Monday, 30 November 2009

Easel Calendar Holder - Dec 2009 Card Group Project

This is another project we'll be making at my December card group meeting. All the ladies loved making the easel cards last month so I decided to make easel calendar holders this month.

These easels measure 4" square. The Old Olive CS was cut to 8" x 4" and scored at 2" and 4" to make the easel card and the front panel is 4" square. I found the lovely Magenta double sided patterned paper called Robin's Nest at the Glitter Pot, it's so sweet and I love that it goes so well with the SU! Old Olive and Really Rust colours. I adhered the calendar pad to the Rust panel with red liner tape so it was stuck down really well.

I computer generated the 2010 using the Arial font and the RGB codes for SU! Old Olive. I punched it out with a 1 1/4" circle punch and mounted it onto a 1 1/2" Rust circle. This is popped up to act as the stop. To finish, I added Rust photo corners. A simple, yet sweet little gift idea.

Stamps: None
CS: SU! Old Olive & Really Rust
Patterned paper: Magenta double sided Robin's Nest paper
Ink: None
Tools: Sizzix Sizzlits Photo Corners # 2 die, 1 1/4" & 1 1/2" circle punches
Embellishments & accessories: Anita's Calendar Tabs, SU! Sticky Strip red liner tape, 3d foam pads


Sunday, 29 November 2009

Christmas Tree Gift Box - Dec 2009 Card Group Project

I thought it was time for a festive feel at Flower Sparkle so I've changed to a Christmas template - hope you like it!

Joanne showed us how to make these fab Christmas Tree gift boxes at a Make and Take evening last year. I thought they would be a great project for my card group to make at our December meeting.

I used my M&F board to make the favour box using a piece of A4 Old Olive CS cut in half lengthways. I punched small holes and threaded the gold elastic cord through. Then I cut Old Olive strips which I scalloped using the SU! Scallop Border Punch and sponged the edges with Old Olive ink. Then I cut the strips roughly to size, glued each strip to the box and trimmed off the excess once the glue had dried.

The tree is then decorated with gold sequins with Xmas Red Stickles glitter glue added. To finish off, a punched red star is added to the top. These would be great to hang from the Christmas tree or placed on the festive dinner table.

Stamps: None
CS: SU! Old Olive & Real Red
Ink: SU! Old Olive
Tools: Coppernob M&F Board, SU! Scallop Border punch, X Cut star punch, small circle hole punch
Embellishments & accessories: Gold sequins, Xmas Red Stickles, gold elastic cord


Saturday, 28 November 2009

Noel Gap Cards

I've seen a few gap cards on Paula Pascual's blog here - the page will open in a new window - and I absolutely loved the Noel gap card she made. I got to see a few of her gap cards on display at the Glitter Pot too - and she was in the shop so I got to have a chat with her, she is so lovely and helpful.

I've made two gap cards so far. My cards measure 5 3/4" square and I cut 3" off the bottom front of the cards. The Noel is from a Sizzix Decorative Strip die and I cut two Noels for each card so one is glued at the front and another glued at the back to add some strength.

After cutting off the bottom 3", I applied glue to the top of one Noel and glued it to the front of the card. Then I applied glue to the bottom of the Noel and carefully lined up the 3" piece I'd earlier cut off, glued the bottom of the Noel and then trimmed off the excess CS at the bottom. Then I glued the second Noel to the back.

For the first card I applied a strip of gorgeous glittered holly paper to the top of the card and at the bottom there is a strip of Bravo Burgundy CS with a strip of Garden Green CS embossed with the Holly Ribbons Cuttlebug folder. Then to finish, I added some tiny punched snowflakes with crystal centres.

For my second gap card, I put a strip of SU! Merry Moments paper, matted on Real Red CS at the top. The line of snowmen at the bottom is stamped in Garden Green ink and I used the fine end of Marvy marker pens to add some colour. This stamp is a wheel but I'm definitely wheel challenged and find them difficult to use! So I unmounted the stamp from the wheel, applied cling foam to the back of the rubber and now I use the stamp with a long clear acrylic block - so much easier for me!

To finish this card, I've added red grosgrain ribbon with a snowflake charm at the top and again added punched snowflakes with crystal centres. I think these gap cards are fun and something quite different. I can't wait to see if my Circles Decorative Strip die will work for gap cards too!

Supplies for holly Noel gap card:
Stamps: None
CS: SU! Old Olive, Bravo Burgundy & Garden Green
Patterned paper: K & Co Christmas Cheer Holly Glittered paper
Ink: None
Tools: Sizzix Phrase, Noel w/Holly & Frame Decorative Strip die, Cuttlebug Holly Ribbons Embossing Folder, Woodware tiny snowflake punch
Embellishments & accessories: Clear crystals

Supplies for snowmen Noel gap card:
Stamps: SU! Snowman Fun wheel
CS: SU! Old Olive, Real Red & Whisper White
Patterned paper: SU! Merry Moments Designer Series Paper pack
Ink: SU! Garden Green, Marvy Le Plume II marker pens
Tools: Sizzix Phrase, Noel w/Holly & Frame Decorative Strip die, Woodware tiny snowflake punch
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Real Red grosgrain ribbon, snowflake charm, clear crystals


Wednesday, 25 November 2009

Another Snowman Easel Card - for Kevin

This is the last Christmas card I needed to make for my friend Kevin. I made a snowman tent topper card last year, click here to see it - the page will open in a new window. Kevin asked me to make him one - but without the pink as it's for a boy - and he wanted an easel card instead of a tent topper.

I've used black CS for the card and front panel. I stamped the snowman on watercolour paper and coloured using SU! Watercolor Wonder Crayons. It's hard to tell from the pic but I added Stickles glitter glue to the holly berries, nose, star and ground beneath the snowman - please click the photo if you want to get a larger view. I lightly sponged some Bordering Blue ink around the image before stamping the 'be merry' sentiment.

Small black brads have been used as the snowman's buttons. I've embossed the red panel with a snowflake embossing folder. Before attaching the red panel to the card, I wrapped the snowflake ribbon around. The bottom panel has a piece of SU! Merry Moments paper with a circle stamped snowflake sentiment element as my popped up stop.

It always makes me smile when I use this lovely Penny Black snowman stamp, it's my favourite!

Stamps: Penny Black Brush Snowman, 'be merry' from Hero Arts Jolly Christmas clear set, snowflake celebrate the season from SU! So Many Scallops set
CS: Black CS, SU! Real Red & Very Vanilla, watercolour paper
Patterned paper: SU! Merry Moments Designer Series Paper pack
Ink: VersaFine Onyx Black, SU! Bordering Blue
Tools: SU! Watercolor Wonder Crayons, Crafts Too Snowflakes embossing folder
Embellishments & accessories: Stickles glitter glue in Xmas Red, Orange Peel, Yellow and Icicle, Ribbon Oasis black and white snowflake grosgrain ribbon, SU! Vintage Brads, 3d foam pads


Tuesday, 24 November 2009

Snowman Three Panel Window Card

Kristina Werner is producing a holiday card series on her blog - 25 videos in all. On day 4 she made a snowman window card and I decided to make my own version.

I love this Inkadinkado snowman - well, I have to admit to having a thing about snowman stamps generally - but I like that this has a vintage feel, but to me, it also has a contemporary feel too. I like that there are words incorporated into the design too. There are four stamps in the set and they all have text included.

I started off with a piece of A4 SU! Kraft CS which I cut so it was 5 7/8" tall and then I scored at 3 7/8" and 7 3/4" to get a three panel card. It fits in a C6 size envelope. I used circle Nestability dies to cut the window and the frame. I stamped the snowman in VersaMagic Jumbo Java ink on Very Vanilla CS and adhered the panel so it's visible through the window. You need to use chalk or pigment inks with these stamps, dye inks just tend to bead up on the stamp and you don't get a good impression.

I had a shopping trip to the Glitter Pot last week and I picked up a Sizzix Circles Decorative Strip die. I thought it matched the circle elements around the snowman pretty well so I added the red circles strip to the bottom of the card. Then I added some stamped snowflakes and the card was done.

Stamps: Inkadinkado Holiday Sentiments clear stamp set
CS: SU! Kraft, Real Red & Very Vanilla
Ink: VersaMagic Jumbo Java chalk ink
Tools: Circle Nestabilities dies, Sizzix Sizzlits Decorative Strip Circles die, X Cut small snowflake punch


Sunday, 22 November 2009

Butterfly Thank You S10 Challenge Card

This is my card made for Joanne's SU! October Stamper's Ten challenge. Joanne gave us Kraft, Very Vanilla and Not Quite Navy CS, a piece of Bella Bleu patterned paper, some vanilla ribbon and the stamped thank you and butterfly elements. I love this colour scheme and I think the Bella Bleu patterned papers are so elegant. I'm sure the butterfly stamp set and matching punch will be on my order form in the not too distant future!

I made my A6 sized landscape card with Not Quite Navy CS, added a strip of the gorgeous patterned paper at the top and tied vanilla ribbon around the card in a knot. I used square Nestie dies to cut out my Kraft and patterned paper squares and I inked the patterned paper edges by swiping them on my Not Quite Navy ink pad. I swiped the edges of the vanilla and Kraft sentiment pieces too. I scored lines on both sides of the butterfly body so I could pop the wings up a bit and attached it to the central square with some tiny glue dots.

Stamps: SU! Flight of the Butterfly set
CS: SU! Not Quite Navy, Kraft & Very Vanilla
Patterned paper: SU! Bella Bleu Designer Series Paper pack
Ink: SU! Not Quite Navy
Tools: SU! Butterfly punch, square Nestabilities dies
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Very Vanilla grosgrain ribbon, self adhesive half pearls, 3d foam tape


Thursday, 19 November 2009

Jolly Christmas Snowman

A fun little card I made after a loss of mojo in my craft room yesterday. I was playing with a new stamp set and papers and whatever I did, I wasn't happy with it. So I gave up on those and decided just to make a simple, happy card with my new snowman stamp. I figured I couldn't go wrong with paper piecing and some glitter!

I used a hemp textured white A6 sized card and embossed it with the Crafts Too Snowflake embossing folder. Hmmm, this is a UK made folder and supposed to fit the front of A6 cards but there was actually a bit of a gap at the bottom of the card still - so I decided to add some torn CS as a snowy hill to the bottom.

I used Lasting Impressions dotty papers to paper piece the snowman's hat and coat and I added some fluff with Flower Soft. I used coloured pencils to add some blush to the cheeks. The sentiment and snowman are both popped up. I used the very last of my Crystal Ice Stickles to add the glitter to my snowy hill. To finish off, I added a strip of Kiwi dotty paper and added 3 silver Dew Drops.

Stamps: Hero Arts Share the Joy cling stamp set, sentiment and speech bubble from Hero Arts Jolly Christmas clear stamp set
CS: Craft Creations Hemp Textured CS and A6 card blank
Patterned paper: Lasting Impressions dotty papers in Boardwalk Blue & Kiwi
Ink: VersaFine Onyx Black
Tools: Derwent Coloursoft pencils
Embellishments & accessories: Polar White Flower Soft, Crystal Ice Stickles, Silver Dew Drops, 3d foam pads


Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Medallion Merry Christmas Wreath Cards

I just love the SU! Medallion stamp and I've seen a few cards in the Splitcoast Stampers gallery where it has been used as a wreath for Christmas cards so I decided to try that myself. The first card I made using Whisper White CS and I wished I'd used Very Vanilla so that's why I made two cards at the same time!

The cards are made using SU! Ruby Red CS and measure 5 3/4" square. I stamped the gorgeous flourish stamp from the SU! Baroque Motifs set in Ruby Red ink all over the card fronts as a background. I used the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to make sure I didn't overlap any images. I then stamped the Medallion in Old Olive ink and then cut round them. I added red brads to the wreaths.

I first saw the Medallion stamp on Kristina Werner's blog and she also used the Hero Arts Scallop Circle stamp to cover the middle. So I had to buy that stamp too LOL! I'm thrilled, it's the perfect size for the Medallion stamp and I was delighted to discover a Nestability circle die that's the perfect size for the Scallop Circle stamp - fab! I stamped the sentiment in the middle of the Scallop Circle image and glued that to the Medallion - the Medallion images are both popped up though.

Here's the card with white CS and shiny brads:

And here it is using vanilla CS and matte brads:

Stamps: SU! Medallion background stamp, flourish from SU! Baroque Motifs set, Hero Arts Scallop Circle, sentiment is Stampendous
CS: SU! Ruby Red, Whisper White & Very Vanilla
Ink: SU! Ruby Red & Old Olive
Tools: Circle Nestabilities die, SU! Stamp-A-Ma-Jig stamp positioner
Embellishments & accessories: DoveCraft Christmas brads, 3d foam tape


Tuesday, 17 November 2009

More Snowmen Cards for Kevin - and a Craft Room Visitor

More cards chosen by my friend Kevin, I've made him two each of these designs. I love snowmen on Christmas cards and the snowmen on these cards are guaranteed to raise a smile I think!

The cupcake snowman was coloured in using Coloursoft pencils and Zest-It natural solvent. A touch of sparkle has been added to the cupcake part with some ultrafine crystal glitter. A small Hero Arts sentiment was added. I trimmed the image and have popped him up on the pre-embossed card blank.

For the be merry line of snowmen card, I've used gorgeous 'Be Merry' papers from My Mind's Eye. The three largest snowmen were cut out from another piece of the paper, trimmed and popped up. I've added orange Stickles to all the noses. Then I added photo corners and the sentiment oval piece.

Just as I was about to glitter the snowmen's noses, I had a visitor to my craft room. This is our little cat Tingha and he wasn't going away until he'd had a belly rub! Our big cat Tucker visits me often in my craft room too - but he rarely jumps on my desk and he doesn't like belly rubs!

Supplies for cupcake snowman card:
Stamps: Hero Arts sentiment and Cupcake Snowman
CS: White CS, PaperMania snowflake embossed card blank
Ink: VersaFine Onyx Black
Tools: Derwent Coloursoft pencils, Zest-It natural solvent
Embellishments & accessories: Crystal ultrafine glitter, 3d foam pads

Supplies for the be merry line of snowmen card:
Stamps: Sentiment from SU! Warm Words set
CS: SU! Regal Rose, Certainly Celery & Real Red, Craft Creations white DL size card blank
Patterned paper: Various patterned papers from My Mind's Eye 'Be Merry' collection
Ink: SU! Chocolate Chip
Tools: SU! plain and scalloped oval punches, Sizzix Sizzlits Photo Corners #2 die
Embellishments & accessories: Orange Peel Stickles, 3d foam pads


Saturday, 14 November 2009

Snowman Z Fold Card

I love Z fold cards but haven't made one in ages so I thought I'd make one using my new snowman stamp. Huge thanks to my good friend Jan for this lovely gift, he's a cutie! The card measures 5 3/4" square. I scored the front panel at 2 7/8" and folded it back to form the Z fold card.

I coloured my snowman with Coloursoft pencils and solvent. After cutting him out with a Labels Eight Nestie die, I sponged on some Bashful Blue ink. I've decorated his hat and coat with Polar White Flower Soft to add some fluffiness! Click on the photo to get a larger view to see it better.

The sentiment is stamped on a Label Trio die with a punched snowflake. Actually, it's half the sentiment, the other half is on the inside of the card. I covered the back of the card with Bashful Blue patterned paper and added Bashful Blue striped grosgrain ribbon to the front.

Here is a photo showing the rest of the sentiment inside the card:

I couldn't resist blinging my snowflakes up with pale blue crystals!

Stamps: Hero Arts Share the Joy Cling stamp set, Hero Arts sentiment
CS: SU! Bashful Blue & Chocolate Chip, Elzybells Smooth White CS
Patterned paper: SU! Bashful Blue Prints Designer Series Paper pack
Ink: VersaFine Vintage Sepia, SU! Chocolate Chip & Bashful Blue
Tools: Derwent Coloursoft pencils, Zest-It Natural solvent, Labels Eight Nestabilities dies, Spellbinders Label Trio die, X Cut snowflake punch, sponge dauber
Embellishments & accessories: Polar White Flower Soft, Bashful Blue striped grosgrain ribbon, blue Swarovski crystals


Friday, 13 November 2009

Be Merry Snowman Rectangular Easel Card

Finally, I got around to making a rectangular easel card that fits in a standard C6 size envelope! This card was made using SU! Old Olive CS cut to 11 1/2" x 4 1/4" and scored at 2 7/8" and 5 3/4". The front Ruby Red piece measures 5 3/4" x 4 1/4".

I covered the bottom piece with patterned paper. It's not easy to see in the photo, but the chocolate CS layer was embossed with a snowflakes embossing folder. I used the method Liz told me about for my knotted ribbon - I tied a loose knot, cut a separate small piece of ribbon, inserted this into the knot and then pulled tight, trimmed the tails and taped the ribbon ends around the back. I stamped the snowman on watercolour paper and used SU! Watercolour Wonder Crayons to colour him in. I've lightly sponged some Creamy Caramel ink around the image. Stickles have been added to the holly, star, nose, snowman body and ground.

The stop on this easel card was made using a popped up scalloped circle with a stamped snowflake plain circle on top. To finish, I added a button with a thin piece of CS threaded through the holes to the snowman and two photo corners to the bottom of the card. This card is for our friends Gill, Brett, Naomi and Max.

Stamps: Penny Black Brush Snowman, sentiment from Hero Arts Jolly Christmas clear set, snowflake from My Cute Stamps Let it Snow! clear set
CS: SU! Old Olive, Ruby Red & Chocolate Chip, watercolour paper
Patterned paper: SU! Ski Slope Designer Series Paper pack
Ink: VersaFine Vintage Sepia, SU! Ruby Red, Chocolate Chip & Creamy Caramel
Tools: Crafts Too Snowflakes embossing folder, SU! Scalloped Circle punch, SU! 1 3/8" circle punch, SU! Watercolour Wonder Crayons
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Old Olive grosgrain ribbon, brown button, various Stickles glitter glues, 3d foam tape, sponge


Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Santa Spinner Cards - for Kevin

Here are the two Santa spinner cards made using recycled Christmas cards I've made for Kevin. These cards are also known as suspension cards. One of the themes we did at my card group last year was to recycle and reuse images from old Christmas cards we'd received and kept. Kevin wanted two of the blue cards - but I only had one blue Santa Christmas card to recycle. I went through my stack and found another Santa card that I could cut a piece out of and use so I hope he likes it!

Both cards are made the same way - I used square Nestie dies to cut out the spinner elements, windows and the squares inside the card. The spinner parts are made up of two squares with thin beading thread trapped between the two squares. On the back I've stamped a Merry Christmas sentiment. I taped the thread to the front of the cards and then covered the fronts with the patterned paper pieces. Of course, you can use any shapes for spinners, I've also used circles and the fancy Nestability shapes - they look great!

The Ho! Ho! Ho! sentiments were cut out with a Spellbinders Labels Trio die. I added small punched snowflakes with crystal centres. The blue card measures 5 3/4" square. The gold card measures 5 1/2" square because the patterned paper was that size, so I used thinner red grosgrain ribbon for that card.

With spinner cards, you twist the spinner element about 6 times before you place the card in the envelope. Then, when the recipient takes the card out, the spinner twizzles round - fab!

Stamps: Stampendous Ho! Ho! Ho!
CS: White CS & SU! Real Red CS
Patterned paper: Sandylion (blue snowflakes) Craftwork Cards (gold Christmas wording)
Ink: SU! Real Red
Tools: Square Nestabilities dies, Spellbinders Labels Trio die, X Cut small snowflake punch
Embellishments & accessories: Red grosgrain ribbons, beading wire, clear crystals, old Christmas cards


Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Glittered Snowmen Acetate Window Card - for Kevin

My friend Kevin has asked me to make some Christmas cards for him, he browsed my Seasonal Cards album and chose which cards he wanted. I've made two of these acetate window cards for him. Awwww, the little snowmen look so cute and glittery don't they? Hmmmm, I love the design when it's finished but I do NOT love making these cards!

I stamped the cute Whipper Snapper snowmen stamp onto acetate in black StazOn ink and trimmed round the acetate. Then I flipped the acetate over and wiped my anti-static bag really well all over it. Then it was time to glitter those little guys. I used Art Institute glue with an ultrafine nozzle to adhere the glitter. First, their teeny tiny noses which I glittered in orange, then blue glitter for their hats, followed by crystal glitter for the bodies and the ground. Then a bit of a wait until they dried.

A piece of snowflake patterned paper is glued to the inside back of the card. I used a Nestability die to cut a window out of the card front and the snowy stripes patterned paper. Then I carefully sandwiched the acetate between the patterned paper and the card front, making sure the paper and card windows aligned perfectly.

The scalloped border was made with a QuicKutz die and I added punched snowflakes. Next came the photo corners with more snowflakes and then I added Swarovski crystals to all the snowflake centres.

Phew, two glittered acetate window cards made, I certainly won't make any more for a LOOOOONG time - if ever! Two Santa spinner cards next, I much prefer making those!

Stamps: Whipper Snapper Let It Snow Snowmen
CS: SU! Bashful Blue (for card base), SU! Not Quite Navy
Patterned paper: Frances Meyer Snowy Stripes and Let it Snow papers
Ink: Black StazOn
Tools: Rectangle Nestability die, QuicKutz 12" Scallops Cookie Cutter die, Sizzix Sizzlits Photo Corners #2 die, X Cut small snowflake punch
Embellishments & accessories: Acetate, Art Institute glue, ultrafine nozzle & ultrafine glitters, clear Swarovski crystals


Monday, 9 November 2009

CAS White & Silver Christmas Card

Today's CAS challenge on Splitcoast Stampers was a colour challenge - to use white plus one other colour only. I've opted for white and silver which I think is a lovely elegant colour combo and it's great for Christmas cards.

I stamped the image in silver ink and heat embossed it with Stardust embossing powder. I edged the white image piece with silver ink and also heat embossed the edging. The silver panel has been debossed using the Spellbinders Snowflake Impressabilities template. This is the first time I've used it - I really love it, it's gorgeous!

The white image panel is popped up. The sentiment was also heat embossed with the Stardust EP. To finish, I tied silver lurex ribbon around the card with a knot and added 3 silver Dew Drops.

My hubby really likes this card so it looks like I may be making a few more to add to the Christmas card stash!

Stamps: Penny Black Winter Glitter, sentiment from SU! Seasonal Wishes set
CS: White and silver CS
Ink: Encore Silver pigment ink
Tools: Spellbinders Snowflake Impressabilities template, heat gun
Embellishments & accessories: Stamp 'n Stuff Stardust embossing powder, silver lurex ribbon, silver Dew Drops, 3d foam tape


Friday, 6 November 2009

Shirt Easel Card for Peter's Birthday

My great friend Kevin asked me to make a birthday card for him to give to his partner Peter and I decided on a shirt easel card. I've used SU! Taken with Teal and Chocolate Chip CS and Bashful Blue Prints papers for this card. The card measures 5 1/2" square. I cut the teal CS to 11" x 5 1/2" and scored at 2 3/4" and 5 1/2" to make the easel card.

I stamped the shirt on a piece of patterned paper, ran it through my Xyron to put adhesive on the back and stuck it to a piece of white CS to add a bit of strength. I then carefully trimmed the shirt. I used square Nesties for my layers - I even used my tiniest square Nestie die for the corner accent pieces. I added blue crystals as cuff links and then popped the shirt up. I love the look of this shirt, I think it looks like a Boden design!

I know it's corny, but I love using the "you shirtainly are terrific!" sentiment with this shirt stamp. The sentiment piece is popped up and is acting as my 'stop' to keep the card front in place. To finish off, I added teal photo corners.

Stamps: Stampendous 'His Shirt', sentiment by Stampabilities
CS: SU! Taken with Teal, Chocolate Chip and Whisper White
Patterned paper: SU! Bashful Blue Prints Designer Series Paper pack
Ink: SU! Chocolate Chip
Tools: Xyron 510 machine, square Nestabilities dies, Sizzix Sizzlits Photo Corners #2 die
Embellishments & accessories: Blue Swarovski crystals, 3d foam pads


Wednesday, 4 November 2009

Pop Up Butterfly Thinking of You

My neighbour Kath asked me to make a card for her to give to a friend's daughter who had just undergone surgery and is in for a very challenging time. I used my pop up butterfly punch and a fave pink and green colour combo and opted for a Thinking of You sentiment.

The card measures 5 3/4" square and was made with SU! Certainly Celery CS. The patterned paper behind the butterfly and at the bottom of the card is by Lasting Impressions, it's a beautiful deep pink colour. I punched the butterfly out of celery CS and then cut it out with a circle Nestie. I matted onto Pretty in Pink and Chocolate Chip plain and scalloped circles. The butterfly trail was made with a stamp from a Hero Arts clear stamp set.

The sentiment just fitted inside my fave frame die. I tied some celery grosgrain ribbon around the card before popping up the sentiment piece. I punched some small flowers and added silver shimmer dots to the flower centres and butterfly body to finish.

Kath told me yesterday that the lady cried after opening this card, she thought it was so lovely and said it was the best card she received. I sometimes think of this hobby as being quite frivolous but hearing that made me feel rather emotional - but pleased my little card could reach out and touch someone's life even in a small way.

Stamps: Hero Arts Designer Butterflies clear set, sentiment from SU! Sincere Salutations set
CS: SU! Certainly Celery, Pretty in Pink & Chocolate Chip
Patterned paper: Lasting Impressions Raspberry papers
Ink: SU! Chocolate Chip
Tools: Plain and scalloped circle Nestabilities dies, Ellison Frame die, flower punches
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Certainly Celery grosgrain ribbon, PaperMania Silver Shimmer Dots, 3d foam pads


Tuesday, 3 November 2009

Stack of Thank You Notecards

I'm selling a few crafty bits and pieces on eBay and I thought it would be fun to stamp some quick and easy thank you notecards that I can include in the package for the winning bidders. I wanted to do this for my auctions that ended last Sunday night and planned to stamp on Sunday afternoon, but at the last minute we went out with friends - so no stamping, but I do love impromptu plans!

I was inspired by a lovely Christmas notecard made by girlgeek101 on Splitcoast Stampers so I CASEd her design. To me, CASE stands for 'Copy And Selectively Edit' - although I have seen it referred to as 'Copy and Steal Everything', but I like to change things rather than make an exact copy. Click here to see her original - the page will open in a new window.

To make the note cards, I cut sheets of SU! Whisper White A4 CS into 4. I stamped part of the gorgeous SU! Medallion stamp in the corner - my eBay user name includes the word pink so I had to use pink ink! Black and white with bright pink is one of my fave colour combos so I used black CS for the scalloped ovals I mounted my thank you sentiments on. I had a very happy time in my craft room making a stack of these!

Stamps: SU! Medallion background stamp and thank you from SU! Ovals All set
CS: SU! Whisper White and Basic Black
Ink: SU! Pixie Pink
Tools: SU! plain and scalloped oval punches


Monday, 2 November 2009

Season of Joy Pop Up Card

I decided to make a pop up card while I still had Jan's Season of Joy stamp set on loan. I kept the front of the card quite simple - which makes the pop up surprise when the recipient opens the card better I think!

The card measures just a tad under 5" square and I made the card base with SU! Certainly Celery CS. I used Nesties for the square layers. The white square was embossed with my Crafts Too snowflakes embossing folder. The 3 flowers are trimmed and popped up and I added a gold sequin to each flower centre.

Inside the card, three trees pop up. I love the swirl on the tree in this set and that reminded me to use my long neglected Sizzix Swirly die. I used both the positive and negative shapes of the die cut. I added a sentiment and punched snowflakes to finish. These pop up cards are a lot of fun - and the Sizzix Pop Ups die makes them quick and easy to put together too!

Stamps: SU! Season of Joy set
CS: SU! Whisper White, Certainly Celery, Old Olive & Real Red
Ink: SU! Real Red & Old Olive
Tools: Plain & scalloped square Nestie dies, Sizzix Bigz Pop Ups die, Sizzix Decorative Strip Swirly die, Crafts Too snowflakes embossing folder, SU! plain and scalloped oval punches, Woodware snowflake punch
Embellishments & accessories: Gold sequins, 3d foam pads

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