Saturday, 27 October 2012

\Good afternoon bloggers.  Another one of my requested cards above, I do enjoy doing these although sometimes the odd requests can get a little stressful.  This card was made for a junior doctor who was moving to pastures new and as he had been such fun to work with we couldnt let him go without a special card.  As I had worked with him regularly we had shared the odd non work related conversation and his love of Rowan Atkinson, especially as Johnny English, had often featured as had his request every morning when asked if he would like a drink hence the sentiment.

I used one of the cupcake crafting large elegant card blanks and then embossed a piece of yellow card using my grand calibur and the Mystic MBossability folder, extending it beyond normal size.
I printed the sentiment Make Mine a Martini Shaken not Stirred (the doctor's request each morning when asked if he wanted a drink) and cut this using one of the Lifestyle Crafts Lacy Square dies, rotating it to a diamond shape, inking while still in the die.  (If you havent come across these dies check out Maddy Lisa Crafts - she has a fantastic selection, great service and the dies themselves are, in my opinion, great value for money).  Next was a picture of Johnny English, printed onto matt photo paper.  I then layered everything onto the card and inked around the edge with a pale yellow ink to take away the harshness of the white card.

But it still wasnt complete and I decided what it needed was a martini glass to finish it off.  So a quick look around the craft room and I saw the perfect glass - with a little alteration.  I took a small funnel and cut part of it away so I could stick it to the front of the card.  I used the piece I had cut away to make a base for the glass.  I stuck the pieces together using collal silicone glue and left to dry.  Once dry I then got out my stickles and used a green around the base and stem and then piped a line around the rim of the glass and let that dry.  And once that was dry I decided to use the lace stickles inside the bowl of the glass to look like there was a drink in it.  After letting this dry I attached the glass to the front of the card, again using silicone glue and left to dry once more.

And another card finished.  The recipient loved the card and the bottle of martini we had got him to go with it, well at least when he got home that night he could have his martini any way he wanted it lol.

|I hope you enjoyed seeing the card, please feel free to leave a comment, I truly do appreciate the feedback of fellow crafters.

Jacqui xxx  


Monday, 22 October 2012

Good evening bloggers.  Today I thought I would show you a card made for a friend's birthday.  I took my inspiration for the colour scheme from the ribbon which was a bargain at just 40p for a metre in a bargain tub at my local Boyes store.  I just love the way it graduates from pink to white and was just waiting for the right card to use it on.  And I think it looks perfect on this one.

The base card is from Cupcakecrafting - one of their 7" x 10" elegant cards which I love.  I began by adding a rectangle of white card decorated  with pink swirls and flowers.  I then dusted around the edge of the card with Worn Lipstick distress ink - dusting from the card bas onto the decorated mat.  Next I took my Floral Ovals die and cut two of the largest size - one in white centura pearl and one in fuscia pink glitter encapsulated card.  I cut the pink oval into four equal sections and fixed it behind the white oval to create a frame.  To hide the gap at both sides and top and bottom I cut 4 corners from Parisian accents in the same pink card and added them as though they were holding hands a la Sue.  I then took an Inkylicious sentiment and stamped this in Black Versafine and cut using the Romantic Rectangles, dusting with Worn Lipstick distress ink.  I then stamped the dress stamp, one of Dawn Bibby's, in Memento Rose Bud and cut this out, leaving a white border around the stamp.  I affixed the stamped image to the oval frame and fixed to the card with foam pads to create dimension.  I also used foam pads to add the sentiment to the top right of the card.  Using the ribbon I tied a double bow and added this to the bottom left corner of the card with silicone glue, fixing three hat pins behind, two in pink and one in white and then finished the bow with a fabric covered button.

I must admit to being reluctant to part with the card when it was finished, but it did make its way to the intended recipient.

I hope you like it, please feel free to leave a comment.

Thank you for taking the time to stop by and look - it really is much appreciated.

Jacqui xx  

Saturday, 13 October 2012

Viva Las Vegas

Good Afternoon bloggers.  Thought while I was on the laptop I would add another post to my blog.  If you have seen some of my older posts you will know that I get some odd requests for birthday cards and love to add my twist to them.  Last month I was asked if I could make a 21st card for a colleagues son.  She had scoured the shops for something that was "him" but had no luck so asked if I could help.  I asked her what her son liked and was told Fast Cars.  She said they were taking a trip to Las Vegas to celebrate his birthday so I though I would take that as my lead.  And below is the result.

As there was a lot going on in the card I opted to use one of my extra large card blanks A3 in size. I added a large piece of blue spotted card to the front to leave a white border and then I printed the Las Vegas Strip night scene onto card and added that.  My next task was to source the fast cards - they came courtesy of La Pashe from The Big One CD Rom.  I chose the three cars and then arranged them as though they were driving out of the strip.  I found the Welcome To Las Vegas sign vis Google Images and printed and added to the top of the card.  Next it was the poker chips - a quick look on Google Images and I found just what I was looking for so I printed out a selection in white, red, green and black.  I added letters to some of the chips to spell out Happy Birthday and fixed these to the bottom of the card and then added peel off number 21's in silver to the remainder of the poker chips and fixed them randomly to the top of the card at both sides.  And voila - a 21st card finished.

I liked the end result but more importantly the card made it to Las Vegas intact and the recipient loved it.  And quite a coincidence but his girlfriend had arranged for him to have a driving experience while they were there as part of his birthday present - the car being his dream car an Aston Martin - one of the three I had chosen to put on the card without knowing he has this on his wish list to own.  Well until he can get the full size version he has a decoupage one.

Thanks again for looking.

Friday, 12 October 2012

Back for Good

I cannot believe that almost 6 months have passed since I last posted to my blog.  It hasnt been the best of times personally but I am now looking forward with a new job, my eldest daughter finally in a permanent nursing post 3 years after qualifying and today her husband passed out of the army.  So time for me to start the blog rolling again and I will try my best to post weekly.  Of course I have still been crafting over the last 6 months so I have a good few projects photographed that I can post about.  And so I will begin with one which while rewarding to do was also bittersweet.

Last October one of my close work colleague's husbands lost a three year battle with cancer.  Six months after his death his wife was 60 so I decided to do her something a little special for her birthday.  A quick trip to Merly Impressions got me exactly what I was looking for - the Kaisercraft Cruise Ship MDF minibook.  Enlisting the help of her daughters I copied a few pictures of the two of them on the cruise holidays they had taken after Dave's illness was diagnosed.  And the following is the result:

 I prepared the minibook by painting with white paint and then varnishing to give it that cruise ship book.  The inside pages were decorated with papers from a Debbi Moore stamping magazine - they were travel related so perfect for this project.  I attached photographs of Chris and Dave on the cruise ship and in some of the stop off and added embellishments.  The anchor on the first page was from a Kanban stamp, stamped in Blue stazon onto shrink plastic and then heated to reduce it to the perfect size.  I then added acetate across the portholes and added a picture of Chris and Dave behind two of the portholes as if they were looking out.   On the second page is the lighthouse stamp from the same kanban collection again stamped in blue stazon on shrink plastic and reduced in size.  The third page has a quote about Italy, perfect to go with the picture and a string of beads to emulate decorations/  On the last page is a shore scene together with some birds stamped  onto shrink plastic and added  once shrunk to size.  The back of the book I finished with a cut out of Chris and Dave dancing on the cruise ship.  This photograph sits by her bed and is the favourite picture of one of her grandsons because they both look so happy.

While it was so rewarding completing the project, it did bring some tears looking at them both so happy and enjoying life to the full despite the terrible hand they had been dealt.  

Chris loves the book, she said it was the perfect reminder of the happy times they had together on the cruises.  

Thanks for taking the time to stop by - please feel free to leave a comment, your feedback is really appreciated.  After all, if my fellow crafters like my work that is the best commendation I can have.