Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Vintage Criss Cross Card xx

Here is my latest card, not made for anyone in particular although I am sure it will go to a loving home.

I don’t know about you but I love to spend time blog hoping looking at other peoples creations.  I’m often amazed and inspired by others gorgeous cards, mini albums, tags and art. It is really lovely to see other peoples style and flair. And let's be honest, there is sooo much out there. This card was inspired by one I recently saw over on Jane’s blog:
She had made it for a lady who had just turned 100!!! Wow. I have never made a criss cross card and so googled it to find a tutorial and found one here:
Isn’t it fab what you can find on google? I love it. So, with a vintage theme in mind here is my card

I really enjoyed making it, and although it was my first time making a criss cross card it was also the first time I tried ‘Glimmer Mist’ too!!! Whoops. I thought I had sprayed the lovely flowers very lightly but I seemed to get an awful lot of ‘Glimmer’ lol. Any ways, I loved them so they got stuck on.
Here is an image of the tag that goes inside the card, I thought the sentiment and the word ‘Treasure’ speaks volumes for friends. The image was from one of my Crafty Individual mini books. I realise I have been using them a lot in my project but they are so versatile. Can I convince anyone of you that I really do have lots and lots of CI stamps too!!  Te he

And, just to finish I would like to say that I did try and put a lighter colour organza ribbon on the card but it just didn’t look right. So, out came the old favourite of mine, chocolate brown!!  I know, I know, I said in my last post I was going to try and use different colours. But this looked so pretty! I also sanded back the image and used distress inks to make it look sepia!! Well I tried!
Thanks for having a look and thanks to Jane for the inspiration
Now then, does anyone have the measurements for criss cross mini cards?????
Sharon xx

Thursday, 2 June 2011

Recycled cardboard tag for the City Crafter Challenge x

Hello there, well it is a beautiful day here today, I hope you are all having some lovely weather too; the sun always makes me smile.

Today's post is another challenge entry, this time for City Crafter. The challenge this week is to use some recycled cardboard and paint. Well that's a challenge I had to go for.

I had noticed on my blog, I have fallen into the habit of using very similar colours in all my projects!! Whoopsy. I guess I'm still discovering my style, and stick to what I think looks good. SO. . . with this challenge I decided to pick a new colour and try and stick with it. And the inspiration came from Rangers bundled sage green distress ink, its soooooo pretty. And here it is:


I used some cardboard off a craft parcel I received just two days ago, peeled off some of the top covering, tore it, and painted it with gesso. I coloured this with bundled sage, tattered rose and vintage photo distress inks.  I then mounted that onto a cardboard background that had been covered in rangers picket fence coloured crackle paint, and inked again with rangers bundled sage and vintage photo.

The heart also got the same treatment as the background, and the flourish was covered with vertigre embossing powder. The image is a Crafty Individuals one from the Miniatures Christmas book.  I do think the angel looks very spring like; the colour just suited the tag so much. I'm sure she doesn't look too festive on this tag lol. The frame was coloured with vintage photo ink (isn't it funny how on some surfaces the colour is so very different!) A touch of beautiful lace, a flower and a green organza bow to finish it off.

I thought long and hard about putting on a sentiment or word, but decided it didn't need it. Hope you like it. You can see this and all the other entries over on City Crafters blog here:

Thank you for taking the time to pop over and have a peep. 
Sharon xx