Monday, 26 January 2015

Monday. Take me back to New Mexico!


Hi there!
Thanks for popping in.
What a luxury it is to be able to write this blog on a proper Mac!
Having cobbled together blogs every day for weeks
 from 7,000 miles away
on an Ipad, and 7 or 8 hours behind you,
it is great to be back in real time, in sync so to speak!

So back to the grindstone, eh.
Monday’s blog is Flowers and Trees,
so here’s a very simple card, 
made with our ultra glossy Chromo Card.


Let’s begin, shall we?

Run the quirky Flare frame stencil


through an embossing machine with the Chromo Card first.


Mask off the centre with Post-Its, to the inner edge.


With a pencil, lightly etch the Post-Its on the left and right, 
so that you can see the embossed lines. 


Now stamp the Forest Ridge stamp into place 
lining up the trees with the etched lines, like so:


Stamp the trees onto the sticky end of a Post-It, 
so that we can cut a line mask.


Add a small Moon mask from our Moons masks,

 and cover up the land area with the Post-It mask.


Now for the Make-up Sponges. 
I brought a whole suitcase of them back from the States!
We really must source these....leave it with Dave...

Dab the wonderful Mountain Rose colour along the base, 
along the horizon. 
Then dab the Stonewashed Blue into the top half of the sky.


Remove the Post-Its and cover up the centre, 
to the outer line this time.
Add a little Stonewashed to one of our Stencil brushes
and dust back and forth.
The ink will catch the embossed edges beautifully.


Remove all the masks.
Doesn’t that look lovely?
I have been staring at these vistas all week in New Mexico!


Trim back to square.
I use my Fiskars Trimmer for that. It is ideal.

Frame with black card.


Told you it was easy!


 Hope you like it.


Anyway, must crack on!
You can imagine the stack of work which has piled up after being away for almost 3 weeks!
Yikes!!!



Much love,

56 comments:

  1. This is fabulous Barbara you give us so much inspiration xxx

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  2. That is absolutely beautiful. It's lovely to have you back although I did enjoy your blogs from far away but it did look very chilly. I'm hoping to get some crafting time later but at the moment the ironing mountain is calling.

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  3. Hallo liebe Barbara,

    ich glaube dir gern, das es schön ist wieder daheim zu sein. Urlaub ist schön aber daheim ist eben doch daheim.
    Dein Projekt ist so wunderschön. Was für eine wundervolle Idee mit den Rahmenschablonen zu arbeiten. Das gefällt mir sehr gut. Ich kann nur sagen wow, wow, wow, ich bin begeistert.
    Ganz liebe Grüße Silvi

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  4. Absolutely beautiful Barbara, lovely to have you home safely. Do I have this stencil? Must look to see before I order, got so much now I duplicate things. x

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  5. Like it? No! - I love it!! Welcome back Barbara. :-)

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  6. What a gorgious scenery!! I love it!!! I really became a big fan of you and your ART, as olways great inspiration!!!Thanks

    Greetings
    Maria

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  7. It's lovely to have you back Barbara and it's been great 'sharing' your journey along the way. I'll be having a go at this card later as I have all the bits and pieces... Thank you! xx

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  8. Welcome home Barbara
    wow I love that card its so effective and you make it look so easy
    Jackie x

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  9. Welcome back, lovely card as usual. Hope at least the sun is shining today for you and you're not too jet lagged.

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  10. Wow Barbara this is beautiful and the stencil frames the forest ridge so perfectly! Glad you have arrived home safely. x

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  11. Welcome back, Barbara, beautiful card... I like this frame stencil a lot and it looks great embossed
    Rolf xx

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  12. Welcome home Barbara, nice to be back in your own bed eh? What a beautiful card, and yet so simple, and so effective on the chromosome card. I'm going to do this one, I love it. Just remember Barbara, you can only do so much in a given time, don't stress yourself out on your first day back x

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  13. I love this. The chromo card does look amazing embossed. It looked so much more complicated when I first saw it. Xx
    Glad you are back safe and sound, try not to get too dragged down with day to day life. Bxx

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  14. Oh Barbara, this is absolutely gorgeous. Already I'm thinking Christmas cards! I haven't bought any chromo card yet.. but what do you think? It will definitely be falling into my next shopping basket! Xxx

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  15. Hi Barb,
    Welcome home, glad you're back safe and sound. This is a fabulous card, not too involved or tricky - well that's what I think until I try it!!!!! xx

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  16. Mmm I love shiny! Do you have to take extra care that the stamp doesn't slide I wonder? I'm sure I have some but not used it yet. Imagine you must have a long to do list! xx

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  17. Oh haven't seen that stencil is it a new one another one to my list just beautiful don't work to hard lots love Joy xxx

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  18. I have not got the chromo card but may try this later on some other glossy card stock.
    Welcome back, look forward to your next weekend on C & C. x

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  19. Love that stencil, and the scene you have created just sits so beautifully inside it! Just remember, you can't eat an elephant in one sitting - tackle that backlog one mouthful at a time!!! Susan x

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  20. Hi Barb,
    Great to have you back on this side of the pond. This is a lovely piece of artwork that looks relatively easy to do- at least when you do it, not so sure about me! Can I just ask, what " sandwich" of plates do you use when embossing your stencils with the e bossed? Mine never seems to leave a deep impression so I'm obviously doing something wrong. Bought some chromo card at Catterick but haven't used any yet, so this might be one to try as I'm sure I have the stencil and the stamp. Love Alison xx

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  21. What a beautiful sheen the chromo card gives

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  22. Stunning, at first i thought it was a card on a white high gloss table! The card does look great embossed. Might try it with some clarity card. Welcome back x

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  23. Oh this is stunning Barbara, I must get my Chromo card out and have a play...hugs...xxx

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  24. Hello Barbara

    Love this artistic creation. Have the chromo card but not that stencil. Will have to see if I can adapt it using another stencil.

    Love
    Roz.x

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  25. Hello Barbara

    Love this artistic creation. Have the chromo card but not that stencil. Will have to see if I can adapt it using another stencil.

    Love
    Roz.x

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  26. How beautiful. The chromo card just makes that sun shine bright and sparkling right across the page and it looks like a great card to emboss too.. Welcome home! Xx

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  27. Hi Barb,
    So glad you and Dave are back safe and sound. Simply love today's card so calm and elegant certainly a case of less is more here for me. Take care xxxx

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  28. Don't have any chromosome card yet but think it will be in my stash very soon. Glad you are back safe and sound. This is a super card, looks very atmospheric. Xx

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    1. Ha ha really MUST learn to read my comment before posting that should of course read chromo card!!!!!!!

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  29. What a beautiful start to the week with a stunning design. Don't dive too deep or too fast into that pile of work. You never know what rocks are just below the surface to crack your head on. Nice to have you back and I hope the fridge was not too traumatic. xxx Maggie

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  30. this is so beautiful, love it xx

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  31. Welcome home, Barbara and Dave, it's never been three weeks, where did time go, I really enjoyed your holiday too. Today's post keeps us all there another day, simply beautiful, looks fab on the chromo card. Michelle XX

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  32. Simple and elegant. I love it ~ but then I love all your work ~ perhaps I should say I love this one just a little bit more than some? ~~~Deb xo

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  33. So atmospheric. Beautiful scene. xx

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  34. Hello Barb, so glad you are back safe and sound. This scene is lovely, great tip etching the tree line in to get the image lined up. Looking forward to the inspiration you brought back. Take care. Bx

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  35. Hi Barbara
    Glad your both home safe and I think Dave sourcing make-up sponges is a great idea as I can't always get them.
    The card is very scenic and the chromo card gives it a great glossy look.

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  36. Well Barbara its good to have you back!!! And you've done it again! This is fantastic! Love and hugs xxx

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  37. Hi Barbara. This is beautiful and atmospheric, really love that stencil and the chromocard. I must have a peek at the website and count my pennies as I think this will be fun to play with. Glad you are home safe and sound but I hope Mark put the Hoover round and cleared up the pizza boxes before you walked through the door! Just seen the news with the snow in New York, hope Grace is safe and sound out there. Don't stress too much over the pile of work. Take care. Love Diane xxx

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  38. so beautiful. looks like a photo. welcome back and don't overdose on wok now you're back, hugs xx

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  39. A good polished card in both senses of the word.it gives of a lovely warmth to the card. Which is something we need at the moment. Xxx

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  40. Beautiful scene Barbara & such a lovely stencil. Hope you're not suffering with jet lag too much! Pat x

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  41. Breathtaking Barbara, you have created a masterpiece x x x

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  42. wonderful make Barbara - I love that frame - so cool! Good luck with the backlog. Big hugs rachel x

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  43. Another amazing card. Your imagination astounds me and you are incredibly inspirational.

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  44. The card is so attractive. Lovely sky effect and you always make your stencils look more special than they appear at first glance. Welcome back to a duller but maybe less cold UK.

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  45. Beautiful Barbara. Glad you and Dave are back home safe and sound. xx

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  46. I bet you had been itching to do this one Barbara - after staring at the scene in real I bet you knew just the stamps and stencils that would do!!! Its lovely.
    At least that suitcase wouldn't be too heavy to carry!!!
    Great to have you back!!!
    Much Love
    Kim xx

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  47. Morning Barb,

    Gorgeous card and fabulous mask, must look into purchasing this one lol!

    Love & Hugs

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

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  48. Fantastic to have you back! Welcome home! I love your Chromo Card, it's beautiful! Fantastic card Barbara. xxxx

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  49. A stunning card. Love the stencil!

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  50. I agree with all above, the Chromo card does look pretty good with this lovely card. Nice to have you back. Xx

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  51. Wow this is stunning. One stamp and so effective. Loving the stencilled bit too - just like snow. Now I will definitely be giving this a go. Xx

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

Barb x