Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Apricot flowers with butterfly

I have done another card for Fat Cats Card Corner using the Marianne Creatables Anja corner die, this time in just two corners, at the bottom I have embossed it with a K.Kingdom embossing folder called "Leaves and Butterflies", and separating the two areas with an apricot ribbon.  

The flowers are done with two different dies.  The apricot coloured ones done with the Cheery Lynn Cheery Blossom die, using 3 of the bigger sized ones and 2 of the smaller ones.  The white one in the centre, is done with the flower die from the Marianne Craftables Rectangle die 1202.  I cut 4 of the largest size dies, one of the middle size and two of the smallest size.  I have put pearls into each of the centres.

Behind the flowers I have put parts of the Cheery Lynn Fanciful Flourish die.  Lastly I have put a Kaleidoscope Butterfly by Memory Box, and the sentiment is done with the smallest of the Crafts two Victorian Rectangle nesting dies.

Monday, 28 May 2012

75th Birthday Card for my Mum

I have made two different cards, one of which will be for my Mum

I have been experimenting with the new Marianne Creatables Anja Corner die I have just purchased from Fat Cats Card Corner, and the Spellbinder Rose Creation dies that I have also bought.  The Anja Corner die has turned out to be a bit problematic, as if you do more than one corner, the process of embossing the second corner, ends up flattening the first ones embossing.  I think you are supposed to purchase two of them, and emboss and cut two at the same time.  

This card is again in the red and white, that I find so striking!  I have done alternative corners, so that you only need to put it through the cuttlebug partially on the second corner, so that you don't flatten the first one. 

The roses I have done various different size combinations for the rose creations dies.  The large one in the middle, I used the second to biggest for the bottom two petals, and then the 3rd to larges for the other 3 petals in the centre.  The two roses and the buds are done with the 2nd and 3rd to smallest sizes 3 of the smallest ones and two of the larger one.  the partly opened bud is made with two the the 2nd to smallest sized and the buds at the outside top and bottom are done with just one of the 2nd to smallest die as well.  The calyx is done with a small star shaped 5 petalled flower punch.  The leaves are done in a variety of sizes.  The second size of the rose creations leaf die for the 6 middle ones.  I cut the next two on each size out in freehand, and then the small ones by the outside bud is done with the Martha Stewart rose leaf punch.  I inked them with two different coloured ink pads, one called olive and one bamboo around the edges.  The sentiment is done on the computer and the numbers are done with the Cuttlebug Typewriter Die set.  

The second card I did with the Spellbinder Rose Creations dies again, but changed the background on this one.  

I have done the corners of the background with the Nellie Snellen corner dies, and then embossed it with the Cuttlebug dots folder.  The frame is a Couture Creations Fleur de Frame nesting die.  I have to say, I find this die really difficult to get your card out of the die once you have embossed it.  Even using wax paper between the die and the card, it is still tricky to get out, and I quite often find the little thin bits on the side tear.  Its very pretty though.  I have faintly sponged the edges with an orchid coloured stamp pad to match the centre of the flowers, also done in that colour.  

I did the flowers a little differently than the red and white card above, these ones I did the whole flower with the same sized die, but each flower is a size smaller die, as you go down the bunch.  The leaves are done with the same way and the same colours as the above card.  

I have done the sentiment again on the computer, and the number is done with the Sizzix 'Funky Brush' Alphabet die set.  I have just realised that I had been going to put some pink pearls onto the punch whole at the bottom of the frame to hide it, and then maybe in the corners as well just to 'bling' it up a little. I will go back and fix that up.  

Now all I have to do is pick which one I want to give to Mum for her birthday.  I think it will probably be the pink one, as that is more her, but not totally sure yet.  

Saturday, 12 May 2012

Red Roses and White Lace

This was quite a simple wee card.
Firstly I made two strips of white and two strips of red borders cut with the Martha Stewart Lace Doily border punch.  

Then I put down a strip of the red.  From there I used the smallest sized die in the Leane Creatif Frame curved Die set.  I cut 3 out of white card and spaced them out along the red strip.  

I then made 3 of the Cheery Lynn Cuties 3 flowers in the red and made the leaves using another of the Leane Creatief dies, this time the nested Frame leaves die, which I cut out individually and up them into each corner of the frame die, tucking the end under the rose.  

Kitten Card

I have been making some cards with another of the Joanna Sheen CDs, this one is the Giordano Kittens and Puppies one.  There are some very cute images. 

This one I have done for Fat Cats Card Corner, using the Frame Curved Lea'bilities Die.  This one is using the largest sized one.  

I have used a backing paper from another of Joanna Sheen CD, 'From the Heart of the Garden' by Jane Shasky.  The sentiment is done with one of the Marianne Creatables word dies. 
Lastly some sparkly dots and some ribbon and it is finished. Quite a quickie to do, but the frame makes it look fancier than it is.