Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Die cut rose in turquoise and green

I received this rose die cut as a RAK in one of my exchange cards a while back!!  It was just as you see it when I received it so I am guessing it was coloured with Copic markers - beautiful!!  I found some coordinating cardstock and stamped it with a script background (SU) in turquoise ink.  I cut a rectangle of white cardstock that was just big enough for the rose, embossed it with the Swiss Dot embossing folder and layered it onto a brown cardstock rectangle.  I used a fine tip glue applicator (fabric paint bottle filled with white glue) to adhere the rose and leaf into place and then added a laser printed vellum greeting in brown.  I folded over the ends of the greeting and adhered them to the back of this element before gluing the element to my stamped card front.  Love the look of it!!


Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Sticky note birdie on this card!

Who doesn't love cute little birds??  This one is a sticky note!!  My sister is always on the look out for cool embellishments for her cards and found these a while back.  She gave me a few and this might be the first I have used of them!!  I started by stamping the greeting in the lower right hand corner in dark blue ink on my white layer.  I embossed distressed lines above that and added a rectangle of striped decorative paper to the left of this. The little bird was the perfect colour so I added a bit more glue and positioned him in the middle of the card.  I used a black permanent marker to draw him a pair of legs.  I added a tiny black brad for the eye and trimmed a tiny scrap of yellow to create a beak.  He was looking pretty good but a wing would add some dimension!!  I remembered my paisley punch - it would make a great wing!!!!  It sure did so I finished him off with a fancy white wing!!
Love how it turned out!!


A fabric postcard that features little fabric collages

I used some of these little fabric collages that I created a while back to embellish this fabric postcard.  I started with a yellow fabric rectangle and positioned the little collages on - four on top and four on the bottom.  I stitched them down using a single line of stitching in yellow thread.  I added an unfolded length of black bias trim in between and stitched it into place as well.  I trimmed a little quote from a sheet of fusible fabric that my sister printed for me on her inkjet printer.  I fused it into place over the black bias tape and then hand stitched a flower embellishment to the right of it.   The embellishment combines little green silk leaves, a red silk flower with a yellow button center.  Next, I embellished all the squares by stitching on some fun pieces - a peach silk flower with a yellow sequin center held in place with  yellow seed bead, an little silver leaf embellishment, a little red button, a plastic butterfly embellishment, a white sequin flower with an orange flower sequin center held in place with a yellow seed bead, a silver metal butterfly charm, a little red heart sequin and a gold star sequin layered with a little red flower sequin held in place with a yellow seed bead.   I created a backer and stitched it to my front then couched the black fiber braid to the outside edge using a zig zag stitch on my sewing machine.  I am really happy with how this one worked out and the little fabric collages are just how I wanted them to look.  It is off to my partner for the birthday swap.                  Therese

Monday, March 27, 2017

Cards made by reusing beautiful floral cards

A few more cards created with beautiful used cards!!  The top two were made from one card front which I cut in half.  I used the bottom on the left hand card and added a embossed die cut of a lacy border (SU) on the top portion to hide the writing.  I added just a bit of gray watercolour to the border to tone down the white and give it a bit of dimension.  I fussy cut a little laser printed floral wreath (Melonheadz) and watercoloured it to coordinate with the border.  I added just a touch of gray watercolour to soften and shade the edge of this element as well.  I stamped a greeting in the open area and positioned the wreath to the left of it.  I glued this large element to the front of a blue card.  For my second card I used the top half of the card.  I added a length of scalloped lace across the bottom edge securing the ends to the back of the image using double sided tape.  I really wanted to add some dimension and thought maybe I could overlay the printed butterfly in the border with another.  I spotted a container of butterflies on my desk from another project and found this one that would work perfectly.  These are plastic butterfly magnets with beautiful colour and detail which I bought years ago.  I removed the magnet and trimmed the back side before adding 3D foam tape to adhere it over the printed one!! Perfect!!!  

For the left hand card I used an inner flap from a large used card. You can check out the card I made with the image on the front of the card here.  I wanted to add a bit of dimension so I punched a white eyelet border (SU) and glued it to the left hand edge of the image and then added an off white organza ribbon which I doubled knotted on the front leaving the ends long.  I stamped a little greeting (SU) on the lower portion of the image and embossed it in gold.  I glued this large element to a pink card front.  
For the right had card I fussy cut around the flowers from another card front and then trimmed it down to fit on my pink card.  This card front was left over from a card kit so it was embossed on the edges but that worked well for this card.  I stamped and embossed the Easter greeting onto a strip of vellum, tore both edges of the strip and then positioned it on my image then folded back both ends which I taped to the back.  I punched a butterfly from a scrap of the card front and embellished it with a bit of watercolour before stitching it to my image.   To finish off my card I glued this large element to the pink card.            
Hope you will all consider reusing the cards you receive from others in fun and creative ways for making other cards!!    Four or five, nicely packaged, make a nice hostess gift or can even be a blog give away prize!!


Sunday, March 26, 2017

Reusing cards - beautiful flowers for Easter cards

Easter cards!! It will be here before we know it!!
I have chosen to repurpose some commercial cards that were donated to me to create some new ones.
I managed to make two cards from one large beautiful card!!  I trimmed out the large red camellia to begin with.  The layer was just a bit too wide so I trimmed out about 3/16" and taped the pieces back together on the back so that I would not lose the gold decorative edges.  I added an ivory ribbon where they join and glued the whole layer to a red card front.  I stamped the little Easter greeting (SU) in the empty space between the flowers in gold pigment ink and embossed it in gold embossing powder.  Worked perfectly with this beautiful image and the gold borders.
For the next card I used the cut off from the first card that featured a small spray of flowers with gold borders which worked here because I used the whole piece - 5.5" tall.  It was not wide enough so I took a strip of the shimmery card, die cut the scalloped edge with a SU Thinlit then embossed it with the coordinating lacy embossing folder. Perfect!!  I sponged the front edge with gold pigment ink to coordinate with the gold edging and used double sided tape to adhere them together where they overlapped.  I cut out the little rose from the inside, trimmed it into a tag, manually embossed the edges and sponged all the edges with a bit of pink and green.  Next, I applied some gold pigment ink then some gold embossing powder to highlight the dry embossing.  I added a little gold embossed Easter greeting (SU) stamped on vellum.  I tore the edges and folded the ends to the back and secured with regular tape.  Next, I added a pink organza ribbon to my layer and threaded on the tag before securing the ends to the back with double sided tape.  Finally, I glued this large layer to the front of an ivory card.  The tag hides the printing that was on the front of the original card.

In comparison, this card was easy!!  I trimmed the tulip image from the large card, added a layered greeting and a little vellum butterfly punchie!!
I used a scrap from the original card below my trimmed laser printed Easter greeting.  I used just a whiff of glue stick between the vellum and the decorative paper before I attached them to the image layer using a tiny black brad and trimmed them to the edge.  I glued this large layer to a red card front.  I punched the little butterfly from a vellum scrap and adhered it to the card front using a tiny strip of double sided tape which just highlights his body!!

Very happy with how these cards turned out and it was fun to reuse cards in my cardmaking!!


Saturday, March 25, 2017

Cards from kits - changed up the sketch and added images

 Still making up kits from my last class.  These ones were heart themed for Valentine's so needed to be changed up to be appropriate for another occasion.  For the first one, I combined the decorative paper from two kits which provided me with a full 4" x 5.25" background.  I simply taped them together on the back before gluing it to the coordinating card front.  I watercoloured a cupcake image (Melonheadz) from my stash and added pearly paint to the icing and the star.  Fun!!  I layered it onto a green rectangle and added a border die cut to which I added gold glitter glue dots and some green watercolour half circles.  I glued this focal element to the front of my card.  I layered my colour laser printed greeting and added it to the bottom of my card below the image.  My favorite colour combo - pink and green!!  For my second card, I added the piece of decorative paper from the kit then added a piece of white vintage seam binding gluing the ends to the inside of the card.  I snipped a slot on the spine of the card using my slot punch (SU) to allow the end of the seam binding to be glued to the inside.  I found this coordinating vintage birthday image in my stash (clipart CD) so I trimmed it and added it over the seam binding using 3D foam tape.  I tied a short length of seam binding to the length on the card using a single knot to simulate a bow!! I had embossed borders on these card kits which you can see on this card.
It was really hard to change up this kit because the paper had hearts on it and it was red!!  So I decided to layer the greeting over gold embossed mesh (window screening)  then onto a trimmed (decorative scissors) rectangle of red and flagged all the ends.  I plucked these watercoloured and gold embossed hearts from an old card.  They worked really well for this anniversary card!!
The polka dot papers are from Digital Graphics Cafe and the heart one if from the Morgue File.
Again it was a fun challenge to use up these supplies to make up some new cards!!


Friday, March 24, 2017

More cards from kits - decorative paper framed images

 A few more cards made up from kits from my last class.  I have made several up others over the last little while but this is not a very flexible kit in that the supplies pretty much need to be made up using this sketch.  It does allow a lot of variety in regards to occasions though as you can see these are baby and birthday, Valentine's here, anniversary here and sympathy here.
They are easy to put together - simply glue the strips to create a frame on the card front and then colour the image and glue it inside the frame before gluing the little strip of embossed card stock over the bottom of it.  I discovered that the decorative paper for the little balloon bear was double sided so I used two strip of each design. That worked out really well and adds a bit of interest.
For the next two which were both the same cupcake image (Digital Graphics Cafe)  I used pearly paint on the icing and clear dimensional paint on the little hearts which was fun!!    The little horse is from Beccy's Place and the little bear is from Birdie Brown.      Therese

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Cards from card kits - hearts with embossed layers

 I have had these kits sitting on my desk for more than a month!!  I got started on making cards with them a few days ago.  I decided to change them up because I find it difficult to make lots of any one design.  Click here to check out the original design. I have made several other sketches since then - these ones and this one.
For these two, I used only one of the decorative paper hearts and layered them onto scalloped heart die cuts from previous kits and then onto the embossed backgrounds.  For the first one, I layered on some gold embossed mesh (window screening) then added strip of red decorative paper.  I added the layered hearts using 3D foam tape and trimmed the greeting before I tucked it below the mesh.  For the second one, I ripped the embossed layer to create a strip of brown over which I glued my layered heart.  I trimmed my greeting and tucked it just below the heart and then added the little brown heart die cut.  The blue heart was punched from a hand decorated layer from an old ATC.  Love the dimension of it!!

For these two I used three hearts!!  I ripped the embossed layer for the first cards to create a contrasting line and glued my hearts over the gap.  I trimmed and layered my greeting before tucking it below my last heart.  As a final touch I added the little red heart die cut to the bottom heart to help draw the eye to the greeting.  Using only three hearts on the blue one simplified the design and gave the card a cleaner look!  Used the little heart die cut on the far end of my greeting.
It has been fun to reinvent cards with these card kits!!              Therese