Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Billy the Prince rescues Rapunzel - Side Step Card

Hello my blogging friends I hope this post today finds you in good health and spirits. I am on the road to recovery although my right knee is not playing ball at the moment. I was chatting with a great friend who is receiving chemo; we were both in agreement that it is so easy to take good health for granted. This is particularly true when things do not work in the way they are supposed to, it's a great reminder to be so Thankful when they do!!

I have a pretty card to show you today and to make it I used two Digi Stamps from the Pink Cat Studio.

The Digi stamp called "Lily as Rapunzel" was just ideal for the right side of a Tall side (3) step style of card. Once I decided on the size of both the card and the image (Digital Stamps are so easy to re-size) I printed off the image onto a piece of Copic Blending X-Press card stock so that I could colour it later with my Copics. I then attached a piece of the MME Paper Pad to the top of this page and re-printed it. This meant that I could cut up the outline on the card stock as well as the image created onto the Design Paper to add some depth and  dimension to the overall look on the card.

I used the Hero Arts Cloud stamp with some blue distress inks to make the background and cut a piece of green DCWV card stock to create a small hill behind the tower.

I printed "Billy the Prince" on to Copic Blending X-Press card stock and used my Copics to colour the image.

In my stash I found a crimper, so crimped a piece of Brown cardstock which I combined with Grass and  Spring Border dies for the last step on the left side of the card.

On the middle and bottom steps I added a pretty yellow bow made from Really Reasonable Ribbons. I used scraps of cardstock to make flowers using small brads once I had die cut pieces using the Sizzix decorative strip die.

The sentiment I hand wrote onto a piece of white cardstock cut with one of the smaller Spellbinders Resplendent Rectangle dies.

On the back of the card I added a plain white writing panel which I inked at the edges using Vintage Photo ink.

The little flower was cut from a page of the Kaisercraft Sweet Treats 12 x 12 Card stock Pad.

This is such a pretty card and I enjoyed using my Copics to colour in the Digi images.

Here are the main ingredients that I used to make this card:

Thanks so much for stopping by to read my Blog today. I have two cards that were commissions to show you. They were quite the creative challenge, each in their own way. The Birthdays are the 1st & 2nd June so I'll post them soon after so as not to spoil any surprise for the recipients.

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

A Pink on Pink Flip Card

Hello my blogging friends. Two blog posts in a day. I hope they both find you happy and healthy!

Today I have a card to show you.
Here it is:

This is a simple card and uses heaps of Spellbinder dies. It was inspired by Christa Griffiths who is great at showing you how to use your Spellbinders dies to greater effect.

The card base is an A4 piece of burgundy cardstock, folded in half, and then the front of the card folded in half again so the front flap folds back on itself.

This provides the shell of the card, the next stage is all about embellishment.

The fold of the front flap enables you to position the Spellbinder Fleur de Lis Square die in the correct place.

Place the largest die of the set on the diagonal with the points of the diagonal on the fold of the flap. Cut the shape out of the card with your die cutting machine and remove from the card base. Hold this piece for later use.

Then using a pink coloured piece of cardstock cut the same die shape again. Match this pink piece of card stock to the shape and the hole left vacant by the removal of the burgundy die cut shape.

Cut a rectangle that exactly matches the size of the flap in another piece of the Burgundy card stock. Adhere this using glue or Double Sided Tape to the back of the front flap; make sure there is glue in the correct place to adhere half of the pink shape as well.

Fold the flap making sure not to fold the pink shape inside, this will provide the "Flip" feature. Cut a smaller shaped piece of Burgundy card stock using the same set of Spellbinders dies. Glue this in place on top of the pink larger shape.

Stamp out your sentiment onto even paler pink cardstock. I cut this into a rectangle shape and then used a shaper punch to round the corners. I added some liquid pearls to the little flowers I had punched with a Carl 1 Daisy punch.

Using the Spellbinders Asian Accents cut two corner embellishments in pink cardstock and again decorate with oval white liquid pearls.

On the inside of the card I added two mats. The first a pale pink lightly patterned paper with a 1/4 inch edge.
On top of that I added a pink piece of cardstock that I embossed with a Spellbinders Mystic M-Bossibility embossing folder.

In the centre add the piece of Burgundy cardstock you cut from the front flap of the card base. Line it up with the image on the front of the card before adhering.

Cut a smaller shaped piece of Pink cardstock using the same set of Spellbinders dies. Glue this in place on top of the Burgundy larger shape.

Add a sentiment using foam pads at the top of the shape.

At the bottom right edge of the card add a flower made with the middle sized die from Spellbinders Bitty Blossoms Die. Apply glue and sprinkle glitter over the flower. Cut some leaves from the Spellbinders Foliage Dies and also the foliage from Spellbinders Asian Accents. More liquid pearls at the top and bottom right corners.

Here you have a view of the card when it is opened fully ...

... and there you have it!

Ingredients I used to make this card:

Thanks for stopping by and having a look at this very later post. I'll add some more things to my Blog over the next couple of days.

It can't be one month ago!

Hello my Blogging friends. It's already the 21st May 2013 and when I look at the date of my last post - yikes! My sincerest apologies for being "off the air" so to speak. I hope you have been keeping safe and well yourselves in the meantime.

My own energies have been directed in different ways just recently and I have still managed some crafty projects too. I also have one or two things to show you that I have had for a while on my "To Post" List.

To update you briefly about my absence. I have had all sorts of surgery on my knees and more is (unfortunately) planned and anticipated. Convalesce has been the name of the game and it is progressing well.

So the "Knee Events" have been:

  • Right knee has had a cortisone injection (Dec 2012) 
  • Left knee has had an arthroscope (22nd Feb 2013)
  • Right knee has now also had an arthroscope (15th May 2013)
  • Left knee due for an injection on the (24th May 2013)
  • Left knee due for total replacement (4th September 2013)
  • Right knee will be replaced early in 2014

The great thing about all of this is that my knees will be in good shape - eventually. I do know they'll never be as good as my own, and some activities will no longer be an option. When all is said, I will be without the nagging pain and not walk like an old woman who feels 150 years old!

Onwards and upwards.
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