Thursday, March 29, 2012

Square Tri-Fold Card

Another 'fancy folds' card from last week's class is this sweet tri-fold card. 
I used all Hero Arts Stamps - the background flowers is a cling stamp called Asian Flower Pattern.
We inked up the stamp using the Memento/Versamagic tear drop ink pads. They are so nice to work with on big stamps like this one, as you can use the tip to 'colour' the flowers, and as I did on this stamp, mixed the colours to make the background more interesting. I also used the Couture Creations Nesting Dies - Circles. What I like about these dies is that they come in the pack with a magnetic mat to hold the dies secure withing the pack, which also seals at the top so the dies do not slide out the sides. Also, I find the scallops a lot 'rounder' than the Spellbinders scallops. To me they are daintier!
The black image is a wooden stamp called Musical Walk - so cute!
The picture below gives you an idea of the card, opened. Very clever card and economical as you can use up all the bits and pieces one tends to collect over a period of time.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Jump Cards

Last week I taught 'fancy folds' cards.
This jump card turned out to be the favorite!
Not hard to see why - bright and colourful and lots of fun to make!
We used a technique that Rosamee ( shared with us during our RSA birthday celebration weekend away. So very simple, but so rewarding. The girls were also delighted to learn how to create a 'frame' using the same size die as the one with the image on.
A great technique using Distress Inks or as in this case, Memento and Versamagic Chalk tear drop pads. 
Such vivid, bright colours and so easy to work with.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Copic Storage

Box closed
 Finding a solution for Copic storage has been on my list for a long while. I used to keep them in a wooden cutlery holder that had four compartments. That worked for a long while and it was handy to carry around with me. I like to colour in the lounge in the evenings, whilst DH wrestles with the remote. I have a really good lamp and a lap tray and plenty space around me to spread out.
Well, time marches on and so my Copic collection started to grow. More so, since I became a Paola groupie and had this desperate urge to colour just like Paola! Of course, the fact that she supplies me with the Copic's and at a really good price and exceptional service, sure 'grew' my range.
I found this box - without the handle and sturdy clasp, in a shop that specialises in decoupage blanks. 
It was the right depth, with the lid closed and would accommodate my ever growing collection comfortably.
Note the dividers DH made.
 Could have had more compartments, but did not push my luck!!.
 So, a trip to the local hardware store later, I returned with the handle, sturdy clasp and the inside hinge to hold the lid open.
Now, I need to ask the question - if you worked in  a hardware store for more than 20 years would you not know that these hinges come in left and right plate faces? So, I was sold two left hand hinges and now have to go back to exchange it. Grrr...
Anyway, I digress.
DH kindly cut the inserts for me and I have packed the pens, together with Prisma pencils - some of the obvious go to colours - blending solution bottles, and other nic-nacs that I may well need whilst colouring in, all into the box.  Is this not so grand??

Still room to grow......he-he!
I have also bought aerosol spray paint to spruce it up. I know I could go the whole route of decoupaging the box and probably inserting something nice into the ovals on the top of the lid, but honestly, I don't have the time nor inclination to do so. I am hoping that the spray paint actually gets used on the box before it dries up in the can.
Now, I need to find a way to persuade DH to do it for me. Wish me luck!

Maybe, this will work for you as well?
I'd be interested to know your favored storage system.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Mother's Day

A lovely quick card using an image from Digital Collage Studio. Also used Martha Stewart around the page inches, Cuttlebug embossing folder-Swiss Dots, seam binding and roses. Lovely and old fashioned.

Saturday, March 17, 2012


I cut this template out after seeing something similar on my blog travels. Such a cute idea. The card flips open with the seam on the shoulders. I cut out a bib and stamped the sentiment on it, added a bow and that's that! Very quick and easy card.

- Posted using BlogPress from my iPad

Friday, March 16, 2012

Last Baby Cards - I promise (for now...)

I just love the way these cards turned out. Took a chance and drew these up onto card. The are attached at the shoulders so the card flips upwards. Found delightful dp in my stash and cut out a bib and that was that, with a bow to pretty them up. Love it!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Baby and Bunny

Another delightful image from Mo - Baby and Bunny. I coloured this cute bundle using Copic markers and kept the colours soft for the dp and ribbon. A cute sentiment and a bit of ribbon with it, completes the card.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Baby Cakes!

Could you not kiss her to death?? She is adorable. Another delightful image from the super talented Krista at Saturated Canary.
I am only just starting on my collection of these images and if the rest turn out as cute as this one, I will really enjoy every minute of working them. I used Copic markers for this image. The paper was left overs in my box and it suited the image beautifully. The sentiment is from a PTI set stamped onto a die from X-Cut. Kept it clean and simple - no flowers!!
I hope you enjoy looking at this darling.
Thanks for the visit.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Frantic Stamper 'Sketch Sunday'

I have made a card using this week's sketch from the Frantic Stamper.
I had this image from Lockheart Stamps already colored so it was a quick and easy card for me.
I'm beginning to like working with sketches.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Love Ya!!

This delightful image - Love Ya! - from the super talented Mo was used on these two cards.
The first card was colored using Copic markers. The colors are more vivid and bright.

Colored using Copic Markers
 The card below, was colored using Prisma colored pencils onto Kraft card stock. I have not yet tried to work with Sansodor, I just used the blending pencil in certain areas.I like the way it colored the skin, giving the face a nice translucency and soft colour. I must say I am enjoying working with the pencils on cards, but for serious pencil painting, nothing beats the Faber-Castel Polychromos pencils. The Prisma's are more 'waxy' and in my humble opinion, you cannot layer color as smoothly as the FC's. 
Colored using Prisma Color Pencils on Kraft board
Anyway, I just wanted to share these two cards with you - makes for interesting comparisons.
Thanks for the visit and keep an eye open for more baby cards - I'm on a roll.......

Monday, March 5, 2012


Isn't she Adorable?

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to find out more about this delightful miss!


Friday, March 2, 2012

Floral Frenzy

 No stopping this gal when she is on a roll!!
On all three cards I coloured the inside of the embossing folder with Distress Ink and embossed the white board so the colour was recessed, allowing the white embossing to 'pop'. 
I then cut a rectangle in white and used MS around the corner punch and with the oval nestability, removed the center out of this rectangle. This allows the embossing to show through.

The flowers were punched and shaped with an embossing tool then I painted them with the matching Distress ink, intensifying the colour in the center of each flower. I assembled the flower and popped a pearl into the center. 
I die cut the flourishes and attached to the outside corner of the frame and then mounted the flowers over it.

The sentiment is from a Justrite circular set and stamped in either black or sepia Versamark ink, and cut out with a circle punch. 

I am delighted with these cards and I hope the recipients will enjoy them as much as I did making them.

I must say, that credit is due to the wonderful bloggers who inspire each and everyone of us continuously with their beautiful creations. I just pick up the ideas and make them my own. Thanks gals!!