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Saturday, 27 June 2009

Ovals All and Top Note Template

Fellow Team Mate, Vannessa, made a similar card for the Inspiring Inkin Challenge #2 and I liked it so much I wanted to have a bash at it myself.

My favourite colour is blue, so I thought I ought to try a different colour combo this time. I've used Always Artichoke for the card base, and used the 6"x6" pad of DSP from one of the Hostess Level freebies to use for the patchwork. I used the cropadile to punch the holes and added eyelets, threaded White taffeta ribbon and matted on to Whisper White, half Always Artichoke and mirror half in Ruby Red which was matted on to another layer of Whisper White before adhering to card base.

The picture doesn't do it justice. Much better in real life!

Thursday, 25 June 2009

Just Beachy - Gel card

This is what the ladies made at the June meeting of Technique Club.

One of the techniques we did at June's Technique Club meeting was basic masking. The ladies made this card, stamped some fish, then stamped same fish images on the sticky part of post-it labels which were cut out and adhered to the same previously stamped fish images on Whisper White card stock. With the post-its in place, they then inked and stamped more fish images on top. When you remove the post-its, the foreground images pop out and the other fish appear to be swimming behind them. Inks used were Bordering Blue, Ballet Blue, Pumpkin Pie, Always Artichoke and Taken with Teal. Cardstock used were Bashful Blue, Brilliant Blue and Whisper White. Tools used were 1 3/8" circle punch, 1 1/4" circle punch, Scallop circle punch, cropadile, snips.

They made this pocket to house the gel, and used the scallop punch to create a frame round the window in Brilliant Blue.

This is a close up of the card in the pocket behind the hair gel which gives the impression that the fish are underwater.

Wednesday, 24 June 2009

Picnic Basket, Playful Petals.

Today, I thought I might make something just for the fun of it but more than anything I made it to satisfy my own craving for making something that was for me and not for someone else, or because I had to.

It's amazing what you can do with paper - I'd bought this template and have had a play and I love it. I just used Whisper White, some retired SU paper, stamped flowers from Playful Petals to embellish with and added the rhinestone brads and prima flowers to attach handles to basket.

There are so many possibilities with this - just by changing the colour of cardstock you use or DSPs (Designer Series Papers) and embellishments gives it a total new look. It's a generous size, so you can use it as a gift hamper for toiletries, baked cookies to give away, home-made jams, the list can go on!

Sunday, 21 June 2009

Altered Art

This is an altered clear pail which I covered on the inside with Junior Varsity DSP and used as a
gift container. I put some chocolates in which I bought from Lydia, a talented member of my Technique Club, who recently held a Father's Day Theme Card party and she had these for sale as well as her cards.

I was really pleased to see that she'd used some of the new techniques she'd learnt in making her cards which were selling like hot cakes and the chocolates are to die for, really yummy....

Saturday, 20 June 2009

Inspiring Inkin Challenge #4

The challenge was to make a masculine card. Immediate thought was to use sombre colours, but as I rifled through my cardstock, my eyes fell on the Ski Slope DSP which I had left over and it was just perfect for this pocket card. The stripes lent itself to being used as a man's shirt and the brief was to use buttons, eyelets, brads etc., so marry the two and I came up with this creation.

Pull the card out of the shirt to reveal the greeting. Real Red card stock for the pockets punched out with small tag punch, pricked and then faux stitched with white gel pen as was the Real Red round tab. Bashful Blue used for trim round Real Red round tab, Old Olive cardstock for the star, same coloured markers for inking stamps. Buttons were threaded with linen to add interest and sewn onto shirt. Made a 1" cut from centre of top of card and folded back to resemble collar. Incidentally, I drew little white dashes on round tab but did not prick holes in it. I punched extra tags and folded upside down for flaps to pockets, faux stitched and centred a brad on it then stuck down with mini glue dot.

For the card insert I cut a piece of Whisper White 3.5" x 5", rounded the corners on all four corners, inked edges in Bashful Blue. I used markers to ink "Happy Father's Day" from Occasional Greetings, and the boat and stars from Nursery Necessities stamp sets and stamp images on Whisper White card stock. I then cut out some of the images and raised on dimensionals to layer the look and there you have it.

Thursday, 18 June 2009

A Little Bit of Happiness, Shapes & Shadows

I needed a Thank You card pronto so made this really quick and simple card. I used the leaf from a retired set - Shapes and Shadows and stamped randomly with Versamark on Very Vanilla card stock then used the Pastels to rub over it to create a more distinctive watermark. Inked with Black Stazon and stamped the "thank you" stamp from A Little Bit of Happiness,triple matted it on Really Rust and Garden Green and coloured in with watercolour crayons. The edges were torn to give it a more rugged look and a piece of Certainly Celery tied round it to complete it.

Sunday, 14 June 2009

Bloomin' with Beauty

Two posts in one day! I've been meaning to photograph this, so since I had the "studio" set up for the other card, I thought I may as well take this photo and post it as well.

This is a bought card blank, pre-embossed and ready to embellish. I stamped the image with versamark and applied SU pastels with a cotton ball. I'm no gardener, but they look like hydrangeas and sometimes they appear blue and lilac which this technique succeeded in portraying. The thing I like about the pastels is that it has practically the whole colour range SU offers. If you haven't got all the ink pads, the pastels set fits your needs if you're ever stuck for a colour.

I matted the stamped image onto Not Quite Navy card stock, distressed sides and used the Ovals All for the sentiment.  The background paper on the upper half of card is Junior Varsity DSP.

Live Your Dream

Gosh, how the week has flown.  My apologies for not updating the blog until today.  This is a Carousel note (found on page 76 of the current Idea Book and Catalogue) which I dry embossed round the scallop edges with a cropadile.  It's not very clear in the picture.  I then pricked holes all round the scallop, stamped the flowers from Live Your Dream set in Ruby Red and the stem and leaves in Old Olive, stamped "Thanks" in versamark and white embossed with a heat tool.
I stamped the butterflies in Pretty in Pink and used the thumping technique to add contrast to the butterflies, added a taffeta bow on the top secured with a rhinestone brad and matted the scallop circle onto a square of Chocolate Chip cardstock.  It looked a bit lack lustre, so out came the Tombow and Dazzling Diamonds which added that little bit of bling to finish it off.

Thanks for looking.

Thursday, 11 June 2009

Something Different - Collage on Canvas

My friend, Chris, introduced me to the work of collage artist Claudine Hellmuth. I've not been able to do any crafting this week, and this will certainly amuse Chris because it's making an appearance on my blog as I have no cards to post. I really enjoyed working on canvas and using acrylic paints is a complete departure from card making and scrapbooking!

I printed out index prints in sepia of my two grandsons depicted here in the "Jolly Roger"!

I've bought Claudine's book plus some canvasses and paints to experiment some more!

Saturday, 6 June 2009

New Look Blog

If you think you've come to the wrong place - news is you haven't! I just fell in love with the colour combo for Inspiring Inkin's Challenge #3, so much so that I gave my blog a complete makeover! I would have changed the signature here too, except I couldn't find any information on how to delete it once it had been added! Unless any of you whiz kids out there can set me on the right track I'm stuck with it! LOL.

Hope you like it.

Inspiring Inkin Challenge #3 Colour Combo

The challenge was to use a colour combo in Basic Black, Whisper White and any other colour from the Bold Brights family. I chose Tempting Turquoise for my Bold Bright colour to make a waterfall card with a twist. Instead of stamping different images, I stamped the same image 4 times slightly lower than the previous stamped image. So if you pull the tag quickly, it appears as though the butterfly is alighting on the flower when the tag is fully extended.

The finished card size was 5.25" x 4" in Basic Black, the Whisper White was 5" x 3.75" for the top as well as the card insert. I cut 4 x 2" x 2" Basic Black squares and 4 x 1.75" x 1.75" squares Whisper White to stamp images with and 2 Whisper White scallop circles cut in half and sponged with Tempting Turquoise, 2 Tempting Turquoise scallop circles cut in half, all distressed round edges, snipped each scallop to resemble petals to create a two tier flower.
I punched out 4 x 1" circles and dry embossed dots on them to raise them up and coloured with white gel pen. I applied tombow to white bits on butterfly wings and sprinkled with Dazzling Diamonds to add some bling. The squares were then adhered to a 2" x 9" strip of Tempting Turquoise threaded through the black slot measuring 0.75" x 3.75" positioned and attached with brads 1" from bottom of card on Whisper White card stock. Some black gingham ribbon was attached for the pull with a brad centred on 2" x 9" Tempting Turquoise strip.

I used the stampa-majig to position the stamp image precisely where I wanted it, just a fraction lower than the previously stamped image on the first square.

The butterfly is stamped closer to the flower than in the previous image such that when the last image is revealed, the butterfly appears to have alighted on the flower.

When the pull tag is fully extended, you can see an embossed white butterfly with the swirly sentiment stamped in Black Stazon ink.

As the card is predominantly black, I had to put a Whisper White insert on the inside back page. After stamping a sentiment, I stamped some more images to inject some colour into the empty space. Hope you like it.

Thursday, 4 June 2009

Sizzix Pop Up Boat

I gave my Cricut Expression an airing today, and cut out this ship, the wave and anchor.  At first glance this looks like a very ordinary card, until you open it up. 

When you open the card, it reveals this surprise!  I stamped the sentiments from Starring You stamp set in Real Red, cut out the stars and raised one on dimensionals to give it more depth.
I attached a piece of wire to the "chimney" and adhered cotton wool to it with glue dots for the smoke and secured the anchor on the top deck with linen thread.

I used the 3/4" punch to partially punch the edges of the two strips of Tempting Turquoise to resemble waves.   I cut out a collar and hat for the Sailor.  The portholes were punched out with a 1/2" circle punch first, then centred the 3/4" punch on the aperture to create a circle frame, holes were pricked all round to resemble rivets using silver card stock (non SU), and 3/4" circles in Bordering Blue to mat circle frame on.

Keep watching this space - more samples coming - kept this simple as I was burning the proverbial midnight oil again.  My head didn't touch the pillow till half four this morning!

Wednesday, 3 June 2009

Coaster Album

This is a beer coaster album - the covers are made out of beer coasters.  I inked the edges of the beer mats before adhering co-ordinating patterned papers to the front and back of them. The pages were cut out slightly smaller than the beer mats.  I used the cropadile to punch a hole in the top left corner, attached a jumbo ring and tied some ribbons to finish it off.  I used some Cuttlebug dies to do my embellishments.

I used the standard Baroque Border, Forever Flowers and Solitude (Hostess Level 2) wheels to the left margin in Chocolate Chip and stamped images in the same colour on the opposite corner on both sides of each piece of card stock using the images from Doodle That and some other stamps I had handy.

Tuesday, 2 June 2009

Frames with a Flourish, Sincere Salutations

I needed to make a card to wish my daughter Good Luck for her exam on Thursday and Sincere Salutations was the only set I could find that had "Good Luck" in it.  I paired this up with one of the stamps from Frames with a Flourish, cut round it, raised it on dimensionals, double matted it, threaded a ribbon through it and hey presto - instant card!  I'm chuffed with the result.  It's understated, but really classy - even if I say so myself! ;)))
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