Thursday, 30 October 2014

Birds of a feather

I really couldn't resist this little chap who rather looks as though he's been at the Christmas pud a little too much!
I decided to paper piece him  as I've been going through my designer paper drawer and thought it time that some of it was used.
I inked the edges of the pieces and added Glossy Accents to the beak, berries and leaf. The stamps are from Woodware.
Time Out Challenge has a challenge entitled Birds of a feather flock together and this is my interpretation!

New technique...to me!

Somewhere in Blogland I saw a card that was made using an embossing folder together with a die to double emboss a piece of card.
This is my attempt at it!
I used a Sizzix holly embossoing folder with a Die- namics stitched strips metal die to emboss some card for the front of this card.
It takes a little sorting out of plates etc to get the correct sandwich, but this is what I did, to use in my Cuttlebug

  • Base plate
  • OPEN embossing folder (using only one side)
  • Solid die (facing upward)
  • Card
  • Kirsty Allsop Cuttlebug embossing mat (It's slightly thicker than an old style Cuttlebug embossing mat)
  • C Plate
DO NOT CLOSE THE EMBOSSING FOLDER!
I based this card on the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches
Having dug out some DP for a previous challenge I decided to try to use up a little more for Christmas cards. I have no idea what make this is. I used a dienamics pierced pennant for the front but shortened it somewhat to fit the sketch.
The snowflakes are from Simon Says Stamp and the joy sentiment from Sizzix.

Monday, 27 October 2014

A few cards

When I saw the challenge at Muse, it really appealed to me. I don't use designer paper much these days but to use it in a CAS way is still OK in my book.
This is from a sheet of HOTP Vintage Christmas paper. Each card uses a little of it and all have the theme of Christmas trees. Not a rubber stamp or ink pad got anywhere near any of these, they are all merely die-cuts... but they please me.
Sentiments by Simon Says Stamp and Sizzix, trees from  Memory Box and Poppy Stamps.
This is the inspiration! What beautiful cards!
Another Christmas card here this time following the sketch from CASe this Sketch!
Simon Says Stamp snowflakes and Sizzix sentiment on a Sheena Douglass embossed base.
Finally another card following a sketch, this time from Freshly Made Sketches
Once more I seem to be on a die-cutting trip. The sun is from Lawn Fawn, the hello from Clearly Besotted and the embossing folder from Darice.
Off to Slimming World again this evening... I've been on target weight-wise for quite some time, and although it might be good to be just a tad lighter, I feel pretty good at this weight. If I go too far, I start to really look my age! I guess I have to choose between too much around the middle or too little around the face!

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Read all about it

The challenge at Less is More this week is to use newsprint somewhere in the design of the card.
  • I began by stamping an Impression Obsession newsprint stamp onto some ivory paper.
  • Next I stamped some Clearly Besotted leaves and an acorn in shades of Distress Ink, over the first stamping, placing the stamps in the orientation I needed for my finished card.
  • I die-cut the leaves and the acorn and stuck them onto a piece of ivory card in the desired position. At this point the leaves were surrounded by the card on all sides.
  • I drew  a pencil line from the top to the bottom of the card at the point where I wanted the die-cutting of the leaves to end and placed the card onto the cutting plate aligning my pencil line with the edge of the plate. Only the part of my card I wanted cutting was on the plate, the rest was hanging off the end. I then popped the dies over the leaves and acorn and ran it through my Cuttlebug. It took three passes to do this.
  • I did a little more jiggery pokery to cut out the rest of the card with a Lil Inkers stitched die, cutting only up to the leaves and then reversing back through the machine. 
The small leaf was cut by hand as there isn't a matching die for it.
The sentiment is from Gina K Designs.

I think maybe a few pictures are called for for this technique! I'll see what I can do. I'm hoping Santa will bring me a video camera so that I can start to do some proper tutorials, if I can get the hang of it!.

This card is in the same vein although there is no partial die-cutting here. The same background stamp was used with the same set of leaves from Clearly Besotted.
The embossing folder is Adagio from Couture Creations and the sentiment is from Stampin' Up. I thought that the little cascade of pearls added a sweet little touch.
Today we will be looking after our grandchildren until tomorrow... should be fun!