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.

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!

CASED!!

The following card was taken (cased) from our latest catalogue.  I wanted to point out that the catalogue not only showcases Stampin Up! products  but it also has LOTS and LOTS card samples.

Take a look at page 82.

VERSION #1

Ok, can you spot the differences?  Casing doesn’t have to be exact.  The flowers are the same!   (There was a lot of stamping of flowers and then cutting them out.  The large flower alone, has four layers!)

STAMP SET:  Flower Fest

BASE:  Early Espresso
Leaves:  Certainly Celery
Sentiment:  Very Vanilla
Flowers:  Cherry Cobbler.
PUNCHES:
3/4″ circle, 2 3/8″ Scallop Circle, Spiral (retired)
INK:  Early Espresso, Wild Wasabi
EMBOSSING FOLDER:  Dots
EXTRAS:  Glue Pen, Glitter, Sponge, Scissors

VERSION #2

So what is different with this one?  I used Designer Series Paper instead of the Embossing Folder.  Also a different sentiment and a bit of ribbon.  Background stamping on this card by using the butterfly that comes in the stamp set I used.

So…next time, if you want some inspiration, have a look in your catalogue! I did.

A Mixture of Boxed Cards

I have not been blogging (and I am not going to go through excuses).   I plan to post the cards that we have been doing in class at the end of last year.  So be prepared to receive a few emails over the coming days/weeks as I catch up.

BOXED CARDS

Excellent for enclosing a little something extra!  Here are some different boxed cards…Enjoy

Just use your own favourite colour schemes and stamps

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?)

 

Birthdays…..

As I make cards….. everyone expects to receive a hand-made card from me.  (And they should!!)  As my daughter-in-law said….”If I didn’t get a hand-made card from you I would think that you didn’t love me or I had done something wrong”!

I always want to be ready for the birthdays but sometimes….TIME (not enough hours in the day) just runs out!

I had a few birthdays this month and I was flat-out making cards – here is the card I made for my daughter-in-law.

I used, in colour, Peach Parfait, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla and Designer Paper – Peach Parfait (from the Hostess Set)

Just love the wide Ribbon – a little bit just gives the card a lift.

So she knows that I love her! 🙂

This one is for my friend, Alison.  She loves the colour blue.

The Photo, doesn’t really show that the pattern on the butterfly matches the rose underneath it.  If the butterfly wasn’t sponged and lifted off the card, it would have blended on the rose.

Happy Birthday Ali!!

No not Christmas in July

BUT I thought it would be a good idea to start creating Christmas cards, so that my Ladies will be ready for Christmas.  Before we know it, it will be Christmas!!

When making Christmas cards, it is better to be able to make them on-mass.  To do this it is wise to use a simple design. This one is quick but looks like it took a lot of time.

STAMP SET:  Season of Joy
INK:  Cherry Cobbler
PAPER:  Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla, Old Olive,
DESIGNER SERIES PAPER:  Jolly Holiday
PUNCHES:  Ornament, Decorative
EMBOSSING FOLDER:  Elegant Bouquet
CHALKS:  Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive
EXTRAS:  Big Shot, Tombow, Cotton Buds

Tomorrow, hubby and I are off to Sydney to catch up with our son and his family.  (Can’t wait to give the 2 grandsons, lots of hugs and kisses, spoiling them and “cooking with Nana”. reading bed time stories and them showing us how to turn on the TV and playing DS games!!  🙂 )

I have a few birthday cards that I have made, which I will post while away.

My granddaughter turns 6 this week, so here is the card that I made for her.  I used all SU items except the stamp set…. that I bought in England when we were over there last year.

Water Colouring using our water colouring paper.  (Notice I used my vellum butterflies.  Also the next picture will show how I used Shimmer Paint on the water-colour).

As we will be away for her birthday, we celebrated last night.  She loved all her gifts and was oh hum about the card!!  Well, she’s only 6 and she does have her priorities!  My daughter keeps all the cards, so I know one day she will appreciate the time and effort her Nan made to create a card for her……..

Till next time, have fun ‘playing’.

Hugs

Olga