Friday, February 18, 2011

Cards For Motorhearted Men

As this Sunday my hubby turns 29 and I'm going to visit him in Germany, I just had to give him a proper birthday card. As Janis is all about motors and cars (well in this case a motorcycle) I had to make a very manly and motoristic card. Lucky me I found these great DarkRoom Photo stamps - Motorcycle and Old Truck.
Well in such a short notice I actually had no time to purchase these stamps so I printed the images with a laser printer on a 160gsm plain white card.
At the beginning I did some accurate colouring with watercolour pencils, but then I went over with different Distress inks and small Tsukineko sponge dauber.
Edges of image are distressed with my handmade paper distresser - you may find how I did this here.
Some slight highlighting was done with my Gelly Roll pens and some parts were accented with Glossy Accents.
Printed sentiment says: Who's not 30 jet - the one can! And it is attached with a nail head style brad from Ryher.
I also added some Ryher metallic numerals saying 29 and whole image is mounted on a blue card embossed with Tim Holtz Bricked Texture Fade and slightly inked with Stormy Sky Distress ink. It took me some thinking and aligning to make bricks go horizontally on this landscape card.
So it happens that in the same day as Janis has his birthday one of his colleagues is having his 50th birthday. So in this case I wanted to make a card with motor theme but also it should look decent enough for such important birthday. I hope I did it by adding some brown satin ribbon and sentiments saying: 50 - Well preserved die cut with circle Nestie and matted with scalloped circle Nestie die cut from a brown card.
The image itself was coloured the same way as previous one but I didn't do any highlighting or accenting.
In the end I added three liquid pearls from Viva.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Card For A Baby Boy - CR84FN15

I just happened so to have a stamped image of this Magnolia Cuddley Horse that I had coloured with Copics already some time ago - as I have mentioned before I have developed this habit of climbing in my bed at night and just colour different images before I fall asleep and this was one of such images.
Don't know why but this particularly image kept bugging me - guess this horsey wanted to get onto a card :)
So when I saw this CR84FN Color Challenge I just had to make this horsey into a card even I have no little boys to give this card to....
Well the image is from Magnolia and it is coloured with Copics thou I don't remember which ones exactly. Card base is from a basic 160gsm yellow card but the background is actually from Dovecraft Let It Snow patterned paper pad.
Horsey is mounted on a Nesties standard oval inked with Peeled Paint and Mustard Seeds Distress inks.
Actually I have used four small yellow brads, but two of them were coloured with a green Copic as I didn't have brads in such green shade.
Yellow lace and blue polka-dotted ribbon from my stash as well as some flower stickers and paper strip flower.
And here's the palette used:

Simply Love - TCR#45

Oh this was one really tough week and it's not even over jet... Both my daughters are sick with some kind a weird virus when all you do is either vomit, have diarrhea or high temperature. I had to change their clothes 10 times a day, also change all bed linens and sweep floors... real nightmare, but they are better now (at least vomiting and diarrhea has stopped). And I'm  going to Germany this Saturday so I have to pack and prepare...
I really thought that I won't make it for this week's The Color Room palette, but somehow I did it along with trying some new and exciting techniques.
I used some violetish paper I was given by my dear friend Iveta Lauka once again (by the way I have to say her a really, really huge thank you, because she brought me an enormous amount of all kinds of papers they were using in a kindergarten, but as the kindergarten was shut down they had no place to use or put them).
White paper is actually a crumpled wax paper and matting under the middle photo is white card painted with the same acrylic paint I used for my title and roses.

First new technique to try was the embossing paste - it appeared in Latvia just few weeks ago. I don't think I had it right, but I actually like the outcome for this layout. I got inspired by some previous week's layouts where Dusty Attic's flourish shapes were used, so I traced them and cut out with my bellowed SDSilhouette to make stencils for the embossing paste. Of course I also cut my title - word Simply is stencilled but word love was cut out several times and layered for more dimension. I used acrylic paint on both of words and also on both is the Glossy Accents.
And then there is this cheesecloth roses trim I made using just cheesecloth, Stamperia TexArt medium and acrylic paint. If you would like to know how I did this, please drop me a note or comment here, and I will make a video tutorial as I am going to make one in Latvian language as well.
I had real fun making these roses and I actually made several differently coloured rose strips that I will use on some other projects.
I also used some stamps I have created - I Love You stamp with Scriptina font and a love definition stamp, both stamped with Distress Dusty Concord ink.
And as always here's the colour palette:

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

With Love - WMSC#33

I have to admit that I might have found myself a new card making idol. It's Beatriz Jennings from her iralamija blog. I really adore her style - all those cute vintage details and colours. So when it was time to make another card for WaltzingMouse Challenges (maybe I'll get as lucky as Aleksa did :), I decided to practice a little and try to make something similar to her style. I know it's very far from her, but it is just my first step towards her style.

I used patterned paper from Love Letters again and an image I downloaded from internet - sorry I have lost the address where I got it. Very little inking with Distress ink was done - I think it was Antique Linen. I machine stitched round the image.
That trim is from an old piece of fabric I found in my attic as well with that blue ribbon. That is a double loop bow made with my handmade Bow Easy.
Wing and heart is a grungeboard shapes. Wings are covered with white Doodlebug flock, but heart was inked with Walnut stain and then painted with White pearlescent Stamperia acrylic paint.
I stamped the sentiment there because I had completely different arrangement on my card, but later changed my mind... well things happen...

This is the sketch I used, but I mirrored it and added that lacy trim:

The Baby Of A Fern - TCR#44

At the beginning I thought that it will be so hard to make layout using this palette, but then when I started it felt like inspiration was overflowing me. I really wanted to try this middle tier that reveals the patterned paper underneath and I think it made out pretty well..
This is Emilia on the eve of Midsummers festival at our yard. I named the layout The Baby Of A Fern because we have this legend that young couples have to go looking for a bloom of a fern in the midsummers night (and to be honest they say that statistics shows that most babies are born 9 months after midsummers night :) Well Emilia is not exactly a Midsummers night baby, but it somehow felt about her, even thou she is wearing a wreath out of oak leaves.
The patterned paper is once again K&Company, but all the other elements were die cut with my SDSilhouette - flourishes, oak leaves and fern and title stencils. I used just my Distress inks to colour them and ink edges - also for the matting of the photograph.
I especially like how those fern stencilled images turned out - just a subtle accent of the theme.
Finally I remembered in time to make a secret journalling under the photo, because usually I don't want it to be seen, but remember to add it when all my items are carefully glued down :)
And here is the lovely whitewashed palette of greens from The Colour Room:

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Valentines Day Card

It really is a crappy picture, but I still haven't solved my camera mystery - missing charger (how in the name of all saints could it go missing if it just was on my table?)
I'm going to enter this card in two challenges. First is a Sweet Sketch Wednesday layout challenge where the card sketch actually came from:
And then in a Paper Sundaes Valentine's Day Card challenge.

I used paper from Love Letters paper pad from Trimcraft for my background, I don't remember where did the paper for strips came from, but border punch is ofcourse Martha Steward loops.Ovals are die cut with Standard Oval Nesties, lace trim from my stash and those three are liquid pearls from Viva.
Stamp is one I have created my own and it is coloured with Copics: E00, E01, E02, E37 and RV23
Ovals were also slightly inked with pink Distress ink.

Aleksa Made Card For A Challenge

This evening when I was making cards for several challenges, Aleksa came and said she couldn't sleep and wanted to do something. She asked me what I was doing and could she join me. I explained her what does all those sketches mean and how all this stuff works. She chose this WaltzingMouse card sketch:
She trimmed papers, folded, rounded corners all by herself - all I did was to tell her the measurements and maybe give a few hints on which colours to choose better and why.
I can't remember what are those papers, but flowers are from Prima, flower brad is from Dovecraft and wire is a light green Desirewire (even thou it doesn't look light green here). Leave was leftover from one of my previous projects and it was cut with SDSilhouette as usual and inked with one of the Distress inks.
Sentiment says "Congratulations" and was stamped with Aged Mahogany ink.

Hope you like what Aleksa came up with - I certainly do as I sometimes can't believe what she is able to make as she is just 5 years old.

Together - Sketch 239

This is such a sweet layout and so close to my heart. It's Aleksa with her cousin David Daniel (who has a birthday today :). As they do not meet very often this is one moment to treasure.
For a long pause I finally made a layout using ScrapbookChallenges sketch. And this one really was very cute.
Weird for me, but I chose to use these English sentiments, but they were so true for this layout and they were also from the same paper pad used for matting - K&Company again :)
Those swirl stamps are from Viva and are stamped with Distress Aged Mahogany ink.
Hearts were die cut with my SDSilhouette once again - I do love that machine for being able to redraw and cut something I see on internet or use my own drawings to cut. They were also slightly inked with Tattered Rose and Spun sugar inks.

Crazy? You Have No Idea...

Well this was very fun layout to make! I chose three different challenges and tried to put them together.
First the layout sketch is from Sketchy Thursday: (I know I'm late for this, but I had some problems - mainly with my photo camera, which is why I have made this photo with my mobile phone - huge apologies for that)
Next I used colour scheme from Blog Tiffany:
And last but not least I used theme from Punky Scraps:
Well I obviously used just the last part of this sentiment, but these photos do look crazy to me :)

About the layout itself: I sprayed white card base with silver car paint and then added spider web and title with stencils I cut with my SDSilhouette and black matte acrylic paint. Web is actually Tim Holtz's design.
Yellow dotted background is in fact just black card painted with yellow acrylic paint and embossed with some dotted embossing folder and BigShot. Then I did a little sanding to reveal the black core of the card.
Well I added just a couple of lace trims from my stash and subtitle and journalling (it's there on the web even you can not see it) with yellow Gelly Roll pen.
Somehow this layout really lifted my spirits!

Take care, and keep crafting. XOXO

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

One Fine Day - TCR#43

It's time for my weekly The Color Room Colour Palette Challenge and I decided to try something different from my usual vintage or grunge/modern style. For a long time now I have wanted to own some colour mists (like Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists or Shimmerz Spritzs) but I still don't have any. I really like watching how people create backgrounds with them and other cool effects. Hopefully next month I will be able to get my hands on some of them.
What I saw today in Latvian Stamperia distributors office, was empty small misting bottles so I bought two of them, went home and filled with water and some acrylic paints - this is what I came up with. Background was made using simple strip of punched card as a mask. Same punch (Martha Stewart Daisy Fan Deep Edge punch) was used to make daisy ribbon which also was misted, but with purple mist.
Flowers were also little painted with acrylics and scrunched to give them some dimension. These are Woodware paper flowers in assorted colours. For my chipboard colour I punched Woodware floral element punches as leaves under the flowers. Chipboard colour is also under Crafty Secrets Birdie Bird Cage stamp and calendar stamp, both stamped with Tim Holtz Distress Broken China ink. Calendar circle is mounted on the same daisy shape, just in slightly yellowish colour.
For some touch of fun I also added assorted colour buttons (one of them was actually coloured with a Copic marker). The purple button was tied with a dental floss also coloured with Copic marker - nice trick I learned from Gina K Stamp TV video.
As always - the palette: