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Hello Everyone,

 

Such a cold Winter in Oz this year with snow everywhere, amazing Winter Wonderland, snow men and snow angels everywhere, and so close to home.  Brrrrr.

 

So I made a card for you.

 

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Such a simple A6 card with lots of inking on all pieces around the edges.  Die cuts for background, flourish and frame for the lovely pic.  Great sentiment on a ribbon cut, fabulous bling and a flower.

 

So pretty, hope you like it.

 

Hugs 🙂

 

Lauren

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Hello Everyone,

 

Recently I hosted an online Midnight Madness, 12 hours of creativity with 30 other crafty people chatting and creating from Midday to Midnight.  There were 9 challenges to complete and here is one of them.

 

Create a project using wet or dry embossing, or both.  Well you know me, I had to use both.

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The background panel was run through the Big Shot in a Craft Concepts Embossing Folder Leafy Flourish with a fairly tight sandwich to give a really raised crisp emboss.  Then I rubbed a Versamark Inkpad over the raised areas, not worrying if I got the lower parts of the cardstock as well.  Then covered with gold embossing powder and heat set.  After I had done this I used a sanding block to buff the shine off the raised areas, so I have a really dull surface on the leaves, but leaving other areas of the background with grainy patchy gold embossing.

 

I have embellished the card with ruffled ribbon and bow, butterflies and flowers and a Victorian image in a dimensional frame.  Overall I was really happy with the result of the background and the embellishing.

 

Hope you like it too.

 

Hugs

 

Lauren

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Hello Everyone,

 

Beautiful Friday here, sunny with a nice breeze but will turn a bit warm later.

 

So I made a couple of cards for you.  I saw a card with a window on a brick wall with lots of foliage in a window box and it was just so stunning, I thought that would work in white or cream and be a wonderful Christmas card, or a Wedding card,  so here is my efforts, both similar.

 

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T this one was my first efforet with an embossed and inked background with a smaller window, lots of foliage and ivy corners.  Yes I was very happy with this, but knew I could do better 😉

 

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So here we have the cream of the crop.  Six inch square card, witha larger window and the brickwork made from the cut out pieces from the window (how clever is that), same ivy corners, same but more of the foliage, and I think this one is the Wedding card I have been searching for.

 

Thanks for calling in, hope you have a great day

 

Hugs 🙂

 

Lauren

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Hello Everyone,

 

Two posts in one day really and you will be wondering what is happening, but I also wanted to share this little gem with you!!

 

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I do love vintage looking cards and all my darkening for that distessed, dimensional look is done with Ranger Distress Ink Walnut Stain.  My stamping is done with it too.

 

I got a new Martha Stewart Punch Around the Page called Wild Flowers and it is gorgeous and when done as a border and then inked it is so pretty.  I only had a small strip of this beautiful Bella Arcadia paper left so needed to do something and how clever to cover the join with ruffled ribbon and bows.

 

The three biggest roses are made by Lauren, but the two little ones are bought (it is so fiddly to make the tiny ones) and all have been inked to give the darkened petal edges.  The leaf is a Accucut Die.

 

Oh and I am finding I love birdies, they are so cute, just being part of the design.  This one is new, a set of three little fellas from Mariannes Dies, they are so cute!!  And this is finished with the ribbon cut for the sentiment (Paper Xtra clear stamp) and some bling.  Gotta love bling!!

 

Hope your day is going great!!

 

Hugs 🙂

 

Lauren

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Hello Everyone,

 

Autumn is here and it is getting much cooler up the valley, but still quite reasonable here, just like late in the season should be!!

 

So I made a card that is a bit like me.  Vintage and getting better with the age of it.

 

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This is just a stunner that has completely blown poor Ted away.  When I think Vintage, I think lace and pearls, muted tones, burnished edges and roses and other flowers.  I also think of script or running writing and memories to be fondly remembered.

 

So I took a piece of paper I got in a pack recently called Arcadia, it is a little pack about 4 and 1/2 inches by 6 and a 1/2 inches with four sheets of each pattern in it.  Mostly oldish, mostly muted and lots with flowers on them.  Perfect I thought.  And the size makes it perfect for a card, it covers the font and gives a bit left to decorate inside the card.

 

So I put it on a panel for an A6 size card and distessed around the edges with the  Paper Distresser and then inked it with Ranger Distress Ink Antique Linen.  Attached the ribbon along the botttom, inked that too… added the inked leafy flourish (die by Boskut) and then attached some pearl stings.  Then I inked the flowers, and popped them on.

 

The sentiment is by Lucy’s Stamps and is good one.  The label with the sentiment is attached with dimensional foam.  Finished off with sticky back pearls.

 

Hope you like it!!

 

Hugs 🙂

 

Lauren

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Hello Everyone,

 

Just a quick post today with a card that I made a little while ago for the Alphabet Challenge Letter U for underwear.  Well a corset is underwear isn’t it?

 

 

I had such a good time making this card, the journey was wonderul.  And look at that Teddy he loves the card too!!

 

Everything on this card has been coloured with Ranger Distress Ink Vintage Photo.  Oatmeal A6 base card layered with some vintage music paper which has been stamped with Ranger Distress Ink Walnut Stain with vintage type stamps.  The string was hand sewn after punching all the holes for the stitches.  The string is recycled from onion bags, washed and then stained with distress ink.  The lace was added next.

 

The tags and sentiment panel are plain white, sponged and then stamped, distressed and then added to the card.  Buttons are recycled and the pearls embellish the tags along with ribbon.

 

Thanks for calling in, hope your day is going well.

Hugs :)

 

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Hello Everyone!!

 

Warm day today, so they tell me, I did not notice really, I spent some time in the craft room and that is like being in a world of its own with its own microclimate.  Much cooler at that end of the house, I hope it stays that way for a while.

 

 

These are two of the Azaleas along the front of the house, not this year, they are a bit mite eaten with the dry this year.  This photo is several years old.  When I look out of the craft room windows this is the view I get in Autumn and Spring, the rest of the year it is greenery and lovely too.

 

So with a view like that, I made a card, so you say well this is a surpise!!

 

 

 

I see so many great silhouette stamps out there and I think I really cannot justify getting any more, since I want some arty/background ones as well.  So I saw a tip somewhere on my rounds of the Blogs out there, it was a detail stamp that had been coloured in BLACK!!! How cool is that.  Well I thought I would cut her out when coloured and layere her on a doily/paper panel/punched panel.

 

In doing this I scanned the image on a high dpi (or whatever!!) and made a GSD file from her so that I can cut her on my Wishblade whenever I feel like it, no more colouring and fiddling.

 

Ok so I also put some pink lace and ribbon down the card and some Spellbinders Floral Flourishes in black and a sentiment panel with a beautiful saying from Lucy’s Stamps. The Rose is handmade by me from EK Success retro flower punch medium.

 

I have inked around the PATP deco arches with Ranger Distress Ink Vintage Photo and finished off with a bow and some liquid pearls.

 

The stamp I used for the silhouette is a detailed one from Stamp-It Australia called To the Races.

 

Hope you like this idea for silhouettes, I love it when I can new ideas for old stamps and other tools.  It is like having something all brand new again.

 

Today I watched a DVD, The Green Mile with Tom Hanks, what a wonderful movie.  Seen it several times and love some of the sayings in it.  Also watched a movie on TV last night, When In Rome, so very funny, and I shaped some roses while I watched it.

 

Thanks for calling in, hope your day is going great.

Hugs :)

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