Thursday, 29 January 2015

Two Woodgrain Any Occasion Cards

Angela and Janet will be with me later on for an afternoon of card making.  The ladies requests were to use the SU! Hardwood stamp and to make two cards.  As they'll be making two cards I've kept to simple designs and straightforward techniques.

First up is this grid layout card featuring stamping, punching and die cutting - simples!  I stamped the Hardwood onto Crumb Cake CS with Soft Suede ink and was able to cut all four squares at the same time thanks to a 1 7/8" squares grid die.  I glued a Rich Razzleberry mat layer to the front of the 5 1/4" square cream card, inked the edges of each wood square and popped them up.  I stamped the butterflies with Rich Razzleberry ink onto Coastal Cabana CS, punched them out and glued them to the wood squares making sure to lift the wings up.  A stamped and punched circle element completed the card front.

Here's the inside and the envelope.

For card two, as with card one, I stamped the Hardwood stamp onto Crumb Cake CS with Soft Suede ink.  The wood grain detail looks stronger on this card because I re-inked my Soft Suede ink pad after making the first card.  I stamped the silhouette with VersaMark ink onto the wood panel and heat embossed with white powder - white heat embossing on kraft card is definitely a fave look of mine!  I trimmed the wood panel to size, inked the edges with Soft Suede ink, added the gingham ribbon and adhered the wood panel to a white CS mat layer.  I then adhered that layer to the front of an A6 Tempting Turquoise card base.  Blimey, it has been a LONG time since I've used turquoise - I think I fell in love with the newer blues from SU! and neglected Tempting Turquoise!  I stamped and punched the sentiment element, popped that up and sprinkled on a few turquoise gems to finish the front.

For the inside and envelope I stamped the gorgeous silhouette in Soft Suede ink.  I snapped this Hero Arts 'Wildflower Garden' set up from the ex demo/class sale section at the Glitter Pot - a beautiful bargain!  

Supplies for 'to you from me' card:
Stamps: SU! 'Hardwood' background stamp, 'Papillon Potpourri' & 'Best Yet' sets, Personal Impressions 'Medium Everyday Messages' clear set
CS: PaperMania cream square card blank, SU! Crumb Cake, Rich Razzleberry, Coastal Cabana & Very Vanilla
Ink: SU! Soft Suede & Rich Razzleberry
Tools: Sizzix 1 7/8" Squares Grid Works Thinlits die, SU! 'Elegant Butterfly' & 'Bitty Butterfly' punches, circle punches, sponge dauber
Embellishments & accessories: 3D foam tape

Supplies for 'Warm Wishes' card:
Stamps: SU! 'Hardwood' background stamp, Hero Arts 'Wildflower Garden' cling set, Personal Impressions 'Medium Everyday Messages' clear set
CS: SU! Tempting Turquoise, Crumb Cake & Whisper White
Ink: VersaMark, SU! Soft Suede
Tools: SU! plain & scalloped oval punches, heat tool, sponge dauber
Embellishments & accessories: white embossing powder, Woodware turquoise gingham ribbon, Kaisercraft turquoise gems, SU! Dimensionals

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Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Two Floral Cluster Circle Thank You Cards

The X Cut 'Floral Cluster Circle' die is so pretty - flowers and a butterfly - what's not to love?!  For these two thank you cards I kept to the same design but used different colour schemes - one soft and one bold.  The cards measure 5 1/4" square and I glued a 4" circle behind the cluster circles before popping them up.  I die cut just the butterfly portion of the die from patterned papers and inset them, raising the wings up.  I then blinged with lots of rhinestones!

Here's the soft version with SU! Pool Party and Brushed Silver CS together with a grey damask patterned paper.

Here's the inside and the envelope.  For the butterflies on the envelopes I used Memory Box dies where the centres of the butterflies remain attached to the card after die cutting.  I snipped with my scissors to release them so I could use the positive shapes on the envelope flaps.   

Here's the bold version with SU! Blackberry Bliss and Brushed Silver CS together with a floral patterned paper.

Here's the inside and the envelope.

Stamps: SU! 'Curly Cute' set
CS: SU! Pool Party, Blackberry Bliss & Brushed Silver 

Patterned paper: Echo Park Style Essentials 'Gray Damask', Basic Grey RSVP 'Sprinkles'
Ink: VersaFine Onyx Black, SU! Blackberry Bliss
Tools: X Cut 'Floral Cluster Circle' die, Sizzix 'Circle #1' Originals die, Sizzix 'Charms, Fancy' Framelits die set, Memory Box 'Effera Butterfly Wings' & 'Rhone Butterfly Wings' dies, Woodware multi flower punch
Embellishments & accessories: aqua gems, SU! rhinestone jewels, 3D foam tape

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Monday, 26 January 2015

Dotty Flowers Birthday Card & Gift Box

My sweet friend Wendy came over on Saturday morning to make a birthday card and matching gift box.  Here's the completed ensemble.

The 5 3/4" square card was made with Rich Razzleberry CS and I added Old Olive and Pool Party hexagons, embossing the Pool Party shape with a Leafy Swirls folder.  I bought the hexagon dies recently as I wanted another shape option to add to my circle, square, rectangle and oval dies - I'm really liking them so far!  I stamped the three sizes of flower in VersaMark ink onto dotty paper,  embossed them with white embossing powder, fussy cut them, shaped them and stacked them together with a pearl brad.  I die cut and shaped the leaves, adhered them in place and popped the flower up.  I added small punched flowers to the sentiment label, popped the label up and added some aqua pearls to complete the card front.

Here's the inside and the envelope.  I used the Petal Chain border punch to decorate the inside of the card.

Here's the 3 1/4" x 3 1/4" x 2 1/2" gift box made with the Gift Box Punch Board.  As I'm not fond of an interlocking closure for the top of a box I made a belly band which slides on and off.  I used the Petal Chain border punch I'd used on the inside of the card to decorate the belly band and I popped the flower up.

Here's the top of the box.  For the envelope and box I stamped the dotty flowers onto Pool Party CS with Rich Razzleberry ink.  I then filled in the dots with a Rich Razzleberry marker.  I stacked the flowers, attaching the layers together with a plain brad base in the centre.  I coloured a white pearl with the darkest Rich Razzleberry Blendabilities pen and added that to the brad base.  

Crafting, chatting, laughing and lunch including a blueberry muffin - what a lovely time we both had!

Stamps: Woodware 'Dotty Flowers' set, SU! 'Curly Cute' set, Penny Black 'Lovely Day'
CS: SU! Rich Razzleberry (A4 & 12" x 12"), Pool Party, Old Olive & Whisper White

Patterned paper: Bo Bunny 'Boysenberry' Double Dot
Ink: VersaMark, SU! Rich Razzleberry ink pad & marker, Rich Razzleberry dark Blendabilities pen
Tools: Sizzix 'Hexagons' & 'Charms, Fancy' Framelits die sets, Crafts Too 'Leafy Swirl' square embossing folder,  WRMK/SU! Gift Box Punch Board, SU! 'Simply Scored' board, Woodware 'Petal Chain' Deep Lever Border Punch, Woodware multi flower punch, paper piercer
Embellishments & accessories: SU! brad bases & pearl jewels, aqua pearls, SU! Dimensionals

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Saturday, 24 January 2015

Glitter Pot 'Black, White & Add a Bright' and 'Krafty Cards' Class Cards

Yesterday I ran two classes at my local craft shop, the Glitter Pot.  I was excited and a tad apprehensive all at the same time!  The apprehension soon disappeared as the ladies were such a wonderful bunch.  They were very kind and said lovely things, bless them!  I really enjoyed our day together!

The morning class was 'Black White and Add a Bright'.  Here's the black, white and red landscape oriented A6 sized easel card I designed. The image was heat embossed and the poppies coloured in with a 'Ruby' ProMarker.

The second card was this black, white and bright pink 5 3/4" square Z fold card. The image was stamped twice - once in VersaMark on black card and heat embossed with white embossing powder and stamped a second time in black ink on pink CS.  Circle dies were used to cut the pink and black spotlight circle and that was popped up.  The sentiment was also heat embossed with white powder and punched daisies added more pops of pink.   Elegant flourishes were stamped on the inside and the strip of black CS added a truly finished look.

The class in the afternoon was 'Krafty Cards' using kraft and white plus dark brown.

This first card is 5 3/4" square and features white heat embossings on kraft CS - I love how that looks!  A pretty, feminine design featuring patterned paper, ribbon and gems.

A kraft, white and dark brown colour combo lends itself to masculine design cards and so I included this card suitable for a male.  The positive die cut tree shapes are nested in the solid negative die cut shape and you can see through the trees to the panel of dotty paper on the inside of the card. 

 Here's a side view of the card.

I had both positive and negative die cut tree pieces left over from the previous card and it would have been such a shame to waste them so I made an extra card using the left over pieces!  The kraft positive tree shapes were inset into the brown negative shape, embossed with a woodgrain folder and then Walnut Stain ink was addded to the kraft trees.  A simple offset layout, a stamped sentiment, three punched 1/4" circles and the card was done.     

These cards will be on display at the Glitter Pot - I'll get a kick out of seeing my designs displayed when I visit the shop!  That's me done for January but I'll be running more classes at the Glitter Pot in February.  I'm looking forward to it muchly!
Supplies for black, white & red easel card:
Stamps: IndigoBlu 'Wild Flowers', Penny Black 'Special Wishes' clear set
CS: Glitter Pot A4 white & black CS, Bazzill 'Kisses' 

Patterned paper: 'Impression Ledger Typewriter/Damask' from the Authentique 'Crush' collection
Ink: VersaFine Onyx Black, VersaMagic Red Magic chalk ink, 'Ruby' ProMarker
Tools: heat tool, score board
Embellishments & accessories: Stampendous clear embossing powder, Woodware black stripe organza ribbon, PaperMania red & black adhesive jewels, 3D foam tape 

Supplies for black, white & bright pink Z fold card:
Stamps: IndigoBlu 'Love Is'  & 'Vintage Flourish', Penny Black 'Special Wishes' clear set
CS: Glitter Pot A4 white & black CS, Bazzill Dotted Swiss 'Ballet'
Ink: VersaMark, Tim Holtz Walnut Stain Distress Ink
Tools: Circle Nestabilities dies, Woodware Inverted Corner Rounder & Regular Daisy punches, heat tool, score board
Embellishments & accessories: Stampendous white embossing powder, PaperMania black adhesive jewels, 3D foam tape 

Supplies for 'Just Thinking of You' card:
Stamps: Woodware 'Going to Seed' set
CS: Glitter Pot A4 white CS, Craftwork Cards Kraft CS, Bazzill 'Pinecone' 

Patterned paper: Echo Park 'Baby Cakes' from 'Bundle of Joy' collection
Ink: VersaMark
Tools: heat tool
Embellishments & accessories: Stampendous white embossing powder, Woodware brown gingham ribbon, PaperMania Bronze adhesive jewels 

Supplies for 'Especially for You' trees card
Stamps: Woodware 'Going to Seed' set
CS: Craftwork Cards Kraft CS, Bazzill 'Brown', Glitter Pot A4 white CS

Patterned paper: Bo Bunny Double Dot 'Chiffon'
Ink: VersaMark
Tools: Memory Box 'Cosenza Tree Background' & 'Cosenza Tree Outline' dies, heat tool
Embellishments & accessories: Stampendous white embossing powder 

Supplies for 'happy birthday' trees card
Stamps: Penny Black 'Special Wishes' set
CS: Glitter Pot A4 white CS, Craftwork Cards Kraft CS, Bazzill 'Brown'
Ink: Tim Holtz Walnut Stain Distress Ink
Tools: Sizzix 'Drapery & Woodgrain #2' embossing folder set, 1/4" circle punch, sponge dauber

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Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Glitter Pot Class Cards - Preview Peeks!

On Friday I'll be at the Glitter Pot running two card classes - how exciting!  In the morning the class is Black, White and Add a Bright and the afternoon class is Krafty Cards.

I'll share the cards after Friday but I thought I'd share some preview peeks before the event! 

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Lotus Blossom Thank You Card

When I saw the SU! Sale-A-Bration catalogue I was really intrigued by the Lotus Blossom stamp set.  I've always loved two step stamping and with this set you actually build your flower by stamping three times - this gives an even more detailed look which is fabulous!

I dry embossed a piece of Very Vanilla CS, layered that onto a Cherry Cobbler mat and glued the panel to the front of a Wild Wasabi A6 sized card.  I stamped the stem and sentiment direct to a piece of Very Vanilla CS and cut it out with a die from the Apothecary Accents set.  I stamped the flower head on a separate piece of CS, fussy cut it and popped it up.  I stamped the first image in full strength Cherry Cobbler ink, stamped the second image in stamped off Cherry Cobbler ink and stamped the solid image in Blushing Bride ink.  I used Pistachio Pudding and Wild Wasabi inks to stamp the stem.  Using a larger die from the set I cut a Cherry Cobbler shape, glued that in place and popped up the Very Vanilla shape.  I completed the card front  by adding a couple of Wild Wasabi Candy Dots.

Here's the inside and the envelope with a couple more of those pretty blossoms.

Stamps: SU! 'Lotus Blossom' set
CS: SU! Wild Wasabi, Cherry Cobbler & Very Vanilla
Ink: SU! Blushing Bride, Cherry Cobbler, Pistachio Pudding & Wild Wasabi
Tools: SU! 'Apothecary Accents' Framelits die set, 'Decorative Dots' embossing folder, circle punches
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Wild Wasabi Candy Dots, Dimensionals

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Thursday, 15 January 2015

Holly Branch & Ornament Season's Greetings Card - CASE-ing Christmas Challenge #2

My friend, the amazing crafty whirlwind known as Mynn, has set up a new Christmas card challenge blog called CASE-ing Christmas.  Somehow, I managed to miss the first challenge but I was determined to play along with challenge #2.  I had to get a shift on as there were only a few hours left to take part in the challenge!  This week we're to CASE this beautiful card made by Pat. I chose to be inspired by the layout, the dry embossing and the swirly flourish.


I love getting some new Christmas goodies in the sales and because I want to play with my new bargains it encourages me to start making my Christmas cards early!  I've used two of my new bargains on this card, the stamp and die combo set and the holly branch die.  I went very traditional in my colour choices opting for Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Very Vanilla and some sparkly gold.  The card is A6 sized, the Very Vanilla banner is dry embossed with a snowflake swirl folder and the ornament and sentiment strip are both popped up.  I added some deep red crystals as holly berries to complete the card front.

Here's the inside and the envelope.  For the inside I cut the holly branch in Old Olive CS and added red nailheads as berries.  I used the same gorgeous embossing folder that I'd used on the card front to emboss the envelope flap - a very simple yet elegant touch I think.  So that's my first Christmas card for 2015 made.

Stamps: Sizzix 'Ornaments #3' stamps & dies set, Hero Arts 'Holiday Cheer' clear set
CS: SU! Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Very Vanilla, Gold Glimmer Paper

Patterned paper: Echo Park Style Essentials 'Green Damask'
Ink: SU! Cherry Cobbler & Old Olive
Tools: Framelits dies from Sizzix 'Ornaments #3' stamps & dies set, Die-Versions Whispers 'Holly Branch' die, Darice 'Snowflake Swirl' embossing folder
Embellishments & accessories: red Swarovski crystals, red nailheads, SU! Dimensionals

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