Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Hot Shot Card

Evening Everyone,

Today has been a day of celebration for us. It's my husband, the EM's 76th birthday and our friend Margaret's 73rd ... the perfect reason for us all to get together for a day of fun, laughter and food :) Indeed, we enjoyed ourselves so much the day just flew by.

So card #3 is the one I made for himself ... and here it is.
It's really quite a simple design relying on lots of matting and layering in silver, black, green and red cardstock. The pool themed toppers are from a Kanban sheet, Happy Hour. I did take the opportunity to have a play with some Brusho crystals to create the background ... I think I might have overcooked it a little but I love the way the powders react to water. I only sprinkled two of the colours, Brilliant Red and Leaf Green, on to wet watercolour paper and was stunned at the colourful result ... especially as they made the perfect background for the toppers. Can't wait now to experiment with more colours :)
The inside - there was one small topper left to decorate the inside.

You might have guessed from the card that the EM likes a game of pool. And as our grandsons also like a game I decided that a pool table would make the perfect birthday gift. As we were going to be out all day today, I arranged for it to be delivered tomorrow but a message from the supplier tells me that it won't be delivered until 23rd now ... so disappointing :( Finger's crossed it will be safely delivered next week as arranged.

I'm submitting this card to Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 142 ... the snippets are green and red cardstock used in the matting.

I hope you had as good a day as we have had.  Thanks for dropping by.

Happy Crafting 

Monday, 15 September 2014

In a Vase on Monday - Red and Green

Good Afternoon

It is time again to join in with Cathy’s weekly challenge In A Vase On Monday ... the goal of the challenge is to fill a vase using materials gathered from one’s own garden. After missing it last week - too ill to even think about it then - I couldn't wait to participate today.  

In fact, while I was going round the garden with my camera yesterday, I couldn't help but notice my husband's bonnie red roses. The bush has had a few weeks of resting after its early summer flowering and now it has started blooming again, and I'd say it's even better than before. 
Hubby is notorious for losing the labels for his plants so, after some research on-line, my best guess is it is a hybrid tea rose called 'Pride of England'. Whatever its name, the large velvety red blooms are stunning and I just had to claim three for my vase this week!
Something else that caught my eye was the two mature Sorbus (Rowan/Mountain Ash) trees resplendent in their autumn finery, great bunches of bright red berries ... I couldn't resist them so added a couple of stems to the roses.
Close to the sorbus is a Skimmia Japonica, also covered in pretty ripening berries - a perfect addition to the mix. Once I chosen the roses and the berries, I decided to stick with the red and green colour combination - my two favourite colours - and added lots of green foliage ... Euphorbia 'Ascot Rainbow', catmint (Nepeta 'Six Hills Giant') from the long border and dill and salad burnet - which is just coming into flower - from the herb bed.
Just a clear glass vase was used this week but I've filled it with black glass pebbles. Two reasons: I like the contrast of the black with the reds and greens and, still trying to improve my flower plonking skills, the pebbles hold the stems steady making it easier for me to 'arrange' the display :)

Once again, many thanks to Cathy at Rambling In The Garden for hosting this challenge ... it's fun and I'm enjoying the experience.

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Peony Bouquet Card - Old Fashioned Decoupage for Sunday Snippets

Evening All,

Oh dear, the weekend's nearly over ... I hope it's been wonderful for you. I'm back with card #2 of the three I need to make before the 16th. This time it's one with floral decoupage that was cut from this Anna Griffin paper.
I've had 4 sheets of this gorgeous paper for several years. There's no name on the back for this design and even after a lengthy online search I'm none the wiser. When paper's that old, it's not even on Ms Griffin's website, it is time to put it to good use.
So, I fussy cut out the central bouquet on one sheet, and then cut out individual flower heads on another to create the decoupage. 

To make the background I started with a pre-made die-cut card base (from Creative Crafting World) and using an ink duster, I inked the front with Tim Holtz Stormy Sky distress ink. I then stamped randomly with two stamps, a small leaf stamp (from the much used IndigoBlu stamp set that came free with a magazine) in Brushed Corduroy, and Hero Arts 'Flowers Are Poetry' stamp in Stormy Sky. The next step was to stencil butterflies in Weathered Wood over the front using a Prima Elementals stencil. That done I then decided to edge the card with gilding flakes, Sunshine from Crafty Notions. This was prompted by watching Sarah, on UStream, edging the front of the lovely 80th Birthday Wishes Book she made yesterday - it reminded me that I had gilding flakes tucked away and not being used!
Once all that was done, I attached the decoupaged spray to the front. The greeting was made by stamping the greeting with Crafty Notions craft adhesive on to a snippet of white card and finishing with gilding flakes. The matting for the greeting is another snippet of white card and covered with gilding flakes. Both the greeting and the matting were created using Stampin' Up punches. 
I'm submitting this card to Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 142 ... it's only two teeny-weeny snippets but every little bit helps keep the snippet mountain in check :)

Only one more card to do, the most important one of the three ... it's the EM's birthday ... and I still haven't a clue what I'm going to make yet! 

Better go and think about it :)

Wishing you a lovely evening whatever you are doing.

Happy Crafting,