Welcome to Gabriel

And here is a new card to welcome little Gabriel into this world !

I had a vision of this card in my head very early last morning and I quickly got up  and I did it in a flash !

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I am very proud of this card because I managed to make a very pretty calligraphy of the name Gabriel.

I started brush lettering a few days ago and I’ve been practising a lot. My goal was to be able to add brush lettering to my cards but writing on a beautiful  background that took you a long time to make was pretty risky so I made a sketch and practiced on a sheet of paper because I wanted the text to have a nice curve. And after a while I obtained exactly what I wanted.

After that the problem was to manage to reproduce it on my card. I had the idea to do it by transparency but when you use very thick watercolor paper it seemed impossible… Then I remembered Kristina Werner’s video who advised to use a light tablet and I happen to have outil-de-gaufrage-pour-embossing-rayher-2-pointes-085-et-13-mmsomething of the kind I had bought a very long time ago when I used metallic stencils to emboss my paper. I have not used it in a very long time but now it has a second life and I’m glad. It worked great I just love the result it is perfect !

I used a Edding pen from a 6 metallic color pen box.

 

 

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For the rest of the card, the background was made using distress inks and mostly new colors from 2015 (including twisted citron which I absolutely love) and it’s really really pretty.

The feathers were made using the French brand Aladine clear stamps from a set called ‘clear plumes’. I layed down some more distress colors on watercolor paper and then I stamped the images using Versamark ink and I embossed everything with a silver embossing powder and I fussy cut everything.  I used 3D foam tape to add them on my background and I added some silver thread in a messy way and some Pretty Pink Posh sequins to add some more interest to the card.

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I am really really proud of this card and especially the brush lettering because I’ve been practicing a lot and that’s exactly what I wanted to have with this card.

I hope you like it !

See you very soon for new colorful creations.

A rainbow for the new year

Here I come again with yet another card using a stamp from Create a Smile.

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I used the Letters background the very day I received it and created a bunch of backgrounds but I had not turned this particular one into a card yet. Now I have…

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I love this background and I enjoyed coloring it very much.

I just love using a rainbow of colors when I color something because it is so bright and colorful and it makes me happy just looking at it…

Here I used my Prismacolor pencils and since the background was very busy and interesting by itself I kept the rest of the card very simple I just added two stripes of glitter paper on each side of the card and added the sentiment. It is Studio_20160111_162906« happy new year » in French heat embossed in gold on a banner using a Spellbinder die. And I added three hearts I die cut with an Avery Elle die set.

Don’t you love this background ? You can send any type of message with it and I just love it ! ❤

If you want a chance to get some create a Smile products, maybe you could try applying to the Guest Designer Call for February yourself 😉

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See you very soon with another card…

A colorful bouquet

Today I am presenting a card I made using stamps from the company I told you about : Create A Smile.  I wanted to try the technique of masking which consists in stamping the images one behind the other and use some masking paper so that the lines of the stamps wouldn’t instersect and make it as if the new images were behind the previous.

For this card I really wanted to create a simple design guest staring these beautiful stamps so I created a big bouquet.

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I wanted to have something to color while I was staying at my mother’s house for Christmas so I prepared this before leaving and did it during my stay there using my Prismacolor colored pencils. I looove these pencils, they blend wonderfully20160105_105807-1 with almost no effort. Once the colouring was finished, I used an odourless mineral spirit for oil painting to blend even more, but quite honestly the difference wasn’t all that obvious because these pencils do a great job on their own…

To finifh my card I simply added the sentiment heat embossed in gold « félicitations ! » (congratulations in French) and I used a clear wink of Stella glitter pen to add shimmery accents on my card. What I used is the pen version of the Wink of Stella glitter, not the brush. The tip is much more precise which allows me to accents lines and very small areas easily.

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I am also letting you know that if you are interested, Create a Smile is looking for a guest designer for the month of February. So if you like their products as much as I do, head over to their blog and create a card 🙂

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Create a Smile ~ A German company

A few months ago I discovered a new German craft store and I wanted to talk about it because they are European and I love their stamp sets. I bought some setsimages a few months ago and I really enjoyed working (or rather playing) with them since they are very good quality stamps and you can find a good community on social media if you ever lack inspiration. They make other products than clear stamps. I personally don’t use them- not yet at least… The shipping price are very low since it is European which is quite good because not all but most of the good crafting companies or retail stores are American and to ship in France or in Europe in general can be very expensive if you add shipping and taxes…

Here are the four stamp sets that I ordered previously, two more are on their way right now and I already had a lot of fun coloring images and creating cards with them.

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Stamps with some masks I created out of post-it min8 sheets
Stamps with some masks I created out of post-it min8 sheets

I encourage you to go check them out, you will find them on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

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Mass production of New Year’s Cards

After about three or four hours of work I have just finished my cards for the new year. I made 10 of them and the key to spend as little time as possible is first to have a very simple design and then to make each step for all your cards before moving on to the next (instead of make the cards entirely one by one).
So first I started by preparing all the die cutting I needed to do. In order to earn some time I took my paper and I folded it in two before placing my dies and 20151231_114607putting them through the die cutting machine. This allowed me to have two dies cuts in one pass of the machine, it is quite capable of that… I didn’t even try but maybe I could have tried with three or four layers at once even though I’m not sure the details, of the stitching for example, would have cut through all of these layers but for two layers it worked perfectly..

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The other thing is to think ahead of what you want to do in order to do all your die cutting in advance so in one pass of the machine and I got my three balloons using my Rayher dies and the two panels ; a bigger one for the background (using a tonic studo die) and one for the smaller background.  After that, since I had my machine out I used it to emboss my bigger panel. I used a docrafts embossing folder. The next step was to stamp and heat emboss the sentiment « bonne année » in French then I used some craft premium pigment ink pad in gold to ink the edges of my second smaller background panel,  the stitched one (by the way I used « my favorite things » stitched rectangle die for that). I also covered all my ballons with 3 types of embossing powders. I temporarily adhered them on a paper using removable adhesive and covered everything with versamark ink.

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The rest was just a matter of assembling the card together I just added manually that string for the balloons and the dots using my silver uni-ball Signo sparkling pen. I borrowed this technique from Julia over at just one more card blog.
I finished my cards by adhering everything on a top folding card I used a guillotine to cut all my card bases at once.

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And here they are : I’m sending sparkling cards to my family and friends this year 🙂

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A card straight out of a dream !

Yesterday I woke up with the very vivid image of a card I had just dreamt of, and then I HAD TO make it !

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Let’s go for a watercoloured shaker card !

First I created a watercolor background using the Gansai Tambi Japanese watercolour set and then I stamped a scripty background with transparent ink and heat embossed it with shiny transparent embossing powder to give it a tone on tone look. I added a few splashes of white paint for added interest.

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Then I partially die cut a circle in the bottom left corner in order to create the window of my shaker.

Then it was time to create the shaker itself. But I don’t really like making shaker cards. I find the actual making of it is really annoying. But the arrival of the new Fuse Tool from We R Memory Keepers changed things ! I makes creating shakers a lot more fun ! BUT I DONNOT have this wonderful thing… so I had to be creative… I used a fuse tool I had for the kitchen, the kind you use to close food plastic bags.20151004_162704

It was really ugly but it doesn’t show once hidden behind the watercolour piece… I filled it with sequins and what they call « raindrops ».

I created a watercolor background for the shaker using Worn lipstick Distress Ink.

This colour combo of green and pink was in my dream and it is really nice, I would never have thought of it… consciously anyway 😉

I added a few embellishments with die cuts and glossy accents and a big « LOVE » sentiment embossed on Vellum.

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So what do you think ? 🙂

I hope you got inspired !

See ya !

Baby card with a cute bird

Today I wanted to make a card with a very subtle background and use a stencil.

Here is what I came up with…

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The background was made using distress ink and a homemade stencil.

I make my own stencils using the Silhouette cutting machine and thick acetate sheets..

 

When my background was done I used some dark blue watercolour and silver Izink to create splashes in the background.

I had crated the bird a few weeks ago but I had never turned it into a card. I just love this stamp and made a bunch of birds of different colours at once back then, with so specific ideas about what I would do with them…

This particular one was stamped with a black pigment ink and embossed with clear embossing powder. I then watercoloured it using the Kuretake Gansai Tambi Japanese Watercolour Paint Set.

I used some basic white thread but I wanted it colored in silver to match the rest of the the background so I used the same Silver Izink to color bits of it. I then adhered it in a messy way behind the bird.

The sentiment, congratulations in French was heat embossed with silver powder on a die cut in the shape of a banner by Spellbinders.

I added two blue heart die cuts with Glossy Accents to finish this card.

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I hope you like it as much as I do !

 

See ya !