Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Simple Line images

This is another of my very early workshop projects. A little pizza style box with some notecards to fit. The images are from Fun & Fast Notes. This time instead of using ink to create the image I coloured directly onto the rubber using our Stampin Write markers. These are such a versatile bit of kit! They are double ended pens, one end has a brush tip whilst the other is a fine liner. To colour a rubber stamp you use the edge of the brush to add whatever colour/s you like direct to the stamp then 'huff' on the stamp to remoisten the ink before stamping your image. If you look closely you can see that I have used many colours on each image - not possible with ink alone!

The markers are so versatile and can be used for colouring in stamped images, journalling etc. They can also be used to create a lovely water colour finish, more on that another time though. This is the little box that the cards fit into, they can be made to any dimension and I will share more of these over the coming months - I have some gorgeous projects planned. It's so exciting!

Bye for now!

Vicky x

Saturday, 11 September 2010

Water Colour Wonder Crayons

Hi! Just a quick one today. I wanted to share with you the fantastic results that you can get when you water colour with our fabulous Water Colour Wonder Crayons.

The image is from Bloomin' with Beauty and would look beautiful in any colour way. I'm not an artist by any means but I love how simple it is to get beautiful water coloured effects using these crayons and an Aqua Painter. The crayons come in each of our colour families and of course co-ordinate perfectly with all the inks, ribbons, papers and cardstocks. Want your own? Drop me a line if you'd like more details on how to get hold of them.

Bye for now.

Vicky x

Thursday, 9 September 2010

Envelope Gift Card Holder

Hello! Today is another of my older samples from a workshop that I attended. It uses the lovely Vintage Vogue set. Colours are Regal Rose, Whisper White and Night of Navy. This is the finished pocket.

The pocket holds a little card but also has room for a little extra...

The inside of the pocket is made using an envelope folded in half to give you 2 sections add some money or a gift card - a good way to post a gift!

Now I know that I haven't explained this well at all - I will add it to my list of 'tutorials to publish'

Bye for now!

Vicky x

Monday, 6 September 2010

Christmas Cards.....

While sorting through my 'craft room' now baby's room, I found samples of some cards that I have made at various workshops with my lovely upline Tricia. Today I wanted to share a few christmas cards - more will definitely follow in later posts. This first card uses Whisper White and Real Red with a touch of Dazzling Diamonds glitter for a little festive bling! The stamps are from Season of Joy with the sentiment from Old Fashioned Christmas. I've cut out 3 of the flowers from SOJ added the bling and used stampin dimensionals to pop them up.

You'll also notice from this close up shot that I've used the Paper Piercing Tool and mat pack to add a little extra detail.

I love this next card, it is so quick to put together and really made me look at my punches a bit differently. Colours are Whisper White, Old Olive and Real Red. Again the flourish is from Season of Joy - I can't remember where the sentiment came from! The flowers are made using the 5-Petal Flower punch, 2 in Real Red and 1 in Old Olive. Layer them up with the green at the bottom so that none of the petals match - tombow adhesive is great to use as you get a little bit of slip-a-bility to play with.

This close up shows the detail of the 'Poinsettia' flowers. I used my bone folder to 'score' in some vein detail. The tiny circles were punched using the crop-a-dile and of course the obligatory bit of festive bling in the form of dazzling diamonds.

Nice and simple for number 3! Old Olive and Whisper White with the tree and tiny flower again from SOJ. I've used versamark ink on the Old Olive c/s which gives a lovely watermark effect. A length of Old Olive grosgrain ribbon and some stampin dimensionals to pop the tree up and all finished.

Finally a little one with a 'peek-a-boo' window. I used the scallop circle punch, the 1 and 3/8 inch and the 1 and 1/4 inch circle punches. First stamp the snowflake from SOJ onto your card front, punch this out using the smaller of the 2 circle punches. Next using the larger circle punch cut a red circle - make sure to leave room around the outside for the scallops. Use the red circle to mat with the snowflake and adhere inside the card so that it sits though the 'window. Line your scallop circle punch over the hole that you have in your red card stock, punch and voila you get a scalloped 'ring'

To attach the ribbon to the card cut a slit into the spine and then tie it through the window.

Hope this all made sense! Bye for now.

Vicky x

Friday, 3 September 2010

More Flight of the Butterfly

Hello again! Today I have a stack of Butterfly cards to show you. The colour scheme in the first 3 pictures is inspired by some sunflowers that a friends little boy had been growing. I've used Summer Sun, Pumkin Pie, Chocolate Chip and some Whisper White too. Stamp sets are Flight of the Butterly and Sincere Salutaions. I've also used the butterly punch to give some dimension. I've used the Stamp-a-ma-jig to align the butterfly stamps - love this bit of kit!

Clean and simple for this one, a basic tent fold. Whisper White card blank with Summer Sun matting.

These two cuties I did after playing with the 'baby wipe' technique. You can see i've swiped the background on the left hand card. Perhaps I'll post a technique demo for using baby wipes in the future - it can be messy but lots of fun too!

My next card uses a colour scheme that is way out of my normal range but I am really pleased with the outcome. Colours and inks are Bashful Blue, Creamy Caramel and Whisper White. Again Flight of the Butterfly along with Oval All stamp sets. I've used the co-ordinating Butterfly, Large Oval and Scallop Oval punches. I added colour to the oval using my Stampin Write Markers.

More butterflies this time in pink, well Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose and Rose Red to be exact! I love this type of 'chocolate box' bow as it is so easy!

That's all for today. Bye for now.

Vicky x

Wednesday, 1 September 2010

Very first cards....

This is the first of some scheduled posts - will update asap on news re new arrival I promise!

Obviously over the past few weeks or so we have had to clear out my 'craft room' to make way for the new baby. In the process of doing this I found 3 of the very first cards I made right after my starter kit arrived! I can't believe how different they look from the work I do now - mind you it's even scarier looking back at cards I made 12 years ago! Maybe I'll try and find some piccies of those one day :)

The stamp set is Fun & Fast Notes. I'm not sure what this type of fold is called but I do really like it. I've used the scallop border punch down the edges. I kept my first card very simple - just matting and layering with Whisper White and Brilliant Blue.

This one uses Whisper White and Pink Passion card stock, I used water colour pencils from my stash to colour the image - apologies for the smudged candle.

Finally Whisper White with Real Red and Glorious Green c/s again coloured with water colour pencils. I think that over the next few months I'll have to dig this set out as I've not used it in ages, seeing these very early attempts has got me thinking .......

Bye for now!

Vicky x