Sunday, November 29, 2009

Beate's Weekend Sketch Challenge 108 part 2

Had so much fun with Beate's latest challenge, that I made a second card using the same sketch. For this one, I pulled out my sewing machine which hasn't been used for quite a while. Sewing the layers of card and paper was a lot easier than I thought it would be and I'm sure it's a technique I'll use again!

Used some thin grosgrain ribbon to make the leaves for the flower and I think that works quite well.  Here is the card:

 The ribbon leaves add some interesting texture.

Paper - SU kraft, pacific point, tangerine tango, summer sun, good morning sunshine designer paper
Stamps - SU good morning friend, sentiment from  PTI mega mixed messages
Ink - SU kiwi kiss, chocolate chip
Accessories - Buttons, linen thread, sewing machine, SU chocolate chip grosgrain ribbon, glue dots, dimensionals

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Beate's Weekend Sketch Challenge 108

Wasn't sure what card to do when I saw the sketch for the latest challenge from Beate.  But I recently found a butterfly template that I wanted to try out so thought I would incorporate that.

I actually printed the template in 3 sizes so I can layer the butterflies, but for this card am just using the smallest butterfly which measures 2 inches across the wings. Got the idea for the string antennae from Dawn McVey - thanks Dawn!  To make my templates, I glued my printed butterfly outlines to a mylar plastic sheet and then cut them out (the kind of plastic that you buy for making quilting templates).

Cut out the circles using my cricut and the red one wasn't cut very cleanly so I decided to distress the edge and stamp it with chocolate chip.  Used a dimensional to pop out the butterfly.

Here is my card:

And a close up view of the butterfly:

Paper - SU chocolate chip, baja breeze, riding hood red, Bella Rose designer paper
Stamps - PTI mega mixed messages
Ink - SU chocolate chip
Accessories - SU chocolate chip grosgrain ribbon, butterfly template, button, linen thread, dimensional

Retro Birthday card

I've been playing with some of my new stamps from Papertrey Ink and decided to use some of the images from floral frenzy to make this birthday card for a friend.  I paired it with some fun colours from Stampin' Up! which give it a bit of a retro feel. Reminds me of a dress I had when I was about 10!

The sentiment is from PTI's birthday basics and I cut out the frame for the sentiment using my cricut and the Storybook cartridge.  Seem to be using that shape a lot at the moment. 

Paper - cream card from stash, SU chocolate chip, tangerine tango, summer sun, good morning sunshine designer paper
Images - PTI floral frenzy, polka dot basics II,  birthday basics
Ink - SU chocolate chip
Accessories - buttons, linen thread, paper piercer, circut die cut

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Distressed flowers

Recently saw some lovely flower embellishments from Prima but thought it would be more fun to make my own. I cut out circles of various sizes using my cricut and the George and Basic Shapes cartridge then distressed and sponged the edges and crinkled the card a bit to give them  a more interesting look.  Then put them together using a button for the centre.  I was a bit worried the layers might separate, so stitched them together using linen thread. I punched two holes through the stack using my paper piercer which made the stitching a breeze!

Here is the finished card

The sentiment is from my new giga guidelines set from Papertrey Ink and the blue and green panels were shaped with the embossed curve punch from EK Success.

Paper - cream card from stash, SU chocolate chip, kiwi kiss, tempting turquoise, summer sun, good morning sunshine designer paper
Images - PTI giga guidelines
Ink - SU chocolaate chip
Accessories - cricut die cuts, buttons, linen thread, EK success embossed curve punch

Monday, November 23, 2009

Beate's Weekend Sketch Challenge #107

This is my 2nd challenge for the weekend. Of course, the sensible thing might have been to make one card for the two challenges, but I didn't see Beate's til I'd already worked out my earlier card for Dawn's colour challenge!

So here is my card.  My inspiration was the glitter 'ornament' I made earlier today which of course made me think of Christmas.  The image is from Papertrey Ink's giga guidelines set which is turning out to be so useful.  I stamped the image using chocolate chip ink, then used my 2 way glue pen and some clear glitter.  Must be the dark ink that gives it that interesting colour. 

Paper - SU chocolate chip, riding hood red, bella rose designer paper
Images - PTI giga guidelines, signature christmas
Ink - SU chocolate chip
Accessories - SU chocolate chip ribbon, SU button, 2 way glue pen, glitter, dimensional

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Raspberry Suite color challenge #19

Here is my card for Dawn's latest color challenge.

Must say that this colour combination was a bit of a challenge for me - especially using the lavender! However, I found some gorgeous chocolate chip ribbon which I wanted to incorporate, along with images from PTI's floral frenzy set which just arrived.

Paper - SU chocolate chip, baja breeze, kiwi kiss, pink passion, lavender from stash
Images - PTI floral frenzy
Ink - SU chocolate chip
Accessories - SU ribbon, button, linen thread, crystal effects, cricut die cuts, SU boho blossoms punch, paper piercer, dimensionals

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Cute bird card

 I wanted to make a card with SU's good friend stamp set. Had in mind some summery colours, because that's the kind of weather we should be having  soon (if it ever comes!).  I love the combination of the yellow and orange.

Paper - SU tangerine tango, summer sun, whisper white
Ink - SU chocolate chip
Images - SU good morning friend, sentiment Papertrey Ink mega mixed messages
Accessories - SU the tearing edge, button, glue dots

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Bookmark portfolio

I've been having great fun following Andrea Walford's 12 Weeks of Christmas. So many great ideas. Thought I would try and make her 'bookmark portfolio' as a Christmas gift.  The base is a 6 x 12 piece of double-sided card.  It's scored at 5 3/8" and 10 3/4" across the 12" edge then at 4" along the 6" width to make a pocket  flap that turns up and secures the bookmarks.  The holly die cuts were made using the Cricut Christmas Cheer cartridge and layered onto the bookmark base which measures 2 x 7", scored and folded in half. The bookmarks 'clip' around the pocket with magnets which are glued to each side of the base.  A nice idea for a personalised gift!


Monday, November 16, 2009

Good morning card

I've been trying to resist buying too many punches and have been seeing what I can cut out with my Cricut.  Found some nice flowers on the George and Basic Shapes cartridge and thought I'd use them to make a flower embellishment.  The tag comes from Cricut's Christmas Cheer cartridge.  Have been having some fun with a newly arrived Stampin' Up card order and here is the result

Paper - SU kraft, pacific point, summer sun, chocolate chip, tangerine tango, good morning sunshine designer paper, 6x6 patterns pack II
Accessories - Cricut die cuts, linen thread, button, patterned scissors

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Beate's Weekend Sketch Challenge #106

 I have two cards to share for Beate's Weekend Sketch Challenge.   The first is a simple Christmas card.  I wanted to try some paper piercing and also an idea I saw for using double-sided tape to make a glitter strip. Both cards measure 15 x 10.5cm.  For those of us using A4 card, the base is an A4 sheet cut in half.  

Paper - SU Kraft, chocolate chip
Accessories - double-sided tape, glitter, SU felt flurries, paper piercer

My second card uses a similar colour scheme but was designed as a greeting card.  I started by stamping the background randomly with one of the leaves from SU's petite posies.  The flowers were cut using the boho blossoms punch and popped up using dimensionals.  I was planning to use ribbon but couldn't find anything narrow enough so instead cut a thin strip of red card to give a similar effect. 

Stamps - SU petite posies, Papertrey Ink mega mixed messages
Paper - SU Kraft, chocolate chip, riding hood red, kiwi kiss, baja breeze, bella rose designer paper
Ink - SU riding hood red, kiwi kiss
Accessories - SU boho blossoms punch, dimensionals

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Brownie gift box

Well, here is another of the projects we made last Saturday. It's a brownie gift box. Of course, you could put anything inside it, but we made it to take a piece of brownie. Nice if you want to give a home made gift of baking of some kind.

The card for the box is Stampin' Up old olive. The background design was stamped with old olive ink and a piece of designer paper matted and fixed to the top after the ribbon had been tied. The flower is from the Spotlight on Christmas set and cut out with the 5 petal flower punch. The sentiment is from the Oval All set and cut using the large oval punch. The sentiment is popped up away from the box on dimensionals.

Love the idea of filling this for Christmas!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Gift card holder

On Saturday I spent the afternoon at a Stampin' Up! paper craft workshop - 5 projects in 4 hours. Great fun, great instructors and lots of wonderful ideas for Christmas - 3D projects, simple cards and decorated boxes. Here is one of the items we made which is a gift card holder. Looks pretty on the outside

and it unfolds to reveal an area where you can write a message. A separate card pulls out at the bottom and is just the right size for holding a gift card or perhaps some money! A really simple design that works so well and can be adapted for any season.

So simple and so effective. Just love it!

Friday, November 06, 2009

Baby girl card

Here is a card I just made for some friends who had a little girl this week. Traditional pink and white I know!

The card stock is Stampin' Up with Bella Rose designer paper. I cut out the curly label using my Cricut (this shape is from the Storybook cartridge). The letters were also cut with the Cricut, then decorated with candy cane pink stickles.

Have a fun day!

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Waterfall card

A while ago I saw a video and instructions for a waterfall card from The Pink Stamper. Thought I'd have a go and it turned out to be a lot easier than I thought. Lots of fun and interactive for the recipient too! The card and designer paper are from Stampin Up. Did I mention that I love the Bella Rose designer paper?