Monday, 9 February 2015

Penny For Your Thoughts

Watercolouring is the latest technique I've had a dabble with.  I also wanted to play with a stencil my friend Lena bought for me last year.  So I "versa marked" through the stencil and embossed with clear EP, then water coloured and spritzed over the top, then ironed off the embossing powder using brown paper.  

I thought it would fun to pair a Postcard with a one Penny stamp on it and a Marianne D. Penny Farthing die cut.  Naturally the sentiment had to be "Thinking of You" and I chose this one from the WMS Country Labels 14 set.   My friend Jaine designed a neat set of stamps for Sarah Hurley called On Your Bike which feature a Penny Farthing and I've used this on the envelope - I always like to stamp a co-ordinating image on the envelope.

I decided to cut and stamp a postcard on vellum, as I didn't want to hide too much of the background.  Of course this raised the problem of how to adhere it without the adhesive showing through, so there are a few strategically placed embellishments (and a few others as well).  I hope it still qualifies as Clean and Simple because I'm hoping to enter it at the CAS-ual Friday challenge CFC136 which is to use a watercolour technique. 

I was also inspired by Runway Inspired Challenge RIC#77 which has the following photo inspiration.  The dress looks so ethereal - perfect for a watercolour technique.

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Saturday, 31 January 2015

Lost and Found Hat

My son Simon lost the beanie his Grandma had made him and he was a little upset.  We had narrowed it down to being lost on the bus on the way home from swimming or somewhere in the school playground, which he seemed to think was what had happened.  Unfortunately the snow falling this past week has scuppered any search and rescue plans or indeed any chance that it would be in a reasonable state when it was found.  

Last Thursday the bus driver who drove him to swimming handed it over to him.  Not only had he found it on the bus after they had all alighted the week before, but he had known who it belonged to and had kept it safe so he could return it to him the following week.  I made this card for the driver to show him our appreciation (now we just have to find which driver it was).

It also gave me a chance to experiment with some new ink techniques.  I washed some Distress Inks onto a piece of card stock and sprayed a couple of Glimmer Mists to give it some shine.  I then stamped several hats leaving an empty space.  I had thought to die cut an arrow to point to the empty space but my husband suggested the question mark.  I gave the PTI question mark and the Memorybox "merci" the Glossy Accents treatment and sprinkled them with some Sakura Pale Gold Tempera Powder Colour (something I've had in my stash for over 20 years).

The hat was a little wooden block stamp I bought on a trip to Riot Art Stores in Sydney earlier this year - I thought it would go rather well with some of the stamps from other sets I have and for those difficult man cards we have to occasionally make.  I stamped another hat on the inside and coloured this one in.

I'm entering this card in the Stamplorations January Challenge

I'm also entering this in the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge where Anything Goes this week.

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Thursday, 22 January 2015

Fine Feathers

A friend of mine is having a pretty tough time at the moment, having received the sort of news no mother would want to hear.  I just wanted her to know I'm thinking of her and her daughter.

I stamped and cut the feathers using the WMS Fine Feathers and matching die set.  I used the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches 170 for inspiration.
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Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Postcard from the Edge

I am so proud of myself - I bought some new craft things and I'm actually using them within a month.  Usually I just have to buy something because it looks really cool and then it languishes for months or even (I hate to admit) years before I actually get around to using it.  The wonderful Darnell  has made me acutely aware of this serious shortcoming in my character and that I'm not alone in this (phew!!!).

This is a card I made for my Aunt's 80th birthday.  The Marianne D Vintage bicycle was cut from silver glitter card.  It had a tendency to shed so I coated it with Glossy Accents which had the added benefit of making it a bit sturdier.  The Happy and Birthday are from Clearly Besotted.  I coated them in pink embossing powder and opalescent embossing powder so they really sparkled though sadly that's not obvious from the photo.

Of course the pi├Ęce de resistance is the postcard created from the exquisite WMS Vintage Postcards set.  I used the free cut files Claire provided to cut a fancy postcard shape using the Cameo.

Darnell has another NBUS challenge over on her blog, so I'm entering the card over there.  

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Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Heirloom Christmas with a Shiny Red Bow

It may not be your obvious choice of Christmas pattern but I just love the houndstooth background builder die in the WMS Heirloom Patterns set.  For me this pattern is synonymous with shopping at David Jones which is where most of my Christmas shopping was done when I used to live in Sydney.  It was the department store in Sydney and the Christmas displays were AMAZING. I can still remember as a young child going into the city at Christmas time to see the decorated store fronts - it was a simply magical time of the year.

The present is a Sizzix Original die.  I've cut several layers at once so that it stands out more - no problem for the Sizzix Original Dies which can cut very thick layers.   A little glossy accents really made the red bow shine and I think it looks striking against the black and white houndstooth.  The Holly from the Tim Holtz Holiday Lamp Post adds even more festive spirit.

The sentiment from WMS Ornate Ornaments fitted perfectly on this Spellbinders Classic Oval which I matted with a Spellbinders Floral Oval - particularly festive with it's little star border. 

I am entering these cards in the last WMS Fanatics Challenge which closes tomorrow.  Deb and Tara and more recently Kathy, have done a wonderful job creating fortnightly challenges for us die hard WMS Fanatics.   This last challenge is an Anything Goes Challenge so I've spent the last few weeks linking anything I've created during this busy time of the year.  That's not hard when Waltzing Mouse Stamps have some of the most brilliant Christmas sets on the market (and I own most of them) !!!

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