Thursday, 26 June 2008

This is a card from one of the sets I received in my starter kit it's called Touch of Nature, I've gone for a distressed kind of look for this one as I'm loving using my cutter kit which has a scoring tool, cutter, perforating tool and a 7 sided distresser all on a key ring.  Fab!

It is a colour combination I haven't used before, Real Red, Sage Shadow and So Saffron and the ink I have used is Old Olive.

Wednesday, 25 June 2008

Natures Wonders last one

Well I saved the most simple one till last, using one colour and white always looks elegant on a card and you have no problems with clashing colours.  It also has the added bonus of being very quick and simple to make.

Nature’s Wonders Stamp set 
Sincere Salutations Stamp Set
Whisper White, Old Olive and Certainly Celery Card
Certainly Celery Prints Designer Series Paper (DSP) 
Certainly Celery and Old Olive ink pads 
Ribbon Slider from Hodgepodge Hardware 
White grosgrain ribbon

Tuesday, 24 June 2008

Natures Wonders 3

This is a slighly more involved card just because the flower is in three layers.  You just need to stamp the image onto 3 different colours of card in Black Stazon, here I have used Certainly Celery, So Saffron and Lavender Lace and then cut them out and layered them with foam dimensionals.

Natures Wonders Stamp set 
Simply Said Stamp set 
Lavender Lace, So Saffron and Certainly Celery Card
Certainly Celery Prints Designer Series Paper (DSP) 
Lavender Lace inkpad 
Pewter Jumbo Eyelets 
Cropodile or eyelet setting tool
Stampin' Dimensionals
White grosgrain ribbon
Black Stazon inkpad

Monday, 23 June 2008

Natures Wonders 2

There are several lovely techniques on this card, the first is the 'faux' stitching, using a ruler and a piercing tool I made holes into the Lavender Lace card mat at 5mm intervals and then joined the dots with a white gel pen.

The 3 images are very simply stamped, the top one in versamark ink onto Lavender Lace card and covered in white embossing powder then heat set.  The middle image is Lavender Lave ink onto Whisper White card and the third is Lavender Lace ink onto Lavender Lace card.

In order to get the cut outs on the paper and card mats feed the corners into the circle punch 1/4 of the way through, it is easier to turn the  punch upside down so you can see what you are doing.

Nature’s Wonders Stamp set
Whisper White, Lavender Lace and Certainly Celery Cardstock
Certainly Celery Prints Designer Series Paper (DSP)
Lavender Lace ink pad
1” circle punch
Piercing tool and mat
White gel pen
White embossing powder
Versamark ink

Sunday, 22 June 2008

Natures Wonders

This is a wonderful set of  4 stamps that is ideal for a beginner or a more experienced stamper.  My cards were featured in Making Cards magazine June 2008, I shall post the rest of the cards this week.  I have used the watercolour crayons to colour the image.

Warm Wishes

Natures Wonders stamp set
Certainly Celery Card
Certainly Celery Designer Series paper
Lavender Lace Card
Confetti White cardstock ( for watercolouring on)
Certainly Celery ink pad
Stazon black ink
Bold Brights watercolour wonder crayons
Aqua painter
Elegant Eggplant grosgrain ribbon

Saturday, 14 June 2008

Join in June AND July

During June and July, it’s easier than ever to join the Stampin’ Up!® family.

From 15 June to 31 July, when you become a demonstrator, in addition to the fantastic Starter Kit, you’ll receive a FREE stamp set of your choice from the Idea Book & Catalogue 2007-2008 —up to a £41.95 value!

That means if you become a demonstrator before 31st July, you could start out with over £300 of Stampin' Up!'s high quality, one of a kind stamping products for just £155 !

Monday, 2 June 2008

Happy Birthday Paula

Here is a special card for a special lady........Paula is the Country Manager for Stampin' Up! in the UK. She is a wonderful person, the driving force behind the company in the UK, full of energy and enthusiasm and best of all a very dear friend.

Like me she is 40.................. obviously 1968 was a vintage year!

Real Red cardstock
Basic Black Cardstock
Chipboard number
Black Stazon ink
Versamark ink
Paisley Background stamp
Mixed Bouquet stamp set
Polka dots and paisley stamp set
Real Red grosgrain ribbon
Clear embossing powder
SU! Tool kit, paper piercing tool and mat

  1. Use a 6" x 12" piece of real red card stock and fold it at 4" and 10" to give the offset panels.
  2. Mat a piece of Basic Black 3 3/4" x 5 3/4" and another 1 3/4" x 5 3/4" onto the panels.
  3. Using the Black Stazon stamp the paisley background stamp onto Real red cardstock panels 3 1/2" x 5 1/2" and 1 1/2" x 5 1/2"
  4. Wrap 2 pieces of ribbon around the larger piece of paisley card and knot top and bottom as shown.
  5. Stamp the outline rose from Mixed bouquet 3 times in black stazon onto real red card and cut out each one making 2 smaller so you can layer them with stampin' dimensionals to make a 3D flower.
  6. Attach the 3D flower onto a 3" square of basic black cardstock which you have pierced the edges, place onto the front of your card as shown.
  7. Stamp happy from the polka dots and paisley stamp set onto a piece of real red cardstock 2" x 1" which you have pierced the edges, place onto the front of your card as shown.
  8. Using the chipboard numbers first ink then totally with black stazon, (you may need to use some gloves or a piece of sponge because otherwise your fingers will be black for days....) when the black ink is completely dry go over with versamark ink and clear embossing powder, heat until melted and glossy, repeat this 3/4 times until the numbers are raised and glossy then adhere them to your card as shown, I used mini glue dots.