Saturday, May 26, 2012

First attempt at a swing card

I wanted to do something a little different for my husbands 40th Birthday. I decided to attempt a swing card. There are so many videos and instructions out there, but I decided to follow Dar McCallums directions on her video. I have to say it was quite the challenge to score and cut. Think next time I will try cutting with a die in my big shot and scoring afterwards. I did think to myself that I would do this for the last stampers group and did start the scoring - but abandoned the idea as ridiculous on my first card - even though I ONLY had 16 more to do !!! LOL

I love this dragon fly stamp from Local Rubber King Stamps, and the sentiment is from Waltzing Mouse Stamp. All other supplies Stampin' Up!

Friday, May 25, 2012

Liebster Blog Award

I would like to thank my fellow crafter and long time Secret Stash Strokers Team mate Jane for nominating me for a Liebster Blog award! Apparently the award is for those smaller blogs just starting out on their quest to become world super-powers :-)

Home decor in Mays group

We moved away from card making early May to home decor :-) Untreated wooden frames were sealed with mod podge, then embellished. I provided a variety of supplies and the group improvised, using my frame as a guide, but they personalised their frames. I loved how creative everyone was, some were a little apprehensive, but everyone thoroughly enjoyed it, especially the hostess who commented that is was her favourite class yet :-)

SU recipe :
Stamp set : Broadsheet alphabet, Inspired by Nature
Cardstock : Very vanilla, pink pirouette, old olive and various dsp (each crafter had a different paper from beau chateau and pocketful of posies)
Ink : Wild wasabi, marina mist, real red and chocolate chip
Tools : Embosslits die beautiful butterfly, Pearls, Doily triple layer punch, ribbon, 1 3/8 circle punch, mod podge, sanding block, Big shot multipurpose adhesive sheets
Techniques ; Stamping, heat embossing, big shot, sponging, punching

For this card we used the gloss cardstock which is so much easier to sponge and blend the colours for a more even background - the ink does not absorb but stays wetter on the glossy paper. We sponged the background then stamped the silhouette image and embellished with a few boho blossoms and circle cut outs and dazzling diamonds in the centre of the flowers. I love how serene this card it, simple and effective for any occassion. The inspiration for this card was from a card I saw a while ago whilst cruising peoples blogs, unfortunately I cant find it to give credit. Sorry.

SU recipe :
Stamp set : My friend
Cardstock : Sahara sand, glossy white
Ink : Bliss blue, always artichoke
Tools : Boho blossom punch, Cropadile, 2-way glue pen, dazzling diamonds, 5/8" white organza ribbon
Techniques ; Sponging, stamping, punching