Monday, 12 August 2013

Summer and Christmas!

It's a couple of weeks ago but I thought I'd share a couple of cards we made at my last class.  I've been so busy with the house renovations... firstly we had new windows and doors fitted and this is the second week of the electricians being here totally re-wiring the place - so much mess!

We actually made three cards but I managed to send one off to a friend for her birthday before I photographed it!  See, it's a hectic life I lead :-)

The first card was a 'technique' card and I wanted to teach my ladies resist emboss technique using watercolour paper and aqua painter pens. We used the Summer Silhouettes stamp set and heat embossed the flower heads in clear on the watercolour paper before adding colour using the aqua markers.  The key to getting a lovely watercolour blended effect is to put plenty of water with the ink.  I encouraged the ladies to
add splatters too. The sentiment for this card is from Petite Pairs set.  Did you spot that lovely stretch ruffle ribbon along the bottom?  It's so super to use and I'm loving the new 'in colours' for this season... I've used Coastal Cabana for the card base and then added Pistachio Pudding with ink and the ribbon and I think they go really well with my old favourite Rich Razzleberry.


The next card we made was a Christmas card using Mosaic Madness stamp set proving that you don't always need a Christmas stamp set to make a card.  Thanks to Monica Gayle for the design of this card which we made at demonstrator training earlier in July.  I always love a card that has a bit of a wow factor and it's super how something as simple as punching a circle in this card has done this!  The little ornament which dangles in the open circle was made by stamping four of the mosaic shapes, folding them in half and sticking them together.  The beauty of this is that it can be squished flat for posting too!  Did you notice that chevron paper?  Well, it's simply a piece of one of the Tag a Bag Gift Bags.. again proving that Stampin' Up! are versatile and that you don't always have to use products for what they are originally intended.  The sentiment for this card comes from Snowflake Soiree which is still available as a carry over product from last year's autumn/winter catalogue (for details contact me).

Monday, 22 July 2013

A special card for a special lady!

My lovely sister-in-law Susan will be celebrating her 60th birthday on Wednesday this week.  I've been putting the finishing touches to her card this afternoon and I thought I'd share it with you.  It's a 'cascade' fold card and I decided to use the fabulous Mixed Bunch stamp set - I totally love this set because of the size of the largest flower and the fact that there is a matching punch!  The single cascade fold is one of my favourite fancy folds as it's easy to achieve but looks really impressive.  It's even easier when you use a Stampin' Up simply scored scoring board and trimmer! ;-)

Susan loves all things purple so I used 'Perfect Plum' as the base card colour and then wanted to make the card pack a punch with summer colours so I stamped the flowers in 'Wisteria Wonder', 'Calypso Coral' and 'Melon Mambo'.  The green accents were added by punching out leaves using the two step bird punch and some 'Old Olive' card stock.

Now, what do you think of the 'floating' glittery 60?  I achieved this by using some cellophane strips which just happened to be on my desk as a piece of waste from the Delicate Details Lace Tape which I used to trim the bottom of the card.  This tape comes on a small roll and is backed onto a cello strip which works perfectly to make things fly off a card - I can't wait to have a play with some bees I've been thinking about!!

Here is a close-up of the numbers and you can hardly see the cello but those numbers really dance and stand out.

I worked hard on layering the flowers to make the card really look like a mixed bunch just as the stamp set describes it, I think I achieved it!  The finishing touches came from a few rhinestones and by stamping the 'Happiest Birthday' sentiment (which comes from Apothecary Art stamp set) in white craft ink and I added some sparkle by using some dazzling diamonds glitter after using heat and stick powder.

We'll be celebrating her special birthday on Sunday when we're having a party at our new home for her and our family.

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Best of...


To celebrate Stampin' Up! 25 years anniversary we are bringing back some favourite stamps from over the last 25 years.  These sets are called 'Best Of' and one set will be released per month until October 2013.

For July the Best Of Butterflies has been launched.  It's really beautiful and I'm sure it will be a hit with all you flutterby lovers out there.  How many pretty summery projects do you think you could use one of these butterflies on?  Oh, and don't overlook the fact that one of these gorgeous critters co-ordinates with the Elegant Butterfly punch, so lovely.


Saturday, 22 June 2013

End of June Stamp Class

Well, it's been a little while since I had a chance to blog as it's been a bit hectic with my house move.  I am delighted to say that we're settled in and my craft room is fully functional!!  The most important room for me to unpack and get working :-)

I'm so excited about the imminent launch of the NEW Stampin' Up! annual catalogue and so I'm hosting a catalogue launch during my next class which is on Saturday 29th June in East Cowick - see my classes page for location details if you've not been before.

I'll be giving you a sneak peek of two gorgeous stamp sets from the new catalogue and you'll be trying something a bit different - stamping onto a clay heart.  You'll also be making a gift box for the heart and two cards using a different stamp set - see them on my classes page.

Of course, booking is essential as this class is limited to only 8 places - so you'll need to be quick to book!

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Card Class for June

I'd love to see you at my next card class in East Yorkshire.  Nip to my 'Classes' page for all the details but here are some pics of what you'll be making!
Although these photos show the projects finished for Father's Day you will have the opportunity to make them for whatever occasion you want as I will provide alternative sentiments for you.
If you would like to join me then booking is essential, you can book by contacting me before Saturday 25th May.

Saturday, 27 April 2013

Class today

Class this morning was fun as always, despite only being six ladies (2 hiding on this pic!).  The technique I demonstrated today was all about getting colour onto your outline stamped images.  We used the lovely Storybook Friends stamp set and just used the cat and the dog for two cards and one matching gift box.
Card number one was made using watercolour paper and coloured using aqua painters and ink from classic stampin' pads squeezed into the lid.  Tangerine Tango is the base card colour and we added accents of Basic Grey.  The matching gift box was made using the Fancy Favor Bigz XL die and we made two boxes; one in Tangerine Tango and one in First Edition DSP which we glued slightly looser so it slides over and forms a lid.  A matching tag was made to finish this off.
The dog card was coloured using Stampin' Write markers and a blender pen which just softens the ink.  The image was stamped first onto very vanilla card stock and punched using circle and scalloped circle punches.  Some texture was added by ruffling a piece of ribbon onto the card and securing it using sticky strip, this is a nice way of adding some soft texture to a masculine card without adding bows!
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Special Birthday

My neighbour and friend Dianne had a special birthday today and I loved making her a card which also doubled as a gift card holder and I made a custom matching envelope.
I used my favourite style of stamping at the moment which is 'collage' stamping where you build up layers of stamped images.
I stamped the card blank (Raspberry Ripple card stock) with basic grey ink using the 'Travel Journal' builder wheel which I also used on the tag topper.  I've used the 'Collage Curios' stamp set for most of the elements on the tag layer and the larger of the butterflies is from 'Papaya Collage'.  I sponged the edges and I used my Colour Spritzer Tool to add a mist of speckles in basic grey.  The sentiment I used is from Petite Pairs and I used markers to split the sentiment down to 'happy' and 'Birthday wishes' and I also used the 'th' from birthday to add to the big 40.  The numbers were cut using my old alphabet and numbers sizzlit set using the Big Shot and I also used a border edge punch and two butterfly punches.  Finishing touches were added with a vintage brad and some of the lovely tulle ribbon which has now retired.
I love making matching envelopes for special cards and this one was no exception.  I used Naturals in ivory card stock which is the same as on the card.  I love this card stock for more vintage projects as it has natural flecks and speckles in it and is quite soft to touch.  I used my Simply Scored board with the diagonal plate to make the envelope and then I decorated it using all the same elements as the card.  I finished it off with a big bow as the card also had a pocket inside which I put a gift card in so it became card and present in one.  Finally, I spritzed both card and envelope with shimmer spritz in champagne.