Sunday 30 October 2011

Creative Elements


When I took a look at this week's colour challenge at Just Add Ink my first thought was 'yuck'!  Cherry Cobbler, Blushing Bride and a Neutral did not seem at all like a winning combination.  I must give my hat to the girls though - it's now a colour combo I love!

I started off with a base of Blushing Bride DSP from the Nursery Nest pack and then overstamped it in Cherry Cobbler.  In the photo below you can just see that I also stamped the edge stamp in Blushing Bride, just below the ribbon under the sentiment.

I kept the inside very much the same as the outside.

I think colour combinations like this, that at first seem to be a bit unappealing, are great as long as you follow the 60:30:10 rule.  In this case 60% of my card was Blushing Bride, 30% was Cherry Cobbler and 10% was Whisper White.

Stamps: Creative Elements, Clearly For You, Happiest Birthday Wishes (hostess)
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Blushing Bride
DSP/Cardstock: Nursery Nest DSP, Cherry Cobbler, Blushing Bride, Whisper White
Other: Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding Ribbbon, Paper Snips, Corner Rounder Punch

Catch you later,


Friday 28 October 2011

Baby Tees in Blue


Today's card was one I was asked to make by a friend.  She needed a card to give to parents who had just had a baby boy.  I had just received my Baby Tee's Jumbo Stampin' Around wheel, so it was perfect timing all round!

I used the new Nursery Nest DSP for the card.  The Marina Mist and Pear Pizzazz stripes are super cute for a baby boy card.

I stamped the Baby Tees image twice, and coloured and cut out the second image to pop on dimensionals over the first image.

I used a 'spare' baby tee to dress up the inside of the card.

Stamps: Baby Tees Jumbo Stampin' Around wheel, A Word For You
Ink: Marina Mist, So Saffron
DSP/Cardstock: Nursery Nest DSP, Marina Mist, Whisper White
Other: Big Shot, Timeless Type Alphabet Dies, Marina Mist Satin Ribbon, Blender Pen, Paper Snips, Dimensionals

Catch you later,


Wednesday 26 October 2011

A Very Cute CASE


In the papercraft world CASE stands for Copy And Share Everything.  I love that papercrafters are so willing to share their wonderful creations - there are so many blogs out there with inspirational creations!  Today's card is a CASE of a card I found one night while blog surfing and I was so inspired by the card I made two.  One was for Hudson's birthday and the second was for one of Hudson's little friends who was also celebrating a birthday.  You can see the original card over at Add Ink and Stamp.

Here is the card I made for Hudson:

A different angle!

And the matching card I made for his little mate.

Another look!

I stamped the insides of both cards the same.

Aren't they cute cards!

Stamps: Fox and Friends, It's Your Day, Curly Cute
Ink: Baja Breeze, So Saffron, Early Espresso
DSP/Cardstock: Just Add Cake DSP, Baja Breeze, Early Espresso, Whisper White, So Saffron
Other: Curly Label Punch, Circle Punches, Modern Label Punch, Word Window Punch, Dimensionals, White Brads

Catch you later,


Monday 24 October 2011

Just Believe in Island Indigo


This week at Just Add Ink we were challenged to use a sketch to inspire our creations.  I needed to make a get well card so I decided to use the sketch.

The oval panel was brayered using Island Indigo, Pool Party and Lucky Limeade inks.  It was actually a leftover piece from another project but I thought it would work pretty well with the card I wanted to make.

The inside I made fairly simple.

And of course I didn't realise until AFTER I'd written on the card and sealed it that I hadn't stamped the greeting completely.  That fact got discovered in the editing process.  Oh well... it is hand stamped and unique I guess!

Stamps: Just Believe, Trendy Trees, Thoughts and Prayers
Ink: Island Indigo, Pool Party, Lucky Limeade, Basic Black
DSP/Cardstock: 2011-2013 In Colour Patterns DSP, Basic Black, Island Indigo, Whisper White
Other: In Colour Ruffled Ribbon, Lace Ribbon Border Punch, Brayer, Oval Cutter (non SU)

Catch you later,


Saturday 22 October 2011

Big Shot Blog Hop


Welcome to another little blog hop.  Today the ladies that are participating all have projects they made using the Big Shot.  The blog before mine was Ros Davidson's, but it's all a big loop so it doesn't matter where you start.  Just keep hopping 'til you get to where you started!

I have a layout for you today that uses several accessories for the Big Shot.

You can see I used the Timeless Type Alphabet Dies, the Scribbles Swirls die and the Tasteful Trims Die.  Did you notice the scalloped border around the layout?  I'll show you how to make the border in one piece a bit further down, but first a few more closer shots of the layout.

The "she's a mini" part of the title was printed onto Whisper White cardstock and trimmed.  I used RGB codes to change the colour of the font to Wild Wasabi to match the rest of the layout.

I used some Glimmer brads in the title and also as the centre of the flowers.

The flowers were brayered with Perfect Plum ink and then spritzed with Frost White Shimmer paint.

OK, so now on to how I made the border piece.  Firstly I cut a 1" wide border.  To do this you line your cardstock up at the 1" mark, put your blade at 1" and cut down to 11".  Turn your cardstock 90 degrees and repeat for all 4 sides.  You end up with a shape like this:

Now you need to fold the frame in half diagonally to get this shape:

After each fold burnish with a bone folder.  The flatter the folds the easier it is to line up the piece on the die.  You need to fold your frame diagonally again to end up with a shape like this:

Now you need to place the cardstock on the die.  You shouldn't have any troubles cutting through all layers at once.  It's very hard to see in the photo, but I lined the top edge up with the top cutting edge of the die and then centered the piece on the scallops at the bottom.  You can see the shape of the corner pieces in the first photo.  It's a bit of a flattened scallop.  I haven't tried it yet, but I THINK if you want a more rounded scallop at the corners you would have to arrange your cardstock the other way.  That is, line up the bottom edge of the cardstock on the scalloped edge so that the points of your cardstock extend the full length of the scallops.  Your frame would end up a little narrower than mine.  It's all just a matter of playing around with it to see what you like!

When you have cut it and unfolded it, this is what you end up with:

A continuous, scalloped frame!  You will probably need to smooth out the folds at the corners with your bone folder.  I reckon you could make almost any sized frames using my method, you'd just have to play with the measurements of the frame you cut.  The rest of the steps would be the same.  If you have any questions, just leave a comment and I will get back to you.

Ink: Perfect Plum
Cardstock: 12 x 12 Textured Whisper White, Perfect Plum, Wild Wasabi, Whisper White
Big Shot: Timeless Type Alphabet Dies, Tasteful Trims Die, Scribbles Swirls Die
Other: Silver Foil Smooch, Frost White Shimmer Paint, Paper Daisies, Basic Jewel Rhinestones, Brayer, Glimmer Brads, Dimensionals, Letter Gothic Standard Font

Thanks for looking at my layout.  You're off to Nikki Sadler's blog now, where I'm sure you're in for a real treat!

Catch you later,


Blogs in the hop:

Ros Davidson

Nikki Sadler

Sue Madex

Kathryn Ruddick

Judy May

Thursday 20 October 2011

Happy Birthday Shelli!


Today's card was one I made for a very special lady.  The founder of Stampin' Up!, Shelli Gardner, turned 50 this week.  As a surprise for her we were all asked to make a birthday card to send to her that would be presented to her in a big box full of everyone's cards.  I based my card on this card.

I had to keep it relatively flat for postage to the USA, so I didn't tie a bow in the ribbon and I only popped one layer up on Dimensionals.

I stamped the flower, colouring it with my markers to get a multi coloured effect.  I then stamped the large image in the stamp set over the top in Versamark Ink and clear embossed it.  You can see the shine from the embossing in the photo above.

I kept the inside fairly simple, just a sentiment and a little flower stamp to match the background I stamped on the front of the card.

Stamps: Clearly For You, A Word For You
Ink: Riding Hood Red, Old Olive, Versamark
Cardstock: Riding Hood Red, Whisper White
Other: Clear Embossing Powder, Whisper White Organza Ribbon, Dimensionals, Small Oval Punch (retired)

Don't forget Saturday's Big Shot Blog Hop!

Catch you later,


Monday 17 October 2011

Well Scripted and Well Worn Birthday


Back again with another grungy male birthday card.  I actually made this one before the other one, but forgot about blogging it until I looked through my 'To Blog' folder.

I CASED my card from Teneale Williams.  You can find her original card here.  Mine is a simplified version - Teneale adds such wonderful little detail that I just didn't have time to include.

I just carried the theme through to the inside, using the same ribbon and DSP as the front.

Stamps: Well Scripted (retired)
Ink: Cajun Craze, Early Espresso
DSP/Cardstock: Well Worn DSP, Cajun Craze, River Rock
Other: Artichoke Denim Ribbon, Sponge Daubers, Chipboard numbers (non SU)

Catch you later - don't forget the Big Shot Blog Hop on Saturday!


Saturday 15 October 2011

Timeless Portrait Birthday Card


Today's card was a commission from a friend to make a card for a 30th she was going to.  I was asked to make the card extra special so I decided to make a side step card and use quite dramatic colours.

I went with the Timeless Portrait DSP and so used Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla and just a splash of Basic Black.  I guess it's a pretty classic example of the 60:30:10 rule, where 60% of the card uses one colour, 30% is a second colour and 10% is a third colour.  It keeps the card nicely balanced and easy on the eyes.

Just a view from the side showing how it sits.  I liked making this card, so I think I'll try more in the future.  I have to play with the measurements though, as this one was JUST too large for Stampin' Up!'s Medium Square envelopes.  Luckily I was able to find an envelope to fit the card.  There has to be some benefit from being an envelope hoarder!

I decided to go fairly simple on the inside, just a couple of strips of the DSP and a stamped greeting.

Stamps: Curly Cute, Great Friend (retired)
Ink: Cherry Cobbler
DSP/Cardstock: Timeless Portrait DSP, Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla, Basic Black
Other: Big Shot, Beautiful Wings Embosslit, Basic Jewels Rhinestones, Large Scallop Circle Punch, Paper Snips, Dimensionals, Circle Cutter, Stamp Positioner

I'm participating in a blog hop next Saturday that features the Big Shot.  All projects on the Hop will be created using the Big Shot.  Please join us for some fabulous inspiration!

Catch you later,


Thursday 13 October 2011

Grungy Birthday Card


Today's card was made for a workmate of Rob's.  A male workmate.  Which meant a male card. Sigh...  They are soooo hard to make.  Thankfully Stampin' Up! has released the Well Worn DSP, which makes male cards a lot easier.  And when you have a great sketch to work with, like the current challenge at Unscripted Sketches, it's even easier!

I wanted to emphasise the grungy look of the DSP and continue it through onto the plain cardstock.  To do this I used one of the 'filler' stamps from the Simply Soft stamp set as a background stamp.  I never would have thought to do this - thanks to Nikki Sadler for the idea!

Just a different angle of the front of the card.  The Motorcycle panel is popped up on Dimensionals.

And the inside of the card.  I carried through the look from the front by using more DSP and stars.

Stamps: Simply Soft, Curly Cute, Motorcycle (retired)
Ink: Cajun Craze, Not Quite Navy
DSP/Cardstock: Well Worn DSP, Cajun Craze, Not Quite Navy, River Rock
Other: Artichoke Denim Ribbon, Small Star Punch (retired), Sponge Dauber, Dimensionals

Catch you later,


Wednesday 12 October 2011

Vintage Vogue Thank You Card


I love the Vintage Vogue stamp set, but I haven't inked it up very much.  I needed a Thank You card and the sentiment in this set  "You raise kindness to an art" was just perfect.

The two smaller flowers were stamped directly onto the cardstock using the Rock 'n' Roll technique.  I inked the stamp in Melon Mambo, stamped it off once, and then rolled the outside edges of the stamp in Melon Mambo again to give a two-toned flower.  The larger flower was stamped the same way on a second piece of cardstock so I could raise it on dimensionals.  I used Crystal Effects and Dazzling Diamonds were used to finish the centre of the flowers.

Rock 'n' Rolled and Dazzling Diamond-ed flowers on the inside to match the outside.

Stamps: Vintage Vogue
Ink: Melon Mambo, Pear Pizzazz
Cardstock: Melon Mambo, Pear Pizzazz, Basic Black, Whisper White
Other: Big Shot, Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder, Basic Black Scallop Dots Ribbon, Decorative Label Punch, Paper Snips, Dimensionals, Crystal Effects, Dazzling Diamonds

Catch you later,


Monday 10 October 2011

More Swirls Scribbles Die


Did you believe me when I told you I loved this die and was using it on EVERYTHING???  I have one more post (for now!) to convince the last of the doubters!  This is another simple card that uses the die cuts as an embellishment.

The die comes with little tear drop shaped sections that are great to use as little fillers between the swirls.  Here's a closer look.

After I coloured the flower it was misted with a Champagne Mist Shimmer paint/Isocol mix to give a nice little shimmer.  A few Rhinestones around a Rhinestone Brad completed the flower.

Stamps: Clearly For You
Ink: Basic Black, Wisteria Wonder
DSP/Cardstock: First Edition Specialty DSP, Brushed Silver, Basic Black, Very Vanilla
Other: Big Shot, Swirls Scribbles Sizzlit, Paper Daisy, Rhinestone Brad, Basic Jewels Rhinestones, Word Window Punch, Silver Foil Smooch Spritz, Sponge Dauber, Brayer

Catch you later,


Saturday 8 October 2011

Stamp A Memory October Layout


Today I have a layout featured at Stamp A Memory.  I hope you can pop over and take a look.  It uses my favourite product from the new Idea Book and Catalogue: the Scribbles Swirls Sizzlit.  Here's a little sneak peek before you go:

Click here to see the full layout.

Catch you later,


Thursday 6 October 2011

Scribbles Swirls Sizzlit Die


A couple of days ago I promised I would show you how to use the Scribbles Swirls die to create Rhinestone swirls in your projects.  You can see the swirl in this post.  Here's a card I made using the technique.

Here's a closer look at the Rhinestone swirl.

When you run the die through the Big Shot you end up with two pieces of cardstock - the swirly bits that you use on your projects and the piece you would normally throw away.  Don't throw it away! This is the template you use for your swirls.

I place the template on the card where I want the swirl to be and then start filling it with Rhinestones.  I use a medium sized Rhinestone in the blobby bit at the end of the swirl and the smallest Rhinestones in the rest of the swirl.

In the above example I have used the individual Rhinestones and spaced them a little as I went.  In the swirl here I have used the Rhinestone strips for a more decadent look. 

Here's the inside of the card.  I love that cute little ladybug stamp!

Stamps: Clearly For You, Well Scripted (retired)
Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Basic Black
Cardstock: Brushed Silver, Rich Razzleberry, Basic Black, Whisper White
Other: Big Shot, Scribbles Swirls Sizzlit, Basic Jewels Rhinestones, Silver Foil Smooch Spritz, Blender Pen, Circle Punch, Black Paper flower (non SU)

I have a layout for you on Saturday that also uses the Scribbles Swirls Sizzlit.  I am using this die on EVERYTHING right now!  I hope you can come back for a look.

Catch you later,


Tuesday 4 October 2011

Domestic Goddess using Delicate Doilies


Today I have a card for the latest challenge at Just Add Ink.  They gave us a colour combination this week that I found quite tricky: Pool Party, Calypso Coral, Whisper White and Crumb Cake.  Hmmm... my first step with a colour challenge is to look through my DSP to see if any of them have the colours to match.  In this case the Domestic Goddess DSP had all of the colours except Crumb Cake, so I decided to go with that.

I love the little floral patterned paper - it's so cute!  Here's a closer look at the main panel.

I stamped the smallest doily in Calypso Coral and Pool Party on a piece of Whisper White, trimmed it into three sections, layered them on some Crumb Cake cardstock and trimmed around it.  A couple of punchies for the greeting and some rhinestones and it's finished.

The card is actually an easel card, but I think I got a few of the dimensions wrong as it doesn't sit up enough.  Back to the drawing board!  Any hints or measurements gratefully accepted!

Stamps: Delicate Doilies, It's Your Day, Curly Cute
Ink: Pool Party, Calypso Coral, Crumb Cake
DSP/Cardstock: Domestic Goddess DSP, Pool Party, Calypso Coral, Whisper White, Crumb Cake
Other: Basic Jewel Rhinestones, Modern Label Punch, Word Window Punch, Calypso Coral Ruffled Ribbon, Dimensionals, Sponge Daubers

Catch you later,


Monday 3 October 2011

Stamp A Memory October Challenge: My Fears


Can you believe it's October already?  Where does the time go? Sigh...

Today's layout is my sample for the latest Stamp A Memory Challenge.  This month we are challenging you to scrap about your fears.  Here's my layout.  It's a CASE of one I saw in Australian Scrapbooking Memories Vol 13 No 11 page 64 by Karen Shady.

I've used the gorgeous new Beau Chateau DSP for the layout.  I wasn;t that keen on the papers to start with but once I saw them I was rather taken with them.  Here are some closer pictures of the top panels of the layout.

The rhinestone swirl was created using Stampin' Up!'s rhinestones and Swirls Scribbles Sizzlit.  I'll post some instructions in a couple of days.

I got my sewing machine out for this layout.  I stitched around the Vanilla Panel and I also stitched the lace pieces down.

I also sewed the Vanilla seam binding to the layout in gorgeous ruffles.

Lots of sponged edges on this layout too!

I hope you can find the time to enter the challenge at Stamp A Memory this month, it's a great one to get you thinking!

Stamps: Vintage Vogue
Ink: Marina Mist, Soft Suede
DSP/Cardstock: Beau Chateau DSP, Marina Mist, Very Vanilla
Other: Big Shot, Simple Letters Alphabet Dies, Timeless Type Alphabet Dies, Scribble Swirls Sizzlit, Beautiful Wings Embosslit, Decorative Label Punch, Paper Daisies, Basic Jewel Rhinestones, Glimmer Brad, Chantilly Crochet Trim, Victoria Crochet Trim, Very Vanilla Seam Binding Ribbon, Sponge Daubers, Brayer, Sewing Machine

Catch you later,