Chantilly Meets You Are My Happy Stamp set

Hello again

I had such a good response to the post on the folded card I thought I would try another type of architectural card.  I was inspired by a lovely card by Julie Butler (a friend who is a Stampin’Up Demonstrator, but we won’t hold that against her as she is a very talented paper crafter) which also won her a challenge as well.  Congratulations Julie.  Well deserved as it is a gorgeous card.

Here is her version:

http://papercutsjulz.blogspot.co.nz/2013/09/12-saturdays-till-christmas.html

She said it was easy so I thought I would go back to Beccy’s blog to see if she had some instructions for one.  I found this step card which appeared to be the closest to what Julie had done.  I can see that this is the base card and there can be a number of variations like what Julie has done.

Beccy has a number of different types of cards to make and I will be slowly going them them to see what I can come up with.  Here is her link again:

http://beccysplace.blogspot.co.nz/2010/03/technique-class-trifold-cards.html

For this card I have done a simple centred step card using the fabulous Chantilly papers and the ‘You are My Happy‘ stamp set which is still available for $15 this month if you purchase $75 in products.  This is such an amazing stamp set and so versatile and the sentiments are really uplifting and is great for our spring down under with the weather getting warmer (sometimes).

Any way here is my version:

Chantilly step cardFor the flower I have stamped two flowers from the You Are My Happy stamp set onto Colonial White cardstock and fussy cut them out.  I have used the Cotton Candy alcohol marker to colour in the small trim and then put them together.  I used my new tool kit to shape the flowers to create some extra dimension.  For the centre I have stamped the small flower flower from the same stamp set onto Buttercup cardstock and fussy cut this out for the center.  This was topped off with a pink glitter gem.  The sentiment at the bottom was trimmed off the decorative paper.

I love using the ribbon stamp from the Cricut Artiste Collection as it can be stamped in so many colours to complement my projects.  It goes really well with the Chantilly Collection.  Actually I am really loving how all these stamps are interchangeable for all my projects.  I end up taking one from this stamp set and one from that stamp set to finish my cards.

I have found that it is easier to cut and decorate all the pieces before assembling the card just in case I make a mistake.  For each layer I have decreased by 1/4 inch on each side of the piece.  A good trimmer is essential as it makes this task so much easier.  I no longer use my pencil, ruler and eye to make my cuts.

The materials I have used are:

Colonial White Cardstock

Cotton Candy Cardstock

Buttercup Cardstock

Chantilly pink papers

You are My Happy stamp set

Cricut Artiste collection stamp (for the ribbon)

Cotton Candy ink

Buttercup ink

Pink glitter gems

This is a very pink card (it is my favourite colour!), plus it tones in well with my blog background, so my next post will feature some very nautical cards that will (hopefully) celebrate Team New Zealand winning the America’s Cup.

Have a great day everyone and Happy Stamping

Patricia

National Stamping Month with Close to My Heart

Hello there.

This month is National Stamping Month and of course Close to My Heart has to have a fabulous deal.  Spend just $75 on any Close to My Heart products and for just $20 you can get the Pinwheel Stamp of the Month Set and You are My Happy set. These 2 sets normally retail for $104. This is a great way to get started on your stamping journey.  For further information check out my website:
www.patriciamanhirescreatingwith.shopctmh.co.nz

Happy Stamping

Patricia

 

Black and White Photo Challenge :Texture

Welcome

I have been inspired to join this Black and White Photo Challenge by my friend, Amanda from Unique So Chic.  She has been doing the most amazing things with her photos and photoshop so I thought it was time for me to give it a go.

So here are my efforts:

Raindrops on geraniumsFor this image I chose a photo of rain drops on geraniums and changed it to black and white.  I then used my Memory Manager’s Filters/Stylise function to create a negative embossed effect.

I did the same for the next photo of a daisy and the embossing was a lot stronger on the single flower.  The little raindrops have come up a lot stronger in this image and actually I feel that this has come out a lot better.

DaisyFor my last effort I have used the Filter/Surface and Frosted Glass function.

Daisy in the WetThis has made the daisy look quite fuzzy, but the raindrops still stand out.

I can see this is going to be challenging which will be good for me to stretch my imagination and do something completely different with my photography.

I hope you enjoy my efforts.

Have a good day and Happy Snapping.

Patricia

http://sonelcorner.wordpress.com/2013/08/05/black-and-white-photo-challenge-texture/

 

Mirror Mirror

Hello again.
I do apologise that I have been a little remiss in updating my blog lately but I have been very busy making cards for Make Shift and having to work through a lot of fatigue as well.
The weather was lovely today and I took the opportunity to go back to the duck pond for another photography session. I have another camera club competition next week and the theme is ‘reflection’. I have tried several times to capture a duck and a perfect reflection but haven’t been too successful with the sun in the wrong place and too much wind. But the conditions were very pleasant today, despite the ducks being a little spooked by some rowdy children. This photo came out quite well and I will look at entering into the competition with it. It will be interesting getting feedback from a professional photographer about it, so I can develop as a photographer.
I hope you all have a good weekend and Happy snapping.
Patricia

 

Dandelion seedhead_0003.jpg

I am very pleased with how this photo turned out despite my lovely cat trying to walk in front of the dandelion and brushing all the seeds away. This photograph seems to have an otherworldly feel to it. I love macro photography and am constantly looking to get more out of my camera. My aim this year is to go manual with the camera so I can get more results that I am happy with.
Happy snapping
Patricia