Thursday 22 October 2009

Christmas SAS 1 – Tree Trimmings

Well, I've been running Christmas card stamp-a-stacks (SAS) since August, so it's about time I started sharing the projects with you here's number 1 from my August class. This is one of my far anyway. It's really simple & fast to make – just the thing if you need to make lots....but it can be easily stepped up too as you'll see below.

It's a very simple design, & the layout was inspired by these cards I made last year. The star of the card is a gorgeous bauble from the 'Tree Trimmings' set (from the Spring Mini - only available until 30 November) stamped in riding hood red. I've also included a little Raspberry Tart DSP – not a Christmas pack, but I think it works well here. The greeting is from the 'Best Yet' hostess set yet again & is punched out with the large oval punch, matted on a scalloped oval punch (only available until the end of Nov), then popped with dimensionals. I also chose to draw the string with a marker rather than stamping it with the string in the set.
This is another version that I whipped up at the class, using the other two bauble stamps in the set. I also used the noel greeting from 'Many Merry Messages', a perennial Christmas favourite & essential.
Finally, I thought I'd show you a stepped up version that wouldn't take much longer to make. For this one, I've stamped & cut out a second bauble to pop off the card & used some riding hood red taffeta ribbon instead of the cardstock strip. You could also pop the whole panel off the front & stamp the background with a subtle pattern too....but I didn't think of that at the time. & in a bit more detail so you can see the layers:
Another busy day today, so have to run. I probably won't have time to post now until the weekend, but hang in there, lots more to come.

Inky wishes


Stamps: Tree Trimmings, Best Yet, Many Merry Messages
Card/paper: riding hood red, kiwi kiss, whisper white, Raspberry Tart DSP
Ink: riding hood red, kiwi kiss, old olive ink pads, old olive & ruby red stampin' write markers
Accessories: riding hood red taffeta ribbon (stepped up version)
Tools: large oval punch, scallop oval punch
Tree Trimmings: $24.95

Wednesday 21 October 2009

Petal Party Pressie

Wow, four posts in four days – may have to faint! I'm back with a gift set I gave to a friend for her birthday (still back in August!). There's a little set of 4 love note sized cards in a matchbox style box, with matching tag too. With the exception of the stamped greetings & ribbon, everything I used came from the Petal Party Simply Scrappin'® kit - & only a small amount of the kit at that.
Here is a pic of all the cards. They're quite girly with the pixie pink, but fun too I think.
This is the card I made to go with the set. I added a little Crystal Effects® to the flower centre to add a little extra....even though it looks a little odd in the pic. Here's a funny angle shot so you can see the raised layers.
For those who haven't discovered Simply Scrappin'®' Kits yet, they're designed to make scrapping quicker & easier, but they work beautifully for cards too. The kit come with a selection of textured cardstock, designer series paper & 6 sheets of die cuts. If you'd like more info, just let me know.

Thanks for visiting & hope you like the projects. I'll be back soon with more.
Inky wishes

Stamps: Best Yet (L1 hostess), Cute & Curly (bundled with curly label punch)
Card/Paper: Simply Scrappin'® kit
Ink: Old olive ink pad
Accessories: certainly celery grosgrain ribbon
Tools: curly label punch
Petal Party Simply Scrappin' Kit

Tuesday 20 October 2009

Sunflower Birthday

I'm glad to say that it's a gorgeous sunny & warm day in Sydney today, so it seems a appropriate to show you this happy little sunflower card I made in August.I really love the layout, which was cased from this cute card by Sherri Barron. I'm not sure how I stumbled upon Sherri's blog, but I really like her style. The image is from a very cute little set of 4 stamps called 'A Flower for all Seasons', which I received from SU at Convention (you can see the others at the bottom of the post).
I water-coloured the image with my some Stampin' Write® markers & Aqua Painter™ on some watercolour paper & was pretty happy with how it turned out. Here is a close-up of the image, so you can see it better. The colour combo is a different one for me, but I think it works.Anyway, I have to get busy with some housework, so no more time to waffle. If you'd like any more info, please let me know. Bye for now.
Inky wishes

Stamps: A Flower for All Seasons, On Your Birthday, Trendy Trees
Card/Paper: Tangerine Tango, more mustard, old olive, watercolour paper, Washington Apple DSP,
Ink: Black stayz on ink pad, Earth Elements® Stampin' Write® markers: really rust, pumpkin pie, old olive, ruby red, summer sun
Accessories: circle rhinestone brads – fire pack, very vanilla taffeta ribbon

A Flower for all Seasons - $24.95

Monday 19 October 2009

Bella Bleu Blossoms

I'm back with a card I made for a friend in August.

I wanted an elegant & peaceful look, so I thought my fave blues – brocade & bashful - would fit the bill & added some Bella Bleu DSP. The beautiful blossom image is from 'Thoughts & Prayers' & is stamped with bashful blue & brocade blue markers. The flowers are topped with Crystal Effects® to make them shine...& they're not messy IRL like they do in the pic.

I was happy to see that the greeting from Thoughts & Prayers fitted perfectly in my newest punch – the wide oval punch – you gotta love new punches! I think the rest is pretty self explanatory, but just let me know if you need any info.

Amazingly, this was my first play with 'Thoughts & Prayers', even though it was in my first new catty order back in April. Crazy I know! I was actually a little put off, as it's a double mounted set, (2 stamps go on either side of the block), but I finally got over myself & used it anyway. I'm pleased to say it wasn't as inconvenient as I thought....but I still much prefer single mounted ones.

Tip: To make using double mounted sets easier to use, stamp each image on vellum card with your stamp -a-ma-jig, so you can place the image perfectly when you want to.

Anyhoo, moving right along, I'll be back with more tomorrow.
Inky wishes

Stamps: Thought & Prayers
Cards/Paper: Brocade blue, bashful blue & very vanilla card, Bella Bleu DSP
Ink: brocade blue, bashful blue Stampin' Write® markers, brocade blue ink pad
Accessories: kraft taffeta ribbon, Crystal Effects®
Tools: wide oval punch, scallop edge punch

Sunday 18 October 2009

Tea Party Tri-Shutter

Well, it's been a looong time between posts but I'm trying to get back into the swing now. I've lots to show you if I can just get some posts written, so with no further waffle...
Here's a tri-shutter card I made way back at the start of August for an Aunties 80th birthday (see how behind I am?). I used a whole A4 sheet for this one, so it's 21cm tall & fitted into a DL sized envelope.
The base is barely banana & is decorated with Tea Party DSP. The flower images from 'Sweet Stems' are stamped in basic grey & coloured with markers. The greeting is from 'Great Friend'. It's hard to see, but I added some Crystal Effects® to the flower centres. You can maybe see a bit better in this pic. Here are some final pics of the card closed...& flattened out so you can see the panels better.
We made a smaller tri-shutter card at my fancy folds class this month, which I'll show you another time. You can also find a tutorial to make your own tri-shutter card here on Splitcoast.
I'm trying to schedule some posts for each day, so hopefully I'll be back with more then. Inky wishes

Stamps: Sweet Stems, Great Friend
Card/Paper: barely banana, certainly celery, pretty in pink, whisper white
Ink: basic grey ink pad, certainly celery, pretty in pink, barely banana, always amethyst Stampin' Write® markers
Accessories: 5/8 inch certainly celery grosgrain, pretty in pink taffeta ribbon, Crystal Effects®