Watercolour Backgrounds

Hi everyone, it’s been a while. But I’ve been making lots of cards!

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I created the flower on this card with a stamp from Jillibean Soup’s set “Give Thanks”. I’ve stamped it on watercolour paper and the coloured it with Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Festive Berries and Mustard Seed. The panel at the bottom is made by stamping Kaisercraft’s Morocco Texture Stamp on vellum with Versamark ink and embossing it with white embossing powder. It is stuck to the red cardstock in the background. I’ve finished it off with a button in centre of the flower, some sequins and a birthday stamp.

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For this one I created the watercolour piece using watercolours my Mum gave me (hi Mum!) and I used the same Kaisercraft stamp embossed on vellum for the bottom panel. The flower is cut using Tim Holtz “Tattered Flowers” die and finished off with a button and some embroidery floss.

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And now for something completely different… a one layer card. I found it very daunting working directly on the cardbase as we all do I think. The teddy bear stamp is from the Small Bear set by Hot Off The Press. I’ve coloured it using my Derwent Studio pencils and the greeting stamp is from Lawn Fawn’s “Critters Down Under” Set.

Hope you like these cards. Thanks for stopping by!

Kathy 1

Stencils and homemade texture paste

Hi everyone! When I first started making cards way back when, I used stencils on almost everything. There weren’t so many around back then so I would cut my own and use acrylic paint to apply them. These days stencils are everywhere and there are so many ways to use them. I’ve been looking for texture or embossing paste for a while but found it a bit pricey. So I was very impressed when I stumbled across a YouTube video that showed me how to make my own! And it works beautifully. You can see it at http://youtu.be/nZlUJOBeF1U

There are only three ingredients: 1 tablespoon tacky glue, 1 tablespoon acrylic paint (any colour you like. I use white paint and coloured the paste later) and 1/2 cup talcum paper. I halved the amounts the first time I made it because I just wanted to see if it would work.

But work it did and here are a couple of the cards I made.

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The stencil is from Urban Artist and it’s called Polka Grad. I glued some of my scrap stash to a sheet of paper and die cut the heart. I die cut 4 more hearts from white cardstock and stacked them behind the paper one to lift it up a little. The sentiment is from Fiskar’s Happy Birthday set.

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The stencil on this one is from The Crafter’s Workshop and it’s called Mini Chicken Wire Reversed. I can’t remember what ink I used to colour the texture paste but it was a distress ink that I’ve mixed into the paste with a pallet knife. The balloon was made the same way as the heart and the greeting is from Hero Art’s It’s Your Day stamp set.

Thanks for stopping by. Cheers for now.

Kathy 1

All set for the next little while

Hi all! So I wasn’t feeling the creative vibe last week. You know how it is. I sat at my table and inspiration just didn’t strike. So I decided to cut up some card bases.

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This should last me a little while! I buy my white cardstock from Officeworks. It is called Mondi Color Copy 250gsm. It comes in reams of 125 A4 sheets and, while it’s a bit on the pricey side at $16.45 a ream, I can get 250 cards (excluding stuff ups of course!). The cream cardstock is also from Officeworks. I’ve had it for a while but I think it is Spilman 200gsm Tinted Board. It’s not a smooth as the Mondi cardstock but is very sturdy. I don’t remember where the black or the kraft cardstock came from but, as with the cream, they are good quality and work well for me.

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I had a rubber stamp custom made some time ago. While I love it, I usually put the year on the back of my cards. So I took a leaf out of my lovely Mum’s book (hi Mum :D). When she has finished painting a piece of china she signs the bottom and uses a system of dots to indicate the year it was finished. So I decided to colour the centre heart in the design with a different colour to help me remember when the card was created. 2015 is red!

Inspiration did strike eventually!

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The die is from Impression Obsession and I’ve cut it twice. Once with an old book page that I’ve stuck to some 100gsm card and once on some red cardstock. Then I cut the red hearts from the stems and stuck them on top of the book page ones and covered them with Ranger’s Glossy Accents. The greeting is from Papercraft – Sentiments Adults.

Hope you like it! Cheers for now.

Kathy 1

I’m baaaack!

So things have been very quite here for quite a long time. But I have a very good excuse… I was overseas with hubby for three months last year and it’s taken me this long to get myself back on track! Really! With all the planning that we needed to do and then trying to sort lots and lots and lots of photos and catching up with everything else normal life requires I’ve had no time at all!

Here are a just of few of the 25,000+ photos we took!

Hubby with some of the dwarfs of Wroclaw in Poland

Scala, Italy, the view from our terrace

Cinque Terre, Italy

El Escorial, Spain

Mont St Michel, France

Lovely London!

Hubby with John

Hubby with Greyfriar’s Bobby, Edinburgh

Beautiful Loch Lomond, Scotland

In the Brazen Head, Dublin

With our lovely friends Helen and Aaron near Belfast

New York from the Rock

I’m flying! In New York

Hubby outside the White House, Washington DC

We had such a fabulous time, it’s been difficult being home and getting back into the normal routine. I’m back at work and hubby is filling his time with lost of odds and ends around the house.

So now I’m ready to start blogging again. I’ve spent the last couple of weeks making cards so here we go…

I have loads of rub-ons in my stash and I’m having a go at using some of them. These flowers are called Fancy Flowers from Kaisercraft. I’ve laid them down in a rough heart shape to match the one I’ve cut using Memory Box’s Cupid Heart die. The sentiment is a rub-on from Sullivans. I think you could achieve the same effect using stamps as well.

So that’s it for this post. Hope you like it!

Cheers for now

Kathy 1

Awww, a new baby!

Hi all, I’m running late… again! Anyway, I got there in the end!

This week I have a card celebrating the arrival of a new baby.

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This little guy is soooo cute! He and the greeting are from the Kaisercraft set “Bunder of Joy – New Arrival”. I’ve stamped the image with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and coloured him with Copic markers (I’m not terribly happy with the brown bar at the bottom – I’ll have try a different method next time.) The ribbon and button are from my stash.

Hope you like it!

Cheers for now

Kathy 1

Gesso Dots

Hi out there! Hope you’re all well.

Here’s this weeks card.

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I got the idea for this one from Creative Cardmaking magazine (Issue 61). I’e stamped the image with gesso using a stamp from the Inkadinkadoo set “Dot Flourishes”. The gesso works beautifully – just use a very light hand and remember to clean off the stamp straight away. The flower comes from American Crafts’ Amy Tangerine Delights paper flowers pack.

I like the texture you get using gesso and the contrast of the white on black. The flower adds just a touch of colour. Hope you like it!

Cheers for now

Kathy 1

Happy Mother’s Day!

Hi all, hope all the Mums out there are having a wonderful day. I certainly am! Bubbles and chocolate always make me happy 🙂

Here’s today’s card:

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I’m not very happy with this one… somehow it feels a bit unfinished but I can’t put my finger on it.  Anyway, the leaves are from the Peachy Keen set by Kaisercraft (stamped with Versafine Vintage Sepia) and the sentiment is from Papercraft’s Family set. I’ve stamped the sentiment with Versamark ink and heat embossed it with white embossing powder (but I had to draw the apostrophe in with white gel pen! – one of my pet peeves)  Sorry… back on track now… the paper flowers come from a pack I’ve had forever as did the pearl brad.

Cheers for now

Kathy 1