Hello. I hope you are well. I can’t believe summer is over. It’s back to school this week and Autumn is here. I love watching the trees change to beautiful colours but will miss the light evenings.
I am just popping by with a quick card I made today. It was s request from a friend who wanted a card to give someone who was collecting some important results this week. She asked for a cat and the colour purple.
I knew the My favorite Things set ‘meow mix’ had the perfect sentiment. I started by stamping one of the cute cats and a flower from the set and coloured them using copic markers. I then cut them out with my scan and cut.
Next I took a card base and masked off a portion of the card using purple tape so I could use my Distress Oxide inks to blend the purple and pink area. I then Spitzed it with my Tim Holtz water sprayer to get a distressed look to add some texture and interest, using a paper towel on top to soak up the excess water.
To finish the card I stamped the sentiment along the edge of the inked area and adhered the cat and flower. I used a Copic C00 pen under the images to ground them.
I hope you like the card.
Take care for now.
You can see all my work over on instagram @craftylemur.
I have also recently set up a Facebook page. Crafty Lemur where I will also be sharing my work.
Hello. I hope you are having a great week so far.
Today I am sharing this clean and simple card using a cute new stamp set from Hero Arts called ‘foam animals.’
I started by stamping the foam cat on to a piece of xpress it blending card using Memento tuxedo black ink.
I also stamped the image again on a post it note and cut this out to make a mask.
I then placed the mask over the stamped cat foam image and then stamped the cup over it to make the foam sit on the cup.
I then coloured the image with copic markers and cut it out with my scan and cut.
I wasn’t sure at this point where the card was going but I knew I wanted to use my Distress Oxide Espresso ink.
I decided to mask a line down the right hand edge of the card base and used an ink blending tool to apply the ink. I then used the same ink to stamp a sentiment from the stamp set.
I added some distress ink where the stamped image was going to be placed to ground the image then attached the image to complete the card keeping it clean and simple.
Thanks for dropping by. Take care and enjoy the rest of the week.
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I was so thrilled to be selected to be part of the design team for Downland Crafts. I am really looking forward to working with their stamps and card making products.
Now I know it’s only August but the weeks are flying by quickly and the crafting community is starting to plan for Christmas.
Today I wanted to share with you my first card using the Downland Crafts stamp set We Three Elves
To start I used mowed lawn Distress Oxide ink to blend a portion of the card base. I used ‘purple tape’ to mask off the area I wanted to keep white.
I then Spritzed the inked area with water to add some texture.
Next I stamped out the elves using Memento tuxedo black ink on to copic friendly card. I currently use Xpress it blending card. I used my Copics to colour the images. Then cut them out using my Scan N Cut machine.
Next I stamped the sentiment on to the bottom of the green area of the card, (being sure to use a powder tool first) using ‘Emboss’ clear embossing stamp pad. I then sprinkled Ranger princess gold embossing powder over the stamped area and heated it with my heat tool.
I then attached the stamped images to the card. To finish I used a Spectrum Noir sparkle pen to add a bit of sparkle to the stars.
Take a look at the Downland Crafts website there are lots of great stamp sets to get you ready for Christmas card making. My favorites have to be the Christmas jumper and Christmas treats sets.
Take Care for now.
Go to Instagram @craftylemur to see all my latest work.
Hello. I hope you are well. It is still very hot here. The past couple of days have been exceptionally hot.
Today I am sharing the monochrome card I made.
This morning I watched a YouTube video by one of my biggest inspirations Kristina Werner. This week is watercolour week over on her channel. Take a look at her videos.
Todays video was a one colour challenge. Kristina used one watercolour colour to make a card. She suggested during her video it would be fun to use a dark colour to do a card and I fell in love with the idea and had to give it a try.
To start I selected a dark but not quite black colour from my Gansai Tambi watercolour set. I used watercolour paper to do a wash background and added a darker section at the bottom for the ground. It took a few layers for me to be happy and it looks quite messy at this point but I was happy with the final result.
I am really keen to practice watercolour techniques more.
Next I selected the ‘upon a star’ stamp set by Lawn Fawn. I stamped the animals on to watercolour paper and painted them with the same watercolour paint as the background.
Once complete I cut them out with my scan n cut machine and put them to one side.
Once my background was dry I used a powder tool over the sky area and stamped the sentiment with a clear embossing pad then sprinkled with Ranger liquid platinum embossing powder and heated it with my heat tool. I then repeated this with the stars and used Ranger white embossing powder.
I then attached the animals and stars using small foam squares to add some dimension and complete the card.
I hope you like it. Thanks for stopping by today.
You can see all my work over on Instagram @craftylemur
Hello. Today I thought I would share how I photograph my cards.
As I posted a card on Instagram this morning it made me think about these change from how I photographed my work when I first started a year ago to where I am now.
I use my phone to take all my photos. It is a Samsung S6 edge.
This is where I was a year ago
I started by taking close up photos of my cards.Then I moved to photos of the whole card with a plain background.
Next I moved to slightly different coloured backgrounds using coloured papers before starting to add small props.
I use large 12×12 papers for the backing and use props such as houseplants and candles for standing card photos. For flat photos I use the papers and add props such as pens, ink cubes, invitation flowers and anything I find that matches my colour scheme.
The light in the UK is not great and I hope to one day invest in a good daylight lamp to help with the photo lighting and shadows, especially in the winter months. I currently take my work outside or next to the patio doors where a lot of light comes in.
I am really happy with my progress over the past year. I feel like my crafting is much improved and I am more confident in adding props to my photos. It’s by no means perfect but I can see how much it has changed and I hope to improve further in the future.
Have a great day.
Hello friends. I hope you are enjoying the summer so far.
Today I am sharing the dino card I made this morning.
I started the card by die cutting 6 square frames from white cardstock using the Lawn Fawn die set called selfie frames.
I then took a white square card base and marked out where I wanted the frames to go. Once I had done that I masked the edges with post it notes and used distress oxide inks to blend the three square backgrounds.
The background blends are Distress Oxide salty ocean with twisted citron, squeezed lemonade with carved pumpkin, picked raspberry with candied apple.
Once the background squares were blended I layed down three frames and attached them with liquid adhiesive and then repeated again with another frame on top of each to give the frames some depth.
Next I used Copic markers to colour three dinosaurs to match the backgrounds, then die cut them and attached one to the centre of each frame and added a rwar speech bubble.
I stamped a sentiment on each frame using Lawn Fawn inks to match the colours in the frames.
To complete the card I added some small gems and some twine with a bow. I hope you like it.
Thanks for dropping by. Follow me on Instagram @craftylemur to see all my latest work.
Take care for now.
Hello. I hope you are having a great weekend.
Today I have been looking through my cross stitch stash and thought I would share some of it with you. I have quite a few WIP’s (work in progress) I have been very good lately at not buying any more kits and just looking through what I already have.
Most of my kits are from Bothy Threads. I love their easy to follow charts and the designs they produce.
These are my wip’s
I will finish them all one day!! These are my unopened kits I am holding back from opening and starting!
Plus I have numerous projects from magazines that I am desperate to do.
There is so much stitching I want to do but so little time. I will still buy more because I love looking through them and one day I will have time. Plus you never know when a kit will be discontinued so better to play safe and buy it.. just in case!!
Take care for now.