Sunday 27 April 2014

surprise !!

stamps: surprise! from lili of the valley
inks: memento (tuxedo black), promarkers
cardstock: anthologie 6x6" paper pad from we r memory keepers, kraft 6x6" card blank plus extra cardstock, craftwork cars digi cardstock
dies: bigz alphabet typeset from stampin up! cut on a big shot from sizzix
extras: white satin ribbon

i measured the paper (7.5 high x 14 wide) and cut it to size. the paper was stuck together with a strip of tape (ensuring that the papers fit on the cardblank to leave an even border around the edge), then the ribbon added over the join. the ribbon needs to be fixed behind the papers before adding them to the cardblank to create a neat finish. i stamped the image onto digicardstock, then die cut it to create a shaped topper. i coloured this fun  image with promarkers, picking out the colours from the papers. the image was then matted onto a piece of kraft card die cut with the next sized matching shape. the final touch was die cut numbers, again in kraft card, added on with foam pads to follow the sketch.  

seize the sketch #18

Friday 25 April 2014

sun and rain to make it bright again !!

had trouble with the camera, my apologies for the picture quality !!
stamps: watering the flowers from lili of the valley
inks: memento (tuxedo black) and promarkers
cardstock: Bo bunny 6x6 paper pad (ambrosia collection), 6x6 kraft card blank, kraft cardstock and craftworks digi cardstock
dies: large paper doily sizzlits from stampin up used with the bigshot from sizzix

I cut the first paper as a matt to fit the cardblank. the second paper was cut into a banner by hand, to layer on top. I die cut some kraft card to create a doily to lay between the papers to follow the sketch. the topper was stamped onto digi cardstock with memento ink and coloured using promarkers to match the papers. this was matted onto another piece of kraft card and added to the card. I think this is a nice simple design that really makes the most of the pretty papers and cute LOTV image, perfect for a summer birthday !!
freshly made sketch #133

yellow/ lemon

Wednesday 9 April 2014

fresh flowers ...

stamps: secret garden, peaceful petals, itty bitty banners from stampin up!
inks: memento (tuxedo black) ink pads, tim holtz (squeezed lemonade) ink pads, promarkers
cardstock: craftwork cards digi cardstock plus 5x5" card blank
dies: bitty banners framelits from stampin up! and sizzix using big shot to cut

I cut a mat to fit the card. I stamped the flowers, using masks to stop the image doubling on the overlapped areas. I then coloured the image using promarkers. the card was inked with tim holtz distress to highlight the yellow in the flowers. the sentiment was stamped and the banner die cut and added to the card using foam pads for dimension. I think the bright colour scheme and clean design work perfectly for a spring time birthday !!


Tuesday 1 April 2014

a bright idea for christmas !!

stamps: paperartsy jofy 20, jm05, jm30 & jm31
inks: memento (tuxedo black) ink pad, promarkers
cardstock: craftwork cards digi cardstock plus 6x4" card blank
extras: xcut corner rounder

time is flying, we are already in april... Christmas will be here before you know it so here's a simple idea to help you get prepared !!
I cut the cardstock down to fit the card and stamped the main focal image. I stamped it again onto a post it note to cut out a mask layer. I then stuck the mask down and stamped the background image. I removed the mask layer and positioned the sentiment to one side beneath, following the sketch. the image was coloured using promarkers. for a finishing touch, I simply rounded two of the corners of the matt before sticking it down onto the card blank.