Monday, 5 November 2012

Pink Bundle of Love

Pink is the theme for the Less is More challenge this week and I've designed my card to meet this theme and the one from CAS(E) this Sketch :

Here is the card I came up with:

I've used three of the stamps from the Bundle of Love set, stamped in Soft Suede, which has been stamped off once, and then cut out using the 1 inch and 1 1/4 inch circle punches. Each of the circles has been sponged around the edges with Pretty in Pink, and the images have been coloured using Pink Pirouette, Regal Rose and Primrose Petals Markers. They were then mounted onto Whisper White card, at different levels, using dimensionals to raise the two on the left. The sentiment, also from the set, was stamped in Soft Suede. Here is a closer look:

This was then layered onto Primrose Petals card and layered onto a Whisper White card base.

Products used:

Stamps: Stampin' Up! Bundle of Love
Inks: Soft Suede; Pretty in Pink
Card: Whisper White; Primrose Petals
Other: Markers in Pink Pirouette, Regal Rose and Primrose Petals; 1" and 1 1/4" circle punches, dimensionals

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Pleasant Poppies Trio

Today I'm showing you the card I've made using this sketch from Less is More.


And here's what I came up with:

The poppies are one third of the large Pleasant Poppies stamp from Stampin' Up!, stamped onto Whisper White card and then cut into equal squares. I used Real Red, Always Artichoke and Basic Black Markers to ink the stamp. The white squares were layered onto Real Red card.

The sentiment is from the Made for You set. It was inked up in Basic Black and then stamped off to make it lighter. 
Products you will need to make this card:
Stamps: Stampin' Up! Pleasant Poppies, Made for You
Card: Whisper White, Real Red
Ink: Basic Black
Other: Stampin' Markers Real Red, Always Artichoke, Basic Black

Monday, 29 October 2012

CAS(E) The Open Sea

I love the coast and find the sea a wonderful place to recharge my batteries. The lovely stamp set - The Open Sea - conjures up daring adventures on the sea and is rather useful for male cards. When I saw this week's sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch!

I instantly thought of a way to use this set.
I'm really sorry about the quality of this photo - for some reason I can't get the brightness of the Whisper White card to show - and I've taken loads of pictures in different positions and light all to no avail. I stamped the globe image from the set in Tempting Turquoise on card of the same colour. (There is a close up below). I used one of the Window Frames framelit to create the hole, with the points representing compass points, keeping the theme of a sea journey. The ship is also stamped in Tempting Turquoise.
Here is a close up of the bottom of the card:
You can see the globe image more clearly now, and considering how intricate it is, it does stamp really well. The sentiment is from the stamp set Made for You, which I love using and you will no doubt see it again soon. The linen thread tied around the bottom represents the ropes found on sail ships.
To make this card you will need:
Stamps: Stampin; Up! The Open Sea, Made for You
Card: Whisper White, Tempting Turquoise
Ink: TemptingTurquoise
Other: Window Frames framelit, Linen Thread


Sunday, 28 October 2012

Bright Blossoms Twinchie

Today's card is influenced by the colours from this week's ColourQ challenge.

I chose to make a twinchie (using a two inch square for the focal point).

 I've used two of the stamps from the Stampin' Up! Bright Blossoms set. The tulip like flower is a separate stamp which I think works well with the vase. The two stamps were inked using markers in Tangerine Tango, Rich Razzleberry and Old Olive (I don't have a Kiwi Kiss marker). The images are stamped on a two inch square in Whisper White card which was then layered on to one in Tangerine Tango a little larger, which in turn was layerd on to one in Rich Razzleberry. The sentiment is from the Itty Bitty Banners set, inked up with the Basic Black marker. Here is a close up:

I then used a third stamp to give the inside of the card a little bit of colour. Again the stamp was inked using the markers.

To make this card you will need:

Stamps: Stampin' Up! Bright Blossoms, Itty Bitty Banners
Cardstock/Paper: Whisper White, Tangerine Tango, Rich Razzleberry
Other: Stampin' Write Markers in Basic Black, Old Olive, Tangerine Tango, Rich Razzleberry;

Monday, 22 October 2012

Flowers in Eggplant

I'm back with the Perfectly Preserved set, which I just love. The card and gift box were made for a friend whose birthday it is this week - I don't think she'll be looking at my blog....and I won't therefore spoil the surprise.

I've kept the layout simple using the jar and flowers:

I used the new Naturals White card stock, which is really lovely, and stamped the jar in black Stazon ink. The water was done using a Bashful Blue Write Marker and Bashful Blue Watercolour Wonder Crayon. I mixed them together with my aquapainter. The stems are in Old Olive, and the flowers are in Elegant Eggplant. Stampin' Up have also put together a set of framelits dies that work with the Perfectly Preserved stamp set - making cutting the flowers out so much easier. Here's a close up of them:
The sentiment is from the same set, inked in Elegant Eggplant, and has been cut out using one of the Bitty Banners Framelit dies. As you can see the sentiment fits this die perfectly.
I also made a complementary gift box for her present.
The Box was made using 12 x 12 textured cardstock in Elegant Eggplant (now retired). The decoration on the top is made using a sheet from the Designer Series Paper Stack in Naturals, with the corners punched using the Scallop Trim Corner punch. The flower is made using the Blossom punch and is finished off with a Rhinestone Basisc Jewel. Here's another view of it.
I made the tag using Naturals White cardstock, to complement the card, using the single flower from the Bordering on Romance stamp set, in Regal Rose and Gumball Green (I think!). The sentiment is from Curly Cute, stamped in Elegant Eggplant. The tag is then finished with some Scallop Dots Ribbon in Elegant Eggplant.
To make this card and gift box you will need:

Stamps: Stampin' Up! Perfectly Preserved, Bordering on Romance, Curly Cute
Cardstock/Paper: Naturals White, DSP Naturals
Inks: Staz On Black, Elegant Eggplant, Old Olive,
Other: Stampin' Write Markers in Regal Rose, Gumball Green and Bashful Blue; Bitty Banners Framelits; Perfectly Preserverd Framelits; Scallop Dots Ribbon; Rhinestone Jewels; Scallop Trim Corner punch; Blossom punch and Watercolor Wonder Crayons.


Sunday, 21 October 2012

Autumn in a Jar

Hello Everyone

It's been a while since I posted something, but hopefully I'll be able to share more from now on.

I've made a card for two challenges, ColourQ and Less is More. Below are the colours for the ColourQ challenge, and Less is More's theme is Autumn. As it's the first time I've posted anyting I hope the card meets the criteria set.

ColourQ's challenge was to include these colours:

Here is my card, made using Whisper White cardstock as the base:

I love the  jar from the Perfectly Preserved stamp set, from Stampin' Up! The leaves are from the Confetti stamp set, and have been inked up using Write Markers. As I don't have Pear Pizazz or Old Orange, I've used Lucky Limeade and Pumpkin Pie instead. The sentiment is from the same set, but I've cut it out using the Bitty Banners Framelits. Here is a close up of it:
To make this card you will need:

Stamps: Stampin' Up! Perfectly Preserved, Confetti
Cardstock/Paper: Whisper White
Inks: Basic Black (for the Jar)
Other: Stampin' Write Markers in Lucky Limeade, Pumpkin Pie, Tangerine Tango and Bitty Banners Framelits.


Sunday, 1 July 2012

A Cup of Thanks

Being British how can I not love tea? :-) I also love the Tea Shoppe stamp set and have put together a thank you card using elements from the set. I hope you like it.

The base of the card is made using Whisper White, on which I embossed three lines using the Simply Scrored Scoring tool. I inked the cups with Pacific Point, So Saffron and Real Red Stampin' Write Markers. The sentiment is stamped in Basic Gray and the flowers are punched from So Saffron using one of the Itty Bitty Shapes Punch. I finished the flowers off with little pearl Jewels.

The colours I used were inspired by this week's ColourQ palette.


To make this card you will need:
Stamps: Tea Shoppe
Inks: Basic Gray
Other: Stampin' Write Markers in Pacific Point, Real Red and So Saffron, Itty Bitty Shapes punch set and Pearl Jewels.

If you are interested in any of these products please contact me here.

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Saying it with Simply Soft

Hello everyone, I hope this finds you well. One of my friends is currently not firing on all cylinders so I thought I'd cheer her up with a card.

The card base is made with Calypso Coral smooth card, and the front edge was shaped using one of the new Adorning Accents Edgelits Dies. I used the Simply Soft stamp set (which is a Hostess set) to stamp the main flower. Simply Soft is a two stage stamp set - I stamped the outline using Chocolate Chip ink on to Whisper White smooth card and then, using my Stamp-a-ma-jig to line everything up, I overstamped the base design with the flower stamp using Calypso Coral ink. I then used one of the new Labels Collection Framelits to cut the design out. The flower stamp was then used on the base card stamped in Calypso Coral ink to co-ordinate the look. Instead of using a generic 'Get Well Soon' stamp I used the 'If wishes could make you'd be better already' from my Curvy Verses set. Again I used Chocolate Chip ink on Whisper White smooth card and then punched it out using the Decorative Label punch. I finished the card off with Calypso Coral Baker's Twine.

I tried to get a close up of the message but the photo is not that great - sorry I'll do better next time!

If you would like to make this card you will need:

Stamps: Simply Soft
Inks: Calypso Coral, Chocolate Chip
Card Stock: Calypso Coral Smooth, Whisper White Smooth
Other: Framelits Die - Labels Collection, Edgelits Dies - Adorning Accents, Decorative Label punch, Calypso Coral Baker's Twine, Stamp-a-ma-jig

If you are interested in Stampin' Up! product drop me a line.

Sunday, 17 June 2012

Quick and Easy Flowers

Are you like me, and suddenly realise that you need a card quickly? Well the following two card designs are quick to make and I thought you might appreciate having these ideas to hand.

For this first card I stamped one of the designs from Pocket Silhouettes in Island Indigo. I love the three designs in this set, which comes with two sentiment stamps, the other one being 'friend to friend'.

The card is made using Whisper White A4 Smooth Card Stock and I layered a strip of paper from the DSP Beyond the Garden set. The flowers were stamped onto whisper white card and then I punched them out using the Decorative Label punch.

The next card is made using one of the other flowers in the Pocket Silhouettes stamp set. This time I used the Lucky Limeade and Calypso Coral Stampin' Write Markers to ink up the flowers and stems separately.  I stamped onto Whisper White card and inked the edges using Calypso Coral. The sentiment is from a lovely set called Curvey Verses and was inked in Lucky Limeade and stamped onto Whisper White card and the edges were again inked in Calypso Coral. Both of these pieces were then glued on to some Lucky Limeade A4 Smooth Card.

I also used Lucky Limeade A4 Smooth Card stock to make the base card, and then layered Whisper White card which had been embossed using the Vintage Wallpaper Textured Impression and my Bigshot. Lucky Limeade Ruffled Ribbon was wrapped around the white card before being glued to the card. The flower and sentiment were then added to the left of the Whisper White.

I also wanted to share a gift idea. Taking a small notebook that could be bought in most stationers (different sizes are also available) I thought I would smarten it up. The picture below gives you an indication of the size I used.

Firstly I  covered the front and back covers in Island Indigo Patterns Designer Series Paper, using Multipurpose Liquid Glue. I then stamped one of the images from the Printed Petals stamp set in Island Indigo, and cut it out. I layered the image onto the front of the notpad using Stampin' Dimensionals, to give it a little lift. I've added a little bling using a Jewels Rhinestone to the centre of the flower. The whole thing was topped off with a bow in Island Indigo Ruffled Ribbon, as you can see below.

To make the cards you'll need:

Flower Card One
Stamps: Pocket Silhouettes
Ink: Island Indigo
Card stock: Whisper White
Other: Designer Series Paper (DSP) - Beyond the Garden, Decorative Label punch

Flower Card Two
Stamps: Pocket Silhouettes, Curvey Verses
Ink: Calypso Coral, Lucky Limeade
Card stock: Whisper White, Lucky Limeade
Other: Calypso Coral and Lucky Limeade Stampin' Write Markers, Vintage Wallpaper Textured Impressions, Ruffled Ribbon in Lucky Limeade

And for the notebook you'll need

Stamps: Printed Petal
Ink: Island Indigo
Card stock: Whisper White
Other: In Color 2011-2013 Designer Series Paper Stack, Rhinestone Jewels, Island Indigo Ruffled Ribbon, Multipurpose Glue
If you are interested in Stampin' Up! product drop me a line.

I hope you have had a lovely weekend, at least we saw the sun, or we did in the Reading area! I'll be back soon.

Angela x

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Hello and welcome to my blog. Feel free to take a look around. I will soon include some card ideas so be sure to pop back. 

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