Mamie Rae

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Wild Orchids Challenge - Silver & Gold

Wow!  Yet another Wild Orchid Crafts challenge I can actually make a card for – sometimes the theme doesn’t suit my style but this one is perfect again, & provides another enjoyable opportunity to showcase another one of my current batch of Christmas Cards.

This card once again features the awesome art of Thomas Kinkade (courtesy of Joanna Sheen), which I’ve pyramaged up to add some height before adding in some glitter lights .   You can’t see it so easily but the image has been matted onto black & then silver mirri card before being placed onto the silver shading  paper background (courtesy of Craft Creations) – ignore the fact it looks blue in the photo – between my camera & low light levels in the room I’m using, few of my photos are coming out in their true colours currently.  I've also then used some pale blue ribbon &  guipure lace (own stock) to add a bit of relief under the image and repeated that on the base of the card too.

I’ve used 3 different roses from WOC to adorn the base of the image, along with some white rosebuds & leaves, & gold sprays, and then put another couple of blue roses either side of the sentiment “stop” on the base.   The sentiment is a foiled one which came with some diecut decoupage I think.  
Rather than the usual tag on the inside, this time I opted to create a little gatefold greeting plate & used a little peel-off tree to hold it together as the tack is light enough to allow it to be opened without removing any paper.

I popped a single blue bow on above the image, and used a blue brad to add on a nice little silver tree charm under it.  Finally used silver/gold glitter border peeloffs to edge the card which again provides another bit of glitz.

Thanks for swinging by to view.

Friday, 12 October 2012

"Anything Goes" WOC Challenge October

Another wonderful Wild Orchid Challenge to enter – don’t know where I’d be if I didn’t have these to aim for and give me the push to get some of my creations up on my blog, as I just never seem to have much time these days to look sideways, so rarely get round to writing blog articles.

Anyway – this challenge is another great easy “Anything Goes” and for me, that’s the best as it allows me to put up something within my own style rather than trying to fit into a category for the sake of it.

The card this time is fairly simple and basic but I feel hits the spot where Christmas is concerned with its wonderful Christmas colours.   I’ve used a Nestabilities Labels 18 die to cut out a frame in some red scrolls paper (Craft Creations) and then edged around the frame with gold pen.
Before affixing the flowers I stuck this onto a square piece of heavyweight cardboard which had a rectangle cut out to match the frame if that makes sense – this was just to provide a bit more depth than I’d have had just sticking it straight onto the base card.   

 Only once that was all put together & attached to the base card did I start working on the floral spray using just two simple colours of WOC flowers – red & “gold” which I also embellished with gold glitter glue to highlight them even more.   I also added some gold Fleur-de-Lis punched corners to provide yet more “glitz”.  A gold edged red double bow & some gold sprays finished the whole thing off. (Apologies for the poor colour - the leaves are truly green & not blue as they appear here - not sure what went wrong wtih that shot :( ).

As usual the inside is decorated to match the front.

I’ve done a couple of others in a similar vein but using gold/brown instead which have also turned out quite well, but for me, you can’t beat red/gold at this wonderful time of year!!

Enjoy :)