Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Stepping out in lace

Not quite sure I would step out in that dress without a top to go with it.!!!  I used another of my Prima mannequin embellishments from Funkie Junkie for the main part of this card.  Cutting out a piece of my adhesive canvas I blended different distress paints together and then stuck onto an 8x8 card. The flower under the mannequin was stained with milled lavender as was the lace and ribbon.
Once dry I then glued into place on the card. The lace at the top was coloured with a mixture of distress stains in milled lavender and spun sugar to get the colour I wanted then left to dry thoroughly.  The butterflies were cut using the TH Butterfly Frenzy strips.  I only needed to use three different sizes and painted them, finishing off the beginning and end with little Venise lace applique roses.
My brain cells are flagging with names and makes of some of my embellishments and sadly the butterfly is one of them.  I certainly purchased some in recent times but where and when I can't remember, but it certainly finished off the die cut butterfly that had been given to me.

 Just prior to gluing down the butterflies I die cut a tag using an oddment piece of Graphic 45 paper and tied a piece of ribbon in to the top and glued down.

I expect by now it will be realised that I do rather like butterflies.

A card that was a joy to make, hope you enjoy and thank you for looking.


Thursday, 14 August 2014

Fly away





My second post in one week, and enjoyable to make as well.

I started with a 6x6 card and paper from Pion Design that I had purchased some time ago through dies to die for, a great site to visit.  I purchased the 12x12 paper that has four 6x6 designs to be able to cut up.  Using a TH stencil and distress ink I dabbed around on areas.  I used the TH trellis die and cut out two using double sided paper so that  I could use the different middle sections to infill on the cutout trellis itself.  Have to say I was rather pleased with the results, by using pinflair glue it meant I could then have then sitting proud of the cutout areas.  I then stamped one of the quotes from Artistic Outpost Quotes and Quotable set, tore the edge of the paper and distressed with TH distress ink in tea dye.

The butterflies were two that I had received so can't say what die cut was used. But they certainly blended in well with the quote and of course the paper has tiny butterflies in the top right corner.
Another fun card to make, thank you for visiting.

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Fancy dress

Long time no posting, but there has been cycling and Commonwealth games that I have been watching.  Lovely weather but sadly not for me at the moment, health took a tumble and I have found the humidity to be a bit too much.  But hope everyone else has enjoyed a lovely summer, at present I am typing this whilst watching the cycling in London on in the background and heavy rains outside.

So what have I been up to well, managed to put together some cards, and this one is for an elderly lady that I am sure she will like.


The die cut dress form idea was originally seen on another blog, sadly can't remember whose and when.  So my thanks go to that crafter for the idea.

So I started with a blank card that had been cut out on the edge using an electronic cutter, I think the design came from Penny Duncan  apologies if I have made a mistake but it was a very long time ago.  Using a TH stencil and distress ink I stenciled in areas, to break up the white.
I didn't take pics of the dress form, but I used the die from TH and cut out two in black card.  I then cut one in half and after a lot of fiddling around managed to get it to adhere to the middle of the base one, it can be seen on the close up photo.  Next I die cut out some more using pages from an old paperback.  These were then folded in half and edge distressed using TH distress ink in tea dye, then glued in between the gaps, as seen on the photo. 
I finished the mannequin off with a lovely piece of ribbon and the top with a cameo embellishment.  Then using two more of my filligree embellishments I glued into place and topped one with a lovely blue glass button.

To break up the heavy white look I covered the inside of the card with maroon vellum.  Basic card but fun to make, hope you enjoy and thank you for visiting my blog.



Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Heart box

Goodness I can't believe how time has passed since I last put a card on the blog.  Time then for a wooden box that I came across in a local shop. I didn't like the box as it was so set to and changed it am pleased with the end result.

So what did it look like to start with -
As can be seen there is a large drawer that pulls out.  Before I started I removed the white heart.

So how did I get from there to the end result, well out came my Graphic 45 Couture pad and with a pair of scissors cut the top from one side and used the other side of stripes to put around the box and front of the drawer.  Before that sticking though, I painted around and inside the box with a mix of taupe and beige paint and then edged the box with the distress paint in black.
Using a sponge and the distress paint in black I wasn't too concerned with making it look perfect.  Hence some parts had more black than others.

Next came the sticking into place the Graphic 45 paper, I used Mod Podge on the top, sides and the front.

Next came the embellishments, I used a metal filigree heart shape that I had and glued a lovely amethyst heart to the front.  This was then put onto a small piece of ribbon and hung from the middle of the heart opening.
Next I added purple feathers to the top of the box and small roses with leaves.  The middle has a lovely cameo embellishment that I had in my stash.  All in all I think the box came out well.

Thank you for looking.



Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Pretty with pink

I have had 8x8 cards for some time now and decided it was time to use some of them up.

Starting off with distress paints colours salty ocean, milled lavender, spun sugar and frayed burlap, I set to and wiped the colours across using a baby wipe then dabbed colours around giving a circle look.

Next stage I die cut a tag using the TH tag die and used the movers and shapers heart die to give a cutout.  The card used had a pearl pink sheen to work in with the pink theme.  I distress stained the  flower that was cut with a die and calico cloth.  That was put together with an addition of a beaded pink pin and a floral stem.  The lace was from my stash of venise lace applique that I decided to leave white.  The floral image is from one of the Graphic 45 botanical tea range if papers. 


Lastly finishing off with a metal filigree embellishment and a tiny butterfly.

Thank you for looking and hope that I have given a little bit of inspiration.