Wednesday, 28 May 2008

Sage Chocolate Challenge

Tuesdays over at SCS is colour challenge day. I love doing these challenges and this weeks was to use Chocolate Chip, Sage Shadow & Very Vanilla. Here is my card.

This card is also using the resist technique. I stamped the flower with Chocolate Chip ink onto Very Vanilla card numerous times. I then traced over each image with a Versa Marker pen then embossed with clear embossing powder. Then using Sage Shadow ink I used my brayer to ink over the embossed images to create a background. Because the pen went over the lines of the image, there was a small amount of white left around the images after brayering the background which is what I wanted to achieve. I then trimmed the panels down and layered onto Very Vanilla card. Tied Chocolate Chip ribbon along the bottom of the stamped image and stamped the sentiment in Chocolate Chip ink. Scalloped the bottom with the corner punch and layered onto Chocolate Chip card. Really pleased with this to make some different colour combo's. Thanks for looking. X

Sunday, 18 May 2008

Bad Blogger !!

I am sorry I have been a bad blogger. Life has been a bit hectic the last few days. The Cricket season has started and my DS had two evening games last week. This means I have to chase home from work, straight out to the cricket match, then not getting back home again until 9.00ish. By which time we are all very hungry!!. So Not much crafting is getting done :-(
I have also had some Stampin' Up! field training at Cambridge, where I met up with a few Stampin' Up colleagues. Waves to you all. We all had a fun time.
As not much crafting has been done I thought I would share with you the swap card I created. I hope they all liked it.

The stamp set is Wild about You, which I have to admit is my favourite at the moment, along with Polka Dot background. Card used is Bashful Blue and Whisper White with Bashful Blue ink. I am hoping this next week is going to be a bit quieter so I can do some crafting.......

Tuesday, 6 May 2008

Sending Happy Thoughts

This is the stamp set I have used on this card.

I stamped out the flower with various colours from the Soft Subtles colour family then used the heat & Stick Powder, then the Stampin' Glitter. Each flower has a gold brad in the centre. The main card is Blush Blossom, but it doesn't show up very well in the photograph. The panel is Certainly Celery, which has had the small leaf from the set stamped onto it with Certainly Celery ink then layered onto Almost Amethyst card then two rows of paper pricking top and bottom. The flowers have then been placed using Stampin' Dimensionals. Sentiment is from the Cheer & Wishes set and stamped in Basic Black.

Monday, 5 May 2008

Sunny Bank Holiday

Well....what a beautiful Bank holiday Weekend we have had. Today my DH and DS have been out fishing.... so guess what I've been doing......

Yep... you got it in ONE! Stamping.........

I have been using my new set....'Wild about You'. I'm loving it. Today I have made some baby cards using the lovely giraffe from the set. Giraffes are my favourite animal and I just adore this little stamp, it is so cute.

Of course I made one pink and one blue....

Both cards are identical, except the colours, which are Pretty in Pink and Bashful Blue.

Firstly I stamped the Polka Dot Background in chosen colour onto Whisper White card. This was placed on the top half of the card then paper Pricked just above and just under the panel. Two Jumbo Pewter eyelets where attached to the card. The giraffe image was stamped onto Whisper White card and the little flower along the bottom. This was layered onto Bashful Blue/Pretty in Pink card and two co-ordinating brads attached to the top. The bottom has been scalloped using the corner punch. The little tag from the Level 1 Hostess set 'Terrific tags' was stamped onto Whisper White card then layered onto co-ordinating card. White grosgrain ribbon attached to the top of the tag with brad. Both image and tag have been attached using Dimentionals.

I also decided to stamp the image again onto the front of the envelopes, just to finish the whole thing off nicely.

Have made more cards today.........but will share them later....

Thanks for looking. X

Saturday, 3 May 2008

Poppin' Pastels...........

That's what I have been doing.............and boy am I hooked on this! I first saw this technique on Monica's Blog. Here is the link to her great tutorial Now I was aware of this technique, but it never really grabbed me, if you know what I mean, until I saw this. So here are my attempts.

I used the same stamp as Monica did, from the Hostess Level 3 set, Heartfelt. The picture is not showing up the beauty of the cards that well, but if you click on the photo, it should enlarge, so you can see more clearly. I used just two colours for these cards, Orchid Opulence and Certainly Celery. The first card I made was the one in the middle of the photo. I stamped the flower image along a strip of Very Vanilla card with VersaMark ink, then used Orchid Opulence chalk on the flower head, and certainly Celery on the stems. This was then trimmed and layered onto Orchid Opulence card. Using my corner punch, I created a scalloped affect on the bottom and paper pricked along the top. I strip of 1/4" grosgrain ribbon in Elegant Eggplant was attached to the bottom. This was then layered onto a base card of Certainly Celery, and the Heartfelt sentiment stamped on the bottom in certainly Celery Ink.

The other two cards are identical. This time I cut out an ovals with my nestabilitie dies. Plain oval in very Vanilla and scalloped in Orchid Opulence. Again the flower image was stamped in VersaMark ink and coloured like above. The top half of the card was stamped with certainly Celery Ink using the background stamp from the Polka Dots and Paisley stamp set. On the bottom the 'Birthday Wished' sentiment from the Sincere Salutations stamp set was stamped again with Certainly Celery ink. A small strip of Orchid Opulence card attached to the middle of the card and the ovals added with Stampin' Dimentionals and this card is complete.

I have to admit..........I loved doing these cards and I had made a couple more in different colourways.

These two cards are in Lovely Lilac and Certainly Celery and Ruby Red and Mellow Moss.

Thanks for looking...........


Thursday, 1 May 2008

Wheely Great Deal...

Stampin' Up! have a great offer running during May. On preselected stamps the co-ordinating wheel is being offered at 50% off. (I have updated my Special Offer section on the right of my Blog to show the sets on offer) These wheels are great for doing backgrounds or covering a large area, such as on boxes etc.

I have made a couple of cards to demo at my May workshops. Both are using the Polka Dots and Paisley set and the Petals Jumbo wheel. Now I have to admit this is my favourite set. I find it so easy to to create wonderful projects with this set.

The first card is made using only two colours Orchid Opulence and Whisper White.

I used my Orchid Opulence ink pad to ink the Petals Jumbo wheel. I placed a 'post-it' in the centre of the white card thinking I would get a frame affect around a plain white centre. It didn't quite work out this way when I lifted the 'post it' off, because the pattern is not dense enough. But by using my Orchid Opulence Stampin' Write pen, I drew the frame onto the centre. Then the card was just finished off by stamping the flower from the Polka Dots and Paisley stamp set using the Stampin' Write pens again to have the flower head in Orchid Opulence and the stem in Old Olive. I placed a Gold brad at the base of the flower then layered onto Orchid Opulence card and centred into the frame.

The next card..... well I am back to my favourite colours again LOL. Regal Rose and Rose Red, I love these two colours together.

This card is using quite a few of my Stampin' Up! goodies. None, I add I can be without of) I have used the Petals Jumbo wheel again, but inked it with Regal Rose ink and stamped onto Regal Rose card. I then used the outline stamp from the Polka Dots and Paisley stamp set to stamp a flower, twice onto Very Vanilla card. Using my Stamp-a-ma-jig I positioned this stamp three times moving the stamp in a circle to create the flowers. I decided to colour in the image with a Regal Rose Stampin' Write pen. The same pen was then used to pick out 'FIND JOY' from the sentiment stamp in the set and using my Stamp-a-ma-jig I positioned it onto the card exactly where I wanted it.
I then assembled the card and tied 'Bravo Burgundy' ribbon around the top of the card to finish off. I enjoyed making this card, and using the various techniques.
Thanks for looking X