Wednesday 27 February 2013

Wedding Guest Book Part 2


I'm back with the second half of the guest book I made for my neice and her husband for their wedding. The first half of the book is in the post before this - keep scrolling down to see it.

Aren't they a gorgeous couple?

I used my binding machine to hold the pages together. Given the amount of handling the book had to take I thought it was the best option.  I prettied it up by tying satin ribbon to the coils.  In black and white of course!

I used my white gel pen and Basic Black marker to draw a border around each of the pages. It's a nice effect and helps to keep the eye from sliding off the page.

The saying on this page was lifted directly from their invitations.  There were three more lines, but this was the final and most relevant to this album - "Our eternity begins here".

Of course, I had to put the photo of their backs on the back cover! To make the covers I covered some chipboard with the textured cardstock after I'd painted it. Nice and easy and gives the book more weight and stability. I also used some Window Sheets on the front and back to help protect the album.

I think that the only damage suffered was the loss of some of the ribbons on the spine.  Easy fixed!

Bye for now,


Monday 25 February 2013

Wedding Guest Book Part 1


I mentioned earlier that I'd made the place cards for my niece's wedding.  If you missed it you can find that post here.  Today I have for you the start of the Guest Book I also made. Just a reminder that my niece and her husband are MAD Collingwood fans, so it had to be Black and White.  No other colours, just black and white.  It was soooo hard to do, I would have loved to have added splashes of colour here and there.  But by the time I was finished I really loved the black and white, it was so elegant and classy.

I think the front cover was my favourite page.  I scraped some black paint over the textured white cardstock to act as a matt for the photo. I LOVE this photo of my niece and nephew-in-law. I tried to keep the focus on the photo by keeping the rest of the page fairly simple.

The flower is made using some of our new filter paper and is very soft and pretty.

I made the book as a combination mini album/guest book, so every second page had photos of the happy couple together. The pages had to be pretty, but also stand up to around 140 people handling the book in a very short period of time.

I used some rhinestones as embellishments, but I was mindful that they might have gotten in the way of people trying to write on the opposing pages.

I converted all of the photos to black and white to stick with the theme.  I sanded around each of them to help them pop out from the background.

I heat embossed the flourishes on this page to give the book some lovely texture.

Most of the products I used to make the album are from Stampin' Up!, both current and retired.

Please come back in a couple of days to see the rest of the album.

Bye for now,


Friday 22 February 2013

JAI #154: Just Add A Pop Up Card


This week at Just Add Ink Delys has challenged us to make a pop up card.  What fun! When I read this I had an idea pop into my head straight away (pun intended!). I'm pleased to say that my card turned out exactly as I'd planned.

Pop up cards scream kids to me, so I just had to use the I Dig You stamp set. It was perfect for the card I had in mind.  I created the sun shape by punching the medium sized scallop circle punch once and then inserting it again slightly rotated and punching again. Easy!

I created the background by tearing the cardstock and layering it to create mud and grass.  Love the effect it gives! The diggers are layered over the top using Dimensionals.

Here's the inside - the diggers pop up off the page when the card is opened.  Funnily enough, I was in an op shop last week and found a book on making pop up cards.  I didn't buy it, but I did sneak a peek inside.  Did you know there are around 7 different ways to make a pop up card??

The method I used was to cut two parallel slits where I wanted each digger to be.  I then folded each strip in the opposite direction to the rest of the card. The diggers were adhered to one side of the square created by this method.  If you don't want to cut your base cardstock you could just make a square with a strip of cardstock and adhere that to your base and pop up element.

I cut each of the strips at different lengths so that one digger would sit a little behind the other.

I had so much fun making a pop up card, something I will definitely try again in the future!

Stamps: I Dig You
Ink: Daffodil Delight, Early Espresso
Cardstock: Early Espresso, Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White
Other: 1 1/4" Scallop Circle Punch, 1"Circle Punch, Paper Snips, Dimensionals

See you over at Just Add Ink!

Bye for now,


Wednesday 20 February 2013

Name Tags


This week at my Support Group I was asked to run a class so that we could make name tags for ourselves.  We've had a few new members recently as as the group grows bigger it's getting harder to keep track of all the names!

Didn't everyone do a good job! Some of the faster workers made 2 name tags - one for themselves and a 'blank' one for future group members. Next week we're making Easter Baskets. Can't wait!

Bye for now,


Monday 18 February 2013

Wedding Words Place Cards


I mentioned earlier that my niece recently got married.  I was thrilled to be asked to make the place cards to go on the tables at the Reception.  My niece and her husband are mad Collingwood fans, so everything was black and white.

I kept the design fairly simple, as I had 140 of the place cards to make. I used the Wedding Words wheel for a simple but stylish design.

They looked great on the tables, and I tried really hard not to cringe when I saw a few of them scrunched up at the end of the evening. There was a lolly bar at the Reception and a lot of people used them as bag toppers - a much better end for them than the bin!

Stamps: Wedding Words Jumbo Wheel
Ink: Basic Black
Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black
Other: Scallop Circle Punch, Circle Punch, Dimensionals, Computer and Printer

I'll be back later with the Guest Book I made for the wedding.

Bye for now,


Friday 15 February 2013

JAI #153: Just Add Colour


Yes, it's Friday and the weeks are flying past at a rapid rate! We had a fabulous response to the Hearts challenge last week, which was amazing.  Can't wait to see what everyone comes up with this week with the colours Nikki chose for the new Just Add Ink challenge.

I thought the colours lent themselves well to a masculine card. I struggled a bit with ideas before deciding on a squares pattern.

I embossed some cardstock with the Stripes Embossing Folder and then punched them with the 1 inch square punch.  I cut a bit off the end of the card to fit the squares a bit better, so it's an odd sized card but better that than a weird bit on the end!

Hopefully you can see that I alternated the direction of the stripes. The Midnight Muse stripes go horizontally and the So Saffron stripes go vertically.

I kept the checkerboard type look going on the inside with my stamping.

So, what will you do with the colours? Head on over to the Just Add Ink blog to be inspired by the rest of the Design Team.

Stamps: Sassy Salutations, Clockworks, Topsy-Turvy Celebration
Ink: Midnight Muse, So Saffron
Cardstock: Midnight Muse, So Saffron, Whisper White
Other: Big Shot, Apothecary Accents Framelits, Stripes Embossing Folder, Whisper White Brads, Dimensionals

Bye for now,


Wednesday 13 February 2013

Bloomin' Marvelous Take Two


A couple of weeks ago I showed you a card I'd made as a Sale-A-Bration sneak peek.  You can see the card here. I decided to use the card as a class card, with a couple of small changes.

I dropped one of the layers, but I added some sparkle to the butterflies.  You can see this in the next photo.  Ignore my boo-boo, I was going to edit it out (love Photoshop!) but obviously forgot. My class ladies suggested I cover it with some bling, which I will do before I send it!

A bit hard to see in the photo, but we covered the butterflies in a layer of Dazzling Details. It's a lovely, easy and inexpensive way to add a little something to your card. 

But are you a silly duffer like me? I didn't realise until I made this card that there are 3 different Dazzling Details currently available! There's the Dazzling Details and Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details from the Annual Catalogue, and there's also Silver Sparkles Dazzling Details in the Seasonal Catalogue (carried over from the Holiday Catalogue). I thought the two silvery ones were the same but they aren't the same at all! The Silver Sparkles, as the name suggests, is much more silvery than the regular, more opaque Dazzling Details. Guess what will be in my next order?

Stamps: Bloomin' Marvelous
Ink: Island Indigo, Summer Starfruit, Sahara Sand
Cardstock: Sahara Sand, Whisper White
Other: Dazzling Details

Bye for now,


Monday 11 February 2013

A Bloomin' Marvelous CASE


I recently saw this card on Selene Kempton's blog and thought it would be a perfect card for my stamping ladies.

I made a few minor changes, a knot in the ribbon instead of a bow, one less layer, no bling on the butterflies to name a few.

I didn't stamp a sentiment on the inside as I'm not sure what I'll use this card for yet.

Stamps: Bloomin' Marvelous
Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Island Indigo
DSP/Cardstock: Sycamore Street DSP, Tangerine Tango, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White
Other: Sycamore Street Ribbon, Bitty Butterfly Punch, Dimensionals

Bye for now,


Friday 8 February 2013

JAI #152: Just Add Hearts


Aren't the weeks flying by?

And because they are it means that Valentine's Day is sneaking up on us too!  Kim has given us this week's challenge, which is to Just Add Hearts to your project.

I actually made this card for my niece and her new husband rather than as a Valentine's card.  They got married last weekend in a beautiful ceremony.

The card features some products from the new Seasonal Catalogue. Firstly the absolutely gorgeous Tea For Two DSP.  Both the background paper and the fussy cut flowers were from this pack. It's very retro vintage, cup of tea with your Nana inspired paper.  Lovely! Second is the Artisan Embellishments Kit, from which came the Love Ticket and the Scalloped Lace.  So very pretty!

And here's my heart - did you think I'd forgotten to add one to the card? I'm quite proud of this little heart as I crocheted it myself from some ultra soft bamboo fibre. You can just see one of the small Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons underneath the bow.  So very sweet, a lovely finishing touch for the front of the card.

So sweet that I added a second crochet heart to the inside of the card too!

I hope you can play along this week at Just Add Ink.

Bye for now,


Wednesday 6 February 2013

A Pinterest Inspired CASE


Today's card is one I found inspiration for on Pinterest. Yes, I finally created an account and now I'm pinning all kinds of great ideas.  One day I'll get around to doing some of them!

Anyway.... today's card is a CASE of this card. I love, love, love the original! However because the card I was making as to teach at a class I had to simplify a little.  No stitching and no buttons.

I still LOVE how this card turned out.  As I told my class ladies, it's a design and colour scheme that could easily be male or female.  In fact, some of my ladies switched the punchies for stars and other more masculine ones.

For interest I used some Dimensionals for layering.  The two circles are popped up, but in the middle the scallop circle is stuck flat and the butterfly is popped up.  Did you notice this new Bitty Butterfly Punch? You can find it on page 13 of the new Seasonal Catalogue. It's super cute and coordinates perfectly with the butterfly images in Papillion Potpourri and Bloomin' Marvelous.

I haven't stamped the inside of this card - I'm not sure how I will use it just yet! The sentiment on the front leaves it open for a whole range of uses, from birthday to thanks to just because.

Bye for now,


Monday 4 February 2013

Happy Birthday, Cupcake!


I am really loving this year's Sale-A-Bration offerings.  There's such a HUGE range of freebies to choose from.  Today I have a card for you made using the very cute Patterned Occasions stamp set.

There's also some new products from the new Seasonal Catalogue on this card. The Honeycomb Embossing Folder is just gorgeous, and could work quite well on both a masculine or feminine card.  Have you seen some of the beautiful patchwork cards using the folder?

You can also see on the card I used the new Ovals Collection Framelits to cut the main panel and it's matt. If you look closely you can also see some Dazzling Details on the candle flame.

I also used the Sycamore Street DSP and the coordinating Sycamore Street Ribbon in Pool Party on the card.

Have you earned any SAB freebies yet?

Bye for now,


Sunday 3 February 2013

JAI Scrapbooking #14: Just Add Lace and Ephemera


How did the first week of back to school go? Did you find it hard getting back in to the early rising routine? I sure did! I am enjoying the quiet days at home where I get to have a little play after the day's chores are done.

So on to this month's Just Add Ink Scrapbooking Challenge! This month Kim had the idea to Just Add Lace, and I had the idea to Just Add Ephemera. We've combined them into the one challenge.  Now when I suggested Ephemera to the team it was because it's a pretty sounding word and I knew that it had something to do with scrapping. I didn't really know what it was though! So I looked it up and discovered it's something you add to a layout that most people would probably throw away! Things like old buttons, keys, hatpins, tickets, nails, watch faces, chain,... you get the idea.

When I was thinking about my layout I decided to do a vintage style layout as to me it suited the challenge of lace and ephemera.  The new Tea For Two DSP was the perfect choice for the basis of my layout. I used my new Stampin' Distress Tool to rough the edges of the paper before sponging it to really complete the vintage, aged look. I also used my Colour Spritzer to add some age to the paper.

This lace and button are from the Artisan Embellishment Kit. It's a lovely delicate lace, and perfect for a little feature inside the torn and rolled edge. I used Linen Thread throughout my layout in combination with the buttons and lace.

This time I layered a Vintage Faceted Button with the larger metallic button from the Artisan Kit. I adhered them to a Tea Lace Paper Doily. The doily was a little too white for my layout and so to soften the colour I dragged a sponge with Crumb Cake ink over the top to alter the colour. I was very pleased with the effect.

This rose trinket was a gift from my JAI Secret Santa, and I thought it was a lovely addition to the layout. There are roses featured throughout the DSP, so it fit nicely.  I tied it to the knot in the Artisan Kit Lace Ribbon using some more Linen Thread.

Finally, another Vintage Faceted Button tied with Linen Thread to finish off the layout.

I hope you have been inspired to play along with us this month at Just Add Ink Scrapbooking Challenges, I'd love to see how you interpret the theme!

Bye for now,


Friday 1 February 2013

JAI #151 : Just Add A Shaped Card


Here we are at Friday again, and time for another Just Add Ink Challenge!  This challenge was one I suggested - to make a shaped card.  I had the perfect occasion in mind for my card.

I have a very glamorous friend who was celebrating a birthday and I knew she'd adore a glittery stiletto card.

I found the template for the shoe here, and there's a link at the top of the page to take you to more templates - you could use one for this challenge! I just saved the PDF, printed it on Whisper White cardstock and cut around it.  I then traced it onto the Basic Black cardstock and cut it out, and again on Silver Glimmer Paper.  The back of the card also has Glimmer Paper, as I stuffed up the first time and cut the template the wrong way.  Oops!

I stamped the sentiment in Versamark and heat embossed it in Melon Mambo Embossing Powder.  When I wrote in the card I used my Silver Stampin' Dazzle Marker.

I hope you can join in the challenge this week at Just Add Ink.  Remember that you must make a shaped card.

Bye for now,