Thursday, 18 June 2009

Copic Colour Challenge #18


This week, I made a birthday card for my stamping friend, Linda, of Linanna Designs. I had in my mind exactly the Elzybells stamp and the BoBunny patterned cardstock that I wanted to use.

However, I also wanted to play the Copic Colour Challenge #18, and although this week's colours were close, they didn't quite match my cardstock.

They suggested using the following colours.
In the end, I used the Y15 Cadmium Yellow, but I used different blue tones -- B12 Ice Blue and B93 Light Crockery Blue. I did use a touch of the R85 Rose Red, but I also used RV42 Salmon Pink and some other pink shades that I forgot to record!

I pulled out my Wizard and Spellbinder's Nestabilities Circles to create the interlocking circles on the birthday card. The birthday circle stamp is from Inkadinkado.

While I was making cards, I also made a few spares with Elzybells sentiment: May all your days be filled with flowers.

Tuesday, 9 June 2009

Copic Colour Challenge


I just love this Whipper Snapper Design 'Feel Better Chicken' stamp. He is just way too cute! Also, Whipper Snapper Designs lend themselves to coloring with Copic Markers.

I colored the image earlier in the week, and then I discovered I had used the colors specified in the Copic Colour Challenge! I put the finishing touches on the card this evening and entered it into this week's challenge, which suggested that we use R39, Y06 and R11 (I didn't have the R39 so I used R29 as a highlight on the wooden bed frame). I used other colors as well.

You can play along, too . . . if you love Copic Markers, visit Copic Colour Challenge every Wednesday to see the new challenge! I know I'll be there!

Sunday, 7 June 2009

June is for Weddings


June is the time that many people walk down the aisle and take their vows. My parents, Joe and Bobbi, did exactly that on June 17, 1956. and they are still going strong after 53 years of marriage!

I made this card for them using one of Elzybells stamps and some new Basic Grey Wisteria patterned paper and Prismatic solid cardstock. I colored the images with Copic Ciaos onto silk/glossy paper. (BTW: I had challenges with the black/charcoal on the slick/glossy paper. This project definitely would have worked better on matte white cardstock.)

While I was coloring and cutting out the Elzybells images, I also made a couple of wedding cards, which I will donate to Wildlife Aid's Open Day and Charity Event on Sunday, June 21.


Hubby Niall and I also celebrate our 23 years of wedded bliss on June 14. Although that's a lot of years for marriages these days, it doesn't even come close to comparing to my parents' anniversary!

Congratulations, Mom and Dad.
We love you very much!
Kathy, Niall & Branduff


Bride & Groom and Congratulations stamp are from Elzybells; Happy Anniversary is from Ink N Rubber.

Saturday, 6 June 2009

Father's Day Frame


A couple of weeks ago, I was doing a random search online for Spellbinders Nestabilities, and I stumbled across the Prairie Paper & Ink's blogspot and a precious Father's Day Frame. I couldn't help myself; I had to make one for my dad, who lives in Texas. Above is my interpretation of the project.

I currently don't own the Nestabilities scalloped squares, which is one of the things I was trying to source online. Therefore, I created my scalloped edge by using my new Stampin' Up scallop edge punch.

My frame is a bit easier because my Die Cuts With A View cardstock is pretty sturdy. This is my recipe:

Two 6 by 6 inch cardstock pieces in one color/pattern for the backing
One 6 by 6 inch thin cardboard to go between the two pieces above
One 6 by 6 inch piece of cardstock for the front scalloped frame
One 2 by 2 inch piece of plain cardstock for your sentiment

I used a corner rounder on the two pieces of matching cardstock and the thin cardboard that will go inbetween. The cardboard makes the backing firm. I used double side adhesive to stick the three-piece sandwich together.

The top piece of patterned cardstock was run through the Wizard with a Nestabilities square die. Choose one big enough to leave room for your stamped image. I ran the frame through a second time with a slightly larger square die to emboss the frame hole.

Cut a piece of complimentary solid cardstock and stamp your favorite sentiment. Of course, this is where you could use a favorite photo of your loved one instead. This makes such a super gift, regardless what you put inside the frame.

The sentiment stamp I used is from Elzybells.

Thursday, 4 June 2009

Vintage Tags


Here is more art from a recent swap on our England Stamping & Crafting Yahoo Group.

The art mingle featured vintage tags, and we made two different tags for three recipients.


One of them features a bride stamp, which is absolutely gorgeous! I bought it from my friend Beckie. The stamp is huge, but I was determined to use it on the tag mingle. I stamped the image onto Shrinky-Dink and colored it with Tim Holtz distress inks and chalks. The heart on the tag comes from a new prima product, stitched mulberry paper, which is beautiful stuff! Prima Flirty paper and flowers were used for embellishment.


The other tag features a Magenta rubber stamp, which comes as a set of four female faces. I recently unmounted and cut the stamp so that I could easily use each of the faces individually. This tag might look familiar as it is the same stamped image and paper that I recently used when making an artist trading card. The princess and word stamps are from Stampin' Up.

If you think that our art swaps look fun, I invite you to join our Yahoo Group -- Stampers and Paper Crafters of England. We have an easy-going group of very friendly ladies. Click to join Stampers & Crafters of England

Tuesday, 2 June 2009

3 x 3 Cards with Envelopes


Our England Stamping Yahoo Group recently had an art swap featuring some really cute 3-by-3-inch cards with matching envelopes.

If you are interested in the envelope template, you can find it on an earlier post by clicking here.

Once I got started making these cards, I couldn't stop, and I had to try out all kinds of combinations.


One card design features a Cuttlebug butterfly die cut, which was then sandwiched into an embossing folder colored with ink. The ink sinks into the low areas of the embossed image.


Another card features a Stampin' Up flower stamp, which has been colored with Copic markers and cut out.


Another is a bee from a Close to My Heart set, and it has been embossed with thick UTEE embossing powder to give it a glass effect.


And finally, I used Spellbinder's dies to cut a window into a card and used a Lost Coast dictionary stamp and Stazon to stamp on acetate. The flower on this card was handmade by cutting out Spellbinder's scallop circles.