Wednesday, 29 September 2010
I love the techniques to be learned there, but sadly don't have any Gina K products as international postage makes the cost somewhat prohibitive!
This card uses a little Cuttlebug embossing and some of my new Darkroom Door images from the Friendship Flowers collection. They arrived just yesterday. I cut and embossed the circle and left the card inside the die for stamping. I stamped each image twice with Midnight Blue Stazon, without re-inking, to get the shadow effect. Stamping within the die ensures that a plain border is retained.
I was quite pleased with this one!
Did you miss me last week?
I was having a few days break in Jersey and very pleasant it was too!
Here you can see my new ink-pad rack which arrived today. I'd got fed up with having a cascade of boxes falling down all over me whenever I tried to reach for an inkpad. This was in an enormous package, the sender obviously didn't want it damaged in transit.
If you haven't joined in the nosiness before, now is a good time to start. Head over to Julia's, the link is on my sidebar and get to see some workdesks worldwide.
Tuesday, 28 September 2010
I got the tutorial from Splitcoast Stampers here, and printed the template onto the back of a piece of card which I had previously printed with a Cuttlebug Spotty digi paper.
The tutorial called for magnetic clasps, but not having any of those, I used small Velcro circles as the fastenings for mine.
I'm not quite sure what I would use it for, but I think it's cute. (It's 10cms tall and about 7.5 cms wide!)
Crafty Ann's - Anything but a card
I used my Spellbinder tag a little differently on this card. I wanted the white to show up the delicate colour of the organza ribbon, which I'd coloured with my Copics, so I cut the tag in two and used it as a means to get the ribbon to run behind the image.
Once more I have used my gorgeous new Fiskars Upper Crest border punch and added a sentiment from Hero Arts.
I've had an email with a request for a couple cards this morning, so I'd better press on!
Tuesday Throwdown - Punches
Here is my DT card for My Time to Craft where the theme this week is Looks Like Autumn. I made this card prior to the one with the single sycamore leaf a few posts back, but used the wastage from one of these leaves to make the focal element for that one. Waste not want not, as my old mum used to say.
I stamped the brown card with my Stampin' Up 'Friendly' background stamp, before die cutting the leaves with my Cuttlebug dies. The sentiment is from SU's Sincere Salutations set.
This card has been rather a variation on an Autumn theme as I seem to have made quite a few in similar vein this year.
Hop over to MTTC and show us your Autumnal cards. There is a new rule now about combining no more than 3 challenges... somehow the cards seem more special if they are just for a select few!
Yesterday was spent in Bath looking after my granddaughter. It was Daisy and me and a portable potty - 'Potette' (used twice during the course of our shopping expedition). What a brilliant invention they are!
Her potty training is fairly well established now, and she's very good about letting us know when she needs to 'go'. She only seems to have accidents when she's totally engrossed in her play! Another milestone practically conquered.
Crafty Little Place - Autumn Dayz
Sunday, 26 September 2010
The image is from hero Arts and the script background stamp is from Stampin' Up.
I stamped the image and distressed the papers with Stampin' Up Chocolate Chip ink, and coloured the ribbon with Promarkers to match the blue paper.
The corner is from Cuttlebug's Vintage set of dies.
I really quite like cards oriented in this way.
Tomorrow I shall be off to Bath to babysit my granddaughter for the day. My daughter is self-employed and is quite busy at the moment and so is in need of my services. I'm only too delighted to be able to help out!
Saturday, 25 September 2010
Here are a couple of cards I made today, between tidying up.
Both have Stampin Up images and the same American Crafts Elements ribbon and the first one also uses a Cuttlebug leaf die.
Everybody Art - Autumn
Both could be considered for the theme of Coffee and Cream at Paperplay Challenges, and the second one also uses the sketch from Eat, Sleep Stamp.
Charisma Cardz - Anything Goes
A Spoonful of Sugar - Anything Goes
Allsorts - Plain & Simple
Crafty Creations - Falling leaves
Everybody Art - Autumn
Caardvarks - Clean & Simple
Anyway, here is a card for the Get Sketchy Challenge. I'm not sure if I've entered one of their challenges before, but I liked this sketch and so I had a go.
It's very simple. A Cuttlebug embossed panel with Cuttlebug flowers randomly scattered on it with a Stampin' Up sentiment on the ribbon panel.
Stamp Something - Fall Colours
Now back to crafting...and dieting probably!
At Simplicity this week, the theme for One Layer Wednesday is 'Nature'. How wonderful is that?
For this card, I used a plain rectangle stamp in Mellow Moss (SU) and stamped the Personal Impressions butterflies and the SU sentiment with Stazon Olive Green.
Clean & Simple!
Friday, 24 September 2010
Firstly I chose colours from a similar palette and decorated the blue panel with a paisley embossing folder which I had inked with gold ink and used it on the debossed side.
The main motif is a triple embossed square using gold and copper embossing powder and stamped with a lovely stamp from Stampin' Up. The brown paper is embossed with a Papermania folder and highlighted with a little gold ink. The turquoise ribbon is just a little wider than the brown, so that just a touch shows from beneath it.
I made the sentiment on the computer, which I mounted on Nesties and finished the card off with some brown adhesive gems and a couple of Quickutz swirly things.
It was a project which I really enjoyed making.
The team at No Time to Stamp make the most amazing creations, so do visit their blogs and check out their fabulous work, you'll be truly inspired. They'd love to see what you can create.
Sharon Johnson: No Time to Stamp
Wednesday, 22 September 2010
The flowers and bees were a little gift from my daughter-in-law when I was browsing a craft shop in Bury St Edmunds where she lives and I have been waiting for an opportunity to use them. The lion seems to be looking at the bees in puzzlement.
The paper is from Cuddly Buddly and the corners are made from a Cuttlebug Vintage square cut and half diagonally. I always put double sided tape on the back of the card before putting through the 'bug so that all I have to do once it's cut is to peel and stick.
The sentiment is from Stampin' Up.
Do join in with the challenge, it can be such fun combining the elements for the challenge and you are welcome to combine your card with other challenges.
Tuesday, 21 September 2010
Monday, 20 September 2010
The background is a Hero Arts Stamp (I think) which I stamped in Versamark and embossed over a script stamp with clear embossing powder. I then sponged distress ink in Weathered Wood over the top and buffed it with a paper towel.
I think it's quite an interesting effect.
I did it - Keep it Simple
Cinema Saturday - Use Metal
Alphabet Challenge U- Unused stash (Flower background stamp)
Sew Many Challenges - Wet or dry Embossing
Saturday, 18 September 2010
- Firstly decide how large a section you would like for the tall section of the card I usually like to have about a third of the total width, so 6 or 7cms is fine. On the inside of the card, draw a pencil line from top to bottom, drawing across the fold, 6 or 7 cms from the edge of the card.
- Next, placing the card with the pencil line horizontally nearest to you, score down from the top edge of the card to the pencil line at 2cms., 4cms., 7cms., 10cms., and 15cms. from the left or right hand edge, it doesn't matter which. It depends which side you want your tall section.
- Using a trimmer or a craft knife and steel edged ruler, cut down the pencil line between the first and the last scoremarks.
- Lastly, making mountain and valley folds, crease along the score lines to form the steps.
Card stock 8ins x 8ins folded in half.
Scoring at 3/4in: 1 and 1/2 ins: 2 and 3/4ins : 4 ins: and 6 ins:
I bought the original chair about a year ago and was quite pleased with it until the leather/leatherette split around the stitching on one of the arms. We had taken out cover to insure against mishap and the chair was replaced with absolutely NO quibble.
A similar thing happened to the replacement chair and so back I went to Staples. They couldn't have been more helpful. I have changed it for a different model this time, which is in fact much more comfortable and so I am well pleased.
I also bought a Really Useful Box to keep some of my clear stamps in at the same time.
So... on to this card. It is for the sketch at Our Creative Corner, which I thought, lent itself to this technique. It's called Spotlighting, for fairly obvious reasons. It's quite an interesting idea isn't it!
The image is a freebie from Digi Doodles and I think it's wonderful. Their challenge is Anything Goes!
The sentiment is from Stampin' Up and I sadly can't remember the make of the digi paper. I wish all makers would add an identifying name to their images and papers, it would make things a little simpler. The very bottom layer is a lovely woodgrain paper which I got in the Paper Mill Shop.
Secret Crafter - Anything Goes
Stamp Something - Use something digital
The Shabby Tea Room - Inspired by nature and/or green
Oooh,I do like my new chair!
I cut a piece of card to DL size and discovered that it was 20 cms from one side to the other measuring across the fold. This made the sizes of the steps really easy to calculate.
I scored on the 2cms, 4cms, 7cms, 10cms and 15cms. Perfect!
If anyone would like a tutorial on how I did it, I'll see what I can do.
I used my Stampin' Around wheel to make the houses for the village and added the lorry and the flowers from the Loads of Love set, also by Stampin' Up.
Coloured with neutral shades of Promarkers, I rather like the effect.
PaperPlay- All shapes and sizes
Paper Romance - Birthday or Christmas
Simon Says Stamp - Move it
Everybody Art - Shaped Cards
Cards for Men - Masculine , Transport.
Stamp Scrap & Doodle - Birthday Card
I coloured this jolly looking pumpkin with my Copics and mounted him using Fred She Said papers. The leaves are from a Papermania Punch and the sentiment is from Unity Stamps. The team have come up with some amazing cards, so do hop over and take a look, so that you too can join in the fun.We'd love to see what you all come up with.
I had to go to the dentist this morning for a check-up and a little remedial work to one of my teeth. The dentist had thought that the problem was going to be worse than it turned out to be, so both of us were relieved.
Tomorrow our daughter and son-in-law are treating us to lunch in a swish restaurant in Lyme Regis for our respective birthday presents. I'm really looking forward to it. I'll let you know what it was like when we get back!
Delightful Challenges - Pumpkins
Stempel-Magie - Autumn Colours
Incy Wincy - Autumn Colours
Friday, 17 September 2010
I have been playing around with a Letterpress kit which I had to go and fetch from the Post Office this afternoon, as they tried to deliver it during the three minutes this morning when I was in the shower! I think that it and me will probably come to blows. I got it slightly out of line when I tried to run it through my Cuttlebug and it was really hard to do and I saw afterwards that I had scrunched one side of the bottom plate somewhat. The ink takes ages to dry and I've got it everywhere. Hey Ho! Maybe things will get better.
Anyway on to this card. It's the sketch from Sweet Sketch Sunday and I had a play with a large Penny Black Stamp called Gossamer. I stamped it three times and die cut three different sections from it and then arranged the pieces in a line after adding just a hint of colour.
The papers are from Bits of Ivory, the sentiment is Stampin' Up and the ribbon was coloured with Copics.
I love the sketch I'm not quite sure if I've done it justice however.
I was delighted to have been asked by Sharon, at No Time to Stamp, to be a Guest Designer for two weeks. It is enormously flattering to be invited to a position such as this and of course I was delighted to accept.
The challenge this week is entitled Cracked Glass and is a technique that I have only tried about once before. I really could have done with some UTEE, but unfortunately had to cope with fine detail embossing powder and so had to do extra layers.
It's a fairly straightforward process.
- Stamp and colour your image
- Ink all over with Versamark ink and sprinkle liberally with Clear Embossing powder, shaking off the excess (UTEE is best)
- Heat with a heat gun until all the powder has melted
- Repeat steps 2 & 3 several more times (2 or 3 more times) until there is a fairly thick layer over the image
- Put the card into the freezer for about 20 minutes
- Take out and bend the stiff card to crack the glaze
- The cracks can be left as they are or distressed with ink or chalk
It's coloured with Copics and embellished with Quickcutz flourishes. I made the sentiment on the computer.
The backing paper is a free download from the Canon Scrapbook site and I coloured the ribbon with one of the Copic pens which I used for the flowers, as I didn't have an appropriate colour in my stash.
It all looks rather serene doesn't it!
Do look to the Design Team for their inspirational cards, you can find them through the following links, and Sharon's through the link above. We'd love to see your creations, so go and have some fun!
Deb Neerman: Paper, Ink, Scissors & Stamps
Barbara Anders: Paper Pursuits
Jenny Gropp: One Krafty Kat
Janine Orchard: 2bKrafty
AJ Otto: The Willow Garden
Deb Saaranen: Dream In Color
Barb Schram: Explore. Dream. DiscoverSadly, Barb is feeling unwell this week and so is sitting out this challenge.
Alphabet Challenge - U - Unused stash (I think 27 year old broderie anglais counts)
Thursday, 16 September 2010
- I printed the sentiment onto a piece of card
- Then I placed a Nestie rectangle over the word so that the top border was the size I wanted. I put a piece of scrap card under the part of the die which extended beyond the bottom of the sentiment card, to prevent it from digging into the cutting plate.
- I then moved the piece I had already cut out further up in the die so that the lower border matched the one at the top. Once more I did the cutting over scrap card to prevent the die embedding itself in the cutting plate.
- Here is the finished die cut, which looks as though it has been cut in one operation.
- Should you have no die suitable for your image or sentiment, you can always cut it out with your trimmer and then using a Nestie and an embossing tool, simply use it as a stencil and emboss the edges a little at a time, moving the card around to fit into each corner in turn.
Wednesday, 15 September 2010
I find it quite a relaxing occupation, but it palls slightly if I have to make too many!