Saturday, 30 April 2011

Simply Stampin' Challenge Week 5

Gosh I can't believe how quickly this week has flown past (again!)
This week the challenge over on the Simply Stampin Challenge blog is back to a colour theme and the combination this time is Always Artichoke, Rich Razzleberry, Basic Grey and Whisper White.


I have made a quick and simple card this week as I am guilty of leaving to the last minute (oops!) however it does go to show that you don't need hours to create an effective card. I had a workshop on Thursday evening and the ladies made this card for their make and take but with the combo of Basic Grey, Old Olive, Melon Mambo and Whisper White.


Supplies:

Cardstock: Basic Grey, Rich Razzleberry, Always Artichoke, Whisper White
Ink: Always Artichoke
Stamps: Vintage Vogue, Cheers and Wishes
Punches: Scallop Trim Border, Decorative Label Punch
Embossing Folder: Vintage Wallpaper
Embellishments: Basic Rhinestones


As always thanks for looking. I do hope that you can take part.....x



Saturday, 23 April 2011

Simply Stampin' Challenge Week 4

Gosh I can't believe that the Simply Stampin Challenge Blog is at week 4 already! In weeks 1, 2 and 3 the challenges were sketch, colour then theme so this means that this week we are back to a sketch challenge. I love sketches especially when I am struggling for inspiration as using a sketch for the layout cuts out half the work!

I have followed the sketch quite closely except I chose not to use stars as embellishments.


Supplies:

Cardstock: Basic Black, Riding Hood Red, Very Vanilla
Designer Series Paper: Love Letter
Ink: Basic Black, Riding Hood Red
Stamps: Artistic Etchings, Notably Ornate, Heard from the Heart
Ribbon: 1 1/4" Black Striped Grosgrain
Punches: Scallop Circle, Boho Blossoms
Embellishments: Rhinestone Brad

....and the sketch


 I have really enjoyed looking at everyone's creations and hope that you can join in this week.
 Remember this week is the last week to enter to be in with a chance of winning this fantastic prize that's up for grabs!!

Fast & Fabulous Stamp set
In Colour Patterns paper pack (6x6)
In Colour Ribbon Bundle
2 x A5 card in each of the In Colours
A selection of the new Jumbo Buttons

As always thanks for looking.....x


Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Easter Wishes Card

Another Easter project, this time a step card. Please see this post for instructions for making the Bunny Rabbit Punch Art.


Supplies:

Cardstock: So Saffron, Marina Mist, Pretty in Pink, Whisper White, Old Olive

Ink: Old Olive, Marina Mist, Pretty in Pink

Punches: Ornament Extra-Large, Oval Extra-Large, Oval Large, 1/2" Circle,
Scallop Oval Extra-Large (for the eyes), Decorative Label Punch

Stamps: Trendy Trees, Big Bold Birthday (both used for the background of the card and eggs), Occasional Greetings

Ribbon:  5/8" Marina Mist Satin Ribbon


As always thanks for looking......x


Bunny Rabbit Punch Art Instructions

As promised here are some step by step instructions for making the bunny rabbit that I used on my Easter treat box here.

Click on image for a closer view.

Supplies:

Punches: Ornament Extra-Large, Oval Extra-Large, Oval Large, 1/2" Circle,
Scallop Oval Extra-Large (for the eyes)

Cardstock: Whisper White, Pretty in Pink, Basic Black

Pens: Basic Black Marker, White Gel Pen


 Instructions:

1. Ornament Punch - 2 in white, Extra Large Oval Punch - 1 in white, Oval Large Punch - 4 in white, 1/2" Circle Punch - 2 in white, Oval Punch - 4 in pink, Scallop Oval Punch - 1 in black, a regular hole punch to punch a circle for the nose in pink

2.Trim off the top and bottom of the ornament punch, rounding the edges

3. Glue one ornament punch on top of the other to form the head and tummy

4. Glue each ear behind the head

5. Glue the pink inner ears on the front of the ears

6. Put two layers of Stampin Dimensionals on the tummy

7. Glue the pink feet on to the white ovals. Place slightly lower than centre and using the black marker draw in claws

8. Put the feed on to the dimensionals

9. Glue the large oval under the tummy for the bunny's tail

10. Using dimensionals glue on the small circles for the bunny's cheeks

11. Glue on the nose

12. Glue on the eyes and draw in highlights with white gel pen, lashes and whiskers with black gel pen.


After I had saved my tutorial and was closing Photoshop down I realised that I had forgotten to add two of the photos. Unfortunately being up to my eyes writing report cards for school means that I don't have time to redo the tutorial (at the moment) so I have added the two photos and instructions below for the eyes.

Cut two tear drop shapes for the eyes

Glue the eyes on to the bunny's face

As always thanks for looking.......x

Saturday, 16 April 2011

Simply Stampin' Challenge Week 3

If you have joined me from the Simply Stampin Challenge blog then welcome but if not then why not pop over there now and see this week's challenge.

The challenge this week is a themed challenge which of course given the time of the year is EASTER!

A big part of Easter in our house is of course Easter Eggs! I love the Cadbury's Mini Eggs and so what better project for me to create than a secret place to hide my eggs ......ahem I mean a lovely handcrafted jar to store the eggs!

It does actually make a good hidey place as my two boys have walked past it plenty times and not really noticed what is inside!! I wonder how long that will last!!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Rose Red, Basic Black, Pear Pizzazz, Baja Breeze
Ink: Rose Red
Stamps: Something To Celebrate (L2 Hosetss Mini Catalogue)
Designer Series Paper: Springtime Vintage
Sizzix Dies: Circle Scallop
Punches: Eyelet Border, Ornament Extra-Large, Oval Extra-Large, Oval Large, 1/2" Circle, Scallop Oval Extra-Large (for the eyes), Boho Blossoms, Modern Label Extra-Large
Ribbon: 1/2" Rose Red Seam Binding
Embellishments: Basic Pearls


I will be back later with a tutorial for making the bunny but all the parts use SU punches except the bunny's nose which just uses a regular stationery hole punch. The bunny's eyes are made by cutting two tear drop shapes from the scallop oval punched shape.
Once the bunny was assembled I made a little triangular rest for it to lean against.


I hope that you can join us in this week's challenge, remember there is a fantastic prize up for grabs too!!

 
As always thanks for looking......x


Thursday, 14 April 2011

Spring is in the Air......

This card has a lovely spring feel to it. Daffodil Delight is such a happy colour!

Recently I have been searching for challenge blogs as the extra inspiration they give is great to get me started.
I have created this card combining three challenges - Mojo Monday (MOJO186)  which is a sketch challenge  Color Throwdown (CTD137) which is a colour challenge and Stampin Royalty (SR#67) which is a theme challenge.


Supplies:

Cardstock: Certainly Celery, Tempting Turquoise, Daffodil Delight,
Whisper White
Ink: Tempting Turquoise, Certainly Celery
Designer Series Paper: Greenhouse Gala
Stamps: Vintage Vogue
Punches: Scallop Edge Border
Ribbon: 3/8" Certainly Celery Taffeta
Embellishments: Basic Pearls
Other: Baker's Twine from my craft stash

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The sketch from Mojo Monday


The colour challenge from The Color Throwdown

The theme from Stampin Royalty

SPRING HAS SPRUNG!!!!!

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As always thanks for looking.....x


Wednesday, 13 April 2011

....more.....Less Is More Week 10

Wow these cards are certainly quick to do! In under 15 minutes I have made a new card, photgraphed, resized, added my watermark and blogged!  Definitely no excuses for anyone not getting a hand crafted birthday card from me LOL

Anyway I am back with another card because I felt that perhaps the cupcake was too strong a focus. I don't have any teeny cupcakes but I did stamp a smaller image - this time a present.
Mind you after looking at both cards I think that this type of card and sentiment probably wouldn't work as well with a smaller image anyway.


 



Supplies:
Cardstock: Whisper White
Ink: Baja Breeze, Rose Red
Marker: Rose Red
Stamps: Big Bold Birthday, Heard from the Heart
Embellishments: Basic Rhinestones


As always thanks for looking....x


Less Is More Week 10

The challenge over at Less Is More this week is a One Layer challenge with a sentiment focus.
My sister Karen's birthday is on Monday so I decided to make her card using this challenge. Just like me she loves cupcakes and sweet things so choosing a theme was easy!

I chose a large sentiment stamp for this challenge however I think I may have to redo it as the cupcake looks like the focus ...............I'll be back LOL


Supplies:
Cardstock: Whisper White
Ink: Baja Breeze, Rose Red, Blushing Bride
Marker: Rose Red
Stamps: Big Bold Birthday, Heard from the Heart
Embellishments: Basic Rhinestones


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There is still time to take part in this week's Simply Stampin' Challenge. I woud love if you would support this new challenge blog by taking part. Remember there is a prize to be won!



As always thanks for looking.....x


Monday, 11 April 2011

Springtime Vintage

The Springtime Vintage papers are truly beautiful papers - perfect for any Cath Kidston fans!
I must admit to not being a big Cath Kidston fan myself however I can see that changing as I instantly fell in love with these papers. I think that their name Springtime Vintage is very appropriate!

I have a card class next week and want to use these papers as part of the class and am busy making up samples with them. Today however I made two cards as orders for friends and would like to show these.



Supplies:
Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Baja Breeze, Very Vanilla, Pear Pizzazz
Designer Series Paper: Springtime Vintage
Ink: Soft Suede (marker pen)
Stamps: Occasional Quotes (L3 hosetss)
I used the words for you from the sentiment just for you ...
Sizzix Dies: Beautiful Butterflies
Embossing Folders: Perfect Polka Dots, Square Lattice
Ribbon: 1/2" Pear Pizzazz Seam Binding
Punches: Scallop Trim Border, 1 3/8" x 5/8" Oval
Embellishments: Perfect Pearls


 


Supplies:
Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Rose Red, Very Vanilla
Designer Series Paper: Springtime Vintage
Ink: Soft Suede (marker pen)
Stamps: Occasional Quotes (L3 hosetss)
I used the words for you from the sentiment just for you ...
Sizzix Dies: Fun Flowers
Embossing Folders: Perfect Polka Dots
Ribbon: 1/2" Rose Red Seam Binding, Linen Thread
Punches: Scallop Trim Border, 1 3/8" x 5/8" Oval
Embellishments: Perfect Pearls, Springtime Vintage Button



The cards are actually to hold a Stampin' Up gift voucher.  I found that an easy way to make a pocket for the voucher was to cut the card slightly longer and fold up the extra then to add a strip of sticky strip inside the long fold. This is instead of adding adhesive to the sides which would result in a narrower pocket. The voucher is gripped in place at the base.


As always thanks for visiting me....x
P.S. Don't forget to enter my giveaway for the chance to win a Stampin' Up! Two Step Owl Punch!

Saturday, 9 April 2011

Simply Stampin' Challenge Week 2

A huge thank you to everyone who joined in with the first Simply Stampin Challenge last week. I hope that you were inspired and enjoyed taking part. I really enjoyed visiting each entrant's blog and seeing what they had made although I am glad that I don't have the hard task of choosing the Top 3!

This week the challenge over at Simply Stampin is a colour challenge and the colours to use are:
 
I really struggled to use these colours together even although funnily enough my entry last week happened to use the pink and burgundy!  I tried various cards but just couldn't get the balance of colours to look right. In the end however I decided to use Bravo Burgundy and Wild Wasabi as accents.


 
The flower was cut using the Fancy Flower punch and then scrunched to break the card fibres. I then carefully peeled each flower apart to give two flowers each with a faux suede look.  The flowers were then layered and inked with Bravo Burgundy to add depth.


Supplies:

Cardstock: Pink Pirouette, Very Vanilla, Wild Wasabi, Bravo Burgundy
Ink: Bravo Burgundy
Stamps: Because I Care (L1 Hostess)
Embossing Folder: Vintage Wallpaper
Punches: Fancy Flower Extra Large, Two Step Bird Punch, Boho Blossoms,
Modern Label Extra Large
Embellishments: Very Vanilla Brad


I hope that you can join us for this week's challenge and look forward to seeing your creations.  Remember there is a prize to be won....x

 

Friday, 8 April 2011

A Touch of Red

The challenge over at Less Is More this week is to use a touch of red. Being on a roll with these circle shaped scallop cards I decided to make another one. I have made another rose from ribbon for this card but this time used a different technique which gives a much fuller rose. I think it looks so lush and rich in red! This card could quite esily be adapted for a Ruby Anniversary or other special occasion.




Close up of the ribbon rose



How the card stands






 
Supplies:
Cardstock: Basic Black, Real Red
Designer Series Paper: Love Letter
Ink: Basic Black
Stamps:Occasional Quotes (L3 Hostess set)
Sizzix Dies: Scallop Circel
Punches: Scallop Trim Border, Modern Label Extra Large
Ribbon: 5/8" Real Red Satin
Embellishments: Basic Pearls

As always thanks for looking....x

P.S. Don't forget to enter my giveaway for the chance to win a Stampin' Up! Two Step Owl Punch!



Thursday, 7 April 2011

Scallop Circle Easel Card

I really enjoyed making these cards with the Sizzix Scallop Circle Die so decided to try and make an Easel card using the same die. I love how it has turned out and will definitely be making more!

The rosettes were made using Stampin' Up! 5/8" Black Grosgrain ribbon. I loved making these too - they were so easy but look so effective.

This card is for my sister Susan who is 35 tomorrow. Happy Birthday Susan....x



This is how it stands from the side.



A close up of the ribbon rosette





Supplies:
Cardstock: Basic Black, Riding Hood Red
Designer Series Paper: Love Letter
Ink: Basic Black
Stamps:Cheers and Wishes, Fine Flourish
Sizzix Dies: Scallop Circel, Fun Flowers
Punches: Scallop Trim Border, Decorative Label Punch
Ribbon: 5/8" Black Grosgrain
Embellishments: Basic Pearls

As always thanks for looking....x

P.S. Don't forget to enter my giveaway for the chance to win a Stampin' Up! Two Step Owl Punch!

Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Make a Wish

I seriously need to stock up on birthday cards as I have over a dozen close family birthdays coming up in next few months  ...this includes three sisters in April, one sister and one brother in May! 

I made a start today.  This card is made using the NEW Sizzix Scallop Die and the EXCLUSIVE Fun Flowers Die which are both available in the new SU mini catalogue.

 I folded the card and then cut it using the Scallop Circle Die, avoiding the last few scallops, so that the card would open. I then cut a complete scallop circle in Baja Breeze for the front.  The flower cluster was made by cutting two of the small flowers from the Fun Flowers Die in Very Vanilla Cardstock. I then inked the edges in Soft Suede and the centres in Baja Breeze. The centre of the flower was made using small blossoms cut using the Boho Blossoms Punch.

I also used the NEW Seam Binding in my favourite colour Baja Breeze. I just love, love, love this ribbon!!! It is so soft and drapes beautifully!! It is also available in three other colours - Pear Pizzazz, Rose Red and Crumb Cake. I have these colours coming in my next order and can't wait to use them!!!
The inspiration for this card was from Craft Project Central - March Subscription.


Supplies:

Cardstock: Baja Breeze, Very Vanilla, Soft Suede
Designer Series Paper: Elegant Soiree
Ink: Soft Suede, Baja Breeze
Stamps: Big Bold Birthday
Sizzix Dies: Scallop Circel, Fun Flowers
Punches: Boho Blossoms, Modern Label Extra Large
Ribbon: 1/2" seam Binding Baja Breeze
Embellishments: Basic Pearls


Here's another variation, slightly more distressed.


As always thanks for looking....x

P.S. Don't forget to enter my giveaway for the chance to win a Stampin' Up! Two Step Owl Punch

Saturday, 2 April 2011

ILWS Mini Catalogue Blog Hop

Two posts in one day and the second blog hop for me this month ....and it's only the 2nd LOL .....I am a bit like a bus - nothing for ages then a few all together LOL

Anyway thanks for joining me on the "In Love With Stamping Blog Hop"
I hope you are sitting comfortably and have a large cuppa at hand as this is a marathon blog hop!!! with a whopping 56 blogs to hop around!!!  Don't worry though as they have been split in to four more manageable groups.  You will find the links to the first blog in each of the four groups at the very end of this post.

If you have arrived at my blog via the blog hop you will have just visited my good friend Elaine and seen her fantastic creations....wasn't that card made with Manhattan flower folder gorgeous!  If not then do remember to go back and see her blog too.

Have you had a chance to drool at the new goodies available in the mini catalogue yet? Isn't it FABULOUS that we now have the BIG SHOT available to order? and also 23 dies, of which 17 are EXCLUSIVE to Stampin' Up!  Having seen so many wonderful things made with the dies and embossing folders I just know that they are going to be popular. I can't wait to make some scrapbook layouts using them! However for this blog hop I have made some cards, all of which feature one or more of the new products available in the mini catalogue.  I have used my favourite Stampin' Up! colour which is Baja Breeze and teamed it with Not Quite Navy.....a beautiful and elegant combination.


Supplies Used:

Cardstock: Baja Breeze, Not Quite Navy, Very Vanilla, Old Olive
Ink: Basic Black, Not Quite Navy
Designer Series Paper: Newsprint, Not Quite Navy (from the Regals Paper Stack)
Stamps: Artistic Etchings
Tools: Spritzer with Baja Breeze Marker Pen
Ribbon: Baja Breeze Seam Binding
Punches: Scallop Trim Border


Supplies Used:

Cardstock: Baja Breeze, Very Vanilla, Old Olive
Ink: Not Quite Navy, Baja Breeze, Old Olive
Designer Series Paper: Not Quite Navy (from the Regals Paper Stack)
Stamps: En Francais, Dotty Dotty
Ribbon: 5/8" Very Vanilla Satin
Sizzix Dies: Beautiful Butterflies


This card was cased from Teneale Williams, a very talented lady from Australia.

Supplies:

Cardstock: Baja Breeze, Not Quite Navy, Very Vanilla
Ink: Not Quite Navy, Baja Breeze
Stamps: En Francais, Vintage Vogue
Ribbon: 5/8" Very Vanilla Satin
Sizzix Dies: Top Note


Next in the ILWS Blog Hop is the lovely Sarah who has the most gorgeous scrapbook layout to show you. 


Here are the links to the first people in each of the groups.
(there are links to every blog in the hop on Erika's sidebar -see group 1 below)
Group 1
Group 2
Group 3
Group 4

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to enter my giveaway to try and win a Stampin Up Two Step Owl Punch! ....x