Sunday, February 23, 2014

A Couple of Rainbows

It's unusual for me to post two days in a row but I just had the urge and the time to stamp this morning so made the most of it!

There are a couple of rainbow themed challenges going on at the moment and as I love using a rainbow of colours on my cards sometimes, I thought I'd give it a whirl. As part of Hero Arts' birthday challenge there is a category called rainbow of colour and A Blog Named Hero has a challenge called Roy G. Biv. I have to say I've never heard of that expression before, in school we learned the colours of the rainbow by using the term Richard of York gave battle in vain - did anyone else use this one?

Birthday Rainbow

Stamps (Hero Arts) - A Little, Tiny Flags Background, Fantastic Birthday and It's Your Day

My first card is the birthday card. To make the background I stamped the Tiny Flags Background on coloured card using distress inks (barn door, spiced marmalade, mustard seed, mowed lawn and broken china). I left out violet as I only have a very dark purple in my collection of distress inks. After cutting out the strips in various colours I matched them up to make the background. I embossed the frame for the A Little set and also the birthday sentiment, substituting a little candle for the "i". The "happy" sentiment was also stamped with distress inks and they are popped up on foam pads.


I'm not sure which Hero Arts set the little star came from as it has become separated from the original packaging, but the stars were embossed too and I added some star dust stickles to them and the candle flame.

A Little Smile
Stamps (Hero Arts) - Tiny Flags Background & A Little

The second card was made in the same way except this time I used the complete image from the A Little set. I hope you're enjoying your weekend. We had another storm blow through last night but thankfully no damage here!

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Birthday Rocket

I love making cards for kids and for this one pulled out one of the images from the BAM! set that I often use for cards for boys big and small.

Birthday Rocket

Stamps (Hero Arts) - BAM!, Tiny Star Background & It's Your Day

For the background I applied spiced marmalade distress ink to white card and spritzed it with water. After cutting out the shape I wanted, I stamped the sentiment. For the blue panels I applied faded jeans distress ink to white card and using the same ink stamped the star background. The green strips were originally white card which I coloured with a green ProMarker and pierced.

The rocket was coloured with ProMarkers and a silver gel pen was used on the rivets. To finish I added a generous coat of glossy accents to the rocket and added star dust stickles to the flames.


I'm submitting this card into Hero Arts' birthday challenge (kids cards category).

Well I had fun making this card but I suppose I better go catch up on my ironing now! Hope you have a great and inky weekend:)

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Happy Happy Birthday Owls

Do you ever make a card were you like the original idea but aren't too sure about the end result? Well this is one of those cards for me!

We're (well hubby is!) putting up some new blinds and we have lots of corrugated cardboard left over to go into our recycling bin, so I decided to grab a little bit to go onto a card, thinking that the card could double as a portion of a tree trunk.

Happy Happy Birthday
Stamps (Hero Arts) - Lil Hoot & Fantastic Birthday

I started by die cutting the windows in the corrugated card which of course flattened it completely. As I wanted lots of texture, I poked a paint brush into each of the flattened pieces to pop them back up again. I put the corrugated card on foam pads and embossed the "happy happy" sentiment on a backing card. Then I stamped and cut out lots of little owls from the Lil Hoot set, coloured them in with ProMarkers and put them peeking out of the windows. The birthday sentiment was stamped using a mix of distress inks.

I'm submitting this card into the Birthday Challenge at Hero Arts (kids or rainbow section) as well as the Simon Says Stamp Get Krafty Challenge.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Happy Birthday Flower

My good friend Linda's birthday is on Valentine's Day (I think this is such a fun day to have a birthday!) and I made a card for her using one of the pretty flowers from Hero Arts' Flower Text stamp.

Happy Birthday Flower

Stamps (Hero Arts) - Flower Text & It's Your Day

Linda's favourite colour is purple so I embossed a piece of purple card for the background. Then I stamped and cut out one of the flowers from the Flower Text background and intended colouring it purple, but discovered I hadn't got one single purple marker in my ProMarker collection. Lol Linda, I hope you're not too shocked that I didn't have any purple markers, but I did buy a couple of them when I was working in Dublin the other day, so an all purple card may wing its way to you next year! Anyway I coloured the flower with pink and yellow ProMarkers and added stickles and glossy accents for some sparkle and shine.

Flower close up

I added a strip of patterned paper for the stem and leaves from the Flower Text background. I'm submitting this card into the Hero Arts Birthday Challenge (floral birthday) and the Die Cut Divas Girls Night Out Challenge.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Rainbow Hexagons

For the past number of weeks the country has been getting battered by one storm after another coming in mainly from the Atlantic. There have been some sunny and calm days in between the storms but they seem to have been very few and far between! We've been fortunate in that we've only had to deal with the strong winds and lots of rain, but I really feel sorry for the people around the country who have had to contend with flooding, storm damage and the loss of their electric supply. I'm looking forward to better weather ahead and hopefully it will be here very soon!

Because we had some sunny days mixed in with the rain, we've seen a lot of rainbows recently, so a card that I made way back in August seems appropriate to show now.

Hexagon Rainbow
Stamps (Hero Arts) - Hexagon Background & Everyday Sayings

It's a card that I was lucky to have picked up for Resist Stamping section in Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking's Stamp It! Techniques, Vol. 2. I have to say emboss resist is one of my favourite techniques and I love any excuse to get up to my eyes in distress inks. On this card I used barn door, spiced marmalade, mustard seed, mowed lawn, tumbled glass and dusty concord distress inks. By the time I finished the card I had a rainbow of colours on my fingers too:)

Hope you have a great and inky weekend:)

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Birthday Bling Gift Holder Card

I'm trying a few more ideas with Hero Arts' new A Little set and this time decided to make a little pocket to hold a little blingy gift on the front of a birthday card.

Birthday Bling Gift Holder

Stamps (Hero Arts) - A Little, It's Your Day & Leopard Print

I started by clear embossing the Leopard Print background on a die cut panel of hot pink card. I added this to a die cut card base and then went on to make the little pocket. As this time I didn't want to use the full sentiment on the main A Little image, I covered the words I didn't want to use with post its before inking up the image with VersaMark. Then I removed the post its and white embossed the panel adding the sentiments I wanted to use for this particular card. After embossing the "a little" banner on pink card, I cut it out and adhered it to the panel using foam pads. To finish the panel I just added a few clear rhinestones.

Birthday Bling Gift Holder Card

I wanted to have enough space in the little pocket for a necklace so I put three layers of foam strips around the two edges and at the bottom of the panel. Then it was time to add the necklace and to ensure it was covered and held in place added some tissue paper.

I'm submitting this card into the Die Cut Divas Girls Night Out Challenge and the current Hero Arts Challenge (Anything Goes Birthday Card).
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