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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Are You Score Savvy?

Do you have a scoring board at home and don't know what to really do with it? Or you know what to do with it but you want to make the most of it and use it to create all kinds of cards, boxes and other creations?
I have come up with a class for people just like you. You'll make two cards (not just your standard rectangular card) and a cute gift box.

Here is Project One...
A Christmas card with a difference. This one was a bit tricky to photograph but if you look at the top of the photo you'll see the kind of fold the card is made on.

Project Two is a gift box. You'll be scoring and making your own box.
But open it up and see what's inside... Dividers so you can add different kinds of whatever you want to fill it with. You'll be making these also.

The last project is what I call a double gate fold card...
If you own a scoring system and would like to learn how to use it effectively, then this is the class for you.

Class Date: Sunday 7th August, 2 - 4.30 pm
Cost: $15

(Please Note: I am offering this as a separate class from my regular week night classes).

Thursday, July 21, 2011

It's That Time Again

Dare I say it... it's time to start thinking about Christmas cards (sigh). It seems so wrong to be thinking about Christmas and it's Winter wonderland when we are in the middle of Summer!
But, for my ladies that have asked me about my Inky Moose Christmas Card Club, here we are. I thought I would start off the club with a bang ... ribbon, embellishments and glitter galore.
In the following months leading up to Christmas I will run a class once a month that is a chance for you to "mass produce" some cards to send. They will be straightforward and easy to replicate. But for the first class, I wanted some pizazz!

First up, you'll be making the funky Christmas tree card above. There's lots going on with this card but isn't it great?! I love the different textures and elements. It's fun and bright and a modern twist on a classic.

Next up...
Glitter ... lots of glitter!!! For those of you that want a bit of bling, this is the card for you.

Last but not least ...
Have you been naughty or nice?! I love this card and all it's cuteness.

If you'd like to make a start on your Christmas cards this year, you know what to do...

Dates: Wednesday 10th August/ Thursday 11th August, 7 - 9.30 pm
Cost: $15.00

Sunday, July 17, 2011

A Little Thread, A Button or Two...

Happy Sunday!
Here's some of what I have been up to this weekend. I am currently trying to fill my box of cards I have down town in the Artisan's Case Mate store (If you haven't already you have to check it out. There are some amazing creations!). I have sold quite a number but have been so busy that I haven't really had a chance to replenish supplies.
For this card I really went to town (or to the haberdashery store LOL). I hand stitched the buttons on and wound real thread around the cardboard spool. I even hand stitched the thread on the pink sentiment panel...
I know... crazy, but I wanted the card to be special with such a cute sentiment. I know someone will see it in the store and love it.
Here's what I did on the inside...
I had the sentiment stamp made for me and cut the letters out with a die. To finish it all off I covered the flap of the envelope too.
Thanks for taking a peek!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Butterfly Box Card

Can you tell I have got some new stamp sets?! LOLOL
I had a chance to play with some of them today and created this card.
I've used 'Kindness Matters' and 'Creative Elements'. The butterflies remind me of the species boxes collectors have. I didn't add pins to hold my butterflies in place like collectors do though! I stamped the butterflies onto water colour paper and coloured them in with a blender pen and the stamp pads. I used my Stamp-a-ma-jig to line the butterflies up also. There was no way I was going to try that free hand!
I cut a frame from Soft Suede card stock and raised it with dimensionals so it would resemble the collector box. I added a layer of acetate also to act as the glass.
To create the frame around the box I used my trusty Stamp-a-ma-jig again with the border image from the 'Creative Elements' set. I didn't get the stamps meeting perfectly in the corners but I am happy enough with the result. I also used the 'No. 3' from the 'Creative Elements' set.
Here's a photo at a different angle...
This was actually a rather difficult card to photograph! With the acetate window I had to make sure I took my photos without the flash on and it could only be at certain angles as the acetate would show reflections of what was around. That's the way it goes sometimes though isn't it?
Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Newly Re-Found Treasures

I have been busy lately trying to clean out some space in my craft room. This is no easy feat and I have been putting it off and putting it off. Often times I will be cleaning out a drawer and find a treasure or two and then decide to make something with said treasures. Of course this means the cleaning is put on hold, but it means I get to create something and that always feels good.

What treasures did I find that I used on this card? I discovered a piece of scrapbooking paper I had had for at least 5 years (no I am not kidding). It was made up of small square images that were divided by dots. They reminded me of postage stamps and the dots are the bits you tear to pull the stamps apart. Anyways, that lead me to another discovery. I found a pair of decorative scissors. You know those scissors that all we paper crafters had years ago. Some had a deckle edge, others a pinking shear edge. Well I found a pair with a postal edge. The scissors cut to give you the edge of a postage stamp! So, I combined my two newly re-found treasures and came up with this ...
I made this into a birthday card so I went for the small image that defined 'Cherish'. I was so tickled with those postal scissors though!
To finish off the card I added some vintage lace, pearls, sponging, embossing, faux stitching, distressing and so on. I think the end result is kind of an eclectic mix of vintage and shabby chic.
Gotta say though, I am loving my postal scissors LOL!
Oops, nearly forgot to show you in the inside of the card!
Thanks for taking a peek!

Monday, July 11, 2011

A Pretty Purse Wouldn't You Say?!

Don't you love this purse?! I love the shape, the style and the gorgeous DSP used to make it.
It's the new 'Paisley Petals' DSP in the 2011 - 2012 catalogue.
Take a closer look at the flower embellishment..
Simply stunning. I've made it with the Fun Fold flower die. I love the extra little touch of the twine bow in the button too.
The purse is also large enough to hold a standard card. Here's the card I made to accompany the purse:
I've used some more 'Paisley Petals' DSP and a new stamp set called 'Four Frames' that works with the Decorative Label punch. Add some embossing, some satin ribbon and viola, a pretty card to go into the pretty purse!
Want to make a pretty purse and matching card of your own? Register for my class...

Date: Wednesday 27th July/ Thursday 28th July
Cost: $15.00

Email me to reserve your seat!

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Sailing Away

With some of the new In Colours being "aquatic based" I thought I would try them out with the single sail boat in the latest mini catalogue.
I stamped the boat in Basic Grey and sponged the clouds with Soft Sky (a retired SU! colour) and Baja Breeze. I sponged the ocean with with Pool Party, Baja Breeze, Pacific Point and a touch of Not Quite Navy. I stamped the sails on Whisper White card stock and cut them out to give my sail boat clean, fresh looking sails!
The Baja Breeze piece of mounting card has been stamped with the newly retired 'Worn' stamp and the Island Indigo card base has been stamped with the compass from 'The Open Sea' stamp set.
So there you have it, a sail boat sailing away on some In Colour magic!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

'Delicate Doilies' Tutorial

With a new catalogue comes lots of new and amazing ideas. I have been working on a tutorial using the new 'Delicate Doilies' stamp set and the oh-so- pretty Lace Ribbon border punch.
It's a cute gift box with a pull out drawer that holds three cards. Instructions for the gift box and cards are included in the tutorial.
If you'd like to make a set of your own, click on the link in the left hand column of my blog!