Friday, June 27, 2008

Another Challenge

Here is another card from a challenge set over on our fab new website for inspiration and all things Stampin' Up! The challenge was to make a card using set colours: Orchid Opulence, Elegant Eggplant and Certainly Celery.

I used Very Vanilla for a card base and VersaMarked the leaf image from the Touch of Nature stamp set randomly over this to make a watermark effect. The words were stamped in Basic Grey Ink and the large butterfly was overlaid using the 'stamping off' technique (ink up your stamp as usual but before placing on you final position stamp off some of the colour on a scrap piece of paper. this produces a faded image when stamped again)

The edges of the Eggplant and Orchid card were punched with the Spiral Punch and the Celery and Vanilla were ripped. Add a touch of Celery Grosgrain ribbon and you are done.

(Not strictly SU but the small butterflies were stamped onto Shrink Plastic - same stamp as before - and heated with my heat gun till they are shrunk! These were attached with glue dots...)

Thanks for looking,

C xx

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Don't Forget the Boys!

Are you ready for Fathers Day?

My first card is really simple... Using the Prints Designer Paper in Close to Cocoa I covered a C6 card blank (made from Creamy Caramel card). I then used my Crop-a-dile and set a metallic eyelet in each corner. I did the same on a smaller piece of Designer paper and glued horizontally across the card.

The letters are stamped in Bordering Blue using the Headline Alphabet on Very Vanilla Cardstock and cut out. The tab on the top right of the card is simply a piece of Twill Tape trimmed to an angle on either end and stapled to the card... Voila!

Using the Metallic Eyelets and 'boy' colours makes this a very 'male' card... Using different colours and using ribbon and/or buttons would make a great 'female' card...

This one was made using the Le Jardin Double sided papers on a card blank made from Certainly Celery cardstock. I made a 'gatefold' card for some interest, and stamped 'U R' with the Headline Alphabet in Mellow Moss (Using the Stamp-a-ma-jig to line up!) I then punched out a circle using the 1 3/8" circle punch and also punched out the word 'wonderful' (Welcoming Words - hostess gift) which had been stamped onto Very Vanilla Cardstock. This was glued on the inside of the card so it shows through the hole when the card is closed...

Let me know what you think?...
Thanks for looking,

C xx

Roses In Winter

Here is a set of cards I made to demonstrate how each stamp set is able to give to several different looks.

These three cards are made with the same stamp set (Roses in Winter) and the same layout design. By varying the colours and the assembly slightly you can achieve some amazing cards...

The method used for this card is called masking...

You simply Mask the area in the middle that you wish to remain the base colour and randomly stamp your images. When done stamping you remove your 'mask'... I use a post-it-note as it is just sicky enough that the mask doesnt move and doesnt leave a residue.

I also used the masking method to decorate the inside of this card...
Stamps: Roses In Winter, Cheer & Wishes
Ink: Pretty in Pink, Pale Plum, Mellow Moss, Bordering Blue
Card: Very Vanilla, Pretty in Pink, Mellow Moss, Glorious Green, Pale Plum.
Seasoning: White 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon, Pretty in Pink Tafetta Ribbon.
Please leave your comments... Let me know what you want me to feature and i will do my best... Coming Soon... Bag-a-lope and Jubblies Container tutorials!
Thanks for visiting!
C xx

Thursday, June 5, 2008

I Love a Challenge!

This card is the result of 2 Challenges over on The first challenge was for the colours, Rose Red, Taken with Teal, So Saffron and Whisper White. The second was the layout.
I used Rose Red Prints Designer Paper across the middle of a standard C6 card (1/2 an A4 card folded in half) made from So Saffron. I used the corner rounder without the guard to make the scalloped edge on the paper. I next cut a square of Taken with Teal and mounted this in the middle of the card.
Whisper White grosgrain ribbon across the front of this and then I stamped Congratulations from the Cheer & Wishes stamp set in the bottom right hand corner.
The heart on the top of the cake was done using a method called paper piecing... Simply Stamp your image onto the required colour card stock and cut out the piece you want. Layer and glue this onto the original image...
The Cake itself is from the Year after Year set and I stamped this 3 times with Rose Red ink onto White cardstock.
The bottom layer was trimmed into a square shape and mounted onto the Teal square on the card. The next layer I trimmed the image to just the bottom 2 layers of cake. Then I curved this slightly and put some Stampin Dimensionals just in the middle of the image ( I layered 2 on top of each other for more depth). This was stuck onto the first layer, carefully lining up. The last layer is trimmed to just the bottom cake, again curved slightly and mounted with 2 layers of Dimensionals. Line up carefully and stick...
This technique is called decoupage and I love it because it really gives the image some depth and makes it more interesting. Glitter the edges if you want...
Be sure to take a look at this site as it gives lots of ideas and inspiration for when you 'loose your Mojo' as I did recently...
Thanks for looking,
C xxx