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Crop Day Challenge 2 22/02/2012

Filed under: Crop Days — rachelscraftyfolder @ 9:44 pm

Good Evening All

This is one of the cards I made at our last crop a couple of Sunday’s ago. This time it was my Mum’s choice of what we could use, she set guidelines of Yellow, Clarity Stamps, Springtime and Distress Inks. So I tried to incorporate all of this into this card!

Firstly I inked the image of the swan, a Clarity Stamp image, and then rolled my brayer over it, so the image was now on the brayer. I then rolled my brayer onto a rough piece of paper to reduce the amount of ink on the image and then rolled it onto my white piece of card, which gave me the “reflected” image. Then I inked up the swan stamp as normal and stamped the proper swan. Sonia showed us how to do this technique several years ago at a class – I’m quite chuffed with myself that I actually remembered how to do it!

I covered the top swan image with a mask and then brayered over the bottom image with blue distress ink to create the water, using the screwed up piece of paper technique to get the ripple effect on the brayer. Keeping the mask on the top image, and adding another mask to create the sun, I then used yellow distress ink and my ink duster brush to create the sky. A little leaf stamp along the edges and some shading on the swan with a grey promarker finished it off quite nicely!

Hopefully the photo is a little better this time as well – I tried a different setting on my camera!

Anyway, I think I’ve babbled on enough, so I’ll leave it there.

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Baby Boy 19/02/2012

Filed under: Challenges,Spellbinders — rachelscraftyfolder @ 8:46 pm

Good Evening All,

Have had a busy week this week with one thing and another.  I have actually made a few cards, but this is the only one I’ve taken a photo off – bad planning!  Still getting used to this blogging and having to think about what needs to happen, and, as my mum pointed out last week, my photo’s need to improve!

So, this layout is from Mojo Monday 228 and I have used an A5 card blank.  The stamped image is a Humphrey’s Corner one from Crafters Companion, which has been coloured with Promarkers and then cut out using a circle nestie and layered onto another fancy circle nestie – which I can’t remember the name of!  Behind the image is another nestie die cut piece of paper layered onto a faux nestie just to make it stand out from the background paper.  The white border is a Martha Stewart punch and then the sentiment, which are peel off’s, have been placed on yet another nestie die cut shape.  A few sticky white pearls at the bottom and the top of the card and there you have it.

One of the lads at work became a father to a little boy a week or so ago, so this is for him and his family to wish them well and congratulate them.

Anyway, I best go and finish the ironing, so that I have my uniform for work tomorrow 😦

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commissions 12/02/2012

Filed under: Cricut,Jolly Nations — rachelscraftyfolder @ 11:07 pm

Good Evening All

Bit late tonight, was watching the Ice Skating!

Well this week I was commissioned to produce two cards for somewhat different ends of the age spectrum – a one year old and a forty year old.

Firstly, the card for the younger generation.  I am lucky enough to have a Cricut and a Winnie the Pooh cartridge – without it this card just would not be possible.  I am still amazed by how the Cricut cuts images out, and with a little bit of layering I can produce characters like this.  The base card is an 8×8 and then I’ve basically just used various bits and pieces of different coloured card to create the images with the help of the Cricut.

The slightly older generation card is for a lady who has horses, so the Rosette idea seemed quite appropriate.  I’ve used a Jolly Nation character on this one, with the matching backing paper.  The centre of the card has been cut out using a Go Kreate die and then I’ve layered behind with the red and the backing paper.  The rosette is made from two 5cm wide strips of the red paper, scored on the Hougie board and then stuck onto the back of the nestabilities circles, eventually (it was a bit temperamental!).  The Cricut came in handy again as I used my Art Noveau cartridge for the numbers on this one.

So there we go, just hope that both recipients like them?

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Pink Mini 08/02/2012

Filed under: Challenges — rachelscraftyfolder @ 10:29 pm

Good Evening All,

One of the girls at work has just passed her driving test 🙂 which gave me the idea for my card this evening.  Obviously the colour scheme just had to be pink, which I’ve teamed with brown and a touch of silver.

The background papers and the pink mini topper are from a Kanban kit which I’ve had for a wee while now.  I’ve used silver mirri card to mat and layer onto – giving it a little lift along with the sparkly pink ribbon.  I’ve stamped and embossed the arrow at the bottom and then added peel off letters to write “you passed” on it.

I’ve used the layout from the Mojo Monday Challenge 227, so I’m going to enter this into their contest this week and see what happens!

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It snowed… 05/02/2012

Filed under: Portobello Road — rachelscraftyfolder @ 10:32 am

Good Morning All,

Apologies for not having blogged for a week, just not had the opportunity what with work and all!

Have now managed to catch up with myself and had the chance to make some cards.  As you can see from the photo, it snowed here yesterday.  This is what my back garden looked like at 8am this morning – don’t think the cat was too impressed, but the dog thought it was brilliant and had great fun 🙂

Anyway, snow tends to make me stay indoors, so a great excuse for crafting!

Last week I bought some of the Portobello Road collection – the paper pack, the ribbons, the buttons and one of the stamp sets, and yesterday I decided that I would have a play with that, and these are the cards I came up with.  The one on the left is an easel card with a Magnolia stamped image coloured in with Promarkers.  The next one along is a rucksack shaped card, then the Mini is a Kanban stamped image, again coloured in with Promarkers and I’ve tried to make this look like the Mini has driven through the flag and is therefore coming out of the card – think it works!  For the last one I followed a sketch for the layout and used the “Keep Calm and” stamps from Personal Impressions, which I think compliment the Portobello Road collection really well.

So, despite the weather, I enjoyed myself, and it looks like I can have another crafty day today 😀

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