Thursday, 20 July 2017

Tasha's baby shower card

 I needed a baby shower card last week, not having much in the way of stamps for this type of card I trawled the internet for a suitable image.

This black and white image  seemed  the most appropriate and nicest for the occasion.
I coloured the image with Copic markers and mounted the image on pink card then onto blue. I added a lacy die cut and adhered it to  some yellow polka dot backing paper.
then added a flower and foliage.
Inside the the card I created a pocket to hold a gift card.
After I took this photo, I added a narrow banner with the words "baby shower"  sprouting out from under flower.
For the envelope I needed more of a box type envelope to get the card in without crushing the flower.
I used the same lace die cut, flower a tag and papers to decorate the envelope.
I used  a strips of magnetic sheet as a closure.

Saturday, 27 May 2017

Sympathy Card

 This car was made because  I needed a sympathy card for a friend this week.
I have owned the Spellbinder "Reflective Moments"  die for quite a while and hadn't got round to using it until now.

Heartfelt Creations die "Delicate Asters" to create the flower  focal point.  Spellbinder's "Reflective Moments" for the base card.

This card is a little different from my usual style and I was a little worried it may not be suitable for the occasion after hubby said it was too fussy.
So I posted a picture on a facebook card making page I am a member of.

I was astounded when it got well over four hundred likes and lots of  truly wonderful comments from the other members.
Of course there were  two or three negative comments. But I can live with that..  We don't all have the same taste after all.
 Amongst all those comments were a few questions,   this post will answer all the questions.
I forgot to take photo's of the construction of the original card, so I have done a mock up in pink to show you the steps in part.

                   For this card to stand well you either need to use a heavy weight card stock for the front and back  die cuts...  or....if you only have thin card,  cut out twice as many as you need and stick the layers together for strength.
I recommend using the extra wide double sided tape to the back of two sheets of card BEFORE you die cut it.   It makes sticking all those skinny scrolls together a cinch.

The next step was to cut  a piece of card twice the length of the solid centre panel and exactly the same width.
9 7/8" x  4 7/8"    scored at 4  7/8ths.

Fold the card on the the score line, apply adhesive to one half and  adhere to the back of the die cut lining up the edges with the edges of the centre panel.

Repeat on the back of the card if you wish. The card will stand perfectly well even without the die cut on the back (see photo above).

Cut some layers for the front panel and decorate anyway you like.
I chose to use the aster die and inked the edges after cutting to give more dimension to the flowers.

rainy day card.

I have been a little bored with my stamp collection late, so I thought I'd try something different,.... until the new Stampin' Up catalogue comes out in June that is.

I did a Google search for free digital images and this gorgeous image came up.  So I printed it off  and coloured  it in.  The sentiment is from S.U and is one of the stamps in the "Beautiful You" set.

I think this has worked well as a card.

Stippled Blossoms in black and white.

Today I have a quick and simple two step stamping card.
I used my  all time favourite Stampin' Up  set called Stippled Blossoms to create this card.

I inked the up  solid image  with white craft ink  and stamped  the solid images onto yellow card and allowed the ink to dry. Craft ink takes a  little while longer to dry than than the dye based inks so a little patience is required.
Once dry I over stamped the white areas with the coordinating detail stamp and black Versafine ink and allowed  it to dry thoroughly.
All that was left to do was add a ribbon and mount onto black card then on to a card base.

 I'm not sure why, but I can't help of vintage fabrics when I look at this card.

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Giant Dice Table Decorations.

These giant dice  are 6 inches square. They are the stands for the giant martini glasses, which will make up the centre piece of the table decorations for Hubby's surprise  birthday party.

I  used two photos of each Bond actor and adhered them to opposite sides of each dice.

I decided to have tables named after the Bond actors rather than table numbers.
To make the dice I made cube frames from wood and covered each cube with chipboard. I painted three black and three white.

I die cut lots of circles in black and gold for the spots on the dice.
I die cut two photos and two gold mounts for each die.

I had difficulties finding props for the party. So I had to make the gun from gold mirri card.

 I bought black napkins and folded them into bow ties.

The gold bullion favour boxes I bought from a party supply company.

Each table had two little books containing 20 questions on Bond  movies which I downloaded from the internet.

These seemed to be quite popular even though some of the questions were a little hard for some of the guests.

2 inch transparent red dice.

I hunted high and low for one and a half inch transparent red dice.  The only place I could find them was in the USA and they were very pricey at £20 a pair plus shipping.
 I wanted 12 in total, which made my idea for table decorations very expensive.  I had spent such a long time trying to find these dice that the party date crept up on me so quickly there wasn't enough time to ship them here.
The only option left for me was to make them.
 I order some thick sheets of red acetate and set about making one cube.
 This was very time consuming and I wasn't entirely happy with the end result. Then I remembered,  I had some clear acetate gift boxes 2" square I had purchased from  Stampin' Up. They were a little larger than I wanted, but that meant I didn't need as many. So I decided to line each of the gift boxes with the red acetate.
  After cutting the acetate to fit the boxes,  I stuck the dots to red acetate before placing in the gift boxes. This gives me the option to re use the gift boxes.

Hubby's 60th Birthday Celebration Preparations.

This is one of the many invitations I have been making for hubby's birthday celebrations.  He doesn't know it yet but I am organizing a surprise party. 
To get him to his own party,  I've had to make one bogus invitation and send it   us.
He thinks,  he is going to a  Pearl Wedding Anniversary party  being hosted by a friend/colleague.
The invitations needed to be quick makes and not too fussy, as I needed quite a few. 
I used the banners die set for the shirt and the bow punch  both  available from Stampin' Up. 
Unfortunately the bows got crushed in the post so they didn't look as good when they arrived

Friday, 5 May 2017

Hubby's Birthday Card This Year.

This is a design I saw on Facebook and loved it.
Just perfect for hubby's birthday this year.
I changed the colours and used patterned paper for the background.
The toilet roll was made by tightly rolling up a long strip of  foiled card  for the holder and glued down the end.

I cut a long strip of   off white textured card  slightly narrower than the silver roll and wound it tightly around the centre of the silver  roll applying a little glue.
to stop the the roll from unravelling.

Using a  1/4" circle punch,
I cut two silver circles and glued one to each end of the silver roll to complete the look of the toilet roll.

Here's hoping he  likes this one.

Thursday, 20 April 2017

The image on this card was a big experiment for me and it took most of the day to make this card .
I am not very good at drawing especially drawing detail on a small scale.
So I drew this image on a much larger scale than used on this card. The original drawing almost filled an  A4 sheet of paper.
Once I had finished scribbling,  I scanned the image into my PC and then reduced the image down to a quarter of it's original size. I  printed it off and coloured the image using Copic markers.

The next image was created a little differently.
Instead of drawing the whole image as you see here.  I drew the single rose. On another section of my A3 sketch paper, (nowhere near the single bloom) I drew the bunch of rose buds.
Then I drew a single leaf followed by the little bunch of blue flowers and the Rose hips.
None of the sketches were connected as they are here.

I took a sheet of tracing paper and a fine black pen and began tracing off the rose, then I moved the tracing paper over to the next image and traced over the leaf  placing  several leaves around the rose.   I kept moving the tracing paper over the drawings,  and tracing off  the different pieces until I had an arrangement I quite liked.  The tracing paper was then put into the scanner and then printed off  the final image onto  silky, smooth, thin card using a laser printer.  I chose the laser printer so I don't get any ink smudges when I colour the images.
 I have decided to share my rough drawings after a request on FB.  So if you like the images,  you can print them off , colour them and use the images for your own personal use.
 Click on a picture,  to get larger image then right click on the image and save to your computer. Then you ll be able to  print it off and resize as much as you like.

                                                                                    Image 2

                                                                                   Image 1

Image 3

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Collage of stamps

I thought I would have a go at using lots of random  non  S.U stamps to create a collage for this card.
This is the result, I am loving the way this turned out. I think it maybe the colour combo that does it for me rather than the stamp combination.
Copic markers were used to colour all the images and background.
I can't tell you what stamps I used they are all stamps I have had for many years and have been hidden away in a rarely visited stamp drawer.
I am not entirely sure the sentiment is right on this,  but until I find something more fitting this will suffice.

Easter cards 2

I absolutely love polka dots so this DSP is right up my street and I tend to use a lot of polka dot papers on my cards.
This time I am combining it with the Stampin' round Easter egg wheel stamp.

The first  card is a large card  7"x 5"  and the second card  is just 4"x 4".

 I used Copic markers to colour the eggs.

These are the last of the cards made with this stamp for this year. I hope like them. Thanks for dropping in.


Easter Card

Hubby says "you always do circles or squares on your cards, why don't you do other shapes". So this is me trying a different shape.  I then reminded him, I do oval too. So I tried doing something a little  different and out of my comfort zone. I am really not sure about this one though.

I used  the wheel stamp I mentioned in the previous post and coloured the eggs using Copic markers.

Here's a blast from the past.

The stamp I used on this card is one of the  long since retired Stampin' round wheel stamps.
I can't remember the name of this one,  it's been and awful long time since I've used it.
I used Copic markers to colour the eggs.

If you've never seen the wheel stamps here is a photo on the one I used.

You buy the wheel and handles separately, the wheel stamp clicks into the handle and out again so you can change the wheels easily.

You can also buy ink cartridges that slot into the handles, which  means you can roll that wheel around your whole house without running out ink if you desire.  I personally don't recommend you do that though.
It is quite handy to have an ink cartridge or two for larger projects.

I used an ink pad for this project as I only needed small  pieces for these cards.

Hey Chick Easter card.

 "Hey Chick"  This stamp set was one of the free gifts in this years Sale a bration  event  held by Stampin Up.  It has three chickens in the set and a couple of sentiments.
 I love this funky looking chick and have been playing with it quite a bit, trying  him out different colours.  But so far this is the only card I have made using him.

The background I coloured with Copic markers then drew in some grasses  using stamp and write markers.

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

DSP Candles

I can't take the credit for the design of this card. I CASE'd it from Karen Johnson's blog.

I think Karen used a stamp for the sentiment on her card. I didn't have a sentiment stamp suitable for this design so I created this  very similar greeting on the PC, printed off and die cut it.

The candles are just strips of Stampin' Up's DSP and the flames are the wings from the bird and branch punch.

This card should arrive tomorrow, I do hope he likes it.

Boho Chic meets Summer Silhouettes.

I have to say I have own the Summer Silhouette stamp set by S.U.  for quite some time and have only just got round to  using it.
This years  Mother's Day card  was made and given without photographing it.  So I made another  in different colours... just for my blog and you guys.    It will be quite easy  take the sentiment off and replace it with a sentiment for another occasion, so it won't go to waste.
I used Night of Navy and Crumb Cake inks and card stock for this one. The Embossing folder is called Boho Chic from S.U.

Monday, 27 March 2017

Ladybirds ... love you lots.

If you're a fan of small cards this one should appeal . It measures approximately 3  1/2" x 4 1/2". 
This  Ladybird stamp is from the Stampin' Up  hostess set called  " Love you lots." There are some really cute stamps in this set.

I love this Ladybird stamp despite it's small size, measuring up at  about an inch big.  
 On a larger card they might look  a little lost.  Especially  if you're  using heavily patterned paper or  embellishments.

To make sure the Ladybirds stood out on this card,  I used strong colours to colour the image and increased the  the overall size by drawing in some grasses.
I punched out the image and then die cut a slightly larger circle in grey to mount it on. I stamped the base card using the "Beautiful Baroque  stamp" (now retired)

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Water colouring with ink

Last week I shared a card that was sent to me by the very talented Debbie of Arakoola Kard Art.  
Her card inspired me to have a go at the technique she used.

I use insulating tape instead of masking tape because the only width of masking tape I could find was 2 inches wide.  

I did notice that the insulating was less tacky than  the masking tape I have used in the past, that usually ended up with me tearing my work when removing the masking tape.

The insulting tape was slightly narrower and didn't tear the paper as often and you can re use the strips a few times before  having to discard them.
 I used  S.U refill  inks instead of water colours to colour the background.W

I did make a third card  using this technique and  I did photograph it. But I had an issue with my laptop and the photo's were deleted as they were being uploaded.  Hubby had already posted the third card so I couldn't re photograph  that one.

Quick Technique

Here's a technique for creating the quick background paper.
 An ideal technique for those that don't like colouring or if you just need a quick way of adding colour to certain stamps. 

I took the  polymer leaf stamp and stuck it to the acrylic block upside down. Yes,  I did say UPSIDE DOWN. 
I inked up the WRONG side of the stamp with a mid green ink and stamped the solid image multiple times over my paper.  
When the paper was covered,  I flipped the stamp over,  inked up the detail side of the stamp with a darker green  ink and stamped  the detail over all the solid images.

It doesn't work with all stamps. First the stamps have to be polymer and secondly they have to be  symmetrical. 
Also the back of the stamp is larger than the detail side,  so your solid image will be slightly larger than the detail.

Retirement card using French Foliage stamp set

You may remember I made another version of this card a few weeks ago in yellow and green. and made as a sympathy card.
This time I thought  I'd try it again in different colours.

I used some post it notes to mask off the areas I wanted to keep white and sponged various inks randomly over the area between the post it notes. Then over stamped  with the  retired stamp set French Foliage.
The  ink pads I used were Melon Mambo, Lucky Limeade, Hello Honey, Pumpkin Pie, Almost Amethyst  and Early Espresso. 

I stamped the sentiment in black and  the splotches in Crumb Cake.

Birthday Blast

 I needed a card for my brother in laws birthday today.  So this afternoon I got to play with this stamp and die set.

I made three different cards.I love the navy, white  and gold combination so all three are in those colours.

 The first card is using both the stamp and the die.  

The second is using the stamps only.  Heat embossed in gold.

For the third one I used the die as the focal point. I cut the die out twice. Once in navy and once in gold. The gold die cut is under the navy one and off set a little to give just a hint of the gold.

The stars that fell out of the gold die cut,  I used to embellish the rest of the card along with a few tiny gold heat embossed stars.

I am not sure which of the three I prefer but my brother in law received the card at the top of this post. 

The set is called  Birthday Blast. 
The die and stamp can be bought as a bundle or individually.

Perfect Mix.

Image result for stampin up perfect mix

Not sure about this one at all,  It is the result of my first play with this  new set of stamps from S.U. called "Perfect Mix".
It's a great set for making cards for friends and family that love cooking. this card was just an experiment to see what it would look like as a background paper. 

Child ' s Card

I am ashamed to say  this Teddy bear stamp has been in my collection for many, many years and I have never used it, until now that is. I don't have  a lot to say about this card, it's pretty straight forward and needs no explanation.

Tip for getting those stamps to fit back into the case.

An ultra quick tip. 

Sometimes Stampin' Up sell stamp sets that have either quite a few stamps in or the stamps are quite large.
 In our eagerness to get those stamps mounted on to the blocks we don't take any notice of how the blocks fit  into the case.  Once we've mounted all the stamps it's often almost  impossible to fit them all back in the case.
 I know,  I for one have spent an awful lot of time  trying to get all  those stamps to fit back in the case. I have been known to say sod it and give up at times because I have been so frustrated with them.

I personally think there should be a stamp map printed on the inside of the cover of the case  showing us how they  fit in.
But until they do,   my  suggestion is.....  the moment you get your new stamp set,   open the case and take a photo. You can print the photo off laminate it and stick to the inside of the case. This should put an end to all that frustration.

Circular Card For Kris

This circular card was made for my son's birthday last week. I used an  X cut hexagonal die to cut the shapes to make up the football.
Before piecing together all the hexagons I sponged  the edges with a little River Rock ink to define the joins.
The black hexagons I cut from black glitter paper.

Friday, 17 March 2017

Card Swap from Arakoola Kard Art.

A while back I took part in a card swap. this is the gorgeous card I received. 
I was absolutely delighted with this card from Debbie. It is the best card I have ever received from a card swap.
Debbie says,  she used masking tape on water colour paper and applied water  colours over the top. 
The masking tape act s as a mask and keeps the paper underneath clean.
Debbie then  removed the tape and over stamped the coloured background  with various stamps in different colours.
The  overall effect is stunning and sounds pretty easy to do, but it's not actually that easy to get the professional result you see here..... I have tried and I certainly didn't results as good as this.
The fact I don't have  many stamps that are suitable for this type of card doesn't help, But I did have ago.  I 'll post a photo of my poor attempt later. But this post is just for Debbie's Card. Thanks Debbie,  this is a card I will treasure. It has inspired me to try the technique and will continue to inspire me,  until I actually manage to perfect the  technique....If  I ever do. LOL.

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Balloon Blowing Mice.

This House Mouse stamp was another of my purchase at the  "Make it Show".
 I think they look more like rats than mice to me, Especially when the tails are coloured  in with a flesh colour... but  they are still quite cute. 
I think,  if you have the patience to colour in a lot of these images  they would make fabulous party  invitations..

Shoveling Snow

 Here is another of those cute Lili of the valley stamps.  
Coloured using Copic Markers.  I think this would make a cute  Christmas card for a guy.

Copper Kettle New Home.

This stamp  was just too cute to pass up. So it went in my shopping basket at the  "Make it Show  at Farnborough last week.
I thought this stamp would be perfect for a "New Home" card.

I didn't want the background to be fussy on this as I feared it would detract from the small mice.

Floral Thank You Card.

Last week was half term and I really owed it to my craft room to have a bit of a clear out and tidy up. 
Two bin bags of  rubbish later and I got distracted.
A huge box of peel offs was one find. 
Ten years ago nearly all my cards had a peel off sentiment, corners or  maybe even a border. 

When I joined S.U peel offs were not allowed in demos so they were hidden away in a cupboard.
 So I haven't used  a peel off on a card in donkeys years.  Until this card that is.
The flower stamp is from S.U and is still in the current catalogue.   I think it's called "You've got this".  I coloured the image using Copic markers.

My real reason for making this card was to try out a new set of dies.  These double stitched dies are made by Nellie Snellen .
 I rather like the double stitch feature on these dies. If you are unfamiliar with this  term ...all it means is when you cut out one circle the die perforates the edges of  both the positive and the negative of the die cut in one pass through the machine.  
So you can use the negative a frame as I have here.  The positive circle with it's perforations give a lovely  finish to a stamped topper.