Monday, 2 March 2015

Leaves, Flower & Butterfly Triple Time Stamped Birthday Card

Recently I've made a few triple time stamped cards because of running a class at the Glitter Pot.  Before the class I hadn't done triple time stamping for ages but now I've rediscovered this fab technique and remember how much I enjoy it I just can't seem to stop!  So here's another triple time stamped card I just had to get out of my system!

I put removable adhesive tape on the back of the three white panels, stacked them together and stamped the 'Geometric Leaves' stamp a few times using Memento Bamboo Leaves ink and stamped the sentiment.  I used 'Amazon' Core'dinations paper for my mat layers, attaching the gingham ribbon strip before adhering the layers together.  I die cut flowers from the First Edition 'Flowers' die set, shaped them, stacked them and applied Glossy Accents to the circle in the centre.  I glued part of a swirl die cut and three leaves in place and then popped up the flower.  On the opposite corner I added a pretty die cut butterfly.  As I made this to go on display at the Glitter Pot there's no decorated inside and envelope.

The Geometric Leaves stamp I used on this card is perfect for triple time stamping - because it's fairly large you only have to stamp a few times to cover the panels.  I've used the stamps again on a triple time stamped card I've designed for my monthly card group so I'll be sharing that card later in the week.    

Stamps: Woodware 'Geometric Leaves' set, sentiment from Woodware 'Victorian Spray' set
CS: Glitter Pot thick white card, Woodware white Linen Effect card, Core'dinations 'Amazon'
Ink: Memento Bamboo Leaves, VersaFine Onyx Black
Tools: First Edition 'Flowers' die set, Crafts Too 'Swirly' die, Memory Box 'Fresh Leaves', 'Isabella Butterfly' & 'Pippi Butterfly' dies, flower shaping tool & moulding mat
Embellishments & accessories: black & white gingham ribbon, Ranger Glossy Accents, 3D foam pads 

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Friday, 27 February 2015

A Trio Of Triple Time Stamped Cards For A Glitter Pot Class

On Thursday afternoon I ran a Triple Time Stamping class at the Glitter Pot using the Penny Black 'Petal Party' stamp set.  Triple Time Stamping is a fab technique, really effective and is so easy to achieve!  You cut three panels (that are to be stamped on) to the size you need, use temporary adhesive to stack the three layers together and then stamp on all three panels at the same time.  As you're stamping on more than one layer it's very likely that you'll get gaps in the ink around the edges - but fear not!  You now permanently adhere each stamped panel to a mat layer - making sure to get the panels the right way round so that the stamped design marries up - and the mat layers hide any gaps, marvellous!

There's a measurement formula you can choose to follow with the triple time stamping technique to make it easier.  I'll give you my mat and stamped layer measurements and you'll see that the formula is to decrease panel sizes by 1".  

For the 'Life is Beautiful' card mat layers were cut to:
5 1/4" square
4 1/4" square
3 1/4" square

White stamped layers were cut to cut to: 
5" square
4" square
3" square 

For the 'Smiles' card a C6 sized card was trimmed to 5 3/4" tall and mat layers were cut to:
5 3/4" x 4 1/8" (to cover entire card front)
3 1/2" x 3"
2 1/2" x 2"

White stamped layers were cut to:
4 1/4" x 3 3/4"
3 1/4" x 2 3/4"
2 1/4" x 1 3/4"

For the 'Dream' card a C6 sized card was trimmed to 5 3/4" wide and mat layers were cut to:
5 3/4" x 4 1/8"
4 3/4" x 3 1/8"
3 3/4" x 2 1/8" 

White stamped layers were cut to:
5 1/2" x 3 7/8"
4 1/2" x 2 7/8"
3 1/2" x 1 7/8"

For the 'Life is Beautiful' card I cut three squares of white card (3", 4" and 5"), used removable tape to keep my stack of three panels in place, stamped the outline flower and stem in VersaFine Spanish Moss ink, stamped the sentiment and solid flower in VersaFine Deep Lagoon ink and then adhered the stamped panels to mat layers of Bazzill Bahama CS.  The largest blue mat measures 5 1/4" square and was glued to the front of a white 5 1/4" card base.  I then stamped two leaves and a flower on another piece of card, fussy cut them, shaped them and popped them up.  To finish off I popped up pale green Candi Dots on the flower centres.

I made the second card rectangular, starting off with an A6 sized card base which I trimmed so it was 5 3/4" tall.  After stacking the three white layers together with removable tape I stamped several outline leaf images in VersaFine Smokey Grey ink.  Before gluing the stamped panels to the aqua card mats I inked the edges with Peacock Feathers Distress Ink - which I also did for the sentiment panel.  I added the grey dotty grosgrain ribbon to the largest aqua panel before gluing the panel to the front of my card base.  I stamped three outline flowers onto aqua card, fussy cut them, inked the edges, shaped them and popped them up.  To embellish each flower centre I popped up a silver Candi Dot and then added three aqua gems to each Candi Dot.  

I took my Woodware 'Indian Summer' and 'Indian Flowers' stamps with me as I thought they would be ideal for this technique - I tried it and it was a success!  I didn't have time to make an actual card but there was enough time for the ladies to stamp their three panels.  They took the panels away with them, together with the mat layer panels I cut, so they can finish another Triple Time Stamped card at their leisure at home.  

Yesterday I stamped the 'Indian Summer' background stamp on my three panels using Memento Grape Jelly ink but that's as far as I got.  I spent some time in my craft room this morning and finished the card.  The ladies went home with purple CS mat layers but I didn't cut any for myself  so I had a rootle in my stash to find a different colour to use.  The Indian theme of the stamps prompted me to opt for a bright jewel like turquoise to go with the purple - in real life the colour is brighter  than the photo shows!  Before gluing the stamped panels to the mat layers I inked the edges with Grape Jelly ink.  I stamped a flower from the 'Indian Flowers' set in VersaFine Onyx Black ink onto the turquoise CS and heat embossed with clear powder.  I fussy cut the flower, stamped the sentiment and popped up the flower.  To complete the card I added some purple gems underneath 'Dream'.  

I really hope the ladies enjoyed the classes I ran on Thursday - I know I spent a fab day with them!  

Supplies for 'Life is Beautiful' card:
Stamps: Penny Black 'Petal Party' clear set
CS: Glitter Pot thick white card, Woodware white Linen Effect card, Bazzill 'Bahama' card
Ink: VersaFine 'Spanish Moss' & 'Deep Lagoon'
Tools: flower shaper & moulding mat

Embellishments & accessories: Craftwork Cards Candi Dots, 3D foam pads 

Supplies for 'Smiles' card:
Stamps: Penny Black 'Petal Party' clear set
CS: Glitter Pot thick white card, Woodware white Linen Effect card, Doodlebug 'Dragonfly' card
Ink: VersaFine Smokey Grey, Tim Holtz Peacock Feathers Distress Ink
Tools: flower shaper & moulding mat, sponge dauber
Embellishments & accessories: Craftwork Cards 'Regal Silver' Card Candi, PaperMania aqua gems, 3D foam pads 

Supplies for 'Dream' card:
Stamps: Woodware 'Indian Summer' background stamp & 'Indian Flowers' stamp set
CS: Glitter Pot thick white card, Woodware white Linen Effect card

Patterned paper: Bo Bunny 'Turquoise' Double Dot Textured Paper (non dotty side used)
Ink: Memento Grape Jelly, VersaFine Onyx Black & VersaMagic Turquoise Gem chalk ink
Tools: heat tool, sponge dauber
Embellishments & accessories: purple gems, 3D foam pads 

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Thursday, 26 February 2015

Getting In A Spin At The Glitter Pot - Two Spinner Class Cards

What a grey and rainy day today was - perfect crafting weather!  This morning I ran a class at the Glitter Pot - the lovely ladies who came along got in a spin with me as I ran a Spinner Cards class.  I love how fun these cards are and it's great fun sharing them with other card makers!  To make a spinner card you sandwich thin thread between two back to back shapes and suspend the element within an aperture.  Before placing the card in an envelope you twist the thread a few times and then when the recipient opens the card the element spins round. These are perfect cards for youngsters - and for those adults who are still very much young at heart!

This square card features a hot air balloon spinner element.  I applied Stormy Sky and Tumbled Glass Distress Inks to a die cut rectangle and glued that on the inside of the card.  I die cut some clouds, edged each cloud with Stormy Sky ink and glued those to the rectangle panel - I love how they look behind the suspended balloon!

Before the class started I bought some new ink blending sponges (Smoothies made by Creative Expressions) so we could try them out on the class.  The packaging said "perfect ink blending every time" and I wanted to know if they'd live up to that claim!  The Smoothies are egg shaped, latex sponges, very comfortable to hold - and they are brilliant, we were very impressed!  I tried a Smoothie with a stencil, just dabbing ink with the sponge through the stencil and the results were impressive there too!

For the other spinner card I chose a very springlike colour combo and suspended a butterfly as a spinner element.  I inked the edges of the yellow paper and the the sentiment panel with Dusty Concord Distress Ink. I added a cluster of punched flowers and finished off the card with some yellow pearls.  

A yellow and purple combo always make me think of Spring - must be those lovely pansy colours!  I'm particularly fond of these tiny violas in yellow and purple with the adorable name of "Johnny Jump Up"!

In the afternoon I ran a Triple Time Stamping class - stay tuned, I'll share those cards very soon!

Supplies for balloon card:
Stamps: Woodware 'Double Birthdays'
CS: Glitter Pot Thick White Card, Glitter Pot black card

Patterned paper: Pebbles Special Delivery Boy 'Little Star'
Ink: VersaFine Onyx Black, Stormy Sky & Tumbled Glass Distress Inks
Tools: Memory Box 'Beautiful Balloon' & 'Puffy Clouds' dies, rectangle Nestabilities dies, Woodware regular star punch, Creative Expressions Smoothies ink blending sponges

Embellishments & accessories: thin beading thread

Supplies for butterfly card:
Stamps: Woodware 'Double Birthdays'
CS: Glitter Pot Thick White Card, 'Wisteria' & 'Purple Majesty' Core'dinations

Patterned paper: Doodlebug Springtime 'Spring Things'
Ink: Dusty Concord Distress Ink
Tools: Memory Box 'Isabella Butterfly' & 'Pippi Butterfly' dies, circle Nestabilities dies, Woodware regular flower punch, sponge dauber
Embellishments & accessories: thin beading thread, yellow pearls

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Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Yellow Rosy Birthday Card

My sweet friend Wendy asked if she could make a Mother's Day card when she next came to my place to make a card.  Wendy's mum loves roses, her favourite colour is yellow and Wendy wanted to make a square card so that was part of the design sorted!

Wendy came over on Saturday morning and this is the card I'd made - I made my card for a birthday though, rather than for Mother's Day.  I dry embossed a piece of Bazzill Bling 'Hollywood' CS, mounted that onto a Basic Gray mat, added the ribbons and adhered the panel to the front of a 5 3/4" square Pool Party card base.  I stamped the large solid roses with stamped off once Daffodil Delight ink and the large outline roses with Memento Cantaloupe ink.  For the small flowers I used stamped off once Pool Party ink followed by Coastal Cabana ink and for the leaves I used stamped off once Pear Pizzazz ink followed by Old Olive ink.  I die cut and adhered the stitched square panels, stamped the sentiment and arranged the fussy cut flowers and leaves - popping up the flowers.

Here's the inside and the envelope.  I always enjoy stamping with the beautiful SU! 'Stippled Blossoms' two step stamping set!

Stamps: SU! 'Stippled Blossoms' set, 'Birthday Greetings' from SU! 'Wetlands' set, Stampendous 'Sending Wishes'
CS: SU! Pool Party, Basic Gray & Whisper White, Bazzill Bling 'Hollywood'
Ink: SU! Daffodil Delight, Pool Party, Coastal Cabana, Pear Pizzazz & Old Olive, Memento Cantaloupe & Gray Flannel
Tools: Memory Box 'Stitched Square Layers' dies, PaperMania 'Victorian Fleur' embossing folder
Embellishments & accessories: aqua crochet trim, SU! Daffodil Delight stitched ribbon, SU! Dimensionals

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Saturday, 21 February 2015

Flowers, Bees & Ladybirds Happy Birthday Card In A Box

A few weeks ago Angela and Janet came to my home to make two cards using the SU! 'Hardwood' stamp.  I showed them cards plus photos of cards I've made using this fabulous stamp and they particularly liked this card in a box.  The ladies asked if they could make one next time they came for a class.  They came on Thursday afternoon and this is the card I designed for them to make.  Not exactly the same design as my previous version, I've changed a few details.

This card in a box fits inside a C6 envelope and I used Crumb Cake CS for the base.  I stamped the Hardwood stamp onto the base using Soft Suede ink.  I rounded the corners and inked the edges with Soft Suede ink applied with a dauber.  The flowers and bees were stamped onto watercolour paper, coloured using inks and a waterbrush and cut out with their matching dies.  I used a clear Gelly Roll pen to add shimmer to the bees wings.  I attached the bees to strips of acetate so it looks like they're flying and buzzing happily amongst the flowers.  I stamped the sentiment, cut it out with a label die and popped up the die cut ladybird.

Here's another photo.

Here's the back of the card and the envelope.  I popped up the die cut ladybird - I love the open wings on this die cut shape, she looks all set to take to the air!

I wrote these instructions on how to make a card in a box if you'd like to check them out.   

Stamps: SU! 'Hardwood' background stamp, Hero Arts 'Flower Garden' stamps & dies combo set, 'Happy Birthday Wishes' from SU! 'Simply Sketched' set, 'good things' from an old Hero Arts set
CS: SU! Crumb Cake, Real Red, Basic Black & Whisper White, watercolour paper, acetate
Ink: VersaFine Onyx Black, SU! Pink Pirouette, Daffodil Delight, Crushed Curry, Melon Mambo, Pool Party, Bermuda Bay & Soft Suede, SU! Basic Black marker, Sakura clear Gelly Roll pen
Tools: dies from Sizzix 'Flower Garden' stamps & dies combo set, Elizabeth Craft Designs 'Ladybugs' dies set, label shape Framelits die from Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit, water brush
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Dimensionals

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Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Pink Woodgrain & Chloe Stem Birthday Wishes Card

It's no secret that I love the SU! Hardwood stamp but I've tended to stick with using Soft Suede ink on Crumb Cake CS to get a good faux wood look.  While in the class room at the Glitter Pot recently a card on display really caught my eye - it was a black and white card and had pink woodgrain.  It also used dies that I just happen to have in my stash so it was easy for me to CASE the card!

To create my pretty pink woodgrain I stamped with Victorian Velvet Distress Ink onto Pink Pirouette CS - oh, I love that combo!  I inked the square and oval woodgrain panels and the sentiment oval with the Distress ink applied with a sponge dauber.  I popped up the sentiment element over the strip of black and white gingham ribbon.  I die cut three Chloe Stems in black CS, popped them up and blinged them with pale pink gems.

Here's the inside and the envelope.  This birthday card was sent out to my sister-in-law in Spain, I hope she liked it!

Stamps: SU! 'Hardwood' background stamp, 'birthday wishes' from Personal Impressions 'Medium Everyday Messages' set, inside sentiment from Hero Arts 'Yummy Treats' set
CS: SU! Pink Pirouette, Basic Black & Whisper White
Ink: VersaFine Onyx Black, Ranger Tim Holtz 'Victorian Velvet' Distress Ink
Tools: Memory Box 'Chloe Stem' die, Sizzix 'Wavy Labels' Framelits die set, circle Nestabilities dies, SU! plain oval punch, sponge dauber
Embellishments & accessories: black & white gingham ribbon, PaperMania pink gems, 3D foam tape & dots

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Monday, 16 February 2015

'One Layout, Four Cards' Glitter Pot Class Cards

On Saturday I ran a 'One Layout, Four Cards' class at the Glitter Pot - I had a great day with a lovely bunch of ladies!  I very often hear card makers say they struggle to come up with ideas, that sometimes when they sit down to create nothing comes to mind.  I find sketch layouts a wonderful way to kickstart the mojo and a fab jumping off point so I felt that would be a good idea for a class.

I designed a layout and then made four different cards using the layout but altering the design each time by rotating the sketch and using different shapes.  I also changed things up a bit by making each card in a different style.  You don't have to slavishly copy a layout, just keep to the main elements and have fun experimenting with rotating and flipping, using different shapes and moving elements around.

Here's the layout:

Here are the four cards all together.

In the morning the class made the owl card and the flower trio card.  Here's the owl card closed.

Here's the cute and fun style owl card open on display - I used the layout 'as is' but added a fun twist by turning the card into a kickstand card.  This layout is perfect for a kickstand card!  I cut a 5 3/4" square of white CS and then formed the kickstand by scoring an A4 length strip of white CS in half and gluing the back of the strip to the back of the square base.  I covered the front of the white strip with green CS and then added a strip of brown Core'dinations CS that had been embossed with a feathers embossing folder and scuffed with sandpaper.  The owl was paper pieced.  I added punched white circles and bronze gems to the eyes but a few ladies on the class used googly eyes - to great effect!  The feathers under the sentiment were embossed, scuffed and fussy cut.

Here's the flower trio Happy Birthday card.  I chose the colour combo from some of the colours in the pretty butterfly paper.  With this card I flipped the layout upside down and used a clean and classic style.  More fussy cutting with the stamped flowers here!

In the afternoon the class made the kraft flower card and the stars card.  The flower card is in the shabby, distressed style and I rotated the layout to a landscape orientation.  The shabby bloom was made by stacking six die cut flowers which had been spritzed with water and scrunched up.  I fixed the layers together with a brad and covered the brad with a large pearl.  The strip of dotty paper was distressed with an edge distressing tool and I inked the edges of the lavender flower shape and the brown circle with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.  I also applied some of the ink to the dotty grosgrain ribbon.  One of the ladies on the class inked around the whole card front with Walnut Stain ink and I thought that looked fab so I quickly inked my card too - but this photo was taken before the class so shows the uninked card!  Thank you Janet M!

Lastly is this clean and simple stars card.  It's totally flat so great for posting - but there's a stylish touch to the card with a cut out aperture.  Here's the card closed.

Here's the card open.  The large die cut silver star was glued to the card front and then a smaller star die was placed over the centre and a star aperture cut out.

Here's what the card looks like on the inside.  The sentiment circle is glued behind the star aperture.

I hope I demonstrated to the ladies that a sketch layout is a valuable resource - especially if  you're having a creative block or you need to create a card in a hurry.  A printout of the layout was given to everyone on the class for them to use in the future.  I am running another 'One Layout, Four Cards' class in April with a brand new layout and set of cards.  I'd love for this class idea to really take off so that I can create a 'Layout Library' - let's wait and see!

Supplies for owl card:
Stamps: Woodware 'What a Hoot'
CS: Glitter Pot thick white CS, Core'dinations CS in 'Crushed Olive' & 'French Roast'

Patterned paper: Doodlebug Hello Sunshine 'Garden Trellis'
Ink: VersaMark, Gathered Twigs Distress Ink, Burnt Orange ProMarker (for colouring beak)
Tools: Crafts Too 'Feathers' 7" x 5" embossing folder, 1/4" circle punch, sponge dauber
Embellishments & accessories: green and brown pencils (for colouring branch and leaves), Papermania Bronze gems, sandpaper

Supplies for flower trio card:
Stamps: Woodware 'Flower Head Selection' & 'Happy Birthday' sets
CS: Glitter Pot Thick White CS, Glitter Pot black CS, Bazzill 'Watermelon', 'Petalsoft', 'Lagoon' & 'Jetstream'

Patterned paper: Pebbles 'Garden Party - Daffodil'
Ink: VersaFine Onyx Black
Tools: Woodware Inverted Corner Rounder & Regular Flower punches
Embellishments & accessories: PaperMania clear & black gems, 3D foam pads

Supplies for shabby bloom card:
Stamps: none
CS: PaperMania Kraftstax A4 card, Bazzill 'Heidi' 

Patterned paper: Bo Bunny 'Plum' Double Dot. Echo Park 'Bundle of Joy - Green/Brown'
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Jet Black StazOn, SU! Pool Party, Ranger Tim Holtz Evergreen Bough & Salty Ocean Distress Inks
Tools: Sizzix 'Flowers' Framelits die set, circle Nestabilities die, Tim Holtz Paper Distresser,  1/4" circle punch, paper piercer, spritzer bottle, sponge dauber
Embellishments & accessories: Woodware Lavender dotty grosgrain ribbon, brad, adhesive pearls

Supplies for stars card:
Stamps: Personal Impressions 'Everyday Words - Happy Birthday' set
CS: Glitter Pot Medium White CS, Bazzill Swiss Dot 'Pepper', silver glitter card
Ink: VersaFine Onyx Black
Tools: Spellbinder's Stars Nestabilities dies, circle Nestabilities die

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