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Graphic Medallions

Hi there

If you are after a Christmas card that is quick, simple and elegant, this one might be for you. It was inspired by this creation from the lovely Kristine Thompson

I have used the Medallion background stamp as the centrepiece of a 14cm square white textured card. It has been stamped in Versamark on Whisper White and then heat embossed with 'Rich Red' embossing powder which is also a perfect colour match for Real Red card stock. To give it a Christmas twist the centre has been covered with a Whisper White circle and then a Real Red circle cut slightly smaller with the Circle Scissor Plus. The sentiment has been white embossed and then covered with Versamark and Dazzling Diamonds glitter which I've set with some hairspray. I like the simplicity and graphic style of red and white and this one hits you in the eye! It is difficult to show the glitter in the photograph, but it looks great IRL! The details are below.   

Merry_Bright_Medallion_3


Card Details

Stamps

Medallion Background, All-Year Cheer I (Retired)

Cardstock & Papers

Textured White, Real Red, Whisper White

Ink

Versamark

Accessories

Dazzling Diamonds Glitter

Tools

Rich Red (not SU) and White embossing powder, Heat gun, Circle Scissor Plus, 1¾”Circle Punch, Dimensionals, Embossing Buddy

While away on our girls stamping weekend  last week we visited a papercraft shop (as you do J) and I found some embossing powder called 'Cabernet Sparkle'.  It is a perfect colour match for Rich Razzleberry so I couldn't resist trying it out on the Medallion.  I have tried to photograph this to show some of the sparkle, but with limited success as it is very gloomy in Melbourne today.  The sentiment is from Occasional Greetings which has been embossed in silver, punched out and popped up in the centre - it can't get simpler!

Razzleberry_Medallion_3 

Have a great Friday!


Just Add Ink #27 - Sketch Challenge

Hi there

I'm counting down on the remaining days of my holidays and trying to squeeze out as much crafting time as possible. I can't believe how quickly it has gone. I had a fab time on the weekend stamping with friends. I was struck down by a nasty migraine on Sunday which put a dampener on it for me, but it was still lovely to share this time with stamping buddies. I focussed on Christmas cards, but as I have  posted quite a few of those lately I will spare you for a few days!

Today I have a card for the Just Add Ink #27 Sketch Challenge. This is a great sketch which lends itself to lots of possibilities.  I have gone for a clean and bright look this time using the Tart & Tangy stamp set, which reminds me of summer.

Tart_Tangy_JAI27_2 


There is lots of texture from the Polka Dots embossing folder and the crimper to add interest to the clean images of the fruit, which have been inked direct to the rubber with Stampin' Write markers. The product I've used are listed below.

Card Details

Stamps

Tart & Tangy, Hello Again

Cardstock & Papers

Real Red Textured, Whisper White, Bashful Blue Textured

Ink

Real Red

Accessories

None

Tools

Polka Dot Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Crimper, Small Oval & Oval Punches, 11/2”Scallop Square Punch, 13/8” Circle Punch, Stampin’ Write Markers (Real Red, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Pie, Barely Banana), Dimensionals

We are expecting some rain later today in Melbourne, so I'm off for a walk up to Maling Road for a coffee J.

Enjoy the rest of your day.


Christmas Bling

Hello

Just a quick visit today as I am preparing to load up the car and head off for a girls stamping weekend on the Mornington Peninsula - woohoo! A male-free, cooking-free, cleaning-free weekend, what more could you ask for except to share it with stamping buddies!

The card I have for you today adds some bling to the gorgeous tree from the Snow Swirled stamp set. This is surprising quick and simple to put together and is something you could make a few of to impress your friends and family. The colour scheme is pretty non-traditional, but I quite like it.

Snow_Swirled_Glittered_2 

Unfortunately, it is difficult to show the full effect of the bling in the photo, but I hope you get the idea. The details of the products used are below:

Card Details

Stamps

Snow Swirled, Heard from the Heart

Cardstock & Papers

Rose Red, Whisper White, Night of Navy

Ink

Versamark

Accessories

Pretty in Pink Taffeta Ribbon and brads, White brads (not SU), Filagree brad, Dazzling Diamonds glitter

Tools

Eyelet Border punch, White Embossing powder, Heat gun, Heat and Stick powder

I hope to have some creations to show you next week, which is my last week of holidays L.

Until then, enjoy your weekend.


Just Add....Embossing!

Hello again

Today I'm combining a few things in the card I have to share with you. Firstly, the Just Add Ink #26 challenge to Just Add...EMBOSSING! and to highlight one of the Two Step Stampin' stamp sets that are on sale this month. The A Rose is A Rose stamp set is one of my favourites and is currently on sale for 20% off the normal price for the month of July. It is also retiring on 1 September 2010, but I will be keeping this one for the long haul. Finally, I needed to have a 'pink' fix!

I have stamped the bottom layer of the rose with Regal Rose ink on Very Vanilla card stock and then the second layer with Versamark which I have clear embossed. This produces a subtle highlight to the flower and added depth. I used the stem from the Petal Pizzazz stamp set to create the leaf set which has also been highlighted with clear embossing. Two step stamping is made easy with the Stamp-a-ma-jig, which is also one of the best tools for the detail focussed (anal) person that I am! (Yes, I like rulers as well).

A_Rose_is_a_Rose_Embossed 

The base card is textured Close to Cocoa cardstock with one of my favourite DSP's Candy Lane layered over it. I'm looking forward to the Colour Renovation that is coming, but will be sad to see Close to Cocoa retire. I also enjoyed using three other stamp sets to add the details to the card. All the info is provided below.

Card Details

Stamps

A Rose is A Rose, Petal Pizzazz (Leaf Stem) Frames with a Flourish, En Francais (in frame), I {Heart} Hearts, Occasional Greetings

Cardstock & Papers

Close to Cocoa Textured, Very Vanilla, Candy Lane DSP

Ink

Regal Rose, Old Olive, Versamark, Pretty in Pink, Close to Cocoa, Pink Pirouette

Accessories

5/8” Regal Rose Grosgrain ribbon, Small flat back pearls (Pretties Kit),

Tools

Clear embossing powder, Heat gun, Small Heart punch, Sponge Daubers,  Dimensionals

I hope to be back again with another challenge tomorrow.

 

Traditional Pines

Hello

I have a bit more Christmas inspiration for you today, in more traditional colours of red, green and white. I hope you have been getting some time to work on your Christmas card stash this month.  I've been doing a bit of a production line thing as I'm producing some Christmas cards that I sell to help fund my hobby (habit J).  After making six of the same design I'm over it and need to move onto something new!

I've used the pine cones from the Autumn Days stamp set again, this time in a wreath style centrepiece on a crisp white textured background. I used to use white card stock for the base card almost all the time, but less so since using SU! products. The pine cones have been inked with Chocolate Chip and Always Artichoke markers and stamped onto Whisper White. I was intending to use Old Olive on the pine cones and this mistake then led me to the ultimate design and choice of card stock colours, which I'm really happy with. A mistake is just an opportunity to be creative! A bow in Riding Hood Red taffeta finishes off the wreath. I found this card tricky to photograph as I usually use a white background, which wasn't going to work.  

Autumn_Days_Wreath 

Card Details

Stamps

Autumn Days, Snow Swirled

Cardstock & Papers

Riding Hood Red, Always Artichoke, Whisper White, Textured White

Ink

Riding Hood Red, Always Artichoke

Accessories

Riding Hood Red Taffeta Ribbon

Tools

Scallop Oval punch, Stampin’ Write Markers (Chocolate Chip, Always Artichoke), Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots, Sponge Daubers, Circle and Scallop Circle Nestabilities, Big Shot

Have a great day.

 

Edited to add:

Here is a Very Vanilla, Old Olive and Rich Razzleberry version of the pine cone wreath.  I've dyed some White Taffeta ribbon with water and Rich Razzleberry reinker for the matching ribbon.

 Autumn_Days_Wreath_Razzlebe

Card Details

Stamps

Autumn Days, Season of Joy

Cardstock & Papers

Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive, Very Vanilla, Very Vanilla Textured

Ink

Rich Razzleberry

Accessories

White Taffeta Ribbon (Dyed)

Tools

Scallop Oval punch, Stampin’ Write Markers (Chocolate Chip, Old Olive), Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots, Sponge Daubers, Circle and Scallop Circle Nestabilities, Big Shot, Rich Razzleberry Reinker


Cheers


Waxing Lyrical

Hi there

You will have to pardon the pun in the title of this post, but I couldn't help myself! Yesterday I had a great time stamping with some of the girls from the Art with Heart team (waving to Claire, Erica, Fiona, Rachel, Ros and Di) and learning a couple of new techniques.  The cards I have to share with you were designed by Claire and incorporate the 'Wax Paper Resist' and 'Baby Wipe' techniques. I'm happy to say both are really easy and produce great results. 

You can find the Wax Paper Resist technique described here and there are a few video tutorials on the Web as well. We used a variation on what is shown in the tutorial by brayering a light colour (Baja Breeze) onto the glossy white card stock first and then ironing on the wax paper and brayering the darker colour (Not Quite Navy) over the top.  If you are using wax paper that is waxy on both sides, you can create 2 pieces of background at the same time by sandwiching the wax paper between 2 pieces of glossy card stock. 

I love the resulting effect on the Top Note background on the first card below. We used the Ocean Commotion stamp set for the images and I went for a 'Nemo' style colouring on the fish created using the 'Baby Wipe' technique.  This is really a custom ink pad created on a folded baby wipe using a few drops of your desired reinker colours. You will get the best effect from the colouring using stamps with a fairly solid pattern and you can stamp quite a few images from your temporary ink pad to get value out it. The fish were cut out and then matted on Basic Black for definition and then cut out again - a bit fiddly, but worth it I think. The seaweed has been white embossed and provides a great contrast to the blue background.  This is a bright fun card and would be great for a childs birthday. The details of the colours used are below.

Ocean_Commotion_Wax_Paper_R

 

Card Details

Stamps

Ocean Commotion, Family Phrases

Cardstock & Papers

Tangerine Tango, Glossy White, Whisper White, Basic Black

Ink

Baja Breeze, Not Quite Navy, Tangerine Tango, Versamark

Accessories

Tools

Reinkers (Only Orange, Summer Sun, Ruby Red), Baby Wipe, Top Note Die, Big Shot, Word Window Punch, White Embossing Powder, Dimensionals, Wax Paper

The second card uses the same techniques and the colouring is much more my normal style. I love the green background under the butterflies using Certainly Celery and Always Artichoke with the Wax Paper Resist. The matting on the Curly Label Punch is created by turning the matting label sideways as it is rectangular rather than square - really simple, but effective. Thanks for that tip Claire!

Flight_of_Butterfly_Baby_Wi 

Card Details

Stamps

Flight of the Butterfly, Heard from the Heart

Cardstock & Papers

Rose Red, Pretty in Pink, Glossy White

Ink

Certainly Celery, Always Artichoke, Versamark, Stazon Black

Accessories

Pretty in Pink Taffeta ribbon

Tools

Reinkers (Rich Razzleberry, Regal Rose, Pretty in Pink), Baby Wipe, Curly label Punch, Butterfly Punch, White Embossing Powder, Dimensionals, Wax Paper

I hope I've inspired you to give these techniques a go.


Get Well Challenge

Hi there

While I have a bit more time I thought I would take the opportunity to do a challenge or two. This one is a colour challenge from Just Add Ink #25 that I have combined with a get well card for my Mum. She has had a tough time during the past 18 months fighting a hospital acquired Staph infection after knee replacement surgery.  She seemed to be just about at the end of that campaign and ready for the knee replacement to be done again when she 'acquired' a perforated bowel during a colonoscopy procedure.  It will take about 3 months for this heal and in the meantime has to deal with the after affects of this problem (I'll spare you the gory details).  I'm looking forward to the time when I can send her a 'because you are well' card.

These are the colours in the challenge:

Colour_Combo


I have used the Sizzix scallop circle die cut on a piece of folded Rose Red card stock to create the base card. The Soft Suede and Very Vanilla circles were cut with the Circle Scissor Plus which is a great tool for cutting circles to custom sizes. The scallop card still fits into a standard envelope, although I wouldn't do that with the raised elements I have used.

Vintage_Vogue_Get_Well_2

I have stamped off the Rose Red and Elegant Eggplant to get the lighter colours for the small flowers. This is a great option when you want to limit the number of colours you use. I was undecided about sponging the edges of the vanilla circle, but decided I liked the clean look - what do you think? The rest of the details are below.

Card Details

Stamps

Vintage Vogue, Sincere Salutations, Hello Again (Retired)

Cardstock & Papers

Rose Red, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, Elegant Eggplant

Ink

Rose Red, Soft Suede

Accessories

Flat back cream pearls (Pretties Kit)

Tools

Sponge daubers, Trio Flower Punch, Circle Scissors Plus, Scallop Circle Die, Big Shot, Dimensionals

I'm looking forward to spending Wednesday stamping with some of the girls from the Art with Heart team.  What a treat!  I have been doing chores, sweeping leaves and pruning roses today, so I think I deserve it.  I look forward to showing you what I come up with.


Starry Congrats

Hello again

The card I have to share with you today was made for our 18 year old Godson to congratulate him on successfully completing his Tertiary Enabling Programme. This is a 6 month course designed to prepare young people to undertake a full time degree course.  Well done, Joss.

Stars came to mind, so I got out my Classic Stars jumbo wheel and Real Red ink pad and quickly prepared a half sheet of starry background.  This is a great way to prepare backgrounds and I should use them more often. This was teamed with Night of Navy and more Real Red for a bold effect. The small and large star punches were used to cut out the blue outline star which was popped up over a strategically placed star on the background. A silver star brad was added to the centre to finish it off.  I like the bold sentiment from the retired Congrats stamp set which has been white embossed.

Star_Congrats 

Card Details

Stamps

Classic Stars Jumbo Wheel, Congrats (Retired)

Cardstock & Papers

Night of Navy, Real Red, Whisper White

Ink

Real Red, Versamark

Accessories

Small Star Designer Brad

Tools

Large and small Star punches, Dimensionals

It is going to be a wild and woolly day in Melbourne as the storm from WA reaches us.  My nicely swept path and driveway is now piled with leaves from the very large  Liquidamber tree in the front yard. Oh well, they have to come down eventually!

Have a great weekend.


More Christmas Ideas

Hi there

Thank you to everyone who left lovely comments on my blog for the 'Christmas in July' Blog Hop.  It is great to know that I have provided some inspiration to get you started on your Christmas cards.  The way the year is flying, you can't start your preparations for the holiday season too early. I'm certainly going to take my own advice this year as I was caught short last year. I like to make a few of each design so that I build up my stock but don't get bored.

While I had Christmas stamps on my craft desk I had a bit more of a play and have a couple of cards to show you.  The first one uses the Lovely as a Tree stamp set as a background for the reindeer from the Winter Post set. It is amazing how many stamp sets that are not overtly Christmas can be used in your Christmas cards. As you may have noticed, I love Rich Razzleberry and Old Olive together - it is a lovely rich combination for Christmas. The sentiment comes from the Heard from the Heart stamp set from the Autumn/Winter Mini.

Lovely_Tree_Reindeer_2 

Card Details

Stamps

Lovely as a Tree, Winter Post, Heard from the Heart

Cardstock & Papers

Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive, Very Vanilla, Cottage Wall DSP

Ink

Rich Razzleberry, Stazon Timber Brown

Accessories

Soft Suede grosgrain ribbon

Tools

Gold embossing powder, Heat gun, Sponge daubers, Dimensionals, Top Note Die, Big Shot, Eyelet Border punch

The second card is a different colour scheme using the Holiday Treasures DSP and matching cardstock Ruby Red, Chocolate Chip and Old Olive.  Ruby Red is one of the colours that will be retiring in the colour renovation that will be launched with the 2010-2011 Idea Book & Catalogue on 1 September 2010.  It is a colour that I will miss, so I will be stocking up before then. This is a simple design that lends itself to a lot of uses.  In this card, each square is a miniature vignette of Christmas.

Winter_Post_Squares 

Card Details

Stamps

Autumn Days, Winter Post, Season of Joy

Cardstock & Papers

Ruby Red, Old Olive, Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip, Holiday Treasures DSP

Ink

Ruby Red, Chocolate Chip, Soft Suede

Accessories

Very Vanilla Taffeta Ribbon

Tools

Scallop Border punch, Scallop Oval punch, Stampin’ Write Markers (Chocolate Chip, Old Olive), Dimensionals, Sponge Daubers


It is great to be able to post during the week, the reason being that I'm on holidays - yay! The weather isn't fantastic, but it doesn't matter. I just have to make sure I don't get sucked into too much housework!

Happy stamping!


Christmas in July Blog Hop

Welcome again to the Art with Heart team monthly Blog Hop.  The Art with Heart team led by Claire Daly, is a group of more than 90 Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators from across Australia. If you would like to be part of this supportive group of talented paper crafters email me for more details. 

This month the theme is 'Christmas in July' and the weather in Melbourne has been perfect for the traditional Christmas roast dinner with all the trimmings! Now that we are into July, the countdown to Christmas has begun.  I always think I have heaps of time, then the next thing it is November and I'm rushing to get organised. I'm hoping this will be an incentive to make a new design each month so I build up my Christmas card stash.

You may have come from blog of the super talented Claire Daly but if not, you can join the Blog Hop from here by clicking on the link to the next blog at the bottom of this post. We hope you can take the time to visit each blog to see the wonderful creations we have to show you! If you leave a comment on every blog and then email Nikki at nikki@inkyart.com.au, your name will be put into the hat to win some beautiful Blog Candy. You have until 6am EST on 6 July 2010 to leave your comments and only those who are not Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators are eligible to win the Blog Candy.

This month I have been flat out with work so I decided to go for something simple, mainly using products from the Autumn/Winter Mini Catalogue. The colours are not strictly traditional, but I think the end result is still fairly classic. 

Pine_Cone_Christmas 

Stampin' Write markers direct to the rubber were used on the pine cone stamp from the Autumn Days stamp set.  A bit of bling has been added to the edges of the pine cones using a glue pen and Dazzling Diamonds glitter, but this hasn't shown up well on the photo. The sentiment has been heat embossed in gold.

I made some matching gift cards using the same products. The To/From sentiment is from the Winter Post stamp set.  I found the words a bit close together to be useful so I cut them in half and placed them on the edges of the block.

Pine_Cone_Tags

Here are the details of the products used in this project.

Project Details

Stamps

Autumn Days, Occasional Greetings, Winter Post

Cardstock & Papers

Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive, Very Vanilla, Kraft

Ink

Rich Razzleberry, Versamark

Accessories

Soft Suede grosgrain ribbon, Rich Razzleberry grosgrain ribbon, Gold brads, Dazzling Diamonds glitter

Tools

Stampin’ Write markers (Old Olive & Chocolate Chip), Gold embossing powder, Heat gun, Glue Pen, Sponge daubers, Corner Rounder punch, Dimensionals, Top Note Die, Lots of Tags Die, Big Shot, Wide Oval Punch


I hope you have enjoyed my Christmas project. The next stop on the Blog Hop is the talented Alisha Watson so hop on over to Alisha's blog and don't forget to leave her some comment love!

Have a great weekend.