Thursday, March 9, 2017

Faberge style Eggs!

I love the sheer beauty and craftsmanship of Faberge eggs.. they are completely over the top and extravagant (or eggtravagant! Lol).  I was so inspired by them I had to design some die cuts for Joanna, you can find them here
Here are the sample cards I made for Joanna:

 I can't be the only one with tons of holographic card stashed away wondering how to use it?.. Well die cut these eggs with it for an instant BLING!! I layered them over holographic too! This card is mainly black and cream with a little touch of lime green (holographic too!) The egg holders are plain cream card plus I added cream tulle across the base of the card to add to the luxury.

 To create the concertina style opening I drew around the egg die placing it next to the last one but slightly overlapping as I went along and then folding along the creates a lovely egg shaped mini book.  I decorated each egg with various colours of lace paper from Joanna Sheen Vol 1 Pad
 Then die cut 6 white Signature die Anya Faberge style egg for the inside pages and die 1
Signature die Caterina Faberge style egg for the front. I added ribbon before sticking to the card. All the flowers are from the Signature Dies flowers and leaves collection - I used Herb garden and Herb border and the Primrose.
For this card I die cut all 3 layers of card in the same place to layer up. I added mirror card on the inside to reflect the back of the egg. The egg is the Signature Die Anya Faberge style egg die cut from gold card and I cut 2 base dies. I made 2 eggs up layering one onto red the other onto blue card and stuck them back to back sandwiching cotton in the middle so as to attach the cotton in the layers of the background to hide it. The lovely Teddys are from Joanna Sheen Janet Kruskamp cardmaking collection Pad 1 and 2  and the lovely blue backing paper is from Joanna Sheens Paper collections Pad Vol 4 Christmas    and of course as with all these cards I added lots of gems!! Lol

Thanks for visiting and I hope these have inspired you to make your own Faberge style egg cards to share this Easter

Monday, March 6, 2017

Distress Oxide card

I was lucky enough to buy all 12 of the new Tim Holtz Distress Oxide ink pads and I have fallen in love with them. I love the softness of the colours and what's even better is that you can use them with the ordinary distress inks for matching tones of colours for a wonderful look on backgrounds etc.

I made this card after playing with them making some backgrounds on A6 pieces of card. After a pile of backgrounds I decided to die cut some to create wonderful colourful houses using Joanna Sheen's Signature dies - Town house dies 
I wanted to make a card with the feel of Amsterdam and give it to my daughter and her husband who celebrated their first wedding anniversary recently.  I used the distress oxide for the houses, river and leaves.  The various brickwork papers are from a lovely paper pad from Joanna Sheen Vol 2.   
I die cut the houses from the backgrounds and from white card. I cut out the windows to layer over the coloured houses for a neat window frame look.
I had to add lights to the card because the narrow boats and along the river bank are usually lit up at night.. so I cut small holes in the picture once I'd finished where the lights would be (artistic license Lol) and added lights behind - I used tiny micro LED's on copper wire with tiny battery cases. 
Here is the card:
First with the lights off

  ..and then the lights switched on!


My Daughter and Son-in-Law really loved the card and said that it totally reminded them of both their honeymoon and their short break in Amsterdam.. so Job done well :)

Thanks for visiting today.. come back soon to see more Distress Oxide creations! ..and more sample cards I have made for Joanna Sheen.


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