Monday, January 27, 2014

Wedding Card and Wedding Card Box

I love weddings. I love the happiness and the memories that are etched on our minds by weddings. I think they should always be an occasion where I take special care to do something really nice. So I was very happy to make something special for my friends who were married on the weekend.

My friends had a Wishing Well instead of a present table, so I really wanted my card to be special. Here's the card I made for them using all kinds of Stampin' Up! products, both new and retired. It is a gate fold card:

I made the Bride's dress with the Dress Up (130101) thinlit and added to her dress length by cutting a few more dress bottoms out and layering them. I hand drew and cut the groom's outfit. His button rose is a teeny tiny spiral rose I made with the smallest scalloped circle punch. The larger roses are of course made with the Spiral Rose die (129379) (available TOMORROW!) I used an Expressions thinlit (132171) (retiring TOMORROW!) for the word, and nestled a Frosted Finishes embellishment (132150) (also retiring TOMORROW!!) in amongst the roses. That's white organza ribbon (114319) and the embossing folder used on the dress is retired. The one I used on the background is the Pretty Print Textured Impressions one (132175) (retiring TOMORROW!) I used retired SU stamp and other manufacturer stamped greetings on the inside, and made the little scalloped money envelope with a retired Big Shot die. I hand cut the hearts.I finished off the card by adding some pearls to the dress, the flowers, even to the groom's buttonhole. And I used some silver shimmer paint to highlight and edge the bride's dress.

The spiral roses made the card TALL. I also used nearly a whole A4 sheet of Whisper White and Basic Black cardstock to make the card, so it was tall too.

That meant I needed a card box, not a card envelope. So I made one:

The silver is actually roof flashing bought at a hardware store, then put through my Big Shot with a retired embossing folder. I carefully blunted the edges before mounting it to the top of the box. I used similar products to decorate the top - the Spiral Rose die, white organza ribbon, pearls...but I added their surname by cutting out individual letters with my Big Shot using a retired set of alphabet dies.

Did I say I had fun?

I had fun.

I think the bride and groom liked it when they opened it, too.

Congratulations again, Mr and Mrs Newlyweds!

Saturday, January 18, 2014

The Spiral Rose Die is Coming!

I love that I can pre-order new goodies from Stampin' Up! because I am a demonstrator :) That's just one of the perks of becoming a demo. I pre-ordered the new Spiral Rose die that is going to be generally available from January 28th and have been playing with it a lot! First I made some cardstock and designer series paper roses, but I gave them away almost immediately. So then I made a felt rose broach, a cardstock rose and I made some clay air dried roses just to see how they all compared with each other size-wise. The felt version is the largest because felt is fatter than cardstock:

Pretty, hey!

Then I wanted to see how they would look on a standard sized card, so I lay them on this card blank:

I think they are going to feature on lots of my projects! I can also imagine them on box lids, presents and home decor projects. I can just make them in any colour or quantity I want now :)

There are a few hints and tips for making them and Stampin' Up! has a little video showing a few of these:

In the meantime, I have been wearing my little felt rose pin. I hand cut the rose leaf out of felt too:

I loooove my new die.

PS: You can order a Spiral Rose die for you from Jan 28th. Just use product code 129379.

Thursday, January 09, 2014

A Watery Card

Today I am going to share a watery card with you. It is doubling as a masculine birthday card as well. You see, my son-in-law and husband and sons and some of my friends all think fish are wonderful. Some fish just for the pleasure of fishing, some want to catch their dinner and have fresh fish, others like to set up and keep fish in aquariums. So the By The Tide stamp set has been getting a great workout in my craft room these past few months!

I remembered that I had read a tutorial about how to make a water card with a small plastic bag and some clear hair gel, so decided to give it a go. Here is the result:

I used the retired cardstock Baja Breeze but also current cardstocks and inks - Bermuda Bay and Midnight Muse and Whisper White. I heat embossed  my fish in Midnight Muse then sponged him in Bermuda Bay and So Saffron, and added some silver gel pen highlights.

The background is from one of our designer series paper stacks in Island Indigo, stamped over with Bermuda Bay ink to show the coral.

I added some stamped images in Bermuda Bay and Midnight Muse for the card front too. The porthole is made with two of Stampin' Up's! circle dies, and the studs are more silver gel pen dots.

I mounted my fish on top of another stamped image of the same fish.

The plastic bag has hair gel in it but also some blue and green chunky glitter.

I sure hope he adds pleasure to your birthday, Luke!

Saturday, January 04, 2014

Happy New Year!

Where did last year go? Now we are already into the first part of 2014. Did you make any crafty New year's resolutions? I did. This year I am going to plan to make something for Christmas 2014 each month. Then I will be much more prepared to just cruise through the month of December without as much stress happening.

This week I made a card for a male friend who is spending lots of time in the hospital. The new seasonal colours are in the purple/orchid shades, so I decided to challenge myself to make a male card using just shades of purple with silver accents. I started with a Wisteria Wonder card base, then layered on Elegant Eggplant and Perfect Plum. I stamped my images form the By the Tide stamp set in Wisteria Wonder and Elegant Eggplant then  stamped a separate fish in Versamark and heat embossed it with silver embossing powder before cutting it out. I popped this main image up and added some retired twine, then popped up the entire main image layer on the card. I finished off with some dots made with the White Gel pen.

The inside is lined with ordinary printer paper and i wrote my message with an Elegant Eggplant Stampin' Write marker.

What do you think? Is it 'male' enough? I hope it cheers my friend up and helps him know that his friends miss him. Get well soon, Pete!

Supply List:
By the Tide stamp set 131910 (wood) 129120 (clear)
Elegant Eggplant cardstock 108614
Perfect Plum cardstock 108615
Wisteria Wonder cardstock 124389
White gel pen  105021
Wisteria Wonder inkpad 126985
Perfect Plum inkpad 126963
Elegant Eggplant inkpad 126969
Versamark inkpad 102283
Silver embossing powder 109131