Sunday, January 26, 2014

SDC131 #2

A card I made for a boy, I love including pink in boys cards. With a wonderful stamp like this Smile Stampotique stamp, its already 'masculine'  ;-D I actually whitened his teeth with my signo white gel pen - I though that was kind of approriate. hahaha

The inspiration for this card came from the Tim Holtz photo strip ribbon I bought today. Thanks Tim :)

This is my second star submission to the Stampotique Designers Challenge, so thought I would do something a bit different than stars in the sky.

Thanks for stopping by :)

How exciting that the card I made was picked as one of the favourites on the Stampotique Designers Challenge blog — feeling awesome.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

January 2014 cards

Can you believe is already 2014 - wow, time sure flies .....

With the New Year, comes the new spring Stampin' Up! catalogue, and Sale a bration starts soon....

In January, these are the cards we did at class :

The first was a bargello Valentines. I have to say that this very well maybe the brightest card I have ever made ! lol This small paper pack from SU was a surprise, the colors are so vivid, there is such a massive range of patterns, and they all work so well together.

Bargello is a quilting technique, that works beautifully with paper. The technique will be explained below. The heart shape was cut on my big shot using a thinlit die, and the 'love' was die cut in the crumb cake to show the negative image through to the real red cardstock. A little white bow to finish off and a little white doodling with a signo gel pen :) Cute eh !

 I cut thin strips of cardstock (.5 and/or .75" width) and adhered them to a 6x5.25" piece of cheap copy paper, as seen in the pic below. It is important to totally cover the copy paper with adhesive, so that every single edge of the patterned paper is securely stuck down.  Then you trim the piece so its all straight edges, turn the paper so the strips run horizontally and cut them in your paper cutter (.5 and/or .75" strips). I then had a piece of whisper white cardstock (4x5.25"), where I layed down the thin strips, staggering them to get the bargello effect, and trimmed the excess.

The second card is a punch art, shaped card. I have seen this card online so many times online, but had never made it... until now. Often this card is yellow, as in beer which is a great mans card, but this is a root beer float - I think.

The actual card base is naturals white card stock, that I cut down to make the card 5.25" x 3.75", this is so that with the bubbles and handle added, the card will still fit into a standard envelope. I used early espresso card stock and ink, sponging the bubbles lightly. They are made from the circle punches 1", .75", .5 inch and .75 scallop circle punches. The handle is cut with the large and medium oval punches. Tip :  cut your smallest oval first, then you can more easily align the larger oval over the top of the shape to make your handle. The sentiment was stamped in versamark and embossed in white embossing powder. Tip : Use the dust buddy on the area you want to emboss, so that the embossing powder doesn't stick where your fingers have touched. The three brown strips are 1" in diameter and the bottom edges are rounded with a corner rounder. I hand cut the bottom of the glass for a slightly more realistic effect. The straw is a striped paper from Christmas paper, but you can easily make it with a marker and .5" strip of card stock.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

'Beloved' Stampotique ATC exchange

I facilitated an international ATC exchange in the Stampotique facebook group, it was so much fun. The anticipation of waiting for the atc I made to arrive in the UK, and waiting for the one mailed to me from Germany was by far the most exciting bit. Its so rare to get fun mail these days, just bills ...  

A big thank you to 'Dweeze' for being the centre piece of my ATC.
I used glossy card stock and did the wax paper resist technique with a Spellbinders Impressabilities - Fleur de lis stripe. I sponged the cardstock with wild honey and salty ocean distress inks.

I used Stampin' Up! card stock, cherry cobbler for the heart and it was die cut with the Sizzix heart - double small die, and embossed with a baroque embossing folder and I did some sponging in cherry cobbler, doodling in white sygno gel pen.
I printed the sentiments from my computer and embossed the random red detailing on the left of the atc.

Dweeze (such a cute little guy x) was stamped onto acetate with black Stazon, then also stamped in memento tuxedo black onto white copics paper and colored with copics (E02, E01, E000, B05, B02, 100). He was paper pieced over the stamped image. Then everything was adhered together, with the clear card stock inside the outer layers of the atc. I just LOVE how you can see through the card stock.
I have to say though, the back is my favourite. With a black sharpie marker I colored the silhouette of 'Dweeze' on the clear card stock, and wrote the atc title.
So many layers and such an adorable atc. It was great to participate in this exchange, so many wonderfully creative people in the  Stampotique facebook group - so happy I found it, its just my style. I was wandering around in cyber space looking for a home, think I found one :)

Friday, January 17, 2014

SDC131 - Shoot for the Stars

How exciting that a Stampotique order arrived at my door today .... I did the happy dance to my craft room, sat down and began to create. Have you seen all those cartoon comedic posts about doing something because someone said it will be fun, and it really isn't ? lol A lot of them are so random and really amuse me. I had this idea for Shoot for the Stars as soon as I saw this weeks star challenge, poor Dweeze, suspended there in outer space. I was really happy with how this page turned out, especially how using Stampendous embossing powders made the stars shine - I used aged copper, aged silver and shabby pink.

Thanks for visiting, hope you like it :)

There is so much detail and texture in the stars, I thought I would take a few close up pics of them in a duller light to avoid the shine and sparkle. I LOVED how this embossing powder melted, becomes fluid and moves around. I wanted to add some pink, because Dweeze is in touch with his feminine side wearing his pink coat :)

Thursday, January 2, 2014

SDC129 - Happy 2014 Stampotique style

Stampotique !!!! Wowzers .... love love love

Happy 2014 everyone :)

Paper pieced Prom Queen on this Dylusions sprayed tag with stencil by crafters workshop. I made the background paper with a rubber necker stamp and distress inks. Letters die cut using pti numbers with the same home made stamped paper.

Everything outlined with white prisma pencil to make all the relevant aspects 'pop'.

Happy New Year :) Hope 2014 is a good one for you x

Designs by Ryn Artist Trading Card (ATC)

My groups latest ATC title was 'Pig Out'.  So my gorgeous origami pig stamp, from Designs by Ryn, made its debut :)

I paper pieced the pig with b&w origami paper, adding a few red dots with liquid pearls to mimic the Japanese cherry blossom and tie into the red background. I cut around the paper pieced pig leaving a thin border of card stock, which helps to distinguish the pig from the busy background.

On a foam pad I used my 8m McGill stylus, rubbing his belly in a circular motion on the back of the pig to give him some dimension, make his belly pop out a bit. I don't know if you can really see the effect in the pic below, but it is there and enhanced by using thicker pop dots in the centre of the pig to adhere him to the ATC.

I coated the pig in a thick layer of diamond glaze/ crystal effects to give him the glossy look, that turns him into a thick and sturdy embellishment. Adding something shiny/glossy to the ATC draws the eye directly to the object, in this case the pig, and makes the colours appear more vivid.

The background card stock was cut to 3.5 x 2.25" and covered in strips of various origami papers. The outside was sponged with black soot distress ink. The red strips and 'PIG OUT' title added. I made the little red tassel using red embroidery thread, my TH tiny attacher and a silver brad.

The pig out spin on this ATC is that the pig is outside of the ATC - see his head sticking over the edge, and also that he 'pigged out' and has a rounded body shape - don't we all post Christmas ? LOL

Hope you liked my ATC, thanks for visiting.

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