Monday, September 28, 2009

Snow Swirled Celery and Eggplant Inspirations

When you look at this photo do you think ... pillows, furniture, relaxation, or Christmas colours?
I know I am just a little different, but I am thinking Christmas colours at the moment ... I see catalogues and I think: what do I like about this picture? Is it the clean white lines, the celery green and purple pillows ... will this work without the chocolate coloured table in it?
If I cover up the pink flowers in the centre does the photo still work?
Then I select a layout that I have been challenging myself to try, mix and match the colours percolating in my head and then put it all together like so.The stampset I have used is called snow swirled (they don't look that Christmassy in purple I guess) but, with a sentiment like : "Season's greetings" you kind of can't really miss the intent. The layout for this card came from MojoMonday week 105. I quite liked the idea of the snowflakes peeking out from underneath the half circles above. It shows the versatility of this stampset and makes a very decorative border.

Card Recipe:
Stampset: Snow swirled
Cardstock: Certainly Celery, Elegant eggplant, Orchid opulence, whisper white.
Ink: Elegant eggplant, Orchid opulence.
Accessories: silver brads, Certainly celery poly-twill ribbon, Circle punches.


Great friend acetate card

I just can't ignore the fact that this is one of the best stampsets in this Spring mini catalogue. Five stamps with words: for you, a butterfly, flower, curly frame for the words or butterfly to attach to - all suitable for cards to be sent to friends.The butterfly is my favourite and I have used it a lot in the last two months and I still keep using it on new cards .... like this one that I have stamped white stazon ink on transparent acetate.
I've used a whisper white card base (precut and scored).
Attached two pieces of coloured patterned papers with brads to it. (I used my cutting tool wheel to cut that graceful curve) I wanted it to resemble a rolling hill side.
I then stamped a piece of velum with black stazon with the "you're a friend..." stamp inside the curly frame, cut it out and placed it on a piece of so saffron wide grosgrain ribbon.
I have placed a sheet of acetate (transparency) over the top of the papers, ribbon and velum and held it all together with coloured brads and the clear Rhinestone brad.

Stampset: Good friend ($31.95)
Ink: White stazon, Black stazon.
Cardstock: Whisper white, velum cardstock
Designer series paper: Ski slope (Spring Mini) $16.95
So Saffron grossgrain ribbon, Rich regals brads, Clear Rhinestone brad, cutter set, acetate (transparency film).

Hope you enjoyed this one. . .

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Inspiration - another challenge inspired by nature

Each month Linda's team has a challenge and this one was all about something that inspires you. It had a slow start we all sat back to think and then I remembered the painting my sister gave me that hangs in my daughter's room. It is a simple picture with very little in it, one for contemplation: just water, grass and some birds in the air.This painting has always made me think of playing with my brother and sister in the sand hills at the beach where we lived when I was 8 to about 12. We were very happy just chasing the dog and each other through the planted grasses, sliding down the sand hills on cardboard and exploring the waters edge for hours and getting into very little trouble considering.
My card is kind of symbolic of all those things - the sahara sand (for the beach), white (for the white hot summer sun), the insects (in this case butterflies) flitting over the grass (for innocence) and the passion of childhood dreams.
Materials I used to make this card:
Stampset: Inspired by Nature, Great Friend
Cardstock: Velum, Sahara sand, whisper white, chocolate chip and Kiwi kiss.
Ink: Kiwi kiss, chocolate chip, sahara sand.
Accessories: Silver brads, wide oval, punch, distressing tool.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Sketch challenge: Parisian Breeze

This sketch challenge is from Inkspirations. It is my first attempt at one of Makeeshabyl's sketch challenges where I actually am playing along. So above is the sketch #13 and below is my challenge entry.
When I saw it I instantly thought squares of textured patterned paper = Parisian Breeze Specialty Designer Series Paper!
Why is it so special you ask?It is double sided, printed on textured, cover-weight cardstock which means it is really thick and tactile - you just want to touch it.I have cut the three squares with my square punch, mounted them on black cardstock and raised them up on dimensionals to give them height. The sketch has has a horizontal strip on the side so I used my Eyelet border punch to make a frilly piece of black lace (I thought it went with the french Parisian theme)... and then wrapped a piece of Pacific Point grosgrain ribbon around the side. Which I have threaded through a styled silver slide for a extra focal point. Materials used:
Ink: Black Stazon
Stampset: Enfrancais Background stamp
Cardstock: Pacific Point, whisper white, Baja Breeze and Basic black.
Designer series Paper: Parisian Breeze
Pacific Point Ribbon
Styled silver hodgepodge ribbon slide
Eyelet border punch
Square punches: 1 1/4", 1 3/8".
Dimensional and snail adhesives.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Season of Joy with a kiwi kiss

What do you think of silver, chocolate chip and kiwi kiss on Christmas baubles? I have been playing with the idea of masking to make christmas baubles out of my square Season of Joy stamps - this is my first attempt.I cut out a large circle from scrap paper and then stamp Versamark ink through the centre of the circle. Take the scrap paper away to reveal a circle of stamped words ... fa la la la la, la la la la.
Dust liberally with silver embossing powder and heat it with my heat gun - instant silver baubles!
What do you think? I want to play with red cards and gold embossing ... I think that might look more impressive. Dont you love how I show you the cards that almost work ?
What you need to make a masked christmas bauble:
Stampsets: Season of Joy, Punches Three.
Cardstock: Kiwi kiss, chocolate chip, silver metalic.
Ink: Versamark, chocolate chip marker.
2 large/medium circle punches.
Silver embossing powder
Heat tool
Kiwi kiss tafetta ribbon
square scallop punch
Dimensional adhesive dots
A piece of scrap paper

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Great friend note cards

If you haven't guessed white stazon ink is my favourite product at the moment.
These are two little gift cards that I made last week. They were so quick and easy to make.The first one I made is on a piece of glossy white cardstock, sponged with baja breeze ink, matted with the gorgous Pacific point patterned paper (polka dots). The edge of the patterned paper is punched with the eyelet border punch. A piece of Pacific point ribbon tied around the centre and stuck to a whisper white love note card.My second card is pretty similar as you can see - I have tied the ribbon higher and knotted it before adhereing behind the patterned paper once again in pacific point patterns. I have stamped the Great friends butterfly with white stazon ink on to glossy white cardstock you can just see the image here. and sponged it evenly, all over with the pacific point ink:The white butterfly is rubbed over with a tissue to remove any excess ink before it dries. You could make a box of say 10 0f these for a gift, or to give when people do nice things for you either to say thank you or thinking of you or to write a little note. In October it is World Card making day so what will you be sending on 3rd October to your friends?

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Stamping on glass and Heat embossed metal

This weeks theme is stamping on non porous surfaces right. Did you guess?
I gave you a peek of what I have been stamping, now I want to show you some projects in their full photographic glory. Half the fun (and frustration of blogging) is getting a photograph of the project. Sometimes the light is just right and the planets are aligned and you figure out exactly the best setting on your camera to get a really great photo ... but mostly time and light is against you and we get what we get ... Here is the little spice, ribbon, button jar with the faux metal lid stamped with white stazon. I have several of these jars now on my dining table ... they are really, really quick to stamp. Everything in my house is going to have stampin' up images on it now.
The tag is white stazon stamped on gloss white cardstock, punched out with the scallop oval punch and layered onto a wide oval in Riding hood red cardstock. That lovely little ribbon is Riding hood Red tafetta.
So when a friend's birthday was coming up I had no choice: she received a glass and metal canister with fifth avenue floral on the glass ... And, clear embossed stamping on the metal lid. It was fiddly to stamp the flowers in the white stazon on the glass, as I have said if the surface is round you have to roll the stamp around the shape of the jar. The heat embossing on the lid was "easy-peasy"... I have Simply:
Stamped the images in Versamark,
covered with clear emossing powder,
shaken off the excess,
and heated it gently with the heat gun.
Note: before embossing check that the lid is actually metal not faux-plastic-metal (which will melt when you heat it - don't try this at home ... try the tap, touch and scratch test first).
The metal gets quite hot so place it on a bread board, and leave it there till it cools down. If it has a plastic inner lid (which this one did), do the embossing gently so that the heat doesnt go through. Preferably in quick short bursts of heat on the powder, just dont keep the heat gun in one place too long, the heat will transfer through to the plastic inside very quickly.
Here is the lid finished - it really looks like the metal has been etched. Like all embossing it is a real wow feeling when you see it melt and rise and shine on the surface. Hence the number of photos...

What you need to make your stamped glass canister and metal lid:
Stampset: Fifth Avenue floral
1 x glass sugar canister or biscuit jar with metal screw on lid.
Cotton white StazOn ink (for the glass)

VersaMark inkpad (for the lid).
Clear embossing Powder.
Heat tool.

Friday, September 18, 2009

White stazon gift bag - Tutorial.

Another White stazon post? This is for those who like detailed instructions on how to recreate a project they have seen in the catalogue or in a magezine or for the curious...Here's what you need to make this project:
1x medium cellophane bag (This one is a stampin' up bag 10.2 x 15.2 cm)
Certainly cellery cardstock (10 x 15 cm)
Tangerine Tango Card stock (approx 10cm x 10.2cm)
Tangerine Classic Ink pad.
Cotton White Stazon Ink pad.
45cm Certainly celery poly twill ribbon.
Eyelet border punch and small Horizontal slot punch.
Stampset: Great friend.
Square Metal Edge tag. Cotton thread or twine.

1. Select your bag and place it on a flat, non slip surface. So that you can see your stamped images. You can place the piece of Certainly celery cardstock inside the bag.
2. Stamp random images on the cellophane bag - I have used the butterfly and the flower branch from the Great friend stampset. Its quite a solid stamp so ensure you ink pad is well inked and juicy.3. Fold the tangerine cardstock in half and then edge the top and bottom with the eyelet border punch.4. Folding the cardstock over the top of the bag, punch a horizontal slot through each of the layers: card and cellophane.5. Fill your bag with gifts, lollies, chocolates, ribbons and brads.
Thread the ribbon through the slots that you made in the cardstock and cellophane bag and tie a bow with the ribbon.6. To make your gift tag: Stamp the "for you" stamp on the metal edge tag and the flower (it can be a bit tricky). Then punch a small hole in the top of the aluminium square and tie it onto the ribbon with some crochet thread. I have used the certainly cellery new polly twill ribbon - it ties quite crisply and nicely I feel.
Here are the two gift bags I have made for the lucky blog reader winners who asked the questions on Stamping Joy's first birthday. I have sent them some samples of the new textured Parisian breeze Specialty paper, too.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

What can you do with Stazon - cotton white ink? Continued...

But wait, there's more!!!! In my last post I described three surfaces you can stamp on: glass, metal and gloss cardstock. Here are a few more: Vellum, cellophane, plastic and acetate.
4. Vellum cardstock -
I have stamped the great friend stamp on the white vellum card stock, and for some more definition I sponged some baja breeze ink over it when it was dry then attached the dark eggplant cardstock behind.
The enjoy stamp was stamped in white stazon on the vellum cardstock. I think it comes up best with dark cardstock behind and some sponging too. The card below I posted awhile back, using the white stazon to stamp the enfrancais background stamp.
5. Cellophane and Plastic bags.

How to dress up an ordinary lolly bag or gift bag?
Simple - a few delicate images from Organic grace hostess stampset in white stazon. It dries really fast and makes the bag look special. I have placed a piece of cardstock in the second bag to keep the package flat and add some colour and contrast.
6. Stamping on Acetate (does anyone still use overhead transparencies?) or you can ask for the clear plastic they put on the front of display books at any office supply shop.
The circle circus image has been stamped on the transparency then I have used a brad to attach it to some cardstock. You can make acetate cards with stamped stazon images. I have ideas of swirls and snow flakes drifting around ... with a photo behind for christmas cards.

You can see this Stamped overlay technique displayed in the mini spring catalogue on page 17.
If you would like to purchase any of these products shown send me an email or contact me so that you can create some of these projects at your place.