Sunday, 18 April 2010

Big Stamp and Scrapbooking Show

Last week was the Big Stamp and Scrapbooking show at Alexander Place in North London. I've gone every year now for the past four years. I was almost tempted not to go this year, just because I already have so much craft things and have not been using them very much, BUT I just couldn't not go this year. So Peter drove me up so I could shop for a couple of hours, while he sat outside in the park in the sunshine reading his book. I think it was the quickest I've ever been around the show, but I had a list of things I wanted and tried to stick to that. I ended up getting a 7 Gypsies photo box frame, 2 Tim Holtz new dies, 1 Tim Holtz mask, more alcohol ink felt pads, Cuttlebug Embossing folder, Spellbinder nestabilities die cuts frames, Basic Grey journalling notes and flowers, 4 packs of ProMarkers in the NEW colour range, Crate Paper collection, 10 sheet of Fancy Pants papers, ribbon, a poky tool (not shown) and a Wiffs of Joy stamp (not shown). I was so excited with all my purchases that I came home and made this card with some of my purchase for a friends birthday.

The stamp image is the new Wiffs of Joy stamp coloured in with the new spring coloured Promarkers and finished off with Ranger Rock Candy Distress Stickels. The frames were cut using the Nestabilities in a Cuttlebug. The papers used are Crate papers edged with gold perfect pearls. The card was finished off with ribbons and a croched flower.

Saturday, 10 April 2010

April Cards

At the beginning of April there are quiet a few birthdays that I needed to make cards for. The above was done for a good friends birthday. The image was a free download from Digital Two for Tuesday blog. It was printed on Stampin' Up cardstock and coloured in with ProMarkers. The image was mounted with 3D foam onto card stamped with Crafty Individuals Friends stamp inked with Ranger distress inks. The background on the card stock was done by stamping with embossing ink and then bushing it over with Ranger Perfect Pearls medium in gold. The background paper is Create Paper Static Collection inked with Tim Holtz distress ink. The "Happy Birthday" sentiment was glazed with Sepia Accents to give it a more muted antique look. The card was finished off with ribbon, a Prima paper flower and a brad.

The next card was done for my sister. It was done using another free digital image I downloaded, but I can't remember from where. The image was coloured in with ProMarkers. I just love the way this one turned out only using a couple of colours, but they build up and blend so well it makes it look that I've used more. The papers are My Minds Eye Bloom and Grow collection, and the edges were inked with ProMarkers. The card was finished off with a sisters quote sticker and some ribbon.

The last card is for my brother-in-law. It's always hard to do cards for men. This one I have used a Paper Artsy stamp on top of some cardstock that was blended with Ranger Distress Inks. Then the image was covered with Ranger Rock Candy Crackle paint and left to dry. The background was done using Tim Holtz gear masks that were again inked over with Ranger Distress Inks. The background paper is My Minds Eye Wild Asparagus"Our Family" collection stripe paper. The card was finished off with ribbon with brass rivets and metal establishments inked with Ranger Alcohol Inks.