Wednesday, 23 September 2009

I love gridwork

As I am still unable to get into my craft room I made two birthday cards for a friends using parchment. The first one took me three days as there is a lot of gridwork on it, but I love gridwork so I didn't mind. The outlines are traced in gold ink to give it a bit of bling and I used a fine straight grid.

The second card was traced with white and the flowers are coloured on the back with Derwent Studio pencils. This time I used a bold grid.

Sunday, 20 September 2009

Parchment is my saviour!

As I can no longer get into my craft room because it is full of tablecloths, silk rose petals and foil trays (in preparation for my son's wedding on 26th Sept) I have had to cut back on my crafting. The only thing I can do at the moment is parchment as I can take the one rather small(ish) drawer of parchment bits up to the summer house and hide from the chaos. So this is what I made for a friend for a swap. The theme was Animals and the technique was gridwork. I know she was expecting a card but it's not every day that you receive an elephant through the post. She was quite easy to make and the only really hard part was making her keep her legs together (no comments on this please!!!)

Friday, 11 September 2009

Crafty Cardmakers Sketch Challenge

The third challenge on Crafty Cardmakers is a sketch challenge. My card for this was made for my nephew's birthday. The image is from Stamps Away, stamped on cream card and mounted on sand card then brown card. The Happy Birthday stamp received the same treatment. The background paper is from Joanna Sheen and I ran it through the Cuttlebug (Swirls and Curls folder). The two die cuts were sent to me by a friend ages ago and the base card is from my stash.

Friday, 4 September 2009

A card for an old friend!

I made this birthday card for an old friend. It reminds me so much of him! The stamp is a Golden Oldie from Art Impressions Inc. I stamped it in Brilliance Black and then clear embossed it. I then coloured it with Sakura Gel pens and Whispers felt pens and layered it onto red and yellow card. I did the same for the sentiment (from the same set). The backing paper was free from a magazine ages ago and I bought the little flip-flops so long ago I can't remember where from! The base card is a folded piece of A4 hammer card.

Thursday, 3 September 2009

Distress Ink Stamping

I loved the card in the August issue of Craft Stamper by Rachel Jackson so I thought I would have a go. I stamped my Distress inks (I used Mustard Seed, Walnut Stain, Spiced Marmalade, Brushed Corduroy and Tattered Rose) onto a piece of tin foil. My first attempt at 'light spritzing' was more like a complete drowning but after a few tries I got something that I was happy with and pressed my toadstool stamp (from Joanna Sheen) into the ink then stamped on Parchment coloured paper. I backed the image with dark brown and then made a tag with lighter brown (see the mistake at the top where I punched the hole in the wrong place and had to add a second!) and then threaded through some fibres.

Wednesday, 2 September 2009

Been stampscaping, lol

I treated myself to a set of gorgeous stamps from Stampscapes with my elastic birthday money (you won't believe how far I 'stretched' it, LOL). I got The Lighthouse and the Sea Set. I stamped the images onto glossy card with Black StazOn, masking where necessary. I then coloured the image using a piece of Cut 'n' Dry foam and some Whispers Inks that I dabbed onto my craft sheet. I wasn't overly pleased with these inks as they seemed to dry out really quickly and not spread as much as I would have liked so I will have to try different inks next time (I wonder if there is any more 'stretch' left in that birthday money??!!). I then highlighted the waves, spray, branches and lighthouse with a white Souffle pen (Sakura). This is going to be the picture for the September page of the Blank Calendar that my friend Vix gave me.

Tuesday, 1 September 2009

Crafty Cardmakers new challenge

The second challenge on Crafty Cardmakers is to use complimentary colours. They have details on their site including examples and a link to a colour wheel. There is a really fab prize on offer too! Go check it out.