Tuesday, 4 December 2012
Vintage artwork is always so romantic and alluring, and I was determined to incorporate some of this charm into a Christmas card. To begin with, I needed an angel face, and I found this beautiful tinted photo of a girl from some advertising artwork at the Graphics Fairy blog. In addition, I have used Stampin' Up!'s musical wheel stamp and The Sounding Joy stamp set, featuring "Joy to the World" in the shape of a star. I also used Sizzix die cuts of angel wings and a Tim Holtz crown die cut. Various distressing, antiquing and glimmering techniques were employed to create a finished vintage card. Merry Christmas!
Friday, 30 November 2012
Friday, 9 November 2012
These festive Christmas Cards feature Stampin' Up's Watercolor Winter and the More Merry Messages stamp sets.
Ink pads used include the new InColor Gumball Green (perfect for Christmas stamping!) and Cherry Cobbler and Soft Suede.
Card stock is Whisper White and Cherry Cobbler, along with some SU coordinating designer papers. You might notice that I used a blade to cut out part of the pine cones so that I could lay them on top of the sentiment layer. Various bows finish off the look.
Thank you to Sue Dyas for the inspiration for these cards (http://stampinwithsuzieq.blogspot.co.uk).
Saturday, 29 September 2012
I was itching to break out my new SU Scentsational Season stamp set, featuring a gingerbread man, candy cane, Christmas tree and warm cuppa. Although I didn't use it on this project, the stamp set also has a coordinating SU Framelits die, so that you can easily trim out these stamped images.
The background features Stampin' Up!'s new Early Espresso ColorCore card stock, which is designed for easy distressing with a sanding block. The sanding quickly reveals a lighter core inside this card stock, which also comes in two Christmassy shades of Cherry Cobbler and Gumball Green.
Before distressing your card stock, select an embossing folder that complements your design and run it through your embossing machine. Then lay the embossed card flat, and use the sanding block to remove the top layer of the ColorCore card stock.
The little flags used as accents were created with the SU Bitty Banners Framelits. The sentiment Warm Winter Wishes comes from the new SU Winter Memories stamp set. SU inks used include Soft Suede and Cherry Cobbler.
Tuesday, 11 September 2012
However, the process is sooooooooooo simple! The stamped images on the white cardstock are stamped at the same time by sticking the three layers of white cardstock together. I used a bit of repositional tape to hold the pieces temporarily. Use your stamps to build up images on the cardstock. You want this process to be graphically interesting, so you can turn the stamps different directions, use complementary stamps, or use colored ink combinations, as I have done on these card samples.
Once the images are stamped, you can pull apart the white cardstock and adhere the pieces to the colored background cardstock. Remember to add your ribbon before you stick all the pieces together! Here are the measurements for your layered cardstock pieces:
5.5 x 8.5 inches, folded in half to a 5.5 x 4.25 card
4.5 x 3.25 inches
3.5 x 2.25 inches
Whisper White cardstock:
5.25 x 4 inches
4.25 x 3 inches
3.25 x 2 inches
The birthday card was made by using Pool Party cardstock. The stamps used included Birthday Best and the Itty Bitty Banners, along with the matching SU Framelits die. Alcohol markers were used to shade the cupcakes before the pieces were stuck together. A bit of Bakers Twine and a button completed the card.
The Happy Halloween card includes the Spooky wheel, Wacky Wishes sentiment, and Jack of All Trades stamps. Distressing Essentials tools were used to 'rough up' the Happy Halloween sentiment.
Monday, 30 July 2012
Sunday, 29 July 2012
Yes, there is a reason to smile, as I am enjoying some vacation time in Colorado! With the bright and sunny weather, and all the hiking trails and things to do, the craft table usually sits unattended. However, I am making an effort to make a few samples while I am here.
I'm starting to remember what it was like in my early stamping days when I hardly owned any stamps or tools! I'm trying to make do with a limited amount of paper, inks and stamps; I have made a couple of mad dashes to local craft stores to pick up a few needed items. For example: as my square punches are in England, I was finding it impossible to cut tiny squares with a large paper trimmer! I finally popped out and picked up a small and pretty accurate little guillotine cutter. However, as you can tell from the samples, a punch or die will always be a more accurate way to cut a perfect square.
Also, my friend Diane and I TWICE visited the Artsy stamp store here in Loveland. Loads of 'thank yous' go Artsy owner, Patsy, who gave us some impromptu technique classes.
The cards attached feature Stampin' Up's recent July bonus stamp, Reason to Smile, which I adore (I'm a sucker for two-step stamping). While at Artsy, I picked up this cute Stampendous stamp, 'I love hearing from you . . . ' and a floral embossing folder from 'Bringing Crafts-Too You.'
Friday, 9 March 2012
When I first saw these cute on-the-go cup cards on Cindee Wilkinson's Just Sponge It and Becky's Inking Idaho blogs, I knew I would have to make some for myself!
I've used a combination of papers, stamps and colors to create these cards, which will be available at a mini tutorial at my next Craft & Chat class.
Stamps used include Stampin' Up's SWAK, Something to Celebrate, So Happy For You, Outlined Occasions, and Everyday Flexible Phrases.
Which color combination is your favorite cup card?
|Cup A: Black Velvet Fleur|
|Cup B: Gold & Black Swirl|
|Cup C: Mini Hearts with Ivory Holder|
|Cup D: Mini Hearts with Black Holder|
|Cup E: Tan Swirl|
Sunday, 26 February 2012
Below is a photo of the solid and outline/highlight stamps from the Pretty Peony set.
I used the lighter color ink (Blushing Bride) on the solid stamp; and then I overstamped the image with outline/highlight stamp (using Cherry Cobbler ink).
The background paper is Stampin' Up's Spice Cake, which is a new Designer Series Paper pack in the current UK Spring Mini Catalogue. I've also used Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake, Pool Party and Soft Suede card stock on this card design, along with Soft Suede, Blushing Bride, Cherry Cobbler, and Pear Pizzazz inks.
Choose your favorite sentiment stamps to use with this card. I've used SU Happiest Birthday Wishes and SU Something to Celebrate.
As you can see, you can interchange any sentiments you like -- these are from SU's Petite Pairs, Teeny Tiny Wishes, and Something to Celebrate.
In addition, I've used the SU Distressing Essentials, including using the tea stain ink and rubber applicator to add color and age to the paper and one of the precision files to distress the edges of the card stock. While many crafters simply tear the edges of card stock to make it look more distressed, the use of files and sand paper gives more control and a subtle look.
Saturday, 28 January 2012
Tools used: Sizzix die for treat box, Big Shot Pro, Stampin’ Up Sweetheart stamp set, Stampin’ Up Heart of Hearts Embosslits die, ribbon, designer card stock
Use the Heart of Hearts Embosslits die to cut and emboss two hearts from designer paper. Ink up the Be Mine heart stamp with Riding Hood Red and stamp onto white card stock; make two hearts; trim them.
Put together red and white hearts, and stick them on the box.
Fill the box with treats for your honey.
Close up the box and decorate with ribbon.
In early January, some of my fellow stamping friends were making lovely creative calendars. I wanted to make one with my stamping club, but our first class isn't until February 1st. By now, they are more interested in Valentine's cards and projects.
My husband, who is very supportive of my hobby and craft but doesn't really 'get it,' suggested: Why don't you make a Valentine Calendar? Okay, I was dismissive at first, but then I thought about it and realized, "What a clever idea!"
The Valentine's Day Calendar was born, featuring a Sizzix mini album die and Stampin' Up's You Are Loved stamp set.
Stamp Set: You are Loved
Ink: Riding Hood Red
Extras: Heart Texture Plate, Sizzix Mini Album Die, Soft Suede Taffeta Ribbon, Brads
Cardstock: Riding Hood Red, Soft Suede/Tan, Decorative/Designer Paper
Die cut pieces:
1 Large Red (Back)
1 Medium Tan (Middle/Embossed)
1 Small Red (Top/Stamped)
1 Small Designer (Bottom Edge)
Make sure that the overall size does not exceed the size of the large red piece that will go on the back.
Take calendar pieces and punch holes in top corners.
Adhere the December calendar to the tan/middle section.
Use the holes previously punched as guides and punch holes through the tan section.
Add the rest of the calendar pages, ending with February on top. Clasp them in place by using the colored brads.
Attach the heart to this piece using pop up adhesives.
Finish the calendar by adding the large red piece to the back of the calendar.
Enlarge holes at the top using a hole punch.
Friday, 27 January 2012
My sweet friend Diane sent me the lovely Stampin' Up set, Tea Shoppe, for my birthday. She knows I'm a little tea-crazy, and I love my teapots, tea cups, tea mugs, and tea.
As soon as I saw the stamp set, I knew I needed to include it in our upcoming rubber stamping class. First, I needed a little inspiration, so I visited fellow SU demo Cindee Wilkinson's Just Sponge It blog. She had used markers to color directly onto the rubber teacup to create a multi-colored image.
I decided to do the same, but I found it was easier to use the Baja Breeze ink pad to entirely ink up the rubber first. I then used an eye makeup applicator sponge to remove ink from the areas of the flowers and leaves.
Then I took Perfect Plum and Wisteria Wonder markers and colored the flowers on the rubber. I also colored the leafy bits with Lucky Limeade. Once finished coloring, cut out the teacup.
If you are not familiar with coloring directly onto rubber, you can have a look at my Tea Shoppe tutorial.
How to build the card:
You will want to use the SU scallop edge punch to create a strip of striped paper. Make sure the stripes are pointing down vertically.
This striped strip will be attached to the larger piece of green designer paper to create a nice background layer.
Now, attached a piece of Rich Razzleberry polka dotted ribbon on the seam between the striped strip and green paper. Adhere this to the folded square card.
Create a little teabag tag by punching out a label or using an office supply tag like the one on my sample card. Use Perfect Plum ink on the small flower stamp in the Tea Shoppe set to add flowers to the tag; stamp on both sides. Use Lucky Limeade or Baja Breeze to ink up "You suit me to a tea," and stamp onto the tag.
Add pop up adhesives behind the tea cup image. Tuck the string of the tag behind the teacup, sticking it onto some of the adhesive, and then let the tag dangle over the top of the teacup.
Stick the cup onto the top of the scalloped square. You're done!