Monday 7 September 2009

Origami Shirts

This is the second card we made at my Father's Day classes & was a very popular one with the girls.
I'm sure many of you have seen origami shirts before, but they were new to me until last year. I was shown how to make them last September by a lovely Thai couple at our church family camp. They showed us some of the origami things they learned to make as kids in Thailand & my eyes just about popped out of my head when they made the shirt, as I thought it would be perfect for Fathers Day. Thankfully, I managed to figure out how to make them again when I started planning this year's class. I did change the method for the sleeve, once I found Cambria Turnbow's Tutorial, as it was a bit easier than the way I was shown.

The pic just doesn't do justice to the colours & I don't have the energy today to take more pics, so I'll just say it looked much better IRL. The base is certainly celery (missed you! – stamped with the 'Sanded' background again). In case you're wondering, my shirt was made with a 9cm x 15.2cm piece of designer paper (so you can get 6 from one sheet). Both paper designs are from the 'Windsor Knot' pack, which is perfect for male cards (but has neutral gender prints too).

The shirt front & buttons are drawn with a choc chip marker. The mats are chocolate chip (pierced with the mat pack template - my current obsession). The whole shirt panel is popped off the front with dimensionals. Finally, the 'love you' greeting is from 'Short & Sweet' & includes a combination of 3 punches (curly label & large & small ovals).

Gary's Birthday Shirt

Here's another version of the shirt card, which I made for my dear father in law Gary's birthday in August. This was actually the first shirt card I made once I figured how to & the shirt is a little bigger than the class version (paper size was 10cm x 18cm). I used some retired 'Spring Showers' DSP on a brocade blue base (again with the Sanded background – are you getting I love this for manly cards?). I snuck in some kraft taffeta ribbon on this one & think it still looks manly enough. The greeting is from 'On your Birthday'.
Anyhoo, thanks for popping in to visit. If you'd like any more info, just drop me an e-mail. I still have one more father's day card to show you, but it'll have to wait. No pics yet!
Inky wishes

Windsor Knot shirt
Stamps: Short & Sweet, Sanded background
Card: certainly celery, choc chip, old olive, Windsor Knot DSP
Ink: certainly celery & choc chip ink pads, choc chip marker
Tools: mat pack piercing template & mat, piercing tool
Gary's Birthday Shirt
Stamps: On Your Birthday, Sanded background
Card: brocade blue, choc chip, Spring Showers DSP
Ink: brocade blue ink pad
Accessories: kraft taffeta ribbon

Sunday 6 September 2009

Sense of Time for Fathers day

Hi there & a very happy Father's Day to all the dad's out there. Hope you wowed them with some fab cards & lots of spoiling today.
I'm here to share the first card we made at my Father's Day classes this month, using the 'Sense of Time' set from the Spring Mini. It's a different style set for me, but I thought it would be great for those masculine cards that I usually find quite difficult... & I really enjoyed using it.
The colours I chose were night of navy, baja breeze & ivory. I stamped the base with the 'Sanded' background (fab for adding some texture to male cards) & the cog stamp from 'Sense of Time'. The baja piece has been stamped first with the 'En Francais' background & more cogs in baja breeze ink, then over-stamped with the large clock face & more cogs in night of navy (some stamped off first). Then, I ran the piece through the crimper for more texture & mounted it on some naturals ivory card. The father's day greeting was rock & rolled in baja & navy ink & stamped on more ivory card & mounted on some navy card. Then I punched 2 holes with the crop-a-dile, & added some brad & hemp twine. For the class cards, I changed the thread to linen thread, which I liked better, but I haven't got a good pic of a card using it, so you'll have to imagine the difference. You can see more detail in this close-up pic.So where did I get this idea from?......Well, I totally have one of the lovely girls in my team to thank – Cathy McLean, as my card was a case of this card she made using the Seaworthy set.
I just loved the layout & the effect Cathy created with the crimped piece. Cathy's a marvel with kraft cardstock & beautiful soft colours, so I hope she can start sharing some of her work with you when she finishes putting her blog together.

Anyway, thanks for dropping by, Back tomorrow hopefully with my second father's day class card.
Inky wishes

Stamps: Sense of Time, Sanded & En Francais backgrounds, Occasional Greetings
Card: night of navy, baja breeze, naturals ivory
Accessories: hemp twine or linen thread, silver brads
Tools: crimper, crop-a-dile

Tuesday 1 September 2009

Ribbons - Free - Yum!

I'm reeeally excited to tell you about the fab gift offer Stampin' Up has announced for September, so I can't wait any longer to tell you....

From 1-30 September, order $100 of products or host a $600 workshop & you'll receive this gorgeous ribbon bundle as a gift from Stampin' Up!This ribbon bundle includes two 9.1 metre rolls of ribbon:
1. Certainly Celery 5/8" (1.59 cm) poly-twill ribbon
2. So Saffron 5/8" (1.59 cm) grosgrain ribbon

These ribbons are not normally available, so this month is your only opportunity to get them. Contact me for more info or to place your order.
Inky wishes
PS: I'm almost finished my newsletter (OK, don't faint!) & will also be sending out some great ribbon & brad share offers with it, so keep an eye out for it in your in box over the next day or two. If you don't get my newsletter already, please e-mail me at to join my mailing list.