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Late Christmas

Posted by Christa on January 3, 2011 at 10:15 AM Comments comments (2)

For the grandkids.

I know you thought it was all over and done with for another year LOL but I just want to show you these two cards I made for Sean and Caitlin................just in case your starting on your cards for this year!


December birthday

Posted by Christa on January 31, 2010 at 3:59 PM Comments comments (2)

Winter fairy.

No inky fingers when I made this card last month. Thought this image was perfect for a December birthday.

Card is a tent fold with added panel for decoupage image. Matted on white card embossed in cuttlebug and edged with a border punch, added strip of matching paper. Simple stamped greeting on die cut tag and gems to finish.


Jigsaw Charms

Posted by Christa on January 29, 2010 at 9:15 AM Comments comments (2)

Altered jigsaw pieces.

Can't show you what I've been up to this week until folk get there cards or swaps, so thought i'd share with you some altered jigsaw pieces I made for a swap last year.

I'm fairly new to 'altered' art so hadn't a clue what i was supposed to do with these little jigsaw pieces, so after a bit of research, good old 'google', this is what I ended up with.

Coloured the backgrounds with varius paints, stamped the images. Added some beads and bits and sealed with varnish as they were going to be attached to a braclet as charms.



Trellis card

Posted by Christa on January 25, 2010 at 10:15 AM Comments comments (3)

Daisies galore.

I was lucky enough to receive the gorgeous trellis card featured in the latest Time For Crafting online magazine and wanted to make one for myself but had no suitable dies so this is my variation of the card.

Stamped image coloured with copic markers as main focal point. Then picking up the daisy theme from the image I punched  loads of red daisy shapes and glued them together to form the 'trellis' frame. I used decoupage varnish to strengthen and attached it to main card. Added some beads to flower centres and attached image in centre resting on the daisy 'trellis' Used CB label die to cover back of image and put a red daisy in the middle.

Decorated the edge of the main card with 'waste' from a CB die and added some red gems in two of the corners. Cut another label die for the greeting inside and positioned it so it won't show when card is closed.








Posted by Christa on January 20, 2010 at 10:30 PM Comments comments (2)

Happiness is.........

That was the theme for the smile swap in the last issue of Time for Crafting online magazine and this was my entry. The latest theme is 'Resolutions'  Heres link to the website.

Used distress ink to colour background and stamped a floral border with my tapestry stamp set. Printed the 'Happiness is' verse by Nathaniel Hawthorn on a circle of acetate and attached it to the smile with an eyelet and some matching fibres. Stamped a couple of butterflies on acetate then cut them out to embellish the smile.


Acetate Card

Posted by Christa on January 19, 2010 at 8:20 PM Comments comments (2)

F.A.L. card challenge.

This was definately a challenge ........... in more ways than one! From beginning to end I had one mishap after another but I got there in the end thank goodness.

The Form A Line website has a card challenge every couple of months and the latest one is a card containing acetate. So I thought i'd make one using acetate instead of normal cardstock for the main card.

Stamped the background in red stazon and coloured with glaze pens. Stamped main image and coloured with copic markers. Matted and layered image using my nestabilities label die in the CB. Repeated matting and layering for greeting on the inside so it isn't seen when card is closed.  









Paisley patchwork.

Posted by Christa on January 18, 2010 at 3:15 PM Comments comments (1)

Inky embossing.

Something a little bit different but I still ended up with inky fingers LOL.

Brayered ink over some white card then ran it through the Cuttlebug using the paisley embossing folder, then sanded the raised parts to reveal some white again. Using another piece of white card I embossed it in same folder that I had already brayered ink onto the raised areas.

I cut both pieces of card into a square and divided them equally into 4 pieces then re-assembled the squares using two of the inked card and two of the inked folder pieces. Glued the squares in place on another pieces of card and inked the edges. Attached to main white card. Punched two scalloped circles and two smaller plain circles and cut a CB flower for the centre and inked them all to match. Stamped a greeting to finish.












Shadow stamping

Posted by Christa on January 16, 2010 at 8:30 PM Comments comments (1)

3D effect.

Thought I'd used the little freebie stamps from the  Craft Stamper magazine (don't you just love that little bird!) to make some thank you cards and try some more ideas from Barbara.

Brayered background and stamped images in same colours. Main image stamped in black then overstamped with colour slightly to the left and down to create the shadow giving a 3d effect. Main card is stamped with Versamark to create a watermark.



Winter ATC's

Posted by Christa on January 14, 2010 at 7:30 PM Comments comments (2)


Thought i'd let you see the 3 ATC's I made for a 'winter' themed swap.

The backgrounds are painted with watercolour.  I used my Cuttlebug and the swiss dots folder to emboss some acetate and attached it with eyelets. Stamped a little snowman for each one and attached with 3D foam. Used CB die for words and added glitter.

Brayered water effect

Posted by Christa on January 11, 2010 at 10:30 AM Comments comments (2)

Water effect.

Loved this technique for creating a watery effect using a brayer and so pleased with the results of my first attempt.

Scrunch up some copy paper and open up, ink up the brayer, roll over the crinkled paper to pick up the 'design' then roll over your card. Simple but effective!!

Added a mermaid and some grasses to create an under water scene.