Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Sense of Time Butterflies

Well here, I go again with another card I made for Louisa, my Secret Sister, from Stampin_Up_In_Oz.

I tried to incorporate green into this card to give Louisa some ideas on how to use it. I am not normally a green person either, but trying to do things for a Secret Sister is just another way to challenge myself.

The Sense of Time stamp set was not available at the time I made this card, but I think that the wording is so appropriate for butterflies, as they have to "Live for Today" and "Hope for Tomorrow". In case you are wondering the Sense of Time stamp set has made it back into the current Idea Book and Catalogue! Three cheers for SU!®

Here is a close up of the butterfly. I stamped him in Stazon Black and then using my classic ink pads and blender pens coloured him it. It was so quick and easy!

Card: Certainly Celery, Tempting Torquoise, Whisper White
Ink: Black Stazon, Certainly Celery, Tempting Torquoise, Pacific Point, Apricot Appeal (retired), Soft Suede
Tools: Paper Piercing tool and Mat Pack
Stamp sets: All A Flutter, Vintage Vogue, Sense Of Time.

Till next time, happy stamping...

Saturday, September 25, 2010

A bag of goodies!

I hope you are enjoying the school holidays, depending on where you are in the world. Today I'd like to show you this cute gift bag I made for Louisa. Louisa was my Secret Sister for Round 2 with the online group Stampin_Up_In_Oz. It was made using the Parisian Breeze Specialty Paper. I really think I should have stocked up big on this. It is absolutely gorgeous, but like all papers we have an ever changing group of them and I am sure that Elegant Soiree will quickly fill the void left by Parisian Breeze.

I think the bag was a Makeesha Byl design which was made available to the demonstrators on ESAD. It was so easy to make, although I changed it a little and used the Circle Scissors Plus and Scallop Circle Big Shot die to create the flap of the handbag!

The bag was able to hold the two pillow boxes and the card. I know I would have loved the receive this gift.

Card: Chocolate Chip, Baja Breeze, Whisper White
Ink: Baja Breeze
DSP: Parisian Breeze Specialty (retired)
Ribbon: Baja Breeze 1' double stitched grosgrain, Chocolate Chip 5/8' grosgrain
Embellishments: Clear Rhinestones, Flower Fusion(retired)
Tools: Circle Scissors Plus, Big Shot, Pillow Box die, Scallop Circle Die

Till next time, happy stamping....

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Great friend gift

A good thing about the Stampin_Up_In_Oz group is that you don't have to use current product all the time. Since Louisa likes butterflies, I couldn't help but dust off one of my favourite sets, Great Friend.

I made Louisa a chocolate slider box and co-ordinating card. I think the Urban Garden DSP was my favourite out of last years catalogue. Although I will miss it, there are some beautiful new ones this year.

Below is a close up of my butterfly. I stamped the image on the main peice of cardstock in Apricot Appeal (now retired) and then ink up the stamp again and then went around the edge with a Regal Rose marker pen to give it a bit of oomph! I stamped this on a scrap peice of cardstock, then carefully cut it out. I know it seems a bit fiddly, but it's so worth it! I then adhered my top butterfly slightly skewiff, so that it gave the impression of movement, and put dimensionals under the wings.

I was really pleased with how this turned out. And I was even more pleased when Great Friend made a return to the 2010-2011 Idea Book and Catalogue.

Card: Whisper White, Not Quite Navy, Baja Breeze
Ink: Apricot Appeal (retired), Kiwi Kiss (retired), Not Quite Navy, Regal Rose
DSP: Urban Garden
Ribbon: Baja Breeze 1" double stitched grosgrain
Punch: Scallop Edge, Scallop Oval, Large Oval, Small Oval
Stamp Set: Great Friend

Till next time, happy stamping...

Friday, September 17, 2010

Secret Sister in Oz - Round 2

Well in case you weren't aware, I have been participating in another round of Secret Sister. This time it was with the Stampin_Up_In_Oz group. These are a group of ladies who love Stampin' Up!® though may not necessarily be demonstrators. It's membership is open to anyone who loves Stampin' Up!®.

This round my sister, Louisa Wilson, told me that she loves butterflies and also found green a difficult colour to work with. So I tried to incorporate these into the items I made for her.

This card is made using the Butterfly Prints stamp set, which was in a mini catalogue, but I am happy to say has been bought back in the main Idea's Book and Catalogue. The Butterfly punch is also back, which makes me super happy.

Card: Pink Pirouette, Rich Razzleberry
Ink: Rich Razzleberry
DSP: Cottage Wall (retired)
Embellishments: Rhinestones (non SU)
Stamp Set: Butterfly Prints, Occasional Greetings

Till next time, happy stamping...

Monday, September 13, 2010

A challenge set by EnchantINK!

Last month my friend Andrea set a challenge on her blog and I thought I'd make sure that I entered. The challenge was to take inspiration from her blog header. I wasn't feeling too creative. Actually getting a card out of me at all was a suprise as I have been sooooo busy!

Anyway I figured I'd try to case her header and add some of the elements that I have learned from being on her blog.

I got a scrap peice of paper and punched out two Full Hearts and keep both images. Using the punched image I layered them and then brayered over the top. I then took the other peice of cardstock that I had punched the cards out of and layered it over where I had previous had the actual punched shape and sponged the inside. This left me with the white line around the hearts. And since this was Andrea's challenge it wouldn't be right, without a bit of bling, so I mixed some chunky glitter and Crystal Effects together and painted the hearts. It looks much better IRL.

I also used the scrunchy ribbon, which is made by cutting down the centre of the ribbon about 1cm and then pulling on a thread. I did this until I had enough scrunchy ribbon to sit nicely on the card. It is a little slow, but so worth it. I then made the super easy bow that Andrea taught us as well.

Anyway I can't actually remember all the colours that I used on this card, but I do know that the cardstock was the newly returned River Rock. Isn't it fantastic?

Anyway no recipe today... sorry.... perhaps I'll get back on track soon

Till next time, happy stamping

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

A gift for Daddy!

Hi all. I apologise profusely for not being here. I have been extremely busy! Actually so busy that I only made one card last week. I know, one card! It's disappointing.

Anyway I thought I'd show you this cute wallet I made for my husband for Fathers Day. I got the tutorial for this from Helping Hudson. If you haven't been over there already, you need to - you can only purchase the tutorials till the end of September and they are so worth it!

This wallet was designed by Gayatri Murali. She is a very clever lady!

I did make up little credit card size cards and the kids wrote messages and drew pictures for their daddy! I am sure he'll treasure it.

I don't know if I will be in trouble if the law looks at this photo, as I am not sure if we are allowed to take photo's of 'real' money. It's only a portion anyway, so not exactly copyable.

I can't believe that this only took two stamp sets, two colours of cardstock, one ink pad and a gel pen. Not very much ingredients at all. Unfortunately some of these have now retired, which means there is lots of new product in a NEW Idea Book and Catalogue.

Card: Close to Cocoa (retired), Basic Black
Ink: Close to Cocoa (retired)
Tools: Signo Gel Pen
Stamp sets: Weathered (retired), Occasional Greetings

Till next time, happy stamping...
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