Tuesday, November 15, 2016

A Special Christmas

The Christmas cards we make in our stamp-a-stack classes are of necessity fairly simple and straightforward, so my ladies love it when we do a Special, One-Off Christmas Cards class and go for more detail. This year I have found myself very much drawn to a colour palette of blue/white/silver, as you'll see from my cards.

This centre-step card has a brayered sky background and I used a lovely Cottage Cutz die in sparkly white with it. Love, love, love the soft look.

 Materials used:
  • stamps - Holly Jolly Greetings
  • card - soft sky, white glitter (non SU)
  • other - Big Shot, Cottage Cutz die, Christmas Greetings thinlits, apothecary accents thinlits, Dimensionals, white embossing powder, embossing buddy, heat tool

For this one I had some left over Kaisercraft Christmas paper and decided to use it up. The design on the paper is baubles hanging on a pine tree, so I've used pine branches as part of my accents and coincidentally the sentiment comes from the Ornamental Pine set! Lol.

Materials used:
  • stamps - music (non SU), Ornamental Pine
  • card - whisper white, not quite navy, silver foil, Kaisercraft Christmas dsp
  • other - rhinestones, Dimensionals, Big Shot, Pretty Pines thinlits, silver ribbon (non SU), pine branch punch (Martha Stewart), poinsettia die (Spellbinders), stitched oval frame die, embossing stylus and mat, white embossing powder, heat tool

The next card evolved after much to-ing and fro-ing with different colours, designs and dies, until eventually it became this very serene result.

The large star was cut in vellum cardstock, then I embossed a line down the centre of each point and folded them slightly to give some dimension. They are held on with a double layer of Dimensionals. The sparkly white star on top is soooo pretty in real life; the photo definitely doesn't do it justice.

Materials used:
  • stamps - none
  • card - pool party, whisper white, vellum, white glitter
  • other - Darice embossing folder, Starlight thinlit dies, Big Shot, Dimensionals, rhinestone

A number of my ladies have the candle die I've used for our last card and were keen to use it. In order to give it more emphasis, I cut two and stuck them together, and of course they are wonderfully highlighted by the intricate die-cut panel at the top.

Materials used:
  • stamps - none
  • card - very vanilla, gold foil
  • other - Holly Gemini die (Sue Wilson), candle die (Memory Box), Big Shot, two-way glue pen

Hopefully my ladies will have fun getting through these in class - then they just have to decide if they can bear to part with them and who to give them to!

Thanks for stopping by.


Friday, November 11, 2016

Wonderful Christmas

I happened upon the Global Design Project blog and was intrigued by their colour challenge for this week.

I love the colours but a design that suited them didn't immediately spring to mind. Then, as luck would have it, I had an idea for a slightly non traditional Christmas card. I was reasonably sure that emerald and sugarplum would stand out nicely against a black background, so after pondering on it for a day or two, this morning I sat down and made the card I had in mind.

Here tis:

After cutting and scoring the flower petals I gave them a coat of Wink of Stella for some sparkle, which looks beautiful when it catches the light and is complemented by the rhinestones.

Materials used:

  • stamps - Wondrous Wreath, Gorgeous Grunge
  • card - basic black, whisper white, emerald envy, sweet sugarplum
  • other - poinsettia dies (Spellbinders), Pretty Pines thinlits, rhinestones, Wink of Stella, Big Shot, white embossing powder, heat tool, Dimensionals, embossing buddy, stitched framelits

Thanks for calling in.


Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Hello Peony

Over at the Altenew blog they've got an inspiration challenge going so I thought it might be fun to take part.

Here's the inspiration photo:

And here's my card. As you'll see, I used both flowers and colours for my inspiration.

Materials used:
  • stamps - Peony Bouquet (Altenew)
  • card - real red, whisper white, basic black (Stampin' Up!)
  • inks - from SU - real red; from Altenew - volcano lake, lagoon, emerald, frayed leaf, forest glades, buttercream, warm sunshine
  • dies - Peony Bouquet (Altenew), Hip Hello (Poppystamps)
  • other - brayer, Big Shot, mounting tape, Wink of Stella, two-way glue, MISTI

I added a touch of Wink of Stella to the flowers (over the red layer) and they sparkle beautifully when they catch the light. It was fun to get out of my comfort zone a little for this one - I might have to try doing that again soon.

Thanks for stopping by.


Monday, November 7, 2016

Double Displays

My last post showed you the Double Display card I made using SU's Presents and Pinecones designer papers (which was one of the Top 3 Picks for the SUO challenge); here are some other samples with a variety of themes. The blue and silver Christmas one up first is the project I taught at stamp camp.

I have typed instructions if you'd like them (just ask me nicely in an email) but be warned if you use imperial measurements, as the paper cutting sizes are in metric - and no, I'm not going to do the conversion for you! That messes with my head, lol.

Thanks for calling in.


Saturday, October 15, 2016

Presents and Pinecones Double Display

One of the projects I demonstrated at stamp camp last weekend was a Double Display card (more to come on that in the next day or two). After making it, one of the ladies was keen to try one using SU's Presents and Pinecones designer papers, along with the matching stamp and dies bundle, Christmas Pines. I helped her design the card and cut the pieces and once it was made I loved it so much I ordered the papers as soon as I got home! She kindly let me borrow her dies to cut a few pieces and I used a different stamp set for the sentiment.

It's bright, cheerful and whimsical, and of course it doesn't hurt at all that it incorporates my favourite colour - kerry cherry cobbler! Here's my own version, slightly different to hers:

Closed with belly band -

Open -

Materials used:

  • stamps - Wondrous Wreath
  • card - delightful dijon, cherry cobbler, Presents and Pinecones DSP, whisper white, emerald envy, gold foil
  • other - cherry cobbler and emerald envy markers, Dimensionals, Pretty Pines thinlit dies, Big Shot

I just LOVE this combination of kerry cherry cobbler, emerald envy and delightful dijon.

I'm entering this in the SUO Challenge for this month (#159) to use holiday papers.

Thanks for dropping in.


PS please ask me by email if you would like a copy of the measurements/instructions for a double display card (mostly metric measurements).

Friday, October 14, 2016

A Pop of Colour

Surprisingly for someone who doesn't usually go too much for bright colours, and especially melon mambo - bright pink is definitely not my thing - my favourite designer papers from this year's catalogue are Pop of Pink. Mind you, I do love black and white with a pop of almost any bright colour, really, so perhaps it's not so surprising after all.

Our team challenge this month is using our favourite designer papers, so of course guess what I used? I saw a very cute easel card on Pinterest and used that as my inspiration, then made a gift bag to match, and I'm quite happy with the result.

Materials used:
  • stamps - Just Sayin'
  • card - basic black, whisper white, melon mambo, Pop of Pink DSP
  • other - Fox builder punch, 2 1/2" circle punch, circle framelit dies, word bubble dies, owl punch, black satin ribbon, Big Shot, crop-o-dile, Dimensionals, black rhinestone (non SU)

While at stamp camp last weekend - more on that to come - we also used black and white with a dash of colour for a project that Roz had organised; a small bag with matching gift cards. This time I chose tempting turquoise to be my accent colour and it looks just as lovely with black and white as the pink does. 

These gift cards are 3" x 3", so that gives you an idea of the size of the adorable little 'purse', which is an adaptation of the standard bag in a box and very simple to make. 

That's it for my pop of colour! Thanks for stopping by.


Monday, September 19, 2016

Me and My MISTI

DH and I had a wedding anniversary a couple of weeks ago and I cleverly managed to wangle myself a wonderful new crafting tool - a MISTI. Have you heard of these? MISTI stands for Most Incredible Stamp Tool Invented - and I'm tending to agree, I have to say.

What does it do? Well, I'm going to put a couple of videos here for you to look at and see just what it does; there's a little repetition of information, but each video also gives unique ideas on what to use the tool for, so it's worth watching both.

Uh huh, see what I mean? And remember, Christmas is coming...

Thanks for dropping in.


Saturday, September 17, 2016

Vintage Roses

A dear friend lost her mother recently and naturally I wanted to make her a card. I incorporated a number of things I know she likes - black and white, purple, and roses. Here's my card:

Materials used:

  • stamps - Vintage Roses (Altenew), Baby Blossoms (SU), Wetlands (SU)
  • card - whisper white, Pop of Pink dsp
  • inks - Altenew
  • other - black satin ribbon, MISTI, Dimensionals

I also stamped a rose on the inside. Thanks for stopping by.


Saturday, September 10, 2016

Three for Him

The blokes are once again the focus of our class cards and I had a ton of fun playing with inks and cute little critters.

Our first card uses a wonderfully versatile embossing folder with some sponging - and you know how much I love getting inky.

Materials used:
  • stamps - Places You'll Go, Traveler
  • card - marina mist, wild wasabi, very vanilla
  • other - World traveler embossing folder, Big Shot, sponges, 32mm and 35 mm circle punches, Dimensionals

This next card is one that caught my eye the second I first saw it on Pinterest, and then every time I saw it again, until I finally had to have a go myself. And I'm glad I did, because I love it.

Materials used:
  • stamps - Guy Greetings
  • card - crumb cake, night of navy, very vanilla
  • other - sponges, aqua painter, woodland embossing folder, Big Shot, Dimensionals

And last but by no means least, a card I personally think is just adorable that makes me smile every time I look at it. This one will especially please Jenny, who LOVES frogs! 

Materials used:
  • stamps - Love You Lots (hostess), Labeler Alphabet
  • card - cucumber crush, whisper white, in colour patterned paper, watercolour
  • other - 32mm and 35mm circle punches, aqua painter, Dimensionals

With my stamp camp approaching fast, I've been ultra-busy making projects and shoebox cards for that, so there's plenty to show you coming up. 

Thanks for stopping by.


Friday, August 26, 2016

Thoughtful Branches

You all know what it's like, I'm sure.

You see a stamp set in a catalogue or flyer and you think, "Meh, yeah, I guess it's okay," and you decline to order it.

Then a good crafting friend mentions she bought it, so you figure you should give it another look. You do your usual browsing among creative websites and blogs, or - my personal kryptonite - Pinterest, and you begin to see lots and lots of lovely samples made using that stamp set. You see ideas for using it you never would have thought of on your own and you begin to see it in a whole new light.

You all know what happens next, don't you?

Yes, you order the set. You. Are. Hooked.

Line. And. Sinker.

What's that? Did this happen to me? Puh-lease!

Of course it did. Damn you, Thoughtful Branches, with your many pretty fonts, your variety of branches, leaves, petals, trees and others, and your dies that match up so easily you can make a lovely card in less than ten minutes. Damn you!


Okay, here are the samples I've made so far, and I feel it only fair to point out that these were made yesterday at a play day with my enabling (former) good crafting friend, and that my own set just arrived in the post today - so goodness only knows what I'm going to come up with next!

Love, love, love this set for a softly evocative Christmas card:

Materials used:

  • stamps - Thoughtful Branches, Good Greetings
  • card - whisper white, real red,
  • other - softly falling embossing folder, Big Shot, Dimensionals, white embossing powder, heat tool, Thoughtful Branches die set

Two layers of leaves, one in plain card (mint macaron) and one stamped, make a great canopy for a tree:

Materials used:
  • stamps - Thoughtful Branches
  • card - whisper white, mint macaron, baked brown sugar
  • other - Big Shot, Dimensionals, Thoughtful Branches die set, Sahara sand marker

Here I've tried for the hydrangea look and I don't think it's quite worked, but I'll show it to you anyway. I'm still in love with the woodgrain background stamp - another one I was slow to warm to and glad when I finally caved and got it.

Materials used:

  • stamps - Thoughtful Branches, Woodgrain
  • card - Sahara sand, mint macaron, sweet sugarplum
  • other - clear embossing powder, heat tool, Big Shot, Thoughtful Branches die set, sponge dauber

  • If my story and/or samples have finally convinced you to order this set - well, firstly, hurry up because it's only available until the end of this month - and also, I'll happily accept the blame for enabling you. You know what they say - you've got to pay it forward. That's all I'm doing, right?

    Thanks for stopping by.


    Thursday, August 18, 2016

    Christmas Greetings

    Our Christmas stamp-a-stack cards for this month both feature two things: the Christmas Greetings thinlits and some sponging - because you know how much I love getting inky!

    Here's the first, a classic colour combination (and one of my personal favs) of cherry cobbler, crumb cake and very vanilla.

    Materials used:
    • stamps - Holly Jolly Greetings
    • card - cherry cobbler, very vanilla, crumb cake, vellum
    • other - world traveller embossing folder, Big Shot, Christmas Greetings thinlits, gold embossing powder, heat tool, rhinestone, gold cord, wooden snowflake, sponge, two way glue pen, mini glue dot

    Once I'd embossed the map, I sponged over it with crumb cake ink, both to highlight the shapes more and to give it a slight aged look, which is something I love on Christmas cards particularly. The wooden snowflake embellishment is left over from last year and my ladies are going to LOVE me for making them tie a bow in that thin gold cord! LOL.

    Santa makes an appearance on our second card, something light and jolly.

    Materials used:
    • stamps - Holly Jolly Greetings, Cozy Christmas
    • card - soft sky, basic black, whisper white, real red
    • other - Christmas Greetings thinlits, Big Shot, stamp-a-ma-jig, sponge, scrap paper, post it note, 1 3/4" circle punch, two way glue pen

    I stamped Santa and his reindeer then placed my masks for the moon and snow before sponging with soft sky ink. I love how effective this is without much work.

    Hopefully my ladies will have lots of fun making these. Thanks for stopping by.


    Thursday, July 28, 2016

    It Just Has to Gel

    One of the cards we made in class recently is a gel card using the new SU set, Seaside Shore. It's been many years since I made a gel card but I hadn't forgotten how much fun they are - just love squishing the gel around and moving the bubbles!

    Here's our card:

    Clear hair gel was squirted into a zip lock plastic bag and manipulated to sit over the size window we used, then we double-mounted the embossed piece to allow for the depth. The porthole piece was made using two circle framelits and attached with silver brads. Luckily my ladies didn't seem to mind the fussy cutting of the fish and seaweed!

    Here's a close up; hopefully you can see the bubbles in the gel. If you make one, push them around with your fingers - it is so much fun!

    Materials used:
    • stamps - Seaside Shore
    • card - early espresso, crumb cake, smoky slate, whisper white, By the Shore DSP
    • other - markers, scissors, mounting tape, silver brads, circles framelits, Big Shot, woodgrain embossing folder, sponge dauber, zip lock bag, hair gel, paper piercer

    Thanks for stopping by.


    Saturday, July 23, 2016

    Not Even a Mouse

    For this month's Christmas stamp-a-stack we're making two very different cards but I love them both. The first incorporates some sponging and you know how much I love to get inky! This was inspired by two cards, one by Kay Kalthoff and the other by Connie Babbert.

    Materials used:
    • stamps - Ornamental Pine, Gorgeous Grunge
    • card - thick white, island indigo, whisper white, soft suede
    • inks - Bermuda bay, island indigo, garden green, early espresso, whisper white
    • other - sponges, white gel pen, Dimensionals

    Our second project is a CAS - Clean and Simple - card that utilises white space to give additional impact to the image and sentiment. This is a little stamp I picked up somewhere a few years back and never got around to using until now and I must say I find it every bit as adorable as when I bought it. 

    Materials used:
    • stamps - 
    • card - thick white, real red, whisper white
    • other - markers, Dimensionals

    Now we're halfway through our Christmas cards already, which quite frankly is a bit of a worry! Christmas comes around faster every year. 

    Thanks for dropping by.


    Monday, July 4, 2016

    Superhero Hybrid

    A friend of mine has a birthday coming up soon and as she is a Marvel geek like me, I really wanted to make her a superhero card. SU had a great set called 'Calling All Heroes' a couple of years back but we didn't get it here in Australia, sadly, so when the opportunity came to buy it on MDS I leapt at it. Inspired by a card by Ilina Crouse, here's my hybrid:

    Materials used:

    • stamps - Calling all Heroes (digital), One of a Kind (digital)
    • card - basic black, whisper white, retired Bermuda bay dsp, digital crushed curry dsp
    • other - 35mm circle punch, 38mm circle punch, Dimensionals, scissors, cloud embossing folder (retired), Big Shot, computer, printer, MDS software

    I'm pretty sure she's going to love it; I know I do!

    Thanks for stopping by.


    Thursday, June 16, 2016

    Time Warp

    My younger daughter celebrated a birthday recently and asked for a card or something featuring a T-rex - the reason being that T-rex was her nickname at her old high school as she has short arms! So I borrowed the No Bones About It set and scanned my favourite source of inspiration - Pinterest - and came up with this:

    The lava on top is made from a recipe I found online - it's paint, talcum powder and glue - and then I coloured it with orange paint. The dinosaurs are held up with strips of acetate. I was very pleased with it and added a banner with the birthday greeting from the set, but forgot to take a photo of it all finished. Luckily, DD18 loved it.

    More posts coming soon of cards we've done in classes recently.

    Thanks for calling in.


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