Friday, 18 July 2014

Buds For You Card

My SU! order arrived a few days ago and I was itching to use some new goodies - I managed to use my new Hey There Buds, I Love Lace and Hello There stamps plus my new Island Indigo cotton ribbon all on this one card!  This card went to Jan and Alan to say thank you for Owen's birthday gift.  

I love the floral image but I'm not all that keen on the 'Hey There' wording so I cut that off before mounting the stamp on the wood block - I have kept it though just in case I do want to stamp it at some point!  I inked the stamp with Old Olive, Island Indigo and Night of Navy markers, stamped onto Whisper White CS and die cut the label shape.  I cut a larger label from Island Indigo CS, pierced the pattern around the edge and popped it up on the front of the Night of Navy A6 sized card.  I added the Indigo cotton ribbon - which ties beautifully! - and popped up the sentiment circle element. 

I've featured the I Love Lace background stamp on the inside of the card and on the front of the envelope - I love it, it's gorgeous!  

Stamps: SU! 'Hey There Buds' & 'I Love Lace' stamps, SU! 'Hello There' set
CS: SU! Night of Navy, Island Indigo & Whisper White
Ink: SU! Night of Navy, Island Indigo & Old Olive
Tools: SU! Labels Collection Framelits dies, Paper Piercer, Festive Paper Piercing template pack, 1 3/8" & 1 3/4" circle punches
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Island Indigo 1/4" Cotton Ribbon, Dimensionals

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Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Bubble Wrap & Blooms Hello Card

My friend Wendy wanted a Minion card kit so I made the kit up for her and popped it in the post.  I made this hello note card to accompany the kit.  I inked the Bubble Wrap background stamp with Bundled Sage Distress Ink, dabbed Peeled Paint Distress Ink randomly over the top with a sponge dauber and stamped the image onto the front of a white A6 card base.  For the pink blooms I inked a flower stamp from the SU! Mixed Bunch set with Pretty in Pink ink and added Strawberry Slush ink around the edges with a sponge dauber.  I stamped three Strawberry Slush Petite Petals flowers and punched all the blooms out.  On the larger flowers I  snipped between the petals and added a bit of shaping.  I glued the small flowers on and added pale green iridescent gems.  I stamped the sentiment, cut it out with an oval punch, inked the edges with Peeled Paint ink and popped up the oval.  I popped up all three blooms too.  I love pink and green together, it always seems a happy combo to me!

Here's the inside and the envelope.  For the inside I stamped three flowers in Strawberry Slush ink without re-inking to get different shades of pink - I love how that looks!

Stamps: SU! 'Mixed Bunch' & 'Petite Petals' sets, Creative Expressions 'Bubble Wrap' A6 stamp, Crafty Impressions 'Medium Everyday Messages' set
CS: PaperMania A6 white card blank, SU! Whisper White
Ink: Ranger Tim Holtz Bundled Sage & Peeled Paint Distress Inks, SU!Pretty in Pink & Strawberry Slush
Tools: SU! 'Blossom' & 'Petite Petals' punches, SU! oval punch, sponge daubers
Embellishments & accessories: PaperMania iridescent gems, SU! Dimensionals

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Monday, 14 July 2014

Brick House Sunshine & Smiles Card

My friend Lesley told me about Impression Obsession dies - oh my word, they have some lovely designs!  I just had to have the Brick House die and this is the first card I've made with it.  I die cut the house and extras in thick white CS and embossed the shapes to bring out the detail.  I lightly brayered Antique Linen Distress Ink over the house and also inked the edges of all the shapes with a sponge dauber.  I added patterned paper behind the windows and door and I popped up the roof part and trim, the windows and the door.  I tore Lucky Limeade CS for grass and glued that to a panel of Soft Sky CS.  I stamped the sentiment, punched a circle for the sun and sponged the edges.  To complete the card front I added leafy sprigs, flowers and butterflies. 

Here's a close up view of the house - I love the embossed details!

Here's the inside and the envelope.

Sunshine and smiles is what I'm looking forward to for the next few days.  Owen and I are spending some time away in a holiday cottage in the Blackmoor Vale area of Dorset with our fabulous friends Debbie and Mike.  Roll on peace and quiet (well, some anyway!), stunning views and cream teas with scones, jam and clotted cream!  You can still pop back to visit though as I've scheduled a few blog posts for the time I'm away.  

Stamps: Hero Arts 'Sending Smiles Messages' clear set 

CS: PaperMania white square card blank, SU! Lucky Limeade, Soft Sky, Daffodil Delight & Rose Red
Patterned paper: Bazzill Basics Vintage Lace 6" x 6" pad
Ink: Ranger Tim Holtz Antique Linen Distress Ink, SU! Crushed Curry & Early Espresso
Tools: Impression Obsession 'Brick House' die, Poppystamps 'Leafy Sprig; die, Martha Stewart butterfly punch, Woodware multi flower punch, circle punch, brayer, sponge dauber
Embellishments & accessories: PaperMania tiny gems, SU! Dimensionals

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Friday, 11 July 2014

Flourish & Poinsettia Christmas Card

A couple of Saturday's ago Jan and Wendy came to my home to make a card.  On their previous visit they made this birthday card which features the water stamping technique - the blog post for that card is HERE.

They both loved the technique and the card and asked if next time they could make the card again but as a Christmas card.   I was happy to oblige, it's fun to redo a card in a different way!  I used a traditional red, green and vanilla combo, added a poinsettia made from stacked punched flowers, tweaked the layout a tad and sprinkled on some snowflakes. I inked the oval with Wild Honey and Fired Brick Distress Inks before water stamping the image over the top.  I edged the image oval and the sentiment oval with Frayed Burlap Distress Ink.  You can't tell from the photo but the gold CS has a glittery, sparkly finish which looks fab when the light catches it!  I placed red nailheads in the snowflake centres to complete the card front.

Here's a close up of the poinsettia.  I punched three flowers from Fired Brick Core'dinations CS, snipped between the petals, used a DEET (Double Ended Etching Tool) with a moulding mat to add shaping and fixed the three layers together with a gold brad.  I don't own a poinsettia die but I knew that Jan does so I told her to bring the die with her so the ladies had the option to use a die cut flower or a punched one.  Both Jan and Wendy opted for the poinsettia die - it did look better I have to say, but I'd fixed my punched poinsettia to the oval mat layers with the brad so it wouldn't have been easy for me to make a substitution!  Jan loaned me the die for a while so I ran it through my Big Shot a good few times so I now have some poinsettias in my stash!

Here's the inside and the envelope flap.

Because I make Christmas cards all through the year, thanks to the challenges and a DT spot at 52 {C}CT,  my Christmas card box gets filled up quickly.  Last year I had more cards than I needed so I still have some cards in the box left over from last year.  Jan and Wendy had a good rummage through the box to select the card they wanted to make next.  Oh dear, they couldn't pick just one and they couldn't wait a month so they came to visit again last Saturday to make this Rudolph on a spring easel card!  Next time they'll be making two vintage snowmen cards, this recently made card and also this card made back in August 2013.  The time after that it will be this chubby robin card.  Saves me having to design new cards for them to make and they get a few Christmas cards made early - happy days all round!
Stamps: Penny Black 'Delicate Pattern' background stamp, SU! 'Best Yet' set, Stampendous 'Christmas Cheer'

CS: SU! Old Olive & Very Vanilla, Fired Brick Core'dinations CS, glittered gold CS
Ink: Ranger Tim Holtz Wild Honey, Fired Brick & Frayed Burlap Distress Inks, SU! Old Olive
Tools: Petite Oval & circle Nestabilities dies, Cheery Lynn 'Fanciful Flourish' & 'Mini Fanciful Flourish' dies, MFT Die-Namics 'Photo Corners' die, SU! plain & scalloped oval punches, X Cut snowflake punch, DEET & moulding mat, sponge dauber
Embellishments & accessories: SU! 'Sleigh Bells' ribbon, red metallic nailheads, gold brad, SU! Dimensionals

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Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Star Spinning In Circles Birthday Card For Hubby

This is the card I made for Owen, my wonderful hubby who is celebrating his birthday today.  I saw this fab spinning in circles card, made by Dawn Griffith, on Pinterest and I just had to give it a go!

My starting point was the patterned paper, I picked it up on my last visit to the local craft shop  because it goes beautifully with the new SU! Lost Lagoon colour.  It's actually from a Christmas collection of papers but this plaid design is perfect for a masculine card I think.  The great thing about being guided by patterned paper is that it gets me to use colour combos that I wouldn't think of using myself!  I made a 5 3/4" square Cajun Craze card base and glued a panel of the plaid paper to the card front.  I cut a 5 1/2" square of Lost Lagoon CS, rounded the corners, cut out a large circle from the panel and added a strip of the plaid paper.  I cut a smaller Lost Lagoon circle and added the sentiment.  Using die cuts and punches I made my star spinner circle element and then I popped up the Lost Lagoon square, positioned the spinner and popped up the sentiment circle. 

In the video Dawn uses just one penny to make the spinner but I followed Dawn's new instructions that she added to her blog post to sandwich a foam dot between two pennies to make the spinner move more quickly and smoothly.  To complete the front I added some stars punched from Champagne Glimmer Paper.  The spinner really does move smoothly, when I stood the card up to take the photo the star circle rolled to the bottom - the design looks more pleasing to me with the spinner at the side so I fixed it in place temporarily with some Blu Tak while I snapped the pic!  

Here's the inside and the envelope flap.

As I had some triangular pieces of paper left over from covering the envelope flap I adhered them to the front of the envelope and added a popped up name label.  I am very happy to say Owen loves the card and I've caught him having a spin a few times LOL!

Stamps: 'Wonderful Day' from Hero Arts, inside sentiment from Hero Arts 'Yummy Treats' clear set
CS: SU! Cajun Craze, Lost Lagoon & Whisper White
Patterned paper: My Mind's Eye Mistletoe Magic 'Countdown'
Ink: SU! Cajun Craze
Tools: Circle Nestabilities dies, circle punches, Sizzix 'Stars' Framelits die, Woodware star punch, Spellbinder's 'Grommet Tags' dies
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Cajun Craze Candy Dot, gold brads, 3D foam pads 

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