Friday, 29 July 2011

Glittery Gift Cards

The Stampin' Up Sizzlits snowflake dies are fantastic for embellishing Christmas and wintry cards, scrapbook pages, and other paper craft projects.

They also work wonderfully as a stand-alone on small 3-by-3-inch gift cards, such as the ones pictured.

In addition to the cute little SU Sizzlits snowflakes, I also used the Movers & Shapers snowflake die to create a layered effect. The big snowflake was cut from a very glimmery patterned gold cardstock. You can see that the magnetic Movers & Shapers snowflake die can be moved around in the special metal tray, economically using the cardstock.

Pearlescent cardstock was used to create the delicate Sizzlit snowflakes, which then were dabbed with a two-way-glue pen and sprinkled with Dazzling Diamonds. They were glued onto the gold snowflakes, which were applied to the card using pop-up adhesives.

Saturday, 23 July 2011

A Crown for You

I am currently spending the summer in our family's Colorado home. Most of the time, we are spending our time fishing, boating, walking, shopping, and just having lots of fun! As many of the afternoons have been very hot, working on crafts indoors sounds like a wonderful idea!

Today, I wanted to make a quick 3x3-inch 'thank-you' card, which you can see above. The problem is, I have very few tools and supplies here at my Colorado hideaway. While my craft space at home in England is literally overflowing and overtaking every corner of the living room, my Colorado craft room has the basic stamp pads, cutting tools, and a handful of rubber stamps (in particular, Christmas stamps).

But one thing I do have here is a Big Shot Machine! And, I just bought a few extra dies and supplies the other day. One of the neatest things I purchased is the new Sizzix Tim Holtz Bigz Tray. This special metal tray allows you to take any Movers & Shapers die and use it like a punch. The magnetic Movers & Shapers dies stick to the tray -- in any position you want -- and you can create an art element. So cool!

As you can see, I used the tray to create a label and the crown. I used an antique glimmer spray to color the crown.

I don't have any rhinestones or jewels in my art stash here, but the crown would look fab with a bit of bling. You then could print out a sentiment for the inside that says something like: You're a gem! Thanks so much!

Friday, 22 July 2011

Christmas in July; Good Cheer!

I fell in love with this Stampin' Up set, Good Cheer; and it is sad that it is now retired in the US catalog. Incredibly, it has taken me a year to actually put this stamp set to use! Shame on me!

I know that most of the United States is suffering from a heat wave, and I can imagine that Christmas is the furthest thing from one's thoughts. However, what a perfect time to think of snow, ice, and santa.

SU Good Cheer begs to be made vintage. So grab your walnut ink and glimmer mists and paints to make Father Christmas and his reindeer friend look old and elegant. I also used watercolor crayons to lightly color the images.

As you can see, I used a variety of different embellishments and papers to finish the cards.

Sunday, 10 July 2011

Create a Cupcake

The US Stampin' Up Create a Cupcake stamp set and coordinating Build a Cupcake punch are so much fun!

I was drawn to use pearlescent cardstock, which gives off the creamy lustre of cupcake icing. The cardstock was run through the Big Shot with a texture plate. The 1 1/4-inch striped grosgrain ribbon felt the perfect match for this card.

The sentiment was stamped onto the pearlescent cardstock and punched with the SU Modern Label Punch. I was pleased to see that the slightly larger Modern Label is available as a die (SU Movers & Shapers Punch Window Set -- US catalog only).

A bit of glitter on the cherries and pearls and jeweled embellishments and you've got a fast and easy-to-make birthday card.