Friday, August 26, 2011

Birthday Wishes

This was a simple bithday layout we did in class this week.  I love this colour combo of Baja Breeze, Early Esspresso and Pretty In Pink and think I will have to commit it to memory for other creations.

Card: Baja Breeze, Early Esspresso, Pretty In Pink, Very Vanilla
Ink: Early Esspresso, Pretty In Pink, Baja Breeze
Stamps: Bring On The Cake
Access: Heart Border Punch, Aqua painter, Square Lattice Emboss Folder, Itty Bitty Shape Punch, Linen Thread

Fathers Day Wallet

My husband often says he feels like he is "just a wallet" to the children so with that in mind I thought of doing a wallet card for them to give to him this Fathers Day.  He is a hard person to buy for so a voucher card from Bunnings or the local BCF store wont go astray and will fit into this perfectly.
It also has pockets with little cards to write your messages on and a little window pocket in the back to slip a photo of the kids of in this case a "Free Breakfast in Bed" voucher.  Now as he is not my father I keep telling him he has to wait for the kids to get up and do it and with teenagers it sometimes turns into more like Lunch!!!

Card stock: Basic Black, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla
Ink: Soft Suede
Stamps:  Occassional Greetings
Accessories:  Square Lattice embossing folder, silver brad, corner rounder punch 

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

18th Birthdays

It sems that whenever I get around to posting I bombard you all with a back log of postings.  This is my last for the night I promise.  These were not done for a class but just something that I did for fun.  My eldest son has been going to a few 18th birthdays lately and I have had to produce some cards rather quickly.  These are two that I threw together about half an hour before he was due to go out.  I think I will have to get it together and make a few more to have on hand.
The black and white card is using Stampin Up Designer papers and the other card is from some papers that I have had for ages and really need to use up.

Christmas In August?

I normally start doing Christmas cards once a month from July but somehow this year, July came and went before I knew it, so we had to start in August.  It seems really weird to start so early but if you are anything like me, (horribly unorganised!) if you don't get an early start they never get done.  I would be horrified if I had to go out and do the unthinkable and buy Christmas cards.
 The idea behind these cards was to make them fairly quick to make so that they could easily be mass produced without looking too simple.

The first card is a bit of a spin off of a card that we did last year.
Cardstock: Real Red, Old Olive, Whisper White
Stamps: Snow Swirled
Accessories: Crystal Effects, Dazzling Diamonds

The second card uses one of my fav Christmas colour combos:

Cardstock: Cherry Cobbler, Always Arthichoke, Very Vanilla
Ink:  Cherry Cobbler, Always Artichoke, Versamark
Stamps: Delightful Decorations, Baroque Motifs, Contempo Christmas
Accessories:  Silver Embossing Powder

It was great to get a start on Christmas so hopefully I can get enough done early so there isn't the usual last minute late night stamping very late in December.

On Your Bike

This is very similar to another card that I did for a Less Is More Challenge a little while ago but we didn't do in class.  This bike stamp is so good for a male card as I think every man dreams of riding down the highway on a Harley.  The only real difference to this card from the previous is that I embossed the bike in silver embossing powder to give the "chrome" look of a bike.

Stamps:  Motorcycle (mini)
Cardstock:  Basic Black, Whisper White, Real Red
Ink:  Versamark, real red marker
Accessories:  Silver Embossing Powder

Ornate Blossom

I have had this stamp for some time now and I am ashamed to say that this is the first time I have even used it.  I don't know if that means that I have too many stamps (as if) or I just need more time to stamp - that must be it!  This was a quick, easy card to put together and I love Concord Crush and River Rock together but then River Rock is one of those fabulous colours that goes with everything.

Cardstock:  Concord Crush, River Rock, Whisper White
Ink: Concord Crush and River Rock markers
Stamp: Ornate Blossom
Accessories:  Whisper White Organza Ribbon, Rhinestone Brads

Embossed Frame

It is difficult to see in this photo but this card has a Frame created using the Petals A Plenty Embossing folder.  This is a great technique if you want a pattern around your stamped image.  You need to create a template from some thick cardboard.  I created a frame with an inch thick border to fit the same size as the actual embossing folder.  To run this through the BigShot you need to have all of the tabs closed.  You then place your cardstock into the embossing folder as usual.  Place your frame template on top of the closed embossing folder, then a cutting pad and run it through.  This will give you a border of the embossed image with an unembossed area in the middle.  Hard to describe but very nifty!

Cardstock:  Concord Crush, Vwery Vanilla
Ink:  Concord Crush
Stamps: Style Beautiful
Accessories:  Pearls, Petals A Plenty Embossing Folder, Champagne Shimmer Paint

Monday, August 1, 2011

The Retirement List Is Here

It is that time of the year again and the Retirement List has been released today.  I am sure that there were many eager stampers out there checking early this morning to see what MUST HAVE products are going.  There are a few things to take note of:

  • Lots of Stampin Wheels are going so don't miss out and get in quick as these normally sell out fast.
  • All the Designer Papers are going except the Designer Series Paper Patterns Stack.
  • Many of our gorgeous ribbons are going so don't miss out on these.
  • There are 5 punches going and if you don't have them I know you won't want to miss out.
  • Some items have been discounted so this is a chance to grab a bargain.
  • A few items are being reconfigured and not being retired.

From experience of the past few years, many items sell out quickly.  I suggest if there is anything that you really WANT or NEED that you get in quickly to avoid disappointment.  If you have any problems viewing the list, please don't hesitate to contact me.  I can also email it to you in page number order if that will make it easier for you to go through.

The best thing about this list being released is that means only 4 weeks until the new Catalogue is released and we will have many new exciting goodies to drool over!