Saturday, October 30, 2010

Bizzy Becs Store Blog: Freebie Digis For You

Bizzy Becs Store Blog: Freebie Digis For You: "Hi All, I was having a play on the computer today and came up with these Digi sentiments that I was going to use on some cards.. I thought ..."

Thursday, October 21, 2010

French Connection - for Francoise of Maison de Provence with love xx

 This is my favourite card so far I think, which I hope speaks for itself; mainly because I made the cream pattern paper from scratch myself and because of the awesome, flamboyant, amazing woman it has been given to (and her incredible family).  Her expectations of my creations led me to aim for heights I would not nor could not ordinarily spend the time to reach but on occasion it's nice just to spend the time just because.  

Francoise, her husband Eric, grown son & daughter (my only and very special French friends) along with their TRIPLET sons now TWO, are happy owners of the French Tea House & gift ware business called Maison de Provence newly re-opened in Cooroy.  We sadly miss them in Pomona but wish them every success in this new incarnation of Maison.

 The cardstock (Very Vanilla, Always Artichoke & Bravo Burgundy & Chocolate Chip) is accompanied by pattern paper from a 6" Stack in my stash.  All the edges are distressed with my free and favourite "fingernail technique" as well as edges inked, smudged and sponged.
The Very Vanilla was first lightly stamped using Stampin Around Wheel "Antique" using Creamy Caramel & Mellow Moss inks.  Then I used pieces of this to make the Card front "face" on which I've stamped the Eiffel Tower then cut out it and the mats with Spellbinders nestable labels.  The artichoke layer is embossed with cuttlebug texture folder and inked with off white and gingerbread chalk inks and then I've trimmed this by hand with scissors on the embossed edge and cut a chocolate mat to fit nicely behind.

All the other lightly "antiqued" vanilla pieces I have stamped with the remainder of the stamps from this set (Purchased from her original store in Pomona several years ago Pre-triplets) to make the patterned paper, stamp, post mark circle and "Paris" sign.  They have then been cuttlebug dry embossed using various folders, inked, sponged and variously distressed, matted and foam mounted.  I hope this photo's show some of the detials.

This Camelia like flower I made myself with leftover hand made pattern paper and loosely interpreting the instructions from Magnolia Magazine (#3?), distressing it in my own fashion.  I have really gone to town with these and am now branching into different sizes and using different punches to make variations.  I love that they match the project so perfectly.  This one is suitably flamboyant and spritzed with Glimmermist and touched with Stardust stickles.


Saturday, October 9, 2010

Simple Easel Card (variation) made from bits and pieces

Leftovers (including the pattern paper) were used from my previous project (and posted card) with some added bits and pieces.  These colours really make me think of Autumn in Australia, the sky is so blue and the river and sea so green but we still have some changes of foliage in the hinterland...  

Next time I think I would leave the "face" just a little bigger, overlapping the actual Easel by perhaps 1cm either side rather than 6mm or by as much as might take to fill a business envelope for another variation - the ideas are flying this morning!!!

The stamped sentiment is from Daisy's workshop and punched with their scallop punch which I LOVE.  I messed this image up when making the first card but by distressing with gingerbread chalk ink you can't see where I smudged the image and so it was saved.  It was a very wet day and ink was not drying as usual.  I have found there are very few "mistakes" in paper craft that can not in some way be taken advantage of! ;)

The Doily is spritzed with Wheatfields Glimmer Mist to make it less white.  The Sage paper has been embossed with my new Cuttlebug folder and then inked to create a shabby pattern that would match the overall effect and then sewn with zig zag to the cream card face. 

The cardstock is Very Vanilla & Sage from Stampin Up; ribbon is from my stash and there is also a punched lace border which the face is resting on - Martha Stewart punch which I threaded gold ribbon through for a bit of extra sparkle.  All edges are inked flowers from Stash:)

Handmade Gardenias on funky fold card

 Hi folks

This is what I spent a good part of my retreat weekend perfecting.  The fold and flowers were popular and I ended up asking Barbi if I could do a little lesson.  Certainly having a scor pal helps.

You can find the instructions for the flowers in Magnolia Magazine, I think it was Issue 3. 
The Pattern papers are from a new DCWV Stack called Linen Closet - thank you Debbie for passing on the details of this, you are right, the papers are so ME!  These have been distressed, inked, embossed & or lightly stamped for the shabby effect below.

 Alternate panels were stitched with thick Guitterman thread and opposite alternate insides were foam mounted; pieces of pearl scrolls were added for details here and there.  The bow is ribbon from Daisy Chain as were the yellow roses. 

The stamped sentiment is Daisy and the shapes are cut with Spellbinders Nestibles.
 These two larger "camelia" style flowers are my own home made using scrap pattern and plain cardstock, which has been punched, inked, bradded and then wet scrunched before shaping.  Once partly dry they have had pearl stickles (which is sort of opaque) applied around the top most edges and folds.
Just have a go with the flowers, everyones look a little different depending on how much you scrunch them and how much time you spend moulding each petal.  Some made lovely cabbage rose versions and Barbi and I made mini variations using 4 small and 4 medium punchies.  It was also fun to experiment with different punches.

Forever Friends Christmas

Guess who bought a new paper pack for making Christmas cards;)

This was just too easy but sometimes that's all you need when the papers are as nice as these Pattern papers from Forever Friends Cosy Christmas 6" Paper Pack!  I bought the pack while at the Daisy Chain Scrapbooking Store Card Camp (retreat:)) where I also stamped the sentiments with memento black (I think they were Stamp It)

I've added mats in Real Red which I inked with black.  

Inside features Always Artichoke and Very Vanilla Cardstock all from Stampin Up;  Pewter Pearls from BizzyBecs, Ribbon also from Daisy.  Shapes cut with Spellbinders and one was embossed with Swiss Dots for a little texture.

Aside from that my only embellishments were to ink the remaining edges with Gingerbread Cats eye (chalk ink - memento) to soften them and lastly, for a little dimension I add White Flower Soft to his bobble (the pom on top of his hat!) 

Monday, October 4, 2010

Elegant feminine birthday card

This I created for my sweetest friend Debbie C who is one of the kindest, nicest most calming presence I have had the pleasure to know.  She is a most elegant and gifted lady; you can see her blog at  I consider myself most fortunate to have such friends.  
Stampin' Up created the stamp of this sweet figure, as is the Taken with Teal & whisper white cardstock.   I've coloured with Copics and highlighted her ribbon and dress with Clear Spica. 
These prettiest of papers are from pattern paper pack Summer Bloom from Papermania, I've stitched the hummingbird paper to the Teal and cuttlebug embossed the pink spot mat with a rose design..  Shapes are cut with Spellbinders Label Nestibles. 
 Organza ribbon, pearls and pin from stash.  I've spritzed paper and flowers with pearl Glimmer Mist.and added Stardust Stickles to the Roses as well for added bling!

The lining is made up of textured Teal Cardstock, matching pattern paper and doilies stamped with sentiments make up the inside.  Edges of doilies are inked with pink and teal although this does not really show the dimension this adds.

13 Teen boy

This is a card created years ago which I have chopped up and turned into an easel card for a young friend of mine.

I took the face "Happy Birthday" which was mounted on the netting backgrounds and added lots of Elegant Eggplant mats, pop dotted a matted silver bling sheet which I have distressed with gold Webbing spray; then I have grunged it up with lots of black ink.   The chipboard letters and arrows I distressed with ink and spritzed with red and blue based glimmer mist and I also added the wire for that more masculine looking medium.

Here you can see the glimmer mist and glitter paper details.  Lastly I created the Easel card base, made a lining to match the face and stamped sentiments from various sources.  More wire creates a rest for the face to make an easel shape.  The webbing has been stamped over with a netting stamp and distressed by wiping.  I also distressed a grey envelope with more black ink. 

Sunday, October 3, 2010

I'm saving my French creation Easel Card for last so my next few will be from retreat this weekend;) xx

Ocean friends

Ocean friends
Ocean Commotion stamped with Versamark and embossed with White on Brilliant Blue Cardstock, Whisper White and Taken With Teal which has been cuttlebugged.

Short on time? Have a quick peek!