Oriental Patchwork

Hi Everyone!

I was delighted when I saw this week’s challenge theme at ‘Out of a Hat Creations’. It is Oriental Influences!!! Hooray, because I got just the card for that … and this brings me to what I have been up to. Well I mentioned that I made lots of cards for a competition I was entering, the closing date of which was today. It is called National Cardmaker of the Year 2012 and run by Cardmaking and Papercraft Magazine. Hopefully I get somewhere and if not it was great fun getting all the cards ready. Overall I entered 7 categories (Tonic Studios, Woodware, Penny Black, Dovecraft, Stampin’UP!, Sizzix and Wild Rose Studio).

Now the card I am going to share with you is one I entered for the Woodware category and here it is:

It’s again a card that made itself, it just developed as I went along and out came the rich pink, purple and golden colours. The patchwork elephant stamp and the daisy punches are from Woodware. I stamped the elephant on watercolour paper and used watercolour pencils for colouring in. I then blended the colours together with a wetish brush, taking care that they wouldn’t bleed into each other. The sentiment is one I made up on the computer, the floral die is by Marianne designs and the one I used for the golden ‘mesh’ is the Memory Box Tessatina Border Die, the latter of which you can get from Handy Hippo.  The Sizzix Framelits dies are from Stampin’UP!. Everything else came from my own stash.

I am off now for a well deserved holiday. It’s only a short one, but I won’t be blogging now for a week.

Hope you all have a great weekend.

Happy Crafting!!! 🙂

… one would think it was dark when I took the picture, far from it, it was taken during full daylight … just very overcast … sorry!

Black & White Elegance

Hi Everybody,

I did promise you some more ideas for today. This one is for Sue, and it uses the Wishing Tree stamp by Lavinia.

Actually the reflection off the glass table makes it look even more magical. As you can see the tree is embossed with silver sparkly embossing powder. I just added a few stars which are also embossed and some gems plus my favourite wonky line …

Well I thought I’d also share with you the cards from my Black & White Christmas Cards Class. I know it is early, I just couldn’t resist it after making the Box in a Box plus matching card the other week.

Talking about classes, I posted all the dates and classes up until the end of the year, so please have a look on the Stamping Classes Page.

Back to the Black & White theme, well not entirely as I added silver and grey. Here they are:

Hope you like them. Off to check out the recycling bin to see what I can make for the current challenge on Out of a Hat Creations.

Until then …

Happy Crafting!!! 🙂

Box in a Box

Hello Everybody,

first of all: Thanks for all your lovely comments!!!

Next week I am meeting up with a friend for some crafting and today was planning day. I thought I’d do something a bit unusual and took some inspiration from The Ultimate Pro DVD (Crafter’s Companion) to craft a Box in a Box. Given that I was just that bit too late for entering my ‘Stash Raider Boxes’ into last week’s challenge at ‘Out of a Hat Creations’, I designed the whole project in ‘Black & White plus silver’ … and now I am able and in plenty of time to enter this week’s challenge 🙂 … which is ‘Black & White plus one colour’.

As you can see I have gone for a Christmas Theme with embossed mirri card and glitzy embossing powder. I was quite surprised as to how well the mirri card embossed, it has a kind of foil look about it which I like. Again I have been raiding stash as most of the materials and tools I used have been sitting in my cupboards for at least a couple of years. I am really enjoying looking through my bits and appreciating what I got.

Of course there is also another twist to it, I am also sorting some things out to go on eBay, some bits are already on … fingers crossed ….

… now back to the box. I am sure you want to know what it is like on the inside .. here we go

I think this box definitely has the ‘wow factor’ and I shall be making more of them. …and because I enjoyed crafting today how better to end than by making a matching card

This time I embossed some black core-dination card rather than the mirri card.

Here is what I used: mirri card, silver satin ribbon, white organza ribbon, rhinestone gems, Stikkles white lace glitter glue, sparkly silver and white embossing powder, versamark, versafine black and silver background inks, white card stock, white card blank, mirri card, Sizzix snowflake embossing folder from my own stash; Stampendous Timeless Tags stamp set from Creative Pastimes; Black & White Designer paper (retired SU), Contempo Christmas and Mixed bunch stamp sets, blossom punch, white craft ink, rhinestone brad, black & white ribbon from Stampin’UP!; snowflake punch from Creative Memories; Wild Rose Studio snowflake stamp set from Handy Hippo

That’s it from me for today

Back again soon

Happy Crafting 🙂

Hidden Twinchies

Hello Everybody,

so here it is my interpretation of this week’s Out of a Hat Creations Challenge. Remember in yesterday’s blog I mentioned that I was waiting for some spray-on varnish, well the postman tried to deliver it yesterday when I was out. After picking it up from the sorting office this morning, I finally finished the card. It is based on the ‘Hidden Panel Card’ I saw demonstrated on one of the Crafter’s Companion Ultimate Pro DVD’s. Part of the card looks like wowen squares. I changed the measurements to fit the decorated ‘Twinchies’.

Below is the front of the card. I wanted to keep is simple to reserve the wow-effect for the twinchies.

This is what it looks like from the inside …

… and here they are the hidden twinchies … appearing after gently pulling the tabs .. 6 2×2 inch decorated squares.

The varnish was sprayed on the butterfly panels only to give them a bit of a lift. The leaf panels were already highlighted by being fitted to the golden mirri card.

Here is what I used: burgundy card stock and sentiment stamp from Craftwork Cards; bravo burgundy ink, bravo burgundy Stamp’n’write marker, En Francais, Woodgrain and French Foliage stamps from Stampin’UP!; golden mirri card, ribbon, white card stock, sepia versafine ink and clear embossing powder from my stash; check paper from the Bouffle Papers by DoCrafts; crushed olive and tea stain inks by Tim Holtz/Ranger; Butterfly stamp from this month’s issue of Craft Stamper Magazine; Spray-on Varnish from Crafter’s Companion

Enjoy and Happy Crafting!!! 🙂

Summertime’s Challenge

Hello Everybody,

this week’s challenge on ‘Out of a Hat Creations’ is summertime … and what a challenge it was … The first thing that popped into my mind was ‘wellies’, probably due to the amount of rain we recently had. But jokes aside, when I think of summer the first thing coming to my mind are the colours yellow and orange followed by sun, flowers and sea … here is what I came up with:

The medallion stamp always reminds me of the sun. To start with I sponged some white card with Daffodil Delight (DD) and Tangerine Tango (TT) ink, then I stamped the ‘En Francais’ background stamp in DD onto the sponged card. I thought this was a fitting stamp to use. It talks about summer, and some years ago I spent one very hot summer working by the seaside in France. The flowers in the background are stamped in TT. Then I stamped the medallion in versamark and clear embossed it. To bring the image out I used a darker shade of orange (Cajun Craze) and sponged it all over, finishing off by removing excess ink with a clean tissue.

All the inks and stamps used are from Stampin’UP!, so is the olive-green ribbon and DD card stock; the organza ribbon and baker’s twine are from Fantastic Ribbons; embossing powder, gem and card blank came from my own stash.

Until next time

Happy Crafting!!! 🙂

Charming marvellous

Hi everybody,

so far I am on track with my New Year’s Resolutions. 2nd week in and I am blogging again. I want to see if I can keep it up to do one project per week. Should be easy now that I got the tax done … I can focus again on what I’d rather do.

Last night a had a quick glance at the Anitque’s Roadshow and they happened to be talking about the hidden messages in how one positions the stamp on the post card. A good one for valentine’s cards – using the Perfect Postage set I introduced you to last week – is to place the stamp side on … apparently it means longing to see you … will have to get going on doing mine.

Today’s project uses the ‘Charming’ Set from SU’s Spring Mini. I wanted to create a look that you get with vintage papers without going overboard with distressing.

For the background I stamped the image with versamark and embossed it with clear embossing powder to give a luxurious look. It is worth playing around even with the same colour combination to come up with different looks for the same basic idea. The Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder I used for the card to the left gives a different type of texture. Try exploring using a distress tool to slightly soften the edges of your card. I like it because straight edges can sometimes look a bit stark. It is especially useful if you struggle to cut straight lines.

Thanks to Nick for the tealight holder. He reminded me that I had those glass containers I always wanted to do something with. So I got some StazOn ink out, grabbed one of the ‘Charming’ stamps … et voilà

Hope I inspired you today

See you next week. Happy Crafting! 🙂

ps. just in case you wondered, yes it is the Lace Ribbon Punch that makes this beautiful border.