Saturday, August 23, 2014

Well, Colour Me Surprised!

It's Christmas stamp-a-stack time again and I don't think it will come as much of a surprise to my ladies that this month's cards involve colouring! They know I love it - I just hope it doesn't make for too much work for them!

Firstly a card using the gorgeous Beautiful Season set from last year's mini. This is such a wonderful image and here I have coloured it using a blender pen. Outlining the image with Sahara sand marker makes it pop off the page and gives a dimensional look.

Materials used:

  • stamps - Beautiful Season
  • card - crumb cake, mossy meadow, whisper white
  • other - blender pen, markers, apothecary accents die, Big Shot, dimensionals, ticket corner punch

Our second card uses a new set from the upcoming Holiday catalogue called Holiday Home. It's a photopolymer set, so you can see exactly where you are stamping. There's a matching die set too, to make cutting out easy.

Materials used:
  • stamps - Holiday Home
  • card - cherry cobbler, very vanilla, old olive, retired dsp, watercolour
  • other - pennant punch, dimensionals, cloud embossing folder, Big Shot, aqua painter

Making Christmas cards certainly makes the holiday season seem awfully close and there is sooooooooooo much to be done before that happens, it's rather scary! Lol.

Thanks for dropping by.


Monday, August 4, 2014

Let Your Dreams Set Sail

Today's offering is the nautical-themed card in a box I mentioned in yesterday's post. This is for my DH's birthday tomorrow - luckily, he doesn't look at my blog so he won't get a sneak preview!

I used a Nitwit Collection kit (Coastal lil bits and Coastal too) for all the digital elements and papers, with SU card for the rest.

Materials used:
  • card - real red, whisper white, night of navy
  • other - dimensionals, MDS
  • non SU - Nitwit digital elements and papers, acetate, computer and printer

Here's the back view for writing the birthday message:

I don't think my photos do it justice really, as I'm not good at photographing in bright sunlight. Ah well.

We'll be making a card in a box in class this month, so I hope my ladies enjoy creating them as much as I do.

Thanks for stopping by.


Sunday, August 3, 2014

Oh, Happy Day

They've been around on the "interweb" for a while and I've had them pending in my "Gunnado" file, and now I have finally dedicated a few hours to making one!

A card-in-a-box, that is.

I have seen so many great samples that I had a hard time deciding what theme to use for my first one. Eventually I figured that I couldn't go wrong with birthday as that is the thing my ladies ask for the most. If you're familiar with my work you will know that I don't go in for very busy things, so this was a real challenge for me - to get that fine balance between not having too many empty spaces and having far too much of a good thing!

Here tis:

Materials used:
  • stamps - Just Sayin', Happy Hour, Starburst Sayings, Tag Talk, Circle of Friendship (retired)
  • card - Pacific point, pumpkin pie, daffodil delight, whisper white, brights patterned papers, Polka Dots dsp
  • other - pennant punch, starburst framelits, Big Shot, window sheets, dimensionals, label bracket punch, 1" circle punch, word bubbles framelits

And here's the back view where you would write your birthday message:

It's definitely a bit minimalist, isn't it? I'm thinking now I might need to add a few more bits ....

So, of course, having finally made one, I just had to make another with a different theme. I saw a gorgeous sample on Pinterest (which I think was made by Linda Gray) that I love and had the tools for, so I have used that as inspiration. The gorgeous new in colour Hello Honey was the perfect choice, as you'll see:


Materials used:
  • stamps - Just Buzzin' By (retired)
  • card - hello honey, basic black, whisper white, in colour patterned paper
  • other - daisy die (retired), owl punch, 3/4" circle punch, 1/2" circle punch, window sheets, Big Shot, dimensionals, hexagon embossing folder, Blendabilities, pennant punch, sponge dauber
  • non SU - Magnolia stamp, Carl daisy punches

On DD16's advice I have left the side panels as they are, as the card is so busy already - though I was tempted to put a honey pot on there.  I'm working on a nautical themed one now, as it's DH's birthday on Tuesday - so back soon with that one!

Thanks for calling in.


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