Thursday, 24 February 2011

Party this way: Congratulations Card

This card is to say congratulations for passing an exam and as the recipient is an Aberdeen supporter I've gone for the team colours.  

I haven't used the flags before from the set so wanted to have a play and made a bunting with them.  They are "hung" along a piece of real red ribbon and the middle flag is popped up to give some dimension.  I stamped congrats in the corner from the basic phrases set and then added the balloons floating up.  The numbers on them are appropriate as the exam involved quite a bit of maths. 

I'm glad it's not me sitting exams, although my times tables have vastly improved as first my son and now my daughter are learning them.  It's amazing how quickly we can get rusty at such simple things. 

Hope you've had a good week.  Happy crafting x 

Materials Used
All Stampin' Up! unless otherwise stated

Card - Real Red, Whisper White
Stamp Sets - Party This Way, Basic Phrases
Ink - Real Red
Ribbon - Real Red 

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Just Moved by Loads of Love

My husband commissioned me to make a card for a colleague who has recently moved into a new house.  So I dug out my retired stamp set Loads of Love which has the perfect accessory for a new home card.  It gave me a fantastic opportunity to do some colouring which I love.

He hasn't seen it yet, as he is away at the moment, so I'm hoping for a good reaction. 

The card base is bashful blue teamed with pacific point.  I've used patterned paper from the designer series set - Celebrations and from the brights pattern stack.  The sentiment is also from the accessories set.  

I decided to decorate the inside too -

Thanks for looking. x 

Monday, 21 February 2011

A BLISS card class

Here is the first of two cards that I have prepared for tomorrows card class using the free BLISS set from Sale-A-Bration.

Anyone who has been following my blog recently will see that I have been entering the Less is More challenge blog.  (My entry for this weeks challenge is in the post below) Well Chrissie and Mandi, the two ladies that run the site, will be pleased to see their influence has brushed off on me.  The whole idea is to create cards that are clean and simple (CAS).

I stamped the sentiment first, per a tip from the above site, and then stamped my image and was going to add more to it but found I couldn't.  Instead to make it less plain, I used my versamark pen to pick up the letters in Bliss and the central part of the image then embossed with clear embossing powder.

The second card is also using the Bliss set of stamps. This time I stamped panels and then stamped Bliss directly onto the card stock.  I stamped the butterfly and cut out a second one and mounted it on top.

When I first saw this set come out, I wasn't at all sure about it but now I really like it and I'm pleased with the cards that I have made.  I hope the ladies are also pleased tomorrow.

Materials used for both cards
All Stampin' Up! unless otherwise stated

Card stock - perfect plum, elegant eggplant, whisper white
Stamp set - Bliss
Ink - perfect plum, elegant eggplant, crumb cake
Embossing powder - clear

Saturday, 19 February 2011

Spring has sprung at Less Is More

Another Saturday, another challenge from Less is More.  This weeks challenge has the theme of Spring but still in a Clean and Simple style.  

I'm really enjoying the challenges and having a look round blogland at everyone's entries.  There is a lot of serious talent out there and I can only hope to learn and continually improve.  It definitely makes me want to stretch myself. 

And this week was a definite stretch as I don't own any traditional stamps that would say Spring to you.  So after a rummage I came up with one of the stamps out of the Punch Potpourri Hostess Set because they reminded me of new buds.  I then decided to stamp them in bashful blue and night of navy to represent bluebells.  Tenuous maybe but that was my thought process. 


I stamped the bashful blue on the whisper white, then stamped with night of navy on bashful blue before using the boho blossoms punch to punch them out.  A little pearl in the centre finishes them off.  The "Just for you" is from the hostess set Afterthoughts but with "so you don't have to share" masked off with a post it. 

I made the above card this morning whilst it rained and then snowed outside.  Although some of the bulbs I planted last year are valiantly trying to come through, it couldn't have looked less spring like.  So it came to me that perhaps the next card more represents Spring here.  I thought it would be funny to use snowflakes and then I saw the little tortoise and it fell into place from there.  

I tried out the tutorial of printing straight onto the card.  I haven't managed quite an elaborate text style as was shown.  I think I need to add some more fonts to my computer.  Also I wasn't brave enough to just go for it so to speak so did a practice run on printer paper then cut to the same size and stamped it all out first.  I'm glad I did because I did a little tweaking before using my whisper white card stock.  The inks I've used are night of navy, bashful blue, and crumb cake.  I added a tiny amount of dazzling diamonds glitter on the butterfly's wings.  The stamps are from Serene Snowflakes, Fox and Friends, and So happy for you provided the little butterfly. 

Thanks for having a look and thank you to everyone who has been kind enough to post comments.  I'm off to see what everyone else has posted. x

Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Fox & Friends Birthday Card

Each time I use the Fox & Friends stamp set I end up making a baby boy card.  Must try using it with some bright colours!

The sentiment is from the So Happy for You Sale-A-Bration stamp set.  This promotion ends on the 28th February.  If you haven't got your free stamp sets yet then there is still time to earn them and to book a workshop.  Contact me to find out how - or phone 07827923123

This photo shows how the card opens up to reveal a panel in the middle with the animals peaking in. 

Thanks for looking and all the lovely comments.  They are very much appreciated. x 

Materials Used
All Stampin' Up! supplies unless otherwise stated

Card Stock - Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Bashful Blue
Stamp Sets - Fox & Friends, So Happy for you
Ink - Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Bashful Blue
Punch - Scallop Edge Trim

Monday, 14 February 2011

Note to self...............


......after spending all the time and effort in making my husband's valentines card remember to put words in the middle!

Oh dear - the WoW moment kinda got lost!

Happy Valentine's Day to everyone
Thanks for looking x

Materials Used
All Stampin' Up! unless otherwise stated

Card Stock - Basic Black, Whisper White, Riding Hood Red
Stamp Set - Butterfly Prints
Punch - Scallop Trim Corner, Butterfly Punch
Embellishments - A few sparkly gems from my stash, Dimensionals for butterflies

Saturday, 12 February 2011

Less Is More Single Layer Card

Well this weeks challenge from Less is More certainly got me thinking.  The card had to be one layer with a theme of flowers or trees.

I knew what I wanted to do however I haven't made a card using a white base and have never made one as one layer before either so wasn't sure how it would work out.   Onto the card that I made -

Using whisper white as my card base I teamed up Baja Breeze and Not Quite Navy.  First of all I punched out a scallop square in scrap paper to act as a mask and sponged the edges with Baja Breeze.  The flower was centered in the middle of each one using my Stamp-a-ma-jig and is from the Sale-A-Bration set Sweet Summer.  I used a blender pen to colour the flowers with Baja Breeze.  The sentiment is from another Sale-A-Bration set  - So Happy For You.  Both the flowers and the sentiment were inked with the Not Quite Navy.  

Certainly this makes for a very inexpensive card! 

Materials Used
All products used are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise stated

Card Stock -  Whisper White
Stamp Sets - Sweet Summer, So Happy For You
Ink - Baja Breeze, Not Quite Navy 

Was not happy with my photography on this one at all.  Took more attempts at that than I did making the card. Lol x

Thanks for looking. x 

Thursday, 10 February 2011

A very special Valentine's card

This Valentine's card looks more complicated than it is, as my card class found out.  It's really very easy.

Oh dear I think I could open a Valentines Card shop with all the cards I've made!  Never mind it was fun making it.

The cherry cobbler card base is folded in a Z fold and the front panel can be tucked behind the butterfly or left open.

The inside sentiment reads "love is like a butterfly it goes where it pleases and pleases where it goes".  I stamped the heart from the Hostess Level 1 set, Punch Potpourri and sponged the edges with riding hood red ink.  It was then matted onto riding hood red card stock and mounted again onto basic black.  I used the scallop trim border punch along the bottom.  Love Letter designer paper was used to put two panels on the card - one under the front panel and one on the inside of the card.  The butterflies are from the Butterfly Print stamp set and punched out using the butterfly punch.

Materials used
All supplies are stampin' up! unless otherwise stated

Card Stock - Cherry Cobbler, Red Riding Hood, Basic Black, Very Vanilla
Ink - Basic Black, Riding Hood Red
Stamp Sets - Butterfly Prints, Punch Potpourri
Paper - Love Letter Designer Paper
Punches - Butterfly, Scallop Trim Border

Wednesday, 9 February 2011

Party This Way Birthday Card

I originally made this card for my son to give to his friend but didn't take a photo of it.  However I liked it so much that I made another one and here it is.

This is such a fun set to use - Party This Way.  I've teamed it up with the designer series paper - Celebrations. I popped the balloon ( pardon the pun!) and the "party this way" sign with a couple of dimensionals.

Materials used

Cardstock - Real Red, Basic Black, Whisper White
Ink - Real Red, Basic Black
Stamp Set - Party This Way
Paper - Celebrations

Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Less is more!!

I saw that a few friends had joined in the Less is more  challenge blog and thought I'd join in too.  Whenever I parade my latest design, whether it's a card or scrapbook page, my husband always comments "less is more" so it seemed appropriate!

The first challenge is to design a clean and simple card using Black, White and Pink.  As I am a Stampin' Up! demonstrator I used only Stampin' Up! materials on my card.  I decided to be a little different and use black as the card base.  It helps make the pale pink pop.  The sentiment says "Party this way" so you could use this card for an invitation or birthday card.

Materials used:

Cardstock - Basic Black, Pretty in Pink, Whisper white
Ink -  Pretty in Pink
Stamp Set - Party This Way

Thursday, 3 February 2011

Very easy Valentine's Card

This card was so easy to do and isn't necessarily just for valentine's.  It would also make a good birthday card or anniversary card.  I deliberately didn't put a sentiment on so I can decide later.  

The colours are chocolate chip, old olive and poppy parade.  The owl is from the Sale-A-Bration set Punch Bunch.  (the owl punch will be available when the new mini catalogue comes out in April) I lined the second owl up next to the first by using a Stamp-a-ma-jig.  The branch they are sitting on is punched using the 2 step bird punch. The scallop edge border gives a nice trim to the bottom of the old olive card.  The two little hearts are stamped using the So happy For You set, another free set available during Sale-A-Bration. 

If you haven't already got your hands on these fantastic free sets then now is the time to place your orders or host your own workshop as Sale-A-Bration ends on the 28th February. 

Now to decide what to do with my sweet little owl card!! Thanks for looking. x 


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