Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Happy New... Baby!

Hello everyone... hope you're all settling into 2019, I know I am; it's like the Holidays never happened, lol.
The card I have to share today celebrates a New Beginning too... one of our work colleagues (a scheduler for one of the companies we contract for) had a beautiful bub called Ryker and I made this card in a box to celebrate the event
I love this style of card, they fit flat for posting (and/or...hopefully... storing as a keepsake!) yet provide a "lot" of card for your buck when open.  
I used this gorgeous Lee Holland digi called Elephant with Flower, available here, coloured with Prismacolor pencils... I love the soft pastel effect pencils give for baby images.  There's a little bit of glittery goodness in the flower centre.... just because :-)
I fussy cut the image and mounted it on little grassy mounds made using a Dienamics border die (Grassy Edges, I think)
I cut the letters of Ryker's name from the same blue card used for all the matting (sorry can't remember the die set, think it's Cottage Cutz) and added them to acetate "stalks" at the back of one of the "cross bars", leaving them dancing merrily away behind the image to the left.  On the other side I added a cute little acrylic blue dragonfly to balance it out.
I used multicoloured cube beads to spell out the word Welcome and strung that up on twine on the back upright panel.
The Ten Little Fingers verse on the front flap is from a Kaisercraft 6" pad "Lullaby"
The rest of the papers are just gorgeous in real life... they're from First Edition's It's a Boy pad, there's lots of fine detail and plenty of foil.  I actually used five different patterns of this paper, but that was because I only had a few snippets left of the butterfly pattern, they all go together so well though that it doesn't look like you've run out of one pattern!  It does mean I can enter the challenge at Pixies Snippets Playground, always a bonus :-)
 I added a velcro closer to the bellyband covered that with a rectangular panel and decorated that with a cute laser cut wooden rocking horse.
I added little silver flatbacks to every corner of every panel... which took a surprisingly long time!
As I do with all these cards I put the jotting panel on the back, I added a small panel of patterned paper at the bottom trimmed with some spotty gros grain ribbon from my stash
 .... and THAT's it for Ryker's card.  I'd like to enter in the following challenges
The Paper Shelter and Fab'n'Funky Challenges have New Beginnings
Cuttlebug ManiaDie Cut Divas and Cute Card Thursday have Something New
Crazy 4 Challenges has Favourite Type of Card (shape, theme etc) I LOVE cards in a box
As You Like It,  Through the Craftroom DoorDigi ChoosdayCrafty  CreationsCrafting With Friends Challenge #77Li'l Patch of Crafty FriendsPolkadoodlesA Perfect Time to CraftCreatalicious ChallengesCrafting With Attitude and Corrosive Challenge All have Anything Goes
Ona personal note, thanks to those who left me best wishes regarding my little friend Rocky... he is still with us; he had surgery last week and came through it really well; we did do an assessment re quality of life with the vet and he scored surprisingly high - a long way off euthenasia being "the" only answer.  Of course it may eventually come to that, but for the time being he is ticking along quite nicely (about which I am very happy and much relieved!) 
Until next time, Happy Crafting, Donna

Thursday, January 03, 2019

Happy New Year

So.... here we are in another New Year!
I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and New Year - who can believe it's 2019 already?!  This is one of those "zero" years for me... I turn the Big 6Zero in April ... so "already" really does have extra significance for me this time around!
I thought I'd share the last of my 2017 Christmas cards as I did get a few Christmas cards made this year (woops, last year, in 2018!) and those, added to the "unblogged" projects I made through the year add up nearly 60 projects still to share from my drafts -so time to get 2017 out of the equation :-)
They are mostly foiled cards as they were definitely "Flavour of the Month" for December 17.  
The first uses yet another as yet unused digital image I can't even remember getting, never mind where from, foiled with gold Deco Foil (I know, hard to see in the pic, the small pic is for foil-showing purposes, lol) The sentiment is computer generated and foiled using the laminator the same way as the image.  I love this paper, it's from Wild Rose Studio "Annabelle's Christmas" pad, it is quite lightweight but as long as you use a nice sharp blade it's nice to use.  I used MFT Stitched Circle dies to cut the image panel and mat and Paper Roses Scalloped Squares to cut the large red mat... I actually cut it as a frame, leaving a white border around the patterned paper... I used the centre cut out part as a red mat on another card.
The second card uses the same image, but this time I foiled the bauble in red and the string in gold, I foiled the sentiment in the red Deco Foil too.  No patterned paper on this one, just kraft card and gold foil matting.


Third one for the day is the simplest of all... though really quite effective in real life.  Another lovely digital image - whose pedigree I cannot recall - Foiled in green Deco Foil with red gems in various sizes representing baubles, I didn't even add a sentiment to the front of this card, only the inside.
That's it for this post... I have another post written up with the (very) last of this batch of cards... honestly... that I'll share in a day or so.   In the meantime I'd like to enter these cards in the following challenges:
Tuesday Throwdown Winter Sparkles (They're Christmas cards and sparkly gems)
Crazy 4 Challenges Tree-mendous
Christmas with the Cuties Carols or Songs (Oh Christmas Tree)
Sweet Stampin', Die Cut Divas, My Time to Craft and Simon Says ChallengeSomething New (all the images are newbies to me)
Cutie Pie Challenge Add Some Sparkle… those gems again :-)
Sasayaki Glitter Happy Holidays

That's it for today... I'll be back in a few days with those last few Chrissie cards.  I have to take my poor darling Rocky to the vet tomorrow, he has "done" his other knee now and has to have it reconstructed.  Of course it happened after hours and we had to take him to the Emergency Vet ($224 thanks very much!) and now nearly $2k for surgery!!  It was a tough decision to make whether to put him through it, he is not as happy a little dog as he was before he went blind and it is quite a tough recovery, but after discussing with the vet it has been decided that it is worth a try for him... he can't NOT have it done as the recovery to a reasonable state of movement without intervention would take too long (mainly because of the medication he is on for his Lupus) and he is pretty miserable being unable to see and barely able to move.  
The only option is to put him to sleep.  If he was not such a sloth of a dog anyway I don't think we would be going down this route, and euthanasia would be the only option, but he spends his time just layin' around and has for years... he's not "missing out" on a lot of activities so much as being spared them!
Of course, the alternative is so unpalatable for US... it is hard, we want to do the right thing by him and not keep him going for us, with scant regard for his well being but don't want to "end his suffering" if he's not suffering but just chilling.  My last little darling boy did the right thing by us and died after climbing onto my lap after going for his daily walk - heartbreaking but at least we weren't forced into that pet-owners Sophies Choice.  We'll see how it all goes
Until next time, Happy Crafting, Donna x

Saturday, December 08, 2018

Foiled Again

Well I can't believe it's over THREE WEEKS since I posted on my blog... 'Tis the Season and all that - and it certainly IS the season if you live in Western Australia and work in the swimming pool industry; EVERYONE wants their pool in and looking shcmicko for The Big Day, and they don't mind if you run yourself into the ground to achieve it!!  Ah well, the joys of Self Employment :-) 
Anyways, I'm here today with a few Christmas cards from my stash.  They are very simple cards, always best for the overstressed crafter at this time of year ;-)
The first one is a kraft card base, the white card is embossed with a Darice embossing folder (Snowflake Swirl).  The image panel was linen card cut with MFT Stitched Circles and the kraft mat was cut with Spellbinders Lacey Circles, popped up on foam dots to add some dimension.  I used the rather elegant Snowflake Reindeer Silhouette (digi) from Bugaboo Stamps, printed with my laser printer and foiled (using a laminator) with Rose Gold Deco Foil... it goes really well with the Kraft card, I fussy cut the feet to go outside the circle, it gave a sense of movement.  When I printed the image I added a shadow (just done in Word... very simple to do and it really gives the image depth, it looks as if the whole reindeer has been fussy cut, without the work!)  The sentiment is a digi from Pink Petticoat, given the same laser/laminator foil treatment, raised on more foam dots to add more dimension.
The second card for the day is from the same "set" (as in I set up the laser printer and laminator and did a whole bunch of these cards, lol) as the first
I covered the whole front of this card in patterned paper (from Kaisercraft as far as I can recall... the bottom piece was from my scraps folder so I can't be certain).  
I printed the digital image (can't remember the source) on linen card as I like the effect of the foil on the textured paper... I rubbed a little Ranger Archival ink in Coffee colour around the edge to soften it.  I used green foil (obviously) and it matched the green foiled card I got from the $2 shop ages ago... I wish I could find it again, it's absolutely brilliant - shiny and smooth and cuts really well.  I used word to make the simple sentiment and foiled that to match, popping the image and the sentiment up on foam dots
This card goes so well with the sketch (#366) from Freshly Made Sketches you can use any shape but I have the tree anyway
The last one I'm going to share today is a little different only in that I used a different foil... I think it was Deco Foil Opal... that has an iridescent effect.  
The first pic shows how it looks basically silver grey in one light, but the second pic shows it's "true colours".  It is VERY striking IRL
The image is another I have had for years and unfortunately didn't label, I got it back in the days when I somewhat ignorantly - and it would seem wistfully, lol -  thought that I would only ever use one or two tree images, so I labelled it "Swirly Tree 2" and didn't note the source) 
I sprayed glue over a piece of black card and stuck the same Opal foil to it to make the matting behind the image. It didn't end up with a really smooth finish, but the texture actually adds something.
The purple background paper is Kaiser... I think, but don't hold me to it as it's ancient and the label is long gone
That's it for today (well it's tonight here, and well and truly bed time for me, lol)  I have another four of this style of card left in my drafts, they'll pop up soon I'm sure 
I would like to enter (at least one of) these cards in the following challenges: all three cards fit most of their themes but Double D Challenge has Run, Run Rudolph (Use a deer image) and As You Like It has Favourite Christmas Animal… and why, so obviously the first card is for those challenges, (oh, and the "why" deer are my favourite Christmas animal is that there are so many great deer images and dies available, ranging from cute to sophisticated, and deer seem slightly less incongruous to Aussie Christmas cards than penguins or polar bears... though "favourite" is probably pushing it - one of my favourites would be more accurate as I love the cuteness of penguins and bears too) Crazy 4 Challenges has Tree-mendous… use a tree... and  Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge Use Patterned Paper - so the second card fits these challenges.  For the rest... pick a card, any card :-))
Hiding in- my Craft Room has Christmas Colours 
Sasayaki Glitter has Happy Holidays
Die Cut Divas has Winter Holidays
Thanks for visiting my little blog, I'll be back soon (I REALLY will!!) Until then, Happy Crafting, Donna 

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Not Old, Vintage

The card I have today is one I made for my Sister in Law's 60th birthday... I didn't tease her TOO hard at the time as it is my 60th in the not too distant future and she has a good memory, lol.  I like to think that I am, like fine wine, "vintage" rather than old - and hence the theme of the card :-)
I had to take the pics using my light tent, I'm afraid they came out dark and editing them has made them over-contrasted... but at least that way you can see the details!
I used the fabulous "Friends Don't Let Friends Wine Alone" image from Bugaboo, available here.  Coloured with Copics (and some Prismacolor pencil detail), I added some personalization to the label on the bottle with a permanent marker and Glossy Accents to the bottle, wine and drinking and reading glasses... oh, and a little glitter to the earrings.
Of course it's an easel card, just because I like them - I think it adds a little dimension and still leaves loads of room inside for the message.
The birthday wishes sentiment on the front is cut with Sizzix dies (Tim Holtz Celebration Script Words) and gold foil, the "60" on the inside acts as a stopper for the card front... the numbers are wood I painted with burgundy acrylic paint and Glossy Accents.
The paper is from the very first pad I bought when I started papercrafting - Kaisercraft's Gypsy Sisters pad...  I have a few full sheets left (that's one on the inside) and some bits of other sheets... I made up the front panel with some of those - it's in three parts, though one of the original full sheets did look a lot like this (which is probably how I knew this would look okay, lol)   It fits with the sketch from Stella Says Sketch (albeit turned 90 degrees) so I'm entering there


Double D Challenge has this Mood Board and the theme Wishes are Possible... I have the colours, the bottle and the wishes... they also want us to use the word "Wish" or wishes which I (obviously) have.  As You Like It want to know if we like Monochrome or Rainbow - I actually really like monochrome cards... I think they're very classy, but I am a sucker for colour when it comes to celebrations - especially ones like this, when you need cheering up, lol, so I'm going "Rainbow" on this one.  Catch The Bug wants to see Something Yummy - well that would be the wine ;-) and Crafty Cardmakers   has Lots of Layers as their theme, I've got layers on the background (coz I'm a tightar$e and I've used scraps, lol) as well as the double matting, popping the image panel up on foam dots and the die cut sentiment, so I'm in

Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge has Use Patterned Paper, which I have, Hiding in- my Craft Room wants to see scraps used in their regular Super Scraps Saturdays challenge as does Di in Pixies Snippets Playground where you always get to Use Snippets
Addicted to  Stamps, Little Miss Muffet, Through the Craftroom Door, Digi Choosday4 Crafty Chicks, Crafting With Friends  Challenge # 75 , Creative Fingers, Li'l Patch of Crafty Friends, Polkadoodles, A Perfect Time to Craft, Creatalicious Challenges, Crafting With Attitude, Corrosive Challenge and Die Cut Divas All have Anything Goes challenges so I'm entering them too
That's it for today.    
I'm not going to say anything about being back soon... every time I do some drama of varying size comes up to bite me in the butt... the latest being that I have had a rather serious infection in my top jaw - leading to my top central incisor, yes, the main tooth you see when you open your gob, quite literally falling out into my lap on Friday two weeks ago. It was horrifying!  Opened my mouth to talk to my sister, tooth on lap!!!
I went straight to the dentist who took some X Rays she didn't like the look of, and stuck the crown (which is the part of the tooth you see) back in - against her better judgement as the infection was quite apparent and the tooth (the part up in your jaw was clearly broken in two parts vertically so not a good anchor) but I wasn't leaving the surgery without SOMETHING.  It was purely cosmetic, couldn't eat with it... she called me back for an OPG, which is like a CAT Scan on the following Monday, checked it out and went "Whoa, above my pay grade".  
She promptly sent me to a maxillofacial surgeon. The surgeon - you know what they're like - was quite blunt, it's serious, you need to get rid of it, NOW, no we can't do it in the chair you'll have to come into hospital have it done under GA, if you can get a denture made in time good if not - too bad, you'll have to go toothless (my brain was exploding at this point!) I want it done next Tuesday (two working days hence!)  I rang my dentist as soon as I got out, she did an impression that afternoon, I picked up my denture on Monday - gotta say that's impressive service.  
I had the surgery on Tuesday last week... an implant is the next step... though I am going to have to have a bone graft as I have now lost quite a bit of bone (mainly through resorption, the infection has basically dissolved the bone) So, I have to go back to the specialist next week for a post-operative check, then back at two to three months for another scan which will determine how big a bone graft I will need for the implant (and so how big a "deal" it is) which will decide where I have it done and even if I can have it done
When I first got the quote I said I'd possibly just stick with the "prosthetic" (surgeon-speak for denture) as nearly $9000 is a LOT for one tooth... now I have had to have the extra process done it's going to cost even more - but I ALSO have now had a denture - which I have to REMOVE every night, which for some reason I am totally freaked out about (I wasn't even going to sleep in our bed with my hubby, I am so turned off by the whole toothless hag thing - despite being married 40 years and being through "a lot" together - daft I know, but quite "real") a denture I find uncomfortable to eat with and which has even affected my speech.... I can't imagine this being my "forever" now I'm thinking who cares what it costs, free me from my piece of plastic....... pleeeeese, lol. I'll be disappointed if we can't do it, we do have the money put aside for such things - we just didn't expect to spend it all on one tooth!  
It is a time-consuming process too, after the implant you have to wait two to three months before you can get the crown; well, it's my 60th in April so now, of course, I'm pushing to get it done before then.  Even if it can be done it can only be done within the limitations of healing so wish me luck
So, I'll be back when I can
Until then, Happy Crafting, Donna

Saturday, October 27, 2018

White (and Gold) Christmas

Well, I finally got back on to my blog... I have a couple of very simple Christmas cards to share today, with the common theme of being Gold and White - and being from last year. 
The first one is using an image I got from the internet, printed on linen card using a laser printer then foiled using Deco Foil and a laminator.  Matted onto gold card and mounted on foam dots.  I used a digital sentiment from (the now sadly defunct, sob) Digistamp Boutique and gave it the same foiling treatment, again matted on gold card and popped up on foam dots, two layers for the sentiment panel
The second card uses plain white card, the background is embossed with two embossing folders; the bottom with a freebie I got in a magazine, the top with a Couture Creations folder (Tied Together) - It looks a bit unfinished in the photo, but it looked better IRL.   I cut the gold card circle with a L'il Inkers Stitched Circle Die - It's actually the "negative" of the circle I cut for this card... the great things about these dies is there are stitches on both side of the cut line, so both "inside" and "outside are usable.  The white Merry Christmas die with the snowflakes I've had for ages, can't remember where I got it.
The third card incorporates elements of both the first two cards, this time I used a kraft card base and plain white cardstock.  
I used the same image (foiled using the laminator) mounted this time on a kraft mat cut and embossed using a Spellbinders Scalloped Oval die (the image panel was cut with a Spellbinders Classic Oval die, and embossed the whole background panel using the Sizzix folder, I added gold "pearls"... well, flatback thingys :-) from my stash to the intersections of the diamonds.  The sentiment, a digi, is from Pink Petticoat, their Traditional Christmas Greetings 1 set (I think it's no longer available) was given the foil treatment... not that it shows in the pic, lol
That's it for my three cards.  I would like to enter in the following challenges:
I am super busy (what's new?) at the moment, making a couple of cakes for my lovely neighbour... she is 90 and so "together", I just love her :-)  I will try and get back soon to get some of my drafts stuff... well OUT of Drafts :-))
Until Then, Happy Crafting, Donna

Tuesday, October 09, 2018

Fore.... Matt, with a Twist

The card I have to share today was for my son Matt's birthday this year - I still have last year's to blog, but this one is "Autumnal", his birthday's in Autumn and I love Autumn, AND it's a fancy fold which I also love so it's today's choice :-)
Matt was going to a schmancy new golf "place" for his birthday - we were all going along... and then, the evening before, he had a very bad reaction to some meds and ended up going to hospital by ambulance.  They kept him in for the night... he got worse (anaphylactic shock) and still looked like an inflatable red M&M when he was discharged the next afternoon... so he didn't go to golf, making this card look like a cruel joke - as I gave it to him anyway, lol
The real "treat" of this card is that it is a Twist and Pop Up card so here's the all-important inside....tada
and a couple of shots of the card in action, as it were
I followed an excellent tutorial (here) that uses metric measurement, yay, so much easier than converting :-)  this is not the first one of these cards I've made, though it is the first I have "blogged", so I know from experience I prefer the metric template :-)
I used a digital Alpha from one of my (many, too many unused, sigh) digital scrapbook kits called "Brick and Metal"... one guess which this is, lol.  
I made the letters BIG and added drop shadows in Word, they don't really show in the pic, but they do make a difference IRL.  I attached them with some bronze eyelets that I also used on the front.  The patterned paper used inside is from the same Kaisercraft pad as that on the outside, the black on blue is flocking, it adds a nice texture
Talking of the front: I just loved the image, it's "Stroke of Genius" from Digi Doodle Shop, (no longer available I fear) I enjoyed colouring him up with Copics and Prismacolor pencils.  I used a kraft card base and added some paper from a Kaisercraft's pad.  The image panel was attached to its mat with some bronze coloured eyelets then propped up on foam tabs.  
I found a flat back that had lots of facets on it, that was exactly the right size for the golf ball... it looks really good IRL. 
That's it for Matt's birthday card, I hope you liked it, I'd like to enter it in the following challenges:
Give a Crafter A Cookie Has "Autumn Colours" and this gorgeous Cookies pic as inspiration  
Crazy 4 Challenges Just wants us to Make a Card
My Time to Craft Has Use Kraft Card
The Paper Shelter Has Let's Celebrate
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge Always gets us to Use Patterned Paper
I will be back in a few days with another offering (I have managed to find most of my cards photos all bar two that I can remember, lol - so I have got quite a big Drafts Folder again)  Until then, Happy Crafting, Donna