Monday, 29 June 2009

Quick Tip and a card....

I recently designed and made a project (to be posted later) that I wanted to use some gems on. I only had blue or clear gems and they didn't work with the colour scheme of my project, so I wondered if I could alter the clear gems to fit. I coloured them with a copic marker and left them to dry for a few minutes. It worked I got lovely cognac coloured gems and now I know that I'll only be buying clear gems in the future and colouring them to fit my project.

I also had to make a very rushed card this week as I only realised that it was my neighbours daughter's first birthday as I saw them setting out the balloons for her party. I rummaged through my stash and found this paper pieced bluebird that I had made up. I got the pattern from My Scrap Chick and cut it out using a cricut and SCAL (Sure Cuts a Lot) a couple of months ago. I was just testing out the pattern and software and made up the chick and then stuck it a scraps box. Well it made the pefect centrepiece to a card for Kaitlin who is very chirpy and almost always happy. A few punched flowers and a scalloped edge meant this card took about 10 minutes to make.

I think I will make up a few more little characters and toppers as you never know when you need something in hurry.

Thanks for looking.
: ) Estazia

Sunday, 21 June 2009

House Box becomes a colour challenge project

Good morning.

This post connects two people whose blog's I visit regularly and whose work I admire (and aspire to create similar results.)

I designed a house shaped box after seeing a chipboard house on Lauren Meader's blog that she altered. Lauren's Timeless Templates are great and I suddenly wondered if I could make a template to make a paper house.

Well I designed it on my computer and then made it up using white cardstock to test my design. Great it worked! And then it sat on my desk for about three and a half weeks, undecorated!

On to the second blog connection, Kristina Werner. I visit regularly and look at her Color Inspiration challenges and love the combinations, but I don't join in. Usually because I just don't have the time. This week however, I made time. I took my poor undecorated house and gave it a makeover. I also made a card that will go into the box (with some buddies of course) to create a nice gift for my Aunt who has just moved into a new house.

Anyway here are some pics. Thanks for looking : ) Estazia
supplies: Really Rust, More Mustard (Stampin Up) White and Grey cardstock
Scallop Border Punch(Stampin Up)
Flower Soft in Summer
Basic Grey Urban Prairie Wild Flowers Stamp
Colorbox Fluid Chalk ink in Charcoal
Whispers Archival ink in Green Leaf

Saturday, 20 June 2009

Fancy folding?....Kusudama

Have you ever found yourself suddenly becoming fixated by something and spending a huge amount time on it without a goal in mind? I have!
I saw the cutest folded flowers on a website yesterday and woke this morning with the need to have a go at making some. Two hours later and I had five beautiful origami flowers, but no idea what to do with them.
I think I will probably string them together and make a garland out of them, but I don't think I have quite enough, not a problem as I don't think I have exhausted the desire to make them yet.
Should you want to try your hand at them you can find the excellent tutorial at Folding Trees.
TFL : ) Estazia

Monday, 8 June 2009

Happy birthday to yoo-hoo!

I finally made an acetate card. I have used acetate in card making before, especially as a window and such, but never as a card base. This is particularly sturdy acetate but can still be cut with scissors. The card is 4 x 4 inches.

The owl stamp is a Sugar Nellie design for Craft Stamper magazine and the flower border is from the Four Japanese Dolls set by Hero Arts.

I stamped the owl onto brown cardstock using a clear versamark ink and then brushed a gold mica powder over it. Next I stamped just the head of the owl onto white cardstock and again brushed on the gold mica powder. I then cut out the eyes and beak and layered them on the brown owl. I used an orange soufflé pen to colour the beak. Next I used white opaque Stazon to stamp the flower border down the right side of the card front. I then used Sakura glaze pens to colour the flowers in.

Inside the card I fixed a brown scalloped circle of cardstock and then using the computer generated a circle of text saying ‘Happy birthday to yoo-hoo’ on white cardstock. I used a circle punch to cut it out and glued this to the scalloped layer. Now I could line up the owl and fix it to the front of the card using a spray adhesive. A ribbon (free from a magazine) tied down the left hand side finished it up.

I also fixed a circle of white cardstock to the back of the card behind the scalloped circle so I could write my message.

Thanks for looking.
: ) Estazia