Tuesday, 30 March 2010

inspiringinkin challenge # 23 A theme challenge

The latest challenge set by the inspiringinkinteam was to create an Easter card or gift (both if you wish) with a side twist to use flowers in some form ie rub ons, punches, die cut, felts etc.
I have made easter baskets at my classes and workshops this month so just adapted one of the left over templates.
I have used very vanilla cardstock and the its beautiful jumbo wheel stamped with old olive ink. (flowers 1). I then made some flowers using the 5 petal flower punch and some off cuts from the dsp tea and crumpets and old olive card stock. (flowers 2). The easter sentiment comes from the occasional greetings stamp set and is set on very vanilla and old olive card stock.
To just finish things off I had a go at making a flower from vellum and the scallop circle punch. I spent this afternoon with Jane Cutting who showed me how to do this. (flower 3).
Not bad I have completed the challenge and can use the basket for my younger daughter to take for her friends at school filled with chocs. (elder daughter has finally been persuaded to go to the local shops to purchase some as I blog.
Check out http://www.inspiringinkinchallenges.blogspot.com for more takes on the challenge.
I must also say a big thank you to all my ladies at Park Childrens Centre today I had great fun and I hope you all did too.

Sunday, 28 March 2010

Dinner Jacket

My sister found a template on the docrafts website for this card, so we thought we would have a go yesterday whilst waiting for our pizza delivery....Yummy
We have used very vanilla cardstock for the cardbase and then patterned paper from our craft supplies. (not stampin up)
We made the buttons using half backed pearls from the pretties kit and the bow tie is whisper white grosgrain ribbon. The pockets were off cuts of the patterned paper.
This card is growing on me the more I look at it. It may be a design we use in the future at one of my card classes.

all the blues

This is my second attempt at a boys birthday card. I really was not convinced about the traffic light card.....
I have used bashful blue, whisper white and brillant blue card stock and DSP from the bashful blue series.
The stamp sets used were loads of love and the loads of love accessories. I also used my stamp-a-ma-jig to alien the images.
I have coloured in the images using blender pens and basic grey, taken with teal and brillant blue inkpads.
The top corners of the top layer have been paper pierced, and all edges were inked using a dauber and brillant blue ink.
This is the card we will be making on tuesday at park childrens centre.

Saturday, 27 March 2010

90 years young

My friend Mo asked me to make a 90th birthday card for her. I have combined the greenhouse garden set and pocket silhouette stamp sets here. The sentiment comes from occasional greetings.

Again my base is apricot appeal with blush blossom layered on top. I have used apricot appeal and only orange ink. The ribbon is pumkin pie 1/4" grosgrain. The top layer of stamping is on very vanilla cardstock and edged with chocolate chip using a dauber.

Friday, 26 March 2010

traffic lights

I showcased this card from the splitcoast stampers web site. I am doing a workshop next tuesday and my ladies asked for a boys birthday card. I like many crafters struggle with male cards and I have to admit I am not 100% on this one. I like to do pretty and of course little boys are not!!!
My main cardbase is sahara sand cardstock and glorious green layered on top. The road is black cardstock and a white gel pen dotted along. The car image comes from the loads of love stamp set and has been stamped onto real red card stock and hand cut out. The sentiment comes from the loads of love accessories and is stamp onto yoyo yellow cardstock.
The traffic light uses real red, only orange and green galore cardstock. The circles were punched using the 1" and 3/4" circle punches.
It would be lovely to hear your comments on this card. Thanks for popping by.

friend to friend

My daughter asked for a birthday card for her friend and liked the orange layout I had done with another card so here we are again with the greenhouse garden stamp set.
I have used apricot appeal for the cardbase and then the next layer is blush blossom with the eyelet border punch along the bottom. I have used my stamp-a-ma-jig for the two step stamping of the flowers which were stamped onto very vanilla cardstock and then hand cut out and adhered with SNAIL. The ribbon is 1/4" grosgrain ribbon in pumkin pie.
The inks used are blush blossom and only orange. I used my stampin write markers as I don't have the ink pads yet.
The sentiment was from the pocket silhouette stamp set punch out with the word window punch and adhered with two brads from the bold brights range.
I am pleased with this card as I made it during the evening when I am normally too tired and just want to chill so maybe now I will craft sometimes instead of watching TV!!!!!

Wednesday, 24 March 2010

just for you

I recently had an order for two retirement cards for ladies who like flowers and pinks. Well what better stamp set to use than greenhouse garden which is one of my favourites...

I have used ruby red for the cardbase and then layered with cameo coral. The background image has been stamped in versamark. To create the flowers I have two step stamped using cameo coral and ruby red stampin markers and my stamp-a-ma-jig on very vanilla card and then hand cut out and adhered to the card using my SNAIL. The ribbon around the middle is chocolate chip and is tied in a simple knot and adhered with sticky strip on the reverse.

On the inside panel of the card which is very vanilla I have stamped the flower on the inside bottom right corner, and of course the envelope had a matching flower as well.

Saturday, 20 March 2010

Before and half way through

These are photos of the one of the tables set out for last thursday class and then the next photo shows my ladies deep in concentration...........

I think a great time was had by all and I now have my thinking cap on to come up with more ideas for the next class on the 22nd April.

A big thank you to all my helpers on the night. As they say many hands make light work.

Panels of colour

This is our second project of thursday nights card class.
We have used the stamp-a-ma-jig for this card so we had a techniques class before going ahead to make this.
I have used whisper white cardstock for the main card base and then it is layered with oblongs of old olive, real red, pumkin pie, more mustard and chocolate chip cardstock.
The next layer is more chocolate chip and whisper white cardstock. The whisper white has been rollered with the small handle and funky forest wheel. We used the wheel guide to ensure a straight line.
A smaller piece of whisper white card stock was used to stamp trees (two step stamping) together with the stamp-a-ma-jig. These were then cut out free hand and attached to the central panel using dimensionals.
I have used chocolate chip ribbon together with a brad to add some depth and movement to the card.

Friday, 19 March 2010

Easter Basket

This is one of our projects from last nights card class at St John's church. Everyone was given a printed template of the box on very vanilla cardstock which they then rollered using the jumbo handle and so beautiful wheel. We used the chocolate chip inkpad.

Once both sides of the cardstock was rollered, everyone then cut out their template and adhered together using their chosen adhesive. The handle was attached using brads and the paper piercing tool and mat.

We then stamped out the word EASTER using the school serif alphabet stamp set using summer sun ink on some more very vanilla cardstock. These were then punched out using the 1" circle punch and then layered onto a 1 1/4" chocolate chip circles of cardstock. These were then adhered to the box using dimensionals.

Inside the box is some yellow straw an easter chick and of course a few chocolates. Yummy!!

Thursday, 18 March 2010

Birthday Best

I am making this card tomorrow at a workshop in Stroud. I found a similar design on splitcoast stampers and decided to make my own version of it and my own colour combo.
I have used the birthday best stamp set with this card. (one that I have had for a while but not used)
The main card base is taken with teal cardstock. The next base is whisper white cardstock.
I have then used my cutter to cut oblongs of black cardstock and then slightly smaller ones in green galore, yoyo yellow, tempting turquoise and real red.
Before layering up the card I have stamped each colour oblong (just in case you need to use the other side to cover up a mistake!!) in the chosen stamp.
It was then a case of layering up and I used my SNAIL for this.
CRAFTERS TIP: when trying to work out your measurements for layering do a dummy run first using paper so that you don't waste precious card stock. I always use the following dimensions for cards
Main base 21cms x 14.5cms (then fold cardstock in half)
next layer 10cms x 14cms
Cards of these sizes then fit in c6 envelopes

Sunday, 14 March 2010

Happy mothers day

This card was made for my mum using the same recipe as yesterdays post. The only difference is the colour combo.
I have used summer sun for the main card base and then old olive for the second layer. The third layer is chocolate chip again and the stamped image is on whisper white cardstock.
The image was stamped using my stampin write markers in summer sun and pumkin pie.
The ribbon is pretty in pink from the taffeta range.
The sentiment was from vintage labels which was available during the sale-a-bration period.

Saturday, 13 March 2010

Happy mothers day (mum in law)

This is my first mothers day card, made for my mother in law Ruth. She loves pink so I thought this colour combo worked well.
I used cameo coral for the main card base and layered it with DP from the tea and crumpets series. The second layer is ruby red cardstock and one side has been punched with the eyelet border punch. The third layer was chocolate chip card stock.
The final layer with the image is very vanilla cardstock and then I have two step stamped my image from the greenhouse garden stamp set using my stampin write markers in cameo coral and ruby red, and of course the stamp-a-ma-jig. Adjacent corners have been pricked using the paper piercing tool and mat.
I piece of whisper white taffeta ribbon has been tied in a bow around the middle.
Tomorrows post shows the same card but just using a different colour combo.

Friday, 12 March 2010

A Wish for you

This card was sent by my friend Jane I absolutely love the stamping of the stars. I must ask her how to, so that I can share at one of my classes. I have recently been promoted and Jane is my bosses boss!!!!
Being a stampin'UP! demonstrator leads on to many new friendships and you become part of the stampin' UP family, If this appeals to any of you and you enjoy crafting and also having the opportunity to earn money whilst doing something you love please give me a call.

Thursday, 11 March 2010

another card

My friend Theresa always manages to make her cards look so effortless. This card is so simple but elegant. I love the embossed flutes in the centre.

Wednesday, 10 March 2010

Hello Again

Apologies for lack of posts this week. I have been busy crafting but am unable to post yet as there are a couple of mother's day cards and also the projects we are doing at my class next thursday. (trying to be organised as I have a difficult week next week). So plenty of things to post next week :)
As it was my wedding anniversary on saturday I thought I would share a couple of the lovely hand crafted cards we received.
The above card is from my sister who is also a stampin up demonstrator.

Sunday, 7 March 2010

Spinner card

I watched a tutorial on Amanda Fowler's web site for this and thought I would give the spinner card a try.
I have used bashful blue and chocolate chip cardstock together with bella beau DSP. I put a strip of SNAIL along one of the shorter sides of the DSP and stuck to the cardstock. I then punched out a scallop circle through the DSP and cardstock.
I then stamped the birdcage twice from the happy moments stamp set, in not quite navy and cut out using my snips. After cutting a length of stampin'UP! linen thread I then adhered this to the back of one of the birdcages and then added the other birdcage. The next step was to put a piece of sticky strip at the bottom and top of the scallop circle on the bashful blue card stock and then attached the birdcage and the linen thread. Once you are happy that the thread is tight you can stick down the DSP.
I scallop edged the two pieces of chocolate chip cardstock and then adhered them to the card to secure the spinner design.
Once you master the spinning part of the card, this is an easy card to make quite quickly.
I apologise for my lack of posts this week. Its been a funny old week with child illness etc and the week just seems to have flown by.

Wednesday, 3 March 2010

Liam's birthday card

Its my daughters friend's 16th birthday tomorrow so what better excuse to use my new stamp set.
I have used brillant blue card stock for the base and used 3/4" and 1/2" circles to provide a background although this is a bit difficult to see in the photo. I then stamped the car image onto whisper white cardstock and used my stamp-a-ma-jig to add the driver and parcels.
A blender pen was then used to colour in the image using old olive, not quite navy, rose red and basic grey ink pads. I then cut out the image using snips and layered it onto kraft cardstock using dimensionals.
My paper piercing tool was used to create a pin prick border along the top and bottom of the kraft cardstock. A small piece of chocolate chip cardstock was used along the bottom and punched out using the scallop border punch.
Running through the centre of the card is a piece of chocolate chip 5/8" grosgrain ribbon tied with linen thread.
This was really simple to do and I can see me using both stamp sets a lot.
See you tomorrow ( I think the bleach did the trick!!)

Tuesday, 2 March 2010

What happened to my crafting day

I knew I should have said yesterday I would craft so long as no family crisis pops up. Well can you believe it at about 2.30am this morning, my elder daughter came down with a stomach bug. I have just finished folding the last of the washing so that just about tells you how my day went. Said child has also told me she has 2 GCSE exams to sit tomorrow so we will see......
However I was in to receive my latest stampin' up! order and mount my two stamp sets above which were not die cut, so I am ready and raring to have another go tomorrow at crafting. The big BUT is have I used enough bleach today to kill the germs so that the rest of the family dont go down with the bug.
I cant wait to play with the above 2 stamp sets as they have been on my wish list for a while, so I will try and post the results tomorrow.

Monday, 1 March 2010

inspiringinkin challenge # 21 3d project

This fortnights challenge was to make a box and the cards to go inside the box. Please look on http://www.inspiringinkinchallenges.blogspot.com for more entries.

Now 3d projects are not really my thing and my box is not perfect but with a bit more practice I think I could get the hang of it. I made a criss-cross box using a sheet of 12 x 12 dsp. ( I have to find out how you can make it bigger so you can fit in larger cards.)
The template was quite easy to follow I just haven't brought in one side tight enough. My tombow glue was great for putting this box together. I made the lid using some of the cut off pieces and a bit of imagination!!. The pretend catch was again made using cut offs and my scallop circle punch and the 1 3/8" circle punch which fits into the scallop perfectly.

The cards inside the box were made using very vanilla cardstock and perfect and pale plum ink pads. I used my Greenhouse Garden stamp set for some simple two step stamping and the sentiment was from Baroque Motifs. I just put a strip of elegant eggplant ribbon along the bottom of the card and adhered with sticky strip.

Very simple cards but effective cards.

Call by tomorrow as I am having a day crafting and will be posting my results. My aim is to post every day this week so please keep logging in :)