Monday, 30 August 2010

Flight of the Butterfly

Happy Bank Holiday!

You know when you fall in love with a stamp set but it takes you ages to get it mounted let alone get it inky and produce something! Well this was one of those sets for me! I'd had the stamps months when my lovely upline Tricia finally inspired me!

I then did a little bit of surfing and got some more inspiration - it was before the summer hols tho so can't do any proper thank you's sorry. I wanted to share a couple more of these cards today too. This first one is very simple and uses Orchid Oppulence c/s and ink on a Whisper White base with a length of Whisper White Ribbon.

The second one is a little bit more detailed. This time I have used a Whisper White base with Gable Green and Green Galore cardstock and inks. I punched the circle and have backed it with acetate before 'floating' the butterfly on top. Keren if you see this before the post arrives next week - sorry your 'Thank You' is not freshly made - I've been so busy sorting baby things and making cards for training swap!

The training that I am going to is Stampin' Up training - as you will know 'baby' is due any day now and I have decided that by the New Year I would like to have my SU business up and running. The company offer support and training throughout the year and so I am going to this next one to help me pick things up a level. That way I can stay at home with 'baby' and make money through my crafting - how fantastic is that?!?!? If you'd like to find out more about Stampin' Up and the opportunities on offer please get in touch and I'll be happy to help.

Finally the next chunk of posts will be 'scheduled' as I don't want to be a 'bad blogger' and miss loads with the new arrival on the way - I promise I will pop in as soon as I can and let you know what 'flavour' we've had! Enjoy the projects!

Bye for now.

Vicky x

Saturday, 28 August 2010

Wedding Invites

Well as promised today I wanted to show you the invitation that I made for my sister's wedding earlier this year. She came up with the design after much surfing so I am sure that there are people to thank for her inspiration I'm just not sure who :)

And a slightly 'artier' angle! The card base is elegant eggplant c/s folded to give a 6x6 'gate' opening card. I have also used perfect plum, and whisper white along with co-ordination inks and water colour crayons. The stamp set is Mr & Mrs.

Now normally this would be way over the top for my usual wedding designs but as she's my sister I let her have free reign and the design (although it was a pig to put together!) turned out really well and Lorraine and Chris both LOVED it!

Bye for now

Vicky x

Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Stamping on Candles

I just wanted to share with you a little something I did earlier in the summer. I had been reading on stamping on candles and after doing a workshop decided to give it a go! The picture above is my first solo attempt and uses the Pocket Sillouhettes stamp set.

I then had a flash of inspiration and deecided to make a set as a wedding gift for my Sister and her new Husband who got married earlier in the summer.

I co-ordinated the candles, gift boxes and cards with the invites which I'd also made. I'll try and remember to share those with you at some point too.

Bye for Now

Vicky x

Monday, 23 August 2010

Stationery Boxes

This is the first of the Stationery boxes which I made a while back as Thank You gifts for Thomas' Teachers. The template is from the tutorial section at Splitcoast Stampers The box is made using Designer Series Paper. For this one I've used the retired set - Rainbow Sherbet along with Whisper White and Tempting Turquoise cardstock, inks in Tempting Turquoise, Gable Green and Apricot Appeal, Tempting Turquoise 1/4" ribbon and the flower stamp is from the set One of a Kind.

I adapted it a little and instead of the address book on the inside I put a little stack of sticky notes with a pretty cover. The pen inside the box is just a normal pen but i've put a strip of designer paper into the clear barrel so that it co-ordinates.

Here you can see the tags and notelets in more detail. I managed to use the scraps of paper that I ended up with from making the basic box. Add some stamps, a little extra card stock, a bit of ribbon and all done!

The picture above is the second box closed. I've used another retired DSP, this time it's the Summer Picnic Set along with extras in Real Red, Old Olive, and Bashful Blue.

The flower stamp used on the Small cards and the tags is from the set Seeing Spots.

I can see me making many more of these sets - I showed some friends who LOVE them. Perhaps I have christmas in the bag!

Bye for now

Vicky x

Quick and Simple Thank You!

This zesty card was CASED from a design I found on Victoria's Blog I had finished the gifts for Thomas' teachers for the end of term and wanted a really quick thank you card to go with them. Now really I should have co-ordinated the card to match the gift but I've had this stamp set for ages and hardly used it so after a bit of surfing I found my inspiration - I am definitely going to use this layout again with other stamps too as it's so clean and simple.

The products are all Stampin Up.
Stamp sets: Tart and Tangy and Wonderful Words
Ink: Real Red, Only Orange, Pink Passion
Card Stock: Whisper White, Only Orange, Pink Passion

I will post pictures of the Thank You gifts soon too.

Bye for Now

Vicky x

Sunday, 22 August 2010

Baby Cards

Well of course with my own little one due any day now I have been playing with designs for new baby cards. This is a card that I made recently for a friend of a friend. I then had to do it in pink too - we don't know what 'colour' we are having and I don't want to jinx it either way! I have to credit Valentine over on In Love With Stamping for the design - LOVE this card! I especially LOVE how all of Stampin Up's Papers, Inks, Card Stock, Ribbons etc all co-ordinate - no need for hunting around any more!

This design uses the fabby Something Sweet stamp set - it co-ordinates brilliantly with the Sweet Treat Cups and our 1 and 3/4 inch punch. I will post some more inspiration for this set including use of the Treat Cups soon.

Bye for Now

Vicky x

Friday, 20 August 2010

I'm Back!!!!

Well, round one of giving this blogging lark a go unfortunately fell by the wayside. I lost access to my computer for nearly 6 months! Eeeek! When I did get it back up and running the pregnancy was really taking it's toll and I was next to useless by the time I got in from work.

Anyhow I'm now 37 weeks pregnant - can't wait for my new arrival and I have decided to get this blog properly up and running thanks to some prompting from friends and customers. I have built up a stash of things to share with you over the coming weeks and can't wait to see what you think.

I hope that the projects I post inspire you and as classes become available please let me know if you are interested. Feel free to CASE anything you like - I very often do myself :-) If you do please mention me on your blog if you have one and comment on here too.

Here is todays offering - a stamp set that I adore is Flight of the Butterfly and whilst blog hopping I found this project on Amanda's Blog I love how the colours look together! I've used Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie, Rich Razzleberry and Summer Sun.

The ten cards are based on a 'One Sheet Wonder' design that I found over at
Splitcoast Stampers I'm sorry it was a long time ago though and I can't remember whose design it was originally but it is so easy to do! The OSW for the 10 cards is based on an American 8.5" x 11" sheet of plain cardstock. for this version I adapted it to A4 but am in the process of re doing it for a class to be offered so it will use a 12 x 12 OSW.

For those of you that don't know what a One Sheet Wonder is I'll try and explain. You take a piece of card stock say 12 x 12 and then cut it up in such a way that you can use the pieces along with a few extras to make a set of co-ordinating cards in this case I've made 10 but it can be more or less depending on how you cut up your patterned paper. Alternatively you can design your own patterned paper like I have here. This is a picture of the base OSW, all you need to add is then card stock for bases and embellishmnets. This time I have left sentiments off but once I have decided on a use for the set I can add them.

I also made a box to store the 10 cards in - what a great present idea!

Bye for now! I'll be back with more soon.

Vicky x