Teenage Dream

Susan Robinson
May 18, 2018

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I like the freedom of being able to use any stamps I want when creating a card, with no constraints regarding  which company they come from.

stamps: Dreamer Flair by Close to my Heart; Empowered Words DD-960A by Unity Stamp Co

die: Garden Trellis Frame & Labels 660060 by Sizzix  

I later added a swirly stream of Diamond Stickles behind butterfly to show its flight path and to fill in the middle space, but as usual was frustrated by my media library not allowing me to rotate the photo the correct way up and so eventually gave up trying to post that pic. If anyone has any advice on the matter, I’m all ears!

 

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Teenage Heart

Susan Robinson
May 16, 2018

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The teenage years can sometimes be challenging, and making cards for that age group can be too. Each child is an individual and they mature at different rates, so what might suit one 13 year old, may seem too childish for another. I have been asked for ideas for teenage girls lately by a number of friends wanting to make cards for their daughter’s friends birthdays or their own grandchildren. It’s nice having friends that span many generations, helps keep me in touch. And it’s important for us girls to support each other, no matter our age.

stamps: Dreamer Flair set B1439 by Close to My Heart; Butterfly Edge 3648K by Penny Black

inks: Squeezed Lemonade, Spun Sugar and Dried Marigold Distress Stain Sprays; Jet Black Archival Pad

punch: Fiskars Butterfly hand Punch

 

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Calligraphic Garden

admin
May 24, 2016

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A card I made for a friend’s 60th birthday.

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Stamps: “Paper Garden” S1509 from Close to my Heart, “Calligraphy Sampler” CRR138 from Stampendous and “Tall Birthday” 4321D from Stamp-It.

Instructions: Stamp calligraphy background in clear ink and emboss with clear embossing powder on white card. Heat set. Sponge card all over with “Old Paper” Distress ink, then around edges with Sepia Archival ink.

Ink up flower stamp of choice from set (I used the largest) with Distress inks “Seedless Preserves”, “Dusty Concord”, “Salty Ocean” and “Walnut Stain”. Spritz stamp lightly with water, then stamp down onto embossed card. Dry. This technique works well with any solid stamp image, and by spritzing it with water, it blends the water-soluble Distress inks together and creates a soft watercolour effect when you stamp it out. I also sponged a little of these Distress colours onto the background card for balance.

Cut out plaque from Sizzix “Mini Labels” set siz657214 with Big Shot machine in ivory card. Stamp birthday wording in Deep Purple Archival ink, then sponge using Distress inks previously mentioned above, and around edges with Sepia Archival ink. Magic mount at base of card across flower stems.

Select strip of ivory organza ribbon and stitch along one edge length. Gather in thread to create ribbon frill and knot thread. Tape ribbon frill over large flower head. Punch small hole at base of flower head and place decorative brad through. This is to hide gathered edges of ribbon and create a pod for petals to grow from. I chose organza ribbon as it is opaque and I wanted the inked flower head beneath to be visible through it.

 

I liked this card so much I made it again for another friends 40th, with slightly softer colours.

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