Friday, 14 February 2014

Bee Happy

I've been playing with some Chocolate Baroque Bees.  My daughter gave me these stamps last year, but with one thing and another, I'd not started seeing how I could use them until recently.  The bees on the flower, was just crying out to be used with my new circle thinlet.
Because its been so gray and damp, I've not been able to take good photos, and as a result this was scanned in using my scanner.

This card is made using SU circle thinlet - I've used A5 piece of card (slightly trimmed, so that my card is actually longer than the die - if the card is the same height as the die, just post it in, leaving an end over the top of the die furthest from the circle), this gives a flap to fold over and means you can write inside the card.

One side is embossed with a honeycomb embossing folder (this is one of a set of three small strips from Darice).  I have used a Cheery Lynn Honeycomb frame to make a stencil which I've sponged in SU So Saffron, Peach Parfait and Crumb cake.  I've stamped Happy from Chocolate Baroque Words of Wisdom and used Bees from Chocolate Baroque Honey Bees in Soft Suede (such a lovely colour). The main image is from the same set, and was coloured in using markers, and then fussy cut and stuck with a wing over hanging. The Bees wings are painted in Frost White shimmer paint - this gives a lovely translucent effect.  Inside the card, there are the same bees/honeycomb, and on the back of the circle there is a Happy Bee Day stamp (from Inkadinkado, in case you are wondering - bought over t'internet from the US).

Sunday, 12 January 2014

Less is More: Week 154 OLC Hearts

Its been a long time since I've played along with the LIM challenges.  But after having not made any cards for ages (apart from Christmas ones) - it was good to have a play, and I do love the one layer cards.

Today I've made two cards - both use the same sort of technique.

I used a die cut (Cheery Lynn) celtic heart as a mask, and sponged some blue ink over the top.  In the first card, my card was slightly textured, and I spritzed over the top which left little dots of paler ink (especially where I'd used the darker blue ink).
My second card, was more clean and simple (better fits the less is more brief). Although its quite hard to not add ribbons/bows - but then it would be a bit girly and not appropriate to give my other half for valentine's day!


I'm also entering this into the Simon Says Stamp: Blues challenge.

Thanks for looking and for any comments, Anna x

Monday, 7 October 2013

World Card Making Day - 5 Oct 2013 - Happy Birthday

The 5th October 2013 was World Card Making day, and also my eldest daughter's birthday.

This is her card:

She is looking for a job - we believe she may have secured a temp  office job for the next 6 months, but is continuing to apply for graduate schemes, hopefully for next Summer/Autumn.  The sentiment used is optimistically appropriate - believe... you can do it.

My card is made from SU Secret Garden and Feel Goods.  Both stamped in versamark and embossed in pool party on black card.  The flowers look stunning in real life embossed on dark card.

Saturday, 29 June 2013

LIM - Sand

Today at LIM. The challenge is sand. By coincidence I've been playing with one layer cards and sahara sand (such a lovely neutral colour), trying to replicate the effect of distressed ribbons!

I've been away for a while, been having trips between Hampshire and Scotland, whilst my father was ill.  My father was a retired clergyman, but before then he was a biologist, and had an interest in natural history.  My parents had 9 free range hens, plus one cockerel who was on loan (and my father was hoping to have some chicks this summer to add to the menagerie).  I was lucky to be with him a lot over his last couple of weeks and with support of Marie Curie nurses and family he was able to die at home looking at over his garden (and watching his hens).

This was the Father's day card I made and took on my last trip.  He was special - love you Dad xx


The lace was from chocolate baroque, the sentiment was from Stamping all day, the hen was from Craft Stamper as a free stamp and I also used the ink drops and text from SU french foilage.  The lace was in sahara sand, and lightly sponged in the same colour. The ribbon effect was straw and sage distress ink which I sponged over and used my spritzer to add splashes of colour. The inks are an assortment of SU sahara sand, espresso, suede, crumb cake and coral.  


Whilst I was away in Scotland, I had the use of a cottage loaned by a friend of my mum's and this is the card I made for her.  This photo is not great (but I was in a rush to get it into today's post).  The stamps are the Chocolate Baroque lace, Thank you from SU Curly Cute, and the dragon flies are from Papermania, and were a group, which I cut up and separated as they are more useful this way. This background was a more minimalist version of the above (I'd just sponged the inks, and spritzed with water and coral ink). I like the way misting with water, makes some of the colour pop and leaves interesting water marks on the background.

Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Swallowtail

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This week LIM:107 Up in the air and after a number of challenges, the effort is not to repeat yourself, and as I've made and posted on here a number of kite themed cards, I thought I should try something new.

Not the best photo, but you can see the embossed image reflecting in the light.

Sunday, 10 February 2013

LIM:106 - one layer music

LIM one layer - Music, funnily enough my entry for a recent challenge fitted this brief.  Which left me thinking of new ideas.  I normally like one layer challenges, but today it took time to get there.

Firstly:


This seemed a little boring.  Coffee always aids the concentration/thinking.  So I did another attempt at the same sort of idea, but this time I also added more music and some linen thread and a chiffon bow.  I love the way the ribbon sparkles.  

Trying to give the effect of torn aged paper - by brayering in SU crumb cake, sahara sand and a touch of peach parfait, and then I sponged the edges to give more definition.   The stamps used are Penny Black - music background and the sentiment is from SU Inspired by Nature.  Passion can be a reference to a type of music used in Church during holy week, so the sentiment seemed apt.



Next weekend I'm off to Scotland for a few days to visit my parents - hopefully it won't snow.  Its a bit of a trek - takes around 8 hours to drive - I must be mad!

Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Happy Birthday (kraft style)

Well, twice in one week... having found neutral cardstock, and needing other cards, I had a bit more of a play.



This was a quick and easy card to make.

I've used couple of die cut flowers using Memory Box Chloe die, some glitter and a neutral ribbon.  The little flower next to the Birthday sentiment is masked from SU pocket silhouettes and was aiming to match the shape of the die. This card uses lots of texture - the background of the nestie is in a Japanese linen texture card - all looks so much more interesting in real life.  

Entering into:
Creative Moments Use Neutral colours and
Less Is More  - Kraft and Kreme