Rainbow foil balloon

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I really must try to finish blogging the last of the cards I made for the Sparkle & Shine class; I got all the glittery ones done and then ran out of steam… So here goes with the first of the foiled cards.

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MST3K: The Creature from the Black Lagoon

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It’s my other half’s birthday today, so of course I had to create something special and geeky for him. I returned to a common theme: Mystery Science Theatre 3000. Specifically, this time, the new ones where Gypsy appears as a silhouette on-screen and Tom Servo flies around occasionally rather than being stuck in the seats. (If you don’t know MST3K, it’s basically “one man and his robots make fun of bad movies”.)

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Whisky glass

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Birthdays are no respecters of how you’re feeling and annoyingly come along even when you have a horrible flu-y cold. And so it was I had to create a masculine card for my neighbour all while reaching for the tissues and breaking into a sweat. Ideal conditions to try something I haven’t done before 🙄

And that’s how I came to be colouring a vaguely realistic glass of whisky with Copics and coloured pencils.

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Twins – night and day

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The start of July brings the twins’ birthdays, meaning it was time to come up with another idea for a cleverly linked pair of cards. Once again, my other half gave me a starting idea: something as simple as “an image that flows from one card to the other”. And that sent me off to browse through Google image results for “landscape diptych” looking for inspiration.

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Vulcan bomber

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I grew up not far from Waddington in Lincolnshire so we regularly had the distinctively shaped Vulcan bombers flying overhead. Our neighbour is a big fan of Vulcans so I was happy to create this card for her birthday.

I do love working with stamps and digi stamps, but there is something rather satisfying about creating my own images. I usually work from a source image and my light box because my drawing skills aren’t up to starting with a completely blank page.

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Kitchen roll and Brusho

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This is a simple way to create a patterned sheet that can be used as a background panel or for die-cutting sentiments or flowers or butterflies or whatever takes your fancy…

All you need is some kitchen roll, a water spritzer and one or more pigment powders (Brusho, Ken Oliver Colour Burst, PaperArtsy Infusions etc), along with some card and liquid glue to mount it.

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