Thursday, June 27, 2013

Watercolour Roses

I just have two quick cards for you today.
Using a retired Stamp Set featuring this lovely rose which I stamped and embossed with white embossing powder on Watercolour Paper. Then washed over with  re inker Tempting Turquoise.
The background paper has the Lattice Bigz Die featured, cut out of designer Paper.

And this one again using the rose which I embossed with Gold Embossing Powder and washed with Regal Rose .

Not long now until the new 2013-2014 Catalogue! Only a few days left to order retiring products.
Don't Miss Out!
Thanks for visiting. Vx

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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Exploding Swallowtail!


What is an exploding Swallowtail I hear you ask. It sounds quite gory doesn't it! hehe!

I saw a terrific video tutorial by Linda Gutierrez for this Explosion Card. She very nicely renamed it the "Open Surprise Card".
But I like a bit of drama so I changed it up a little bit (as you do). Here is my version.

A nice simple card from the outside.

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And then you start to open it...
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And Finally... Taa Daa..

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I used Cameo Coral, Black and Blushing Bride  for the cardstock and Basic Gray and Cameo Coral for the ink. The beautiful Swallowtail butterfly is the main feature of this card but I have also used some nearly retired stamps from Just Believe and French Foliage and Word Play.

The inside of the card is done on white photocopy paper. 20.5cm x 20.5cm square.
 Let me know if you would like some more information on this and I will be happy to help.

In the meantime make sure you don't miss out on any retiring stamp sets you haven't got yet.

Thanks for stopping by.

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Sunday, June 23, 2013

By the Tide

I have been admiring cards using the By the Tide Stamp Set for a while now. Page 19 of the Mini Catalogue.
By the Tide Clear-Mount Stamp Set

 But when I saw this great fold by Cecile Ortiz I just had to make a card.
Come and see what we did in Card Class yesterday.
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This special fold has a piece sliding out from the inside like so.
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And then when you open the inside of the card you have this.
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An underwater scene.

I had fun playing with this card fold. Here is another card I made with slightly different measurement.

If you would like this stamp set please let me know.
Only a week until the mini catalogue and the 2012-2103 Catalogue finish. Don't miss out on any retiring products you need.

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Friday, June 21, 2013

Little Photobook Instructions

Hello everyone.
As promised I have a few details for you on making your own little photobook, like the ones I showed in the last blog post.
My photobook measurements were 14cm x 28cm, scored in half, for the the insert pages. (14cm x 14cm pages)
And the outside cover was 14cm x 29cm. This one is scored at 14cm and then at 15cm to give me a 1cm spine in the centre.
Measure the spine of your photobook before you make your cover in case you need to adjust the size of the spine. i.e. more pages will mean a wider spine and less may mean you can make it slightly narrower.

1. Start first with the size you want to make your photobook. I use the size of the photos I am putting in to determine that. The biggest photos I had (once cropped) were 13cm x 10cm. So that is why I went with the 14cm size for my previous photobooks.

For this example I have used different coloured cardstock so you can see what I am doing.
I have 10cm x 20cm pieces of cardstock. Scored in half to give me a 10cm x 10cm square page.

2.Glue page one to page 2 as shown.

3. Then Glue the next two pages. Continue on for as many pages as you need.

4. Here is a back view to show you all the pages joined together.
    This is a good time to measure that back spine to check how wide you need your scoring to be on the front cover.

 4. Here is my cover. I have measured and scored at 10cm then again at 11cm to give a 1 cm spine for my book. The full measurement of my outside cover is 10cm x 21cm.
 5. Now glue the front page to the inside of your cover and the back page to the other side as shown.
Do not glue the spine

And your photobook is ready to be decorated!

I hope you found this mini tutorial helpful and it will inspire you to make some of your own.
Let me know if you do.
Be sure to come back next week. I have some interested class cards to show you.

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

A Nifty Little Photobook to make.

Do you sometimes have a few photos to send to friends or family.
Instead of just sticking them in an envelope, how about putting them in a little handmade photobook.
They make great little gifts or even a nice little keepsake for yourself.
This is one I made for my Cousin's birthday. I used black cardstock as the base for the little photobook.
And International Bazaar Designer Paper to decorate it.
I also used some new stamps from the upcoming 2013-2014 Catalogue due out in July.
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Here is the front cover.

I love doing these little books. They are so quick and easy. Would you like to see another one I just made for my Convention Photos?
This time I have used a new Designer Paper that will be in our 2013-2014 Catalogue called Quatrefancy Specialty Designer Paper.
I will show you just a few pages too and you might spot some new stamps as well.
What I like the best about these nifty little books is that you can add minimal embellishments and it still looks good.
If you would like to see how I made these be sure to come back next time and I will have a small photo tutorial for you so you can make your own.
Thanks for stopping by.
Until next time. Happy Stamping.

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Friday, June 14, 2013

Punch Happy!

It is my eldest son's birthday on Saturday. I feel fairly safe that he won't be reading any blog posts of mine in the near future. haha.  So thought I would share his card with you.
We are giving him the complete StarWars DVD set so I wanted to make a card that went along with the StarWars theme.

I decided to go with a Punch Art Card.
First I googled Star Wars images and looked through them to pick something I thought I could possibly make with punches.
R2-D2 seemed like a good one to try.

I bet you are dying to see how I did aren't you?!!
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I am very pleased with the result. I used various size circle punches, the pennant punch (for the feet). A lot of different size pieces of rectangle or square pieces of card.
Silver, white, black, going gray and night of navy cardstock.
Stampin Write black marker and a white gel pen.

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I decided to make an easel card. Here it is open. "In a galaxy far far away..." hehe.
 The two greetings are typed on the computer and printed off on our white cardstock.
Do you think he will like it?
I certainly hope so.

I just love Punch Art. When you just can't find the right stamp, punch art can be the answer!

When you need a quick and easy card, grab a couple of punches!
A punch can be used for a background or as the main image.
It can be used to highlight a greeting. It is such a versatile tool.
That is why I always say you can never have too many punches! hehe.

So go ahead - what are you waiting for? Put one on your wishlist today! You won't be sorry.
And happy punching!

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Retirement - don't miss it.

Click here for Retirement List.
It is always a little sad to say goodbye to favourite stamp sets when the leave.
I thought it would be nice to re-visit with some of my very special stamp sets that I have always loved using.
Like Elements of Style and Artistic Etchings.

French Foliage

Nature Walk
and Just Believe.
Make sure you don't miss out on any of the retiring stamp sets will you?
 They are only while stock last!

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