Saturday, 23 January 2016

Zig Zag Card

Happy New Year!  Yes, I know it's a bit late, but I'm taking things slowly these days.  This month, over at Power Poppy, Tosha challenges us to stretch ourselves - i.e. to make a tall card using a new product/technique. Well  my DD gave me five (Yes, FIVE - lucky me!) Power Poppy stamp sets for Christmas  so this is the first time I have used this gorgeous image from the Orchids Rock set.  For my tall card base, I decided to make a zig zag card (also a first for this technique) so I cut a diagonal piece from an A4 sheet of pear pizzazz cardstock, scored and folded at even intervals and punched the top edge with an EK scroll punch. Then I covered one side and the middle third of the other side with paper from an old Clover 12 x 12 paper pack called Cherished Days. I die cut peach cardstock with a butterfly die, sponged orange ink around the edges, coloured the antennae and added black pearls for the tallest part of the card.  Then I die cut yellow cardstock with Spellbinders Blooms One dies, added a dark green flourish and a couple of pale green pieces punched with Martha Stewart's branch punch for the middle part.  Finally I stamped the image with memento ink onto blending card, coloured it with copics and die cut it with a Spellbinders Labels Seventeen.  After sponging the edges with some yellow ink,  I layered that onto peach cardstock and added the sentiment (from Power Poppy's Go Wild set) with a couple more of the punched branches.  Thanks for the fun challenge, Tosha - I enjoyed this one and it will be a very different birthday card for my friend, Midge.

Copic Colours used were:  YG11, YG13, YG17, Y11, YR12, YR20.

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Saturday, 28 November 2015

Embellished Birthday

Whew!  What a busy few weeks it has been - and only getting even more busy with Christmas almost upon us.  However I just HAD to make time for this months challenge at Power Poppy because this one is hosted by none other than my beautiful daughter, Kathy Jones.  Kathy challenges us to "embellish it" - well, who doesn't just love prettying up their work with things like lace, ribbon and pearls - not me! I decided to use my favourite Power Poppy set for this one and stamped the azaleas in the vase from the Azaleas set  plus the birthday sentiment from Power Poppy's Dynamic Duos Peonies & Tulips set with memento ink onto blending card, coloured it with copics and die cut it with a Spellbinders Radiant Rectangles die.  My background papers are from Kaisercraft's Violet Crush paper pad and layered onto purple cardstock.  Then I did the embellishing with the lace, ribbon, pearls and a Kaisercraft pearl flourish.  Finally I layered the image piece onto lavender cardstock and popped it on with foam tape.  Thanks for a fun challenge, Kathy - I just managed to squeeze in before the end of the month!

Copic Colours used were:  V12, V04, V000, YG11, YG13, YG17, Y15, C1, B0000.

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Sunday, 18 October 2015


This months challenge at Power Poppy is hosted by the lovely and talented Julie and she asks us to cut our images into "Bits and Pieces."  For this one, I started with a folded white card base and die cut the side with a Spellbinders A2 Bracket Borders One die.  Then I die cut white cardstock with two dies from the same set, cut it to size and embossed the main part of it with Cuttlebugs Swiss Dots EF. I die cut red cardstock with the same die used for the card base and layered the white die cut and embossed piece onto it.  I printed out the Power Poppy digi "Hollyberries" twice onto blending card and chopped the images into three squares, coloured them with copics and layered them onto red cardstock.  I attached them with foam tape, wrapped some red ribbon round the card front and added a bow.  I stamped the sentiment from Power Poppys Merry Littles stamp set with red ink onto white card and punched it out with a 1" circle punch.  Finally, I die cut green cardstock with a Spellbinders Fancy Framed Tags Two die, stuck it in the middle of the ribbon and added the sentiment with foam tape.  Cutting up images is certainly not my usual M.O. but I really enjoyed this one - thanks Julie!

Copic Colours used were:  G40, G43, G46, R22, R24, R27, R89, E33, E35.

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Saturday, 19 September 2015

Holiday Heart

This month's Power and Spark challenge at Power Poppy is to make a "gift from the heart". Well, every Christmas, I make these decorations, so I thought I would make one with a Power Poppy flair.  So, I start with a heart made of craftwood, paint the edges with gold paint and attach christmas paper to the front and back with modge podge.  There is a tiny hole at the top for the hanging ribbon. (My DH cuts these shapes out with a scroll saw for me.) This time I used Kaisercraft paper, sanded the edges then added a cream ribbon bow and some red pearls. I stamped the sentiment from Power Poppy's Bottlebrush Holiday set with red ink onto vanilla card, cut it out with a punch and inked the edges in red.  The gorgeous pointsettia is from Power Poppy's Merry Littles set, stamped with memento black ink onto blending card, coloured with copics and cut out.  I attached it with foam tape and added some "leaves" of green cardstock punched out with Martha Stewart branch punch.  These decorations can also be used as a gift tag.

Copic Colours used were:  R22, R24, R27, R89, Y21. Y26, Y38.

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Monday, 27 July 2015

Playing With Paper

I made this card for this months Power and Spark challenge over at Power Poppy.  This time it's all about use three different papers on the card.  Well, who doesn't just love delving into their paper stash?  I have been hoarding some lovely paper from Maja Designs and I thought that this would be the perfect opportunity to use some of them.  So I picked these pretty pinks from the Vintage Summer Basics collection and layered them onto black cardstock (to make them really stand out!). Then I die cut some more black cardstock with a Spellbinders Fleur De Lis Squares die and added the third paper to it after stamping it with the sentiment from Power Poppy's Dynamic Duos Peonies and Tulips set.  Next I stamped the single flower from Power Poppy's Simply Camellias set, coloured it with copics, cut it out and added it with foam tape.  Finally I added some lace and a pretty ribbon and bow.

Copic Colours used were:  RV91, RV93, RV95, G40, G43, B46, C1.

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Saturday, 20 June 2015

A Jug of Flowers

I made this card for this months challenge at Scrapbook Boutique which is an inspiration picture featuring royal blue and gold.  I started this one with paper from Kaisercrafts Base Coat collection and layered it onto some glittery gold cardstock and then onto dark blue cardstock.  Next I punched the border from the gold card with Martha Stewarts Doily Lace punch.  I chose the image from Power Poppys Lilac Time stamp set, stamped it with memento tuxedo black ink onto blending card, coloured it with copics and die cut it with a Spellbinders Standard Circle die.  I die cut some dark blue cardstock with the largest Spellbinders Captivating Squares die, added it to the card front and attached the image piece with foam tape. I finally added a birthday sentiment at the bottom.

Copic Colours used were:  B21, B24, B26, Y000, Y11, Y13, Y21, Y38, YG11, YG13, YG17, G43, G46, E40, E41, C1, C3.

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Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Always In My Thoughts

Apparently adult colouring books are now in the top bestseller lists.  Who knew?  Well, WE did, didn't we, fellow cardmakers?  There is no better therapy than sitting down with some stamped images and colouring them.  This month over at Power Poppy, the very talented Christine Okken challnges us to colour........Oh, but wait, she is asking us to use PENCILS. that IS a challenge for a copic addict like me. So I closed my copic case and dug out an old tin of Derwent colour pencils.  I chose the Power Poppy Winter Pick Me Up digital image and sentiment and made a tag with the sentiment and coloured the image with colour pencils (different to the copics but quite fun after all!).  I die cut the image piece with a Spellbinders classic oval and then die cut some more white card with a Spellbinders Opulent Oval die.  The papers for this project came from Kaisercraft's Magic Happens Collection and were layered onto purple card.  Some rhinestone flourishes for a bit of sparkle and it was done.

Derwent Colours used were:  Imperial Purple, Prussian Blue, Deep Cadmium, Mineral Green.

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