Saturday, February 28, 2015

Pastel Indescribable Gift

If you are into colouring images, the Indescribable Gift Stamp Set is perfect to team with Stampin Up's Blendabilities.  This is the first of a couple of cards I created with this stamp set.

Stampin Up have released some beautiful colours from the Subtles colour family in the new Occasions Catalogue - Pink Pirouette, Wild Wasabi and Soft Sky.  They create a beautiful soft effect.  To add more depth to the image I outlined it in the lightest Soft Sky marker.

Blendabilities are so versatile, you can colour anything with them.  I coloured the pearls in the darkest Soft Sky colour.

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

A Bokeh Tag Card

Here is another card using the Bokeh Technique.

I was on a bit of a roll with Bokeh Technique so created a tag using Night of Navy, Coastal Cabana, and Pistachio Pudding.  I teamed this with Night of Navy Cardstock and Seam Binding and the Polka Dot Embossing Folder - it's circles galore!

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Typeset & Something Lacy Butterfly

I am loving the Butterflies Thinlets Dies.

I went with a more rustic look with this card, using the Something Lacy background stamp and the Typeset Specialty Designer Series Paper

To create the Butterflies, I diecut them in Basic Black and then stuck them down to a piece of the Typeset DSP, then using my Paper Snips I trimmed the excess paper away.

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Saturday, February 21, 2015

Irresistibly Yours Birthday Notecards

I was inspired by a post I saw on Pinterest by Stamping with Loll (see her card here) and decided to make my own set using the Irresistibly Yours Speciality DSP - this DSP is so versatile.

I cut a square of each of 4 of the designs from the Irresistibly Yours DSP pack and sponged them in Pumpkin Pie, Tempting Turquoise, Old Olive and Melon Mambo to create a fun and bright set of Birthday Note Cards.  I added a frame cut with the Square Framelits and butterflies from the Butterfly Thinlits in matching cardstock.  The sentiment comes from Bloom with Hope hostess set.

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

A Masked Gift Set

This was a little gift set I made at Christmas time using the Hearts & Stars Decorative Mask.

I used the Stars Mask to add stars to each item - to get a really crisp star image I used my White Stampin Chalk Marker and simply coloured in each star.

I wanted a bit of an elegant look, so I sponged the edges with white craft ink and added some vellum, Gold Sequin and Early Espresso Seam Binding Ribbon.

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Late Christmas Card

I know that Christmas has come and gone, but since I didn't get my blog up and running again until after Christmas I thought I would share a couple of Christmas Cards.  These cards don't really need much in the way of special Christmas products, just a suitable sentiment.  All the other items are available from the Stampin Up main catalogue.  I was inspired by a Halloween card by Ilina Crouse (see her creation here) and wanted to use the same concept for Christmas.

I used the Dots & Stripes Decorative Masks and sponged on Real Red and Old Olive onto the Typeset Designer Series Paper.  Then I just added some co-ordinating Cotton Ribbon in Early Espresso, some Gold Sequin Trim and a sentiment.

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Sunday, February 15, 2015

Great way to use DSP scraps

Here is a great way to use up some DSP scraps.  I was inspired by a Christmas Card I had seen on Pinterest (my apologies but I couldn't find who had created it - so couldn't post a link).

I used the Crumb Cake Notecards and added strips of paper from the Moonlight Designer Series Paper Stack, cut into scallops using the Large Scallop Edgelits Die.  By curling the edge of the strips using a bone folder gives dimension to the cards.

On the inside of each card I added a piece of Whisper White with a matching scallop strip along the bottom.  Of course I then had to add a co-ordinating edge to each of the envelopes, and the set wouldn't be complete without a cute box for them to go into made from the Mini Treat Bag Thinlets Die (by cutting two of the large die and adding a bottom).

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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Speckled Blendabilities

I saw a technique on Pinterest that I knew I wanted to try.  Asela Hopkins had created a beautiful effect using dots (check hers out here).  I don't think mine came out quite as effective as hers but it was still fun to create.

It is a bit hard to see but the card base has been stamped with the Dictionary Stamp in Soft Suede (I sponged the soft suede onto the stamp to get a mottled affect).  I also sponged the edges with Soft Suede and a Basic Black card base.  The Happy Birthday sentiment is from the From the Herd Stamp Set.

To create the effect above I used the Rich Razzleberry Blendabilities and dotted the colour all around the flower image starting with the lightest colour first.  As you can see below I tried the technique using Daffodil Delight as well.

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Birthday Treat Bag

This is the last project from my Celebrate Today class, which consisted of 4 projects all using the Celebrate Today stamp set and the Balloon Framelits, you can see the other projects here, here and here!

This Treat Bag was made using the Mini Treat Bag Thinlets Dies and the Back to Black Designer Series Paper.  I wanted to add a pop of colour so stamped the balloon (with the Happy already on it) in Melon Mambo ink and added the 'birthday'.  Simple

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Sunday, February 8, 2015

Irresistibly Yours Birthday

I have had so much fun with the Celebrate Today stamp set and the Balloon Framelits.  This was another card, which was so quick and simple to make using the Irresistibly Yours Speciality Designer Series Paper (available only through Sale-A-Bration).

I simply stamped the solid Balloon stamp directly onto the Irresistibly Yours paper in Blackberry Bliss, Hello Honey and Tangelo Twist and cut them out using the Balloon Framelits.  I added the streamers and a sentiment using the Itty Bitty Banner stamps and dies - simple.

I always like to fancy up the inside of my cards and added another balloon to the corner.

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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

A Chalkboard Birthday

Stampin Up have now released Chalkboard Paper which is very cool, where one side has a smooth surface (just like a blackboard) and the other side is like the standard cardstock.  I have used the Rose Coral ColorBox Chalk Ink (also now available from Stampin Up) to stamp the sentiment from the Birthday Surprise stamp set.  I wanted to give the balloons a more rustic look to go with the chalkboard, so I sponged the edges in Soft Suede and stamped the spots from the Celebrate Today stamp set in Versamark to give a subtle tone on tone look.

The colours used are Soft Suede, Whisper White, and Blushing Bride.  

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Sunday, February 1, 2015

Bright & Warm Bokeh

As I mentioned a few days ago, I have been playing around with the Bokeh technique (check out my previous post here) - it is so much fun, you should give it a try.

I wanted this card to be bright and warm, so I used Strawberry Slush and Crisp Canteloupe reinkers, and added a lot more white circles with my sponge dauber.

I wanted to keep the background as the main focus, so I simply added a sentiment from the Big Day Stamp Set which is available in the Sale-A-Bration catalogue.  I added this using Black Embossing Powder to make it pop a bit more.

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