Sunday, October 28, 2012

Tool Time 70th Birthday

I think it is safe to post this card here. The person it is for lives a looooong way away and isn't known to blog hop, so it is better than posting on Facebook, right? I would hate to spoil the surprise! The story is, a friend wanted a special card for her Dad who is turning 70 next week, and when she told me he used to be a Navy man and he loved working with tools, the Tool Time stamp set and this nautical designer series paper (neither available any longer, sadly) both came to mind. His favourite colours are navy and red, so I was just about ready to make the card armed with this information. It still takes thought to plan it out though, doesn't it?!

Anyway, I came up with an easel card for her and included plenty of white cardstock inside for people to sign as it was going to be a group card.

I made the numbers with my Big Shot and some retired dies. I layered four Cherry Cobbler cardstock cutouts together and glossed them up with Crystal Effects that had to be left to dry overnight. The ribbon and card base are Night of Navy, and the Baker's Twine is Island Indigo. I used some Washi tape to make the pennants and some brushed silver brads to enhance and anchor bits and pieces. The tools were stamped in Basic Black then stamped again in Versamark and embossed with silver embossing powder for the card, but I stamped them in Cherry Cobbler for the envelope and used the masking technique to layer them. Then I used some grey Copics to add shadows.

Till next time :)

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

October 2012 Craft Class

Have you seen the new Ornament Keepsake Bundle in the Summer Mini catalogue put out by Stampin' Up!? There is a beautiful Christmas decoration displayed on the cover of the mini. I wanted to make one the moment I saw it but it took till this week for me to get a chance to learn how. On Saturday I experimented all day and came up with two samples to show to my Craft Class today. The first one is made in Old Olive and Cherry Cobbler, and the second is Cherry Cobbler and Perfect Plum. I so want to make a few more as gifts using different colours and centres, and maybe a bit more bling! Even without much bling, these ornaments are just lovely.

 We had a lot of fun in today's Class making these! Thanks for the laughs, ladies :)

Australian Readers:
If you want an Ornament Keepsake Bundle I can take your order if you live in Australia. I will also include the instructions for making these ornaments if you purchase the bundle.

Supply List:

Very Vanilla A4 cardstock
Cherry Cobbler /Perfect Plum and Old Olive ink pads
Ornament Keepsake Stamp Set
Perfect Punches Stamp Set
1 ¾ Scallop Circle punch
1 3/8 Circle Punch
Holiday Ornaments Framelets
Big Shot
Silicone Craft Sheet
Cherry Cobbler 3-1/2" Scalloped Tulle Ribbon

Linen Twine/Baker's Twine
Large Pearl
Faceted Clear Button
Designer series paper
Crop-a-dile or hole punch
Ribbon/tinsel  for hanger
Shimmer paint spray

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Cards for the Troops

It's October! Time to make last efforts to add to the ever growing stock of Christmas (and other) cards I am collecting for our Aussie Troops. If you would like to send cards for them, please do. They need to be to me before October 31st, so there is still a little time left, but the days are counting down fast. you can see how to send them to me on this page at PaperCraftCentral.

Before this year's lovely Stampin' Up! catalogue came out, I succumbed to buying a three wise men image from another supplier. Now there is a lovely stamp similar to it available in this year's Stampin' Up! catalogue (item number (on page 20 of the new Idea Book and Catalogue) so I wish I had waited. I had a couple of images from this other stamp all stamped out so just went ahead and made them up in greens and blues (all other supplies are from Stampin' Up!):

I sure hope they help make someone's Christmas a little brighter!

Sunday, October 07, 2012

Happy World Cardmaking Day

....for yesterday :)

Here's the card I made yesterday. I took part in a challenge to make hand punched flowers, use designer series paper as part of the background, add a stamped sentiment, use bling, and use misting.

Thank you for the challenge, Lucy!


Cardstock: Pumpkin pie, Cherry Cobbler, Poppy Parade, So Saffron
Designer series paper was retired
Punches: Scallop circle, Itty bitties, Lacy border, circles, snowflake, corner
Bling: glitter brads, silver flower brad, pearl, retired glittery ribbon
Spray mists 
Stamp Set - Rue des Fleurs

Thursday, October 04, 2012

Boy Birthday with a Difference!

I have a young male friend who is turning 20 tomorrow, and his favourite colour is PINK! It was a challenge for me to use pink and yet make a card that could be considered masculine. Have you ever used pink so thoroughly in a masculine card? I hope I managed to make it in a way he will like it. We'll see in less than 24 hours....

Here's the inside of the card. I plan to write a note above the sentiment this time.

Here's the front of the card. It was actually a fun card to make.

I'll let you know how things go!

Supplies (all from Stampin' Up!):
Stamp sets: Need for Speed, Bring on the Cake
Cardstock: Whisper WHite. Certainly Celery, Pink Pirouette
Ink: Basic Black, Melon Mambo, Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery, Crumb Cake
Accessories: Antique silver brads, Crystal Effects, denim ribbon, hand cut star, retired designer series paper, Stampin' write markers in the above ink colours