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!

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

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

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!

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