Monday 25 August 2008

Wallet for Dad’s day (with instructions)

Well I'm finally back with a new project to show you. This man's wallet is a project I've made for Damien for Father's Day & at two Fathers Day classes I've run this month. They are such a fun project & have been a huge hit with everyone at my classes, so I wanted to share them with you all too.I'd love if this was my own idea, but I actually first saw this one by Michele Force, which led me to the original by Lorri Heiling & this photo wallet by Jackie Topa & I've since seen lots more on Splitcoast too. I really loved the idea & so did my friend Kellie, so we got together and made one using the parts we liked from all three projects.
It's made completely of chocolate chip card (which I've found is hard to take pics of!). I pierced around the outside edges (which I find quite therapeutic) & added faux stitching with a choc chip marker. To keep the wallet closed, I attached a strip of card to the inside back of the wallet, & a punched word window to the front with brads. Both the word window & tab are also pierced & stitched. I stamped the 'Fathers Day greeting (from 'Occasional Greetings') in choc chip ink, on a scrap of choc chip card, pierced around it & distressed the edges with the edge of my scissors to give it more texture.
The inside of the wallet looks....well, like a normal wallet! It has a section at the back for a letter to the special dad, or as I'm going to do, a questionnaire about Damien that I'll get Cara to answer. You could of course include some cold hard cash (real or fake) if you like. On the left side, I made a transparent window section to slip in a pic of my gorgeous, cheeky & a bit toothless Cara with her Dad. On the right are two sections for holding greetings, certificates (for unlimited hugs or the like) or a store gift card, which I stamped softly with one of the 'Priceless' swirls.
A huge thank you to Lorri, Michele & Jackie for sharing their ideas & hope you all like Kellie & I's case too. I'll be back with another really simple Fathers Day card we made at the same class.

Bye for now & happy stamping!

Edited: 3 Sept 2014 - PROJECT TUTORIAL ADDED

I've added the tutorial pdf to make my version of the wallet.
Download instructions here.

Note: please choose the download option to save the document - do not request a share. Thanks! Here's a quick peek of the doc. Don't save this. as it's just a picture, not the pdf.
Cheers, Di

Supplies: Stamps: Occasional Greetings Card & Ink: Chocolate chip
Accesories: vintage bradsTools: mat pack & piercer, word window punch, corner rounder punch, slit punch, sticky Strip (esssential for attaching inside & outside - trust me!

Thursday 14 August 2008

Kristina case for Kellie

I really loved Kristina's MACM from last week, so I made my own version to send to my lovely friend & very clever stamping buddy, Kellie.
It's a great card to make with scraps of patterned paper. The 1 inch squares are punched out from some Petals & Paisley & Celery Prints designer paper left from my Froggy Birthday card plus a couple more. I adhered them to a whisper white square, then a soft sky mat & finally a regal rose base (approx 10cm square). For the motif I used the 'Think Happy Thoughts' set. I stamped the flower in regal rose ink, punched it out with the ¾ inch circle punch & added a celery brad. Then I stamped the friendship greeting with old olive ink, punched it out with the 1 ¼ inch circle punch. Then I layered the circles with dimensionals onto to a regal rose circle (1 3/8 inch punch) & Petals' paper scallop circle.

I really liked it how it turned out, so I may make a variation of it as my swap card for the upcoming Stampin' Up! Regional Meeting in September...unless I come up with a new fave card by then!

A final thought.... Looking back over the past few days, there's an unintended pink & green theme going (although I have added some extras here! I'll have to try something completely different next time.

Bye for now

Stamps: Think Happy Thoughts
Card/Paper: Regal rose, soft sky, whisper white, Petals & Paisley & Celery Prints designer paper
Ink: Old olive, regal rose
Accessories: celery brad
Tools: scallop circle punch, circle punches - 1 3/8 inch, 1 1/4 inch

Wednesday 13 August 2008

Swirly gift box & card

This is a card & gift I made as a little extra thank you for Christine, who hosted a really fun workshop last month. Thanks again Chris for a great day, if you're reading!
They're both made using the divine 'So Swirly' jumbo wheel & 'Priceless' stamp set from the main catalogue which I really love using. I mean, what's not to love about a swirl?
The card is pretty much a complete case of this card I saw & loved on Rebecca Ross' blog, with some minor variations. Here are some of the little details:
  • Dry embossed dots – are made with the eyelet setting part of my crop-a-dile.
  • Multi-coloured 'Priceless' flower – inked up with a regal rose & certainly celery marker & stamped.
  • Spiky circle - made with the circle scallop punch – truly! I saw this idea on these cards by Karen Thomas. To make it, you punch a scallop circle, feed it back into the punch on a strip of scrap paper (handle), line it up halfway between the first punch & re-punch through the first scallop....if that makes any sense! Try change the spacing & you get different shapes. Have I mentioned I LOOVE that punch? Anyway, let me know if you need any more help with this.

I made the basic box using this tutorial I found on Andrea Hayes blog using just a half A4 sheet of cardstock. Then, I added a flower motif & band to co-ordinate with the card. It looks hard to do, but it's very quick, once you know the scores & cuts. Tell me - Is it just me that feels amazed when I turn a piece of cardstock into a box?... maybe so! ;-)

As you can see, this project was very much a group effort! I'd like to thank Rebecca, Karen & Andrea again for sharing great ideas & much more with fellow stampers.

Hmmm, just realised I haven't show you the gift I gave Christine at her workshop. I'll have to get back to you on that one! Bye for now!

Stamps: So Swirly jumbo wheel, Priceless
Card: regal rose, certainly celery, pretty in pink, whisper white
Ink: certainly celery & pretty in pink classic ink pad, celery jumbo ink cartridge, celery & regal rose stampin' write markers
Accessories: celery brad, silver eyelet,
Tools: crop-a-dile, punches - scallop circle, 1 3/8 inch circle, 1 1/4 inch circle

Tuesday 12 August 2008

Froggy Birthday

I'm back with this very girly froggy birthday card I made for Cara's best buddy Sarah's birthday last week.

Miss Froggy & her flower (from the super cute 'Unfrogettable' stamp set) are stamped with black Stayz-On ink on watercolour paper & coloured with gable green & green galore classic ink pads & my Aqua Painter™. The water lilies & lily pads are rolled with the 'Lily Pad' wheel in wild wasabi ink & water coloured with wild wasabi, pixie pink & orchid opulence ink pads. I also used a going gray marker around the edge of the Miss Froggy to help her 'pop'.

I rounded the edges of a regal rose base & added some rounded dotty celery 'Prints' & flowery pink 'Petals & Paisley' designer series paper. Then I rounded the froggy piece & mounted it on top with dimensionals. For the greeting, I stamped 'Hoppy' & 'Birthday' (also from 'Unfrogettable') separately with a pixie pink marker on very vanilla card, so I could also include a '7' from the 'Short Order Numbers' set & a 'th' (very convenient it being part of birthday!). I rounded the greeting edges, mounted it onto a same sized piece of celery card (you can't see it in the pic) & attached it to the base. Note, I had to add 2 dimensionals under the right side only, to bring it up to the same height as the 'froggy' piece. Finally, to make it even more girly, I glittered Miss Froggy, the flower, lily pads, no 7 & the greeting edges, with help from some dazzling diamonds glitter & my trusty two-way glue pen.

Edited: You can't really see the glitter in the large pic, so hope it's better in this close up...don't look to close at the colouring though. I had some gray bleeding!Thanks so much Kellie for letting me borrow this very cute set & wheel. I think I'm going to have to stamp a lot more images before you pick it up!

Stamps: Unforgettable, Short Order Numbers
Card: regal rose, very vanilla, watercolour paper, Celery Prints paper, Petals & Paisley paper
Ink: Black Stayz-On, wild wasabi, green galore, gable green, pixie pink & orchid opulence classic pads, pixie pink, orchid opulence & going gray stampin' write markers
Accessories, dazzling diamonds glitter, 2 way glue pen,
Tools: Aquapainter

It's not mine...but I love it!

Austin Powers (you know I love him) once said..."It’s not mine", & I have to say that this card isn’t mine either, but I’d be very happy if I had made it. I received it from my dear dear buddy, Ngaire in London & loved it so much that I asked her permission to show you all.
If the colours look familiar, it’s because they’re from this challenge of Kristina's. Like me, Ngaire loves Kristina’s creations & challenges, but she hasn’t been able to participate, since most of her stamping supplies are still in transit to London. So, I was really excited when she said she’d managed to make a card for this challenge, but was even more thrilled & surprised to have the privilege of receiving the original, complete with some lovely words from Ngai inside.

It might be a little hard to see in the pic, but Ngai has replicated the flower stitching from the rose red prints paper square, by perfectly piercing the pattern in the white square (such patience!). Both squares are mounted on dimensionals to help them pop. I also loved the added touch of folding over the corner of the rose red paper to show a little stripe & securing it with a brad. Noice Ngai! Here’s a closer pic of the piercing detail.

I think this card shows that you can make a very cool card with very limited supplies (& even no stamping-gulp!) so hope you like it too.

Thanks so much Ngai, for sending me your first (of many) UK creation(s). As usual, “Love your work!”... & talk to you soon.

I’ll be back later with one of my cards! Until then, byeeee.

Supplies: All from Stampin' Up!® of course!
Card/Paper: Whisper white, sage shadow, Rose red Prints designer paper
Accessories: Rose Red brads, piercing tool

Friday 8 August 2008

More for KW 18 – scraps of ideas

This is a super quick post as it's waaaay after my bedtime but I've been playing with my scraps & other bits that I discarded on the way to this card card & they've ended up as these simple cards.I bowed to include some white in the 2nd one & I think it's my favourite. I do llike the challenge colours on white more than black.Anyway I'm definitely off to bed now. Nightie night...or good morning.
Edited: 11 am. - I'm awake & using more scraps.
Just wanted to show you what I did this morning with the rest of my scraps...that were still all over the dining table this morning. I love making these bookmarks. They don't technically fit the challenge,as there's no black, but just imagine there's now some black & white gingham ribbon on them! Anyway, must dash & clean up the dining room & spare room/craft room before Damo's parents arrive later today! Have a great weekend everyone.
Supplies:Stamps: One of a Kind (1), Priceless (2)
Card: rose red, pumpkin pie, summer sun, whisper white
Ink: rose red, pumpkin pie, summer sun
Accessories: black & white gingham ribbon, brads (vintage pack, rich regals, bold brghts, fire rhinestone)

Tools: punches: scallop circle, 1 3/8 in, 1 1/4 in, 1 inch, boho flowers (spring mini)

Thursday 7 August 2008

KW's Colour Challenge 18 – who knew?

Kristina's back with a new colour challenge, so here I go again. I got a bit of shock when I saw this week's colours. They're sooooo not me & I would have never thought to put them together, but hey, that's why it's a challenge. I discovered that I quite liked the rose, pumpkin & summer sun together though...maybe not so much with black. I would have liked to use white, but it wasn't a stated colour, so I tried to work without it. Anyway, here's the inspiration pic: & my card:It's a really simple layout & uses very limited supplies. Just strips of rose red, summer sun & pumpkin pie card, matted on black card & stamped in black stayz-on ink with a gorgeous stamp from 'One of a Kind' (which I also used for Kristina's last challenge, here). I wanted to use some ribbon, but I didn't have any co-ordinating ribbon, so I coloured black & white gingham ribbon with my rose red marker. I attached this to a Styled Silver Hodgepodge frame & wrapped it around the card. The greeting is also from 'One of a Kind'. Finally, I mounted the whole piece onto a rose red base with dimensionals.
Stamps: One of a Kind
Card: rose red, pumpkin pie, summer sun, basic black
Ink: black stayz-on
Accessories: Styled silver hodgepodge, black & white gingham ribbon