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Monday, 26 October 2015

Cards For Family and Friends

Hi Stampers ,
Isn't the weather unpredictable of late ? I despise humidity and struggled in the heat yesterday and was very relieved to wake to a cool change this morning ! I wonder what tomorrow is going to bring !

I had a very productive weekend making special cards for friends and family . I started with a 21 st card in a box for my nephew , Bill .
I used Wonderland DSP available right now from the Holiday catalogue and my balloon and star framelits to create this card in a box . There are lots of tutorials on Pinterest for this type of card . If you'd like to know more or book a workshop contact me for details . I love how this card turned out .




Then I created a 60 th birthday card for a friend . Again I used the balloon framelits but this time I added flowers using Flower Shop stamp set and coordinating punch and my smallest filigree butterfly framelit which was a snap to cut using the Precision Plate , the pieces just fell out ! I added some embossing and some bling for a feminine touch.


Finally , I created an engagement card for the same nephew , Bill and his fiancée Caitlyn . I decide to make a side step card after being inspired by a gorgeous one created by Maree Jaeschke . I wanted to use the colours used on the invitation and was able to match them perfectly to S. U colours . I had difficulty finding a tutorial the size I wanted on the net so I created my own version so that the card on the side was large enough to accomodate my stamping . I have used one of my favourite and most versatile stamps , Sheltering Tree . 
I silver embossed the tree trunk and added hearts I a variety of subtle colours which I had punched using the hearts border punch .
I embossed part of the greeting in silver , then stamped " love " from the Hello Life stamp set , taking care to only ink up the word .
Then I embossed a piece of Rose Red CS with the Hearts embossing folder and punched out 2 hearts . I placed them on position and adhered a bow tied with silver corded trim on top ! Cute ! I set these on a Whisper White piece I had stamped the Hearts from the Perpetual Calendar in random subtles .
I used  a greeting I adore from a retired set called Occasional Quotes and the wording goes like this
Love begins in a moment
Grows over time
And lasts an eternity
Then I silver embossed " Congratulatiions and place it down the bottom . Love it  - this is my first ever side step card but I can guarantee it will not be my last ! I love it !


That's all until next time 😀

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Northern Lights For Christmas

Hello Stampers ,
I've had a lovely day playing with the Northern Lghts technique . My upline was unable to attend because her hubbie was dashed to hospital last night and will have an operation tomorrow . 😒
My down line , Margie and I went ahead with a little catch up and and a bit of a play - actually we did more chattering than playing but it was a great day !
Here are my cards 
There are many tutorials on the web for this technique but if you'd like more information you can book a workshop and I'd be happy to show you how it's done . 😀

Saturday, 17 October 2015

Gorgeous Shimmer cards !

Hello Stampers ! 
I've had so much fun playing with a technique I have not tried for a while . I found it somewhere on the web but it was a while ago and I cannot remember where . 
The technique I speak of is quite simple but oh so stunning .
 Here's what you do :
Stamp onto window sheet using Stazon Bllack / Stazon White / archival black ink , heat set .
Flip your piece over to the back 
Mix some reinker with some crystal effects and paint onto your stamped image .
Then , while still wet sprinkle over some Dazzling Diamonds glitter .
Allow to dry 
Trim image and it's good to go onto your card front or tag .
First I tried the dove image , stamped in Stazon White , then painted with CE mixed with Pool Party reinker for the bird and Mint Macaron for the leaf . Amazing how it looks like it's been painted in Mint Macaron but it's actually Pool Party ! This was set onto a circle cut from Pool Party.
I mounted this onto a salt technique background . I've used Lost Lagoon , Island Indigo and Night of Navy and then used glue spatter to add some Dazzling Diamonds glitter .



Next I used the poinsettia image from the Reason For the Season stamp set . I stamped this image onto my window sheet using our Archival Black ink , then I heat set it . This time I used Cherry Cobbler. Cucumber Crush and a Crushed Curry reinkers and decided to try Gold Stampin ' Glitter and oh my it looks amazing ! I wish you could see it in real life !
I decided it didn't need too many embellishments so the card layout is quite simple but elegant , don't you think ? The strip of Red Glimmer paper was only added to cover up a little red ink smudge sssh don't tell anyone it'll be our little secret !


Then I started thinking about what else I could use for this technique and decided I'd really like to try a butterfly but was really not sure how to go about it . I had to change things around a bit because  there wasn't a current stamp that I wanted to use but there are the Butterfly thinlits !
Here's what I did .
Cut a filigree butterfly from Black glimmer paper .
Cut a butterfly outline from window sheetusing the Bold Butterfly framelits .
Adhered my black shape over the window sheet .
Flipped it over , mixed my colours and went ahead and painted it - this time I added the glitter as I finished each colour because  I didn't want it to dry out before I was done.
I used Bermuda  Bay , Wild Wisteria and Pink Pirouette .
 I cut another butterfly outline from the Whisper White card front . 
Stamped the leaves in Wild Wasabi from the the stamp set Serene Silhouettes .placed it over the  Basic Black card base in the position it was to go 
Drew around it in pencil to mark where the framelits needed to go 
Removed the W. White piece and cut the Basic Black base .
Took a piece of Vellum cardstock and adhered it to the back of the card front - making sure I placed some glue using the fine tip  glue pen to the back of the butterfly so the it would stay in position 
I will run a class using this technique and will have more details at a later date .