Tuesday, 26 February 2008

Magnetic note pad

This is part of my hostess gift packs for March, that I have been making over the weekend.  They are note pads covered with Old Olive card stock and stamped with Old Olive ink and Seeing spots stamps.  The clip came from Staples and has a really strong clasp and magnet on the back, I've covered it with Designer Series Paper and a scallop punch of Old Olive, topped with a circle punch of Chocolate Chip and more Seeing Spots stamps.

Wednesday, 20 February 2008

Ink colour stays true

Now you now how sometimes you have a WOW ! moment when you are crafting?

Well that happened to me today, I was preparing for some workshops I am running in the next few weeks and experimenting with Bashful Blue and So Saffron with of course my favourite Old Olive.

Now Stampin' Up! ink pads are fantastic, beautiful colours, matching tones to cardstock, you can watercolour with them, emboss them, blend them but best of all.......they stay true to colour even on another colour of cardstock.

The card below is stamped with So Saffron onto Bashful Blue and it has stayed yellow, how fantastic is that???

Thursday, 7 February 2008

UK Demo's swap

This is a card I have made as part of a swap with other UK demonstrators on the Splitcoast Stampers forum. A fantastic forum with the most amazing gallery and a huge technique library.

The card is made using the wonderful Heartfelt Stamp set, Whisper White, Brilliant Blue and Tempting Turquoise cardstock and ink and a little Tempting Turquoise ribbon.

Happy Hearts

In my home workshops this month we have been making Valentines themed cards. This card was inspired by a card in the Stampin' Up! Idea book and catalogue page 22. The reason it's called an idea book is because it is jam packed with fantastic ideas, not only that from page 90-94 is a list of every item used to make each card, scrapbook page or papercraft project so you can see at a glance what you need.

So for the card I used Happy Hearts stamp set, Polka Dot Background stamp, Pretty in Pink and Rose red Cardstock, Rose Red ink and a little Whisper white ribbon. The hearts were stamped then cut out, some stuck on flat others using Stampin' Dimensionals layering them along the ribbon.

Saturday, 2 February 2008

My Wonderful Hostesses

My hostesses are very special, they invite me to their homes, to meet with their friends and family to have a fun filled afternoon or evening of papercrafting and to find out all about the wonderful things they can create with Stampin' Up! products.

Before each home workshop I spend time talking to the hostess about the things she is interested in and what fun projects we can create together. Last night I had a wonderful home workshop hosted by Vicky who is a very talented card maker, She loves to give personalised gifts to go with her wonderful cards so I thought this little bag would be great for her and she loved it.

The tutorial follows

You need
1 x A4 Card stock I used Tempting Turquoise
Seeing Spots Stamp set
Small piece of Tempting Turquoise and Pumpkin pie cardstock
Tempting Turquoise ink
Pumpkin Pie Ribbon
Mini Glue dots
1 brad
Tag punch

On one side of the card stock stamp random images all over using the Tempting Turquoise ink and the Seeing Spots stamps, make sure some of the images go over the edges of the card as this gives a more professional finish.

Turn the card over and score at 6cm in from each of the long sides.

Then score at 12cm in from each of the short sides

No the slightly tricky bit...you need to measure 6cm the point where the lines cross over along the long side, you are going to make a diagonal score line to the outer edge. Please use the photo to guide you. As you do more you won't need to measure!

Now fold in thelong sides to the centre and on one side only puch 2 holes about 2 cm apart through the layers of card stock. You will also need to crease the diagonal folds you made at the last set so they sit as shown in the photo. The sides of the bag will also need to fold in a little it looks like a 'W' shape in the photo.

Now fold in the other side ( the one without any holes).

Stamp the thank you and flower onto some Pumpkin Pie card stock and punch out a tag shape. Stamp the flower a second time onto Tempting Turquoise cardstock and cut it out. Using a Tempting Turquoise brad I covered it in a mini glue dot , this was something Shelli demonstrated at the Open night in London and is a really neat trick! The mini glue dot is a perfect size and you just rub it over the brad so it shapes to the sides of the brad then you dip it in Dazzling Diamonds a fantastic fine glitter. The great thing about using a coloured brad is the glitter allows the colour to shine through. I then attached the cut out flower to the tag with the glittered brad.

You need to thread the ribbon through the holes from the inside of the bag, then turn the bag so the holes are at the back and bring the ribbon around to the front. Thread on the tag and fasten the ribbon, trim the ribbon to size, all finished.

This bag was inspired by the one sheet box tutorial on Splitcoast Stampers Forum, I have adapted the sizing to fit UK paper sizes, and tweaked and added my special touch.

All images copyright Stampin' Up! 1990 - 2007 and created by Amanda Fowler

2 Birthdays

It's been a busy birthday week this week with 2 of my collegues birthdays, Lorna and Emma.

Lorna loves green so I just had to use Old Olive card stock as the base for this card. I first cut the A4 card lengthways giving me a 5 1/2" high card, I folded it in half and then folded the front half back on its self to make a small zigzag. Then a Chocolate Chip mat and pieces of Brocade Background Double Sided Paper finished the layers. The mat with the greeting on is Very Vanilla Cardstock on top of Chocolate Chip cardstock and stamped with the Heartfelt Stamp set (Old Olive and Chocolate chip ink) and a greeting from Sincere Saluations.

Emma loves pink so a base of Rose Red card stock was perfect for her, I used a 10" x 5" piece to make a 5" square card. I lined the inside with a piece of designer series paper in Rose Red and attached a strip of Chocolate Chip Grosgrain ribbon to the outer edge. I stamped the front of the card with Rose red Ink and using one of the flower from Simply Said before tearing the edge to reveal the DSP and the ribbon. The front mat is Regal Rose cardstock torn again in the same way and stamped with the word heart again from Simply Said in Chocolate chip. The inner heart was stamped in Rose Red on some Regal Rose cardstock and cut out, I then edged the heart with a little chocolate chip ink to make it pop from the card underneath and stuck it down using Stampin' Dimensionals. A greeting from Sincere Saluations and a little ribbon finished the card.

All images are Copyright Stampin' Up! 1990 - 2008 and cards are created by Amanda Fowler