Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Mermaids and faeries

Hi there! Over the Easter break I tried out two new rubber stamps I brought recently. The first is a cute mermaid designed by Sherri Baldy, the image is entitled 'Remembering you' and is available here.
I coloured the image with Promarkers and enhanced it a little with some Glamor Dust glitter. Using a brass stencil from Avec I pierced the matting card and made an embroidered frame in aqua metallic thread. This was then layered with ribbons and linen textured card onto some subtle pearlised card before being attached to a basic A5 sized card blank.
This angled shot helps you to see the textured matting card by Inspire Me Papers and the stitching too, which, if I'm honest, was the most fiddly and time consuming part of this card :-)

I brought the stamp for the faery card from the NEC back in March and it is Kraftin Kimmie and is available here. Her name is the 'Forget me not fairy' and I just fell in love with her wild curly hair!
Again the image is coloured with Promarkers and die cut with a Spellbinders oval frame. I chose to use the real colours of a forget-me-not flower and used card stock to match in linen texture and pearlised card. A brass stencil from Marianne's 'Franciens Faeries' range was used to create the embossed corners, with a little paper embroidery in green metallic thread. The flowers and butterfly were both die cut using Joy! crafts dies and the lace was an ebay purchase. All this was mounted onto a white A5 card blank.
Another angled shot to show the embossing better. 

Hope you have all had a lovely Easter break, I'm back to work in the morning, but it's a very short week again, so no complaints there!
Sarah x

Sunday, 17 April 2011

Two CD ROM cards

I've turned out two cards this weekend, one for a wedding and the other for a birthday, both using CD ROMs. Here's the first:
From above
The images on this easel card were printed from the 'Enchanted dreams' CD by Joanna Sheen. It features the fantasy art of Josephine Wall, I've been a fan of hers for years and was delighted when they brought out this CD. There's dozens of lovely images, it's hard to choose which ones to use, I highly recommend it to crafters who love fantasy images. I used an extra large (just a bit smaller than A4) sized base card, topped it with pearlised white card and used some pastel blue card as an accent colour. I do enjoy a bit of paper embroidery occasionally and because I was fairly sure this card would be kept as a keep sake I decided to do a little in the corners in silver thread. The 'stop' was punched out using a Martha Stewart lace border punch and the butterflies were die cut from a set of dies by Joy! crafting. 
The image for the second card I made (also an easel, seems to be a current favourite of mine) was printed from the 'Lesley Anne Ivory' CD by Joanna Sheen. Again this CD is another winner in my opinion, as the artwork of Lesley Anne is beautiful, and there are images to cover a multitude of occasions. This card is for my Dad, who is 70 very soon. He's a cat lover and also loves the garden, so I thought this image should appeal to him (fingers crossed!). As well as being fond of paper embroidery, I also love a touch of dry embossing on pearlised card, so I brought out my brass stencils and chose a pretty daisy flower to decorate the sides of the easel. Again a Martha Stewart border punch was used to create a 'stop' for the card. 

Thank you for looking!
Sarah x