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Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Garden Dream, Bella Toile

In a bid to use some of the retiring colours - Blush Blossom and Orchid Opulence, I teamed it with Rich Razzleberry and Very Vanilla to make this card. I used the Hostess Level 3 stamp set called Garden Dream - stamped the floral image in Black Stazon and coloured in with an aqua pen and markers on an oval of Very Vanilla cardstock.

The hummingbird was stamped in Soft Suede on Very Vanilla and cut out by hand, raised on dimensionals and adhered so that it hovered over the flower.

The background was in Blush Blossom on both the side panels and back panel, and I stamped the Bella Toille background stamp on it in Rich Razzleberry. Looks stunning IRL - hard to tell from the picture. The sentiment is from Ovals All which I punched out with the word window punch, then inked the edges before adhering beneath the oval piece in the centre.

I wasn't sure whether to add any more to it on the front - so have left it plain and simple. I'm still mulling over it, I might tweak it - so watch this space!

Stamps: Garden Dream (Level 3 Hostess), Bella Toille, Ovals All
Ink: Rich Razzlebury, Old Olive, Soft Suede, Black Stazon
Papers: Orhcid Opulence, Blush Blossom, Rich Razzleberry, Very Vanilla
Accessories: Word Window punch, Rich Razzzleberry polka dot grosgrain ribbon, snips, dimensionals, snail, bone folder

Saturday, 26 June 2010

Inspiring Inkin' Challenge #30 Case DT's card, New Technique, New Colour Combo

This fortnight's challenge is to case a card from one of the Inspiring Inkin's Design Team blogs and use a new technique or colour combo that we'd never used before.

I chose Vannessa's card which she did for a challenge to make 3D roses here and here. As I've never done these flowers before, I thought it would be a good one to do. The colour combo came from this colour generator here which we used on a previous challenge and again, I have never tried this colour combo before so here goes.

The card I made is an A4 gatefold in the picture above, pretty big by my standards! It kept opening up whilst upright, so in order to take the picture, I've had to lie it down, and by doing so, I couldn't get the whole card in!

First,I dry embossed straight lines 1/4" in from all edges on the left and right gatefolds. Next I made the roses using the largest flower image from Vintage Vogue stamped on Very Vanilla card stock. You'll find instructions on how to make them at Marlene O'Connor's here.

I mounted the assembled roses onto a 3" square piece of Very Vanilla card stock which was stamped randomly in Certainly Celery with the curly wurly stamp from Vintage Vogue as a background, distressed the edges with the cutter tool, and inked the edges with a sponge dauber in Certainly Celery. This was then mounted on a piece of 3 1/4" square of Certainly Celery which was then mounted on a 3 1/2" square piece of Melon Mambo card stock.

Several branches and leaves were punched out with the 2-step bird punch and arranged and adhered in between the hand cut crimped leaves I made.

With the aid of the Stampamajig, I aligned the straight edged floral image from Vintage Vogue and stamped in Certainly Celery on all four sides of the triple mat with the 3D roses on to form a frame round them, stamping over the closed gatefold front of the card. Adhesive was applied to one side of the triple 3D rose mat and adhered to the left gate fold.

When you open the card, you will see inside the left and right panels have been stamped with Bella Toille in Melon Mambo on Very Vanilla card stock. I added a piece of Melon Mambo polka dot grosgrain ribbon to hide the joins of the stamping process - the piece of card is longer than the actual background stamp, so I had to stamp it twice.

The centre panel has 3 layers, Melon Mambo, Gable Green and Very Vanilla. I took a quadrant out of each corner of the Very Vanilla piece, inked the edges in Melon Mambo before adhering to the other layers. I made a faux brad by dry embossing with a cropadile where each quadrant lies. The sentiment "Celebrate" is from the Wonderful Words set.

To finish the card, I added a "bow" and adhered it with a glue dot in the top left hand corner of the matted 3D roses on the front.

Thank you for stopping by.

Tuesday, 22 June 2010

Father's Day Card

With a bit of selective stamping (blocking out bits of words I didn't want) I managed to stamp "happy Father's day") for the sentiment.

The car looks like hubby's new car in silhouette, so thought it quite appropriate to use it on his "Father's Day" card. The cogs were a perfect match to embellish with. If truth be known, I needed the car to hide the smudges in my stamping for the sentiment! Worked out OK though!

Not much of a relaxing day for him on Sunday as he gave up his archery day to help me at the Parkside Mencap Fun Day. He is such a superstar. Love him to bits. If it weren't for his support, I wouldn't be able to pursue my Stampin' Up! habit!

Monday, 21 June 2010

Mr & Mrs, Bridesmaid, Bridegroom DSP

I've been meaning to make a set of 3"x 6" cards with these foil backed papers eversince they came into our catalogue but haven't had the opportunity to "play" with it till now. On Sunday, Parkside MenCap are having a Fun Day, and I rented a 4m x 4m pitch so these are some of the samples I made for my display. I made a set of 8 cards and a matching gift box which will make a nice present for someone, if I can bare to part with it! The stamp set I used is "Mr & Mrs". I love this set - classic good looks - don't think I'll tire of it.

The box was made from a sheet of 12"x 12" textured Basic Grey cardstock with an integral lid. I attached a piece of Bridesmaid DSP to the end of the flap to extend its length so that it could tuck into the belly band surrounding the box. I omitted gluing the front so that the lid could tuck into it thus holding box together. In this picture, the lid has been taken out.

This picture shows the lid being tucked into the box.

Here is the box assembled!

Friday, 18 June 2010

A Sympathy Card

I find Sympathy cards really difficult to do and finally had to raid my private collection to make this card which I keep on deferring. All I can say is that the sentiment "thinking of you" is from Bird on a Branch, a stamp set in the Mini which I wasn't particularly enamoured with but it is now beginning to grow on me.

I've kept it plain and simple using only two colours, Brocade Blue and Whisper White card stock. The only other colour I introduced was Old Olive which I used a Stampin' Write marker to colour the stem with on the floral image. Brocade Blue is sadly one of the retiring colours so if you like it, now is the time to stock up while stocks last! This is one of the colours which has its own Brocade Blue ribbon so it is a perfect match EVERY time!!

Wednesday, 16 June 2010

Bird on a Branch

I've just started a new "Stamp With Elaine" monthly craft club and having tried my hand at a recessed card on the Inspiring Inkin' Challenge Blog last Saturday, I decided this would be a good one for launching our very first project at our first meeting.

Here we've used the same emboss resist technique but with a different stamp set which has given it a fantastic new look.

As members pay a small fee toward product costs, I am able to include extras such as the stitched felt flowers, and designer papers, and using more layers which means using more card stock.

If you live in the Fleet, Hampshire area, check out the terms and conditions of joining. You can find it under "Monthly Clubs" in the navigation bar at the top of my blog.

This is the inside of the card.

Stamps: Bird on a Branch, Oval All
Ink : Tempting Turquoise, Bashful Blue, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, Versamark
Papers: Pixie Pink, Old Olive, Sweet Pea paper stack, Whisper White
Accessories: Eyelet Border punch, Large Oval punch, Scallop oval punch, cutter, Certainly Celery grosgrain, Sweet Pea stitched felt flowers, sponge daubers, adhesisve, white embosssing powder, heat tool, embossing buddy, dimensionals

Saturday, 12 June 2010

Inspiring Inkin' Challenge # 29 Technique Emboss Resist

Goodness, how time flies - it's already a fortnight since the last Inspiring Inkin' Challenge. This fortnight's challenge is a Technique based one emboss resist with the side twist of using a punch or punches somewhere on the card.

I chose to make a recessed card - so basically stamped a "scene" using the floral images from Pocket Silhouettes for the "grasses" and the toucan from My Sweet Pea as the subject and matted it to fit in the recess which makes it look as though the "scene" has been framed.

To emboss resist, images were stamped first in versamark, embossing powder was sprinkled over it, and a heat tool used to emboss it. The embossing resists ink, or any other medium of colour you apply to it. I used sponge daubers to apply each colour, working with the lightest colour first, then applying gradually darker ones but covering narrower bands of card with each application to create the effect as shown above so that there is a graduation of colour from dark to light.

I used Stampin' Up!'s two-step bird punch to punch out the branches to fit the brief and am pleased with the result.

The frame was made with co-ordinating DSP from the Sweet Pea stack which I mounted on Pumpkin Pie. In order to make the frame, I measured an inch in all round and cut out the centre. The finished card measures 5 1/4" square, so the mats were decreased in size by 1/4" each time.

This is the inside of the card. As you can see, I've used the left over centre of the frame to cover the back of the recess.

To finish the card, I matted a piece of Whisper White on Pumpkin Pie, and added more layers using the eyelet border punch to decorate the bottom edge of the Pumpkin Pie strip.

Stamps: My Sweet Pea, Pocket Silhouettes, Curvy Verses, Occasional Greetings
Ink: Bashful Blue, Barely Banana, More Mustard, Pumpkin Pie, Really Rust, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip
Paper:Whisper White, Barely Banana, Pumpkin Pie, Sweet Pea Stack, Old Olive
Accessories:Eyelet border punch, two-step bird punch,Pumpkin Pie grosgrain ribbon, dimensionals, snips, paper cutter, sponge daubers, stamp-a-majig, white embossing powder, heat tool

Thanks for looking - why not join our challenge and provide a link to your blog at Inspiring Inkin' Challenge Blog here. We'd love to see your work and know that our persistence isn't in vain and that there's someone out there!

Wednesday, 9 June 2010

Tea anyone?

I made this just for the fun of it - a template I purchased recently which took my fancy.

This is looking at it from a different angle. I used "Cottage Wall" DSP and Rich Razzleberry to embellish with and Pale Plum for the tea pot base.

The flowers on the lid were Whisper White scalloped circles, inked with Rich Razzleberry round the edges before being spritzed with water, scrunched and left to dry then adhered together with a brad.

I used the "wing" as leaves punched out with the large two-step bird punch, ran a stylus along the "wings" to look like the veins in leaves and also punched the branch with leaves to embellish underneath the assembled flower.

The butterflies were stamped with Versamark on vellum and punched/hand cut and I used Fine Cosmo glitter to make them "pop". Hope you like it.

Friday, 4 June 2010

Happy Moments, Occasionally

My nephew's partner's little girl just had her third birthday and this stamp set which I received as a gift was just perfect for her. It was stamped in Black Stazon and I set to colouring with my SU markers.

The basket looked bare and needed something so I used the cherry from On a Pedestal. I added a "happy birthday" from Happy Moments which was available during Sale-a-bration 2010 and wrote her name on the little flag to personalise it.

I stuck to a simple colour pallette using Cameo Coral, Blush Blossom and Whisper White for the card stock and ran a Cameo Coral marker over Whisper White taffeta ribbon to die it the same colour as the card stock to match.

On the inside, I stamped the cake from "Happy Moments" in Black Stazon and coloured it in.

The present in the bottom left and flowers are from "Occasionally" - a set which contains 28 stamps and a really useful one because it covers the whole year's occasions from winter to summer, St Patrick's day, christmas, autumn, father's day, birthdays, Hannukah, halloween, christmas and contains sentiments too.

Tuesday, 1 June 2010


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