Thursday, May 31, 2012

French Foliage CASE

I was part of an online fundraiser recently for Breast Cancer and one of the samples made was a CASE of a CASE and consequently now I have no idea who originally made this card - but I love it and wanted to share my card with you. It's sort of another variation on a faux layered card, it doesn't look like a card made just from Whisper White card stock does it?? 

Did I ever tell you that the best value item in the entire Stampin' Up! catalogue are the stamping sponges - $6.50 #101610 for 3 that I cut up and make into 18, topped with the round tab punch labels so they don't get mixed up when I am using them.........bargain!

Stamps: Loving Thoughts, French Foliage 
Ink: Early Expresso, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake

Card Stock: Whisper White
Accessories: Linen thread, mat pack, paper piercer, paper snips, Dimensionals, stamping sponges.
Non-SU! Post-it notes

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Reason To Smile Sneek Peek!

I was so excited to hear that there are two awesome new Stampin' Up! offers coming for June - one of which involves FREE rubber! I also wanted to take part in this months sketch challenge on Craft Project Central and here's the sneak peak result.......

I combined making my own designer paper using the two step stamps with some fussy cutting and Twitterpated designer paper & Baker's twine. I love the look of the square lattice folder - what's your favourite embossing folder?

Stamps: Reason to Smile, Every Moment
Ink: Basic Gray, Cherry Cobbler, Blushing Bride, Baja Breeze, Pear Pizzaz
Card Stock: Whisper White, Twitterpated designer paper, Basic Gray
Accessories: Dimensionals, Big Shot, Square Lattice Folder, Cherry Cobbler Bakers Twine, blender pen, stamping sponge, paper snips.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Why should I pay so much for SNAIL when I can get 50m of double sided tape for $2?

Several people ask me which adhesive is the best to buy as SNAIL isn't the cheapest. In some classes I also use a different brand of double sided tape (Stylus) as I don't have 12 SNAIL dispensers and to be honest if we used SNAIL in class I would have to either ask people to BYO or pay an extra $5 a class as I find when it's not their adhesive they try to paint with the SNAIL rather than just using it as an adhesive! 

I am reluctant to get people to bring their own tape for two reasons, firstly if people start bringing their own stuff to class, it gets mixed up with my stuff and things might get accidentally put in the wrong bag during clean up time and if they run out or forget to bring it they'd end up using mine anyway. Secondly people chose different quality adhesives and honestly you do get what you pay for and I would hate for someone to look at a card made in one of my classes and judge it as being rubbish purely based on the quality of the tape chosen by the creator (not me) - see below for an example.

Here is a card I made using cheap tape a few years ago, I was making some samples up and ran out of my SNAIL adhesive so grabbed the nearest tape to finish it off which happened to be from my sons craft box.

Can you see the oily looking trails left by the tape along the whisper white Top Note? Well here's a closer look.............

Sort of ruins the look of all the lovely sponging along the edges doesn't it? Well look what happens when I apply some gentle pressure.......

The whole lot just came apart - the adhesive just doesn't stick well over time and leaves a papery trail and an oily residue.

Now not every card is designed to last forever, but for those special people whom you make a handmade card for and like to keep it for longer than just the week or so of the event or can you imagine making a scrapbook page with this tape?? Definitely not acid free and wouldn't create something that will last from generation to generation! I strongly recommend thinking twice before you chose which adhesive you will use to create your artworks with as it's a shame to spend all that time, effort and supplies only to have it all come apart or be ruined by oily residues........

SNAIL is refillable and comes in 12m rolls, it has a continuous dispenser and is acid free and you really do only need a small amount in each corner of a card to hold it together permanently. To order SNAIL click here #104332 12m SNAIL adhesive $12.95 #104331 SNAIL refill $8.50.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Faux Layering with Just Believe

In a recent techniques class we did faux layering - a fairly simple technique that combines sponging and masking techniques, some patience, lots of post-it notes and practise to create an awesome dimensional look on just one layer of card stock! I must confess though - the sentiment for this one was popped up as a separate layer, pearls were added as flower centres. The background was created using the Love Blossoms roller wheel that is a carryover item from the Summer mini catalogue and can still be ordered here.

Stamps: Love Blossoms roller wheel, Just Believe
Card stock: Basic Black & Whisper White
Ink: Concord Crush, Peach Parfait, Pear Pizzazz & Basic Black
Accessories: Stamping sponges, basic pearls, large oval punch, scallop oval punch, dimensionals, window sheet.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Button Buddies Pig

This was a fun card I made recently for a class focused on the stamp set Button Buddies and designer paper, this month is the best time to get designer paper as for every 3 packs, you get one free!

Stamps: Button Buddies, On Your Birthday, Pennant Parade 
Ink: Regal Rose, Tempting Turquoise, Daffodil Delight
Card Stock: Big Top DSP, Whisper White, Tempting Turquoise, Regal Rose
Accessories: Big Shit, Tasteful Trim die, Perfect Pennants, 2.5" circle punch, Petite Pennants Punch, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, Dimensionals, Crystal Effects, stamping sponge, Basic rhinestones, subtles designer buttons. 

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Birthday & Friends Scrapbook Pages

Here's another lost scrapbook layout from last year (I loved that DSP so pretty), from memory this was an aborted layout, that didn't make the cut into a class........although I like the chipboard flower embellishment that I made for it and the hidden journalling in the envelope......

although I like the chipboard flower embellishment that I made for it and the hidden journalling in the envelope......

I know I didn't finish the layout s it has no title on it - even though I am assuming it was done for a birthday because of the cake die cut! Then I morphed it into these pages.........

I love how the Stamp-a-ma-jig makes it so easy to line up elements like this part of Artistic Etchings....

Doesn't it make a great border for the photo mats & journalling components? The journalling was hidden inside this envelope.......I love the scallop envelope has a perforated part (similar to the Top Note die, so you can trim things off and it gives it a perfect layer).

Inside the envelope, the stamping and sponging matched the rest of the layout (you can tell this was one of my finished layouts as it had sponging on it - unlike the one at the beginning of this post!).

Stamps: Artistic Etchings, Friends 24-7
Ink: Not Quite Navy, Riding Hood Red, Basic Black
Card Stock: Very Vanilla, Riding Hood Red, Crumb Cake, Basic Black, Love Letter DSP.
Accessories: Big Shot, Scallop envelope die, Tasteful trim die, Simple Letters alphabet, stamping sponges, blossom party die, chipboard sheet, 2 way glue pen, multi-purpose adhesive sheets, decorative label punch, round tab punch, Big Bold Cupcake die.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

May Team Swaps

We had a lovely evening last week where we got to spend an evening chatting all about the latest Stampin' Up! news, swap cards and make a useful business tool. The swaps were a to of fun and they focused on the theme of the in-colours. Here's what we swapped......

Lovely use of lace and the Top Note die by Jocie:

Inlaid embossing after fussy cutting LOTS of Vintage Flowers by Tracy:

A very sweet card by Myleigh:

A funky fold opening card by Nikki:

Stunning layering of the Fun Flowers die by Marsha:

and mine - well I forgot to take a photo of it *grin* I'll re-create it and post it on here soon! Hope you got some ideas from the above swaps, I know I did!

Friday, May 18, 2012

Video - Spreading the Ink Technique

This is from an American Stampin' Up! demonstrator training section, but it's too cool not to share with you as it shows you how to create a unique embellishment for a card or scrapbook page. Carrie Cudney from the Stampin' Up! Corporate Office takes a white embossed stamp image from Fancy Flower, adds a little water, then lets the ink spread with the aqua painter. You have to give this technique a go and take a picture and let me see the results!

I've had one of my Aqua painters for over 8 years and it's still going strong - so it really does pay to buy a quality products, another reason I love Stampin' Up! If you need to order any supplies to make this project contact me now!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Another Birthday Card - Field Flowers

I forgot to put the photo up of another birthday card I received last month - a lovely card made by one of my downline Tracy - who CASEd the card from Andrea B. I have to say this is has to be my personal favourite from the current catalogue - not a massively popular one, but for me I completely love this set!

and here's a close up of the flowers that she hand cut and popped up on Dimensionals

Thanks Tracy it's a beautiful card!

Stamps: Field Flowers, Happiest Birthday Wishes, Parlor Prints
Card Stock: Not Quite Navy, Whisper White
Ink: Not Quite Navy, Marina Mist, Old Olive
Accessories: Dimensionals, paper snips, wide oval punch, brayer.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Happy Birthday Double Scrap Book Layout

Here is a double scrap layout from last year (!) that featured chipboard embellishments. It's a very clean layout without too many fussy bits as it was more to showcase the photographs than anything else.

It used a lot of die cutting - the letters, borders, flowers and scalloped photo mounts. As you can see the chipboard we layered to form embellishment pieces and used brads or basic rhinestones in the centres of them or in the case below we stamped then covered the pieces in Crystal Effects to give a lovely shiny finish to them before sprinkling with glitter. The blue circles were chipboard covered in card stock and the edges inked and the same with the vanilla scallop squares.

Stamps: Party This Way, Afterthoughts (hostess retired)
Ink: Basic Black
Card Stock: Not Quite Navy, Crumb Cake, Riding Hood Red, Very Vanilla, White Stazon Ink
Accessories: Blossom Party, Tasteful Trim, Scallop Square Duo, Timeless Type Junior Alphabet, Crystal Effects, Circles #2, Perfect Pennants, Basic Rhinestones, Tombow, chunky glitter (retired), multi-purpose adhesive sheets, sponge dauber, sponges.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Autumn Days Scrapbook Double Layout

Well I found a load of scrapbook pages recently that I hadn't photographed so I will blog these over the next week or so - apologies if they use a few retired items as that's how long ago I made some of them! This layout is new as it's the one we did last week in class (see here for upcoming classes I have running). I wanted to keep the colours Autumny and also incorporate the new Pool Party seam binding ribbon from the Autumn-Winter mini catalogue.

I love the Timeless Type Junior alphabet! The centre panel above the die cut leaves was made using some patience and the stamp set French Foliage and a lot of sponging - I love making my own designer papers with stamps - so personal and unique. I also love the convenience of the Top Note die having a perforated decorative layer just inside the outside cut - makes it so easy to cut and layer with different colours, I also added some sponging to tie it in with the stamped designer paper. I am not sure if you can see it from the photograph or not, but I used a stylus (from the Simply Scored) and the base part of my Mat Pack and dry embossed veins onto each leaf after I had sponged the edges of each one, all the edge sponging was done in Soft Suede. Tip: I hold the leaves in place with Dotto whilst I finish my layout and then they can be easily removed when I add photos and re-stuck down permanently, but this way I don't lose any or forget which element was going where one the page!

The ribbon was done by running a line of adhesive over the strip of More Mustard card stock and then anchoring it behind before pleating it randomly with my fingers to form a decorative strip - I love how soft and shiny the seam binding is, so easy to work with.

Stamps: French Foliage
Ink: Soft Suede, More Mustard, Wild Wasabi
Card Stock: Pool Party, More Mustard, Spice Cake DSP (retired), Very Vanilla, Soft Suede
Accessories: Big Shot, Timeless Type Junior Alphabet, Top Note, Leaves #2 die, Pool Party Seam Binding Ribbon, Dotto, sponges.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Owl Bookmark Card

I designed these bookmark cards a while ago as a free make and take at a workshop as per a request from the hostess and then again recently at a class due to popular request. They feature a folded magnetic bookmark that is integrated into a card front, a perfect gift for when you want to give a little gift!

and a close up of the bookmark, the back of each of the tag die pieces has a magnet on it so that it can grip to the book pages. The sentiments on the card & bookmark can be changed to suit the occasion e.g. thank you

If you want a unique make and take item like this FREE at your workshop for you and your guests or a custom class contact me now to organise a suitable time/date.

Stamps: Happiest Birthday Wishes, Curly Cute & Fresh Vintage
Ink: Island Indigo
Card Stock: Island Indigo, Pool Party, Crumb Cake, Everyday Enchantment DSP, Whisper White, Calypso Coral
Accessories: Owl punch, Big Shot, Two Tags die, Word Window Punch, scallop circle punch, Tombow glue, sticky strip.
Non SU!: magnet (recycled from my fridge)

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Framelit Labels & Flowers

I've had a lovely play of late with the new Framelits dies in the Autumn-Winter mini catalogue, they are really easy to use and cut beautifully. The final card we made this week in the Mother's Day class was this one..........

Stamps: Vintage Vogue, Field Flowers
Ink: Blushing Bride, Poppy Parade, Pear Pizzazz
Card Stock: Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White & Blushing Bride
Accessories: Big Shot, Framelit Labels Collection dies, Adorning Accents Edgelit die, Adorning Accents Embossing Folder, Designer Frames Embossing Folder, wide oval punch, stamping sponge, basic rhinestones, clear circle rhinestones, 1/16" handheld punch, Dimensionals, Tombow glue.