Saturday, September 12, 2009

Happy Birthday Anne-Marie

(I hope that the card has already arrived and been opened, otherwise this will be a big surprise for you *g*).

It was my friend Anne-Marie's birthday the other day, and so (late as always) I whipped this up the night before to get it in the post on the day so it would arrive only one day late. Rather than my usual effort of several days, if not weeks, late.

The layout was pretty much totally CASEd from this card posted on Splitcoast Stampers.

Four of the seven flowers were stamped separately and attached with dimensionals, as was the body of the bird (and boy, am I wishing I had a Pumpkin Pie marker - that beak was tricky to ink off the pad *g*) and the greeting. My Stamp-A-Ma-Jig came was invaluable for ensuring the flower stalks were evenly placed and the three flowers at the back were positioned correctly.

And the birthday greeting? One of the new "individual" stamps from the Summer Mini Catalogue - a very useful stamp to own, and see how beautifully it fits into the Wide Oval Punch? Love that!

Images © 1990-2009 Stampin' Up!®

Supplies used:

Stamp set/s: Cheep Talk, Birthday Wish

Ink: Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Summer Sun, Pacific Point, Chocolate Chip
, Certainly Celery
Cardstock: Pacific Point, Real Red, Whisper White

Other: Old Olive Stampin' Write Marker, Wide Oval, Stamp-A-Ma-Jig

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Tri-Shutter Card

There seems to be a lot of samples lately of a style of card known as the Tri-Shutter (for reasons which become obvious as you play with one of these). I finally got around to making my own version recently, and have to say I'm pretty pleased with how it came out.

These cards are really not that hard to make. I used the instructions found here, modified slightly to suit an A4 piece of cardstock. So long as your score lines are evenly spaced, with an interval in the middle twice the size of the outside folds (that makes no sense written down like that, but if you follow the instructions you'll see what I mean), it should work just fine.

And they're fun to decorate. Here I've used the Designer Series Paper "Sweet Always" as the inspiration for the colour scheme and stamp set - Regal Rose, Chocolate Chip and Pumpkin Pie is perhaps not a colour combination you would consider in the normal scheme of things, but it really does work as you can see.

I have a little more work to do on the inside of the card, but it looks so darned pretty as it is I don't want to mess it up *g*.

And here's a shot of the card from above, so you can see how it stands and get an idea of how it all folds together to fit in a regular C6 sized envelope.

Images © 1990-2009 Stampin' Up!®

Supplies used:

Stamp set/s: Always

Ink: Regal Rose, Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Pie
Cardstock: Regal Rose, Whisper White

Other: 1/2" Circle Punch. Sweet Always Designer Series Paper

Monday, September 7, 2009

Peninsula Craft Expo Wrapup

Well, we had a lovely time down in Mornington over the weekend, and would have to recommend this show to anyone who can make it next time - the organisers were lovely, there was Devonshire tea (mmmmm) and the atmosphere was really friendly.

A few snaps to show you a couple of our displays ... (if you look closely at the photo on the left, you'll see a glass bikkie jar, complete with mini chocolate biscuits ... they were intended for display purposes, but were also handy for getting us through the afternoon *g*).

And our group leader, Gail, doing what she does best - keeping people informed about Stampin' Up

Friday, September 4, 2009

A little too pink, even for me!

I have to try this technique again, but in a different colour. I came across the original (shown here - isn't it lovely?) a few weeks ago, and finally got around to making my own interpretation of it recently.

I have stamped the big swirl from Baroque Motifs randomly on a piece of Regal Rose cardstock with Regal Rose ink. Then using the floral stamps, I added contrast using Whisper White Craft ink. Sponging the edges of the layer in Whisper White finished it off nicely, giving the main piece a little contrast from the base card, also Regal Rose.

And because it looked a little bare, I added the strip of punched Whisper White cardstock down the side; I do wish, however, that I'd thought of that before I stuck the card together ... had to do a little encouraging to get it to stay LOL.

(PS I have no idea what is going on with my camera ... the card is not an odd bowed shape at all, the edges are perfectly straight, and yet this picture shows it all skewed. Must've had gthe camera on the wrong setting (again) - I hate my new camera ... *sigh* ... should've bought another Canon instead).

Images © 1990-2009 Stampin' Up!®

Supplies used:

Stamp set/s: Baroque Motifs, Short & Sweet
Ink: Regal Rose, Whisper White Craft
Cardstock: Regal Rose, Whisper White

Other: Small Oval Punch, Large Oval Punch, Scallop Oval Punch, Eyelet Border Punch, Whisper White 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Want some FREE stuff?

For the month of September, any order exceeding $100 will receive a ribbon bundle FREE. The bundle consists of a 9.1 metre roll each of Certainly Celery 5/8" Poly-Twill Ribbon and So Saffron 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon. You can also earn one of these exclusive ribbon bundles by hosting a workshop exceeding $600 during the promotion period.

Anyone who knows me knows that I love ribbon, so I can't wait to get my hands on this lot.

Did you know you can stamp on ribbon? It's not restricted to simply tying a bow or knot, you can also add a word or design stamped on ribbon to give a project that finishing touch.

Click on the ribbon above, or contact me today to find out more!


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