Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Sea Cadets and Top Note bottle hangers

Well unfotunately the weather was not brilliant yesterday and we didn't have a very good turn out at the Sea Cadet fund raiser. The tombola and food went down well but I was looking after the toy store and my cards and it was very quiet, I think Jessie my daughter was the biggest buyer at the toy store! I managed to sell a few cards but have lots and lots left for next time.
I made some bottle hangers using the top note die, using cardboard as backing, cork sheets, embossing metal and funky foam as well as my usual craft supplies - the big shot is a recyling machine.
I made this one using love letter DSP and artistic etchings stamp set, I tried stampin on metal, I used basic black ink and it worked fine but took a long time to dry, I now have some stazon cleaner so I will try stazon next time.

I love the big shot it uts and embosses thin metal so easily, here's another one, the embossing folder I used isn't a Stampin Up one but I can't wait to buy the vintage wallpaper embossing folder to try in it, I think it will look gorgeous.

I made the butterfly using the butterfly punch, it had no problem cutting it, I embossed it using some embossing tools but yoou our use an old ball point pen. Emboss/draw on the back using an old pen, rest the metal on something with a little give, I used a srap piece of cork sheet. You can also pierce it with your pierer but do that from the front. 

Sunday, 29 May 2011

Charity fund raiser for Guisborough Sea Cadets and Daisies 2# die

Hi, sorry for the lack of postings I have been very busy making cards for a fund raiser for the Guisborough Sea Cadets.  Its is tomorrow, (bank holiday monday) at Saltburn Community Centre (http://www.tvvh.org.uk/listing.php?node=49 ) so please pop-in and see me if you are in the area. I will also be doing a card class on the 11th June to raise funds, I will post some information about it when I have a spare five minutes.
Here are some pictures of flowers I made using the Daisies 2# die, card and felt.  The big shot is great because you can cut so many different materials, I have been cutting cork sheets, craft metal, backing card, tin cans and funky foam lately so I will have to take some more pics.
This is a bookmark I made from felt and some satin ribbon to use in my workshop diary, very posh!

Two more felt flowers with buttons on top, I sewed these on for security. The other flower uses whisper white card and I have sponged the edges with rose red and so saffron ink, it is supposed to be a water lily.  The centre is so saffron card crystal effects and dazzling diamonds glitter.
Bye for now

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

My old photos - envelope album

I had a go at an envelope album the other day, an idea from a video by Stampin Dawn on you tube.  It's a lovely idea and easy to do, or so I thought, until I went to stick the envelopes in the folder and realised english envelopes must be bigger than US ones! Oh dear, never mind I just had to fold the sides of the envelopes in. I will have to alter the measurements of the folder to fit our envelopes.

Here is my album, it is made from a 12 x 12 sheet of baja breeze card and I have used springtime vintage papers to decorate, it matches perfectly with the cardstock I used. I made a flower out of 2 punched circle scalloped circles I embossed a piece of crumb cake card and cut it with top note die and my initials are stamped using the broadsheet stamp set. 

 The album opens up into 3 sections, I couldn't really photograph this properly but here's my attempt.
You stick the envelopes together, I used 5 bt you could do less or maybe 6, then attach to the centre of the album, you need to watch Dawns video although I will probably make this album when I do an all day class. I made inserts with very vanilla card stock and tabs using the decorative label punch. 
Here are some more pictures 

I think this is a lovely way of preserving some photos, they had previously been stuck in draws. I will progress to scrap books as I won  a lovely one in the raffle at the training last saturday.

Sunday, 15 May 2011

Top Note box

I had a lovely day yesterday, I drove all the way to Nottinghamshire to join Victoria and her team for a training day on workshops.  I learned a lot, so watch this space. I met some lovely ladies, thank you all for the swaps and thank you Nicola for the lovely chocolate cake, it was huge and delicous, lactose and soya free and I'm sure she said calorie free, but maybe that was wishful thinking. 
One of the things we learned, demonstrated by the lovely Tracy,  was this great little box made using the top note die.
This is easy to make and makes a lovely little gift box, we used the Fun flower die on the top and embossed one of the layers to add some texture. I love this die, my wish list just gets longer!  We used the springtime vintage designer papers which I love and it co-ordinates perfectly with the rose red and crumb cake card. If you would like to learn how to make this box why not book a workshop and I will demonstrate it for you.

Wednesday, 4 May 2011

More Kimono Kids

Here are some more kimono kid cards, (and I still have some more coloured images to make into cards). I cased the tight rope idea off a lady on split coast stampers - thank you - I think it's a novel way of using the stamp and very cute. I used my stamp-a-ma-jig to line up my kimono kid on the 'tight rope' otherwise I think she would have fallen off!
On the first card I used the left overs from cutting a sizzix scallop circle as a frame. I used the versa mark ink to stamp the fan on the background card I used real red and basic black card stock again as I love this combination.
On the second card I stamped the images on the scallop circle and used some brights DSP on the background.

Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Kimono Kids

I bought the Kimono Kids stamp set as I thought my daughters would like it, (which they do) but I love it. I stamped quite a few images on whisper white, used the stamp-a-ma-jig to line them up then when I went to mini monsters (soft play for the kids) I took them with me, along with my markers and sat colouring whilst the girls played,very relaxing. I now have a batch of kimono kids to make into cards.
Here's a couple of cards I made, sorry I can't remember all the colours I got carried away!

On the first card I used the latice square embossing folder to emboss some of the real red card, it gives it a lovely thick texture, I borrowed the folder from Claire my lovelystampin' up  up-line but I have added it to my ever growing wish list. I used the scallop edge punch to make some borders with the basic black card as I thought this was a very oriental combination.
On the second card I used tempting turqoise and some real red designer series paper from the Brights DSP collection. Sorry I have just realised a lantern was missing when I took the photo - it is back on now, promise!

Monday, 2 May 2011

More Plane and Simple

Hi, I hope you are all having a lovely weekend. We watched the royal wedding on the TV, waving our flags in appropriate places! Didn't Kate/Princess Catherine look stunning, lets hope the press leave them in peace now to get on with their new life, (we can dream).
Back to card making, here are some more cards for Men with the Plane and Simple stamp set. This one uses wild wasabi and early expresso ink and card stock, stamped on very vanilla.

The card below uses crumb cake, very vanilla and baja breeze cardstock and crumb cake and early expresso ink.

The last card is an easel card using the top note die -I love making these little easel cards, again I used crumb cake, baja breeze and very vanilla card stock and crumb cake and baja breeze ink.  Sorry the photo isn't very clear.