Monday, 30 April 2012

ILWS Summer MINI Blog Hop

Welcome to my blog, you will have come to me from the lovely Sarah . My offering is a  card made from the Up, Up & Awaystamp set. I used Lucky Limeade cardstock as a base and matted very vanilla to fit.
On the vanilla on stamped Lovely as a Tree in Lucky Limade ink, and then daubed Bashful blue ink to form the sky. I stamped the balloon basket in Soft Suede and one balloon in Crumbcake with the birthday sentiment from the set in Soft Suede ink.  (I must admit to having a bit of a crush on the Soft Suede at the moment!), the other balloon was stamped in Soft Suede on spare card, cut out and mounted with a dimensional  on top of the other basket.  The bird stamp from the set was stamped in Marina Mist.

I felt this gave a really soft feel to the card, I think this stamp set is ideally suited to a male theme but is very versatile in the fact that if used with bright colours, it could make a really colourful card reminding you of those balloon festivals in the summer. (it dosen't feel much like summer is coming at the moment!!)

Hope you enjoyed my ramble and your next visit is to the lovely Clare, enjoy the rest of your hop :-)

PS if you lose your way you can start at the beginning with Emily or check out Group 1 starting with Alison
I'd grab yourself a cuppa if I was you!! lol


Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Pastel Floral

Well, over the last few days summer seems to have gone away. I do hope those few nice days was not it - you know our summer!!!

Today's card was made by using versamark ink with the large French Filigree stamp and then colouring in with pastels (bashful blue), and daubing around the edge with Marina Mist ink. I stamped a panel across the bottom with Dot, Dot, dot but using Regal Rose ink but inking it up and stamping on spare paper then stamping onto the card giving a much softer colour. One of the flowers from the Simply Soft Hostess set stamped with Stazon ink made the border up the side, these were coloured in with the inks and blenders pens, attach matching ribbon and glitter the stamens on the flowers. Create your sentiment with some matching punches and add some bling.

Only a couple of weeks left to grab that free paper pack with an order of £45, please contact me to place an order.

Save the Date :Thurs 10th May - Stampin Up workshop - New Summer Mini catalogue launch, don't forget to book your space.

Saturday, 7 April 2012

Sister Request

A friend recently asked if I could make her sister a bright and cheerful 40th Birthday Card. Melon Mambo and Tempting Turquoise came to mind lol, and that beautiful butterfly which is part of the Creative Elements set. Add some matt and layers, a bit of stamping and bling and there we go, she was very happy.

Before I'd attended Jenny Moor's extravaganza I'd always done inserts with a cheap A4 paper but I love making a layer inside and stamping on it too. Great tip Jenny!

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Roar!! one for the boys

This card was made using the Dinoroar set of stamps, perfect for the boys. I combined Chocolate Chip, Lucky Limeade and Crumbcake cardstock. I used the dotted scallop border punch and the crimper to give texture to the layers. For the foliage I used the My Friend stamp set from the Mini catty in Lucky limeade ink, sometimes stamping twice with out reinking to give different colours. The sentiment was stamped in Stazon, as were the dinosaurs, I coloured them in using the blenders pens and ink pads, cut them out and mounted on dimensionals. To highlight the sentiment I punched two of the modern label punches and trimmed them to fit the sentiment.

I made some of these cards for recent craft fayres and they were a big hit. I also combined some of the linen thread on the other cards to give a bit more texture.


PS April's special offer is a free paperpack for an order of £45, please contact me for further details

Monday, 2 April 2012

Spring fever

With the warmer weather here(well it was!! lol), and the garden beginning to spring into life it inspired me to play with my floral stamps.

I started by stamping the En Francais stamp in Versamark on the card leaving the top free and after a little drying time, I smoothed the chalks over to give a softer feel and inked around the edges of the panel. I then coloured in the flower of the Love and Sympathy set with markers and stamped onto the panel, I added the greeting with the same ink as around the edges and stuck to a matt of the corresponding colour, stamp from Petite Pairs.

I used the colour coach to find a colour match for the ribbon and tied around the card with a simple knot, This was then mounted onto a whisper white card base.

I made a version in a different colour, lots of possibilities for this one I think, depending on the occasion.

I always seem to forget about my chalks, must explore more, they are very effective.

Back with some more florals soon.......
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