Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Hi blogging friends,
Just had to stop by and share this photo of our cat Ruby lazing in front of the open fire yesterday afternoon. Doesn't she just look soooooo relaxed?
Aaah, how good it is to be a cat!!
Thanks so much for stopping by
Monday, June 11, 2012
Hi blogging friends
Long time no blog! My loved one had another scheduled operation, was home for less than 24 hours and then became very sick with viral gastro so they were admitted to hospital and stayed for quite a while. Thankfully, they were released yesterday and it is sooooo nice to be home: there is nothing like your own food, bed and 'stuff'! I guess it makes you appreciate those things even more when you are away!! Anyway, it was nice to have a little bit of crafty time today..........
My daughter's 9th birthday isn't until July but the way the time is flying by and my general extra-busyness of running to and from medical appointments, I thought I had better make it whilst I had the opportunity.
I have seen a few cards around blogland that have the main image framed, and in particular, by a white frame so that is what inspired this card.
I used 3 different Penny Black stamps to create my scene: the bunny/bird are from the Garden Friends clear set, the butterfly is from the Critter Party clear set and the sentiment is from the Tiny Wishes clear set. I did actually stamp the butterfly twice: once on the cardstock base and again on a piece of scrap cardstock which I cut out and popped on top of the base image to give it a little dimension. I drew in the dotted lines with a Zig Millenium .005 black pigment ink pen.
All the images were coloured with Prismacolor + Derwent Coloursoft pencils plus Odourless Mineral Spirits using paper stumps. I added Kindyglitz Crystalina glitter glue to the flowers and the butterfly's wings.
I lightly chalked around the image with blue chalk for the sky and green chalk for the grass.
I made my own pink glitter cardstock for the sparkly heart next to the sentiment by using the same colour pink cardstock layer and rubbing a small section of it with a Versamark pad then poured on some Polysparkle clear embossing powder then heat-set it. Then all I had to do was punch 2 hearts (I have a double layer of hearts just to add a bit of extra-dimension) using a Martha Stewart Looped Hearts edge punch (they are the leftover punchies after using the punch). To see my tutorial on making your own glitter cardstock, click HERE (just scroll down a little on the post).
Here is a wee close-up:
The white lacey frame was made using a Marianne Craftables die (I cut the inside square with a craft knife) and the large white square scallop frame was made using a Go Kreate Scallop Square die.
I ran the pink cardstock through my Big Shot using the Crafts Too Sweet Flowers embossing folder but by the time I cut it to just the size I wanted and corner-punched it, you could barely see the embossing! Oh well......it adds a teeny-tiny bit of texture I guess.......
I am entering my card in the following challenges -
Penny Black and more at Allsorts - June Challenge - open theme of using your favourite things (mine is my favourite brand of stamps - Penny Black - diecutting, pencils and dry embossing).
Papertake Weekly Challenge - Anything goes - with optional extra of making card for Father's Day or for a boy/man (obviously I didn't do that option).
Well, I think I might go and have a nap. I didn't get much sleep in hospital with all the noise and now that I am home and relaxing, I feel totally exhausted. It is cold and foggy today (so much for the predicted sunny afternoon) and we have the open fire going so I won't feel a bit guilty curling up on the couch with our cat!
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps: Penny Black clear stamp sets - Garden Friends 30-021, Tiny Wishes 30-026, Critter Party 30-013
Ink: Memento Tuxedo black, Versamark Versamagic
Accessories: Big Shot, Go Kreate Scallop Square die, Marianne Craftables die CR1203, Polysparkle embossing powder, heat-gun, Prismacolor + Derwent Coloursoft pencils, OMS, paper stumps, Zig Millenium .005 black pigment pen, Perfect Layers Tools, Kaisercolour chalks, Kindyglitz Crystalina, cardstock - KW Doggett 'Knight' white, rose pink
Punches: Stampin' Up! corner, Martha Stewart Looped Hearts edge