Wednesday, 31 October 2012

A Card for my Husband

This time I managed to make a card a few weeks before his birthday - I was not going to have the last minute panic that I had the previous year so started looking around for ideas early.

I do find it hard to pick different topics each year but when I saw this topper of a map, old car and motel sign in a shield, it reminded me of our holiday stay in Holbrook, Arizona this year along Route 66.  We had stayed in a motel along the old Route 66 and my husband loved it, especially as there were a few murals on the walls of nearby building of the Route 66.  As soon as I saw it, I knew that it was right for him and it would be great as an easel card which he likes.

For the shape of the card, I used Spellbinders Grand Nestabilities Large Labels.
The topper is from HOTP 3-D Papier Tole 8026 Vintage Journeys Die-Cut Paper Decoupage and the background papers are from HOTP Chocolate Paper Pack.  I stamped the greeting on the topper using the greeting from Paintbox Poppets. used Centura Pearl Ivory Card for the base of the easel card. 

I used the same Spellbinders and papers for the inside of the card and for the stopper I used a smaller version of the front topper that came on the same sheet and backed it with brown card.  I printed a verse on some of the Centura Pearl Ivory card and then cut it out with the smallest of the labels to complete the card.

I think that these papers make ideal cards for men and in this case hopefully bring back memories of our holiday.


Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Christmas Poinsettia

This is another card from Jayne Nestorenko's new Christmas range.  This is a beautiful stamp that can be used as either a medallion stamp or a flat stamp. 

The background lattice design was made by using a Hoogie Board and although not as quick as using an embossing folder, does mean that you can make it the size that you require and have the lattice design and small or as large as you want.

The ornament shape was made by using the largest of the Spellbinders  2011 Heirloom Ornaments.  The gold background was made by drawing round the outside of the die, the red card was made by using the die and the white was made by drawing inside the die.  Although on the workshop we cut out the white ornament and then stamped onto it, at home you could do it the other way.  The background of the stamp was coloured using Spectrum Noir pens.  I stamped the image 3 times onto red card and gold embossed.  I then cut out the images, each time with fewer petals to create the meadallion effect.  The layers were then glittered and layered  and I used gold Mica Flakes in the centre. 

The easel card was then assembled and finished off with ribbon.  I think that Jayne has really designed a wonderful stamp - especially with the foliage in the background.

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

New Stamps by Jayne

I spent a great Sunday at another of Jayne Nestorenko's workshops.  This was the Christmas workshop and was great as we were the first to use her new stamps.  It was touch and go whether this one would actually arrive in time for us to use it as it only arrived with Jayne on Friday. 

Jayne has designed a set of six new stamps that hopefully will be available next week and they are all stunning. 

This one is her Christmas Tree and it can be used for Christmas or just winter scenes.  It is a very quick card.  I first stamped the tree onto some Sparkle Card and embossed with Gold embossing powder.  I then cut around the tree  in profile but tore the bottom of the card from the stump to the edge.

I then embossed onto white card for the backround using the Winter Wonderland M-bossabilities and stamped and embossed a sentiment at the bottom.  I then added a piece of ribbon round this background and attached to my card.  I then tore  a piece of  Centura Pearl Snow white and attached this to the background and then attached my tree to the card.  I then used crystal glittler ti fill in the white spaces in the tree and also in the ground to create a snow effect.