Sunday, 26 June 2011

Purple Haze Box

It's often the least expensive leftover boxes and items that are the best for altering. 

Dear hubby recently returned from a business trip to Spain, and he brought me some traditional Spanish candy, which was tucked away in a cute little plain balsa wood box. It just cried out to be altered!

The box was sealed with an antique decoupage finish to make it durable.

Monday, 13 June 2011

Perfect Gift Cards

I have become fascinated with making gift cards, even though the amount of work that goes into them is just as much as some of my larger card creations. 

My favorite size is a 2.5 x 3.5 inch card, which is the same size as the popular Artist Trading Card. Okay, I admit that I've never really been much of an ATC fan; I always prefer my artwork to be as a card, so that the recipient can choose to keep it, use it or (heaven forbid) bin it! 

These miniature card creations seem to be popular among the masses, too, as they sometimes sell faster than my larger cards. I think there is some romantic and special attraction to anything that is a miniature -- think dollhouses, ponies, and miniature portraits.

These cards are based on the design from my previous blog entry, except they use pearl cardstock and a Stampin' Up punch to create the tiny flowers. 

Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Perfect Day

At last, after two month's of being AWOL from my crafting table, I have finally returned! 

I can blame part of my absence on my month-long trip to Colorado. Then I came back to England, and I found myself lured away from stamping and creating because the weather was so nice and summery! I spent hours outside gardening and pottering around, and my poor craft area became dusty and disused.

But there's nothing like a deadline to beat a creative block. My parents are celebrating their 55th wedding anniversary on June 17th, so I needed to create a special card for them.

I decided to use some Sizzix die cut flowers in vellum to create an elegant and appropriate feeling. I colored the resulting flowers with Copic markers, which are almost like watercolors when used on vellum.

I never can find just the right anniversary sentiment, so I decided to make my own: A Special Bouquet to Remember Your Perfect Day. Then I made a similar sentiment for Birthday. You can click and download the jpeg of the sentiments if you'd like to use them in your design; they can be resized accordingly.

My parents' anniversary card features a white gatefold card cut from a Sizzix die. Then I adhered a piece of purple cardstock, which featured the wisteria stamp from Stampin' Up's Growing Green set. The flowers were lightly colored with shimmer paints. The card was adorned with a bouquet of the vellum flowers and a bit of ribbon.

After I made this card, I wasn't as happy as I'd like with the layout, so I worked on another version, using the birthday sentiment (pictured at the top of this blog entry).  This larger square card seemed to handle the bouquet of vellum flowers better.

Now that I'm back at my crafting table, I have another card to make for my hubby, as we celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary next week. How time does fly!