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

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Gorgeous Grunge - Spectacularly Simple, And more Father's Day ideas

Experimenting with new stamps and some brighter colours!! lots of fun!  Hope you like these samples using the Gorgeous Grunge Set, as well as Simply Stars. Thanks sentiment is from Simply Sketched, and I have also used Teeny Tiny Sentiments, Ciao Baby for the #1, and the Chalk Talk set. The cherry cobbler glitter paper adds a nice touch of sparkle for the heart.
Colours include Elegant Eggplant, Pistachio Pudding, Coastal Cabana, Daffodil Yellow and  Real Red.

Masculine cards - timeless Talk and Epic Day,just in time for Father's Day, and a sneak peak!!

This is the card I created for a swap ( my first swap in fact)... and yes I ignored my own advice about keeping things simple!  I used Timeless Talk, and the Music Notes Roller Wheel. Gumball Green and Soft Suede ink. Window Frames Framelits and circle punches in 21/2", 13/8", 11/4" and 1". Pool Party cardstock 6x6cm and daffodil yellow 6.5 x 6.5cm. Linen Thead and small silver brads to finish.  
It uses the fabulous Epic Day DSP which is very versatile for male cards. This version is a birthday card but it could easily be used for Father's Day.
The embossed piece uses a Soon-to be-released Embossing folder from the Christmas Catalogue,(sneak Peak, Pretty Print EF)  it's fantastic. I have used the Crumb Cake cardstock and have swiped the raised surface with the Gumball Green ink pad.
I am always mindful of waste so just wanted to show you how I often economise with cardstock - if you were to take my cards apart you would find the layers are usually punched out from the base pieces before assembly. Just a little trick which also allows me to mostly trim pieces in square or geometric shapes.

This one is slightly different and uses the natural ribbon with the music notes wheel rolled over it in Green. I like the hemp type of webbing tape as the base layer for some rustic texture.
Thanks for looking, Liz

Thursday, 8 August 2013

More Father's Day - clockworks

I do love the Clockworks stampset and there are some great samples out there - I cased this card from one I saw on Pinterest here. I love the colours used but changed it up a bit.
I also discovered some old metal rim tags that were a stampin up product in the past and they were perfect for the clock.
Using the Stamp-a-ma-jig I was able to get the numbers placed centrally. They are heat embossed with the Pewter Powder and on some of the clocks I sponged a little shimmer paint to give them a nice Patina. A simple brad in the centre of the Hands adds a little more dimension. Gumball Green. Elegant Eggplant, More Mustard, Smoky Slate and Tempting Turquoise was my colour palette. cheers, Liz

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Starting Father's Day for 2013

Have been trying to get ahead with some Father's Day cards- this is what we made at the last class.
I used the great new set Timeless Talk and stamped the image twice- once in Stazon black and once with Versamark which I heat embossed using the Pewter Powder ( a definite favourite!!) I cut out the gramophone horn and mounted it up slightly with dimensionals. The image fits well into the 21/2" circle punch. I used the clockworks background stamps to lay down a bit of colour on a scrap of Very Vanilla onto which I stamped the sentiment. It needed a bit of a lift so I ran the bottle top through the Bigshot to flatten it out.(Sadly they are now retired, but they were in the Summer Mini last year and I think they are perfect for male cards). I used a few strips of some Modern Medley DSP and layered the black image on a square of Very Vanilla 6cm x6cm. The background card is Tempting Turquoise, and the finishing texture is some jute string (ordinary household grade). The letters are from a retired alphabet set but they fit perfectly into the 3/4" punch and the repetition of the circles works well I think.
the girls had fun making these and they all looked great finished.
 We also did a few using the Penny Farthing stamp but I will have to post photos tomorrow.Thanks for looking, Liz

Friday, 2 August 2013

Morning Medley Sunray burst pattern

The morning Burst Sunray Design has been around for a while and there is a great tutorial on the OWH website.(which I can't find at the moment). I have been wanting to try it out for some time and this framed piece is the result. It is also very popular at the moment I think because it is in the new catalogue in a card which shows off the Eastern Elegance Suite (p110)
Here I have used the Morning Medley Designer Paper. I love the Black with the Vanilla, and this is one of those sets that does look better in real light. Some Vanilla Seam binding and some pearls on a pin and it has come together quite nicely.

The rolled paper roses are tinted with some Blushing Bride ink which was brushed on with the aqua painter ( My favourite tool)!!! 
The hints of green are provided by some very thin strips of Wild Wasabi Paper in loops.
The sentiment was another of those leftover pieces which was on my desk. It is heat embossed white powder on black cardstock. Thanks for looking, Liz
In the frame.