All that Jazz

Hello and yes it has been a little while since I posted but I took a little break and decided that I would revamp the look on the blog (I hope you like it) and then start with some posts.

This first card I am sharing with you is one which I made for my mother to give to a friend for his 60th birthday.  I admit that I struggle with make cards and this was no exception and I played around with a few ideas before I hit my Hunkydory box.  There I found the All that Jazz stamp and then I looked on their members area to see what the design team had come up with and went with my ideas from there.  I had plenty of inspiration and I was also playing with my distress oxides at the time so I came up with the background and the design went from there.

I used an A3 sheet of Hunkydory paper which is my go to for Distress oxides.  I have enough for a card and bits left over for experimenting or keeping if I need them.  This background was made with just two colours – Broken China and Faded Jeans.  I love the way it turned out.  To make the card I covered the whole of the 8×8 card with some black adorable scoreable and then cut the oxide paper to 7 7/8 x 7 7/8 inches. I then used another piece of black and scored that to 7 3/4 x 7 3/4 inches.  Then I cut the oxide background again to 7 5/8 x 7 5/8 inches.  On this background I used the buildings from the stamp and used these along the bottom.  For the rest of the card I used a mixture of notes and instruments and the numbers 60 (from another set) to form the background.  I then placed this onto the black adorable scoreable.

The middle of the card I cut a piece of the back adorable scoreable to 7 5/8 x 3 inches and then cut my oxide background to  7 1/2 x 2 7/8 inches.  On the oxide background I added the jazz musicians and more of the notes and the wonderful sentiment that is on the stamp set.

I have to admit that this is one of my most favourite makes this year.  I also admit to being obsessed by the Distress Oxides and the effects that I am getting from them.

I hope you like the card and the new blog layout.  Stop by again soon.




Teenager birthday card number 2

Hello here I am again today sharing the second card which I made for my nephew who turns 13 on Monday.  This card is from his great-grandmother and its a football theme.

I have made this card using just the Hunkydory Football Crazy stamp set from their For The Love of Stamps range.  I used an 8×8 blank card and around the edges I randomly stamped footballs, using masking sheets to cover up and build up the image.  After I had stamped it all I went around and added some True Black Spectrum Noir to the footballs to make them look more realistic.  Next I cut a piece of black card to 7×7 and mounted that.  From here it was rather a job to know what I wanted to do so I left the card and stamped the shirts and coloured them in using DR3 and DR4 (he is a Liverpool fan), once they were dry I added the 13.  I had some strips of white card so I decided that I would play around with some effects.  I made the net from the stamp set and it was easy to get it to repeat, very clear and crisp.  I was so pleased with this that I trimmed the card and made that the centre of my card but at this point I didn’t stick it down.

With some left over black card I cut out his name using the Leonie Pujol typography dies.  I really love this range of dies and even though I haven;’t used it much I know that it will be used for personalizations.  I stuck the name to the card and then I added one of the phrases from the stamps to fit in.  Lastly I had another strip off white and stamped the Goal! phrase.  Once they were all lined up and I was happy I secured them.  I was a little dubious about the netting as it seemed too bare so I inked up the football scarf and added the phrases to the scarves and made them look like they were proper scarves.

I love this card, its taken one set of stamps and I do like black, white and red as a colour combination anyway.  I hope you like it too.

Thank you for stopping by and I hope to welcome you again soon.