Saturday, 25 March 2017

Mothering Sunday 2017

As my Mother is not alive any more I always make sure that I send my daughters a card for Mothering Sunday.
This year I have made two different ones, why I feel guilty I do not know, I thought it would be a change.  Usually I send the same sentiment but in different colour ways.

I fussy cut some silver/purple flowers from a wallpaper sample and then applied the image over the flowers.

After I had cut the square backing paper for this sentiment, I felt it needed some sort of embellishment so fussy cut a gold butterfly from the left over piece of paper.

They are nothing spectacular as I had planned but I am rather poorly at the moment so have kept the cards very simple.
Can't wait for tomorrow!!!!

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Anniversary Card

I have kept several pieces from the wedding of a good friend with the thought that I would make her an anniversary cards using them as embellishments.  Needless to say, came the day, cant' find them anywhere.  I have kept the boxes made to contain the cake but the prices .. not to be found!

I decided to use my new stamps/diecuts and create something totally different.
I saved different pictures of cards from Pinterest but then decided to keep it plain.  I watched several videos on YouTube on how to use the stamps/diecuts for the best results.
After sorting out the card for cutting and the base card I set to work.
Stamped the card and diecut .... then watercolour the images...... several times!
I brushed some blue watercolour across the lavender base card to act as a 'sky' background and put it to dry.
I attached the best diecuts onto the card with 3D foam and then began to make the insert.  I used a lavender 'marble' paper inside and stamped the sentiment across - have a Happy Day!
I think my friend will love this card!!!

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

March Swaps

I have joined in three swaps this month, the technique is one of my favourites.

Noobie Swap
I have a pack of these cards, they were bought years ago .... in a sale.  These are known as three fold cards and the flowers are diecut and included in the pack.  I have umm'd and ahhh'd over what to do with them but today ......
I removed the diecut pieces, attached a holographic sheet behind the openings and then folded the card to hide the sheet.  I chalked the pieces and attached them with 3D foam into the spaces.  I stamped the sentiment and attached it to another piece of the holograph paper using 3D foam.  I enjoyed the challenge this card presented and hope my partner likes it.

This was my return swap card.  If I needed to be shown how to use my stamps this card does it.
Thank you Caro.

Technique Swap - Iris Folding

This iris folding uses Japanese Washi paper and is courtesy of Helen circa 2014.  A silver chain & sentiment peel offs complete the card.

This card came with a lovely little note attached .... my partner explained why the card was paper patched instead of Iris Folded.
Bless you MaryC and thank you so much.

Alphabet Swap - X
I really had to do some research on this ........ nah! Not really!  
I have a very comprehensive alphabet listing which I collected when running my own card swapping Group.  
Xantho is the Greek word for yellow.
I searched Google for some images and then found this photo of Cosmos.  The variety is actually called Xanthos and is perfect for this swap.  
I printed the photo three times, and then decoupaged the image.  I made up the banner along the lower edge using Word, fussy cut and attached with 3D foam.  I rolled the ends slightly to give it depth but I'm not sure whether this was needed.

Thursday, 2 March 2017

February Swap

I have entered several swaps this month.  Not just the cards but also the ATC swap as well.

Noobie Swap

I am using a card, courtesy of AnnM  circa 2012, for this swap.  It uses orange peel offs on holographic card.  The holographic sheet is attached to a bright orange card.
The photo does not do it justice because the card is so very shiney, nightmare.

This card is all about die cuts, very cleverly put together.
Thank you Karen and thank you ChrisN for posting this card onto me.

Alphabet Swap - W
I printed out the image from the web, it didn't turn out very well in my opinion, but even after several adjustments, I had to run with it.  I chose a peachy coloured card, with a page from my French Dictionary as the backing sheet.  Once I had decoupaged the waistcoat, and placed it over the text, I realised that it looked very bland.  I attached  a piece of fancy wool lying on my desk to the side of the text page.  Once I placed the decoupage over the text, the card came together a treat.  The image was not perfect!  I used some watercolour pencils to add some details and highlights to the image ..... much better I think!

Colour Swap - Purple

I have had this image of violets in my stash for years.  My Mother loved violets and every Mother's Day I always brought her a small bunch of violets ....... special flowers they are .....
I cut the image square then rounded the corners.  I found a wipe that had been used for mopping up on my desk, it had just the right colours for a background!!!
I cut this to fit on the front of a very pale lavender card, rounding the corners to match the image.
This looked very plain, but I found a purple and white spotted bow in my stash and then realised that there was a purple washi tape on my desk  which just matched the bow!  I wrapped some of the tape round the 'corners' of the image and the bow to the lower edge.