Saturday, 28 June 2014

ten candles and a cupcake

As you know clean and simple isn't really in my repertoire and believe it or not this card starting off being both clean and simple.  I got into a bit of trouble when I decided to borrow an idea from one of my craft enablers (you know who you are) to create the candles.

The background was created by inking painter's tape with distress inks (pumice stone, weathered wood, festive berries and worn lipstick).

I coloured Tim Holtz's cupcake (birthday blueprint) with markers and watercoloured distress inks.

And then I started working on the candles and my simple idea turned into something a bit more complicated (it's just in my nature). 

I die-cut the candles (poppystamps dies picket fence) and decorated each one individually using bits of scrap paper I had lying about.  

The foundational candle layer was die-cut out of sookwang.  The sookwang gave me an easy way to build up layers and to cover the flame with glitter ritz (sand).  I embellished with my trusty and well-loved black gelly roll.

I am entering my cupcake and candles card into Sweet Stamps' Monthly Technique Challenge: Painter's Tape Technique.

Soon to come:  Father's Day cards (yes, I know how late they are but consider them for inspiration for next year or a masculine birthday card), another attempt at a clean and simple birthday (teaser alert: not entirely successful) and, not one, but two memory books for retiring colleagues.

Saturday, 14 June 2014

a fox is a wolf who sends flowers - ruth brown

I have fallen behind in my blog posts.  I suppose there are too many exciting things going on in the everythingshetouches world; unfortunately not all related to crafting.  I recently returned to a previous sector at work after a six month secondment.  There is something really fantastic about being able to temporarily move to a new position: stretch some muscles that have not been used in a long while, meet new people and learn something new-to-you all while having that security blanket of knowing you have somewhere comfortable to return to when it is all over.

I have also started working on two retirement memory books for my colleagues who will be leaving the end of June and middle of July.   I am very grateful for the support and ideas that I have been receiving and I cannot wait to share the end product with you.

And now onto April's Inked Stamper 10-tag swap challenge which was quirky. 

I found the fox stamp at Michaels in the $1.50 bin, added Impression Obsession glasses (cut from black glossy paper) and highlighted the ears and cheeks with watercolour (distress ink tea dye).  Alex and I have been listening to What Does the Fox Say quite a bit lately and it just seemed to fit nicely with April's theme.  I used the fox head as a mask with this fantastic Asian lady themed paper.

The dress form was decorated with a belt mustache and Asian-inspired embellishment.  Seriously cannot have quirky without a stache or two.

Thank you for stopping by and happy crafting.