Saturday, July 26, 2008

Teachers Gifts

Heres a little project I made for my Daughters Teacher. Its a little wallet containing 6 cards (2 each of 3 different designs) and envelopes.

The wallet was made very simply by just cutting the cardstock to size and folding up the bottom edge to form the flap, then folding the whole thing in half to make the wallet. The flaps were glued along the outside edge only.

Here are the cards that went inside...

Petals and Paisleys DS papers.
Stamps: Polka Dots and Paisleys, Roses in Winter
Ink: Rose Red (Wallet only: Pretty in Pink, So Saffron, Mellow Moss)
Ribbons: Pretty in Pink Taffeta, Tempting Turquoise and White 1/4" grosgrain.
Cardstock: Whisper white, Taken with Teal, Rose Red, So Saffron

I will attempt to make a tutorial with instructions on the wallet over the next few days... Fingers crossed!

Thanks for looking,
C xx

Monday, July 14, 2008

Pastels & Butterflies

Here is a new project I made for a friends birthday. Its called a 'swing' card. This refers to the cut-out section in the middle of the front. You can buy card blanks pre-scored and cut this way but I simply used a ruler and my preferred cutting system. Measure the 1/2 way point on the front of your card and make a faint pencil line vertically. This represents where the fold will be. Lay your cutting template over the line, make sure you are straight and cut only the Right side of your oval. (I used a coluzzle system which is really easy as the template is see through)

The stamp set I used was A Touch of Nature. I first stamped the Fern leaf from the set in VersaMark Ink and heat embossed with clear powder. I then used the stampin pastels over the embossed images to change the colour of the cardstock. Then I overstamped the butterfly image. I also used another oval cut-out as a mask to blend some pastels and add interest on the inside of the card. (Make sure you line this up also so it is covered by the front fold...)

The 3d effect is achieved by first stamping straight onto the card then stamping again on another piece. Again emboss with clear powder and then cut out. Use stampin dimensionals under the wings and a dab on tacky glue under the body. I also curved the wings slightly before sticking in place.

Of course I had to add some glitter too!

I love the softer look of this card and the limited supplies used...

Stamps: Touch of Nature
Card: Very Vanilla
Ink: Perfect Plum, VersaMark
Pastels: Elegant Eggplant

Off to make some more samples now!
Thanks for looking,

C x

Thursday, July 10, 2008

I've got an Award!

A HUGE thank you to Carole on for giving me this wonderful honor... Ive never got an award before... I feel a speech coming on...

Ok, dont beg... no speech!

The rules for this award are:
1. The winner can put the logo on their blog.
2. Link the person you received your award from.
3. Nominate at least 7 other blogs.
4. Put links to these blogs on yours.
5. Leave a message on the blogs you have nominated.

Goodness, this was SUCH a hard decision, but here are just a few of the blogs that I visit regularly. (I have chosen only UK blogs as I dont think it fair to tempt people with things we cant buy. Like going into the sweet shop with no money!)


Take a look at these fab ladies work and enjoy

C x

Monday, July 7, 2008

Gone AWOL!

Do not fear my friends I have not vanished from the face of the earth... The fates have simply conspired against me recently but I have prevailed and vanquished said demons into the firey pits below!... HA HA HA

No seriously, my camera was 'dropped' on a school trip (new one now arrived), my son spilt a glass of water over my keyboard and (despite blasting with the atomic hairdryer) some letters were sticking and/or not working... (try typing without using the 'n' or the 'a' keys, you'll understand!) But all is well in my world now and normal service will resume...

I WILL be posting a new project in the next few days, so dont loose faith... I SHALL RETURN!

Bye 4 now
C xx