Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Teenager Male Card

My youngest turned 18 recently and here is the card I made for him. I CASED the idea from a card done by another Stampin'Up! demonstrator Belinda Ezzy which was shown on our Stampin'Up! demonstrators Stampin'Connection page. As soon as I saw this card last year I marked as a potential caqrd for Pat's 18th. It is always a challenge to get good guys cards and I wanted something extra special for his 18th.
The light doesn't catch the embossing but the wave effect has been embossed in clear embossing powder.

The graduation in colour is achieved by tearing a post-it note in a rough circle and masking it over the surfer after applying the initial Tempting Turquoise sponging. You do the masking twice with a bigger mask the second time. The wave effect is done by sponging lightly with Craft white ink and applying clear embossing powder. Then a final layer of Craft White is sponged on the right side and embossed again to create the water effect.

Stamp set is Seaworthy.
Card used Whisper White which was sponged to give the colour graduation, Tempting Turquoise, Pacific Point and Shimmery White for the numbers.
Ink used Pacific Point, Tempting Turquoise, Versamark, Craft White.
Versamark pen, Big Shot and Timeless Type Junior Alphabet dies, Clear and black embossing powder, heat gun, sponges, markers were other accessories used.

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Sunday, February 20, 2011

More Free Standing Pop Up Cards!!!!!!

I'm working for a few nights now so thought I'd pop on another update as I don't know when I will be back on here again. I spent some time this afternoon making more samples for my class this week.  I always like to have quite a few ideas available for my class ladies!

I ordered the stamp set Happiness Shared  to use for next months class but then thought it would be great for one of these free standing popup cards. I'm really pleased with how it turned out especially using the lace trim and vintage safety pin from the Summer Mini catalogue. It all came together quite nicely giving the card that olde worlde feel!

Cardstock is Whisper White, Pear Pizzazz and Pink Pirouette.
Ink is Jet black Staz-On, Pear Pizzazz, Pink Pirouette, Daffodil Delight and Sahara Sand.
The rose was coloured using an aqua painter pen and inks. I used the Sahara Sand ink to make the image "pop" by going around the stamped image very lightly with ink and the aqua painter.

Here is my other creation for today. As usual I buy sets and have them sitting on my shelf waiting, waiting, waiting to be used until inspiration hits. Well it finally did and I created a popup card suitable for the boys!

The stamp set is Lots of Bots and I stamped it in Jet Black Staz-On ink. I coloured the robot using ink from my Basic Grey, Cherry Cobbler and More Mustard ink pads and an aqua painter.

Card is Whisper White and Brushed Silver (perfect for this project!)
Embellishments are the smaller sized jumbo brads and mini library clips, these are so mini!!!!!!
Punch is Round Tab extra large.

Hope you have a lovely week!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Free Standing Popup Card

Hi Everyone,

Here is another free standing pop up card I created to show my class ladies this week. If you would like to come along and join them in learning how to make one of these cute cards please email me at
The class is this Thursday Feb 24 at 7.30pm or you could join us on Saturday Feb 26 at 1.30pm. Cost is $15!

The stamp set used is Easter Blossoms from the Summer Mini catalogue. To create the pattern on the girls dress I used a technique known as 'Kissing". Once I had inked up the stamp in Early Espresso ink I pressed the stamp onto a background stamp - Bella Toile to lift off the ink and then stamped the little girl stamp on my card. The Bella Toile stamp was also used to stamp the Certainly Celery background on the base card.

I love the new sentiment set I just bought - Curly Cute. For this card it has been inked up in Pretty in Pink. I really love this font!

Another item from the mini catalogue I used here was the Vintage trinkets but unfortunately you can't see the brad I used very well to make the ribbon pull. These brads look like little metal buttons and are soooo cute!

Hope you are having a great day and thanks for checking out my blog!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Sale-a-bration Wallets

  Here are some cute little gift card / secret message wallets I've made using Sale-a-bration stamp sets. These are the sets you can receive for free during Feb/March just for making a $100 Stampin'Up! order.  The top photo shows the wallet closed with the belly band around it and the photo below shows the wallet open.

You could decorate these wallets in so many different ways. For mine I have used the Big Shot and embossing folders to emboss the lower third of the wallet and then stamped images on the front and back of the other two thirds using the Sale-a-bration sets Bliss and Sweet Summer.

The inside envelope is cut out using the Big Shot and Scallop Envelope die. The belly band has been decrated using Designer Series Paper Island Oasis from the current Summer Mini catalogue. The stamped and punched images on the band are from the Sale-a-bration set Punch Bunch. The Sale-a-bration set So Happy for You has been stamped on the scallop envelope and message card.

 The Big Shot embossing folders used are - Vintage Wallpaper, Petals-A-Plenty and Elegant Lines.

The size of the card used is 29.8  x 10.5cm,  in other words an A$ sheet cut in half lengthways, scored at 9.5cm and 21cm.
Card stock is Tempting Turquoise, Pumpkin Pie, So Saffron Old Olive and Rose Red which all co-ordinate with the Island Oasis papers.

Thanks to my downline Maureen Crameri for giving me the inspiration for these. She made a lovely Christmas version as her Christmas card last year.

I hope you have fun coming up with your own versions. These also make a cute little money gift card. Just pop your money and message into the envelope for a lovely surprise for a special someone!

Best wishes


Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Brayered Manhattan Flower

Hi Everyone! Here is a project I did with some of my terrific stamping buddies this week at a workshop. Don't these cards look fabulous! I saw this technique on Patty Bennett's blog quite some time ago and have been meaning to try it out. Coming up with new ideas for my very experienced stamping friends can be a challenge - but this was a big hit!

The technique for the colouring is brayering and you can see a video tutorial on Patty's blog here -

The white cardstock used is Stampin'Up! Shimmery White - it gives a lovely sheen to these cards. You can see it in the current IB&C on page 122. The embossing folder used is Manhattan Flower.

I have used Rose Red and So Saffron ink for the first card and Regal Rose and So Saffron ink for the second card. I was trying to create the rose colours for Double Delight for the first card and Chicago Peace for the second one.
The card is 6x6 Chocolate Chip and the ribbon is Whisper White Organza.

I hope you have fun trying this technique some time. I plan to give it a go again very soon  - I should never have waited so long to give it a go!

See you again soon with some more of my creations.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

A Valentine's Quickie!

Hi Everyone!

Here's another really quick card to make - just in case you have been way laid and not realised Valentine's Day is just a week away!

I've used the stamp set Love Defined from the Summer Mini Catalogue. This set has 8 images in it and I love this tree from the set. You could do so many things with it. For this image I have used a Cherry Cobbler marker pen and coloured the image direct to rubber, then I have gone over the trunk and three of the hearts with a Basic Black marker, done a "huff" on the stamp to moisten the ink and stamped up the image onto Whisper white card. This was mounted onto Basic Black card and then mounted on Cherry Cobbler card  on which I had stamped the heart strings and sentiment from Love Defined.

Like I said very quick and easy. You could jazz it some more with ribbon or a spritz of Shimmer paint mixed with rubbing alcohol, some sponging around the edges or some cosmo glitter on the hearts. Lots of ways to take it up a notch!  But sometimes it is nice to just have a card that is "clean & simple".

See you soon!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Baby Card Using Baby Bundle Set

One of the girls at my work recently had a gorgeous baby boy and here is the card I made to welcome him into the world.

I have stamped the images from Baby Bundle in Black Staz-On ink and coloured them in using Stampin'Write markers and a blender pen. This was then mounted on a left over piece of card I'd sponged with platinum shimmer paint and all mounted on Marina Mist card with an added Marina Mist ribbon embellishment.

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