Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Country house sample cards

..More to come in January. These were launched yesterday on C&C on the Dawn Bibby show. Here are the cards I made in more detail.
This card was shown like this by Dawn
..but it is an easel card.....
..with a drop down draw bridge where I've added a little notebook and greeting

I stamped the brick stamp with purple ink onto velvet paper for the castle adding little glittered rectangles for the windows, I inked with Tim holtz seedless preserves ink for most of the colouring and stamping. The drawbridge wood is an embossing folder.

I used Thomas Kinkade backing paper to stamp the gates and for the background, so the gates blended in. The stone stamps are used to create the border around the card. Inside is one of Joanna Sheens wordy stamps
I stamped the stone doorway first and made a door to fit it, scoring with a scoreboard and adding extra texture freehand with the scoring tool. I stamped the urns and inked them a little bit to add dimension and filled them both with punched flowers and leaves. The brick wall is the brick stamped with distress ink and a water brush to colour lightly.
Stamped and gold embossed flower and coloured with promarker pens and layered. The leaves are from the JS Pressed flower rubber stamps
Thanks for looking

Pressed flower sample cards

I really enjoyed getting stuck into pressed flowers again to make these sample cards for Joanna Sheen.

Monday, December 19, 2011

DIY sample cards

I haven't felt like blogging for quite a while due to family stuff.

I thought I would add some of the sample cards that I made and that were shown on the TV a few weekend's ago by Joanna Sheen.
First here is a Tool shed card
I used a score board to create the wood and used the score tool to add extra texture and then coloured it with distress ink direct to card and rubbed with cut and dry. Inside looks like this:
I stamped the tools twice..embossing one lot with silver powder.. and then snipping them to make one tool each after using promarkers to colour them. I created the peg board look using my Big Bite tool.

Here's the other card I made for the show
I made the tool belt from inked up card.. made the shape up as I went along .. it grew as I made it... Lol! I added the stitiching with a white gel pen.
and here is the pop up tool box inside..I can't take full credit for this pop out idea as I was totally inspired by this lady's blog here
I change mine for what I wanted by adding more drawerfronts etc.

I will be back soon with more sample cards for the groovy baby stamps and the pressed flower cards I made.

Bye for now.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Joanna Sheen's Christmas Flower stamp Sample Cards

Hi Bloggers, It's been a while. I've been super busy with making sample cards and my own Christmas cards. I've also not been able to get onto the computer as much as I would like for other personal reasons.
Anyway, I realised that I didn't show the card samples for the Christmas flower stamps that were shown on TV over a month ago,well it's not Christmas yet so .. here are my 2 from each option:
The Candle option of these stamps has some lovely designs. I used the musical sentiments as tinsel on the tree and for the background - I embossed with white powder and inked with Tim Holtz aged mahogony pad for the background paper. The angel stamped and embossed with white powder looks good on the top of the tree. I used the sentiment from the Music option with a few punched birds (MS punch) each side and on the tree. Talking of the tree, I stamped the Angel over and over in green onto a piece of paper and punched out lots of snowflakes and arranged them into a tree shape. 8" x 8 " card.

Here's the second card using the Candle option:
I have used the main design stamped with versamark and embossed with white powder. I used Tim Holtz distress inks to colour the image using one of my acrylic blocks to mix the colours with water. The fancy top is part of a spellbinders die - Lables 20 to give a nice edge. 6" x 6" card.

The Music option has a beautiful design plus a lovely Poinsettia and sentiment.
Here are my cards.
I stamped the main image twice with versamark and embossed both with white powder, the one for the back I cut to size and inked using Tim Holtz Barn door ink pad. (very messy! he he) then I used the other stamped image to cut out the poinsettia flowers to lay on the top. The backing paper is the single Poinsettia flower stamped over and over using a mask so that they can be overlapped neatly... again I used the Barn door colour inkpad - I think this makes a stunning background paper. I stamped a few extra for the embellishments and added some punched out Poinsettias aswell.
Here's the second card for the Music option..
A pretty Tent fold card with the image again white embossed and coloured using the distress inks. I layered the image onto a vintage doily to add texture and stuck gems along the MS punched bottom edge. The holly paper is from Papermania.

The Star option has the most lovely wooden star with Merry Christmas on it, plus a lovely arrangment in a box and some Christmas bells. Here are my two cards.
First of all I decided where I wanted the line for the bottom of the door and stairs and lightly inked over a straight edge with Antique linen, then I stamped the star and then drew the lines of the door around it. To create the look of the stair banisters I used a deep edge Martha stewart punch and red card but inking the area first before I stuck it on. I used a mixture of H2O's and distress inks to colour the flowers this time. 6" x 6" card.
Here's my second card.
A mixture of embossing folders to create the fireplace on this tent card. Paper from Papermania and holly punched and coloured.

The Wreath option has a lovely Wreath, bauble and sentiment.
Here's my first card. 8" x 8" card
A mixture of large MS border punches to create the gate and the brick embossing folder from Creative Expressions for the little bits of wall on each side. I used torn white card for the snow effect. The wreath is coloured with promarkers. I love the cat from the Ivory Cats CD, cheeky little thing..!
and finally, the second card for this option and last out of the samples...

I've had the white card with flecks in for absolutely ages.. I love how it looks like a frosty window here. I stuck 4 identical cut out squares onto a larger blue square to create the window.
I also stamped onto the blue paper and embossed with white... then added my own foiled sentiment. 6" x 6" card.

Thank you so much for visiting my page today. I will have many more samples to add here as each new set of stamps are launched on Create and Craft TV.

Hugs xx

Monday, October 17, 2011

More sample cards

Here are some more photos of the sample cards I made for Joanna Sheen's Classic Melody stamps.

I used glossy card for the grand piano, Martha steward edge punch for the decoration and the keyboard has been embossed. I layered the pages on the little book to create a 3D look to it.

I got the idea for the pop up piano keys from the internet HERE but I changed it a little to make some of the white piano keys look like they are playing a tune.

The keyboard was stamped with versafine ink and then I covered the whole lot with versamark and used clear embossing powder to give a nice shiny look. I embossed the butterflies with white embossing powder and inked with milled lavendar distress ink. I don't know if anyone will notice that the bodies of the butterflies are made up of treble clefts. Lol.. The paper and letters are from the Rose garden Papermania pad and I made the rose to match.
The musical background was stamped with a stazon ink pad onto a piece of wide cream ribbon. I cut a small piece off for the pocket and tied the longest piece into a simple knot. I poked this through a small hole in the shirt then layered the black card for the jacket on top. The pinstripes are created with a clear stardust pen. The smaller mini easel with the gramaphone stamped keeps the larger easel suit upright.
I used my own foiled crackled background and some lovely wallpaper on the base of the card. I stamped the gramaphone onto cream card using distress inks to age it and I embossed another one in white onto some Papermania paper then die cut the bauble shape - I triple embossed it to give a lovely shine. Most of the edges have had stickles rubbed sparingly to add a little sparkle. The keyboard, book and charms all added with the Anna griffin holly to finish it off.

.. and here's the last one of the samples.

I hope you have enjoyed reading today's post. I really enjoyed making these cards and I am really pleased with how my designs can be used as rubber stamps.
Thanks for visiting
See you soon..

Sunday, October 16, 2011

'45 record in sleeve' sample card

It seems that the 45 Single single record card was a big hit on the launch of the Classic Melody Stamps on C&C TV yesterday. It was alot of fun to create after quite a bit of trial and error Lol... in the end I cracked it and I can't wait to share with you how I made this card. First of all here are some photos.

I used a real 45 single vinyl record and sleeve as a template to make my card. All the stamping and aging was done with Tim Holtz Distress inks. Here's how I made it.
  • First make a round card by drawing around the record but leaving a small part for the joining fold in the card from black card. If you are lucky enough to own a Grand Caliber machine or something similar, then you could simple use a cirle die to create a circle card. I haven't got one so mine is all cut out with scissors Lol.
  • Cut 2 more seperate circles the same size as the card out of black card. These will be textured and stuck to the front and back to look like the record.
  • To add the realistic vinyl texture I used a glaze medium in gloss by Daler-Rowney. I applied it to each circle with an old art paintbrush so that it left lines. I went round and round the circle leaving lines. Once dry it really does look and feel like the grooves in a record!.
  • I added smaller circles to each 'record' to look like a label. I used the computer to print Happy Birthday around the edge and stamped the gramaphone first and then masking it when I stamped the piano, the 45 today in freehand.
  • Using the record sleeve as a template to make one for the card was fun and easy to do.

I hope this inspires someone out there in blog land to have a go at making your own single record and sleeve. It can be such a personal card to give someone special in your life.
Have fun and I would love to see your cards.

I will be back tomorrow with some more sample cards with info on how I made them.
Hugs for now.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

FREEBIE for Musical heart card

Did you watch the Classic Melody stamps being launched on the TV? What a fun and enjoyable hours viewing I've just had.
As promised, here is the background graphic that I used for the musical heart card on the left. Please feel free to use on your card projects. Click on the image to bring view the larger jpeg and save to your computer.

I used various sized heart shaped spellbinder nestabilities to create the hearts and then stamped the piano keys onto each one with momento ink. To give the black keys a raised look, I used a versamark pen to highlight them and covered with clear embossing powder... it needed 2 coats of this to give a lovely glossy shine to them.
I will be popping in over the weekend to add pictures and details of the other sample cards I made for the show. I hope you enjoy using this freebie.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Joanna Sheen's Classic Melody Rubber Stamps

Here's a sneek peek at my latest designed stamps for Joanna Sheen. They will be on sale this weekend on Create and Craft TV and on Joanna Sheen's website. I will post pictures of my sample cards over the weekend Plus.... I will be making the background image used on the piano hearts card available here on my blog as a freebie on Saturday. Watch this space!!
See you soon..

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Eskimo Kiss

Hello Bloggers! it's been a while I know... I've been busy away from the computer.

I drew 'Eskimo Kiss' a short while ago, it is loosely based on Klimt's 'the kiss'. I just added different clothes ... well, actually it looks totally nothing like Klimt's painting..LOL! but that's where the inspiration for it started.Anyway, I have made some cards... here they are.
This first one is an 8"x8" card. The background is blue and white papers and I've added Martha stewart punched snowflakes from the corner and border punches..and the single snowflake punch. I also used the MS border large snowflake punch on the side. I coloured the image with promarkers and added glitter for the fir trims.. the man's looks more ivory because I wanted to make it easier to tell which fir trim belongs to who..Lol..

Here's another card. This one is an A5 card. the backing paper is from a lovely My Mind's Eye Christmas paper pad called Dear Santa - it's gorgeous! Again I used promarker pens to colour the image, and this time she has the creamy colour fir trim - glittered of course Lol. You can see that I used a Martha stewart snowflake border punch at the top.

Here's the last card for today..
This card is 6" square. I used K&Co paper for the background... I think it looks a bit like snow Lol. I cut the mistle to out from another background paper (on the JS Messy RabbitCD) then added some peel offs and a ribbon.. I'm not to impressed with this card but thought I'd share it anyway LOL..

Well, that's it for now.. I hope you all have a wonderful rest of the week and weekend..
Hugs x


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