Monday, 28 November 2011

Baby Jamie..

You may remember that I made a baby card similar to this before?? Well, I NEVER make the same card twice when it comes to commissioned orders so this is the variation.  The base card stock was metallic white which gives this card a softer, more new baby feel to it.  There is more stitching on this one,  now that I have the formula in how to hide the workings, this style of card is exquisite.  There is also alot of matting and layering which always adds to the quality and weight of card.  I have used Rusty Pickle 6 x 6 paper pack Boy Oh Boy and it uses 24 sheets plus a pack of Rebecca Erickson Baby Boy rub ons.  I have also 'lined' the back of each flap and stitched this on which gives a lovely finish to this card.  Extra details are the animals that I have cut out using the Sizziz dies-giraffe, sheep, elephant and pig.
As you can see they are hidden under each flap which makes this card so special in that you have that extra 'reveal' to each page. There is plenty of room to add any extra sentiments or photos should the sender wish to do so.  I'm really loving this style of card and you could take this card further if you wish; for those of you who love to experiment! Make the flaps into pockets if you would like to add photo's or secret messages or extra flaps that flip in another direction or mini pages in between the main title flaps; it really has so much to offer this style of card.  You could add lots more embellishments warned, this style of card does "eat" cardstock and embellishments and can be a very expensive card to make but it is such an awesome keepsake, why wouldn't you?! xx

Sunday, 20 November 2011

Winter Wedding..

I was so excited to be asked to make this winter wedding card, it had to winter filled and sparkly.  I had in my mind that I wanted to use the Tim Holtz snowflake border die and cut this in white glitter cardstock.  As this die is quite short I had to try and work out how to make it longer, I found that if I cut a strip of cardstock longer than i needed and cut the first one carefully it meant that I could then move the strip along to the matching parts and hold it in place with masking tape and keep the cut continious. The main background card is white shimmer cardstock, I have embossed a script stamp several times on this using clear embossing powder and matted and layered this on brushed silver cardstock and held in place with brads.The silver and white patterned cardstock was cut using the Go Kreate Frilly dies, the white one has the addition of white voile ribbon and a diamonte kiss ribbon charm on it for a sophisticated feel.  The beaded flowers are from Hobbycraft and the poinsettias were cut using the Marianne dies in white and silver to keep within the theme and add elegance and grace to the card.  Finishing touches were pearls, gems and stardust stickles.  Congratulations to the happy couple whose wedding will take place in December. xx

Thursday, 17 November 2011

One Angry Bird..

I know Angry Birds exist, that it is a game but thats about all.  When I came up with the idea of creating this card for my best assistant ever, I knew it had to be special.  Its not the usual type of card I create, its very simple, I guess, carton quality? The Angry Bird has been made using a selection of SU punches, oval, heart, circles.  The largest circles have been made using the Creative Memories circle cutters, everything else has been handcut.  Shading has been added using copic pens.  The Angry Birds font is feast of flesh but I have cheated and minimised the title and mat and layered it up on white and black cardstock. With dark thread to emulate the catapult and the job is done.  So, from one Angry Bird to another...Happy Birthday Miss Spry!! xxx

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Here I go again..

It has been a while since I blogged, it's not because I havent crafted but I have finally had a long awaited holiday.  I had scheduled cards to be displayed in my absence, but, what I had not planned for was a stay in hospital immediately I landed back in the UK.  So, I apologise to you all, and now I am back on track and rearing to go!
With the apologies and explanations out of the way I will explain about this card.  It is a commissioned card.  The brief was 70's, Mamma Mia a big 40 and the ladies name.  I have used a lot of photoshop on this card and yes it took hours and a lot of patience to do it but for the recipient its just so personal. It was quite a challenge but I am quite proud of myself as I am not brilliant with the photoshop layers but I guess it is just practise.  I replicated the background markings and cut Meryl Streep from the casting(whos is she anyway?) and added the recipients name which is cut, paste and matching in the background colours.  The lady on the card is (I think) from Mamma Mia and I have cut her out added shadows and then added her to my background and printed this off.  I then hand cut and embossed the 40 and cut the Mamma Mia from the Quickutz Katie alphabet.  Added some glitz by the way of gems, a bit of matting and layering and ..Hey Presto!  one card finished. I hope it was worth the wait? x