Well its not far off, yes I am speaking of Valentines Day, a day on which its customary to pay for overpriced cards, gifts and frivolities just to appear to have remembered it was Valentines Day. As you can tell I am a cynic and don’t subscribe to the pressure put upon people to send cards. Myself I will make them if asked and this is a card I have made with Valentines Day in mind, although it could be used at any time of the year to convey a sense of love towards someone special. I guess it could be adapted to make a wedding card.
My card base was a 7×7 inch one from Hunkydory and I cut a piece of Mirri card (from the 50 shades of Mirri Darker collection) to cover this. Next I cut out a piece of the Ink Me Card by Hunkydory to 4.5 x 4.5 inches. Firstly I stamped the border and then I stamped the main image. I stamped some extra images from this set to cover up any mistakes or to add extras to the card.
I coloured the main image using Spectrum Noir pens and also the smaller images that I had stamped as spares. I let these dry and matted the main image on two more pieces of Mirri card. Then I added the extra images and the card was finished.
I hope you like this card, I do, quickly made but looks classy (in my opinion) and not overdone.
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Sometimes when you are sorting through your crafting stash you find things that have been lost under other. This is what happened to me this weekend and I decided to use some of it today and see what I could do.
I’m talking shaped card blanks here and the ones I’m going to play with are bobbin shaped and sewing machine shaped, both by Craftwork Cards. I knew I had some embellishments that had been given to me and they would go very well with this theme. I’ve made two cards as I found the shapes quite hard to work with, I say hard as I do like to be quirky. I’m not sure what to do with these cards but that is something to think about.
First up is the bobbin shaped card.
Before I started the card I did cut out a template of the bobbin shape as I would need to hide some “workings” which would show though.
Firstly I used some embroidery threads that I had in my stash and where there was an embossed detail on the card (mimicking the thread), I wound the embroidery thread around this part until I had it covered. As I went along I secured the thread with podge podge. Once I’d finished this I backed the inside of the card to hold firm the threads and to cover the mess.
i set this aside to dry and used some of the embellishments I’d set aside. Using my Spectrum Noir pen I coloured in the bobbin and with the Spectrum Noir sparkle I coloured in the scissors. Once the bobbin dried I then put some more thread around this mini bobbin and getting an unused needle from my stash I finished by popping it into the bobbin and securing it with Modge Podge. I then threaded piece of ribbon though the button embellishment.
i stamped some images from the Stitch in Time stamp set I had in my stash and stuck these to the card with some hot glue. I like this and I am considering sending this to Making Cards Magazine for their Your Cards section.
Now the sewing machine card. The card I made was the third attempt. I really did not like this card as I felt that I could not do much with it. In the end I decided to score an A4 piece of Adorable Scoreable to make an A5 card. I found some paper in my stash and mounted that onto black Adoreable Scoreable. I stamped some more images from the Stitch in time stamp set and coloured these in with some of the Natural set of Spectrum Noir Aquablend pencils, then mixing them with a dash of water for a hint of colour. I then mounted them onto the card together with the sewing machine card front.
I’m not sure about this card at all, I am very critical of my work and I can’t decided whether or not this is good enough.
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This year I am determined not to let my health get in the way of blogging like it has done at the back-end of 2016. I find blogging my crafts therapeutic and people replying to my posts with constructive and helpful posts really inspire me.
I start 2017 with positivity – I downloaded my copy of Making Cards Magazine 2 days ago and was thrilled to find two of my cards in the Your Cards section – one made Star Card. I’m thrilled with Star Card as it features the lovely stamps by Leonie Pujol, I love her style. The stitching around the card was inspired by my lovely friend Emma Williams who had done stitching on one of her cards and I decided to do it my way. Mine was hand stitched – I don’t do this often but I really want to add some more on future cards. Here is a screenshot of my cards from the magazine.
Crafting resolutions for this year….get on a design team, although I’ve said this for the past few years. I have tried but my work doesn’t seem to catch the eye. Never mind keep trying .
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