Monday 25 January 2010

Clarity Stamps - Velvet

I bought this stamp way back in March at the NEC Hobbycraft show and this is the first time I've used it. Don't know why it's taken so long really, maybe I just needed a bit of inspiration.

The design is pretty similar to a sample of Barbara's. I masked off an area of the white background card and stamped the Maple leaf using the Cabin Fever Adirondack Rainbow pad. I then lightly sponged the ink along the edges of the masking tape.

I wrapped some brown ribbon around the card and added some faux pearls which I coloured brown with a Stazon pad. The image 'Velvet' was stamped onto white card and paper pieced with some K&Co paper. I added a punched out maple leaf which has been stamped with the Maple leaf stamp. The sentiment is from on of the Stamp Man's plates, can't remember which one though. It was a very easy card to make, I think I will definitely be using this technique again.

Wednesday 20 January 2010

Silhouette Gable Box and Miniboox Baby Card

I wanted to make a special baby card for my sister's partner's son's new baby girl (sorry if that is somewhat confusing, I think families are a bit like that these days), so like them or loathe them (I can't decide which camp I'm in, but everyone I've made a card for using one of these seems to love it) I bought another Keepsake board. This one is the Miniboox. I saw the Glitter Girls demonstrating this on Create and Craft a few weeks ago and do like the shapes you get and think you can make some pretty little cards. I do think it depends on how over the top with the decoration you go that determines whether they are lovely or really hideous. I hope this doesn't fall in the hideous category.

I had to really rush to get it finished last night before taking it to my sister's, so please excuse the not so good photo. I photographed it lying down to try to get some light on it and then my camera packed up before I could get a 3D shot of it. It opens out with another layer behind so it will stand up and I added a sentiment on each side.

The lovely mirri card was from Hobbycraft, as was the matching ribbon and roses. The baby image was downloaded from the internet and the sentiment was done on the computer.

My sister loved the card and asked if she was going to get one the same when she gets married and has another baby. lol

Another little project I want to show you is this little gable box. I wanted to do these for little Christmas goodies for my mom and sisters but ran out of time, so they got them a bit late, they loved them all the same (especially when they opened them up)

I cut the shape out with my lovely Silhouette machine using this lovely snowflake card. The snowflake is made with a Sizzix die and a Sizzlet die and covered with Twinklets Diamond Dust. They were then filled with chocolate covered walnuts (a favourite in my family). They really did turn out lovely little treats.X

Sunday 17 January 2010

Rae with Journal Easel Card

Hi folks, hope you're enjoying your weekend and all the snow has gone where you are.

I've made my first attempt at an easel card as I've been admiring so many of them on other people's blogs. I can believe how easy they are and wonder why I didn't try one earlier.

This one is for my niece who turns 13 this month.

I'm also a great fan of Mo's digital designs, which you can find here: This one is called 'Rae with Journal' from the Teenz category.

Here's what I used:

Prisma pencils
Sparkly dotty background paper from a QVC kit
EK Success flower punches
Computer generated sentiments

I hope you can see from the picture the sparkly background paper, it's very pretty irl.

Thanks for visiting, please drop by again soon.x

Tuesday 12 January 2010

Birthday Wishes featuring Quickutz Silhouette

I've been having another play with my Silhouette machine (I love it, I love it, I love it). I was a bit worried that the scalloped frame would be difficult to cut using some lovely sort of pearlised card I have because of it's thickness. I've read lots of comments from people saying that the Silhouette can only cut thin paper and card, but up to now (touch wood) I've not had a problem with anything I've tried to cut! I sized the frame to cut 41/2" square to fit on a 5" square card, but I could have cut it any size at all (it's so clever).

The flourish was again cut out with the machine, this time I used white card and just inked it in black.

The sentiment stamp is from Stamping Up. The rest of the items are all from my stash.

Here's a bit of a close up so you can see how cleanly it's been cut - anyone ummming and ahhhing about getting this machine, I have to say that I think it's the greatest!!

Thursday 7 January 2010

New Beginnings & All New

It's been a long time since I've had time to enter a challenge, but I was lucky enough to get the day off work yesterday because of the snow so got stuck into making a card and it just so happened that it's just right for the New Beginnings & challenges.

I've used my new Primas (see last post) as my something new. The background handbag, shoes and lipstick paper is by K&Co, I think fits perfectly with this shopping Miss Anya stamp. The sentiment is from the Clare Curd set and ribbon from my stash.

I hope you're all keeping nice and warm.x

Friday 1 January 2010

Quickutz Silhouette Bargains!

Happy New Year to you all! I hope you've had a fab Christmas with your families and friends. Now that it's all over for another year the Christmas stamps have now been put back in the box and tucked away until next year.

I want to share a few things with you today. Firstly, these beautiful Quickutz Silhouette shapes I bought in the sale from the online store for just 99 cents each! I've cut them out with white card and coloured them with a black Versacolour ink pad, but of course they can be any colour you choose. I've just laid them onto a sheet of card to photograph them so you can see them properly. The beauty of this system is that I don't have to store loads of dies and the cost is just amazing - even at full price they are only $1.99.

Next, I want to show off my new full collection of Prisma pencils. I've collected the whole 132 colours! I started off with a box of 48 from E-bay and love them so much that I been buying them a bunch at a time from a really great guy in Scotland called Tony Stirk (if you're a Do-Crafter you will know who I mean). I finally got the last 25 from Santa. All I need now is something to store them in properly.

And finally, I know these aren't everybody's cuppa tea, but I did this Bookatrix card for my mom for Christmas. I've had this beautiful decoupage sheet with three different images of candles and holly for years (from my early days in crafting when I hadn't yet been caught by the stamping bug). I decided on different tones and texture of silver card to go with the pink of the candles. The text was done on the computer and cut out with Nesties and a bit of ribbon to finish. Mom just loved it and thought I must have taken ages to make it, but anyone who has this board knows how quick it is to put together. The most time consuming part was cutting out the decoupage.

I will be round to see what everyone else is up to very soon. Take care and enjoy the weekend. x