Tuesday, 30 April 2013

double sided card keeper box

The project for our Saturday afternoon and Monday morning class was this double sided card keeper box with three cards. I first saw the idea on the internet to make the smaller box. I adapted the measurements to make the larger box so it could hold square cards as well.

In theory, it was a great idea to make two different sized card boxes and three cards in a three hour session, but in practice we encountered a couple of problems especially on Saturday, not to mention scoring the wrong measurement (woops!!) and running out of time. However, we all had a few laughs along the way but with team work we all crafted on until the end. Mondays class went really well as we had ironed out the problems from Saturday.

 The kit consisted of half a pack of Comfort Cafe designer series paper, soft suede, pool party, summer starfruit and very vanilla card stock and some soft suede taffeta ribbon. 

Everyone had a choice of which papers to choose to decorate their boxes and use the co-ordinating coloured card for the flowers etc. I used Soft suede, Pool Party and Summer Starfruit for this box

 One side of the box is for square cards and the other side is for A6 and tall slim cards. 

 Once the boxes were completed, Soft suede taffeta ribbon was wrapped around each box and then the two boxes were stuck together.

  Boho blossoms and the bird builder punch were used to decorate the sides of the boxes with flowers and leaves.

Here is another version of the box decorated with different patterned paper using summer starfruit, cherry cobbler and soft suede colours. 

The three cards we made to go into the box using cherry cobbler, soft suede, pool party, very vanilla and summer starfruit coloured card with various comfort cafe designer series papers from the kit.

An assortment of punches were used to create the cards, along with honeycomb embossing folder. 

 The sentiments are from the Perfectly Penned and Petite Pairs stamp sets.

Friday, 26 April 2013

Bigz Lattice with Scallop circle and fancy flower punches

Good morning and welcome back to my blog. I  have been very busy this week on the crafting front but unfortunately  I am unable to share anything I have created  just yet. However, I am able to share the cards we made in a couple of the classes last week 

I used a colour combination of sahara sand, pink pirouette and always artichoke

The brayer was loaded up with crumb cake and rolled over the inside of the square lattice embossing folder. A piece of whisper white cardstock was placed in between the folder and run through the big shot. This is a technique I had not tried before and loved the effect it gave. I will certainly be trying this again with other folders.

The flowers were created using the Boho Blossoms and Fancy Flower punches and few pearl jewels for the centres. The Little Leaves Sizzlit die was used for the leaves. The sentiment is from Curly cute stamped in Always Artichoke.

For the next card we used the Bigz Lattice die to cut out the centre  and then stuck it back in the hole without all the little bits to create a lattice framework. 

To make the flower we punched out 5 scallop circles,3 pink pirouette and two in crumb cake. They were spritzed with water to make them damp and each one screwed up into a ball. Scrunching up paper is still something I find quite hard to do, it goes against the grain! When almost dry, each ball was opened out and layered up and fixed together with a brad in the centre.  Each layer was manipulated and teased until a flower was formed. The leaves were punched from the Bird Builder Punch.

 The lovely cross stitch at the bottom of the card was created using the new needlepoint border embossing folder. The sentiment is from itty bitty banners. A couple of the butterflies from the Papillon Potpourri set was stamped in crumb cake and pink piroutte.

Here is a landscape version of the card.

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Secret garden using white re-inker technique

Hello, I am a little behind with my blogging this week and have just remembered I still have the class cards to show you from a couple of weeks ago

Both cards used the same technique of painting with the whisper white re-inker as a base. 

For the first card the flowers were stamped onto a separate piece of crumb cake card and heat embossed with white embossing powder. They were coloured in with a wash of whisper white re-inker mixed with a little water and left to dry. The flowers were then painted with a couple of drops of coloured re-inker, again mixed with some water and painted over the top. Colours used bashful blue and summer starfruit.

Stamp sets used are Secret Garden and Sassy Salutations.The sentiment and leaves  were stamped on to plain whisper white card in lucky limeade and marina mist.  This was then run through the perfect polka dots embossing folder

When the painted flowers were dry they were cut out using the framelits and placed on top with dimensionals. 

The second card used the same technique but were stamped and painted directly onto a piece of crumb cake card which was matted and layered with whisper white and raspberry ripple. A piece of gumball green stitched satin ribbon was tied around and placed onto a strip of so saffron punched with scallop trim border.

 Re-inker colours used raspberry ripple and summer starfruit.

A variation of the above card, made into a larger square card. 

Thanks for stopping by

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Chalkboard card with elegant butterfly and owl punches

Here is the other chalkboard card I demonstrated in the classes over the past few couple of weeks. 

I used Bring on the Cake and Delightful Dozen stamp sets stamped in whisper white craft pad onto Basic black, Cherry Cobbler and Crumb Cake card.  They were decorated  with the elegant butterfly and bitty butterfly punch in Cherry Cobbler and Itty Bitty punch for the small flowers

 I then decided to alter the design to make a card which would be more suitable for a man and thought that the owl builder punch would be a great addition. What do you think?

My ladies really loved the owl and wanted to create their cards the same.

 Here are a few of their cards, same design but all different!! 

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Chalkboard easel cards

I have had several card classes over the past few weeks in which we have made chalkboard type cards. 

I have loved teaching these cards because  all the cards have turned out differently, by using  a variety of coloured papers, ribbons and stamps

Here is the original card I demonstrated using the Sycamore Street designer series papers from Sale-a-bration and Rich Razzleberry stitched grosgrain  and summer starfruit stiched satin ribbons.

 The chalkboard easel is a great design for a card in which I gained the inspiration from one on Pintrest.

All the stamps used are from Bring on the Cake and Delightful Dozen  with whisper white craft pad

A few more cards using different papers and stamps

The following cards are by class members

  I will be back tomorrow to show you the other chalkboard card we made in the classes

Monday, 15 April 2013

Stampin' Up! Special Offer

Stampin’ Up! have released a new offer this morning. If you sign up between now and the end of May 2013 you can choose an additional £25 worth of goodies in your starter kit.  That’s a  grand total of £155 for just £99. PLUS you get a business pack worth £45 included free (this contains all your catalogues and stationery).  If you'd like more information about joining please let me know

 Host a workshop (or individual order) that's over £250 you receive  an extra £25 worth of Hostess Spends. That’s a huge £65 worth of spends for a £250 party!

  We are also  going to be seeing a Colour Refresh with effect from 1st July 2013! To coincide with the new Stampin' Up! catalogue, we are introducing 4 new colours and bringing back 6 previous in colours

The 4 Core Colour families will stay and we will also have the 2 In Colour families however there is going to be a little change within the Core Colours.

The chart below explains it all and please make sure you check out the colours that will be leaving us as these will only be available while stocks last and not necessarily until the end of June.

I am really pleased that Pool Party, Calypso Coral, Wisteria Wonder and Island Indigo are going to be staying with us and also happy that Pear Pizazz is back

Saturday, 13 April 2013

Collage birthday card

What a hectic few days, we have had three days of celebrations and parties with family and friends for mine and my Dad's birthdays. It has been lovely to see all the family again. It was the first time all my mum and dad's children, grandchildren and great grandchildren have got together for about a year

Mum and Dad with all their grandchildren and great grandchildren

Birthday cake iced by Leanne

Cupcakes made by Leanne

 Photos of the card I made for my Dad

Several squares were punched in crumb cake, midnight muse and a few papers from the print poetry design series stack and embossed with the argyle folder to create the base of the collage card.
 The watch was created by stamping the watch from the Dapper Dad set and  a squashed soda cap. I covered the watch face with crystal effects which dries hard and clear.

Dad was stamped in midnight muse from the Letter it alphabet set. I used summer starfruit ink for the bow tie and For you. 

I am going to sign off now and have an early night, all ready for a card class in the morning!

Friday, 12 April 2013

Birthday Celebrations

I am being totally spoilt today.  It's my birthday and have already received lots of beautiful handmade cards and presents from friends and family.

My crafting friends from our Tuesday afternoon group had a collection and presented me with these gorgeous gifts.

 Thank you Tracey, Anita, Margaret, Beryl and Carol,  it is very much appreciated.

 I also received a gorgeous flower bouquet from my darling husband, a girl can't have too many flowers to brighten up the home. 

I  share my birthday with  Margaret .  This is the card I made for her.  I used a combination of crumb cake, pink pirouete and whisper white colours along with some Tea for Two designer series paper and crumb cake seam binding.

The large flower was created by punching out 6 scallop circles in different colours,  spritzing them with water and scrunching them up until almost dry. They were opened out and attached together with a brad in the middle. 

The Happy Birthday sentiment is from the new fabulous set Bring on the cake and I randomly stamped the background with some flowers and swirls.  I used the delicate design embossing folder for the bottom of the whisper white card.

It was my Dad's Birthday yesterday as well so we are having a full weekend of birthday celebrations and family gatherings.  We had a meal out with close family last evening, having another meal out tonight for my birthday and have arranged a  party for my Dad tomorrow afternoon. 

 I will be back tomorrow to show you the card I made for him