Saturday, 31 July 2010

Blue Brayered Card Thanks Easel Card for Jack

I was so taken with the blue brayered easel card we made at Joanne's S10 make and Take evening I couldn't wait to make another one. This card measures 4" square, I started with Bashful Blue CS measuring 8" x 4" and scored at 2" and 4". This card was sent to our good friend Jack to say thanks for Owen's birthday gift.

First off I stamped the flock of birds, then made the moon mask and brayered with Bashful Blue ink. Then I used torn Post It note sheets as masks for the hills and brayered with Not Quite Navy ink. I used the Pocket Silhouettes set again to stamp the foreground images.

For the sentiment I've used my new Nellie Multiframe oval dies I got from the Glitter Pot. I have several sets of Nestability dies but I've never bought ovals. The Nellie Multiframe set has 6 dies and they alternate between scalloped and plain ovals - at £7.99, I think they're great value! They are metal, just like Nesties and they work superbly. The smallest oval in the set has two holes for brads. I used a 'Kind Thanks' stamp but omitted the 'Kind' so the sentiment would fit on the oval. The sentiment panel is popped up.

Stamps: SU! Pocket Silhouettes & Thank You Kindly sets, Hobby Art Flock of Birds
CS: SU! Whisper White, Bashful Blue & Not Quite Navy
Ink: SU! Bashful Blue & Not Quite Navy
Tools: Brayer, 1" circle punch, Nellie Multiframe Oval dies, corner rounder punch
Embellishments & accessories: Brads, Post It Notes, 3d foam pads


Thursday, 29 July 2010

Trio of Embossed Tree Kickstand Cards

I visited the Glitter Pot last week - the new, larger shop is in walking distance of my house, yay - exciting but could be dangerous LOL! I saw a gorgeous embossed tree kickstand card on display and I fell in love with the design so I just had to get the tree embossing folder and Basic Grey paper so I could CASE it. In fact, I loved the card so much, I've made three! These cards were all used to send to good friends to say thank you for Owen's birthday gifts.

They had a few cards on display made with embossing folders that caught my eye so I ended up leaving the shop with four new folders. I used one new one on the Christmas card I uploaded yesterday. I see lots of dry embossing in my future!

This is the first card I made using the same colours and Basic Grey paper that the original Glitter Pot card had. To make the card base, I cut textured white CS to 22 x 15 cms and then scored at 13 cms on the long side. The white rectangular front panel measures 15 x 11 cms. I embossed the tree onto Core'dinations Amazon CS and then scuffed the tree with fine sandpaper. I've added Stickles here and there on the leaves to add some sparkle. To finish the card front, I stamped the sentiment on the patterned paper and punched it out with an oval punch. The original Glitter Pot card had no sentiment and had rhinestones scattered randomly on the tree. This first card went to Debbie and Mike.

And this pic shows the inside of the card. All three cards were decorated the same way on the inside of the card, I just used a different sentiment on card two and omitted an inside sentiment on card three as I'd put Thank You on the front.

Then this is card number two, using SU! Perfect Plum CS instead of white and the same patterned paper but in a different colour. I also used a bookplate die for the sentiment and rounded some corners. This card went to Kevin and Peter.

This is card number three, much the same as number two but I used a flowery paper here. This card went to Jan and Alan.

Stamps: 'For you' from SU! One of a Kind set, 'thanks' from SU! Thank You Kindly set, 'Thank You' from SU! Wow Flowers set
CS: Core'dinations Amazon, Hessian Snow White textured, SU! Perfect Plum
Patterned paper: Basic Grey Kioshi papers in Sayuri, Lily Child & Lilo
Ink: SU! Chocolate Chip, Old Olive & Elegant Eggplant
Tools: Crafts Too 'Leafy Tree' embossing folder, metric Scor-Pal, SU! plain oval punch, Sizzix Bookplates die
Embellishments & accessories: Fine sandpaper, Core'dinations Dust Buddy, Lime Green Stickles, brads


Wednesday, 28 July 2010

WMSC7 Stocking Warm Christmas Wishes Card

A card made for Waltzingmouse Stamps Sketch Challenge 7 and my first Christmas card of 2010!

EDITED TO ADD: This card got me a Top Mouse award from the WMS Sketch Challenge blog, I'm chuffed to bits!

When we stayed at our friends home in the Cotswolds a couple of weeks ago, I knew I'd miss my card making so I took some stamping supplies with me. I've had so much fun with the WMS Sewing Box Hugs set I couldn't resist getting the Sewing Box Christmas set too. I made sure to take my new stamps with me! Even though I didn't make entire cards, I got some stamping and cutting out done so I didn't suffer withdrawal symptoms! The stocking was one of the images I made and when I saw WMSC7 I thought it would be perfect. Here's the sketch:

The card is A6 sized and was made with SU! Kraft CS. The patterned papers I used are all scraps of old Basic Grey Christmas papers. I've embossed the large deep red panel with my new PaperMania Victorian Fleur embossing folder - love it! After embossing I lightly sanded it. I used the wavy border stamp from the Sewing Box Hugs set to stamp my words onto - I slightly curved the two longer words on the blocks before stamping.

To finish off, I threaded paper strips through the button holes and attached them to the card with glue dots. The stocking is popped up with 3d foam pads. I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone else has done with this fab sketch!

Stamps: Waltzingmouse Stamps Sewing Box Christmas & Sewing Box Hugs sets
CS: SU! Kraft
Patterned paper: Basic Grey Fruitcake & Figgy Pudding papers
Ink: SU! Chocolate Chip
Tools: Scalloped and plain square Nestabilities dies, PaperMania Victorian Fleur embossing folder
Embellishments & accessories: Fine sandpaper, buttons, 3d foam pads


Monday, 26 July 2010

Blue Brayered Best Wishes Easel Card

This is the second card we made at Joanne's Make and Take evening. What a lovely card design!

First off we drew our birds - well, I'm never confident when it comes to freehand drawing so I got Debbie to draw mine, bless her! I went to the Glitter Pot on Thursday and found a stamp with some birds on so I can stamp them in future! We got busy with a brayer and Brocade Blue ink to make the background. We punched a circle out of a Post It note to make the moon mask. For the hills we used torn Post It notes as a mask, moving the mask and altering its position as we went. You have to make sure you cover any gaps so you don't brayer darker ink over your lighter areas!

Then we used the Pocket Silhouettes set and Night of Navy ink to stamp the foliage, stamping off once with the dotty stamp but stamping full strength with the leafy stamp. We then stamped the border at the bottom of the card, added the Navy strip and stamped and punched the sentiment oval. The oval is popped up. The finished card size is 4" square.

Stamps: SU! Pocket Silhouettes & Sincere Salutations sets
CS: SU! Whisper White, Brocade Blue & Night of Navy
Ink: SU! Brocade Blue & Night of Navy ink pads, Night of Navy marker for birds
Tools: Brayer, SU! 1" circle punch, SU! plain and scalloped oval punches
Embellishments & accessories: SU! dimensionals, Post It notes


Friday, 23 July 2010

Silhouettes Thanks So Much Card

I'm back from the Cotswolds, we had a fabulous time but I'm finding it hard to get back into the swing of things! We've had a busy week and I've not found any time for crafting. My friend Jan and I took a trip to the Glitter Pot today as it's now moved to Burgess Hill. Shopping is the next best thing to crafting LOL! What a lovely big shop, we got a few new goodies to play with and quite a few card ideas!

On Tuesday it was Joanne's SU! Stampers Ten Make and Take evening. This is one of the cards we made. Melon Mambo and So Saffron make a happy, bright colour combo. We used the SU! Eyelet Border punch to make the frame. The Saffron panel was cut exactly to size to enable the frame to be punched all the way around. I wrote the measurements down but forgot to bring the piece of paper home with me, d'oh!

We used the Autumn Days stamp sets for the stems. The wheat was stamped in Saffron ink and for the other stamp we used Melon Mambo, stamping first, second and third generation images to get a variation in colour.

Stamps: SU! Autumn Days & Sincere Salutations sets
CS: SU! Whisper White, Melon Mambo & So Saffron
Ink: SU! Melon Mambo & So Saffron
Tools: SU! Eyelet Border punch
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Melon Mambo dotted grosgrain ribbon


Friday, 16 July 2010

Bubble Queen Card - Craft for Life Campaign

This is an A6 sized card I've made for the Craft for Life campaign to support Cancer Research UK. I love the SU! Bubble Queen set, this was such a fun card to make!

I knew I wanted to use turquoise, pink and white together but I needed another colour and I decided that just a touch of black added a bit of pop. I've coloured the image with Copic markers and added some sparkle by sprinkling glitter on the bubbles. I've embossed the turquoise panel with the Cuttlebug Tiny Bubbles folder - perfect for a bathtub Bubble Queen card!

I punched a small flower to add to the sentiment circle. I snipped the petals a little deeper, placed the flower on a moulding mat and spiralled an embossing tool in the centre which pops the petals up a bit. Then I added a nice pink girly jewel to the centre.

I also stamped and coloured an image for the envelope flap - love this gal with the cucumber slices on her eyes!

Stamps: SU! Bubble Queen set
CS: Craftwork Cards Softies 'Alabaster', Bazzill Doodlebug 'Princess', Bazzill Orange Peel texture 'Teal'
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers & blender pen
Tools: Plain and scalloped rectangle Nestability dies, plain circle Nestability dies, SU! Boho Blossoms punch
Embellishments & accessories: Doodlebug pink jewel, 3d foam pads


Wednesday, 14 July 2010

Blue & Yellow Flowers Fabulous Birthday

I came across this great card on the Splitcoast Stampers gallery and I just loved the colour combo and how the flowers from the Greenhouse Garden stamp set had been used, so I decided to CASE it and make my own version. Many thanks to Jan for the kind loan of her Greenhouse Garden stamp set!

I stamped my blue flowers in Bashful Blue and Not Quite Navy inks and for the yellow flower I used Barely Banana and Really Rust. I stamped the yellow flower separately, cut it out and popped it up. I've sponged Bashful Blue ink all around the white panel. For the corner ribbon element, I fixed a length of ribbon behind the corner and attached a bow I made on the Bow Easy over the top. I coloured the sentiment in Not Quite Navy and Really Rust markers.

Stamps: SU! Greenhouse Garden set, sentiment by Hero Arts
CS: SU! Not Quite Navy & Whisper White
Ink: SU! Bashful Blue, Not Quite Navy, Barely Banana & Really Rust
Tools: Bow Easy bow maker
Embellishments & accessories: Offray pale blue satin ribbon, 3d foam pads


Monday, 12 July 2010

So Glad We're Friends Card - Craft For Life Campaign

I recently bought an EK Success border punch and I kept the packaging as I loved the turquoise paisleyesque design and reckoned I could use it on a card. I decided to go with bright pink and black with the turquoise. A fun colour combo!

I cut a piece of A4 black card in half lengthways and then scored at the halfway mark so the fold is at the top of the card. I then used the Dotted Wave punch on a panel of Melon Mambo CS. The turquoise patterned panel had some text on it that I needed to cover up so I used a lush black Bazzill Bling flower with a turquoise brad centre. For the sentiment, I punched 2 circles the same size in Melon and black and offset them. This card will be donated to the Craft for Life campaign to support Cancer Research UK.

Stamps: SU! Best Yet set
CS: Black CS, SU! Melon Mambo, packaging from an EK Success punch
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Tools: EK Success Dotted Wave punch, circle punch
Embellishments & accessories: Bazzill Bling Black Tie flower, turquoise brad


Friday, 9 July 2010

Sunset Bird Birthday Wishes Card for Owen

Today is Owen's birthday and this is the card I made for him. I saw this fab card in the Splitcoast Stampers gallery, loved it and decided to CASE it. I made mine a square card - it's just a tad under 6" square - and did the sentiment and ribbon differently and used a different border punch.

For the image panel, I lightly sponged So Saffron and Pumpkin Pie ink first onto the Whisper White circle before applying the sun mask. Then I added more Pumpkin Pie, Really Rust and Bravo Burgundy inks. I then stamped the branch and bird in Chocolate Chip ink. I went over the bird with a Choc Chip marker to darken it.

I embossed the Choc Chip panel with a Sizzix Texturz plate and rounded the right hand corners. I used the Dotted Wave punch on the More Mustard panel and scored two lines using my Scor-Pal before attaching the ribbon. I added a chocolate candy dot next to the sentiment and popped up the scalloped circle.

This photo shows the inside of the card and the envelope flap. I also decorated the front of the envelope with a horizontal strip of pumpkin dotty patterned paper and a mustard strip punched with the Dotted Wave punch separated by narrow chocolate lines made with a marker pen.

I'm hoping Owen has a great day and that it's warm enough for us to sit outside at the local pub this evening to enjoy the stunning view.

Stamps: SU! Bird on a Branch, Sincere Salutations, Whimsical Words & Terrific Tags sets, Waltzingmouse Stamps Vintage Circles Small set
CS: SU! Chocolate Chip, More Mustard, Really Rust & Whisper White
Ink: SU! So Saffron, Pumpkin Pie, Really Rust, Bravo Burgundy & Chocolate Chip
Tools: Plain & scalloped circle Nestabilities dies, Sizzix Ivy Flourishes Texturz plate, EK Success Dotted Wave border punch, SU! plain & scalloped circle punches, X Cut Corner Rounder punch, Scor-Pal
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Chocolate Chip grosgrain ribbon, Pebbles Inc. Chocolate Candy Dot, 3d foam pads


Wednesday, 7 July 2010

Blue Coneflower Best Wishes - July 2010 Card Group Project

This is the third card we made at our July card group meeting. I gave Mo a birthday card at our get together in June like this and the ladies liked it and wanted to make the card themselves. Many thanks to Joanne for the inspiration, I've totally CASEd this design from one of the cards we made at a Stampers Ten make and take! By the way, CASE = Copy And Selectively Edit.

The card is a standard A6 size. The petals were stamped in Not Quite Navy ink onto patterned paper and then cut out. The points were then glued to a 1" circle which makes it easier to position the flower on the white panel. The top of the coneflower was made with a 1" circle punch, cut in half. The stem was drawn with a Not Quite Navy marker and was drawn to mimic the lines of the petal stamp. The petals are popped up at the bottom and the top of the coneflower is also popped up.

A strip of So Saffron ribbon is wrapped around a Not Quite Navy CS strip and the sentiment frame is glued over the top. I used a ticket corner punch on the white panel and then wanted to add saffron dots. I went in search of a suitable size circle maker and the Sizzlits Gift, Polka Dot die had the perfect size dots, yay! Lots of dots made in one pass through the Sidekick too, fab!

Stamps: SU! Pick a Petal & Sincere Salutations sets
CS: Craft Creations A6 hemp textured card blank, SU! Not Quite Navy, Bashful Blue, So Saffron & Whisper White
Patterned paper: PaperMania Venetian Skies patterned paper pack
Ink: SU! Not Quite Navy ink pad & marker pen
Tools: Woodware Ticket Corner punch, Sizzix Sizzlits Gift, Polka Dot die, Ellison Frame die
Embellishments & accessories: SU! So Saffron grosgrain ribbon, 3d foam pads


Monday, 5 July 2010

Flowers & Butterfly Window Card - July 2010 Card Group Project

This is another card we made at our July card group meeting. This card came about because Lesley told me about a card she'd seen in a magazine that she wanted to try out. She told me the card had a flower on one side and a circle cut out of the front on the other side with a butterfly placed on the inside of the card. Sounded good to me!

The card is a hemp textured 5" square card. As the card is textured I didn't stamp the stems direct to the card, I stamped them separately and have cut them out. A bit fiddly but you could use strips of green CS as stems if you didn't want the fiddly cutting - or use a non textured card blank! The flowers are also cut out and are popped up. The stamping is done with VersaMagic chalk inks and I've added a little sponging to the butterfly and sentiment panel. The grass was made with the Martha Stewart grass border punch. I bought this fab punch on my trip to the Cotswolds in April and finally I've used it!

The circle aperture and banana circle were cut with a 2" circle punch. I stamped the dotty butterfly, punched it out with the matching SU! punch and this is adhered to the banana panel on the inside of the card. I've cut a foam pop dot in half, kept the backing paper on and popped one half under each wing. This means the butterfly stays popped up even after being in an envelope. A fab tip I got from my SU! demo Joanne.

Stamps: My Cute Stamps 'Spunky Nature' clear set, SU! Flight of the Butterfly set, sentiment from SU! Best Yet set
CS: Craft Creations hemp textured square card blank, SU! Old Olive & Barely Banana, white CS
Ink: VersaMagic Aquatic Splash, Turquoise Gem, Tea Leaves & Persimmon chalk inks
Tools: SU! Butterfly punch, Woodware 2" circle punch, Martha Stewart Grass border punch
Embellishments & accessories: 3d foam pads


Friday, 2 July 2010

CAS Bold Curly Squares Best Wishes - July 2010 Card Group Project

Today I'm on my way to the Cotswolds for a break, yay! I'll be away for a couple of weeks but I've scheduled some blog posts for while I'm away. Fingers crossed it all works!

This is one of the cards we made at our July card group meeting. Very simple stamping and punching but I must say I love the bold, graphic look of this card. I usually stick to black and white plus one bold colour but it was a lot of fun playing around with different colours to get the combo for this card! I settled on Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Tempting Turquoise and Melon Mambo.

The card measures 4" square. I used the SU! Pocket Silhouettes set and the sentiment is from the Cute & Curly set that goes with the gorgeous Curly Label punch I used to cut out all the panels. I adore that brackety shape of course! Sadly, this punch and matching stamp set is not available in the UK SU! catalogue but I was very fortunate to win mine from eBay. I've glued my panels flat to the card but it would look good with some or all of the panels popped up.

Stamps: SU! Pocket Silhouettes & Cute & Curly sets
CS: Anita's 4" square textured white card blank, SU! Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Tempting Turquoise & Melon Mambo
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Tools: SU! Curly Label punch

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