Sunday, 14 October 2012

Choo Shoe..

..isn't it every girls dream to own a pair of Jimmy Choo shoes?  This card is designed with Choo's stilleto's in mind, the higher the heel, the sexier they are? I wanted it to be sophisticated, sexy and fun while still being glamourous.  To create this card I sketched out a stilleto and cut it out, using the excess as a template, mask the paper down onto your cardstock and with SU basic gray ink I stamped on the lace from Tanda backgound set 1 lightly, then over the top of that in archival ink in black I stamped from SU simply said the flowery heart all over and finally using the Tanda background stamp, butterfly.  I only stamped 3 of these but I removed the mask so the wings came off of the shoe.  For the next part you will need an SU stampamajig(no that's what it is really called), this is an ingenious little piece of kit, a handle part and a thick acetate square that slots into the handle at right angles.  The idea is that you ink up your chosen stamp( in my case it was from the SU simply said dotted mini floral one), stamp this onto the acetate, the handle part does have to be at right angles with the acetate or it will not work properly, stamp image.  Now you can move the acetate around over your image and see where you want your chosen parts of the stamp to be, place handle in position , re ink your stamp, remove acetate while keeping the handle still, then stamp.  I masked alot of my stamp off by using scrap paper over the image, this left the delicate dotted swirls and flowers.  To make the stilleto and sole of the shoe I placed the shoe mask back over and using a lolly stick, inked this up in black and stamped several times to get dark lines in the heel, then with a brush, load with ink and gently make sweeping movements into the shoe to your desired intensity.  Remove mask.  Finally I punched some purple and black paper using the Martha Stewart butterfly punch, glued the black butterflies flat for shadow and the using cosmic glue just glue the spine of each purple butterfly to create the 3D look.  For extra dimension I used Gunmetal stickles over the dotted swirls and crystal gems in the centre of each flower. Just need a sentiment, I used SU teeny tiny wishes in black and die cut Klaudia using small stuff alphabet die.  You have to admit, it is one sexy stilleto? Happy Birthday Klaudia.xx

Sunday, 7 October 2012

A friend like this..

...we all have at least one friend that is always there, through good and bad times.  One that gives you sound and honest advice, supportive, even though it might be a crazy idea or just to share and bounce ideas off of.  Out of all my friends, Sarah, is the one that I have known the least amount of time and met through our passion of crafting, so you could say we are on the same wave length in this.  That is probably where the similarity ends.  Sarah is much more fun loving, have a go at anything, and a collector of fine handbags and shoes.  I am more reserved and cautious, and yes, boring! This is probably why we get on so well, we compliment each other, we work well together, and we will one day set up a business together. As it is Sarah's birthday today, I wanted to create a card that suited one aspect of her personality, her love of tattoos. I also wanted in incorporate her favourite colour, purple. So, with embossing folders, spellbinders dies, distress ink(dusty concord) and pens and embellishments at the ready I created the above card. Originally I was going to make the focal point a skull with the metal embellishment but it just looked wrong so I changed this for a tattoo inspired flower.  This gives the appearance of the card a more cleaner, girlie feel but if you change the colourways, lost the ribbon and replaced with leather thong and used a skull as the focal point  you would have a great man's card. So, Sarah, Happy Birthday, go celebrate with a Banks Beer or maybe some Rum Punch? x