Thursday, May 27, 2010

Vintage Vogue - Week 5 Classes

This card is the second project from this weeks classes.  Using Vintage Vogue and the Very Vintage Wheel we stuck with the Black & White theme. I am not a huge fan of cutting out so this was a little out of the ordinary for me with six flowers to stamp and cut.  You can only see 4 here but the other 2 are on the inside.
We used the wheel for the white strip along the bottom of the card and layered the flowers.  The large white label is from the Sizzlits 4 pack ( which is really a 5 pack, as you get 5 labels) from the Autumn/Winter Mini.
The words are from the Teeny Tiny Sentiments set and they are layered up with the small and large Oval punches.
Other than the cutting of the flowers this is a really quick and easy card but quite striking.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

What a Great Announcement

20% off Starter Kit Promotion

I am forever saying I love my job and now Stampin' Up! has made it even easier for you to say that too by making a GREAT announcement!  If you have been thinking of signing up as a Demonstrator, now is a fantastic time to do it.  Until July 31st you can purchase the Starter Kit for an amazing price of $259!!!  That is a saving of $65 from the normal price.  So not only do you get over $560 worth of goodies but you get to purchase everything at a discount, you can run your own business or just share with friends.
You would also become part of an amazing team of very talented ladies who get the excitement of creating.
If this sounds like something you want to do, feel free to contact me for more information. 

Creating Backgrounds

This card came about today during class. For our second project this week, which I will post tomorrow, we used the Vintage Vogue stamp set and Very Vintage Wheel.  One of my customers was going to go home and make some more cards but then realised that although she had the stamp set, she didn't have the Very Vintage Wheel.
Now naturally she could buy the wheel but it is not always necessary.  I did a quick sample using the flourish and the small flower from Vintage vogue to create a 'Faux Wheel' image.  I could have taken it another step and used the En Francias background but to be honest I just wanted to play with the stamp set and show what could be done.

What do you think??? 

Monday, May 24, 2010

Shelli Challenge - Wedding

Shelli Gardner is the CEO of Stampin' Up! and puts up regular challenges on her So Shelli blog.  I have never entered one of these in the past but someone mentioned to me that the current challenge is a Wedding Challenge and I should enter my Little Black Dress card.
My first reaction was not to do it but over the weekend I thought, why not give it a go - what have I got to lose.  When I looked at the photo today I thought it doesn't really come out like it looks in real life so I put my head around how I could make it photograph better and this is what I came up with.
The dress is something I drew a few weeks ago but today I made a slight alteration and made the bodice slightly longer. 
I have cut it from Basic Black and then embossed it with White Embossing Powder, Versamark and one of the stamps from Vintage Vogue.  The hemline was done with the Scallop Border Punch.  I lined the inside with some Whisper White cut slightly smaller than the dress front creating the white hem.  A bit of Whisper White ribbon, a flower from the Pretties Kit and a clear Rhinestone Brad to dress it up and hey presto a new dress!!!
Hope you like it and this is one of the projects for this weeks class along with another card following the Black & White theme.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Week 5 Classes - A bad CASE of the Punches

Sometimes we all need a little inspiration and this week I drew on the creativeness of two very creative ladies and did a little bit of CASEing.  It was definately the week of Punches as I had 12 punches on the table to create both the cards. 
Our first card was something that the very clever Kerry created for the Stitches & Craft show last year and  I said then that I would have to CASE it one day.  Well 9 months later here it is.  This was a huge hit and was a lot of fun to make.

The colours are Tangerine Tango, Kiwi Kiss, Riding Hood Red, YoYo Yellow, Brilliant Blue, Whisper White, Basic Black and Close to Cocoa.  There are too many punches to mention individually but I am sure you can work them out.  The words are from Party Hearty and was the only stamping involved in this card, shock horror!  Thanks for the inspiration Kerry, this was an awesome card!

Who would have thought that a Butterfly punch could be turned into a Pansy!!  If you are like me when I look at a Butterfly punch, I see butterflies.  Thanks to being inspired by Gretchen I have been having a ball making dozens of pansies in different colours for the past few days.
The card base was Lovely Lilac layered with Whisper White.  I used the very versatile Perfect Polka Dot embossing folder for the white background and this lifted the whole look.  The leaves are from Old Olive and punched using the "wing" from the Two Step Bird Punch.  The flowers are done with reinkers, Summer Sun, Lovely Lilac and Elegant Eggplant.  The words are from Friends 24-7.

Over the next few weeks we will be using punches to create different flowers and putting a little bit of Spring into this new cold weather we are having.

Week 4 Classes

The first card we did last week was using the Stampin' Pastels which I have to admit, I haven't used for a long time but can't work out why as they are so much fun.  This card had a few steps to it.  Firstly we used the En Francais background and versamark ink.  We then stamped the small flower from Flower Fancy over the top of this and sponged to give it some depth.
The main image is using Flower Fancy with Versamark and Rose Red Stampin Pastels and Old Olive for the leaves.  This is mounted on Old Olive cardstock.  We did some dressing up on the inside also but sorry, no photo of that.

The second card used the magnificent Medallion stamp.  We stamped it on Ballet Blue cardstock with Versamark and then embossed with White embossing powder.  We embossed the centre of the stamp twice again on scrap Ballet Blue and punched these out with the 3/4" and 1 1/4"  circle punches.  We also punched out a 1" and 1 3/8" circle from Ballet Blue and layered all of these.  A little clear Rhinestone Brad and some Brocade Blue grosgrain ribbon and it was done!  Simple but effective. 

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

What A Life

After I dropped my children at school today I went around the house putting things away and apparantly (by the look I was given when I turned the light on) rudly disturbed Benji's sleep.  I almost felt like I should have asked him did he want me to pull the blankets up.
No wonder people say they want to come back to this world as a cat!!

Happy Mothers Day

I hope everyone had a lovely Mothers Day and you were all spoilt rotten and made to feel special for a day.
I had a lovely day that started by sitting out in the lovely sunshine watching my daughter play soccer.  We then drove up to the mountains to visit our grandmother and spent some lovely time with her.
Instead of doing the normal flower thing this year I decided to make Chocolate Wallets for everyone because we all like chocolate don't we!  I made three with matching cards for my Mother In Law, Sister In Law and Grandmother. 
I'm not going to break them all down as I think they are self explanatory but the stamp set is Flower Fancy which I just got recently and have been busting to use it.  I am looking forward to experimenting with it more and it is one of the sets we are using in this weeks class projects.

Week 3 Classes

SorryI am a little late with this posting.  In last weeks class everyone got to make the overalls and a card using the very popular new Cottage Garden set from the new Mini.

The base card is Rich Razzleberry with Old Olive, Orchard Opulance and Very Vanilla.  We used Old Olive, Orchard Opulance and Rich Razzleberry ink and the butterfly has been "blinged" using the Two Way Glue Pen and Dazzling Diamonds.  We used the Eyelet Border to add a bit of "girly" soften the look.
It is easy to forget about the inside of your cards but we should put the effort in to make it part of the card. 

This is another set of the overalls and was the first one I did.  I used Brilliant Blue, Yoyo Yellow and Real Red.  The Bold Brighs are so good for childrens projects.  This was almost a no stamp project but I couldn't have that so there is a tiny "BOO!" on the little yellow tag which is from the Tiny Tags set in the Autumn/Winter Mini. The punches used were, 13/4" circle, Large and Small Star, 3/4" and 1/2" circles and the Round Tab Punch.  We went around the pocket using the Mat Pack and Paper Piercer to create the  "sewn" look . The suit was edged using the cutter kit to make it look a little worn.  The faux buttons were created with the 3/4" and 1/2" circle punches some twine and a sewing needle.
I'm not bored with making these yet and luckily for me a few people we know are expecting babies soon so I will have to get some girly ones ready just in case.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

A Lovely Surprise

I had a lovely surprise today. I have had a super busy week and had a few minutes to sit down today to update my Blog. I logged on to do a posting and found a comment from a lovely lady who is a fellow demo and is super creative. Check out Kerry's blog site and admire her fabulous creations.

Anyway, Kerry has nominated me for an award! I was blown away and feel very honoured and it put a little cheer into my day so thanks Kerry.

I have had many moments this week where I have said "I love my job" and it is so nice to know that others enjoy what you do also.

Now I get to share the love and pass this Award onto other talented people who inspire me. This is what is required:
Put the Sunshine Award on your Blog and/or within your post.
Pass the Award onto other Bloggers.
Link the Nominees within your post.
Let them know they have received the Award by leaving a comment on their Blog.
Share the love and link the person who gave you the award.
Now for some of the people who inspire me and believe me this is difficult as there are so many:
Thanks again Kerry and now I will have to come back to do a posting as it is way past when I should have gone to bed tonight