Sunday, 27 October 2013

Thinking of You #2 + MOO Cards

I rejigged the card a little that I made on the previous post and am better pleased with the outcome. It's more serene, plus, having done the card once, you learn how to do it much better next time!
I kept the front very plain...

The inside of the front this time is in red brick...

The inside of the card has leaves, flowers, bird and a sentiment all embossed. The clear space where I will write my message is patterned, but will still allow the message to be visible, I checked on a scrap!

I have purchased a few stamps from 100proofpress lately.(Link here). They have a contest regarding MOO cards, tiny cards 1 &1/8 X 2&3/4 inches. I thought I'd have a try at making these, as they sounded intriguing. After I started I realised they needed to be loaded into Facebook, so decided I'd just pop them in here instead. These are too plain anyway, need to come to grips with the concept properly first. They have some really sweet stamps.

Here are the two tiny ones with the same child image on a slightly larger card. I think this one would be good used on some tags for Christmas, that's my next little project.

Here it is on it's own...

Better trot, blogging when I should be working...not good!
Bye now,

Friday, 25 October 2013

Thinking of You on Your Birthday

Annabelle stamps October challenge - ac 172 (Link here)
I made this card for someone who will be having a birthday soon, but sadly has very little reason to feel celebratory. I just want her to know I'm thinking about her while acknowledging the passing of her anniversary. I hope the card achieves this rather forlorn outcome.
Here is my take on this month's challenge sketch, using techniques used at the Insider Card workshop...better put some of them to use.
I'm never sure about sketch challenges...if you don't interpret the sketch pretty accurately then it's just a free for all and you really don't need a sketch at all, but is interpreting it accurately just laziness or lack of an artistic mind...who knows...I'd better stop thinking about it and just get on with it!

Here is the outside of the card...following the sketch parameters and keeping things fairly subdued. I used a window die to cut the opening, backing it with a piece of transparent film. This gave me something to adhere the window frame to.

I stamped the image from annabelle stamp's Remember When in Versamark on watercolour paper and embossed it in annabelle's ebony embossing powder.
I coloured the image with Derwent Inktense pencils and water coloured them in.
Drew the tiny bow and coloured it with a couple of Copics, cut it out.
I made the little banner and stamped the tiny Happy Birthday sentiment from the same stamp set, and also the larger sentiment (from PTI's Stylish Sentiments: Birthdays) in Memento Tuxedo Black.

To tidy up the back side of the card front, which had the sheet of transparency, back of the window frame and all the adhesive showing, I cut a piece of white brick image paper from the Kaisercraft Base Coat 61/2 paper pad, reversed the die cutting (this took some thinking about to get the placement right) and then I adhered a white window frame to cover all the remaining evidence!

I hope this card works, I might change the idea a bit before I give the card, as she loves green in all it's forms, so I might just have to do a second version, just greening it up a tad.

Thanks for looking,


Sunday, 20 October 2013

Happy Halloween

The October challenge at Scrapbook Boutique was too good to miss! (Link here)
Use a Halloween theme or purple, black and orange colours (or both, as I did)...what a challenge to my photography skills, if nothing else :)
We don't do Halloween at all in my family, though my daughter, who lived in America for some years has stories of how much attention folk there spend on decorations and foods during Halloween.
In Sydney I remember coming across many little hopeful Halloweenies around Darling Harbour in the season, but where I live in Hobart they are few and far between. May have something to do with the numbers of expatriate Americans about I guess...

I don't have much at all in the way of crafty bits and pieces for Halloween, but I do have one Stampin' Up set which I dusted off for the occasion. Coloured cardstock, a more ornate die set than I normally like to use, some mirror board and this is what I made. I like the slightly disconcerting effect the mirrored card has, it makes you think that the card is see through and then rather weirdly alters as you move it.
BTW, you wouldn't believe how brave I had to be to include the fact, even leaving it in the stamp set is pretty amazing for me. Getting it stamped onto shrink film, heating it with my heat gun, watching it writhe and wriggle almost had me running, however, the fact that the image is safely contained under the shrunken plastic disc is the only saving grace that allowed me to attach it to the banner on the card. Phew, the lengths we will go in pursuit of our crafty muse! 
No-one in my immediate family would believe me if I told them that I willingly used an "s" image...just as well they don't check this blog out often, don't want them to get complacent about the amount of protection I need from this whole species...I don't need ghosties and goulies and bumps in the night, just a tiny multi-legged hairy number will do it every time.
I'm giving myself the creeps, so here is the card...
The method:
I cut out the card base in purple, the two mats, one in black and one in orange, and the purple banner.
Cut out the mirrored card to fit behind the black layer, used the sticky back to attach these to the card base. 
I embossed the skull and bat images with black and then bleached out the skull, pumpkin features and the little curliques on the bat.
I adhered the orange layer onto the card.
I cut out the bat leaving a little orange border and adhered it into place with two glue dots to give it a little dimension.
I die cut the "happy" word and glued it in place with tiny dabs of glue.
I used the small alpha stamps to stamp the sentiment (deliberately wonkily, trust me!) on to the purple banner and adhered it into place with foam dots under the centre to hold it away from the orange mat, and adhered small black faceted jewels onto the ends.
I stamped the spider image onto a 2.5 cm circle of shrink film, placed it on my SU silicon mat and heated it with my embossing tool while holding it gently down with a bamboo skewer. When cool, I glued it to the banner with Glossy Accents.
That completed the card.
Things I used:
SU Stamp set - From the Crypt, PTI Small Alphabet
Cardstock - Coloured - various sources, Ranger - Mirrored Board & Clear Shrink Plastic
Die - Spellbinders - Radiant Rectangles, SSS Tilted Banners & Happy, SU 1" circle punch
Ink - Versamark, Memento Tuxedo Black, Ranger Archival - Jet Black
Black embossing powder - annabelle stamps 
Adhesive - Tombow Mono-Multi Glue, Glue Arts permatac tape runner, Glossy Accents, SU Dimensional Foam
Other - SU silicone mat, small black faceted jewels
Thanks for calling by,