Friday 30 July 2010

Clean and Simple 100th Sketch

After doing a bit of blog hopping, I came across this great cleanandsimplestamping.blogspot   As you all know, I love CAS so had to play along with this great sketch - in fact, I liked it so much I made two cards:

his one is my favourite of the two.  A recent addition to my stamp collection have been the Party Ladies and Elegant Ladies by Creative Expressions. Two great sets of stamps I had to have after seeing them being demonstrated by Sheena Douglas on C&C.

I stamped the image straight onto white card first and then stamped her again onto the Pink Petticoat paper and paper pieced her outfit.  The sentiment is also from the set.

I used my Martha Stewart punch at the bottom of the card and added a piece of Pink Petticoat under it.  The strip across the top is from the same paper and I folder another strip to make a bow and added a Do-Craft pearl embellishment.

Oh! and one thing I forgot to mention - I HAVE DISCOVERED PRO-MARKERS! - I was determined I wasn't going to be tempted with these, especially after collecting the whole set of Prisma pencils, which I love to bits, but while Hobbycraft had their half price sale on I bought the Skin Tones and Skin Accents to try.  And, you've guessed, I love them too!!!!  So, I went and bought another six sets, aaaaahhhh.  Worse still, I ordered two more sets from Cowling and Wilcox yesterday as they also have them at half price and no p&p till 22nd August.  My addiction to my craft stash is running out of control..........I need help!
So, she has been coloured with Pro-markers. 

Now to my next card - Stamped with Clarity Stamps image. I used Stained Glass Adirondack inkpad which is multi coloured, but this doesn't show up too well on the photo.  I also used clear embossing powder to give the image a nice gloss.  Again, I don't think this shows.  The sentiment is SU.   I used my Silhouette to cut the design at the bottom of the card and SU cardstock underneath.  The ribbon is from my stash.

Sorry it's been such a long post! Have a great weekend.X

Thursday 22 July 2010

Less is more

This is the Bentley bear card I mentioned in my last post, the one that my daughter thought was too young for her friend.  I can see her point really. I think I'll keep it for one of my younger nieces.

I've used this lot to make it:

Bentley bear digi image
Cupcake paper by Summer Driggs
Prisma pencils to colour
Some ribbon and blue crystals from stash

Looking forward to tomorrow - last day of school and hopefully many weeks of more time for crafting. Thanks for dropping by. Have a good weekend.x

Sunday 18 July 2010

Birthday Wishes

Splitcoast Stampers CAS challenge is for a card featuring some dry embossing.  Perfect, as I had already got this background card done and just had to add some other bits. 

The embossed background is a Cuttlebug folder.

The flower, (it kinda looks a bit bedraggled on the photo - it does look better IRL - promise),  was done using the Silhouette to cut out the layers - I've used this one before in another post.  The label was also cut out with the Silhouette and the edges inked. 

The lovely leaf stem is a Sizzix Sizzlet die which I covered with silver embossing powder a couple of times and heated with a heat gun.

The sentiment is from the SU Sincere Sentiments set and the bit of ribbon is from Do-Craft.

Tuesday 13 July 2010

Sweet Cupcakes

My daughter (who's 20) asked me to make a card for her friend.  I asked her what sort of thing she wanted, and she said anything to do with food or shoes and handbags.  So, I had a look through what I had available and started to make her a card featuring Bentley bear eating cake - "What do you think?" I asked.  "A bit babyish", was the response. I after thinking about it, I think she's right - alot of my cards feature cutesy images which are probably best suited to the younger members of my family.

So, back to the drawing board and this is what I made instead.  I have to admit to complete plagerism with this card - I came across a card here on the Splitcoaststampers site and just loved it.  The lady who made it is called Marie Shaughnessy and her blog is here.

The stamps are a great set from Stamping Up called 'Crazy for Cupcakes'. I've featured a card using this particular stamp before, I really love it and they are brillant to work with.  I coloured the cakes with a Sakura glitter gel pen. I don't think you can pick up the sparkle from the picture.

I cut the window frame with a small nesties square die.  The papers are from a download, I think.  I used my Stamping Up scalloped border punch for the canopy and the message stamp is again from the 'Crazy for Cupcakes' set and punched with Stamping Up oval punch.

My daughter loved it. Hope you like it too.x