Beautiful Wings

Not sure how many cardmakers out there regularly use sketches to get started on their cardmaking.  Most of the time I just go straight into creating my card but this time I knew I wanted to use a circle as a focal point and decided it might be faster to sketch something first.

Here’s the sketch I drew:

And here’s my card based on the sketch:

Since the sketch has a lot of ‘white space’ and that sometimes makes me nervous, I embossed the background paper to add some interest without overwhelming the card.  I think it goes well with the butterfly I die-cut.  Actually that butterfly die I used cuts and emboss at the same time which is pretty cool.

So I started with my base card and added some patterned paper.  The middle card is embossed as I mentioned then layered onto the same colour cardstock to frame it a bit more.  The circle was punched from the Attic Boutique patterned paper (same paper pack as the background paper and the strip of brown patterned paper).  I’m going to be very sad to see this paper go – 4 months is not enough!  It retires in 3 days!  After punching the circle out I sponged around the edges with Crumb Cake ink (I don’t think I ever put this inkpad away!)  The butterfly as mentioned before is die-cut and embossed at the same time and I secured that to the circle with a matching brad.  The greeting ‘friend’ was stamped and the I just cut around it with some scissors (it’s not perfect at all) and used my finger nail to distress the edges… that takes care of the imperfect cutting! hahahaha.

If you have any questions about the card or products I’ve used, or if you wish to purchase any Stampin’ Up! products, please feel free to email me.

And here’s a list of Stampin’ Up! products that I used to create this card:

Rubber Stamps:
Fabulous Phrases

Cardstock & Paper:
Pool Party Textured cardstock
Pool Party smooth cardstock
Soft Suede Textured cardstock
Attic Boutique Designer Series Patterned Paper

Inkpads/Markers/Paint:
Crumb Cake (aka Kraft) inkpad (for sponging)
Soft Suede

Tools:
Big Shot
Beautiful Wings Sizzlet (butterfly)
Elegant Lines Embossing Folder
2 1/2″ Circle Punch
Sponge Dauber

Accessories:
Basic Pearls
Designer Printed Brads

Adhesives:
SNAIL
Stampin’ Dimensionals (foam dots)

Sweet Birthday Wishes

I decided today to start my card off by using a card sketch.  Usually I just mess around with whatever bits and pieces of cardstock and paper I have until I think the card looks right but this time I drew up a sketch to work from.  Here’s the sketch that I drew and then below is the card I made from it.

Since my craft desk was already a mess with patterned paper, markers and brads from yesterday’s card, I decided to use those pieces that I had there before I packed it all away.  So here’s another ice cream birthday card:

 

This time I made the ice cream a double scoop!  You could make it triple or as many scoops as you want :)  I’m not overly fond of Calypso Coral as a colour (actually it’s just a thing about the coral colour in general), but I think on the ice cream with the Pool Party colour it kinda looks like strawberry & pistachio. mmmm

The ice cream was stamped by colouring the rubber with markers as I did with my last ice cream birthday card.  This time though I stamped the ice cream part again using a different colour and then cut out the ice cream cone and extra scoop and mounted them onto white cardstock with dimensionals (foam dots).

The trim on the right of the card is just a strip of Calypso Coral cardstock that I scored some lines on with my Stampin’ Up! Simply Score Board and then punched a scallop trim border on one side.  I used more of that fun Sweet Shop patterned paper to add to the ‘sweet’ theme along with those yummy Jelly Bean brads.

The Happy Birthday greeting was stamped in Soft Suede ink and then I punched it out with the Curly Label Punch.  Actually I kinda made a mistake and punched it out length ways rather than horizontal but it turned out to be a good mistake as when I punched out some Calypso Coral cardstock to see if I could do a bit of a border, I found that it worked really well.  Here’s how to do it:

Punch out the greeting vertically and punch out two extra shapes in coloured cardstock and snip the top and bottom off the second shape.

 

Glue the coloured cardstock horizontally under the greeting.  Then glue the extra pieces to the top and bottom of the back of the greeting.

Just a heads-up that the patterned paper and brads is retiring in two weeks on the 31st of July 2012 – so if you’d like some grab it now!

If you have any questions about how I made this card or wish to purchase any Stampin’ Up! products, please feel free to email me.

And here’s a list of Stampin’ Up! products that I used to create this card:

Rubber Stamps:
Mouthwatering
Petite Pairs (birthday greeting)

Cardstock & Paper:
Pool Party cardstock
Whisper White cardstock
Calypso Coral cardstock
Soft Suede Textured cardstock
Sweet Shop Designer Series Paper

Inkpads/Markers/Paint:
Soft Suede inkpad
Soft Suede marker
Pool Party marker
Calypso Coral marker

Tools:
Simply Scored Scoring Tool
Curly Label Punch
Scallop Trim Border Punch

Accessories:
Jelly Bean Brads
Calypso Coral Bakers Twine

Adhesives:
SNAIL adhesive
Stampin’ Dimensionals (foam dots)

Nature Walk

So according to what I said on my Facebook page, yesterday I was meant to upload a photo of a card that I made using my sketch.  Of course when you work from home, things that aren’t so urgent seem to fall by the wayside a bit – especially when you’re sitting in the TV room, laptop on lap, looking out the window on a beautiful Winter’s day.

I found it difficult to get up and tackle the internet issues that I always seem to have from my office upstairs yesterday (the photo of the card was on my computer not laptop).  So here I am now (one day late) and with the internet currently working in my office, here’s the card that I made from my sketch.

Ahhhhh!  I just realised that I made a mistake and didn’t place my oval more to the right.  Sigh.  Well I might just have to lift the centrepiece and reposition it to match my sketch a bit better. LOL.

So a pretty straightforward card – the gorgeous bird image was stamped in Early Espresso ink onto some scrap cardstock then coloured in with chalks to give a nice soft feel then cut out and adhered to the oval that I cut out on the Big Shot.  I ran a So Saffron marker around the edge of the oval to give it a bit more emphasis as it seemed to get a little lost on the card with out it but otherwise I didn’t do any other sponging or highlighting on the card, the whole ‘natural and rustic’ look comes straight from the gorgeous paper that I’ve used.  Definitely I’ll be hoarding a few extra packets of this paper so that I have a stash when it retires.

Which reminds me… there was a discussion recently between some stampers who were lamenting the fact that so many cards these days are made using ‘ready made products’ rather than making interesting backgrounds with ink, rubber stamps and other stamping stuff.  I must admit I used to feel this way but these days I figure that whatever it is that you use which makes you cardmaking experience a happy one is just fine.  If you prefer to make your own backgrounds with sprays and ink and rubber stamps then fantastic, I certainly still do that too.  But if you want to make a card that primarily uses patterned paper like I did with this card (except for the stamped bird and sentiment) then I think that’s fine too.  I really enjoyed making this card and love the fact that everything coordinates.  Anyway, seems to be a bit of a hot topic sometimes with stampers, so let me know what you think… anything goes? do you enjoy one way of cardmaking over another? I’d love to know.

If you are on Facebook then please jump over to my Facebook page and click like. For those not on Facebook, here’s the sketch that I uploaded there the other day:

And here’s a list of Stampin’ Up! products that I used to create this card:

Rubber Stamps:
Nature Walk
Clearly For You (for you sentiment)

Cardstock & Paper:
Early Espresso
Naturals Ivory
Botanical Gazette

Inkpad and Other Colouring Items:
Early Espresso
Stampin’ Pastels (chalks – Not Quite Navy, Marina Mist, Old Olive, Early Espresso)
So Saffron Marker

Tools:
Big Shot
Ovals die (for the Big Shot)
Scallop Trim Border Punch
Modern Label Punch

Accessories:
Early Espresso 1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon
Victoria Crochet Trim
Linen Thread
Designer Buttons (Neutrals)

Adhesives:
SNAIL
Stampin’ Dimensionals
Glue Dots

A Sketch for you to try out

I’ve had a few people ask me for card sketches so I drew one up yesterday and later in the evening I made a card from it.

june sketch

A simple sketch but you can jazz it up with extra layers and textures.

And here’s the card that I made from the sketch.

squirrel brad card

I think my favourite part of this card is the idea that I had first and that’s the little squirrels that have been made into a brad.  So stinkin’ cute! (as my American friends say).  The squirrels are part of a stamp that’s a little larger, they’re actually sitting on a park bench, so I stamped them then punched them out and popped them into the Build-a-Brad to make a cute coordinating accessory for my card.  The Build-a-brad is super easy, you just add a little adhesive on the back of your image that you’ve punched (or patterned paper or whatever you want to put there), then you just place the self-adhesive clear bubble over it and there you have your coordinating brad.

The main image of the tree was inked up with Always Artichoke and then I traced over some of the branches with a Chocolate Chip marker (directly onto the rubber), then stamped it on the Vanilla cardstock.  Tucked just behind the main image is part of a Scalllop Circle that I cut out on the Big Shot then embossed with the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder – just a bit of a different way of using that Scallop Circle rather than having it as the base of a card or the focal point.

Well I like this card quite a bit so I’m off to make another 9 of them so that I can mail them off to some of my Stampin’ Up! team members this week. :D

If you have any questions on this card or would like to purchase any Stampin’ Up! products please feel free to email me.

Rubber Stamps:
Pendant Park

Inkpads/Markers:
Always Artichoke
Not Quite Navy
Chocolate Chip Marker

Cardstock & Paper:
Kraft (soon to be renamed “Crumb Cake”)
Not Quite Navy
Naturals Ivory (for the Scallop Circle)
Very Vanilla
Chocolate Chip
Bella Bleu Designer Series Paper

Accessories:
Antique Brass Build-a-Brad

Tools:
1/2″ Circle Punch
Word Window Punch
Big Shot die-cutting machine
Scallop Circle Die (used with Big Shot)
Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder (used with Big Shot)

Adhesives:
SNAIL Adhesive
Stampin’ Dimensionals