Saturday 28 July 2007

Some cards I've made this week!

I thought I'd blog a few things I've made this week and shown only of the forum they fit into a challenge on!

I found out that one of my customers is moving on to a new job and thought it would be nice to send her a little card to congratulate her. Adding spotty ribbon meant that it fit in with the Get Spotted challenge on Carolyn's, too.

NEW JOB is stamped with the See-D Typewriter alphabet set in Whispers Sugarloaf Green on green cardstock. I've rounded off one corner and inked the edges, too. The little flower is made with the QK football die for the centre and punched hearts for petals. The good luck stamp is from a HOTP set and I used Tangerine Cat's Eye chalk ink.

One of DH's colleagues had his 60th birthday this week. At short notice, I was asked to make a card with beer, whisky and hill walking as themes! This is a bit out of my normal range but I had fun with it.

It's a trifold and each panel has a pocket and tag with something appropriate to the question for that panel. The boots are cut on the CraftRobo and I plaited embroidery thread for laces and used mini brads as 'anchor points'. I snuck the whisky reference onto the beer tag (it says A fair few (and maybe the odd wee dram to follow)). I tried to make the tag here look like the clips you get on beer pump handles and T.A. are the recipient's initials. The answer to the candle question is obviously 60!

I showed a card on Just Bex that was made for the decorative edge scissors challenge. The shell on it came about as a result of a forum conversation with Kathy about paperclay. I decided to have a go at making my own push moulds and this is the first experiment! I used a cockle shell and moulded Fimo around it and baked. Then pushed paper mache into the mould (still waiting for my paperclay to arrive!) and rubbed chalks in various shades of brown/grey white over the resulting paper shape. I was quite pleased with the way it turned out.

Friday 27 July 2007

Check out the scraps!

Today DCM dare is set by Jane who's asked for card designs inorporating checks. I decided to combine this with the 'use your scraps' challenge at Just Bex and made a very quick and simple card.

I had some white card embossed with the Cuttlebug D'vine swirls folder left over from the wedding cake card a few posts back and there are always scraps of black in your bits box, aren't there? I just punched squares with a small punch. I thought it would look striking against a bright colour and this orange laid paper (also fromt he bits box) did the trick. Stamped greeting and a bit of gel pen are the only other things going on here.

Thanks for looking!

Thursday 19 July 2007

Last minute Minnie - Haberdashery dare

Gillian set the dare over at DCM on Friday. Yes, I know that's nearly a week ago now and I have no reasonable excuse! Still, the dare was to visit the haberdashery department and include stuff on your card. I actually did something earlier in the week but I didn't feel it qualified since I didn't do anything different than I've done a million times before!

I tried a bit harder here! Haby bits: button top left (I pushed the plastic centre out of this one and replaced with a copper brad), silk fabric for the stamped image, row of mixed mother of pearl buttons, narrow petersham ribbon, seed beads threaded onto tiny gold safety pin. The whole lot is on a piece of cardstock embossed with the Cuttlebug Stylized Flower plate and coloured with a bit of gold rub-on wax.

Sorry the picture's a bit naff - I had to scan since it's so late in the day!

Tuesday 10 July 2007

Bend me, shape me...

There's a chance to get a personalised challenge over on the Crafts by Carolyn forum. Just say "Challenge me" on the special thread and Mel will come up with an individual challenge. Mine for July was to make a shaped card, not a square or rectangle.

Having promised not to recyle the wedding cake card I showed a few posts back, I made this... (clicking on it should give you a more detailed view)

I was inspired by the lovely flower on Anna's blog and had a go at something similar using dark red paper to make a sort of poppyish thing.

I cut two circles for each petal with a Fiskars circle cutter, curved them with the help of a brush handle, stuck them onto a circle of black card and used the largest asterisk from the Cuttlebug set to cut 'stamens' for the middle.

The pot is cut from heavy card stock with the fold on the left and had a piece of white card embossed with the Cuttlebug D'vine Swirls folder stuck to the front. The leaf is one that was left over from the sunflower project a few posts back. Finally, the Happy Birthday message is embossed with a Cuttlebug folder, matted onto the same red as the petals and stuck onto green craft wire made into a coil by wrapping round a pencil.

Tuesday 3 July 2007


This week's DCM dare is set by Saffa who wanted us to make a card featuring beads.

This card started out as something completely different and sort of turned into the DCM dare card as I worked on it! I used the Cuttlebug Textile Texture folder to emboss black cardstock and then rubbed over with gold metallic wax. I think it looks sort of like those beautiful embossed brass plates and bowls you see in Middle Eastern or North African settings.

The plaque is thick packaging card which is triple embossed to give it an enamelled look. I wrote the greeting with a gel pen and use clear embossing powder to 'set' it and used a brass brad to fix it to the card. I made the butterfly using the body from an old broken brooch and drew markings with a gel pen onto black card hand cut into the wing shapes.

Last but not least, the all-important bead is the brass barrel hanging on the embroidery silk tassle at the base of the plaque.

Monday 2 July 2007

Roses and royalty

The Just Bex forum launched about a gazillion challenges on Friday so I've had a little play with a couple of them this morning despite the fact I should have been doing other things.

This card is for the Paper Roses challenge -- make a card with paper rosebuds, not blooms or Primas.

I had to hunt a bit but I finally found the last two paper roses in my stash, these little peachy pink tea roses. I made a 'chipboard' plaque from thick packaging card covered with a bit of linen textured paper and inked with Rouge chalk ink with a Chestnut Whispers pad swiped round the edges for a bit of aging. I used the Cuttlebug D'vine swirls folder to emboss some pale pink vellum, added some grosgrain and a spiral clip and finished off with a few lines of machine stitching.

This one's for the Something to Wear challenge. It might be a bit cheeky but I reckon you wear crowns so it counts!

This has a circle of silver card embossed with one of the small Cuttlebug folders from the birthday set. I grunged it up by dabbing black dye-based ink on, leaving it to dry and then polishing it with tissue paper to take the ink off the high spots and make them shinier. I did the same with the Happy Birthday strip which was done with the Dymo and then added a silver star eyelet and mounted the whole lot on rib textured navy blue card.