Monday, 22 July 2013

Freshly Made Sketches #95 with Wild About You

I still have time to participate in this week's challenge at Freshly Made Sketches:

I was looking at the samples by FMS' Design Team for quite some time before it dawn on me what was it that is different to what I'd normally do. It was the layering which I don't usually do. 
So that's like a challenge within a challenge for me today. And here's the end result:

I remember that I had a lot of Tempting Turquoise "off cuts" from a project a year ago, so that's the borders you see on the layers. Since the Wild About You stamp set was out, it was just too handy to use it, even though it is retired. The other thing I had in mind was that this card could be a "thanks for your support", or just simply "Hello" or perhaps "Welcome Baby" card. I used the 2013-14 In Colours because then I didn't have to think too hard about colour combination. I haven't got any 2013-14 In Colours DSPs, so I made my own patterned paper, by stamping the flower image from the stamp set in Strawberry Slush all over a piece of Whisper White card stock. I also wheeled Stampin' Up!'s Gingham wheel in Crisp Cantaloupe to make the other piece of patterned paper. I then added the little Tempting Turquoise flower button with the wee layered banner. All in all, it was a fun card to make/sketch to use. 

Friday, 19 July 2013

Not Square or Rectangle

Boy, have I missed participating in challenges! I have been busy this July month working on birthday projects for it seems to be a very popular birthday month among my friends/family. 

I have bookmarked my current favourite challenges blogs and the first one I looked at today was Less is More. As soon as I saw what this week's challenge was I got so excited because I had been wanting to make this Heels card all week ever since I first came across it. 

Fellow SU! Demo, Tanya Bell, is the genius behind this design - and for AUD2.00, this template is a steal! All of us must know at least one person who loves heels, to whom this card would be just the perfect card to give. Click here to see some variations that Tania has shared, and she even made a video to show us how to put the card together.

Why did I choose these colours? Well, that's easy - the second challenge blog I visited today was Fab Friday and this week's challenge is a colour challenge using Tempting Turquoise, Real Red and Basic Gray. So I combined both challenges for this card.

Thanks for stopping by, hope you got inspired today to try something new and/or different :-)

PS: Now I got so excited about the "not square or rectangle" bit, that I didn't realise it was also a One Layer Challenge. Technically, this isn't a one layer as I adhered the turquoise and gray pieces on the card. If only it wasn't also a OL challenge.

Waterfall Fox & Friends

More waterfall cards? I'm afraid so...we're on to a good thing here, so, why not? Seriously...

The reason I have to share this one is simply because my little 4 year old made this and he is very pleased with it. Proud Mama here thought he had such an eye for co-ordination, picking out that background paper (from the retired DSP stack Print Poetry) to co-ordinate with the "waterfall" part of the card.

 I have decided that Waterfall cards are the way to go when I next do a Children Stamping Workshop/Party. The children really only need to stamp on 4 little squares of card stock, so that should be very manageable, right? The WOW thing though is this is an interactive card and the children just get so delighted playing with it.

Go on...if you haven't already made a waterfall card, even after seeing all these samples I have blogged about, what are you waiting for? A word of warning though - it can be addictive!

Monday, 15 July 2013

Waterfall Wild About You

This is the third Waterfall card sample for my monthly class last Wednesday. The stamp set is the retired Wild About You, which can easily be substituted with the gorgeous Zoo Babies set in the current catalogue.

Oh, the monkey in the last segment is actually from Fox & Friends stamp set, which is also retired. He is just too adorable and stamped upside down, seems the perfect cheeky image to go with the sentiment.

By the way, yay, I have had word that the new post email is working on my blog now. I think the first one was filled with lots of posts that I have been making in the last couple of weeks. Tonight's when it goes out it should only be about this one post that I am putting up now. Now I just need to work out why the widget that recommends other posts that readers might like doesn't appear to be functioning on my blog. It might be that it doesn't work well because I haven't yet build up enough posts on my blog? Off to investigate some tonight....

Thank you for stopping by - hope you got inspired one way or another!

Saturday, 13 July 2013

Waterfall Everyday Enchantment

Here is the second of three samples of waterfall cards for my monthly class this month.
This time I wanted to feature one of my all time favourite SU!'s DSP (designer series paper) called Everyday Enchantment from 2012's SAB (sale-a-bration). 

Followers of this blog are still not getting new posts :-( Tomorrow I will be able to tell if this attempt to fix it is successful. If you are a follower, and you get an email notifying you of this new post, please please comment here to alert me - ta muchly!

Friday, 12 July 2013

Waterfall Bliss

For my monthly class on Wednesday, we made an interactive card called a waterfall card. Pictured above is one of three samples I made for the class. The internet is littered with video and photo tutorials of how to make a waterfall card, so I'll just link you to one. As with many fancy fold cards, this is an easy card to make, once you have been shown how to :-)

I just noticed recently that people who are "following" my blog aren't actually getting email notifications of any new blog post. So, I'm on a mission to work out what the issue is, thus, as a way of testing, I will make a new post for each of the other two samples of waterfall card that I had prepared for the monthly class. This blogging business is quite technical after all!

3D Flower with Blossom Punch

I haven't been able to participate in any challenges these past two weeks...however preparing and making projects for birthdays and my monthly card class kept me busy stamping and crafting.

As for these beauties, yep, they were a distraction too. I saw these on Stampin Connection, a Stampin' Up! forum for SU! demos, gave it a go and well, I didn't stop at making one...nor two...nor get the idea....I now have a container-full of these beauties. I wonder if it's practical to use these as cupcake toppers, hmm...Coco M, if you are reading this, I wonder if these would come in handy for Dream Hub Women one day?

I made these a little different to Diane Dimich, who posted a video tutorial on how to make these, in that I left the very bottom layer whole, without a circle punched out in the middle. I just found it easier to work with the hot glue gun this way.

Saturday, 6 July 2013

Never Ending Card

Today's card is a fancy fold card known as a Never Ending Card. It is sooooo much fun to play with this card. The above shot is the front cover of the card. It opens up from the centre to reveal the next page/side as below:

It's the purple page - the recipient of this card, my lovely niece's favourite colour.
You then flip open the middle two square panels to reveal the third page/side as below:

The reason for the occasion, and the card, was to celebrate her turning 16 years old, hence the 16 candles. I wanted it colourful, but would have trouble choosing the colours if it weren't for SU!'s In Colours range. SU! releases a new In-Colour range every year - there are 5 co-ordinating colours. This year's range, just released this month, are as yummy as they sound:

Baked Brown Sugar
Crisp Cantaloupe
Pistachio Pudding
Strawberry Slush
Coastal Cabana

Finally, you flip open from the centre to reveal the final page/side. Then you flip it open one more time to return to the start and you'll find yourself flipping the card open over and over again to watch it's magic.

This last page took a bit of figuring out, and I am so glad for my friend Carrie - she did the maths for me. In the end, I'd prefer to have smaller borders in the Smoky Slate and Black, but I wasn't going back to undo all our hard work that afternoon.

The structure/frame of this card is actually really easy - I just followed the instructions from here. I did the 6"x 6" version. I think she missed out a step... I actually scored at 1.5" on all four sides of both the 6" x 6" card stock. The Simply Scored Scoring Tool (#126192, pg 178) makes it easy to make fancy cards like these. It is the design/embellishing of the card that can be quite arduous. Well, this one turned out to be quite an epic effort, anyways. It was worth the effort though, and certainly, I'd do it all over again for my lovely niece.

Summer Silhouettes

This week had been a busy birthday week - so not only did I make three birthday cards this week, but I actually got round to putting two of them in the post! This is quite a feat for me, who has been known to make cards for people, only to forget to mail it, in time, or at all!!! As for the third card (see the next blog post), I gave it the lovely recipient tonight.

This one is for Erica (hi lovely, if you are reading this :-) you should have received it by now!)
See that flower embellishment? That is SU!'s newest product offering, the Simply Pressed Clay (#130685) used in the Buttons & Blossoms Simply Pressed Clay Molds (#131272) - both products on p167 of the Annual Catalogue just released this month. The clay is so lovely to work with and oh, these are quite possibly the products I am most excited about from this new catalogue. And believe me, there are many products that I am excited about, lol.

This one is another variation, and it's for Pippa. I know she has received it as I received her txt to thank me. I was very proud of myself for mailing it to her, because, well, I have only been meaning to mail her a birthday card each year for the last 3 years...

Both these cards are CASEd (acronym for Copy and Share Everything) from one of my card making mentors, Catherine Pooler. She is one amazing, talented paper crafter. She is so fluid in her style, it's amazing to watch her creative process. There is such an air of carefree-ness about her, yet there is nothing random about her cards. And her video tutorials are one of the best in card making in that she is concise, very easy to listen to, and she makes it look so easy that each time after I watch her, I'd feel pumped and ready to tackle the project too. And, I get to "hang out" with her on StampNation too. One day, perhaps, I will get to meet her in person.

Positive Negative

Do the leaves on this card look familiar? It is the "left over scrap" from this Freshly Made Sketches winning card. The leaves in that card were cut out from a piece of Pear Pizzazz card stock. What did I do with the "negatives", ie the part left over? By laying it over a piece of Basic Black card stock, I made it the main feature on the card pictured above.

Let me encourage you, next time you go to use your dies or framelits or punches, think strategically about using the "negatives".

By the way, this card was promptly sold about two days after I made it. I was still deciding whether to put a sentiment on it, and if so, what kind (birthday, thinking of you, thank you, sympathy, get well...oh the decisions!). Apparently, "blank" cards can be popular too. I'd love to hear your feedback - cards with a sentiment, or no?
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