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Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Januarys nearly done!!

Well I havent really done any crafting this month and I think I am getting withdraw symptoms!! I am 3 weeks into my hospital treatment and I have a possible 15 weeks to go, which feels a little bit daunting at the moment and am hoping that my body heals quickly so that I only have to do a 6 week course (we can dream cant we?) but the indications at the moment area that my body doesnt like the treatment.....

I have no inspiration at the moment to do any crafting but I went to the craft shop today and picked up some decoupage sheets in the sale and hope to at least do some cards with those but Im not holding my breathe as my calcification of the muscles is giving me gip at the moment and I cant move my left arm at all and seeing how Im left handed this presents a slight problem....guess hubby will be helping me whether he likes it or not!!

Thank you for reading my ramblings today

Love debby xx

Sunday, 6 January 2013

Steam Punk

I have never made a Steam Punk card before but have looked at loads over the last year or two as they have been very popular. I think the craze went so well because it is a perfectly respectful card to give to a gentleman, and a little bit more progressive than the boat on the sea type card that many a gentleman recieved in the past.

I went to the craft store this week and they had a Docraft Goody bag. In amongst the items there was some from there Chronology range, including the stamp that I have used on the following card..

 The background paper was the same burgundy one that I had used in the last project, my Oriental card, I had just enough to make the background for this card. I then used My Cameo to cut a cog overlay out that I obtained from the Silhouette store. I cut it in mirri card.
I used Neenah Card 180gsm to stamp the image that I had chosen from my goodie bag and used Staz on Black Ink.
I cut a couple more cogs out again from the silhouette store and some clock hands from the silhouette store. I used just a generic white card for those and one of the cogs I enamelled up using the black enamel powder from the Debbi Moore range. The other cog and clock hands I inked up with an old ink pad from amongst my collection.
The Heart was a die cut that I found in my stash and could have come from anywhere, and because I was doing my first steam punk I felt the heart needed bling and so it has some aurora borealis gems on from Meiflowers.
So there you have it my first Steam Punk not quite as frothy as some but I think just enough to get away with

Thank tou for looking and leaving me a hello

Love debby xx

Oriental Card

The January Challenge for the Silhouette Plus Forum this month was a colour Palette. Myoriah chose a photograph of a burgundy, green blue and gold rug. That was the inspiration this month and you could use one or more of the colours.

Well for christmas this year I recieved a kit by Debbi Moore for enamelling for cardmaking,. I have been wanting to experiment with this since I opened it!! The following card enabled me to play whilst using Myoriahs colour Palette...


The black tile is actually a  piece of white card, that I put the enamel powder onto and heated,. I did that 3 times to make a thick layer and whilst it was still hot I inked up a stamp that came in the kit with a white ink and pushed it into the hot enamel. I left it to cool for a minute or so then pulled it out . A quick tidy up of the edges with my scissors and the piece of white card was no more...

The background paper, frames,girl and flowers were all done in Craft Artist 2 I made sure I put shadows to make it look 3d even though it is just a flat card! I love that you can get this effect for your cards without the bulkiness of real card when the postage rates are going up all the time.

Thank you for looking
Love Debby xx

Wednesday, 2 January 2013

Fonts

The design challenge for this month at the http://s15.zetaboards.com/Silhouette_Plus/index/ silhouette plus forum was to make either a title, card or whatever but that you must use at least 2 different fonts.

So me being me felt I just had to try this one out as it sounded fun!! Here is the results of my little play with fonts



I chose the word Valentine for no other reason than thats the next big date for me as a card maker, and it had a few letters lol. Once I chose a font I typed one letter in it then I typed the name of the font under the letter for other peoples reference. just about every font I have used on this montage I have obtained from the internet for free.

Doing this opened my eyes to just how many fonts I actually have loaded and some really pretty and useful ones. yet I still mostly use adorable and ale and wrenches!! I have them loaded now is the time to use them and experiment more....so not a useless exercise but one that wakes you up to what already you have at your fingertips....

And yes I did go to the hospital today and started my treatment so if Im a little hit and miss with my blog I know you will understand why...(it went better than I expected!!)

Thank you for looking
Love debby xx