Sunday, 18 March 2018

Joy to the World

This fortnights card theme of Christmas flowers was chosen by Rachel at Fisher's Cards and Crafts.
I knew right away that I would use this NBUS stamp, (never before used stash)  and that is a good feeling to be able to remember it at all! At times it feels that there is a mountain of NBUS.  I have owned this stamp for quite some time and today is the first time it met ink!

The image and sentiment are part of an Our Daily Bread stamp set called Luke 2.1...although I chose to use one of the other sentiments within the set. It stamped so nicely the very first time. I used my MISTI just in case, but did not have to do any touch ups.

Stamped onto Elizabeth craft paper with black Momento ink and coloured the image with copics..,three reds and two greens. I then added red stickles quite sparingly around the edges of the petals with a touch in the centers.  I placed yellow stickle dots for the inner part of the flower and placed these over the area I had previously coloured green. I like the look of the two colours there.

That led me to decide if it worked in the centre, why not on the I carefully and very sparingly added green stickles to the petals as well.  Here is a close up of that...

I am happy with the colouring of the flower. While I know it is perfect like true colouristas can obtain, it is good for my talents and that makes me pleased! I struggle to see the light hitting the image so it is hit or miss whether I get any of the petals right!   While I did colour up two sets of the flower, I decided to not layer it up after the second image is not as nice.

Background paper is Making Memories, Glitter Strip Twinkle. This is a VOS (very old stash) 12 x12 scrapbook paper, from 2011. After Christmas that year, I picked up about 20 sheets of it, on clearance for 80% off.  Although I did use it for some scrapbook pages, the vast majority has been used for cardmaking. The red stripe is glittered and is gives a lovely feeling of pizzaz.

The green snowflake and the woodgrain paper are from my snippets files. They too are quite old, so I do not remember the manufacturer or the name. The image was stamped on a snippet as well. I had three pieces of that Elizabeth craft paper left, so used the MISTI to stamp this image and sentiment three times. I have not finished the other two yet, but they will be identical to this card, as long as I can find more of the green snowflake snippets!

I am entering this card in the following challenges.
1. Pixies Crafty  Workshop - must use snippets.

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

A Twofer Love

Darnell over at djkardkreations has started a new challenge this year. It is called the Twofer Challenge and runs monthly. The Feb theme was Love and themes are usually announced on the 10th of each month. You must make two cards with the same stamp or die, and they must be for two different occasions.

Sadly, I forgot there was a time change between Darnell and I, and so I waited too long to post these (at ten pm my time) on the 24th. The contest was closed and as I had my Rudolph Days Post due in another two hours, I decided to save these and post them later.

My first card is a Valentines card, and I used the Stampendous Love Letters stamp, in a Lawn Fawn stitched rectangle. The red background mat is just hand cut to match. The Love Sentiment is a dollar store stamp, brand unknown, stamped onto a wee snippet of the same white card stock.  The background paper is by Creative Imaginations, and is part of their Neutrals line.

As this is a Valentine for my DH next year, I kept the design paper on this card quite plain and masculine looking.

My second card is an Anniversary card for DH.  I restamped the Love Letters stamp coloured the hearts in red, and then fussy cut them out. I stamped a Crafts Smart Dove stamp on a snippet of white and used a circular Marianne die for the image and their doily die, for the pink mat (snippets again).

The dove was stamped twice and then I fussy cut the second image. Popped it on top of the first one and gave it a coat of Nuvo aqua glimmer.

The first wee heart was glued to the end of a branch that was part of the dove image. The rest were used to look like the dove was scattering the hearts, as spouses do as they live their lives together. We scatter love through our own lives and our children's as well. These scattered seeds of love help us grow together.

After viewing the photo in this post, I wish I had coloured another set of the hearts in the lighter pink of my background papers. They could be gued just slightly off of the red hearts... just enough to leave the red peeking through one side of them.  I think that would have tied the background papers in more. Perhaps I shall do that still!

The background papers are snippets from my 12x12 scrapbook pages. I added a piece of dollar store blue glimmery Washi tape to hide the seam. Love that Washi...although it is looks like glitter paper, it is only a thin glimmery tape and so it fairly slim in depth.

The sentiment is Stampin' Up. The larger love script stamp is from 2004 and the smaller always script stamp is from 2005. Too bad I seem to have stamped the always script just a bit crooked. This card is for DH as our Anniversary is in April. Hopefully, he will not notice!

All in all, there was a good attempt at the use of snippets. All the white, red, and pink card were snippets. For regular card stock, I save anything credit card sized or larger. The cloud and striped paper used on the second card were also from my snippets box. It is a great feeling to use up some of this never ending stack of pretty snippets!!!

The other benefit of both cards today is that they are very slim in depth. They will sail through that tester slot at the Post Office and just take regular postage  Yay!

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

1. Pixies Crafty Workshop - must use snippets

Sunday, 4 March 2018

Christmas Card Club - Robin

This fortnight, Mrs A at Valery Anne Designs   chose a Robin or Robins as our card theme.

I do have some bird stamps but since they are not actually robins, I chose to make a Hunky Dory Decoupage kit called Robin Redbreast. This kit really appealed to me as my Dad had a farm and raised horses. His boots were always sitting just outside the door, if he came in for tea...which was several times a day as he loved his tea! It was made even better, if it was served with thick toast and lashings of jam.

So a pretty robin it is...perched on what looks just like Dad's boots.

There are 6 layers of decoupage to create the scene and I used a brand new set of really slim pop dot to help reduce the depth. I am going to be purchasing more of those as I loved how thin they were. I threw the packaging away to help them fit in my pop dot drawer, but will tell you the name after I purchase a new set. When I next use them, of course!

I trimmed the kit card base down into a square. I added a piece of DP on the inside, to stamp the sentiment on. In my experience, the Hunky Dory card base has too much sheen for the ink to dry quickly. Translate that into, I have learned the hard way that any ink stamped upon it smears easily if brushed against. It takes quite some time for the ink to dry.  As you have probably guessed, under my DP liner, there is a smudged sentiment!

The back of this card base has a very pretty repeat of the scene build into the card.

This was a quick and fun card to make. Sometimes, that is just what one needs!

If you are interested in joining our Christmas Card Club, drop me an email. The hyperlinks to the other members cards can be found on my right sideboard. You will not regret popping by their blogs to take a peek.