Monday, July 29, 2013

Bow diddly -Bow tutorial

Have you seen all the lovely bows around?
I love them. And they are so simple to make.
Here's what you need:
Large Oval Punch
Designer Paper or cardstock
Glue dots

Punch out two large ovals. Cut one piece of dsp 8cm x 2cm and one piece of dsp 1cm x

Now fold the two outside edges of the ovals together. I used a glue dot to hold them together.

Cut a tail into the ends of the 8cm x 2cm piece. See how I use my small square punch to do this.
Now stick the two ovals on top (I used a glue dot).
Then wrap the small dsp 1cm x 5.5cm piece around the bow. Holding in place with (you guessed it!) gluedots.
Add a brad, button, diamante, pearl or leave it plain!
Now you are an official Bow Maker. Yay.

You can add them to Scrapbook pages and Cards.

Tags and Gift Wrapping.

Have fun. This is a great way to use up some left over scraps too.
Thanks for stopping by. If you have any questions please drop me a line. I love hearing from you.

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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Multi-coloured butterflies.

Do you ever have a Creative Block???
I did the other week. Everything I tried just didn't seem to work.
Anyway. This is when desperation steps in and we learn to lean on a friends (that is why they are there after all! LOL)
I had a beautiful swap card from my Stampin Up Buddy Carolyn. She had made it using the Baby Wipe Technique. So there was my inspiration! A Baby Wipe Technicolour card just like Carolyns.
Here is hers.

And here is mine.
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I used the ink colours Baja Breeze (retired), More Mustard (retired) and Perfect Plum.
The pretty circle stamp is from Everything Eleanor and the butterfly is from Papillion Potpourri (boy do I use that set a lot!). Happy Birthday is from Perfectly Penned.
Window Frames Collection Framelits and the new Beautifully Baroque Embossing Folder were used also.

You may be wondering how I came up with these colours... certainly I would never have thought of this combination myself.
 No I used my Handy Dandy Colour Coach to find the colours that coordinate. p.139 main catalogue. What a life-saver that little swatchbook is!
$24.95. p.139 of the catalogue.
Color Coach
While we are on the subject of friend Gail brought along a cute butterfly made from that pretty flower trim we had in the last mini. She saw how to do this on Youtube.
Isn't that sweet. A great little embellishment to add to a scrapbook page or card. Thanks for sharing Gail.

Thanks for dropping by. I have had a bit of a cold this week but am on the mend. 
Eating plenty of this.
 What's that you say???? You can't smell it? Here have a good whiff!!

 Mmm.. Veg Soup! Doesn't that look good and wholesome!
Thanks for visiting.

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Monday, July 22, 2013

Sunburst, Starburst, Sunshine.

Have you seen the Sunburst Card on page 110 of the main catalogue?
I have seen this style of card called Sunburst card, Starburst card and Sunshine card. So I will leave it up to you which name you prefer. I call it the Sunburst Card though.

I just love the idea of being able to use up some of my designer paper stash and this technique is just perfect for that.
Here is a card we did in class this month using the Quatrefancy Specialty paper. Very bright I know!
I just used two different patterns on this one to keep it fairly simple.

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And here is another card using the same designer paper. This time I used three patterns and an embossed piece of pool party cardstock.
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See how different it can look?
Strawberry Slush is the main cardstock for both these cards with Pool Party and Whisper White.
I used the Blossom punch for the flower and stamps from Round Array and Serene Silhouettes.

Maybe you could give the Sunburst style card a go too.

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Friday, July 19, 2013

New Catalogue Vintage

When I first looked through my new catalogue I didn't think there was a lot of new vintage style stamps. I was rather pining for my Artistic Etchings and Elements of Style I'm afraid to say.
But I didn't give up.  And this is what I created in just 20 minutes!!! of attempting a Vintage style card with some new products I have purchased.
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 I have used Brown Sugar, Crisp Cantaloupe and Pistachio Pudding together with Very Vanilla. I love these new in colours.
Beautifully Baroque Embossing Folder in Very Vanilla sits nicely on top of my stamped Dictionary image in Soft Suede.
The Chalk Talk Stamp sets off my vintage card perfectly with a bit of frayed 7/16" Trim ribbon.
I tore the Beautifully Baroque embossed cardstock on an angle to show off the Dictionary stamp underneath a bit more.
And the Flowershop Flowers in Crisp Cantaloupe just finished the card off nicely I thought.

Well I enjoyed making this card so much I wanted to do it again.... but show a stepped-up version.
So here is my New Catalogue Vintage card - Version 2...
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This time round I embossed the stamped Dictionary cardstock and lightly ran some soft suede ink over it to highlight the embossing. I reversed the positions of the two matts. This time placing the stamped Dictionary image on top and tearing it to expose the very vanilla embossed cardstock underneath.

I used the Very Vintage Designer Buttons for the flower centres. I painted these buttons with some retired White Shimmer Paint.
I also used a paper doily that was sponged with Brown Sugar and decorated with little pearls.
I added a twine bow and pearl to the Ribbon Trim as well.
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Not bad I think considering my initial thoughts on the choice of new Vintage stamps in the catalogue.

More importantly I realise these images can be used for both modern and vintage cards which makes them doubly useful don't you agree? Oh Stampin Up you have done it Again!
(for any oldies thinking this sounds vaguely familiar:- "Oh Mr. Sheen You've Done it Again")hehe.

If you would like to purchase any of these stamps or products to make your own vintage cards please contact me or order through my website. I am happy to help you.

Thank you for visiting. I really appreciate you stopping by.

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Monday, July 15, 2013

Natural Composition

Well I have been MIA for over a week now. Had someone sick at work and had to do some extra hours. The same week I had two classes and a workshop to plan! Always the way...hey.
But here I am ... back again and with plenty to share.

Today I wanted to show you some fun ways to use your Natural Composition Specialty Designer Paper.
p.150 of the main catalogue.

Natural Composition Specialty Designer Series Paper

It comes in a crumbcake colouring with embossed patterns on one side.
You can use this just the way it is and it looks terrific.

Or ... you can
Sponge/Brayer with dark ink. The wood look also can double as an African Animal Print. This piece is brayered in Soft Suede.

 Brayer in white craft ink.

 Use a sponge dauber to add several colours to your designer paper.
Here I used Old Olive and Rich Razzleberry.

Use Stampin Write Markers to colour in.

Brayer with Ink Pad.

This one is hard to see but I have used the white shimmer paint. It looks nice and silvery. Great for a Wedding.

You just used your ink medium on top of the designer paper and remember to wipe excess ink off with a paper towel. Voila! Beautiful designer paper in your colours.
Love it!
Hope this gives you some ideas too on how to use this versatile Designer range and I will be back soon.
Thanks for dropping by.

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Friday, July 5, 2013

A Purrrrfect Housewarming.

I have been playing with the Natural Composition Specialty Designer Paper. p.150 of the new catalogue.
This designer paper has a cardstock thickness so you can use it for cards and boxes as well.

Last Saturday's workshop was also a Housewarming Party so I decided to make a Housewarming Card for my Hostess with the Natural Composition dsp.
She has two much loved cats and I wanted to incorporate them somehow into my card.
Come and see what I came up with...
I used the Woodgrain pattern for the card front.

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Kinda cute hey? Doesn't it make you smile?
I have used Daffodil Yellow, Tempting Turquoise , Whisper White and Naturals Composition dsp for the cardstock. I think the Daffodil Yellow and Tempting Turquoise are cheery colours don't you?
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I punched out squares with my 1" square punch to make a window frame and added a 1cm strip top and bottom for the pelmet and eave.
Half a doily folded in half again and sponged with Tempting Turquoise Ink became a lacy curtain in the window. The little cat is made with two small circles - 1/2" and 3/4". Cut two small triangles for ears and a thin strip slightly curved for the tail.

For her gift I made this Fancy Favour Box again using the Natural Composition dsp.

A Daffodil Yellow Blossom Punch Flower and Pool Party Embossed Vellum Swallowtail butterfly decorated the front.

Here they are together. Don't they look good?
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Be sure to stop by again next week. I have some more things to show you using the Natural Composition Designer Paper. This stuff is amazing!
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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Fishy Fun

By the Tide is my pick for a great versatile stamp set. p.77 of the new Catalogue. 2013-2014.
By the Tide Clear-Mount Stamp Set

It follows in the footsteps of  another great versatile set : retired French Foliage.
How are these two sets similar? I hear you ask.
Well, they can work for any event or occasion and be for either male or female recipients.

They  are both fabulous collage sets with lots of different elements in them and great for showcasing techniques.

Come and see the two By the Tide Cards I made for a recent workshop.
Both ideas came from cards I found on Pinterest.
This one from Elisabeth Stewart.
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This card featured Pool Party and White cardstock.
Pool Party, Island Indigo, Marina Mist, Soft Suede and Early Expresso Ink. The Designer Paper in the background is Naturals Composition dsp brayered with Island Indigo Ink. (more on that in another post).

Here is the other card I showed. Idea from Heidi Baks.

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This time using Crumbcake as my base. A bit of Calypso Coral cardstock on the sides and whisper white.
Ink used: Pool Party, Island Indigo and Calypso Coral, Expresso and Soft Suede.
I used white gel pen on the shell to highlight its features.

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Can you see all the little pearls I stuck onto the coral?? I really liked this. The shell was stamped on Sahara Sand cardstock in Expresso ink with the white gel pen used for highlights.

Consider putting By the Tide Stamp Set on your wish list for the new Catalogue.

Thanks for stopping by. Come back again soon. Vx

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