Saturday, 26 April 2008

Biker Birthday!!

I've been dying to ink this image up for ages and I thought it could be birthday-fied with some good designer paper and lots of glitter.
I had originally stamped little rocks (from the same set) on the road but I decided to change them to little cupcakes in keeping with the birthday theme.
My niece is 21 and although she doesn't ride a motorbike her parents have one each and they might appreciate this card!!!!

The image is from Hanna Stamps, Route 66 set and is great fun to colour with Copics.
The designer paper is by Junkitz from their 6 x 6 salsa pad. The tiny cut out cupcakes are also from this pad.
Flowers by Prima marketing. Brad from Lasting Impressions.
Sakura white souffle pen.
Ticket corner punch by Stampin up.
Ribbon by Creative Impressions.
Yellow, turqoise and crystal stickles.

Laura Ashley inspired.......

I had this idea for a little while to create my own "wallpaper" as such and when I saw this Laura Ashley design, I thought I'd have a go at MY version, creating a card in the process!!!
I know the dirty dozen team over at Splitcoaststampers have been using home design pages for inspiration and I love that we can be inspired by everyday things around us.

I used a blossom and 2 different leaves from a really great floral set by Kim Hughes for Cornish Heritage Farms called "Bloomin' Beautiful".
Ink : Adirondack in slate. Versamark.
White seafoam embossing powder by Ranger.
White souffle pen by Sakura to highlight leaves.
A muse twinkle stickers.
Wedding wishes by My Favourite Things from their wedding set.
Toner Gray T5 copic pen to dye ivory grosgrain.
YR21 Cream copic pen for flower centres.
Buckle from Hodgepodge Hardware and oval punch by Stampin Up.

This was my first time dying my ribbon with copics and it worked out perfectly. It was also my first time using my hodgepodge which I have been hoarding and can't bear to part with.

Friday, 25 April 2008

Sweet nestability!!!

I remember quite some time ago seeing a beautiful baby dress created from a scalloped circle using a nestability die so I thought I'd have a try at my version.
I love the little collar and dinky bow and only one word sprang to mind "sweet" when I was thinking of a suitable sentiment. This would be perfect for the birth of a baby girl or just a cute card for any little girl.
It also fits well with Splitcoaststampers "Ways to use it" challenge this week. Use scissors, challenge WT163. I used the scissors to form the dress, collar and cuffs.

Designer paper - Fancy pants, English Rose
Cuttlebug "Swiss dots" embossing folder.
Class scalloped circle nestability (sm).
Eyelets and crop-a-dile to set them.
Janome mini sewing machine.
Light pink dewdrops.
Ribbons by Mayarts.
Scoreboard for embossed lines.
Corner rounder, ticket corner and circle punches from Stampin Up.
"Sweet" stamp by Stampin Up from their "SO VERY" set.

(Edited to add - I managed to track down the original that inspired me! It is by the VERY talented Sharon Harnist who is so good she designs for Spellbinders, Copics, Lockhart Stamps......etc. etc.)
Her design can be viewed HERE!
Check out her blog Paper Fections and prepare to be WOWED!!!

I started by cutting 2 of the largest classic scalloped circle (sm) by Spellbingers. I used double sided designer paper from Fancy Pants, English Rose. Using a pencil I decided where the arms should be and used a ruler to make sure it was symmetrical. You could use the petite scalloped circle if you want more scallops, i.e. more frills on your dress!
I used a circle punch for the neck area and scissors to cut the sleeves.

I cut out the dress and trimmed the collar, cuffs and skirt with the reverse side, raspberry coloured design.

Saturday, 19 April 2008

Riley flying high!!

Isn't this stamp so cute?? He is Plane Riley by Hanna Stamps and I thought he'd be perfect to create a scene with. Here I used a stamping wheel by Stampin' Up called "Tailgating" but there are endless possibilities. SU do great Christmassy wheels, cute washing lines and farmyard scenes.
The sentiment is from Hanna Stamps "things Hanna would say" pack.

Not much to say about it - I coloured with Copics and NOT an embellishment in sight!!!

Friday, 18 April 2008

Hanna cleans up!

I love the "Domestic Goddess" set from Hanna Stamps and the sentiment is perfect for all the diehard stampers out there.

I thought I would take the opportunity to photograph a little bit more of the process and the materials as I created these cards.

This card was designed for Card Positioning systems sketch challenge, CPS #60. ( I actually found it a bit tricky but this will have to do!!!)

The paper is from Junkitz 6x6 salsa pad and I used one sheet to complete both cards. The copic colours I used are photographed below.
Ribbon is from Mayarts.
Twinkle stickers from A muse for her necklace.
Lime stickles for the feather duster.
SU circle punches

This was the second card I made using the leftover piece of dotty paper. The dewdrops are actually all a lemon colour but take on different hues on the dotty paper.

The small clip is from Paperchase.
Dotty ribbon is Mayarts.
Dewdrops from Robin's nest. (now in stock at Mill House Crafts).
Janome mini sewing machine. (I'm using it more often as I have it sitting out all the time. When I packed it away in it's box after use, I was too lazy to drag it out when I needed it!)

I hope you like this longer than normal post and I'll try and remember to photograph as I go along in the future!

Thursday, 17 April 2008

The perfect package!

This is another image from the Hanna Stamps "packages" set. You might recall the girl wrapping a package from a previous post.
They layout was inspired by the wonderfully talented Cindy Haffner. Click on her name to see lots of examples in her gallery over at Splitcoaststampers.
I used my square scalloped nestability and folded some Fancy Pants designer paper and only allowed the die to cut on 3 sides so that I would have a fold. I then punched the circles with the large side of my crop-a-dile.
I used various nestabilities for the circles in the centre.
"Surprise" is from the "Things Hanna would say" pack by Hanna Stamps and I thought it would look good as a flower centre with a largish prima flower, highlighted with dots and lime stickle.
The ribbon is a lovely apple green solid dotty ribbon by Creative Impressions and I like the turquoise in it too :)

Saturday, 12 April 2008

Gardener's know all the best dirt!!

~With the weather turning a little better - well sunshine followed by hail stones!!!, I thought I would do a little project with a Spring theme.
I love the Garden Riley but I also love my new Lockhart stamps from Ellen Hutson of the gardening clogs and sentiment.

My old fav, the tree backgrounder by Cornish Heritage Farms came out again and inked with Adirondack oregano it was a good background for Riley and the tag.

Accessories: nestabilities, dewdrops, ribbon by Mayarts, flower from Prima marketing.

Not sure who is going to get this little set but it is all ready for some cellophane wrap and a ribbon!

Tuesday, 8 April 2008

Showers of good wishes!

Have I mentioned I really like stamps by My Favorite Things?? just checking.........he he

This little gal with the umbrella is from their "Shower Time" mini set and comes with other images too. See for yourself HERE. (available at Mill House Crafts £6.99).

I had a class last Thurs night and this was one of the cards created - I think everyone enjoyed using the MFT stamps.

Other stamps used: Canvas backgrounder by Cornish Heritage Farms and sentiment from Amuse.
INK: Brilliance graphite black, Ranger distress ink in 'tattered rose' and Versacolor Jumbo java.
Designer paper for paper piecing from Scrapbook walls double sided.
Dewdrops on corners will soon be in stock in a variety of colours.
Accessories: 'Ribbons by Mayarts, stipple brushes and nestabilities by Spellbinders. Pale pink liquid pearls for highlights and copics for the skintone. Judikins diamond glaze.

This was a VERY quick card using the same stamp as above but also a background stamp from "Behind the scenes" by MFT too.
The umbrella handles are hand drawn as are the raindrops. I used copics to colour the flowery background. If you click on the photo you'll see how the Judikins diamond glaze is effective as raindrops.
Clear dewdrops from Robin's nest.

Here's hoping we don't get any April showers - thanks for stopping by!

Friday, 4 April 2008

Hanna's present!

This is for this week's Card Positioning systems sketch challenge, CPS 58. This is one of my favorite sets by Hanna Stamps and is great for colouring with Copics.
Package is really sparkly in real life and flowers are by Prima Marketing. Black brads by Creative Impressions.
Nestabilites for layering.
Sorry for the brief post but gotta go......

Thursday, 3 April 2008

Dotty doggies!

Allison over at "Stampin when I can" had another challenge which I'm a bit late in playing along with but here goes anyway!!

It is AFSS11 Dotty - here are her suggestions.
  • Use polka dotted stamps or DP.
  • Add some dots with a gel pen. For some inspiration, visit the queen of the gel pen, Faith.
  • Pierce...that's a dot, right?
  • Pull out a dotty embossing folder or template.

This is one of my favourite sets "Let's go for a walk" by My Favorite Things. The open circle background and sentiment is in the same set too and I thought there were definitely enough dots to participate in Allison's challenge.

The corner is from another of their background sets.
It's not very clear from the photo but I used dewdrops (island blossom) on some of the circles. If you visit Mill House Crafts, the dewdrops are due in stock soon as are the new Hanna stamps and latest from My Favorite Things.

I sewed a line of stitches along the ribbon and pulled the thread to ruffle it slightly.
All coloured with my fav copics and a little sparkle on the dress and party hats.