Elements of Style….

Inside Card…

…was one of the stamp sets we used on our Cracked GlassTechnique Class a couple of weeks ago.  This technique gave such a lovely aged effect to the whole stamp set & card that we did a little bit of sponging as well.  I used the current challenge (at the time) from Sunny Challenges & Creations to create our card.

The classes are held every 2nd Sunday afternoon from 1.00pm to whenever we happen to finish.

I am really enjoying the classes as it is getting me out of my comfort zone & also using different stamps, along with colours & styles.  I think it is important when doing classes that you cater for everyone’s likes, not just your own.

Until next time, have a great week of Stampin’

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Our challenge this week has been set by Gwen.  It is a great chance to create those Birthday Cards that are always so handy to have in our stash. 

For my card I used the Stamp Set – Elements of Style, along with the set from SAB – Elementary Elegance & of course, the mtching Frame to go with the Stamp Set – Four Frames…..
Now, for my card, I’ve killed 2 birds with the one stone!  I also used the challenge to create one of the cards that we are creating in our Technique Class today – Cracked Glass!
Don’t forget to pop on over to Sunny Challenges & Creations to check out what Gwen, Kris, Christine & Kathryn have created.  We would love to see what you can come up with using the challenge above.
Until next time, Happy Stampin!

Technique Class…

The card I am showing you today is one of the ones from our Technique Class last Sunday – Stained Glass – Embossed.

It is a very basic layout AND a very easy card to create.  In saying that, it did take me about 8 days to come up with it – don’t you just hate that!  I think I was too busy concentrating on the layout instead of the technique.  So when I looked at the whole project from another angle, I shocked myself at how easy it eventually was & how very pretty & soft it turned out!

Measurements –
Base Card – Rose Red – 8 1/4″ x 5 7/8″ or 21.5cm x 15cm
Layer 1 – Whisper White – 5 3/4″ x 4″ or 14.5cm x 10.5cm
Layer 2 – Rose Red – 3″ x 4 1/4″ or 8cm x 11cm
Layer 3 – Whisper White – 2 7/8″ x 4 1/8″ or 7.5cm x 10cm
Layer 4 – Vellum – 2 7/8″ x 4 1/8″ or 7.5cm x 10cm

Supplies –
Stamp Set – Elements of Style, En Francais
Ink – Versamark, Pretty in Pink
Cardstock – Whisper White, Vellum, Rose Red
Ribbon – 5/8″ Organza – Whisper White
Accessories – SU! Sponge Daubers, SU! Pastels, Mini Glue Dots, SU! Markers – Old Olive & Pink Pirouette, Snail Adhesive, Embossing Powder – White, Heat Tool, Embossing Buddy

I would love to know what you think?
Happy Stampin!

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The new weekly challenge over at Sunny Challenges & Creations starts today.  It is an easy one this week, although it did set my mind racing as there are sooooooooo many ways you could create your project by creating a Window in your card!  Yep, Kris has set us a challenge by making a “window in our card“.

I will admit, I based my card around 2 pieces of paper – one being the DSP & the other Soft Suede Cardstock.  I found these 2 pieces already adhered together in with the DSP pack.  Obviously, I had used the remainder of the strip for something else & the piece left was just perfect for a card folded on it’s side.  The piece of Soft Suede Cardstock had even been punched with the Scallop Edge Border Punch, so that was an added bonus as far as I was concerned.

I even used a piece of Textured Cardstock for my Base Card which I found in my Textured Drawer of cardstock.  I thought it would take away the blank look of the front of the card while at the same time, giving it a suttle soft feel to the card……..  I wanted the window to be my focus.

Then in the middle of creating my card, the “light bulb” went off & I created the window around a tiny stamp, but all will be revealed as we get further down……..  curious now!!!!!!!!!!!!

Supplies –
Stamp Set – Elementary Elegance, Elements of Style, Sincere Salutations, En Francais
Ink – Soft Suede, Pink Pirouette
Cardstock – Pink Pirouette Textured, Very Vanilla, Soft Suede
DSP – Beau Chateau
Punches – Scallop Edge Border, 1 3/4″ Circle, 2 3/8 Scallop Circle
Ribbon – 1/2 Seam Binding – Very Vanilla
Accessories – Tombow Multipurpose Glue, Dotto, Pearls, Snail Adhesive

Measurements –
Base Card – Pink Pirouette Textured Cardstock – 12″ x 4 1/8″ or 30cm x 10.5cm – Scored in the middle longways & folded in half
Layer 1 – DSP – 1″ x 4 1/8″ or 2.5cm x 10.5cm
Layer 2 – Soft Suede – 1″ x 4 1/8″ or 1.5cm

Once the card had been scored & folded in half, I cut about 1 1/4″ of Cardstock from the front right hand side of the card – the top layer ONLY!!!!!! 

Prior to adding my bits down the Right Hand Side of my card, I punched a circle from the front top layer of my card using the 1 3/4″ Circle Punch.  I adhered the piece of DSP & Soft Suede Cardstock down the RHS with Snail Adhesive.  I allowed about 1/8″ from the edge of the card showing on the RHS.

My little WOW factor with the little stamped bird inside the card

I punched a circle out of the DSP using the 1 3/4″ Circle Punch, positioned the 2 3/8″ Scallop Circle Punch over the top, ensuring that the DSP was even on all side prior to punching.  Don’t you just love how all SU! punches gel together??????  You should have a scalloped circle ready to be placed over the the window in your card.

?I cut a piece of Very Vanilla Cardstock for the inside of my card – 4″ x 5 5/8″ & adhered with Snail Adhesive.  A circle was punched from a scrap piece of paper with my 1 3/4″ Circle Punch & placed over the top of the inside layer ensuring that the whole of the Very Vanilla was covered with the scrap paper.  I placed a temporary adhesive to the back of the paper with Dotto so that the paper wouldn’t move around when I stamped.

I inked my script image with Pink Pirouette Ink, stamped over the paper & onto the Very Vanilla Cardstock.  The excess ink went straight onto the scrap paper.  When I removed the scrap paper, I had a round circle of script on the Very Vanilla Cardstock inside.  This script image appeared through the window when the card was closed. 

TIP – To remove any little bits of Dotto on your card, rub gently with Adhesive Remover

See the little wings behind the big bird…..

I adhered my scalloped DSP circle over the top of the window with Tombow, stamped my bird image onto a scrap of Very Vanilla using Soft Suede Ink, cut out & WHAM – the “light bulb” switched on!!!!!!  I adhered the cut out bird  to the top of the DSP scallop circle by his little wing tip with Tombow.  The bird was covering the little bird on the inside & cannot be seen until you open the card…..
??As the card was still missing something I tied a knot with Very Vanilla Seam Binding & adhered to the DSP with a Mini Glue Dot.

I decided to stop there, but after putting all my “stuff” away, I eyed my Pearls & thought “why not” – so on with the Pearls down the Scallop Edge Border & of course, 1 for his little eye.

I grabbed a greeting & stamped direct onto the Textured Cardstock with Soft Suede.  It just seemed to balance the card a bit better.

 Don’t forget to head over to Sunny Challenges & Creations to check out what Gwen, Kris & Tess have created, as well as our talented Weekly Guest Designers.
We would love for you to join us as this week, we have decided if we reach 10 entries there will be TWO (2) Ray of Sunshines announced the following Satrday. 
Happy Stampin’


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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’