Tuesday, 15 August 2017

The Joy of Sets Design Challenge 4 (Letter B) - Birthday Blooms

Hello, this week our challenge is to use a stamp set with the letter B in the title. Once again I went for Birthday Blooms. The other week I mentioned I had several ideas for this stamp set? Well this is the 2nd design I came up with that day based on the same theme.

One of my favourite stamp set

I chose to make a card to fit a DL envelope so although A4 cardstock is just short of 30cm in length, I cut across at 20cm and scored at 10cm. The remaining piece, once trimmed at the side was perfect for my top layer. I do so hate waste. Between the base card and top layer, I added Blushing Bride so that it created a narrow border.

Once again I used the Scalloped Tag Topper punch to create a cute tag in both vellum and Whisper White cardstock. This is a really card to make, I think less is more in this case but it does require careful measurement as there is nowhere to hide mistakes. Each of the 3 flowers line up in a row so to ensure they were level I brought out my trusty stamping press. 

The flowers stamped on card were water coloured loosely, going over the lines of the image. For the flower on vellum I chose to use ink and blender pens to colour in from the back as it had been heat embossed.

Did you know that you can colour the White Perfect Accents using Promarkers? Although I don't have that many I managed to find a reasonably good match for Blushing Bride as you can see in the picture. These 3 Perfect Accents balanced out the sentiment, stamped directly in the top left corner. I also wrapped some silver Metallic Thread round my fingers in a figure of eight before adding behind the tag.

Saturday, 12 August 2017

A Little Wild Part 2

Hello, the other week I promised I would show the second card I made at Coffee and Cards run by Susan, Craftyduckydoodah, featuring the A Little Wild bundle. The card we made is based on the card featured in the photo on the right. However, whilst the base card was coloured, we included a layer of white as well for a lighter, brighter effect.

The cute little lion was stamped onto a white circle from the Stitched Shape Framelit dies and coloured with, shhhh, Promarkers.

 I'm hoping you can see the design behind the mounted circle; it isn't embossed but is one of the dies from the A Little Wild bundle, cut 5 times and stuck onto the card. I also used the Mini Sequin Trim in gold for a little sparkle. I'll let you into a little secret; instead of using one long piece of trim and hiding so much behind the circle, it's actually 2 much smaller pieces. Well it's too nice not to see!

As usual the design was stamped inside the card and also on the envelope for a fully cohesive look. It's the finishing touches that make all the difference I think.

Thursday, 10 August 2017

A Little Wild Afternoon

Hello, if you have read my blog before you'll know that I often go to a Coffee and Card session one afternoon a week that's run by Susan, aka Craftyduckydoodah. We used the new A Little Wild bundle; it's so cute. You get the front and back of the animals and the dies keep them joined so you can make up tags. Have a look to see what I mean. Of course if you want to separate them as we did a quick snip with the scissors soon sorts that.

As always, we were given a choice of colours to use for the first card which featured an elephant. This card tends to be the simpler of the two, designed to ease any newcomers or non crafters in; it is very often slightly smaller, being a handy notecard size.

I chose to be different to the rest of the group and used the new DSP in Powder Pink as I thought it would make a great baby card for a girl. Isn't it sweet?

I stuck the DSP onto the card and then used one of the circle Stitched Shapes Framelits to create the aperture. With the card closed I then stuck the patterned circle that was cut out onto the inside of the card. It helps to have the card closed so you can line up the pattern and place  it in exactly the right position.

The elephant was coloured, die cut and snipped apart.  I carefully stuck the back of the body down first to make sure he was at least straight and stamped some grass underneath for grounding. The head was attached to the front If I made this type of card again in landscape style, I would have the fold at the side. There is a reason for this, as the back of the elephant looks upside down when you open the card. I like to think he was so excited that he was caught mid cartwheel!

When I got home I had an idea of how to step up the card just a little bit. It's pretty as it is but I just wanted to add a little more to it. So, I decided that maybe the elephant could hold a couple of balloons on a string. I also added a generic sentiment so this could be for a little girl's birthday or a new baby card. Which do you prefer?

I added clear Wink of Stella to the raised balloon for added sparkle after the photo had been taken.

I did make a second project, using the lion which will be featured in another blog post at a later date.

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

A Box Full of Cards

Hello again, a while ago I was very kindly given the new In Colours for 2017 – 2019 plus a 6” square sample of each of the new coordinating DSP. They have been sitting here mocking me to actually stop looking and start using them. After my recent craft room sort out and tidy up, I found a pack of 3”x3” cards and envelopes and thought it would be quite cool to make up a pack of 5 cards and a box or bag for them to go in. Seemed to me like the perfect marriage; a set of small cards in the new colours! How could it go wrong as they will make rather cute little gifts for friends and family.

I chose to use the Eastern Medallions Thinlits dies, another set recently purchased. They fitted perfectly. As the card bases were white, I die cut a white square using the largest of the Stitched Shaped Framelits attaching it to coloured cardstock leaving a 1/16border using my Perfect Layer rulers for accuracy. I die cut the Eastern Medallion shapes, so I had one in each colour to match the cards. After adding some gold metallic thread behind each medallion, I attached one to each card with glue dots. Each card was stamped with a small sentiment, I chose a different one for each card from a range of stamp sets.

Usually when I make boxes and bags I go to my trusty friend, Pinterest, for help. I follow several demonstrators, some who seem to specialise in 3D projects. This time, however, I took a piece of rough paper, sketched my design and worked out how to deconstruct it; it’s a good job I listened to my maths lessons on fractions oh so long ago! Ok so I know this was an easy project to start with but it has inspired me to have a go at others in the future.

To make the box; 

Cut an 11" x 4⅝" piece of cardstock.
Score - on the long side at 3⅜", 4", 7 ⅜" and 8" 
and on the short side - ⅝" and 4"  I'm not going to give full instructions as I think once the score lines have been folded and burnished, it should be self explanatory especially with this picture. I did use red double sided tape as it is strong so won't come apart over time. I also used 16mm round Velcro stick ons for the fastening.

I gave this set to Susan, my upline as a small thank you for all the help she gives me. I realise it's like taking coals to Newcastle, giving a crafter a ready made set of cards but I do hope she likes and can make use of them. So, onto the next set...

Friday, 4 August 2017

Happy Birthday Christine's Mum

Hello there, today I thought I'd show you the 2nd card I made for Christine. The first one was for her daughter's 14th birthday and this one for her mum's birthday. The design brief was "something with flowers but I'll leave it up to you." The other week I took delivery of a reasonably sized Stampin Up order - well by my standards anyway. As a hobby demonstrator I try to order once a quarter if I can so each parcel is jam packed full of goodies. Amongst my new stash was the Wild about Flowers stamp set. I#d been eying it up for a while and couldn't wait to try it out.

It's funny because since Wimbledon started I seem to have gravitated towards purple and green, must be a subconscious choice. It certainly wasn't planned, I'm not that organised.

I created my background by stamping off first to get a softer colour. I love cottage gardens and wanted to try and recreate a slightly wild and wooly effect with flowers jostling for position.

Using full strength colours I stamped one of the flower stalks onto white card  along with the flower heads. It really doesn't matter if they they don't align perfectly. I then die cut it out using a die from the Lots of Labels set. To make it stand out more I mounted it onto a slightly larger die cut in Perfect Plum, taken from the same set. Three gems and bugs strategically placed on the card just added a little extra zing. I always try to use an odd number as it has a more pleasing effect on the eye.

Now I don't know about you, but I really struggle to stamp sentiments straight. Sometimes you can get away with stamping on a scrap and either punching or die cutting which is very forgiving. But this time I wanted to stamp directly onto the card; not once but twice! I've worn glasses since I was 4 years old and as I've got older, my eyesight has increasingly got worse; sometimes I struggle to see the letters on the keyboard. And I've always had problems with straight lines! So, out came my trusty stamping press - it really does earn it's keep. With a practice on scrap paper to check alignment first, once I was happy I committed to the card. I think it looks ok, maybe you can see a slight slant? Anyway, a handmade card is made with care and love and may have slight imperfections that as far as I'm concerned, add to the overall effect. In fact there are no mistakes, only happy accidents!

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Joy of Sets Design Challenge 3 (Letter C) - Sweet Cupcake

Hello again, if you've been following the JoS Blog Challenge have you noticed that so far the initial letters used are being taken from the designers first names? A little hint for you what to expect will be coming up in the not too distant future.

So this time, it's the letter C and luckily I'd just received the Sweet Cupcake stamp set and coordinating dies. I'd also been asked if I would make a couple of cards by a very god friend, one for her daughter's 14th birthday and the other for her mum; I didn't ask her mum's age!

I've known Chris for around 30 years, when she came to work as a fitter for the weaving company I was at. She was warned at the time that I was a tricky sort of person and she'd be best ignoring me! Well, red rag to a bull, if Chris is told not to do something, you know she will and we instantly became firm friends. Marriage, children. divorce, new relationships and moves have not diminished our friendship. We can go for weeks, sometimes months without contact but we have the knack of picking up where we left off and have this innate ability to send a message when the other needs a friendly word or two.

Anyway, today I'll show you the card I made for Tiegan's 14th birthday. Once again I followed Jan B's You Tube video tutorial for a Peekaboo style card. I stamped a couple of cupcakes onto thick Whisper White and die cut to add to the front and inside left of the card. Because this stamp set is a 3 stage set to get the detail, I've used alot of colours! You could use a little less by stamping off for one layer and then using full strength for the next.

I found a fabulous DSP called Birthday Bouquet, which is sadly now retired but worked perfectly and tied in the colours well as I wanted to create a girly card. I used a Wink Of Stella in clear to add a touch of sparkle to the cupcake adhered to the front of the card.

I hope Tiegan likes this as much as I enjoyed making it. 

Friday, 28 July 2017

At Home With You!

Hello there, after a visit to my lovely upline, Susan, she suggested I take some die cuts home from the At Home With You photopolymer bundle to see what I could come up with.

Well, not one to shy away from a challenge, I started to formulate some ideas. We had stamped the door in Old Olive so that narrowed my choice of colours somewhat but that was OK as I had already decided I wanted the door to look as if it had seen better days.

I chose to make a 6"x6" card, quite rare for me these days so I had enough space to add the chair and table which were cut from scraps of Crumb Cake card stock. My base card was made from a piece of 12"x12" Pear Pizzazz card - I only have subtles in that size at the moment. Usually I can get away with A4 which I have a supply of in all the current SU colours.

I water coloured the door in Old Olive then when it had dried, I added a little Crumb Cake over the top. The door knocker and lock were coloured in Smoky Slate with a hint of clear Wink of Stella. I'm so pleased I have the Brick embossing folder for this type of card. I embossed white card then used a sponge dauber to apply a little Crumb Cake. For the decking I used the Hardwood stamp in Early Espresso and sponged over that with Chocolate Chip. Goodness, I think I'll soon be getting the ink refill out; I hadn't realised that Crumb Cake had featured quite so heavily!

Again, sticking to the theme, the branch was cut out in Whisper White and water coloured with Early Espresso and Chocolate Chip. Isn’t the little bird cute? I couldn’t resist putting him on.  Cajun Craze came in handy for water colouring the pot to look like terracotta.