Tuesday 24 February 2015

just to say .....

Hello there. I'm back with a card that I made some time ago. It was commissioned for a colleague who was going on maternity leave. But she never received it as someone spilled coffee all over it!

My brief was to use pink and bling. Now if you know me well you know i struggle with pink and I don't like a lot of bling on my projects.
So I went rummaging in my paper stash and found a nice piece of G45 to use for background. I covered it with double sided sticky sheet and covered it with micro beads for texture and sparkle. It is difficult to photograph though.

I used a trellis die from spellbinders and white card to add interest to background. I mounted it on the microbeaded paper and matted it onto black.

I then die cut some flourishes, leaves and asters. I assembled flowers and added a black pearl in the centres. I assembled them in the left hand corner and tucked leaves underneath.

It was then time to add bling which I added in the form of flourishes in black and clear. 
On an 8x8 base card I stamped sentiment from Claritystamp in black archival ink and clear embossed.
I added the topper to base card.

So I hope you like my effort in pink, Theresa xx

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

Fussy and fancy challenge - tic tac toe (sentiment, wet embossing, sparkle)also had die and pearls
Simon says stamp Wednesday challenge - add texture (micro beads)
TTCRD -  anything goes
Sister act card challenge - anything goes

Sunday 22 February 2015

a hint of spring.....

Hello there. That is my wishful thinking, that spring hurries up as then summer wouldn't be so far away. Having been home this week and having had a good dose of spring, this weather seems grayer than ever, more than 50 shades...... sorry I couldn't resist.

On this card I used the new fab cracked pistacchio distress stain from Tim Holtz. I love this new shade of green. I think it goes super well with blues and it was really needed.
So I used a piece of water colour card to create topper. I smeared cracked pistacchio and salty ocean distress stains and spritzed with water and picked up with card. I dried card in between applications and continued picking up colour until I was happy with background.
I stamped some flourishes on green side using fern green and library green archival ink.
The sentiment is stamped in hydrangea archival ink on the blue side.

I did the same on another piece of card using squeezed lemonade, mustard seed, tattered rose and spiced marmalade.
I stamped the scribbled flowers in 2 sizes with black archival ink and fussy cut the flowers. I added distress glitter to centres and some more sparkle with a clear wink of stella. 
I attached the flowers as shown and matted on  pearlised navy paper.

All the stamps used here are from Hobby Art.

I hope you like my offer today, Theresa xx

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

Simon says stamp Monday challenge - a piece of paradise (dreaming of spring)
TTCRD - anything goes
Sister Act challenge - anything goes
Sunday stamper - use something new (cracked pistacchio)

Tuesday 17 February 2015

IndigoBlu heart take 2

Hello again. Today's blog is about the same stamp i used on the canvas but with a different technique.

I started with a piece of glossy black card which i brushed with talcum powder. Then I inked stamp from IndigoBlu with versamark and stamped it on making sure not to slide around.

Then I used perfect pearls to 'colour' it in. I used gold, pearl, brilliant red and a green. sorry i can't remember colour and can't check as i'm a bit far from home. I tried to lay colour carefully so the colour went where i wanted it to.

Once it had 'cured', I polished it to remove any residue. Then i went round all 4 edges with narrow ds tape and brushed gold perfect pearls all round.
I finished it off with some red gems and some matting and layering.

I hope you like my second take on the heart stamp, Theresa xx. 

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

IndigoBlu blog challenge - a splash of red
TTCRD - anything goes

Wednesday 11 February 2015

IndigoBlu and brushos canvas

Well I made top 3 in the last IndigoBlu challenge and was asked to create a piece to act as a reminder for their blog challenge.

I decided to try a small canvas. The idea had been going round in my head for a while so I went for it.

If you would like to know how I made it, hop on to the IndigoBlu challenge blog which you can find here along with the other posts by the other 2 that also made the top 3 .

Hope you like my offering, Theresa xx

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:

Simon says stamp Wednesday challenge - all creatures great and small butterflies, dragonflies and humming birds
TTCRD - anything goes
Fussy and fancy challenge - it's all about love

Saturday 7 February 2015

A4 canvas

Hello again. I'm getting lax it seems. Today I have a canvas on offer. The idea had been going on in my head for a while and finally I decided to get it down on canvas.


I got these canvas boards from Claritystamp. They have them in a varied range of sizes and they are brilliant as they are hard so it is easier to stamp on them. And they are already primed.
I started by adding grunge paste through some stencils. I used the petal stencil in the centre, the stripes in 2 opposing corners and the honeycomb in the other 2 corners.

After it dried I sanded it down somewhat as i wanted it to be relatively smooth. Then I applied acrylic paints with a mini blending tool. I used yellow for centre and different shades of lilac and amethyst on the outside.
I ripped some Tim Holtz tissue and attached some pieces with mod podge to background.
Using a purple archival ink I stamped randomly using several stamps from the journaling set.
I added some more stamping with black archival.

I flicked distress paint randomly in brushed pewter, black soot and dusty concord. The white is stampendous chunky white embossing enamel which i sprinkled gingerly over the background.
I added some treasured gold gilding wax in lilac, amethyst and silver to highlight certain areas. I gave same treatment to corner and key.
The rose I created from 3 layers of the big flower from tattered rose die by Tim Holtz, and the foliage is also from his range. Once cut they all got the meltpot treatment. I then arranged them in a corner to which i had already added some burlap.
The sentiment is from the word chains.
I finished it off with some micro beads, seed beads and drops.

All stencils and stamps used here are from Claritystamp.

I really hope you like my offering. I know the recipient did, Theresa xx

I would like to enter this canvas in the following challenges:

Simon says stamp Monday challenge - H is for Helen, the recipient of this canvas
Simon says stamp Wednesday challenge - all things bright and beautiful
Fan-Tastic Tuesday challenge - anything goes with a twist, let's see some purple
TTCRD - anything goes

Sunday 1 February 2015

Massimo's birthday ....

Hello again. This time it's been a while since I blogged. However in my defense this week I have been busy with Massimo having had a terrible cold and for the first time in 3 years I had to keep him off school.
To top it all it was his 7th birthday this Saturday and this is the card I made for him.

The main components are die cut from the pirate set by X-cut. I decide to add dimension so  I cut 5 layers of waves in different shades of blue. I also offset the wave pattern to add more interest. I glittered the edges with stickles diamond glitter glue.

Here you can see how I created a concertina effect to add all the different layers.

I added some depth to the clouds by some shading with a gray spectrum noir pencil.
The sun I cut with a circle spellbinders die. I stamped an embossed sentiment.
The name was created using the letterbox kit and tag shape. I used black archival ink and red geranium ink and embossed in clear.
I threaded yellow twine through the tag holes.
The kite with age is created in same way.
All the stamps used are from Claritystamp.

I do hope you like my make. Massimo sure did as he screamed: "I love it! It is the best card in the world!", Theresa xx

Here he is reading his book intently after we had lunch at Frankie and Benny's following Big Hero 6.

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

TTCRD - anything goes
Sister act card challenge - anything goes