Thursday, February 11, 2016

Woodland view to the Meadow take 2

You may have noticed that I was not completely happy with my card from yesterday's post. I just couldn't get the mountain scape to look correct. So I gave the meadow scene another go, skipping the mountains in the background.

This time I chose a few smaller trees to fill in the background. I like this version much better.
I also managed to get the deer heads lined up a little better between the trees.
For those of you that haven't seen the technique used to have your stamped image only show in between the embossed trees, you can find instructions here.
It isn't as hard as it may sound, but does require a little bit of practise and coloring skills.
I started by sponging the dark brown ground at the bottom of my folder, then added the rich green. I then stamped the deer outline stamp followed by the trees. Note I coloured the tree stamp using my SU markers.
Next I slipped my precut card front into the embossing folder and ran it through my Cuttlebug. Then I coloured the deer and added a bit of shadow to one side of the embossed trees with Copics. I sponged a little light blue into the sky areas and finished the scene by adding the dark lines on my embossed tree bark using an SU marker.
To create the banners I cut my cardstock into strips the same width as the little banner punch and only inserted one end into the punch to create the tail.
Supplies used:
Cardstock: Recollections
Stamps: In the Meadow - SU, Many Happy Returns - SU
Embossing folder: Woodlands - SU
Punch: Little banner - SU
Ink: Early Espresso, Mossy Meadow, Soft Sky - SU, Tuxedo Black - Memento
Markers: Basic Black, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip - SU
Alcohol markers: W1, E11, E13, E31, 0 - Copic
Misc.: sponge dauber, foam mounting tape (sentiment)
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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Woodland View to the Meadow

I love the Woodland embossing folder. It was one of the first things I had ordered from the Holiday catty. Unfortunately I did not own much of anything when it comes to wild life and nature stamps.
This is something I rectified with my Sale-a-bration order which included "In the Meadow", "The Wilderness Awaits" and "Wetlands; to name a few.

Of course this means that the first thing I had to try was to combine one of these stamps with the folder. Easy task as I also happen to be in need of a few masculine birthday cards for this month.

For my first card I opted to use the sweet mother and fawn stamp. I also used the mountain scape in the background.

In hindsight using the mountains may have been a mistake as I have very limited green Copics at the moment. I tried sponging a grassy green for the 'hills" which looks ok but could be better. I had contemplated creating a lake between the plateau the deer are on and the mountains but found it a bit too difficult (am not that experienced with colouring yet). 

Overall it turned out ok though. I finished it with a sentiment and banner cut from coordinating cardstock.
Supplies used:
Cardstock: Recollections white, Colours misc. Bazzill
Stamps: In  the Meadow - SU, Because you care - SU
Ink: Early Espresso, Chocolate Chip, Mossy Meadow, Pear Pizzazz, Soft Sky - all SU, Tuxedo Black - Memento
Markers: Early Espresso - SU (for the tree bark)
Alcohol markers: C1, C3,  YG03, YG25, W1, E11, E13 E 31, 0 - all Copic
Embossing folder; Woodlands - SU
Dies: Circles Framelits - SU
Punches: 1" square (to make banner tail), 2" circle for sentiment
Misc.: sponge dauber,


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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Crochet Adventure

Unfortunately I have not had a chance to get into my craft room in the last few weeks. So much so that I haven't even been able to go through my SU Sale-a-bration order that arrived several weeks ago. I did managed to open the box and inspect the contents but haven't been able to inventory the goodies in my Evernote notebook yet.

It's hard to believe I've had to pass up time with this batch of delightful toys.

I plan to get to this in the next couple of days as I have many ideas for cards using several of these new stamp sets (you can't see it but the balloon stamps and matching punch are hiding near the bottom of the box as well as several more stamp set).

Although I haven't been able to make any cards, I've still been crafty.
My cousin had twin baby girls last month, and I had the brilliant last minute idea to crochet baby blankets for the wonderful new arrivals.

They turned out quite lovely and I'm very happy I managed to finish them within two weeks. You may not believe it but as I haven't crochet in many years I actually developed blisters on my right hand after a few nights. But I persisted and completed them rather quickly.

Now these sweet twins have an older, 2 year old brother. I didn't want the little tyke to feel overlooked so of course I had to make something for him as well. My daughter recently bought a book with baby and toddler hat patterns. So after looking through it I decided on this cute raccoon hat.

After I finished the hat I had quite a bit of yarn left over and proceeded to make a matching scarf.

So these two pieces took another week. I finally decided enough is enough; after all my poor, sore arms needed a rest from the "unusual" activity (it's still rather surprising to me which muscles are sued for crocheting and apparently not all too much in other daily activities).
This past weekend I quickly stamped a few "handmade" tags, packed everything up in a box, threw in a couple of greeting cards and now have finally got my gifts ready to mail.

If all goes well, I shall have plenty of opportunity to play with my new stamps and share some card creations very soon.

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Monday, January 25, 2016

Bird Crazy Celebrate

I really enjoyed making this card. To me this crazy little bird looks like he is wearing a tuxedo; wherefore he was perfect for a celebration themed card.

I stamped the bird as well as the top hat and bow tie on watercolor paper and coloured all using SU inks and an aqua painter. Then the pieces were cut out using the matching dies.

The assembled bird was matted on an oval cut out and I add a little shading below him for a shadow effect.  The card front is very dark navy cardstock onto which I stamped a crackle background in pearlescent white.

For my finishing touches I couldn't resist and had to add a bit of sparkly thread and sequins
Supplies used:
Cardstock: Bazzill (coloured), Recollections white, SU - watercolour paper
Stamps: Crackle Background - IO, Wonderful Words - SU, Bird Crazy, Crazy Things - Tim Holtz
Ink: SU - Night of Navy, Basic Black, Soft Suede, Crushed Curry, Real Red, Club Scrap - Pearlescent white
Dies: Bird Crazy, Crazy Things - Tim Holtz, Oval Thinlits - SU
Misc.: silver sequins, red/black/silver specialty yarn

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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Bird Crazy Vacation

My dear sister is going on vacation in a few weeks to Costa Rica; the lucky girl.
So with that in mind I created this "Bon Voyage" Bird Crazy card.

To created the background I sponged the sky and then watercoloured the ocean and beach. Once that was dry I stamped on the clouds and sun.

The bird and accessories were stamped on desperate paper and watercolours. once dry I cut them out using the coordinating dies. To create the look of glass on the lenses of the sunglasses I used Ranger's Glossy Accents.

To finish I added the sentiment on a little banner with inked edges and placed a few random turquoise iridescent sequins pieces on the water. I also aged the card a little with a light sponging of Soft Suede.

Supplies used:
Cardstock: Recollection white, SU watercolor paper
Stamps: Bird Crazy, Crazy things, Bird Talk- Tim Holtz, Sprinkle of Life, kinda Eclectic - SU
Dies: Bird Crazy, Crazy Things - Tim Holtz
Ink: Various SU colours - Strawberry Slush, Bermuda Bay, Island Indigo, Soft Sky, Marina Mist, Soft Suede, Hello Honey, Basic Black, Craft White, daffodil Delight, Chocolate Chip
Misc.: Ranger's Glossy Accents, Sequins, sponge, watercolor brush

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