Thursday, 11 July 2013

New Wood-Mount Cases

The new Stampin' Up! Catalogue that was released on the 1st of July for 2013 -2014, has lots of wonderful ideas and products. I just love the new Wood -Mount Cases. Now all your wood mount stamps will sit just like VHS cases on the shelf! No more worrying if you have the labels on the right way so they sit properly. They come in two sizes half and full size! They come in packs of 4, half size $8.95 Item no 127552 and full size $11.95  Item no 127551.  Your wood mount storage problems have just been solved! Thank you
Stampin' Up.

Sunday, 28 April 2013

Working with Vellum

This week at Sunny Challenges and Creations, I set the challenge, and did not give a sketch, but the challenge was to make a sympathy card. We all dislike making these cards, as it invariably means that a friend or acquaintance has lost someone dear to them and you wish to let them know you are thinking of them. My card this week was on a base of Elegant Eggplant. A piece of Whisper White was run through the Big Shot using the Petals a Plenty embossing folder then I also cut two ovals using the Ovals Collection in the Framelits and cut one in Perfect Plum and the other in white. I just love the Secret Garden stamp set and of course the matching framelits.......makes cutting so much easier dont you think. The leaves were Old Olive and once again used the Secret Garden Framelits to cut them out. I used Vellum cardstock for the flowers. Firstly I swiped the vellum with my embossing buddy to ensure I didnt get any embossing powder where it wasnt need and then I stamped with Versamark, sprinkled White Embossing Powder on the images and heat set them with my Heat Gun. I decided to use Perfect Plum, Wisteria Wonder and Primrose Petals Classic Stampin Pads with my Aqua Painter and colour the flowers. The sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Sentiments and I must admit that today I used my MDS for the very first time to add something to a card that I made. A very small step, it didnt bite me so I might just have to go in there again! The Elegant Eggplant ribbon I had in my stash and thought it finished the front of well. The Perfect Plum Oval was put up on dimensionals as were the flowers and the sentiment. Make sure you check out Kris and Vicky's blogs to see what they have created for you this week. We hope that you will join us in the challenge and remember it runs for two whole weeks now so you have plenty of time. Till next time.......

Sunday, 21 April 2013

Love that Glimmer Paper!

In Friday's class the ladies were shown how to colour the Glimmer Paper to a  colour of their choice, so you can add a whole heap of  'bling' for not too much effort. A base of Baja Breeze was used and this was topped with a piece of Whisper White which was run through the Big Shot Twice, once to do the lacy edging  from the new Delicate Design Folders, then again by placing the edge of the new Lacy Brocade embossing folder to the top edge of the lacy embossed area and run it through . A piece of Bashful Blue Ribbon was placed around the centre of the card and secured by adhesive to the back and then the whole piece to the card base. The larger frame was cut using the Glimmer paper and the smaller frame was stamped and coloured with Stamp n Write Markers first, then run through the Big Shot as well. To colour the Glimmer paper, the ladies simply sponged the area with Baja Breeze then attached the stamped image to it using Snail. Dimensionals were used to lift the Glimmer Paper Framelit from the card base. Two small flowers were punched using the the four leaf flower from the Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack. These were attached using Glue Dots and then a small pearl was placed in the centre of each flower. The insert of the card was Whisper White which had the Lacy Edge to the bottom. A lovely card, and really not too much too it but it certainly has a lot of WOW about it. Till next time.......

Friday, 19 April 2013 soon?

During today's class, it was decided by the ladies that we would make one Christmas Card each lesson and every now and then do a Christmas stamp a stack, so that when the silly season came around we would have at least a few Christmas Cards on hand. Seeing the ladies flew through the class this morning and we had some time still left to play I quickly made up this card as the first of many that we will make this year. The girls loved their creation and they were surprised at just how quickly it all came together. I made a base of Garden Green card stock, which on my own admission is not a colour that I normally go for when green is called for. I then cut a mat of the flocked Window Sheet from the Candlelight Christmas Designer Series Paper
and applied it directly to the base. Next it was 2 Oval Framelits in Very Vanilla, which I quickly stamped the larger one with the pine needles from Watercolour Winter in Old Artichoke, then the holly branch from the same set which was stamped using Stazon Ink and coloured with Stamp n Write Markers. The Greeting is from Snow Swirled and that was stamped off then onto a piece of Very Vanilla and using the Square Punch to finish the greeting panel. The ladies used their imagination and one was done as mine, another used rounded ends and another was done using one of the Apothecary Labels. A Very Vanilla Insert was placed inside and the ladies either off stamped the holly branch or the pine needles in one corner and the verse from Snow Swirled was used too

Sunday, 14 April 2013

Sunny Challenges 77/13

Hi Stampers, This week at Sunny Challenges and Creations, Vicky set the challenge and it was to use the sketch, and added the theme was to be either Mothers Day or a Female Card. I thought this week that rather than use stamps as the main component, I would take myself well and truly out of my comfort zone and I would use use my Big Shot and punches to create my card. I used Whisper White as the base and topped that with Whisper White again which I embossed using the Lattice Square Embossing Folder. The scallop circle was cut using the Scallop Circles #2 Die in Bashful Blue. A Whisper White mat was cut using the 2 1/2" Circle Punch. For the Bashful Blue flowers I used the Blossom Party Originals Die and for the centres I used the same die and used a scrap of Silver Glimmer Paper that I had on my desk and sponged them with Daffodil Delight. The leaves I used my old favourite Old Olive and the Bird Builder Punch, trimmed them off and placed them behind the flowers. The sentiment I used my Black Marker Pen and only inked the word Mother onto Whisper White. This was punched out using the Large Oval Punch and I matted this onto a Scallop Oval which I had punched out in the Bashful Blue. I had placed a small punched flower in Baja Breeze to which I added a large pearl from the Basic Pearls. The Punch I used for this flower is a retired Stampin' Up Trio Flower Punch. Dont forget to check out the challenge blog and visit our other designers, and check out their beautiful creations for this challenge. You now have 2 weeks to enter our challenges so you have plenty of time to get your creations to us, and who knows you may well be our next Ray of Sunshine! Till next time....

Sunday, 31 March 2013

Challenge 76 Sunny Challenges and Creations

Hi there once again! This week over at Sunny Challenges and Creations, our very talented Kris supplied the sketch and the other part of the challenge was to use a background stamp or stamp a background. I used Night of Navy Card Stock, Very Vanilla Card Stock and Night of Navy and Sahara Sand ink. I decided I wanted to use the Open Sea set, and it came together ever so nicely I thought.
Firstly I used the ledger stamp from that set and using Sahara Sand I off stamped it onto some scrap then stamped it four times to cover the Very Vanilla cardstock I then took 3 smaller pieces of Very Vanilla and on one I stamped my main image and on the other two I ran them both through the Big Shot using the Hounds tooth Embossing Folder then matted them onto Night of Navy cardstock. I also stamped a compass and cut it out and attached it to the bottom panel. The middle Panel I used Teeny Tiny Sentiments and chose the happy birthday greeting.  I punched the greeting out using the Word Window Punch twice and slightly offset the Very Vanilla on the Night of Navy.The inside of the card I off stamped the Sahara Sand and placed the earth globe in it. We would love you to check the other creations and join us in this fun challenge! Till next time.....

Sunday, 24 March 2013

Basic Masking

I made this card a few weeks ago for Sunny Challenges and Creations, which had a sketch and an Easter theme. I had a new stamper this week at class and so decided to show her the technique of Basic Masking and it also refreshed the other ladies on this technique as well. The colours we used were Whipser White Card Base, Lucky Limeade and Raspberry Ripple (sorry about the colour in the pic). We also used the Honeycomb Embossing folder. When the card was finished we just put touches to the main stamens of the flowers using Silver Sparkle Dazzling Detail liquid and the middle flower was raised on a dimensional. The greeting is from the set Well Scripted and was punched out using the Scallop Oval Punch. This is such a pretty card and when the ladies made their cards they used the sentiment of their choice from the Well Scripted stamp set. Till next time.......