Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Thanks to the men

I needed to come up with four thank you cards quickly for some great guys who had donated their time and energy to helping out with some renovation work at our church office.

The Hero Arts stamp came to mind immediately and I black embossed the image to make it pop a bit more. But it still needed a little something, some twine and Scorbug embossing came to the rescue. Can't use glitter and ribbon for builders, now can you?!

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Pin wheel card

So you know how banners are everywhere at the moment? I think the pinwheel really follows that same spirit of old fashioned, church fete kind of fun. Perfect for a celebration card.

To make this I basically cut a 3 inch square from a piece of double sided paper, (Crate Paper), drew diagonal pencil lines across to each opposite corner and then cut along the lines, stopping about 1cm away from the center. I used double sided tape to secure the right hand corner of each triangular flap to the center and made it more secure with a needle and thread. Then I cut the split pins off a brad and stuck it onto the front with adhesive foam. Add a sentiment from Papertrey Ink mega mixed messages and you're done!

The stick is a bamboo skewer glued onto the card with Dimensional Magic.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Sketch challenge

My last challenge for Scrapz.biz as a design team member is up on the store website here.

The My Minds Eye Quite Contrary collection is full of great die cut pieces and I am always telling Andy that he is "sooo cute". Of course, I am not biased in any way!

My favourite part of this layout was adding glitter highlights to the raindrops with a precision glue pen and prisma glitter. It really gives the sparkle of water in the sun.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Stash busting: mix and match

My stash is getting out of control and it is time to use it and lose it. Cosmo Cricket always bring out drool worthy chipboard stickers, and they make quick, easy and eye-catching focal points for cards.

Just mix it up with a sentiment to match, a contrasting background to make it more striking and a decorative strip in a co-ordinating style. All the elements on the card above are from different companies and collections but I think they enjoy meeting new friends and finally getting put to good use!

Cosmo Cricket the boyfriend chipboard stickers, Papertrey Ink on my couch stamp set (sentiment), Studio Calico fabrips, We R Memory Keepers geo-hectic word grid paper.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Thrift shop card #2

More fun with the October Afternoon thrift shop stamp set. This time it was the typewriter begging to get inky...

I stamped the typewriter with Versafine black on kraft cardstock. I used a kraft knife to cut two slits along the top and bottom of the roller in the image. I stamped 'smile' (Papertrey Ink mega mixed messages) on a small piece of old book paper, pulled it through the slits and folded it up so that the sentiment was right way up. I used a small piece of adhesive foam to prop up the part of the paper in the front. I'm definitely going to be doing this again with different mini messages on the typewriter.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

October Afternoon Thrift Shop stamp set review

Just arrived on my doorstep are these stamps from October Afternoon from the Thrift Shop collection.

Here is my first project using the set:

A very simple card playing around with some resist techniques. First I stamped and heat embossed the doily image in white, then applied distress inks (tattered rose, shabby shutters) using the foam applicator. Then I sprayed lightly with a DIY pearlised mist (tea dye re-inker with gold mica powder). Some inked edges, final stamping with the music bars and a Cosmo Cricket chipboard bird and one whimsical vintage card produced.

While am I at it, I might as well go on blogging record about how pleased am I with these stamps. Why?
1) The quality. They are made in the USA, beautiful thick, firm photopolymer stamps. They cling well and do not squish like cheaper clear stamps.
2) The mix of images and sentiments in the one set.
3) The size of the images make them versatile for scrapping (think repeated stamping as a background pattern or a single image as a focal embellishment) AND cardmarking (images as the focal point of a card, sentiments are great size for cards.)

Well done October Afternoon, I'll be keeping an eye out for more great stamp sets to collect from your company!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

A long, long time ago...

...the blogging music died. Well, went in arrest anyway. But I'm back and determined to share regularly. Thank you to Joy and Catherine for asking me about it and showing an interest!

My time with the DT at Scrapz.biz is almost over. It has been such a wonderful opportunity and a fantastic group to work with. Thank you so much Heike, Mel, Sheree, Deb, Lydell and Rach. I will definitely be hanging around though.

To kick off the return to the blogosphere here is the sample for my weekly challenge.

I handcut the large red damask motif from Pink Paislee 365 degrees paper; the border on the bottom is stamped with Versamark and embossed with American Crafts Zing glitter embossing powder (red). I've been waiting for a chance to use the Heidi Swapp bling frame forever and the title is from October Afternoon Thrift Shop shape stickers.

On an interesting side note, I bought the red glitter embossing powder by mistake- I was after red glitter but didn't check the description carefully enough. But it has been one of those beneficial slip-ups- I really like the effect it gives. And because it is powder rather than glitter, it really picks up some of the stamping detail glitter would miss.