Guest Designer….

Sometime ago I was asked to be a Guest Designer over at Christmas Cards All Year Round.  Thank you so much Tracey for asking!

This site has been going for some time now & I have followed it for quiet awhile, although I must admit, have not participated in their challenges for so long.  This site is a great way to complete those Christmas cards ready for posting come 1 December!

Anyhow, on with the challenge.

The challenge this month was to –

 
TWINKLE-TWINKLE Christmas Lights

Multi-colored or clear, embossed or bling, strings or singles, vintage or new, bright or dull, broken or whole …inspriation is limitless! Make it electric and fun.
 
Measurements –
Base Card – Crumb Cake – 11 3/4″ x 4 1/8″ or 30cm x 10.5cm – scored in half & fold in the middle
Layer 1 – Glimmer Paper – 1/2″ x 4 1/8″ or 1cm x 10.5cm
Layer 2 – Whisper White – 1/2″ x 4 1/8″ or 1cm x 10.5cm
Layer 3 – Glimmer Paper – 2 1/4″ x 4 1/8″ or 5.5cm x 10.5cm
Layer 4 – Riding Hood Red – 2 1/2″ x 2 3/4″ or 6.5cm x 7cm
Layer 5 – Whisper White – 2 3/8″ x 2 5/8″ or 6cm x 6.5cm
 
Supplies –
Stamp Set – Dasher, Short & Sweet
Ink – Riding Hood Red, Versamark
Cardstock – Riding Hood Red, Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Glimmer Paper Red
Ribbon – 5/8″ Organza – White
Punches – Scallop Trim Border
Embossing Folder – Petals a Plenty
Accessories – Stampin’ Dimensionals, Snail Adhesive, Multipurpose Glue, Pearls, Black Journal Writer, Heat Tool, Embossing Powder – Clear
 
I punched the narrower piece of Glimmer Paper along one of the long sides using the Scallop Trim Border Punch.  I attached the piece of Whisper White Cardstock along the edge of the punched line with Snail Adhesive.
 
The larger piece of Glimmer Paper was run through the Bigshot using the Embossing Folder – Petals a Plenty and adhered it to the top of the Whisper White Cardstock so that a small piece of the White was showing.  This breaks up the red on red.  In hindsite, I should have added another smaller piece of White to the other side, but only thought of it when everything had been completed.
 
Dasher was stamped in Versamark & then Riding Hood Red Ink prior to being stamped onto the small piece of Whisper White Cardstock, heat set with the Heat Tool & then adhered to the piece of Riding Hood Red with Snail Adhesive.  I adhered a small piece of Ribbon to the side, applied Stampin’ Dimensionals & adhered to the Base Card.
 
Pearls were adhered to the antelers & around his neck for some bling.  His eye was marked using the Black Journal Marker.  The greeting was stamped in Riding Hood Ink.
 
 
Why not head over to Christmas Cards All Year Round & check out what the rest of the team have created, create your project & link back.
 
Until next time, Happy Stampin’
 
 

Thank You…

I did mention previously that I was way behind in my posting, so I am going to try & catch up, but the hard part is thinking what cards I have created & where they are – have I already posted them, given them away????

The card today is one we created at my Friday’s Volunteer Class.  We had lots of fun with this card, but I was a little cruel to the ladies.  I actually forgot to take my punch, so had to quickly make up a couple of pages of different size hearts on the computer so they could complete their card.

Measurements –
Base Card – Very Vanilla – 8 1/4″ x 4 1/8″ or 21cm x 15cm – Scored in the middle & folded in half
Layer 1 – DSP – 3 7/8″ x 5 5/8″ or 14cm x 10cm
Layer 2 – Soft Suede – 4 3/4″ x 2″ or 12cm x 5cm
Layer 3 – DSP – 4 5/8″ x 1 7/8″ or 11.5cm x 4.5cm

Supplies –
Stamp Set – Short & Sweet
Ink – Blushing Bride, Soft Suede


Inside Card…

Cardstock – Very Vanilla, Soft Suede
DSP – IN Colours DSP
Ribbon – Crochet Trim – Chantilly
Punches – Full Heart, Oval, Scallop Oval
Brad – Antique Brads
Accessories – Mini Glue Dots, Sponge Daubers, Snail Adhesive, Tombow Multipurpose Glue

I grabbed my Sponge Dauber & inked around the edges of the large piece & small piece of DSP with Soft Suede Ink.  The large piece was adhered to the Base Card – Very Vanilla, while the smaller piece of DSP was adhered to the piece of Soft Suede Cardstock using Snail Adhesive.

Using the Full Heart Punch, I punched 20 hearts from the IN Colours DSP, sponged my Dauber around each heart with Soft Suede Ink, applied a small amount of Tombow Multipurpose Glue to the bottom part of the hearts & adhered them together ensuring that they were stacked on top of each other.  I made the flower so that it had 4 hearts for the base of the flower & then built on these 4 flowers.  In total you should have 5 layers on each heart.

Using my Bone Scorer, I turned up the edges of each petal to give the flower a little “character”.

I tied a double bow from the Crochet Ribbon, wrapped the Brad around the middle pror to adhering to the middle of the flower using a Mini Glue Dot.  The flower was then applied to the Base Card with a couple of Mini Glue Dots.

The sentiment was stamped onto a scrap piece of Very Vanilla Cardstock with Blushing Bride Ink, punched with the Oval Punch, sponged around the edges with Soft Suede Ink, adhered to a piece of Soft Suede Cardstock which had been punched with the Scallop Oval Punch & adhered to the Base Card.

Until next time, Happy Stampin’

Technique Class…

I’ve suddenly realised I haven’t been posting our cards we have been creating in the Technique Class which is held every second Sunday at the Caloundra Community Centre.  In this class we created 2 cards using the technique, although they may be slightly variations from card to card.

Today’s card was held a couple of weeks ago now, but still think it a beautiful card.  The inspiration for the card came from our current catalogue.  The Technique we used was Black Magic….. 

I know what you are syaing “Why would I do green flowers?”  Yep, I thought the same.  I used a yellow on the flowers, but because of dark Cardstock & the Old Olive Cardstock used for the Base Card, over about an hour or so, the colour slowly turned to green.

I know, going mad, you say.  Well I had convinced myself that I used a green pencil to colour, but much to my relief the same thing happened to the ladies in the class…..

Don’t forget to pop back in a couple of days & I will show you the 2nd card we created using the same fun technique.

Until next time, Happy Stampin’

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It was my turn to create the challenge over at Sunny Challenges & Creations.  Along with the sketch, we had to use the Technique – Baby Wipe.

I started out with something completely different in mind & when I couldn’t get my mind onto paper, I sort of winged this one, but am more than happy with the end result.  As I love Pink & Black, I decided to create something a little softer with a lighter pink, but still teaming it with Black.  I also kept the card to a minimum as I wanted the technique to be the focal point.

Measurements –
Base Card – Whisper White – 8 1/4″ x 4 1/8″ or 21cm x 15cm – Scored in the middle & folded in half
Layer 1 – Basic Black – 5 1/8″ x 3 5/8″ or 13cm x 9.5cm
Layer 2 – Glossy Cardstock – 5″ x 5 1/2″ or 12.5cm x 9cm
 

Inside Card…

Supplies –
Stamp Set – Flower Fancy, Short & Sweet
Ink – Staz-On – Black
Cardstock  – Whisper White, Basic Black, Glossy, Pretty in Pink
Punches – Modern Label, Word Window, 1/16″ Circle Handheld
Ribbon – 1/8″ Taffeta – Pretty in Pink
Embossing Folder – Perfect Polka Dots
Accessories – Snail Adhesive, Tombow Multipurpose, Re-Inker – Pretty in Pink, Basic Pearl, Bigshot
Non-SU – Wet Ones

After I had applied my technique to my piece of Glossy Cardstock using Pretty in Pink Re-Inker & a Wet Ones, I stamped my image in the bottom LH corner of the cardstock with Black Staz-On.  I was going to colour it using the same Re-Inker, but thought I would leave it how it is & keep it very simple.  I then run the piece through the Bigshot using Embossing Folder – Prefect Polka Dots.  

I made a ink pad from the same Wet Ones I had previously used, using Pretty in Pink Re-Inker, inked my greeting & stamped direct onto a scrap piece of Glossy Cardstock.  This was punched out with the Word Window Punch & adhered to a piece of Basic Black Cardstock which had been punched with the Modern Label Punch.  I then punched a small hole in each end of the Basic Black Label with the 1/16″ Handheld Punch, threaded a piece of Pretty in Pink Taffeta Ribbon through, tucked the ends under & adhered to the piece of Basic Black Cardstock with Tombow Multipurpose Glue.

The whole piece was then adhered to the Base Card – Whisper White with Snail Adhesive.  I popped a Basic Pearl to the middle of the flower to finish the card.

I would really like to know what you think?  Is it too plain????
Don’t forget to pop on over to Sunny Challenges & Creations to check out what Kris, Tanya, Gwen & our Weekly Guest Designers have created.
Until next time, Happy Stampin!

Technique Class….

I’m a little behind in posting the cards we have been doing at our Technique Class.  These have been running every 2nd Sunday arvo at the Caloundra Community Centre.  I am really enjoying them as it has gotten me out of my comfort zone & my thinking cap on as I try to cater for the tastes of everyone, while at the same time creating cards that are a little bit different. 

Each week we do one card that has a different fold & one standard card while still having fun doing our techniques.

This card was using the Acetate & Tissue Technique.  Combined with some Christmas DSP & a faithful stamp set that I don’t think you can beat – Lovely as a Tree and you have a great Christmas Card

Supplies –
Stamp Set – Lovely as a Tree, Short & Sweet
Ink – Staz-On, Old Olive
Cardstock – Old Olive, Whisper White, Bashful Blue
DSP – Letters to Santa
Punches – Oval, Scallop Oval
Ribbon – 5/8″ Satin – Chocolate Chip
Accessories – Stampin Dimensionals, Tombow Glue, Re-Inkers – Certainly Celery, Bashful Blue, Snail Adhesive, Dazzling Diamonds, White Gel Pen, Crystal Effects
Non-SU – Tissue, Acetate

Until next time, Happy Stampin’

SC 04112…

Our challenge over at Sunny Challenges & Creations proved a lot harder for me than I thought it would.  I had an idea in my mind from the first time I saw the sketch, but when it come to creating it, well that idea went out the window & I ended up just winging this one.

The challenge was brought to us by Kris in the way of the sketch & using current “In Colours

Measurements –
Base Card – Whisper White – 8 1/4″ x 4 1/8″ or 21cm x 15cm
Layer 1 – Wisteria Wonder – 5 3/4″ x 4″ or 14.5cm x 10cm
Layer 2 – Whisper White – 5 5/8″ x 1 7/8″ or 14.5cm x 5cm
Layer 3 – DSP – 5 5/8″ x 2 1/8″ or 14.5cm x 5.5cm

Supplies –
Stamp Set – Delicate Doilies, Short & Sweet
Ink – Wisteria Wonder, Blushing Bride
Cardstock – Whisper White, Wisteria Wonder
DSP – In Colours
Ribbon – 3/8″ Ruffled – Wisteria Wonder
Punches – Modern Label, 2 1/2″ Circle
Accessories –  Snail Adhesive, Basic Pearls, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Tombow Multipurpose Glue

Inside…

I randomly stamped an image from Delicate Doilies using both Wisteria Wonder & Blusing Bride Inks.

I adhered the piece of DSP to the RHS piece of Wisteria Wonder Cardstock & then the stamped piece of Whisper White Cardstock using Snail Adhesive.  This piece overlapped the piece of DSP a little so that I wouldn’t have a space down the middle.

Ribbon was adhered along the bottom part of the Cardstock using Snail Adhesive, tucked the ends under & tied a bow.

I stamped the sentiment onto a scrap piece of Whisper White Cardstock with Wisteria Wonder Ink, punched out with the Modern Label Punch, applied 2 small Basic Pearls, one each side, added a couple of Stampin’ Dimensionals & adhered to the bottom RHS side of the card.

The whole piece was adhered to the Base Card – Whisper White with Snail Adhesive.

For my centre piece, I stamped the image 3 times onto a scrap piece of Whisper White Cardstock, and once onto another piece.  The last piece was punched using the 2 1/2″ Circle Punch.  I realised that I don’t use this punch nearly enough!  This large punched piece was adhered to the card with Tombow Multipurpose Glue.

With the 3 stamped images, I cut around them at different areas of the stamp.  I did confuse myself a little here as I wasn’t too sure where I was going, but the idea had been in my head since seeing this stamp set & finally got to do it!

The 3 images were then layered on top of each other using Stamping Deimensionals.  I applied a Basic Pearl to the centre to finish it off.

I love the Ruffled Ribbon from Stampin’ Up!  Another item I don’t use enough of.

I’m really happy with the card & the soft look it has.  I think this stamp set calls for a soft delicate look.

Now it is your turn to pop over to Sunny Challenges & Creationsto check out what Gwen Kris & Tanya have created, as well as our weekly guest designers.  Create your project using the challenge & link back with Mr Linky.

Until next time, happy stampin’

SC 03012…

Do you ever have an idea in your head but doesn’t atter what you do it just never seems to end up how you pictured it the same on paper.  This is what happened to the card I created for today’s challenge over at Sunny Challenges & Creations  Now that it is finally finished, I am  really happy with, but I must confess it has taken me a couple of days as I kept stopping & starting.  In fact I created 2 cards, but like this one the best.

Today’s challenge is brought to us by Libby  Buttons are to be used on our sketch this week!

I created my own Buttons for this card, only because the real buttons look a little too bit for the card…..

Measurements –
Base Card – Basic Black – 8 1/4″ x 4 1/8″ or 21cm x 15cm – scored in half & folded down middle
Layer 1 – Whisper White – 5 3/8″ x 3 3/4″ or 13.5cm x 9.5cm
Layer 2 – Real Red – 5 1/4″ x 3 5/8″ or 13cm x 9cm
Layer 3 – Whisper White – 4 3/4″ x 1 7/8″ or 12cm x 5cm

Supplies –
Stamp Set – Fabulous Florets, Short & Sweet
Ink – Real Red, Basic Black, Versamark
Cardstock – Whisper White, Real Red, Basic Black
Ribbon – 1/4″ Grosgrain Ribbon – Real Red
Punches – Scallop Oval, Large Oval, Itty Bitty Set – Flower
Accessories – Bone Folder, Crystal Effects, Heat Tool, Embossing Powder – Clear & Basic Black, Mini-Glue Dots, Paper Piercing Tool, Rhinestones, Embossing Buddy, Snail Adhesive
Non-SU – Ruler

Techniques – Heat Embossing, Scoring & Faux Buttons

Faux Buttons
Make a button template using Whisper White Cardstock, piece 2 holes in the middle with your Paper Piercer & set aside
Using the small Flower Punch from the Itty Bitty Punch set, punch 4 flowers in Whisper White & 2 in Basic Black
Create 2 buttons by adhering 2 of the Whisper White Flowers together, paper piece the holes, using your button template & apply Crystal Effects over the top
Repeat same steps to create the 2nd Whisper White Flower Button & the Basic Black Flower Button
Set all 3 aside to dry – this may take a couple of hours\

Card –
Score Real Red Cardstock at 1/2″ intervals diagonally with a Ruler & Bone Folder, turn 180 deg & repeat
Adhere this piece to Whisper White & finally Base Card – Basic Black with Snail Adhesive
Rub Embossing Buddy over small piece of Whisper White, stamp image onto card with Versamark, pour Basic Black Embossing Powder over top, tap excess back into jar & heat set with Heat Tool
Repeat above step onto a scrap of Whisper White, except use Real Red Ink instead of Basic Black.  Cut around flower image & set aside
Ink flower image with Versamark & then Real Red
Stamp inked image direct onto scrap piece of Whisper White
Clean stamp & repeat above step for 2nd flower
Adhere the embossed piece of Card to the Base Card
Adhere the 2 Real Red flower images to the top of the embossed black image using Stampin’ Dimensionals in between flowers & to adhere to the Base
Adhere the cut out red flower image over the top of the black embossed image with Stampin’ Dimensionals
Tie a small bow with Real Red Grosgrain Ribbon & adhere to the card with Mini-Glue Dots
Stamp your sentiment with Basic Black Ink onto a piece of scrap Whisper White

Punch with Large Oval Punch & adhere to punched Basic Black which has been punched with the Scallop Oval Punch
Adhere to the LHS of card with Snail Adhesive

Adhere your Faux Buttons to the card using Mini-Glue Dots

We’re very excited over at Sunny Challenges & Creations as this week is the start of a new month & therefore, a new Guest Designer. It also sees some of our past entries who received the Ray of Sunshine join us for a week in designing samples too. It is our way of saying a big thank you for supporting our challenges each week.

Be sure to join us for this challenge.

Happy Stampin’

Friday’s Case…

Our task today was to create a crad using the Technique – Faux Silk.  I love this technique that I thought we would try using tissue for our flowers too…..  I love the final look of the card.  I have cased the idea from Lori.

Measurements –

Base Card – Pear Pizzazz Cardstock – 11 3/4″ x 4 1/8″ or 30cm x 10.5cm – Scroed in middle & folded in half
Layer 1 – Whisper White Cardstock – 5 5/8″ x 4″ or 14.5cm x 10cm
Layer 2 – DSP – 5 1/2″ x 3 7/8″ or 14cm x 9.5cm
Layer 3 – Pear Pizzazz Cardstock – 3 3/8″ x 2 3/8″ or 8.5cm x 6cm
Layer 4 – Whisper White Cardstock – 3 1/4″ x 2 1/4″ or 8cm x 5.5cm

I adhered my DSP to Whisper White Cardstock, layered a piece of Ribbon towards the bottom half of the DSP, tucked the ends under & adhered to the Base Card – Pear Pizzazz.

I will do up a tutorial on how I did my Faux Silk & flowers so be sure to check back tomorrow…….

After adhering all my flowers together with a Brad & applying a Pearl to the centre using Crystal Effects, adhering to the Base Card, I stanped my sentiment onto Whisper White Cardstock, punched using the Large Oval & adhered to a piece of Pretty in Pink Cardstock which had been punched with the Scallop Oval Punch.

My butterflies were cut using my Bigshot & the Embossit Dies, adhered together & a Pearl applied to the centre before being adhered to the top of the card…..
Supplies –
Stamp Set – Just Believe, Short & Sweet
Ink – Pear Pizzazz, Pretty in Pink
Cardstock – Pear Pizzazz, Pretty in Pink, Whisper White
DSP – In Colours Designer Series Pattern Stack
Embosslits Dies – Beautiful Wings
Punches – Scallop Oval, Large Oval
Ribbon – 1/2″ Stitched-Poly – Pear Pizzazz
Accessories – Pearls, Snail Adhesive, Crystal Effects, Brads
Non-SU – Tissue Paper
Until next time, Enjoy!

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Another new challenge is up & running over at Sunny Challenges & Creations.  Wouldn’t you think that if I had to set the challenge, I would have some sort of idea on what to create – Nope, No Way, Not me!!!!!!

For this challenge we had to use the Technique – Faux Silk. I love techniques, so this was a great challenge for me.  The sketch is fairly easy too.  So why not join us?

Now don’t be like me & continue tossing out your little scrunched ball.  I did it about 3 times before I realised what I was actually tossing out!

Measurements –
Base Card – Calypso Coral – 8 1/4″ x 5 7/8″ or 21cm x 15cm – Scored in middle & folded in half
Layer 1 – Crumb Cake – 5 3/4″ x 4″ or 14.5cm x 10cm
Layer 2 – Calypso Coral – 3 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ or 9cm x 6.5cm
Layer 3 – Very Vanilla – 3 3/8″ x 2 3/8″ or 8.5cm x 6cm

Inside & Envelope…

Supplies –
Stamp Set – Elements of Style, Short & Sweet
Ink – Calypso Coral
Cardstock – Very Vanilla, Calypso Coral, Crumb Cake
Ribbon – 1/2″ Crochet – Chantilly
Accessories – Snail Adhesive, Anywhere Glue Stick, Pearls
Non-SU! – Tissue Paper

Stamp random images over Crumb Cake Cardstock using Calypso Coral Ink
Adhere Crochet Ribbon towards the bottom of card, tuck ends under
Stamp image direct onto Tissue Paper with Calypso Coral Ink, set aside to dry
Once dry, scrunch into a ball & roughly smooth out.  Don’t try & smooth the wrinkles, as this is part of the technique

Place Anywhere Glue around the piece of Very Vanilla Cardstock, ensuring you have enough glue around the edges as well 

Place your Tissue Paper to the sticky side of the Very Vanilla Cardstock, smooth over & trim Tissue Paper
Adhere to piece of Calypso Coral & then to Crumb Cake piece
Adhere the whole lot to the Base Card – Calypso Coral
Adhere Pearls to flower centre & 3 Pearls to the Crochet Trim
Stamp sentiment onto a scrap piece of Very Vanilla Cardstock with Calypso Coral Ink
Punch with Oval Punch & adhere to a piece of Calypso Coral which has been punched with Scallop Oval Punch
Adhere to card with Stampin’ Dimensionals
Stamp bird image onto scrap piece of Very Vanilla & cut out
Adhere to card with Stampin’ Dimensionals
Place Pearl in centre of eye

I missed a flower centre on my card & didn’t notice it until I went to post the card.  It is now driving me crazy, but too late to fix as this went in the post on Friday.

Why not head over to Sunny Challenges & Creations & check out the gorgeous cards Kris & Shirley have created. 

We would love for you to join us.

Until next time, Happy Stampin’

Sailing Away….

With the rainy weather we are having in South East Queensland & the Sunshine Coast, this card is very appropriate, as we will all soon need the boats out to get around.  I love it as it keeps the humidity down!


Inside…

Our class today at Crafty Creations was to create a male card.  These cards can sometimes prove the most difficult to make, but this one come together quiet easy.  In fact, I was really surprised at how it all came together.  I love the final result!


Measurements –
Base Card – Night of Navy – 8 1/4″ x 5 7/8″ or 21cm x 15cm – Scored in the middle & folded in half
Layer 1 – Whisper White – 5 3/4″ x 4″ or 14.5cm x 10cm
Layer 2 – Riding Hood Red – 3″ x 4″ or 7.5cm x 10cm
Layer 3 – DSP – 2 7/8″ x 4″ or 7cm x 10cm
Layer 4 – Riding Hood Red – 3 5/8″ x 3 1/8″ or 9cm x 8cm

Layer 5 – Whisper White – 3 1/2″ x 3″ or 8.5cm x 7.5cm

I wanted the card to be Navy & White mostly, with just a touch of Red showing.

I adhered the DSP to the piece of Riding Hood Red leaving just a small amount of the red showing at the top.  This was then adhered to the piece of Whisper White prior to adhering to the Base Card – Night of Navy using Snail Adhesive.


Envelope…

I stamped the image onto Whisper White using Staz-On, allowed to dry & using my Blender Pen & SU Marker – Riding Hood Red, I coloured a little of the sails.  This piece was then adhered to Riding Hood Red using Snail Adhesive, before adhering to the Base Card with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

I stamped my sentiment onto Whisper White using Night of Navy Ink, punched with the small Oval Punch, adhered to a punched piece of Riding Hood Red which had been punched with the Large Oval Punch & then adhered to the bottom of the card with Snail Adhesive.

I love the whole look of this card!

Supplies –
Stamp Set – Short & Sweet, Sail Away (Retired)
Ink – Staz-On, Night of Navy
Cardstock – Whisper White, Night of Navy, Riding Hood Red
DSP – 2010-2011 In Colours
Punches – Oval, Large Oval
Accessories – Snail Adhesive, Blender Pen,
SU Markers – Riding Hood Red, Stampin’ Dimensionals
Until next time, Enjoy!