Friday, June 29, 2007

....And they call this one Marelle's Famous No-Cutting Card!

LOL I've always wanted to be famous!
Some of my fellow-demonstrators have already seen this card, as have my customers who came along to Tuesday cardnights in June, but I thought it was time I shared it with the rest of you.
This is a great card design for those times when you need to make some cards and don't feel like cutting up loads of cardstock. It's a variation on the one-sheet wonder theme, and all you do is stamp up an A4 sheet (this will make 4 cards) and cut it into quarters. Then take your base A5 card, tear along the top, stamp your greeting and tie some ribbon, and stick down the flap! How easy, and even better (OK, I lied - there were 3 cuts) there's practically no cutting!
The colours I've used here are Marigold Morning, Vintage Violet and Old Olive. And the stamp set is Bodacious Bouquet.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

...and this one?
Well, you were all so kind about the last card that I was unsure of, that you've given me to confidence to put up a pic of another one. I challenged myself to use this colour combo aaages ago, and have sent many cards to the card graveyard because of it! I wanted to do red and green that wasn't Christmas, and it's been a real struggle. This is Certainly Celery, Garden Green (yes, I've used it twice now *gasp!*), Rose Red and Regal Rose. Crayon Resist on gloss again. I'm loving the Ribbon Originals!
So, be honest (did I really just say that??? maybe I meant to say be kind..) What do you think?

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

What do you think?
I've been having a play with Mixed Bouquet over the weekend (I swapped stamp sets for a week with my good friend and downline Karen...can't wait to see what she's come up with!). Here I've stamped in Rose Red and Garden Green on gloss card, used a white crayon to highlight sections, and then sponged Rose red ink on top. I've been playing around with Garden Green for a's not a colour I use very often (ie never!). I also wanted to try a different sized card (this is the size of Long Notes in the US catty).
Not sure about this one...what do you think?

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Reason to Smile
That's what this set is called, and I hope this card makes you smile! Certainly Celery, So Saffron and *some kind of blue* seem to be getting a workout lately. I was playing around with my markers on the butterfly...what a wow effect that is! And I had a scrap of paisley that I'd stamped up a few days ago for another card and then rejected (yes, even I reject paisley sometimes!). Then the rest of the card just fell into place. Sometimes it feels like the card just tells me what it needs. I love it when that happens. Sometimes they like to be secretive and taunt me. When that happens I can try all sorts of things "this? ...or this?" and the card smiles smugly with it's hands behind it's back going "nup, not gonna tell". And to spite it, I put it together anyway, but it never looks like it's quite right.
I made a couple of these and gave one to a new customer and friend. Hope she likes it!
Card: Certainly Celery, So Saffron, Bordering Blue, Brocade Blue, Whisper White
Ink: Brocade Blue, Whisper White Craft
Other: Certainly Celery, So Saffron, Bordering Blue, and Brocade Blue markers, Celery Grosgrain Ribbon, Rich Regals brads, Corner Rounder punch (for scallops)
To do the butterfly, just start with your lightest colour marker first (in this case, So Saffron) and colour in "patches" all over the butterfly. Then take your next colour (Certainly Celery) and colour mare patches, then finish with Bordering Blue and Brocade Blue. Then, stamp!

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

If you've been to a recent workshop of mine, you may recognise this card...I've been using it as a make-and-take. It's a really quick and easy card, even for beginners. It's also a great card for not-so-beginners, because they can vary it and make it their own. A couple of tags in the Terrific Tags Hostess Set co-ordinate really well with the Seeing Spots set. I've Rock'n'Rolled the tag, and the Organdy Ribbon and a bit of glitter on the centre of the flower add a bit a sparkle. Colours are Certainly Celery, Cool Caribbean, Tempting Turquoise and So Saffron.

Monday, June 18, 2007

Gotta Love Double-Sided Papers!

Here's a really quick and easy card that requires virtually no stamping (yes, sometimes that can be a good thing!) and is great for using up scraps of Scrapbooking papers (that's definitely a good thing!)
Take a piece of double-sided paper about the same size as your cardfront, and release some tension by ripping it down the middle. If you tear towards you, you get a nice rough edge that you can do some direct-to-paper with. I love the fact that SU inkpads have finger-grips on the sides, so I *hardly ever* drop an inkpad in my lap anymore! Then pull out your co-ordinating Bouquet flower punch and use up some more scraps of paper by punching out some little flowers (the 2-way glue pen has a nice fine point for adhering these). A piece of ribbon and a stamped sentiment, and you're done!
I've used:
"Spring Showers" Double-sided papers
Naturals Ivory cardstock
Chocolate Grosgrain Ribbon
Chocolate Chip and Creamy Caramel ink
Bouquet Flower punch

Saturday, June 16, 2007

By popular demand...the faux eyelet!

I feel a bit silly posting this, because I'm just cheating really!! It all came about because I'm hopeless at setting eyelets and I hate all the bashing and squeezing that goes on! redface But let's pretend that you'd use them so you can have eyelets to match every colour of cardstock that you own, OK? wink
All you do is punch a little circle with your 6mm circle punch, and attach it to your image with your 2-way glue pen. When the glue is dry, use your 3mm handheld punch to punch a hole in the centre! How easy is that?? In the example above I added a little Crystal Effects to make a glossy eyelet (looks real, huh?), but you don't have to do that.
I'm running a class coming up (date yet to be announced!) on "The Art of Faking It"lol and we'll be learning lots of "Faux" techniques. I've given you a glimpse of one of the cards we'll be making, that incorporates faux eyelets and faux tearing. I'll show you the whole card after I've run the class....biggrin

Friday, June 15, 2007

Just a quick one to let you know that I've put a few new things on the Elite Challenges Blog lately. Rather than post them here, I thought you might like to go and visit there, and check out the work by all the other artists too!
and the latest challenges (in "Categories" on the right) are Summer Galore, Sassy Stems and SC3.
I love a challenge! Post a comment here if there's a challenge you'd like to give me (as long as it's not something nasty like clean my house LOL)

Thursday, June 14, 2007

We have Gumnuts!
I bet you didn't know that there's a gumleaf and gumnut stamp in the Stampin' Up! catalogue! Well, there's not really, but Bodacious Bouquet has saved the day again. My Aunt asked me to make some Australiana-themed thankyou cards for her to take overseas with her. My first thought was "Don't tell me I'll have to buy that ugly Australian animal set??", but then inspiration struck! idea So, do they look enough like gumnuts? And do you like my faux eyelets? wink

Monday, June 11, 2007

Always Paisley...
Yes, it THAT STAMP again... this was such a quick card to make! All I did was ink up Paisley in Cool Caribbean, and stamp off once onto scrap, and then I used my Elegant Eggplant and Certainly Celery marker to colour a section in the corner, and then "huffed" to re-moisten the ink, and stamped onto Whisper White. The word "Always" is from the discontinued Sell-a-Bration set Happy Harmony, and there's that Pewter Hodgepodge I told you I needed, and some Celery Grosgrain ribbon.
Sometimes I make a card and have a "yes" moment afterwards, where I've managed to capture what's in my head, and it looks even better in real life (these are balanced by "no" moments, which you don't often get to see on here!wink). It's always interesting to see whether my "yes" cards say "yes" to other people...let me know what you think! biggrin

Saturday, June 09, 2007

Why did nobody tell me I NEEDED Watercolour Paper?? rolleyes
I was given a sample of Stampin' Up!'s watercolour paper to try. I love it! I used my watercolour crayons, and coloured the crayon directly onto the stamp, and then used my aquapainter to moisten it. Then stamp onto the watercolour paper. I'd tried this before with regular paper and always been disappointed with the muddy puddle that resulted, but the watercolour paper is much more absorbent, so it works a treat!
Yes, that's Bodacious Bouquet AGAIN, and Paisley AGAIN...can't help myself. You can do so much with them!
I also found another thing I NEED...silly me thought one set of Hodgepodge Hardware would be enough....until I was given a few bits and bobs of the Pewter Hardware (thanks Kirrily!). Well, duh! Of course one isn't enough! What was I thinking??? lol

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Heartfelt Thanks...
I've had some lovely emails and comments lately from people who read my blog. I just wanted to give my heartfelt thanks to you just makes my day when someone tells me that I have in some way inspired them! So......thankyou
This card was made using the Set "Heartfelt Thanks" and markers. In case you haven't noticed the hideous woman on the Stampin' Up! homepage at the moment (I have dubbed her Mrs Sourpants), there is actually a promotion this month, where you get 30% off one of 4 stamp sets (this is one of them) when you purchase a set of markers! Just email me, if you'd like more information about the finishes at the end of this month!
Cardstock: Sahara Sand, Mellow Moss, Whisper White
Ink: Whisper White Craft Ink (for the word "Heartfelt", which is much darker IRL)
Other: Moss gingham ribbon, markers (Ruby Red, Mellow Moss), Blender Pen, Paper Piercing Mat Pack

Sunday, June 03, 2007

I'm Back!

If this looks familiar, then maybe you were one of the lucky people who had a chance to make one of these at the Papercrafts Festival on the weekend! It's a little Gift card wallet, and it opens up to hold one of those Gift voucher cards, or even a Scratchie, or some words of inspiration.

If you were there, I'd love to hear about what you thought of the Stampin' Up! stand, and answer any questions you may have about Stampin' Up! I can also subscribe you to my email newsletter, which has lots of tips and info about classes and the latest promotions. Just send an email to

I hope you had as much fun at the Papercrafts Expo as I did!


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