Wish You Were Here

Hello Everybody,

just a quick post today, the weather is too nice and the BBQ is waiting ….

We have been very lucky this bank holiday weekend, the weather is great, and the beaches are packed. At last we were able to spend some quality time outside.

The flower pots are weed-free and our courtyard garden looks lovely and inviting.

The card I want to share with you today has a bit of a seaside feel too …

Wish You Were Here

It is another entry for the colour challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More, just a quick reminder of the colours I needed to focus on Pumpkin Pie, Melon Mambo and Pacific Point by SU (bright orange, pink and blue). I used the Stampin’Up! colours.

I used the three colours to sponge my background on which I stamped the silhouette image using black Versafine ink before framing the ‘picture’ with a die-cut blue frame. I cut a square of blue striped paper, mounted it on a square white card blank and added some pink faux stitching along the edges. I then stamped the ropes, starfish and shell in orange and blue ink and sponged the images for added colour, before cutting out.

The sentiment is stamped on acetate using  black StazOn ink. I then assembled the card as above and added a stamped and cut out seagull to finish.

Enjoy the sunshine!!!

Happy Crafting!!! 🙂

Fun in the Sun

Hello Everybody,

thanks for all your lovely comments.

Today I got another Quick Card for you. It is one I made after reading the Joy Fold Card Tutorial in the May issue of the Quick Cards Made Easy Magazine. I used some of the free Pink Petticoat papers that came with QCME.

Fun in the Sun

It is a sort of a card within a card, if that makes sense. You got your base card, which rather than being fully double, folds across only half way. To the full size base you then attach a smaller card, mine is square, in a way that the half-size panel of your base card sits within the opening of your smaller card. You might see it a bit more clearly in the following picture:

Fun in the Sun II

I added some pretty papers to my larger base card and edged them with some faux stitching. To decorate the smaller card I stamped the sentiment in yellow, red and blue before using my rope stamp to edge the opening side of my card. I cut out a tag, stamped the boat on it and coloured it in using Promarkers. I then edged my tag with some faux stitching, punched a hole and added an eyelet and ribbon. I then tried different positions for my tag. Once I decided on the one I was happy with, I stamped the seagull and added some faux stitching before adhering the tag with some 3-D foam pads.

The stamps I used are from the current issue of the Creative Stamping Magazine.

Enjoy & Happy Crafting!!! 🙂

One Stamp 2 Cards

Hello Again,

I am very proud at the moment. Cardmaking & Papercraft Magazine feature me as subscriber of the month in their subscriber special pages. 🙂

It is one of my favourite mags, always full of ideas and tutorials. I also love going on their website to download free papers or just simply for more ideas. If you want to try it here is the link http://www.cardmakingandpapercraft.com/.

As a ‘thank you’ I got some lovely goodies, and the stamp I used for today’s cards was one of those: it is Faye Whittaker ‘All Our Yesterdays’ by Joanna Sheen Rubber Stamps. As you will see, just as well that I live in Hoylake an old Victorian Seaside Resort. Those of you who remember the TV programe ‘Candi Cabs’, the one with the pink taxis, … which was screened a couple of years ago … it was filmed right here on my doorstep … almost, more like around the corner by the new Lifeboat Station.

Enough now of promoting Hoylake as a tourist resort, here are the cards:

easy, quick and straight forward. I used chalk to colour the image and then sprayed the image with shimmer spray, which gives it a pearlised look. I added the feather to give the card a light and airy feel.

For this card here I sprayed the background with homemade shimmer inks and finished it off with distress inks around the outside. I used the same inks to slightly colour the flower. The stamped image in this card is more of a background feature. To make my shimmer ink sprays I used Stampin’UP!’s peach parfait and pear pizzazz ink refils and frost white shimmer paint and added some of those to Isoprophyl alcohol. the image itself was stamped with peach parfait ink for a tonal effect.

Other bits you need for the cards:

Card 1: white square card, feather, nellies multi frame – local craft shop: background paper – free with C&P last year; seam binding ribbon – the ribbon girl; rich razzelberry & pear pizzazz card, brads, top note sizzix die – Stampin’UP!

Card 2: white square card, white card, organza ribbon, diamante – local craft shop; corner punch, old olive card, newspaper print paper, brad, blossom party sizzix die, little leaves sizzlits die – Stampin’UP!

general tools such as crop-a-dile, scissors, paper trimmer, glue, chalks … I think you get the idea.

Please let me know what you think!

Have a great day.

Happy Crafting!!!