Friday, 30 November 2012

Gingerbread Cheer Card - ABC6 'Anything Goes' Challenge

The very talented Patty Gorka is a fellow Design Team member at the 52 {C}CT blog and she recently set up her own challenge blog - ABC Challenges.  I have been wanting to take part in Patty's challenges from the start but I just haven't managed it so far.  Yay, this week I've made it and am playing along with the ABC Anything Goes challenge!

I love the gingerbread man stamp from the SU! Scentsational Season set and I've been wanting to make a card featuring a line of the sweet gingerbread men.  I've had the idea for this card brewing for some time and I have now made it a reality.  I made a 5" x 7" card from Real Red CS and then chopped about 3/4" off the bottom of the front of the card so that the card rests on the line of gingerbread men.  I stamped and die cut 5 gingerbread men and glued them to the front of the card - for strength I then decided to stamp and die cut 5 more and I glued those to the back of the front ones.  I then added the patterned paper, punched strip and the sentiment label and pearls.  To finish off the front I added a strip of Soft Suede dotted ribbon and glued a flat bow on top.

Inside I used more patterned paper and added a punched Real Red strip.  I used Real Red and Soft Suede markers to ink the sentiment, layered that onto a Real Red mat and glued it on the wonk in front of a stamped and die cut gingerbread man.

For the envelope I simply covered the flap with the pretty snowflake paper.  I couldn't resist this paper with it's lovely colours!  I really like how this turned out, I think it's a very cheery card.  I see another card like this in my future - but made with the Christmas tree from the Scentsational Season set maybe!

Stamps: SU! Scentsational Season, Sweet Essentials & Wacky Wishes sets
CS: SU! Real Red & Whisper White

Patterned paper:  Echo Park Happy Holidays Presents paper
Ink: SU! Soft Suede & Real Red
Tools: SU! Holiday Collection Framelits dies, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border punch, Spellbinder's Labels Trio die, sponge dauber
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Soft Suede dotted grosgrain ribbon, red pearls


Thursday, 29 November 2012

Butterfly Trio So Kind Of You Card - Inkspirational DT Call

This is my 4th and final card for Mynnette's Inkspirational DT Call challenge.  Mynnette gave us this wonderful sketch to work with.  A square layout and butterflies - what's not to love?!

I started off by cutting a square of Very Vanilla CS and I used my SU! Simply Scored and Diagonal Plate to score at half inch intervals to create the embossed lattice background.  I could have done a grid but I fancied a diagonal lattice!  I then lightly brayered Old Olive ink over the lattice and sponged the edges.  I stamped three butterflies and brushed a blender pen over each image to pull out some of the ink to add a touch of colour.  I die cut the butterflies, sponged the edges with Soft Suede ink and adhered them to the lattice panel.  I've glued the bodies flat but popped up the wings.  I stamped and die cut the sentiment label, sponged the edges with Old Olive ink, popped it up and added the three candy dots.  I then layered onto Primrose Petals and Old Olive mats and applied the layers to a Raspberry Ripple 5 1/4" square card.

I used markers to stamp a sentiment inside, sponged the edges of the panel and added a stamped and die cut butterfly.  A simple stamped butterfly on the envelope flap finished the whole thing off.  So I've tried out for Mynnette's Inkspirational DT, I just hope I get chosen to be on the team, fingers crossed!

Stamps: Hero Arts 'Antique Flowers & Butterflies' stamp & die combo set, SU! 'Sweet Essentials' set, Hero Arts 'Friends are Treasures' set
CS: SU! Raspberry Ripple, Primrose Petals, Old Olive & Very Vanilla
Ink: SU! Raspberry Ripple, Primrose Petals, Old Olive & Soft Suede
Tools: dies from Hero Arts 'Antique Flowers & Butterflies' stamp & die combo set,  Spellbinder's Labels Trio die, SU! Simply Scored & Diagonal Plate, Perfect Layers, sponge daubers
Embellishments & accessories: Pebbles Inc. Raspberry Candy Dots, SU! Dimensionals


Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Sparkly Snowflake Candle

I'm sharing a non card project today.  I recently bought a Sizzix set of snowflake dies, the set has a snowflake shape, a large snowflake wreath shape and a plain circle frame.  I thought the snowflake wreath shape would be perfect to place around a pillar candle and I planned to make a few as gifts.  I was anxious to try my idea out - well, I was certainly anxious after trying it!  It was a nightmare getting the wreath to cut out, I was losing the will to draw breath by the time I managed to get a Whisper White shape out!  I really wanted a silver wreath but no way, no how, could I get any silver CS to cut out - even getting a Whisper White CS shape to cut was horrendous!  I know the tension on Big Shot machines varies and I do have problems cutting the more intricate dies with my machine.  Some of the Memory Box intricate shapes are a definite no-no for my machine.  I tried various sandwiches, used a Cuttlehug metal plate, shims, brand new cutting pads and wrestled with my Big Shot 'til my muscles hurt but it was SO tough getting a shape to cut.  With that, the time it took, the waste of CS plus the wear and tear on plates I won't be trying this particular die again!  I'm so disappointed as I love snowflakes and I really wanted to do lots with the snowflake wreath die - hey ho, at least the circle frame and snowflake shape cut out OK!  I'll pass the wreath die onto my friend Jan to see how she gets on with using it in her machine.  If Jan succeeds I'll ask her nicely if she can cut some shapes out for me if I give her the CS!

Anyway, I punched out a few silver mirror CS snowflakes, dotted them here and there on top of the white wreath, added rhinestones to the centres and laid the wreath on a plain glass candle plate. 

Then I set to work prettying up the pillar candle.  I die cut a snowflake from silver mirror CS and attached it to a strip of SU! Silver Glimmer Paper with a large rhinestone brad.  I then pushed the brad prongs into the candle to hold the sparkly strip in place while I taped the strip together at the back.  Here's the candle on the plate ready to be lit.  As the candle is large I'm hoping only the centre wax will melt and I won't get any wax drips down the sides - we'll have to wait and see! 

CS: SU! Whisper White & Silver Glimmer paper, silver mirror CS
Tools: Sizzix 'Frame, Snowflake' Framelits die set, snowflake punches
Embellishments & accessories: Dovecraft large rhinestone brad, SU! Rhinestone Jewels


Monday, 26 November 2012

Winter Owl Merry Christmas Card - Inkspirational DT Call

Mynnette is having a DT call for a new challenge blog called Inkspirational that she is setting up.  The details can be found here on her blog.  There's not long to go until the deadline so I thought it was about time I completed another challenge - just one more to go after this card!  Here is the photo Mynnette chose for the inspiration challenge.

What stood out for me was the owl and the colours of black, grey, red and white - and those lovely red berries.  I knew exactly what stamp to use for the owl but the rest had me stumped for a little while until I just sat down and started to play.  After I'd decided to incorporate the berries on the sentiment strip the card came together quickly but then I did keep to a simple design.   I stamped the owl in Memento Gray Flannel ink, die cut it and mounted it to a larger black die cut shape.  It's hard to tell from the photo but I pierced around the black shape using the matching piercing template.  I stamped the sentiment and die cut the banner shape.  I used Basic Gray and Riding Hood Red markers to ink the twig and berries stamp and I stamped randomly around the banner.  I glued that flat to the card and added narrow black CS strips at the top and bottom.  I popped up the black label shape and added 3 punched snowflakes.  Jewel rhinestones were then added to give some sparkle.  To finish off the front of the card I rounded 2 corners.

I added a sentiment and a couple of fancy corner details inside the card and I stamped and punched a snowflake circle element for the envelope flap.

I'm feeling very Christmassy today 'cos I made the Christmas pudding earlier on.  I love this seasonal ritual, the getting out of the Delia Smith Christmas book and the enormous Mason Cash mixing bowl and the wonderful smells as you add everything in and stir.  I put on some Christmas music and sang along as I weighed, chopped and stirred and I shall be doing the same later on in the week when I make the home made mincemeat.  Thanks to Delia I shall also be making an Italian chocolate nut Christmas cake in a couple of weeks time, can't wait to sample that!

Stamps: Inkadinkado 'Winter Birds' clear set, SU! 'Four the Holidays' & 'Patterned Pines' sets, Woodware 'Happiest of Christmases' clear set, PSX 'Snowflake Medley'
CS: SU! Riding Hood Red, Basic Black & Whisper White
Ink: Memento Gray Flannel & Tuxedo Black, SU! Riding Hood Red & Basic Gray
Tools: SU! Label Framelits dies, SU! Festive Paper Piercing Pack & piercing tool, MFT Fishtail Flags Stax die, Woodware snowflake punch, circle punches, Crop-a-dile Corner Chomper, Stamp-a-ma-jig
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Rhinestone Jewels, 3D foam tape


Saturday, 24 November 2012

Two Pearly Christmas Cards - 52 {C}CT Nov Embellishment Challenge

It's an embellishment challenge this week at 52 {C}CT - and the embellishment we want to see on your Christmas cards this time is pearls - pretty!

I decided to take the opportunity to use my Perfect Pearls mist and a stencil as it's been a while since I've done that.  I laid the stencil onto a piece of black CS, added a bit of tape at the top to keep it in place and spritzed the stencil with 'Perfect Pearl' mist.  The tape also acts as a hinge so I can carefully lift up the stencil and then have an 'oooooh' moment when I see the result LOL!  I cut the black panel to size and attached it to a square white card base.  I then die cut the deer family from the sparkly SU! Champagne Glimmer Paper and I've popped them up.  I used a sentiment from a Hero Arts clear set that has dots between the letters of 'MERRY' as I thought they were the perfect place to add some pearl jewels!  I die cut the sentiment using an SU! Apothecary Accents die and popped that up over a Champagne Glimmer oval.

Inside I stamped a large sentiment and added 3 sparkly snowflakes.  I added pearls to the snowflake centres and to dot the i letters in the words 'Wishing' and 'Christmases'.  Oooh look - a leaping deer on the front of the envelope, I've been waiting ages to get this die and I'm happy to say I have it now!  To finish off I added a layered label element and added pearls.

I really love the effect the Perfect Pearls mist gives when spritzed through a stencil and it's such a quick, but 'wow' technique to do.  It just so happened that I had purchased a new snowflake stencil - I obviously needed to try it out so that means a second card for the challenge!  At first I used 'Blue Smoke' Perfect Pearls mist and white CS but I didn't like how that looked.  So I then went back to using the 'Perfect Pearl' mist and I spritzed onto Night of Navy CS - much better!  The stencil has a frame in the centre but I covered that up and I popped up a snowflake die cut from silver mirror card.  Yes, a new snowflake stencil and a new snowflake die set - I am a complete shocker when it comes to snowflakes, I love them and find them hard to resist!  I am fussy and finicky though, not just ANY snowflakes will do, they must be a pretty shape and preferably only have six 'arms' - eight is just plain wrong LOL!  I added a large pearl to the centre of the silver snowflake and smaller pearls to the background snowflakes.  A layered banner sentiment finished off the card front.

Another thing I find hard to resist is anything swirly or flourishy - like the SU Baroque Border wheel stamp that I've used on the inside.  The Penny Black sentiment is one of my all time faves - of course, it has snowflakes on it!

I die cut a Night of Navy snowflake, glued it to a silver mirror CS circle and popped that up over a stamped swirl on the front of the envelope.

Please check out what the other Design Team members have made, there's sure to be something to inspire you!  I look forward to popping by your blogs to see what you create for our pearls challenge!

Supplies for deer family card:
Stamps: Hero Arts 'Holiday Cheer' clear set, Woodware 'Happiest of Christmases' clear set
CS: PaperMania white square card blank, SU! Basic Black, Whisper White & Champagne Glimmer paper

Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Tools: Crafters Workshop 'Aspen Trees' stencil, Memory Box Deer Trio & Leaping Deer dies, SU! Apothecary Accents die,
Petite Oval Nestability die, SU! oval punch, Fiskars snowflake punch
Embellishments & accessories: Perfect Pearls 'Perfect Pearl' mist, SU! Pearl Jewels, 3D foam pads 

Supplies for snowflakes card:
Stamps: SU! Four the Holidays set, Stampendous 'Snow Brackets' cling stamp, SU! Baroque Border wheel stamp
CS: SU! Night of Navy & Whisper White, silver mirror CS
Ink: SU! Night of Navy
Tools:  Imagination Crafts 'Snowflake Frenzy Border' stencil, Sizzix 'Frame, Snowflake' Framelits die, MFT Fishtail Flags Stax die, SU! 2 1/2" circle punch, Perfect Layers
Embellishments & accessories: Perfect Pearls 'Perfect Pearl. mist, SU! Pearl Jewels, 3D foam pads


Friday, 23 November 2012

Lattice & Flowers Thinking Of You Card

I've been playing with my SU! Lattice Bigz die again - letting it be the bold main focus on this card as opposed to the subtle background on this card I made earlier.  The card is an A6 size made from Baja Breeze CS.  I die cut the lattice three times, once in patterned paper, once in black CS and the third time in Riding Hood Red CS.  I applied tape behind the black shape to keep all the bits in place, layered the patterned paper shape on top and then added the Riding Hood Red shapes.  I die cut five flowers using the smallest shape on the Floral Fusion die and then used an Itty Bitty punch to cut the small red flowers.  I stamped and die cut a layered banner sentiment and added jewels to the white banner and to the flower centres.

I used patterned paper and die cut border strips to decorate the inside and the envelope.  This card has gone in the post today to a friend who is having a very challenging time recently.  She is an extremely talented patchworker and quilter and the design I came up with reminds me a bit of a quilt so I thought it was fitting.  Paper quilting is quite enough for me, sewing is definitely NOT my thing!  Just as well really, I'm sure I'd end up stashing pretty fabrics like there's no tomorrow!

Stamps:  SU! Sweet Essentials set
CS: SU! Baja Breeze, Riding Hood Red, Basic Black & Whisper White

Patterned paper:  SU! Festival of Prints DSP
Ink:  SU! Riding Hood Red
Tools:  SU! Lattice Bigz die, Floral Fusion Sizzlits die, Itty Bitty flower punch, Finishing Touches Edgelits die, MFT Fishtail Flags Stax die
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Rhinestone Jewels


Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Gingerbread Christmas Cheer Card

This is the Christmas card I made for an  SU! shoebox swap.  The gingerbread man image from the Scentsational Season set is so appealing I think, guaranteed to raise a smile!

The A6 card base was made with Crumb Cake CS.  I die cut a Real Red label shape, punched out a scalloped circle and popped the red label shape up over a larger punched white circle.  I tied some Gumball Green ribbon around the frame, slid a candy cane through the knot and added Dimensionals.  The gingerbread man at the front is also popped up.  The white sentiment strip is matted onto a Gumball Green layer and I added 3 die cut Champagne Glimmer paper stars. 

I hadn't decorated the inside and the envelope on the day of the shoebox swap.  I was awaiting delivery of my SU! Wacky Wishes set 'cos I wanted to use the Christmas sentiment inside!  I used Gumball Green and Real Red markers to ink the sentiment stamp and I then stamped a gingerbread man.  I stamped and die cut a gingerbread man for the envelope flap as well.  

I've had an idea for a card with a whole row of gingerbread men.  That will have to wait a while though as my craft room is in chaos and I can't create anything in there at the moment.  We went to Ikea on Monday so I could get some drawer units for my craft room.  Owen assembled them for me yesterday and I've been sorting everything out and moving stuff around - and then changing my mind!  I still have a way to go but I'm getting there.  Now I have more drawer units I've been able to get rid of a lot of mismatched plastic boxes of all shapes and sizes - I'm very happy about that, it's much easier to grab items from drawers than rootle through several plastic boxes!

So we went to Ikea for drawer units, tealights and a floor lamp - oh, and a meatball dinner of course!  We came home with LOADS more than that though, we can't seem to resist temptation when we're in Ikea!  I bought two silver stands which you're meant to hang Christmas decorations from.  I got one for its intended purpose and a second one which I'm trialling in my craft room as a ribbon holder.  As soon as I saw it I thought it might work really well as a stand to hold reels of ribbon - and at £3 each they didn't break the bank!

Stamps: SU! Scentsational Season, Sweet Essentials & Wacky Wishes sets
CS: SU! Crumb Cake, Real Red, Gumball Green, Whisper White & Champagne Glimmer Paper
Ink: SU! Soft Suede, Real Red & Gumball Green
Tools: SU! Labels Framelits die, scalloped & plain circle punches, Holiday Collection Framelits dies
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Gumball Green stitched satin ribbon, Dimensionals


Saturday, 17 November 2012

Three Wise Men Scripture Verse Card - 52 {C}CT Nov Theme Challenge

It's theme week at 52 {C}CT and we want to see a scripture verse on your Christmas cards this time.

I chose to use a digital silhouette image of the three wise men making their way to the stable.  The digi had text added but I cut out just the image portion.  I then typed and printed an appropriate verse from Matthew to go with the image.  I trimmed the image and verse panels to the same width and layered them both onto a black mat.  I added some sparkle with a popped up silver star and a scalloped border.

Here's the inside and the envelope.  I've added a stamped sentiment and some more starry sparkle.

I hope you will join in our challenge this week, I look forward to seeing what you create!  Don't forget to check out what the other DT members have made to inspire you!

Stamps:  Penny Black Joy Hope, 3 Wise Men Silhouette digital image from StitchyBear Digital Stamps
CS:  PaperMania square white card blank, SU! Basic Black, Whisper White & Silver Glimmer paper
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Tools:  SU! Adorning Accents Edgelits die, Sizzix Stars Framelits die, Martha Stewart star border punch, Woodware star punch
Embellishments & accessories: 3D foam pad


Thursday, 15 November 2012

Delicate Doilies Thank You For Margaret

This is a doilies card I made for my friend Margaret to say thank you for her Stampin' Up! order.  I used my new doilies goodies - the Delicate Doilies stamp set and the Delicate Doilies large Sizzlits die.  Hmmmm, I seem to have gone dotty for doilies!

The card base (a tad under 4 1/4" square) was made from Primrose Petals CS and the mat layer is Midnight Muse.  I stamped three doilies, cut them out with circle punches, layered them and matted onto a Midnight Muse circle.  I then matted that onto the pretty Primrose Petal die cut doily and I popped that up.  I placed a sweet Midnight Muse dahlia in the centre to finish off the front.

I stamped more doilies inside and on the envelope - the ones inside were stamped off and the ones on the envelope were stamped full strength.  I inked the sentiment stamp with markers to get the two tone effect.

Stamps: SU! Delicate Doilies & Wacky Wishes sets
CS: SU! Primrose Petals, Midnight Muse & Whisper White
Ink: SU! Primrose Petals, Midnight Muse & Raspberry Ripple
Tools: SU! Delicate Doilies large Sizzlits die, circle punches

Embellishments & accessories: SU! In Color Dahlia, Dimensionals


Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Lesley's Lattice Card

My friend Lesley came to collect her Stampin' Up! order this afternoon.  I like to pop a hand made card in the bag to say thank you for the order and this is the card I made for Lesley.  I hope she likes it!  I took the opportunity of playing with my new Lattice Bigz die.What a fab die, I love it!

I wanted a tone on tone look for a subtle background and the original plan was for a simple CAS design.  Once I got out my Floral Fusion Sizzlits die though the card got a little fancier LOL!  I love how the flowers stack together and just one stacked flower on its own didn't look right so then it had to be a cluster of three and I added some leaves too!  I snipped between the petals of each flower so I could get them to pop up a wee bit and I added jewels to the centres.  I added some Cherry Cobbler ribbon at the bottom.  I wanted to wrap the ribbon around the card so to do that I cut a small slit in the spine of the card, threaded the ribbon through the slit and taped the ends down inside the card.  Then I made a flat bow using the plain side of the ribbon and attached that to the dotty strip. 

Naturally, there had to be flowers inside the card and on the envelope too!  Ooooh, I also got to use a new stamp, I've just got the Wacky Wishes set and I used the thank you stamp.  I love the mixed up fonts that make up the sentiments! 

Getting new goodies is always exciting but at the same time I try to stick to my plan of  purging some older stash items when new goodies come in.  So I have had a craft room clear out and have a few items for sale on eBay right now.  If you would like to check them out, please click here, thank you.

Stamps: SU! Wacky Wishes
CS: SU! Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler & Lucky Limeade
Ink: SU! Cherry Cobbler
Tools:  SU! Lattice Bigz die, Floral Fusion & Little Leaves Sizzlits dies
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Cherry Cobbler dotted ribbon, Rhinestone Jewels


Monday, 12 November 2012

Bright Blossoms Happy Birthday Card

What a dreary, gloomy, miserable Monday, ugh!  As the sun isn't shining I'll post a cheery card to add some brightness to this grey day.  This is another card I made at Joanne's Make and Take workshop and this one is my favourite - even though there's the dreaded Tangerine Tango on it!  I love the pop of brightness against the crisp white space.

The flower from the Betsy's Blossoms set was inked with Lucky Limeade, Daffodil Delight and Tangerine Tango and stamped onto the white panel.   It reminds me a bit of the tie dye effect - groovy man!  The other flowers and leaves were stamped on a separate piece of CS and cut out.  The Rich Razzleberry flower was popped up.  The patterned paper was cut with the Scallop Trim Border punch and I was chuffed that I managed to punch it successfully!  I struggle with this punch for some reason and every time I've used it at Joanne's I've mucked it up - but not this time!  A Daffodil Delight ribbon bow adds a splash of sunshine as the final touch to the card front.

Joanne had designed a stamped panel for inside the card - I'm always happy to see that!  Of course, I just had to go the extra step and decorate the envelope too!

Stamps: SU! Betsy's Blossoms & Bring on the Cake sets
CS: SU! Rich Razzleberry & Whisper White

Patterned paper:  SU! Floral District DSP
Ink: SU! Lucky Limeade, Daffodil Delight, Tangerine Tango & Rich Razzleberry
Tools: SU! Scallop Trim Border punch, circle punches, Stamp-a-ma-jig, sponge daubers
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Daffodil Delight stitched grosgrain ribbon, Dimensionals


Saturday, 10 November 2012

Black, White & Pink Tree Trio Merry Christmas Card - 52 {C}CT Nov Colour Challenge

This week we have a fabulous colour challenge for you over at 52 {C}CT.  We're being very flexible too - allowing you to choose black or brown and cream or white to go along with the pink!

I've gone for black, white and a pop of bright pink - one of my fave colour combos!  I started off with a 5 3/4" square white card base and cut a black mat layer.  I then stamped my trees onto the Whisper White CS, stamping first in Melon Mambo ink and then I stamped the centre tree again in VersaMark and heat embossed it with black embossing powder.  I cut out the white shape using an SU! Apothecary Accents Framelits die, cut out my shiny black embossed tree and popped that up.  I added dotty Melon Mambo ribbon to the black mat before gluing that to the white card.  I stamped the sentiment and cut that out with another Apothecary Accents die and I trimmed some off both the top and bottom of the shape to make the label smaller.  I finished off the card front with decorative photo corners and some bling.

Here's the inside and the envelope.  I die cut a Melon Mambo label for the sentiment and added some small punched snowflakes.  I stamped and punched a snowflake circle element for the envelope flap. 

There will be wonderful cards from the rest of the Design Team to inspire you so please do check them out.  I'd love to come and see your Christmas cards using this bold and bright colour combo so please play along and join in our challenge at 52 {C}CT this week!

Stamps: SU! Patterned Pines & Greetings of the Season sets, Woodware 'Wishing You' clear stamp
CS: Craftwork Cards Softies 'Alabaster' CS, SU! Basic Black, Melon Mambo & Whisper White
Ink: SU! Melon Mambo, Memento Tuxedo Black, VersaMark
Tools: SU! Apothecary Accents Framelits dies, Sizzix 'Photo Corners #2' Sizzlits die, Woodware small snowflake punch, plain & scalloped circle punches,
Embellishments & accessories: SU! black embossing powder, SU! Melon Mambo dotted grosgrain ribbon, black & clear rhinestone jewels, 3D foam pads


Thursday, 8 November 2012

SU! Birthday Owl Card

This is another card I made at Joanne's SU! Make and Take - isn't the owl with his birthday balloon and gift adorable?!  The card base is Midnight Muse and the accent colours are Pumpkin Pie, Garden Green and Chocolate Chip.  The neutral CS is the SU! Naturals Ivory.  The wings were made with half a punched 1 3/4" scalloped circle.  Joanne showed us that an owl foot makes the perfect balloon knot when attached to a punched circle - ingenious!  Linen thread is tied around the balloon and the gift and they are both popped up  The owl is popped up over the Little Leaves die cut.  White gel pen highlights were added to the balloon and the owl's eyes. 

Here's the inside with two balloons.  I didn't decorate an envelope while I was there and I can't do it at home as I don't have the owl punch - yet!  I cadged a couple of owl feet from Joanne earlier this week so I can  now put balloons on the envelope too!

Stamps: SU! Itty Bitty Banners set
CS: SU! Midnight Muse, Pumpkin Pie, Garden Green, Chocolate Chip & Naturals Ivory

Patterned paper:  SU! Comfort Cafe DSP
Ink: SU! Chocolate Chip, white gel pen
Tools: SU! Owl Builder punch, Little Leaves Sizzlits die, 1 3/4" scallop circle punch, 1" circle punch
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Linen Thread, Dimensionals


Monday, 5 November 2012

Two SU! CAS Make & Take Cards

These are two cards I made at Joanne's last Make and Take workshop.  First up is this CAS thank you card with lots of crisp white space - but there's some lovely details too, like the scoring and stacked die cuts over the stamped doily.  The doily was stamped in Certainly Celery ink and the sentiment was stamped in Basic Gray ink.  The banner was made from Twitterpated DSP.  The white panel was put onto a Riding Hood Red A6 card base.

Naturally, I had to stamp more doilies inside and on the envelope!

Next up is this CAS birthday card with a sweet butterfly made with the Elegant Butterfly punch.  More scoring and pretty paper on this card plus that gorgeous Finishing Touches Edgelits die cut border.  The butterfly was sponged with Raspberry Ripple ink, pearls were added to the body and I popped half a Dimensional up underneath each wing.

I was cheeky of course and asked Joanne for more DSP so I could punch butterflies for inside and the envelope!  I matted the butterfly on the envelope onto Midnight Muse and Baja Breeze punched circles. 

Oooh, this blog post took just enough time for my home made leek and potato soup to cook, there's such a delicious aroma coming from my kitchen now!

Supplies for thank you card:
Stamps: SU! Delicate Doilies & Curly Cute sets
CS: SU! Riding Hood Red & Whisper White

Patterned paper:  SU! Twitterpated DSP
Ink:  SU! Certainly Celery, Basic Gray & Riding Hood Red
Tools: SU! Simply Scored & Apothecary Accents Framelits dies
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Dimensionals

Supplies for birthday card:
Stamps: SU! Curly Cute set
CS: SU! Raspberry Ripple, Whisper White, Midnight Muse & Baja Breeze

Patterned paper:  SU! Patio Party DSP, Raspberry Ripple DSP
Ink:  SU! Midnight Muse & Raspberry Ripple
Tools:  SU! Simply Scored, Elegant Butterfly punch, Finishing Touches Edgelits die, sponge dauber
Embellishments & accessories:  SU! Pearl Jewels, Dimensionals

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