Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Punch Art birthday card

A few days ago Dawn Olchefske published a video tutorial on 'viewmaster cards' and it looked quite simple and fun so thought I'd try it out.  Of course I soon realised I didn't have any number stamps for my age wheel so had to die cut some and glue them through the whole - not so much fun!

The night before I had made a little creature - I think he's a teddy bear - so slowly it all came together, though the teddy evolved from an Old Olive one (which explains the Old Olive 1/2" circle under the brad!) so then I had to add a strip of the same colour at the bottom just to balance things out.... and yes, I'm rambling on again!

My biggest fan is my 4 year old and he DEFINITELY approves of this one, I can assure you it has been  thoroughly child-tested and nothing has fallen off so far - that's a relief!

What I used:

Card:  Pumpkin Pie, Tempting Turquoise, Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, White, Pool Party

Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Tempting Turquoise, Riding Hood Red, Chocolate Chip Marker

Stamp Sets:  Bold Birthday (retired)

Tools and other fun stuff: 1" circle punch, Ornament punch, Word Window punch, 1/2" circle punch, 1/4" circle punch

Monday, October 17, 2011

Clean and Simple Dasher

Saw a lovely sketch over at the Clean and Simple blog earlier today and felt inspired to ink Dasher up once again - some people may think it's a little early for Christmas cards but I like to make mine while I'm nice and relaxed and if I wait until December that's not going to be the case!

[Besides last year I posted cards off to Chile in the week of December and they got there mid February!! so all things considered I feel I'm pretty much on time this year....]

What I used:

Card:  Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler, Holly Jolly DSP (retired).

Ink: Cherry Cobbler

Stamp sets:  Contempo Christmas, Dasher

Tools and other fun stuff:  Decorative label Punch, corner rounder, rhinestones.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Stitched Stockings bundle is this months' promotion.

The Summer Mini Catalogue is due out on the first of December but Stampin' Up! is giving you the chance to purchase/earn a couple of it's products early - how fantastic is that?!

You can purchase the stamp set (clear mount $51.95/wood mount $64.95) and the punch ($41.50) or you can earn it for free, as well as the usual hostess benefits, if you host a workshop or place an order of $500 or more.

At first glance you may think this set is only for Christmas, but I have seem some darling baby cards made with the stocking , and if the punched stocking is turned upside down you can turn it into a delightful 'hobby horse' by added facial features, ears, reins, etc - such a lot of fun to make.

And the notebook I'm showing you today, designed by Keryn for last months team meeting is certainly not restricted to Christmas, just change the 'red and green' for any other colour combo and you have a totally new feel.  [If you want to see more cards made with this set, head over to Keryn's blog!]

What we used:

Card:  Old Olive, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, Brights DSP stack.

Ink:  Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie

Stamp Set:  Stitched Stockings, Woodgrain background stamp

Tools and other fun stuff: Stocking Tag punch, Square Lattice embossing folder, mini silver brads, Scallop Trim border punch.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Vintage Vogue for a friend

For once I've been organized and made this card for a friend who is having a birthday soon - I'm sure I'm pretty safe showing it to you now as she's not a blog visiter - at least I hope not :>

I've always liked that big F (nothing to do with the fact that my name begins with that letter of course!) but don't think I'd used it until now, and now I've used it I like it all the more.

It's a smallish card - not full A6 - so simple added some punched flowers, leaves, pearls and embossed the background for some texture - I've even written the message in it already - now to put it somewhere 'safe' so I don't lose it!

What I used:

Card:  Pretty in Pink, Rich Razzleberry, Very Vanilla, Old Olive, Melon Mambo.

Ink: Rich Razzleberry

Stamp set:  Vintage Vogue

Tools and other fun stuff: Boho Blossoms punch, Bird punch, Stampin' Dimensionals, Square Lattice embossing folder, Basic pearls.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Still on the subject of rockets...

Well, after all the amazing work the teachers at kindy put in to the Rocket Festival I thought I'd better make them a thank you card to accompany a little gift - and of course it had to feature rockets!

I did a quick search on Splitcoast Stampers and found the idea for the moon (with a whole lot of craters on it!) and sort of got an idea how to make a rocket and I was ready to make my card.

Punch art was the way to go today and with only three punches I made the rocket - if you have the "Pennants" punch you could use that one too for the tip, fins, etc.  (hmmm do rockets have 'fins'?  I know fish do, not so sure about rockets....)

I'll be making a few more of these to keep on hand for birthdays, that's for sure!

What I used:

Card:  Pacific Point, White, Bashful Blue, Real Red, Daffodil Delight.

Ink:  Riding Hood Red, Versamark Watermark ink.

Stamp Sets: Sincere Salutations, Starring You (retired)

Tools and other fun stuff:  Wide Oval punch, Large Oval punch, 1/2" circle punch. Stampin' Dimensionals, Small Star punch (retired), non SU embossing folder, embossing buddy, heat tool, gold embossing powder.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Fox and Friends to the rescue

Well, I'm feeling rather exhausted after spending the morning helping at my son's kindy.

Leo came up with the concept of a 'rocket festival' a month or so ago, and told everyone at kindy about it with such conviction that the teachers decided to take his idea and make it a reality - thanks Janine, Jacky, Tania and Lisa - you are simply awesome teachers!

He has been coming home covered in silver paint, glitter, stickers, playdough as they all make big rockets, small rockets, stars, paintings, drawings, etc..... today they had the official 'Rocket Festival' party - I think they will all breathe a sigh of relief that it's all over LOL!

Anyway, I managed to pick myself up from the couch an hour or so ago and decided to do something with a kindy photo that was given to my husband last week, so after using every single stamp in the Fox and Friends set and getting black and gold embossing powder all over my desk I can happily report that 'the project is now finished'...!

(PS - it would have been a good idea to photograph it before putting it in the frame as the glass is the reflective type.... we live and learn.)

What I used:

Card: Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Very Vanilla, Pumpkin Pie

Ink: Versamark watermark ink.

Stamp Set:  Fox and friends.

Tools and other fun stuff:  Embossing buddy, heat gun, black embossing powder, gold embossing powder, 1 3/4" circle punch.