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Sunday, 28 September 2014

BLACKBERRY PICKING

     We are having lovely weather at the moment considering September is nearly over. All the trees will soon be covered in beautiful golden leaves, I love to see them. Also lots of Blackberries this year in the hedgerows, a good year apparently. We certainly had some huge ones growing in our garden. So that brings me to the title of this post, Blackberry Picking. I have entered a card into the challenge at Crafter's Companion which this month appropriately is AUTUMN.  I  have used an image from the Brambly Hedge CD which is so cute.


Triple stepper card

  I am not going into a lot of details as to how this was made as I think the picture shows you. It is a triple stepper card and there are plenty of templates available for this on the internet. I used Hunkydory  card to make the base as it stood well after folding. 



    The flowers on the middle step were mounted onto a base made from some pretty fabric I bought at one of the craft fairs. I just cut a circle and pleated it up then tied in the middle. Then fanned it out a bit like a bow. I think it added a pretty touch under the flowers.

A piece of the fabric used

  I hope you like this seasonal card and I am keeping my fingers crossed that it might do ok in the challenge.  Enjoy the last bit of warm sun for this year and I hope you might find some of those lovely blackberries.

Saturday, 20 September 2014

FUNKY FLOWERS

      It has been my daughter's Birthday this weekend so of course I needed a special card for her. I have had to wait until I had given her the card before sharing with you all as she was checking my blog to see what I had made for her. So not much has changed since she was young as she used to go looking for her surprises then. 
       Anyway back to the card, I chose to use the Funky Flowers stamp from Clarity. A very versatile set of stamps especially if you have the foliage one as well. 


   To start I placed some masking tape along the length of the card, then stamped the flowers in place adding the single flower as well but bending the stem a little.           
      The masking tape just helps to keep everything straight. Remove the tape and using a black pen and ruler draw two straight lines under the flowers.


  
    In the gap made by the lines stamp a little design. I had a little border stamp that fitted nicely


     Not too sure I have got that quite straight but if you don't tell her I won't. Once that is done colour in the flowers and foliage.  I used pro-markers but whatever you have will do. Choose some bright colours.  I also added a sentiment across the bottom section.



     Just needed to add some gems and a little flower in the top corner. Mounted it onto some black card and then a white card base. I also like to put an insert in my cards just to finish them off.
      Of course it would not be a Birthday without cake so I made her one of those as well. She has taught herself to crochet this year, quite an achievement. I remember trying to teach her when she was young but did not succeed.  Anyway I decorated the cake to show her latest skill and thought I would show you a picture.

Tasted ok too
    Well that is it for Birthdays this month so I suppose I had better start thinking about Christmas cards.  Thankyou for visiting.

                      
        I used the FUNKY FOLIAGE COLLAGE  CLEAR STAMP  from   http://www.claritystamp.co.uk/ 
       

Monday, 15 September 2014

TOADSTOOLS

  Time to think about the new challenge at Claritystamps, thought I would get my entry finished early for a change. The theme for September is NATURE, a lovely topic with lots of options. I had a look through all my stash and decided I would like to use the Toadstool stamp. 
    To start I wanted to make a background so I brayered some inks onto some Centura Pearl card. I used blues and green.  Then I took a piece of clingfilm, sprayed it with some water and laid it over the inked card. Pressed it down then scrunched it a little and left it to dry completely. Once dry remove the clingfilm and you have an original background. Now if I have not explained the process very well please have a look at Barbara Gray's You Tube videos where she demonstrates exactly how to do this. (The clingfilm trick )

Completed background



    Using a stepper card template ( there are plenty of free templates available on the internet ) I scored, cut and folded the piece of card. This is one of my favourite shapes at the moment.On the side panels I stamped some trees in Autumn colours. Aren't the trees gorgeous in Autumn,it is a shame when all the leaves fall off. 
  



    Using black ink I stamped the toadstool onto a piece of Gelli card, made a mask for it from post-it notes and added a moon mask.
     The sky was brayered on using Stonewashed Adirondack ink. I am slowly getting better at using a brayer it does take a little practice but gives a lovely finish. Brush a little pink ink across the bottom of the sky section, do this gently just need the impression of a sunset. Then brayer the bottom section green, I used Juniper, sponging a little extra around the base of the toadstool. 

  Remove the masks carefully and colour in the toadstool, I used Pro-Markers. Add some interest around the edges with a fern stamp and I also stamped a hare under the toadstool.

I cut the card down to fit centre panel of base card and mounted onto some contrasting blue paper. I set the topper at an angle, added some more ferns along bottom panel. Also some leaves which were made from the branch wheelie stencil and cut out.



Completed card
   So this is my completed entry for the challenge. A lovely theme this month and I enjoyed making this card. I hope you will be kind enough to leave a comment.

      







Wednesday, 10 September 2014

OVER THE HILLS

      I am a great admirer of the wonderful pieces of art that Barbara Gray produces. She has a wonderful blog called  One day at a Time  and you will find the link for this at the side of my blog. Now she makes some lovely pictures using masks and a brayer ( which is a type of soft roller).  I am keen to be able to re-produce some of the great country scenes. 
So I am sharing with you one of my first attempts.  This picture is based on one of Barbara's  pictures so I would like to give her the credit for the design 

My finished card
         I still have a lot to learn about getting those hills right but practise makes perfect. Or so I hope. In the meantime I shall send this card to my nephew who really surprised me recently by being very knowledgeable  about this type of art work. I have promised him I will improve enough to produce a card with a winter scene for his Christmas card. 

      In the meantime please pay a visit to Barbara's blog, you will not be disappointed and  I will carry on with my attempts. Thankyou for visiting.

Thursday, 4 September 2014

FLOWERS, GEMS and LACE

    Hello and welcome back. Hope you have all had a good summer, looks like it is coming to an end now, although the weather has not been too bad this week. Always nice as soon as children go back to school.  My thoughts are now turning to all the cards I need for September and also I suppose Christmas. First though I want to show you my entry for this month's challenge at Sweet Lilac flowers. http://sweetlilacflowers.blogspot.co.uk/  The title is BLING IT UP.   Well anyone who knows me well will know that I love a bit of sparkle and I also really like these flowers.
   
      I started by making a single stepper card using Centura Pearl card. Great for holding it's shape. I added a length of lacy ribbon down each side.
Basic card shape

      For the central part I chose a stamp that I actually had free on a magazine but I think is quite sweet. It is stamped onto some Clarity Theuva card and coloured with Pro- markers. I am very much a novice with shading but was reasonably pleased with how this turned out. I keep looking at how the experts colour their images and I suppose practice makes perfect, I certainly hope so.

   
     I have backed it on some glitter card and mounted it onto a floral background with some silver mirror card.  A small strip of the glitter card made the bottom strip and I pleated some very fine ribbon on top and added a bow.  Now if I had a die cutter there might have been some
nice swirls added to the side of the card but as I have not, I found some silver net in my ever growing stash and put it on top of the lacy ribbon. Finally the lovely part  adding some Sweet Lilac flowers and some silver gem The little rosebuds were perfect to put on the net.

Finished card
    I hope you like this creation, I am hoping my great niece will as I am going to send it to her for her Birthday. Thankyou for visiting and I hope that you might be inspired enter the challenge.