I am nutty about the gorgeous digital stamps created by Australian stamp company 'Emerald Faerie Garden'. I love this image in particular as it immediately made me think of my seven year old daughter and my not quite 2 year old son and the love they have for each other. What better image I thought, to convey all the love we feel for my brother and his lovely fiancee on the announcement of their engagement. I wanted to send them a 'hug through the post' from their little niece and nephew and think this image conveys that so well. So yes, not your typical engagement congratulations image, but worked so beautifully on this occasion. I had great fun working with shading using my trusty 'Promarkers', limiting my colour palette and echoing that in the double mat and lovely dreamy patterned background paper from the 'Snowman Range'. I added a little sparkle to their wings using 'Glitter Magic'. I dipped a couple of the paper roses in the glitter also to tie in the theme. This satellite floral arrangement was a very early attempt at using this style of floral embellishment, so I'm hoping I will improve with time. I used a 'floral punch' leaf punch that I picked up from Alexandra Palace Big Stamp & Scrapbooking craft fair and dipped them in the 'Glitter Magic' also. The flowers I used are all ones I also picked up at the Alexandra Palace Big Stamp & Scrapbooking craft fair and were sold loosely, so I'm not sure their exact sizes. I used three different roses, five larger lilac roses, four darker aubergine coloured roses which I deepened their colour using Promarkers and two of the four paler ones I glittered to lift the arrangement. I also added a little 'Spray of Pearls' to add a bit of depth and interest to the arrangement. The sentiment I made using a great digital sentiment stamp from Netty's Cards and after colouring with Promarkers added Ranger's Glossy Accents glue to create the 'bubble' effect I wanted. I used a Spellbinders scallop circle die to create the mat for this. I hope you enjoy seeing my little creation as much as I enjoyed making it for the rather special people it made it's way to.
Saturday, 21 January 2012
Here's a fun little card that I made as a thank you card for a dear friend's daddy who gave us a completely wonderful and utterly unexpected present this Christmas. It will be a wonderful 'heirloom' piece which will forever remind me of him and of my lovely pal. So I wanted to express my thanks, but wanted it to be a 'manly' card. Not so ofay with boys cards, this is what I came up with.
I had a sweet Forever Friends decoupage image knocking around my craft stash, so thought this was a lovely place to start the card as the image is just so sweet with the daisies and I thought fitted my intention perfectly. In my attempt to 'masculanize' the card, I used brown to mat the image and also to mat the pretty soft yellow background paper. I love the spellbinders 'Lacey Ovals' die. It is just such a lovely mat to use for oval images. The oval shapes were not a perfect match, but I think it actually works quite well. The lovely soft lemon papers were from a magazine giveaway. I'll have to hunt down the exact origin. So more on that later. A simple finish with the green flat back pearls which tied in with the green flower stems and voila, done. A simple card, yet I love it. I think it's sweet simplicity is it's charm. Let me know what you think and thanks for visiting today x
Tuesday, 17 January 2012
I made this card for my hubby on our 18th Wedding Anniversary. When I saw this image on Kenny Kiernan's digi stamp site, I just had to have it! It looks sooooo like my rocker!! Love it to bits and have been waiting for the 'right moment' to make this into a card for Greg. It celebrates 'him' and was sufficiently 'unmushy' to get away with for my man. Kept it clean and simple, with just a wide black ribbon (pulled off a 'White Company' tote bag - I'm uber into recycling!) behind the pic to set it off and steely grey mat to give it a lift off the page.
I kept the sentiment very simple, using a 'Pink Petticoat' digi sentiment and shaping it as a 'tab' to fit nicely down the right hand edge. I coloured the image with Promarkers and went for an orange theme as this is a colour my man wears a lot, so is very 'him'. The orange and steely grey papers are 'Papermania' capsule collection textured cardstock. I printed a sentiment in orange on the inside of the card to 'finish' and tie in all the elements... (Excuse the bits of my writing in black, captured in the pic.)