Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Criss Cross Invitation Card

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Each month my Card Class ladies make two cards - this month we had a special request for an 'Invitation Card' design as well as a Christmas Card (see yesterday's post).

Now I haven't done any invitation cards before so I flicked through my ideas book for some different styles of cards and came across a 'Criss Cross' card.  I had to do some changes in the measurements as it was originally designed to fit the US Letter size card.  This style could be used for all sorts of cards - just change the front sentiment for an embellishment or a different sentiment.

I've left my insert blank at the moment but I'm thinking I'll use this card to invite our neighbours two little boys to come up each night and help me build an Advent Calendar (made using our Tiny Treat Boxes).

Stamp Set - Sketched Birthday
Card Stock - Soft Sky, Naturals White, Whisper White, Lost Lagoon
Ink - Lost Lagoon
DSP - All Is Calm
Other - Silver Satin Ribbon, Apothecary Accents Framelits, Small Oval Punch

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Monday, 24 November 2014

Bright and Beautiful Shaker Card

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It's hard to believe it's only a month till Christmas - let's hope the weather improves within the month!

Yesterday I attended our annual Thanksgiving Dinner at my upline Jacque's house.  It's a lovely time to spend together - sharing food, reflecting on the year and giving thanks for all that has happened - the good and hard times.  Thank you Jacque and Rob for opening your home so that we can share Thanksgiving with you.

Now on with the project.  This is the Christmas card I taught at my card class last week - it's based on a swap I got from Sally Williams.

I changed the card front to be a Shaker Card using the foam Shaker Frames which are on page 205 of the Annual Catalogue.  These frames come in circles but if you cut them up you can create all sorts of shapes for your shakers.  The base star has been heat embossed - first ink you stamp up with VersaMark, then ink it with Night of Navy ink (it won't damage you ink pad as VersaMark is clear) and then stamp on your card stock.  Apply Clear Embossing powder and heat.  A great way to get whatever colour you want.

Here's a closer view of the 'shaker'.  To make the 'shaker' I cut one star out of Brushed Silver then added another star cut out of Window Sheet to the back of the Silver star then adhered my Shaker Frame pieces of foam to the Window Sheet.  Once that was done I added the sequins then removed the backing from the foam and added another Window Sheet star - this stops the sequins falling out and is easier to adhere to the embossed star.  Add some adhesive to the Window Sheet (I used my snail but only on top of the foam part) and adhere on top of the star.

To finish off the card I adhered (with a Two-Way Glue pen) some stars punched with the Confetti Stars Punch.

Thanks Sally for the card idea.

Stamp Set - Bright and Beautiful
Card Stock - Night of Navy, Brushed Silver,m Whisper White
Ink - Night of Navy
Other - Silver and Clear Embossing Powder, Silver Metallic Bakers Twine, Shaker Frames, Stars Framelits, Frosted Sequins, Confetti Stars Punch, Window Sheets

Check back tomorrow for the second card we made which was an invitation card.

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Saturday, 15 November 2014

Suspension Card

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What a day - I know it's Spring but the weather today has been more like Winter.  I've had enough of all the wind and rain - roll on Summer.

Yesterday our friend's son turned 6.  I was going to make him a Sweet Treats Cup card but had made his older brother one back in January so thought I'd better do a different card.  I looked through my list of different style cards and settled on a Suspension card - haven't made one of these in ages.

Here's a side view so you can see the sentiment suspended more - it also swivels around a bit.

For my Keepsake Box I cut the portions out of card stock then cut two pieces out of DSP and adhered them to the card stock before putting the box together - inside I popped four mini Whittaker slabs.

After Mister 6 had shared his treats with the family he came back and said to me ' for me next birthday can you please make me a card like Seb's?'  Well I guess I should have gone with my first choice of card!  At least I know what style of card to make for him next year :)

Stamps - Sketched Birthday, Hey You
Card Stock - Smoky Slate, Bermuda Bay, Whisper White
DSP - Birthday Basics (retired)
Ink/Blendabilities - Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight, Coastal Cabana, Crumb Cake, Melon Mambo
Other - Curvy Keepsake Thinlit Die, Circle Thinlits, Dimensionals, Waxed Floss (non SU)

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Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Snowflake Card Thinlits Die - Auckland Extravaganza Projects

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Sorry for being missing in action last week but I was busy preparing for last weekend's Creative Inkers Christmas Extravaganza event.  It was heaps of fun with over 100 ladies busy creating all afternoon.

Here is the project I taught with Jacque and Narelle.  It uses the Snowflake Card Thinlits Die to create an extended card and gift card holder all in one.

and then opened so you can see the gift pocket on the right hand side ready for a gift card to be slotted in.

We did two variations - one using Pistachio Pudding and the other using Soft Sky.  The stamp set is Letterpress Winter and the DSP is the lovely All Is Calm.

Here are the other projects taught by:
Angela, Kathryn and Kath

Barbz, Vanessa, Justin and Sarajane
Rachael, Ann and Laurie
Sally, Leslie and Christine

Well I think we're in for some cold, wet weather over the next few days so keep warm and dry - I'm sure Summer is just around the corner.

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Monday, 3 November 2014

Inlaid Embossing - Shoebox Swap for Team Training

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Where did the last 10 days go?  I can't believe we're now in November which means that Christmas is just round the corner.  At least I have made a start on my Christmas cards.

Last month at team training we did a 'Shoebox' swap.  This was the first time I'd done one of these.  The idea is you bring all the bits for your card and then everyone makes it.  I decided to use the Inlaid Embossing technique for my card and this is what we all made.

It was an easy card to prep - add a variety of circle punches (I used 1/2" up to 1 3/4"), a variety of embossing folders and scraps from the Brights Collection.  Never throw away your off cuts they make great cards.  This style of card can be used for all sorts of occasions - just change the colour of your card stock, punches and sentiment and away you go.

I adhere my circles with a Glue Stick - that way you can position them a bit before they really stick to the card base.  Once everything is stuck down place your card front in your chosen embossing folder and run through the Big Shot or Texture Boutique Machine.  Finally adhere to a card base and add a sentiment.

Stamp Set - Label Something
Card Stock - Real Red, Old Olive, Tempting Turquoise, Bermuda Bay, Pacific Point, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White
Ink - Real Red
Other - Arrows Embossing Folder, Artisan Label Punch

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Saturday, 25 October 2014

Bloom Cupcakes

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For those of you not in New Zealand, this weekend is our Labour Weekend.  It's the first long weekend we've had since the beginning of June.  Traditionally this is the weekend you get out in the garden and start planting the summer veges.  It has certainly been the weather for it today - lovely blue skies and warm in the sun.  We managed to weed the front garden and prepare the vege garden - so a good day all round.

One of the guys I work with, his wife owns and runs Bloom Cupcakes on the North Shore here in Auckland.  They make the most amazing cupcakes (and they have GF).  On Wednesday night they won the Top Shop 2014 in the Food and Beverage category for Auckland - they also came second in the Overall Regional category.

So I just had to make a card to congratulate them - I knew exactly what to make and here it is:

You can also see it on the Bloom Cupcakes Facebook page here and here

Card Stock - Melon Mambo, Whisper White, Early Espresso, So Saffron, Pink Pirouette, Real Red
Punches - Word Window, Build A Cupcake, Scallop Edge Border
Other - Little Letters, White Satin Ribbon, Glue Dots

For all the Kiwis out there I hope you are enjoying your Labour Weekend too.

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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Wondrous Wreath with Flowers

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I love it when a stamp set can be used for more than one theme.  Wondrous Wreath doesn't have to be just for Christmas.  Last week I taught the following card to my card class and they loved it.  I must admit it's not my own creation - I CASED it from Carol after seeing her version on Pintrest - thanks Carol.

Carol's card was a square one but I wanted our standard A6 size.  To fill the front I used the Stylish Stripes embossing folder.  Embossing folders add great texture to blank card stock.  The flowers are from the Boho Blossom punch with the centers cut using the smaller 'eyes' from the Owl Builder punch.  My flowers are So Saffron and Crushed Curry, Calypso Coral and Crisp Cantaloupe, Perfect Plum and Elegant Eggplant.

Stamp Set - Wondrous Wreath, Itty Bitty Banners
Card Stock - Elegant Eggplant, Perfect Plum, So Saffron, Crushed Curry, Calypso Coral, Crisp Cantaloupe, Whisper White
Ink - Pear Pizzaz, Old Olive, Elegant Eggplant
Other - Boho Blossom Punch, Owl Builder Punch, Bitty Banner Framelits, Wonderful Wreath Framelit, Stylish Stripes Embossing Folder, Blackberry Bliss Satin Ribbon, Rhinestones, Dimensionals

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