Sunday, 24 July 2011

French Foliage with Autum Spice

I fell in love with this stamp set when it was first released in the Autumn-Winter mini catalogue.  I have just acquired it and love it. The product in this catalogue are only available until the end of the month, so don't forget to place your order before the end of the month. I have used images from this stamp set in a layered fashion to give it this vintage look.
I have used the wonderful Autumn Spice DSP also available in the Autumn-Winter Mini Catalogue.  The colours in this DSP are Old Olive, Cajun Craze, More Mustard and Early Espresso.  All wonderful colours to use with this stamp set. Here I have also embossed some More Mustard card stock with the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder and sponged Early Espresso ink on it.
I have used the rock 'n' roll technique when stamping my leaf.  I first fully inked it with Pumpkin Pie ink and then inked the edges with Cajun Craze.  It has stamped up looking more natural this way. I am looking forward to finding some time to make more creations with this stamp set.
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Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Top Note Booklet

Here's a wee notebook I made using the Top Note die.  Fold card stock in half and then place folded edge just in from the cutting line on the long edge of your top note die.  You will end up with a lovely shaped piece of card stock to use for a booklet, or card. I have used the stamp set 'Nature Walk' to embellish my notebook. This stamp set, lends itself to so many styles and colour uses.
I have stamped the butterfly with Staz On ink on watercolour paper, and coloured it in.  I then inked the entire image with Versamark ink and clear embossed it.  I like this finish as it gives a greater depth to the colours.The booklet front is retired Sage Shadow card stock and I have sponged lots of Always Artichoke ink on the edges. Then using Always Artichoke ink also stamped the images, with a little Cherry Cobbler ink for the flower heads.
I also stamped the back of my booklet to match, and gave it a signature to make it an authentic piece of artwork.
The inside has cut pieces of exercise book so that it has lined paper to write on. I put them through the Top Note die and then hand cut it on the perforated edge, this makes it a little smaller than the outside and fits nicely inside the card outer. Staple in place.  Each edge is sponged and also stamped in Always Artichoke ink with the bee in this stamp set.
Here's a lovely wee idea to while away a few hours in this wintry weather.  Make a few and put them away in your stash for those special gifts.
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Sunday, 17 July 2011

Chalkboard Daisies

This card has been a long time in coming to be blogged.  When I first saw the chalk board technique on my Splitcoast stampers newsletter, I just had to give it a go.  I love how this stamp, 'Inspired by Nature', lends itself to this technique so well. I love the finished effect that chalk board gives. 
The background cardstock has been Silver embossed using the daisy image.  I have then repeated the same image onto black card stock using White Pigment ink.  I then coloured on the dried white image using watercolour pencils, blending the colours as I went.
I then made a matching inside to my card.
I hope this gives you some great craft inspiration. Enjoy your weekend.  I caught some lovely sun yesterday.  Good Vit D for free. Sorry those who are cold and sick of the rain, but I just had to share.
Stampin Supplies:-
Stamp sets - Inspired by Nature, Close as a Memory (retired)
Card Stock - Basic Grey, Rose Red, Black
Ink - White pigment, Versamark
Other - Silver Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, water colour pencils
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Thursday, 14 July 2011

Inlaid Buttons

I was given so many lovely birthday cards this year but the one that really caught my eye was this Inlaid Buttons card made by my sister.  I just love this card.  I have finally gotten around to photographing it and posting it.  
My sister has a buttons embossing edge which matches in with the Stampin' Up! Buttons #5 die perfectly. I think the buttons overlaid on each other and set on dimensionals and some string gives this a special finish. 
You can see here, that a little sponging adds some definition to the embossed buttons on the edge. Love those sponges.   Hope you feel all inspired to go and give this a go too. 
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Sunday, 10 July 2011

Hedgehog Wall Hanging

I love this Hedgehog image from the stamp set Fun & Fast Notes.  I have stamped it on water colour paper with Staz On ink and given it the smallest amount of colour to give it character.
I had fun getting this little fellow together. I thought it would make a great wee painting to hang up and so I have mounted him on card to look like a hung picture. I have also dry embossed the card using my Fiskars cutter groove and Stampin' Up! bone folder.

The colours I have used here are Certainly Celery and Daffodil Delight.  I love this new yellow and it works well in all colour families. 
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