Thursday, 31 March 2016

Flowering Fields - Watercolour with Emboss Resist 1

Over the Easter break I played around with using watercolour with the Flowering Fields stamp set.

The flowers were stamped with Versa Mark and heat embossed with white powder on watercolour paper.  The ink was applied using an Aqua Painter.
The flowers were painted with Crushed Curry ink and the stems were painted with Old Olive.
The background was washed with both inks and a splash of Pool Party.

Tip - with this kind of stamped image there is no real colouring. Just trace over the image using the Aqua Painter loaded with the ink and allow the ink  to run over the sides of the embossing.

The cardbase used Whisper White cardstock.
The decorative layer used Wildflower Fields DSP.
The watercolour image was matted with black.
White Bakers Twine and a button finished it off.

This card will be one of the cards made during my April Card Classes.
I made four more cards using this technique and featuring Flowering Fields stamp set. I look forward to sharing them with you.

Botanical Builders Framelits Dies - Cyclamen Pot Card.

 I thought you might like a closer look at this card. This card was made with very little stamping. The two large vein stamps were the only two stamps from the Botanical Blooms stamp set used.  The 'for you' sentiment came from Teeny Tiny Sentiments stamp set.  The background was washed on Shimmery White cardstock using an Aqua Painter with Pool Party and Rose Red inks.  The leaves and flowers were raised with Stampin Mountables.  The flowers were cut from Rose Red and the leaves were cut from Elegant Eggplant cardstock using the Botanical Builders Framelits. The designer series paper was  from a past SAB that I can't recall. The pot used a scrap of Caujun Craze cardstock.  A piece of 1/8th" silver ribbon completed it.

Botanical Gardens - Flower Pot Card

 Our friends had not long moved in to their new home and we were taking this gorgeous cyclamen for a house warming gift.  I needed a card to go with it and this is what I came up with.  Had lots of fun creating this card. I think you can see where my inspiration came from for this card.

Getting the Most From Our Stamps

When we purchase our stamps we want to get the most from them.  The Little Lamb stamp is an Easter stamp but would make a lovely baby card without the Easter greeting.

I don't recommend cutting off the greeting, although some other stampers don't mind doing this.

The answer is to mark off the unwanted area using washi tape.  Ink up and make sure that any excess  ink is wiped cleaned from the washi tape before stamping. Alternatively, remove the washi tape before stamping.

Sunday, 20 March 2016

Little Lamb - Baby Girl Card

The 'Little Lamb' stamp makes a lovely baby card by leaving off the Easter greeting.

Card Base -Sahara Sands.
First Layer - Subtles Colour Collections Stack
Ribbon band - White Jute
Scraps of Blushing Bride and Sahara Sands cardstock
Inks - Early Espresso, Blushing Bride, Pear Pizzazz
White Stampin' Chalk Marker
Sentiment from Bundled Baby
Banner from Number Of  Years Bundle

Saturday, 19 March 2016

Little Lamb - Easter Card 1

This is a very easy card to make.
Change the colour scheme of your card to match
your choice of designer series paper.

Little Lamb Tag

I attached this tag to a small bag of cellophane eggs for little Easter Gifts.

Little Lamb - Easter Card 2

Another simple design. This colour scheme of Sahara Sand is my favourite but would look great using any colour from the Subtles range.

Little Lamb

Easter is approaching and I am getting ready. I have made up two card designs and a gift  tag using the Little Lamb stamp from the Occassions Catalogue that I will give out with my Easter gifts.

I used Sahara Sand cardstock and the one of the matching sheets from the Neutrals Colour Collections stack.  The image was stamped in Early Espresso and the accentuated colour was added using a blender pen with Blushing Bride and Pear Pizzazz  inks, and with a  White Stampin' Chalk Marker. The  images were cut with a circle framelit. Two of the circle shapes had the inner edge of the circle pricked using Paper-Piercing Essential Pack (found in the Clearance Rack) before adhereing to a doily. White organza ribbon was used on two of the cards.

I fill cellophane bags with mini-eggs and adhere the  tags with double sided tape.  I make quite a few of these!  The kids usually get the large eggs and I give out the cellophane filled bags to everyone else. Even to those who say they don't want chocolate. They really do like a little!

Monday, 14 March 2016

Number of Years - 18th Birthday

I liked the previous card so much I thought that I would make a male version of it, but used the 18th milestone birthday instead.

What you will need to make this card:-
Card Base - Lost Lagoon
Inside Layer - Whisper White
Inks - Lost Lagoon & Smoky Slate
Moonlight DesignerSeries Paperstack (Another bargain from the Clearance Rack - $4.79)
Dazzling Details
Liquid Glue

Number of Years - Happy 21st

I made this card, in mind of my eldest daughter and all her friends who are reaching this milestone this coming year.  I loved the sheet used from Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper and I had been saving it for a special card and this is it. I think it is a very pretty girly card!

This card uses  the negative space left after cutting out the numerals from  the Large Number Framelits Dies.
For this card you will need:-
Number of Years Stamp Set & Large Numbers Framelits Dies
Card Base - Blushing Bride
Whisper White - inside layer
Designer Series Papers - Birthday Bouquet DSP  & Subtles Colour Collections
Soft Sky Seam Binding Ribbon
Essentials Paper Piercing template (Find this in the Clearance Rack for a bargain price of only $5.95)
Paper piercing tool and mat
Dazzling Details
Liquid Glue

Sunday, 13 March 2016

Number of Years - Number Backgrounds

I have two cards to show today, both with number backgrounds but two different techniques.

Happy 13th Birthday

The first 'Happy 13th Birthday' had a series of 13 stamped in a staggered pattern.  The '13's' were stamped in Versa Mark and clear embossed on Elegant Eggplant card base.

Three of each large balloons from the 'Balloon Celebration' stamp set was stamped in Pool Party, Tempting Turquoise and Wisteria Wonder.    Love the colour combination!
The balloons were also stamped with the co-ordinating stamp with Versa Mark and clear embossed to give   that little extra textured pattern.

All of the balloons were then punched out using the matching punch. (Another great bundle from the Occassions Catalogue).

Silver Metalic Thread was tied to six of the balloons (two of each colour), and adhered with a dimensional. Then all of the strings were  tied together and a glue dot adhered to the knot on the card.

The inside of the card was stamped and the remaining balloons adhered.

Happy 1st Birthday

The second card I found on Pinterest by Alisa Tilsner.  I made only minor changes to my card due to available materials.  The technique of faux embossing technique appealed to me.  I thought that it was going to be far more fiddly but turned out quite easy.

The inside of the card was stamped too.

Alisa's instructions were good.  To be on the safe side before cutting into good cardstock, I made a pratice piece using Whisper White base and numbers from scraps.

Position the cardbase on craftmat as in picture and then arrange numbers going down the centre and then arrange numbers cross ways. Using the lines on the cradtmat to keep straight.
The corners were lined up but must have been moved when taking the photo - sorry about that!

Number of Years - Look Who's Turning 5

My young nephew's birthday is coming up and this is the design I had in mind for his card. The background was washed using the large tip Aqua Painter and Tempting Turquoise ink on watercolour paper.  That is so easy to do.  If you haven't tried that techhnique yet, you must!

The small stars and words were stamped with Versa Mark and completed with Embossing powders.

The large star was cut from Silver foil, even though it appears blackish in the photo.  The '5' was also stamped in Versa Mark and powder embossed.

I didn't forget the inside of the card too!

Inks - Tempting Turquoise, Versa Mark
Cardstock -  card base -Tempting Turquoise
                 - mat - Black
                 - top layer - Watercolour Paper
Aqua Painter
Embossing Powders - White, Black
Heat Tool
Little stars from Balloon Celebration Stamp Set
Silver Foil
Star Framelits
Number of Years Bundle - stamp set and dies

Number of Years - Bookmark

When my book club resumed this year I gave each member one of these bookmarks.  They were very well received. I can't take the credit for the design, that was by Anja from Ophelia Crafts.
I especially loved how she tied the ribbon with a linen bow, something I am going to store away for future  use.

Inks- Pear Pizzazz, Wisteria Wonder, Blushing Bride, Lost Lagoon, Rose Red
Whisper White Thick Cardstock 2 1/4"x6"
Wisteria Wonder Seam Binding Ribbon
Linen Thread
Curvy Corner Trio Corner Punch
Nummber os Years Stamp Set

Saturday, 12 March 2016

Number of Years - Happy Birthday

I made this card for a dear friend's birthday and I was absolutely thrilled with it.

No giving the age away on the front but you can find it on the inside with the lovely complimentary verse - 'the number of years the world has been a better place because you are in it.'

Inks used - Pool Party, Wisteria Wonder, Pear Pizzazz.
Cardstock - base- Pool Party
                    mat - Wisteria Wonder
                    stamped decorative layer - Whisper White
Whisper White - circle
Wisteria Wonder Seam Binding Ribbon
Pearl Basic Jewels
Multi-purpose Liquid Glue
Stampin' Dimensionals
Number of Years Stamp Set

March Stamp of the Month - Numbers of Years with Large Number Framelits Dies

This stamp set is quickly becoming a favourite of mine.  This set gives a watercolour look and being made from photopolymer makes for easy alignment.

This stamp set can be used to celebrate important milestones in our lives, for instance birthdays, anniversaries, school years and more in our card and memory keeping projects.

Add the little flowers and stem stamps to make this a truly versatile set.

I have lots of ideas using a variety of techniques  featuring this stamp set to share with you in the coming week.

Friday, 11 March 2016

Flowering Fields in Black and White

 I had an idea that I wanted to make a black and white card with stamping directly onto a doily.  I wasn't sure if I did too much stamping on the first doily, so I then stamped the second doily with the flowers confined to the centre of it.  The two cards are the results.