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Friday, 29 May 2009

Scene in a Garden & Greetings Eight for Father's Day

Sadly, I have no Daddy to make this for,  nor does DH, but there are gazillions of Dad's still out there who still need cards made for them, so I came up with this design.

The left hand edge was embossed in gold with the Scandinavian wheel pattern and a length of Whisper White grosgrain made into a stay put bow was attached. 

Seen from above, the card looks like this.  

I pricked holes all round right hand edges only of aperture and the card so I could faux stitch in Choc Chip marker.  The chipboard letter "d" was stamped on with the Scandinavian wheel also in Choc Chip and adhered to bottom right of front of card.

I stamped the table in Chocolate Chip, and inked the wellies with different coloured markers, applied dimensionals and adhered to front flap.   

I added a triple stamped image of the windmill and bird (not visible in this picture) on back of flap in Really Rust ink.

This is a close up of the inside, the Dad sentiment from Greetings Eight was stamped in versamark on Whisper White and embossed in gold and I stamped the flower pots in Really Rust, cut out the image and used dimensionals to adhere to bottom right corner of page.

Thanks for looking.

Thursday, 28 May 2009

Petal Party

I had some left over paper from the Petal Party Simply Scrappin' kit and decided to do a tri- shutter card with it.   I made the fatal mistake of looking in my reading list and Carrie who is a member of my Technique Club and super talented had just made one.  So this got my creative juices flowing.  Needless to say, sleep eluded me after that, so I just had to get up and do the card so I could get some shut-eye!  I used the Best Wishes & More stamp set, Old Olive, Pixie Pink and Really Rust ink pads, stamped all the images, cut them out and raised them on dimensionals before adhering to card.  You need a 12 x 5.5" piece of card stock,  score at 2,4, 8 and 10" with the long side horizontally orientated.  Turn card 90 degrees so the long side is now to left and right.  Measure 1.5" in and cut from 2" score line to 10" score line.  Do the same for other side.  Then it's just a question of folding mountain and valley folds according to the photo above.  After that, cut out pieces of DSP slightly smaller than each panel and decorate as desired.  I made a little tag as there was nowhere to add a message or signature because the paper is so heavily patterned.

This is a view of the card laid out more or less flat, although it is upright for photography purposes!  You can see the banners I did more clearly.  The card does fold and pack away neatly into a standard envelope. 

Wednesday, 27 May 2009


I was "crafting" at a friend's house today and got an opportunity to play with her stuff some of which isn't available to SU Eu as yet.  I do hope they'll make it into our new catty soon.  I love it!  I ran a Versamark inkpad over the dry embossed image and then picked up Tempting Turquoise pastel with a cotton ball and dabbed it all over the embossed image. (popping pastels technique)

This is the inside of the card.  The second piece of Tempting Turquoise was adhered to the back of this so that it could frame the WW with the sentiments stamped on it.

Tuesday, 26 May 2009

Hidden Garden Blossoms

Over Bank Holiday Weekend we managed to actually go out for some leisure time.  Something we've not had or even contemplated (except to go out and eat) during the house renovations.  I can't tell you how good that felt!

We found this all black china soap dispenser and scourer holder which matched our new kitchen worktop, but when I got home, it blended so well into the background, I couldn't see it!
Stampin' Up! to the rescue - I used the Hidden Garden Blossoms Whisper White rub-ons and set to transforming it from plain to bling - well, not quite, but at least I can find it now.  LOL.

Saturday, 23 May 2009

Inspiring Inkin Challenge #2

This is the picture from which we had to draw inspiration for our challenge.

I am thrilled to be part of the Inspiring Inkin' Design Team and this is my card for Challenge #2 today.

"Try something new that you have not yet used" - I've never made a 6" x 6" card before, so I took a piece of 12" x 6" textured Bashful Blue card stock, folded it in half to form a 6" square card. I then scored a grid at 2" and 4" on front of card only, rotated it 90 degrees clockwise and repeated process.

I cut 5 x 1 3/4" squares of Ruby Red, 4 x 1 3/4" Sage Green squares and using the pricking tool and mat, pricked holes all round each square to faux stitch with a white gel pen. I then stamped the Ruby Red squares with images from Doodle That in versamark, sprinkled with white embossing powder and embossed with heat tool and then distressed all the edges of the squares. I punched out 4 sets of flowers from the trio flower punch in Bashful Blue and attached these to the Sage Green squares with Rose Red brads. The Ruby Red stamped images were raised with dimensionals, except for the centre one which the folded tag flower was attached to. The Sage Green squares were adhered flush with the card.

Drawing inspiration from the quilt and the stocking hanging at the end of the bed, I thought it would be nice to finish the card with a card insert secured with some silver elastic cord and a couple of hearts suspended from the top of the card. The hearts were made from finding the centre point of the scallop circle and cutting two scallops from outside edge to centre point on both sides.

This is a close up of the folded tag flower. I mimicked the quilting technique, translated it into paper form by punching out several tags and then folding it and adhering them together to resemble a flower which I used as the central focal point of the "patchwork" square using the retired Cutie Pie DSP. In order to tie in all the colours, I layered a textured Bashful Blue Scalloped circle, 1 3/8" Sage Green circle, stamped "happy birthday" sentiment from Wow Flowers set in Ruby Red on Whisper White and punched that out with 1" circle and embellished with a red gingham knot.

On the card insert I stamped a heart image in the bottom left hand corner of the inside page, and on the opposite page, I centred and stamped "birthday wishes" from the Wow Flowers stamp set and used a partially stamped image of the Doodle That set in Ruby Red.

It sounds more complicated than it really is but having decided on the design, it only took me 15 minutes from start to finish and I really enjoyed doing it.

Technique Club - Painting with Bleach

This is one of the techniques the ladies were shown on Thursday.  I love the watermark effect versamark gives.  I like its subtlety.    "Bloom" and its definition were stamped in versamark.

Instead of tying the customary knot, I thought punching six holes and weaving the Elegant Eggplant ribbon would make a nice change.  The long stem floral image from Bloomin' with Beauty was stamped with versamark and embossed with clear embossing powder.  By embossing, it contains the bleach to within the embossed image and doesn't "bleed".  Bleach was painted on in concentrated form with a fine tip brush and allowed to dry.  It was fascinating watching the colour of the parts that were bleached, change.  The leaves had gone completely white, so they were coloured in with Old Olive marker.  The bloom was left to dry on its own and came out in different hues of lilac fading into plum.

The bees were stamped with black Stazon, coloured in with Pumpkin Pie marker, and tombow was applied to the wings and sprinkled with Dazzling Diamonds and then cut out and adhered with dimensionals. 

This is what the inside looks like underneath the woven grosgrain ribbon.

The ladies concentrating and working hard.....

and made to smile for the camera.......

Say "Cheese" Anita!

Friday, 22 May 2009

Haiku Designer Series Paper

I couldn't resist using my newly acquired Hero Arts wood grain stamp, and found it perfect as a background mat for the sentiment "Get well soon"  from Sincere Salutations from Stampin' Up! The circle shape echoed the circular patterns on the Haiku DSP, so I had a play and came up with this.  I used the Scene in a Garden stamp set, Whisper White and Really Rust cardstock, and punched the scallops with the oval scallop punch on the sentiments at one end and Really Rust ink.

I also used the "stacked flower pots" image for the inside of the card.

The "Get Well soon" message was deliberately not stuck down so that you could lift it to read the peek-a-boo message underneath.

Check out the peek-a-boo message underneath!  Voila - hope you like it.

Wednesday, 20 May 2009

Nursery Necessities

I made a lovely birthday choo choo card for my grandson, published on my blog earlier, but in the melee of all the building work and stuff, I've mislaid it.  Consequently I've had to make him another birthday card, and will make a note of duplicating the choo choo one for his next birthday.  Not a bad thing I suppose, as perhaps he'll be able to appreciate it a little more next time as he'll be a year older!

This is the inside of the card.  I stamped his name out in Real Red  on Whisper White cardstock and cut round all letters from Schoolbook Serif Alphabet and adhered to card.  I  cut out the number 2, raised it on dimensionals and positioned it so it would be visible from circle aperture on front of card.  The circle sentiment is from Wow Flowers adhered with a     dimensional matted onto a 1 3/8" punched circle in Real Red and I stamped randomly the little star from the Nursery Necessity set.  I stamped out the Nursery letters Star and cut round it, adhering it to inside top cover of card as well as the little star.

A Bit of Comfort

On Monday, the carpet layer came and laid our new carpet.   That has made such a difference! We have our home back now - more or less.  I got to unpack our new suite at long last, and more importantly, we had somewhere to SIT!  I can't describe what a struggle it's been over the past 5 1/2 weeks, but surveying our new surroundings, all that aggro was certainly worth it.

After we bolted down our dinner on Monday, we set to moving furniture back downstairs in an effort to get back to normal as quickly as possible.  I really wanted to have the table in situ for Thursday's Technique Club night. 

I'm relieved we finally met our deadlines and finished painting in time before the carpet was laid.  It's so nice walking bare foot on new carpet, really bouncy!  Now that our part is finished, suffice to say, I don't want to see another paint brush,  dust sheet, skip, nor tradesmen anywhere near us for another decade!   Correction - the sparky and chippy still haven't finished off certain tasks so they need to come back soon, but at least I have my table and chairs up! LOL

Saturday, 16 May 2009

Crazy for Cupcakes, 18th Birthday

It was my niece's 18th birthday recently and I made this for her.   I used a strip of Certainly Celery,  the polka dot CC DSP, stamped cupcakes on cake stand image and balloons in black stazon and coloured in with water colour crayons, blending with aqua brush, used stamp-a-majig to position sentiment, cut out some numbers, cut a slot in the fold of the card to thread ribbon through and secured ribbon with a length of gold elastic.  It was really quick and easy to do.

Friday, 15 May 2009

Picture the Possibilities

There are two fantastic promotions in May - the first is if you buy any 3 packs of Designer Series Paper at £7.75 a pack, in the current Idea Book & Catalogue or mini catalogue,  you get the 4th pack free so long as supplies last. 

The second is for new demonstrators who sign up in the month of May - especially those of you who love scrapbooking.  It is a special Scrapbooking Starter Kit for only £99.00.  

I'm just an ordinary person and if I can do it, you can too.  I'm so glad I took those first tentative steps to become a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator - it doesn't feel like work and I get to meet lots of new people and form new friendships.  It's a real buzz!    If you're tempted, then please email me and find out more on how to become a Demonstrator.  Don't delay as paper work has to be completed by 1 June 2009!

Wednesday, 13 May 2009

Kitchen Update

We're into our 5th week of upheaval but it feels alot longer than that! The work surface was installed yesterday and although it might look uninteresting and boring to everyone else, bar us, we're tickled pink because it signifies that we're on the home straight and nearing completion. I love the worktop - it sparkles like "Dazzling Diamonds" from SU and when the sun catches all the sparkly bits embedded in the work surface, it throws rainbow specks of light on to the ceiling and walls.

There's still alot to do in the living and dining room though and it's going to be a manic time trying to finish these jobs before the carpet arrives on Monday 18th, just 3 days before Technique Club meeting - I don't care if we still have no doors, so long as we can put up a table and chairs so that my ladies have somewhere to sit and craft even if it is by the light of a bare bulb. Unfortunately our light fixture for the dining room still hasn't arrived yet!  What fun..... so I won't reveal all - just a teaser so you can see a bit of the draining part of the worktop, my new funky square sink, the upstand and cill which had to be specially cut for that section. The kitchen fitter is coming this afternoon to put the kick boards back and plinth lights, plumb in the sink, install the gas hob and replace the faulty units for new ones. Quite alot to achieve all in the space of this afternoon.

Fingers crossed we'll make the deadline for the 18th and by the 21st, we will at the very least be able to unveil our lounge suite which has been under wraps since it was delivered on the 6th. I am really looking forward to having somewhere comfy to sit. 

Tuesday, 12 May 2009

Inspiring Inkin Challenge #1

I am a Challenge Virgin - this is my very first attempt for the Inspiring Inkin' Challenge Blog. I never use Pale Plum, so it really was a challenge to create something with this colour.   I couldn't find any DSP to match exactly, so used the Polka Dot background stamp to make my own.  I also added some detail on the inside of card so that the ribbon would stay secure.  The recipe is as follows:

Stamps:  Doodle That, Oval All and the Polka Dot background stamp

Papers:  Pale Plum, Lovely Lilac, Whisper White

Ink:  Lovely Lilac Classic Stampin pad

Accessories:  Scallop edge punch, large oval punch, scallop oval punch, Whisper White taffeta ribbon, Hodge Podge Hardware, dimensionals, snail, pricking tool and mat.

Thanks for looking.

Friday, 8 May 2009

Technique Club May 2009- Jan 2010

The first of my Technique Club monthly meeting starts on 21st May and these are the Thank You cards I sent to my club members with a book mark to match as a token of my appreciation.

Pocket Silhouettes

I love this set - you can do so much with it.  This card was inspired by my SU mummy, Amanda. 
She often sends us cards to congratulate us or thank us for whatever milestones we reach or for participating in the challenges she sets her team.  I particularly like her use of colours, Pretty in Pink, Bashful Blue and Certainly Celery really compliment each other and the card looks crisp, clean and fresh and understated as it is, absolutely stunning so I made one for my Sister-in-law who fits that description too!   The images were first stamped with versamark, sprinkled with white embossing powder and embossed with a heat tool.  I added some wording on the bottom and similarly embossed it in silver and added the bow in certainly celery grosgrain.  

By the side of it was a gift card holder I made to hold the book token she had asked for.  I used the standard Scandinavian wheel to add interest and the "Just for You" sentiment from the Ovals All set, attaching it with silver cord elastic.

A Rose Is a Rose

It was my baby sister's 40th beginning of May.  This was the card I sent her.  I stamped a canvas background on Whisper White in Pretty in Pink and tore it diagonally, distressed edges on one half, matted on to Old Olive, used the two-stamp technique on the roses and leaves on Whisper White using Regal rose and Old Olive ink pads, cut out images and layered onto canvas background.  Stamped sentiment from Sincere Salutations, used some die cut numbers, ruched a length of pink taffeta ribbon and attached to canvas background with mini glue dots and finished with brads to complete card.  I highlighted some areas of the roses with tombow and sprinkled Dazzling Diamonds for a bit of bling.

Thanks for looking.

Cheers to You

As I had so many birthdays in May, I chose a quick and easy card to make for my SIL's birthday recently.  Using the Cheers To You set,  I stamped several beer mug images with black Stazon on Confetti White, coloured the froth with water colour crayons, punched a large oval window, framed it with the scallop oval, randomly adhered beer mugs, some with dimensionals, some without onto Ballet Blue cardstock and tied striped grosgrain ribbon to finish.

My Dad

My Dad was laid to rest today, and so I feel I can now resume "blogging".  Rest in peace Dad.
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