Saturday, August 24, 2013

Give Me the Splendid Silent Sun

So this style is a little step back in time for me.  It's been a while since I used gesso and pinned on charms.

I love using the Kraft Tags - they're such a yummy colour!  I stroked gesso onto the tag with a brush, then gave it a smattering of Walnut ink (the real stuff, not the stamping ink!).  Since I knew I was going to be messing with it a bit more, I used StazOn to stamp the quote, as I didn't want it to run.

On The Edge Butterflies and the Pediments were diecut from chipboard and then given a little wingtip and edge treatment with Walnut Ink, spritzed with water to make it run and then allowed to dry. 
To get the Composition Leaf on the wings, I just wiped glue stick over the surface and chose bits of leaf that were autumn-like colours.  I pressed them in place with my fingers.

I wanted some colour in the stamped tag, so I used the Ink Blending tool to blend Spiced Marmalade, Rusty Hinge, Mustard Seed, Dried Marigold, Fired Brick and Aged Mahogany.  lol, think that was enough?
The tag, butterflies and pediment die cuts were assembled as shown using Be Creative double-sided tape and then mounted on the tent card using Pop Dots.  The card had the border drawn freehand (yeah, no kidding!!) using two different tips of Pigma pens.  (Design Team member Sherry Cheever has rubbed off on me with these borders and her fabulous messy bows).

The last thing is to use a ribbon to tie on a key and wire pin (really, these are adorable little kilt pins!) and then create a messy bow. Oh, and round the corners of the chipboard card with the Corner Chomper!

A portion of this card can be see on Tammy Tutterow's blog as the Quietfire Design ad.
Thanks for having a look!

The thumbnail links to most of the items used in this card are below.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Sometimes, Said Pooh

Every time I get an order for this stamp, I say "Sometimes, said Pooh" as though I'm reading it to a little person.  Ahem, I guess you have to be here....

I took some photos of our kitty at the top of the stairs a few days before he died and used one to create an image which I cut with my Silhouette Cameo digital cutter.  I used the Lincoln paper because it's made from many of the same colours as kitty was.

It's a very quiet house today.

This card is for our vet, Dr. Bradford Bradbury (oops!) at Van Isle Veterinary Hospital, who took over Tiger's care while Dr. McLean is on maternity leave (and looks way to young to be even a high school graduate). But she said all the right things when we needed to hear them most. I can't thank her enough for that.

Card Details: The VersaFine colour was Smokey Gray
{August 23, 2013 update:  This kitty shape is now available as a digital die cut here.}

Here are the thumbnail links to the products.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Born to Break Our Heart

My Dad used to say that pets were born to break our heart.
Feeling that acutely today as we said goodbye to our 13 year old kitty.


Saturday, August 17, 2013

Wedding Card - Franzi & Micha

My dear friend Antje in Berlin asked me to make a card for her friends getting married this weekend. 
I thought I'd share it here.

The lettering was done with Schmincke gouache using a Mitchell Roundhand nib and a pointed nib on Arches 140 hotpress watercolour paper.
The lettering was die cut with Spellbinders Filigree Delights.
Congratulations to Franzi and Micha!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

The Woods Would be Very Silent - Card


I wanted to share something made with the new Quietfire Design rubber stamps.  Of course designs are never the same in reality as they are inside your head....  But that's not necessarily a bad thing!
Here is what the new set looks like:

Here is a little information on how the images were made:
I used Mitchell Roundhand Nibs for the broad-edged lettering and Higgins Eternal Ink .  The pointed pen was a Gillott 303 using Higgins Eternal.  All artwork was done on either Canson Pro Marker Layout Paper or Boris #37 Layout Paper.

The products used in this card are shown in the image links, with the additional information that I used the colour Turquoise Gem to stamp the sentiment.

I hope you like the new stamps!  Thanks for stopping by and having a look.