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Saturday, February 26, 2011

CPS 206 - Aviary birthday card

Here's the card I made for the Card Positioning Systems Challenge #206. I orginally had a bright green base instead of the Sahara Sand, but I'm glad I changed it over. It is a lot more subtle now. :)

Materials used (all SU unless indicated):
Stamps - Well Scripted, Aviary
Cardstock - Choc Chip, Sahara Sand, Very Vanilla
Patterned Paper - Pink Paislee Eternal Love
Ink - Versamark (for edge of S. Sand), Chocolate Chip (for bird cage), Soft Suede (for bird), Basic Black marker (for edge of bird)
Embellishments - Kaisercraft Pearls - Latte, misc gold ribbon
Tools - Corner Punch, Bow Easy

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Mothers Day Card - Color Lab Challenge #29

Another Mothers Day Card, this time for the Color Lab Challenge #29

The stamped flower image is one that I had previously done in a class but not used so I don't know the name of the set or the colours. I teamed it with a Rich Razzleberry panel, Old Olive cardstock and Pear Pizzazz DSP.

Things to remember for next time:
a) don't punch a border panel on the bottom of the main panel - I think it would have looked better 'clean'.
b) The main panel could have done without the sponging of pear pizzazz on the borders and main sheet - you probably can't see it in the photo, but I thought I would 'vintage' it up a bit but it just came out looking a bit dirty :(

Materials used:
Stamps - misc flower stamp, flourish from SU Bliss set, Teeny Tiny Sentiments
Cardstock - White, Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry, Pear Pizzazz DSP
Ink - Versamark (for flourish on background), Pear Pizzazz for sentiment & sponging edges
Ribbon - misc purple velvet ribbon
Accessories - Word Window Punch, Modern Label Punch, Fiskars Treading Water Border Punch, sponges

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Curtain Call Colour Challenge #69

I created this card for the Curtain Call Colour Challenge #69.

I used the TopNote patchwork template and used some miscellaneous red satin ribbon and some scrap ‘Crumb Cake/Vanilla’ grosgrain ribbon that I had in my ribbon box. It feels like the Crumb Cake panel needs some decoration too but I didn’t want to overdo it so I left it as is. I’m thinking I might add another bird to another mini vintage tag and it could be a wedding or engagement card.

Materials used:
Cardstock – Real Red, Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla
Stamps – Itty Bitty Bits
Ink – Cherry Cobbler, Real Red, Whisper White craft ink (for sponging on red patchwork panels), Versamark for edges
Accessories – Top Note die, sponges, Cuttlebug Textile Texture embossing folder
Embellishments – Mini Vintage Tags, misc red & vanilla ribbon

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Mothers Day Card - Inkspiration Challenge

This card was created for Makeesha Byl’s Inkspiration Challenge #57. I had already got this stamped image laying about in my scrap box - it was one that I did at a stamping class years ago so I can't remember the stamp or the colours. I teamed it up with some fancy 'Basic Grey' ribbon from the 'Gypsy' collection. My sentiment came out a bit crooked - I must use my Stamp-a-majig and not try to wing it. :)

Materials used:
Cardstock - SU Whisper White, SU Peach Parfait, blue paper from Basic Grey Gypsy collection
Stamps - SU Teeny Tiny Sentiments, misc stamped flower image
Ink - Peach Parfait for sponging, Riding Hood Red for sentiment
Ribbons - all from Basic Grey Gypsy collection

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Diva Sketch Challenge 123 - Play Date card

I was inspired by Alisa Tilsner’s card which she did for the Utah Divas International Sketch Challenge. I thought I'd make a birthday card for my friend's little boy - he turns 5 in May but I'm having a baby in 6 weeks so I'm attempting to get all the cards for this year sorted. Optimistic, I know! :)

Materials used:
Stamp - Teeny Tiny Sentiments
Ink - Chocolate Chip, Old Olive (for sponging edge of DSP), Versamark (for edges)
Cardstock - Chocolate Chip, Real Red, Old Olive
Patterned Paper - Play Date DSP
Accessories - Spiral Border Punch, 1 3/4 Scallop Punch, sponges, misc blue brad.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

CPS 204 - Fabulous Flowers

Here's a card I created for the Card Positioning Systems Challenge #204 .A very basic design template but still one that can be effective. I have been wanting to give this black magic technique a go ever since I saw it on a blog. The "Fabulous Flowers" set is a retired set now but I got mine on eBay - it is a good stamp set for this technique.
Materials used:
Stamps - SU Fabulous Flowers
Ink - SU Whisper White craft ink, SU Rose Red Classic ink (for sponging edges) SU Metallic Art Pencils
Cardstock - Basic Black, Whisper White, Rose Red
Patterned paper - Sweet and Sour DSP
Accessories - sponges, misc pink taffeta ribbon

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Mystery Card Swap

This card was created for Madonna Dunn’s Mystery Card Swap. I received a beautiful assortment of matching cardstock which I made into a birthday card.

I think I should have done a different kind of border around the Top Note panel....maybe I should have cut the Daffodill Delight yellow to border it properly rather than leaving it as a rectangle. This is probably the only part that I wish I'd done differently.
.....and I wish I had the word window punch so I didn't have to cut around my sentiment panel by hand. That will be my next purchase I think. :)

It was great fun and such a good idea. I hope there are more in the future. :)

All items Stampin' Up

Stamps - Teeny Tiny Sentiments
Ink - Chocolate Chip, Craft Whisper White (for sponging around edge of Choc Chip CS)
Cardstock - Chocolate Chip, Daffodill Delight, Whisper White
Patterned Paper - Greenhouse Gala DSP
Accessories - Baja Breeze Corduroy Buttons, Baja Breeze Grosgrain Ribbon, Rhinestones, Sponges

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Elegant Soiree Top Note Birthday card

Here's a card I made for my Dad's birthday.
I've always wanted to try the Patchwork Top Note technique and it was so incredibly easy - I couldn't believe it!

Stamps - So Happy for You
Cardstock - Baja Breeze, Very Vanilla, Soft Suede
Patterned Paper - Elegant Soiree DSP
Accessories - Stampin' Up ticket corner punch, Top Note die, 1 3/4 Scallop Punch & circle punch.
Thanks for reading my blog! xx

Friday, February 4, 2011

Inkspirations Challenge #55 - Boys 2nd Birthday card

I tried my hand at one of Makeesha Byl's Inkspirations Challenges.
My friend's little boy is turning 2 tomorrow and I wanted to create something using Stampin' Up's Fox & Friends and some of the 'In Colors'. Here's my creation!!

Stamps - Fox & Friends, Itty Bitty Bits (the star), So Happy for You (sentiment)
Cardstock - Soft Suede, Pear Pizzazz, Peach Parfait, Baja Breeze, Whisper White
Patterned Paper - Island Oasis DSP
Accessories - 1 3/4 Scallop Punch & circle punch; misc non-SU ribbon; sponges
Thanks for reading my blog! xx

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

CPS 203 - Baby card

I'm finally back in to making cards again, and this time with stamps!
I made this card for a work colleague who just had a baby boy. I used the Card Positioning Systems Challenge #203 as my template.

Stamp - SU Baby Steps
Cardstock - SU Baja Breeze & SU Very Vanilla
Patterned paper - Pink Paislee - Bow & Arrow
Ink - Baja Breeze
Accessories - misc velvet ribbon, brads, Fiskars border punch (Treading Water), SU sponges.