Thursday, 8 March 2018

March 2018 Card Group Projects

These are the three cards the ladies made at our March card group meeting today.  After giving them an easy time in February I thought it was time I challenged them a bit - there's fancy folds, apertures, masking, heat embossing, watercolouring and the much dreaded Stamp-A-Ma-Jig!

The first card features the beautiful SU! 'Petal Palette' stamp set and an Elegant Eggplant and Wisteria Wonder colour combo.  The pretty border die cut was made using a die from the 'Petals & More' die set that matches the 'Petal Palette' stamp set.  I stamped the roses onto watercolour paper using VersaFine Onyx Black ink, sprinkled on clear embossing powder and heat set with a heat tool.  I used Old Olive and Elegant Eggplant inks and an aquapainter to colour the image and I then die cut the shape.

This photo shows the card open and you can see that I cut an aperture and frame using two 'Lots of Labels' dies.  I popped up the roses image with Dimensionals.

Here's the inside of the card.  I applied Wisteria Wonder ink to a white die cut label shape using a sponge.  I stamped the sentiment and dotty border, glued the label in place so it matched up with the aperture and added three silver sequins.

For the envelope I stamped the roses in Wisteria Wonder ink, cut part of the image out using a circle punch and layered it onto a larger Elegant Eggplant punched circle. 

Card two is a 5 1/4" square easel card made using the SU! 'Waterfront' stamp set (what a wonderful set!)  The colour combo is Crumb Cake, Tranquil Tide and Very Vanilla.  The mountains are Soft Suede (second and third generation stamping), the grass is Lemon Lime Twist, the water is Marina Mist, the trees are Tranquil Tide and the sun is Crushed Curry.  I stamped the mountains onto Post It Notes and fussy cut them so I had masks to use for stamping extra mountains and for the sun.  I stamped the front portion of the easel card with the 'Burlap' background stamp using Soft Suede ink.  I embossed a strip of Tranquil Tide CS with the 'Seaside' embossing folder and popped up the sentiment label to act as the stop for the easel.  I tied some jute twine around the embossed panel to finish the front.

I cut a Very Vanilla panel to go on the bottom of the card, stamped a strip of 'Burlap', added a line drawn with a Soft Suede marker and stamped the sentiment in Tranquil Tide ink.  

For the envelope flap there is a stamped scene cut out with circle punches.  Not sure what's got into me but that's two month's running I've included a card suitable for a male!

Card three is my CASEd version of this fab and fun card made by Wendy Lee - I couldn't resist it when I saw Wendy's card on Pinterest!  I've had the red and black dotty paper in my stash for years and it has escaped every one of my paper purges and I thought it was time to actually use it instead of just hoarding it!  I used the SU! 'Circle Layering' dies to cut out the aperture and frame.  The stamped and die cut label is popped up with Dimensionals.  I added red die cut dots to the label to finish off the front.

Here's what you see when the card is opened.  I mistakenly ordered the wood mount 'Party Panda' Sale-A-Bration set but that actually turned out well as I was running out of acrylic blocks!  Also, I needed to use my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to ensure perfectly placed pandas and I cut a square piece of vellum stamped with the pandas and I can store the sheet with the stamp set for future use!  I made a present for the second panda to stand on - just a scrap of Real Red CS with two lines drawn with a black marker and I added a bow using a die cut from the SU! 'Sweet Cake' set of dies.  I coloured the polka dots on the hat and the heart on the envelope using a Real Red marker.  Some of my panda eyes came out too black with no white visible so I punched 1/16" circles out, glued them in place and added black dots using a fine tipped black pen.  Yes, fiddly but worth it I think!  I used the same fine tipped pen to scribble a few lines on the envelope one of the pandas is holding.  I used a light grey alcohol marker on all the pandas to add just a bit of shading.

Here's what you see when the previous panel is lifted up.  I used the smaller balloon from the SU! 'Balloon Bouquet' punch to cut out the red balloon.

This photo shows how the card is made.  I scored an A4 piece of CS in half along the long side, scored in half along the short side and removed the top left panel.  So easy to create this nice little fun fold card!

Here's the envelope with that oh, so cute party hat panda!

Well, my ladies said this afternoon was challenging but they all managed to make all three cards - I knew they could do it 'cos they're superstars!  🌟🌟🌟 The pandas card was definitely the favourite, followed by the rosy aperture card - the scenic easel card did result in a few issues so that wasn't universally popular!

Supplies for rose cluster aperture card:
Stamps: SU! 'Petal Palette' set
CS: SU! Elegant Eggplant, Wisteria Wonder & Whisper White, watercolour paper
Ink: SU! Elegant Eggplant & Wisteria Wonder, VersaFine Onyx Black
Tools: SU! 'Petals & More' Thinlits & 'Lots of Labels' Framelits die sets, circle punches, heat tool, sponge
Embellishments & accessories: SU! silver sequins, Dimensionals

Supplies for scene easel card:
Stamps: SU! 'Waterfront', 'Rose Wonder' & 'Blooming with Kindness' sets, 'Burlap' background stamp
CS: SU! Crumb Cake, Tranquil Tide & Very Vanilla
Ink: SU! Crushed Curry, Lemon Lime Twist, Marina Mist, Soft Suede & Tranquil Tide
Tools: SU! 'Seaside' embossing folder, 'Rose Garden' Thinlits die set
Embellishments & accessories: SU! jute twine, Dimensionals

Supplies for pandas three panel card:
Stamps: SU! 'Party Pandas' set, Hero Arts 'Sending You Love' & 'Yummy Treats' sets
CS: SU! Real Red, Basic Black & Whisper White

Pattered paper: Junkitz 'Love Line Polka Dots'
Ink: SU! Basic Black Archival, Real Red marker, Basic Black marker, fine tip black pen, Cool Grey 1 ProMarker
Tools: SU! 'Circle Layering' Framelits, 'Mini Treat Bag' Thinlits, 'Sweet Cake' Thinlits die sets, SU! 'Balloon Bouquet' punch, Hero Arts 'Small Tag Frame' die set, 1/16" handheld circle punch
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Dimensionals


Friday, 2 March 2018

Watercoloured Yellow Rose Birthday Card

A day off from work meant a nice leisurely breakfast which gave me time to browse Pinterest.  Being a chilly mortal I'm not fond of the cold and snow so I was extremely happy to stay snug and warm in my craft room today!  After I came across this lovely card made by Patrice Halliday-Larsen I headed off to the craft room and got creating.

Spring can't come fast enough for me and while I love the soft pink that Patrice used I chose to go with a typical spring combo of yellow and green.  Patrice has this video showing how she made the card and I followed her very helpful instructions.  I used SU! Shimmery White CS and coloured the leaves with Pear Pizzazz ink and the rose with Daffodil Delight ink.  I put drops of re-inker on a ceramic tile and picked up the colour with an Aquapainter.

Unfortunately, after positioning the die cut and cutting round the rose and leaves I discovered a splodge of green ink on the card front so I must have put my hand on the tile at some point and transferred some ink. 😞  After all that work I wasn't going to start again so I stamped and fussy cut a bee to cover the splodge - embrace the embellishment opportunity I say!  I used a clear Wink of Stella pen on the bee's wings and popped the bee up.  I stamped the sentiment and added the rhinestone jewels to finish the front.

Here's the card open so you can see it's a gate fold card.

Here's the cut away rose side of the gate fold.  It's really not that bad to trim around the die cut shape.

Here's the inside of the gate fold card.  I used oval 'Stitched Shape' Framelits dies for the sentiment and added three rhinestone jewels.

Here's the back of the envelope.  I die cut the leaves in Old Olive CS, trimmed a bit off, glued the shape to the flap and coloured in the leaves with Pear Pizzazz ink using the Aquapainter.  I die cut the small rose using a die from the 'Sweet Cake' die set and I glued a 1" punched circle to the back to keep all the pieces in place.  I coloured in the rose with the Daffodil Delight ink and the Aquapainter and popped the rose up.

Many thanks to Patrice for sharing her card and instructions and for the inspiration, I had a very happy time in my craft room - even with the ink splodge incident!  

Stamps: SU! 'Rose Wonder', 'Birthday Blooms' & 'Dragonfly Dreams' sets
CS: SU! Shimmery White & Old Olive
Ink: SU! Daffodil Delight & Pear Pizzazz, VersaFine Onyx Black
Tools: SU! 'Rose Garden' Thinlits & 'Sweet Cake' & 'Stitched Shape' Framelits die sets, 1" circle punch,  Aquapainter
Embellishments & accessories: SU! rhinestone jewels, Dimensionals, clear Wink of Stella pen


Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Butterfly Basics Motivation Packet

Here is another motivation packet I've made.  As I said in this previous post I'm planning to make a few of these to be given away.  I really enjoy putting these together!

I used the gorgeous SU! 'Butterfly Basics' set and opted for a Rich Razzleberry, Sweet Sugarplum and Old Olive colour combo.  I think the 'There is nothing in the caterpillar that tells you it is going to be a butterfly' quote is ideal for those of us on the Slimming World journey!  I've used a gold clip to hold all the cards together in this packet.

Inspirational quotes on card 1.

Card 2 is new me goals.

Card 3 is things I wish to improve this year.

Card 4 is this year I will.

Card 5 is dear self.

Card 6 is things I love about me.  I couldn't resist adding a couple of  teeny tiny hearts as a sweet extra touch!

Cards 7 and 8 are decorated but without words as I thought a couple of blank cards might be useful.

Stamps: SU! 'Butterfly Basics' & 'Watercolor Wings' sets, AlteNew 'New Me' set
CS: SU! Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry & Whisper White

Patterned paper: SU! 'Blooms & Bliss' DSP
Ink: SU! Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry & Sweet Sugarplum
Tools: SU! 'Mini Treat Bag' Thinlits, 'Butterflies' Thinlits & 'Stitched Shape' Framelits die sets
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Gold Library Clips, Dimensionals


Saturday, 17 February 2018

Two Petal Palette Birdie Thank You Cards

The moment I saw the 'Petal Palette' set in the 2018 SU! Spring/Summer catalogue I loved it and knew I'd have to get it.  I love the watercolour effect of the images and the birdie is just so adorable!  Looking for ideas on Pinterest I came across some beautiful projects made by Esther Howard and her monochromatic card really caught my attention.

Here's Esther's simply stunning card.  I just had to CASE this lovely design and make my own version - and in fact I made two versions!

Esther has this fab YouTube video showing how she created this card.  I loved the way Esther made her sponging mask - ingenious!  I adopted this method for my version and it works brilliantly.  I opted to introduce some Tranquil Tide along with the Pool Party and I opted for layers rather than a one layer card.  I'm always nervous making one layer cards as they need to be perfect - nowhere to hide any boo boos!  I made a Pool Party A6 sized card base, layered the white panel on a mat of Tranquil Tide CS and popped up the stamped and die cut birdie.

Of course, I had to decorate the inside of the card and the envelope.  This card will go to a nature and bird loving friend who doesn't like designs that are too fussy.  I needed another thank you card for a friend who likes a design that is a bit more 'stepped up' and fussy so I thought I'd use the stamps again to make her card.  Oh, I do love a day off from work and time to spare to get inky in my craft room! 

For the next card I stayed with the idea of using a pale colour with a strong darker colour and I chose Wisteria Wonder and Elegant Eggplant.  I did some tone on tone background stamping on the Wisteria Wonder A6 sized card base and popped up the Elegant Eggplant panel at a jaunty angle.  In addition to the popped up birdie I also stamped and die cut some flowers for this card.  I also added some silver cord to the image panel.

Here's the inside and envelope.  Huge thanks to Esther for the inspiration, I thoroughly enjoyed making this duo of birdie cards!

Stamps: SU! 'Petal Palette' set
CS: SU! Pool Party, Tranquil Tide, Wisteria Wonder, Elegant Eggplant & Whisper White
Ink: SU! Pool Party,  Tranquil Tide, Wisteria Wonder & Elegant Eggplant
Tools: SU! 'Petals & More' Thinlits die set
Embellishments & accessories: silver cord, SU! Dimensionals


Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Gems & Hearts With Love Valentine's Card

This is the card I made for Owen for Valentine's Day.  I had no clear plan when I sat down to create, I just knew I wanted to use stamps from the SU! 'You're So Sweet' set and matching dies from the 'Mini Treat Bag' die set.  I chose the patterned paper and that led to my colour combo of Night of Navy and Lemon Lime Twist.

Here's the card and envelope front.

Here's the card front.  I made a 5 1/4" Night of Navy card base and added three mat layers using Lemon Lime Twist CS, Night of Navy CS and the gems patterned paper from the SU! 'Naturally Eclectic' DSP pack.  I die cut a heart from the patterned paper layer, glued the paper heart onto a CS die cut heart and popped that up on a double layer of Dimensionals. I stamped the 'With Love' onto the Night of Navy heart in VersaMark ink and heat embossed it with white powder.  The Lemon Lime and Night of Navy hearts are popped up on a single layer of Dimensionals.  I added a Night of Navy CS strip towards the top of the card, stamped and die cut the 'Just For You' banner and popped that up.  I completed the card front by adding a few small die cut hearts.

Here's the inside of the card.  I used Tim Holtz alphabet stickers to create the sentiment and added gems that I'd fussy cut from the patterned paper.  I used the hearts border die on the bottom of the white panel to add an extra touch of detail.

Here's the front of the envelope.

Here's the envelope flap with a stamped and die cut heart and small die cut hearts.

What a pleasure to snatch some time in my craft room to just play and create, I had a very happy time making this card!

Stamps: SU! 'You're So Sweet' set
CS: SU! Night of Navy, Lemon Lime Twist & Whisper White

Patterned paper: SU! 'Naturally Eclectic' DSP
Ink: SU! Night of Navy, VersaMark
Tools: SU! 'Mini Treat Bag' Thinlits die set, 'Stitched Shape' Framelits die set
Embellishments & accessories: Tim Holtz 'Label Letters' stickers, SU! Dimensionals


Thursday, 1 February 2018

February 2018 Card Group Projects

We met up today for the first card group of 2018 and we enjoyed a lovely afternoon!  I designed three nice and simple cards for the ladies to make, a thinking of you card and two birthday cards - one of which is suitable for a male.

Up first is the thinking of you card made with the stunning floral image from the SU! 'Heartfelt Blooms' Sale-A-Bration set.  The colour combo is Pink Pirouette and Fresh Fig and the floral image is stamped onto a square of paper from the SU! 'Wood Textures' DSP stack.  The pretty pink strip was cut using a die from the SU! 'Flourish' Thinlits die set.  I popped up the stitched oval sentiment.

Here's a closer look at the floral image.

Here's the inside and the envelope.

The second card features a new stamp set from the SU! 2018 Spring/Summer catalogue called 'Southern Serenade'.  I loved the flowers and the sentiments as soon as I saw the set and I especially loved the lace stamps so I knew I'd have to get it!  I saw this lovely card made by Jenn Tinline on Pinterest and I've CASEd Jenn's design.  

Jenn's card was very pretty in pink but because I'd used pink for the first card I changed the colour combo.  I wanted to use the SU! watercolour pencils to colour in the flowers so prompted by what pencil colours there are I opted for Daffodil Delight, Old Olive and Rich Razzleberry.  I didn't use water with the pencils I just used the dry pencils to colour in which is so quick and easy.  I stamped the lace strip and the flower stem - using a Stamp-A-Ma-Jig for perfect placement.  I then stamped the lace background a few times over the white panel using stamped off once Daffodil Delight ink.  This acts to colour in the flowers a little bit and I added more colour with the Daffodil Delight pencil and coloured the flower centres with the Rich Razzleberry pencil.  I made a Daffodil Delight A6 card base, stamped the lace background image a few times in full strength Daffodil Delight ink and I  stamped the sentiment.  I matted the image panel to a layer of Rich Razzleberry CS, adhered an Old Olive flagged banner behind the panel and glued the whole thing to the Daffodil Delight card base.  I added a rhinestone jewel to the banner for a touch of sparkle.    

Here's the inside and the envelope.  I used the Old Olive watercolour pencil to colour in the sentiment banner.  The stamped circle on the envelope flap was coloured in the same way as the main image panel of the card, cut out with a circle punch and layered onto a larger Rich Razzleberry punched circle.

The third card uses one of my favourite stamp sets, the SU! 'Lift Me Up' set, I love the hot air balloons!  I based the layout of this card on the previous card - I just rotated the layout to a portrait orientation.  Such an easy way to come up with a layout for a card and definitely helpful for those times when you're struggling to come up with a design or you need a design in a hurry!  Once I'd stamped the sentiment and added the patterned paper it was just a case of stamping and die cutting the balloons.  I glued the small balloons direct to the clouds paper but popped the large balloon up.

Here's the inside and the envelope.  I glued the strip of patterned paper to the bottom of the white panel and drew a line above the paper with a marker - a quick cheat but very effective!

Supplies for thinking of you card:
Stamps: SU! 'Heartfelt Blooms' set
CS: SU! Fresh Fig, Pink Pirouette & Whisper White

Patterned paper: SU 'Wood Textures' DSP stack
Ink: SU! Fresh Fig
Tools: SU! 'Flourish' Thinlits & 'Stitched Shapes' Framelits die sets
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Dimensionals

Supplies for floral happy birthday card:
Stamps: SU! 'Southern Serenade' & 'Birthday Blossoms' sets
CS: SU! Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry & Whisper White
Ink: SU! Daffodil Delight, Old Olive & Rich Razzleberry
Tools: SU! 'Banner Triple' punch, SU! circle punches, Stamp-A-Ma-Jig
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Watercolour Pencils, rhinestone jewel, Dimensionals

Supplies for balloons happy birthday card:
Stamps: SU! 'Lift Me Up' set, Hero Arts 'Messages With Flourish' set
CS: SU! Night of Navy, Smoky Slate & Whisper White

Patterned paper: SU! 'Carried Away' DSP
Ink: SU! Night of Navy
Tools: SU! 'Up & Away' Thinlits die set
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Dimensionals


Wednesday, 31 January 2018

My New Me Motivation Packet

I recently came across an AlteNew stamp set called 'New Me'.  As a new me is what I'm working towards this set sparked my interest immediately and I purchased the set to make myself something motivational.  I'm following Slimming World in order to lose weight and I've recently joined a Clubbercise exercise class.  There will definitely be a new me in 2018!

There are many other things I'd like to work on too.  I wanted to put a few goals and plans in place and this stamp set was a fun way for me to make up a little new me motivation packet.

So here's my motivation packet made using Old Olive CS and a die cut mini treat bag.  I decorated the front using gorgeous patterned paper from the SU! 'Sweet Soirée' DSP pack and some Marina Mist grosgrain ribbon.  I stamped the words onto a stitched rectangle die cut shape and embellished it with flowers and leaves from the 'Cake Soirée' stamp set, cut out with matching dies and a few clear faceted gems.  I joined six index cards together with ribbon and placed them inside the packet.  I like the fact that I can always add more index cards if I need to.

Here's my inspiring words index card.  I stamped each index card with words and a floral image (from the SU! 'Wood Words' set).

Here's my 'new me goals' index card.

Here's my 'this year I will' index card.

Here's my 'dear self' index card.  There'll be achievements to record along the way and this is where I plan to record my progress - hopefully this will encourage me and spur me on to further success!

Here's my 'things I love about me' index card.  I don't want to focus just on my shortcomings as that could lead to feeling negative and unhappy.  To get a sense of balance I feel it's important to acknowledge some good things about myself too!   

Finally, here's my 'things I wish to improve this year' index card.

There are some lovely, encouraging, inspiring people at my Slimming World group and I plan to make a few of these to give out as little gifts.  I'll pop one in to the Slimmer of the Week basket every now and again too.  This will ensure I'll get a fair bit of use out of the 'New Me' stamp set!

Stamps: AlteNew 'New Me' set, SU! 'Cake Soirée' & 'Wood Words' sets
CS: SU! Old Olive & Whisper White

Patterned paper: SU! 'Sweet Soirée' Specialty DSP pack
Ink: SU! Marina Mist, Old Olive & Rich Razzleberry
Tools: SU! 'Mini Treat Bag' Thinlits &  'Sweet Cake' Framelits die sets, M&C Boutique stitched rectangle die set (from the Works)
Embellishments & accessories: SU! rhinestone jewels, Dimensionals