cards and other happy thoughts

Block Stamp

I couldn’t resist buying this block stamp while we were in Delhi.

Would you call it a paisley pattern? It reminds me of the Henna patterns the Indian woman have on their hands.

We saw a young man block printing on material. So labour intensive but beautiful. They use vegetable dyes only and after washing and leaving in the sun for several days the colours won’t fade.

They used three block stamps each one with a different colour dye, just as we do using layering stamps.

My little stamp is no match for their large block stamps but it will remind me of our exciting trip to India.

Namaste,

Lorraine

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Domino Book = “take 2”

My sister and I challenged each other to make a Domino Book.  Neither of us had made one before so it would definitely be a challenge.  We are to finish our books tonight and publish on our blogs.   I’m hoping that she has had enough time to finish (I’m lucky enough to have more spare time to follow my crafty path).  If you would like to pop over and see what she has produced here is her blog.   I’ll be popping over once I’m finished up here.  Our styles are usually very different so it will be exciting to see what her book is like.

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Well I’m back today with my final Domino Book.  (I’m starting to get a bit addicted to these little cuties, so you might see more of them).

Choosing a theme was difficult because there are so many which would work.  I went with “the beach” because I have many happy memories with my family and friends at the seaside.

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I bought a sheet of domino images which was immediately downloadable here  I am very pleased with them.  I have purchased a couple of other sets from other Etsy shops which will probably be used in the future.    I covered the front and back with the trimmed images, then applied a layer of Glossy Accents and while wet pushed on some metal starfish  embellishments.

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Around the edges of the dominoes I used Inca Gold.  Now that was another story ……. it had dried up so I had to search on the internet the best way to re-moisten the waxy paste.  An hour or so later I had the paste back to usable consistency after adding a few drops of boiled water and a couple of capfuls of glycerine. Whew!  After the gold had dried I glued strings of tiny half pearls and 4 tiny feet (bead cups) to the edges of the dominoes.

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I cut a piece of creme cardstock 12″ x 2″ (or just a little under those measurements) and scored and folded every 1″ in accordion fashion.  Here is where I changed my method compared to my previous book.  This time I decided to make it into a little book rather than an accordion pull out type.  I glued the ribbon around the centre the the folds leaving the ends long enough to tie a nice bow.  Finally I glued the folded pages onto the dominoes.

I daubed some more Inca Gold along the edges of the pages the added the images and computer generated quotes (which I found on the web).

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Here are photos of the inside of the little book.

Well I had fun but it did test me at times.  My fingers felt like “all thumbs” trying to manipulate such tiny items. 🙂

Bye for now,

Lorraine

Domino Book – first attempt

Hi all.  Another crafter and I have decided to challenge ourselves to making a “Domino Book”.  We have set a deadline so that we don’t procrastinate for too long.  This is my first attempt but not the book for the challenge.  Now I know how, I just have to improve the techniques I use. The final date is Sunday 18th February.  So keep watch for that.

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I had seen a Domino Book using papers highlighting dogs and I knew I still had remnants of the papers “Raining Cats and Dogs”  by Graphic45 in my supplies,  so for my first attempt I attempted a dog book.

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These are the Dominoes I bought.  (I’ll have to make lots of little books to use all the dominoes won’t I).

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Front.

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Back.

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The front of the book folded and secured with bows.

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The back of the closed book.

Thanks for looking today.

Lorraine

Happy New Year

Flash back to Christmas.  I didn’t quite get this card finished in time to put in the post,  so it looks like it will be the first in line for next year. 🙂

I used a piece of water colour card and blended Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Chipped Sapphire with a touch of Black Soot Distress Ink. Such a pretty combination I think. I added “stars” (white dots) of white Gelly pen randomly over the page.  I added more at the top and tried to fade out as I went down the card.

The “peace on earth” stamp is from the MFT set “Hand-Lettered Christmas” set.   I’ve had the chip board frame in my stash for a few years now but it looks like it is still available from “Scrapmatts”.

So finally I coloured the frame black and adhered it to the water colour paper and then attached it to the card base.  Very easy card but I’m very happy with the result.

Hope you enjoyed your Christmas break and now I would like to wish my friends a very happy and healthy 2018.

Lorraine

Warmest wishes

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To all my dear friends and family Merry Christmas   and Happy New Year.

Seating for Christmas

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Hi all,  I have finally finished making some special little gifts to show where everyone could sit for our Christmas dinner.  Great idea which I found here  I have changed the colours and added name tags.

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I have added the Cadbury “Breakaway” individually wrapped biscuits as shown in the link above.   Thanks for the fun idea Carolyn.  Yum……  I only made them for the adults.  For the children I have another idea (non edible).  I think they will have had more than their little tummies usual are used to. 🙂

Here is a shot of the back of the little box.

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Are you all prepared for the big day.  I think I am, but I could be proved wrong.  The supermarket was very busy today but they tell me that Sunday will be much worse so I’m glad my food shopping is finished.

Have a wonderful day however you celebrate.

Bye for now,

Lorraine

Christmas Trees – instalment 2

Well today I have another couple of Christmas cards, and yes one more Christmas tree themed card.

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I used the “second generation” technique for this card.  That is – ink the stamp and stamp as usual and then stamping again without re-inking.  It gives a more dimensional look.

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I used the stamp by Penny Black “a splash of winter”.  The sentiment is embossed with silver embossing powder.  I added tiny touches of glue on the trees and then shook glitter over the glue.  Hard to see in the photo but it really adds an understated shimmer.  The last addition was a strip of glitter card near the bottom of the card and … finished.  Such an easy but effective card.

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The next card deviates from the “tree” theme but is another easy peasy card.  Cover the front of the card with a delicate patterned paper and add a strip of red card.  White emboss the stamp by Stampendous “Cling Christmas Rose” on a piece of vellum then fussy cut it out.  The most difficult (but really not all that difficult) was attaching the vellum to the card without showing where it was glued.  I added a couple of “dew drops” from my old stash of bits and pieces to the centre of the flowers so I could add a good amount of glue under these and tiny dots of glue else where. Add a heat embossed greeting and sprinkle a few sequins.  Ta dah ….. finished.

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I might have a few more examples in a few days so keep watching. 🙂

Bye for now,

Lorraine