Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Card in Paper Crafts Magazine

Well never in a million years did I think I’d have the above title on one of my blog posts!!

I hadn’t thought about submitting anything for publication, but last year, after a lot of encouragement from my dear friends Trinh and Linda, finally decided to give it a go and submit something to Paper Crafts’ submission call for the March/April 2012 issue.

Little did I think the first card I’d ever submit would be picked! I can’t tell you how over the moon I was when I received a lovely email from Susan Opel. Lol I had to read it a few times just to make sure it really was for me! So here is my card.

Buttons and Pearls

Stamp (Hero Arts) – Everyday Sayings

I love this post about A Day in the Life of a Paper Crafts Card and it's fun to think that my little card went on a similar journey. I'd encourage anyone to submit for publication - you never know what might happen:)

After having an op last week, I’ve been taking a little break from making anything (or doing much of anything really!) but hopefully I’ll be back again very soon.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Woodgrain and Flowers

Don’t ask me what it is, but for some reason I love cutting paper or fabric and find it very relaxing. So I thought I’d do a bit more cutting for the Cutting & Trimming Challenge in the Moxie Fab World. I’m also submitting this card into the current Hero Arts Challenge.

Woodgrain and Flowers
Stamps (Hero Arts) Designer Woodgrain, Everyday Sayings & Large Flower Background

I started by embossing the Large Flower Background in white and cut around the outside of the image leaving a small border. Then I just cut around the flowers and leaves to my heart’s content! When I started making cards I didn’t have a craft shop anywhere near me. I needed a scissors to cut out images and came across a curved nail scissors in a local chemist and that’s what I use to this day.

After all that cutting I was left with a framed image of the flowers which I then watercoloured using dried marigold and shabby shutters distress inks. I applied walnut stain distress ink to a piece of white card and using the same ink stamped the woodgrain background. As the white border was around the image, I just adhered the border to the woodgrain background so the flowers are floating free. I only had to use one tiny foam dot to keep one flower in place. The sentiment is stamped with walnut stain distress ink.

Hope you are all having a brilliant weekend:)

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Fabric and Flowers

The gorgeous new Hero Arts Large Flower Background stamp reminds me of some William Morris wallpapers and fabrics so I thought I’d use the stamp with some upholstery fabric.

Fabric and Flowers
Stamps (Hero Arts) - Large Flower Background & Everyday Sayings

I stamped the background on upholstery fabric using walnut stain distress ink. Then I embossed the background image in white on white card and cut out the pieces I wanted to use. Distress inks (worn lipstick, spun sugar & shabby shutters) were applied to the flowers\leaves using a paintbrush and some water. I embossed the sentiment and pulled some fibres from the upholstery fabric to attach the sentiment piece.

I’m submitting this card into the current Hero Arts Challenge as well as the
Around the House Challenge in the Moxie Fab World and the Cutting & Trimming Challenge in the Moxie Fab World.
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