Saturday, 9 March 2013

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day to all you wonderful Moms!! I realize that my US friends celebrate in May. However, here in England, and in many other parts of the world, we are celebrating our extraordinary mothers tomorrow, Sunday, March 10th. I am sending virtual Mother's Day wishes 'across the pond' to my fabulous Mom in Texas!!

This vintage rose card was made using the new Stampin' Up! Secret Garden stamp set and framelits die. It also uses the new Stampin' Up! embossing folder, Honeycomb, which is incredibly versatile. There are some amazing projects out there in web world and on sites such as using the honeycomb embossing folder.  
To begin with, the background of this card was made by running designer cardstock through the honeycomb embossing folder twice. This project works best if you use two-sided cardstock -- in other words, you have a complementary printed design on both sides of the cardstock. For my featured project, one side of the cardstock is a rosy-rusty-vintage color and the other side is vintage pink roses.

For extra dimension, you can use the SU! Soft Suede ink pad and rub it lightly on the plastic honeycomb embossing folder. Then add in your cardstock and run it through. Rinse and dry the embossing folder afterwards.
You will be cutting up one of the honeycomb cards and randomly pasting the pieces onto the second embossed honeycomb card. I used my small SU! scissors, and the process was pretty fast (although my crafty friend Pam suggested that SU now needs to make a matching hexagon punch!). You can further distress your honeycomb background by taking the SU! Soft Suede ink pad and rubbing it across the high points of the background, keeping the ink pad as flat as possible.

I made the honeycomb background in assembly line, cranking out 10 textured pieces, resulting in 5 finished honeycomb backgrounds, which are ready to apply to a standard US-size card (4.25 x 5.5 inches).

However, I decided to make a square card. I did some trimming of the honeycomb background to emphasize its shape and adhered it to a piece of the rose-colored designer cardstock. The rose and honeycomb background was then adhered to Whisper White cardstock, folded to 6 x 6 inches.
The roses were stamped in SU Rose Red ink and made with the new SU! Secret Garden stamp set and Framelits dies, which make cutting out the roses a breeze! To distress the flowers, you can use a craft sheet, drop a bit of distress ink, spritz the ink with water, pick up the diluted mixture with a sponge, and color your roses. Or, you can spread out the diluted distressed solution on your craft sheet and lay the roses onto the craft sheet to color.
Three finished roses were placed into a cut-out circle for one card and a heart shape for another card. There are lots of circle dies out there, but I used the SU! Sizzix 3-inch die for this project. 
'Happy Birthday' and 'Happy Mother's Day' are from the SU! set Something to Celebrate and 'Just Because' is from SU!'s new Vintage Verses. I just *had* to add some bling with pink jewels!

Friday, 22 February 2013

A Sentimental Journey

The featured stamp set today is Stampin' Up!'s 'Feeling Sentimental,' and it encapsulates the way I feel about this card, which I made for my friend Germaine. I made this card, with a few extra samples, to wish Germaine a Happy Birthday tomorrow on February 23. In addition, I wanted the card to be a farewell card from England, and the red phone box was the perfect image.

Some of you in the stamping world might know Germaine. She's been actively involved in Stampin' Up! since living in Houston more than a decade ago. We have followed each other around the world, it seems; we first 'met' on a stamping e-group back in 2003. This is the first time she and I have lived in the same country at the same time, with us both in England. However, she is preparing to leave on another expat adventure next month, and I will return to the US in a few months. Expat life is like that. We are ships passing quietly through the night. Sometimes, we have the privilege of disembarking to meet other travelers and partake of those special moments that become richer because of our shared experiences, obstacles and challenges. Thank goodness for the internet, that imaginary spider's web that keeps us tightly spun together, even when we are physically miles apart.

Wishing Germaine the happiest of birthdays and greatest of adventures on her family's new assignment. I will miss her.
Stampin' Up! stamp sets used: Postage Due, Vintage Labels, Feeling Sentimental. Paper: SU! Well Worn Designer Series Paper, Pool Party, Whisper White, Crumb Cake.

Scrappin' on the Edge

The phrase 'better late than never' comes to mind with this BoBunny Mini Edgy Album and coordinating Sophie designer paper pad. I don't even know how many years I've been 'sitting on' about 6 of these paper pads and albums, just waiting to teach them at one of my Craft & Chat gatherings.
However, time is ticking for me here in England . . . I won't have that many more 'dates' with my crafty ladies. I wanted to share these 'edgy' albums with them before I darted away to live Colorado. In addition, I thought one of these albums would be fab as a baby shower gift for my hairdresser, Alicia, who is getting ready to go on maternity leave.
I've created a little slide presentation so that you can see all the pages to the album, and I've uploaded some of the pages as photographs, too.

The paper pad is already pre-cut to the size of the mini edgy album. I don't think I'd have the wherewithal to cut the paper so precisely, so thank goodness the process was done for me!
I used specialized Art Institute Glue to adhere the paper to the album. Then I attacked the pages with Stampin' Up distressing tools and sanding block. All the edges were distressed with ink, allowing the ink to absorb into the chipboard of the albums.

The paper pad had extra sheets of designer paper so that I could create photo backings and journal tags. I rummaged around for beads, buttons, ribbons, twine, die-cut flowers, and anything else I could find to make the pages interesting and layered.

As always with paper crafting, there is no one right way to make the album. Let your creativity soar!

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Pedaling love your way

As part of Mojo Monday's sketch challenge 280, here are some cards featuring Stampin' Up's new Pinwheel Sizzlits Die. The cards also feature SU's Pedal Presents hostess stamp set and Big Top Birthday designer series paper. This "Pedaling Love Your Way' made a perfect Valentine's Day card for hubby.

If you would like to play along, click the sketch below to see this week's challenge: