Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Shaker Card Tutorial

Project Recipe:
Stamp sets: Peaceful Wishes
Ink: Blue Bayou, Soft Sky
Paper: Blue Bayou, Soft Sky
Accessories: White ribbon, acetate (overhead projector film), star sequins, 1 3/8 " Square punch, snail adhesive, foam double-sided tape.

Step 1: Using the square Punch, cut out a "window" from a 7 1/2 x 7 1/2cm square of Soft Sky card. Stamp holly branch over the opposite 2 corners in soft sky ink. Next, adhere a 5x5cm piece of acetate to the back of the window.
Step 2: (On the "wrong" side)Using the double-sided foam tape, make a border on all 4 sides of the window (making sure to leave no gaps.) Sprinkle the sequins on the middle of the card you will use for the backing (Blue Bayou- 8x8cm). Peel off the backing of the double-sided tape and position over the sequins-press firmly all around the border.
Step 3: Add a bow-and whatever other pretties you might dream up. I have added a sentiment on the bottom using soft sky in the background, and "Peaceful Wishes" in Blue Bayou ink.

You can make variations of this card for any occasion-there are so many different little "sparkles" out there. I have also included a picture of a little girls birthday card using tiny little flower sequins.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Tutorial for Christmas bauble card

For all of you (that actually read my blog) that are in need of some inspiration for Christmas card ideas-here is a lovely card that I recently cased from somewhere (I can't quite recall where) but I have seen a few variations on this idea
Project Recipe:
Stamp sets: Peaceful Wishes, Short and Sweet
Ink: Soft Sky, Blue Bayou,
Paper: Soft sky, Blue Bayou, white
Acessories: Stamping Sponges,2-way glue pen, dazzling diamonds (glittery sunstance) silver pen, snail adhesive, 1 1/4 inch circle punch
Technique: Reverse Masking

Measurements of card:
White front piece-8x12cm
Blue Bayou backing 8 1/2 cm x 12 1/2 cm
Soft Sky card 21cm x 15 cm, folded in half

Step 1: Using the circle punch, cut out 3 circles from a piece of card to form a template (make sure the template is the same size as the piece of card that will make the front of the card)(8cmX12cm is what I used.

Step 2: Place the template where you want the baubles to be situated on your card. Using Soft sky ink, sponge over the template until you have covered the area well. Keeping the template in place, stamp the image using the Peaceful Wishes stamp, also in Soft Sky ink.

Step 3: Go over the stamped image with the 2-way glue pen. Sprinkle the dazzling diamonds dust onto this, and shake off any excess. Then simply add the sentiment(using Blue Bayou ink), and also the bauble strings (using a silver pen). I have also added a little more interest by stamping randomly (using Soft Sky ink) on the soft sky card.

Step 4: Finally, mount the card pieces together-and wha-la you have made a lovely Christmas card.

Gifty Christmas gift projects

Here are a few gifty hand-stamped projects that I have been working on recently. I have been busy lately with so many great ideas for Christmas gifts/birthday presents. Our recent trip to visit my fellow crafty sisters has given me some fresh new ideas. Now the problem is that I don't have enough time! The first photos are of some self-covered buttons made into lovely fridge magnets. Following this is a notecard set which I have made for my daughter's teacher.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Another addition to My daughter's bedroom

After being away on holidays for 3 weeks, and being able to borrow my lovely sister, Angela's, Bold Butterfly stamp set, I have set about stamping butterflies on the freshly painted pink walls in my daughter's room. I am happy with the result-and Madam loves the butterflies flying about the place. I also added a cute little coat hook that I found at Freedom furniture-which was the right colour-and matched in with the theme. I have also been scouting around for a nice desk for the room-but so far, I haven't quite made up my mind what should go in there. So, slowly, and at a snail's pace-it will get done. Now little brother is going to want something in his room-and I'm not so sure I want to tackle painting any time soon!
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