Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Party pages

Another double page layout inspired by the Jubilee. The top note die makes a great mat for photos doesn't it and look, I managed to make my bunting line up beautifully across the two pages!
That's it! the last of my crafty weekend away.  Thanks so much for all the inspiration Elizabeth I had a great time, roll on next year :)

Sunday, 29 July 2012

Scrapbook pages to fill

I am almost at the end of my Worthing craft weekend projects, there is just one more to share tomorrow. This was another class from Elizabeth, she created these scrapbook layouts which I can fill with my own photos later.
Taking the Jubilee as inspiration there is a red, white and blue colour scheme and some lovely bunting made by using the pennant punch.

Friday, 27 July 2012

Flowers and Diamonds, a girl's best friends

Another scrap book page! I found this one quite hard, anyone who knows me will know that I really struggle with the whole tearing technique. It just feels so wrong to tear or scrumple such pretty papers. Believe it or not I began with a plain white page and took my inkpads to the edges. I then added some strips of First edition designer paper, again daubed straight from the inkpad, to make a border. The paper layers are a mixture of punched paper and torn circles then I but some shapes from the remaining paper. The flowers are cut using a big shot die from designer paper and layered up and compiled with a very blingy brad. A final touch of some embossed butterflies flying through the  page from bottom left to top right. There's a lot to look at on this page and yet the focus remains on the photo of my beautiful daughter. 

Thursday, 26 July 2012

Sunshine from Tenerife

I can't believe I am still sharing projects from my crafty weekend away!  I achieved so much while I was there. 
I don't know about you but I don't think we have had nearly as much sunshine as we need this year so I dug out some photos of our trip to Tenerife a couple of years ago to scrapbook.
I created the spotty border by making a template, I punched a lot of holes in a scrap piece of card with my cropodile and then sponged the ink through the holes. I was pleased with the effect as it was a little random and gives some lovely texture. Te flowers began as plain white paper flowers but by pressing them into my inkpads I was able to coordinate them to my page. 

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Happy Birthday!

Well, the lady in question should have received this by now so it's ok to share with you. I made this card for the birthday of one of my downline, Happy Birthday Val :)
The image is from a new stamp set that is available FREE in August with a qualifying spend and is called Reason to Smile. So if a free gift isn't reason enough to smile then a birthday certainly is.

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Completing the set

We have reached the end of our sea voyage with this card. Again this card looks so much more tricky to create than it is, simply layer the card and stamp on the top layer. Then, before adhering to the base card pop it inside the textured embossing folder and run through the Big Shot. Some ribbon and an antique brad and there you are :)

Monday, 23 July 2012

Open Sea

I think this is one of my favourites from the Open Sea set of cards from Worthing.  This one makes use of both the framelit dies and the edgelit dies. It was a little tricky to get it all lined up but it looks great and is well worth taking time over to get right.

Sunday, 22 July 2012

More Open Sea

Another Open Sea card. This one uses the "negative" of the top note i.e. the piece of card that is left after you have cut out the top note shape. It makes a great window don't you think?

Saturday, 21 July 2012

Sea through the window

Another card form the Open sea set, this one took a little more time to create because of the shaped layers.  The top two layers have been cut using the top note die in the Big Shot, we first cut in one direction and then turned it through 90 degrees which created the squarer shape. The bottom layers of First Edition designer paper and the chocolate chip layer, which has been stamped, have been cut using the framelit dies. However, only one end of the paper has been shaped which gives a great window shape.

Friday, 20 July 2012

Sea squared

Now this is a great template that could be used for many different stamp sets and occasions.  The images have been stamped onto First Edition designer paper as well as plain coloured card stock and cut using the square punch.

Thursday, 19 July 2012

Sail away

Here's the first card from the Open Seas boxed set.  I love the simple colour scheme of Chocolate chip and Marina mist. This stamp set has such an "olde worlde" elegance, perfect for the gentlemen in your life (or the pirate!).

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Open Sea Box set

Today I have another class from my weekend away to share with you. Elizabeth created all of these beautiful cards, you can see her blog here.
The class consisted of 6 cards and a box to keep them in.

Have a closer look at the detail of the box.

The whole project has been created using the Open Seas stamp set and a simple colour scheme. I'll share the cards over the next few days. 

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Album for your handbag

This is just perfect to pop in your handbag once you've added your photos. Made from card which was cut using the framelits and decorated with Attic Boutique designer paper and images from Apothecary art.  There's lots of room for your favourite photos, maybe of your children or grandchildren, then pop it in your bag ready to show whoever you might meet when you're out and about. simples!! 

Monday, 16 July 2012

Completing the set.

This is the last one! It completes the set of pool party, apothecary art cards.  This one uses the elegant bouquet embossing folder on the base card.  The stamped image is 3d mounted and again coloured with marker pens

Sunday, 15 July 2012

More Apothecary Art

Here we go, card number 3! Again, much more straightforward to make than it looks.  We used the Vintage wallpaper embossing folder on the pool party base card and then added a 3d mounted Apothecary art stamp which we coloured with the Stampin Up marker pens.

Saturday, 14 July 2012

Card number 2...

...from the set. Again, as for all the cards, we used Pool Party for the base card; this time running it through the big shot in the striped embossing folder to add some texture. Then we took a piece of Attic Boutique designer paper and cut a shape from the centre using the framelits to create a window.  Using a smaller frame we stamped and cut the label from Apothecary art and stamped the sentiment across the middle and 3d mounted it in the centre.

Friday, 13 July 2012

Manhattan Flowers

Card number one from the Apothecary Art card set.  A clean and simple design and so elegant.  The embossed design is created using the Manhattan Flowers embossing folder and the Big Shot. A strip of Attic Boutique designer paper at the edge adds a little colour and interest. The greeting is from Apothecary Art set off with some sparkle from a few rhinestones.

Thursday, 12 July 2012

Anthology of Apothecary Art

I'm going to share this class with you over a few days so that we can look at the projects in closer detail. We made 4 square cards and a coordinating container.  It would make a great gift I think.

Let's start with the box, it is made from Pool Party card stock and the handle is  from the complementary Attic Boutique designer papers.

The image is from the Apothecary Art stamp set and is cut using the framelits in the Big shot.  The roses are coloured using marker pens in Pool party and Old Olive.

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

No Sew projects

These are the projects that I made in the No Sew class that Elizabeth ran at the Worthing craft weekend. We made a fleecy mug warmer, decorated a jar lid and made a fabric bookmark.

We used the Twitterpated fabrics, which coordinate perfectly with the Twitterpated designer papers, and we added some lush pleated ribbon, buttons and some Antique brads.

All the shapes were cut using the Big Shot which makes it so easy. Some of the fabric needed to be attached very firmly i.e. to the lid of the jar.  To achieve this Elizabeth had provided the new adhesive sheets from Stampin up.  I hadn't used these before and was a little unsure but one I got the idea it was great, they certainly stick well :)

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Loads of projects!

Remember my weekend away in Worthing when I spent the whole weekend crafting? The photo shows some of the projects that I made.  
I took some of my own projects to work on but these are the classes that I bought into from Elizabeth and below are the gifts that she made for us.

Elizabeth has shared the projects we made on her blog which you can see here, she also has details of next years weekend!

Over the next few days I will share all the projects in more detail with you but today I wanted to highlight the frame that we decorated.  Elizabeth included this project in the cost of the weekend so we had all the components waiting for us on our arrival.
The background paper is Stampin Up's confetti card and has flecks of colour within it. I embossed it with stripes which added some lovely texture. All the stamps are from the Creative Elements set, I used cherry cobbler for the accents and early espresso for the words. There is a strip of the gorgeous vintage lace ribbon across the middle and although you probably can't spot them in this photo there are some pearls too.

Monday, 9 July 2012

Rockin' Butterflies

This is the last card from last months card club and was inspired by a card I saw online, again I'm sorry I can't credit the person who designed it as I forgot to take note. 
It seemed to evolve as it went on; the butterflies are created from the mixed bunch flower stamps, punched and then two petals removed. Initially that is how they remained but then at card club we came up with the idea of using the discarded petals/wings to create a more 3d effect.  The two colours are achieved using the rock and roll technique, inking the stamp first in daffodil yellow colour and then rolling the edges of the stamp in pool party ink. A piece of twine tied around created the body and antenna of the butterfly.
The base card has been embossed with the striped embossing folder and some matching pool party ruffled ribbon tied around to finish.

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