Monday, 30 April 2012

Domino Swap

Back in February I took part in the Cardmaking Paradise Domino Swap. The only dominoes I could find measured one and half inches by three quarters of an inch - much smaller than the norm! The smaller images on the Crafty Individuals plate CI-329 were just the right size to make a domino book. I used copier paper for the pages so it wouldn't be too bulky when closed. 

The bird images were stamped on tissue paper before being glued to the alcohol inked domino covers and then Viva Gold applied to the edges.

 I decorated a matchbox for the book to go into.

Domino Book Recipe
Copier paper 90gsm
Tissue paper
Alcohol inks
Distress Inks - Faded Jeans, Broken China, Tumbled Glass
Stazon - Jet Black, Midnight Blue 
Archival Ink - Coffee
Crafty Individuals CI-329, CI-234
Darkroom Doors - Wildflowers
Leaves - maker unknown
Spellbinders metal
Ronseal vanish

Box  recipe
Crafty Individuals "Shades of Summer" paper
Stamps - Crafty Individuals CI-329
Broken China Distress Stain 

I received in return this lovely domino fan from Heike in Germany. Thank you Heike - it's a lovely way to send a special message.

To see all the other swapped dominoes go to Cardmaking Paradise and click on Altered Domino Swap February 2012..

Sunday, 29 April 2012

Beginning to catch up

Looking back over the past three months of blog posts you would think I had been twiddling my thumbs and only made three tags and watering can card. Well that's not the case, I've just been lackadaisical in posting. So without further ado and a break from watching yet more rain fall and the grass growing out of control  I will start to bring all my crafting endeavours over the past months up to date.

If you're a crafter where do you start when making a card?  I usually start with the images and let things evolve. The downside of working like that is I often finish up with cards that don't fit in any of my stock of envelopes! With this card I wanted to use some of  the elements from the Crafty Individuals plate CI-335 but after arranging and re-arranging and yet more re-arranging there was no way I could link the images into a pleasing design and finished up ditching the perfume bottles. This was the end result.

Card Recipe
Xerox Colortech +
Pink Bazzill  card
Tim Holtz Vintage Shabby paper
Versafine Imperial Purple, Worn Lipstick Distress Ink, Sugar Spun Distress Stain 
Framed Silhouette from Crafty Individuals plate CI-335.
Lace background by Inkadinkado
Tim Holtz Elegant Flourishes die
Flat back pearls

The next card was much more straight forward (in as much as it all came together well) but it probably took as long to find the right backing paper as it did to actually make the card!

Card Recipe
Anna Marie white smooth card
Xerox Colortech+
Black card
Computer copier card 
K &Co background paper
Crafty Individuals CI-302 & CI-329
Versafine Vintage Sepia
Distress inks - Scattered Straw, Mustard Seed, Frayed Burlap, Broken China, Vintage Photo, Pumice Stone, Old Paper
Lace from The Ribbon Girl
Martha Stewart punch
Flat back pearls

Thursday, 26 April 2012

Tim Holtz Challenge - April

Easter has been and gone without even a sniff of a chocolate egg and here we are nearly at the close of another month. At least I have finished my Tim tag with a few days to spare.

Yet again I didn't have all the items so had to put my thinking cap on and remember what I had tucked away that I could use instead. I found a picture online for the bird on the branch and traced it onto my Grungepaper and then cut it out. Time consuming and fiddly but I think made a pretty good fist of it. The colours are lighter than the photo suggests.

Tag recipe

Xerox Colortech+ 

Stamp - Dance Dictionary Background from The Artistic Stamper

Versamark Onyx Black
Background  - Wild Honey, Broken China, Iced Spruce, Vintage Photo Distress Inks
Grungepaper - Vintage Photo, Peeled Paint, Stormy Sky, Wild Honey Distress Inks 

Cuttlebug embossing folder
Broken China Distress Stain
Peeled Paint Distress Embossing Powder
Spell binders die & metal  
Sentiment computer generated and printed on Safmat
Twine & seam binding from The Ribbon Girl
Key charm