Saturday, 11 January 2014

On your bike!

Hello there! It's Saturday, and officially, we ought to be checking out a new technique, but with all this flooding and incessant rain, I thought I'd just do something light and refreshingly bright.


Makes you feel better just looking at it, don't you find?
And how lucky are we, who can disappear into our creative spaces, just take a blank piece of white card, a stamp or two, a few Promarkers or colouring pencils, and create something that will put a smile on somebody’s face? We received so many beautiful, handmade Christmas cards from friends and customers once again this year. I never throw them away, you know. Many, many thanks.

So technically speaking, at the time of writing this blog, 
it’s my good friend Sam Crowe’s birthday. 
This one’s for you Sam. 
HAPPY BIRTHDAY KIDDO ! 
You are catching up with me slowly...

So let's take a close look.

I used so little, it’s surprising.


Ready, steady, go!

Stamp the Bicycle in Espresso Brown


Make a mask of the little basket and stamp the posy into place.


Stamp the posy all around the edge, turning it 180° each time,



until it looks like this.


Start with the bike. I used Promarkers.


Try and leave a little white when you colour in. 
Gives the flowers that 3-D look.


Then enjoy the journey round the edge. 
Promarkers work a dream on Theuva Card.
The fine blue line on the inside of the entire border 
makes it look 3 dimensional. 
Especially if you squint a bit!! 
Go on, nobody’s watching; squint a bit at the card. See?


See how the background between the posy stamps is coloured in?
I’ve used the lime colour and the bright yellow to fill the negative space! How appropriate! That’s how we should approach Life: 
Fill in the negative space with brightness...


So it doesn’t matter if the posies round the edge weren’t close together; all the more bright background space!



So happy, happy birthday Sam!
And hands up everybody who squinted at Sam’s card!


with love from

Barb 

63 comments:

  1. Me! Lol! Happy Birthday Sam! Such an uplifting card! Love it! I use the blue line around the edge too for the same reason. I think it really finishes it off perfectly!
    Lucky lady Sam!

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  2. Yep i hold my hand up lol. Simple and lovely thankyou x

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  3. A sunshine project to lift our spirits...sounds just about right t me ... so pretty too. Crafty time tomorrow afternoon ...going to do something cheerful like this xxx Barbara you just enjoy every second of your weekend off... it's what you need xxx Annie

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  4. When I first saw this I though what a pretty card with lovely embossing! Read through the destructions and no embossing in sight! Great colouring technique - another thing to practice. Thank you Barb -another exquisite design!

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  5. Yep...I squinted..lol. I have these stamps, so tomorrow I am going to try this one. As you say, it brightens the day, just what we need thank you. Sally xx

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  6. Lovely the bike is one of those stamps I love and haven't got brilliant thanks x

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  7. Thank you Barbara a real special card! I squinted, but then I have had a few Proseccos so I have an excuse. It's been a lovely day thank you ftippes off with this lovely card . Xx

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  8. Oh I don't know what ftippes means I could have sworn I typed "topped Off with this lovely card !! Xx

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    1. That drafted predictive text again! xx Maggie

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  9. I love this one, especially as it reminds me so much of a photo I have of my grandmother in the garden with her bike, just like this one. I did squint but not so much at the blue line but more at the yellow line round the outside edge, wondering how you did that. Filling the negative space with brightness is very good philosophy. xx Maggie

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  10. Good evening, it was 68 here today so this bike would have been great fun. Fun card. Thanks

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  11. Oh this card made me smile, love it. Happy Birthday Sam xx

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  12. Lovely birthday card Barbara, I sure Sam will be more than pleased. Hand's held up high, yes I squinted and yes it does work ! Lol xx

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  13. Lovely card and I was squinting!

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  14. What a cute card and a great philosophy / attitude in life..... 'Fill in the negative spaces with brightness!' How about a stamp with that on?!
    Have a good weekend all x

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  15. Morning Barb another wonderful card . You are so clever and how bright and jolly . today is my crafting day . I always spend most of Saturday's up in my attic crafting and pottering . So relaxing . happy day xxp

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  16. Lovely bright card just right for a dull drizzly Saturday morning. I love framing my cards with a stamped edge but have never coloured the negative space in between, will have to give it a go. Thanks for the ideas, I read your blog every day and want to try everything! Xx

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  17. A lovely bright card on a wet and miserable Saturday and yes I did squint! Enjoy your weekend Barb.
    Lesley

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  18. I squinted too! A stunning card that really lifts a dull day, love the posy stamp! I'm off to my first craft class of the year, scrapbooking today, can't wait as I'm in need of craft 'therapy'! Have a great weekend. x

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  19. What a lovely, cheerful card, so clearly explained as usual. Dry and bright day forecast here, but the card wold brighten any day.

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  20. Hello Barb!
    Love the Bike stamp, as I was reading I thought, that's what I do wrong, I don't leave white bits!
    I shade it all !
    Really makes a difference when you look closely though..you are a clever thing Barb!
    Lovely card today!
    Love Marg

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  21. This is so gorgeous Barbara. I'm loving the pictorial tuts.
    Beryl xx

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  22. Hi Barb, a really lovely card to brighten the day, great idea colouring the white space. I wonder how many of us were squinting :-). Have a happy birthday Sam. Bx

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  23. Barbara, you are so right, it's just what we need after all the rain and floods. Thank you.

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  24. I love to get out on my bike in the summer months. I even have a baby seat attached which I used for my own 4 girls and is now being used by Phoebe who is grandchild no 8 so this card and stamp set I really really like! You can feel the warm summer sun shining down. Great one Barbara and happy birthday Sam x

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  25. Lovely sunny card - really effective border, and I love the way you have coloured the blank areas to create a full border - so much easier than masking and overlapping. Thanks, Susan x

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  26. What a lovely card, so bright and cheerful. Such a great tip to leave some white space.

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  27. wonderful card Barb and just the tonic we need in this awful weather xx

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  28. Bright and cheerful that's what we want. Just like the morning here in Wiltshire. Great card.

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  29. Hi Barb,
    As you say, just what we need to put a smile on our faces. It really makes me think of a Summer's day and being out in the fresh air. Love the way you have coloured in the negative space too. Have a restful weekend. Love Alison xx

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  30. Love love love it. I've got these stamps and use them a lot, make good men cards too, even though floral notes. Have a good weekend off...doing anything nice?

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  31. Yep I squinted as well, clever, love the design. We have a picture of a bike similar to this hanging in our dining room, it does not have the lovely border though. Enjoy weekend and Happy Birthday to Sam. Lynne xx

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  32. Hi Barbara,

    This is so colourful and brightens up the day. Love the Bike stamp and the sentiment goes so brilliantly with it.

    Love & Hugs

    Jacquie J xxx
    http://jewelscardcraft.blogspot.co.uk/

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  33. Hand up, I squinted. Lovely card Barbara, I have ordered some of this card so looking forward to using it for the first time :-)
    Lorna D

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  34. I am in love with this card!! It is so lovely and bright! And yes I squinted :)

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  35. Thats a lovely card thank you. I have the bike but not the posy but can improvise I think

    Mx

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  36. I really like this Card, cause I really like to get on my Bike, even now. Ist spring in Germany. And not to Forget - Happy Birthday Sam! xx

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  37. Nice!! Looking forward to spring, and this brings it closer.
    Aileen xx

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  38. Yep, I squinted too. Happy birthday Sam x lovely cheery card Barbara, definitely agree that we should fill negativity with brightness. :-)) xx

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  39. Wow how beautiful such a simple card with stunning results xxx

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  40. Definitely a cheerful card, enough flowers to make you forget winter.

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  41. Beautiful really uplifting card, love the colours..

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  42. Yes lovely and bright and refreshing card. Love it.

    Hugs
    CraftyJacq
    xx

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  43. Happy card - bright and cheerful for this lovely sunny day up here in Northumberland. Pat x

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  44. Great card, brings some sun in the grey day we have here today. And Happy Birthday to Sam.

    Laurence xx

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  45. Such a perfect card for Sam...bright and bubbly just like her...I think you have created another masterpiece Barbara..have a good day today....and enjoy your day off....XX

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  46. This would brighten up anyone's day

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  47. All things bright and beautiful, lovely cheerful card. Thanks for the blow by blow. Hope you have a bright and beautiful day. Joan x

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  48. What a beautiful sunny card the perfect pick me up on a grey day
    Jackie x

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  49. Lovely card, can't wait to have a go!! Denise x

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  50. Love these stamps this a lovely card. Have to confess I am in sunny Tenerife at the moment just managed to get wifi and have a quick peak. Happy birthday Sam.

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  51. I loved this, so bright and cheery x

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  52. Lovely card love the bike and flowers ,and a Happy birthday to Sam xxxx

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  53. Thanks Barbara, another beautiful card. I need to try this.

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  54. Hand firmly up in the air - but it was worth the squint!!! I love the bike…don't have that one yet though…I love the look of this even in the plain stamp view - can you call it monochrome when it was brown ink? I need to get on the bike and cycle down a country lane with the hot sun on my back and a nice lemonade to drink at the end of the trip - thats what this card conjours up for me xx

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  55. such a burst of brightness on a cold day. that yellow/lime filling of empty space is genius. it deceives the mind as at first glance it looks like there is no space between the posies. love it xx

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  56. Lovely and bright. Just right for this gloomy time of the year. xxxxx

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  57. I've got both these stamps but I've never used them with such lovely bright colours. They look really great on such miserable and wet January days.

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  58. Been gorgeous here today which has been a lovely change. Fab design and I wheelie love the pun! xx

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  59. Don't know why but I missed this blog post yesterday. Too busy watching Create and Craft with all the new products being launched this year, I suppose. I enjoyed reading this blog and loved the finished result.

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  60. Hi Barbara. I looked at this yesterday(Sat) but forgot to leave a comment....so unlike me to forget anything...... NOT! I love this bright and summery card. Thank you for such a great tutorial. It's all the extra info you give, like filling in with yellow and edging with blue that make so much difference to the finished card. Have a good day. Take care.

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  61. Oh yes that is lovely, spring or summer on a card. Lovely bright cheerful colours, perfect antidote to the rotten weather xx

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  62. You have created sunshine on a card - so bright and fresh!

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Thank you for your kind messages and I hope you get inspiration from my ramblings.

Barb x