Thursday, 22 October 2009

Christmas SAS 1 – Tree Trimmings

Well, I've been running Christmas card stamp-a-stacks (SAS) since August, so it's about time I started sharing the projects with you all....so here's number 1 from my August class. This is one of my faves...so far anyway. It's really simple & fast to make – just the thing if you need to make lots....but it can be easily stepped up too as you'll see below.

It's a very simple design, & the layout was inspired by these cards I made last year. The star of the card is a gorgeous bauble from the 'Tree Trimmings' set (from the Spring Mini - only available until 30 November) stamped in riding hood red. I've also included a little Raspberry Tart DSP – not a Christmas pack, but I think it works well here. The greeting is from the 'Best Yet' hostess set yet again & is punched out with the large oval punch, matted on a scalloped oval punch (only available until the end of Nov), then popped with dimensionals. I also chose to draw the string with a marker rather than stamping it with the string in the set.
This is another version that I whipped up at the class, using the other two bauble stamps in the set. I also used the noel greeting from 'Many Merry Messages', a perennial Christmas favourite & essential.
Finally, I thought I'd show you a stepped up version that wouldn't take much longer to make. For this one, I've stamped & cut out a second bauble to pop off the card & used some riding hood red taffeta ribbon instead of the cardstock strip. You could also pop the whole panel off the front & stamp the background with a subtle pattern too....but I didn't think of that at the time. & in a bit more detail so you can see the layers:
Another busy day today, so have to run. I probably won't have time to post now until the weekend, but hang in there, lots more to come.

Inky wishes

Di

Supplies:
Stamps: Tree Trimmings, Best Yet, Many Merry Messages
Card/paper: riding hood red, kiwi kiss, whisper white, Raspberry Tart DSP
Ink: riding hood red, kiwi kiss, old olive ink pads, old olive & ruby red stampin' write markers
Accessories: riding hood red taffeta ribbon (stepped up version)
Tools: large oval punch, scallop oval punch
Tree Trimmings: $24.95

Wednesday, 21 October 2009

Petal Party Pressie

Wow, four posts in four days – may have to faint! I'm back with a gift set I gave to a friend for her birthday (still back in August!). There's a little set of 4 love note sized cards in a matchbox style box, with matching tag too. With the exception of the stamped greetings & ribbon, everything I used came from the Petal Party Simply Scrappin'® kit - & only a small amount of the kit at that.
Here is a pic of all the cards. They're quite girly with the pixie pink, but fun too I think.
This is the card I made to go with the set. I added a little Crystal Effects® to the flower centre to add a little extra....even though it looks a little odd in the pic. Here's a funny angle shot so you can see the raised layers.
For those who haven't discovered Simply Scrappin'®' Kits yet, they're designed to make scrapping quicker & easier, but they work beautifully for cards too. The kit come with a selection of textured cardstock, designer series paper & 6 sheets of die cuts. If you'd like more info, just let me know.

Thanks for visiting & hope you like the projects. I'll be back soon with more.
Inky wishes
Di

Supplies
Stamps: Best Yet (L1 hostess), Cute & Curly (bundled with curly label punch)
Card/Paper: Simply Scrappin'® kit
Ink: Old olive ink pad
Accessories: certainly celery grosgrain ribbon
Tools: curly label punch
Petal Party Simply Scrappin' Kit

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Sunflower Birthday

I'm glad to say that it's a gorgeous sunny & warm day in Sydney today, so it seems a appropriate to show you this happy little sunflower card I made in August.I really love the layout, which was cased from this cute card by Sherri Barron. I'm not sure how I stumbled upon Sherri's blog, but I really like her style. The image is from a very cute little set of 4 stamps called 'A Flower for all Seasons', which I received from SU at Convention (you can see the others at the bottom of the post).
I water-coloured the image with my some Stampin' Write® markers & Aqua Painter™ on some watercolour paper & was pretty happy with how it turned out. Here is a close-up of the image, so you can see it better. The colour combo is a different one for me, but I think it works.Anyway, I have to get busy with some housework, so no more time to waffle. If you'd like any more info, please let me know. Bye for now.
Inky wishes
Di

Supplies
Stamps: A Flower for All Seasons, On Your Birthday, Trendy Trees
Card/Paper: Tangerine Tango, more mustard, old olive, watercolour paper, Washington Apple DSP,
Ink: Black stayz on ink pad, Earth Elements® Stampin' Write® markers: really rust, pumpkin pie, old olive, ruby red, summer sun
Accessories: circle rhinestone brads – fire pack, very vanilla taffeta ribbon

A Flower for all Seasons - $24.95

Monday, 19 October 2009

Bella Bleu Blossoms

I'm back with a card I made for a friend in August.

I wanted an elegant & peaceful look, so I thought my fave blues – brocade & bashful - would fit the bill & added some Bella Bleu DSP. The beautiful blossom image is from 'Thoughts & Prayers' & is stamped with bashful blue & brocade blue markers. The flowers are topped with Crystal Effects® to make them shine...& they're not messy IRL like they do in the pic.

I was happy to see that the greeting from Thoughts & Prayers fitted perfectly in my newest punch – the wide oval punch – you gotta love new punches! I think the rest is pretty self explanatory, but just let me know if you need any info.

Amazingly, this was my first play with 'Thoughts & Prayers', even though it was in my first new catty order back in April. Crazy I know! I was actually a little put off, as it's a double mounted set, (2 stamps go on either side of the block), but I finally got over myself & used it anyway. I'm pleased to say it wasn't as inconvenient as I thought....but I still much prefer single mounted ones.

Tip: To make using double mounted sets easier to use, stamp each image on vellum card with your stamp -a-ma-jig, so you can place the image perfectly when you want to.

Anyhoo, moving right along, I'll be back with more tomorrow.
Inky wishes
Di

Supplies
Stamps: Thought & Prayers
Cards/Paper: Brocade blue, bashful blue & very vanilla card, Bella Bleu DSP
Ink: brocade blue, bashful blue Stampin' Write® markers, brocade blue ink pad
Accessories: kraft taffeta ribbon, Crystal Effects®
Tools: wide oval punch, scallop edge punch

Sunday, 18 October 2009

Tea Party Tri-Shutter

Well, it's been a looong time between posts but I'm trying to get back into the swing now. I've lots to show you if I can just get some posts written, so with no further waffle...
Here's a tri-shutter card I made way back at the start of August for an Aunties 80th birthday (see how behind I am?). I used a whole A4 sheet for this one, so it's 21cm tall & fitted into a DL sized envelope.
The base is barely banana & is decorated with Tea Party DSP. The flower images from 'Sweet Stems' are stamped in basic grey & coloured with markers. The greeting is from 'Great Friend'. It's hard to see, but I added some Crystal Effects® to the flower centres. You can maybe see a bit better in this pic. Here are some final pics of the card closed...& flattened out so you can see the panels better.
We made a smaller tri-shutter card at my fancy folds class this month, which I'll show you another time. You can also find a tutorial to make your own tri-shutter card here on Splitcoast.
I'm trying to schedule some posts for each day, so hopefully I'll be back with more then. Inky wishes
Di

Supplies
Stamps: Sweet Stems, Great Friend
Card/Paper: barely banana, certainly celery, pretty in pink, whisper white
Ink: basic grey ink pad, certainly celery, pretty in pink, barely banana, always amethyst Stampin' Write® markers
Accessories: 5/8 inch certainly celery grosgrain, pretty in pink taffeta ribbon, Crystal Effects®

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