Monday, 12 September 2011

School Art Auction

This Friday evening my daughters school will be having an Art Auction and Music Recital.  Here's a sample of a Gift Card Folder I am giving to the cause.  These folders have been around for a  long time, initially inspired by Makeesha Byl's artwork, but they are always such great gifts. I have used the retired stamp set "Soft Summer" here.  It promises to be a great evening, where we will get to enjoy the senior music students perform their exam pieces and then bid on art work as a fundraiser for the school.  
These card folders make wonderful gifts for Christmas.  The cards are blank on the inside, so they can be filled in for any occasion. 
I have coloured the flowers using ink and a blender pen. All the blossoms are starting to appear here in Hawkes Bay and this stamp set is such a timeless one and reminds me of the blossoms. It's a joy seeing the soft pink blossoms when driving around. The change in season always reminds me of new beginnings.
 Well that's all I have time for this time.
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Thursday, 1 September 2011

Bright and Cheery flowers to welcome the New IBC

It's still available in the NEW Idea Book & Catalogue, the stamp set Flower Fancy and the Square Lattice embossing folder used here. I use this stamp set so much, and there's not really a colour ink it doesn't suit.  Some people have trouble imaging how to use this stamp set, but I always head for it and love exploring new colour combinations to use with it.  I demonstrated this card at a workshop and everyone enjoyed the end result.  The lattice embossing folder is a classic design and can be used in so many ways.  
I got introduced to two step stamping very early on in my Stampin' Up life and I still find it a striking stamping style.  I love using Whisper White  ink on top of colour.  I designed this card with many different stamping techniques, as I like to pack as much into a workshop as possible.  I have used the white uni-ball Gel Pen that Stampin' Up! sell to put faux stitching around the cut out Top Note edge.  Sewing is so easy this way.
I have stamped the outline of the flowers and then 'fussy-cut' them out. I then sponged the edges.  These flowers are mounted using demensionals and a large brad in the centre.
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