Wednesday, May 30, 2012

FAUX PATINA BOOKMARK

Now and again I come across a technique that I just have to try right away - Faux Patna was one of them!  I watched a fabulous video on the technique which you can view HERE, and there is lots of gorgeous card samples you can also view.  I decided to get away from cards this time and produce somthing you can use or give away instead - a bookmark!

I loved this technique so much, I taught it recently to several of my downline at training.  I wouldn't be surprised to see it demonstrated at a few workshops now!

I love how this bookmark just slips over the corner of your page to mark the spot you were up to!

I can see I will be making plenty of these as little gifts.  Hold a workshop, be my Hostess and you can have one too!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

THINKING OF YOU

A very dear friend of mine is undergoing delicate surgery today and I have made this card to send her when it is all over.

Clean and simple with only my sponges, ink and Pearl detail for the Lady that you are.

Wishing you all the very best Anna.  My love and thoughts are with you always, but especially today ♥

Friday, May 18, 2012

SUNSET LAKEVIEW - A Tutorial

It is my Birthday tomorrow and I wanted to share the fun with you!  I have put together a tutorial that I hope inspires you to pick up your Brayer and Sponges! 


How I created this card:

On Whisper White cardstock, Brayer So Saffron ink top and bottom, leaving white space between.

Brayer Peach Parfait top and bottom, but not as far in as last time.

Brayer Cajun Craze just along the top and bottom of the cardstock only.

 Using sticky Post-it-notes, mask off the horizon in a straightline, then tear a note to create the top of hills.  Adhere to your card above the "horizon".

Sponge Early Espresso in the gap left by the Post-it-notes.  Repeat across the "horizon", changing the angle of the torn note to change the shape of the hills.

Remove notes and repeat the sponging along the bottom of your cardstock.

Stamp images of your choice.  I have used the Autumn Days stamp set by Stampin' Up! and Peach Parfait, Cajun Craze and Early Espresso inks.

Coordinate you finished image with Stampin' Cardstock - I LOVE that everything coordinates!  It makes card making so easy!

Finish your project.  Again, I have used coordinating brads, just in the corners of my card, so not to detract from the main image.

I would love to know if this has inspired you to try my favourite type of artwork yourself!  Please leave me a comment and let me know what you think.  I appreciate all your feedback ♥


Tuesday, May 15, 2012

PEDAL POWER

I am totally smitten with the new Hostess set "Pedal Presents" - can you tell?  I think the bike image is just so darn cute!!  Last time I used it, I kept it really simple with just a touch of paper piecing, which you can see HERE.  This time however, I decided to really step it up and pulled out my Brayer and sponges.

 Rather than use the whole image, I chose to add movement to the card by using a partial image on both sides.
The sentiment is from "Word Play", another favourite (I have soooo many!).  I love this saying and it worked perfectly for my needs.

And for the inside, again a partial image for the artwork.

I am putting the finishing touches on a Brayer tutorial which I am hoping to share with you all in a few days.  A bit nervous about it, considering there are so many talented artists out there who do the most amazing work.  This type of artwork is my first love, so why not share it - right?  Do check back in a couple of days for that!


Saturday, May 12, 2012

KINDNESS MATTERS

I have had my beady eye on this gorgeous wee stamp set - Kindness Matters - for some time.  I finally weakend and got it with my last order.

I am not normally a pink girlie girl, but I had this Pink Pirouette card base already cut and scored, so decided to put it to use!  I have teamed it with Rich Razzleberry and of course - my sponges!  The only embellishment - the ribbon and bow.


I have again carried the artwork over to the inside too.  It is amazing how just dressing up a portion of the inside turns a card from simply "nice" to simply "wow"!!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

INDIGO MIXED BUNCH

Here is another Embossed Resist card, as promised!  I have used the Mixed Bunch stamp set again, but this time, chose the intricately designed flower.  I think it lends itself to a kind of snow flake.

I have used exactly the same steps as I did with THIS card, only this time, I used just one colour - Island Indigo.  I concentrated the sponging in the centre of the flower/snowflake, letting the ink run out as I moved to the outside of the image.

I love the different shades I managed to achieve with just this one colour.  I had a rude reminder that we are nearly halfway through the year, so this is my first Christmas card!  It can't hurt to be a little organised!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

MIXED BUNCH WEDDING

I was having a play around yesterday, not really sure what to do - one of THOSE days!  I decided to do an emboss resist card using the Mixed Bunch stamp set and this is what I came up with:

When I had done the initial resist, I really didn't like it at all.  So I put it aside while I played with other sets.  I came back to it later in the afternoon with a fresh eye and finished up with this sweet Wedding card.

Here is a brief tutorial on how I achieved the card:
1.  I used a card base of Nautrals Ivory and masked off the top section of the card to keep clean.
2.  Clear embossed the solid flower image from Mixed Bunch below the mask.
3.  Sponged all over the embossed images with Crumb Cake Ink.
4.  Sponged Soft Suede ink in the centre of the flowers.
5.  Removed the mask and stamped my sentiment (retired) in Soft Suede Ink.
6.  Added Very Vanilla satin ribbon at the top of the masked artwork.
7.  Added Basic Pearls to the centre of each flower.

I hope you feel inspired to give it a go yourself.  This is such a fun technique.  I have another to share with you also, so check back in a couple of days to see another resist card!

Sunday, May 6, 2012

RIDING ALONG ON MY PUSHBIKE - HONEY!

The first time I saw this gorgeous new Hostess set in the new Autumn/Winter Mini catalogue, I just knew I had to add it to my list of favourite stamps!  You can too, by holding a qualifying workshop with ME!  As Hostess, this is just one of many free gifts you can choose from Stampin' Up!

I love the bike stamp and all the little goodies you can add to it's basket!  In this case, presents and balloons!  But you could make a card for any occassion, with all the other choices in the set.  I kept this card nice and simple, with just a little paper piecing using the scrumptious Sweet Shop designer series paper, also in the new mini.

 Another new product I used on this card, is the Simply Scored Scoring Tool.  OMG!!  What a handy tool to have in your stash!  I used it to score all the lines below the bike.  This Score board has so many features, like metric and imperial measurements, non slip feet, place markers, and it will fit a 12" x 12" sheet of cardstock or designer paper.  It also comes with a double ended stylus and compartments to keep everything in! 

Want one for yourself?  Then you can place an order with ME.  The Simply Scored Tool is just $67.95, plus shipping.  This handy tool is fabulous for those projects that need repeated scorelines, such as bags, boxes and mini albums.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

AT ONE WITH NATURE

The more I see "Natures Walk" and play with it, the more I love it!  I have used an unusual colour combination with this card, in bashful Blue and Early Espresso, but I love how well this combination works.

I also used the new Adorning Edgelits to create the pretty scolloped border along the bottom of the card.  I have kept this card fairly simple with only an antique brad and bakers twine for adornment.  The Bakers twine is Early Espresso and while it is not in any current catalogue, you can still get this and the Cherry Cobbler Twine.  Just contact ME and I can order it for you!

Stampin' Up! have a fabulous promotion for you too!  During May, you will get a FREE package of Designer Series Paper for every three you buy! Choose from a wide variety of designs and colours available in the 2011-2012 Idea Book & Catalogue and 2012 Autumn-Winter Mini Catalogue.  This offer does not include the Specialty Deisgner Paper packs, however.

Check out my Specials & Promotions Page for more details and a list of DSP on offer.