For my Saturday class this week we made another Christmas card.
Loved how crisp and clean the card looked so after everyone had gone home I made a batch of them ready to send out to friends and family.
So glad I decided to do refresher courses with the girls and revisit some of the old techniques that we have already covered.
I was just a little stunned that the girls could not remember that I taught the spotlighting technique to them a few years back.
Love this technique as there are so many ways that you can spotlight certain areas.
Everything was in front of me on the table so grabbed my camera and took a few step by step photos.
My Misti is over a year old now and it has revolutionised my stamping especially as I have Rheumatoid Arthritis.
The only draw back has always been its limitations in the size of paper you can use and it can also be a bit cumbersome.
It had to happen that someone would hop on the band wagon and invent a tool that would eliminate this problem.
Wahooooo! My Saturday girls and I have all put our orders in for the new:
Rare Earth Load N Fold Solid Stamping Tool Set.
Smaller, more manageable and – the best bit – you can use any size paper you want … yayyyy!!!
Best part of making these cards was the white embossing of the trees and then inking with green ink.
A few splatters of white paint before punching out with a stamp punch from SU.
Whilst having a Skype session with Dot yesterday Mr Postie delivered some Crafters Companion stamp sets here and here.
Of course a girl just has to have a play right away and this quick card was born.
Only one problem with these stamps, they come unmounted … would rather have a choice like PaperArtsy and pay extra for a mounted set.
OK so I’m lazy!!!!!
The stamped image from PaperArtsy reminds me of those dolls which have their heads on coiled wire and they wobble like crazy.
Mixed my media again – this time it was inks and paints.
Also the other mix of stamps which found their way onto this card are from darkroom door, Star and French Script … stamping heaven.
Totally love Strictly Come Dancing!!!!
Yesterday and today was a total disaster with trying to Skype Dot. Technology is great when it works!!!!
Tried to show her what I was making but not sure if she saw anything.
Here it is sweetie hope you like!!!
Inks used are Ripe Persimmon for the background with two different embossing folders.
How bold are those numbers? They are from another one of my new PaperArtsy sets # HP1604EZ.
Dancing girls are from an old Indigo Blu stamp called Dancing Children.
As you can see only used two girls from the middle and did some paper piecing for the dresses. Coloured their shoes with paint.
Clare as you know is my DIL but no worries about her seeing this as she never checks out my blog.
Whilst home recently she saw the quirky PaperArtsy stamp sets I bought and loved them, so it was only fitting to put a couple on her card.
Stamped with Dolly Mix Fresco Finish paint around the edges then used a mixture of paint and other colouring mediums for the Zinski Art stamps numbers are 03 and 01. JOFY 09 also came into play by way of the leaf and a little flower in the girl’s hands.
Christmas is such a magical time and like most people I love it and think it is the best time of the year.
Unfortunately Christmas cards are not my favourite things to make.
The girls in my Saturday class this week had a surprise because that’s just what we made … a Christmas card!!!!
Designed the front to be clean and fresh looking because when opened it’s the inside that holds the wow factor.
Used gold embossing powder for the Christmas tree which was also covered with stickles and white fluffy stuff and the deck the halls sentiment was gold embossed. For the middle pretty Sarah Kay stamps were used with stickles added to their hats.
Some of the Sarah Kay stamps remind me of Sun Bonnet Sue (patchwork quilting) where you see no face only a hat.
Check out this quilt that I made for Amber some years ago it’s a Sun Bonnet Sue Through The Year.
FSC is all about ‘Tis The Season’ this month which my uber-talented team mate Dot picked as the theme.
Dot explained that we could have either Autumn or Winter as our season … Autumn called to me.
Definitely time for those sun shades.
Let me tell you, I kid you not when I say that this pic is nowhere near as vibrant as the card actually looks, sorry about the glare.
Made the background with paints and a leaf stencil which was cut to size before placing onto the card.
Stamped Mr Goofy onto the background so that little elements of him fell onto the card.
Stamp used is from one of my new sets … I say sets because I bought heaps of these whilst home recently.
As you know I love to go to the The Craft Barn when home and sooooo lucky this time round that Chris Dark was altering a gorgeous box so I booked in … hoping to put pics up later this week.
Quirky stamps are absolutely my thing … Stampotique are one of my all time faves … but I can see me falling in love with these PaperArtsy ones just as much.
Other stamps used are Studio 490 – Tales Of Art and An Eye For Art.
Would really love it if you hopped on over to see all the DT’s work as they are simply stunning. Also don’t forget that the winner of this challenge has $20 to choose anything they like from Flonz’s store.
Dot was tired by the time we finished Skyping today but I had time to show her the card I was working on.
Sometimes we have a good connection and sometimes not … so not sure how much she saw of the card … hope she likes what she sees in the flesh.
Used Dina Wakley stamps called Positive Women and Indigo Blu stamps Tasty Textures.
Paints were used for the stamping from PaperArtsy called Fresco Finish Autumn Fire and Bora Bora.
Had time to make this CAS card for JP’s birthday which means that Claire has a few to choose from.
Brenda, my lovely teamie from FSC did a post the other day here and mentioned about the stamping on her card (the trees looked drunk). She assured us they weren’t. Well that’s just what my sentiment stamping looks like … very wonky … but it really is straight. Brenda I believe you!!!! lol
Made an aperture on plain white card with Sheena’s Perfect Partners Birds Of A Feather.
With a spare piece of copy paper, which had painty bits on it, I cut out another bird.
Closed the card and placed the painty die cut bird in the die cut space. Hope you followed that girls!!!!
Two firsts today, things that I wasn’t allowed to do because of my leg injury, remember the falling off the fence episode, well I can do both again.
First is being allowed to swim again, really missed the swimming. Definitely a morning girl, leave the house around 7.30am and in the pool for 7.50am. Not into all that gym malarky but I’ve been a member of the Amber Springs Leisure Centre for about two years and because of the times I go for the most part I am the only person in the pool. It’s just amazing, feels like my own private swimming pool. Usually swim for around an hour before heading home.
Second I can drive my car again.
About driving my car, don’t think I mentioned that Andrew bought me my dream car … only had it for just over a month and for the last two weeks it has been stuck outside the house. This car is something I have wanted for absolutely years but never thought I would ever own.
It’s my very own MINI to float my bones about, how super cool is that!!! She’s the bees knees. Yep it’s a she of course.
I go home fairly regularly to see the family but sadly because the grandchildren are growing up (Amber at University, Alex in college and Lauren in her early teens) this means that Ireland doesn’t have the same appeal that it used to. They loved coming here as youngsters because we are only 12 mins from the beach, so every summer they would be here. This meant that my car had to accommodate us all hence the seven seater people carrier … but no more, I have my dream machine. Thanks Andrew you are one amazing and generous husband.
Guess what … Amber, Alex and Lauren all said they want it. Sorry kids it’s all mine!!!!
Another two cards which are going home to Clare … she really can have her pick about which to use for JP’s birthday.
Stamps used are called Sideshow and School Desk from Stampers Anonymous … totally ashamed to say the Sideshow set was bought in February and first time of using them.
Below is an 8″ x 8″ card which I very rarely make but was thinking that it would be a good one for Clare’s dad’s 80th birthday.
We can decide that later as it will be very easy to add something extra onto the card.
Stamps used on this card are from darkroomdoor, also used the ruler stamp from an Indigo Blu set called Sewing Mends The Soul . You can only just see a little of this because it was used to frame the man and clock. Clock came from another Stampers Anonymous set called Pen & Pencil. Can’t think for the life of me why it’s called this as there are no pens and pencils in sight on the set.
This canvas has been sitting in the corner of my desk for a few days. Every now and again I will work on it, leave alone to work on something else then come back and have a look to see what else I can add, then off I trot again.
At the moment I feel there is nothing more I want to add … but … the bottom right hand corner of the canvas is definitely unfinished so until I can figure out what it needs to finalise she’s being relegated to the bench.
Leaving you with two more pics before I place it in the unfinished box.
It’s going into the unfinished box because I don’t want to rush and just put anything on it, then days down the line I will totally regret it. As soon as I have a lightbulb moment you will see the finished canvas. Until then this little piece is going away.
These are easy watercolour cards, been promising myself that I would make a couple of spare cards like Lauren’s Birthday card.
Her card is here which looks more CAS than this one.