Sunday, 27 April 2014

SUO Challenge #95 - Featuring Flowers

Seems a perfect topic for me!!

 Basic instructions from Stampin connection. My dimensions are slightly different- I simply cut a pice of A4 cardstock across its width at 31/2" and scored and 31/2, and 7 inches. The inside piece is 5 inches by 21/4. in this way you can get 2 flowers pots from one sheet of A4 paper and it will fit nicely in a C6 envelope.

The flower Pot card has been around for a long time but I wasn't yet a SU convert at the time it was very popular so I have really enjoyed making these today- they have been on my "to do " list for a while.
I have used Cajun Craze as my base card and where there didn't seem to be enough texture to the base I have stamped in versa mark using the Clockworks background stamp.
I used a variety of Ribbons/twine old and new and some retired buttons for decoration on the closure. To decorate the lip of the pot I have used a variety of embossing folders. For flowers I used a combination of Mixed Bunch, Petite Petals, and Morning Meadow with their corresponding punches.
The Little Leaves Sizzlit was invaluable for foliage in a mixture of Pear Pizzaz, Garden Green and Old Olive. All the butterflies have an extra layer of Diamond Glitter which is perfect for sparkle.
For the long sprays of little flowers I cut a strip of Gumball Green cardstock
and simply glued the flowers along the "stem".

As I always say - "a Girl can never have too many flowers"

Thanks for looking and thanks to the design team for their Inspirations, Cheers, Liz

JAI #212, Ex Libris Tucked flap Card in Coastal Cabana

Some days it takes for ever to get things together.... I have been planning to make one of these cards for ages but despite it looking relatively simple thanks to Natasha Schwecke's fabulous instructions it just didn't come together easily for me today. So after 4 attempts this is where I stopped! (still not 100% happy with it…)

I used the Circle Framelits and the Petite Petals stamp set and Punch, and the beautiful Ex Libris stamp for the background. The Brown Sugar base is textured using a sharp blade run along the edges, and I have used the Everything Eleanor swirl on top which is heat embossed with White Powder. Everything had glitter applied to it today - some days you need to add sparkle, so the butterfly was the obvious choice! The Papillon Potpourri butterfly was coloured using the Blender Pen and Brown Sugar and Coastal Cabana inks. The sentiment is from Petite Pairs.

 Natasha's instructions are on Stampin connection and she doesn't appear to have a blog so I have just copied and pasted from her Stampin Connection post.

This is how the Framelit is positioned to create the flap that will cover the front of the card.

The finished card size is a regular 5 1/2 X 4 1/4. However, after the card stock is folded, trim "about" 1/4" off of the FRONT panel so that it'll fit properly when tucked.

My DSP panel measures 5 1/4" X 4".

Basically to create the "flap" part, you open the card (so you're actually cutting the inside portion) lay the Framelit of your choice just off the card and line up the TOP Acrylic Plate so that it's about 1/4" in from the edge; (so that the 1/4" part won't actually be getting cut.) Run through the Big Shot to create the "flap". Decorate as desired and tuck the flap over the card front. The possibilities are endless! :)

Natasha's instructions are in imperial measurements so I just trimmed them down to fit an Australian envelope.
The colour challenge from JAI is fabulous and I really enjoyed working with these great colours.

Front of card when open

The inside - always like to add a bit of stamping to tie it all together.

Thanks for looking, and thanks to the girls at JAI for their inspiration. Liz

Friday, 11 April 2014

Framed Delight in Luscious Reds

I'm back at The Handmade Expo Markets in Rockhampton this weekend, so this month I have added a Red Flower Shop Frame. ( This is the same technique as the 2 frames I have posted earlier) I also added in some hessian ribbon and some vintage Vogue Paper Tape Measure I found in an old sewing pattern - thought it fitted with all the buttons nicely! I also added a few thin strips of DSP which I curled around some fine tweezers to act as tendrils. I used Cherry Cobbler, Real Red and the typewritten DSP. I was sending special happy thought to one of my sisters who simply loves red. may have to make her one soon!
thanks for looking Liz
(sorry the photography is not the best)

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Just Add Ink#209 - Just Add Layers

White heat embossed Hello Doily stamp on crumb cake, mounted on Early Espresso Cardstock, layered up on a Soft Sky card base which I embossed for some added texture. The Happy Birthday sentiment from Label Love is heat embossed with the Pool Party embossing powder, sponged with Soft Sky ink and layered up on soft Sky and Early Espresso C'ordinations cardstock which has been sanded. The little flower is made using the Boho blossoms punch and the layers are held together with the flat base brad topped with a little pearl. The pool party twine from the Sale-a-Bration pack works well too. A few little sequins and pearls for bling, and the leaf image from Summer Silhouettes to finish it off. The leaves have a few silver ink highlights added. thanks for looking, Liz

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Easter Eggs in a Birdhouse Box ( Catalogue CASE)

I'm so thrilled with how these little guys turned out!!! As you may have noticed from recent posts I am on a bit of a roll with 2-4-6-8 boxes. They are so easy and quick to make - mostly!! This one is a little more detailed but very worth the trouble.
One of the ladies at my Easter class wanted to order the set on page 87 of the catalogue and when we looked at it I was inspired by the cute little birdhouse at the bottom of the page. This is a CASE of that picture, with a few of my own touches.
For the timber of the house I used the fabulous new Hardwood (130322)  large stamp and used Early Espresso on crumb cake The base cardstock is 21 cm x 14.7. - I love it when I can get 2 projects neatly from one sheet of A4., scored in the usual way 
 The roof is Early Espresso C'oredinations embossed using the new Arrows EF (132187) and sanded-  (looks like roof tiles don't you think?) 2" strip x 51/2 ". For my other boxes I used the scalloped tag topper punch for the closure but this one called for the Angled Tag Topper Punch which works well for the roof.

I used Island Indigo, Gumball Green and a Crumb Cake scrap with the Bird Builder Punch for the birdie. The feather texture on the bird was achieved using the coral image from the "By the Tide " stamp set, and I was really happy with how that turned out, and touched it up with some sponging on the lower edges of the bird body.
I must admit I had to play around with the roof construction and my first attempt was a bit clumsy,( not sure if the photo shows it- the one on the right) so I opened out a real milk carton for the correct folds to achieve the pitched roof on the second one. You need to score a triangle on alternate sides for the fold to sit properly as per the photo. This sits very nicely. The only dilemma is that once the eggs are in the nest you have to glue the roof on - so the only way to get the eggs out is to destroy the box. On the up side at least those eggs won't get consumed before Easter!!!!
A few twigs and twine and tags and they are finished.

Thanks for looking, hope you are inspired to try it too, 
Cheers Liz