Forever Fern

I’m going to start today’s post not with ferns but garlic!  We’ve been harvesting the first of our garlic and using it ‘wet’, which only means using it straight away and not leaving it out to dry.  The first bulbs I dug up were a new variety to us called Lyubasha, which is originally from the Ukraine and is quite a spicy garlic.  Aside from being very tasty in itself, it’s a hardneck variety which produces flower spikes called scapes – a bonus crop if you know what to do with them.

The very pretty Lyubasha garlic bulb and the curly scapes.

After a quick google search, I discovered that you can make pesto with these weird curly things, using the scapes in place of basil leaves.  The result was some delicious, uber-garlicky pesto.  I just love bonus crops!

Garlic scapes, pine nuts, Parmesan cheese, S&P and olive oil…..mmm

My card this week uses the newly released Stampin’ Up! Forever Fern stamps and the coordinating Forever Flourishing dies.  Rather than standard leafy green colours, I decided on Pretty Peacock and Mint Macaron for my colour scheme.   First, to make a DSP style background, I randomly stamped the various leaves onto my card using both inks and then finished with the dotty images into any gaps.  I left a gap in the centre as that was where I was going to mount the focal image.

The next step was to stamp the greeting and cut out some of the foliage pieces using copper foil paper and some velum.

I arranged them behind the sentiment, cutting some of the pieces so that I could spread out the arrangement, and once I was happy, glued all the bits in place.

After mounting the background panel on a Pretty Peacock layer and Mint Macaron card base, I then added the sentiment piece on using dimensionals, adding smaller sections of dimensionals to support the leaf areas.

 

 

 

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Posh Graffiti

This week, a parcel from Stampin’ Up! was delivered so I got to play with some goodies from the new catalogue.  I really liked the look of the ‘Nothing’s Better Than’ stamp set and thought it would make a great card designed to look like a graffitied wall, albeit quite posh graffiti!

First, I stamped my image and writing in black ink.

Next, I used the block coffee cup to add some colour to the image.  I didn’t want a plain colour so applied Pool Party and Pretty Peacock using sponge daubers to give an ombre look.

To get card looking like a wall, I ran the piece through my Big Shot in a brickwork embossing folder.

The final stage was to mount the front onto a black layer and then a Bermuda Bay card base.  I stamped the coffee cup on the liner and envelope to finish.

For my second card, I used a cocktails theme, and did the same ombre inking for the drink, using So Saffron and Poppy Parade.

Lovely, quick cards but fun and stylish too!

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Faux Torn Technique

This week, I learned that a technique that I’ve been using for years actually has a name!  It’s called the Faux Torn technique, as the finished card looks like it has a torn strip of patterned paper stuck to the card when it’s actually an inked panel.  It’s very simple to do and a change of the inked colours or stamped images completely alters the look.

To begin, I tore the edges off the sticky edge of a post-it note although torn copier paper will do just fine too.

Next, I blended two or three complementary colours into the torn gap, followed by some simple stamping.

Lastly, I added a greeting and mounted the card on layers to match the blended colours.

Pool Party, Bermuda Bay and Pretty Peacock inks, Lakeside stamp set, mounted on Pretty Peacock and Bermuda Bay card.

This is another version done in different colours and stamp.

So Saffron and Poppy Parade inks and cardstock and Painted Poppies stamp set.

For this card, rather than just simple stamping, I heat embossed the design and then used the Subtle embossing folder for some texture.

Bermuda Bay, Pretty Peacock and Night of Navy inks, Botanical Bliss stamps,  and silver heat embossing and Subtle embossing folder.

My last card was a card for my in-laws’ 40th wedding anniversary.  I repeated the torn panel to cover more of the card background.

Cherry Cobbler and Blackberry Bliss inks and cardstock and Forever Lovely stamps for a ruby wedding anniversary card.

Four cards, each with a completely different look!

 

 

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Music Maestro!

I am a big music fan, both playing it and listening to it.  I believe my music playing has given rise to my very eclectic music tastes; from Beethoven to Bon Jovi!  When I spotted the Music From The Heart set in the new mini-catalogue, it was a no-brainer to add it to my collection.

I wanted to make a card for my friend’s birthday.  We met when in a choir so what better stamp set to use than a musical one?!  I used Blushing Bride and Very Vanilla cardstock.

I randomly stamped the various musical notes and the treble clef using Blushing Bride ink and also heat embossed a few with copper embossing powder. 

The musical symbols were also stamped onto the liner and envelope.

There’s a lovely Happy Birthday sentiment in the set which was mounted on a small piece of Copper Foil paper.

After making this ladies’ version of the card, I wanted to try out a colour scheme for a masculine version. Pretty Peacock and Old Olive, together with a bit of copper, fitted the bill perfectly.

 

 

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Left-Handed Crafting!

I’m happy to report that I’m out of the sling this week although nowhere near back to normal yet ☹ The few days in the sling allowed my muscles to calm down enough so that the weight of my arm was bearable again.  This week I’ve had some physio and acupuncture and I’ve got this really jazzy strapping helping me out.

However, I still can’t use my right hand for very long until my arm starts to hurt so I thought I’d challenge my left hand to some everyday tasks!  The first was writing.  Well, I struggled to even hold the pen to begin with! My pages of alphabet look like they were written by a 6-year old but at least they look like letters.  My blog posts and photo editing is also all being done left handed, albeit slowly, but I have learned some useful keyboard shortcuts.

So, then I turned my attention to crafting and what I could make that would be simple, forgiving and hopefully not too frustrating.  I had some 2” strips of card left over from another project that I’d saved for tags, so tags it was! My coordination with my left-hand, when operating solo, is a bit sketchy so I used my Stamparatus to help with the stamping.  The bare trees from Winter Woods were mounted on one side of the door and the greeting on the other.  I stamped them onto the lining paper so I could line up my tags with the images.

Using Versamark ink and clear embossing powder, I stamped and heat set the trees on each tag.  Then I cut a wavy edge to the top of a Post-it note for the mask and used the overhangs of the mask to hold the tag in position.  I used a sponge brayer to colour the sky.  The ink is applied so gradually, it’s a very forgiving method so handy for my non-dominant hand.

The embossing resists the ink and any residue was easily removed with a tissue.  To give more texture to the sky, I spritzed some water on and dabbed it off with a tissue.

Next, the door of the Stamparatus was turned over so I could stamp the greeting.  I then punched the tops with the Scalloped Tag Topper punch.

Since they were Christmas tags, I wanted a bit of sparkle so I put them into my ‘spraying box’ and sprayed with Champagne Shimmer Mist/isopropyl alcohol mix.

The last job was to attach some ribbon, for which I did have to bring my right hand out of retirement!  The whole project probably took me twice as long as usual but at least I was crafting.  It must have given my brain quite a workout too as I had to have a nap afterwards!

 

 

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