Thursday, 27 May 2010

It's all black & white

This is the card, envelope and gift voucher wallet I have made for my friend's wedding tomorrow.  I haven't really used black and white before but rather liked the simplicity of it.  I decided to have a go at a Joy Fold Card having seen them on people's blogs previously.  The envelope was made using the MS Scoring Board Envelope Maker and lined with co-ordinating paper.  I also made a card for the vouchers to go into inside the wallet out of the same embossed card as can be seen in the bottom photo.

I would like to enter the following challenges please:-

Craft Challenge 51 - Celebrate/Birthday - Wedding
Stamp Something 2 of Something - 2 Birds
Sew Many Challenges Wk 15 Anything Goes
One Stitch at a Time Challenge 14 Furry Friends - Birds
Magicial Crafts Challenge 15 Black, White & One More - Black , White & Silver
Choccy's MSE Challenge - Homemade Flower on Gift Voucher Wallet

Supplies used:-

Cardstock - Papermill
Embossed Card - Craftwork Cards
Backing Papers - Craftwork Cards
Bird Punch - Stampin Up
Envelope Paper - Doodlebug Design & lined with Craftwork cards paper
Flower - Stampin Up Scalloped Punch & Card Candy

Wednesday, 19 May 2010

Let there be music & money

Over on MSE ScattyJan set the latest challenge with the theme of musical.  Having been racking my brain for the last fortnight for the theme for a card for a friend's birthday Scatty offered it to me as my friend plays Viola in the Orchestra.

My next problem was I couldn't find a digital picture of a violin (gave up on Viola as I kept getting plant pictures) and the craft shops I went to didn't have a stamp or peel off of one either.  I therefore ended up printing a picture of one off and using it as a template onto some of the backing paper.  Once layered I realised this didn't look right so out came the promarkers. 

I'm pretty pleased with the card overall.  If I'd had more chance to get supplies I would have got a stamp of a violin and some shimmer type paint to use.  Hopefully my friend will like it as she is certainly not into "pretty and pink" so this is much more up her street.  The paper seemed to have notes both ways up but this way had the wording the right way up so I am hoping I got it right, please don't tell me if I didn't!

I would like to enter this card into the following challenge:-

MSE Musical Challenge set by ScattyJan

As it is said friend's 40th, not something she wants reminding about thus the lack of numbers, we have got her some John Lewis vouchers.  I wanted to fancy them up and so decided to make an envelope.  I decided to set myself the challenge of only using one piece of paper for the lot. 

I wanted something to go with the Gift Voucher card itself and also something not pretty and girly.  The paper was double sided so I used the reverse side for one strip of the "ribbon" effect.  For the paper flower I alternated which side of the paper I used.  I will certainly be doing more of these for money or vouchers as they were really easy and I think quite effective.

I would like to enter this into the following challenge:-

Tuesday, 18 May 2010

Stampin Up Cards

I had fun last week at another card making class where we were making a variety of cards. 

The first card we made was using stamps out of the mini catalogue and I love this set and colours.

This next card is a really cute card, again using stamps out of the mini catalogue.

The last card was just to show another use for the butterfly punch i.e to make the pansy.  It was good to practice using different items but certainly isn't a card I would find myself making again.  The colours are certainly not ones I'd use but they are retiring stock from Stampin Up so she is using up supplies, think this is definately one for the great aunt!

Techniques Class

These are some cards I had great fun making at the techniques workshop I have now been to twice.  The first one we made was using shaving foam and I must admit I was very sceptical but actually love it. 

You spray the shaving foam into a plastic box.  Add some colours from re inkers and then swirl with a lollipop stick.  Once you are happy with the pattern you lay your piece of paper on top and gently rub over the back of it.  Once you are happy with it you lift it off and wipe the excess foam off and leave to dry. 

The first is the sample piece I did.  I actually think this colour way would look great with a rocket or witch silhouette.  The second is my actual card which I then used the Stampin Up Butterfly punch to decorate.

The next card we made was using the Brayer technique, gosh that's hard work.  I loved the effect you get and was really pleased with my card I made.

Tuesday, 11 May 2010

How does your garden grow

This card is for my parents wedding anniversary today.  With sorting out the storage cupboard at the weekend and making Rusty's card yesterday it ended up being rather a last minute make, I am still pleased with it though.  Had I had more time I would have done another layer of fencing and put glossy accents on the flowers but by 10.30 last night my hand was starting to cramp.  They aren't the sort for cuddly bears but love the garden and have wonderful pots in the summer so this image was perfect.

Supplies used:-

Card Stock - From stash
Backing Papers -  DCWV Sweet stack
Image - Supplied by the lovely PepPop on MSE
Ribbon - Grosgrain from Poppicrafts

Monday, 10 May 2010

What a mare!

I wanted to make three cards and because time was a bit short, and only one needed to be sent, I decided to be clever and combine three cards in one, bad mistake. Following the sketch on Magical Crafts Challenges I set about deciding on my image. I soon realised that I had either a suitable image but not the promarker colours to solour them or they would not fit within the sketch parameters. I therefore decided to take my inspiration from one of my new paper packs but after all the work I’m not sure that the card works C’est La Vie! I’ve even had to blog this twice as I managed to completely muck that up right at the end.

I would like to enter this card for the following challenges please:-
Rainmac’s Rusty Challenge
Magical Crafts Challenge #14 – Sketch Followed

Materials used –

Card Stock – Anita & Stampin Up
Backing Papers – Penny Lane My Minds Eye
Stamped Flower – Stampin Up One of a Kind with Stickles
Punched Flowers – Stampin Up Boho Blossoms Punch
Sentiment – Peel Off and Stampin Up Oval Punches
Gems - Stash

Wednesday, 5 May 2010

Baby Boy Card

Having seen Rainmac's wonderful card on MSE I was inspired to have a go at a step card especially as I now have a MS Score Board. 

The actual making of the card base was very easy and I was happy with the front two steps but am not overly happy with the main picture.  I couldn't find my little clothes pegs, think in loft with Christmas Decorations, and so had to make do with improvised ones.  I think the card would be better with a picture rather than the washing line design but my Promarker colours are too bold for this card.

I would also like to enter this card for Padster's 3b's challenge please.  I have Baby Boys Card with Blue Backing paper and Blue sky effect.  On the washing line are Brown pegs and Blue Bodysuits.  I then have Blue Buttons on Braid and Buttons in my sentiment.  On the front step is the word Baby as well as 2 Blue Bottles.

Challenges I would like to enter:-

Padster's 3b's challenge
Quixotic Challenge #24: Oh Baby!