Wednesday, 31 March 2010

Z Fold Easter Card for Kevin & Peter

This is the Easter card that I sent to our good friends Kevin and Peter. An A6 sized Z fold card that was so easy to make using my Scor-Pal, I love my new tool!

I used the 'Bunny Down' digital image from Doodle Dragon Studios and coloured with Copic markers. I lightly sponged on some blue ink for sky. Rectangle Nesties were used to mat and layer the image. The back panel was completely covered with paper from the K&Co 6" x 6" Daisy pad. To finish off I added die cut photo corners.

It's my 50th birthday on 7th April - ack! A few days after that we're going to spend a few days with Kevin and Peter in their gorgeous home in the Cotswolds so my birthday celebrations are going to last quite a while! I absolutely can't wait to see them, I'm counting the days! As it's a milestone birthday I'm being spoiled and have been allowed to put in some diva-ish demands. I've asked for a trip to Paper Arts, a craft shop near to them and asked for certain dishes to be prepared for me. The diet will definitely be on hold for the period of my birthday celebrations! I'm so looking forward to my roast dinner with Peter's scrummy stuffing, cheesy vegetable bake, rhubarb crumble and homemade fruit scones - not all on the same day though! Also I'm looking forward to a few jacuzzis and spending time in their new conservatory!

Stamps: 'Bunny Down' digital image from Doodle Dragon Studios, sentiment stamp by Penny Black
CS: SU! Old Olive & Creamy Caramel, Craftwork Cards Digital extra smooth white CS
Patterned paper: K&Co Daisy 6" x 6" pad
Ink: SU! Bashful Blue & Old Olive
Tools: Plain and scalloped rectangle Nestabilities dies, Sizzix Sizzlits Photo Corners #2 die, metric Scor-Pal, Copic markers


Tuesday, 30 March 2010

March SU! Stamper's Ten Challenge Card

This month Joanne gave us Bravo Burgundy, Always Artichoke and Very Vanilla CS, a piece of Bella Bleu patterned paper and some Always Artichoke ribbon to make our challenge cards with. She also gave us a stamped thank you element but when I saw the colours I immediately thought masculine and so I decided to make a male birthday card. I have 3 male birthdays coming up in May and it would be nice to be prepared for a change rather than having to make them all at the last moment! This will go to Owen's brother.

I used a stamp from the Happy Moments SAB set. This was a gift from my very kind friend Jan. Before attaching the Artichoke mat, I pierced a row of holes along the bottom with my Scor-Bug piercing tool. Running this along a groove of the Scor-Pal meant very straight piercing, not always what I achieve when I pierce with a manual piercing tool! I stamped the gifts in VersaFine Vintage Sepia ink and coloured them with Watercolor Wonder Crayons and a wet paintbrush. I layered the image, added SU! vintage brads to the corners and have popped the panel up.

Before adhering the patterned paper piece, I tied a loose knot in a strip of ribbon, put a small strip of ribbon through the knot and pulled tight to get a knot. I then attached the ends around the back of the patterned paper. I really like this ribbon technique I learned from Liz at a Stamper's Ten evening, you get a really neat knot! Finally, I added the birthday sentiment.

Stamps: SU! Happy Moments and Sincere Salutations sets
CS: SU! Bravo Burgundy, Always Artichoke & Very Vanilla
Patterned paper: SU! Bella Bleu Designer Series Paper pack
Ink: SU! Always Artichoke, VersaFine Vintage Sepia
Tools: Rectangle Nestabilities dies, SU! Watercolor Wonder Crayons, Scor-Pal & Scor-Bug
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Always Artichoke grosgrain ribbon, SU! Vintage Brads, 3d foam pads


Saturday, 27 March 2010

March Stamper's Ten Make & Take Projects

These are the two projects we made at Joanne's on Tuesday night using new goodies from the SU! Mini Catalogue that starts on April 1st. I was so chuffed to see the two-step bird punch and I absolutely love the Vintage Vogue stamp set, both will be ordered next month for sure!

First we made a birdhouse card. The So Saffron CS was cut to 15 x 7.5 cms and scored at the halfway mark to make a 7.5 cms square card. To make the roof, the Choc Chip CS was cut to a 4" square and the piece of patterned paper was cut to a 3" square and both were cut in half diagonally. The Eyelet Border punch was used on the Choc Chip piece to give the roof a scalloped edge. Before gluing the roof piece to the card front, we stamped the foliage flourish stamp from the Vintage Vogue set on opposite corners in So Saffron ink.

The 'hole' for the birdhouse was made with a Choc Chip 1 3/8" punched circle. The bird was punched in Taken with Teal CS and the wing was punched in Tempting Turquoise CS. We stamped the wing with the foliage flourish stamp and then spritzed the wing and body with Shimmer Paint. Joanne had mixed some paint with some alcohol in a spray bottle. It gives a lovely sheen to the birdie! For the eye, we used one of the waste dots from punching with the Eyelet Border punch - a tad fiddly to stick that tiny dot! We used a DEET and a moulding mat to add some shaping to the branches and the flower. I added an olive crystal to the centre of my flower after I came home. The bird is popped up. I really loved making this card, I'm so taken with the birdhouse design!

The second card we made used the fabulously gorgeous Vintage Vogue stamp set, I think this is going to become a favourite set of mine! I do love flower stamps and this set is particularly charming and I can't wait to add it to my collection! I love the Rose Red and Mellow Moss colour combo Joanne chose. It may be hard to see in the photo, but we stamped the border stamp from the set at the top left and bottom right of the card in Rose Red ink. We stamped the flourish a few times on the Whisper White CS and then stamped the sentiment and flowers - we stamped off once with the Rose Red ink for a couple of the flowers to get a lighter colour. The larger flower is popped up. To finish, we added pearls to the flower centres.

Supplies for birdhouse card:
Stamps: SU! Vintage Vogue set
CS: SU! So Saffron, Chocolate Chip, Taken with Teal, Tempting Turquoise, Pretty in Pink & Old Olive
Patterned paper: SU! Sweet Pea Designer Series Paper stack
Ink: SU! So Saffron and Tempting Turquoise
Tools: SU! Two-step Bird punch, SU! Eyelet Border punch, SU! 1 3/8" circle punch, SU! Boho Blossoms punch, DEET & moulding mat
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint, olive crystal, 3d foam pads

Supplies for Thinking of You card:
Stamps: SU! Vintage Vogue and Sincere Salutations sets
CS: SU! Rose Red, Mellow Moss & Whisper White
Ink: SU! Rose Red & Mellow Moss
Embellishments & accessories: Self adhesive half pearls, 3d foam pads


Friday, 26 March 2010

Birdhouse Shaped Card for SA05 Waltzingmouse Stamps Inspiration Challenge

I've made this card for the Stamping Around SA05 Waltzingmouse Stamps inspiration challenge. Please click here to visit the SA05 challenge at the Stamping Around blog - the page will open in a new window.

The very pretty picture Anya chose inspired me to use pale purple, yellow, a darker purple and some green and a touch of pink to make a springtime card. I've got a thing for birdhouse cards at the moment and I really wanted to make a birdhouse shaped card. I Googled to find templates but didn't find what I wanted so I turned to Splitcoast Stampers for help. A kind crafter pointed me in the direction of a fab free template available from Victorine Originals - clicking the link will open the page in a new window. Click on the cards link and scroll down to find the birdhouse template.

I printed out the template onto some thick CS, cut it out and then traced around it onto some SU! Pale Plum CS to make my shaped card. I stamped the birdhouse and roof part with a woodgrain stamp in Pale Plum ink. The roof is popped up with 3d foam pads. I then cut a window out of the front of the card with a circle Nestie die and placed a larger Elegant Eggplant circle on the inside of the card.

I used the smallest die from the Spellbinders Birds Shapeabilities set for my bird and cut it out in Barely Banana CS. I die cut the leaf stem and cut it into 2 pieces. I then used the gorgeous Waltzingmouse Stamps 'Say It with Style' set to stamp the sentiment, the pattern on the bird and the pink flower. The bird and flower are both popped up and I added crystals to both shapes to finish. This cute card measures approx. 5 1/2" x 4 1/2" when finished and fits into a C6 size envelope.

Stamps: Waltzingmouse Stamps 'Say It with Style' set, Hero Arts Designer Woodgrain background stamp
CS: SU! Pale Plum, Elegant Eggplant, Certainly Celery, Barely Banana & Pretty in Pink
Ink: SU! Pale Plum & So Saffron, VersaMagic Eggplant chalk ink
Tools: Circle Nestabilities dies, Spellbinders Birds Shapeabilities die set, SU! Little Leaves Sizzlits die
Embellishments & accessories: Purple Swarovski crystals, 3d foam pads


Birdhouse Notecard

I went to my SU! Stamper's Ten group Make & Take evening on Tuesday night and Joanne showed us how to make a sweet birdhouse card and I really fell in love with the design. We used new goodies that will be available to purchase from the SU! Mini Catalogue on 1st April. I can't wait, there were a few 'must have' items for me!

Anyway, I decided to make a birdhouse card using stuff I already have seeing as how I've got to wait to order the new goodies! The Certainly Celery card base measures a tad over 3" square. The roof was made with a 4" square of Choc Chip CS cut in half diagonally and then I scalloped the edge with a border punch. The Olive patterned paper piece was a 3" square cut in half diagonally. The roof triangle is then just glued to the front of the folded card base. The birdhouse 'hole' was made with a 1 3/8" punched circle. This card fits nicely into a 5" square envelope.

The bird was made using the smallest die in the Spellbinders Birds Shapeabilities set. I stamped the foliage stamp from the Fresh Cuts set in Caramel ink all over the bird. I die cut the Little Leaves die cut shape and cut it into 3 separate pieces. The flower was punched from the Boho Blossoms punch and I added some shaping with a DEET and a moulding mat. I added an olive gem to the centre of the flower and I coloured a clear Swarovski crystal with a dark brown Copic marker and used that as the bird's eye. The bird is popped up.

A friend recently told me one of our friends is trying to give up smoking. A perfect opportunity to send "a little birdie told me.." card! This will be sent to Jack to say well done and offer encouragement to keep it up. I inked the foliage stamp from the Fresh Cuts set again, stamping off once, on Vanilla CS, stamped the sentiment and cut it out with a Labels Trio die.

Stamps: SU! Fresh Cuts set, sentiment from Hero Arts 'Hello Birdie' Sparkle Clear set
CS: SU! Certainly Celery, Creamy Caramel, Chocolate Chip, Rose Red, Very Vanilla & Old Olive
Patterned paper: SU! Old Olive Prints Designer Series Paper pack
Ink: SU! Creamy Caramel, VersaMagic Jumbo Java chalk ink
Tools: Spellbinders Bird Shapeabilities die, Spellbinders Labels Trio die, Fiskars Threading Water punch, SU! 1 3/8" circle punch, SU! Boho Blossoms punch, SU! Little Leaves Sizzlits die, DEET & moulding mat
Embellishments & accessories: Swarovski crystals, Dark Bark Copic marker, 3d foam pads


Wednesday, 24 March 2010

Pierced Frame & Flourish Easter Card

I was browsing digital images on the Fred, She Said web site and when I saw this flower it made me think of a daffodil, perfect for an Easter card. I liked how the images also came with a paper piercing frame and flourish design that works with the Labels Eight Nestie dies too. This card will go to our neighbours Kath and Jim.

I stamped a speckly stamp as a background over the cream A6 card with So Saffron ink. I printed out the piercing design on a piece of white CS and used that as a template so I could pierce the Certainly Celery CS and then cut it out with a Label Eight Nestie die. I printed the flower parts, coloured them with Copic markers and cut them out. I used my DEET and a moulding mat to add some shaping and I put a pale orange gem in the centre. The leaves were made using a Sizzlits die. I then stamped the sentiment and finished off by placing five square clear gems underneath.

Stamps: Paper Pricking Patterns Frame & Flourish digital image from Fred, She Said, SU! Itty Bitty Backgrounds set, sentiment from SU! Seasonal Wishes set
CS: Anita's cream A6 card blank, SU! Certainly Celery & Old Olive CS, Craftwork Cards Digital Extra Smooth white CS
Ink: SU! So Saffron, VersaFine Onyx Black
Tools: Labels Eight Nestabilities die, SU! Little Leaves Sizzlits die, DEET & moulding mat, X Cut Pokey Tool & mouse mat
Embellishments & accessories: Doodlebug gem, PaperMania Mosaics clear square gems


Sunday, 21 March 2010

Lattice Grid Bling Blossoms Notecard

I've been filling up a crafty piggy bank for a while now. I wanted to save up for the complete set of SU! markers. After I'd counted the contents I was pleasantly surprised to find I had enough for the markers - plus lots extra! So I've spent some on a metric Scor-Pal and some accessories. I love how the Scor-Mat sits in the bed of the Scor-Pal and can be used as a cutting surface or work surface. I don't have to store it as it can sit out on my desk all the time.

One of the first things I wanted to do with it was make a lattice grid so that's why this card came about. I took a 4" square textured card blank and scored the diagonal lattice lines at 1cm apart. Easy peasy on the Scor-Pal!

I then stamped flowers and leaves from the SU! Petal Pizzazz set and cut them out. The pink and blue flowers are popped up. I stamped the sentiment, cut it out and edged the piece with Lavender Lace ink. To finish off the card, I've added some bling to the flowers.

So far, I'm very happy with my new tool!

Stamps: SU! Petal Pizzazz and Sweet Little Sentiments sets
CS: Anita's 4" square white textured card blank
Ink: SU! Pretty in Pink, Bashful Blue, Lavender Lace & Certainly Celery
Tools: Scor-Pal, SU! Scalloped Circle punch
Embellishments & accessories: Crystals, 3d foam pads


Saturday, 20 March 2010

Gift Box Set of Six Notecards

I'm giving this boxed set of six notecards to my friend Tanya as part of her birthday gift. It's not her birthday until May so I'm ahead of the game for once!

I used the M&F board to make the gift box from 2 pieces of SU! Chocolate Chip CS cut to 6 1/2" - the box is 1" deep. The cards are Anita's 4" square white textured card blanks. I made 3 'Thank you' cards and 3 'for you' cards using two different patterned papers from the SU! Sweet Always collection. On the 'for you' sentiment ovals I've stamped the tiny flower from the Flight of the Butterfly set. I kept the layout exactly the same for all 6 cards.

I punched the Regal Rose flowers out with the SU! Scalloped Circle punch. The flower centres are silver metal nailheads that I've coloured dark brown with a Copic marker. The scalloped strip is made with a Sizzix die and I used the SU! oval punches for the sentiments.

This pic shows the box and the pile of decorated envelopes. The flower is a Maya Road velvet blossom with a gem brad centre.

Stamps: SU! Petal Pizzazz, Fresh Cuts & Flight of the Butterfly sets
CS: SU! Regal Rose, Whisper White & Chocolate Chip
Patterned paper: SU! Sweet Always Designer Series Paper pack
Ink: SU! Regal Rose, Certainly Celery & Chocolate Chip
Tools: M&F Board, SU! Scalloped Circle punch, Sizzix Lace Edging Decorative Strip die, SU! plain and scalloped oval punches, dark brown Copic marker
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Chocolate Chip grosgrain ribbon, silver metal nailheads, Maya Road velvet blossom, gem brad


Friday, 19 March 2010

Messy Day Easter Cards

Last Saturday I went to a Messy Day with some friends. We spent the day from 10 - 4 crafting, chatting, laughing and singing along to CDs. Great fun!

The first card I made used a fab free watering can template from Waltzingmouse Stamps. Click here to download the template - the page will open in a new window. I printed the template onto SU! Pale Plum CS, cut it out and sponged Pale Plum ink all around the shape. I stamped the leaf from the SU! Petal Pizzazz set a few times in Certainly Celery ink, cut them out and glued them to Prima hydrangea flowers and then decorated the watering can with them. I added crystals to each flower centre. After stamping the sentiment, I finished off by adding crystals to the spout where the sprinkler holes would be.

Next I made four identical balloon bunny A6 size cards. I used SU! Tempting Turquoise CS for the card bases. I coloured the images with Copic markers, used a ticket corner punch on each image and layered them onto Certainly Celery CS mats. I coloured clear gems with a Copic marker to get pink gems to place in the corners. To finish off, I stamped each sentiment and tied Certainly Celery ribbon around each card in a knot.

Supplies for watering can card:
Stamps: SU! Petal Pizzazz & Seasonal Wishes sets
CS: SU! Pale Plum
Ink: SU! Pale Plum, Certainly Celery & Chocolate Chip
Tools: Watering can template from Waltzingmous Stamps
Embellishments & accessories: Prima hydrangea flowers, clear crystals

Supplies for balloon bunny cards:
Stamps: Penny Black Balloon Bunny, SU! seasonal Wishes set
CS: SU! Tempting Turquoise, Certainly Celery & Craftwork Cards Digital smooth white CS
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa
Tools: Copic markers, SU! Ticket Corner punch
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Certainly Celery grosgrain ribbon, clear self adhesive gems


Wednesday, 17 March 2010

CAS Chocolate Chip Mint Butterfly

This card was made for the CAS58 Chocolate Chip Mint colour challenge on Splitcoast Stampers where we had to use any shades of green and brown plus white or cream. I went to a craft shop on Tuesday and found this gorgeous green patterned CS, it's really thick so is ideal for card bases and has a white back so perfect for writing your message inside too!

The card is a standard A6 size. Before stamping the sentiment on the white CS, I stamped the flourish background stamp in SU! Certainly Celery ink, having stamped off once first. I die cut the butterfly from Chocolate Chip CS and embossed it with the Victoria Cuttlebug folder. I then swiped my VersaMark pad over the raised embossing and heat embossed using clear powder to get a nice glossy look to the raised parts.

I scored lines down both sides of the butterfly body so I could fold the wings up a tad. I also put half a foam dot under each wing - with the backing paper still intact, which ensures the wings will stay popped up even after being in the envelope. To finish off, I added green crystals to the butterfly body.

Stamps: Hero Arts Design Block: Flourish background stamp, Hero Arts Lots of Wonderful
CS: Kanban green Deco Milano Card, SU! Whisper White & Chocolate Chip CS
Ink: VersaMark & SU! Chocolate Chip
Tools: Cuttlebug butterfly die, Victoria Cuttlebug embossing folder, heat gun
Embellishments & accessories: Clear embossing powder, green crystals, 3d foam pads


Sunday, 14 March 2010

CAS Easter Bunny & Chicks Cards

I went on the hunt for some Easter digital images and fell in love with this Dustin Pike 'Bunny Down' design from Doodle Dragon Studios, those chicks surrounding the bunny are just so sweet! Click here to visit Doodle Dragon Studios - the page will open in a new window.

For the first card I used a hemp textured square white card blank. I coloured the image with Copic Markers and sponged on blue ink for the sky. I used SU! Creamy Caramel and Mellow Moss CS for the mats. I stamped the sentiment in Moss ink on a Label Trio die cut shape and coloured the pearl with a Copic marker.

For the second card, I kept to a white bunny. Again I used my Copic markers for colouring and did some very light blue ink sponging for the sky. The A6 sized card was made with SU! Pretty in Pink CS, the image mat is Barely Banana and I added some K&Co patterned paper at the bottom. After popping up the image layer and stamping the sentiment, I added 3 small punched flowers with pink shimmer dot centres.

Supplies for square white card:
Stamps: 'Bunny Down' digital image from Doodle Dragon Designs, sentiment stamp from Penny Black
CS: Craft Creations hemp textured white card blank, SU! Mellow Moss & Creamy Caramel
Ink: SU! Mellow Moss & Bashful Blue
Tools: Copic markers, Plain & scalloped rectangle Nestabilities dies, Spellbinders Label Trio die
Embellishments & accessories: Self adhesive half pearl

Supplies for A6 pink card:
Stamps: 'Bunny Down' digital image from Doodle Dragon Designs, sentiment stamp from Penny Black
CS: SU! Pretty in Pink & Barely Banana
Patterned paper: K&Co Daisy 6" x 6" pad
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Tools: Copic markers, rectangle Nestabilities dies, X Cut small flower punch
Embellishments & accessories: SU! So Saffron grosgrain ribbon, PaperMania pink Shimmer Dots, 3d foam tape


Friday, 12 March 2010

Fan Fold Flower Gift Box

My friend Jan came round to play yesterday afternoon and she wanted to make a gift box to hold a necklace she's bought as a birthday gift for someone. So this project was a joint venture.

We used the M&F board to make the box and we started with 2 squares of 6 1/4" Chocolate Chip CS and ended up with a box measuring 4 1/4" square. We layered the Rose Red patterned paper onto a Pretty in Pink mat. The strip of Chocolate Chip was scalloped along both edges using the SU! Scallop Border punch. The Olive fancy corner accents are Cuttlebug die cuts.

The making of the fan fold flower was all Jan's work. I've not made one before and I enjoyed seeing it made. I don't think I'd put one on a card as they're a bit bulky but I liked it on the box lid. There's a Fan Fold Flower tutorial here on Splitcoast Stampers. It was a tad tricky to get it to lay flat as a flower shape, not helped by me watching Jan struggle LOL! It's always tough when someone watches! My contribution to the flower was to suggest the button centre with the Old Olive CS strips threaded through the holes, which finished it off rather nicely I thought.

Stamps: None
CS: SU! Chocolate Chip, Old Olive & Pretty in Pink
Patterned paper: SU! Rose Red & Old Olive Prints Designer Series Paper packs
Ink: None
Tools: M&F Board, SU! Scallop Border punch, Cuttlebug die from Vintage set, 3/4" circle punch (to make thumb holes at the sides of the box to make it easier to open)
Embellishments & accessories: Pink button


Tuesday, 9 March 2010

CAS Owl Good Luck Card for Hubby

Monday's CAS57 challenge on Splitcoast Stampers was to layer two different shapes on a card while still keeping it CAS. I've used Nestie circle and Labels One dies for my two different shapes.

I coloured the owl with Copic markers and cut him out. I stamped a woodgrain stamp on the circle but when I placed the owl over the top he didn't look quite right, he needed anchoring. So I went out into the garden to find a tiny twig for him to stand on. After gluing on the twig, I popped up the owl with foam pads and added a few punched leaf shapes.

My hubby Owen has a job interview on Wednesday so I gave him this card to wish him the very best of luck. Keep your fingers crossed for him please!

Stamps: Hero Arts Curious Owl and Designer Woodgrain, sentiment by Rubber Stampede
CS: Anita's square cream card blank, SU! Creamy Caramel, Chocolate Chip & Old Olive
Ink: SU! Creamy Caramel & Old Olive, Memento Rich Cocoa
Tools: Circle & Labels One Nestability dies, Woodware leaf punch, Copic markers
Embellishments & accessories: Twig from garden, 3d foam pads


Monday, 8 March 2010

March 2010 Card Group Projects

These are the items we made at my March card group get together. We made a cupcake pocket card, a diaper fold pouch and a CAS Easter card.

We used Bazzill CS and Doodlebug patterned paper for the cupcake and decorated with punched circles for chocolate drops, silver Dew Drops and die cut cherries. We embossed the pink semi circle with the D'Vine Swirls Cuttlebug embossing folder before decorating. Highlight details were added to the choc drops and cherries with a white gel pen. The ric rac on the base is a die cut shape from the Ribbons Sizzix Decorative Strip die. The sentiment is a clear stamp from the Hero Arts Birthday Messages set.

The ladies wanted to know how to make a stand so that their pocket cards could stand up so we designed one on the day, it was a group effort! This photo shows the insert and the back of the cupcake with the stand. The sentiment, which is just perfect for these cards, is from the SU! Sweet Little Sentiments set. We added a punched flower with a holographic circle sticker in the centre. You need to keep the embellishments flat so the insert slides smoothly into the pocket.

Then we made a Diaper Fold Pouch using a 6" square of Magenta Robin's Nest double sided paper. I took different sentiment stamps so the ladies could make them for Easter or birthday. A Martha Stewart punched butterfly shape was added to the plain circle which we matted on the scalloped circle. We first stamped a speckle stamp (from the SU! Itty Bitty Backgrounds set) on the plain circle before attaching the butterfly. The bag closure was made using a die from the Spellbinders Label Trio set.

The final project was an easy 4" x 4" CAS Easter card using die cut shapes from the Sizzix Easter set of Sizzlits dies. The paper is from the K&CO 6" x6" Daisy pad and we added a scallop border made with the Sizzix Lace Edging Decorative Strip die. The sentiment is a Penny Black stamp. After I'd made the card I wished I'd have speckled the eggs with brown ink. A couple of ladies did that on the day and it made the eggs look a lot better.

Friday, 5 March 2010

February SU! Stamper's Ten Make & Take Projects

These are the three projects we made at Joanne's SU! Stamper's Ten Make & Take evening. Well, actually, I finished most of mine at home! There's a diaper fold pouch and two cards.

The diaper fold pouch uses a 6" square piece of Tea Party DSP. They're so easy and there's no gluing. You can make them any size so long as you use a square. Joanne gave us all a bag of Mini Eggs to put in our pouches. We used the tag punches to make the decoration on the front and the Word Window punch to make the tie around the top of the bag.

There's a Diaper Fold Pouch tutorial on Splitcoast Stampers here - the page will open in a new window. Joanne had us do an extra step - after the pouch is folded, insert your fingers into the pouch and wiggle them a bit and then rub the tip of your forefinger along the crease at the bottom of the pouch. This makes the pouch dimensional rather than the flat pouch seen on the SCS tutorial.

Then we made this birthday card using the gifts stamp and happy birthday sentiment from the Happy Moments SAB set. The colour combo is Night of Navy, Kraft and white. We coloured using Night of Navy and Ruby Red Watercolour Wonder Crayons and an aquapainter. The gifts are wrapped with silver elastic cord and are popped up. White gel pen detailing was added to the Kraft panel.

This is the second card we made. It uses the gorgeous Baroque Motifs set. On her card, Joanne had stamped the small flower from the Baroque Motifs set and cut them out. As I made my card at home I did things a bit differently. I used a flower stamp from the One of a Kind set so that I could punch them out with the Boho Blossoms punch instead of cutting them out. The flowers on the flourish are all popped up. I really love this Olive, Eggplant and Vanilla colour combo, it's one of my faves!

Wednesday, 3 March 2010

Cupcake Birthday Card for SSS45 Challenge

I really liked the look of the sketch at the Sweet Stop blog and this is the card I made for the SSS #45 challenge. Here's the sketch:

The card measures 5 3/4" square and I used SU! Chocolate Chip CS for the base and two yummy Sweet Always papers for layering. I stamped the cupcake from the Crazy for Cupcakes set but omitted the candle as I wanted a flower to top my cupcake instead. I stamped twice so I could cut out one image and pop it up.

I've coloured using Coloursoft Pencils and Zest-It solvent. I embossed the Banana circle with the D'Vine Swirls Cuttlebug folder after stamping the sentiment. I punched the flower from the SU! Boho Blossoms punch, used a DEET to add some shaping and added a gem brad to the centre. To finish, I added the three Pebbles Inc. domed Candy Dots and the Banana photo corners.

Stamps: SU! Crazy for Cupcakes & One of a Kind sets
CS: SU! Chocolate Chip, Regal Rose & Barely Banana, Elzybells smooth white CS
Patterned paper: SU! Sweet Always Designer Series Paper pack
Ink: SU! Chocolate Chip, VersaFine Vintage Sepia
Tools: Circle, rectangle and square Nestabilities dies, D'Vine Swirls Cuttlebug folder, Sizziz Sizzlits Photo Corners #2 die, SU! Boho Blossoms punch, Derwent Coloursoft pencils & Zest-It natural solvent, DEET & moulding mat
Embellishments & accessories: May Arts brown & white striped grosgrain ribbon, Pebbles Inc. Chocolate Candy Dots, gem brad, 3d foam pads


Monday, 1 March 2010

CAS Posy Thank You Card for Jan

I went to the Glitter Pot today and bought a pack of textured 4" square cards and some square gems. I got home and checked out the CAS challenge on Splitcoast Stampers. It was 'It's Hip to be Square!', (we were to make a square card), so my new purchases fit right in LOL!

I also bought my first batch of Copic markers so this is the first card made with an image coloured with them. I look forward to getting better with practise! The flower image is cut out and popped up. I also coloured the clear square gems with a blue Copic marker, how fab to be able to do that!

My good, crafty friend Jan lent me her Copic markers so that I could try them out to see how I got on with them, bless her heart! This thank you card will go to her to say thank you for her kindness.

Stamps: Hero Arts Peeking Posies & Thank You Messages sets
CS: Anita's textured 4" square card blank, Bristol Board extra smooth drawing pad, SU! Tempting Turquoise CS
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Tools: Square Nestability die
Embellishments & accessories: Copic markers, SU! Tempting Turquoise grosgrain ribbon, PaperMania Mosaics clear square gems, 3d foam pads

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