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Card for boys

This card is made for a boy’s birthday. It’s funny but most of the babies I know, children of friends and family, are boys. So I seem to be making lots of cards for young boys – at the moment. I thought I would go bright primary colours for this one and add texture through embossing (by hand!) and using corrugated card collected from some packaging and painted with acrylics. Thought I would enter this card into the fab blog candy challenge on the Dies to Die For blog and also the fun challenge from Papertake Weekly πŸ™‚

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So finally…

I can up put the card that was partially inspired by period stone work in London and I partially described the making of in an earlier post. I was going to give this card to my mum for her birthday, so was delaying posting it here. But then I had a change of mind and have an even better card for you, Mum – but you will just have to wait and see πŸ™‚


 

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More challenge Cards

Here is another challenge card but this one is for two different challenges.

Friday Sketchers blog has a great sketch for their second challenge. Then Stamp Something has a little something to say ‘Thank you’ challenge.

So this card was put together in black, white, blue and green using papers from DCWV’s All Dressed Up stack and some hand-drawn pictures – I don’t have enough stamps so had to make do πŸ™‚ The flowers were made by sticking sellotape to the papers, stamping a flower with StazOn, cutting out the flower and then soaking the paper off. The pattern from the paper stays on the sticky tape and you have a fab flower embellishment. The bird was finished off with some patterned paper for the wing and a pearl-like bead cut in half for an eye.

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Bitten By the Challenge Bug

For a while now I’ve been wanting to alter the cover of my travel journal from my trip last year to China and this week’s challenge of Travel/Places from Arty Girlz gave me the inspiration to finally do it. So here is my go at the challenge:


The background uses a black and white photocopy of a map of China that I have coloured in using the same technique as the background for the flower card but then highlighted areas with watercolour pencils. The main highlights being the actual journey we took from Beijing to Xi’an to Zhengzhou and back to Beijing. I then stamped a dragon onto acetate with StazOn and coloured the dragon with cosmic shimmer mixed into three-dimensional glue. The letters were all cut out by hand and β€˜China’ has been accentuated with three-dimensional glue. It was great fun doing this AND I’ve ticked off one of my jobs from my ‘To Do’ list πŸ™‚

 

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Making my own background papers

I love all the wonderful background papers that you can buy. There are some beautiful works of art in paper that I often find them hard to cut up, I’m sure you know what I mean. But I also love making my own background paper. This was one of those ‘I wonder what would happen if I…’ occasions and I was really pleased with the result and plan to use it again to make some more.


Found it quite hard to get a good piccy of it though, as a number of the pictures I took did not capture the gold shimmer.

So the background starts by cutting out photocopied snippets from my large Oxford Dictionary of quotations and layering them onto a piece of white A4 paper at different angles, holding in place with a dab of glue stick. The next stage is to photocopy this collage of words and quotes onto ordinary white A4 paper. I cut the background into the shape I wanted and then started to colour with distress ink pads brayered onto a craft mat, sprayed with water and then brayered onto the paper, keeping the darker inks to the edges. Allow this to dry a bit before spraying with a gold glimmer/mica spray. Allow to dry and then flatten under some books (or all your craft magazines).

Thought I might enter this for the challenge on the ‘Lots to do Challenges blog’ using Crafty Individual stamps.

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Carried away


One day I got a little carried away with my bead collection and just made beaded bracelet after beaded bracelet. I suddenly realised that I now had more bracelets than I actually knew what to do with πŸ™‚

But there is just something about beads and all those lovely glittery colours. A friend bought me a fantastic book about beads for my birthday which had a bit about the history of bead work – very interesting. I’m just soo easily distracted by shiny objects. Perhaps I was a magpie in a former life?

And this isn’t all of the bracelets – I’ve already given some away as presents.