Saturday, 28 May 2011

A Flower For All Seasons - Poinsettia

Here's the final installment in this series using the images in the stamp set "A Flower for All Seasons".  This lovely poinsettia has been coloured a lovely rich red, but they are also grown in cream. Did you know that?  I used to have a wonderful red Poinsettia under my kitchen window, when I lived in Perth, which flowered all year round.  We could grow such different plants there because of the lovely warm climate.
I have used only a corner of the embossing folder "Manhatten Flower" on the bottom of this card front.  This keeps it simple and has quite a striking effect.
I made my brad using a piece of card stock punched with a 1/4" circle punch and added crystal effects to it.  Quite effective isn't it? There's an option you may not have thought of if you don't have a matching brad.
Stampin' Supplies
Card stock: Not Quite Navy, Real Red
Inks: Real Red, Garden Green, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Not Quite Navy and Bashful Blue
Other: Manhatten Flower embossing folder, Big Shot, Water colour paper, Aqua painter, Whisper White 1/4" grosgrain ribbon
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Thursday, 26 May 2011

A Flower for All Seasons - Sunflower

Well I did say I would post a card I had made with all four lovely images in "A Flower for All Seasons" stamp set.  So here's card number three. These sunflowers remind me of the year we planted heaps of sunflower seeds at the back of our property and were rewarded with a wonderful patch of really tall sturdy sunflowers.  They really are a very dramatic flower in a group planting.  Someone planted a "maize" with sunflowers in Upper Hutt one year.  What a wonderful idea.
I love making paper buttons using my Sizzlits Buttons #5 die.  Check out my earlier post on how I did this.
I love the wee detail of the ladybird climbing up the side of the pot. Terracotta pots develop there own character with age.  Cajun Craze is the replacement colour to Really Rust which I used to colour this pot.
I love small cards, they are so handy to have, wee notes that say so much.  I have left these cards with no greeting on the front, I can always add one later or use them for any occasion.
Stampin' Supplies
Card Stock: Garden Green, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla
DSP: Woodland Walk
Inks: Daffodil Delight, Soft Suede, Cajun Craze, Real Red & Garden Green
Other: Scallop Edge punch, Buttons #5 die, Big Shot, Crystal Effects, Linen Thread
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Tuesday, 24 May 2011

A Flower For All Seasons - Tulip

Here's the next card that I made with the stamp set "A Flower for All Seasons".  This one is the tulip image, which of course works so well with the "Framed Tulips" embossing folder that is available in the current Autumn-Winter Mini Catalogue. A little detailing using the Matt Pack and Paper Piercer, gives a wonderful faux stitch detail.
It just begged a bright cheerful colour, and here I used Daffodil Delight card stock and also sponged the embossed folder with Daffodil Delight ink to match. Using this colour was inspired by the warm sunny days we have been having over the past week. I even sat outside in short sleeves enjoying a coffee in the sun yesterday.
I have water coloured these images using an aqua painter and ink pads.  I have used the 1 3/4" circle punch for the image and it is mounted on a 2" circle cut out of Bashful Blue card stock using my Big Shot and the Circles #2 die.  Now there's a great combination of circle sizes for you to try out. 
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Tuesday, 17 May 2011

A Flower For All Seasons - Daisy

Isn't it lovely when a customer let's you use a stamp set that you haven't got.  Thanks Annemiek. Here's a card I have water coloured using one of the images in this stamp set.
 I used my markers direct to the water colour paper for the frog, but you can see the varying colour change on the pot when using my ink pad with aqua painter and marker.
I will be posting more of these images as I have made a different card for each image in this stamp set.  A Flower for all Seasons is a fun wee set that has 4 stamps and is so reasonably priced at $29.95 + p&h. If you would like to order this stamp set then email me now.

Stampin' Supplies:
Stamp set:- A Flower for All Seasons
Card stock:- Real Red, Whisper White, DSP Celebrations, Water colour paper
Ink:- Daffofil Delight, More Mustard, Old Olive marker, Real Red, Cajun Craze marker
Other:- Large White brad from 5/16" Neutrals Assortment

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Sunday, 15 May 2011

Butterfly from Nature Walk

Blogger has had a few issues, and my Thursday post disappeared, so here it is today.  My mother in law loves nature so here's the Mother's Day card I made her.  
I love these colours.  They are so Autumny.  I brayered a piece of Natural Ivory cardstock cut out with the Top Note die using my Big Shot. The faux stitching is done with Pumpkin Pie marker. I then built my scene using the stamps from the Nature Walk stamp set, using different inks, all in autumn tones.  The button is made using the Sizzlits Buttons #5 die.  I cut 4 layers and glued then together.  I threaded some linen thread through it and attached it using crystal effects.  It makes a great glue.
I then water coloured the butterfly on watercolour paper and cut it out.  I then inked the whole image with versa mark ink and clear embossed it.  It has given it a lovely shiny finish.

Stampin' Supplies:
Stamp set:-  Nature Walk
Card stock:- Pumpkin Pie, Naturals Ivory
Inks:- Early Espresso, More Mustard, Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake, Staz on, Versa Mark
Other:- Top Note Die, Big Shot, Sizzlits #5 die, Water colour paper, Clear embossing powder, Heat tool, retired chocolate chip ribbon

Saturday, 14 May 2011

Every Moment - Birthday Gift Voucher

I love this stamp set, so when asked to make a Birthday voucher for a special lady, I knew that this would delight her, and I wasn't wrong.
I have used the masking technique to layer the daisies.
I have made a tag out of the lovely wee phrase that is in this stamp set.
I even stamped the envelope to match.
Stampin' Supplies:
Stamp Set: Every Moment
Card Stock: Soft Suede, Naturals Ivory
Ink: Daffodil Delight, More Mustard, Old Olive
Other: Old Olive grosgrain ribbon, Antique Brass jumbo eyelets, button from Brights collection, Very Vanilla taffeta ribbon, hemp twine, spritzer, pearls.
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Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Bees - from Nature Walk

Good morning.  The sun looks like it wants to warm us up and cheer our day today.  It is welcome. Here's a card I made a while ago, and as I love water colouring, not a surprise I was trying out my new "Nature Walk" stamp set using this technique. The very first technique that gave me that WOW factor at a workshop was the two circles (1 1/4" and 1 3/8") cut out with SU punches layered on top of each other.  Sometimes it's nice to go back and reuse the same technique.  I tend to get complicated sometimes and it's not necessary. Two of my downline promoted in March, and I sent this card to them. Congratulations Jo & Brenda. 
I have used Chocolate Chip card stock and double inked on it using the Sanded stamp with White Pigment ink and Early Espresso ink.  The bees have been black embossed on the card stock and also water coloured in the circles. They have been cut out using the 1 1/4" circle punch and layered onto a circle of More Mustard cut out using the 1 3/8" circle punch. They are laid on a piece of Pumpkin Pie card stock that has had the edges ruffed up. 
Hope this gives you some inspiration.  Enjoy your day.
If you would like to learn some of these techniques then book a workshop, have some crafting friends over and I would be happy to show you how this technique is very easily achieved. Hawke's Bay only.
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Sunday, 8 May 2011

A Pretty Petal Pocket Basket

I wanted to make a craft item with my sister when I went to visit her.  She likes purple and I had purchased this pattern from "Papertrey Ink" some time ago and have only made a basket for myself, which is not quite embellished to completion yet.  We really enjoyed making this and my sister learnt a few new techniques with sponging.  She has also fallen in love with this stamp set, having seen yet another use for it. It seems to love being used in about any colour.
We put it in one of the bushes to photograph it.  I have used white card stock for the flowers, stamped the outline image with Perfect Plum ink and sponged it with matching ink and also Rich Razzleberry ink to give the flower colour. 
The flowers were made using punches and cut out flowers layered on top of each other.  We also made the leaves using the Little Leaves sizzlits die.  Hope this cheers your day. 
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Saturday, 7 May 2011

Inspired by Nature

It's definitely time to blog, but my flat screen has died. Thanks for your patience. Until I sort a new one I'm working with an old one from the ark, it's so in my face, that I'm finding it a little difficult to use. I have been card making though and have a few cards to share with you. Here's a card I made for a dear friend in Christchurch. It's the first time I have used the whole image of my stamp set "Inspired by Nature".  I love how you can stamp one image over the other.
I used Certainly Celery as my card colour base with a strip of Poppy Parade.  I stamped my grass and flower on Naturals Ivory card stock.  I coloured my image using markers to give the flowers a graded colour.  So very quick and simple.  I am really enjoying using my "Lot's of Tags" sizzlits.  One of the tags is used on this card. The butterflies are just such a good addition to a card like this.  The "Beautiful Wings" embosslits never disappoint, they emboss and cut out your butterfly for you, all in one quick easy step.
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