Sunday, 13 May 2018

Pretty Pastels ...Wedding / Party favours




I was trying to achieve a simple shabby Chic look with these favours and buntings. Not sure I have achieved that but the colour combination is very pretty.
The bunting was an experiment to see if it would be suitable for a table plan.
 It would certainly look more professional if the names were printed out and then punched out and stuck on the bunting rather than my scrawl.

Stippled Blossoms.

It's those Stippled Blossoms again.  This is my all time   favourite stamp set.
It's  atwo step stamping set. It retired some years ago,but  I still use it quite a lot.

This time I've stamped in Bashful Blue and Night of Navy, Pretty in Pink and Rose Red and for the leaves Lucky Limeade and Always Artichoke.







A few splatters were added in Crumb Cake ink using the splatter stamp from the  French Foliage set. (also retired)

I added A few tiny diamante for some sparkle.

Anniversary Card.

An Anniversary card this time. I've used another cute  lili of the valley image. (called winter walk)
This is a digital image so it can be re sized and best of all,  I don't have to leave the house to buy them. They are delivered to your email address within minutes of paying for them.
This image does not include the trees. It is just the couple with a couple of lines for the ground. I drew in the trees for some extra interest. I suppose if you are really good at drawing you could draw in a cottage, a street,  a meadow,  some mountains or even the sea in the background. 

Baby Shower Card


This card really took me out of my comfort zone. 
I bought this "wedding" shadow box die, but I hated the mini dies that come with it.  So my challenge was to find enough tiny stamps with the same theme to fill all the apertures.
This was the result.
It's not the type of card I'd like to receive. Thankfully we all have different tastes, so I am sure there is somebody out there that would be pleased to receive it.

Oliver studying 2

 While having a tidy up in the craft room,  I found this off cut of  Graphic 45 Halloween paper. 
I thought it would be a fantastic background for the Lili of the Valley image called Oliver studying. So down went the duster and the dustpan and out came the adhesives and dies and this card was born.

 Have you spotted the error?  ummm I photographed this card before I had finished colouring. Doh!

Remarkable You stamp set .. Magnolia 3


Another  card using the magnolia stamp from the Remarkable you set. this time I have randomly stamped the bloom over whisper white card stock and coloured the images with Copic markers. I then cut the card down to fit on the front of  two  6x4 inch base cards.
The sentiment is from a retired set called riveting.

Too Much Berry Burst.


Having bought the new Designer Series Paper  (DSP) last year,  I figured it was time to use it.
I bought the stamp set quite sometime before I decided to buy the matching. paper. 
The stamp set has some lovely sentiments in that I thought would be useful for scrapbooking,  as well as for card making, and I was right. 
I used a few of the stamps in this set in a wedding scrapbook I made last year. The stamp set is called Floral phrases. 
I used Berry Burst ink pad to stamp the image and text in the centre. 
The DSP is  Berry Burst too.  I never thought I'd say this, as I love the colour.  But this.... is too much Berry Burst for my liking.

First Day at School Card.


 I've been playing with these cute images again.
Just in different colours and with different backgrounds.
On the second card I used my Stampin' Up! score board to score a checkered pattern for  some added interest .

I have had quite a few different score boards over the years and I have to say the Stampin' Up score board is my favourite by far.

Gift bag punch board




 I was having a tidy up in my craft room last week and came across my gift bag punch board........ That was the end of my tidying up. I haven't used this board in a very long time and that was enough to distract me.

I ended up making these three gift bags instead.
I did make a label to go with this flock bag, but I forgot to include it in the photo.



We've been on a mission to find a wallpaper for the hall stairs and landing these last few weeks.
Along the way I found this  rather nice copper effect wallpaper. So I took a sample and made this small, masculine gift bag.
There is still plenty left for other projects.

Tiled card


This card was created using the new label punch from S.U and the New Tailor Made  designer series paper. This is a  very simple card to make. 
 Just pinch out  a load of the labels in different papers that go together and  punch out a sentiment and start tiling.  

Baby Shower Card

This baby shower was intended for a family member next week. It was standing on the wall unit when we got an unexpected visited from the mum to be. So I have decided to make a different one now. As she's seen this one it's safe to post this.

















Here is how I made the umbrella.

I began with a  3 !/4 inch die cut circle.





Cut the circle in half and the fold one section in half to find the centre.


I used the small oval punch from S.U but this could be done with a small oval die.

Position the semi circle in the punch so the fold line is in the centre of the punch and squeeze.





 Then position the punch at each end of the semi circle and snip off each end making sure you take off the same amount at each side.




This is your template.


Place the template over the other half of the circle and lightly draw along the scalloped edge.

Using the fold line on the template as your guide, make a small mark the top of the umbrella to show the centre on the real.

Punch along the edge of the second semi circle following the lines.


Using the template, line up the edge with mark at the top and the first scallop and draw a line following the template edge.






Like so...




Spin the template round and repeat on the other side.


Here I used a rubber stamp to stamp in the tip of the umbrella, but this could be drawn in.

Take a rule and lightly draw in the  length of the handle you want.





Very lightly sketch in the curve of the handle. ( so you can rub these line out)
When you're happy with the shape of the handle, draw over the outline with a stamp and write marker or  a fine line marker.

Wait for your marker lines to dry....

Then rub out your pencil lines.
Colour the sections of your umbrella and the handle.

Stamp some  raindrops  or a shower of  tiny hearts in the background using Versamark ink as a watermark or add clear embossing powder  to the Versamark ink and heat emboss for shiny raindrops.
Add a bow to the handle, stamp a sentiment and mount onto layers of pink and blue card before mounting onto a white base card.

Thursday, 3 May 2018

Wedding/ Party Favours.

The wedding season is coming round again so I thought I'd dig out some old but rarely used dies and make a few wedding / party favours.
The colour for these was inspired by a colleague who has chosen burgundy as the colour scheme for her wedding.
I was having mental block and  I couldn't imagine what burgundy favours would look like, So I decided to make up a few for a clearer picture in my mind. I have to say I was quite impressed by the way these came out.

All of these items are very quick and easy to make, even for a beginner.

For speed and ease I decorated these  favours with an  inexpensive bling ribbon.

When you have a lot of favours to make,  the best advice I can give is to  keep it simple.
Something complicated or time consuming will drive you crazy once you start getting into double figures.
The chances are, if you're making your own favours, you're probably making your own matching invitations, RSVPs  and table plans  etc.
You really don't want to be spending all your time on fussy favours when you have an entire wedding to plan.

Here is another I forgot to include in the header photo.

International Talk Like a Pirate Day

Now you may not know it or believe it,  but September 19th is... International Talk Like a Pirate Day.
 On occasions Hubby likes to talk like a pirate and crack pirate jokes. But every year we  seem to miss it.  Much to hubby's disappointment.
When I saw this image, I thought not only would it would make a great card for one of the grandsons, it would also make a fun card for Hubby on International Talk like a Pirate Day.
 (I must remember to write the date on the calendar)
Image coloured with Copic Markers.
The blue background is NOT as vibrant as it appears in this photo.

Studying for exams


One for a boy studying for his exams.
This lili of the valley image is perfect for one of the grandsons, who will be sitting his SATs  later this month. 
We have two grandchildren sitting their SATs this month and we wish them  both all the luck in the world. Although I suspect they will both do well, they are both smart cookies.
The background paper is a long since retired DSP from SU.  I'm afraid I can't remember what it was called. 

Thinking of you,... on your first day at school.

 I loved this cute image from lili of the valley.
I think it's the perfect image for a child just starting school or changing schools.

This is a digital stamp and these can be resized to suit your needs.

I coloured this image with Copic markers.

Remarkable you, Magnolia 2

Nothing spectacular about this card and I probably wouldn't have shared it, but I just wanted to show how well wallpaper samples can work on cards.
The glittery paper behind the flower is a small piece of that glittery wallpaper that is fashionable at the moment. The beauty of this glitter effect paper is there is no actual glitter to shed and make a mess.
Even better than that is wallpaper samples are usually free and this particular paper is available in teal, silver, gold and copper.

Kenny's Card.

Another digital Stamp from  Lili of the valley.
I bought this image  to make a card for  our nephew Kenny.
Kenny is into all things Fire Brigade  related. So this image seemed fitting for his birthday.
He is also into gnomes and has a rather extensive collection of them. so a gnome fireman would have been even more appropriate, if I could have found such an image.




 Just for fun and to make up for lack of a gnome on his card,
I made him some pillowcases with gnomes on, so he can sleep with them too.

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Easter Card,

I chose this lime green DSP to make this card using the new punch from S.U.
The bright, fresh green makes me think of Spring and the new leaves appearing on  trees and shrubs. A non religious card for Easter or Spring Holidays.

Remarkable You. Magnolia.

This is  another of the stamps in the "Remarkable You" set that took me a year to notice in the catalogue.  I think this flower is a Magnolia bloom.  I went a little mad with the colouring of this bloom and coloured more  of it than I intended.

I posted  this on social media and had a few questions on how I made this, so I have decided to add a few more pictures to this post with a few instructions.



1.Start by cutting one large circle. I used Nellie's  double stitched frame dies.






 2.Using a smaller die cut a chunk out of the side of the large circle.


3. With the same small die cut small circle.  This circle slots into the cut out perfectly.
 To layer.
4. Using  two more  circle dies, just  one size down repeat the process taking care to take the same size chunk out of the larger circle. You probably won't get a perfectly even mount all round the little curve,  but it should be very close.

This stamp set, didn't jump out at me and say buy me, buy me. In fact it didn't appeal to me at all,  until I saw a couple of  really nice cards made by other people.  (It's called "Remarkable you,)
So I went back to the catalogue to take another look at it.   I still wasn't 100% sure this was a stamp set for me, but there wasn't anything  else in the catalogue  that I  really wanted and I needed to buy something to make my quarterly figures to get me out of pending.  
 This set is called "Remarkable you.
I was quite pleased with the way this card turned out. 
The lily stamp only has two lilies.  I added the third  by stamping the image on another piece of card and cutting out one of the flowers and adhering  it between the stamped blooms. I drew in the third stalk in with markers. 

Monday, 26 March 2018

Free Lavender Sale a bration stamp meets Birthday wit.

 I wasn't sure about this Lavender stamp, for one  it's a polymer set and I really have difficulties with polymer sets. But this was a free set during  the Sale a bration period, so I didn't have a lot to lose by ordering this set.

This was my first card using this set, It came about by accident really. I was randomly stamping the lavender outline stamp on strips of card and after I' d coloured in the images on one strip, I thought it would  look quite pretty with something  in the middle of the bunches of Lavender. I then went looking for something  to fill the gap. The birthday wit stamp set was perfect for this.

 So then I started to experiment with different colours.
The card in the first  photo,  I use Wisteria Wonder,  Berry Burst  and Concorde Crush.
 For the second  and third cards  I stuck to Wisteria Wonder and Berry Burst.
The final card I used Crushed Curry and Black