Monday, 29 June 2015

Andrew's Birthday Card

It's my step-son's birthday this week and this is the card I made for him.  I've had these stamps for ages, I think I bought them at one of the shows quite a while ago.  The image is from Little Claire the set is called Oh Man.  The circle sentiment stamp is one of the Lili of the Valley sets, the background paper is one of the Krafty Hands A6 paper pads (currently my favourite papers) and the kraft card tag is from Craftwork Cards.  The tag was a little too long for this 6 x 6 card so I cut the bottom section off and stamped the sentiment on it and attached it to the side of the tag.  Everything was stamped using VersaFine - Onyx Black and heat embossed with detail clear embossing powder.  I used a ¼" corner rounder from We R Memory Keepers, it's the Crop-A-Dile Corner Chomper, then added the stitch detail around the edges using a Memento - Tuxedo Black pen.  I used ProMarkers to colour the image, but used the Picket Fence Distress Marker for the white bits.
I don't normally show the inside of my cards but I wanted to show you the bit I cut off the background paper wasn't wasted, I used it to decorate the top section and the circle sentiment is part of the set from the Lili of the Vally set of stamps. 

Monday, 22 June 2015

MDF Plaque

This little plaque was made with an MDF shape, I'm not too sure where the shape came from as I've got that many I've put them all in one box, so they have gotten a little mixed up.  It's just a little smaller than A6, so when looking around for some appropriate paper to cover it I went straight to my latest acquisition lol, that being these little A6 paper pads from Kraftyhands.  I used Mod Podge to adhere the paper to the MDF, using a sanding block to remove overhang on the edges, just because it's quicker, you can't see the distress edges as I've added some WOW - Metallic Gold Rush embossing powder.  I then stamped the sentiment with some VersaMark and heat embossed with the gold, the sentiment is from Crafty Roo Designs and the stamp is called Tall Dad.  I then used one of the Pinflair stencils from the Super Stencil Set.  I masked off the areas I didn't want, moving the stencil around the edge of the plaque, adding VersaMark a section at a time, then heat embossing with WOW - Metallic Copper powder.  Right, back to making some man cards.

Monday, 15 June 2015

Using some very old stamps

This card was made for my sister's birthday this week.  I didn't actually know what to make, so I had a look through some of my very old stamps for some inspiration, the petals for this spinner card are made from some stamps that are over 5 years old, back in the Dimension Fourth days, now Nina Crafts.  The stamps are discontinued and have been for a long time, but I do like to look through them and sometimes ideas just pop into my head, so I couldn't resist a oldie.  I did the flower first so I could see how far down the gingham card I needed to cut out the slit for the spinner.  I stamped using some VersaFine - Onyx Black and heat embossed using some detail clear embossing powder, onto various pieces of green card, some texture some plain.  I cut out and assembled the flower adding some glitter to the top layer and some black gems to the ends of the swirls on the lowest layer.  After measuring the height of the flower I marked out on the back of the gingham card the slit I needed.  The width of the slit was a little bit bigger than the circular foam pad I used on the back of the flower.  I used another old stamp to add the little flowers on the front of the gingham card, adding a little bit of ribbon before I attached the gingham card centrally to the front of the card that I'd already added the silver foil card background, I used a double layer of foam tape on the upper and lower edges of the slit leaving a little gap for the pennies to run, I also added double layers to the top and bottom of the gingham card.  I inserted the spinner flower, the stack I did was flower, foam pad, one pence piece, foam pad, then finally another one pence piece.  I added this stack carefully trying not to bend the gingham card, with a one pence piece at either side of the slit.  I stamped the happy birthday onto some white card and gave it a little dusting of Distress Ink on the edges and matted it onto some silver foil card, attaching to the card front using some foam pads but making sure it didn't get in the way of the spinning flower.  To finish off I added some Card Candi to the corners and a green dazzler to the middle of the flower.  

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Clock for Hanni

I've just finished this clock, Hanni asked me to make it after she saw the teapot, she said 'I see your back on the MDF, will you make me a clock please, the same papers as the drawers'.  How could I not lol.  The drawer unit is ...here, the heart shape for this clock is from Joanna Sheen, the three extra large heartsI asked David (hubby) to drill the hole and I used my last clock fitting, guess what, it was damaged, tut, I reordered some more from eBay, really fast delivery.  I got the non-ticking (sweep) movement with a medium spindle, this gave me enough height to add the butterflies with their wings slightly raised.  So, the heart had a brown laser cut colour around the edge so I used a black ProMarker to cover it, then added the Tim Holtz - Vintage Shabby papers using Mod Podge.  Once dry I used my craft knife to trim the edges, I was going to used some sand paper but I didn't want the distressed look around the edge.  I next added the numbers, I wasn't too sure how to get them in the right place, so after a bit of thought I used my roll of double sided tape, because that was actually the right size I needed, I marked off the number points using a pen on the inside edge of the roll, placed it onto the heart with the drilled hole in the middle and used the outside edge of the tape as a guide to attach to the numbers.  I used my Sapphire cutting machine and the Spellbinders Sapphire - Numbers and Letters Two set of dies, I cut them out three times in plain black, layering them up with some clear drying PVA glue, I then cut another top layer out of some black card with a slight sheen on it, this card had a brown underside so I used the black ProMarker to colour all the edges in, then glued this top layer onto the others, this gave the numbers a really sturdy feel and I liked the raised effect.  The heart and flower swirls around the edge of the heart are from the Tattered Lace - Sweetness Border, I just cut it up and attached to the heart using clear drying PVA, saving the little hearts and flowers that was part of the waste for the filler bits.  The butterflies are also Tattered Lace - Kaleidoscope Butterfly L and the Kaleidoscope Butterfly M, I didn't want the black base of the butterflies as big as the die so I drew around the butterflies on the back of the black base with pencil and cut out the smaller shape on both butterflies.  I cut out the top layer using the vintage shabby paper.  The black bases where glued flat and the top pink layer I slightly raised on the wings, to finish I added some black gems from Meiflower to the middle of the butterflies.


Monday, 1 June 2015

Little Teapot

As you can see I made this teapot to match the birthday card from my last post.  I used the left over piece of paper that I'd sprayed and stamped for the background of the Dreamees MDF teapot, it was stuck on using some Matte Mod Podge.  Then added the other half of the doily, the daisy lace with gems, the string of pearls and the Cheery Lyn Design leaves with glitter.  The flower is from the Spellbinder D Lites - Create a Hydrangea dies, the cup and saucer is from Kanban and was stamped with Dew Drop Brilliance - Coffee Bean ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  The little heart MDF shapes are from Stamps Away, they come in three different sizes these being the smallest, I used some of the background paper on them before stamping the letters from Nina Crafts and the set is called ABC 123, then again heat embossed them.