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Happy Birthday

I meant to get this post up on Wednesday but life has been so hectic. My eldest is in Year 12 and doing her 1/2 yearly exams at the moment so they only go to school for the exams. That means extra pick ups for me at different times to what they normally are and more time at home for her. That can be a good thing but seeing how she is also learning to drive and we recently purchased a car for her that extra time at home means more time for driving lessons. In just 2 days we did 6 hours. We were planning a nice trip up the mountains this morning but after doing an hour last night in the rain with noisy wipers we are going to skip today until hubby replaces the wiper blades. I am aiming to have the remainder of her hours done this month so he better ‘hop to it’ or he’ll have to make up some time by extra lessons on the weekends and evenings with her. Once she does have her licence life will be a little easier for me.

Now back to my original reason for posting “Birthdays”.

This past Wednesday was my good friend Julie Price’s Birthday. Julie runs the ABC Challenge blog that I have just joined and also is part of many other design teams showcasing her wonderful talents.

Here is the card I made Julie.

Julie loves her ‘aqua’ colours so I created this simple but elegant card using Pool Party and Island Indigo.  My card was inspired by a card made by iguanastamps which you can view here and I’ve just added some colour to mine.

Now not only was it Julie’s birthday on Wednesday but it was also my friend and wonderful upline, Marelle Taylor’s birthday.

Here’s is the card I made for Marelle.

The same card but different colours. For Marelle’s I’ve used Wisteria Wonder and Elegant Eggplant.

Happy Birthday ladies. I hope you both had a wonderful day and I wish you all the best for the year.

Stamp sets: Swallowtail, Curly Cute
Card: Whisper White, Basic Black, Island Indigo, Wisteria Wonder
Ink: Versamark, Pool Party, Island Indigo, Wisteria Wonder, Elegant Eggplant, Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker
Accessories: Black Embossing Powder, Heat Gun, Embossing Buddy, Sponge Daubers, Blender Pens, Ruler

Product Playground Part 3

I’m back with my final creation today. For this one I’ve used the Come To Bethlehem stamp set.

I photographed this one at the event. It’s not a great picture due to the reflection coming off the glass but this would be the case regardless.

Once again I’ve used Whisper White cardstock to brayer onto. In real life it makes it almost look like canvas. To get the ‘sand’ shape just right to fit the stamp I stamped the image onto a large Post-It Note and then cut along the bottom edge of the stamp. I think used this as a mask. I used the other piece to mask the sand when brayering the top.  Doing this as a double frame was a little trickier as I didn’t want the Bethlehem part of the image stamped again but I wanted them images to line up so they looked like a long camel train. I’m happy with my end result.

Stamps: Come to Bethlehem, Greetings of the Season
Card: Whisper White
Ink: Sahara Sand, Baja Breeze, Not Quite Navy, Versamark
Accessories: Black Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Embossing Buddy, Brayer


Product Playground Part 2

I’m back today to share another one of my Product Playground creations with you.

I combined 2 stamp sets and I could stretch it and say 2 techniques but they actually combine to make one.

I’ve used the Snowflake Soiree and Bells and Boughs stamp sets. I’ve then used some heat embossing and brayering which combine to make the Emboss Resist Technique.

Here’s what I came up with.

I’ve stamped the snowflakes onto Whisper White cardstock using Versamark ink and heat embossed with Clear Embossing Powder. I then brayered over the images going diagonally across the card, firstly using Pool Party and then with Island Indigo (not going quite as far across the card). This gives the colour variance and being on Whisper White card rather than gloss gives a more subtle mottled effect.

I’ve added some Rhinestones to 2 of the snowflakes to add a bit of sparkle. The sentiment if from Bells & Boughs which is stamped in Island Indigo onto Whisper White card and punched out using the Wide Oval punch. I’ve layered this onto a Rich Razzleberry piece cut using the Sizzlits- Lots of Tags dies. This is then adhered to the Brayered piece using Dimensionals. The base card is Island Indigo which has a layer of Whisper White card before mounting the main piece.

I know this was a stretch with using Bells & Boughs stamp set but I found it a hard one to use with brayering techniques.

 I have one more project to share with you tomorrow so pop back then to check it out.