Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Sending Hugs....

I recently realized that this is definitely my favourite type of card to make. So was extra pleased to find this 'Bench Set' stamp set in my 'Challenge Winner' package from Art Impressions




I coloured the image with colour pencils and fussy cut around it, leaving a 'ground line' for the bottom.




I also cut a circular shape from the card base, large enough to frame the image and adhered the image to the base edge of the card base.



Inside I fitted a concertina folded piece of card stock that will keep the card open while also providing a base for it to stand on. I coloured this piece with sprays of alcohol ink. I the added another piece of card, coloured with the same green sprays and cut into a grassy slope at the back of the card to add a bit of a background to the overall picture.




The final step was adding a sentiment (this one is from the same set) to the front in a banner fashion. 




I really like how the card displays and I hope it will serve as an encouragement to a loved one who is going through a difficult season right now!




I'm entering the card for Challenge 164 over on the Art Impressions blog. Hop on over and take a look at all the entries!



Friday, July 17, 2015

Yearbook June 2015

I have so many nice pictures from last month...it looks like I'll have 3 -4 pages this time!

Here's one featuring some critters and animals -



I used the Nature Hike Collection by Snickerdoodles Designs for my page. You can also find it HERE at Karen's personal store. (Am I the only one who does not like the new Digital Scrapbooking Studio Store set-up?)



I did another page for June featuring some ocean pictures. One can never have too many ocean pictures in your yearbooks! For this I used an all time favourite collection by (now retired) Gypsy Couture...



Sunday, July 5, 2015

Seaside Holiday

I have more pictures that we took this day, and they are scanned, but right now I just cannot find them ugh! I scanned them many years ago when my computer had a small hard drive and I had to back everything up onto disks.....so somewhere is a disk with the pictures on. hmmmm might be easier to locate the pictures and rescan....still this will work for one side of the double spread...

Great kit, right up my street!




Cathy Krenek's 'Beach Fun Kit' Just look at all the delightful goodies in there!



Heading into a busy week, but hope to have a freebie available soon!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Hybrid Cards - New Baby

I have no stamps that are particularly suitable for a new baby type card, so the logical alternative for me was to go 'hybrid'. By that I mean using digital images (in this case digital scrapbooking supplies) and making a real life card from it. Besides, my old (very old) printer died recently and I wanted to try the new one for size!

I started with a digital kit by Kristin Aagard. To me,  nobody does 'cute' quite like Kristin does. I'm sorry I don't have more reason to buy/use her cute designs! (even so I have more of her goodies than I probably need...)

This is what I used 'Peas in a Pod'



I designed the card in Silhouette Studio, working on a card base from LD - Step Cards. Which worked just fine. ( I do wish they took more care to add some sort of images of finished projects to the files though) 
The front panels for the card I designed in Photoshop which enabled me to add shadows to some elements. That meant I could reduce the bulk seeing as both cards were to be mailed internationally. For a hand delivered card, it would be much nicer to make it more dimensional!

I used the 'print and cut' feature to get the Cameo to cut the elements for me. The light wasn't good when I snapped this quickly, with the tablet, but you get the idea.




All that was left to do was to assemble the bits and pieces.






The alpha letters used for the names are also from the digi kit.




The only item actually popped up with a bit of foam tape, is the little bear on the front.






I like how it has the illusion of dimension even though it is flat for easy and safe mailing




I added a sheet of pink copy paper to the back of the cards as I did not like to look into a 'black hole' when the card is opened.







I was very pleased indeed with the results. And that printer? It is welcome to stay with me in my studio!


Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Sweet Treat Birthday Card

A simple - meaning no fussy - birthday card. This one came together super quick. I was done before I started! Ha...and as I used the heat tool to dry the water colour paint it came together even quicker. Using the heat tool also prevented the colours from bleeding on her top. There was a lot of water there at the time.

I used the Cupcake BFF's set by Art Impressions for the card




In the end all I had to wait for was for the glitter glue frosting to dry.







Thursday, June 18, 2015

Tri-Fold Card

I've been wanting to try these Try-Fold card stamps from Art Impressions for a while, so when Jo-Ann's had a sale on recently I decided to get one set.

This is the set I used :  Garden 


I did the colouring with coloured pencils.
I added a tiny flower stamp to the pot of flowers next to the bench, and also sketched in a few birds flying over.



I love all the little details in the images.





The free loose style of drawing of the stamps lends itself beautifully to water colours, which is what I plan to use for the next time I use these images




I am very pleased indeed with the card and I definitely have more of these stamp sets on my wishlist now!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Birthday Wrap Cards

When I received a parcel wrapped in this brightly coloured paper, I knew I had found the 'designer' paper for my next card!

All I needed to add was a stamp or two and pinking shears.

For the first one I used an image from Penny Black's 'Bubbly' Those furry friends are having waaaay too much fun celebrating!



For the next one I chose another stamp from Penny Black's 'Bubbly'




And for this last card I used an image from 'Every Which Way' also by Penny Black
On this one the wrapping paper shows some creases, but I really don't think that matters, do you?



I added an (older) Provocraft  Happy Birthday stamp to the side, popped the balloon up with foam tape and attached the tag to the card with a raffia style bow.



I'm making good progress on building up a good supply of cards and enjoying every minute of it!