Wednesday, 7 October 2015

September Card Group Projects

I'm back to blog the three cards we made at our September card group meeting.  There were two Christmas cards and one birthday card.  I just had to use some of my new gorgeous goodies that I'd got from the Stampin' Up! Autumn/Winter catalogue!

A "must have" item for me from the catalogue was the Woodland embossing folder featuring a beautiful birch trees design.  Using a brayer, I inked the inside of the folder with Soft Sky ink, embossed a piece of Whisper White CS, added highlights to the birch trees with a Marina Mist marker pen and adhered the embossed panel to the front of a Garden Green A6 card base.  As the Woodland folder features birch tree trunks I decided to stamp and die cut birch leaves from the Vintage Leaves stamp set.  I stamped in Garden Green ink onto Garden Green CS and popped the leaves up.  I stamped the sentiment onto a die cut banner which I curled a wee bit and I also popped that up.

Here's the inside and the envelope with simple stamping.

This Christmas card was made using the Embellished Ornaments bundle of stamps and dies.  The card has a very simple design and layout but the red foil CS gives a festive touch of luxury I think!  The white card base measures 5 1/4" square and I added a mat layer of Real Red CS.  I die cut a Pear Pizzazz plain ornament and added a fancy red foil CS ornament over the top with a bauble topper.  I threaded the ornament onto a length of gold cord and I taped the ends round the back of the patterned paper square.  I added 3D foam tape underneath the ornament - and also popped up the sentiment oval.  I punched three red foil CS circles and adhered those to the top right of the patterned paper and added three clear gems to the poinsettia in the centre of the ornament.  

Here's the inside and the envelope.  I stamped the holly image in Pear Pizzazz ink and then used a Real Red marker pen to add red to the berries.

This next Christmas card features another new Christmas set - the SU! 'Cozy Christmas' set.  I've paired my new set with an older snow globe stamp from my stash.  I stamped the snowflake background in Lost Lagoon ink onto a panel of Lost Lagoon CS, inked the edges with Early Espresso ink, added a strip of Island Indigo cotton ribbon and glued the panel to the front of an Island Indigo A6 card base.  I stamped The snow globe twice - once on Whisper White CS and once on kraft CS.  I stamped the scene inside the globe and added Smoky Slate marker highlights to give the illusion of glass.  I fussy cut both stamped pieces, inked the edges of the snow globe base and glued it over the top of the white shape.  I added PVA glue to the roof of the house and the ground and then sprinkled on some ultrafine glitter. I stamped the sentiment, fussy cut it, popped it up and also popped up the snow globe.  To complete the front I added two small punched snowflakes to the ribbon and placed a gem in the centre of each snowflake.   

Here's the inside and the envelope which shows off another beautiful sentiment from the Cozy Christmas set and the lovely bells image.  A shame I didn't remember to ink the white panel for the inside of the card - hey ho!

Supplies for With Best Wishes card:
Stamps: SU! 'Vintage Leaves' set, Hobby Art 'Sentiments' clear set
CS: SU! Garden Green, Soft Sky & Whisper White
Ink: SU! Garden Green & Soft Sky, SU! Marina Mist marker
Tools: SU! 'Woodland' embossing folder, SU! 'Leaflets' Framelits die, flagged banner die from MFT 'First Place Award' die set, brayer
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Dimensionals

Supplies for ornament Christmas card:
Stamps: SU! 'Embellished Ornaments' set
CS: PaperMania white square card blank, SU! Pear Pizzazz, Real Red & Red Foil Sheet 

Patterned paper: SU! 'Season of Cheer' DSP pack
Ink: SU! Pear Pizzazz & Real Red
Tools: SU! 'Delicate Ornament' Thinlits dies, Petite Oval Nestabilities dies, 1/4" circle punch
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Gold Cording Trim, rhinestone jewels, Dimensionals

Supplies for snow globe Christmas card:
Stamps: SU! 'Cozy Christmas' set, Woodware 'Snowflakes & Sparkles', snow globe from Penny Black 'Sending Love' set
CS: SU! Island Indigo, Lost Lagoon, kraft & Whisper White
Ink: SU! Island Indigo, Lost Lagoon, Pool Party, Early Espresso & Soft Suede, Smoky Slate marker
Tools: X Cut snowflake punch, sponge daubers
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Island Indigo cotton ribbon, crystal ultrafine glitter, SU! rhinestone jewels, Dimensionals

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Tuesday, 6 October 2015

August Card Group Projects

Well, that was certainly a longer blogging break than I intended!  I was finding it challenging getting the work/leisure balance right.  I wasn't getting as much time to craft and blog, in fact hardly any time at all - nor did I have the energy!  I felt it was right to take a break and see how things were after that.  I definitely won't be crafting as much as I was before I started the job.  However, I've made attempts to carve out more "me" time so I can still craft occasionally - which is better than not at all!

After taking time to reflect and assess what I want and need I realised it's very important for me that I enjoy and get pleasure from my crafting hobby - and I want to be able to create just for me a lot more than I have been.  I really enjoyed sharing and teaching and I met some wonderful, inspiring women.  However, designing and prepping for classes takes a lot of time and energy and can become pressured and less than enjoyable when you're under time constraints.  I've decided to carry on with my monthly card group, I still hope to craft now and then with a couple of crafty buddies but I've decided I won't be running any classes aside from that.  I feel happier having come to a decision and am looking forward to crafting and blogging again - not as often as I used to but at least sometimes!

I managed to keep up with my card group commitments while I took my break and I thought I'd share the projects we made back in August.  I love making fancy shaped cards and dies are such useful tools for that!  I got a set of Grand Labels 11 Nestabilities dies for a great price from ebay.  Although the two largest dies in the set won't go through my Big Shot I can certainly make use of the other dies in the set and the labels are a perfect shape for fancy card bases.  I used a fave combo of Pool Party and Elegant Eggplant and dug out a neglected Hero Arts 'Floral' stamps and dies combo set for this Thinking of You card.  I used Elegant Eggplant and Garden Green markers to ink the flower stamp, I popped up the die cut shape onto the white circle and I also popped up the die cut sentiment shape.  I added three punched and shaped Elegant Eggplant flowers and I placed a pretty, iridescent gem in the centre of each flower.

This photo shows that I scored the Pool Party Grand Labels 11 shape, trimmed off one fancy edge and glued the plain Pool Party section to the back of a panel of white CS in order to form the card base.

Here's the inside - simply decorated with Elegant Eggplant photo corners.

Here's the envelope with a stamped flower on the flap.

The second card was CASEd from this lovely, inspiring card I saw made by Cindy Hall featuring the fabulous 'Butterfly Basics' set.  Cindy used a very elegant combo but I opted for a bold and bright colour scheme for my version.  I added some shine by sprinkling on a few gold sequins.

Here's the inside and the envelope.

The third item was a rare non card project - a memo block and pen gift in a cello bag with a topper.  I used just one half of a 600 sheet 85 mm square memo block and used a 5 3/4" square of black CS to make the tray for the memo block to sit in.  After cutting the 5 3/4" square I scored at 1 1/8" on all four sides, trimmed tabs, die cut a fancy hole from the front section, glued patterned paper panels on three sides and glued the tabs together to form the tray.  I attached a 'Just a Note' tag to some Watermelon Wonder lace ribbon, tied the ribbon in a knot around the tray and added the mini pen.  I scored a length of Watermelon Wonder CS in half to form a topper, glued a strip of the lacy patterned paper to one side, sealed the 6" square cello bag, positioned the topper and stapled it in place to the bag.  

Here's the memo block and pen tray out of the cello bag.

The card group ladies don't always like a non card project so I sneaked this up on them and wasn't 100% sure of the reaction it would get!  I'm very happy to say they all loved it - in fact they wanted to make another one that they could give away as a small Christmas gift!  I duly obliged for the October get together.  I'll share the September card group projects in the next day or so and will follow with the October projects.

I've made a few other cards too while I've been on my blog break and I'm looking forward to sharing those with you soon!

Supplies for Thinking of You card:
Stamps: Hero Arts/Sizzix 'Floral' stamp & die combo set
CS: SU! Pool Party, Elegant Eggplant, & Whisper White
Ink: SU! Elegant Eggplant & Garden Green
Tools: Spellbinders Grand Labels 11 Nestabilities die, circle Nestabilities dies, dies from Hero Arts/Sizzix 'Floral' stamp & die combo set, Woodware flower punch, SU! Photo Corners punch
Embellishments & accessories: iridescent gems, Dimensionals

Supplies for Happy Birthday card:
Stamps: SU! 'Butterfly Basics' set
CS: PaperMania white A6 card blank,SU! Melon Mambo, Pacific Point & Whisper White
Ink: SU! Daffodil Delight, Old Olive & Pacific Point
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Melon Mambo ribbon, gold sequins

Supplies for memo block & pen gift:
Stamps: Hobby Art 'Sentiments' clear set
CS: SU! Basic Black & Watermelon Wonder 

Patterned paper: black & white lacy patterned paper from unknown source
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Tools: SU! Simply Scored, SU! plain & scalloped oval punches, Sizzix 'Banners, Fancy' Framelits die, small hole punch
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Watermelon Wonder Dotted Lace ribbon, Wilko memo block, Zebra Z Grip mini ballpoint pen, 6" square cello bag

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Thursday, 23 July 2015

'One Layout, Four Cards' Class Cards

Last Saturday I was at Martha & Daisy's in Burgess Hill to run another of my 'One Layout, Four Cards' classes.  A lovely bunch of ladies, crafting, chatting and laughing - I had a scrummy cake too - so a perfect day then!

First up is this very simple but elegant 'Hello' card.  I love black and white with a pop of bold colour and here I've used SU! Watermelon Wonder to add that vibrant touch.  I stamped the 'Bella Toile' background stamp onto a piece of Whisper White CS in black ink, cut the piece into three panels, turned the smallest piece over and stamped the 'Hello'.  I layered the pieces onto a mat of black CS and glued that to the front of the A6 card base.  I added black circles with slightly smaller Watermelon Wonder circles to complete the card front.  No popped up elements or bling on this card so it would be a great card for posting.

I stamped the 'Bella Toile' stamp again to decorate the inside and the envelope and used a black Sharpie marker to add black lines alongside the stamped images.  This beautiful SU! stamp is sadly retired but it will always be a favourite of mine!

Time for another retired item now, the SU! 'Dress Up' Framelits dies which I haven't used for ages.  I used papers from the Craftwork Cards 'Fab Fabrics' pack which were ideal.  I used narrow black ribbon as a belt for the dress and added a rhinestone.  I used a black pen to add stitch detail to the three rectangular panels and I popped up the dress and the sentiment circle.

Here's the inside and the envelope.  I popped up Card Candi dots in the centre of the punched flowers.

For the next card I changed from rectangular panels to ovals and a circle, opted for a shabby look and used tone-on-tone stamping plus layered stamping.  I stamped the IndigoBlu 'Rose Blush' stamp a few times onto Primrose Petals CS using Primrose Petals ink as a background.  I cut a large piece of Very Vanilla CS and stamped the 'Linen' background stamp in Frayed Burlap Distress Ink.  I stamped the 'Rose Blush' image and the sentiment over the top in Primrose Petals ink and die cut the shapes with Petite Oval Nestie dies.  I punched a 1 1/2" Chocolate Chip circle, punched the rose, then cut that out with a 1 1/4" circle punch, glued a 1 1/4" Primrose Petals punched circle behind and then glued that to the Chocolate Chip circle.  The ovals and the circle are all popped up and the Very Vanilla shapes are all edged with Frayed Burlap Distress Ink. 

Here's a closer look at the main oval panel - the Linen stamp is also a long retired SU! stamp but remains a firm favourite!  

Here's the inside and the envelope.

The fourth card stays with a shabby look and would make a great card for a man I think.  I used the lovely new SU! 'Vintage Leaves' stamp set with the matching 'Leaflets' Framelits dies plus the new Brick Wall embossing folder - I love using these items together!  Firstly I adhered a layer of Early Espresso CS to the front of a 5 3/4" square kraft card base.  I cut a panel of Very Vanilla CS, embossed it with the Brick Wall folder and lightly brayered Crumb Cake ink over the embossed panel.  I cut the panel into 3 pieces, stamped the sentiment, inked the edges with Soft Suede ink and glued the pieces in place.  I stamped and die cut the leaves, inked the edges with Old Olive ink, shaped them and popped them up.  I added gold nailheads over the top of punched Early Espresso CS circles to finish the front.

Here's the inside and envelope.

Supplies for 'Hello' card:
Stamps: SU! 'Bella Toile' background stamp, Personal Impressions 'Medium Everyday Messages' set
CS: SU! Watermelon Wonder, Basic Black & Whisper White
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, black Sharpie marker
Tools: circle punches

Supplies for 'to you from me' card:
Stamps: SU! 'Best Yet' set, Hero Arts 'Everything Wonderful'
CS: PaperMania white square card blank, SU! Basic Black & Whisper White

Patterned paper: Craftwork Cards 'Fab Fabrics' pack
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, black permanent ink pen
Tools: SU! 'Dress Up' Framelits dies, EK Success 'Retro Flower' medium punch, circle punches
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Basic Black 1/8" ribbon, Craftwork Cards Card Candi from 'Fab Fabrics' pack, SU! rhinestone jewel, 3D foam tape & pads

Supplies for 'birthday wishes' card:
Stamps: IndigoBlu 'Rose Blush', SU! 'Linen' background stamp, Personal Impressions 'Large Everyday Messages' set, SU! 'Birthday Blossoms' set
CS: PaperMania cream square card blank, SU! Primrose Petals, Chocolate Chip & Very Vanilla, SU! 12" x 12" Kraft CS
Ink: SU! Primrose Petals & Chocolate Chip, Ranger Tim Holtz Frayed Burlap Distress Ink
Tools: Petite Oval Nestabilities dies, Fiskars 'Rose' punch, 1 1/4" & 1 1/2" circle punches, sponge dauber
Embellishments & accessories: Woodware self adhesive white lace ribbon, Prima flowers, PaperMania black brad, SU! pearl jewels, Dimensionals

Supplies for 'Just Because' card:
Stamps: SU! 'Vintage Leaves' & 'Tin of Cards' sets
CS: SU! 12" x 12" Kraft CS, SU! Early Espresso, Old Olive & Very Vanilla
Ink: SU! Crumb Cake, Soft Suede & Old Olive
Tools: SU! 'Leaflets' Framelits dies, SU! 'Brick Wall' embossing folder, circle punch, sponge dauber
Embellishments & accessories: gold nailheads, 3D foam pads 

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Monday, 20 July 2015

Regal Striplet & Butterfly Circle Happy Birthday Card

My creating and blogging have had to take a back seat recently because I've started a new part time job.  Hopefully, once I'm more settled in and used to the shift schedules I'll become better at combining work and my hobby!  I'm off today and again on Thursday so I'll be spending time in my craft room for sure - although a serious tidy up is needed before I can start creating!

Today I'm sharing a card I made using the 'Regal' Striplet die and my new 'Embrace Beauty' stamp set - both are gorgeous products!  I've used new products but have relied on a tried and tested and favourite colour combo of Pool Party and Island Indigo.  Here's the card and the front of the envelope together.   I used both the inner and outer dies to cut a Pool Party Striplet shape, glued that over the top of an Island Indigo CS strip, glued it to the front of the envelope and added a rhinestone to the centre of the Striplet design.

I used the inner Striplet die to cut the shape twice from the Pool Party CS panel, glued that to an Island Indigo CS mat, cut a circular aperture out and added an Island Indigo CS frame. I used double sided adhesive sheet to apply Iced Snow Glitter Jewels to a piece of Pool Party CS and I glued that to the front of the 5" x 7" white card base.  With 3D foam tape I popped up the Striplet panel and I added decorative corner die cut shapes to each corner.  I stamped and punched the circular image and popped that up.  I fussy cut a butterfly, coloured the wings with a Pool Party marker and glued it over the top making sure to fold the wings up.  I added rhinestones to the butterfly body and to the die cut corners.  I stamped, die cut and popped up the sentiment label and added punched circles and aqua Creative Expressions Dazzlers. 

Here's a closer look at the circle aperture.  I love that glittery sparkle!

Here's the inside of the card and the back of the envelope.  I stamped, coloured and fussy cut two more butterflies to go inside the card and added a stamped, coloured and punched circle element to the envelope flap.  A fairly time consuming card but so worth it I think, I'm happy with the end result anyway!

Stamps: Taylored Expressions 'Embrace Beauty' set, Hero Arts 'Yummy Treats' set
CS: PaperMania 5" x 7" white card blank, SU! Pool Party, Island Indigo & Whisper White
Ink: SU! Island Indigo, SU! Pool Party marker
Tools: Sue Wilson 'Regal' Striplet die set, circle Nestabilities dies, Sizzix 'Charms, Fancy' Framelits die set, Die'sire Essentials 'Decorative Corner 1' die set, Memory Box 'Cross Stitched Frame Borders' die set, circle punches
Embellishments & accessories: 'Iced Snow' Cosmic Shimmer Glitter Jewels,  Creative Expressions Aqua Dazzlers, Woodware double sided self adhesive sheet, SU! rhinestone jewels, 3D foam tape

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Saturday, 11 July 2015

Brick Wall, Leaves & Butterflies Thanks Card

A Stampin' Up! delivery came recently and I couldn't wait to play with some of my new supplies!  I decided to combine the 'Brick Wall' embossing folder with the 'Vintage Leaves' stamp set and the matching 'Leaflets' Framelits dies.

I stamped the leaves onto Pear Pizzazz CS using Mossy Meadow ink and sponged the edges of each leaf with Mossy Meadow ink.  After embossing the Brick Wall pattern onto a panel of Whisper White CS I lightly brayered Crumb Cake ink over the top and edged the panel with Crumb Cake ink. I glued that to the front of an A6 card made with Thick Whisper White CS.  I stamped the 'THANKS' stamp from the 'Tin of Stamps' set - it's the perfect size to go inside a brick!  I shaped the leaves and adhered them to the card front, gluing some parts flat and popping other parts up on Dimensionals.  I stamped and punched the three Rose Red butterflies and glued those in place.  I added a linen thread bow to one of the leaves, placed a Rose Red Candy Dot on the knot and then added a small rhinestone.  I thought adding a few Crystal Effects dew drops to the leaves would be a nice finishing touch.  

Here's a closer look at the leaves - what gorgeous leaves they are too!  Hmmm, my Crystal Effects has gone a tad yellow so I need to replace my bottle, I have had it a very long time!  

For the inside and envelope I simply stamped some leaves in Mossy Meadow ink.  I'm VERY happy with my new supplies!

Stamps: SU! 'Vintage Leaves', 'Papillon Potpourri' & 'Tin of Cards' sets
CS: SU! Whisper White (Regular & Thick), Pear Pizzazz & Rose Red
Ink: SU! Crumb Cake & Mossy Meadow
Tools: SU! 'Leaflets' Framelits dies, 'Bitty Butterfly' punch, 'Brick Wall' embossing folder, Brayer, sponge daubers
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Linen Thread, Rose Red Candy Dot, Jewel Rhinestone, Crystal Effects, Dimensionals

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Thursday, 9 July 2015

Just My Type Pivoting Accordion Birthday Card

Today is my hubby's birthday and I'm sharing the accordion card I made for him.

I knew I wanted to make an accordion card for Owen but I had no further idea beyond that so first I went looking for some patterned papers.  I chose a couple of Authentique patterns and on the back of one of the papers I saw the typewriter and text and I knew I could incorporate them into my card design.  Also I'd come across the typewriter key toppers while rootling in my paper stash so I was now up and running.  I cut the typewriter and words out separately so I could spread them out over the three accordion panels.  I stacked all the typewriter key toppers onto a couple of punched circles to give some dimension.  I embellished each accordion panel with four silver nailheads.

Here's a closer look at panel one.

Here's a closer look at panel two.

Here's a closer look at panel three.

Here's the back panel.  I used a Dymo labeller to make the sentiment.

I made an envelope with the gorgeous blue and black damask patterned paper, added a grey strip and finished with a popped up fancy tag name label.

I'm very happy to say that Owen loves his card and envelope!  We're off out shortly for a birthday brunch and then on Saturday evening we're out with friends for a yummy curry.

Stamps: none
CS: SU! Basic Black & Whisper White

Patterned paper: Authentique Crush 'Impression' & Authentique Classique 'Elegant Five' double sided papers
Ink: none
Tools: Elizabeth Craft Designs 'Accordion Fancy Label' & 'Fancy Frame Edges' die sets, 1/2" circle punch, corner rounder punch, Dymo labeller, Envelope Punch Board, Spellbinders Shapeabilities 'Fancy Framed Tags Two' die set
Embellishments & accessories: silver nailheads, SU! Dimensionals

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Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Ombre Floral Panel & Bow Many Happy Returns Card

I ummed and aahed about getting the Sue Wilson Canadian Collection Background die, I'd seen some lovely cards made with it but I wasn't 100% sure about it.  While I dithered it went out of stock at the Glitter Pot for a while but they had some in on my last visit to the shop and so one found its way into my basket.  Quite a few of my crafty buddies have this die and I was definitely encouraged to add it to my stash - you know who you are!

Margaret from card group used the die to make a lovely birthday card for Elizabeth and Margaret told me she had to use a larger card than she normally likes to use.  I don't use larger cards very often either so for my first card using the die I decided to cut out just a part of the design and place it on an A6 sized card base.  I've used the new SU! Thick Whisper White CS to make the card base - I'm so happy to have a thicker version of Whisper White to make card bases with, it's fabulous!  After cutting out a grid of 4 x 5 flower panels in Whisper White CS I cut strips of Soft Sky, Pool Party, Coastal Cabana and Bermuda Bay CS, glued those to a piece of Whisper White CS and glued the flower grid piece over the top.  I love the ombre effect of the background colours graduating from light to dark!  I layered onto a mat of Bermuda Bay CS, stamped the sentiment and glued the panel to the card front.  I die cut the bow shapes, layering Bermuda Bay Filigree Bow shapes over white Classic Bow shapes and glued the pieces in place.  I then added lots of deep aqua gems for that all important sparkle.  This Canadian Background die could severely deplete your bling stash - but the flower centres just cry out for a pearl or gem!

Here's the inside and the envelope.  The ribbon strip die from the Filigree Bow set makes a lovely border die I think.  I added a Pool Party filigree strip to the bottom of the stamped and die cut sentiment panels and added a Bermuda Bay filigree strip to the envelope front.  I die cut a fancy tag and popped that up on the front of the envelope as a name label.   

Here's a look at the card and envelope together.  I know it takes a bit of extra time and effort to decorate an envelope to match a card but I think it's worth it for the coordinated look you get.  In my view, it looks properly 'finished', it makes a hand made creation stand out even more from a shop bought card and it makes the recipient feel special! 

I die cut the whole Canadian Background die shape but only used part of it for this card so I have a smaller grid piece left over.  Stay tuned, another card using that piece will appear on the blog soon!

Stamps: Clearly Besotted 'Happy Birthday' set
CS: SU! Soft Sky, Pool Party, Coastal Cabana, Bermuda Bay & Whisper White (regular & thick)

Ink: SU! Bermuda Bay
Tools: Sue Wilson Canadian Collection 'Background' die, Finishing Touches Collection 'Classic 3D Bow' & 'Filigree 3D Bow' die sets, Memory Box 'Cross Stitched Frame' rectangle die set,  Spellbinders Shapeabilities 'Fancy Framed Tags Two' die set
Embellishments & accessories: PaperMania aqua gems, SU! Dimensionals

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