The theme for this months postcard art swap was boots and shoes so I went a bit crazy with three Dylusions dies cuts, promarkers and Stampin Blends to create mine.
I decided to create a scene but focus on the lower halves of the diecuts … I chose the stampin blends in Cherry Cobbler and Just Jade, which I added the promarkers for the blue and skin tones as I haven’t got the right colours in stampin blends.
After colouring in the girls, I created a scene for them to stand in…. sorry just realised I said girls but who knows what gender these characters are… afterall Johannes from strictly can walk better in heels than me!
Anyways back to the scene, I sketched a grassy scene and used the Mossy Meadow pair of stampin blends to colour it in. Then adhered the dies cuts, which I had actually fussy cut out to work better on the scene, and cut them off where the panel ended.
Next I edged the panel with black pen, and adhered it to a white panel, then the Magenta Madness.
I chose the sentiment from the Art By Marlene sticker book and mounted that on the magenta madness cardstock too and stuck that on.
Finally added it to a 6×4 postcard made from black to make the panel nice and strong for going through the post!
Today I have a tag I made to accompany a gift I was sending to a friend.
It’s been a mentally tiring day today so I won’t blather on for long. Yesterday evening, not long after I posted, my body gave in to fatigue again so certainly didn’t end up on the wii fit! Managed a much better night’s sleep last night though so woke feeling better.
Unfortunately waking to the news of what went on in Washington yesterday didn’t help my mood. My view… well hoping that blog readers will agree and I don’t end up with scary messages as a result… that man needs arresting, and/or committing! He incited that and I am worried for the future for those in the US who want to progress and remain a sensible democratic country. OK politics over… back to the crafting and the pretty tag I made!
I used my scalloped tag topper punch to create it, with the gorgeous Seaside Spray cardstock. Then I added a strip of the Flowers for every season dsp.
I also added a the band across the tag with the reverse of the same dsp (always the handy thing with SU DSP is the coordinating reverse!).
I decided to use a sentiment from Lots to Celebrate and then the small flower sprig from Fancy Phrases.
Both of these I stamped in night of navy. The flowers I added a little bit of additional colour using promarkers.
I added the gems and some little white dots using a paint pen to outline the sentiment panel.
The ribbon for the top is from my bag of scraps. A bit like my quest to use up patterned paper I am on a similar quest with ribbon – I have a massive amount I just need to use up!
Now to head to bed and hope that tomorrow’s news may be better and calmer.
Today I am sharing some Christmas themed twinchies I made for a swap… and aren’t they the cutest with Santa’s suit stamps and tags!
I used the Heartwarming Hugs dsp for square panels just smaller than the 2″ white squares for the base and each of the white panels I edged using the Stampin Blends pens. The focal points were of course Santa and his outfit which I had coloured using a mix of the Blends and promarkers. And I die cut the tags and added snippets of ribbon and trim to them before adding them to the background twinchies.
Super cute! Mounted them on dinensionals onto the 4.5″ square panel ready to be received by the swap recipient.
This time I went for some cutesy images for these random tags… they were ones that didn’t really get a theme in terms of colour or paper… So instead used an old Stampin Up set called Santa’s Suit to add the focal images.
I mean … Santa in a onesie! And those cute elements of his suit. Super cute!
I added some washi to the long pink one and each one got it’s own personality! Cute!
I still have one more set of tags waiting to be finished so there will be at least one more post with those on before Christmas day! Really need to come up with creative ways to use up more of the paper stash though as really do want to get through more of it so I can justify getting new stash for next Christmas season!
This time I went for peach coloured tags, and randomly one navy one! This time I used some American crafts papers for this bunch and added bits and pieces from the tin of leftovers. This is where I die cut or stamp elements for a project and don’t end up using them all so I pop them in a tin for use another day. This is where I had a few sprigs and a few Peace and Joy stamped/ die cut and layered together already!
So I layered and added bits of ribbon and cardstock and sentiments and called them done!
The next set of tags I have to share are completely different in their look… cute and modern and fun!
These ones I used one of my favourite ever Making Cards magazine sets with the winter friends images. I added the Nordic jumper background as the paper and then did some simple colouring using promarkers to the printed images.
As the tags were black I then chose to emboss the sentiments onto the black using either white or silver embossing powder. Again scraps of ribbon to finish off!
Tomorrow I’ll have some more fun tags to share with you!
Yesterday we celebrated my husband’s birthday. Given the lockdown no meals out, or partying with friends. Instead we played games, ate fish and chips for tea and watched what he wanted on the TV.
I ended up making two cards … one from me, and one from the teenager … here they are …
I decided I wanted to use the Out of this world stamps from Alpaca Pals and used loads of other alpaca pals stamps to make up the background.
I embossed and masked the little alien. Then went to town inking and stamping the background. I chose (oddly as I’ve just moved them to a further from reach shelf as I hadn’t been using them!) to use Distress inks. I really enjoyed blending the colours together to create a fun background. I splattered some water on to lift some colour too… always fun!
I coloured the little alien with promarkers and then added some splashes of shimmer watercolour.
I decided to cut the panel apart a little as when I went to add the sentiment strips it didn’t feel balanced with the alien in the middle … really love how this looked as soon as I separated the panels.
The sentiment I took some random sentiments and some alpha stamps for the 👽 one stamped them out separately using the colours of the card and then added them down the right hand side.
Inside the card I took more Alpaca Stamps to decorate the inside…
Perfect for my husband (who we decided years ago for many reasons is actually an alien! 👽👽👽
OK from the teenager a different card entirely…
I went autumnal and also included a nod to our other family member (Lucky Chuck Johnson is a hedgehog who has been in residence at the raised bed in our garden since July!)
I used a kraft card blank and then created layers of texture and different inking effects using the Fired Brick, Spiced Marmalade and Vintage Photo distress inks. I did some embossing using the Pinewood planks folder. I blended inks with some masked strips. I splattered. I had great fun!
I used the same inks to watercolour the hog images (Paperartsy – Kim Dellow) which I had embossed.
The sentiment I stamped using the Claritystamps letterbox set perfect for making a personalised card.
I finished off with some doodled lines and a little tag I embossed with a gold heart.
And why did I end up having to make this? Well I bought a card from our local supermarket for her to give … but it turns out that was the one she had given him previously! Who knew? Well another reason that handmade is best… no two cards are the same! So it might have been a last minute make on her behalf (she had left it too late to make one herself!).
So happy birthday dear hubby… not the birthday we had hoped for, but still lovely to spend the day together having fun!
I started by creating the background panels using up the papers to create some bright square cards. Then I stamped the beach hut images and coloured them with promarkers in similar colours to the papers.
I also added ribbons to the papers. The sentiments were stamped on card I had coloured with the same promarkers colours so everything tied in.
Inside the card I stamped a beach hut using a pale grey ink so it was like a watermark.
I also decorated the envelope with a beach hut image but stamped in grey archival to give it more emphasis.
Final installment for my one sheet wonder I’ve been sharing this week… and it was time to grab a flower stamp… the pointsetta from an old Creative Stamping magazine set to create the focal point.
All of them I chose the green 5×7 card base and the white background panel I embossed two of them to give them texture.
I coloured the flower using my promarkers and kept the colouring simple and in blocks as it is quite a graphic image. I also added a layer of wink of Stella over the flower part to give it some shimmer, but it doesn’t show in the photos!
I again raided the ribbon stash for some scraps of ribbon and added enamel dots for the embellishment.
The sentiment I chose the Clarity stamp Merry and the Peace and Joy Christmas to mix it up a bit.
So that’s all 14 cards shared over the past few days…
I did make one variation to the template
I added a strip from number 5 to number 14 as it wasn’t working with the 4 strips on card 5. Otherwise the template worked well. Especially with the larger 5×7 card blanks. Imagine it would be different again with different size card blanks.
So wonder if anyone else wants to join in and use this template… if so please let me see what you make as I love how different these cards can turn out!
Following on from yesterday’s one sheet wonder explanation I have four more cards to share… the ones using old Making Cards magazine images which I coloured using promarkers.
I love these images and have the stamp set, but they are a lot smaller images than these printed ones. Decided as the card blanks were 5×7 they could cope with the larger focal images so went with the printed ones.
As with yesterday’s I added embossed panels, sewing, sequin stars or enamel dots and the Tim Holtz sentiments. I also added some really pretty trim I found in the stash that I think worked perfectly with the papers and images.