Thursday, 30 May 2013

Piece o' Cupcake

Morning all!
Things at work are very hectic right now (I work in IT Security for a bank) so it was nice to chill out and make a card that had lots of fun glitter and glueing elements.  No stress, lots of mess!
The card is for my boyfriend's niece who is turning 6.  As a result this is a super girly, pink, sparkly card, just like her. I also wanted to give it a personalised feel. She lives in San Antonio so we don't see her very often.  It was finally a good excuse to use my Hero Arts Cupcakes stamps as well!

I stamped the cupcakes on Neenah Mocha Mix craft cardstock (foolishly in black ink which shows up if the paper pieces aren't quite in the right place), then again in versamark ink over several different patterned papers.  I embossed in white and cut out the various elements then glued them to the black stamped images.  I'm not great at intricate cutting so have stayed away from paper piecing until now, but I'm really pleased with how these turned out.  For a real expert, check out Vicky at to see how it should be done.

I wrapped some pink American Crafts satin ribbon around the top and added some Thickers for her name and age.   A Fiskars corner punch was used to give the corners some interest. This corner punch is a total bargain - three in one and really adds a pretty element to a card. It's a good alternative to corner rounding and I use it a lot.

The card was distressed in Spun Sugar Distress ink and foam adhesive used to mount it onto pink textured cardstock.
 Finally, the cupcakes were decorated with stickles, pearls, liquid pearls and white enamel accents. I nearly didn't use the enamel accents - it was the last part of the card and it is a nightmare to avoid messy splodges but it turned out OK...mostly.

Now it is off to work again for me - booooo!

Punched Bufferlies

Horrible weather we are having in New York right now - rainy, cold, foggy and grey.  Reminds me of home!  There is talk of a heat wave coming up - 90 degrees - unfortunately that will more than likely come with the usual NY 90% humidity.  Bleugh!

Anyway, weather talk over (such a Brit), onto the crafting.  I'm continuing to post some of the projects I created recently.  This one was for a friend's daughter.  She turns 13 soon and my friend asked if I could make a green and orange card.   Not my favourite colours it has to be said!  This one was pretty simple to make however punching out the tiny butterflies was painful - literally!  The tiny punch created dents in my hand :(   My boyfriend's son Hank is about to turn two and when he saw this card he said 'bufferlies'!  Awww.

The card was created using Bazzill Marshmallow cardstock, with an additional layer placed on top using foam adhesive. I punched the butterflies from various shades of green card I had lying about (good way to use up the scraps) and two from a bright orange piece.  I then arranged them on the the top card layer and glued them into position. I was going for an ombre type look with the green colour graduation, which I think worked well. The arrangement is not so good. I would go more swirly next time.  I stamped the sentiment from a Simon Says Stamp set from the February card kit ('I Like Your Style') and embossed in silver.

This card could be adapted using different types of tiny punch - I bought a cheap set of eight from Michael's which also has a heart, dragonfly, Fleur-de-lis... I'll try some more another time as my scraps are getting a little out of control...maybe gloves this time though!



Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Eggcellent Leaves

Hi Everyone,

It's the end of the holiday weekend and i managed to get a LOT of crafting done (while my boyfriend was busy fishing...which I did also manage to participate in too!)  I was playing around with watercolour paints and Gesso and all sorts of things I've never used before.  Needless to say it became quite messy!  I also found time to do a little more conventional stamping and embossing.  

I try to plan for family and friends birthdays as far in advance as possible, as my work often takes me away from my crafting table :(  This weekend I made a birthday card for my boyfriend's sister.  She loves bugs (each to their own...) and so I thought the stamp from the Mindscapes collection from Inkadinkado would be perfect.  These stamps are so cool - if you look carefully, all of the images are made up of other tiny images. Very clever. 

 The Ladybird (Ladybug for my American friends) is inked in Versamark and embossed in rouge Zing! powder onto a deep blue card diecut, distressed in Fired Brick Distress ink.  In the same blue card, I dry embossed the hexagonal pattern, sanded it lightly and applied Fired Brick in parts, corner chomped, and mounted it onto dark red card (probably my favourite card colour combo right now).   

The green 'leaves' are actually a ripped up egg carton, which i painted with light and dark watercolours, Walnut Stain Distress ink and then spritzed with Buccaneer Bronze Lindy's Stamp Gang Moonshadow Mist.  I stuck them down with Matte Mod Podge onto a piece of cardboard (cut from a cereal packet!) and brushed the MP all over, making sure all of the pieces hung over the backing cardboard to hide it.    I saw this idea on Vivian Keh's site and thought it was very cool!  

The diecut Ladybird was then mounted on dimensional adhesive.  By the way, I only discovered Vivian's site recently.  It is worth checking out her projects - they are inspired and very creative.  I plan to try her glue gun technique in the near future.

Using the egg carton got me thinking about all the other household items I have innocuously lying around that could be put to good crafting use.  This weekend I used bay leaves, salt, sugar, and aluminium foil (as well as the aforementioned cereal and egg boxes). Go hunting - you'll soon find out what I mean. Although it will mean more trips to Walmart*...


*Other grocery retailers are also viable options :D  
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