone glue because of all the embossed rubbish on the back I wanted to make sure it stuck fast. J

I found the scroll background and the map in my digi stash, I have had them for a long time, and they’re not with a kit or anything so I’ve no idea who may have made them originally.  I inked the edge of the base card and the ripped map with Distress Ink – Vintage Photo, while they dried I cut out the scroll and I stamped the boat and the text onto the scroll using VersaFine – Onyx Black and embossed with detail clear embossing powder, and then coloured the boat with Promarkers.  I attached both the scroll and the map with double sided tape.  On another piece of white card I stamped the pirate and coloured him again with ProMarkers before attaching him with silicone glue.

This card was David’s (hubby) idea, I’d shown him the new set of stamps and he suggested a fancy dress party.  I found some stripe paper in my stash for the background.  For the bunting I used Microsoft Word on my computer and the triangle from the basic shapes, I measured the Krystal Tips Alphabet and made the triangle 2cm wide and the height was 2.5cm, once printed I cut out all the shapes and stamped the letters.  On a white piece of card I stamped the pirate, the old man and an old lady from ‘The Wrinklies’ (Dimension Fourth ref: 2400046a) stamp set, masked them before stamping the fairy from ‘Down at the bottom of the garden’ (Dimension Fourth ref: 2400024a) and one of the ‘Sassy Ladies’ (Dimension Fourth ref: 2400015a).  I coloured them all in using ProMarkers.  The bunting was attached to the card with double sided tape and every alternate one with foam pads.

I used a pale blue textured card for my base card and inked around all the edges using Distress INK – Broken China, I wanted it to look at bit like water.  I then used some brown paper from my stash for the map and side panel, I cut them to size before I stamped the bits and pieces, I then drew some mountains and trees with a Memento Pen to fill in the map and actually give it a reason why the footprints have to walk the way they do, I then coloured everything in with ProMarkers.  I then ripped all around the edges and used the Distress Ink – Vintage Photo to give a burnt edge effect.  Before I stuck the map onto the base card I roughly lifted the edges to make it look a little more tatty.  On the panel I used the ‘Happy Birthday’ stamp with VersaMark and then used detail gold embossing powder before I ripped the edges etc. same as the map.  On a piece of white card I stamped the pirate and coloured him in with my ProMarker before cutting him out and using silicone glue attached him to the card.

Sunday, 3 April 2011

Mother's Day Card

This is the mother’s day card I made for my mother-in-law this year and I only made it last night.  My hubby (David) went to the shop last thing so the flowers we bought would be as fresh as possible, so I waited to see what he came back with.  He’d bought some pink tulips so that set the theme for this card, what a night we had, a power cut half way through me cutting out the flowers and leaves put a hold on everything.  K  Once service was resumed our laser printer wouldn’t work and the insert hadn’t even been printed, our other colour printer doesn’t like to work at all from my computer, so he had to do it for me on his machine.  Poor David was running up and downstairs like someone possessed trying to get our network and the printer up and running.  Why does a 5 minute job last all night lol?  After all the drama my mother-in-law said she really liked the card and that’s all that matters J

Anyway, this is the card.  Quite a while ago I’d bought a card/paper/vellum stack pad and it has three colours in it blue, pink and lilac, so all the sheets coordinate really well.  I used a pink and white card for the background, and then using white and a Martha Stewart punch did the edge of three sides of the card as the fourth edge was under the topper.  Then from my stack pad I used some matching vellum to go over the white.  I used the ‘Floral Fantasy’ stamp set from Dimension Fourth ref: 2400032a, there are four flowers on this set: a rose, a poppy, a poppy corner and the tulip.  Once I’d measured the tulip stamp, I cut out the white oval on my Cricut and used a pale pink piece of textured cardstock for the scalloped matt, also cut out on my Cricut.  I stamped three layers on the flowers, one flower on each layer and coloured them with ProMarkers to match the colour of the flowers we'd bought her, then stuck them on using silicone glue.  The acrylic roses are from my stash and I have had them for ages, so using silicone glue stuck them to the corner and used candies for the top corner, I thought it needed balancing out a bit.  The ‘Mum’ is stamped and matted on the pale pink and to finish off I used Glossy Accents on the tulips.