Sunday, January 31, 2010

Faux tile card

I saw this technique in an Australian Cardmaking Stamping & Papercraft magazine.  It involves making a 'tile' background by scoring lines on glossy cardstock and brayering ink onto the card, trying not to get it in the score lines. Since I don't have a brayer I sponged light blue ink on instead, then went over the score lines with a white gel pen. The flowers and leaves were stamped on white cardstock and then cut out.  The largest flower is on foam mounting tape to make it 'pop'. The card came together quite quickly and this is a technique I'll use again.

This is a close up so you can see the 'tiles' more clearly:

Paper - SU whisper white, SU baja breeze, white card from stash, glossy white card from stash
Stamps - PTI blooming button bits, PTI turning a new leaf
Ink - SU riding hood red, SU chocolate chip, SU kiwi kiss
Accessories - SU kiwi kiss grosgrain ribbon, foam mounting tape

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Papertrey January blog hop


This is my first PTI blog hop so welcome and thanks for visiting! This month, Nichole challenged us to create a card that has the 'total package' with embellished interior and decorated envelope.

Must admit that the inside of my cards are usually pretty plain, so I really enjoyed the challenge this month to think about the card as a whole and to see what I could come up with.

I had to use my new favourite set which is blooming button bits and have created a mother's day card.  The flowers on the front are the largest from the group of three, individually stamped and cut out, and the sentiment is also from blooming button bits.

Here is the front of the card with matching envelope:

And a close up view of the front:

This is what the inside looks like.  I've layered the largest and smallest flowers and the sentiment is from birthday basics:

And I have a personalised stamp I use for the back :

Paper - SU baja breeze, whisper white, cream card from stash, bella rose designer paper
Stamps - PTI blooming button bits, birthday basics
Ink - SU riding hood red, kiwi kiss, chocolate chip
Accessories - cricut scallop cut, We R memory keepers corner chomper, my mind's eye buttons, SU linen thread, SU kiwi kiss ribbon

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Simple note cards

I've been trying out a variety of embossing folders with my new cuttlebug. Here is a series of simple note cards I made using the paisley embossing folder and some Core'dinations paper from the Chocolate Box collection. I just embossed the paper and sanded it lightly. I have craft sanding blocks on my 'wish list' but for this I just used very fine sandpaper and it worked well!  I think I might make more sets of these to give as gifts.


Paper - Cream card from stash, core'dination chocolate box collection
Accessories - cuttlebug paisley embossing folder, sandpaper

Friday, January 22, 2010

Little red wagon #12

The challenge this week was to use snowflakes. When I first visualised this card, I was convinced I  had the snowflake embossing folder for my cuttlebug, but I must have been hallucinating! So I used Stampin' Up felt  flurries and basic grey rub ons instead.  Here is my card:

Paper - SU chocolate chip
Accessories - SU felt flurries, basic grey rub ons, white gel pen, glue dots

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Mojo 122

This is the first time I'm taking part in a Mojo Monday. I really liked the look of this sketch. I've been trying out my new cuttlebug and here's what I came up with:

The left panel is embossed using the spots and dots folder and the birds are cut from cork with the SU birds and blooms dies.  The embossed panel and the ovals and popped out using dimensionals.

Thanks for stopping by!

Paper - SU riding hood red, cream card from stash, Cosmo Cricket early bird 6x6 paper
Stamps - PTI mega mixed messages
Ink - Color palette black pigment
Accessories - cricut die cuts, SU birds & blooms dies, cuttlebug spots and dots embossing folder,  stickles black diamond, foam mounting tape

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Dragonfly card

Have been trying to use up some of scraps from my stash and was faced with some bright colours today. Here is what I made using my new cricut cartridge home decor which has some lovely shapes, including this dragonfly.  I cut the punched scallop border with my cricut and cricut design studio.  The file came from Diane at Capadia Designs - thanks Diane!

Paper - white card from stash, SU pink passion, tempting turquoise, lovely lilac
Stamps - PTI polka dot basics II
Ink - Tsukineko color palette black
Accessories - cricut die cuts, SU linen thread, ribbon from stash, dimensionals

Friday, January 08, 2010

Another card for Raspberry Suite Color Challenge #21

I was so inspired by Dawn's latest colour challenge that I made a second card.  This one's a baby card as I wanted to use a cute bird button I bought a few years ago in Nepal. No idea what it's made of, but the shape really appealed.

I sewed two pieces of ribbon together and then gathered them for a pleated look. They're layered over a piece of grosgrain.  I didn't intend to have quite so many layers  of cardstock but after I attached the ribbon to the blue piece I realised it needed to be hidden, so I added the brown layer, then needed something to separate it from the card base - well you get the picture!  The sentiment is from the incredibly useful Mega Mixed Messages from Papertrey Ink.

Here's my card:

Paper - SU chocolate chip, baja breeze
Stamps - PTI mega mixed messages
Ink - SU chocolate chip
Accessories - button from stash, making memories buttercup ribbon selection, foam mounting tape, EK success scallop punch

Raspberry Suite Color Challenge #21

I haven't made any cards for a few days as we've been having the carpets cleaned, so thought I would 'celebrate' the end of the process by taking part in Dawn's latest colour challenge.

Love this colour combination and wanted to try out my new set from Papertrey Ink - blooming button bits. I managed to find a couple of vintage buttons and also tried to use up a few scraps.  The distressed cream paper is from a pack of  handmade postcards that a friend gave me a few years ago. I've never used them for writing, but they've been very useful for cards.  And the blue piece was 'rescued' from a project that didn't quite go according to plan.  Here is what I came up with:

Paper - SU chocolate chip, baja breeze, cream paper from stash
Stamps - PTI blooming button bits, background basics - retro
Ink - SU chocolate chip
Accessories - buttons, making memories buttercream ribbon selection, foam mounting tape

Kristina Werner's color inspiration challenge 57

I love Kristina's designs and blog and decided to play along with this challenge. I don't usually work with so many colours, so it was a bit of a challenge! Just had to incorporate some gorgeous Cosmo Cricket paper called Early Bird.  I was also trying to use up some scraps. The white strip at the bottom is the reverse of a scallop shape I cut with my cricut and the red and blue strips and the flower were cut from remnants I had in my boxes.  Here is what I came up with:

And a close up of the flower which is on a large dimensional to make it pop:

Paper - white card from stash, SU baja breeze, riding hood red, whisper white, Cosmo Cricket Early Bird 6 x 6
Stamps - PTI birthday basics
Ink - SU chocolate chip
Accessories - cricut die cuts, basic grey stitched brad, foam mounting tape, dimensionals