19 August 2013

Baby, Baroque, Bows and Butterflies

Oh, bird and buttons too... I've been decorating some more bags.  Hope you like them.

I used Baby Tees wheel and Baby Prints stamp set on the white bag. The wheel was inked with Versamark and embossed with gold embossing powder, then coloured in using my blender pen and inks.

The butterfly bag was of course stamped with the Butterfly Collection wheel, in Always Artichoke.  The flower was made with five punched out cardstock using the Blossom punch.  I have a boxful of them in different colours. They come in handy to put on gifts, etc.

I tried the embossed wax paper resist technique last week, using the Modern Mosaic embossing folder, and viola, the results of my first attempt are used on the other two bags.  You get two 'prints' with this technique, a positive and negative. I used our sponges rather than a brayer to colour them because I wanted more of a distress look. That gorgeous large stamp is Beautifully Baroque.

Thank you for visiting. Come back soon.

16 August 2013

Gift Bow sneak peek

Hello crafters. I have a sneak peek for you today - a new die which will be available in the autumn/winter seasonal catalogue from 29th August.  I couldn't wait to get my hands on this Gift Bow die.  My pre-order goodies arrived yesterday and this was the first thing I opened.

Not only did I get to make a pretty bow, but I feel real pleased with myself because I finally found an excellent way to use up some of the packing material that comes in our Stampin Up! parcels.  There is always so much of it I hate to just throw it away.

As you can see, I used the square lattice embossing folder to emboss after cutting out the bow pieces - not just for texture, but also to disguise the many creases. It works perfectly. The button was created with the simply pressed clay and button mold on page 167 of the catalogue. To colour the button I mixed a little Crystal Effects with a drop of Raspberry Ripple re-inker, then painted it on.  Hope you like it. Thanks for visiting.

15 August 2013

Wetlands in a window

I created a few different versions of this card but didn't get round to taking photos of all of them.  We made one very similar to this at a workshop last month. The stamp set, Wetlands, and scalloped square die used to cut the base card are new items in the 2013-2014 catalogue.  The Squares Collection is a set of 8 layering dies, on page 186.  You'll find Wetlands on page 69.

Colours used are Cajun Craze, Always Artichoke and Very Vanilla. I used one of the oval dies for the 'window'.

I should have taken a photo of the back too to show the pocket I added to hold a piece of card so as to have somewhere to write a message. The card does flatten for posting.
Bye for now...

13 August 2013

Gingham and Mixed Bunch

Yee Haa! I finally got to make a card using my gingham wheel yesterday. The base card was already scored and folded in a gatefold.  A left over piece from a black and white project we made in class a while back so I thought I'd use it and this is the result. 

The flower is from the Mixed Bunch stamp set. It was stamped with Versamark ink, embossed in white and punched out with the coordinating Blossom punch. 

I added a pretty little rose to finish off.  The rose was created with the new simply pressed clay and flower mold on page 167 of the catalogue.  As I wanted to leave the rose white I lightly 'painted' it with some Crystal Effects and am really pleased with the result - the camera doesn't do it justice.  That's it for today.  Thank you for visiting.

12 August 2013

Happy day and thank you...

Happy crafty Monday.  A quick post today.  I meant to post this last month when I actually took the photos.  These are some of my July thank you notes, stamped in Pumpkin Pie and Daffodil Delight.  I don't often use this colour combo, but I like it, particularly with this pretty stamp from the new Happy Day stamp set on page 112 of the catalogue.

The Thank you greeting is from Itty Bitty Banners on page 30, cut out with it's coordinating die.  Finished off with 1/8" taffeta ribbon in Pumpkin Pie.  Thank you for stopping by... 

8 August 2013

Here's to you and more...

Hello there crafters. Where has the time gone? I took these photos well over a week ago!

I wanted to share these gorgeous cards made by my lovely downline Alice Eaton.  The Floral frames dies were cleverly used here for the card base and the stamp set is Betsy's Blossoms.  The greeting is from retired stamp set Fabulous Phrases.  
Alice used some new goodies from the 2013-2014 catalogue for this card. Calypso Coral card and ink, Mosaic Madness stamp set, coordinating Mosaic punch and Modern Mosaic embossing folder. You can get the stamp set and punch as a bundle at a 15% discount,  they're on the on page 123 of the catalogue.
I love the colour combination of Blushing Bride and Wisteria Wonder here.  The hydrangea you will recognise from my previous posts, is from the Best of Flowers stamp set of course.

Lovely cards Alice, thank you for sharing.