Sunday 29 September 2013

simple little stocking ...

stamps: christmas bunnies-stocking,set36- christmas icons from lili of the valley
inks: memento (tuxedo black), promarkers, 
other: 5x5 red card blank, digicard cardstock, red organza ribbon and tim holtz distress stickles glitter

i kept this one simple so the stocking stands out. love the cute christmas bunnies stamp, perfect for a couple at christmas. i think the shape of the stamp helps draw your eye round to the sentiment. all finished off with a ribbon bow and the essential christmas glitter!! 

's' is for stockings 

Tuesday 24 September 2013

thinking of you


stamps: sincere salutations and love & sympathy from stampin up!, insert sentiment is a Martha stewart clear stamp set (don't have packaging,sorry)
inks: archival (sepia), tim holtz distress ink pad in worn lipstick, and markers in worn lipstick and shabby shutters
punches: scallop trim border from stampin up!
paper: kraft 4x6" landscape card blank, craftwork cards digi cardstock.

another sympathy card, i kept it nice and simple to keep the focus on the message. using the markers to stamp keeps the image looking soft, (this also allows for accurate multi tonal colouring within the image) and makes sure the other accents coordinate perfectly. I just added the coloured punched edges for a little bit of detail and interest. the inside was distress edged in the same colour with a nice sentiment for a not so nice time.

Sunday 22 September 2013

falling leaves...


stamps: love& sympathy and French foliage from stampin up!
inks: archival ink pad (jet black), tim holtz distress ink pads (brushed corduroy, rusty hinge, mustard seed, antique linen & peeled paint)
paper: craftwork cards digi cardstock & black 4x6" card blank

i thought i would share some sympathy cards with you. I have done this one on a seasonal theme, sticking to an autumnal colour scheme and leaves for imagery. the front is layered in a scattered layout, inking once to stamp several times to fade the colour for a softer edge. the light cream distress ink around the edges of the card also add to the softness. the black message and border around the matt just finish things off.
the inside is kept simple, edged with cream distress ink, a single leaf stamped for continuity and the sentiment.
although sympathy cards are not the easiest to make, i feel that it is important to show your support in the sad times. a card isn't just for celebrations, it can also be a way to send a heartfelt message to show you care.

Friday 20 September 2013

she's a peach !!

stamps: lili of the valley rosie posy,
set 24 sentiment tags
inks: letraset promarkers, memento (tuxedo black, tim holtz distress ink pad (antique linen & black soot
dies: (all sizzix framelit dies used)circles & scallop circles & set called wrapper,circle(658613) also a dot embossing folder from sizzix and the big shot
paper: my minds eye (honey cake) paper, 5x5" card blank, craftwork cards digi cardstock
extra: twine in black (I used tim holtz
idea-ology today)
I went a bit dotty on this one, with the backing paper and embossed panel to tie in the dotty wrapping on the girls flowers. I think the orange keeps it fresh and bright, with the black accents to make things pop !! the tags are a nice way to make a feature of the message, finished off with the knot of twine for some added texture.

September colour challenge "peach/orange"
week 216 theme- "embossing"


Friday 6 September 2013

a little bit of sunshine

stamps: sunflowers stamp, set 10 A5 verses and set 26 simply sophisticated sentiments all from LOTV and vintage script clear stamp from creata
inks: archival coffee ink pad and  tim holtz (antique linen, brushed corduroy, walnut stain, scattered straw, mustard seed, peeled paint and shabby shutters) distress ink pads and markers
other: sizzix ornate label #3 framelets die, sakura glaze pen, paper mania ribbon and lace remnant

I couldn't wait to try my new a5 background stamp and thought it would look perfect with the lili of the valley sunflower stamp. I choose to colour the stamped image using the distress markers (to watercolour with) to give a softer look, a distressed background in yellow and brown tones to match completes the look. I added finishing touches by tearing the bottom edge and layered ribbon and lace in contrasting colours.

I also made an inside panel to give a more professional feel. I inked/distressed with the linen & brown tones and tore the bottom edge to match the outside of the card. I added a few little bees using only a small piece of the focal image (remember to only ink the bit of the stamp you want and make sure the stamp is clean before you start) finish by adding your sentiment stamps.

'ribbon and lace'

hope you like the card, if so feel free to leave a comment (I've recently sorted out my settings to make this easier for you so fingers crossed it works !!) thanks