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Tuesday, 8 December 2009
I kept the card itself quite simple as I wanted my sketch to be the main focal point.
In this photo though the hair shows up a lot darker than it is in reality.
I used thick foam pads to make the image "pop" from the card and she's holding a "Dazzles" Gold peel off bauble that I stuck onto red mirror card and cut out.
I hope she likes it !?
Sunday, 6 December 2009
Tuesday, 24 November 2009
These are from her "Winter Ladies" series which come printed on paper which I found a bit too flimsy for my liking so I adhered them onto very thin card before cutting and decoupaging them.
The base of this card is from Papermania's "Vintage Christmas" pad, I just added "Dazzles" peel offs and a sentiment, Sakura Clear Sparkle pen highlighted the spray from her hat and parts of her dress.
I then added thin silver peel offs around the edge of the image and added a large ready made sentiment at the bottom.
Thursday, 5 November 2009
Thursday, 8 October 2009
Monday, 5 October 2009
Saturday, 3 October 2009
Most of the doodles I do usually go in the bin but I thought this one was quite cute and so thought I'd upload her in case anyone would like to have a go at doing something with her.
You can click on the picture to download the JPG or on the link below for the PDF file.
DOWNLOAD the Teddy PDF file here
Saturday, 26 September 2009
you can't tell from the photo but the whole of the background is highlighted using a Sakura Stardust pen.Her lips and nails were also coloured with red Sakura.
The picture is decoupaged with the box having the most layers so that it stood out proud which was then embellished with gems.
The red card reflected the red of the box.
These are 5 cards I made for "Hobby Habbit" using Sandra Kuck Angel Stamps available here
Tuesday, 22 September 2009
Monday, 21 September 2009
I cut the scraps into 2" pieces backed each with Black card and played around with some of our stamps using mostly "Vintage Ladies" and "Silhouettes & Shadows" stamps by Hot Off The Press.
I laid the stamped images out and arranged them 'till I was pleased with the layout
then attached them to an 8"X8" piece of Black card using foam pads to lift every other image, this give the whole thing a two dimensional feel.
I think this would make great piece of wall art if I frame it, or else I'll have to invest in some 8"X8" cards and envelopes. ;0)
Sunday, 20 September 2009
The background paper was white card rubbed over with ink pads then stamped over with various stamps, the main image was embossed with clear powder.
The coin on the ribbon would have gone better on the right but it covered the stamped fan image.
I enjoyed trying something new and think I'll have another go at it soon.
Friday, 18 September 2009
The card still seemed a bit too "bright" so I blacked around the outside with a Black ink Pad and stamped a sentiment on the bottom left.
Sunday, 13 September 2009
I'm no great artist but I enjoy sketching occasionally, I draw in my drawing pad with pencil (usually while watching tv at the same time) scan it into my computer and "clean it up" using a REALLY old software.
If you can make a card from these I take my hat off to you !
You can either click the picture above for JPG or the link below for the PDF.
DOWNLOAD PDF FILE "Jump for joy" HERE
Wednesday, 9 September 2009
Again I first edged the card with a Brown ink pad, then after stamping "Merry Christmas" on a strip of white card I used re-positionable glue to adhere some small die cut snowflakes.
I measured half way down the card then cut it across horizontally, then measured 1" down from the top of the card and cut again.
Tuesday, 1 September 2009
The "Bunny" is from one of "The Angel Company" stamps, I coloured him with shades of Brown water colours then cut him out.
I rounded the corners of the card then inked it with a Brown ink pad, cut out three 3"X1" rectangles, a 2"X2" and a 1"X1" square and rounded of the corners on these too, after inking them all I embossed the rectangles using Cuttlebug's "Swirl" embossing folder and inked the pattern over with the same Brown ink pad.
The 2"X2" was stamped with a swirl stamp and topped with the "Bunny" using foam pads.
I stamped ""Birthday Wishes" on the small square then spaced the panels out around the card using foam pads, I then made some small circles using an eyelet puncher from some thick Orangey Brown card and glued the punched circles around the swirls (these matched the "Bunnys" trousers perfectly)
There was a gap to the right of the "bunny" which I wanted to fill by using brads, I had Brown brads but I no Orangey Brown ones so I glued 2 small punched Eyelet circles back to back and used "Glossy Accents" to give them a bit of dimension, when glued to the card they looked and felt exactly like brads.
Monday, 31 August 2009
RULES OF THE GAME
If a player misses hitting his/her opponents conker they are allowed 2 more goes.
If the strings get all tangled, the first player to call "strings" gets another go.
If a player hits his/her opponents conker in such a way that it completes a whole circle after being hit (this is called ‘around the world’ that player gets another go.
If a player drops his conker, or it is knocked out of his hand the other player can shout 'stamps' and jump on it; but should its owner first cry 'no stamps' then the conker, hopefully, remains intact.
The game goes on in turns until one or other of the two conkers is completely destroyed.
Another game sadly now banned in most schools in the UK.
8"X 3 1/2" card covered in my "Conkers" Paper (Included in download below)
I then covered the bottom half in green Gingham vellum rounded off the corners and inked around the whole card first with Chestnut Brown and then Black ink pads.
I then applied a piece of ribbon (a Chestnut Brown colour - but Black or Dark Green looked good too) to cover the vellum edge.
After cutting out the picture I run a Black felt tip pen around it's edge to hide any White still showing.
I mounted the picture using foam pads, printed off "Remember when" on my computer, mounted it on black card and used foam pads to attached this too.
DOWNLOAD "PLAYING CONKERS" PDF FILE HERE.
Thursday, 27 August 2009
But I was always fascinated when the girls at school sang little rhymes (usually dirty ones) as they skipped in groups or played "ball" against the school walls.
Fab was ill yesterday I had a bit of time on my hands so I used some sketches I had drawn recently and made some cards from them.
I used 5"X7" white card for both.
The "Skipping" card was backed with Burgundy paper, over laid with a strip of green and pink patterned paper and edged top and bottom with white card cut with decorative scissors.
I then printed out on pink card one of the rhymes the girls would sing (the "clean" version of course) while skipping, then cut the base of it with the same scissors this was then attached to the card and edged with thin pale green and burgundy ribbon.
I decoupaged the picture to give it a bit of dimension and backed it with a white oval cut with the same scissors before using foam pads to adhere it.
Two "Kanban" pearls were backed with the same punched burgundy paper and glued in place.
For the "Leap frog" card I first decoupaged the girls (a bit fiddly at first but easier as the parts get smaller)
I punched the lace edge then backed the card with the same green and pink paper as in the card above leaving some of the white card showing on the right, the edge was covered with a very thin green ribbon.
A thicker piece of Ribbon (luckily the same hue) was added to the "center" of the paper and topped with the decoupage.
Finishing touches were a few die cut flowers around the topper, a few pink gems and a strip of pink paper inside the card to show off the lace.
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD - coloured and uncoloured "Leap frog, Skippers and Marbles"
Wednesday, 26 August 2009
This is my little homage 5"X7" card to all men of a certain age that remember playing this game as a kid.
The card was covered in my Marble paper (Included on the download) and covered with a strip of Sage green card that had been run through a "ribber" and backed with black card.
I then used a template to cut out the words, aged them with a brown ink pad and backed them with black card.
After backing the picture and foam padding it to left of the card , I then added the words and dotted some clear round gel stickers to some of the marbles to give it a bit of interest.
I think this is my favourite card so far (it bought back a lot of fond memories for me)
I have a few ideas for more of these type of cards which I'll try to get done in the near future.
CLICK HERE to download "Marble Players" PDF file.
Friday, 21 August 2009
This card I did a while ago using a random butterfly stamp and a "House Mouse" Halloween stamp all mounted on foam pads. it's a pretty basic layout but I do like simple cards. I tried to keep it all the same hue.
It was made it as an inspirational card for our little Niece.
Thursday, 20 August 2009
The snail and it's trail are high lighted with "stardust" Sakura pen (but you can't tell from this picture) and the ribbon looks much brighter here than it really is.
The paper is from "Hot off the Press" Birthday pad and edged with a blue ink pad.
To download 6 uncoloured "Little monsters" click on the link below.
DOWNLOAD "LITTLE MONSTERS" HERE
Tuesday, 18 August 2009
I didn't have much time as he and his wife were coming over that night, so I drew this funny little man dressed in his straw hat and gardening apron , printed him on white card and decoupaged him.
I covered a 6X6 card with chocolate brown card then embossed a slightly smaller piece of mid blue (white core) which I had embossed on one side and sanded to show the white core.
A piece of "Hot Off The Press" Dotty paper was matted with brown then I used a CLEAR Sakura pen to highlight the dots.
I glued this to the left hand side of the card and stuck on the "Gardener", I then stuck small plastic flowers onto the stems using foam pads.
The Happy Birthday was printed and backed with the same brown as the rest of the card.
I wouldn't usually use flowers on a man's card but he IS a gardener so it was either that or vegetables.
Download the "GARDENER" decoupage here