June 29, 2013

And now for something completely different - rabbits!

Some people will say I am obsessed, maybe that's the case, I do love rabbits.

I have a collection of miniature (5 cm is max size) rabbits. Having moved around the world I remember where each one was bought or who gave it to me. For the time being they are arranged by color on a shelving system. There are about 200 in my collection, here are some of them:
 
 

Of course I also have a few rabbit stamps that I use from time to time:

We used to have a dwarf rabbit, named Austin many years ago, he was very tame and a great play pal for my son from the moment he could sit on his own on the floor. Not surprisingly my son's favorite cuddly toy was a rabbit called - Austin.
The real Austin lived for 9 years and after that we decided not to get another one - there cannot possibly be another rabbit as loveley and tame as Austin...

Enter Barry - that's me in the background.

Last year my son and his girlfriend decided to get Barry (he is black, like Barry White...) a rabbit which my husband and I have looked after for long periods. He is lovely.

Now for the stamping part of this post (it would come at some point...). 
I was preparing a card to send to my son and as you know, an envelope has to be decorated so I decided to decorate with Barry! This is the bottom of the envelope, Barry is from a company called Again! and the grass is a Martha Stewart stamp. 



 As Barry was with me I decided to try and photograph him with the envelope, not easy, he is quick -

and interested in chewing paper so he got to the corner very quickly, however I saved it before any damage was done.

I also have a Pinterest board with rabbits. Obsessed? Who? Me?
http://pinterest.com/helenkal/rabbits/
Thanks for visiting!

Finally together

After living in different cities and doing a lot of week-end commuting, the recipients of this card are finally "ensemble"! 

House-parts and tree, Stampin'Up in (what else) Color Box Chalk inks. The corners were rounded with a circle punch to mimic the cut-out on the card. I have a whole stack of different colored cards and "bibs" like this that I bought at a convention in Pennsylvania, but I have lost the company name!

June 26, 2013

Paris

The official colors of Paris are red and blue, to which I added white for an old favorite color scheme...

My card starts with a red square folded card, I cut a window out of the front. Then I added a blue square card in which I cut a smaller window so that the blue would show through on the front.
I stamped the Eiffel tower (Artemio) twice in black StazOn ink, cut out and glued together back to back, (this of course works with any symmetrical image). I mounted the Eiffel tower with foam tape to the front of the red card.
This is the card front, page one:

Then I constructed the banner, it's actually one single stamp from Aladine, stamped once in Lipstick red Color Box Chalk ink and then again in Indigo Blue Impress ink. Cut apart and glued together along a piece of bakers twine. This was then sandwiched together between the red and blue card.


So the images are visible from the outside as well as from the inside of the card, this is page two:



And page three where I imagined the park behind the Eiffel tower, le Champs de Mars, with a Montgolfiere (PSX) and a metro entrance (Aladine) - so very Parisian...
Trees from Memory Box, all colors are Color Box Chalk inks.


Pages four and five are left blank for the message.




The finished card:


June 25, 2013

Happy Wedding Day

Lots of things going on and too little time but I'm finally back today with a little card for a wedding.
And I'll be back again tomorrow with a new project - that is a promise!


This is the card, very simple on turquoise paper (the bride's favorite color) and blue (for the groom). Green being my personal color it had to be included for this couple close to my heart.
The card front is slightly shorter than the back, I like the asymmetry.

Even if you don't speak French you probably get the meaning:
Bonheur - Happiness, Amour - Love, Oui - Yes.
Oh la la!




The small cosmos (or is it a cornflower?) is one of my oldest stamps, bought in 1998 or so...

Here I have colored the flowers with small pigment inkers in different shades of blue and yellow, then embossed in clear.

Cut out with small scissors then mounted with foam tape.

Christmas cards without Christmas stamps - Cartes de Noël non traditionnelles

I have really gone into Christmas mode in my card making and I cannot wait to start decorating the house for one of my favorite times of the...

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