Sunday, 20 February 2011

Night Owl

This card is all about punches and dies. I used some quirky DCWV Green cardstock to create the background and owl.

The owl was punched with the Stampin' Up owl punch -- gotta love it! The branch was punched from the SU bird punch. The moon was cut from a circle die.

The skyline is made from SU Crumb Cake cardstock and a wonderful Sizzix Tim Holtz edge die called Townscape. Normally, I would distress the Townscape edge, but this layout needed a clean and cute look.

Saturday, 19 February 2011

Hydrangea Cards

The hydrangea flower petals from my previous post have been incorporated into cards. As our international crafting group here in Surrey, England is trying to make lots of cards for an upcoming charity event, my hydrangea cards cover a number of holidays, including Mother's Day, Easter and birthday.

The background is made from the Stampin' Up stamp called En Francois, which is inked in Pear Pizzazz.

The script background was then run through the Cuttlebug using the Swiss Dot embossing folder. Very simple, but makes an impression! Oh, I made a pun!

As mentioned in the previous blog post, the hydrangea petals are made from the SU Full Heart punch.

I couldn't find the right stamp for Happy Birthday and Happy Easter; most of the stamps clashed with the fancy script background. As a result, I used my computer and Adobe InDesign to find a complimentary font and create a matching ink color.

However, I did manage to locate this lovely retired SU stamp for the Mother's Day sentiment (All Year Cheer). This was one of the first stamp sets I ever purchased when I joined Stampin' Up in 2003 in Houston, Texas.

Here's a tidbit for you: In the United Kingdom, Mother's Day comes more than a month earlier than in the United States. You would not believe how much of a headache this can cause my frazzled brain. From what wikipedia says, Britain's Mothering Sunday is supposed to be the fourth Sunday of Lent. This year, that would be April 3, 2011. On the other hand, the US celebrates Mother's Day on the second Sunday of May, which will be May 8, 2011. The worst thing is when I forget the US date, and my poor mom in Texas is left without a card!

Friday, 18 February 2011

Hydrangea Petals

I love the look and texture of hydrangea flowers. When a fellow SU Demonstrator ( made a card with hydrangea flowers, I had to try making them, too, and my results are shown above.

The petals are made using the Stampin' Up Full Heart Punch. I went online to find Valita's Design and Folds easy-to-follow tutorial. Valita has a wide range of tutorials, showing how to use all kinds of punches to make three-dimensional embellishments and flowers.

Take a look at Valita's tutorial:

Living in England, hydrangeas are very popular in the summer, and I think they will always remind me of Keepers Cottage (where we lived from 2000-2002). We used to have the most amazing vibrant pink hydrangeas growing in our front garden, which you can see in the photo below. As gardeners know, the chemical of the soil will determine whether the hydrangea is pink or blue.

Monday, 14 February 2011

Happy Valentine's Day!

Much chocolate was given and consumed to mark this Valentine's Day. As an American living in England, I must say that the British know how to make scrumptious chocolate. There is a vast selection of choccies of all makes and tastes to satisfy even the most addicted chocoholics!

Here are some cards that I taught last week in a Valentine's stamping and crafting class.

The card above used a technique sometimes called 'inset embossing.' Little hearts were punched out using the Stampin' Up Heart to Heart punch; they were glued to the red card front, which was then run through the Cuttlebug with a texture embossing folder.The Stampin' Up eyelet border edge punch was used on the red card front, which also has been distressed by rubbing brown ink on the raised areas of the embossed design. Stampin' Up Wonderful Words set was used for the sentiment at the bottom of the card.

On the card above, the heart was cut from a Cuttlebug die. The resulting diecut was adhered to the red card front, which has already been embossed and distressed.

The card above uses Stampin' Up's Sweetheart set. It is designed to be used on its own or with the SU Full Heart Punch. In the card above, I also used the plastic treat cups that can be inserted to hold candy, confetti, or other tiny treats. Ink colors used were Real Red, Pear Pizzazz, and Marina Mist. The scrumptious card above was copied from an original designed by Stampin' Up demonstrator Brandy Cox; you can see her card on her blog: Her blog is full of amazing and inspirational ideas.

As you can see, I made extra cards because our international group of around a dozen crafty ladies living in Surrey have decided to make cards for charity in spring. We were invited by the Maple Village WI to have a booth at their upcoming Spring Fayre at St. Andrew's Church (Maple Road in Surbiton) on March 19th. Our Craft and Chat group members will meet most Wednesdays to start churning out some lovely cards.

Thank you to my crafty friends for your generosity and enthusiasm in making cards for charity.

Saturday, 5 February 2011

Owl Treat Jar

Pictured is a treat jar that I will demonstrate to my stamping and crafting friends this Wednesday.

The new Stampin' Up Owl Punch is so cute that I had to find a way to incorporate it into a Valentine's project. I've also used the Stampin' Up Full Heart Punch, Heart to Heart Punch, and Scallop Edge Border Punch, as well as two Spellbinder's dies.

There's no stamping on this project. However, I did use the computer to print out a Valentine's message on some ivory cardstock. You can leave that strip blank; or stamp your favorite phrase to your intended recipient.

Fill up the treat jar with chocolate, cookies, cocoa mix, sweets, etc. Perfect to give to a loved one of any age!