Thursday, November 19, 2009

Project #3

This is an improved version of a card I have already made. I introduced a few extra elements to show how the more advanced crafter can improve on an existing design to jazz it up a bit.





Supplies

Cardstock: Real Red; Chocolate Chip; Whisper White
Ink: Real Red; Chocolate Chip
Ribbon: Real Red
Stamps: Sincere Salutations; Holly, Jolly Christmas
Other: Scalloped Edge; Crystal Effects; sponge daubers; hodgepodge hardware
Design notes
  • Use the sponge daubers to soften the edge. I particularly like the Whisper White sponged onto the Chocolate Chip cardstock to add that 'snowy' feel.
  • Stamp more than 1 Santa image and use dimensionals between layers to add a bit of pizzazz. I have added crystal effects to the buttons on Santa's shirt.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Project #2

I wanted to introduce both 2-step stamping and the use of a blender pen on this project. The flowers are from an old hostess set but they seemed to go so well with the Scribble wheel, as do most current flower stamps.


Supplies

Cardstock: So Saffron; Whisper White; Chocolate Chip


Ink: Chocolate Chip; Regal Rose


Stamps: Scribble wheel; Springtime Stems


Other: Blender pen


Design notes


Cut a strip off the front of the card to expose the inside.


Use the blender pen to colour some flowers from the Scribble wheel image.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Craft Day - Project #1

I have been preparing for the last week or so for my first Craft Day and am thrilled that it went so well. Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and I loved introducing new techniques and products to them.


Over the next few days I will show you the projects I designed for them to make and I have to say that I think they all did a wonderful job replicating these, in some cases even putting their own twist on the original design.


I did make one crucial mistake though by using stamp sets that had been retired ... silly me. Thankfully there are always more new and fun stamps being introduced so they are bound to find something else they like.


This first one is a very basic design and one I copied (partly) from the card on the cover of the current Idea Book and Catalogue. I love the crispness of this card and it was a quick and easy design to complete.







Supplies


Cardstock: Whisper White; Chocolate Chip; Certainly Celery
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Ribbon: Certainly Celery
Stamps: Office Accountrements
Other: Mat Pack

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Original ... almost

A nice clean, simple design. I have not included a sentiment but one could easily be added to either the front or the inside. Again I have looked to the Idea Book and Catalogue for inspiration and although I haven't replicated what I saw exactly I have used a key element that caught my eye, in this case the split punch on the sides.


Supplies
Cardstock: Chocolate Chip; Brocade Blue; So Saffron; Whisper White
Ink: Versamark;
Ribbon: Whisper White
Stamps: Office Accoutrements
Other: Slit punch

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Time for a Tree

I've had the 'Loads of Love' stamp set for a while now, but only recently purchased the matching wheel and foolishly forgot to buy the handle to match! So, I had to be imaginative and used a paint brush through the middle to allow me to roll it over a pad then onto my card. The image didn't transfer cleanly but I figure it will make do until my handle arrives.


Supplies

Cardstock: Real Red; Glorious Green; Whisper White
Ink: Real Red; Glorious Green; Basic Black; Whisper White; Chocolate Chip
Stamps: Loads of Love; Time for a Tree

Design Notes

Don't try this at home ... a paintbrush through the wheel really didn't work so well, so make sure you remember to order a handle for your wheels!!

Gift Box and Card

I recently introduced a friend to Stampin' Up! and we had a great time creating this one afternoon. She did a great job and really enjoyed herself and I was inspired after she left to create a gift box to match.


Supplies

Cardstock: Chocolate Chip; So Saffron; Whisper White
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Whisper White
Stamps: Scribble This
Ribbon: Chocolate Chip

Bundle of Joy

My son's prep teacher is due to have a baby soon so the mum's wanted to do something special before she goes on maternity leave. I've made this card for everyone to put a message into, but had to be careful to be gender neutral as obviously we don't know what she is having yet!



Supplies

Cardstock: Certainly Celery; So Safron; Whisper White
Inks: Chocolate Chip; Buckaroo Blue; Regal Rose; Versamark
Stamps: Scribble This; Punches Three (hostess reward)
Ribbon: Certainly Celery; Chocolate Chip
Punches: Scalloped Edge

Design Notes

I have run my 'Scribble This' wheel on a Versamark pad to give a more subtle touch. I have used a blender pen to colour one flower blue, and one flower pink then used Crystal Effects to gloss them up.

I have stamped 3 images and used dimensionals to give height to each layer. Again I have used Crystal Effects to gloss up the pram.

Holly Jolly Christmas

I love this santa stamp, he really is a happy looking fellow which sums up Christmas for me. I designed this card for a recent workshop aimed at beginners and it really was so easy to make. Keep a look out for a more advanced version of this as I jazz it up a bit for the more advanced crafters.

Supplies
Cardstock: Real Red, Chocolate Chip
Stamps: A Holly, Jolly Christmas
Ink: Real Red, Chocolate Chip; Versamark
Ribbon: Real Red

Design Notes
I have adhered Santa with some dimensionals to give him some 'pop'; I have stamped the stars top and bottom with Versamark to give it a more subtle touch.

I'm baaaack!

Wow, it has been a loooong time since I did my last post. Shame on me! In my defence, life got incredibly busy but thankfully it has settled down and I am looking forward to committing more time to my craft.

On that note the following are some projects I have been doing. Hope you like ...