Remembering with You

Kia Ora Koutou

Welcome back and as I could not decide which card to choose  I have another card to enter the challenge at Marianne Designs.  This time the  challenge was for a condolence card.

 

For this card I have used the following products:

Marianne Designs – LR0376, LR0271, LR0269, LR0299

Heartfelt Creations – Flowering Dogwood Flowers stamp and dies,  Arrows and Banners Die, Cheerful Notes Sentiments, White Cardstock

Papericious Vellum

Creative Expressions Aurora Crystal Sparkles Embossing Powder

CTMH White Daisy ink

Ranger Archival ink – Jet Black

Nuvo Embellishment Mousse – Pure Platinum

Pearls

ScorPal

Happy Crafting

Ka Kite Anu

Patricia

 

Celebrating Weddings

Kia Ora Koutou

Welcome back and thank you for dropping by my blog. I love making wedding cards – in fact they are my favourite cards to make and today I am sharing another wedding card. I am participating in the Marianne Designs challenge that is all about hearts. I love the LR0299 heart from Marianne Designs and here I have combined it with other dies from Marianne Designs as well as my favourite Heartfelt Creations Classic Roses.

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Materials used:

Marianne Designs – LR0276, LR0298, LR0299, LR0376, LR0107

Heartfelt Creations – Classic Rose Die, Leafy Accents Stamp. Die and Mold

Inks – Ranger Archival Magenta Hue, Leaf Green, Fern Green, Library Green

Pearls

Crystal Clear, Frosting Powder

Heartfelt Creations White cardstock

Embossing folder – CTMH Stripe

Art Glitter Dries Clear glue

Happy Crafting

Ka Kite Anu

Patricia

 

Thinking of You with Marianne Designs

Kia Ora Koutou

Welcome back and today I have a clean and simple card featuring Marianne Designs dies finished with some vellum Flowering Dogwoods from Heartfelt Creations.

Materials used:

Marianne Designs – LR0272, LR0202

Hearfelt Creations – Flowering Dogwood Stamp and die, Handstitched Accents Die, Heartfelt Sentiments Stamp (retired)

Papericious Vellum

Distress Oxide inks -Twisted Citron, Lucky Clover, Seedless Grape

Creative Expressions Aurora Sparkles embossing Powder

Ranger Archival ink – Jet Black

This card would be perfect for any occasion.

Happy crafting

Ka Kite Anu

Patricia

A Special Wedding Card

Kia Ora Koutou

Welcome back and today I have another card featuring the beautiful dies from Marianne Designs and off course I have to finish the card with flowers from Heartfelt Creations.  I have to admit that I am such a Heartfelt Creations girl at heart and I feel guilty using other companies products.  But these dies from Marianne Designs make the perfect backdrop to beautiful flowers.

For instructions on how I have made the vellum flowers please visit my post here for a link to a video on how I have made these flowers: https://wp.me/p2MuRN-1hD

Materials used:

Heartfelt Creations – Oakberry Lane Blossoms stamp and die, Celebrate Love Sentiments, Eyelet Circle & Basics dies, White Cardstock

Papericious Vellum

Marianne Designs  Creatables – LR0200, LR0273

Inks – Distress Oxide inks – Picked Raspberry, Twisted Citron, Lucky Clover

Ranger Archival Ink – Jet Black

Creative Expressions – Aurora Sparkle embossing Powder

CTMH – White Daisy pigment ink

Nuvo Drops – Simply white

White ribbon

I love doing white on white cards with a pop of colourful flowers and I hope that I have inspired you to give it a go.

Happy Crafting

Ka Kite Anu

Patricia

 

Die Cutting Using Toilet Tissue

Hello everyone.

A warm welcome to all my new followers of my blog.  I hope that I can inspire you to go and create your own masterpieces.  I also enjoy looking at your amazing blogs in return.  I love that we can share and inspire each other.

While I was waiting for Close to My Heart to come to New Zealand my Aunt and I have been doing some experimenting.  We had just had a fashion competition and show using toilet tissue to create beautiful fashion to wear.   My Aunt works in a rest home and the residents were curious about how this would work and so she and I got together to see what art we could create out of toilet tissue.  I would like to credit my Aunt for the idea but we worked together to see what we could do with the tools and materials I already had.

Firstly we used adhesive glue to glue several layers of tissue together and discovered by trial and error that we needed to let it dry overnight.  So we had to make another date to finish off the die cutting.

Some dies cut better than others including the English Rose die from Marianne Creatables.  These were easy to roll up into roses, and in fact they came up really well.  Leaves and the little Memory Box Pippi Butterfly were also really good to die cut.

Here are some photos of us and our handiwork.

Toilet tissue ready to be die cut Diecut flowers from toilet tissue Diecutting toilet tissue My aunt rolling up flowers

 

Here is my Aunt very busy getting all the flowers sorted.  I did all the Cuttlebugging and she did all the rolling up of the roses.  To finish these she bought small canvases to put the die cut ovals on and then she was going to get the residents to help choose which flowers and embellishments they want to make a little wall hanging for their rooms.  She has based this on some cards that I have done and I will include a link at the bottom to give you an indication of what these may look like.

The dies I have used are:

Marianne Creatables LR0107 Flowers and leaf

Marianne Creatables LR0162 English Rose

Marianne Creatables LR0151 Branch

Marianne Creatables LR0206 Ivy

Marianne Craftables CR1205 Butterfly

Marianne Craftables CR1204

Memory Box Pippi Butterfly

I will try to get some pictures once the residents have done their artwork.  I am really looking forward to seeing what they look like as the toilet tissue was challenging to work with, but in some ways the tissue was easier to manipulate into a nice shape.

Have a great day and Happy Crafting

Patricia

 

 

Stay Calm and Keep Crafting!

Hello there

I  felt this title was really appropriate after being shaken about over the last day or so.  We had another big earthquake – this time it was 6.6 yesterday afternoon and then we had a series of aftershocks of over 6 about 5.30 pm.  Very unsettling!  The aftershocks have continued today and although I don’t feel most of them there are still some good sharp jolts.  I am getting to know the light fittings in minute detail as they are a good indicator that we are having another shock.

However, we cannot live waiting for the big one to come so hence the mantra “Keep Calm and Keep Crafting”  so I have continued to keep crafting.  We are very close to making a special announcement for Make Shift so I have to keep working hard making cards.  Today I am going to focus on one card  and show you how I have made it.

Here is the completed card:

Elegant Anniversary Card

 

For the base card I have used a lovely cream linen finish card from www.cardmakers.co.nz.

I then embossed an A5 sheet of cream metallic cardstock with the Nellie Snellen embossing folder HSF005.

Embossed cardstock before trimming

 

The embossed card was then trimmed to  10 cms by 14.5 cms to fit onto the base cardstock with a small edge around it.  I find that my CM personal trimmer is great to get a good square cut.  The cardstock I buy from the Cardmakers is slightly larger than the A5 cards, which is good as I like the layered look of the embossed card over the base card.  It gives it an extra texture and dimension.

Trimmed embossed card on the base card

 

I then die cut the lovely oval frame from Marianne Craftables CR1204.  This is a beautiful frame that comes with a flower as well.  It sits in well with this embossed folder.

Die cut oval frame

 

Die cut adhered onto the card

 

I then die cut all the embellishments out of the cream metallic card.  I have found a heavier weight of card better for most of these embellishments.  I have used Metallic quartz board from Direct Paper 285 gsm for these die cuts.  For the roses I have used a lighter weight metallic paper from the local $2 store as this paper is much easier to roll up for the flowers.

Die cut embellishments for the card

 

The dies I have used are:

Marianne Creatables Branches LR0151

Marianne Creatables Ivy – LR0206

Marianne Creatables English Rose  LR0162

To adhere the branch I have used my CM adhesive pen as it has a fine nib but any good adhesive pen would work.

Die cut flourish with dots of glue on the back to adhere to the card

I trimmed the bottom of the branch and placed it to follow the curve of the oval frame.

Unfortunately the photo of this placed on the frame has been corrupted and I am unable to show you this step.

I then placed the ivy over the flourish and here you can see the flourish on the frame.

Ivy placed on the card

The rose leaves were then placed over the ivy and branch.

Rose petals adhered to the base of the card above the other die cuts

 

The roses were made by using my quilling tool to roll the die cut flowers into a rose shape and using a quick drying glue to hold them into place.

Die cut rosesThe roses were then glued into place over the rose leaves and ivy.  Here are some close up images.

Roses on the card Roses glued onto the card

 

To finish off the card I have placed a Peelcraft greeting on the oval.  Here I have used a ‘happy anniversary’ greeting as I need to make some anniversary cards to add to the range of cards for Make Shift.  But an elegant Happy Birthday would be lovely as well.

Once again here is the finished card:

Elegant Anniversary Card

 

Depending on the greeting used this card could be either a landscape or portrait card.

Before gluing everything together I played around with all the elements to ensure that I ended up with a pleasing arrangement.

I love the simplicity of the cream on cream and the metallic finish makes this card very elegant.  It could be suitable for a lot of occasions depending on the greeting and die cutting numbers in gold could personalise this even more.  (I am so looking forward to getting my Cricut and CTMH Cricut cartridges to add a greater dimension to my cards – couldn’t resist putting this in as we have a date to start on 1st September).

Here are another couple of variations including a cream and gold card using a gold base card:

Elegant Anniversary Card Elegant gold and cream Anniversary Card

The dies have been purchased through www.kalsbeek.co.nz.  They have a great range of the Marianne Creatables and Craftables products and many more products to make fabulous cards.  I have found their after sales service to be excellent.

Despite a couple of reasonable aftershocks I have finally managed to finish this post so I hope that you have found it useful and easy to follow.

So don’t forget to Stay Calm and Keep Crafting

Patricia

 

 

The Final Countdown to Close to My Heart New Zealand

Hello

I would like to welcome all my new followers to my blog and I hope that you enjoy coming on my creative journey with me.  I would also like to thank those who take the time to read my posts and also leave comments as well.  I really appreciate the feed back that I am getting.

I was very excited to receive an email this morning from Close to My Heart informing me that we are very close to the launch in New Zealand – the first week in September to be precise.  I can’t wait to start and am starting to de-stash in order to have space and money for my new CTMH products.  The Cricut cartridges look so awesome and I am very impressed with the cards and scrapbook layouts that are coming through from the Australian consultants.

In the meantime I have been doing some scrapbooking and cards.  I am getting through my son’s album and I am now up to his 3rd birthday.  I have used the It’s a Boy stack pack to complete his second year and I am waiting for the cricut cartridges to make some titles to complete them and then I will post a few pictures on here.  I love the colours of this stack pack and they went very well with the photos of James.  I am looking at doing his next album using the Pro-player WOTG kit.  The colours are great and I love the coordinating stamps and shapes that go with it.  It is more appropriate for an older boy as well.

I have also made some more cards for Make Shift.  I haven’t done many get well cards so I have made these using up some of my stash and am pleased how they have turned out.  I am a little disappointed in my Chloe die from Memory Box though.  The cut shape doesn’t seem to pop out quite as easily as my other dies.  I will keep persevering with it and see how it goes.  Anyway, here are the cards:

Get well card - love this combination of yellow and red Love the combination of red, grey and yellow Love this combination of yellow, white and dots Red and white simplicityMaterials used are:

Fiskars flower punch

Memory Box die – Chloe

Cuttlebug embossing folder – Swiss dots

Stampendous Get Well Stamp

Kaisercraft greeting stamp

Red and Yellow scrap cardstock

Stampin’Up ink – Real Red

Bling from the local $2 store

Marianne Creatables flower and leaf set – sorry I seemed to have mislaid the name of this die.

Coloured paper from my stash

I am pleased with the colour combinations and the simplicity of these cards and I hope that you like them too.

Have a good weekend everyone and Happy Crafting.