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Saturday, March 27, 2010

Time to make a new entry!

(Challenge at Just Scraps - Beginnings in Pastels. I have entered this challenge with one card at the end of this posting - please scroll down)

I have been very slack and not posted for a while - however, there have been reasons! The first one was that I have purchased new computer equipment and had to get it all set up and going - that took a week.  Then I started back at work doing some relief teaching (it will be 11 days all up, in a row) and I have found I don't have the energy or inspiration to blog.  I have however, made some cards, so thought I should put some up for others to view! I finish work on Thursday next just before Easter and cannot wait to play some more then!

The first ones are using one of my new stamps from Waltzing Mouse and while I don't (yet) have the Nestablilities egg shapes, and had to cut these out by hand, I used a technique I saw on Claire's blog and coloured these by sponging ink in three different shades over the embossed image, moving from light to dark as you got closer to the outside edge.  I didn't emboss with clear embossing powder but used a Sparkling Bronze powder to give a deep effect.  It really is sparkly in the light and the ribbon is the same colour as the darkest ink, although does not look like it in the photo.
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I embossed the background with a Cuttlebug Embossing folder and used all SU products unless already mentioned to make the card - the card itself as a commercial blank in white. The sentiment is by Waltzing Mouse also and is embossed in gold. I used SU punches to layer it up.

I then made another two - one in pink and one in green.  The green one has added bling! Each one is embossed in a different type of gold embossing powder - one sparkly and one not.  I had fun making these.

I also made several other Easter cards using images from Waltzing Mouse's set called Faux Circles and Spring Baskets. Once I got the topper on the card and had taken its picture I realised it was crooked!  Oh well! Of course Easter for us is not Spring, so the image is a bit incongrous for me but I like the colours together.

I have also made several other cards to celebrate the arrival of a little boy, Austin, born to the daughter of a friend.  One card was for the grandies and one for the parents.  I was using my SU marker to watercolour and my NEW Copic pens - and both were done in a hurry so not good! However, here they are:

This stamp is from Shirley's2Girls and I used a Cuttlebug embossing folder to make the background.  I don't remember where I got the little baby tag from but thought it was cute.

I have entered this one in a Challenge at Just Scraps - Beginnings in Pastels. This one is a digi image from Spech Stamps called Lachlan and again I coloured with both the Copics and the SU markers but I was using SU card and its absorbent as well as having a fleck in it, so it looks as if I have spilled the paint in some areas!  I only had three different pairs of colours when I did these, but love the Copics so much I have now purchased 4 more pairs - a dark and a light in the same tone for contrast. I will now need to learn to use them! I was inspired to make this card because I was so delighted that a little girl I have know for ever has now become a mother in her own right - and I know she and her man will be  fabulous parents to their little son.  It is so great seeing life move on and people achieve their dreams.


Claire Brennan said...

These are lovely Susan, it's an image that looks fab embossed!! and I loved your wee baskets too!! TFS

Cheryl said...

I love the turquoise one. The daffodil card is beautiful, too. Great work.

Jean said...

Thanks Susan for playing along at Just Scraps. In my own 'new beginning' I've misplaced my camera - figure it's under something as I certainly never packed it away. Anyway, bottom line is I was unable to take pictures of my own cards for this challenge - or the blog candy - and am therefore especially appreciative of those of you who played along anyway. Your card is adorable and I completely understand your desire for more copics. I love them! Also love your Easter egg cards - they are absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for sharing the creative info. Cheers. Be sure to visit us next Sunday for our next challenge. Hopefully my camera will have reappeared! lol