Monday, 28 February 2011

Falling for Flowers

Hi everyone,

Once again I apologise for my long absence; as usual it's been hectic here and my posting kind of took a back seat :(

I did continue crafting, though! Although i did make a few variations of the same card and played around with making sets.

So, the card I'm going to show you today is one of 4 variations on the same style. The thing is, it showcases a beautiful background stamp, which I have focussed on as my main image:

I used the 'Floating Blossoms' stamp from Hero Arts for this card. I simply coloured it with 2 different copic markers for the flowers, and another 2 for the leaves.
Then I masked the flowers off, and used Dusty Concord distress ink to ink up the background.
I added accents with a white gel pen, added a vellum white-embossed sentiment, and mounted it on a white linen card blank.

I love the vellum sentiment strip - Britta Swiderski first introduced me to it, in this post, and I've been hooked ever since (as you'll soon see!!!).

Ooooh and one more thing before I go: I wanted to let you know that I'm sooooo excited; I placed my first order with Papertrey Ink a couple of weeks ago, and am soon to be getting my hands on some of their new releases, as well as some stamps that I've had my eye on for QUITE a while (thank you, Dorcas, for helping me out :)
I've also ordered some Lawn Fawn sets, and some more stamps from My Cute Stamps, so look out for some cards made using those in the upcoming weeks!

Anyway. I'm really off now, and heading for my bed, but wanted to get in a final post for Feb so I can kid myself that I haven't been away for THAT long...(!)

Nite nite!

Tasha :)

Wednesday, 9 February 2011

Hi everyone,

I tried a new technique with this card; I was inspired by this post by Britta Swiderski and by Jill Foster in general.

My aunt picked this stamp as well; she loved the foliage and she loves green, and orange, so...

Here's the first one:

And a close-up of the sentiment tag:

And now for the orange one:

And the sentiment tag:

This one was fun to make. I cut out two of the same label shape of the same size using my Silhouette machine, out of white cardstock. I then scored 1" below the top of one of the shapes, and then glued that portion to the other piece of cardstock, to form a card blank.

Then I cut a smaller version of the label shape from white cardstock, which I inked with 3 shades of distress ink (scattered straw, wild honey, and spiced marmalade). I then stamped over the top of this in black Memento ink and a stamp from the 'Delicate Leaf Clusters' set by Hero Arts.

Finally, flick a bit of water over the card to create the spattered effect, add some twine and a tag, adhere to the card blank, et voila!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Tasha :)

Monday, 7 February 2011

Rainbows and Sparkles

Hi everyone,

Hope all is well with you; sorry I haven't been around the last few days! It was a busy week and I didn't really get a chance to indulge in posting any new creations! And then I had a pre-interview interview for a job I reaaaaaaaaallllllly want to get... so let's see how that goes!

Anyway, today's card was just itching to get out once I had made this masculine card for my husband. The girly side of me couldn't wait to whip up a fitting card, and so this is what I came up with:

And a close-up of the sentiment:

This one was fun to make, because the stamping comes out so pretty! I just inked up different parts of the stamp in different colours of distress ink, spritzed it with my mini-mister (Ranger), and stamped it on some white cardstock.

Once it had dried, I stamped over the cardstock with the Friend Definition stamp in Versamark ink, removing ink from the parts of the stamp which covered the previously stamped image. I embossed this using a clear glitter embossing powder, which has left a pink tinge and looks quite cute, I think :)

I mounted this on white cardstock, added some embroidery floss and the distressed sentiment tag, and hey presto: one girly card!

Hope you like it; I'm off to get some lunch! :)

Wednesday, 2 February 2011

Just sitting here... again


So here is the next card using these stamps, as promised:

And a close-up of the sentiment:

What do you think?
I stamped the chairs in black Memento ink, and then stamped over them using the Classic Fabric Design (HA) stamp, in Dusky Concorde distress ink. I then distressed the chairs in Victorian Velvet, and went around the edges again lightly in the Dusky Concorde.

The background was stamped using the 'Friend Definition' stamp, distressed in Antique Linen and Vintage Photo, and mounted on a white card blank.
The top left hand chair is raised on 3D foam squares, and I have matched the studs to the sentiment using ranger stickles.

The string is white embroidery floss, and I tied a tag to it, which contains the sentiment. I really like the look - I should try using tags more often!

So, which of the chairs did you prefer? I personally think the distressed ones are better; any more tips on watercolouring, please let me know!

Have a nice day, catch you next time!

Tasha :)