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Friday, 30 April 2010

Vintage Vogue, Very Vintage

I've been feeling under the weather and thought I'd draw on some of my archived stash of cards. I usually make a stack of cards when I'm in the "zone", have a mammoth photo session and file it in my photo albums on the computer when the brain is sluggish and I can't think up a design or have the energy to set up the "studio" and get clicking with my camera.

I've made quite a few of these easel cards and this one uses the Vintage Vogue set. The lacey effect was achieved by punching a strip of Very Vanilla cardstock with the Eyelet Border Punch and using a bone folder to soften and breakdown the cardstock, rather like curling ribbon and then it becomes much more malleable and you can gather it and adhere to the back of your project to "frame" it.

Stamps: Vintage Vogue, Very Vintage jumbo wheel
Ink: Perfect Plum jumbo cartridge, Elegant Eggplant, Perfect Plum, Versamark
Paper: Pale Plum, Perfect Plum, Kraft
Accessories: 1/4" Elegant Eggplant grosgrain ribbon, white gel pen, bone folder, adhesive, dimensionals, eyelet border punch, snips, Designer brads, jumbo handle

Cheers to You, Wonderful Words

I made use of my scraps from a previous project, picked up the Mellow Moss in the diagonal striped paper and overlay with punched So Saffron square scallops on top. The images were stamped with Black Stazon and coloured with water colour crayons and adhered to the scalloped squares with dimensionals. I used a two way glue pen, sprinkled heat & stick powder and added the Dazzling Diamonds to the froth in the beer tankard, similarly with the contents in the champagne glasses on the inside of the card pictured below.

Take a peek at the inside of the card.

Stamps: Cheers to You, Wonderful Words
Ink: Black Stazon, watercolour crayons
Paper: Mellow Moss, So Saffron, Whisper White, Sweet Pea stack
Accessories: Square scallop punch, 1 3/4" circle punch, Heat & Stick powder, Dazzling Diamonds, heat tool, two-way glue pen, Mellow Moss taffeta ribbon

Thursday, 29 April 2010

A Touch of Nature, A Bit of Birthday Cheer

I discovered how well these colours work together and asked DH for his opinion on all the cards I'd made with this masculine theme running through it - he said he'd be happy to receive any of these. The common denominator running through all these cards is using less layers, keeping it clean and simple, using a darker colour palette as in this instance. I'm pleased with the result and it took no time at all to do. Hope you like it too.

Stamps: A Touch of Nature, A Bit of Birthday Cheer
Ink: Black Stazon, Versamark, watercolour crayons
Paper: Bravo Burgundy, Handsome Hunter, Whisper White
Accessories: Pricking mat and tool, white embossing powder, blender pen,

Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Tiny Tags - Masculine "Thank You"

A minimalistic look - stripped to the bare bones, no fuss in keeping with my masculine theme. It's so simple a 3-yr old could do it - but would obviously need help with the pricking tool! I stamped "thanks (so much)" in Chocolate Chip and the floral motif in Tempting Turquoise on Whisper White, punched out with 1 1/4" circle punch, inked edges in Tempting Turquoise, matted with dimensionals on to a punched out 1 3/8" Tempting Turquoise circle, adhere with dimensionals over the Chocolate Chip satin ribbon tied round a piece of Barely Banana cardstock with a line of decorative holes on the top.

Stamp: Tiny Tags
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Tempting Turquoise
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Barely Banana, Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White
Accessories: 1 1/4" circle punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, Chocolate Chip satin ribbon, dimensionals, pricking tool and mat

Tuesday, 27 April 2010

Wow Flowers

A great way to use up scraps. Another clean and simple card, making "faux" tags using the circle punches. I stamped "birthday wishes" from the retired Wow Flowers set. I still like this tiny set of stamps so have kept it because its also got a birthday sentiment which fits perfectly into the 1" circle punch and is great for matting onto the circle scallop. Let's face it, I confess I am a hoarder and find it difficult to part with my stamps!

Stamp: Wow Flowers
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Paper: Kraft, Chocolate Chip, Sweet Pea paper stack
Accessories: 1 1/4" circle punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, Chocolate Chip satin ribbon

An Anniversary Card

After forgetting that important anniversary date for this week, it would've added insult to injury if I didn't make DH a special card myself so this is to atone for letting it slip my mind. I just love that dear little racoon - this is a clear stamp set from my personal collection.

I used the library clip from Stampin' Up!'s Clips Assortment to attach the wood grain heart I stamped and cut out from I {Heart} Hearts. The clip was also needed for attaching some money to the card.

Monday, 26 April 2010

Butterflies & More butterflies!

I made this card for the lovely Vannessa, a fellow team mate who sent me a little pressie in the post, and this was a "thank you" card for her from my personal collection. Don't you just love those butterflies and the Rich Razzlebury colours and ribbon!

Bloomin' with Beauty - Masculine card

A spinner card still with a masculine theme, no frills, straight lines and checks.

Stamps: A Bit of Birthday Cheer, Bloomin' with Beauty
Ink: Black Stazon, Stampin' Write marker - yoyo yellow
Paper: Sweet Pea stack, Craft, Not Quite Navy, Confetti White
Accessories: Linen thread, 1 3/8" circle punch, 1 1/4" circle punch

Sunday, 25 April 2010

Queue Up - Masculine card

Sample 2 of my Masculine card binge.

Stamps: Occasionally, Level 3 Hostess Set - Queue Up
Ink: Black Stazon, watercolour crayons
Paper: Kraft, Close to Cocoa, Old Olive
Accessories: Pricking mat and tool, Chocolate Chip grosgrain ribbon, corner rounder punch

Saturday, 24 April 2010

A Touch of Nature, Solid Stripe

I had a lovely workshop last night where my Hostess wanted a masculine theme. I dug out "A Touch of Nature", a set that must still be in demand and therefore a classic as it's stood the test of time and I only recently acquired it and have not yet found the time to have a proper play until now. The next few posts will probably feature more masculine cards which I made as samples. Here's the first.

I stamped the bird image with Black Stazon on Very Vanilla cardstock and used the watercolour crayons to colour the image which I then cut out. I used versamark to stamp a background with the Solid Stripe stamp from the new mini on Close to Cocoa cardstock and matted this on Chocolate Chip and adhered the bird image on top.
I punched two 1/2" circles and "moulded" them into buttons which I secured with dimensionals to embellish the front of the Z-fold card.

A peek at the inside of the card - I adhered some Very Vanilla cardstock on the inside panels and tucked it behind the bird panel. The sentiment was stamped in chocolate chip on Close to Cocoa card stock and adhered on top of the Very Vanilla card stock. The exposed bit of the card was stamped with the fern image.

Friday, 23 April 2010

Fox & Friends, Trendy Trees, Vintage Vogue Spinner Card

A fun spinner card I made as a card sample for my kiddie's themed workshop on Monday. The Barely Banana centre strip with the Word Window punched aperture was stamped with versamark using the smaller flower and the other floral motif stamp from Vintage Vogue.

I stamped the tree images from Trendy Trees on Whisper White with Chocolate Chip and Old Olive ink and cut them out. The striped DSP came from the Sweet Pea stack which I had left over from a previous project (great way to use scraps!) and I stamped the owl (from Fox & Friends) in Chocolate Chip on Whisper White card stock and attached to the metal tag after I'd stamped the tree image on it.

I played with this for hours afterwards, watching the owl somersault backwards and forwards LOL, little things amuse little minds! - easily pleased, me hehe!

Thursday, 22 April 2010


My craft room and my desk has got to the stage where it's impossible to do any work, so I've spent almost the entire morning tidying up so there's room on my desk to put out some grid paper and get stamping and designing!

I even turned down an offer to go out shopping as I have a workshop to prep for tomorrow and so ensconced have I been in thinking about tomorrow's workshop, I've even forgotten that it's our wedding anniversary next week - DH had to remind me, now there's a turn up for the books! I'm never going to live this one down. I hang my head in shame! Love him - sorry honey! Oh well, back to the grindstone.

Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Tiny Tags, Fox & Friends

At a workshop I did this Monday, my Hostess wanted the Tiny Tags and Fox & Friends sets for her Make & Take and to use blues, so this is what I came up with.
Using the reverse masking technique, I sponged a 1 1/4" circle in Bashful Blue on the inside of the card and leaving the mask on, stamped the monkey image from Fox & Friends in the aperture.

I used the Nursery Letters jumbo wheel to create a border along the front and back of the card.

The scallop circle frame was punched out on Not Quite Navy card stock, first with 1 3/8" circle punch, then centred the scallop circle punch over the 1 3/8" circle and punched again.
Branches and leaves were punched using the two step bird punch, and I "hung" the monkeys from the branches before adhering them to the base card.

The inside of the card.

Saturday, 17 April 2010

Inspiring Inkin' Challenge #25

Our challenge this fortnight was to use three colours or more from the same colour family with the side twist of using gingham or checks.

I cut strips of cardstock in varying widths in Perfect Plum, Pale Plum and Blush Blossom from the Soft Subtles family and wove a "backdrop" which I framed in Blush Blossom having stamped on it first with one of the floral stamps from Tiny Tags. The frame was raised on dimensionals and ribbon threaded through the top left hand corner to "dress" it. In the bottom right hand corner, I punched a branch in Perfect Plum and one in Pale Plum and inked edges with Platinum Shimmer paint. The contour of the bird's body was inked with Perfect Plum and the wing was stamped with Platinum shimmer paint and the edges were inked in Platinum shimmer also, and then adhered to the frame.

Here is the recipe:

Stamps: Framed with Love, Tiny Tags
Ink: Perfect Plum, Platinum Shimmer Paint
Papers: Elegant Eggplant,Perfect Plum, Pale Plum, Blush Blossom, Whisper White
Accessories: Two-step Extra Large Bird Punch, Paper Trimmer, snips, sponge dauber, 1/4" Elegant Eggplant grosgrain ribbon, Pink gingham ribbon, adhesive, dimensionals
Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, 11 April 2010

Tiny Tags, Fox & Friends, Sanded

Okay, after getting that off my chest back to craft! This is a quickie as I have to head back to Runways End where there's a scrapbook weekend retreat. Bottled out of staying overnight on a camp bed and came home to sleep as it's so close. This is the swap I made for the Team 6-weekly swap. I wanted to use the shimmer paints which looks best on a dark background. It was rather radical choosing black - so I picked a halloween theme.

The new "Tiny Tags" stamp set is really versatile - something to suit all occasions, even halloween as it had a little "BOO!" sentiment, so coupled with the from "Fox & Friends" I created this card.


Stamps: Sanded, Fox & Friends, Tiny Tags

Ink: Basic Black, Platinum shimmer paint

Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black

Accessories: Two-step extra large Bird punch, tag punch, scallop edge punch, 1 3/4" circle punch, linen thread, black gingham ribbon


My apologies for the lack of post - it hasn't been a good week. We went to visit my daughter anxiously waiting for the arrival of a new grandchild, but baby didn't arrive till after we got back - that is the GOOD part - we're grandparents again and we get to meet him tomorrow as we will be going back to visit.

The valve in our shower misbehaved on the eve of us going away, water started to spout out from the thermostatic control instead of through the shower head - but as it was the start of the easter weekend, attending to it had to wait until our return.

This is what greeted us when we got home after the easter weekend. What a homecoming! A kindly neighbour had reported the incident and we had a crime number and DH had to deal with it with the police as soon as we got back. My car was neither secure nor weather proof and no-one could come and repair it till Wednesday. We put a tarpaulin over it as a temporary measure.

Overnight, the faulty valve in the shower sprang a leak and water started dripping into the kitchen through the kitchen ceiling just as DH was getting ready to go back to work - horror of horrors, our newly remodelled kitchen - we envisaged thousands of £s worth of damage. DH managed to stem the leak temporarily and an emergency plumber was called in and isolated the feed. We're still without a shower until our regular plumber returns from hols and can come and fix it.

Then to top it off, I lost a very, very expensive watch! We've turfed the house upside down and there's still no sign of it. Whilst we don't like pointing fingers at anyone, it does appear that I may have left it in the bathroom and we've had a stranger in the house and since his visit, my watch has gone missing.

They say bad things happens in threes - I hope this is the end of it! Needless to say, even with insurance there is an excess to pay, so it's turned out to be an extremely expensive week too! Going on holiday would have cost less!

Sunday, 4 April 2010

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter everyone!

I made this to hold all these lovely jelly sweets for Easter - it makes a nice change from having chocolate easter eggs, and when you're on a diet, less sinful than chocolate! If truth be known, I'd rather have the chocolate, so there's a bit of both!

The box base is made with So Saffron, and I matted the Kaleidoscope DSP on to Pumpkin Pie for the front and back panels and left the sides plain. The sides were cut in a handbag shape and attached to the box base which gives it a trough shape instead of a rectangular shape. I used a block of florists foam thingy (don't know the tech word for it) to sit inside, stuck the jelly lollies in, covered with tissue and liberally sprinkled with yummy chocolate easter eggs.

You can see the bag shape on the end better from this angle before I added the mini easter eggs.

Saturday, 3 April 2010

Inspiring Inkin' Challenge #24

For this fortnight's challenge, we had to make our own DSP. No pre-printed Stampin' Up! Designer Papers were allowed and we had to use the picture above to draw inspiration from and this is what I came up with.
I used three of the new stamp sets from the Mini Catalog - Fox & Friends, Framed with Love and Tiny Tags. I couldn't resist using the new style punches either. This is a real winner, much more compact and easy to store, you can store them flat or upend it - there is a reference image on the punch to identify what it punches out. I digress - so let's get started.

I used versamark to stamp all the Fox & Friends images to make my own patterned paper, cut a strip of Whisper White and used the pricking tool and mat to make a row of holes then adhered to bottom third of card base.

The frame was stamped with Versamark on to Ballet Blue card stock, used heat and stick powder and dazzling diamonds to give the frame texture, stamped frame again on Whisper White, cut out centre and adhered as additional layer with dimensional over the Ballet Blue frame. Leafy branches were punched in Basic Black and Brilliant Blue and positioned underneath frame which was adhered to base card with dimensionals on top of white pricked strip. Silver elastic cord attached on both frame and tags after stamping.

The punched out bird and wing were stamped with Platinum shimmer paint from Tiny Tags. Edges were also inked with Platinum shimmer paint, the bird was adhered straight on to base card, but the wing was raised on a dimensional. A strip of Whisper White card stock was added to edge of card and another in Bashful Blue which was punched with a scallop edge then adhered to the Whisper White strip as a finishing touch.


Stamps: Fox & Friends, Framed with Love, Tiny Tags

Ink: Versamark, Platinum Shimmer Paint, Ballet Blue, Brilliant Blue

Paper: Bashful Blue, Whisper White, Brilliant Blue, Basic Black

Accessories: Extra Large Two Step Bird Punch, Jewelry tag punch, scallop edge punch, snips, pricking mat and tool, heat tool, heat and stick powder, Dazzling Diamonds, sponge daubers, silver elastic cord, black gingham ribbon, dimensionals

Thursday, 1 April 2010

New Mini Catalog

Whoopee! Today is the launch of our new mini. To view it, click here to see it online. If you'd like your own personal copy, email and I will post one to you.

Lots of fabulous goodies and new stamp sets, new Hostess sets too, and shimmer paints! I'll be showing my ladies how to use them at Technique Club, or book a workshop with me and I'll demonstrate it! I have a free stamp set to give away if you book a workshop through me - offer valid from April through to May 31st while stocks last!

I'm so excited we can finally share what's inside Stampin' Up!'s new mini, you'll be aMAZed at all the new products!

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