Friday 28 February 2014

happy birthday honey...

stamps: sweet as honey from penny black, itty bitty banners from stampin up!
inks: archival ink pad (sepia), tim holtz ink pad (scattered straw, dried marigold, brushed corduroy, sakura (clear star) glitter pen
cardstock: craftwork cards digi cardstock, 6x4" card blank(trimmed slightly)
dies: hexagon hive thinlits die from stampin up! and sizzix plus big shot machine to cut it from sizzix
I chose a bee theme for this card, inspired by one of my new goodies... the hexagon hive !! I die cut my card and trimmed it to size, (I saved the hexagons it cuts out to layer on selected areas for a bit of added dimension.) I then stamped my little bees and water coloured them using my ink pad and a brush. I used my glitter pen to create a nice finish on the wings. i hand cut each of my bees out to allow me to bend them and stick them on for a 3D effect. the banner stamped with the sentiment was the final element i made before the card could be glued together for my take on the sketch.


Thursday 27 February 2014

flower power !!

stamps: say it all, petal parade from stampin' up!
inks: archival ink pad (jet black,magenta hue, aqua marine, venetian orange)
cardstock: craftwork cards digi cardstock, black 4x6" card blank

I cut a matt for the card blank and used the three colours to stamp the flowers in a scattered pattern. I then stamped the black scallop edge and added the strips of paper cut into banners, (which I had inked using the same ink pads as the background.) for an extra bit of detail, I stamped the banners with a pattern and a sentiment. the pieces were glued down to follow the sketch for a simple but fun design. 


Tuesday 25 February 2014

feathers for you....

stamps: dictionary, sweet essentials from stampin up! feather stamp free from craft stamper magazine
inks: tim holtz (tumbled glass, broken china) ink pad, archival (cobalt) ink pad
cardstock: craftwork cards digi cardstock, 4x4" cardblank
first, I inked the card blank blue. I then cut a mat of digi card to fit and stamped it with the sentiment and 3 feathers (in the cobalt). I made some background paper, stamped  with the dictionary print in the darker blue and inked all over in a lighter blue (using the tim holtz ink pads). I then stamped 3 feathers in the cobalt on the paper and cut them out. I glued them on top of the original stamped images on the mat to finish.

Friday 21 February 2014

rugby red !!

 stamps: rugby mad from lili of the valley
inks: memento (tuxedo black) ink pad, promarkers
cardstock: craftwork cards digi cardstock, red 6x6" card blanks plus red card and silver paper
dies: vintage market alphabet from tim holtz alterations, circle framelits all from sizzix and cut using their big shot machine.

matt the patterned paper onto some silver paper, to create definition from the red card blank. next add a strip of red card, again matted onto silver. stamp the image onto craftwork card and colour with promarkers. then die cut the image into a circle, using a larger die to cut the silver matt. finally, die cut the 50 in red and glue it all together following the sketch. 



Tuesday 11 February 2014

blue blossoms...

stamps: morning meadow banner greetings both (hostess) from stampin' up!
inks: archival (cobalt) ink pad
papers: my minds eyes oh la la for her paper pad
cardstock: 4x6" landscape card blank, gold glitter paper, craftwork cards digi cardstock
I started my card by doing my matting and layering, first is my card blank which I inked blue. I added gold glitter paper next, then a layer of digi cardstock that I inked blue again to co-ordinate. I then cut the final layer, to only leave a thin border showing, and used this as my stamping base. I stamped the flower branches, using the same blue ink as before, around the edges of my card. I stamped the banner message onto a scrap of digi card and cut it out (you could stamp it straight onto the card if you preferred). finally I glued all my layers together, being extra careful to get them straight. the banner was last to go on, to complete the sketch.


Monday 10 February 2014

summer stiletto ...

stamps: fabulous you, express yourself (hostess) both from stampin' up!
inks: memento (tuxedo black) ink pack, promarkers
cardstock: 5x5" card blank, craftwork cards digi cardstock

I cut my mat to fit my card blank and stamped my image with my sentiment just below. I then coloured the image using bright, summer shades of promarkers. I also used a promarker to edge the mat before I glued it to the card blank to finish. I kept the card design simple to make the most of the image, highlighting the details in it, using the multiple colours.

walk the plank !!

stamps: walk the plank from lili of the valley, for my family from stampin' up!
inks: memento (tuxedo black) ink pad, promarkers
papers: dcwv all about boys stack
cardstock: craftwork cards digi cardstock, 5x7" kraft card blank and extra kraft cardstock

I chose two co-ordinating papers from the stack to match with my  theme (in this case the stamped image is pirates) I then cut the striped paper to mat onto the card blank. I then cut a strip out of the matching paper to layer on top. I stamped and coloured my image using promarkers and added the sentiment below. I then cut it out, and matted it onto some kraft card. I glued all the layers onto the card blank for the simple but effective card.

I chose walking the plank (marley & me film soundtrack by Theodore Shapiro)

Friday 7 February 2014

a forest friend ...

stamps: petite pairs & language of friendship from stampin' up! wallpaper and wood from stampers anonymous tim holtz collection
paper: we r memory keepers anthologie 6x6 paper pad, my minds eye away we go 6x6 designer paper pad plus 4x6" kraft landscape card blank
inks: archival (sepia) ink pad
punches: bird builder & lace ribbon border punch both from stampin' up!

after creating the woodland wishes card, I thought I would use the design to make an alternative. I stamped the kraft card blank with the wood print background. I used the punch to create the border to layer over it. I chose a soft patterned paper in coordinating colours for the topper, matted onto a piece of kraft cardstock. I used some more kraft card to stamp and punch out the bird and its branch. again I cut two branches, one kraft one green and trimmed them by hand to give the effect of a branch with green leaves. I assembled the card together, finished off with a birthday sentiment in the corner of the topper. I think it makes a lovely variation on the fun owl card I made.

Wednesday 5 February 2014

woodland wishes...

stamps: tim holtz wallpaper and wood from stampers anonymous, petite pairs & perfect punches from stampin' up!
inks: archival ink pads (sepia)
papers: 6x6 away we go designer pad from my minds eye, happy days 6x6 designstax from papermania, kraft 6x4" landscape card bland plus extra kraft, cream & black cardstock and green patterned paper
punches: bird builder & owl builder punches from stampin' up!

first, i stamped my kraft card blank with the wood effect stamp from tim holtz. i added a strip of red patterned paper to my card. i then cut a mat out of kraft cardstock for the centre of my card and stamped it with the wood effect too. i layered it with a turquoise paper, stamped with my sentiment. i then created my topper by adding punched elements. i used the owl builder punch to make a owl, using the red patterned paper for the tummy, and added the heart above the sentiment as an embellishment. i then created the branch to stand him on (from the bird builder punch). i cut this once in kraft and once on green... it took a bit of time to trim the leaves off the branch, as it is small, but its worth the effort to get the layered look. the final touch i added was a tab detail to complete the sketch. i used a stamp from the perfect punch set, onto kraft and red patterned paper, cut them out, then layered them together. i glued this in place on the card then added the central topper using foam pads for dimension. 


Monday 3 February 2014

sprinkled pink !!

stamps: remembering your birthday, a cherry on top (hostess) from stampin' up!
inks: tim holtz distress ink pads (brushed corduroy, spun sugar worn lipstick & tattered rose) also need the markers (brushed corduroy & worn lipstick)
cardstock: craftwork cards digi cardstock, 6x4" kraft card blank plus kraft cardstock 
extras: bakers twine(I used stampin' up! calypso coral, because it was the best match for this card), a pink button (this one is papermania), I also used the stamp-a-ma-jig.

I started by cutting a mat for the front of my card, I inked this using a pale pink then glued it down. I cut the white layer next, ready for stamping onto. I used the distress markers (from tim holtz) to ink up sections of the stamp I wanted different colours, to add emphasis to some of the words in the sentiment. I then stamped the three cupcake wrappers in a row above and added the cupcake frosting tops using three different shades of pink ink pads, (the stamp-a-ma-jig was used to help line everything up.) I inked strips of card using the darker shade of pink and added these to my top white layer, placing one behind to create a thin border and one in front. I then wrapped bakers twine around the bottom pink panel and secured it at the back. I cut a small banner out of a scrap of kraft cardstock and added this to the topper. I knotted some more bakers twine through a pink button and glued it to the top of the banner. I added the topper to the card to complete.
for the inside of the card I simply cut a mat to size, in white digi cardstock and stamped my sentiment in centre using brown ink. for a special touch I added a cupcake at the bottom corner, by stamping the bun case in place then lining up the frosting top with the stamp-a-ma-jig.