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Saturday, 25 July 2009

A Rose is a Rose, Greetings Eight

Shock, horror - no blogging for a week and 4 posts in one day today! In my defence, I couldn't really post until I was sure everyone had received their cards!

This is the last one for today - my Stampin' Up! Mummy, Amanda, has finally achieved her dream of being self-employed as a full time crafter doing what she loves best - her new "dawn" as she calls it - so that begged for making another card to congratulate her on attaining her goal 6 months ahead of schedule!

Amanda loves roses, and she likes working with Pretty in Pink and Close to Cocoa so here it is.

Dry embossed oval and dots round it on Pretty in Pink matted onto Whisper White, "happy future" sentiment from Greetings Eight gold embossed and attached to Pretty in Pink with a dimensional, wide pink stitched grosgrain threaded through underneath mat and secured with a clear button and linen thread, stamped rose buds cut out and attached in top left corner of the matted sentiment. I used a Martha Stewart checker board punch for the edge just to break away from the often used SU scallop edge punch.

This is a close up of the dry embossed oval and dots surrounding it.

Greetings Eight, Dry Embossing

A star for my Star! It's brilliant news - my downline has just become a Stampin' Up! Mummy! I'm thrilled for her and wanted to congratulate her for achieving this with this card. She is an extremely talented crafter and very experienced, often having to come up with original designs as she works freelance as a designer. I'm very lucky to have her as part of the team.

I went right back to basics, 8" x 4" Whisper White folded in half. A strip of DSP from Junior Varsity adhered to the inside of card, so that it would show through. I drew a pinking edge on the top of card and cut this to create a pinked edge. I dry embossed a square and dots all round square (unfortunately you can't see this very clearly in the picture), embossed the Congratulations stamp from Greetings Eight in Silver, dry embossed the star in Bashful Blue and punched out with large star punch, raised it on dimensionals and adhered to card. Finished with Bashful Blue striped grosgrain ribbon. It's a simple card. Hope she likes it.

This is a close up of the dry embossed star. I love its simplicity and it really looks effective, just on its own.

Simply Said, A Little Bit of Happiness, Sanded

I've just become a Stampin' Up! granny thanks to the efforts of my lovely downline, (you know who you are), and I made this card to welcome the latest addition to our little SU family. This is 8" x 4" Whisper White card folded in half. I used the Sanded background stamp in Ruby Red, stamped an image from Simply Said and distressed edges then adhered to card at an angle. I stamped sentiment in Versamark, and embossed with White Embossing powder, added the brads then adhered to card near the bottom. Markers were used to ink part of A Little Bit of Happiness stamp with the "hello" bit, cut out image, raised on dimensional and adhered to strip and there you have it.

Neighbourhood, All in the Family, Loads of Love, Loads of Love Accessories, Ovals All

I made this card for a friend who shares my passion for all things Stampin' Up!, an SU sister who has moved to pastures new. This is a stair step card 10.5" x 5" scored at 1.25", 2.5", 4.25", 6" and 8.25". I stamped my images in Black Stazon on Confetti White as there was alot of colouring to do, Confetti White is thicker and more absorbent than Whisper White. The stamp sets used are listed in the title. This is a hybrid card as I had to use some Sizzix lettering for "New Home" there just wasn't anything in my SU arsenal for that and finished of the card with Ovals All sentiment, using my large oval punch and scallop oval punch and Certainly Celery ribbon.

From the side, it looks like this. The first fold is a mountain fold, the next is a valley, and it alternates until all score lines have been folded. I added torn strips of Confetti White and adhered it to the panels to give it a more rugged look and rubbed Stampin' Pastels in Garden Green all over the strips.

Saturday, 18 July 2009

Inspiring Inkin Challenge #6 Christmas in July

I struggled with this one as we were not allowed to use the traditional red or green for a christmas card. In the end I chose a night scene using Lovely as a Tree, Winter Post and Best Yet stamp sets.

I used a masking technique for the moon and skaters and left the foreground in white, masking that too while I sponged the sky in Not Quite Navy. I used versamark for the trees and embossed with silver embossing powder, applied some tombow on the branches, grass and field and sprinkled with Dazzling Diamonds. I matted onto Not Quite Navy, attached bow in White Taffeta, adhered to base card in Bashful Blue and lastly added the sentiment from Best Yet, punched out with large oval punch and raised on dimensionals on Not Quite Navy scalloped oval.

Nursery Necessities, Hidden Message Card

This is a variation on a theme. It looks non descript from the outside, doesn't it? The card base is Close to Cocoa, scraps of Chocolate Chip, Bashful Blue, Close to Cocoa and Whisper White to mat with. I used the Nursery Necessity stamp set and photos cut precisely to match grid. It's at times like these that I wish I was clever enough to capture this on video because the visual aspect of this is so much easier to comprehend.

When you open the card normally, the first picture you see is a picture of my grandson as a baby. By pushing the outer panels toward the centre in a concertina shape, the two middle panels meet. Place your left thumb on the left panel, the right thumb on the right panel and gently pull apart to reveal a surprise.

This surprise is the hidden part which reveals a picture of my grandson as an almost two year old.

Friday, 17 July 2009

Technique Club - Grid/Faux tile in a Hidden Message card

For Technique Club this month we made a hidden message card, a fun project to do and definitely with a WOW factor! The ladies worked extremely hard and learnt how to do this Grid Technique using a Scor-It tool and applying it to the hidden message card (butterfly image from Garden Whimsy). They also did a bit of kissing - not the mouth to mouth kind, but stamp on stamp! To finish off, we made a bagalope - a mini gift bag out of an envelop using the "Cheers" wheel.

The background was stamped with "Canvas" in Certainly Celery on all the "pages" that showed except for the back of the card. Images from Garden Whimsy were stamped with Taken with Teal. To reveal the hidden message, push the two outer panels of card toward each other in a concertina shape until it's almost closed.

Grab the centre and pull apart gently to reveal a hidden message.

Take a closer look at the grid which has been left plain without a background stamped on it. Instead the butterfly image was stamped directly on to the grid on the raised embossed side.

This is a close up of the sample we did on the indented side of the grid. Stamp set used for this one was Soft Summer, a two-step stamping set.

Monday, 13 July 2009

June & July Promotion

This has been pinned to top of post as it runs until the end of July. Scroll down for blog updates.

Stampin' Up! will give you a FREE background stamp worth £14.95 if you host a £250 workshop during June or July!

There are 7 styles to choose from on Page 56 of the Idea Book & Catalogue.

Contact me if you wish to take advantage of this offer and schedule a workshop at a time most convenient to you.

Pocket Silhouette

I had to set a challenge for a friend's Club night last Thursday - a sketch challenge and this is the card I made from the sketch.
It's a really simple z-fold card. I used some retired scraps, stamped flowers from Pocket Silhouettes (one of my favourite sets) first in More Mustard, then in Old Olive on Very Vanilla card stock, distressed all round the edges, matted on to More Mustard and Old Olive card stock which had the edges scalloped but not all the way through, then I threaded through Old Olive grosgrain ribbon to the left and attached with a latte button secured with linen thread. I continued the line with a strip of Old Olive cardstock.

I then added some sentiments to the inside of card (not visible in picture). Unfortunately I don't seem to be able to upload the sketch.

Inspiring Inkin Get Together Chez Nous Saturday 11th July

I haven't been able to blog recently. Life just got in the way. What cheered me up was
my fellow Inspiring Inkin team mates and our lovely Stampin' Up! Mummy came to visit last Saturday. We were going to have a barbecue, but the weather wasn't all that brilliant so we congregated indoors instead! We had a blast though, and even managed to do some stamping and crafting amongst all that chit chat.

Back Row : Vannessa (she sets our Challenges), Stella, Jane
Middle Row: Tessa, Amy (DT II Challenge blog), Stampin' Up! Mummy - Amanda, Lydia
Front Row: yours truly, Michele

Saturday, 4 July 2009

Inspiring Inkin Challenge #5

The challenge "Threesome" was to use a trio of materials, whether it be stamps, card stock, DSP, brads, ribbon, ink pads and so on.

So I elected to do an accordion fold card which perfectly displayed the tall vase image in the Scene in a Garden stamp set from the Mini Catalogue. I used 3 Very Vanilla strips on which I stamped the little bird in Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Ruby Red. I stamped 3 more bird images on the sticky part of a post-it note which I then cut out to use as masks before stamping the vase image in the same colours on top and removing the masks afterwards.

I distressed the edges of all three strips, added 3 co-ordinated bits of ribbon and then matted on to co-ordinating card stock in the same colours which were then matted on to Very Vanilla. I used 3 co-ordinating pieces of DSP from Haiku which were adhered to the first, third and fifth panel of the accordion folded card, also in Very Vanilla. For the third stamp, I used the Oval All sentiment "just for you" which I cut out and raised on dimensionals. For the finishing touch, I added 3 buttons on the end panel.

Hope you like it. Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, 2 July 2009

Shadow Box - Sam's Gorjus Girls

Also enclosed with the template, Sam sent some stamped images of her Gorjus girl stamps. Since signing up as a demo for Stampin' Up! I've had little need for adding to my collection of stamps from other manufacturers (call it tunnel vision!). Stampin' up! really has covered all the bases in its arsenal of stamps so much so, I haven't been distracted by other stamps on the market. So thank you Sam, for broadening my horizons ;))

This one's for you. I've put her under an awning using some old Making Memories cardstock, scored approximately half inch from scalloped edge and left it loose so that it would slope upwards. Two pieces of equal size Close to Cocoa card stock was cut and scored at 1/2" and 1" from both ends, folded on score lines, sticky strip added and adhered together to create 3d effect. An oval aperture was cut from one of the pieces, as was the stamped image of the Gorjus girl using the nestabilities as well as the scalloped oval which is Pretty in Pink.

I picked out some appropriate sentiments and swirls from the Cherished Moments rub-ons and completed the card with a couple of brads.

Cheers To You

My wonderful and generous Inspiring Inkin team mate, Sam, sent me a template for this quirky folded card. I'm not even going to attempt explaining how you fold it - it's easier than it looks but it's more a visual thing than trying to explain it in words. It would've been rude not to play with it and show her how much it's appreciated (even though I'm supposed to be tidying up my craft room - I'm getting there slowly, at least you can see the floor now! LOL), so thank you Sam. I made two, but couldn't decide which I liked better so decided to publish both. My first attempt is the one below and I made the one above with images only in the front and added a further image just below as it looked a bit bare.
Here's the recipe:
Stamps: Cheers to You
Cardstock: Taken with Teal, Green Galore and Whisper White
Inks: Black Stazon, Versamark, Watercolour crayons
Embellishments: Tempting Turquois grosgrain ribbon
Tools: Square scallop punch, snips, dimensionals, cutter, bone folder

This card had drink images on the front and back of card, and I added another 6cm x 6cm card attached to the back of the front top piece and had a drink image on that too with Tempting Turquoise grosgrain ribbon.

Wednesday, 1 July 2009

Rub Ons - Cherished Memories & Pretties Kit

Some time ago, I used rub-ons on my soap dispenser to make it more visible as both the dispenser and my worktop was black, I couldn't see it! Well, you can use it to embellish a card too!

My card "topper" was Real Red, cut a tad smaller than the base card in Whisper White. Instead of stamping, I used the Cherished Memories Rub-Ons which are ideally suited to a scrapbook page but I also think it looks good on a card. I've used the rub-on wording "thank you" which was transferred on to a scrap piece of Real Red card stock, punched out with the large oval punch and then matted on to Whisper White oval scallop. I then used a white gel pen and went all round the edges with small dots then added some white grosgrain ribbon and threaded some pearls and crystals with spacers on a hat pin from the Pretties Kit and attached through the knot in ribbon to finish off. To add a bit of interest, I scalloped the right hand edge of the Real Red card top and this was adhered to the Whisper White base card.

A close up of the rub on, and I used a half "pearl" for the centre of the flower to add some extra "bling". This was such a quick and easy card to do. I'm supposed to be tidying up my craft room, but I got side tracked (as you do.... lol). Hope you like it!
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