Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Bird Song Book

Here's another of the fab projects we made at Stamp Camp this past weekend. Robyn designed this gorgeous book card using the beautiful Bird Song Collection papers from Graphic 45. Once we had made the cuts and scores for the inner card, the rest was just a matter of adhering papers and layering for the front cover.

We put some Crystal Effects on the butterfly to give it some dimension and shine. These photos were taken on my iPhone, so excuse the quality - you may need to click on the photo for a closer look:

Materials used:

  • stamps - none
  • card - basic black, gold, Graphic 45 Bird Song Collection
  • other - dimensionals

I think I'll be making more of these cards now that I know how - they sure create a Wow! impact and are actually pretty easy to make.

And here's a shot of some of the goodies we made for the ladies - they got these on the first night: a notebook, pencil and sharpener for taking notes, a rubbish bin, some Santa tissues and a first aid tent containing headache tablets, bandaids, safety pins and some kisses (to kiss it better!).

More fun stuff to show you, so call in again soon. Thanks for stopping by.


Sunday, November 24, 2013

Of Course We Are Brayering!

My third project at stamp camp involves - no surprise - brayering. I am introducing the ladies to some simple techniques and so kept our project card pretty simple as well, just a bit of masking but nothing too technical!

I am totally in love with this colour combination though, so keep your eyes open for it appearing on my blog again no doubt!

Materials used:

  • stamps - Up, Up and Away
  • card - smoky slate, whisper white, basic black
  • inks - daffodil delight, crushed curry, smoky slate, basic grey, basic black

That's my three projects done, but don't worry there's plenty more to show you from stamp camp - my two shoebox cards as well as all of Rob's gorgeous projects - so call back in real soon!

Thanks for stopping by.


Saturday, November 23, 2013

Sepia Sponged Snow

It's Day 2 here at our Serendipity Stamp Camp and today one of my projects with the ladies is sponging techniques. I do love getting my fingers all inky!!!

We'll be practicing a few different techniques and then this is the project card we will make:

Materials used:

  • stamps - Serene Silhouettes, Christmas Messages
  • card - naturals ivory, very vanilla, cherry cobbler
  • other - sponge, sponge dauber, circle punch, post-it note

Now as luck would have it, the challenge over at the SUO (Stampin' Up! Only) blog this week is Snow, so I am entering my card into that challenge.

Thanks for stopping by. I'll be back with more stamp camp project updates real soon!


Edited to add: My card was picked in the Top 3 at SUO challenges! Many thanks ladies, that's an honour.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Hi Ho, Hi Ho, It's Off To Camp We Go

Howdy campers! Here I am at our Serendipity Stamp Camp and sooooooo excited to be spending a whole weekend just crafting and having fun with some like-minded folks! Rob and I will be keeping our ladies busy with classes, projects, shoebox cards, demonstrations - and of course, a little food along the way!

I am first up tonight and I chose to do a boxed set of Christmas cards for my first project. We are using SU card and papers (of course!) and one of my all-time fav techniques - colouring. Some ladies, like me, will be watercolouring the images and some will use alcohol markers, but no matter what, we will have fun colouring these hilarious images from Bugaboo.

Here's some shots of our project:

This should keep the ladies busy tonight! We have tons more fun in store for them tomorrow - tune back in then and I'll show you my next project.

Thanks for dropping in.


Tuesday, November 5, 2013

So Flipping Simple

Flip cards are our focus in class this month and I just LOVE how simple they are with the new card thinlits dies. They're not so easy to photograph though! lol, so please excuse my finger being in there to hold them closed!

Here's what I came up with for my lovely ladies:


This one is a 4 1/4" square card which has been embossed. Pink pirouette is teamed with strawberry slush and a hint of pistachio pudding.

Materials used:
  • stamps - Stippled Blossoms, Petite Pairs
  • card - pink pirouette, whisper white, pistachio pudding, strawberry slush
  • other - labels framelits, label card thinlits, stamp-a-ma-jig, strawberry slush ruffled ribbon, Big Shot, fancy fan embossing folder

DD15 loves this next one, a perfect blend of in colours (excuse the pun!). An extra piece is added on to this one for a third flap.

Materials used:
  • stamps - Perfect Blend
  • card - coastal cabana, crisp cantaloupe, baked brown sugar, whisper white, In Colour patterned papers
  • other - circle card thinlits, 2 1/2" circle punch, circle framelits, Big Shot, chevron punch, baked brown sugar marker, sponge dauber, chevron embossing folder, dimensionals

And lastly a bright and cheerful birthday greeting:

Materials used:
  • stamps - Happy Hour (MDS), Happiest Birthday Wishes (retired hostess)
  • card - daffodil delight, rich razzleberry, retired SAB papers, whisper white
  • other - square punch, button, bakers twine, circle thinlits, Big Shot, 2 1/2" circle punch, circle framelit

I also had a play with making a card with a surprise inside and considering I've never done one of these before, I was very happy with how it turned out. This is a sample only - we're not making this one in class just yet!

Materials used:
  • stamps - Happiest Birthday Wishes (retired hostess)
  • card - basic black, whisper white, daffodil delight, Modern Medley dsp, other retired dsp
  • other - daffodil delight seam binding, 2 1/2" circle punch, circle framelit, Big Shot, Hearts a Flutter dies, bakers twine

That's it for now! With Stamp Camp in only two weeks it will probably be a bit quiet around here until I can show you the camp projects. Do hope you'll keep popping in!


Monday, November 4, 2013

Creative Crew November Challenge - Scrapbook Focus

This month we are to journey down Memory Lane and create a scrapbook page or 3D item showcasing a favourite childhood memory.

Growing up on air force bases in New Zealand, one of the things I really loved doing was attending the base cinema for a Saturday afternoon matinee. Many Saturdays would see my brothers and I watching old war movies, Disney classics or whatever else they were running. (I think my mum really enjoyed the break!) In those days we had to stand before the movie started while they played 'God Save the Queen' - if you're old enough to remember that, you've probably got as many grey hairs as me!

It used to cost us 10c for a ticket and we would have 5c to spend at the Candy Bar - and 5c bought a lot of lollies in those days! Sherbet bags with licorice straws were one of my favourites, especially the lemon flavour.

Ah memories! Anyway, here is the layout I created in MDS. I Googled movie posters to use and the movie reel and ticket images are non SU.

Materials used:

  • stamps - Schoolbook Serif Alphabet (MDS)
  • punches - star (MDS)
  • card - Sahara sand (MDS)

I hope you've enjoyed my trip down memory lane and my challenge projects for this month. Do visit Splitcoaststampers to see what the other design team members came up with and of course, we would love you to take part in a challenge or two along with us.

Thanks for stopping by.


Sunday, November 3, 2013

Creative Crew November Challenges - Holiday Focus

For our holiday focus this month it's National Cake Day and we were given some photos to use as inspiration for our projects. I picked the one shown below because you know how much I love black and white/black and vanilla!

This made me think of weddings obviously, but also the scene from My Fair Lady when they are at the races and all the ladies are wearing black and white outfits and ginormous hats - here's some pics:

So I decided to make a hat box using black and vanilla papers, ribbons and embellishments. I kept it simple and elegant - here's how it turned out:

The Modern Medley papers are black and white, so I sponged them with very vanilla ink so that they matched the striped paper. I loved using the wide striped ribbon on the lid as it looks so much like the ribbon on Eliza's dress (above)!

Materials used:
  • stamps - None
  • card - basic black, Modern Medley dsp, (retired) Halloween dsp
  • other - very vanilla ink, sponge, gift bow die, very vintage designer buttons, (retired) striped grosgrain ribbon, sticky strip, (retired) black satin ribbon
  • non SU - hot glue gun, Mod Podge, paint brush, papier mache hat box from Spotlight

I had so much fun making this project and YOU can have just as much fun joining in the challenge and creating something for National Cake Day too! Why not pop over to the challenge gallery at Splitcoast and see what everyone else has made to inspire you? 

Thanks for calling in.


Saturday, November 2, 2013

Creative Crew November Challenge - Creative Focus

CCREW1113CF - Creative Focus: show us something with the Pretty Packages line on pages 158 and 159 of the main catty or any of the kits or packages in the mini catty.

The packaging kits in the catalogue caught my eye very early on, so it was great to have an excuse to have to get some! I bought the gift boxes and tags bundle, which give you such a great head start that you need only worry about stamping and a couple of other embellishments.

As it is Spring here and we are heading into a hot Summer, I went with a bright and cheerful colour combo - crushed curry and rich razzleberry. Here's my package:

I used the crushed curry flag and ticket shapes from the set and added another layer with a razzleberry chalk talk die shape. The curry bakers twine is also from the set and I used some razzleberry wide striped ribbon and a very old glitter brad to hold it into a bow. Sentiment from Chalk Talk and lots of dimensionals to make layers. They all set off the cheerful polka dot dsp perfectly! 

Materials used:
  • stamps - Chalk Talk
  • card - crushed curry, rich razzleberry, whisper white, Polka Dot dsp
  • other - rich razzleberry wide striped ribbon, brad, Big Shot, chalk talk dies, Tag a Box Bundle p159 AC

If you've been on the fence about any of the packaging products, I can now heartily recommend them - your gift packaging will easily become something really special.

Thanks for stopping by.


Friday, November 1, 2013

Creative Crew November Challenges - DSP Focus

With the northern hemisphere firmly in Fall/Autumn and cooler weather, the DSP focus this month is Sweater Weather. The colours are chocolate chip, crushed curry, soft sky, Sahara sand and tangerine tango and we are to show them "getting happy together".

For my project I chose to make a hybrid 8" x 8" scrapbook layout using a family photo taken last year in the cooler weather. I changed the colour photo to sepia tones to better fit with the colour focus and so it wouldn't compete with the other elements on my page. Here tis:

Materials used:
  • stamps - Fantabulous You (MDS)
  • card - Sweater Weather dsp (MDS), chocolate chip, very vanilla, soft sky
  • other - timeless type alphabet dies, Big Shot, hexagon punch, dimensionals, two-way glue pen

  1. The sentiment from Fantabulous You actually read 'I love you to infinity and beyond' so I coloured the 'I' in soft sky so it wouldn't show on the background paper of the same colour.
  2. I chose 8" x 8" for my layout size as it fits on an A4 sheet of paper, meaning I could print it out myself. Once I had created the layout in MDS, I exported it as a jpeg file and printed it onto SU's very vanilla paper using "best" quality print.
Why not visit the Creative Crew Challenges gallery over at SCS and see what the rest of the design team came up with to inspire you? 

Thanks for calling in.


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