Wednesday 29 July 2009

Get Whale Soon

I'm back with a very quick post, to show you another & very simple water-coloured card. Again, I've used the Pun Fun set & Tea Party DSP card. This time is the happy little whale, which I've used with the matching 'Get whale soon' greeting – he's too cute! Mr Whale was stamped in black stayz on & coloured with almost amethyst Watercolor Wonder™ crayons. I thought the bubble circles in the amethyst paper looked really cute with the whale – sort of like air bubbles underwater....well to me it did anyway ;-) Mr Whale is ready for his close up so... Must say adieu for now. Until next time, sending inky wishes

Stamps: Pun Fun
Card, Almost Amethyst, barely banana, watercolour paper, Tea Party DSP
Ink: black stayz on ink, almost amethyst Watercolor Wonder™ crayons

Tuesday 28 July 2009

Hippo Babies

I STILL haven't taken pics of my 2nd watercolour class project (where did last week go?), so I'm showing you 2 water-coloured baby cards this time instead. I don't actually have a baby themed stamp set, so I'm always looking for ways to make baby cards with the sets I do have. Both cards include the sooooo cute hippo from 'Pun Fun' & the very pretty 'Tea Party DSP. The weird but very good thing was that I coloured the hippos in 'baby colours', with no idea on what I'd put together with them & realised later that the 'Tea Party' paper worked perfectly with them. Phew! Anyway, first up is a girly pink hippo:The base is pink pirouette, teamed with regal rose & some spotty 'Tea Party' DSP. Little miss hippo was coloured on watercolour paper with pretty in pink, almost amethyst & celery Watercolor Wonder™ crayons & mounted on pink pirouette, amethyst & some celery ribbon. The Little Something' greeting is guessed it, 'Best Yet' again, stamped on watercolour paper, washed with amethyst. Here's a close-up to show the layers better.Now one for a beautiful baby boy hippo:
He's coloured in almost amethyst, so saffron & celery. I've also added part of a baby greeting from 'Curvy Verses', which fitted perfectly around baby hippo. He's layered on barely banana & amethyst card & mounted on some more 'Tea Party' DSP. Some celery grosgrain & white taffeta ribbon finish it off. Here's a close up of this one too.I hope you liked this baby take on 'Pun Fun'. You'll be seeing a bit of déjà vu with mr/miss hippo later in my class project.... but I have another punny animal top show you next time...& until I manage to get that camera out.

Inky wishes

Stamps: Garden Whimsy, Think Happy Thoughts, On Your Birthday, A Good Egg
Card: pink pirouette, regal rose, almost amethyst, barely banana, certainly celery, watercolour paper, Tea Party DSP
Ink: black stayz on black, Watercolor Wonder™ crayons: pretty in pink, barely banana, certainly celery, almost amethyst, ink pads: barely banana, going gray
Accessories: certainly celery grosgrain, whisper white taffeta ribbon

Tuesday 21 July 2009

Candy cocoa cuppa

Well, that was a bit longer than I expected between posts. We've had family staying with us & are on school holidays, which has been lovely, but not good for stamping or blogging apparently. If I can get all my pics together, this is the start of a few posts showing you some water-coloured cards from my June classes & for what seems like last century's open house. I've been going to try to take better pics before posting them, but clearly this isn't happening any time soon, so here we go anyway!
This is the first card we made & as you can see I'm still having a bit of a pink fling - this time teamed with some close to cocoa & kraft.The cuppa image from 'Pun Fun' (which has to be a hot chocolate, since I don't drink coffee) is stamped on watercolour paper with black stayz on ink & coloured with ink pads, Watercolor Wonder™ crayons & my trusty Aqua Painter™. I attached it to close to cocoa & pink pirouette mats, and then mounted it on some striped 'Candy Lane' paper, more pink pirouette (seriously – what did we do before pink pir?). I really liked the soft look that the kraft taffeta adds. The greeting comes from 'Best Yet' (again!), which you may notice that I arranged so the words followed the edge of the pink mat.

Here's a close up of the image & greeting, but don't look too carefully. I'm not a great colourer (is colourer actually a word?) but I really find it very relaxing & therapeutic ....& the lovely ladies at my last class seemed to as well.

Tip - Custom mounting stamps
When I mounted the 'Pun Fun' set, I separated the images & punny greetings on the block – the main image on the base & greetings on the side. To me, this gives me more flexibility in how I use the set & is one of the reasons I like that our SU stamps come ready to mount, as it gives me the choice to mount them in a way that suits me best. If you're not sure how to double mount your stamps, just contact me for more info. I can also take a pic of 'Pun Fun' to show you what I did with this set.

Anyway, hope you like this one. Back with more punny cards soon.
Inky wishes

Stamps: Pun Fun, Best Yet (L1 hostess)
Card/Paper: close to cocoa & pink pirouette card, watercolour paper, Candy Lane DSP
Ink: black stayz on, close to cocoa, pink pirouette, pretty in pink, rose red, going gray (ink pads/water colour wonder crayons)
Accessories: kraft taffeta ribbon, dimensionals
Tools: Aqua Painter™, large oval punch

Monday 6 July 2009

Trees in the pink

Continuing the pink theme from my last post, here's a card I made with another of my must-have sets – Trendy Trees. Sorry about the pic. I just CAN'T get the colours to come right (sigh).This very girly card was inspired by one I saw on the display boards at Convention. The base is a combination of regal rose & pink pirouette. I stamped the pink pirouette card with the funky flower from 'Good Friend' in white & pink pretty in pink ink. Then I punched a large circle window out using the round tab punch (punched twice), added a celery knot & fave greeting from 'On Your Birthday'.

The trendy tree was stamped in celery & pink, cut out & mounted on a pierced pretty in pink scallop circle & two pink pirouette circles. Then, I attached it to the inside of the card. Here's a close-up of the motif & inside. We made some lovely 'trendy Trees' make & takes at Convention, so here they are too:I loved this little set of gift cards, packaged in a cellophane bag. So quick & easy to do, but I think it would make a very cute gift.I also really liked the layout of this card, which shows off all of trees in the set. I think it would be a good masculine card too, with these colours.

Top Tip: I'd definitely recommend use a stamp-a-ma-jig with this set, to accurately line up the trunks & tree tops. To speed up the process, I've stamped all the images with my SAMJ onto a piece of vellum card, so they're always ready to go.

Hope you liked these trendy tree projects. Next time, I'll have some watercolour projects to show you from my last classes. Bye for now.
Inky wishes

Stamps: Trendy Trees, On Your Birthday, Good Friend
Card: regal rose, pink pirouette, pretty in pink, whisper white
Ink: certainly celery, pretty in pink, regal rose
Accessories: celery grosgrain ribbon
Tools: punches: circle scallop, 1 3/8 inch circle, 1 ¼ inch circle, round tab, piercing tool

Friday 3 July 2009

Scallop pizza box a-la Ngaire

This is my last little lucky door prize post & this one is all about the very cool scallop flower on top. The scallop flower was one of many fabulous punch ideas demonstrated at Convention by Ngaire Anderson, (who is also the SU Demonstrator of the Year). To make it, I cut 3 punched scallop circles in half (made with some regal rose 'Patterns' paper) & made a cone with each one, by overlapping & gluing it. I pushed a rhinestone brad partially through the centre of another scallop circle. Then, you glue dot each scallop cone around the brad & voila – pretty scallop flower. I attached it to a regal rose mini pizza box, tied with some white taffeta ribbon.

Thanks so much Ngaire for sharing this very cool idea.
Next time, I'll be back with another pink project! Talk to you then

Inky wishes

Card/Paper: regal rose, pink pirouette, regal rose Patterns DSP
Accessories: white taffeta ribbon, rhinestone brad (Fire pack), lots of mini glue dots!
Tools: scallop circle punch