Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Christmas Cards

Dasher stamped in Early Espresso with Cherry Cobbler glitter on the antlers.  The very vanilla cardstock was run through the bigshot with Early Espresso ink on the Very Vintage Embossing folder - I LOVE this effect. The striped Cherry Cobbler ribbon was last years grosgrains stock and because it was too wide I have cut it in half and sealed the edges with the flame from a cigarette lighter( Thanks to Teniel Williams for this tip) The French Script Background Stamp was my first ever Stampin" Up! purchase - the beginning of a long love affair- fitting that it's French!!

This is the design I have used for all my Christmas Cards this year - just posted the last ones today - must have made about 60 of this design. The base card is Naturals White, and the sentiment is heat embossed with White Powder onto Crumb Cake. the Concentric rings stamp is from a Thenkyou set which is VERY old - but still fabulous, and I have stamped over this with the ink spots stamp from Gorgeous Grunge, using Garden Green ink. In the other versions of this card I used the leaf stamp from the Sale-a-bration Bloomin' Marvellous set from this year. Linen Thread for the bow secured with glue dots, and the small star is a retired SU punch, the star has some gloss white ink smudged over its surface. This card has pearls but I also did some with Red Diamontes - cute-, and some with just silver diamonds which look great.
Thanks for looking, hope you have a wonderful Christmas. Liz

Thursday, 28 November 2013

Circle thinlit Birthday Card

My first published attempt at the Circle Thinlit Card using Crumb Cake and Rich Razzleberry and and old retired stars set as well as Simply Stars.

Golden Wedding Anniversary Card

My wonderful parents celebrate their 50th Wedding Anniversary this month so I have made them a special card using inspirations from a box card I saw on Pinterest here at  Rica's haven shadow box tutorial. I wanted something deep enough to hold the bouquet of flowers. I used Vellum cardstock as the card front which gave it a nice depth too.  The woodgrain in the  Natural Composition Specialty DSP gave the box a little more weight and stability, and made it look more like a frame I think. The Memorable Moments stamp set was perfect too. Thanks for looking, Liz

vies from the top showing depth and inner box walls

Love this sentiment from One in a Million. Card closed and sealed, ready for postage!
Butterfly punched from vellum, then embossed,  -love it
used some special gold marbled paper for background, and paper flowers for the bouquet.

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Butterfly Punch CASE from the Catalogue, and Ex Libris background

 these cards were all inspired by the picture on page 3 of the Annual Catalogue. I don't have the great dictionary stamp so i used Gorgeous grunge as the background stamp and added my own sentiment stamps. I used all the new 'In Colours". I think the polka dot paper is just so cute. these are really easy to make, hope you give it a go.

For the last one I used the ovals framelits and some white ink for the texture print on the card base. The centre panel background is done using the Ex Libris stamp which was only lightly inked in a random pattern. I am quite happy with how this turned out. Not the best photo, much prettier in RL.
Thanks for looking Liz

Best of flowers set

 Have just been making a set of cards for my next workshop hostess gift using the Best of Flowers Set. It's such an easy set to use for lots of different looks. have used Midnight Nuse, Raspberry ripple and sahara Sand as the card bases and the in colour set of markers for the inking. Thanks for looking Liz

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Stylish Star Christmas Card Class

This weeks Christmas Card Class design. The Stylish Star image is heat embossed inWhite onto Island Indigo Cardstock. The Smoky Slate base has been sponged with Island Indigo and mounted up on dimensionals. I love the Indigo Chevron ribbon in teh bow but have also designed a flatter option for postage.We'll be making 10 cards in 2 different designs- my only dilemma is choosing which will be the second design! Thanks for looking Liz

Monday, 28 October 2013

Christmas Star

The Beautiful Christmas Star stamp. Heat embossed white on white card, sponged over the top with Sahara Sand Ink and Peace on earth stamped in Silver ink.  The Gorgeous Champagne glimmer paper behind really sets this off. a simple pearl and it's done. Easy, but elegant I think. Hope you try it. Liz

Card making and a Cuppa Fundraiser

Thanks to all the wonderful people who supported our recent fundraiser - Card Making and a Cuppa for Cancer. The Cancer Council donated the use of their fantastic Education Room, and Stampin' Up! donated an AMAZING box of retired products which we were able to parcel up into 33 fabulous prizes for a silent auction, as well as a terrific raffle. Several very generous Domonstrators donated ready made cards which we sold, and  I had a wonderful group of 3 helpers who each manned a table with a different card design. We had 24 participants make 4 cards each, and some scrumptious food donated for afternoon tea. Guests helped themselves to snacks throughout the afternoon and progressed through each station at their leasure. Donna and Mackenzie did a brilliant job in the catering and everyone had loads of fun.  A few guests made product purchases and the hostess dollars raised form the party also went to Donna.

some of the prizes packaged up for silent auction 

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Flower Shop Thinking of You Cards

have been having fun with the Flower Shop Set and matching Pansy Punch. So easy to creat a quick set of cards. I pilled out my brights set of stamps and used Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Rich Razzleberry and Melon Mambo. Also used the First Edition DSP - and stamped some Gorgeous Grunge on the background pieces (not very good photography), then some strips of the beautiful Black and Vanilla Modern Medley, and a few sequins or candy dots to finish. I have had the Thinking of You sentiment for a long time but it is currently availalbe as part of the "Wetlands" set.

The second set is similar but uses Petite Pairs as the sentiments and the Artisan Label Punch for the label. I love the magazine holder style of card box and often make these as a presentation box for sets of cards. Thanks for looking, Liz

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Framed Art #3 - Imagine, Inspire, Create

Well I was quite pleased with how this one turned out. My Favourite Doily stamp was heat embossed with white powder onto some Primrose Petals paper and then embellished with a selection of buttons and some seam binding ribbon. I used the Loving Thoughts stamps for the words of inspiration, and I stamped the mat border with French Foliage in Crumb Cake which i then sponged over the images. The pink scroll is a tag cut from some of the Print Poetry paper. 

thanks for looking, Liz

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Patchwork Framed Art #2

Another in the collection I finished recently. Similar technique and same paper stack as the last one.
Love that hexagon punch- have a few ideas for a regular square patchwork  next.
The main difference with this one is that it sits in a flat frame, unlike #1 which has lots of depth with added buttons and bows etc. So to sit flat it needed a different foal point - hence the gratitude saying. The other main feature with this one is that I "aged" the white mat by sponging with Crumb Cake and some random stamping with the script and postcode images from the French Foliage set.
Again I apologise for the poor photography but  I think you can get the idea.

Paper Patchwork Framed Art

I have been creating a few paper patchwork art pieces and just LOVE the Hexagon punch.
I used the Calendar Papers that were available in last years Christmas mini catalogue. They are all gorgeous patterns and just looked like a patchwork to me!

This is a selection of random patches glued to cover a card base, then I have run the entire piece through the Bigshot with an embossing folder to give it that depth of texture and make it look like a fabric patchwork . The white mat frame was too stark so I have sponged this with some River Rock ink to age the look and soften the feel.
All the embellisments are Stampin' Up! with the exception of the pearl hatpin and the yellow paper rose. Regals buttons, Natural buttons, Crystal Buttons, Little Leaves Sizzlit, Seam Binding Ribbon, Tea Time Trinkets, Linen Thread, Butterfly Punch, HEarts sizzles etc
I love buttons and trinkets and had fun putting this together. Sorry about the photography - not my best skill. I have quite afew more frames to upload over the next few days - so pop back and take a peek, cheers, Liz

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Lattice Window Card

The fabulous Dawn Olschefski is a great teacher and has loads of video tutorials. I recently watched this one and was inspired to make it straight away. It was really easy,you can watch the video here.http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=SMobZqD4ar0

this is my take on it, also using Pool Party and Island Indigo. I have used the Petite Pairs greetings, the swirl from Everything Eleanor and that great numbers set, embossed with Pewter

The inside and the envelope I made to match, since US sizes don't fit our Regular envelopes.

Sunday, 25 August 2013

simply stars masculine card

The last of my Father's Day Cards. Made using Simply Stars on Sahara Sand stamped with Night of Navy and Embossed with Pewter embossing powder. A little bit of silver glimmer paper and some metal brads for a finish. A bit of gorgeous grunge in silver ink looks great on the Navy.I think this would also work for a Christmas card. Thanks for looking, Liz

Thursday, 22 August 2013

"Pink" birthday gift cards

My friend at work asked me for gift cards to give to 2 of her daughters who are travelling soon to a "Pink" concert and shopping trip for their birthdays. Naturally, I had to use pink so I chose two firm favourites - Raspberry Ripple and Primrose Petals to partner with the Modern Medley DSP. I was able to use some scrapbooking letters I had in the "useful box" and some long retired "Hodgepodge Hardware" for the decoration on the front.
Stamp sets include Curly Cute, Hodgepodge Happiness, Flower Shop and Vintage Verses.
I experimented with the gift pocket for the cash and was happy with the closures. I used 2 small sizes of circle punch as well as the artisan label punch. On the front I secured the circles in place with a mini brad. This gave an anchor for the thread to wind around, and on the inside i glued a second circle over the opened brad arms so that the notes wouldn't catch on them. Hope that is clear!?
I also used the Window Frames Framelits and The Chalk Talk Framelits for the nametags.
Anyway, My friend loved them so I hope her daughters are as happy. cheers, Liz