Wednesday, 1 August 2012

A Few Cards ...

Despite being on holiday for a week and a half, I've done remarkably little in the cardmaking department. The first week, the weather was awful - so hot and sticky - and I just didn't have the energy to do anything. (Seriously, I know other folks don't approve, but give me cool and grey any day - at least you can do things!) And this week, we've been in a major turmoil. Our younger son is heading off tomorrow to start a year abroad for his degree. Because he's doing both French and German, that means he spend one semester at university in each country, and because he didn't do any German before university, he's got an extra summer course in Germany this month. So far, so good. He'd been warned not to expect a quick response to his application for accommodation at his French university, so when he hadn't heard anything, wasn't too worried. Then, he found a Facebook for Brits going to that university and found that others had heard. So, panic set in. It looks as though his application has fallen through the cracks, and we've been trawling the internet to find him something for 1st September. No luck so far, although we're waiting to hear from a couple of places which might have something for the first couple of months, although he'd have to look elsewhere after that. So, not conducive to cardmaking. But, I have done a few bits, and here they are!

This is the second of the pair I've made for my husband's twin brothers. I did the first one ages ago, designing the background in Photoshop Elements and adding some embellishments I've had for ages. This second one took only a few minutes since the background was all ready to print again, so I don't know why it took me so long!

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Dude Time Doodles where the theme is 'travel',
Anything Goes where they want anything but a square,
Digital Tuesday where they want monochromatic,
Crafting when we Can where they want monochromatic,
Kaboodle Doodles where they want birthdays,

This is the first of two cards I've made with some Whimsy Stamp images I was lucky enough to win last year. Although I chose the images, I got them a little late in my Christmas Card making cycle to use them much last year, but I've got several of both printed and ready to go for this year. In these two cards, I printed onto watercolour paper and pulled out my Aquamarkers. I'm not nearly as comfortable with watercolour as a technique as I am Promarkers, but I was fairly pleased with the result. I've added some sparkle to the angel's wings with Twinkling H2O in Heavenly white. I cut the image using a Spellbinders die, then decided it would look good with some gilding. So, I got out my ink duster brushes, and some Versamark. Then, I brushed on some Perfect Pearl in gold, and that's what I got! I suspect it's something I'll do again. The background paper is from the Papermania Capsule Collection, and I've added some stamped, embossed snowflakes in blue. The sentiment is hand-written on a Spellbinders label die cut and I've matted with blue mirror board.

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Inky Impressions where they want embossing (dry embossing in the die cuts and heat embossing in the background.)
Die Cutting Divas where they want die cuts!
Lexi's Creations where they want Christmas in July,
Paper Playtime where anything goes,

Again, the image is watercoloured with Aquamarkers and the wings with Twinkling H2O. this time, I cut round the image, and mounted it on some die cut paper from Kars. I added some red mat, and some backing paper from the same Kars pad and finished with a couple of pieces of ribbon.

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Ribbon Carousel where it's Christmas in July,
Sassy Cheryl where the theme is 'pretty papers',
The Crafty Pad where they want 'things with wings',
Cutie Pie Challenge where it's Christmas in July,


Tammy said...

I love your travel card, great background! Your other cards are very pretty and the images are adorable! Thanks for entering this week's travel challenge at Dude Time Doodles.

Kerry said...

Beautiful card. Thanks for joining us at Inky Impressions.

Tonya said...

Fabulous cards! Thank you for joining us this week for the Inky Impressions challenge. Good luck and I hope you will join us again soon. :o)

Tonya Inky DT

The Gov. said...

Thanks for joining us at Kaboodle Doodles Challenge Blog! The cards are just beautiful!

debbi taylor said...

adorable image and great card
thank you for joining in the challenge at the crafty pad this week
Debbi x

Cumbrianlass said...

A beautiful card, very atmospheric
Thanks for playing in the lejdesigns challenge and good luck

Doreen said...

Beauriful cards Josephine. The first one is my fav. Gorgeous
Doreen xx

McCrafty's Cards said...

All of your cards are lovely, I do like your Travel card, Thanks for playing along with us at Dudetime Doodles this week, Good Luck.
Kevin xx

Dawn said...

A great set of cards! Thanks for sharing your "Travel" with us at Dude Time Doodles this time!
I love the monochromatic colour!f
Good Luck
Dawn xx
PS I have candy on my blog if you are interested.

Anne Temple said...

All your cards are so pretty. Love the bi-planes in the travel one. So glad you joined us this week for the Travel challenge at Dude TIme Doodles.

Vicky said...

Beautiful card love the scene and the colours, Thanks for joining us on crafting when we can hugs vicky

rachel said...

beautiful cards - thanks for sharing them with us at the crafty pad this time - hope to see you again soon. Hugs Rachel xx

nwilliams6 said...

Wonderful travel card - love the planes! Your other cards are wonderful too. Thanks for joining us at Dude Time Doodles this week!

Sharon said...

A great Travel card -thanks so much for joining us at Dude Time Doodles for our challenge this week!

mags said...

All your cards are lovely. The travel card with the aeroplanes is fab. Love the background. Thanks for sharing with us at Dude Time Doodles and good luck.

Unknown said...

Wow, great use of monochromatic. Thanks for playing with us at Digital Tuesday Challenge.

Christine L said...

Fabulous vintage feel card... love your other creations too!

Thanks for joining in the challenge at Anything Goes.. good luck and hope to see you again soon!

Christine x

Sassy Cheryl said...

Each one, more beautiful than the first. Super gorgeous creations.
Thanks for playing along in the Sassy Cheryl's Fancy Papers Challenge this week.

Maria Matter said...

beautiful, thank you for playing @ Paper Playtime!

Joyful Stamper
Inspire Me Fridays, weekly!

Punkydoodle Papers said...

Oh my - these are lovely! Beautiful work on the embossing! Thank you for joining us at Inky Impressions!

Charlene Mitchell said...

Love your travel card. Great job you did creating the background. Thanks for joining us at Dude Time Doodles this week!

Unknown said...

wow you have been busy - what lovely cards - Thanks for getting embossed with us at Inky impressions xx


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