Thursday, June 30, 2011

Spinner card with Crafters Anonymous!

Each Monday night I attend an online class with Crafter's Anonymous
 ... its for people who have an obsession with crafting
 Monday is stamping and card making night - we made a Spinner card.
A very easy way to make a fun and interactive card.
 Materials needed to make this card:
Card front (A5) in Early Espresso Cardstock
A piece of patterned paper (I've used the Designer series paper: Botanical Gazette, stamped with the matching stampset: Nature Walk)
Word window punch
2 x 5 cent coins, dimensionals, sticky strip and stamps, punches and ink to embellish with.
 When you tilt the card to the side, the label, attached to the spinner,
 spins to the right and then back to the left... an attention getter for sure!
I used the Stamp sets: Bring on the cake, Nature walk.
Stampin up markers: Marina Mist and Pretty in Pink
The large oval punch and the Decorative Label punch, also behind the spinner I used the
 1" circle punch.
With a piece of the luscious Marina Mist taffeta ribbon on the corner for a bit of balance.
And I cut out my stamped hand with the ever incredibly sharp "paper snips".
Hope you like this one - Enjoy!!!!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Mixed embossing ...

 I have a friend who has just flown off to Paris, France .... * sigh *
She is spending the next two months in Europe, so that called for a card to say "Bon Voyage"!
I wanted to send her Something special before she left...
 You would call this technique: Mixed Embossing...
I have mixed embossing powders with dazzling diamonds and used more than one.
Not difficult, you just have to sweep up between dustings, and don't sneeze.
Firstly, I stamped the Eiffel tour in Versamark ink
 and dusted it with black embossing powder.
But, before heating it, I sprinkled just a touch of dazzling diamonds glitter onto it and then warmed it with my Embossing heat gun.
The embossing powder melts and sticks the dazzling diamonds with it.
Contiinuing on I stamped the Artistic Etchings crown in versamark and covered it with gold embossing powder, heated it...
and stamped another image with versamark and covered them with clear embossing powder.
Now I stamped the French folliage words and the medallion  in Soft suede and Early espresso as a background.
Finishing with a sponge of Soft Suede ink around the edges.
A few pearls and rhinestones for bling and ... Voila!
Mixed embossing - it looks quite shabby - vintage ... is that a term?
Card Recipe:
Stampsets: Artistic Etchings, French Folliage.
Ink: Versamark, Early Espresso, Soft Suede.
Embossing Powder: Basic Black, Gold, clear.
Tools: Heat Tool, Embossing buddy.
Accessories:  Dazzling Diamonds glitter, Rhinestone Jewels, Pearl jewels, sponge. 

Saturday, June 25, 2011

A Double Easel card

 Don't you just love an easel card?
This one uses a double easel ... a very clever idea inspired by Sharon Makin from Crafter's Anonymous.
 I have made mine with the butterfly stamp from the gorgeous Strength and Hope stampset.
This I think would work for any special event such as a wedding, engagement or graduation card.
I've mainly used basic black ink for all my stamping and versamark for the embossed sentiment.
I stamped over the strip of "Love Letter" DSP and wrapped a piece of black satin ribbon around the base.
The Topnote die makes a stunning statement on this project in sahara sand and black. I have run it through the vintage embossing folder for some deep texture.
The centres of the butterflies are the vintage brads.
Can you pick the mistake I made with this card...?
Card Recipe:
Stampsets: Strength and Hope, Curly Cute, Teeny Tiny sentiments.
Cardstock: very vanilla, basic black, sahara sand
Ink: Basic black, versamark
Tools and Accessories:
Silver embossing powder, heat gun.
Patterned paper: Love letter
Vintage Brads, Paper snips.
Big shot machine, Top note die, Vintage wallpaper embossing folder,
 Pinking hearts border punch.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Magic Ink technique

Last night at Crafters Anonymous we did an online class with Anne Brignoll.
The technique we learnt is called Magic Ink - a lot of fun with ink and embossing!
 The colours I have used are Rich Razzleberry and Perfect plum Re-inkers, Black stazon for the sentiment and Versamark to emboss the barque motif swirl.
 To top if off I added my no knot bow with a rhinestone brad to hold it together.
To get this technique you will need rubbing alcohol and two colours of Stampin' up reinkers.
Cotton balls and a heat embossing tool and plastic gloves if you don't like to wear your ink on your fingertips!
The cherish stamp is stamped on some more glossy cardstock and punched out with the Decorative label punch. This is my most used punch it can be used so many ways.
Card Recipe:
Stampset: Baroque Motifs
Card stock: Glossy white, Rich Razzleberry.
Ink: Rich Razzle berry and Perfect Plum (reinkers)
Black staz-on, Versamark.
Ribbon: Rich Razzleberry satin
 Rhinestone brad.
Clear Embossing Powder,.
Tools: Rubbing alcohol, cotton ball, heat gun, embossing buddy, Decorative label punch, dimensional adhesive, mini glue dot.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Purchase the Big shot before the end of June - amazing deal!

Have you been thinking about buying your very own Big Shot™  machine?
How would you like to pay only $69.95?
Well here's how it works......all you need to do is invite 5 - 8 friends around for a few hours of crafting and create some gorgeous cards to take home.... I will do the rest, when your sales reach $450 you  get
your big shot for only $69.95.
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Stampin'Up! are offering this special until the end of June:
 Any workshop sales of product over $428 earns you an EXTRA $70 to spend on any products you like, so add that to the $40 of hostess credit and this gives you a total of $110 to spend
PLUS a free hostess stamp set.
If you take the $110 off a big shot machine (valued at $179.95) that makes your Big shot machine only $69.95 Now that is a very very good deal!
 If you want to take up this offer, email me to book an evening or weekend, as we need to place your order before the 30th of June!!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Cyberstamp weekend challenge - So cute.

On the weekend, members of the Elite Stamper's team shared a cyberstamp.
A cyberstamp is where everyone stays in their own warm dry homes and join in on an online stamp night .
Jane suggested three challenges and the deadline for finishing was the end of the long weekend.
So here is what I made on Monday afternoon.
The challenge went like this:
Choose a number between 1 and 99.
My daughter Jessica chose 50.
Open the Idea Book and Catalogue at that page number...
Choose a card on that page to copy.
Then choose a stamp set that you think might be in danger of retiring at the end of this catalogue.
I chose "so cute" a free stamp set I won at Convention as a lucky door prize.
This was a perfect sketch to use for this stamp set as the little simple line images fit nicely in the
 1 1/4" and 1" circle punches.
I stamped in Rich razzleberry, Marina Mist and Concord crush inks then used my aqua painter (water colour pen) to paint the pea pod in certainly celery.
I cut it out and raised it with a dimensional above the original image.
Then drew focus to one of the peas with a rhinestone jewel.
I love the little words on each of these stamps: sweet pea, cupcake, peanut, love...
Other Tools and accessories:
Big shot machine, Square lattice embossing folder, Daffodil delight satin ribbon.
I really enjoyed playing with this challenge, perhaps you would like to play too?

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Elite challenges - SC44 and Misty Razzleberries.

Over at the Elite challenges site, Carol has set us some new Sketch, Stamp and colour challenges.
It is so long since I have attempted one of these challenges -
The First challenge is a colour challenge: Misty Razzleberries.
Rich Razzleberry, Marina Mist and Old Olive.
I really love these colours together, I just had to play and combine some of my new products from the current Mini catalogue.
 The sketch is from the card on page 16
 of the Autumn Winter mini catalogue.
 Using the Framed tulips embossing folder with the gorgeous new Bevelled windowpanes.
These are acrylic frames that highlight an image or patterned paper with punched ribbon holes on either side for threading. I have adhered the ribbon to the card with snail adhesive and let the ribbon anchor the window pane to the page. (No glue dots, nothing!)
 I've used another of my all time favourite techniques:
Heat embossing with Stampin' Up!'s Gold embossing powder.
 The words are from the stampset: You're a Gem and the crown is from Artistic Etchings, when I saw the words to this "Queen for a day" it just begged the crown to go with it.
Then I added two "all a flutter" butterflies in gold embossing onto the Rich Razzleberry layer.
 The other stampset, that I just can't seem to do with out is the "French Foliage" stampset (also in the Autumn Winter mini) the mud splatters and script stamps are great texture for making a blank piece of cardstock look old and vintage, or just interesting to look at... enjoy!!!

Thursday, June 09, 2011

Let me share the Stampin' Up experience with you.

I'd really like to share the Stampin' Up! experience with you all ...
If your wish list is as long as mine or you'd just like to be able to order what you want to when you want, and receive 20% discount on ALL your orders why not join Stampin' Up! and get a lot more...
Did you know that you can now join Stampin' Up! without an Australian Business Number?
That you never have to hold a workshop or class ever, if you don't wish to...
It only costs $289 to become a hobby demo, and you can tailor the kit (stamps & colours) to suit your style and needs. As a demonstrator we get to see new the idea books, catalogues and products before everyone else does, you get amazing discounts, specials and endless inspiration.
If you decide to leave Stampin' Up! at any time, there are no penalties and you keep everything !
So, what are you waiting for?
 If you'd like to join and recieve an ongoing 20% discount on all your purchases, and come to team training events too, then give me a call on 0468 877 125 or send me an email.
I'd love to share the fun and creativity of Stampin' Up! with you.
Oh, and that's Linda H my upline recieving an award (second from the right).

Dress card in Winter white

 Just sharing my second attempt at this card ... it may be winter, but we can dream of spring!
I have used the framed tulips embossing folder on the whisper white card, added some pearls and embossed the skirt this time with the square lattice texture.
 You can make four skirts out of one scallop circle cut die.
So my daughter Jessica made a card on the same theme. I think she did an excellent job with the "in stitches" wheel as a background. Her princess fairy has a crown and wings, and shoes too!

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Scallop dresses

 At convention this year I received and photographed so many great cards to share with you.
Part of the fun is coming home and making up your own versions of ideas you have seen.
This idea is from Katrina Criglington.
 I have used the greenhouse gala patterned paper for her skirt.
Pumpkin pie cardstock for her top with Daffodil delight ribbon around her waisteband.
 Being so bright and cheerful called for a Melon mambo background and with the cut out pieces of the bodice I have made a hat to match!
 Couldn't finish an outfit without a rhinestone and punched flowers.
Tools: Big shot machine, Scallop circle die, crimper, 1 3/4 circle punch, 3/4 circle punch, Boho Blossoms punch, Eyelet border punch and Square lattice embossing folder.
Stick on Rhinestone jewells and Daffodil delight satin ribbon.
Cardstock: Basic Black, melon mambo, Pumpkin pie, whisper white.
Designer series paper: Greenhouse Gala.
Stamp: In stitches wheel.

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Pear Pizzazz Pendant Park with a mother of Pearl Shimmer

This is a really pretty technique called mother of pearl.
 It works best on glossy white cardstock and makes a soft mottled background with a gloss and texture that looks like mother of pearl.
On this card I have used the platinum shimmer paint.
Elsewhere you will see this technique using Frost white shimmer paint. But I like this effect which looks a little like silver clouds behind the pendant park tree.
 I really like Pear pizzazz as it goes beautifully with Certainly celery taffeta ribbon.
The tree is stamped in black stazon so that it stands out against the silver platinum shimmer paint.
I think this one is appropriate for a sympathy card, or a get well card, or even just a card to a friend.
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I am still taking orders for my ribbon shares in 1cm taffetta and 2.3cm wide striped grosgrain.
So phone or email if you'd like to go in this share with me.