Rusty flowers

An oldie, made about a year ago but never got around to posting it.

As I have commented somewhere yesterday that I hardly read blog or post on my blog due to timerestraints, I have to contradict myself now and do a posting spree. I’ve still got quite some finished and not entirely finished waiting in my “ready to upload” folder on the pc.

Here’s one of the first:

Flower are from a Chocolate Baroque steampunk set.

I like the card :)

Metal flower card – very pleased with the results!

The rest in gallery form:

Psychedelic Party

Here is my first entry for the chocolate baroque challenge:

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Ever since I saw those swirls from the abstract fragments set I thought “retro”, though not quite (as that would be more geometric). Still, when this colour challenge was presented – brown, orange, yellow (and grey/cream/offwhite) I thought: yes, retro! (Not that I’m good at retro, or have ever made a retro thing, it’s just that now I had to try something new.

Stamped with distress ink ripe persimmon (or spiced marmalade?) then clear embossed, inked inside with vintage photo, mustard seed around it, fading via Scattered Straw to Pumice Stone.
Then embossed in a Tim Holz embossing folder (probably called Rays) – highlighted the rays a bit more with yellow, inked the edges with the orange.
Added the pearls to it (the first use of my premade batch, yay!) with the idea of adding a sentiment in between it, with the card rotated 90 degrees to the left. A word like: Disco! or: Party! Or: ” staying alive”

Problem: I didn’t have that sentiment, none of my alphabet stamps fit the theme, and couldn’t be bothered to spend another hour behind the pc looking for the appropriate font. I knew I would end up hourS behind the pc, not just one.

Time for a small test. I showed my partner the card as it was then, and asked him what he thought. I pretty much thought it breathed retro, or disco.
Do you know what he said?
Kermis. Carnival.
Uh what? How can you think that?
Well, the wavy thing, and the rays…
Ok, I said, and went back to the crafting table.

What more retro, disco, old but not vintage old? Hmm hippies? Flowers! Ok, flowers… I stamped the flowers on a separate sheet, dabbed some ink on my craftsheet and coloured the flowers. I cut them out (note that I don’t say fussy cut, as I didn’t, only the first half…. then I was too tired. But would you have noticed if I hadn’t said it?)

Played around a bit with the layout. But what to put in the middle? Still didn’t have a sentiment. But, I did have this big mushroom from my second Chocolate Baroque entry (actually I made that card first, but haven’t blogged about it yet. I’m not much for chronological order.) Yay, I could use left overs!

Hippie… drugs…mushroom…

Jaaah, and then I could use some of the fairyland stamps! “Welcome to fairyland”? “Let the adventure begin”? Those would have fitted equally well. How about “sprinkled with fairydust” for an added dose of psychedelics! Ofcourse, no way I could stamp that onto the embossed paper, so stamped it onto tissue paper, embossed it, and glued it. Oh, as you can see, I didn’t use the big mushroom – it didn’t fit. I made 2 new ones. (See how I use my leftovers?)
I sprinkled those with fairydust. That was possible because I had made a card with her first, you know, that second entry which I haven’t blogged about yet.

So that was my card, for the Chocolate Baroque Colour Challenge. No idea who I would give this to. (And you know what my partner said when I asked him again what he though? “Still Carnival, sorry…”. Hm. I think I need to feed him some more mushrooms with some special fairy dust, maybe then he’ll see!.

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Lucky origami crane and blue fish

Not a very creative title or post this time, both are just very descriptive (and a short post, at least it’s short to me!).

Materials for the first card:

  • wallpaper from a sample book
  • stazon ink
  • scissors/paper cutter and glue.
  • Origami Crane from Designs by Ryn
  • Origami Lily from Designs by Ryn
  • Three leaves set from Designs by Ryn
  • Caran d’ache neocolors
Origami Crane

Origami Crane

As you can see, I didn’t add a sentiment yet, I’ll do so when I know the occasion. Plenty of space for it :).

How to make it:

Cut up the wallpaper. I cut up randomly first, then started gluing down and cut parts to fit more or less. After gluing it down I put some ink on the cutting lines to make them more visible. Glue them onto some scrappaper, don’t worry about the edges – make it larger then the rectangle, cut it to a rectangle later on. (or another shape with your embossing machine or a free form). Stamp the images with Stazon or another ink that holds on shiny smooth surfaces (as this wallpaper was shiny and smooth, and most wallpaper is “washable” nowadays, so dye based ink will not set on it probably). The stamping wasn’t very well visible, so I used my caran d’ache neocolor crayons to add some colour to the flora and crane. You can cut it to a rectangle before stamping or after, not sure what I did but I don’t think it matters much. Ink up the edges, glue upon a base card and you have a simple, sort of modern card. I left lots of room for a sentiment – either for a long quote or a simple one word sentiment would fit. The latter woul turn it into more of a mens card – being more metallic looking and with straight, hard lines in it and few words ;).

On this image you can see the shiny surface better, and the stamping is not really what draws the attention: (A card with effect!)

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The next card is a blue fish in blue.

Used materials:

  • Dylusions ink spray
  • caran d’ache neocolors
  • Butterfly fish from Designs by Ryn
  • Sea Bubbles from Designs by Ryn
  • White gel pen
  • Black pen

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How to make it:

Spray ink onto a large acryllic block, put your paper on top of it and press flat. Pull paper off (don’t drag) and let dry (or use a heat gun for impatient ones like me). Take your pattern stamp (sea bubbles here), spray wome water on them and stamp on the card. Dab dry with a cloth – you are basically removing the ink where you have stamped.

Stamp the fish. Wet the little fish and dab again to remove more ink in the fish so he is either lighter or you can more easily colour him in. Colour the fins, add some highlighting with a gelpen and make the eye white. With a water soluble crayon, go around the edge, then go over it with a wet brush. Take your black pen and sketch the frame, add a few white lines as well.

Before sending this off I added a sentiment “Have a fantastic birthday” where I changed the fantastic to fintastic, highlighting the “i”. Furthermore, I coloured the fins even more – I made a maks for the fish, cut off the fins and used the bodymask and the negative of the mask to cover up the card, leaving only the fins visible, then sprayed it with Perfect Pearls mist copper. I partly stamped rising bubbles from his mouth, (only a few bubbles) and used a white gelpen for highlights. Then I added Glossy accents to it’s eye and the bubbles and send it off to it’s receiver without taking a picture! At least I think I did – I can’t find more pictures of him. If I do find them I’ll add them here ofcourse!

 

A crane for happiness

I just noticed this post in my drafts folder. My brother in law’s birthday was in June, so it’s another “old” card, and even an old post too!

(edit: The post date was set on august, that is probably when I wrote the post, I was allready wondering why it didn’t show up! I adjusted the published date now so it should show where I expect it! )

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This was a birthdaycard for my brother in law.¬† I didn’t want to make the typical men card: brown, dark colours, cars or steampunk. His wife is Kim from Viltalakim, so he’s used to lots of flowers and colours in his house, so I made him this.¬†Daqadoodles13_07_05_220518

Products used

  • Stamp: Sentiment “Gefeliciteerd” – from a stampset from Kruidvat
  • Stamp: “Zonnestralen groot B721” from Stampinback on the background, clear embossed
  • Stamp: “Cogs PMA 907142” Prima Marketing
  • Stamp: “Origami Crane CM-04” from Designs by Ryn

The background was made with distress inks. The cogs are roughly coloured wiht pencil, and I added a feew accents with paper pens.

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Flowers for mothersday and more

No, we don’t celebrate mothersday now, it’s just that I still got several cards I haven’t posted yet.

Which is ok, as I hardly have time to craft the past few weeks! So I still have some cards left to post.

Here are 6 cards, probably made more then 6 months ago.

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Butterfly butterfly

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Stamps from Prima Marketing – Christina Renee

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The flowers for mothersday

The stamp was part of a bigger stamp, and you can see, I messed up a bit with stamping/ inking. ūüė¶

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Before stamping the text

I love the look of it. Soft flowers, soft colours, clear embossed flowers and green accent colours on the banner. The top and bottom part of the bannerpaper were used as masks for the previous card. Stamps are from the set 3D Amelie from Viva Decor

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Some lovely papers -turqoise acryllic paint on paper, then embossed with inked up embossing folders – which I still haven’t used!

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First and second card. I learned from the first. But not enough to not mess up the 2nd card after this picture so horribly I threw it out (I think).

Background stamp is from the serie Chronology from…? Peacock is a clear stamp from cArt-us

Papermania РSquare Urban Stamp  РChronology РPMA907138 РBeautifull time pieces

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Playing with the Designs by Ryn stamps which I just got then (I think). The lady was part of a grab-bag of Chocolate Baroque, and it was only after stamping that I noticed the fish in her cape.

  What did I learn from this card: Think before stamping. I added the lady after clear embossing the circles and colouring the background. I would prefer for her to be without the circles and colours in her. So she would be less of a ghost. Leaf (from Three leaves set) and Patio Stone are from Designs by Ryn, other stamps (lace, flowers, lady) from Chocolate Baroque)

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Fairy garden

I still have this card, didn’t find the right occasion yet. I love the card, I love this Hero Arts stamp. I had the fairy for a while, but don’t actually use here so often. She’s embossed with rangers distress embossing powder shabby shutters. The raindrops were then also just newly received from Designs by Ryn, I love how it looks like she’s in a garden, and I love the sizes! IT jus t matches very well. Looking at it in a digital way now, (You know, on screen…) I think I should make more of these cards. I love the frame, the fairy, the drops, and they match together perfectly! Also used on this card: Patio Stone.

With that, I conclude this post of 6+months old cards.

Which do you like most?

A song for each step

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It was fun making this card, it was a bit different from what I usually make. I started out with a page from an old thin book for people who start learning english. The paper is a bit more fragile then my usual paper so I had to work a bit more careful. I refound my sizzix flower dies, and had fun using them on fabric! Fabric? There’s no fabric on the card! That’s right, but I only decided against using the cut out fabric after the inkin/masking, when I tried them on the page. It didn’t look right.

I look forward to using my dies on more fabric scraps.

I masked both the negative and the positive cut of the die-cut, which gave a nice layered effect. I seem to be in love with the Persimmon orange colour from distress in combination with blue (Peacock Feathers is still a favourite!).

Then, time for the words. “May songbirds serenade you every step along the way”¬† has a very poetic feel to it, it matches the page very well. Also, there are a few times when the word “footsteps” jumped out of the text – some are hidden in the end result though. I think on this page they are tracking someone, or following a path (I did read the short story back when I checked if this book could be used). Songbirds singing from between the flowers, lovely!

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I stamped with versamark+stazon jet black and embossed with black embossing powder. Next was adding some more diecuts, and I set myself to the challenge to use some of my scraps of paper. I did find some good matches.

I also stamped a bird from Prima Marketing Pixie Glenn with Stazon Jet Black, and Non-Sequitur’s Tree Trunk with brown.

Last, I die-cut the tattered flowers from tissue paper (after colouring the tissue paper with distress ink and water and drying it). But that’s not all, I took my M-bossabilities folder Twigs and Tweets, inked up a part of it (and removed the ink on the leaves, leaving only the birds to be inked reddish) and embossed the flowers. So on every tissuepaper flower there is also a bird (or part of a bird) inked, and the embossing of the folder itself. In the end I didn’t use all 4 diecuts, I only used 2 and inked them up a bit, made them a bit greener as I thought the red was too red.

The branch is stamped on with a stanp with versamark and then heat embossed with shabby shutters distress embossing powder. The little die-cut birds from Marianne Design are inked up with versamark with a brush, and then dipped in embossing powder.

I used a Cheery Lynn die (Celtic Frame I think it’s called) to partially cut the top and bottom of the page.

Before gluing on the die-cuts I wanted to put a little bit more protection on the page, so I put decoupage glue on it. I was a bit slow in thinking, because only after rinsing the brush (which I do immediately after using the glue) I realized I ofcourse could glue on the die cuts now easily as well. No fussy gluing with small bits, as the entire surface of the card was sticky. I did end up having to add a bit of glue to some parts where it was too dry allready, but none the less it was fast and easy to add the diecuts.

Before adding decoupage glue - would it ruin the card by smearing out the ink? Also visible, on the right: die-cut fabric tattered flowers (blueish) and the flourishes die (and cut), inks and oh the antique greenish embossing powder! Love it!

Before adding decoupage glue – would it ruin the card by smearing out the ink? Also visible, on the right: die-cut fabric tattered flowers (blueish) and the flourishes die (and cut), inks and oh the antique greenish embossing powder! Love it!

That about sums it up. (I didn’t describe all steps, it’s obvious I inked the edges and matted the card onto cardstock etc).

Used materials

  • Distress inks, (distress) embossing powder, stazon, decoupage glue, tissue paper, old bookpage, scraps from the scrapheap.
  • Sizzix movers and shapers Tattered Flowers
  • Sizzix Swallow
  • Marianne Design creatable (The small birds, Ivy and branch)
  • Joy!Craft Vintage Flourishes
  • Stampendous stamp May Songbirds serenade you every step along the way
  • Prima Marketing Pixie Glade stamp on the branch for some more texture
  • De Stempelwinkel Tree Trunk from the Plate 101 Trees
  • Cheery Lynn Celtic Fire

Challenges

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Outside

 

A little different, color outside the lines.

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This card I made for 2 challenges. One required the use of green and orange, the other of a taped off strip of text. I choose the stamp “Color outside the lines” from Stampendous and, to emphasize the “outside”, used the sun stamp from Stampinback to surround it. Also, I tcolored outside the lines.. bigger circles, and colouring the white strip a little.

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I had used new watercolour paper, but didn’t like it, it’s not really suitable for stamping. So I started anew. This one I liked much more!

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Unfortunately, I messed up (a bit stain near the text) so I went back to my first card. I made a background card by tearing up strips of patterned paper, so the tearing look is used more.

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I had wanted to use the feathers on it too, but it was too busy, too many lines. So I didn’t add them.

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I would like to use this card for the following challenges:

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Bird in the sky, up up you fly

This card is made on a wallpaper sample. The Die-cut is a swallow from ranger (I think) – I haven’t used it much, as somehow this image reminds me of a soul leaving the earth. I kind of associate it with a sympathy card. I didn’t intend to make one, that is why I left the blue bit empty, I want to add the sentiment later. (with a label on the blue, but I think i’s prettier if I print or stamp on tissue paper and decoupage it on the blue card, you won’t see the tissue paper but will see the stamp). But I guess a sympathy card is the best fit.

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The swallow flies up out of the bushes, up up in the sky, to be free. It has a vintage touch to it, due to the colour use. The two lines at the top are inked too, to add just a bit more sky-ness.

The raindrops are from design by Ryn, and the branches with leaves are from the Joy!crafts vintage flourishes serie as is the swirl. Before cutting it out I coloured the paper with different shades of distress ink (with the acrylbloc technique). after diecutting I stamped on the leaves with another stamp in blue. (I forgot which one). It wasn’t really needed though, as it’s hardly visible. Before gluing the branches in place I tried slightly colouring the area behind it, as I wanted it to look like bushes rather then just branches.

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The dry embossing is done with the M-bossabilities folder twigs and tweets. (My only machine is a Cuttlebug)

Heat embossing is done with shabby shutter, on the swallow. Next I darkened some bits, and stamped with embossing ink on it and embossed it with rangers embossing powder Stream.

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A simple card (for me, at least) which I don’t particularly like. The reason is that the card makes me a little sad, it somehow oozes melancholy, or sadness. (Instead of comfort or a spring rain shower or autumn). On the other hand, it’s also kind of calm, spiritual.

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What would you use this card for? For which occasion?

Challenges

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A little bird to guide you through Wonderland

Strong heart

This was made for a friend who was overworked. I always assoiciate the colour turquoise a lot with her. She wears lots of different colours, but this colour is a bit exotic, outspoken, mysterious and elegant. So is she. Also this type of green matches good with her – in fact, everything on the card. Which isn’t strange, since I made this for her! The little bird is singing to the woman, songs of peace, of beauty. No reason, no “have to”, no pressure, a song of nature, of the creative spirit, without the shackles of today’s material society. The spirit of her artist-soul is singing to her.

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It is made on a piece of wallpaper, a decoration strip/band. I embossed a thin piece of paper, having inked the embossing folder and sprayed it with water so the lower part (unembossed part) is inked and the raised part is till white. It takes a bit of trial an error to get the correct amount of water – too much and the raised bits will be inked too and the ink will run too much. Too little and it’s inky dots instead of an inked area. Due to the texture of the wallpaper I couldn’t stamp on it, so I stamped on tissuepaper instead and used decoupage glue to glue it on the walpaper.

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Work in progress

All stamped images are added that way, most of them in grey, only the bird in black. The key is a die cut, and the Art Nouvea lady is from a paper wrapping bag I got several years ago around some psotcards which I bought in the Art Nouveau museum in Salamanca, Spain. I stamped positive, encouraging words on it.

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I added some sparkling stones to her hair, as well as in the bird who she is looking at.

The size of the project is a bit bigger then A5, though smaller then A4.

I’ve made it a while ago, so can’t remember exactly what I used, but this should be approximately it:

  • Wallpaper band, printing paper, tissues, coloured lace, packaging of cards, brown paper, decoration woolstuff and those blingy-things Oh and some fake transparant glass stones.
  • Distress inkt: Shattered Straw, Peacock Feathers, one other colour? I’m in doubt about the shattered straw. But I’m sure about the peacock feathers. I love that colour. Or did I add Broken china? hmmm.
  • Versafine grey, stazon jet black, I’ not sure about the brown beneath the bird, Archival Vintage photo?
  • Perlen pen Kiwi
  • Dies: Marianne design key and English rose
  • Dies: Joy Crafts flower
  • Stamps: Christina Renee stamps.
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(Yup, the same image as) What a difference auto-adjust lighting does for pictures!

I’d like to enter this project into the following challenges:

Un Dimanche √° la Mer

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When I saw the new challenge for “We love Vintage” I knew immediately which image I was going to use. Finally! 5055 Trains de plaisir – Un Dimanche √† la Mer – LL from French Kissed Postcards. I always liked it, but never used it before. I don’t usually make vintage cards, as I try to give my cards a more masculine look, or more steampunk. So this was new for me.

The colours I wanted to use were yellow, blue and pink. Now when I say it like that, it doesn’t sound like appropriate colours! Don’t worry, here’s the full names of the Distress inks: Shattered Straw, Tattered Rose and Tumbled Glass.

The paper I used was off white, white and yellow. The yellow paper is the middle layer of the card, with the tattered rose edges and Tumbled Glass and Broken China “inner edge” (to define the paper on top more), and the Joy Craft cutting and embossing die 6002/0036. On that I used Mustard Seed, Scattered Straw, Shabby Shutters and Tattered rose on. I embossed it with shabby shutters distress embossing powder and Rangers Queens Gold embossing powder.

Decooupage glue on the image for a painted look

Decooupage glue on the image for a painted look

The top layer paper was off white, and the top half I made blue with Tumbled Glass (and maybe a bit of Broken China, can’t remember exactly) and on the bottom I used Scattered Straw and Old Paper.

The background

Too bad I didn’t take a picture of it before gluing it all together, as that background paper turned out pretty nice. I stamped the small sun from Stampinback (Zonnestralen B649) on it with Versafine grey, and the big sun from Stampinback (Zonnestralen B721) with Memento Toffee Crunch. I used Ranger Embossing ink on the edges, applied it with my finger and then pourded Queens Gold on it. The Memento ink wasn’t completely dry yet, so it stuck to bits of the sunray as well, which I liked.

The image

The image I printed on white 180grams printing paper and tore off the sides of the image. I inked them with tumbled glass and shattered straw, glued it in place and added some Mod Podge decoupage glue on top of it and made swirling movements with my brush to give it a varnished – painted look.

The flowers

I cut out the flowers with the Marianne Design cutting die LR0257, the big one 2 times and the smaller ones 5 times. I stamped the cutout with a branch/flower stamp from Christina Renee set Nr. 5 (850043) with Hero Arts Shadow ink Soft Pool.¬† I inked the edges with the either shattered straw distress ink of tumbled glass, and some of the hearts of the flouwers with broken china. I rolled them using a filigree tool, and rolled the upper big flower from the ouside to the inside, so the small leaves are outside. The other flower I rolled the other way. I moved the filigree tool to the top of the paper (still holding in the middle), put a dot of glue from the glue gun down, pushed the flower down and uncurled it a bit with the tool. While the tool was still in the flower I bent the leaves down and flat a bit, trying to make sure it wasn’t too orderly.¬†Later I added some pearl beads, whcih I later also used on the lower right corner of the card.

The twine (or yarn?)

I don’t know the difference, I would even almost call it rope! Anyway, I wanted a beachy thing to it, so I added the twine in the off white colour. When in coils it remined me of seashells, so the pearls had to go there!

Done!

Hmm well no. I should use some lace. But I don’t have lace! I do have a lace stamp (from Christina Renee), so I stamped it on tissue paper and decoupaged it to the left side of the card. Unfortunately the ink I used wasn’t suitable: Hero Arts Shadow ink was too oily, so the details was lost. Also, the colour was too light, it’s hardly visible (though if you look closely you can still see it). So I searched around untill I finally found a bit of lace, it was a ribbon of 5 cm wide so I cut off only the edge.

All in all I don’t think I did very bad, it has got the vintage elements, but it’s still a card made by me.

If you made it this far, thank you for reading!

With this card I would like to enter the following challenges:

The card in different lighting

The card in different lighting

To the DT from Simon Says Stamp: That is a lot of work you must do! With my entry, it will be 974!!!! entries! That would take about (with 1 minute per blog) at least 16 hrs and 15 minutes. Few. I hope you don’t have to do that often. And I do understand if you don’t leave a comment, haha!

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