Sunday, August 25, 2019

Beautiful Butterflies

The card I have for you today is one I made for my sister in law last year.  The "Eclipse" style was all the rage at the time and I made a couple of cards in this style, this was the first - and I learned a few things from it, not enough to make no mistakes on the next ones, but at least different mistakes :-)

The paper I used for this card is absolutely lush in real life, with a soft textured finish, really good quality printing and gold foil details... of course none of that shows up in the pics, lol
I made an easel card, I love them and my sister in law does too... and it's a good chance to show the "eclipse" effect off with it's different angles.  I cut the edge with a Sue Wilson border die, the pink card was a bit light to support the weight of the card front (with all the added layers under the letters) so I backed it up with some acetate, I cut the corners with a curved corner cutter - so it doesn't spike you!

The letters were from a die set I bought from AliExpress, they are 3" tall.  Here's a link to a tutorial showing the Eclipse technique, it's one of the (many, lol) videos I used to learn.  I used three layers of black card to raise the letters up.  
The pearl trim is from my stash, actually it's some my lovely Mum brought back from Malaysia on one of her many trips... I've been loathe to use anything she has given me, knowing that once it's gone it's gone, but my SiL absolutely loved my Mum, so it felt "right" to use it

I used sticky back pearls from my stash on the centres of each "medallion" on the border die too.  The inside of the card was finished very simply, with just a strip of the pearl "ribbon" as a prop for the front of the card.  The sentiment is a stamp from Kaisercraft

That's it for today's card.  I would like to enter in the following challenges:

Crafty Cardmakers  Challenge #239 It's a Bug's Life
Double D Challenge Pearls, Gems or Rhinestones
As You Like It Favourite: Pink and Green or Blue and Orange and Why... I love all colour :-) I love Pink and Green together - perfect for pretty flowers AND butterflies
Cutie Pie Challenge My Favourite Colour... again, I love all colour.  Pink and teal green look so pretty together
That's it for today.  I have to make a Father's Day card (or two!) for next Sunday... my Dad is deep in the throes of Dementia now, and doesn't know me from a bar of soap, but we still celebrate all the events and I still like to make his cards.... and he still likes the chocolates I always give him, especially so now; the only things he'll eat are sweet - sweeter the better!
Until next time (which may be after the next stage of my dental surgery, which is bringing it's own set of issues, tba) Happy Crafting, Donna

Sunday, August 04, 2019

Clowning Around

G'Day from WA :-)

The card I have today was the card I made for my eldest son Matt's 36th birthday in 2017... just getting around to posting it... and no, it's not the oldest one in my Drafts folder, lol.  

 Matt has coulrophobia - a fear of clowns, so being a loving Mum I'd thought I'd tease hm about it.  Well, not really... I actually thought he'd got past this more than he has, he is very much better than he was... and it such a nice clown, but.... ah well.  We are a "jokey" family, he took it in the spirit it was intended, thank goodness.

The image is a digi from Rick St Dennis called, unsurprisingly, "Clown with Balloons".  I coloured with Copics adding some deeper shadows with Prismacolor pencils.  Glossy Accents to the balloon after adding the numbers "36" with my laser printer and then foiling them in iridescent foil with the laminator (hard to see in the pic, pretty effective IRL.  I added some fluffy/glittery cotton balls cut in half on his costume and hat (they DID try to fall apart, but I got 'em, haha) 
The paper is from a Kaisercraft pad, I only had a bit of the paper on the front left, so I cut around the edge of the windmills to give a banner-like effect. I used more paper from the same pad and used the same technique to cut around the flags on the piece I used on the inside of the card, and some more scraps to make the pocket to hold the gift card that was Matt's present
I also foiled the computer-generated sentiment using the laser printer/laminator technique, not that it looks shiny in this pic, mind you the glitter on the DP doesn't show up either, sigh

That's it for today's offering.  We are still (technically) in winter here, though the weather has been really very nice (not that winter is ever "bad" here... I've lived in England and Wales, I know the difference, lol) so I've (technically) got a bit more crafting time on hand.  It hasn't quite panned out yet, but I live in hope :-)  Work is very quiet, beyond the seasonal slump... the economy is pretty sluggish at the moment and hubby and I are enjoying a taster of (semi) retirement... gotta say, we are now not worried that we'll be bored when we DO retire, we are busy, busy, busy, lol.  My "other" bookkeeping clients are in the same boat, same industry more or less so no surprise THERE! If we go back to boom times I think I'll give them up, I'm enjoying the pace I'm at much better, One Power Ball....
Anyway, I'm entering my card in the following challenges:  

Little Red Wagon Digi Do (Use a Digital Image)
Aud Sentiments For a Child + a Sentiment (Matt's my child, and it IS a "child" image, so I hope my entry fits the bill)
Sweet Stampin' Spots and/or Stripes (Spots and stripes on the clown's cossie)
Pixies Snippets Playground Use Snippets (The piece on the front)
Send a Smile for Kids Anything Goes for Kids (Again, this is a "kid" image, hope it's okay to enter)
and I thought I'd add a picture of "the new dog", not ours... our son said he would leave it until little Rocky was gone before getting another dog.... true to his word, now Rocky is gone, here's Miss Molly with her new owners, The Twins
She is a sweet girl, and the kids love her... unlike her previous owners from whom she was rescued... so sad, but now not, she's landed on all four soft little feet :-))
Until next time, Happy Crafting, Donna

Monday, July 15, 2019

Christmas Joy, I believe

I have a couple of Christmas cards today, though they are so similar you'd be forgiven for thinking they are the same card, lol. 
 Both cards use paper from Kaisercraft, the green panel raised up on foam dots, all matted on gold foil card.
The "white" paper isn't white, it has almost a self-pattern on it, very nice IRL.  The border die is "Poinsettia Edger" from Creative Expressions, the "Joy" is a die I got from Aliexpress, cuts really nicely - which isn't always the case with gold card :-)
I popped the word up on more foam dots, well cut up bits of foam dots, lol
This pic gives a better idea of just how golden this card was.
As I said the other card I have for today is exactly the same... but different :-)
The "believe" came from Aliexpress too, it was a bit more "fiddly" than the smaller word, so the bits of foam dots were really fiddly... and I forgot the dot on the "i", oops
I'd like to enter my card(s) in the following challenges:
Little Red Wagon and Crimbo Crackers Have: Christmas
The Creative Confetti Challenge over at Power Poppy and Crazy 4 Challenges Have: Christmas in July
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge Wants us to: Use Patterned Paper
Creatalicious Challenges Has: Anything Goes, Opt: Use 2+ Patterned Paper... I've used 3 here
That's it for today.  I'll be back, well I'll be back :-)  Hope everyone is ticking along okay, until next time, Happy Crafting, Donna

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Carol Singing Duo

Hello.  Long time no see :-)  I have a very simple little card today, a Christmas card which may not seem seasonal to some, but we are in midwinter and the Season of the "Christmas in July" is upon us so I thought... why not?
I used a couple of images from Lili of the Valley.... they are so cute, you don't need much more to make a nice looking card :-)  These two are "Carol Singing Mouse" and - wait for it.... "Carol Singing Dog" :-)  How cute are they?!  

I coloured them with Copics, adding some Ice Stickles to the trim on the hat and a few lines to the snow and some Emerald Green Stickles to the scarf

I also added some Glossy Accents to the musical notes, very hard to see in the pics
The patterned paper is from Kaisercraft, quite an old pad... 'Tis the Season I think.  I cut the curved scalloped border die, I can't remember the brand.  I got it seperate from the straight scalloped border die that I cut the BOTTOM border with, and that's all I can remember :-)  I cut a mat for the scalloped edges using red foil card to match the foil stars and spots on the patterned paper... it was the very last scrap of the red, I'm gonna have to get some more, all I've got to remember where it came from, lol
The sentiment is also from Kaisercraft.  Stamped with Memento ink, using the oh-I-wish-I'd-found-it-years-ago stamp positioner that makes it possible to get it at least straight, lol
That's it for today's card... I never took a pic of the inside, it was finished much the same without the red foil matting as I ran out.  I'd like to enter in the following challenges:
Tuesday Throwdown Keep It Simple
Cuttlebug Mania Bingo: Sentiment, Image, Die Cut
The Paper Shelter Stripes and/or Dots
Cardz 4 Galz Favourite Colour Combo
As You Like It Summer or Winter Colours and Why - "Summer", or warm colours... also Christmas is in Summer here and I LOVE Christmas :-)
Jingle Belles Snow Much Fun
Winter Wonderland Use Red or Green
Sweet Stampin' Christmas Anything Christmas, Opt: Non Traditional Colours
Creatalicious Challenges Anything (Christmas) Opt: Spots and/or Stripes

On a personal note; thank you to everyone that left messages re the loss of my little Rocky, I appreciate it.  I miss him, the house is very quiet without him... my son Matt got a new dog yesterday.  He has been looking at Rescues for a while but wanted to wait until Rocky was gone as it would have been too much for the poor old fellow - especially once he was blind AND deaf.  That was considerate.  Now the time has come.  
Matt drove out to the Wheatbelt to get a dog from a rescue service out there as they are much harder to rehome than dogs in the city.  She is a lovely girl called Molly, but I think she may have not been treated well at all.  We will have to do our best to remedy THAT.  For all that she is sweet and already you can tell she will learn quickly.
Until next time, Happy Crafting, Donna

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Fiona's Birthday and Farewell Rocky

I have a "mixed emotion" post today.  First I have the card I made for my sister's birthday last year 
My sister is a quilter, she makes clothes and costumes too, but her passion is quilting.  She also has a treadle machine (along with the super-duper modern job she uses all the time) which she LOVES so as soon as I saw this image "Vintage Seamstress" from the Paper Shelter, I knew exactly what Fiona was having on her birthday card, lol.
I coloured the image with Copic markers, adding some detail and extra shading with Prismacolor pencils, purple was always going to figure heavily as Fiona also looooves purple :-) 
The patterned paper is the very last of a sheet from Kaisercraft's Magic Happens pad, I've had it for years and it has been so versatile.  It has a bit of silver foil in it so I cut a border with a stitched scalloped die I can't remember the origin of  and the sentiment is also silver, it came pre-cut, from Craftworks.
I finished the inside of the card much the same as the outside.  The sentiment is a combination of the musical notes digital stamp and computer generated words... as Fiona turned 64 I added a line from the Beatles' hit "When I'm 64".  
I thought the musical reference tied in with the vintage radio in the image on the front
That's it for my card today, I'd let to enter in the following challenges:
The Paper Shelter: Birthday Girl
As You Like It: His or Hers and Why (I don't generally make very embellished cards and there are far more "hims" than "hers" in my life so "his" cards often feature... but it is nice to use feminine colours and images so I've gone for "Hers" in this case)
Catch The Bug: Colour Challenge, using this pic

Now for the second and much sadder part of my post.
We had to make the agonising decision to put my darling little friend Rocky the Dog, featured in my sidebar, to sleep last Monday.  
He has been declining for some time, going blind because of Lupus disease three years ago reduced his quality of life but he did adjust.  Unfortunately, he went deaf a few weeks ago, coupled with his other health problems and just being old (he was 12 and a half) he was truly miserable.  We kept him going as long as we could, in the end, the only thing we could do for him was let him cross the Rainbow Bridge to join his bestest mate Kruza (my son's dog) who went to wait for him in October 2017.  I hope you don't mind, I have included a few pics of "healthy Rocky" to commemorate his all too short life, and that of his little mate too



Two really great dogs, how sad I am that they have both left us... but Rocky will be more than missed; he sat by my chair every day, while I worked and while I crafted.  Knowing you've done the right thing isn't really enough sometimes, certainly not yet in this case.
I have had a lot going on, between bone grafts and a dog bite (yes Rocky, two days before he died,accidental but significant... especially with a fresh bone graft) and ailing parents (hubby's and mine) I am emotionally exhausted, I hope to find the energy to craft and blog very soon
I will be back whenever I can.  Until then, Happy Crafting, Donna x

Friday, April 26, 2019

90th Birthday Wishes

Well, I finally made it back to Blogland... lots going on - like my 60th birthday (eeeek!) and a little holiday with all my family - which was not eek, lol.  The card I have today is the one I made for my Mother-in-Law's 90th last July.  It, as is usual with the difficult-to-photograph (courtesy, in this case, of the iridescence) nicer in real life.  I've added loads of pics in an effort to show the effect
I saw some of these iridescent finished cards on Pinterest, and worked out you need to use a very detailed embossing folder to get full effect.... so, despite REALLY not needing another embossing folder to add to my collection I bought this beauty from Crafters Companion "Ornate Lace"... of course now I've seen how delicious they are... suffice to say I've added some to my Wish List
I used a pearl finished cream coloured card for the base, it took the deep embossing very well.  I used mica powders I bought in a set from Ali Express, they're pretty good... but as I've never used them before it was a bit of a learning curve to get them to stick; I found that mixing them with aloe vera gel worked really well (bit pricy) and hair gel worked pretty well too... and not as pricy :-)
There are about 12 different colours on the card, I'll be more efficient next time, lol
I cut the butterfly using a die that was in a set of three I bought from ebay.  I added some purple iridescent to it - though that was using Jo Sonja's Violet iridescent paint, it is transparent so not "heavy" but gives a bit more coverage... I added some to the edges of the mulberry cherry blossoms I added to the corner.  I got those, and the small rose leaves, and "filler" flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts... a while ago.  I added a few spirals of green wire cut from the stems
I used some Swarowski crystals to the body of the butterfly, and a smattering to the flower arrangement.  They throw different colours and are beautiful in real life
The numbers are big dies (Ali Express), I cut them using glitter card bit of a nightmare... next time I'll add the glitter later!  Then popped them up on foam dots
I finished the inside of the card very simply, adding another iridescent butterfly and a computer generated sentiment
I really liked the effect and I've made a couple more cards using it, black card looks really nice... it's a stronger look so I think it works for masculine cards
I also made the cake for the occasion,  but that's a set of pics for another day ;-)
I'd like to enter my card in the following challenges
As You Like It Flowers or Ribbon (and why) ... I don't use a lot of embellies on my cards, when I do a "special" card, like this one for my MIL, I like to add flowers because they are not found on commercial cards very often.  If the card is being handed to the recipient you don't have to worry about making it "post friendly" 

Just thought I'd add a few pics from my birthday celebrations (that spread over a week!)  We hired a stretch limo to take us to the revolving restaurant in town and took a pic of the kids dressed to the nines - how grown up they are!  and also a pic I took with my phone yesterday evening when we went for a walk down by the river - the restaurant we went to for my birthday is in one of the office towers in the pic, the view from there is  of the river and city... and when you have a lovely sunset it's really quite gorgeous
The black blobs on the water in the foreground are actually black swans... our State fauna emblem
Until next time, Happy Crafting Donna