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Urban Garden & Friends

Hello

It is another chilly day in Melbourne, but with some sunshine which is nice. I have been browsing some sketch blogs and found Amy Rsavy's site Prairie Paper & Ink. She has a card sketch every Friday, so I decided to give it a go. The card I have to share with you is based on the sketch for Friday 17 July.

I have used the Urban Garden Designer Series Paper and the matching cardstock colours with the Friends 24-7 stamp set (one of my favourites) and the matching Friendly Words jumbo wheel. I love how easy Stampin' Up! make the co-ordination of the cardstock and designer papers. The card fold is at the top for a change - a style I think that adds interest to the card. The details are pretty evident from the card. I have added Baja Breeze to the bird's tummy using a blender pen and ink pad and sponging to the edges to soften the white. The scallop circle is popped up on some dimensionals. I hope you like it.

Urban_Friends 

Card Details

Stamps

Friends 24-7, Friendly Words Jumbo Wheel, Cute & Curly

Cardstock & Papers

Kiwi Kiss, Whisper White, Basic Gray, Baja Breeze, Not Quite Navy

Ink

Versamark, Basic Gray, Baja Breeze

Accessories

White Taffeta ribbon

Tools

Circle & Scallop circle Nestabilities, Dimensionals, Curly Label Punch, Carl Corner rounder punch

I hope to be back later in the weekend.  Stay warm.

Judy.


Blue Brocade

Hi there

Isn't it great that it's Friday again and it looks like it is going to be a sunny winters day in Melbourne.

The card I have for you today morphed into something different from I what I had in mind, but sometimes you just have to go with the flow.  The layout is a variation of the Mojo Monday #94 Sketch. I started with the brocade motif from the Friends 24-7 stamp set which I embossed in white onto gloss card and then used the brayer to put the chocolate chip ink over the top. It turns out that my brayer isn't actually a brayer, but a rubber roller, but the outcome wasn't too bad. I have used the Bella Bleu DSP on the Chocolate Chip cardstock with a small piece of the lovely new Parisian Breeze DSP from the Spring Mini matted on Close to Cocoa. The sentiment is from the new Oval All stamp set also from the Spring Mini that commences on 1 August.  This is going to become a firm favourite as will the new scallop oval punch. Here it is and the details are below.

Blue_Brocade 

Card Details

Stamps

Friends 24-7, Oval All (New)

Cardstock & Papers

Chocolate Chip, Bella Bleu DSP, Parisian Breeze (New), Close to Cocoa, Not Quite Navy, White Gloss, Whisper White

Ink

Versamark, Not Quite Navy, Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa  

Accessories

Flat back pearls (Pretties Kit), Chocolate Chip Satin Ribbon from Ribbon Originals, Tiny Kaiser Pearl

Tools

Large Oval punch, Scallop Oval punch (New), White embossing powder, Heat Gun, Brayer, Paper Piercer, Matt Pack

Have a great day.

Judy.


Soft Summer Plum

Hi Everyone

The card I have for you today uses the lovely floral stamp set Soft Summer from the NEW Spring Mini Catalogue released on 1 August.  This is a Two Step Stampin' set with the outline and the centre of the image as two stamps.  This gives you lots of options to use each stamp separately or together. I will show you some of the other options in the future.

I have stamped the outline in Stazon Timber Brown on watercolour paper. I have used Stampin' Write markers on the centre image in Pale Plum, Creamy Caramel and Sage Shadow, leaving the centre of the flowers un-inked and adding Perfect Plum to the edges of the flowers with a sponge dauber. I spritzed the stamp lightly with water and using the Stamp-a-ma-jig for alignment, stamped over the top of the outline.  This gives a lovely soft watercolour effect with the ink going slightly outside the outline in some areas. To finish, I used the So Saffron marker to colour the centre of the flower. I did this to prevent the colours on the flowers bleeding into the centre and muddying the colour.

The sentiment is also from the same set, punched out with the large oval punch and then matted with the NEW scallop oval punch. The background is the retired (unfortunately) Paisley stamp, which I still love. I hope you like it.

Soft_Summer_Plum

Card Details

Stamps

Soft Summer, Paisley (Retired), French Script (Retired)

Cardstock & Papers

Pink Pirouette (Base Card), Pale Plum, Perfect Plum, Sage Shadow, Watercolour paper

Ink

Stazon Timber Brown, Pale Plum, Perfect Plum,

Accessories

Tools

Large Oval punch, Scallop Oval punch (New), Stamp-a-ma-jig, Stampin’ Write markers (Pale Plum, Perfect Plum, Creamy Caramel, Sage Shadow, So Saffron), Paper Piercer, Matt Pack

If you would like your own Spring Mini Catalogue to browse, please contact me and I would be happy to post one to you. Orders for product from the Spring Mini can be accepted from 1 August 2009.

I hope you get to enjoy some creative time today.

Judy.


Sweet Cupcake

Hi there

Well, I have had a fun weekend away with friends creating, stamping and even putting a toe into the scrapbooking water (pretty scary when surrounded by fabulous scrapbookers). Well, everyone has to start somewhere don't they. I still have to finish the page, but might share that with you in the future.

Today the card I have for you is based on this week's Mojo Monday Sketch #95 (I finally get to link one on time). This is the first time I have used the Sweet Always Designer Series Paper which really lends itself to the sweet girly look. The card will be for my neice Amelia, who will be having her 3rd birthday soon. I have used the Party Hearty stamp set for the first time as well and know that it will become a favourite. The main image was stamped with Versamark and then white embossed. I have done the same for the centre flower in Close to Cocoa, punched it out and popped it up on a dimensional. The cupcake was coloured with Stampin' Write markers, cut out and Crystal Effects added for a raised shiny topping. I have popped up the top of the cake as well and put some Dazzling Diamonds glitter on the flame. I used my crimper for the first time and really love the soft corrugated effect that mirrors the base of real cupcakes. Keeping the cardstock straight while crimping is a bit of a challenge which Leanne can attest to! Here it is and the details are below.

Sweet_Always_Amelia 

Card Details

Stamps

Party Hearty

Cardstock & Papers

Pretty in Pink, Pink Pirouette, Regal Rose, Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Pie

Ink

Versamark, Chocolate Chip,

Accessories

Pretty in Pink Taffeta Ribbon, Kaiser Rhinestones, Dazzling Diamonds glitter

Tools

White embossing powder, Tag punches, Scallop Circle punch, Ticket punch (NAH), ¾” Circle punch, Scallop edge punch, Crimper, Dimensionals, Heat gun

I am starting my new contract tomorrow, but I will be back during the week with a peak at some of the lovely new products from the Spring Mini Catalogue that commences on 1 August.

Have a great week.

Judy.


Urban Mojo

Hi Everyone

I sure am enjoying these few days off. Not having to get out of bed at 6.30am is absolute bliss as well as the freedom to do whatever I feel like - pottering in my craft room mainly! My husband keeps asking why I don't get bored with papercraft!!

The card I want to share with you today is based on last week's Mojo Monday #94 Sketch. I have used the lovely Urban Garden Designer Series paper which goes so well with Baja Breeze, Kiwi Kiss and Basic Gray.  I have been wanting to use this bird from the Always stamp set on a card. It reminds me of black birds which I always thought were quite cute when I saw them on those British TV shows like Midsomer Murder. However, when I moved to Adelaide I got a shock when I saw what havoc they create in your garden beds madly flinging mulch everywhere. Moving to Melbourne didn't help and many techniques have been tried to keep the mulch in place, but I think the most successful will be our new cat Artie! Enough rambling, here is the card and the details are below.

Urban_Bird 

Card Details

Stamps

Always, Fifth Avenue Floral

Cardstock & Papers

Basic Gray, Baja Breeze, Kiwi Kiss, Whisper White, Urban Garden DSP

Ink

Baja Breeze, Kiwi Kiss, Basic Gray, Not Quite Navy

Accessories

White Taffeta ribbon

Tools

Circle punches, Dimensionals

Hopefully I will get a chance to do this weeks sketch by the deadline :)

Judy.


Girly Gift Cards

Hi there

I hope you had a good weekend. It was very windy and freezing cold in Melbourne on Saturday - we were fortunate not to experience any damage. It was a great day to stay in, keep warm and of course stamp. I have been busy making a set of gift cards. These are great to have on hand when you just want something small to go with a gift. I have made them 10cm x 7.5cm which gives you 6 cards from a 30cm x 30cm sheet of cardstock. This makes them very economical and a great way to use up your stock of small scraps of card and paper. They would also make a great gift for relatives or friends.

I have used 4 of the images from the Fun & Fast Notes stamp set and one (the bunch of flowers) from the retired hostess set Basket Full of Fun.  The images were coloured with a combination of Stampin' Write markers and Watercolour Crayons in mainly pastel colours, giving a very girly result. The details are below.

 Gift_Cards_2

Card Details

Stamps

Fun & Fast Notes, Basket Full of Fun (Hostess retired), Basic Phrases, Occasional Greetings

Cardstock & Papers

Bazzill White, Whisper White,Pink Pirouette, Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose, Rose Red, Barely Banana, Bashful Blue, Brocade Blue, Ballet Blue, Certainly Celery, Candy Lane DSP, Almost Amethyst DSP (retired)

Ink

Antique Black, Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose, Rose Red, Almost Amethyst

Accessories

Kaiser Rhinestones, flat back pearls, various ribbons (some not SU!), Rich Regal & Soft Subtle brads

Tools

Oval punches, Dimensionals, Eyelet Border punch, Scallop Border punch, Cuttlebug & Swiss Dots embossing folder, Stampin' Write markers, Watercolour Crayons

This afternoon I will be putting together my newly arrived stamp sets from the Spring Mini that will be released on 1 August - can't wait.

Stay warm.

Judy.


Watercolour Rose

Hi Everyone

It is so wonderful to have a few days off to relax before taking up a new contract. I have been taking it really easy and enjoying the winter sunshine that we have had for the last few days in Melbourne.

Yesterday I had a try at the latest watercolour technique that is doing the rounds. The tutorial for this technique can be found on Patty Bennett's website. I started doing my thing on watercolour paper before I looked at the tutorial which uses white shimmer paper, so I can vouch that the technique still gives a nice result on this paper, although it is matt rather than shiny.  As I have only one reinker to my name, I have used the retired colour Purely Pomegranite (still one of my favourites) on the Fifth Avenue Floral rose and was surprised that you can still get nice shading even with a single colour.

Today I have put the card together, keeping the background colours fairly muted so that the rose can shine. The leaves are from the A Rose Is a Rose stamp set using Garden Green, which is a colour from my 'Stampin' Spots' that I hadn't opened (and never thought I would!). I love the Stampin' Spots because you get all of the Stampin' Up! colours in a cost effective package to try.  Enough rambling, here is the card, I hope you like it. The details are below.

Watercolour-Rose 

Card Details

Stamps

Fifth Avenue Floral, A Rose Is a Rose, Basic Phrases

Cardstock & Papers

Close to Cocoa, Pink Pirouette, Regal Rose, Candy Lane DSP

Ink

Purely Pomegranite, Garden Green, Close to Cocoa

Accessories

Cream Flat back pearls from the Pretties Kit, Silver Hodgepodge

Tools

Small Oval punch, Dimensionals, Eyelet Border punch

ETA

Here is another version using mostly the same materials.  I am enjoying the Candy Lane Designer Series Paper. The mix of vanilla, pink and cocoa is very easy to work with.

Watercolour_Rose_1

Enjoy the last day of the working week.

Judy.


More Raspberry Delight

Hello again

I'm back with the rest of the June Verve sketches using the yummy Raspberry Tart Designer Series Paper. This first one uses the Labels 4 Nestabilities to create the central panel. I have stamped the image from the Upsy Daisy set inked with Pretty in Pink and then Rose Red was added using a sponge dauber. The edges have been sponged and the centre panel popped up on dimensionals. The sentiment is from the Short & Sweet set. The details are below.

Raspberry_Tart_3a  

Card Details

Stamps

Upsy Daisy, Short & Sweet

Cardstock & Papers

Pretty in Pink, Kiwi Kiss, Rose Red, Whisper White, Raspberry Tart DSP

Ink

Pretty in Pink, Rose Red

Accessories

Pink grosgrain ribbon (not SU!)

Tools

Labels 4  Nestabilities, Swiss Dots embossing folder, Cuttlebug, Dimensionals

The next sketch uses Kiwi Kiss for the base card and I have used the Rose Red floral paper and its reverse side on the diagonal split. The centre image from the Embrace Life stamp set was inked direct to rubber with Old Olive and Cameo Coral Stampin' Write markers. I added more colour with Pretty in Pink and Cameo Coral markers before cutting and embossing with the Circle Nestabilities. The finished centre panel has been popped up on dimensionals after tying the white taffeta ribbon around the centre. 

Raspberry_Tart_5b   

Card Details

Stamps

Embrace Life

Cardstock & Papers

Kiwi Kiss, Whisper White, Raspberry Tart DSP

Ink

Rose Red, Pretty in Pink

Accessories

White Taffeta ribbon

Tools

Circle & Scallop circle Nestabilities, Dimensionals, Stampin’ Write markers

This final sketch caused me a lot of grief - I think I was just over using the same colour scheme for the fifth time! Anyway I started with a square card in white Bazzill and then layered up the various Raspberry Tart papers. The centre panel has been created by fussy cutting one of the flowers out of the floral paper. I'm reasonably happy with the end result though.

Raspberry_4a   

Card Details

Stamps

Best Yet (Level 1 Hostess Set)

Cardstock & Papers

Kiwi Kiss, Whisper White, Rose Red, Pretty In Pink, Raspberry Tart DSP

Ink

Cameo Coral, Pretty in Pink

Accessories

Kaiser flat back pearls

Tools

13/8” & 11/2” Circle punches, Ticket Punch (NAH), Dimensionals

I have a few days off this week, so I'm looking forward to being able to find some more creative time to work with something other than Raspberry Tart DSP!

Judy.