Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Male sprockets and cogs

It's a friends birthday tomorrow, so I had to come up with something for him. I do have plenty of ready male cards in my stash, but...... I wanted to use the new Spellbinder dies I got recently from Blue Edge Crafts. Also, the current Do Crafts magazine has a totally awesome free stamp set which is excellent for male cards or travel themes.

For my base card I used Stampin Up's Crumb Cake card, and the dark brown is Early Espresso. I die cut the Spellbinder Sprightly Sprockets dies out of Cake Crumb and sponged them with Early Espresso ink.
The matting was double embossed with Stampin Up's Chevron embossing folder, first vertically, then horizontally.

I used craft glue to adhere the sprockets and cogs to the embossed matting.
I think the image I've used is called a Gyroscope?? anyway, it is part of a stamp set free with the Jan/Feb issue of Do Crafts magazine. I stamped it onto white card, fussy cut it out then coloured sections in with Sakura Glaze pens.

My sentiment is from Stampin Up's Itty Bitty Banners stamp set, which is then die cut with the coordinating die set. I stamped it with Versa mark and then heat embossed in copper.

The Gyroscope and sentiment are adhered using Stampin Up Dimensionals.

I usually have a little difficulty coming up with 'Male card' ideas, so I'm just a little happy with my self today.

Thanks for calling by my blog today, hope to see you back again soon.

Happy Crafting

Sunday, 17 February 2013

A bit hot today!

Today is one of those rather hot days where you only want to stay inside in the cool of an air-conditioned house and CRAFT! at least that's what I wanted to do!

I always think of green as a cool refreshing colour, so it's no surprise that over the last couple of days the cards I've made have been somewhat green themed.

The first card I made yesterday with a couple of friends, we had been to a BBQ lunch and I decided that i'd rather craft than sit around drinking, I mentiond cards to one friend as I was about to leave and she promptly decided that suited her as well, we had barely started when another friend, (from the same BBQ) stopped by and joined us.

The cards we made while all had the same colours (apart from our birds which we each coloured differently) still turned out quite different because of the way we had positioned our elements and the sentiments we used.

This is my version of the card we made. The sentiment if from Kaszazz, the birds eye gem is from Kaiser, the rest of the products used are all Stampin Up.

Our colour scheme is Crumb Cake for the base card, Daffodil Yellow for the middle layer, and Pear Pizzaz for the stamped and embossed top layer.

We used Nature Walk stamp set 121997, one of the stamps was used to stamp all over the pear pizazz to create a patterned background, as we used pear pizazz ink, it was very subtle which is the look we were looking for. The piece was then embossed with SU's Square Lattice embossing folder to add some texture.

The bird and cage were stamped with basic grey, the bird onto whisper white, then cut out, and the cage onto pear pizazz, we wanted the cage to be there, but not starkly prominent. After colouring the birds, we sponged them lightly with basic grey ink to tone down the colours, and also to give a slightly mottled look reminiscent of feathers. A topaz coloured gem was used for the eye of the bird.

The sentiment is stamped and embossed with bright yellow embossing powder.

All topper elements are mounted with SU dimensionals.

The second card shown, I made today. I rather like rocker cards and have made a few in the past. I wanted to use this particular Foliart pyramid image which I cut out with Spellbinder Nestabilities circles. I'm not so good at cutting a really smooth circle by hand which is why I used the dies, unfortunately I think my placement of the dies was slightly off.

The colours I've used are: Gumball Green, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White, and Certainly Celery.
The stamp set for the sentiment is called Fresh Cuts.
For the scalloped base I used Spellbinder Grand Scallop Circles, and the next layer is also a Grand circle die.
The smaller circles are cut with the regular Nestabilities circle dies.
The doily layer is greaseproof paper die cut with a Cheery Lyn Doily die.
The Daffodil Yellow layer is embossed with eBosser A4 embossing folder as is the Certainly Celery layer on the rocker section.
The image is Foliart 677.
I used Kaiser Green gems, Whisper White 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon for the bow and tag tails.

The tag was stamped then punched with Ticket duo builder punch 126883, then sponged and mounted onto Decorative label punch 120907, before adhering to the card I stuck tiny remenants of ribbon each side and added green gemstones.

This card will fit into a 15cm square envelope.

Thanks for visiting my blog today, I'm now heading back to my craft room to play with another idea for a card.

Till next time,
Happy Crafting

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Double Heart Wedding Card

Another easel card, this time i'ts a double heart which is perfect fro my niece's up coming wedding.
I decided to go with pale blue as opposed to pink, mainly because the last 1/2 dozen or so engagement and wedding cards I've made have been pink themed, so time for a change.

I use a good strong dimple card for my base's which I buy from Blue Edge Crafts in A4 sheets.

The pattern paper I have used is a shimmer embossed paper by Christina Re 120gsm called Luxury Lustre Paper and I bought this from Office Works.

The flowers are from Green Tara and the sizes used are 3 of the 1.5cm in blue, 3 of the 1.5cm in White and 6 x 1cm in white. These were all glued into place using my hot glue gun.

The ribbon is 1/2" wide Organdie white swirl from Kaszazz, as is the sticky bling word 'Love'

The Bride and Groom is a Kaszazz stamp 4319KE.

I used Stampin Up's Marina Mist ink pad and a sponge to lightly ink all the edges as well as to stamp the Bride & Groom.

I used Couture Creations heart dies to cut the box lid and the acetate behind the cut out was embossed with a Spellbinders double sided embossing folder.

To finish the box lid before gluing the sides, I punched the edges with a Stampin Up doily border punch, then inked the edges before wrapping more of the organdie ribbon around, the ends were adhered inside the corner joins so no joints are showing.

I really enjoy making these double easel cards, and they are so easy to do.

Thank you for visiting my blog today, please leave comments.


Saturday, 9 February 2013

Triple Heart Easel Card

I saw something like this a year or so and had it in the back of my mind as something I'd like to do at some point in time. Well that point finally arrived and here is my version. I think according to my idea notepad that the original idea, or at least the one I saw was by Sara Sandburg of Cardmaking Paradise, I didn't actually write down a lot of details, stupid I know because I'd like to give credit where it's due.

After a comment regarding a pattern, I located the original. It can be found here:

For my card, I used Stampin Up Concord Crush and Almost Amythest card stock, Spellbinders M-Bossabilities EL-003 embossing folder, this folder is one of the double sided ones, and I used the inside design. The gems are by Kaiser. The sentiment is from Stampin Up's sale-A-Bration 2012 Elementary Elegance stamp set and I used a Stampin Up punch to cut it out.

The dies I used to cut my hearts are Couture Creations nesting dies, and I got them from Blue Edge Crafts., I used matting circle to enlarge the hearts enough for the base's. After embossing, I swiped Crushed Concord ink over the surface to highlight the emboss. The flower is a Prima flower.

I really like the way this card has turned out and will definitely be making more.

For Valentines day this would make a stunning card, I've made this into a birthday card but really it could also be a lovely wedding card.

Thank you for visiting my blog today, any comments you may leave would be most appreciated.

Hugs and Happy Crafting,

Monday, 4 February 2013

Unstampabelles Challenge No 20, Doily

This months challenge at Unstampabelles is being sponsored by with the prize being a $25 voucher.

My Design Team card for this challenge is pretty basic but I'm happy with how affective it looks.

The base card is a 14.5cm x14.5cm heavy weight shimmer card which I embossed with a Central Craft Collection embossing folder, I embossed the whol card not just the front.

I then added some stickles to the flourishes and a few pearls. The doily was simply cut in hald and adhered into place with double sided tape.

The centre medalion of the Holly Hobby paper tole image was one I had sitting waiting for months for me to decide what I was going to use it for, I eventually chose it for this card to match up the blues.

I used very narrow white peel off border stickers around the outside edge of the ovals which were cut with Spellbinder  dies.

A strip of 1/4" Very Vanilla gros grain ribbon was knotted, cut and adhered to the right hand side to finish.

The plain paper insert covers the ends of the ribbon which are stuck down on the inside of the card.

Thank you for visiting my blog today.

Happy crafting,