Sunday, 30 October 2011

Kindness comes in many forms…but always from the heart

I wanted to make a card using masking techniques with this Blossom Art stamp set by Hero Arts.

This is a really simple technique that gives some beautiful effects. It can really stretch your stamp sets to make them even more versatile, by effectively creating larger ‘background’ stamps out of several smaller ones.

The sentiment stamp is called Heard from the Heart by Stampin’ Up! and I just love all the sentiments in this set.  I use a technique of white embossing on vellum cardstock to give the sentiment added interest without covering up all of the stamping underneath. Kristina Werner uses this technique a lot and it inspired me to try it myself.

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Sunday, 23 October 2011

Hope you have a GREAT birthday!

Something VERY different for me today to share with you! And a video too, yay!! “Finally!” I hear you all shout…I know, it’s been quite a while. I’m very sorry. As it has recently been described to me – life has been “biting me on the bum” of late, so making card tutorials definitely slipped down my priority list :(

But I really missed doing them, and so I filmed this one for you all. I figured after all this time, this card had to be something a little special, and I hope you agree – it’s definitely different to my usual cards!

I decided to go for a completely different shaped card. I don’t know where I dreamt this particular shape up, but there you go…

I wanted to use these beautiful flocked papers called Paris Nights by GCD Studios. But this card was for a male – so it couldn’t be too feminine! Hence the change in the shape of the card to make it a bit more appropriate for its male recipient. I hope you think it works? I really love this card, even if I do say so myself. It actually pained me to send it, lol! =)

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PS. Thanks for all your patience and lovely supportive emails since my last video. You’re all gems =)

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Thinking of you…


My friend’s dad recently passed away. Such sad news, even though it was expected, it’s still just awful for him. Sympathy cards are always toughies. My rule; make them simple and not with too much…well not too much anything really.

I totally feel a sympathy card should always be more about the words said on the inside, rather than too much fanciness on the outside. These cards are going to be treasured for the thoughts you write inside rather than how pretty the outside is!

That doesn’t mean they can’t portray your personality, I just think it’s an occasion when it needs toning down a smidge…

Hope you like it!

Sunday, 2 October 2011

Bob Marley Disc Birthday card

The person this card was for LOVES music. I would go as far as to say he’s totally obsessed with music and all things lyrical! So I took a quote from a Bob Marley song that I found particularly apt for him, and used it on his card [Love the life you live / Live the life you love – Bob Marley].

The card is round, as it’s to represent a cd or vinyl disc, sticking to the music theme. Plus it makes it a bit different to the rectangular/square cards that seem to dominate the card market.

All of this was designed by me using Silhouette Studio software, and the sentiment was handwritten and cut out in the same way.

No video – this card took me HOURS to get right, and I couldn’t face making it again just to video. But I thought I’d share it in any case. Hope you like it, and I’ll be back soon with a video I recorded over the weekend, so watch this space!!