Friday, April 27, 2012

Hero Arts Gift Pack

What a great set to make quick and yet very effective cards. I made this pack of cards for a friend. 6 cards in a nice matching handmade gift box - I'm sure she will be delighted.

Field Flowers

I love this Stampin' Up! Field Flowers set, especially with the 'rock 'n' roll' technique as shown in the yellow flower card. My Spellbinders came in handy once again, cutting the shaped card in the first card and edging the second.

More Stained Glass Effect with velum

I really enjoy the stained glass effect with my velum cardstock. On this hydrangea card I also used the velum as a colour in itself. By stamping and embossing, then rubbing on the back of certain flowers with a stylus, the velum turns white and becomes textured. Its pretty hard to photograph, but in real life it looks great - trust me :-) This stamp is a retired Stampin' Up! set.

Local King Rubber King Stamps

My friend Katrina let me play with this adorable dragon fly stamp set, I love how this card came out. The dragon fly is stamped on scripted paper, sponged in a couple of colours, distressed and heat embossed. The embossing really brought out the colours in the dragon fly - love it. This set is on my 'need' to buy list :-)

Waltzing Mouse Stamps xxx

I LOVE Waltzing Mouse Stamps xxx The spellbinders compatible dies are just great, an example :

Card making extravaganza

Wonderful craft retreat with my good friend Katrina at the weekend. Day 1 we were a little slow to start, Day 2 decidedly more productive, Day 3 we were focussed and hard at work. Wish I could just spend every day in my craftroom - its a lovely place to be :-)

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Retiring list of SU stamp sets 2012

To make room for new stamp sets and accessories, SU are saying goodbye to many of their stamp sets, Check out the size of this list :

To look a the list more closely or print it, follow the link :

Loving that cupcake punch

The cupcake punch is soooooo much more than a cupcake punch ! Its really versatile, I've made handbags, ice cream cones, gum ball machines, clouds and more.... Here is one examples made for a Birthday Party today.

Su recipe : Stamp set : Happiest Birthday Wishes
Cardstock : 2011-13 incolors, SAB 2012 dsp
Accessories : Cupcake punch, white gel pen, alphabet die cut, 1.75 circle and scallop circle punch

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Stained Glass Effect

I love the stained glass window effect and made a card for a friend recently, which she loved :-) You do have to be careful when working with vellum, any crease or fold in the cardstock and it is there permanently. But you can use this to your advantage as I have in the grass below my butterflies - can you see it ? Its scored using a stylus. My butterflies are stamped in versamark and heat embossed with black powder n the front of the vellum. The butterflies are then coloured in from behind - you cant really see the effect in this pic, I was more concerned with showing the light through it. It is subtle and yet very effective, maybe more so with vellum paper - might try that next ! Thanks for dropping in :-)

Happy Easter

You gotta love punch art and SU punches, so many possibilities - like this little Easter Bunny. Main techniques here were embossing with the big shot, and using the spritzer tool. Wording printed on my printer. Such a cute bunny, I love him :-)

SU recipe :
Cardstock : Bliss blue, Whisper white, crumb cake, old olive, pretty in pink.
Ink : Pretty in pink, soft suede.
Accessories : 2.5" circle punch, scallop oval, boho blossom, jewelry tag, owl builder. SU embossing folder.


Such a surprise to turn very vanilla card stock into this brightly colored card - thanks to my beloved brayer. We brayered the background in tempting turquoise and spritzed with water to give an almost textured look.

SU recipe :
Cardstock : Very vanilla
Stamp set : Triple treat flower, Style beautiful, 3 little words
Ink : Tempting turquoise, rose red, chocolate chip
Accessories : Antique brad, taffeta ribbon