Hello Rondelle

A little while ago we got some new Prima paper pads in the shop and Lesley and I watched sadly as they all flew the nest to find new homes with our paper-stroking customers.  Our second delivery was a shocker – most of the A4 pads had been discontinued almost immediately, but thankfully there are still 6×6 pads available in some of the designs.  One of the A4s that didn’t sell out immediately was Rondelle, so last week I decided to treat myself before that disappears too and I absolutely love it.

Sometimes you just need a card in a hurry and don’t want to fuss much.  The card above was made in literally five minutes.  Well, OK, I already had the Sizzix diecut in my bits box, so it might take ten minutes by the time you’ve patted a white pigment inkpad onto the diecut, edged it with pink and embossed with a sparkly embossing powder.  The paper does all the work for you – as well as the diecut I added a couple of punched butterflies – job done.

I’m loving the palette of this pad – it’s a little bit different from the bright colours I’m usually drawn to – a mix of ice cream peaches, pinks and chalky beiges combined with black and white.  On some of the papers, there are open line drawings which really lend themselves to colouring in.

I also made this one which features a sentiment stamp that is coming out next week.

I coloured the hummingbird with copic markers and added a touch of orange to the centre of the flower which I cut from an piece of one of the other sheets.

I think it suits my mood at the moment to focus on simplicity.

Silver Pears

We just announced the September Stamp of the Month on the Design Team Blog and I thought I’d share a card featuring the pears.

The colour scheme is really outside my normal comfort zone, but I am quite happy with how this turned out.  I stamped the pears with Versafine Smokey Grey, then embossed with Neutral Ultra Shimmer embossing powder.  The backing paper is from the Prima Script pad, as are the black swirls which have been cut with a memory box die.

I’ve taken this picture this evening with flash (hate the fact the nights are getting darker) so you can’t tell the pears are raised up on foam pads – the flash bleaches out all the shadows and makes it all look very flat.  When I was working on TV a few years ago, I always used to avoid greys and silver (which just look grey on TV) because they can look quite sludgy and dull on screen.  Now I find a certain kind of french, shabby chic sophistication in soft greys.  The gloss card behind the pears is the result of cleaning a PanPastel covered stencil (Zinnia) with a wet wipe (first mentioned here).  I had used black pan pastel with the stencil  this time and this soft colour is the second wipe over, resulting in a very soft grey.

Well I’m knee deep in prep for Thursday … gotta get on!

A very pink post – Meadow Lark Cards

I said I had some more cards to show you and here they are – these have all been made with the Prima Meadow Lark paper stack.

This little 5 inch square card uses a stamped sentiment from Birthday Words, die cut using Fancy Tags 3 Spellbinders die.  I inked the edges with a mixture of pink inks to get the tone I wanted.  Quick and simple – a handy standby birthday card.

The Meadow Lark pad I’m using is the A4 one (also available as a 6×6 inch pad) and this A5 card uses another piece from the same sheet as the card above.  I used a sentiment from Artistic Expressions, die cut with an oval and shaded with VersaMagic Thatched Straw and a tiny touch of Oasis Green.  The sentiment is layered onto an embossed diecut which I sanded lightly and rubbed over with Adirondack Clover pigment ink.  The ribbon is not that dark in real life, but a lovely olivey/pesto green.

I put glossy accents on the bird on the paper then tried an experiment with Stickles.  I added a few tiny dots of stickles where the feathers were and used a cocktail stick to pull the glitter into feather shapes in the wet glossy accents.

It hasn’t quite worked the way I imagined.  I think the contrast is too strong, so if I did it again, I think I would use one of the transparent colours like Stardust or Crystal.

This is a scan of that particular sheet from the pad (though the colours are not quite true) and you can see the two areas I have used leave me more to play with – I’ll get at least four cards from this one sheet and there are three of each sheet in the pack, so loads of potential variations.

This next card is another that has left me chanting the ‘embrace imperfection’ mantra.  It looks ok in this photo, but I used Glue ‘n’ Seal to attach the doily and it’s bowed the entire card front and made the doily a little too transparent for my liking.  But hey, that’s how you learn and I’m sure if I sent this card to someone, they wouldn’t send it back complaining.

I love it when a new product fires up the mojo and these papers have done that for me.  I think we all struggle with creativity from time to time and a little five or ten pound treat like a new inkpad colour or some pretty papers or ribbon can be just the trigger for the ideas to start flowing again.

This is not the only colour scheme in the pad by any means.  There’s a light, bright, shabby chic vibe to the palette with lilacs, blues, quite a lot of white and a touch of sophisticated grey here and there.

The only problem I have now is that I’m trying really hard to resist the new En Francais pad that came in this week – it’s just begging me to dig out my Paris stamps …

Prima Songbird Cards

I mentioned recently that I’d treated myself to some new paper from Prima.  Well I have been having great fun playing around with it and have a few cards to share – these are all from the Prima Songbird A4 paper pack.  The one above and the one below are both A5 cards made with two halves of the same sheet.  The top half has these sweet little birds on branches which I have covered with a thick layer of glossy accents.  (My tip for working with glossy accents is to outline the shape then fill it in.  When it is all covered, give the bottle a good big squeeze and you’ll get more liquid for that lovely domed shape, but it will stay contained within your outline shape.)

I added the row of stamped eggs which involved a bit of kiss stamping.  The eggs are on an older stamp set called Fly Away With Me and there are three different eggs – one solid and two patterned.  I started by inking up the solid stamp with Pumpkin Spice Versamagic chalk ink, then inked up the fine patterned stamp with Oasis Green and stamped it onto the solid stamp.  I then inked up the larger speckled egg with Gingerbread ink and stamped that onto the solid stamp too.  I stamped the solid stamp onto white paper and that’s how you get the multi-coloured egg.  I repeated the process with different colours for the solid and detail stamp, but stuck with the same colour for the big speckles.  I cut the eggs out and stuck them onto the Prima paper (with Glue ‘n’ Seal) then added a sentiment from the Words of Love stamp set.

 

This is the card with the bottom half of the paper, a much plainer section, but in the same tones.  I stamped the fancy flower from the Fantasy Meadow stamp set with Versafine Vintage Sepia, then coloured it with Polychromos pencils.  I masked the flower heads and stamped some text from Eccentric Edwardian over the flowers using Ginger Adirondack dye ink.    The sentiment and seedheads stamped along the bottom are from Floral Bouquet, again stamped in Vintage Sepia.  The ‘thank you’ panel is from the Songbird paper pack – there are a couple of sheets of elements you can cut out and this one fitted the design beautifully.  I added a little paper flower I found in my box of bits and darkened the edges of the whole card with Brilliance Rust.

This  next one has its own video!

Yep, I actually made a video this week showing you how I made this gatefold aperture card.  If you can’t see the video below for any reason, you can watch it on my YouTube channel http://www.youtube.com/glendawww.

So that’s just three cards that I’ve managed to put together pretty quickly.  We’re just about to release the rest of our new stamps for March and there’s more cards to come featuring one of the other Prima packs, Meadow Lark.  So watch out here and on the Design Team blog for new stamp goodness coming soon!

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