Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Jacks first birthday

This card, gift bag and gift card envelope I made for my grandson Jack's 1st birthday on the 13th December.

Birthday card

To begin with I used Stampin ups I dig you stamp set and stamped the digger & truck with memento dew drop cantaloupe ink pad. I stamped them both twice, one for the card & the other for the gift bag.
Coloured over the tyres using copic C9.

For the background I made a mask for the dirt area then drew a line where the sky ended & dirt began.
To make the sky I dabbed a nappy wipe onto "salty ocean" distress ink pad & smeared it over the card-stock giving it a natural blue sky look.

To make the dirt I dabbed memento dew drop "desert sand" ink over the mask.

I frantaged the backgrounds by sprinkling Stampenduous frantage shabby white embossing enamel on the sand and shabby blue on the sky, using a heat gun to set the enamel & glitter.

I created the tag using Stampin up punch & used the memento desert sand around the edges,

Happy dirtday stamp is included in the I dig you stamp set.

Gift Bag

The gift bag was made using "we are memory keepers" gift bag punch board and the "medium" directions. The handles are made from a pipe cleaner cut in half and stuck onto the bag with glue dots.
The top was decorated using Fiskars punch set.
The tag is from spellbinders nestabilities lucious label die.

Gift card envelope
Was made using the we are memory keepers envelope punch board and the "gift card" directions.
The birthday stamps are from K-Marts clear stamp sets.

The photos don't do them justice & they look much better in real life

la la land Christmas elf Marci

Im a big fan of La la land images they are so cute & colour up really well.
I coloured this about 6 weeks ago and was just waiting for some inspiration to add her to a card.

I used the following copics:
Skin: E50, E51, E53 & E93
Berries & candy cane: R27, R46, RV69, C2 & C3
Top & leaves: YG03, YG63 & YG67
Skirt & all red parts: R27, R46 & RV69
Hair: E43, E53,E57, E29 & Y02
All green parts: YG03, YG63 & YG67

Gold pen for highlights on skirt

pop up christmas card

This was fun to make.
I stumbled upon a video tutorial on how to make a pop up card & decided to give it a go

few different Christmas cards

I've made several of these cards in different colours, the main colour used is Stampin ups Cherry cobbler, love this red.
The stamps used are also from Stampin up except the top left hand corner (Christmas tree with diamontes) this one came free with a magazine

Saturday, 1 November 2014

5 christmas trees easy card to make

Another super quick and easy card to make. 
I borrowed this idea from card making magazine I cant remember it at the moment but its a recent one with a free Penny Black wonder collection stamp.

I used stampin up whisper white & wisteria wonder cardstock. Wisteria wonder & smokey slate stamp pads. The free Penny Back stamp set christmas tree & joy, peace, love sentiment.

I stamped 3 trees equally spaced in smokey slate & two trees on the top & in between + the sentiment using wisteria wonder.

I added glitter blobs to the grey trees using dazzling details silver sparkle & dazzling details on the wisteria coloured trees- both from stampin up. You cant really see these details in the picture but it makes it really sparkly.

This is a great idea if you need to make a lot of cards in a short time frame.

Santa and sleigh in the night sky

This was another easy card to make. 
The cardstock used is stampin ups cherry cobber, whisper white and unknown brand of black.

I die cut the houses using stampin up homemade holidays framelits dies, cut them down to size as they were too high.

I cut out a 1 3/4 " circle using a punch & daubed it with stampin up summer starfruit for the moon. 

I stuck the houses & moon in place on the cherry cobbler cardstock using both sided adhesive tape.

I die cut the diamond background (from poppystamps) in gold cardstock. 
Stamped santa & reindeer using close to my heart santa claus holiday stamp then lightly glued & stuck down the diamond background. I added gold glitz dazzling details to the diamond background then stuck it to the card with 3d tape.

Christmas tree card

This was a very simple card to make but I think looks really effective.

I used stampin up cherry cobbler & whisper white cardstock, cherry cobbler stamp pad & dazzling details silver sparkle for the "bling".

The stamps used are from wild rose studios- CL 201- Christmas tree. The Merry Christmas stamp is from the same stamp set.

I stamped the christmas tree & the sentiment, added the silver sparkle on the larger stars/icicles, used 3d foam & stuck the card together. 
Thats it. 

Perfect for a quick & easy card. 

Christmas cards- Christmas winter scenes with 3D snow

I started these cards by stamping the winter scenes using heartfelt creation cozy winter days rubber stamps on white cardstock.

For the background I punched a 1 3/4" circle & used both the pieces for templates.

For the moon- I used a dauber & stampin up summer starfruit, using the cardboard with circle cut out template, lightly daubing & making it darker in places.

The night-time background- I used stampin up midnight muse and a large soft makeup brush. Brushed the stamp pad & lightly brushed it against the card stock, darker in places to make a textured background.

Both scenes were coloured using copics.

Top house & deer

Cottage: R11, R22 & R24
Chimney: R11 & R22
Trees: G29
Fence: E25 & E29
Deer: E21 & E25
Mountain: BG000
Cloud: C0, C3, C5 & C7
Inside lights: Y02

Snow: Aleenes glitter snow- you can see this better in this photo than the bottom picture. it gives a lovely soft snow like effect.

Bottom house

Cottage: R89, R59 & 0 to make the brick pattern
Chimney: R59
Trees- pine: G29
           Bare: E25 & E29
Fences: E25 & E29
Inside lights: Y02

Snow: Aleenes glitter snow

I die cut the santa & reindeer using taylored expressions on dasher on dancer die & stampin up cherry cobbler cardstock & gold cardstock (not sure of brand name).

I like the red santa & sleigh better I think.

Friday, 31 October 2014

treasured times rubber stamp challenge

This was one of a few free digis that were given by treasured times rubber stamp to use for their guest designer challenge. Everyone was welcome to submit an entry from beginner to advanced. I'm still in beginner stage & have only completed 2 classes of Alyce Keegans Kit & Clowder skin & hair class

I thought this digi was really cute & couldn't wait to get started on it, but I had to be patient as my hands/arms had been hurting and I needed to rest them for a few days.

As usual the picture decided the colour scheme for me. 
I started using my new inktense pencils on the clothes but wasn't sure or confident of how the colours would turn out. I didn't know which pencils to use for my skin tones so I quickly reverted back to my trusty copics, until I have had a decent play with them & set up a colour chart of normal & water added colours. 

Wow, loved the colours after I added water to them. I think the inktense pencils will be included in all of my images now :)

I didn't write down what pencils I used as I didnt realise they had the name and numbers etched into them, but will do this next time. For the skin I used my favourite skin combination E50, E51, E53 & E93.

I think the deep pink helps to bring the image out & showcases it a lot more.

I was procrastinating on whether I should add it to the challenge or not. I am and always will be my own worst critic on absolutely everything I do. 

After to-ing & fro-ing for a while I finally decided why not, you have to be  part of it so I added it. 

Hope I don't get any negative comments :)

Susie's birthday card

After seeing so many beautiful images available in stamps & digis I decided to try my hand at drawing some myself. 

Armed with my new book purchased called Manga for the beginner Chibis, by Christopher Hart. I followed his instructions step by step & have to say thank you Christopher its an amazing book :).

This little girl appeared almost magically from the spheres used to create her. 
The more I looked at her, the more I realised she resembled my dearest friend Sue, who I've known for 32 years. As her birthday was approaching I decided this was the image I was going to use.

I don't choose a colour scheme. the image I'm about to colour chooses it for me. In this instance it was blue hues.

Copics used are as follows:
Skin: E50, E51, E53 & E93
Mouth: R24
Eyes: B05
Hair: E21, E25 & E29
Top & socks: B00, B02, B12, Stripes: Yellow gel pen (bought from Aldi)
Skirt, shoes & Lapel: B05 & B06
Book: YR14, YR18 & YR21, Pages: W1
Glasses: YR18

Happy Birthday stamp is from vintage rose garden- free with magazine purchased & ink used was colorbox graphic 45 decades-Bon voyage blue. 
The background paper was given to me by a friend & I lightly embellished it with blue mulberry butterflies (which is my signature-all my friends know I use butterflies somewhere in my gifts to them). 
I didnt want to go overboard with embellishments as I put a lot of effort into my drawing & colouring & wanted her to standout & shine.

I was really happy with how she turned out

Thursday, 30 October 2014

3 christmas trees shaker card

This card is a variation on my 3 trees card. I used the same technique as the other card but used different colours & made it into a shaker card.

Card stock used was stampin up whisper white & cherry cobbler (has now become my favourite red colour). Stamped it with stampin up good greetings "merry christmas" stamp using bon voyage blue colorbox graphic 45 decades stamp pad, then embossed it with my snowflake embossing folder (received free with a magazine). 
Punched out the 3 trees spaced equally, traced the 3 tree shapes with pencil onto another piece of white cardstock placed behind. 
Stamped the festival of trees stamp inside the traced trees using bon voyage blue ink, erased the pencil lines with a white rubber, stamped the baubles in cherry cobbler, then heat embossed the tinsel with stampin up silver glitter & heat powder.

To make the shaker card I used stampin up window sheets (but any acetate will do). I cut a rectangle shape large enough to fit behind the punched out trees, used snail adhesive (stampin up) & stuck it to the back of the embossed white card making sure to completely cover the three trees. 
Cut 3d both sided adhesive strips & stuck it to fit around the rectangle.

 Added a sprinkle of twinklets diamond dust equally onto the 3 stamped trees (on cherry cobbler cardstock). Carefully matching up the trees to the cut outs I joined the two together completely sealing the rectangle. 

Cut out 3 stars from silver glitter card, used glue dots to stick them on.

This card was a bit fiddly but very easy to do & I believe looks great.

More Christmas cards

The Santa card I used a red Franchville cad which I embossed snowflakes on either side leaving the middle blank. 
I gently sandpapered the top of the embossing to give it a snow kissed effect. 
I stamped the sentiment "twas the night before christmas" in memento "tuxedo black" and Santa in cherry cobbler red ink from Stampin up. I coloured the holly & santa suit using copics & flocked the fur parts of santa's suit.
 His beard I heat embossed using stampin up heat powder & stampin up dazzling diamonds glitter to give it a sparkle.

loved how this card turned out, very simple but also very cute.

The 3 trees card I used mainly stampin up products. I got my inspiration from a card I made at Cherie Davis (independent stampin up demonstrator) card making night.
I used whisper white and cherry cobbler cardstock. Festival of trees stamp & tree punch.

I embossed the white background with snow flake embossing folder then punched out 3 trees with an equal distance between them. I placed another sheet of white cardboard behind & traced the tree shapes.

I stamped the trees with garden green ink. The baubles were stamped in cherry cobbler & the tinsel stamped with versamark & then heat embossed with stampin up heat powder & stampin up gold glitter.
I added 3 d foam & attached it to the card.

Merry Christmas cards

Merry Christmas cards

These cards were all made using Stampin up products as well as other brand products. 
I attended a class held by Cherie Davis (independant Stampin up demonstrator), where we made the top card using all stampin up products only. Cherry Cobbler cardstock & ink with Whisper white cardstock for the background. The background was embossed using the star embossing folder. The Merry stamp was made using seasonally scattered stamp set. The flowered card came from trim the tree designer stack papers & the bling was made using dazzling details silver sparkle.

I copied the card using whisper white cardstock with garden green ink, I used trim the tree background paper but I used Canson apple green cardstock (bought from spotlight) which went well together. The background was embossed using a snowflake embossing folder which came free with a magazine and embellished with the dazzling details silver sparkle.

The bottom card I did as above but used stampin up soft sky cardstock & ink. I used glitter self adhesive lace as a background.

Keiths 60th birthday card

This is the card I made for my good friend Keith (husband of my dearest friend Sue). He's a carpenter  by trade & forever tinkering in his shed/garage making masterpieces. He's currently decking out his panel van (yes its true they never grow up lol).

To make the card I used barbed wire embossing folder & stamped the birthday boy sentiment (both free with magazine) with colorbox graphix 45 decade- bonvoyage blues ink pad. The "tool man" is a Sullivans stamp. and the Happy birthday stamp is from inkadinkadoo "kids quotes". The dies used- top square- Nellies multi frames.

The picture was coloured using the following copics:
Skin: E50, E51, E53 & E93
Top: B39 & B93
Overalls: B45 & B99

inside the card I die cut "happy birthday" from gold card & added my sentiment.

Loved making this card.

Monday, 13 October 2014

I received inspiration from Jak Anne for these cards. Thank you

I used the middle sized icicle stamp from stampin up's endless wishes set, cherry cobbler stamp pad and cardstock used from stampin up.

I used the 2nd smallest die from Spellbinders lacey squares nesting dies, cut 6 of these from AC heavy weight white textured cardstock (from spotlight). 
The backgrounds were embossed with small dots embossing folder & dotted the points of the icicles with stampin up dazzling details silver. 

The picture doesn't do either of them justice, they are very sparkly & pretty for xmas.

This one i tried heat embossing. 
I have all the tools to do this but never attempted it before. 
Wow its messy, but gives a really pretty finish to the stamped image.

I used the same stamp & cardstock as above, but this time I stamped it with the versamark stamp pad, sprinkled it with stampin up heat & stick powder, heated it with my heat gun (hottest setting) then sprinkled with stampin up dazzling diamonds (its a very fine powder with glitter) and heated again to make sure the glitter melted into the powder. 

The same as above the picture doesnt do it justice its beautiful in real life when the light hits it.

This card was part of a challenge to make a card using a sketch for Charlotte's paper crafting, you needed to have the image, with flowers & a sentiment added.
I was feeling in a pink mood & this is how she turned out.

I coloured her with the following copics:
Skin: E50, E51, E53 & E93
Hair: E21, E25 & E29
Dress & headbands: RV02, RV19, RV63 & RV66
Shoes: RV63 & RV19
Bird: Y02, Y06 Y08 & Y38
Balloon: RV02 & RV63
Lips: RV19
 Bench: E21, E25 & E29
Presents: BV02, BV04 & BV08
Clouds: C-0
Background: SKY- BG000, Ground, YG11

I used La la land heart balloon Marci digital stamp and had some rainbow paper and I loved how it changed from pink to orange to yellow which incorporated the yellow bird as well, however, the paper didnt go with any other type of paper/cardstock that I had.White was too bland, cream didnt go.  I tried embossing different coloured cardstocks to force the union. I even tried putting her on a black background but nothing seemed to work. So off I went to my local shop & found some bright pink cards & envelopes. I tried the image against the colour & liked it.
I added some mulberry paper flowers & butterflies & here is the finished card.

I havent finished Alyce Keegans hair & skin class yet, I'm still only in class 2 but Im getting there. 

Its been a good hobby for me to do, but also being able to stop doing it & when my hands/arms start hurting & go back to it another day.

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Super Lucas

This card was made for a little boy also in the USA named Lucas who is 1 & 1/2 years old but was recently diagnosed with leukemia.

 I don't know him personally, but a call came out in a card group I'm involved with asking for anyone to send a card to him in the super heroes theme.

I found this picture on pinterest, unfortunately I don't know who the artist is but I'm quite happy to pay them for using their picture. I copied & tweaked it a little, not one of my best drawings but it will suffice.

Silly me, I didn't write the the copics used  so I'm writing these from memory (which isn't that good these days) as follows:

Skin: E50, E51, E53 & E93
Outfit: B000, B00, B02 & B06
Tights: B05 & B06
Hair: Y02
Cape: Y02, Y06, Y08, C5 & yellow gel pen (bought from Aldi)

This card I made for a very brave little girl in the USA named Isabelle who is suffering from brain cancer. I don't personally know her but a call came through on 7/10/14 in one of the card groups I have joined, advising it was to be her 9th birthday on the 8/10/14 & would we make a birthday card for her, she like every other little girl around her age loves the frozen theme. 

I thought she would have many people make her 
cards in the "frozen' theme so I chose this instead

I decided not to make the birthday card, as being in Australia it would take a while to reach her, so instead I made her this card using the La la land rose faerie stamp (you might have guessed by now that I love the La la land stamps & now have over 30 of them :) ).
The copics I used are as follows:
Skin: E02, E50, E51, E53 & E93
Dress: B000, B00, B02, B05 & B06
Wings: BG000, BG01, BG06, silver gel pen & blue gel pen
Hair: E21, E25 & E29
Headband: gold gel pen & blue gel pen 
Leaves: YG06, G07, G28 & green metallic pen
Roses: RV02, RV04 & pink gel pen

(gel pens bought from Aldi)

The sentiment stamp is from inkadinkadoo.com
I'm sorry I don't know where the silver butterfly came from it was in my stash.
I added pearls to the bottom of her dress & under the neck
 & last but not least punched a hole in the top corner, threaded a metal tie through the lid & added the "fairy dust"

I hope she likes it & wish her all the best and hope they can find something to help her recover

Konnichiwa Marci

This one was made using La la land konnichiwa Marci & happiness Japanese symbol stamp which came free with a magazine.
I made this one, for no other reason than because I liked the stamp & wanted to see what she looked like coloured :)
I am lucky that I have a cleaner come every week for 2 hours due to not being able to clean with my hand injuries. Her name is Jenny & I asked her to help me choose an oriental paper. She chose this one & it became the base for the colour scheme.
The copics I used are as follows:
Skin: E50, E51, E53 & E93,
Lips: R27
Hair: C7, W7, W9, B18 & 100
Dress: YR14, YR18, YR21, B18, Blue gel pen & gold gel pen
Shoes: B18 & Blue gel pen
Parasol: B02, B18 & gold gel pen

Monday, 29 September 2014

Heathers birthday card

This is a card I made for my lovely neighbour Heather's birthday.
I coloured the La la land digi Marci with heart balloon scene using the following copic markers:
E50, E51, E53 & E93 for blush
E11, E15, E29 & E18
Dress & headband:
BG10, BG13, BG15
BG13, BG15
B00, B02 & B05
BVO2 & BV04
E11, E15 & E18
1st present:
V01, V04 & V09
2nd present:
R22 & R29
C01, C02 & silver glitter glue

Embossing folder: from my craft project (no name listed)
embellished with butterfly- which is my signature and flowers with a trail of pearls

Im doing hair in my copics class (Kit and clowder), so still learning how to do it. Havent completed the clothing class yet.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

card I made today using the paper shelters kimono stamp, love this stamp & have to say the paper shelter, la la land & sugar nellies stamps are my all time favourites.

copics used:
E50, E51, E53, E02, E93 for blush
100, B29
YR02, YR04, YR07, YR16, YR68 & gold gel pen highlights
Hair accesories:
YR02, YR68 & gold pen
YR07, orange spica pen & gold highlights
YR02, YR68
gold pen & 100

paper used: oriental style 6" x 6" paper pack from www.crafts-too.com

die used: Nestabilities floral ovals- largest size

Japanese symbols stamps- free with magazine purchase

Monday, 22 September 2014

A message came to one of the craft groups I am involved with about a transplant sister requiring a transplant, but not being well enough to receive one. Her very dear friend had asked for people to send a card to her which would help to brighten her day. I put the call out to another craft group where other generous & kind hearted ladies agreed to make a card & send it along as well.

This was my card.
I used my La la land Doctor Marci rubber stamp on Xpress it card.
Coloured her using the following copics:
E50, E51, E53, E93 & E95
Elastics & headset:
RV13, RV14 & Spica 02 pen
E43, E53, E57 & Y11
Top, shoes & headband:
BV00, BV02, BV04 & V09
C1, C2 & C3
100, C1, C2

Sorry but I dont remember the embossing folder I used. Ive taken them all out of the packets & put them in a folder (no brand name listed).
The doiley was made with the large Spellbinders floral oval & then pearls were added to highlight the butterfly trail & inside of flowers.
The stamp says: Bee happy, Be fit & get well soon, it was a free one with magazine that I bought (birdsong collection).

Hope she likes it

Jack's Christening card

This was a christening card I made for my 4th Grandson Jack. I found the baby in christening gown image on pinterest. I did try to locate the artist but I wasn't successful. If anyone can tell me who it is I'm happy to pay for using it.

I printed the image on Xpress it cardboard & coloured the babys skin with E50, E51 & E53 copic markers. I outlined the christening gown with B00 which made a very soft shadow. For the outline of the window I used 09 turquoise copic spica pen.
The Dies used were the Spellbinders nestabilities floral ovals (large & small). The cross was made using a string of floral beads I have by the metre, 4 in a row then 1 on each side. Then attached lace & ribbons & put it all together.

I made a small envelope with my We R memory keepers envelope board to be used as a money pouch inside the card & then made the card envelope . 

I really enjoyed making this and it looked better in real life than the picture

Monday, 15 September 2014

Roobydoobz was named after our adopted rescue dog Ruby, not sure of her breed but I'm told she's a Pomeranian cross. I think she looks more like a corgi or shelty mix. Either way she has barged into our life & made herself very much at home and I wouldn't have it any other way.

She sits by my feet faithfully every day while I try different card creations or trawl different sites looking for inspiration.

Ive been crafty all of my life doing various types of craft but never finding one in particular that I could see myself doing for a long time. Im the type that starts a new craft, but then gets sick of it after a short while.  Since having injuries to both of my arms & hands and being medically retired, Ive been searching for a craft that I can do without it becoming too painful and card making seems to fit. I can readily buy machines & tools that help me greatly. I can leave it if starting to get too painful & return to it when Im all fresh again. I get a real sense of achievement when I've completed a card & given it to a family member or friend. I love to receive hand made goods that someone has taken the time to think about me & what I like, then make something suitable. 

I'm part of a few different creative facebook sites & have been getting lots of ideas which I will start posting once I get the hang of this blog thing,