Sunday, 22 June 2014

Forty and Fabulous

It's one of my sister-in-laws' birthday in two days, and I am not going to be able to get a present to her in time, so the least I could do is to send her a card, hopefully for her to receive on the day! Please NZ Post, don't let me down...

In the process of designing and thinking about ideas for this card, I quickly realised I don't have birthday/celebration theme images like balloons, champagne glasses, party hats. Really? !!! Fortunately, I do have some star images...and this, The Christmas Star (retired unfortunately), is the biggest star stamp I have. Well, despite its name, I figured this stamp would be ideal for my card because the recipient is the biggest star of the occassion, after all.

As for the colour choices, having not really an idea of what my SIL's favourite colour is, I searched Google and found that according to wiki answers, the traditional colours for 40th birthday are black and white. For some reason, embossing with white or black springs to mind immediately - so a black and white star card it is!

This card will also be submitted for the current challenge at CASology which is the cue word "Celebrate." A fortieth is most definitely a celebration, especially of one as fabulous as my SIL.

The word "fabulous" was actually the negative of the white die cut seen in the card below. Of course I planned that intentionally, knowing that I could die-cut once and get two cards out of it. Sometimes, I do think ahead and plan carefully :-)

Thanks so much for visiting - I hope you got inspired :-)
Which card do you like better - black star on white card or white star on black card?

Friday, 20 June 2014

She Believed Framed Art

Miss Resourceful K10 came bounding in today, announcing excitedly, "I've got to do some stamping today." She had just received a journal from her dad's cousin and on the front cover is the quote which she remembered I have a stamp of. We set to play after our families' weekly science get together. I talked her into making a framed art that Aunt A could have on her dresser to remind her of Miss K. Once she decided on the patterned paper to use, the rest of the design came together fairly easily. Except the decision of whether to use butterflies or birds or flowers or a combination. I'm happy to say Miss K left this evening with not only the framed art but also a thank you card.

The Wisteria Wonder layer, if you hadn't noticed, is the "negative" of the flowers used in the framed art. Well, I just noticed that one of the leaves was in the wrong green colour - ha! Kinda goes with the crooked sentiment then - which you probably wouldn't have noticed if I had only shown you the card from this angle:

Hope you enjoyed this little story of inspiring, creating and sharing - which is the heart of Stanpin' Up! I {heart} SU!

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Betsy's Blossoms Baby Wipe Stamping

Baby Wipe stamping? Yes, you read that right! It's a technique I have heard of before but I have never actually attempted it until now. In a nutshell, you drop inks onto a piece of baby wipe, and the wetness will move the colours to blend. Ink up your stamp image by pressing it on to the baby wipe and then stamp on your card stock. That's it. Doesn't this technique work fabulously well with this blossom image from the Betsy's Blossoms stamp set? 

I just wanted to keep the card simple, with the beautiful colours of the blossom taking centre stage. I had in mind to show this technique at my June's monthly night class so I made it a set of three cards, and tried different ways to make the card CAS. My samples:

I love quick simple cards to make like these. I love layers and vintage too, but I think I am a CAS (Clean and Simple) girl at the heart when it comes to card designs. When done well, CAS cards are cool, elegant, and says more than it actually does. I am constantly trying to improve myself in this area, and one of my great mentors in CAS is Maureen Merritt whom I first "met" over at Stamp Nation. She is a beloved SN Design Team Member and "Classroom" teacher. Please do check out her blog and see what I mean about how great a CAS guru she is. Join Stamp Nation and you can sit in her classroom yourself!

If my class attendees copy my card samples to the tee, I am flattered and honoured. If they use my samples as a springboard to design their own, then I feel I have succeeded in my job to inspire them. Now how cool is that to be in such a win-win situation?

Following are cards made by my June attendees, that are different to my samples, and I so love it that I got permission from them to share on my blog. So here they are:

These were made by 15 year old attendee. Is it obvious that her favourite toy for the night was the Scoring Tool.

This one is by said 15 year old's mum:

I wanted to note that the image is actually "grounded" by Rach simply by using our coordinating colour markers.  

And J made the following two cards - ahh, J - she's a girl after my own heart - she's a sparkly girl!

Hope you had fun reading this post and that you are inspired to give the babywipe technique a go.

Happy Stampin'!

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Just Sayin' Woo-hoo!

How versatile is this card?

Woo-hoo! It's your birthday!
Woo-hoo! You did it!
Woo-hoo! You are engaged!
Woo-hoo! Congratulations!
Woo-hoo! You have a new baby!

I love cards like this - you can have them on hand, then when the time comes, just put the right sentiment on it and away you go.

This card also shows ways to use up scraps of pretty paper using the Owl Builder punch (#118074) and the Banner punch (which was a SAB offering but if you missed out then, you'll be delighted to know it is in the new catalogue therefore available for sale from 1 July in the South Pacific). Even the strip of Pool Party was a scrap that I had saved up from previous projects. I stamped the "Happy" using the Alphabet Rotary stamp (another sneak peek from the new catalogue!)

Add a matching bookmark to take this card to the next level of cuteness and make it truly a "one-of-a-kind" card.

I am entering this in the Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge 318
Not exacting the sketch, but I think it stays quite true to the sketch. Hopefully they think so too :-)

Now to dress the card in a more simple way - using ribbon!

I will enter this one in this week's CAS-ology Cue Card Challenge: Anniversary
That velvet Very Vanilla ribbon is just so beautiful and lend itself to a wedding or anniversary theme, I reckon.

And now to showcase what was made at the June's Mum & Me Class:

See the tree branch and leaves peeking out on the left? Juliet's boy Ezra (7) was inspired to make a tree with the Woodgrain Embossing folder (#127821) used in these cards.

Thanks for stopping by, it's much appreciated. I invite you to come along to my monthly classes or book a workshop - that way you can become active participant in these fun creative times :-) Click here to find out more.

Happy Stampin'!

Friday, 6 June 2014

Just Sayin' Heart Framelits

A birthday card for a friend - not a style that I usually make but one which I like, and hopefully I  will gain confidence to make more of.

I started with the negative of the heart cut out from the Heart Framelits and the cute banner piece - both were discarded pieces from previous projects. I really like those two colours (Pool Party and Calypso Coral) on the Naturals Ivory card stock base. I looked through the scrap pile and eventually fished out the retired Lucky Limeade DSP piece. I cut off a piece on the right and turn it over to use the polka dots side. Now I was wanting to participate in the current Create With Connie and Mary sketch challenge however I couldn't get it to work, and I wanted to finish the card tonight :-) Ha, as it turned out, I just checked, the challenge was over anyway. Nevertheless, that sketch served as a starting point, till I finally settled on the above design.

One of the questions I get asked by newbies to Stampin' Up! is if I have to do it over again, what would I do differently? Well, I believe my first SU purchases were the punches, when SU was changing over from the whale design to the current design; so at such bargain prices, I went to town getting a whole heap that has been on my wish list for a year. That was just good timing and a good decision. The thing I would change most I think is that I would pay more attention to embellishments. I am beginning to realise more and more that it is the little details added to a card that take it up to the next level. I was happy with my card above, then I had the brain wave to add the gold twine bow. After I added it, I felt the card had its WOW factor. Like I said, this is a card style that  I am not confident with making, but when I have finished the card with the bow, I felt like I nailed the style with this card. So, do pay attention to what embellishments you would like to use on your card...buttons, brads, twine, ribbon, clips, wooden elements..there's plenty to choose from ;-)

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!

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