Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Rita’s Birthday

Today is my friend Rita’s birthday and this is the card I made for her.  I used the ‘Card Creations Plus A Touch Of Magic CD ROM’ for the background and topper, I also cut out lots of the leaves and stuck them down the sides of the topper.  I used some of my copper double sided pearlescent card for the matt and a Sakura pen to highlight the wings etc on the fairy.  Once I’d stuck everything to the card I used Glossy Accents on the little water droplets on the topper and all of the leaves.  A lot of cutting out, apart from that a quick card, I also used my new Foil It machine on inside verse, using some copper foil, it’s my new favourite machine at the moment lol.
 Happy Birthday Rita J

Sunday, 9 October 2011

Autumn leaves

updated 17/03/2014:  Dimension Stamps have now changed their name to Nina Crafts.

I love this new ‘Swirly Leaves’ stamp from Dimension Stamps (D4th) and because Autumn is my favourite time of the year I thought I’d do a card just so I could use the browns.  I used ivory for my base card, and some brown/gold paper for the matting.  I stamped the leaf flourish all over the base card using Memento – Desert Sand.  Then onto another two pieces of ivory card I stamped the flourishes using Memento – Rich Cocoa then stamped again using the Desert Sand, just off setting the stamp to form a bit of a shadow, I then coloured the shadow flourish with a Desert Sand Memento pen just on the leaves.  I coloured the Rich Cocoa flourish with ProMarkers, then once dry I used a Glaze pen on the brown leaves only.  Once the glaze had dried off I matted one of the images onto some brown/gold paper and ripped all around the edges.  The other stamped image was cut up to make the side panels, again matted onto the brown/gold paper and torn around the edges.  I cut out the leftover leaves to add to the card in the bottom left hand corner and some in the middle of the ‘Happy Birthday’ circle, this stamp is from the ‘Paper Garden’ stamp set (Dimension Fourth ref: 2400045a) and I used the Rich Cocoa ink, cut out the middle and matted onto the brown/gold card and again ripped the around the edge, adding a few leaves just tucked under the centre.  I attached the leaves, circle and panels with silicone glue.  My mother-in-law visited me as I was putting this card together and just happened to mention she’d got some ribbon I could use.  The middle organza bit of the ribbon was 2cm wide so it wouldn’t fit along the bottom of the card so I cut it down the middle and stuck it on either side of the centre image.  Thanks Shirley J
Thanks for looking J

Green leaves

updated 17/03/2014:  Dimension Stamps have now changed their name to Nina Crafts.

I used the ‘Swirly Leaves’ stamp from Dimension Stamps (D4th) for this card, and wanted it to be a really lush green.  Onto white card I stamped the leafy flourish using VersaFine – Olympia Green and embossed using detail clear embossing powder, I also stamped and embossed the small ‘Happy birthday’ along the side of the flourish, I had actually stamped a little closer on my scrap but typically it moved a little when I’d stamped onto my main image tut, never mind.  I coloured the leaves with a medium green ProMarker and used a light ProMarker to add a little shading around the edges of the flourishes, I cut out the image leaving a white border and used to lighter ProMarker around the raw edge.  I stamped and embossed onto another piece of white card and used different green ProMarkers on the leaves then cut them out.  For the background I used a piece of textured green card and used the ‘Script’ stamp from Dimension Fourth ref: 0604043a, I used the second generation ink from the Olympia Green ink pad, to give a faded look.  Having a look through my charm box I found the butterfly, (I think I bought them on a holiday in Florida) and some buckles, I really can’t remember where I bought those from.  I used some white for my base card and matted the background onto some green mirri card, I then used some silicone glue to attach the ribbon and the buckle, adding the butterfly with two extra jump rings before sticking the buckle in place.  The cut out flourish was attached using some foam tape but I added some silicone as well to make sure it wasn’t going anywhere J  I used silicone glue to attach the loose leaves and then adding Glossy Accents, I did want the leaves to curl a bit so I didn’t add to much glue (they didn’t curl as much as I wanted).  Once dried I cut the ribbon end off and frayed it. 

Monday, 3 October 2011

Another Santa Card

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.

For this card I used the Nestabilities – Labels Ten die, the Pine Tree Branch from Marianne Design and the new set of stamps from Dimension Fourth.  I used white card and the largest Nestie and using Memento – Tuxedo Black I stamped the presents first, then masked them off before stamping Santa and then coloured the image in with ProMarkers. I matted onto red card, then used a Quickie Glue pen to add some glitter, Glossy Accents on his glasses and a pom-pom on the end of his hat. For the background I first stamped the holly corner with the Tuxedo Black and coloured with ProMarkers, then using some low tack masking tape I masked off the holly corner area. Using a Memento – New Sprout ink pad I stamped the background text, then used Distress Ink – Peeled Paint to blend in the edges. I used silicone glue on the pine tree branches and then placed the topper over them. I used a red button with a bakers twine bow and three other smaller buttons for the top, I finished off with three snowflakes, they were buttons but I cut the backs off.
Thanks for looking and happy crafting J

We saw Santa

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 another card using the new stamp set from Dimension Fourth called ‘Santa’s Selection’. I wanted to do a front room scene, so I used my PhotoShop elements software and made the background wallpaper, carpet and skirting board out of several bits and pieces I have. The window is from an SVG file I bought from http://www.svgcuts.com/ and I cut it out on my cutting machine, there is a window front and back, so on the back I stamped Santa riding through the air with his reindeers, this stamp is from the Festive Wonder stamp set from Dimension Fourth ref: 2400009a. I then used a Quickie Glue pen and added some glitter before using silicone glue to add a bit of acetate (glass) and the window front. While the window was drying I stamped the Christmas tree from the Merry and Bright stamp set (Dimension Fourth ref: 2400052a) using Memento – Tuxedo Black, the baubles in Memento – Lady Bug, then coloured in using ProMarkers. Next using the Tuxedo Black, I stamped the children, fairy and the presents (stamping extra presents so I could decoupage them) colouring with ProMarkers. I attached the window, children, tree, fairy, presents and the decoupage presents with silicone glue, just before I glue the children (that sounds bad lol) I cut the little girls arm (that sounds even worse, tut) and placed a present under it, and placing a ball in the little boys hand (don’t say a word). I used a little Merry Christmas stamp for the sentiment and to finish off I used a Quickie Glue pen and glitter on the fairy and Glossy Accents on the baubles.
I'm sure I'll get the hang of taking pictures with shiny things on it at some point lol

Traditional Santa

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. 

I made this easel card using the new set of stamps called 'Santa's Selection' from Dimension Fourth and will be shown today on Create and Craft. I used white card for the base and gold mirri for the matting. To start, I stamped the holly corner with VersaMark and embossed using gold embossing powder, I also did the text and onto another piece of white card I did the ‘Santa Claus’ text , for the corners I used a Woodware corner punch, then coloured the holly corner with ProMarkers. For the topper I used the Nestabilities circle dies and cut out a white circle, I stamped Santa with Memento – Tuxedo black and coloured with ProMarkers, then matted him onto some gold mirri. I had some green marble effect paper so I cut it up to make the strips, one behind the topper and one for the card base, onto this paper I first used an anti-static bag, then using VersaMark stamped the text background stamp along the strips before embossing with detail gold embossing powder. I then matted the paper text strips and the ‘Santa Claus’ stopper onto the gold mirri. I attached the two strips with double sided tape, the stopper with foam tape and the topper was attached with foam tape at the top and double sided tape at the bottom. Because of the embossed areas my stopper wouldn’t adhere properly so I used some silicone glue on top of the foam tape, I also used some on the underside of the topper, just in case J  To finish off I used a Quickie Glue pen and some iridescent glitter on Santa’s cuff and hat, and a bit of Glossy Accents for his glasses.
Thanks for looking J

Lily

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 a card I never actually finished, I did the background quite a while ago, just using some paper and ribbon, so I used the Plain Alphabet (Dimension Fourth ref: 1801012a) and the Floral Swirl set of stamps, again from Dimension Fourth ref: 2400027a to finish it off (love these stamps, I use this kind of stamp often for my backgrounds). I asked my daughter Hanni to give me a name and she said ‘Lily’ it fit perfectly onto this card. Onto a white piece of card I stamped the flourish using Memento – Lilac Posies and Angel Pink, making sure I’d stamped enough to cut out the letters and the sentiment. I then used Distress Ink – Tattered Rose randomly all over the flourishes, making sure it had dried off and using an anti-static bag to dust it dry before stamping the letters using VersaFine – Onyx Black and embossed using clear embossing powder and the same for the happy birthday sentiment. I cut out all the letters and used a scalloped edge cutting blade on my paper trimmer on the top and bottom of the white card for the sentiment, just to tie it in with the card edge. I attached the letters using silicone glue then glazed them with Glossy Accent, BUT, my glossy accents bottle ran out on the ‘Y’ so what to do. I have some flower heads and leaves that I’d dismantled from a display I’d gotten fed up of ages ago, they had plastic backings on them to keep the shape so I just pulled them off, I am now always on the look out for these kind of dried/plastic flower (white or cream) and stem pieces. So I strategically placed a leaf over the ‘Y’ to hide the little air bubbles (tut), I then coloured some of the flower heads with ProMarkers and joined them all together with a brad before attaching to the card with silicone glue. To finish off I used some pale pink pearls on the ribbon.

Baubles

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.

Last time Roy from Dimension Fourth was on Create and Craft my ‘Snow people baubles’ card was shown, this prompted Faye (Roy’s daughter) to ask if I would do more baubles for a little tree, well I said ‘yes’, then on the way home it hit me, all that cutting out lol. Hope you like them, and Roy will be on Create and Craft this afternoon at 4pm, so watch out for the little tree J


The poinsettia baubles where made using the ‘Tis the Season stamp set from Dimension fourth ref: 2400037a, the poinsettia actually comes in three pieces, two leafy sections and a centre. For the red and green bauble, I used only the middle and top stamps, showing that you don’t have to use all three layers to make your poinsettia, I stamped two red layers and one green, doing the centre in green as well. I used VersaMark and embossed using detail clear embossing powder onto the coloured card. If you look at your stamped image you will see that the leaves overlap, so for the green layer and one of the red layers I just cut out the full image, for the third layer I cut out all the leaves that where upper most, so once shaped gives height. I hope that makes sense. For the gold and cream poinsettia, I used all three stamps. I used VersaMark and embossed using gold tinsel embossing powder, for this bauble I stamped two of the largest stamps onto cream card, one was left as the full image the other was cut down leaving the upper most leaves. I then stamped two of the middle layers, leaving one image full and cutting out the upper most leaves on the other. For the Snowman I used ‘The Adorable Snowman’ stamp set again from Dimension Fourth ref: 2400051a. I wanted to see what it would look like coloured in with glitter only, so using Memento – Tuxedo Black I stamped and cut out the snowman, then starting with the lightest colour first and using a Quickie Glue Pen I added the glitter. I used StazOn – Ultramarine ink onto acetate so I could keep all the background detail, once the glittered snowman was dry I used silicone glue to attach. All the baubles are front and backs (I did say ‘all that cutting out’ didn't I K), all are stuck onto acetate and all the framed edges have been cut out of scrap foiled card using the Nestabilities circle dies, I also used the Nesties to cut out the acetate. My husband David saw me cutting out all the foil frames and asked if he could do anything to help, so I set him to work on the wire hangers, for each of the baubles he cut and shaped (in the matching colours, I knew those coloured wires would come in handy at some time J) all the hangers so I could silicone them into place. To make up the baubles I used silicone glue on the back of one of the frames, and then stuck down the acetate, leaving to dry off a little before putting more silicone glue, the wire hanger, and then the other frame, so it was all sandwiched together, once dry I attached the centre decoration. I really do hope that lot made sense, it was a bit long winded lol.
These three baubles were made as detailed above, using all three layers for the poinsettia, and it was stamped with VersaMark and embossed with Star Dust embossing powder. The snowman was coloured with ProMarkers. The Ho Ho Ho was using the Plain Alphabet from Dimension Fourth ref: 1801012a, I just used the ‘H’ with VersaFine – Onyx Black and clear embossing powder, the ‘o’s’ are card candies and one white button with some bakers twine. Again all three baubles are front and backs.
I used all three layers for the poinsettia instead of the two as above, and the other two glittery snowmen. It’s a bit awkward photographing shiny things lol.
For the last three I wanted the see what the poinsettia would look like using some coloured embossing powder, so I just did a small one using only the middle stamp and the centre onto white card. The snowmen are coloured with ProMarkers.

Thanks for looking J