Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Craft Therapy

Hi everyone! Sorry I've been MIA - so much work, plus I was away at the weekend. I took a quick trip up to Brisbane to help my brother celebrate a Big-Ending-In-Zero Birthday! My other brother was over from NZ and we had a great time catching up.

It meant I wasn't home for the first half of Mother's Day, but my darling DD13 made the rest of it very special with flowers, dinner and a nice new pair of fluffy slippers! I hope all you mums out there had an equally pampered day.

And then back to the real world - after a particularly fraught day of teaching yesterday I was desperately in need of some craft therapy to soothe my frayed nerves. Well, it was that or alcohol, LOL!!!

I chose to case a gorgeous card made by Heather Telford, who is an expert with a sponge or two (the craft kind, not the cake kind!) and has made a number of lovely cards with the aptly named Lovely as a Tree stamp set. I haven't attempted a stamped reflection before so this is my inaugural effort:

Reasonable success for a first time, I thought, but I really want to have another go and try to get those reflections stamping more evenly.

Materials used:
  • stamps - Lovely as a Tree, Sincere Salutations
  • inks - Baja breeze, so saffron, more mustard, cajun craze, basic black
  • card - so saffron, cajun craze, whisper white
  • other - sponges, stamp-a-ma-jig, cotton bud

My second card uses no stamps whatsoever - something I don't do very often; I'll probably add a sentiment when I am giving the card. I was wanting to try out a couple of new dies and punches and ended up lumping them all together on the one card. Here tis:

Materials used:
  • card - crumb cake, old olive, so saffron dsp, vellum
  • non SU - white linen card, bought flowers, rose petal punch and embossing punch, window die, leaf die, brick wall embossing folder
  • other - dimensionals, crumb cake ink pad, Tombow multi glue

I do hope you manage to get some craft therapy in today too. Thanks for stopping by.



Helen said...

Great reflection card, such a peaceful scene..... and for the second card, I can almost visualize the rest of the cottage - gorgeous! Helen C

Sam said...

Hi Kez,

I love your gorgeous cards! Can you please tell me more about your brick wall embossing folder? Which brand is it, and where did you get it from?

Thanks so much,

Nikki Spencer said...

They are both stunners Kez, the first one took my breath away with it's beautiful colours and shoreline and the second one just makes me wish l had a stone cottage and window boxes full of pretty flowers.

Kerry (Kez) Bunting said...

To Sam, thanks for your comment. As the brick wall embossing folder is a non SU product I can't tell you where to buy it, but it is a Sizzix brand (part of the Tim Holtz range I think). Hope that helps.

Lynda said...

OK....WOOOOOOOOOOOOOWWWWWWWW!! Love the LAAT reflection card. Personally I think the reflections are perfect...they are never 100% even. Also love the reddish trees. The 2nd card is way cute and I think perfect for any occason. I am so glad the craft won over the tipple...for the 1st part anyhow. ooxx

Paula said...

Kez! Your reflection card is just stunning. Find it hard to believe you haven't done this technique before, I think it is perfect.

Loving you window card. Not a stamp in site! lovely ♥

Shandell said...

I can't believe that's your first attempt - it looks fantastic!! Love the window / flower box card too :)

09 10 09 10