Brown Paper is not only used for wrapping!

StampinUp always pack their parcels with brown paper.  I use it as a ‘mat’ on my desk as I stamp but I have found another way to use up the brown paper.  Use it in card making – here is the proof.

The flowers are made using brown paper!  Nifty eh?

Use three layers of brown paper and place on the die.

 Use a sponge and dab on colour.  Doesn’t look like brown paper!

STAMP SET:  Tiny Tags
INK:  Not Quite Navy
PAPER:  Base – Crumb Cake, Not Quite Navy – bird and leaves, Three layers of brown paper!
PUNCHES:  Build a Bird, 1/2″ circle, Corner
DIE: Blossom Party
EXTRAS:  Crumb Cake Ribbon, Big Shot

Have fun, using brown paper and a favourite die.

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How to Quilt – but using paper!

Someone said about quilting – “Cut material into bits to only have to sew the bits back together”.  Must have been a husband who made that comment!

Anyway, the ‘in-thing’ in cardmakeing is ‘Quilting’.  Here is a card using the quilting technique.

STAMP SET: Happiest Birthday Wishes (Hostess)
INK: Pear Pizzaz
PAPER:  Base – Pear Pizzaz, extras for punched blossoms and puched flower
WHISPER WHITE: 1 5/8″ strip to cut 4, 1 5/8 squares.  Scrap for decorative punch.
BLACK: 3 3/4″ square.  Strip for Decorative punch and punched flowers.
PUNCHES: Decorative, Itty Bitty Shapes (flower), Triple-Blossom Bouquet
EMBOSSING FOLDER:  Square Lattice

CLASSES for 2012 begin again this Tuesday morning and Wednesday morning.  Can’t wait to see you all!

Wisteria Wonder

Just love SU’s new In-Colours and Wisteria Wonder is my favorite! Here is a card I made using this colour.

STAMP SET(s):  Medallion, For Everything

 INKS:  Basic Grey, Champagne Mist

PAPER:  Basic Grey, Old Olive, Wisteria Wonder

DIE: Little Leaves

PUNCHES:  3/4” circle punch,  Lace Ribbon Border, Scallop Oval, small and large scallop circles

Till next time……

Hugs

Olga

Popped Rose

This  idea came from Technique Junkies called “Popped Embossing Tutorial“.

I changed it “just a little” 🙂

STAMP SET:  Short & Sweet, En Francais
INK:  Chocolate Chip
WATER COLOUR PENCILS:  Three shades of Pink
PAPER:  Whisper White, Pretty in Pink, Chocolate Chip
EMBOSSING FOLDER:  Manhattan Flower
EXTRAS:  Big Shot, Aqua Pen, Dotto

Chocolate Chip (Base): layer 3 3/8″ x 3 7/8″
Whisper White: 3 1/4″ x 3 3/4″; 3″ x 3 1/2″
Pretty Pink:  4″ x 5″

  • Using Dotto, centre Whisper White onto the Pretty in Pink Layer
  • Place together into the embossing folder and put through the Big Shot.  (Don’t worry about the line when you separate the two pieces – it will be covered by the Chocolate Chip)
  • COLOURING THE ROSE:  Using the pencils and the aqua pen, colour the rose but not the embossed lines of the rose.  Leave them white.  I like to ‘pick’ the colour from the pencil nib using the aqua pen.  I find that I have more control of the colour that way.  Do not have too much water flow.
  • Let dry (or use the heat gun)
  • Flatten the embossing by inserting it through the Big Shot.  Same sandwich that was used to emboss BUT with lay the piece ON TOP of the embossing folder!
  • Stamp with En Francais, using Chocolate Chip Ink
  • I wanted the rose to have the embossed white lines again (not flattened) so I put the rose back into the embossing folder making sure that the lines matched.

The “look” after re-embossing

See how the coloured rose is matched with the pink layer.  See – no line!!  The Chocolate Chip layer had hidden the line!  (This is the first card that I did – hence the embossed lines on the rose are coloured.  You might like this look better?)

 

Faux Silk

Quick and easy card using the ‘Faux Silk’ technique.

I used Elegant eggplant and Old Olive….just love the combo.

STAMP SET:  Because I Care
INK:  Elegant Eggplant
MARKERS:  Elegant Eggplant, Certainly Celery, Chocolate Chip
PAPER:  Elegant Eggplant, Old Olive, Confetti Cream
PUNCHES:  Wide Oval, Large Oval, Scallop Trim Border
EXTRAS:  White Tissue paper, Glue Stick, stamp-a-ma-jig

My Friend Alison made the following card.  Take a close look at the butterfly.

Can you see what she has done?  Want a closer look?

 

She used a shiny, see through material (Ok, I am a card-maker, not a sewer… I have to take out my sewing machine manual, every time I have to use the machine!! 🙂 )

If you know the material, leave a comment so I know!

Anyone for Tea?

I have lots of cards to put up on the blog…. but again, it is that  “time poor” thing!

I NEED A CUPPA – WANT TO JOIN ME?

This is a class card that my ladies did a couple of weeks ago.

Let me say, I DON’T LIKE CAMOMILE TEA but I did like the cover (colours and flowers) and built this card around the package tea.  (So why don’t I like camomile tea?  I was raised on it!!  Had a tummy ache – camomile tea – had a cold – camomile tea.  Mum even rinsed my hair in a camomile solution!!  Now, the smell of camomile makes me want to gag!)

BASE:  8″ x 4″  (Night of Navy)
Pocket: 4″ x 2″  (Night of Navy)
Handle: 2″ x 5″ ( Night of Navy)
Sides:  2″ x 1″ (Score every 1/4″)  (Night of Navy)
Insert:  3 1/2″ x 3″  (Whisper White)
Flowers:  1 1/2″ strip (Whisper White)
Leaves:  #/4″ strip (punch out three)  (Old Olive)
Tag:  1 1/2″ strip  (Daffodil Delight)
Flower centres: Hand-held circle punch (Daffodil Delight)
STAMP SETS:  Great Friend, Curvy Verses
INKS:  Night of Navy, Whisper White
PUNCHES:  Boho Blossoms, Large Tag, Two-step Bird (leaves), 3/8″ circle, Large Oval, Ex-Large Oval
EXTRAS:  Kraft Knife, Steel Ruler, White, strong thread, Score Tool, Sponge, Glue Pen, Glitter, Big Shot, Camomile Tea Bag, Red Sticky Tape, Large Clip

The following pictures show a different colour card stock.  When I finished the card, taking pictures as I made it, I decided that I would try another colour.   So I decided to use Night of Navy.  I didn’t  re-do the pictures (You know, the time poor thingy 🙂 )

Place the card base and pocket together.  secure with a clip.  On the bottom, measure and mark 1/4″ on both sides.  Using a kraft knife and steel ruler, trim both sides.  (Making both sides tapered – like a teacup shape)

Emboss the base, pocket and handle (Speaking of handle – there are two in this picture but on the blue card, I used only one and attached it to the inside/front of the card).

Photo showing how the sides are attached to the pocket and the front of the base.

Make sure that you use a strong adhesive on the bottom of the pocket.  I used red sticky tape.

I used confetti cream to make this card.

ENJOY your cuppa!

A box for a card

I made a card for a friend’s 40th Birthday and I didn’t want to squash it by putting it into an envelope so I made a box to put it in.

This box was made with Basic Black.  I sponged with Whisper White and Silver to get the ‘metallic’ look.

Oh yes, let’s not forget the vellum butterflies and bling!

BASE:  Basic Black, 11 1/4″ x 7 3/4″
PAPER:  Basic Black, Vellum
INK:  Whisper White, Silver
DIE:  Top Note, Beautiful Wings, Leaves
EMBOSSING FOLDER:  Elegant Lines
PUNCHES:  3/4″ Circle, Corner
EXTRA:  Glue Dots, Sponge, 1 large brad, 2 small brads

Now for the card that went inside the box: 

Just have to love the Shimmer Vellum Butterflies.

I had originally made a purple card for her (her favourite colour) but when I received the invite, it was back and white.  Also, it was fancy dress – black and white.  Here is the Purple Card.

A CARD IN A BOX!

 

Classes will commence next week.  Come back to see a ‘card that isn’t a card’!