Great Sport

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Tuesday, 13 August 2013

I love this stamp set as you can make a variety of cards for the males in your life quite easily. This first card was CASE'd from the new catalogue (page 53). It has the new style brads on (which are actually two separate products; a silver brad base and candy dots. The candy dots are adhesive coloured dots to stick on the brad base. You could also stick on pearls or rhinestones or dots of paper and then seal them with crystal effects... so many possibilites!)

There are 4 sports ball stamps in this "Great Sport" stamp set, as well as a large decorative element stamp and a banner. The balls are soccer, football, baseball and basketball.

The basketball also makes a great tennis ball if you use a marker pen to ink up the stamp. Just ink up the curvy lines on the ball and not the two straighter lines.

Great Sport Punch Art
I used the honecomb embossing folder and circles framelits to make the soccer ball;  the 1 3/4" circle punch to make the cricket ball and of course the basketball stamp to make the tennis ball.




Brayered Backgrounds

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Wednesday, 31 July 2013

I showed you some simple brayer techniques back in March (see 15th March and 29th March posts.) And I have a couple more for you today...

Horse Frontier
Mask off portions off your white card with sticky note paper and brayer in the exposed white strips with colour. Move your sticky notes across and repeat with another colour. You will need to do this 3 or 4 times to get in all the coloured stripes that you want.
Bear in mind that the stripes don't have to be evenly coloured or perfectly straight as the uneven look adds to the charm of the background.
Finally add some thick and thin lines with an early expresso marker pen.

By the Tide
For this brayered background I laid some small punched circles under the white card that I was braying on. (I used the circles from the cupcake punch. Initally I had smaller circles but they didn't show up so well and I accentuated them with a marker afterwards.) When you brayer over the white card, it ink goes darker as it brayers over the raised area of card (where the circles were underneath, by the lobster) and it made a great effect for my under the sea look. I was happy with how it turned out and would put more circles under next time or even experiment with other shapes underneath.

Thanks for visiting
from Rhonda


Something old, something new...

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Thursday, 18 July 2013

Hickory Dickory Dock
My something old is punch art from this old classic nursery rhyme. It uses the retired two tags die for the grandfather clock and the retired blossom petal builder punch for the mouse body. I have had this idea in my head ever since I saw the clockworks stamp set and at long last have got around to making it!

Minion's Birthday
My something new is punch art featuring the lovable minion characters from the Despicable Me movie. The card was so much fun to do but it does have a lot of small pieces so if you don't mind glueing together fiddly little bits, then give it a go. Instruction sheet follows.



Filter Paper flowers & dresses

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Tuesday, 02 July 2013

Filter Paper & the Dress Ups Framelits
The filter paper is soft and fabric-like and therefore is great with the dress ups framelits. There are many samples out there (in internet land) already and I have cased one or two of them...
You may notice some new products used, which are available now from the new annual catalogue. Yay!

Two Layer Skirt
I saw this skirt design from a US demonstrator (craft therapy with Crystal).  I wanted to add glitter to my skirt so I heat embossed the filter paper with iridescent ice embossing powder and it came up really well.
See the pale blue background! It is made with the new modern mosaic embossing folder and the new colour card - soft sky.

Punched Petal Skirt
This skirt was made with lots of punched 7/8" scallop circles. Some were folded in half and some in thirds and some just randomly. I have seen this done using mini cupcake papers as well. See the printed background! It is from the new Quartrefancy Speciality Paper.

Blossom Skirt
This wedding dress card was made by punching 7/8" scallop circle pieces and layering eight of them together. They are held in place with a silver mini brad and then scrunched up to look like little flowers. I made sure that the brad was still showing as it gives a nice look to this skirt, (I think so anyway!).

Flower Trim
I was sad to see the flower trim ribbon retiring. It was only available for a short time but if you use the 7/8" scallop circle punch and filter paper, you can get a very similar look. Make the flowers as you would for the wedding dress card above and scrunch the filter paper tightly, especially the top layers so that the brad is completely hidden. The flower trim on this card below, I coloured first, before layering all the punched pieces. (I used my dauber to colour each scallop circle, then I put all 8 scallop circles together). The dress paper is from the new Quartrefancy Speciality Paper pack.

You can make flowers of any size using the filter paper with different punches. The one on the box below uses the blossom punch. This box was taught to me by Rachael Knight. The gift card that I made to go with it uses a new stamp, "Celebrate" from the Sketched Birthday stamp set.

Thanks for visiting
from Rhonda


Filter Paper

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Friday, 21 June 2013

I was doing a demonstration last week using filter paper from Stampin' Up! and I have fallen in love with this product. It has so many uses. I am going to show you just one of them today. It can be stamped on and coloured with ink like ordinary paper or card but it has the look of fabric so you can easily achieve a faux silk or a coloured canvas look.

It is stronger than the tissue gift wrap paper that I have used in the past to create a faux silk look and it has a smooth side and slightly textured side. It is the textured side that I like to stamp on.

Once you have stamped on the filter paper, you need to adhere it onto a base card, remembering whatever your base colour is, it will show through the filter paper. I adhered the stamped framed bird filter paper onto neutrals ivory card and then trimmed it as shown above.

The flowers on this card were stamped on filter paper, then adhered to card that had already been embossed with the oval chervon pattern, (I used early expresso ink and clear embossing powder). I glued the filter paper on top of the oval chervon pattern using an anywhere glue stick, the pattern still showed through but it wasn't as bold.

When gluing the filter paper down you want to retain as many of the wrinkles as possible so that it looks like crushed silk. After it is all stuck down, then cut it out and it will be ready to be matted onto your card. (I cut this one out using an ovals framelit).

This last card is slightly different as all the filter paper has been coloured with different colours to create a canvas look background. The instructions on how to do this can be found here



Crazy for Punch Art

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Friday, 07 June 2013

I hope you are not sick of my punch art samples yet but I have been making some to put up on my pinterest page. You can check me out on pinterest. My user name is rhondalyn022

It can be a time comsuming addiction... so many great ideas all in one place.
Anyway here are my offerings this week-

I have made this bunny before in blue and pink for baby cards but this time decided to go more natural. He is made with the blossom petal builder punch, full heart and the extra large oval. The flowers are also from the blossom petal builder punch. As I have said on my last post, it is only available for another couple of weeks as it is on the retiring list.

My other sample is another card candy idea.
Again, I have made one of two of these before in different colours and sizes for my birdhouse circle journal but putting them all together like this makes a special gift for a scrapbooker or cardmaker, don't you think?

Happy Crafting from Rhonda



Scallop Trim border punch

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Tuesday, 21 May 2013

I have been playing around with the scallop trim border punch and have made all sorts of lacy borders by punching both sides of a long and thin strip of card. Then I tried threading ribbon through the holes and was very pleased with how it turned out. The only thing is that you do have to be very accurate about lining up the punch to achieve this look. I found someone else on line who did the same thing as me but she used 3 separate strips which is much easier and you are less likely to make mistakes. Her name is Linda Fisher and you can find her at lindas-stampinloft.blogspot

This card above I was planning to teach at a class. It features a punch art teapot by Ellen Kempler. This cute teapot punch art uses the blossom petal builder punch; - The largest leaf with scallop top and second smallest leaf. I designed a tea cup to match using the second largest leaf. Unfortunately this punch will soon be retired by Stampin' Up! so I didn't end up teaching it. However the punch will still be available for a few more weeks yet so if you want it, email me asap and I will order one for you.

Cutting guide above shows you the pieces used. Discard those pieces with an x beside them.

Below is a tag with the tea set punch art once more, and an example of the lacy type border that you get when using the scallop trim border punch on both sides of a really narrow strip of card.

Below is the second card I made with the ribbon border and this is what I ended up teaching.

Lastly I have been making up embellishment sets to give away. Here's one of my favourites, using mostly cherry cobbler cardstock.



Punch Art Koala

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Wednesday, 15 May 2013

I decided to do an extra post this week so that I could show you the card I made for my room mate at the Stampin' Up! convention in Australia. I am heading off next tuesday and am so looking forward to it.

Also my card fitted in well with the JUST ADD INK #165 challenge this week which was to just add woodgrain...

It was fairly easy to make using the following punches: ears - blossom petal builder & 2.2cm scallop circle, face - ornament, nose - word window, body - 1/2 of a 6.4cm circle, arms and legs - piece punched from 6.4cm circle and then inserted into blossom punch to form paws.

Inside of the card has gum leaves made from the retired leaves die and a gumnut made from pieces of the mitten and stocking punch.



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