Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Loads of Extreme Elements

It has been so long since I posted but hopefully I can catch up now.  These cards were from a few weeks ago and it was a week of the Elements.

The first card uses Elements of Style which is a gorgeous set even though it has a bird in it.  Believe it or not I have used the bird several times.  I was looking for a classic black and white theme.  The image is stamped in Basic Black and the photo doesn't show that some of the flowers have been mounted and sprayed with Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint.  We used the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder and to create a different look we put Whisper White ink onto the folder before we ran it through the Big Shot.  You can just see a white outline of the impressions.  When doing this you need to reink the folder each time you run it through and the ink just washes off when you are finished.

The second card uses Extreme Elements and Extreme Surfboard.  The colours are Marina Mist, Pear Pizazz and believe it or not Real Red.  When I looked at this photo I realised the red looks very orangy but I don't have time to take another photo.  The surfer is stamped in Pacific Point.  The words are from A Word for You and we used the markers to just pick up the Happy Birthday as 'with a cherry on top" didn't quite fit this card.  Markers are a great way of picking out certain "pieces" of stamps giving you even more versatility with your sets.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Just Believe in the majic of Butterflies

 Just Believe is one of the sets I just had to have as soon as I saw the new Catalogue.  This is the first chance I have had to use it and I am even more in love with it.
The colours are Pretty In Pink, River Rock (so glad this one came back) and Very Vanilla.  We used the markers to colour the stamp.  The River Rock layer has been stamped with Wonderfully Worn background to give it a slightly textured look.
We used the Bigshot and the Lots of Tags Sizzlits and the Word Window punch.  The words are from Just Believe.  We have mounted an extra flower for some dimension and added some Pretty In Pink Grosgrain ribbon.

This is a fairly simple card but looks effective.  The main card is Rich Razzleberry with River Rock and Very Vanilla.  The butterflies are from the Beautiful Wings Embosslits which is another must have in my books.  The Vanilla card was run through the Big Shot with the Finial Press Embossing Folder.  The butterflies were sprayed with a Shimmer Mist created from the Champagne Shimmer Paints.
The ribbon is Rich Razzleberry Satin and the tags were created from the Teeny Tiny Tags and Jewellry Tag Punch.

Christmas Purse Box

I have wanted to make on of these for such a long time and finally got around to doing it as a class.  I just love this design.  It makes a really cute gift wrap option or use it to put some special photos in as a display.
Now these really are very simple to make and it is then up to you as to how much you decorate them.  For some reason the open picture is importing on its side so imagine it being up the right way.  I have spend so much time navigating computer problems lately I am just going to accept that this is how it is on this one.

The colours are Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla.  The patterned paper is Jolly Holiday and the ribbon is Old Olive.  The stamp set used was Delightful Decoratons and the Merry Christmas is from Many Merry Messages.We did some embossing with the Silver Embossing Powder and used the Ornament Punch along with the large and retired small Star Punches.

I am hoping to make a few more of these before Christmas as they are a great quirky packaging idea.  Hopefully a few that attended the class will make some more also (I'm giggling).

To relax everyone after making the Christmas Purse we did a few very simple gift tags using the Level 3 Hostess Set, Playful Pieces.  This is such a versatile set and these have been copied from the Catalogue.  If ever there was a reason to host a workshop, this set is it.  There are SO many wonderful things you can create from this set it is incredible! 

A Touch of Music

I have been MIA for some time now with my postings.  Sorry about that but life took over and so did the dreaded Tax man and getting my computer back on track.  I have had huge wrestles and many hours of hair pulling trying to get my computer back to how it was and I think I have finally won.  Now the only thing hanging over me is getting my tax return done so fingers crossed that over the next few weeks I will get on top of that and then I will have plenty of time to play and post!

This card was from class three weeks ago!  I just love the new Music Notes wheel and look forward to spending more time creating with this.  The colours for this one are, Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler (of course) and Whisper White.  It is a really quick and simple card with the most time spent doing a running stitch through the grosgrain ribbon to gather it up.  You can do the same look by running a strip of tape along the card front and then "tuck it" as you go.  Actually sewing it makes it a little more permanent though and you can play with the gather.
The words are from A Word For You on page 110 which is a gorgeous new set, I just love the font.

This second card uses Artistic Etchings which  I nearly didn't buy but I am glad that I did.  The colours are River Rock, Early Espresso and Very Vanilla.  The River Rock and Very Vanilla layer have En Francais stamped in River Rock Ink and have been edged with a dauber in River Rock.  It is very hard to see in the photo but we stamped the medallion from Artistic Etchings over the En Francais using the Champagne Shimmer Paint.  Now if you haven't got your hands on the fantastic Shimmer Paints yet, what is wrong with you?!!!!!!!  These are the MUST HAVE product of the year!  You can stamp with them, make a shimmer mist that sparkles or colour them and have a sparkling ink.  The options are endless and they can just lift an image giving your cards a whole new look.  Make sure you add them to your next order!