Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Girlfriends go window shopping

How are you today? I hope I find you safe, well and happy. Today my post shows you a card that I made some time ago and have been meaning to show you for ages. I also have a video clip that shows it as well.

So let's get going .....

I love these stamps they just give you so many opportunities to go mad with colouring.

I find using Memento Tuxedo Black ink pads the best thing to use so colours don't run.

So much fun using the Copics and water colour paints..

This is the card opened up. The fun thing about these stamps is they have matching stamps that show different perspectives on the theme you are using.

A close up of the girls looking inside. I used a piece of transparent film to make it look like they were looking through the window. It was very effective.

...and here is what the Girls are looking at in close up.
Just loved the sentiment too!

Here is the video clip I made earlier that you might enjoy watching ....

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

Thanks for stopping by today to read my post, have a great day

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

An 80th Birthday Card in a box for Norma

Can you believe it - a second post in as many days. I'm obviously on a roll!
I hope this posting finds you well.

Today I have a card to show you. It is a card with a slight difference in as much as I also made a box that protects it and keeps it from getting squashed! I have a video as well as heaps of photos to share with you.
I was asked by Amanda to make a very special birthday card for her mother Norma. The instructions were that it was to be pink to include vintage buttons and vintage dolls. Amanda also asked that I create a side step card. So here is what I made for her ...

Here is the top of the box. For those of you who like Kaisercraft papers may recognise this as the Lake House collection - the Villa sheet. I particularly love this paper and I felt was a terrific addition to the box. The ribbon is a rose coloured pink, as you can see a vintage colour that really goes well with the paper.

The letter N is one of the Kaisercraft medium 60mm wooden Alphabet letters. I covered the letter with paper from the "Magnolia Grove" 6.5" x 6.5" paper pad and vintage photo distressed ink.

I made the box with Grafix black medium weight 12" x 12" chipboard. The box finished up being 10.75" x 9.75" and 1.25" deep. At the corners of the base of the box I made little embellishments with the striped paper which I made using a corner chomper.

You know we crafters never throw anything away. Well this just proves the case. The inside protective sheet was made from the paper that wrapped flowers that my dearest Fritsy brought me when I was in hospital getting knee replacement surgery. Ahhh!

I had problems keeping the top flap down so I glued a wooden button (from some I bought at the Brisbane Expo) onto it and it worked beautifully. I added to the top of it a little flower punched with a flower Carl C1 punch and a little pearl.

First glimpse of the card inside.

Here is the card laid flat on the table out of the box. The base of the card is made from Kaisercraft liquorice weave card stock, I layered it with Kaisercraft Candy weave card stock.  Many of the embellishments were made on my computer, others are from the Kaisercraft range and include: "Sweet Nothings" collectables, a few Dusky pink flowers, a clock flourish, hanging plaque, a few buttons and a brad.

A close up of the left hand panel. I added a hidden tag behind the patterned paper layered on the candy pink card stock.

A close up of the right hand side of the card.

Here is the card standing up and gives you an idea of how it looks out of the box and upright.

Here is the back of the card, I used a Spellbinders majestic labels twenty-five and Damask Accents.

I also managed to make a video clip that shows the card and its box. I must apologise for the wobbles up front. The camera came loose from the tri-pod as the joining mechanism had broken. Next best thing was to do a hand held version so that is what you'll see here.

Finally here is the list of the main ingredients I used to make this card and the box that contains it.

Thanks for stopping by and for reading today's post. Any comments would be particularly appreciated.

Monday, 13 January 2014

A Christmas Accordion Card

Hello my blogging friends and family I hope you are well and enjoying whatever life offers you currently. I was speaking to my sister Clare last evening (we often do a catch-up call on a Sunday night) and she said she'd like more information on an accordion card I made for Christmas.

This post will do just that. It is an accordion card and looks really effective despite not being in the traditional red and green colours of Christmas. The base of the card is made with a Karen Burniston Design/Sizzix die and the instructions for using it to make the base structure is available as a PDF download on the Sizzix website. Click HERE.

I have a few photos to show you and then I have included what I used in the ingredients list.

This shows the card as you take it out of the envelope: I used Movers and Shapers "Wish" die as well as a Marianne Design die. The design paper is the Fa La La paper pad from Lawn Fawn.

Here is the card opened out fully. I'll show you close ups of each panel in turn.

This first panel shows the Kaisercraft Sage weave cardstock I used and Impression Obsession Fr Tree die with Movers and Shapers Reindeer.

Here this photo shows a better view of the Marianne Design Sleigh and Snowflakes dies. Lots of pearls and that's this panel done.

You can't have a Sleigh and not have Reindeer ... so here they are .....

Here is the last panel ...

Here is the front (again!) and the back of the card.

 .... and there you have it. So next I'll show you the ingredients I used

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed reading today's post
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