Thursday 8 May 2014

Monohromatic Monogram

Today I want to show you a card that I made for a couple of challenges over on Facebook. One theme was monochromatic, the other monogram and as I don't seem to have a lot of crafting time at the moment I thought why not combine both themes...and this is the result.

I printed the backing paper from Debbi Moore's Black & White Chic Boutique CD  and I trimmed this to 7.5" square and matted on to black card whick I cut at 7.75" square, then I popped this on to the white card blank. The monogram came from the square flourish frame monograms which I purchased from the Silhouette store and that can be found here. The design comes with two versions of the design, one has the letters welded to the frame (which is the one I chose to use) the other one has is a separate frame and letter. I wanted to have a mat for the design so I selected it and offset to .10 for the white and then decided I wanted the black mat to the the bottom layer so I offset my fist offset layer to .15 to get the black back ground, then I just layered them up using a glue pen because of the delicate swirls. The corners were cut from the ivy deco frame die set in the same black card and I mounted both the assembled topper and the corners using 1mm foam tape for a little dimension. A few black gems both above and below the monogram topper and the card was complete.

I would like to enter this in to the Cameo with Carley Challenge Blog for which the them this month is anything goes.

Tuesday 6 May 2014

Sail Away

Today I want to share a card I made for a challenge over at the Mad Crafters Giggles group on Facebook. I love this group and the challenges they have just for fun, it gets my creative juices flowing. The theme for yesterday's one word wonder challenge was 'holiday' and I had been itching to use the new stamps I had recently purchased from another Facebook group the allows members to sell off their unwanted craft goodies.

I started by cutting a piece of centura pearl card to 6"x4" and inking with scattered straw and stormy skies distress inks, I then stamped over the blended background using a black ink pad. I have to say this stamp which is by Just Rite Stamps is very large and I didn't have a block big enough, so I had to improvise by laying the stamp on the desk and placing the card over the top and smoothing it on to the inked stamp. I've not done this before and as a novice stamper I was a little worried, but I think it's turned out quite well.

I stamped the sentiment which is from a Lili Of The Valley set again using black ink on to another piece of centura pearl card and gently blended around the edges using the scattered straw distress ink pad to tie the colour in with the main image, a little matting and layering using card from my stash and the stamped elements were finished. I cut the cruise ship on my Silhouette Cameo machine from a file that can be found in the store here and assembled it.  I used an A4 card blank which I made from a sheet of A3 centura pearl card, added the stamped elements and the topper, a few card candi for a great card for any man I think.

I wish to enter this in to the cameo With Carley Challenge Blog which this month is an 'Anything Goes' theme.

Thursday 1 May 2014

New Challenge Over At Seemacrafts

So today see the start of a new challenge over at seemacrafts blog and the theme for this month is butterflies and rainbows. I wasn't sure what I was going to do really, until I found this beautiful cutting file in the Silhouette store...then my mind was made up.

The file is by Marji Roy and can be purchased from the store here and the comprehensive assembly instructions can be found on her blog here.

So I started by cutting all the elements on my Cameo machine, I decided I would do a coloured version but I'm sure this would look equally as great in all white with just a splash of colour for the butterfly wings. I cut the front and back frame sections and the butterfly bodies using black card, and the leaves in a green, pearlescent card and I cut the inner wing sections in a bright pink glitter paper which doesn't really show in the photo...but looks very pretty in real life.

I didn't want the back section to be open and so I cut a piece of graduating card stock in blue and green to fit in to the interior of the back section before I finished assembling the rest of the sections. I love the finished result and it was so very easy to make. I hope you can join in with us over at seemacrafts for the chance to win four of Seema's digis of your choice.