Sunday, 13 April 2014

Oh Just Because

Do you have that absolutely fabulous paper that you have no idea, photo to match or card to make.
And you what to do something creative, how about a 3D product.

I'm in love, love, love with the In Color 2013-2015 Collection.
Pistachio Pudding, Coastal Cabana, Crisp Cantaloupe, Strawberry Slush have been incorporated 
into this gorgeous construction, there is also Baked Brown Sugar in the collection 
but I haven't used that on in this project.
When you love these colours Venetian Romance Designer Series paper is perfect match.. 
I have used all Stampin' Up! products and tools in styling my beautiful creation.     
I handcrafted these flowers using the new Petite Petal punch and a Simply Scored Stylus.
I used the 3/4"circle punch to create the little swirls, 
the large flower is made with Pansy Punch
and the medium size cabbage flowers are made with the smallest flower framelit 
from the Secret Garden Framelit set. 

Using Simply Pressed Clay and a stamp set call Stippled Blossoms 
I created these cute little leaves.
Just take one of the leaves from the set, stamp it on a a small peace of clay in the shape of a leaf, shape and
leave to dry, when clay is dry combine Crystal Effects and Pistachio Pudding ink and paint it on to the leaves. 
the heart and just because banner were done the same way using different inks. 

So just because you can, you should.
'Til next time.

Friday, 11 April 2014

I'm so Happy

A quick little number to create.

For this card I only used one stamp set, Happy Watercolor.
I stamped the poppy in Staz'On Black ink on Very Vanilla card stock, 
backed onto Pistachio Pudding card stock.
"Psst" and the dots are stamped with Gold Metallic Encore ink pad.
Small water mark image is stamped with Coastal Cabana and the large water mark 
image is stamped with can you guess? . . Pistachio Pudding.

I stamped extra flower heads onto Vellum using Staz' On Black ink then using an Aqua Painter painted Crisp Cantaloupe ink on to the petals. I added extra coats to add deeper colour, fussy cut them out, then stuck them on with Glue Dots.
So simple.
Have fun till next time.

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Thinking of You

Crisp Cantaloupe, Basic Gray, Gold, Texture and a Brad.
The challenge was set.
I love flowers! Maybe its because I'm surrounded by boys, two sons and a husband,
so to compensate for all that testosterone I add flowers to as many things as I can.
And when my friend and upline Shannean set a craft challenge to create something using the above five items, I immediately think how do I creatively include flowers into another product?

I pulled out the stamp set Flower Shop used it to Gold emboss Crisp Cantaloupe card stock, punch them out with the Pansy Punch then fussy cut the blank parts of the petals out, stuck them down on pansy punched Basic Gray card stock.
I used Secret Garden framelits to make the leaves.
I placed the flowers and leaves onto a panel made with Sahara Sand card stock embossed with Decorative Dots embossing folder.
Using Stampin Up! ink refills I dyed both my ribbons to suit the card, Very Vanilla Seam Binding Ribbon with Crisp Cantaloupe ink and the Victoria Crochet Trim with Basic Gray ink.
The label was made with the film framelit from On Film framelit set.
I stamped with one of the sentiments from the Thoughts & Prayers stamp set. Topped it all off by using an Antique Brad with a bit of Gold Metallic Encore ink daubed on top. 
Challenge complete. 
Till next time.

Monday, 7 April 2014

Quality Time

All smiles in this photo!
My gorgeous man and I.
I've put this page together using a few different mediums card stock, paper, wood, metal and cotton and glass buttons, pearl gems and glitter.  
Always Artichoke - (love that colour) is the back ground colour I have used with this beautiful layout then a sheet of non-Stamin' Up! designer paper, which I distressed with the Stampin' Up! distressing kit, then about a third of and inch in from the edge of the DSP I've used my sewing machine and sewen a zig zag border   using a almost perfectly matched silk thread to Always Artichoke.
I have made the little spiral flowers using various Circle Punches and simply cutting them into a spiral and curling them in a tight roll. I have then daubed them with Craft Ink in Whisper White and added a pearl. The leaves behind the flowers is made using the Little Leaves Sizzlit die, I have then folded and daubed the leaes to make them appear more natural.

I made the flowers using the Fancy Flower punch, daubed the edges and then glossed them with Crystal Effects.  I wanted to add a touch of luxury and gloss to the lay out and chose colours to complement the colours in the photo. By interspersing the flowers with Little Leaves and spiral flowers it adds texture and balance to the page.
I build the lattice behind the photo mount out of grunge board and old card stock, The filigree embellishment is non-Stampin' Up! but I have daubed it with Stampin' Up! colours to tie it in with the project.  The little bird and other metallic elements were just items I had been saving for the right project.


Saturday, 5 April 2014

All My Love

A beautiful heart-warming moment that I wanted to capture and give appropriate credibility to in a scrap booking sense. 
I started with Early Espresso 12"x12" card stock, then incorporated River Rock card stock 
as my next main colour 

The "lace" like feature beneath the circular mount was created by pleating a border punched with Lace Ribbon Border Punch (now retired). This served two purposes - it added dimension to the circular mount and allowed for the flower embellishment behind the photo to nestle without difficulty.
I continued the "circular" theme by creating a void behind the photograph. I heat embossed the large Medallion background stamp in black on the Early Espresso background. I made the flowers using some Baja Breeze DSP and the Secret Garden Framelit dies. Of course I daubered the edges of the flowers with Soft Suede ink and distressed them to match the rustic theme of the layout.


Thursday, 3 April 2014


Can't you tell, we're family?
Does this lay out look familiar? I was pressed for time to complete this one.

Focussing on both my son Ethan's shirt (light and dark blue) and
 his cousin Aidan's shirt (green and gray) I chose the colours to blend this whole project together.
Because I was pressed for time to complete this project I chose a layout that I had design for another project a few months earlier (see my earlier post Hello Son).
I changed it up a little by using different stamp sets, yet sticking to the same colour scheme 
which still suited this photo as well, its not too often that you can get away with that
 in the world of scrapping.
I used Pool Party card stock to back the photo stamped with Smoky Slate ink
 using Background Builders stamp set. 
Then I used Gorgeous Grunge and Off The Grid stamp sets stamped with Smoky Slate ink on to the Epic Day This and That DSP.
I used the same gorgeous ribbon accents that I used in the lay out Hello Son using the same accumulation of washi tape (from the Holiday Mini), Natural Trim, Smoky Slate Chevron ribbon and Pool Party Seam Binding Ribbon.
I completed this project in two hours, which is a Epic feat on my part.
till next time.

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

With Sympathy

It's always hard to doing a sympathy card being mindful of someones' feelings, it is some times like tip toeing though a mind field.
I designed this card for a gentleman who had lost his wife after a lifelong marriage.
So I kept it simple using stamp set that reflected the remembrance of time.

Coordinating Epic Day This and That Designer Series Paper with Calypso Coral card stock, combining lots of stamp sets reflecting time.  Loving Thoughts, Off the Grid, and Gorgeous Grunge to name a few.
The ribbon used is Smoky Slate Chevron, finished off with an Antique brad and two shades of candy dots on candy dot bases

It is always a nice touch to match inside of the card and the envelope.

until next time.

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Oh So Pretty

Pink and Red
are not easy colours to blend well but 
this year's In Color 2013-2015 Strawberry Slush makes is easy. 
Combining the Background Builder stamp set with Strawberry Slush Ink Stamped on Very Vanilla Card stock made the perfect looking back ground which help blend two tricky colours.

I backed the Photos on to Venetian Romance Designer Series Paper (Soft Suede and Very Vanilla)
matched up with hand made flowers using Secret Garden Framelits, Boho Blossoms flower punch and Buttons & Blossoms Simply Pressed Clay Molds.
the leaves are made with Very Vanilla card stock and the Bird Builder punch daubed with Pear Pizzaz ink top off with Crystal Effects. 
I dyed Very Vanilla Seam Binding Ribbon using Blushing Bride ink refill then daubered the edges with Strawberry Slush ink.
I finished off the page with cross-stitched Linen Thread, an arrow paper clip from Stampin' Up! Hung Up Cute Clips pack
and the first two letters out of the "merry" from the Expressions Thinlits Dies ( from the Holiday catalogue) 
      cut out of Silver Foil Sheets.
I hope this give you some great ideas.
'til next time.

Friday, 28 March 2014

Cute as a Button

This cheeky photo was taken at the local play ground and I thought I'd do something a little different in my layout, rather than adorning it with different types of flowers, leaves and ribbon this time I chose to use the card stock and photo as the embellishments.  

I divided the page into 48 segments then choose card stock which married with the colours in the photo (Real Red, Crumb Cake, and Night of Navy), then using several different  stamp sets adorned each segment of card stock in a different way ether using stamps or distressing with a crackle effect. You will see that I have individually machine sewn each piece onto the base card. I dotted the page with Antique Brads, old buttons and cross stitched with Linen Thread.
I apologise that all of the stamp sets that I have used are retired but you could get the same effect with the writing from By the Sea Stamp set, the small flower out of Summer Silhouettes stamp set, the skids from Gorgeous Grunge.

Hope you are inspired!

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Through The Years

What to do with an accumulation of photos that are too small by themselves and don't have other photos that tell the same story and are just too cute or the memory too fond to neglect by not scrapping them. This is a great way to get around those problems.
Using 12"x12" Very Vanilla cardstock as the base, incorperating the in color collection from 
2013-2015 (Baked Brown Sugar, Coastal Cabana, Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding, Strawberry Slush) ink colours with the stamp sets Background Builders and Gorgeous Grunge.
The flowers are hand made using Secret Garden Framelits and the
 wonderful Buttons & Blossoms Simply Pressed Clay Molds and the Pressed Clay to match.The little swirls are made from 3/4" Circle Punch.
The DSP used to back the photos is called Venetian Romance and has been distressed using the Stampin' Distress Tool.

Hope that this inspires you and helps you to use those unforgotten but difficult to scrap photos.
Until next time. . .

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Hello Son

Cute little Ethan
This lay out is quite simple, I started with the colours in the photo, smoky slate ink was a perfect match to Ethan's shirt and Epic Day This and That DSP incorporating Basic Gray, Crumb Cake and Pool Party which blend perfectly with Smoky Slate ink. Then taking into account that Ethan is my son, he is a brother, grandson and a cousin I looked for any stamps set along that line.
Some of the stamp set that have been used are
Oh Hello,One in a Million,Million & One, Off the Grid, 
Gorgeous Grunge, Background Builders and My Friend
 to name a few.
This gorgeous ribbon accents are an accumulation of washi tape (from the Holiday Mini), Natural Trim, Smoky Slate Chevron ribbon and Pool Party Seam Binding Ribbon and lastly some Candy Dots (in Pool Party) to top it off.

Until next time. . .