30 November, 2015

Quilt Venice

Last weekend I did a 2-day 'Light up your Landscape' class with Australian Gloria Loughman, an internationally acclaimed award winning quilter .  We had to take along photos of landscapes we could turn into a our fabric stash of suitable colours!

We had spent Christmas of 2007 in Italy and - of course - had some great pics to choose from.  This is a bit different to having photos in an album, this memory you hang on a wall.

We used freezer paper to make a pattern then steam-a-seam lite to raw edge applique.  During the class Gloria included mini-tutorials on things like colour theory (in a user friendly way), design and patternmaking, threads and needles combinations for machine, painting fabric for special effects,  choosing and using decorative threads,  finishing, etc.
Usually Gloria puts facings on her quilts, but she suggested mine would be better with a border, then a facing.  I included a tiny inner border as well.

We had two days of fun and amazing teaching with Gloria, and she also had a trunk show presentation  on the Tuesday night.  What an incredible range of work and what a fabulous lady.  Google Gloria Loughman to see her work!

Here are some of the photos I used to design my quilt.

I used a mixture of batiks and hand dyed  fabrics, and stitched it with variegated thread.

Rose Doily

NovemberSketch; AGoes w Sentiment; Birthday; Stash

I started with the rose brad for this card, and it all came together once I found the brown stripe.  The background paper is stamped with a flourish in gold ink, and the edges of the tag and doily are inked. 

All of the items were from my stash!  And no, your eyes aren't playing tricks, the paper is shaded like ombre.  I've had this gorgeous metal rose for ages and never really found a card that 'deserved' it.

Diecut doilys: Spellbinders
Border punch: Fiskars
Sentiment stamp: HastingsRubberStamps
Flourish stamp: Hero Arts
Brad: Rosie's Studio

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29 November, 2015

tag you're it!

Tag; Festive fun; Anything goes; Christmas decorations

There are some great images around, especially at Christmas, and with a bit of this and that  - hey presto! a tag is born.  Isn't he cute?

Image: Bugaboo
Label Die: Spellbinders
Flourish die: Dienamics
Punch: star

The edge of the card, the label and the pic have their edges inked.  Image coloured with Reno pens.  The organza ribbon is gold and looks better in real life.  I like off-kilter and hang-over-the-edge things, and this is a good way to use up those booboos - you know the ones when the die cuts off an edge or the paper moves as you are cutting and you end up with one corner off!

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Paris view

Paris; Anything goes

Bonjour!  From just about anywhere in Paris there is a view of the Tour Eiffel and I decided to make this the point of the card.  Imagine waking up each day to this lovely pink sunrise, with the flowers in your window box refreshed from the dew overnight.  It seems to me that most of the interiors of French homes are very neutral, and the colour is mostly outside, so that's what I have done here.

I made the background by smooshing distress inks in pinks lavenders and blues, and aged the window frame a bit.

Diecut chair: Marianne
Diecut window: Spellbinders
Diecut Eiffel Tower: Dienamics
diecut plants: Poppy

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28 November, 2015

Ultra violet

V for Violet; Anything goes

Poinsettia diecut on various papers (given to me by a friend).  An unusual colour for Christmas but with white I reckon it works.  I like it being off-the-edge as well.  The purple and white bobble trim is from my stash, as is the star brad.

Border punch: Martha Stewart
Stamp: unknown

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27 November, 2015


White on white; Mostly white; Three diecuts

I Love the look of white on white, but it needs lots of texture and layering so that it doesn't look flat and boring.  So here we go: the leaves are several diecuts, the roses are an embossing folder punched out, the circles underneath are loopy rings.  Layers created with dimensional foam.  I like the wriggly ribbon too.

Background Emboss: Heidi Swapp
Roses EF: Couture Creations
Leaves die: Poppy lorelai leaf
Loopy Rings die: Memory Box
Sentiment die: Paper Smooches

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Threediecuts; Anything goes

I found this lovely two-layer Joy die and it just cried out for an elegant approach.  So with a bit of embossing and diecutting it all came together.

Poinsettia Die: Marianne
Joy die: CoutureCreations
flourish die: CoutureCreations
Emboss: CoutureCreations
punch centre: L-Em com

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26 November, 2015

Watercolour Kitty

VLV3; Watercolour; One for the Girls

Isn't this the cutest?  I love line drawings unadorned, coloured, and blocked (that's what I call it, I don't know the real term for it), where a block of colour is put down  and stamped over, or stamped and a block of colour put over. It seems to give such a spontaneous and lively feeling to the pic.

Image: A Day for Daisies
Die border: Couture Creations
Die label: cArt
Sentiment stamp: Rosie's Studio
Distress inks, water spritzed & stamped
Graffiti stamps: HeroArts
Viva la Verve November 2015 Week 3 Sketch designed by Charmaine Ikach |
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Flower Fairy

Watercolour; Stash; anything goes blue;

I love to use distress inks in all kinds of ways.  This time I masked the image, inked the stamp, spritzed it with water and stamped over. The image is a lot softer and more blended than just stamping it straight on.

Image: A Day for Daisies
Stamp (Gauze): HeroArts
Diecuts: MemoryBox
Sentiment stamp: Cardmaking for Connisseurs
Flowers: from stash (I've had these for years, usually I make my own, but now I'm trying to use stuff up).

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Snomanlove; Letitsnow; Sk388, Anythinggoes; ColdOutside

What a lovely family snuggled up together, sharing the love, keeping each other warm ... hang on a minute, they won't be there long if they do that!

Image coloured with Reno pens, clear Wink of Stella on bodies and snow.

Embossing folder: Sizzix
Image: Bugaboo
xoxo stamp: ?

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Watercolour Birthday

Sk388, Numbers, MYMark

I love this watercolour effect, made by inking distress inks then spritzing with water before stamping.  Sentiment and windmills are on dimensional foam.

Numbers, windmill, sentiment stamps: Kaisercraft

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23 November, 2015

Santa socks

SSS 318; Festive Fun; Anything goes

I know someone who buys pairs of socks then mixes them up so she can wear odd socks.   Maybe Santa is like that too.  You never know, because we never see his socks;  they are always tucked into his boots.  Now he's been spotted hanging them out and we all know his secret!!!

Image: Bugaboo
Die label: Spellbinders
Die snowflake: Impression Obsession

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22 November, 2015

Let it Snow

Let it Snow; Festive Fun; Christmas; Mojo 424 Sketch; Patterned paper mixup NZ.

I love these soft colours and the pattern combinations are so lovely.  I don't usually work in muted colours but this paper pad is so inspiring. The layered snowflakes are in white and silver.

Paper Pad: Craftsmith
Dies: Impression Obsession
Stamp: Cardmaking for Connisseurs

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Hatty Birthday

Not square; birthday; Anything goes.

I found this great backing paper ages ago and have never used it until this hat - perfect!  Cut out the hat shape with top fold (and no, it is not symmetrical, I didn't want it to be), cut out the backing paper slightly smaller, then decorated.  Stamped sentiment in white on black (a little blackboardish), made some flowers from 'ugly' paper - and guess what ? I found I had some matching ribbon. 

Punched leaves: EK Success
Flower die: Creative Dies
Sentiment stamp: Grace Taylor

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21 November, 2015


Sketch127Sketch with a Twist, Winter Birthday, Anything Goes, Festive fun; Use mostly white.

This was the result of a booboo.  I tried to heat emboss some white embossed card.  The result was not what I expected, as the e.p. stuck to everything!  But what did happen was that it looks enamelled and the colour of the card changed slightly.  Seredipity.

I diecut a window in the embossed-embossed card and stuck the slightly coloured image underneath using  dimensional foam so the snowperson is inset.  Sentiment diecut.   Snowy's body is dressed with Wink of Stella, and four acetate heart-kisses.

Image: From the Heart Stamps
EF:  Provocraft
Die letters:  Sizzix

Check out that twinkly body!

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20 November, 2015

Warm wishes

How do you get a winter card going that doesn't make you feel colder than ever?  Hopefully using the warmer blues and turquoise shades instead of white!  And wearing mitts-hat-coat and boots to feel warm & cosy on the inside.

The little girl is stamped and coloured with Lyra watercolour crayons.  Backing papers are torn to show white and layered, then highlighted with Kindyglitz for snow.  Trees diecut, inked in olive-y greens, Kindyglitzed (snow sparkle) and stuck down with the edges left free. The girl and the stamped sentiment circle are adhered with dimensional foam.  Gotta have some gems to  sparkle things up a bit.

Girl & sentiment stamp: Polka Doodles
Tree die: Marianne

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19 November, 2015

Joyful Santa

One layer Card

I love this Santa stamp, he looks so friendly and fun, and it really is a simple image perfectly suited to being stamped with Hero Arts Ombre ink.  I then masked the image and stamped with scratchy band in red.  Sentiment stamped on top with overlap into image.  Stars painted with Kindyglitz. I did one version where I coloured his hat, but I didn't like it as much.

Santa & sentiment stamps: Hero Arts
Scratchy stamp: Stampin Up

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Winter fun - clear dazzling days and fun in the snow.  Doesn't this make you feel like you're there?
Don't you feel like shouting 'Yippee' yourself?

The image is coloured with Reno pens, cut out and attached with dimensional foam.  The stamped sentiment is heat embossed onto shaded card from my stash.  Finished off with bakers twine, and mounted on a black base card.

Image: Creative Stamping
Stamp: Kaisercraft
BP: from stash

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Cloud slumber

Add Texture, Anything goes 254

I didn't want a pretty-pretty baby card and thought this worked well.  I coloured the image with Reno pens.  I found the largest cloud used upside down fitted under the baby if I sliced open the drape at the RHS.  I covered the largest cloud in the muslin so it puffed and wrinkled (who says clouds don't have wrinkles?), then diecut a frame from muslin - it is sufficiently sheer that it softens the outline of the picture but accentuates the shape.  The other clouds I covered with glass beads for sparkle, and made a strip of muslin for the bow.  I like the effect of the muslin and will try again it in other ways... maybe pleated or torn or inked?

EmbossFolder: Provocraft
Digi image: A Day for Daisies
Diecut clouds: Memory Box
Diecut frame square: Couture Creations
Glass beads: Judikins
white baby muslin

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17 November, 2015

Posy tied with a bow

PhotoInspiration, Birthday

What a fabulous inspiration photo, I had so many ideas I didn't know where to start!  The wee posy tied with ribbon was so lovely on its own, however a little bit of texture and a sentiment in that gorgeous vintage look script just had to have some doilies.  I didn't want another Christmas card, but thought this was lovely for a birthday.

Die: Joanna Sheen Signature
Sentiment stamp: Cardmaking for Conniseurs
Doilies: Spellbinders, Couture Creations

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15 November, 2015


Christmas Critters

Animals are one of the main features of Christmas in lots of ways.  I've always loved Pink Petticoat's (Liz) images, and this is one of her reindeer.  Isn't he cute in his bowler hat with a sprig of holly?

Image coloured with Lyra watercolour crayons, touched with a sparkle of Kindyglitz (red and white), glammed up with gold cord and tiny bells (that actually work).  Matted onto gold mirror card and then a black base card.

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N for Nuts (oh yes and Neutral), Anything goes

Who doesn't love cashew nuts? 
I photographed some cashew nuts, printed them out on the computer then over stamped with a  jar. Stamped the lid on gold paper.
cut a fishtail banner in layers and sanded the edges a bit.  The neutral paper background has subtle tiny vari-coloured dots.  I very rarely do neutrals, finding it difficult to make them look interesting, but this one seems to have worked.

Jar & sentiment stamps: Hero Arts

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13 November, 2015

Sparkle wishes

I always think I don't do a lot of sparkle, but then I look back on my work and think ... well, actually I do.  This is a little more sparkly than usual, but he is such a cute mouse and he deserves it!

I stamped the dark blue card and heat embossed it silver, then dry embossed a frame around it.  The mouse is coloured with Reno pens, then sprinkled with fine glitter; the balloon is coloured and sprinkled with bold glitter.  The diecut circle edge is dipped in versamark ink and embossed, with just some fine sprinkles of embossing powder to add a party feeling.  When dry I layered them over the diecut image for 3D effect.  Self adhesive glittery ribbon strips just to complete the picture and anchor it.

Image From the Heart Stamps
Sentiment stamp: Design Objectives
Ribbon tape: Jolly & Joy
Other: from stash

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Laid Back

This is for my son who is a teacher.

I found this blackboard paper (which inspired the card actually) and had to work out how to use it!
The blackboard is cut out and I wrote on it with yellow coloured pencil, and adhered with thin dimensional foam.  The man is cut out and adhered with thick dimensional foam, and simply arranged on matted patterned paper.  Keep it simple is my motto.

Image: Philip Martin (free), thank you sir!

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11 November, 2015

Fiery thanks

 I made the fiery paper by brayering distress inks in fiery colours onto glossy photo paper, then when it was dry, tore it across and diecut one end.  Used the 'drop-outs' of the diecut and cut tiny butterflies from the leftover portion. 

Die cut end: Sizzix
Diecut Butterflies: memory box border

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10 November, 2015

Pretty in Pink

I think she is everybody's daughter or granddaughter or sister or niece.  Everybody knows someone like this.

After I had paper pieced the headband, skirt and shoes, I decided I liked the rest in black & white, so left it like that.  I reckon it makes the skirt look even lighter and fluffier.   It just needed a few touches like pearls and a ribbon, fancy corners and a coloured underlay to finish it off.

I don't want to put a sentiment on because it looks so clean and fresh, but it will be for granddaughter Holly's birthday.

Image:  All Dressed Up
Corner Punch: Fiskars

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Believe Joy Wonder

This chick looks so excited that it's nearly time to decorate. Clearly, she loves this time of year and can't wait.
I guess this could be classed as  a non-traditional Christmas card, and these are colours I almost never work in.  But I had to this time because I found these copper and bronze sequins ... enough said.   For the sketch I have used panels of lace and ribbon to represent the vertical elements, wobbled the oval a bit and added more sequins, just because more is more!  and don't you just love the little pearl bauble?  And the wink of Stella to give her a bit of glam.

Image: From the Heart Stamps, coloured with Reno pens, clear WinkofStella over her body
Dies: Spellbinders
Sentiment stamps: Hot off the Press
Scraps of: lace, ribbon, pearl, sequins

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For this one I wanted to use some foil sheets I got recently.  I struggled to get the glue right and finally got the rustic effect I wanted.   I always like an off-centre look, and wanted NOT white card to show off the foil.

foil: Foilcraft
heart die: Provocraft
Stamp on heart: HeroArts
Sentiment stamp: Stampin'Up

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Precious Metals; Gilding



A bit of fun with birdbrain chick, you wouldn't think she could knit would you?  Well, I crocheted a chain and flower to help her keep warm.

Image:  From the Heart Stamps, coloured with Reno pens
My own crochet chain and flower

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09 November, 2015

Merry P

Pointsettia and holly seem to be the traditional festive florals, however we hardly ever see them here.  Our NZ Christmas tree is the Pohutukawa tree which flowers through December into January with fat fluffy powder-puffs of red blossom with gold stamens, such a sight to see at Christmas.  The other flower we see at Christmas is the white Christmas lily, which I think in the northern hemisphere is called the Easter lily.  Because it's summer here at Christmas, all our flowers are out in a riot of colour in all shades, which is maybe why we don't stick to the traditional colours.

A great sketch to work with, one which I will be sure to use again and again in different ways.
Dies: poinsettia, Creative Dies
Stamen punch:
Flourish: Couture Creations
Stitched panel: Dienamics
Square lacy panel: Spellbinders
Stamped sentiment: Papermania
Pearls, papers from stash.

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I like working with sketches but found this one more difficult.  I wanted a clean, fresh, modern look for Christmas using non-traditional colours and non-traditional motifs.  I pretty much managed that, but in the end just had to use this cute angel charm.  The papers are really a bluey-greeny colour and are both sides of the same dotty-checky paper.

EmbFolder: Sizzix
Holey die:
Heart die: provocraft
Sentiment stamp: Kaisercraft
Papers: K & Company
Stencil: used the back of the holey diecut

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