Saturday, November 29, 2008
Kerry is a very talented stamper who joined my team in October. Check out her gorgeous creations and divine watercolouring while you're there. She has a way with words too, and always gets me giggling!
Friday, November 28, 2008
So, in the vein of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, here is my Spring Mini "How do I Love thee? Let me count the ways". You might want to grab a cuppa. This is going to be LOOOOOONG!
"Bloomin' with Beauty", such a joy to watercolour
Apple Cider papers, those gorgeous colours and patterns
Die cut Blooms and Summer Picnic paper make a perfect partnership
...and I didn't have nearly enough time to play with my "Always" stamp set!
And just look at the cards and gifts I won't be able to make without Holiday Harmony paper, Satin ribbon, "Tags for All" and "Season of Joy":
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Thursday, November 27, 2008
This is a really quick card, perfect for those times when you have to dash out the door, and realise that you need a card for someone.
Just grab a pre-cut and scored A6 card and matching C6 envelope. Wheel the "It's beautiful" Jumbo wheel (from the Spring Mini) in Certainly Celery. Punch out some Groovy Guava and So Saffron flowers using the "One of a Kind"stamp set (from the Spring Mini) and the matching "Boho Blossoms" punch (also from the Spring Mini) and stick them on using the 2-way glue pen. Stamp the large flower from "One of a Kind" (did I mention that this is from the Spring Mini, and it's only $35.95? ;o) in Groovy Guava ink and colour using a sponge dauber, and pop a flower in the centre using a Dimensional. Stamp 'for you' (also from "One of a Kind") in Groovy Guava, and finish with some Groovy Guava ribbon and some Dazzling Diamonds glitter. Just apply 2-way glue where you want the glitter, sprinkle it on, and tap off the excess...no need to even wait for it to dry! How quick is that?
Monday, November 24, 2008
Yet another set that will no longer be available at the end of this month *sob*.... Only a week to go!
Stamps: True Friend, En Francais
Cardstock: Bashful Blue, Ballet Blue, Night of Navy
Ink: Bordering Blue, Bashful Blue, Night of Navy, Versamark
Other: Round tab Punch, Rhinestone brads, Bashful Blue Taffeta ribbon, Crop-a-dile, Dimensionals
Friday, November 21, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Another couple of sneak peaks on this card - a new stamp set "Eastern Blooms", and gorgeous new paper "Bali Breeze".
The colours Kristina gave us to play with this week are Elegant Eggplant, Close to Cocoa, so Saffron, Pumpkin Pie and Whisper White.
The small punched flowers are from the "Three for You" punch box, and have been adhered with Vintage brads. The ribbon is Elegant Eggplant grosgrain, and White taffeta coloured in with a Close to Cocoa marker. I did the corners on the main image panel using the 1/4" square punch, and taking a 'bite' out of each corner...I thought it kinda went with the Asian feel.
The word Thanks is from another new set "Live Your Dream" and I punched it out with the Word window punch, and then re-inserted it into the punch to make a shorter Word window, and then attached it to a So Saffron Small oval.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
These colours are River Rock, Always Artichoke and Purely Pomegranate. Here's a blue version:
Ballet Blue and Bashful Blue with Silver embossed accents.
Which one is your favourite?
Monday, November 17, 2008
For those who don't know, a brayer is a rubber roller used to apply ink. It's an essential item in a stamper's toolbox, and can be used to get rainbow effects like this, as well as to apply ink evenly to large detailed stamps, to dye patterned paper a different colour, and lots more.
To get this look, we used gloss cardstock, and started by brayering the entire piece with More Mustard ink. You apply ink using a brayer by rolling backwards and forwards until the ink is even. I find gloss is a bit more forgiving to brayer on than regular cardstock.
I then stamped the bird from 'Always' in Elegant Eggplant ink, and masked him with a cut-out sticky note. Next I stamped the Baroque Motifs swirl in More Mustard ink. I then made a mask for the sun (just a 1 3/8" circle punched out of a Sticky note). Next I brayered with Really Rust ink, starting at the top of the card and working my way down as I rolled to get a blending effect. I did the same thing with Chocolate Chip on the bottom half. Then I removed the sun mask, and stamped the branches from Always on the right hand side.
The finishing touches are some black grosgrain ribbon on the left, with a Hodgepodge paperclip, and the sentiment is also inside a Hodgepodge frame.
'Always' is another gorgeous set that is only available until the end of this month!
Thursday, November 13, 2008
So, this super-quick and simple (but hopefully elegant!) card is doing double-duty as a birthday card for a special someone and my challenge card!
It's also a sneak peak of a stamp set that is coming soon ;o)
Stamps: Polka Dot background, Embrace Life
Cardstock: Sahara Sand, Old Olive, Whisper White
Ink: Whisper White, Old Olive, Certainly Celery
Other: Celery Wide Grosgrain ribbon, Scallop border punch (also coming soon!), Blender Pens
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
I stamped the large flower from One of a Kind in So Saffron ink, and used a dauber to give it a bit of extra colour (just like I did HERE). I stamped the triple-flower in Blue Bayou ink and punched it out with the Boho Blossom punch. The rest is really easy, just more punching and a So Saffron brad and Blue Bayou ribbon to finish it off.
Monday, November 10, 2008
This is the most beautiful set to watercolour, and I'll be so sad to see it go! *sob*
I've watercoloured with the brush tip end of my markers, straight onto watercolour paper, and then blended with an Aquapainter. You get really deep tones colouring this way, and it's really quick too! I used Apricot Appeal and Pumpkin Pie markers for the flower, Mellow Moss for the stem and leaves (use the fine tip end for the stem), and then Going Gray around the flower to add a shadow.
It's hard to tell in the pic, but I stamped the Linen background on Apricot Appeal cardstock in Apricot Appeal ink. It gives the cardstock a textured look. I used the stamp-a-ma-jig to line up the blossom definition (from 'Bloomin' with Beauty'), and stamped in Pumpkin Pie ink. I paper-pierced the Pumpkin Pie cardstock strip, top and bottom, and sponged the edges too. The friendship stamp is from 'Think Happy Thoughts' and I stamped the little bee from 'Bloomin' with Beauty' in the middle. I wanted the circular sentiment to sit flat, so I used the 1 3/8" circle punch to take a 'bite' out of the main image panel (after I adhered the 2 layers together). Then I could pop the sentiment circle in to fit snugly where I wanted it.
Stamps: Bloomin' with Beauty, Linen, Think Happy Thoughts
Ink: Apricot Appeal, Pumpkin Pie, Black Stazon,
Cardstock: Apricot Appeal, Pumpkin Pie, Mellow Moss, Watercolour Paper
Markers: Apricot Appeal, pumpkin pie, Mellow Moss, Going Gray
Other: Apricot Appeal Grosgrain ribbon, Mat pack, 1 3/8" Circle Punch, 1 1/4" Circle Punch, Stamp-a-ma-jig
From 10-30 November, purchase Stampin' Write markers individually for $4.95!
Never before offered in Australia!
If you've ever wanted to try Stampin' Write Markers, but haven't wanted to buy the whole pack, this is your chance!
Or perhaps you have some markers that are so well-loved that they need replacing?
Maybe you've wished for ribbon in a colour that is not available? Just use a marker to colour in White Taffeta ribbon, and quickly and easily make your own custom colours.
...I know I'll be stocking up on some of my favourites!
Read more about it HERE
20% off Rub-Ons Promotion
If you've ever wanted to try Rub-Ons, this is your chance! Read more about it HERE
Spend $20 on regular catalogue merchandise and qualify to purchase any Rub-Ons assortment at 20% off! Once you spend your $20, you may purchase as many packs as you like!
Only $15.96 per pack (regularly $19.95). There are 2 sheets in every pack, one black and one white.
141 Urban West Rub-Ons
141 Cherished Memories Rub-Ons
141 Anchored Rub-Ons
6* Eastern Elegance Rub-Ons
11* A Perfect Day Rub-Ons
*From Spring 2008 Mini Catalogue
You can see a selection of cards I've made using rub-ons HERE
Feel free to email me with any questions you may have!
I'll be back later today with a card :o)
Friday, November 07, 2008
This is the card we were going to make at my Christmas Stamp-a-Stack last week:
Nothing like being forced to step out of your colour comfort zone!! This is my Garden Green substitute, and I have to say, I quite like how it turned out!
Thursday, November 06, 2008
I think this one's pretty self-explanatory. It's all just straight stamping, apart from the 'leaves' which are actually just the flower stamped in Always Artichoke, and 3 petals cut out to make leaves.
Tomorrow I'll have the last card for you, and the Special Offer I promised!
Stamps: Season of Joy (again!!)
Ink: Purely Pomegranate, Always Artichoke, Creamy Caramel
Cardstock: Whisper White, Purely Pomegranate, Always Artichoke, Creamy Caramel
Other: Large Oval punch, Corner Rounder punch, Purely Pomegranate Double Stitched ribbon, Paper Piercer, sponge daubers
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
Here are some of my favourite ways to use it: (number 2 is the promised Nifty Knot-Tying Tutorial)
1. Make Ribbon slots
2. Tie a nifty knot (*NEW* Tutorial)
3. Tie a Faux bow
4. Make an ornament hanger
5. Make a candy-cane sized hole
You can come along on Thursday 27th November at 9:30am and make 5 of this card, and 5 of another design (which I will show you tomorrow). Email me if you would like to come!
For those who can't make it to the class, you'll just have to pay close attention to my instructions...
I used the very popular "Dashing" paper, which has just come off backorder today (hooray!). The sentiment from 'Party Punch' has been stamped in Real Red ink twice: once on Real Red, and once on Very Vanilla card stock. I punched out the Red one with the Designer label punch, and the Vanilla one with the 1" circle punch.
I made myself a template for punching slots in the designer label punch. Here's how you make one, so that you always get your slots in the right place:
1. Punch out your Designer label
2. From some scrap cardstock of a different colour, punch out 2 "slot" pieces using the Double Rectangle punch (or the Horizontal Slot punch for larger ribbon)
3. Use 2-way glue to adhere the 'slot' pieces to the Designer label:
4. Now punch out the 2 slots by positioning your punch over the slot pieces:
This gives you a template which you can now use to just draw in the slots next time you need to thread some ribbon through a Designer Label!
I used Real Red narrow grosgrain ribbon which fits beautifully through these slots. I popped the Merry Christmas circular sentiment up on Dimensionals. The Christmas Tree image has been stamped in Black Stazon ink, so the ink doesn't run when I watercolour it.
By the way, I mounted my 'Fun and Fast Notes' set with the greetings cut off and mounted on the sides of the blocks, so words and pictures can easily be stamped separately.
I watercoloured using Watercolour Wonder Crayons and an Aquapainter, and at the class I'll show you how to do some really fast colouring that still looks good!
Stamps: Fun & Fast Notes, Party Punch (Level 1 Hostess set)
Cardstock: Old Olive, Real Red, Very Vanilla
Ink: Real Red, Black Stazon
Other: Dashing DS Paper, Designer Label Punch, 1"circle punch, Double rectangle Punch, Real Red Grosgrain Ribbon, 2-way glue pen, Dimensionals, Watercolour Wonder Crayons, Aquapainter
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
This colour combination has had a workout this year: Purely Pomegranate, River Rock and Always Artichoke. It's the colours in the gorgeous Holiday Harmony papers in the Spring Mini (that finishes at the end of this month!). For the background, I've stamped the swirl in Versamark ink, and the small flower in Whisper White ink. On the Always Artichoke strip, I've done some faux stitching with the Mat Pack and White gel pen (at $18.95 and $7.95, it's the cheapest "sewing machine" you'll ever buy!). The main image has been inked in River Rock and then the edges rolled in Always Artichoke ink. I also sponged the edges of the cardstock with Always Artichoke ink and a sponge dauber. I've used just a small piece of Pomegranate Satin ribbon in the corner. It's so rich and lustrous, and really adds a touch of elegance to the card. Finally I've stamped the star on a scrap of Whisper White cardstock and punched it out with the 1/2" circle punch, and popped it up on a Dimensional.
Stamps: Season of Joy
Ink: River Rock, Always Artichoke, Purely Pomegranate, Versamark, Whisper White
Cardstock: River Rock, Always Artichoke, Purely Pomegranate, Whisper White
Other: Purely Pomegranate Satin Ribbon, Mat pack, White Gel Pen, 1/2" Circle Punch, Sponge Dauber.
Monday, November 03, 2008
The background has been stamped in Versamark. Next stamp 'Merry Christmas' in Old Olive ink (I used the one from 'Season of Joy', but you could substitute any Christmas greeting), and then stamp the other stamps around it in Real Red and River Rock.
I discovered a nifty ribbon-tying trick, and I'll try and do up a tutorial for that sometime this week!
Stamps: True Friend, Season of Joy
Ink: Real Red, Old Olive, River Rock, Versamark
Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Real Red, Old Olive
Other: Real Red Wide Grosgrain Ribbon
Edited to add: The Promised Tutorial "Nifty Knot-tying Trick"
In the card I showed you above, I just tied the knot in the usual way, by wrapping it around the piece of cardstock and tying a double knot. Sometimes I tie the knot as a separate piece of ribbon, but I still find that I need to tie a double knot to make it stay in place. Here's a trick you can use so you just need to tie a single knot, and it will stay in place without coming undone. This is what the finished card looks like with the new knot:
See how the knot sits nice and flat, and is not bulky, unlike the first card I posted?
So here's how you do it, step by step with photos!
1. Use the Double Rectangle Punch to punch 2 holes where you would like your knot to be. You'll be going through 2 layers of cardstock for one of the holes, so use your big muscles!
This is what it should look like:
2. Thread a piece of ribbon through the 2 holes (make sure it is long enough to tie a knot with):
3. Place another piece of ribbon across the front of the cardstock, and adhere it to the back
This is what the back looks like:
You can tape over the ends with Sticky Strip to hold it securely.
4. Tie a single knot over the top. Because the ribbon is going through the 2 holes, it will stay in place, and tie tightly without the need to do a double knot.
I hope you found my tutorial useful :o)