Sunday, 31 August 2014

Christmas 2013

Hi y'all,

So I know it's the last day in August 2014, but; I had not yet posted my Christmas cards from last year, so here goes.

This is a very basic card to make, firstly I started out adhering the stripy pattern paper on to an A2 size card stock, then I cut down two lengths of green paper and edged them with patterned scissors and then used a black marker to enhance the border (you can buy these scissors almost anywhere these days),  then adhered them to two lengths of ribbon, (this is a light cream colour with a silver edging), and before adhering them to the card, I wrote the sentiment straight on to the patterned paper. After the sentiment, I adhered the top and bottom to the card and I was nearly done. To make the holly and berries, I drew the holly outline on some green paper, cut them out and edged them with a black marker then drew the line down the middle of them with a slight curve, then I simply punched out some circles from some red card stock to make the berries. With that, I adhered them to opposite corners top and bottom, and that was it.

For my second Christmas card, this was even easier.

 Once again, this is a standard A2 size card. I trimmed down some metallic Christmas paper from my stash, and adhered that to the front of the card base, I then trimmed down some gold speckle paper I also have in my stash and adhered that to the bottom of the card base (easy yes), then I cut out a square to use as a place for the sentiment, and just edged the corner with some patterned scissors, darkened the edges with a black marker, and then wrote the sentiment in a metallic red gel pen. Then I adhered the tag to the front of the card, punched out half circles at the bottom of the card base so I could add some ribbon without it slipping of the card, and that finished the card.

Then last but not least,

Sorry about the photo, I was still at my craft table when the picture was taken.
This card came together quite quickly after I realised I was short four Christmas cards for the family, (you know when you realise you have forgotten to add some family, or extra family/friends turn up unannounced). Yeah, so this was what came to me, I had some left over white card stock from a previous project, and it happened to be square, so you work with what you got yeah? Then I trimmed down some green paper a quarter inch smaller than the card base.To that, I trimmed down some cream coloured Christmas wrapping paper, with gold writing on it and adhered that down to the green paper about two thirds of the way up. I then found these deer embellishments in my stash put that on some post it notes, (I know yeah, a crafter will use anything they have), then matted that with a slightly darker green paper than the base colour and stuck it over the Christmas paper, then to top it off I tied a bow with some, and now I have forgotten the word, you know the hay looking stuff, and added a gold sentiment sticker that I had in my sticker stash. Oh I just remembered Raffia!(the hay stuff), and that was that.

Till next time,

Thanks all, byeeeee.

A baby shower

Hi Y'all,
It's been over a week since my last blog, because I have been a little depressed. So I thought I would share with you a card I made a little under a year ago for a baby shower, it is a friend, that is dear to me and was expecting her third child which as you can tell by the colour was a boy. This card makes me happy. Funny story thought, my friend never ended up receiving the card because she gave birth six weeks early, her son is very happy and healthy now.

So this card was made with three clear stamps, one was the Celebrate by The Crafts Meow "Sweet Birthday", the Life by Kaiser Craft "Alphabet Regal" and the clouds came from Kaiser Craft "Fine and Sunny" stamp set, the umbrella and baby in the blanket were drawn, coloured and cut out by me.
The clouds, umbrella and baby in the blanket were water coloured by using water colour pencils, (some random pencils I have in my stash) and a "Pentel (fine tip) Aqua Brush". Everything has been popped up on foam squares to be adhered to the card, which is a pale blue, and then a faux stitching with my white uni-ball Signo pen. This is a side folding card made from a 14.8 x 21 cm halved.

See y'all next time. xx

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

A big anniversary

The tweetest couple

I had a lot of fun making this card, and it all came together really quickly too. I had in my pattern paper, this back ground that had a bushy plant on the side, and it just screamed for a bird to be in it. So with that, I cut out some clouds in the pattern paper, then adhered it to some plain shite card stock. Then I stamped and cut out with a small white border two birds, a bird house, and an extended banner on some white card stock, stamped in the "happy anniversary" and coloured them in using water colour pencils., put them aside to dry, then stamped out the large heart flower stamp. I used water colour pencils for this too, however the pattern paper is not water friendly, so I had to be very careful not to add too much water on it. I then wrote the sentiment and framed it with blue card stock (not my best choice of colour, lol), by then the pictures were dry and ready to adhere. I faced the two birds looking at each other, because they represent two love birds on their anniversary, placed the birdhouse behind the smaller bird as though she had jumped out of the nest and placed the bigger bird on the heart flower as though it was a gift from him to her. I adhered all the cut out with foam squares for a bit of dimension, added the card front to a 8 by 5.5 inch card base, and that was this big anniversary card done.

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

A couple of card stories

This was made for my friends daughter, but obviously it could be for either boy or girl. Firstly I cut out a circle, drew up and coloured a turtle,present and birthday hat (I think it derived from one of "Lawn Fawns" stamps), then I made a paper stencil for the hill and clouds. Then with a sponge and green ink, I laid down the hill top first, then moved the stencil a little to make a shadow. Secondly I put the mask (stencil) over the hill, and sponged on blue ink around the cloud stencil one by one. Then I laid the turtle, present and hat down with foam squares after removing all the stencils. I had a birthday sentiment in my stash of embellishments, cut it apart and laid it down on the blue card stock. Lastly, I had a number stencil for the "1st" drew and coloured that in with my white "uniball signo" pen and drew in the "st". Done a faux stitching, rounded the corners, and my card was done.

This 70th card was super easy, I cut out some brown pattern paper and a smaller piece of striped paper, drew up a 70 on some light pink card stock, cut it out and sponged on a bit of brown ink around the edges. Then I made a place for two sentiments, one with the flag end, laid it all down and then thought the 70 was not standing out enough, so I cut three pieces of the same brown pattern paper and laid them across the stripe pattern, replaced the 70, stamped the sentiments on to the coordinating places and adhered everything down with double sided tape.

Well this card was made for a 70 year old that won't act his age (lol). He loves his computer, so it was super fun to make this card. Using black card stock and my white uniball signo pen, I created the keyboard, monitor and mouse. Laid all this out on some pattern paper, added the sentiment stamp in black ink and added it to an A2 card base. Then for the monitor I added some gold puffy paint in a 70, drew in some colour and that was it. Everything was adhered with double sided tape except the monitor which was adhered with foam squares.

So this recipient is my husbands cousin, and not knowing what she likes (because we don't hang out all that much), I decided upon some creative thinking. I was still within my first year of card making, so I didn't have a lot of supplies. However I do have a scallop punch which is what created the flower, I have some light pink ribbon, plenty of scrapbook pattern paper, various colours of card stock (which was given to me by someone with a lot of supplies and a generous heart) some neat writing and a huge supply of double sided tape. I punched out two scallops and cut in to almost the centre to make petals and adhered them slightly off centre to make a flower affect. Drew and cut out two leaves to adhere under the flower, drew and coloured with a black pen marker the sentiment which I laid on some green card stock, the same green I used for the two leaves, then adhered that all down to some pattern paper with double sided tape. I then tied some ribbon around the front with a bow, then adhered it down with more double sided tape to some A2 size card stock. Believe it or not, the flower is coloured with eye shadow and added a few rhinestones to the centre. Work with what you've got!



Monday, 18 August 2014

Back on track

Hi all, 

Starting up my blog post again, as the other one timed out on me. So over the course of the
next few weeks, I will be uploading some of the cards I have made, with very little craft supplies. I say this, because crafting can be very expensive and
if you want all the supplies seen on You Tube videos, it can add up rather quickly. Also they (You Tube crafters) either have crafted for many years adding to their craft collection over time, or make You Tube videos and work to support their craft addiction (lol). 

I on the other hand have very little finances to spend on this addiction, so I get by with the few tools I have, and still create some awesome cards for my friends and family.

This card came together by the design of the pattern paper. My mother-in-law brought back some craft paper from an overseas trip to China recently, and so keeping with the theme, I found some little pictures on the internet, printed them off, coloured this one in with metallic gel pens and colouring pencils, then matted both the picture and the sentiment with black card stock. This was made only two months after first starting to make handmade greeting cards with white and black card stock, pattern paper, (computer) image and printer, metallic gel pens, basic colouring pencils, scissors and double sided tape.

Let your imagination run wild!