Xmas 2015


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Monday, 20 April 2015

Challenge 137 Crafty Cardmakers & More–Dots

Sally is hosting for this challenge and she would like you to go DOTTY, so something that has obvious dots on.137 DOTS

I’ve been trying to use up my crafty stash recently – it’s a small effort to counteract the amount I buy!  For my card today, I used a 7 x 5 blank white base, and went through my “bits box” for the other pieces of card. 

I used the swiss dots embossing folder to make the silver base layer, and another folder called daisy and swirls for the pink layer.  My new cut n boss machine really embossed it deeply – this would have been perfect for sanding the top layer down, but I didn’t want the shabby chic look this time round so I left it alone.

I managed to cut out a postage stamp shape out of my magnetic sheet when I cut the white base for the topper – but I guess that happens to everyone sooner or later!  I taped it back in and hope that will hold for a while… *blushes*

I stamped another piece of the scrap pink card with the dotty stamp, and cut out a small butterfly to stick on as an accent, along with a pink gem.  The topper was stuck on with foam pads.

I had this grey dotty ribbon in my stash, which I felt went well with the pink and silver, so used that.  The ribbon was a bit stiffer than I like for bows, but it tied eventually, and I stuck it on with my hot glue gun.

Finally, I stamped the happy birthday greeting in pink and flanked it with two more gems.

Monday, 6 April 2015

Challenge 136 at Crafty Cardmakers & More - Wings

Mary is hosting today and wants to see something with Wings.. birds, planes, fairies, insects or even a steampunk clock, as long as it includes Wings.
My preference has always been for less embellishments on my cards - it makes it easier to post, and I just generally like a less fussy look.
This card is minimal in layers, but the topper itself is fussy in the extreme!  I was going through some folders on my pc and discovered this lovely digistamp - sorry, my record keeping is pants and I can't work out who to credit.  So if anyone recognises it, please let me know so I can do that!
My base card was my fave 6 x 6, and I used some scrap card to make the backing strip, running it through the cut n boss with the free hessian folder from the latest Crafters Companion Inspiration magazine.  The die was also a freebie from a magazine but (*points up*) as I said my record keeping is rubbish and I can't remember which one!
I coloured the image itself with promarkers, using primarily greens and yellows for the foliage.  I had purple card for my embellishments, so I thought the lime greens would work well, and I decided to use pink and blue for the birds.  I used spectrum noir pencils to colour the birds and apply definition and shading.
I used the pink and blue pencils I'd used for the birds to blend together to make the frame colour and finally, I stamped a simple greeting in the same colour as the scrap card.