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by Julie Brooks

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Thursday, 14 June 2012

Easy makes for when time is short!

Hello everyone

Thanks for taking the time to read my blog.

My offerings today are very humble and basic compared with some of the wonderful creations I've been admiring on other people's blogs. I simply have too many distractions at the moment!

Anyway, I've made a few more "everyday" cards and covered and embellished a little chipboard butterfly mini book which I bought from Craftwork Cards. It was all good therapy, which I am much in need of this week.

So, here are my cards:

This one used a paper from the Garden Party paper stack which I've been slowly working through and a Little Claire stamp set which I picked up at the Stamp Magic show at the weekend. I loved the houses and that tree with the hearts and doves in it so had to have it! I'm not sure why I decided to stamp straight onto the paper, although I had in mind a night-time scene for some reason (the little white specks on the paper are actually tiny stars). Anyway, that's what I did, and I coloured the stamped image with Tim Holtz Distress Markers. I've tried to make it look like some lights are on and some off in the houses but I'm not sure if it quite works. I added Glossy Accents to the hearts in the tree, on the two houses and to the red door (middle house) and used Stardust Stickles on the two doves. I stamped one of the sentiments from the set onto white cardstock, cut it to split it into two and fixed them on the card. I'm quite pleased with how it turned out and think it might work quite well for a Christmas card "From our House to Yours" type design.

This is a very simple card using a section of one of the Garden Party papers, a small scalloped circle in the same pale aquamarine colour as the design on the paper and a white circle sentiment (both of these last two items from Craftwork Cards). I glittered around the edge of the scalloped circle using Stardust Stickles and added some tiny mint coloured pearls to the foliage.

On this card I used my new embossing folder (again!) - to give it its full name, it's Tim Holtz Alterations Texture Fades Burlap & Swirls embossing folders (yes, a 2 pack) which I picked up at the Stamp Magic show. It's the Swirls folder I've used so far but will be trying out the Burlap one for some men's cards over the next few days! So, I embossed some paper from the Garden Party paper stack and lightly sanded some of the embossing to reveal the white core of the paper (not sure if that shows up on this photo). I pleated a strip of a different paper from the same stack, stuck it together and flattened it down to make a kind of rosette, onto which I added a Candi centre, and I added Stardust Stickles along all the folds, and where I joined the two ends together, and to the Candi centre. Then I punched two little flowers from yet another paper from the stack to fix either side. I added Liquid Pearls centres to these. I added some clear rhinestones on the embossed section and fixed a small scalloped circle and circle sentiment top left using foam pads (both from Craftwork Cards). I also added dots of Waterfall Stickles in all the little scallops. I then added a mint coloured pearl to the top right and bottom left corners and finally rounded the corners of the card.

This card is one of the On The Edge Elegant cards from Craftwork Cards but I'm not sure if you can see the shaped front right edge very well in this photo. I covered the whole of the card front with a paper from the Garden Party paper stack, and tried to just ink around the edges of the "inside" but it didn't work out right as the ink came out to thickly (serves me right for not dabbing a bit of sponge onto the ink pad and applying that way - I tried to do the "direct to paper" technique, which normally works really well, but not this time and I think that's because I haven't used the particular colour I chose very much so the ink pad is still quite "wet"!) so instead I added a strip of the same paper as the front to the inside. Then I added two die cut flowers (curving the petals first) with Candi centres, a small scalloped circle and circle sentiment (all Craftwork Cards) and that was it for this one, nothing else needed. Oh, I inked around the edge of the sentiment just to lift it a little from the scalloped circle background.
So, that's my four cards, which I enjoyed doing.

Finally, here's the little mini book I decorated:
So, as previously mentioned, this is a chipboard mini book from Craftwork Cards. It is pre-cut and has ten pre-cut pages in cream cardstock inside. I have a machine which I can make these on myself (a Pazzles) but I'm not very organised in that department and we don't really have the space to use it at the moment so I decided to buy a few ready-cut for now. Anyway, I covered the front and back chipboard covers with white ultra smooth cardstock and yes, you've guessed it, ran them through the Sizzix using the Tim Holtz Swirls Texture Fades embossing folder! I highlighted the lovely embossed pattern with VersaMagic Thatched Straw chalk ink. (I had already inked the "inside" of the chipboard covers with the same ink.) I then added Candi along the body on the front and back covers. Next I added a dot of Stardust Stickles to each swirl and then glittered all around the edges of the wings with the same colour. Finally I added some little red rhinestones to lift the whole thing without adding too much of an extra colour, and put a red binding ring through the hole to hold it all together.
OK, that's all from me for tonight. Hope you've enjoyed looking at what I've been up to.

Take care and I'll be back soon.

Love from me xx