Friday, 29 April 2011

Digital Challenge #1 – Gardening Set

Here's the card that I made for the digital challenge over at Lily Pad Cards using the free digital kit. I don't own a digital cutter, so I cut out the images by hand. The rosette was made with two "fences" and inked with Distress Inks.The pot was also coloured and stamped on with Distress Inks.

All Stamps Hero Arts: CL131, CL494, S5208

The one thing that this card needs to add a finishing touch is stitching around the edges. Those who have known me for some time, know that sewing was a huge part of my life until I moved to UK, and I think 3 years without a sewing machine is enough deprivation. I will probably go for a Janome, because I learnt how to sew on one and have used it extensively.

And yay my prize stamps arrived, which made me dance around the house for a few minutes! I will post a photo of all the goodies soon.

Thanks for looking!

Monday, 25 April 2011

Manly card and Feel Better Soon card

Some weeks ago, I impulsively bought a set of embossing powders full of yummy colours.

Image taken from etsy

To be honest, I bought it for the teal coloured one, which is my favourite colour these days :) I used it to create the background for the first card. This month's card challenge at Hero Arts included creating a masculine card, which is something of a challenge for me. Most of the things I make are not overly girly, they aren't exactly cards that could be given to guys. I had a hard time choosing an image from my HA stamps collection, and I am resisting the urge to buy more stamps (mantra: Ihavetosavemoney*breathe*Ihavetosavemoney) so I settled with this cake image from Celebrate All Day CL292, stamped it on some papers from Basic Grey's Marrakesh collection and paper pieced it together.

It was really frustrating making the second card, but I quite like how it turned out in the end. I decided to make this card for an office friend who has come down with chicken pox, poor thing. First the card kept slipping around as I was cutting it with my EK Success Circle Scissor; I had to tack it down with some re-positionable adhesive. And then I tried to punch (EK Success Abstract Flower Slim Edger) through two layers of cardstock which I now realise was a bit too ambitious. For a few horrible minutes I thought I had ruined my favourite border punch :(

I tried using watercolour with the Starburst Lace like I did on this card, and I managed to tip all of the water onto my table and carpet :'(

Oh well, after so much drama, I was glad to finally finish off the card.

Disclaimer: no punches were harmed in the making of this card ;)

Thanks for peeking in! ^^

Friday, 8 April 2011

Have a fabulous birthday card

Morning everyone! It's a glorious day for once here in England and I am loving how everything is bathed in brightness!

Craft Superstore had some of the older Hero Arts stamps up on sale, so I bought a few stamp sets from them. Excellent service, great customer services and I got my order delivered to me in 2 days!  And the shipping was free too :D I have been playing with my new stamps since I got them yesterday, I can't stop making cards! Here's one card I made today:

 All stamps Hero Arts: Designer Block S5213, Clear Design CL128, CL131, CL277
Inks: Distress Inks Dusty Concord, Rusty Hinge, Vintage Photo and Barn Door, VersaFine Vintage Sepia
Star Dust Stickles, Inksentials Enamel Accents

It's probably not very obvious but I carefully went over the sentient with Staedler Fineliners, lighter colour on the top and a darker brown at the bottom. I love the effect that it gives :)

I based my card LO on this sketch guide from Hero Arts' April Contest

I was inspired by the second sketch from the left.


After posting the above card, I went to have a look at Hero Art's blog and saw the  Fresh Inspiration Friday post, and was immediately hit by the urge to create a card! I love the shabby chic look of the sofa and I love that the frame is white., plus all those sumptuous pillows are of course to die for! Lily Pad cards also posted their first Color Throwdown challenge (love the name!) and the colours are very similar to HA's Inspiration Friday. I love the happy colours: very fresh and spring-like! Here's what I created:

Stamps: Hero Arts: Classic Fabric Design CG245. Clear Design CL131, CL292. 
Scallop frame stamp from 7gypsies 97% Certifiable Oval clear stamp set
Inks: Distress Inks: Tumbled Glass, Peeled Paint, Shabby Shutters, Dusty Concord, Barn Door, Rusty hinge, Victorian Velvet, Vintage Photo
VersaFine: Vintage Sepia and Onyx Black, StazOn Jet Black.
Star Dust Stickles, Inksentials Enamel Accents

 I have yet to find baker's twine here in the UK, so I decided to make my own using my embroidery floss stash. :)

Thanks for looking and have a great weekend! 

Happy Heart Card

I've really been loving how rosettes have been incorporated into scrapbooking these days, and I've been wanting to give it a go.

All Stamps Hero Arts: CL132 and CL161
MT Washi Tape
Heart: Basic Grey Porcelain Paper 

I stamped and embossed the circle sentiment (Hero Arts Fill Your Heart CL161) first and cut it out. I then stamped the circle sentiment on some Basic Grey Porcelain paper and cut of the heart in the centre. On a scrap piece of paper, I stamped the circle sentiment again and cut it out. I added the Washi Tape onto the scrap circle, creating a "ruffle" around the edges. I then assembled the rosette and added on the the embossed circle and the heart with dimensional foam tape, and put Glossy Accents on the heart. I then stamped the card, added the rosette with a glue dot and did some faux stitching around the edges :)

Thanks for peeking in!

Monday, 4 April 2011

Card and Board book mini album for my friend

One of my childhood friends recently had a baby girl, and this was just the perfect excuse to make something handmade for her. :)

I love the look and feel of board books, so I created a simple 6 page mini using papers from the Basic Grey  Bittersweet 6x6 pad. The finished album measures 3" x 6".

For the card, I masking off the border, lightly stamped Hero Arts Starburst Lace (S5317) with Victorian Velvet Distress Ink and lightly shaded the edges with my blending tool to give the "frame" some added definition.

I finally got around to buying the Hero Arts Antique Engravings (CL383) set after having drooled over it since it was released. The butterfly was stamped over some Basic Grey Porcelain paper.

 Journaling spots: 7gypsies stamps 97% Certifiable Oval and Rectangle
Embellishments: TH Ornate Plate, recycled jewellery and Making Memories Tiny Alphas

 Page 1 and 2

 Page 3 and 4

 Page 5 and 6

Back and Front covers

Friday, 1 April 2011

True Scrap

So very excited about attending these online virtual make n' takes! Just got the supply list and a peek at the some of the projects that we'll be making, I can't wait!

Sign up here.