Saturday, 30 July 2016

Butterfly and flowers featuring Kaisercraft

This card is for a very special friend.  Her birthday was last week and this card has been at various stages of completion on my desk for a number of days.  Talking with her the other day I commented "if you get your present and card before Christmas, I'm doing well".  Thankfully we have known each other for many years, and this arrangement is quite acceptable.  Her present is still a few weeks off, my Mum is knitting her a mermaid tail blanket.

OK, back to the card.  There were numerous different butterfly stamps in contention, various flowers and about 3 different sentiments.  After some final touches the card came out like this:

And this was the inspiration, Kaisercraft's July Sketch Challenge:

My friend loves butterflies, purple and teal, so the colour scheme was easy.  Kaisercraft's Mermaid Tails Collection: See Grass, both the front an reverse sides were a perfect starting point.  The butterfly stamp is from the Kaisercraft Botanical Odyssey clear stamp set and was inked with dye inks using my MYSTI to achieve the two tone effect.  Each colour of ink was stamped individually.

Two corners of the recessed card were decorated with the following (all from Kaisercraft):
  • Mini Paper Blooms: Fairy Floss;
  • Ribbon Roses: White and Mint;
  • Paper Leaves; and
  • swirls from the Large Flourishes die.

The Happy Birthday sentiment is a Kaisercraft rub on, and whole card was gently splattered with Kaiser Mist: Winter Grey.

I am entering this card into the Kaisercraft July Challenge, and the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Add Some Texture.

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Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Aussie Bush Country Cottage

I have a customer who has been visiting my stall at the monthly Nunawading Craft Market for a number of years now.  Recently she called me to request a custom made card.  This was the brief:
Would you please make a card for my daughters 50th birthday.  A little cottage with lots of gum trees, and possibly some water, a river or creek (although the water is optional).  A bush land scene.
After much thinking and hunting on the internet for a suitable stamp, I cam across a photo stamp from Darkroom Door: Country Cottage.  I was surprised how well it stamped with both Versafine ink as well as dye ink, given the amount of fine detail it has (I ended up using Stampin Up: Early Espresso).

The stamp was lightly coloured with Prismacolor pencils and the edges roughed up and inked with Distress Ink: Vintage Photo.
The sentiment was stamped with Lawn Fawn: Milo's ABCs in Early Espresso ink and again the edges roughed up and inked with Vintage Photo.

The leaves are from the Kaisercraft: Gum Nuts die, but the gum nuts from this set were a little too big, so I used the Ultimate Crafts: Australiana: Gum Leaves die for the little gum nuts.


This was all layered onto some hessian and Kaisercraft: Base Coat Collection: Timber paper.  A sturdy 250gsm paper was used as the card base, with the edges again inked with Vintage Photo.

This card came out differently from what I was first thinking, but given the brief, I think I did OK (even though there was no water in the finished card).

Thank you Lesley from Little Bits for the loan of the stamp and Ultimate Crafts die.

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PS The customer loved it.

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Red Wine Cellar with Peerless Watercolours

I have used this stamp many times, colouring in both Copics and watercolour pencils.  Today I am sharing a version coloured with Peerless Watercolours, and white accents added with a Prismacolor white pencil.

This is the first time I have used Peerless Watercolours and I am happy with the results (although the colour of the empty bottle is not quite right). 
I stamped Stamps Happen: Red Wine Cellar with Versafine onyx black ink onto the smooth side of watercolour card.  Although the stamp has very thin sketchy lines, it came out beautifully.  The Peerless Watercolours are easy to use with bright vivid colours when needed, and softer colours achievable when mixed with a little more water, which I did on a plate.

I will share a post soon on how I store my Peerless Watercolours.
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Saturday, 16 July 2016

Alien spinner card

This week my son celebrated his 9th birthday, and this was the card I crated for him.

It is a spinner card, with inspiration from the get well card from this post.
I have used the Clearly Besotted: Out of this World stamp set and Kaisercraft: Blast Off! collection papers (no longer available). 
The little alien was quickly coloured with Copics and Glossy Accents added to his eyes.  He was fussy cut out (I wish I had bought the matching dies) and added to the card with some white thread to make the spinner component.  The thread is sandwiched between the card layers, which were previously cut with a circle die.
I also added some stamping to the inside of the card, something I rarely do, but I think it looks cute. 

I think my husband enjoyed the card more than my son, my son was more interested in the presents.
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Friday, 15 July 2016

Kaisercraft June Challenge 2nd place

I do love receiving these packages.  Thank you to the team at Kaisercraft for selecting my entry for second prize in the June Papercraft Challenge.

An Always & Forever Paper Pad and matching Collectables.

I really do love my entry, and you can see the original post here.

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