Sunday, 30 April 2017

Card for Mum

Gosh - every week I think I should get organised and do a few more card challenges ... but somehow the week gets away from me and I'm lucky if I even get a card in for the Muse challenge.

This week's Muse challenge is a super card from Kay Miller.

I played around with a few ideas & inked up some die cut flowers.
I started putting it all together and then left an inky thumb print on my card ... a few words were said and I stomped off to do some housework instead.

Turns out I don't have much stamina for housework so I came back to my card and tried again and this is what I finished with.

It's slightly different from my original plan (but isn't that often the case) and I like it much better. It's Mother's day here next Sunday so I will post this to my mum in a few days time.

It looks quite different from Kay's original, but I took my influences from her spray of flowers and the geometry of her background. The background stamp is an old Kaisercraft one I've had for a few years & I'm thinking I must use it more :-)
Cheers, Dianne

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Blues and White

Well - I checked the time difference from here & England & worked out I could just squeeze this card in before the deadline.

So I'm entering it in Muse Challenge 212 where Jenni has given us a deceptively simple card to muse on.

After some thinking that tailed off rather ineffectually I remembered an old Chocolate Baroque background stamp that I've hardly used. I liked it but haven't been comfortable with background stamps really.
Anyway I found some shiny-ish white card in my stash, but decided to white emboss rather than clear emboss then I used a couple of distress inks over it. I'm really pleased with the effect & want to keep playing with it. The distress inks perform quite differently on shiny card

So the parts of Jenni's original card I've taken inspiration from are the format, and the blue & white colours - though I'm calling the soft purple blue in this case.

So - thank you Jenni & Muse for pushing me out of my comfort zone.
Cheers, Dianne

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Thank You Card

I love Easter weekend.
It's such a good time to get into some craft and card making -  though once again my intentions, and the reality didn't quite gel ...
Still, I have managed to complete a card for this week's Muse challenge. Tracey's card is light, summery, bouncy and fun.
My husband saw it and reminded me of my first ever Jofy stamp set (n.9), the flowers in it are all circles.
I wanted to keep my coloured spaces light and open like Tracey's so I used chalks for the first time in ages. I kept to the same colours and added some fine glitter to the flowers for a touch of sparkle.
I searched through my whole stash of coloured card (plain & patterned) to frame my finished picture before mounting it on the card.
This took a while and was a great opportunity to remind myself what I had (lots of ideas for later), but in the end I decided it just looked fine on the tall blue card base ... I didn't even ink the edges.

Well - the glitter doesn't show up much- but I know it's there 😊.
It's a nice card but seems like very little to show for the best part of Easter weekend .... there was an earlier card attempt & I still like the ideas in it so will work on that one again later + I have been attempting a triptych, slowly ... and have made some progress but am nowhere near complete.
I've wanted to attempt one for ages to expand from card making (which I love) into other forms of paper crafty-ness.
The best news is there is still one day of the Easter break left ... and a whole chocolate bunny 😊
Happy Easter,

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Blue card

Hi there,
I seem to have lost a week last week, but I checked out the Muse blog earlier this week and thought about SonjaK's lovely card for Muse challenge 209.

I've had very little success with using craft card, but am often impressed by how others use it so well in their creations. My craft card 'creations' always look like brown cardboard - I have yet to master the art of using it to create an earthy, rustic feel.

However I love blue flowers.  I also love the combination of blue and orange that Sonja has included on her card, and how her hydrangea is framed by the oval even though it's outside the frame.

My daughter gave me some Faber-Castell paper crafter crayons for my birthday last year, not something I would have thought to buy for myself, but I love them. I have been playing around with using them as a resist with distress inks. and this is what I've done with my card.  I used a Jofy stamp and coloured it with oranges, yellows and greens.

Instead of using the blending tool I just splodged some tumbled glass, picket fence & shaded lilac on my craft sheet, flicked on some water & smeared them round with my finger & then pressed my crayoned flower picture into it.

I brushed a little perfect pearls over when the ink was slightly dryer (more noticeable on the card than the photo).

It was at this point that I realised my flower stem created an ovalish curve so I decided to cut it and see what happened. The closest I could get (comfortably) to craft was this pattered paper from my stash adding the twine looked right - and then I realised it sort of mirrored the strip of parchment on Sonja's card. 

I've really enjoyed this challenge - it's given me the chance to play more with a technique I enjoy and also experimenting further ... and finishing with a nice card just waiting for the right occasion :-)

I'm thinking some photography classes would be useful ... I took four photos to get this one & it's still a bit gloomy towards the top.