Monday, 22 October 2012

Some more cards to show you - I am now busy preparing for my presentation at Probus on Wednesday, so there were a few more cards to make just to get ready! lol - I have over 200 already!  But there's always a need for one more, right?
My first card is one with a patchwork effect - no material, just lots of squares, made with strips which you stick to cardstock, then slice across, to create this effect.  I saw it on Splitcoastampers but can't recall the name of the tutor.  It is simple but effective, don't you think?  The lace embellishment is made with a die from Cheery Lyn - Francesca border.  It is beautiful, and I think is appropriate with the other 'material' elements.

The next card I am pretty fond of - it reminds me of Van Gogh's Starry starry night - not that I'm comparing myself with him, of course, but I love the atmosphere of it.  I was given some paper that had a few buildings on it, with a large space between, and I began to cut out the buildings, and put them in the spaces, but before long, I changed that to grouping them all, rather like Manhattan (not that I've been there!).  I used Ranger's Distress stains, then some smooch (on the water).  I masked the moon area, then thought it looked too pristine, so 'clouded' over it with stain.

Last one for today, is a simple sympathy card.  At Val's we stamped this Cattleya orchid, and I coloured it with Copics, then mounted it on a spellbinders beaded oval shape.  It is good to have a card like this ready - not that we want to use it!
I did say I would show you some Christmas cards, but they will keep for a few days - it is still a while before Christmas is upon us, isn't it?


Saturday, 20 October 2012

It's been a while and I think I have to learn how to post all over again - I had written quite a bit, and then lost it all while I chose pictures to post!  I'll save as I go now, and probably write something quite different to what I originally planned.
As I was saying, it's been nearly 3 months since my last post - I've been busy as usual, but amongst the regular busyness, we have had a few family birthdays to celebrate.  Firstly, it was Jarrod, turning 18 - a big one!, so his card needed quite a bit of thought.  I spoke about this in my last post, and promised to post a picture of it after he had received it.  The gears are a reference to his 'refurb' of his beloved 1967 Mustang, there are references to his becoming an adult, and also to his birth.  I created the background using various stamps and media, but hoped it reflected a modern young culture.  So here it is:  what do you think?


The next birthday was Brodie's - Jarrod's brother, who turned 15 in September.  His card had stars, because he is a shiny star himself!  I have used dies from My Favourite Things for this card, and MFT is almost my favourite thing right now!

The last card (until next week) was for Lucy - she is now 6 - so far away, but always in our hearts.  She is the sweetest young lady - so this is her card:

I have been busy making Christmas cards, but will save them for another post.  So the last ones for today are some cards I have had fun making.  I will credit their source if there is one, as I go along.  I CASED a card made by Giovanna Smith with this Fall card - she gave instructions for creating the glittery leaves, which are beautiful - the grass is another die from MFT - I did say they are one of my favourite things didn't I?

Now, although we don't celebrate Halloween in our family, in the US it is big - so I couldn't resist making the girls a card each - I took a photo that Marisa sent us by email, and created these cards - a bit messy, possibly, but great fun!  Aren't they just too cute?

Finally, this shaped card - yes, using another MFT die - this time the perfect bracket.  I just love the shape - and the scalloped edge at the top.  I tried my hand at making little flowers, and I guess they look OK - I'll get better.

Well, that is all for now - next time I will show some Christmas cards - you may see something you like yourself - if you do, just let me know!