I mentioned in yesterdays post, a card I made for Beverly of More Ink Please which I couldn’t post yesterday because I hadn’t re-sized the photos .. well I have now, and I’m here to share.
I previously made just one leaf like these some time ago after I saw one on Pinterest, and fell in love with it. The leaf I made that time, I made using the Ranger Melting Pot, however these leaves I made using a regular heat gun, to see if I could make them in the same sort of way, as I know that not everyone has a Melt Pot, and this was the result:
I stamped leaves in various sizes then cut them out, and using ink I coloured the leaves so that they had those wonderful autumnal colours. I then shaped them and manipulated them gently so that they had ‘groves’ and bends where the should be. Then smoothed an embossing pad over them and using extra thick embossing powders I heated the leaves using a regular heat gun. I found that roughly three layers was enough to make the leaves have that deep, thick glow which suggested that they were made of porcelain or glass and precious.
Once cool I dragged a gold ink pen around the outside of the leaf, and finally I wrapped some gold wire around the leaves.
Then using a hot glue gun I attached them to a card which I’d prior to this, embossed the background in a tree bark look, and framed that background with a cut out, – but I’d embossed around the edges of that cut out in a random way using two colours of embossing powders and carefully melting them into each other.
I added a sentiment, and a bow and that was it. Finished! It was ready to be sent to Beverly.
And that was all there was to it! 😊
I’m still taking part in the InkTober challenge, but I ran out of time today to finish my drawing, so I’ll hopefully finish it tomorrow and post a blog post about it then.
Thank you so much for coming and sharing a coffee with me. It’s so lovely of you to visit, and I just love seeing you.
Oh … and before you go … Let’s all wish Britt Ekland a Happy Birthday for today. She was born on this day, in 1942. This fabulous fact about this lovely lady leaves me feeling wonderful and very young. If she looks that good (I Googled to find an up to date photo of her) at her age today, then there is hope for me. (I was born a good maaany years after 1942!).
I’m off now to put on a full face of cosmetics, find my favourite outfit out of the wardrobe and go somewhere where my glamour will be appreciated. Somehow, Tesco’s just won’t cut it today.
As for you … I wish you a truly blessed day. Please do something to make someone else smile. It doesn’t have to cost you anything. You can simply say a bright ‘good morning’ to them, but just try to make someone smile today. It costs nothing, and you’ll never run out of them.
Sending buckets of squidges through my computer screen, along the cables and bursting through your computer screen. Wait for the moment they hit you … get ready … …. NOW! Feel that warm little wiggle inside? You’ve just had a download of Cobs Squidges. You should now be smiling a little smile. Just a turn upwards of the corners of your mouth. YES… THERE IT IS! Aw my goodness, you look so fabulous when you smile like that. Your eyes twinkle like little diamonds!
In a comment on my last Fairy Dress bit of artwork (an A.T.C. – you can see it HERE – it will open up in another window for you), I received this message … or maybe it was a letter …
Dearest Cobs, I would like to place my order for a lovely fairy dress in my size. I would also like it to have a bit of magic in it so that it makes my size be about 5 sizes smaller. And if I’m going to ask for some magic I should also like the feathers to be completely functional so that I can lift my skirt and fly away whenever the mood strikes me! Sending you the fluffiest of fluffy feathered blessings! ~ Tami
Well, this young lady didn’t discuss colours, she only mentioned feathers, and a magical dress which would make her look at least 5 sizes smaller. But … I don’t think it would be small enough for a real Fairy Dress in Fairyland … so I’m going to have to wave a Magic Wand over Miss Tami and simply change her into Fairy Size. However, I have made her a dress which has a feathered skirt, – the feathers of which have been kissed with colour by a Kingfisher as he flew past. As Fairy Tami flies, the feathered skirt will simply brush away from her legs which will allow her to land easily.
The Fairy Wings are the most beautiful of feathers …. but they’ve been died, cut and tinted to make them look like a butterflies wings.
The Skirt … has been adorned with Diamond like Crystals, which can also be found on the bodice, at the centre of each flower. The Bodice was all hand painted.
Above the Fairy Dress is a crown of gold …. again decorated with Diamond like Crystals, and placed at a slightly jaunty angle, as I feel that Miss Tami would wear her crown at a slightly jaunty angle to show the fun side of her character. (And believe me, that gal has a MAHOOSIVE fun side! lol).
Although the four photos might appear to be exactly the same, they actually aren’t. I tried my best to show the little details of this card so had to use different lighting in the hope of drawing attention to things so that you got a full idea of the whole card.
The Fairy Dress and Wings are mounted on an 8″x8″ plain white card blank. The Teal colour around the edge is actually called Aquamarine, and is made using one of my most favourite crafty products – Pinflair Buff-it. I LOVE this stuff and have it in about 8 different colours. You can buy it direct from Pinflair HERE – I’ve shopped with them for many years now and cannot fault their service.
After I’d applied the Buff-it and polished it to a shine, I then applied wriggly lines of glue all over the card and added very fine glitter dust to that glue.
I fixed the Dress and Wings in place; fixed the crown at a jaunty angle, and finally fixed the word ‘believe’ to the bottom right hand corner – which I’d printed onto some thin white cotton.
And that’s all there was to it!
I do hope Miss Tami likes it.Of course… she’ll have to have a fitting to ensure that it fitsOK, but personally .. I can’t see a problem. I think it will fit like a glove.
All that’s left for me to say now is …. I hope your week is going well and that it’s not too hot, nor too cold where ever you are right now. Here … well it’s a little humid in my cottage, but I’m sure it’s like that for a reason … and being England, the weather will change if you blink so I’m sure it won’t last for too long. (Although it’s three days here in the South Coast, and I am getting just a little fed up of feeling like a wilted flower).
Have a wonderful day, whatever you’re doing. And whatever you’re doing, be nice. Smile. A smile costs nothing, but it can change a person’s whole day.
Squidges, from me here in my corner to you there in yours.
I saw the technique for making this card demonstrated about 3 weeks ago and the whole thing fascinated me so much that I tried to remember every little thing about how the demonstrator made her creation. Now I know that I haven’t got it exactly the way she did it, but it’s close enough.
Made on an 8″x8″ scored and folded card, using Polkadoodles Stamp Soup stamps, called Regal Peacock. But … that name really is just a suggestion, for you could make a million different creations with these stamps because the results will come from your imagination. You and I could begin with the same stamps and yet we’d make something way different from each other.
Here …. take a look at them:
. . . can you see the peacock stamp in there? . . . No? That’s probably because there isn’t one! I used 7 different stamps to make the peacock. You can pick them out … they’re the ones which are a little darker in colour. I used a black Stazon Ink Pad (solvent ink) so that I could then colour the images using watercolours.
You don’t have to be ‘neat and tidy’ when painting the Peacock feathers, just free-handed with the paint. Then once dry, all the feathers (which were stamped onto spare card, then painted) have to be cut out and then ‘feathered’ at the edges by cutting into the images with light, small cuts. Those peacock feathers are then adhered to the main peacock body which I’d previously stamped and coloured using the watercolour paints, directly onto the card.
Finally …. some parts of the peacock were embossed with gold and green embossing powders.
. . . and that’s all there was to it!
Although simple to make … I had to spread it over three days so it kind of felt a little time-consuming. All the waiting for paint to dry, and cutting out of all the feathers…. little things, but they all added up to time. But it was a totally, thoroughly enjoyable make, I have to admit. A lot of fun – and I can’t wait to make something else with those stamps now.
So anyway … how the divil are you? I feel as if we haven’t got together for a coffee and chat for weeks and weeks.
In my world …the chubby dog (aka the Belly on legs) had to go to the vet this week. I noticed that she had some tiny patches of hair loss on her back so off to the vets we went and after some examination and a bit of testing, we were told she’s got a Bacterial Skin Infection. (That’s the dog not the vet who has the skin infection). So we have a little bottle of stuff which we have to massage into her skin … wait 5 minutes, then thoroughly wash off. And we were given some tablets, which she has to have twice a day.
Now she really doesn’t mind the tablets. She’s called ‘My Little Fat Bitch‘ for a reason. She can eat as if it’s going out of fashion, and she thinks those tablets are treats, so woofs them down!
And . . . she really loves the massage bitof the stuff in the bottle … but … the bit she’s not at all happy with, is the ‘wash it all off’ bit. She HATES the shower. HATES it. Did I say that strongly enough? I’m not sure I did so let me repeat myself: SHE HATES THE SHOWER.
She’s told me time and time again; . . . “Belly is not designed for getting wet. Don’t let Belly get wet. That umbrella …. that’s for Belly. Hold it down here, over Belly – NOT over you! Don’t let Belly Get Wet!!“
She SO hates getting wet that she would rather plait her legs, (‘braids’ for folks in the USA), than go out into the garden to have a tiddle if it’s raining outside. This adorable, much loved pooch even squints in the rain. Yes, seriously. I kid ye not!
So the massage and shower isn’t the most enjoyable task … but then … I don’t have to do it. Mr. Cobs Senior takes on that job, (bless him) because I feel like Cruella de Vil if I try to do it.
When it’s all over and done with … you have to see that rotund little dog absolutely barrel out of that bathroom! She’s like a bullet out of a gun! It’s among the funniest things to watch … and boy can her little legs can move when she wants them to!
So anyhoo . . . what’s going on in your corner that you’d like to share with me while we drink the last few sips of coffee from our cups?
Won the Lottery?Got a new job? Sold your house? Adopted a new pet? Or … by any chance . . . Does your dog have a bacterial skin infection? Your cat? YOU? I can recommend a vet! 🙂
Wishing you a thoroughly enjoyable Thursday. May the hours go as fast, or as slow, as you would like them to. Just find the fun and enjoy it.
Be the reason someone smiles today. Heaps of squidges from me in my corner, to you in yours.
Down in the meadow in a
little bitty pool
Swam three little fishies
And a mama fishie too “Swim,” said the mama fishie, “Swim if you can.”
And they swam and they swam all
over the dam .
Boop boop diten datem whatem choo
Boop boop diten datem whatem choo
Boop boop diten datem whatem choo
And they swam and they swam
right over the dam
The idea of painting Koi Carp popped into my mind and so I went with it. Never painted fish before so this was a surprise choice for me!
Painted in ATC/ACEO size – 2.5″x 3.5″
The poem is one I remember singing with my girls when they were little, and I remember singing it with my mum when I was a little girl (back before dirt was invented – at least it feels like that some days).
HAPPY MONDAY! Yes, I know that you perhaps might not feel overly happy that it’s Monday … but hey … you have two choices: You can either feel miserable all day and totally miss out on any smiles which could come your way. OR … you can choose to feel happy that although it’s Monday, You’re Alive! Now that surely has got to be an improvement on the alternative. So choose happy!
But … you don’t have to. However, remember that which ever you choose, happy or miserable, it was YOUR choice to feel that way. So you can’t complain that life has given you a rubbish day, because you chose ‘miserable’.
(This is why I always choose ‘happy’. It always ends up being the best choice I’ve found).
But … which ever you choose, may your day be peaceful and may you feel like you’ve made a positive difference in someway to someone else. Be the smile that someone else needs. Just do it.
Be nice to yourself … and each other. It helps the world to go around in a much better way.
Hullo thar me hearties … It’s Pirate Cobs sailing the ocean waves!
Ok .. well no, not quite. It’s just me … showing you the card I made for my Grandson, on his birthday recently. I’m totally besotted with this little chap. He’s the complete apple of my eye and he has me wrapped around his little finger. He gives out his orders: “Grammy, … come to ma rooom. C’mon Grammy. Come to ma rooom!” and up I get and toddle after him. Actually no, I don’t toddle after him. He waits at the start of the hallway and then holds my hand so that I don’t get lost on the way there. (Not joking. He actually does.).
This blog post about the pirate card is rather picture heavy, so I’ll try not to be too wordy and just post photographs with a bit of description to support each photo. But if there’s anything specific you want to ask, or you want to know either how I did something or what brand something is, or even where I bought something, then just give me a shout in a comment and I’ll answer any questions you might have.
(To make a comment: scroll up to the top of this post, to the heading: “Aarrr! Avast, me hearties; Swashbuckling Pirates Ahoy!” – and look to the right of that title where you’ll see a pale grey speech bubble. If you hover your mouse over that speech bubble it will turn deep red. Click on that, and it will open up a comment box for you – and also show you any comments which might have already been made).
It was his 4th Birthday, so he’s still a little chap, and I kind of introduced him to Pirates about two years or so ago, when we were out shopping together – he was sat in my shopping trolley (‘cart’ for US folks) in Toys-R-Us when we came across a huge section of dress up clothes, and like the Magpie that I am, I went straight for the hats. I tried several hats on the young man (and took hilarious photos on my phone camera of him in them) and couldn’t resist trying on the fabulous three-cornered pirate hat myself. I told him what I was, and then did the ‘Aarrr me hearties’ pirate greeting, accompanied by the arm gesture, which he instantly caught onto and did back to me. Awww reader, I so wish you could have been there. I was hysterical with laughter, loving him and covering him in kisses, tears streaming down my face and all the time trying to get him to say it again, and again, and …. well, you get the idea. He was such a tiny tot, and this made it all the funnier.
Oh well anyway … let’s get on with this card, shall we?
I tend to double-sided tape and use glue to fix both of the cards together. It just makes the whole thing more sturdy.
You can click on any of these photographs here to make them bigger. (But don’t forget to click ‘back’, to come back to reading!)
I had a devil of a job finding some of this sand coloured sand paper! Everywhere had either black sandpaper or deep red coloured. I very nearly kissed the shop owner when I finally found some!
Although I used the same papers throughout the card, I wanted the paper on the ‘inside back’ to look more bright blue, like the sort of pirate seas you’d see in a children’s book, so I rubbed in some bright blue inks, carefully, to kind of brighten the sea to something more magical looking. (If you do this, make sure you leave time for the paper to dry out).
This front flap is left ‘swinging’ free. You don’t fix this flap into place. However … you can fix this into place if you’re making a card and want to have the card stand up by the use of either a stand specially made for the back – or by leaning the card on a wall or such. You can then put tags inside the card for the recipient.
And that, as they say in TV land, is all there is to it! Phew! I swear it took longer to take the photo’s, load them onto the computer and re-size them, than it did to make the card! (But then I’m useless with a camera so that’s no surprise! lol). As promised, here is the very short pirate song which is my grandsons favourite song with regards to pirates:
Thank you so much for coming and sharing this fun card with me. I hope you have a truly fabulous rest of your day!