Sunday, 27 February 2011

Thank You Cards

A few weeks ago Me, Sara and Joanne did a mini Blog Hop showing Card Candy made using some stamp sets which seem to get a little over looked (here is a link to the Hop).  Sara used Natures Nest, a stamp set I really couldnt see me using - thats until I saw her Card Candy!!!

Here is one of the cards I made last week to thank a couple of ladies for placing their orders with me.

I stamped the nest from Natures Nest and then the sentiment from Sense of Time in Chocolate Chip ink onto Naturals Ivory. I tore and distressed the edges of the ivory card, mounted it on to a mat of Chocolate Chip cardstock and then tore and distressed its edges too. 

2 jumbo eyeletts were attached before adding drops of Chrystal Effects onto the eggs then I left it to dry.

The card blank is River Rock (I love this colour!) and all I did was add a strip of distressed DSP from the Neutrals Stack then add the distressed and stamped nest image.

I didnt add a sentiment to the card or write on the inside as I thought they the ladies could use the card again (one of my efforts for recycling!).

The cards I made for my Stampers 10 ladies went down really well.  But I will have to post pictures of them later as trying to blog and watch a recording of the first round of the World Superbikes is a little difficult.,,

If you have the time, bob back later to see the cards I made for them.

Monday, 21 February 2011

Large, Fast and Fabulous

Hope you had a great weekend?

Mine was brilliant!  I had a few hours crafting with Sara which really spurred me on so I have lots of plans for crafting.  We are going to a Stampin' Up! training event on 5th March and I made a start on my swaps - well, when I say made a start, I know what stamp set I am using!!!

I have a craft fair booked soon at our local church and we are thinking of holding another Stamptacular (we did one last year and it was fantastic).  So we have lots of plans and I will update you with them all soon.

Anyway, back to the actual crafting - here is a card I was asked to do for a lady at work who has decided to become a stay at home Mum.

The card is a sheet of A3 card folded in half to leave an A4 card blank. So it is a really big card - but as there are lots of people signing it, I needed to make it as big as possible.

The sprays of flowers from the Fast and Fabulous set were stamped in black Stazon ink onto Shimmery White cardstock to create a natural looking group of flowers.  Fast and Fabulous is one of the 2 Step Stamping sets and the overlaying stamps are perfect for giving a watercolour effect.  I stamped the overlay image (using the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig)  in Rich Razzleberry ink and then used an aqua painter to smooth out the shading.  To create the depth of colour, I added more ink to the centres of the flowers.  To shade the stems and leaves I used my aqua painters with Old Olive stamp pads.  Orchid Fine Cosmo glitter was added to the centre of each flower with Chrystal Effects.

The daisy type flowers were stamped in Rich Razzleberry ink with the overlying image stamped in Pretty in Pink ink. Again, I used my aqua painter to smooth out the shading and add a little more ink to the centres.

The card was assembled with a mat of Old Olive card beneath the stamped card front and the topper with Ruth's name added to finish off. The bow was attached as a last minute emergency plan as the punched corner of the topper just didn't look quite right.  This ribbon is a retired one from last year, but is Rich Razzleberry.

Thanks for visiting me today, bob back soon for more details of upcoming events!

Saturday, 19 February 2011

Time is running out...

Its nearly the end of Sale-A-Bration (how quick is this year going?!) so if you want to get your hands on the fantastic FREE stamp sets you need to email me ASAP!  For more details click HERE.

This is also THE BEST time to get the Starter Kit (full details here).

For £119.00 you will get £230 value in products
PLUS a free stamp set from Stampin' Up! 
AND another from me
(Free stamp sets upto £44.95 from the current Ideas Book and Catalogue).
If you want more information please contact me ASAP.  The offer finishes on 28th Feb 2011.

Anyway, back to crafting.  I had a play with Natures Nest after Sara made her fab Card Candy recently.  You can see it here.

The tortoise was stamped in Chocolate Chip ink onto Naturals Ivory cardstock and the Happy Birthday stamp from Curly Cute aligned with the Stamp A Ma Jig before stamping in Chocolate Chip.  The shell of the tortoise was covered in Chrystal Effects and left to dry.  I dont know why the card underneath the chrystal effects has changed colour but I love the effect, it really stands out.

The sentiment stamp from Sense of Time was stamped in Chocolate Chip ink onto Naturals Ivory card and then both pieces were distressed, mounted onto layers of distressed Chocolate Chip card.

I disressed a thin strip of Sahara Sand Designer Series Paper, adhered it onto a C6 landscape Sahara Sand card blank and attached the tortoise and sentiment images. To finish off, a strip of linen thread and a button form the Designer Buttons (Neutrals) was secured to the card front.

The card is bit of a mixture of stamp sets, but they all work well together, thats just another great thing about the SU products!

Thanks for stopping by, have a great weekend.

Friday, 11 February 2011

Twisted Easel Card

Its nearly the weekend, YEY!

I have been travelling around for work this week so not had chance to do that much but here is a card I made using some of the items I had set aside from my crop last week.

Its a twisted easel card and there seem to be lots of them around lately so I cant take any credit for the main design.

The top flowers were done using the 'kissing' technique using Bella Toile and the Flower Accent stamps.  The plum coloured flowers underneath were made using the water spot technique.

To get the twisted shape for the card blank I took a piece of A4 card and trimmed off a 4" strip from the long length and scored it in half.  Then I measured 4" down from one side of the score line and scored from this point back to the main score line.  Once you crease and fold the two score lines you will get the twisted shape - simples!

Cardstock = Pretty in Pink, Perfect Plum and Whisper White
Ink = Pretty in Pink, Perfect Plum
Stamps = Flower Accent, Bella Toile, tiny triple flower from Cottage Garden and Occasional Greetings.
Punches = Eyelet Border, Designer Label Large, 1 3/8 - 5/8 Oval Large.
Accessories = Basic Pearls, Whisper White Taffeta ribbon
I have seen double twisted easel cards too but haven't had the chance work out how they are done yet - may need to have a play this weekend!
Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Crop & Technique Club

Well, as I promised, here are some pics of last Saturdays, Barnsley Crop.

Thanks for coming ladies, it was fab!!!  The next one is on Saturday 12th March and we will be doing a couple of techniques using re inkers - I cant wait, this is my favourate one!  If you would like to come to the crop, please email me so I can make sure I have everything ready.

Here is a picture of the 6" x 6" scrapbook page I made - the other ladies used the same template but made a card front instread of the scrapbook page.  We covered a few techniques, Water Splash Stamping, Kissing and Kissing with a Twist.

Scrapbook Page Recipe
Cardstock = Pretty in Pink, Perfect Plum and Whisper White
Ink = Pretty in Pink, Perfect Plum
Stamps = flourish stamp from the Bliss Sale-A-Bration, Flower Accent, flower from Cottage Garden.
Punch = 5 Petal flower
Accessories = Rhinestone brads

This is the Technique Booklet each person gets for taking part in the club.  The booklet is plain so it can be decorated in any way you like.  There are about 4 pages in the booklet to start with but more pages are added as the club goes on and its a great way of reminding you how to do various techniques.

Heres a photo of the inside, as you can see there is a page for each technique with a guide page so you can see what is needed for each class.

Technique Booklet Recipe
Cardstock = Basic Black Smooth and textured, Pretty in Pink and Whisper White
Stamp Sets = Artistic Etchings (front cover) Flight of the Butterfly, Flower Accent, Garden Whimsy
Designer Series Paper = Neutrals Paper Stack (this is absolutely lush!!)
Ribbon = Basic Black 1/8" taffeta
Accessories = Pretty in Pink and Perfect Plum Ink, re inkers.
Thanks for bobbing over!  Dont forget, there are only 3 more weeks to take advantage of Sale-A-Bration and get your hands on the fab FREE stamp sets.  And if you and thinking of signing up for the Starter Kit NOW IS THE TIME!  Contact me for more details.


Sunday, 6 February 2011

Teeny Tiny Blog Hop!


Me and my lovely uplines, Sara and Joanne are have our very own mini blog hop today.  From 10 am you will be able to look at some card candy which  each of us have made with various stamp sets.

You should have arrived here from Saras blog, here - I bet you want this set too now just like me!!!  The tortoise is fab.

Here is my card candy (must make note for next time - take photos before putting in the cellophane...)

The stamp set is called Happiness Shared and the image detail is stunning, it is just shouting to be coloured in!!!

I made this set in the same way, but used Whisper White taffeta ribbon and coloured in the edges of the ribbon with a Blushing Bride marker.  It is a very subtle change but I think I prefered this one out of the two.

Here is the link to Joanne's blog, just wait until you see her 'Bundle of Love' Card Candy...


I am not sure if you can tell on the photo but the background on the largest image was created by inking up a clear acrylic block (yes, the ones we attach unmounted stamps to!) with Blushing Bride ink and stamping the block directly onto Confetti White cardstock.

The flower image was stamped in Stazon (I just HAD to watercolour the images!) and I coloured in using my inkpads and aquapainters with Pretty in Pink, Rose Red, Certainly Celery and Old Olive.  A thin strip of Rose Red card was punched using the Scallop Trim Border Punch and Taffeta Ribbon was gathered up and wrapped around the strip before it was attached to the Confetti White card.

I used my markers to ink just the word 'Happiness' from the sentiment in the set and stamped it twice onto pieces of card.  I ramdomly stamped the single leaf stamp around one of them and then punched it out with the Large Tag Punch.  A peice of Pretty in Pink cardstock was punched out with the Extra Large Punch and attached to the back before making a hole with my Crop-A-Dile and threading a small peice of Pretty in Pink taffeta ribbon through the hole.

The other 'Happiness' image was simply punched out with the Word Window punch and it was then mounted on punched shapes  (Modern Label Extra Large and then Oval Extra Large).

To get the long hexagan shape of the image for the full sentiment I stamped it onto Confetti White card in Rose Red ink and trimmed to fit through the top section of the Large Tag punch, punching both ends.  A small strip of Pretty in Pink Taffeta was wrapped around one end and secured round the back.  I did the same with a strip of Rose Red card and mounted the Confetti White on top.  The flower was made by punching out Confetti White, Rose Red and Pretty in Pink with the Boho Blossoms punch and stacking them up, one on top the other.

The final peice was made by stamping the small flower in Rose Red ink onto Confetti White card and then colouring in with Pretty in Pink ink and aquapainters. I punched this out using the Designer Label Large punch and mounted it on a punched circle (1 3/4 Extra Large Circle).  A strip of Rose Red card was wrapped in Pretty in Pink taffeta ribbon and was attached to a strip of Pretty in Pink card, which had been punched using the Scalloped Trim Border along one edge. The small flower topper was attached and basic pearls were added as a finishing touch.

Ok, thats all from me for today.  Hope you have enjoyed your little tour through cyber space.  I will post some pictures of yesterdays technique club projects in the next few days so bob back soon!