Saturday, 31 October 2009

Snowflake Easel Card - November 2009 Card Group Project

This is one of the cards my card group will make on Thursday. As with all my easel cards so far, I cut CS to 11" x 5 1/2" and scored at 2 3/4" and 5 1/2" and used a 5 1/2" square piece for the front. I must make a rectangular easel card soon!

The blue cardstocks are both by Bazzill and the patterned papers are by Doodlebug. The snowflake was made using the Cuttlebug snowflake die. I added a blue star gem and have popped the snowflake up. I embossed the paler blue square with my new Crafts Too snowflakes embossing folder. Crafts Too have just bought out a small range of folders that are A6 sized, so they're perfect for UK standard rectangular cards whereas the Cuttlebug folders fit the US A2 size cards.

Again I used a sentiment on a scalloped oval punched shape as my 'stop' to keep the card front in place. The scalloped oval is popped up. For the corner elements on the front panel, I die cut a square Nestie shape and cut it into quarters. I added punched snowflakes with blue gem centres to finish.

I hope the ladies enjoy the easel cards as much as I do, I love them!




Supplies:
Stamps: Sentiment from SU! Best Yet set
CS: Bazzill Doodlebug in Blue Jean and Bluebell, white CS
Patterned paper: Doodlebug Whimsical Winter Asterisks & Blue Jean Boutique Stripe
Ink: Encore Silver pigment ink
Tools: Square Nestabilities dies, Cuttlebug snowflake die, Crafts Too snowflakes embossing folder, Woodware snowflake punch
Embellishments & accessories: Blue round gems and blue star gem, 3d foam pads

Happy Halloween, have a spooktacular time!

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Friday, 30 October 2009

Christmas Flower Trio Card

Another Christmas card made with the Season of Joy stamp set on loan from my very kind friend Jan. The stamps have been returned to Jan today - but I made a pop up card and stamped a few images before returning it! I really like this set and will definitely buy it now.

The card is a standard A6 size and was made with SU! Real Red CS. I stamped the sentiment piece twice, once in Old Olive and again in Real Red. I cut out several elements in red and I've popped them up with tiny 3d foam pads.

The olive strip was embossed with the Holly Ribbons Cuttlebug folder. I trimmed the 3 flowers and they're also popped up. I added Candy Dots to the flower centres to finish.




Supplies:
Stamps: SU! Season of Joy set
CS: SU! Whisper White, Real Red & Old Olive
Ink: SU! Real Red & Old Olive
Tools: Rectangle Nestabilities dies, Holly Ribbons 5" x 7" Cuttlebug embossing folder
Embellishments & accessories: Pebbles Inc. Spring Green Candy Dots, 3d foam pads


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Thank You So Much!

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I have had some lovely comments left here on my blog recently and I wanted to say thank you, I truly appreciate them! Thanks so much for taking the time and trouble to comment on my cards, it means a lot!

Thursday, 29 October 2009

Pop Up Butterflies Easel Card for Michelle

This card was for Michelle at the Card Grotto to wish her well following an illness. I love these easel cards, pink and green colour combos, flowers, gems and I'm so chuffed that I now have my very own pop up butterfly punch - so a lot of my fave things on this card!

I used SU! Certainly Celery CS for the easel card. I cut it to 11" x 5 1/2" and scored at 2 3/4" and 5 1/2". The front piece is 5 1/2" square. I used square Nesties for my layers. I punched the butterflies using celery CS and then die cut the squares, layering the celery squares over some larger deep pink CS squares.

The 'to you from me' sentiment is from the SU! Best Yet set. I added 3 Prima flowers to the sentiment square. The gorgeous patterned paper is from the Basic Grey Sultry collection. I swiped Choc Chip ink around both pieces of patterned paper before adhering them to the card. This time, I used two stacked buttons to act as a 'stop' to hold the front panel up.

I used the last of my beautiful ruffled deep pink Pebbles Inc. ribbon to tie around the base - this was a sweet gift from Michelle. To finish off, I added self adhesive gems to the butterfly bodies and the flower centres. I do hope it cheered Michelle up and that she feels much better soon!




Supplies:
Stamps: SU! Best Yet set
CS: SU! Certainly Celery & Pretty in Pink CS, PaperMania deep pink CS
Patterned paper: Basic Grey Sultry 6" x 6" pad
Ink: SU! Chocolate Chip
Tools: Tonic Studios Butterfly Flutter pop up punch, Square Nestabilities dies
Embellishments & accessories: Pebbles Inc. ruffled deep pink ribbon, Prima flowers, pink buttons, self adhesive gems


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Wednesday, 28 October 2009

Merry Christmas Flowers Card

This was the second card we made at Joanne's Stampin' Up! October Make & Take evening. Joanne knows I can sometimes get stressed and frustrated when doing floral punch craft so she offered to make my flowers for me - and I took her up on that generous offer! What a sweetheart she is - and she comes up with fabulous cards for us to make!

The card is a standard A6 size made in SU! Real Red CS. We stamped foliage and leaf images from the Autumn Days stamp set on the white square and then arranged the flowers over the top. Real Red ink was sponged around the square. We used the new SU! Eyelet Border punch on the bottom of the olive CS - hmmm, I think that punch might have to go on my wish list!

Before we tied the elastic cord around the wide ribbon, we placed a strip of adhesive on the back and pleated the ribbon, this held the ribbon in place enough for us to tie on the cord. It made sure we got a nice neat gathered look on the ribbon.




Supplies:
Stamps: SU! Autumn Days set, sentiment from Season of Joy set
CS: SU! Whisper White, Real Red & Old Olive
Ink: SU! Real Red & Old Olive
Tools: SU! Scallop Circle punch, SU! Boho Blossoms punch, DEET tool, embossing tool & moulding mat (for the flower shaping), SU! Eyelet Border punch, tiny circle punch
Embellishments & accessories: SU! 1 1/4" Old Olive Striped Grosgrain ribbon, SU! silver elastic cord


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Tuesday, 27 October 2009

Another Sparkly Tree Card

I really liked the sparkly tree card I made at Joanne's Make & Take evening so I decided to make another one using the Season of Joy stamp set I have on loan from my good stamping buddy Jan. I really don't want to give this set back but I can probably only get away with having it for another day or so! I used different colours and a square card this time but the layout is basically the same.

The card measures 5 3/4" square and was made with SU! Real Red CS. The dotty panel is Celery CS that I stamped the Polka Dot background stamp on using Olive ink. Rectangle Nesties were used for my layers. I stamped the tree in Old Olive ink and then sponged on some Certainly Celery ink, followed by some Old Olive ink around the outside edges. I then made the image super sparkly by using Stamp 'n Bond powder and crystal ultrafine glitter. I added a punched red star to the top of the tree for a pop of colour.

I used a new method for my ribbon knot on this card. Liz told me about it at the Make & take evening. You tie a loose knot in a strip of ribbon, cut a small separate piece of ribbon, insert this inside the loose knot and then pull tight - voila, a nice neat knot! Then you tape the ends of the ribbon behind the panel. Thanks for that great tip Liz!




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Supplies:
Stamps: SU! Season of Joy set, SU! Polka Dot background stamp
CS: SU! Whisper White, Certainly Celery, Real Red & Old Olive
Ink: SU! Old Olive, Certainly Celery, VersaMark
Tools: Rectangle Nestabilities dies, Woodware small star punch, sponge dauber
Embellishments & accessories: Stamp 'n Bond powder, crystal ultrafine glitter, Ribbon Oasis red grosgrain ribbon

Monday, 26 October 2009

Bags of Fun Birthday Card

Today's CAS challenge on Splitcoast Stampers was to use brads and/or eyelets. I'm ashamed to admit how long I've had these handbag brads unused in my stash - it's a few years! When I saw the challenge, I knew the time had come to break them out of the packaging.

I decided to use the bag brads as the main images so there's no stamping on this card at all! The card measures 5 3/4" square. I used square Nesties for my layers. The eggplant layers are popped up. I computer generated the sentiment using the Hank BT font and the RGB colour codes for Elegant Eggplant. My ribbon is threaded through two teal metallic eyelets. I taped the ribbon ends flat inside the card, tied a bow and stuck it to the ribbon with a glue dot.




Supplies:
Stamps: None
CS: White CS, SU! Rose Red, Taken with Teal, Elegant Eggplant & Whisper White
Tools: Square Nestabilities dies, Crop-A-Dile
Embellishments & accessories: Making Memories Handbags Eclectic Brads, teal metallic eyelets, SU! Elegant Eggplant grosgrain ribbon, 3d foam pads, glue dot


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Sunday, 25 October 2009

Chocolate Box Inspired Card # 2

I decided to make another snowflake card while I still had my supplies out for my first chocolate box inspired card. This time I took the large snowflake on the lid as my starting point. This card measures 5 3/4" square.

Again, I used Bazzill Doodlebug Swimming Pool, SU! Chocolate Chip and silver Mirri CS. The large snowflake and stars were cut using Sizzix dies. I found an aqua pearl brad in my stash which I used to attach the stars to the snowflake. The snowflake is popped up.

When it came to stamping the sentiment I was so nervous - I don't like stamping on textured CS but this time it came out perfect, phew! The gorgeous ribbon tied around the scalloped piece is from a Doodlebug Boutique Trims pack. To finish the card, I added 3 small punched snowflakes. This card was sent to our friend Jack.




Supplies:
Stamps: Merry Christmas sentiment by Elzybells
CS: Bazzill Doodlebug Swimming Pool, SU! Chocolate Chip & silver Mirri CS
Ink: SU! Chocolate Chip
Tools: Sizzix Snowflake #2 die, Sizzix Stars #2 die, SU! Scalloped Border punch, X Cut mini snowflake punch
Embellishments & accessories: Aqua pearl brad, Doodlebug Swimming Pool Boutique Trims pack, 3d foam pads

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Saturday, 24 October 2009

Chocolate Box Inspired Snowflakes Card

I saw this box of chocolates last winter in Waitrose and absolutely fell in love with it.



I loved the aqua, chocolate and silver colour combo and the fact that it had snowflakes on it. Can't say as I liked the price though! After Christmas, when the seasonal goodies were reduced, hubby bought the box for me. Of course, the chocolates are long gone - but my completed Christmas cards are being stored in this box this year.

As I love the box so much I decided it was high time I made a card inspired by it. I started off with Bazzill Doodlebug CS in Swimming Pool to make the 6" square card. I used punches and stamps to make the main panel - making sure I stamped on the plain, non-textured side of the Bazzill CS. I used several snowflake stamps from My Cute Stamps and Hero Arts. I punched the snowflakes out of silver Mirri card so they are really shiny.

Square Nesties were used to mat and layer my Hero Arts stamped sentiment piece. The aqua layer is popped up and I popped up the whole sentiment piece over the embossed Choc Chip strip. It's hard to tell from the photo, but I used the Kars Snowflakes Cuttlebug folder to emboss the strip. To finish, I added silver Dew Drops to the sentiment corners. This card was sent to our friends Kevin and Peter.




Supplies:
Stamps: My Cute Stamps Let It Snow! set, Hero Arts Winter's Butterfly clear set, Hero Arts Warm Wishes to You
CS: Bazzill Doodlebug CS in Swimming Pool, SU! Chocolate Chip & silver Mirri card
Ink: SU! Chocolate Chip
Tools: Square Nestabilities dies, Woodware Snowflake punches, Kars Snowflakes Cuttlebug embossing folder
Embellishments & accessories: Silver Dew Drops, SU! Dimensionals


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Friday, 23 October 2009

Window Snowmen

I've left the sparkle behind and gone for a more rustic feel on this Christmas card. The card measures 5 3/4" square and is made from SU! Kraft CS.

I stamped the image on Whisper White CS and have coloured using pencils and solvent - apart from the snowmen, for those I used Marvy pens. I used the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to get the snowmen placed in the window correctly. I've layered the image on Ruby Red CS which I've scalloped with the SU! border punch. Added some vintage brads and gingham ribbon to finish.




Supplies:
Stamps: SU! Window Dressing set
CS: SU! Whisper White, Kraft & Ruby Red
Ink: VersaFine Onyx Black, SU! Ruby Red
Tools: SAMJ, SU! Scalloped Border punch, Derwent ColourSoft pencils, Zest-It natural solvent, blending stumps, Marvy Le Plume II marker pens
Embellishments & accessories: Brown & white gingham ribbon, SU! Vintage brads


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Wednesday, 21 October 2009

Sparkly Tree Warm Wishes Card

This is one of the cards we made at Joanne's SU! Stampers Ten Make & Take on Monday evening. I really like this card, I love the colour combo and the sparkle!

After stamping the tree in Night of Navy ink, we sponged Bashful Blue around the tree and then sponged Night of Navy just around the edges. Joanne then let us loose with the Heat 'n Stick powder and Dazzling Diamonds to make the whole tree image sparkly!

A stamped background border, some ribbon and a sentiment and this card was done. Simple but stunning!




Supplies:
Stamps: SU! Lovely As a Tree and Cheer & Wishes sets, En Francais background stamp
CS: SU! Whisper White, Brocade Blue & Night of Navy
Ink: SU! Bashful Blue, Brocade Blue & Night of Navy & VersaMark
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Night of Navy grosgrain ribbon, SU! Heat 'n Stick powder, SU! Dazzling Diamonds glitter


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Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Poinsettia Trio Card - November 2009 Card Group Project

This is another card I made on Messy Day. I learned how to make the poinsettias using the SU! 5 Petal Flower punch from Joanne last year. You punch the flower, snip the petals a little deeper and then use a DEET tool on a moulding mat to add the veining. You then use the large end of an embossing stylus in the centre of each flower, using a circular motion, to pop up the flower a bit. Joanne's original card can be seen here - the page will open in a new window.

I've used a new Cuttlebug folder on this card - the 5" x 7" Holly Ribbons folder, I love that it's a bit bigger than the usual folders and that you can cut out strips from the design! The sentiment oval is popped up. This is one of the cards we'll be making at my November card group meeting.



And here's a close up pic of the poinsettias:




Supplies:
Stamps: Hero Arts DesignBlock Flourish, sentiment from SU! Best Yet set
CS: SU! Whisper White, Ruby Red & Old Olive
Ink: SU! Old Olive
Tools: Square Nestabilities dies, SU! 5 Petal Flower punch, SU! plain oval punch, DEET tool & moulding mat, Cuttlebug 5" x 7" Holly Ribbons embossing folder
Embellishments & accessories: Gold sequins, 3d foam pads

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Monday, 19 October 2009

CAS With Sympathy Card

Today's CAS challenge on Splitcoast Stampers is to make a sympathy card. Well, this is a first for me as I've never made one before. In fact, I thought I didn't have a sympathy sentiment but I remembered that the PaperTrey Ink Simple Little Things set has a lot of sentiments and I found this in there. I'm just funny about making sympathy cards - they're the only cards I've bought since I started making cards a few years ago. I'm not going to tempt fate by keeping this in my stash either - I really don't want to ever need a sympathy card - so this will go in my cards to be donated box.

As I've not made a sympathy card before, I needed all the help I could get! So, I took my colour scheme from the patterned paper and used the FTL 64 Fall to Layout from the Clean & Simple Stamping blog - which can be seen here - the page will open in a new window.

The card is a standard A6 size in SU! Really Rust. The leafy stem is stamped on More Mustard and the patterned paper is Daisy Bucket. The sentiment was cut out with a Spellbinders Labels Trio die. I die cut a Cuttlebug flower shape and then stamped a flower from PTI's Beautiful Blooms set. As SU! inks don't work well on clear stamps, I inked the stamp with VersaMark ink first and then used Really Rust ink. I punched the turquoise circle. The flower element is popped up.



The patterned paper has a touch of turquoise in it but I didn't want to use too much - you want to get the balance right with a sympathy card and not make something too jaunty. Hopefully, I've succeeded here!


Supplies:
Stamps: PaperTrey Ink Beautiful Blooms & Simple Little Things sets
CS: SU! Whisper White, Really Rust, More Mustard & Tempting Turquoise
Patterned paper: Daisy Bucket Garden Gate Buttercup
Ink: VersaFine Vintage Sepia, VersaMark & SU! Really Rust
Tools: Spellbinders Labels Trio die, X Cut small circle punch
Embellishments & accessories: Offray turquoise ribbon, 3d foam pads

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Sunday, 18 October 2009

Snowflake Joy - with a surprise!

It was Messy Day yesterday - a few friends got together from 10 'til 4 to craft the day away. No interruptions or distractions, just a fab opportunity to get a few Christmas cards made. The CDs go on and we sing along as we craft - great fun!

I made a few more CAS Sparkly Village cards but this card is a new design I made yesterday using die cuts and punches. I made two of these to add to my Christmas card stash.



And when you open the card you get a surprise...



...pop up gift. I used my two new bargain Sizzix dies here, the Gift #2 Originals die and the Pop Ups Bigz die. I got them both at 75% off - fab! Every Friday Sizzix UK announce their special weekly offers - they run monthly special offers too - and it's well worth checking out.


Supplies:
Stamps: Sentiment from SU! Best Yet set
CS: Craft Creations white hemp textured card and CS, SU! Real Red & Old Olive CS
Patterned paper: SU! Old Olive & Ski Slope DSP packs (thanks to Jan for the Ski Slope paper!)
Ink: SU! Real Red
Tools: Cuttlebug snowflake die, QuicKutz joy die, Pop Ups Bigz & Gift #2 Original Sizzix dies, SU! plain and scalloped oval punches, Woodware snowflake punches
Embellishments & accessories: Clear crystals


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Thursday, 15 October 2009

Farm Animal Birthday Card for Robin

My friend Robin used to work on a farm so this Elzybells stamp was perfect to use for his birthday card! Robin is such a cheery chap, always laughing and ready with a joke or a funny story. He is so kind too, he drives us to our local craft shop, the Glitter Pot - and he always takes us the scenic countryside route and then points out all the animals in the fields as we go along!

The card is A6 sized and made with SU! Real Red CS. I stamped the image on watercolour paper and coloured using watercolour crayons and pencils. I mounted on Old Olive and Basic Black panels and added brads to the corners.

I thought it would be cute to use a speech bubble for one of the animals and I was chuffed to find that this Happy Birthday stamp fitted! The bubble is popped up.




Supplies:
Stamps: SU! Elzybells A Little Birdie Told Me clear stamp set, sentiment by Penny Black, speech bubble from Hero Arts Jolly Christmas clear stamp set
CS: Watercolour paper, SU! Real Red, Basic Black & Old Olive
Ink: VersaFine Onyx Black
Tools: SU! Watercolor Wonder Crayons & Derwent watercolour pencils
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Vintage Brads, 3d foam pads


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Tuesday, 13 October 2009

Snowflakes Easel Card - Stamp With Us Colour Challenge

The Technique Lovers Challenge TLC242 on Splitcoast Stampers this week was an easel card. I really liked the look of it and decided I'd make one. The colour combo I chose means it fits for this weeks Stamp With Us Colour Challenge too. Here's the inspiration piece:



You can find the Stamp With Us Colour Challenge here - the page will open in a new window.

There's an easel card tutorial here - the page will open in a new window. The tutorial is for a 4" x 4" card but you can make them any size, just adjust your measurements accordingly.

My card measures 5 1/2" square. For the card base, I cut Old Olive CS measuring 11" x 5 1/2" and scored at 2 3/4" and 5 1/2" to form the easel. Then I cut a 5 1/2" square of olive CS for the card front. The patterned papers are Pebbles Inc. 'Snow Fun' and I love that they aren't traditional Christmas colours! I decorated the base with a scalloped border, olive strip and photo corners. My sentiment piece forms the 'stop' that holds the front of the card up. The scalloped oval is popped up so the card front stays in place.

You can't tell from the photo, but my silver snowflake is very sparkly as it's been heat embossed with Stardust embossing powder. Square Nesties were used for my layers. The olive and scalloped squares are both popped up. I've put a Candy Dot in the centre of my snowflake. I tied Old Olive grosgrain around the card front in a knot and I've added 3 punched snowflakes with crystal centres. To finish, I added two more photo corners to the card front.

The easel part folds down flat so it can easily fit in an envelope. I really like this fun easel card design - it's different but simple to do, I shall definitely make more!

Yay, another Christmas card added to the stash!



And here is a side view photo:




Supplies:
Stamps: Snowflake from Hero Arts Winter's Butterfly clear stamp set, sentiment from SU! Best Yet set
CS: SU! Whisper White, Old Olive and Not Quite Navy
Patterned paper: Pebbles Inc. 'Snow Fun' papers
Ink: SU! Old Olive, Encore Silver
Tools: Plain and scalloped square Nestabilities dies, Sizzix 'Lace Edging' Decorative Strips die, Sizzix Photo Corners #2 Sizzlit die, SU! plain and scalloped oval punches, Woodware snowflake punch
Embellishments & accessories: Stamp 'n Stuff Stardust embossing powder, SU! Old Olive grosgrain ribbon, Pebbles Inc. Spring Green Candy Dot, clear crystals, 3d foam tape


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Monday, 12 October 2009

CAS Thumped Snowflake Christmas Wishes

Today's CAS challenge on Splitcoast Stampers was to use the thumping technique - which I've never done before. Thumping is when you ink a stamp with an ink pad in one colour and then tap the side of a different coloured marker randomly on the image. Then you huff on the stamp and stamp your image - easy, effective and quick too!

I've used SU! Bashful Blue ink and then thumped with a Marvy Amethyst marker. I don't have SU! markers - yet! I really liked how I got a two toned effect on my snowflake and so decided to thump the sentiment too.

The ribbon is by Doodlebug and I used matching Bazzill Doodlebug CS. The snowflake has a gem brad in the centre and the scalloped circle is popped up. To finish, I rounded the bottom corners of the card.




Here's a close up pic of the snowflake:


Supplies:
Stamps: Hero Arts Snowflake Rosette & Christmas Wishes
CS: White CS, Bazzill Doodlebug CS in Bluebell & Blue Jean
Ink: SU! Bashful Blue & Marvy Le Plume II marker in Amethyst
Tools: Plain and Scalloped Circle Nestabilities dies, Crop-A-Dile Corner Chomper
Embellishments & accessories: Doodlebug striped grosgrain ribbon, blue gem brad, 3d foam pads

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Sunday, 11 October 2009

Wonderful Day Tree for SSHP02 Dress Up Those Trees Challenge

This card was made for the Saturday Spotlight with Hidden Potential SSHP02 Dress Up Those Trees challenge - the link will open in a new window. I saw the challenge after looking at Dawn's blog and seeing her fabulous card and I thought that was a perfect chance to play with my Penny Black 'Splendor' tree stamp.

Olive, berry and pink is one of my favourite colour combos but I haven't used it in a while. I use mainly SU! CS these days but I decided to use some of my neglected Bazzill stash for this card - CS, brads and ribbon. The textured Swiss Dotted CS is fab.

Square Nesties were used for the layers. The whole tree panel is popped up. The dotty scalloped strips were made using the Sizzix Scallops Decorative Strips die. Gorgeous, tiny, twinkly Hero Arts pink flower gems are what I dressed my tree up with. I love the different fonts on the sentiment - this is an individual Hero Arts clear stamp.



And here is a close up pic of the tree showing the flower gems:



I really enjoyed this challenge and am looking forward to checking out the other entries!


Supplies:
Stamps: Penny Black 'Splendor', sentiment Hero Arts clear stamp
CS: Bazzill Swiss Dotted Blissful CS, Bazzill Petunia CS, SU! Old Olive & Whisper White
Ink: SU! Old Olive & VersaFine Vintage Sepia
Tools: Square Nestabilities dies, Sizzix Scallops Decorative Strips die
Embellishments & accessories: Bazzill striped ribbon, Bazzill square brads, Hero Arts self adhesive flower gems, SU! Dimensionals


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Friday, 9 October 2009

CAS Sparkly Snowflake Ornament

I'm loving sparkle and eggplant still! Another CAS Christmas card with an oldie but goodie stamp. This one is Snowflake Ornament by All Night Media. This card measures 5 3/4" square. I stamped in Elegant Eggplant ink on Whisper White CS, cut the shape out with a Labels Eight Nestie die and applied glitter after applying Stamp 'n Bond powder.

I've used a sheer white and silver striped ribbon. I stamped the sentiment and punched it out with the SU! plain oval punch. I added a silver eyelet and tied the oval to the ribbon with silver thread. To finish, I added the crystals and rounded the right hand side corners.

I love how using a new technique can breathe new life into old stamps! I have to say I prefer the Christmas Village card though!




Supplies:
Stamps: Snowflake Ornament by All Night Media, sentiment from SU! Best Yet set
CS: SU! Elegant Eggplant & Whisper White
Ink: SU! Elegant Eggplant & VersaMark
Tools: Labels Eight Nestabilities die, SU! plain oval punch, Crop-A-Dile, Crop-A-Dile Corner Chomper
Embellishments & accessories: Stamp 'n Bond powder, White & silver striped ribbon, silver eyelet, silver thread, clear crystals


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Wednesday, 7 October 2009

Chuffed to Bits - and a Robin Card

I am so chuffed - this card of mine made it into Dawn's Colour Challenge Spotlight! (The page will open in a new window.) It was my first time taking part in this challenge and I was so surprised - but delighted! What a lovely start to my day today, I did a happy dance round the room!


My friend Jan is coming over tomorrow and she wants to make a faux wood frame masculine Christmas card - so this is what I came up with. I wanted it to look like the frame is hanging on a wall. Hopefully, the stripey paper and vanilla strip give the impression of wallpaper and a picture rail!

The card measures 5" x 7". I made the frame by stamping the woodgrain stamp on Creamy Caramel CS with Creamy Caramel ink and then used square Nesties to get the frame shape. I cut the frame apart by mitreing the corners and then swiped Chocolate Chip ink around all the edges. I cut out a creamy caramel square and glued my frame pieces to that and added the brads to the corners. The robin panel is nestled inside the frame.

I love this English robin stamp, it's by Inkadinkado. I stamped it on watercolour paper and used my SU! Watercolor Wonder crayons to colour it in. I lightly sponged some distress ink on the stamped piece. I've added Stardust Stickles to the branch to add a touch of sparkle. I attached the silver thread by wrapping the ends around two brad prongs. I pierced two holes for the brad hanger and sandwiched the thread between the brad prongs. The frame piece is popped up.

To finish off, I made the sentiment piece. I really like this sentiment from the SU Best Yet set and love that it fits in the plain oval punch! This card will go to our neighbours and friends Kath & Jim.



Supplies:
Stamps: English Robin by Inkadinkado, Hero Arts Woodgrain, SU! Best Yet set
CS: Watercolour paper, SU! Real Red & Very Vanilla
Patterned paper: SU! Old Olive Prints Designer Series Paper pack
Ink: VersaFine Vintage Sepia, SU! Chocolate Chip, Tim Holtz Antique Linen Distress Ink
Tools: Square Nestabilities dies, SU! plain and scalloped oval punches
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Vintage Brads, Stardust Stickles, 3d foam tape

I hope something happens to chuff you to bits today too!

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Tuesday, 6 October 2009

CAS Sparkly Village Merry Christmas - WCMD

This is the last card I made on World Card Making Day. A few of my favourite things on this card - Eggplant CS, Go Kreate Frame die shape, the PSX Christmas Village stamp and lots of sparkle! I'm not a purple lover at all but I adore Elegant Eggplant and I've wanted to team it up with silver for a long time. I'm really chuffed at how this card turned out - simple yet elegant!

The card measures 6" wide by 5 3/4" tall. I stamped the village in Eggplant on white CS and then used Stamp 'n Bond powder to apply crystal ultrafine glitter over the whole image. I die cut the shape and I've added silver Dew Drops. The sentiment is heat embossed with silver embossing powder and sparkly silver ribbon was added to finish. I'll be making a few of this design to add to my Christmas card stash.




Supplies:
Stamps: PSX Christmas Village, sentiment is Penny Black
CS: SU! Whisper White & Elegant Eggplant
Ink: SU! Elegant Eggplant, Encore silver
Tools: Go Kreate Frame Pointy #1 die
Embellishments & accessories: Stamp 'n Bond powder, crystal ultrafine glitter, silver ribbon, silver Dew Drops


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Monday, 5 October 2009

Petal Pizzazz Thanks So Much - Stamper's 10 Challenge & WCMD


Here's another card I made on World Card Making Day - with my new favourite stamps, the SU! Petal Pizzazz set. I do love this set! This card was made for Joanne's Stampers 10 Challenge, this time she gave us So Saffron, Elegant Eggplant and Ballet Blue CS, a piece of Tea Party patterned paper, the stamped Thanks So Much scallop on the Saffron square and the Saffron ribbon. I opted not to use the Ballet Blue CS.

I would not have put Eggplant and Saffron together myself, but when I saw the stamped element in those colours I really liked it, I think it's quite a dramatic contrast and makes for a very striking combo.

This card is not an exact square, it measures 6" tall x 5 3/4" wide. I stamped the flowers in Saffron and Eggplant and the leaves and stem in Artichoke and have mounted them on top of the patterned paper piece. I trimmed the flowers and have popped them up. A gem brad is in the centre. After trimming the leaves I glued the bottom of the leaves flat but I've popped up the tips with small 3d foam pads.

The Eggplant scalloped element is a Sizzix die cut. I used the SU! Ticket Corner punch on the patterned paper and have put crystals in the corners. I added Eggplant ribbon on top of the Saffron, tied a knot and I've popped up the thanks square over the top. To finish off, I added a cute flower button from the SU! Latte Designer Buttons collection with a thin strip of Eggplant CS threaded through.


Supplies:
Stamps: SU! Petal Pizazz, Sincere Salutations and Autumn Harvest sets
CS: SU! Whisper White, Elegant Eggplant & So Saffron
Patterned paper: SU! Tea Party Designer Series Paper pack
Ink: SU! So Saffron, Elegant Eggplant & Always Artichoke
Tools: Sizzix Sizzlits 'Scallops' Decorative Strip die, SU! Scalloped Square & Ticket Corner punches
Embellishments & accessories: SU! So Saffron & Elegant Eggplant ribbons, SU! Latte Designer Buttons, gem brad, self adhesive crystals, 3d foam pads


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