Birthday Basics

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Friday, 20 September 2013

It's been a busy month. I had a Stampin' Up! stand at the Sistas conference and along with the help of my lovely downline, Leonie, we were able to set up a card making station for ladies to come and make a gift card. We asked for a gold coin donation and all the profits ($211.00) have gone to 'A Girl Called Hope' mission in New Zealand.
It was fun to see some ladies who had never made a card before, catch the bug and come back for a second and even, a third go!

My post this week is very brief, just 3 cards all made with the new birthday basics designer series paper.

Perfect Blend
The "Perfect Blend" stamp set is a new favourite of mine. I love coffee and have friends that do too so yes it is perfect!
Other stamps used are from the "Hello, Lovely" set and the "Sweet Essentials" set.

Sketched Birthday
I used two stamps from the Sketched Birthday stamp set but there are 8 in the set, so lots more card making possibilites!

Butterfly Bundle
September special is 15% off the bitty butterfly punch and Papillion Potpourri stamp set. I thought I would showcase them here with this gift card that I CASEd from Rachael Knight. The Birthday Wishes words are from the "Bring on the Cake" stamp set.



Double Slider Cards

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Tuesday, 03 September 2013

These cards have the wow factor and my recent class of ladies loved making them. If you want to know how to make cards like these then see your local Stampin' Up! demonstrator who I am sure will be able to help you.

By The Tide
Pull on the tab at the top to reveal the hidden message.

Both the top and bottom slide out at the same time... Wow!

Betsy's Blossoms
A feminine version. These cards measure 9.5cm x 14.5cm when closed up and fit in a standard C6 envelope with ease.

And the inside...

I must confess that I had as much fun with these cards as my customers did.



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Friday, 23 August 2013

Chalk Talk Dies #1
The tag on the front of this card was on a gift I received at the manager's reception at the Stampin' Up! convention. (Yes, I am a great believer in recycling!)
It was cut out with one of the new framelits diecuts called 'chalk talk'.
I added the lovely tag made by the Stampin' Up! staff to a card that I made for my daughter. The card has a pocket inside to hold money or gift cards...

Chalk Talk Dies # 2
Here is another tag made with the same framelit die, with a second chalk talk die cut piece added on top.The butterfly is from the new backyard basics stamp set and it also has co-ordinating dies to cut out the images.

Paper Bows
These gift tags I made a couple of weeks ago to put on my customer's goodie bags at the Hamilton Extravaganza.

Just Kissed Flower
This is one of the tags I made to go on my customers bags for when I deliver their order. The stamps (big flower and sentiment), I used were from a demonstrator only set called 'Workshop Words Too'.  The big flower is a solid image stamp and I wanted to add some pattern to it so I used the kissing technique.
If you have not done this with your stamps yet, then keep reading and I will tell you more...

I inked up my solid image stamp (flower) in marina mist ink and laid it face up on the table. Then I inked up my patterned image stamp (Big circle from Betsy's Blossoms stamp set) in Night of Navy ink. I picked up the solid image stamp and kissed it to the patterned image stamp. ie I pressed the two inked up stamps together.
Then I stamped my solid image flower onto the cardstock. The pattern from the other stamp had transferred to create a great look.

Give it a try!



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



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