Thursday, 16 December 2010

This year's Christmas cards

They’re done at last, I wasn’t going to do batch cards this year but that’s what I’ve ended up doing with most of my Christmas cards.  Next year I intend to make them as I go along and try and get some variation, I think I’m trying to convince myself here, we’ll see.  lol

The backing paper for these cards is a digital image from Pink Petticoat – Large Snowflakes.  I used the gold and the silver snowflakes as the background and I have images of various bits of sheet music, I can’t remember where I got them from I’ve had them in my digi stash for ages.  I use Photoshop Elements to do my digi stuff like scrapbooking, card making, labels and tags, well lots of things really, so I used the ‘We Wish You a Merry Christmas’ music and layered it on top of the snowflakes, giving it a drop shadow.  I had sized the background to fit an A5 card front making it easier to cut out and mount on to mirri card.  For the toppers I have used the Santa from the November Project Club stamp set from Dimension Fourth.  I stamped him in various coloured inks, coloured him in using some watercolour pencils, others I used ProMarkers, but all are glittered around the cape, around his hat and not to forget his bobble.  I finished off with a gold or silver snowflake.  I did intend to do other designs for this years Christmas cards but really got carried away with these.  The photo isn't very good, I'd lost the daylight by the time I'd remembered to take it but I think you get the idea.

Monday, 6 December 2010

Project Club - December 2010

Originally this post was from the Dimension Fourth Project Club, then the name change to Dimensions Stamps.  Now the name is Nina Crafts and the old names have been dropped.  I thought putting all the posts together would be better and easier to find things.

This month's Project Club is going to be very useful for all your calendars, special occasion cards, invitations and much more.  In the set you will find the main calendar grid with the days of the week already set out, single numbers, a January stamp, seven strips of numbers for the dates, a smiley stamp, a star stamp and two flower border stamps.

This is the easel card I made with this month's set.
Hope you enjoy making it as much as I did.
 I like to have a little practice before I start especially if stamping onto shapes, so on a sheet of scrap paper I drew around one of the largest shapes two or three times.  I inked up the calendar grid and stamped within the lines.  Once I felt confident enough I stamped on to the cut out light coloured label shape.  If it hadn't have gone quite to plan and I needed another shape, I would have been able to use the shape as a template and cut as many as I liked or use Nestabilities – Labels Four.  Using the small single number stamps I finished off the year at the sides and the January stamp in the next box, as shown in the picture.  I have left the scrap page pictures to show my scribbles before stamping on to my calendar shape.
Using Post-It notes I masked off the days of the week at the top and bottom of the grid.  On another Post-It, I stamped and cut out one single square of the grid to mask the date of the occasion required.  For this card I used the 10th January for a birthday.  Starting with the first of the month (Saturday 1st January 2011) I stamped the date stamps into the relevant squares.  At this point I counted on and placed the small square Post-It over the 10th square on the grid.  If your date is the 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd or 29th then place your small square Post-It before stamping the dates.  The second strip of date stamps were overhanging the grid and the 30th stamped onto the Post-It, before changing the dates I re-inked and stamped the 30th at the top of the column.  I changed the dates and did the same for the 3rd – 31st.  I then finished the rest of the dates.
I removed all the Post-It notes and I used the smiley face stamp to mark the date of the occasion.
Using the smaller lightest coloured label shape I stamped my sentiment, for this card I used the Krystal Tips Alphabet and stamped happy birthday.  I cut down the middle of both the larger and smaller darker coloured shapes, and snipped off the tips of the cut halves so they don’t show when I stuck them to the back of the stamped lighter shapes.  I attached the darker, cut shapes to the back of the lighter stamped shapes leaving about a 1cm extension at the end points, see picture below.  I stuck foam tape to the back of both shapes.
Time to assemble the card – I opened up the folded base card and folded one of the sides inward to meet the middle.  Completely closing the card I added double sided tape from the opening edge up to and not over the newly folded line.  I then matt and layered the light square onto the gold and then on to the darker square card to form the card front.  I matt and layered the card strips the same as the squares.  I removed the backing on the double sided tape from the card base and attached the square card front.  I cut up (see picture below) and arranged the large gold flourish to sit under the calendar shape and once happy I stuck them down with PVA glue.  I attached the calendar shape to the front of the card.  I attached the strip to the inside front of the card, leaving about a 1cm gap at the front opening.  I cut and arranged the smaller gold flourish, then stuck into place.  Last of all I stuck the sentiment shape to the middle of the strip.  

I wanted this calendar to start on the 1st January 2012 so that I will be able to do a page a month.  When the Project Club stamps come through my door next month I’ll have the ‘February’ stamp for my next page.   I trimmed an A5 piece of white card for this calendar page and mounted it onto an A5 green pearlescent card.   I used VersaFine – Black Onyx to stamp the calendar grid onto another piece of white card and cut out the shape taking off the outer edge.  I filled in all the dates etc. then used the rose stamp from the ‘Tis the Season’ stamp set with VersaFine – Smokey Gray on the grid part of the calendar, masking off everything else.  I then used watercolour pencils and faintly colouring the rose and leaves.  Back to the A5 white card, I placed the calendar shape onto the card and using pencil marked the points, then using a ruler drew faint lines to line up the dots.  Using VersaFine – Black Onyx I stamped the flower border using the lines as a guide, I then coloured them in with watercolour pencils.  I stuck the calendar shape onto the page with foam tape.  The rose stamp was used on another piece of white card to make up a topper.  I again used watercolour pencils to colour and roughly blended with a water brush.  Matted the topper onto the green pearlescent card and attached to the calendar page with double sided tape.

I asked my daughter to pick two colours for a birthday party invite and she chose her two favourites orange and blue.  So here it is, a bit bright I know but hay ho J.  On white card I stamped the calendar grid and both sentiments using VersaFine – Black Onyx, I embossed both sentiments with detail clear embossing powder but left the grid.  I coloured the sentiments with an orange ProMarker before matting them onto blue card.  Using a blue ProMarker I coloured in the four corners of the calendar and with the orange ProMarker I coloured the outer edge.  I gave the calendar a dusting of Distress Ink – Broken China.  I had a look through my stash and found some foam shapes which I used to highlight the date of the party then remembered I’d some glitter from Rita (paperfolder, thank you Rita J) that would match, so using a quickie glue pen glittered the edge.  On orange card I stamped a number seven and a clock using VersaFine - Black Onyx ink pad, the stamps are from the Krystal Tips range from Dimension Fourth.  After matting onto the blue card I attached both background panels to the white card base.  I attached the calendar and both sentiments I used foam tape.

For this card I used Baby Pink Linen effect card for the base.  I have some check papers in my stash and they measure about A6, so cut the corners off and using for the background.  I have a Birth Certificate stamp from Dimension Fourth and have only used it twice before so that inspired me to do a baby announcement card.  So onto white card I stamped the certificate, the sentiment using the Krystal Tip Alphabet and the calendar all with VersaFine – Onyx Black and embossed with detail clear embossing powder.  I then used Distress Ink – Spun Sugar to colour around all the edges, after cutting out I mounted them onto white card and using a pink Whispers Permanent Marker added the stitched effect all around them.  I stuck the certificate down with double sided tape and the calendar with foam pads.  I added a charm to the sentiment before attaching to the card using foam pads.

I seem to be hearing about weddings a lot lately so thought I’d do something with this border stamp.  I stamped the two borders using VersaMark ink and then embossed using detail silver embossing powder.  I used the Krystal Tip Alphabet for the sentiment.  Stamped everything straight onto the white card and added a Mei Flower bow which I attached using silicone glue.  A very quick and easy card.
I got to thinking about wedding stationery in general and thought the corner stamp would work for a complete theme, so I made the place setting card to match.

Every new year, when asked if I’m going to make any resolutions, I always say ‘If I don’t make them I can’t break them’ lol.  So for this ATC I at least had a thought, however brief, to try.  Using VersaMark I stamped the text (Krystal Tip Alphabet) and calendar grid then embossed using detail white embossing powder.  Then used Mica paints to smudge and blend in the background, it is shiny but you can’t see it very well in this photo.

If you do get time, why don't you send me your ATC's.

Have a Happy Christmas and all the best for the New Year.  

Monday, 29 November 2010

Chocolate Innocence

Originally this post was under the Dimension Fourth heading, using their stamps, then the name change to Dimensions Stamps.  Now the name is Nina Crafts and the old names have been dropped.

Mmmmmmm chocolate lol.  A new set of stamps from Dimension Fourth called Chocolate Innocence, I must confess while making these cards I needed chocolate and I don’t really eat that much of it J.  In the set is a tray that holds six chocolates, the six chocolates, a bow and five sentiments.  Visit the Dimension Fourth web site to purchase these stamps.

I stamped the three text stamps onto some brown card using VersaMark and then embossed with detail clear embossing powder, I stamped them randomly all over to make a background.  Then again using the VersaMark I inked all around the edge before using detail gold embossing powder to highlight the edge of the card.  Using a Nestabilities – Labels Ten in cream (thank you Susan) I stamped the text in the middle and curved the longer piece of text to fit around the shape of the label, using VersaMark ink and detail gold embossing powder.  I trimmed off the bottom of the label and using my VersaMark pen inked around the label and again used detail gold embossing powder before attaching it to the card.  I stamped the heart chocolate three times onto some matching brown card using VersaMark and them embossed with detail clear powder.  In my stash I had some gold hearts so used three of them in a fan formation, doing the same with the chocolates using silicone glue.  To finish off I attached three dark brown candies to the top of the label.

The backing paper for this card is a digital paper from Pink Petticoat – Elegance papers and there are loads to choose from, have a look at their website: http://www.pinkpetticoat.co.uk/   I layered both the negative and positive papers on top of each other twice.  Then used the crop tool and cropped the top layer back to only fill a quarter of the require size, next I cropped the second layer to half, the third was cropped to three quarter.  You can see from the effect that the entire pattern matches right across the page.  I will be using this effect again, that’s for sure. 
I used the chocolate heart stamp and the Versa Fine – Satin Red to lightly stamp the hearts onto the background of a Nestabilities – Labels Ten and VersaMark I inked the edges and embossed using detail gold embossing powder, I did the same for the sentiment which is also from Dimension Fourth.  Layered the bow stamp again four times and used VersaFine – Satin Red and a red watercolour pencil to add the colour, I also used a red Sakura to add a little sparkle to the edges of the bow. Using my Big and Juicy – Spice ink pad I stamped three chocolates and clear embossed them before colouring in with ProMarkers.  The flowers are from my stash, they are all a cream colour and the colour can be changed very easily so I used ProMarkers.  Used shaker tape to attach the label and silicone glue to attach everything else.

I used basic brown card stock for this card, I also used it to matt the sentiments.  For the background I stamped the chocolates onto a dark cream card using Big and Juicy – Spice and then darken the edges of the background using a dusting of Distress Ink – Antique Linen.  I stamped the tray, chocolates and sentiments using VersaFine – Onyx Black and embossed with detail clear embossing powder.  Using the brown card stock I punched the edge using an EK Success punch before attaching the sentiments.  I coloured the tray with ProMarkers then all around the edge I used a matching colour glitter.  The bow I stamped four times using Memento Ink and coloured with ProMarkers, I then cut the bow up to make four different layers and stuck together using silicone glue once dried I used the same coloured glitter as on the tray to define the edges of the bow.  I attached the sentiments straight onto the background with a tape pen, the tray with shaker tape, the bow with silicone glue and once I’d coloured the chocolates with ProMarkers stuck them with the silicone glue as well.

I used gold pearlescent card from Create and Craft, it worked really well because it is double sided and I didn’t have any white bits showing.  I stamped the bow four times using VersaMark and detail gold embossing powder, coloured it in using Distress Ink – Fired Brick and a water pen.  I then cut it out into layers and built it up using silicone glue.  For the tag I used some apricot coloured card and added some Distress Ink – Old Paper to the edges before attaching it to some red mirri card, I used the sentiment ‘With Love’ which is also from Dimension Fourth before attaching a red heart brad.  The ribbon is a foil one with stars on it, and was attached using PVA.
For the inside of the box I stamped the chocolate tray twice onto the apricot card using the Big and Juicy – Spice ink pad and embossed with clear embossing powder.  Once I cut this out I could use this for the measurements to make the base of the box.  I added a 1cm raise for the sides of the box and just doubled the lid so I could make it into an easel card/box.  I used the Distress Ink – Old Paper over the tray before sticking two layers of shaker tape to the underneath and inserting it into the base.  For the chocolates I used the Big and Juicy – Spice ink pad, for the red hearts I used Adirondack – Watermelon, for the white chocolates I used Memento – Desert Sand and quickly used clear embossing powder on all of them.  I then carefully used ProMarkers to colour them in before cutting them out and using silicone glue stuck them in the box.  I used a Martha Stewart – String Lace punch and added some of the apricot card with lightly stamped bows on it, then used the Distress Ink – Old Paper all over it, the sentiment is from Dimension Fourth and I used the darkest brown from the Big and Juicy – Spice ink pad and clear embossing powder to finish.



Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Project Club - November 2010

Originally this post was from the Dimension Fourth Project Club, then the name change to Dimensions Stamps.  Now the name is Nina Crafts and the old names have been dropped.  I thought putting all the posts together would be better and easier to find things.

This month’s project club stamps from Dimension Fourth are very festive, I really enjoyed using them.  I could have carried on and on making these cards, I still have ideas swimming around my head, so will definitely be using this set for some more of my cards this Christmas.  If you'd like to join the Project Club visit the Dimension Fourth website, all the details are there.  In this month's set there is a Santa with a snowflake and script background, a Sprig of holly, a Happy Christmas with holly sentiment and a text (Handmade With Love at Christmas) stamp.

 I found a bit of ribbon and really liked the colour of it so wanted to make a card around it and this is what I came up with.  I used the Santa stamp with VersaMark and white embossing powder onto white card, then inked all over it using Big and Juicy – Waterfall ink pad, this is the closest I could get to the ribbon and not a bad match even if I do say so myself J  I used a smaller piece of card and stamped the Santa on it again in white embossing powder, then inked before cutting it up into strips, I attached the stripes to my white card base weaving one end before sticking down.  I masked off the 'Handmade With' section of the text stamp and using the waterfall ink and clear embossing powder stamped it onto white card.  I then matted the sentiment onto navy blue card stock and placed it as shown, the Santa I matted onto white card before the navy card then attaching it.

For this card I used VersaFine - Smoky Gray ink to stamp Santa so I could get a faded out background, I did the same with the end sprigs of holly for the border.  On another piece of white card I stamped the holly sentiment, Santa and the centre holly in the border in black Memento and coloured in using Promarkers.  I matted all three pieces onto green mirri then onto gold mirri.  For the background I found a pad of papers I've had for ages, cut out the required size then I decided to cut a corner off before sticking a border peel off all around it.  The holly border and the sentiment were attached using double sided tape and the Santa was attached using foam tape.

A very quick card this one, using gold and cream.  I folded some cream card then cut the front off and onto this I stamped Santa in VersaMark and then used detail gold embossing powder.  I coloured the hat and cape in using Distress Ink - Old Paper.  Using my Cuttlebug and cream card I cut out two poinsettia petals and in gold holographic card I cut out one of the leaves and one centre bit.  With a quickie glue pen and some gold glitter I did the vain detail on the petals before gluing them together with silicone glue.  I mounted the Santa onto gold holographic mirri and attached to the card.  I cut out and attached some acetate to the front of the card and used gold border peel offs to finish.

I found some textured thick paper in my stash so made this card with it.  I used some green card stock for the background and used a Martha Stewart snowflake punch/emboss edge punch.  I cut out two tags in green and two in cream on my Cricut then stamped with Memento ink the sentiment on one and Santa on the other.  Coloured with ProMarkers and edged around the tags with Distress Ink.  I used a quickie glue pen and went over the sentiment, the snowflakes, hat and cape before adding some glitter.  There is actually two pieces of ribbon running though the holes in the tags to finish off.

I thought I'd make a gift tag to go with the above card.  You can see both pieces of ribbon better on this photo.  I randomly squiggled around the edge of the tag with the quickie glue pen and added the glitter, I glittered the sentiment as well.

Was having a mess with the sprig of holly and had a go at making some kind of wreath, did it on scrap paper before committing it to card.  I used Memento - Cottage Ivy to double stamp them to give a faded look to some of the holly, I used ProMarkers to colour in and the faded holly I left white.  I used a check red/green backing paper onto the card base, then finished off with a red border peel off before attaching the topper and sentiment both matted onto holographic red card.

I also did an ATC with the same background as the card above.  I stamped the Santa onto shrink plastic and coloured in with my watercolour pencils.  Once shrunk I stuck it onto the ATC with silicone glue.



Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Other oriental cards

If you'd like to see more of the 'Oriental Dreams' cards, then visit Rita she has now added her lovely cards to her blog http://wwwpaperfoldercouk.blogspot.com/

Sunday, 14 November 2010

Oriental Dreams

Originally this post was under the Dimension Fourth heading, using their stamps, then the name change to Dimensions Stamps.  Now the name is Nina Crafts and the old names have been dropped.

This set of stamps from Dimension Fourth are of an oriental theme and there's loads that can be done with them.  I have today seen the samples from Suzan and Rita and they are lovely, just showing the versatility of these stamps.  The set comprises of a Geisha girl, a Samurai, a bamboo stick with leaves, two text stamps, four blossom stamps, a flower, a coin, a koi carp, a butterfly and a fan. 

For this card I used a template I have, but I can’t remember where I got it and who actually made it.  The template is quite versatile and does have feet at the bottom but I decided to not cut those out.  I used basic black card and stamped the oriental text all over it using VersaMark and clear embossing powder.  Using gold mirri I cut out the panel and for the inner panel I stamped the images as shown using Memento ink so I could use my ProMarkers.  I went round the edges of the panels with the Distress Ink – Weathered Wood.  I have also added some Glaze pen but its quite hard to see in this photo.

I cut a circle for the middle of this card using the Nestabilities – Standard Circles Large and stamped the fish using Memento – Tuxedo Black ink and coloured in using ProMarkers.  For the quarter squares I used Memento – Paris Dusk for the butterflies and again coloured in using ProMarkers.  I then went around all the edges with the Distress Ink – Broken China, being careful not to get too much in the yellow as I didn’t want any green colour accidents.  I matted the squares onto a blue shiny card and attached the fish topper with shaker tape.


I did a Google search for some inspiration while making these cards having not done much with the oriental theme and found some place cards for a wedding, so below is my take on those cards.  I used the 'Krystal Tips' alphabet, then stamped one of the blossom branches in the corner.  I masked off the the blossom flowers before masking and inking the corners using Adirondack - Pink Sherbet.  After removing all the masks I used ProMarkers to colour the flowers.  A friend of mine Susan (Stamping Sue) gave me the small pearls and I couldn't wait to use them and I thought they'd look nice on something for a wedding.  Thank you Sue J

Used the largest circle on the Nestabilities – Standard Circles Large die set to make the centre point for this card.  Stamped the Geisha Girl then masked her so I could stamp the blossom, clouds, sea, railings and grass behind her, I used Memento for the blossom and Big and Juicy – Waterfall for the grass, sea and clouds.  I then coloured the blossom with ProMarkers and used a grey ProMarker for the railings.  I stamped the Geisha girl again but this time onto patterned paper and cut out her clothes.  Stamped and cut out eight fans and coloured them in with ProMarkers making four a little darker before sticking them to the back of the circle.  I used green pearlescent card for the background and large lilac gems in the corners.

Friday, 5 November 2010

Autumn my favourite time of the year

Originally this post was under the Dimension Fourth heading, using their stamps, then the name change to Dimensions Stamps.  Now the name is Nina Crafts and the old names have been dropped.

Another new set of stamps from Dimension Fourth called Autumnal; Gold and Brown, I really enjoyed working with these stamps, but then it is my favourite time of the year.  There's eight different types of leaves, a pine cone, a ladybird, a cluster of mushrooms, a verse, harvest mice and the word 'Autumn' in this set.  They are perfect for all the lovely Autumn colours.

I made this easel card using cream card stock.  I stamped the verse onto cream card with Memento - Rich Cocoa ink then I stamped the leaves onto a thick patterned paper that had just the right autumn colours in it, I used the Memento ink just in case I had to use my ProMarkers to add a little more colour but I was happy with the result so didn't need to use them.  I cut loads out, just kept going until I got fed up really.  I used a textured gold mirri card for the background then attached the verse.  I attached the leaves with silicone glue and had some of the smaller ones left over so I think I got fed up at just the right time lol.  I used the cream candies for the corners.  For the base I stamped another leaf shape then coloured them in using watercolour pencils, then I used the Distress Ink - Old Paper to slightly darken the cream it looked too light.  I matted the sentiment onto the gold mirri and attached it using foam pads. 

I half covered the base card with brown pearlescent card then wrapped pale yellow paper around the card from front to just overlapping about 2cm around the back.  I randomly stamped the leaf around the edge of the card, but then I had a brain wave, I still had some of the smaller leaves cut out from the last card.  You'll never guess - I had just enough, jammie or what, I didn't have any more of the paper left so if I'd have planned it then it wouldn't have happened.  I stuck the leaves on with foam pads.  For the topper I used the 'Postage Stamps' set from Dimension Fourth, I have used this set quite a lot for all sorts of frames.  So onto white card and using Memento Ink I stamped the layout you see below, the verse just fits nicely in the largest of the postage stamps.  I coloured the leaves and the mice with ProMarkers and edged everything with the Ivory ProMarker.

I hadn't done a diamond top card for ages so that was my next card.  I stamped the images onto white card and this time I used my watercolour pencils to colour them in.  Once coloured I used the Distress Ink - Old Paper around the edges of the white card then matted it onto a golden brown card before attaching them to the base card.  This was quite quick to do actually.

My last piece of copper pearlescent card L so I wanted to make it count.  I thought a shutter card using lots of copper.  I cut out all the needed shapes in the copper pearlescent and white card and arranged them on my desk in the correct order before I stamped them using VersaMark and detail copper embossing powder.  For the topper I cut out the white card using the Nestabilities - Deckled Rectangles, and stamped the sprig and some leaves again using the VersaMark and detail copper, on another piece of white card I stamped and embossed the pine cone then coloured in using watercolour pencils before cutting it out.  I attached the pine cone to the topper using silicone glue, this covered all the cross over points of the leaves, then mounted onto my very last piece of copper card before attaching to the front.

Large Letters

Originally this post was under the Dimension Fourth heading, using their stamps, then the name change to Dimensions Stamps.  Now the name is Nina Crafts and the old names have been dropped.

This set of stamps from Dimension Fourth consist of three large letters and three word endings, H and appy, B and irthday, finally C and hristmas.  The letters stand at 9cm high and the word ending measure just over 1cm for the normal letters and the ascenders and descenders are 2cm high, really nice chunky letters.

I used pearlescent blue card with an acetate front for this card.  Using VersaMark I stamped the H and C and embossed with detail white embossing powder.  I then stamped onto snowflake paper I'd had in my stash for years and years, I used the 'Words for Alphabet' stamps also from Dimension Fourth as these were smaller than the ones in the HBC set and stamped them into the letters before cutting them out and inserting them into the middle of the white embossed letters.  I used white card for the snowy base and ripped the top edge before putting glitter on, you can't see the glitter very well though.  Silver border peel offs and silver candies to finish off.

I'd bought a new Cuttlebug folder called 'Clockworks' and wanted to use it on something so I decided to do a birthday card for a man.  For this card I stamped the H, B, appy and irthday with Memento ink onto white card then I used the bolt stamp from the 'Mechanic Set' of stamps from Dimension Fourth to fill in the letters.  I used two shades of the warm grey ProMarkers to colour the bolts then went round them with pale blue ProMarker to highlight them, I also added the pale blue to the words to add a shadow, although it doesn't show up very well on these photo's.  I matted the letters and words onto blue card and glittered around them using a mid-tone blue glitter.  After putting the blue background onto my card I embossed a piece of pearl card with my Cuttlebug and cut around the design, but it looked a bit lost so I cut it into odd quarters to fill the background a bit.  I glittered around the shapes and used the dew drops in silver for each of the corners.  I then attached the letters and words using foam pads to give height.

No your not seeing things I have done this card before, in fact it was last week for my nephew's birthday but this one I wanted to be a little different so I added some glitter to the black areas of the paper and got a really nice green sparkle.

I had a rummage through my paper stash and found this multi-coloured piece.  I put some onto pink mirri and attached it to this DL card.  I stamped the H and B onto white card and used the appy and irthday from the 'Words for Alphabets' again, I then used Cosmic Shimmer Mist - Angel Mist which is a pale shade of pink and spritzed the letters before cutting them out and attaching to the card using foam pads.  I used a quickie glue pen and pink glitter on all the pink shapes on the background paper.

Thought these letters would work very well with shrink plastic, so used StazOn ink to stamp the H and C.  I have the 'Christmas Icons' stamps they are part of the Krystal Tips range from Dimension fourth, I used the present stamp to fill the letters.  I coloured the presents with a red metallic and white Gelly Roll Sakura pens, before cutting out and shrinking.  For the background I stamped the words appy and hristmas then used a selection of different sized snowflakes from Dimension Fourth with VersaFina - Satin Red ink and clear embossing powder.  I matted the snowflake background onto red mirri card then attached it to the card before adding the shrunk H and C.

Monday, 1 November 2010

Halloween Night

Every year both David (hubby) and I make up sweet bags for the kids who visit.  We also decorate from the front door to the bottom of the stairs.  Its not a very big area but it holds seven children all at the same time I counted them this evening lol.  We do go mad putting up witches, webs and whatnots, but the kids love it and truth be known so do we.  Well tonight we had 60 yes that's right 60 trick or treaters, the youngest was in his pram and dressed as a pumpkin and the oldest was a grandma dressed as a witch.  We only make the bags up for the kids up to the age of about 11ish after this they know they don't get anything other than left overs out of the box.  This year we didn't have a lot of left overs, so its a good job we didn't have very many older kids.  We turned on all the flashing lights at 6:45 and by 7:15 they had all been and gone, so we switched everything off as quick as possible so we wouldn't disappoint any other visitors.  Mad busy evening. haha

Wrapping paper

I wanted some wrapping paper for the memory box but couldn't find any that grabbed me so I decided to make my own.  I used the same pictures and printed it out on my husbands plotter in A1 size.  The paper looks great but the wrapping, well that leaves a lot to be desired lol.  It's a good job its going in a gift bag.

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

My nephew Calum's 18th

Today is my nephew's birthday and I can't believe he's 18, where has all the time gone. 
For the base card I trimmed an A4 sheet of white card down to 8" wide then scored it at 8", on the back of the flap I attached some card to make a pocket (sending cash is the easy option) and stamped the number 18 on it using the 'Krystal Tips Numbers' from Dimension Fourth.  For the front panels I attached some black peel off borders from my stash then inked the edges using Distress Ink - Weathered Wood.  Onto some spotty paper I stamped the H, B & C from the stamp set 'HBC Extra Large Letters' and the smaller letters I stamped onto a slightly different spotty paper using the 'Plain Alphabet' both stamp sets from Dimension Fourth.  Because the paper was a little too thin I glued the letters onto white card using some Pinflair Bookbinding Glue before cutting them out, I attached them to the front of the panels using silicone glue.  On the H, B panel I stamped the appy and irthday from the HBC set, on the right hand panel I again used the Krystal Tips for the 18's.  I used the two smallest Nestibilities - Standard Circle dies to cut one black and one white circle, stamped the 18 to the white one.

Friday, 22 October 2010

New Baby Card

Congratulations to Jenna and Lee, baby Jack was born at last on the 21st October.  This card was made using a digital kit I had bought quite a while ago from Soxsational Scraps and it's called Dreamland.  I finished it off with some glitter.  It really is a cute little kit and can be used for both girls and boys.

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Lil Rascals

Originally this post was under the Dimension Fourth heading, using their stamps, then the name change to Dimensions Stamps.  Now the name is Nina Crafts and the old names have been dropped.

The latest set of stamps from Dimension Fourth are called 'Lil Rascals', you can find them in the 'As Seen on TV' section of their website (link on the right of this page under 'Let's go Shopping').  They fit in really well with the other stamps in this range, 'Dolly Daydreams' and 'FaB Impressions Kelly'  (Front and Back) they all mix and match perfectly.  You can find these stamps in the same 'As Seen on TV' section.

This card was inspired by the backing paper, it is in fact some wrapping paper I'd used for a present I'd bought recently.  I mounted two strips of the paper onto silver mirri, putting one strip on the folded front of the card blank and one on the back.  I used the 'Krystal Tips Upper and Lower' alphabet also from Dimension Fourth for the sentiment, stamped with VersaFine - Onyx Black then embossed with clear embossing powder, mounted onto silver mirri and used a EK Success punch down the side.  For the topper I first stamped the little girl with Memento - Tuxedo Black, then masked her before stamping the bench, masked the bench before stamping the boy.  I then coloured them in using ProMarkers before mounting on the silver mirri, finishing off with the punched edge.

For this card I stamped the letters using the 'Plain Alphabet' from Dimension Fourth, these can be found in the  'Miscellaneous' section of their website.  I also stamped the trains, both sides of the boy and the truck on its own and within the letters using Memento ink, coloured them with my ProMarkers before cutting them all out.  On a card blank I'd arranged the word 'Brother' to see where it would fit and that's when I'd decided to cut the corner off and attach some acetate.  I stamped the trains and trucks on the cut off corner before matting it onto silver mirri then attached it to the card blank.  On the inside of the card I attached the acetate and stamped the sentiments before using silicone glue to attach the letters, the trains and truck and the front and back of the boy.
Inside view of the card.  I put some coloured tape to finish off, something I've had in my stash for ages, I think I got them from Readicut years ago, there's quite a few colours and some metallics, nice to use as a divider. 

I was fed up with blue by this time so thought I'd do something girlie.  Red and Yellow, this picture makes the yellow seem a little creamer but hay ho.  Had a look though my stash and found some red and yellow roses.  Used a cutting and embossing template and my Cuttlebug to cut out the foliage in green mirri.  I cut a square aperture out of my card blank and wanted to use a Martha Stewart punch but because of the sizing it wouldn't fit my card blank so after deciding to do it anyway, using a pastel yellow glitter card I cut it diagonal and placed it in the corners.  I cut out the overhang around the aperture before attaching some acetate to the inside of the card, I covered the raw edge (I usually get a bit of a wavy line on my hand cut aperture's) with green peel off borders and covered up the empty corners with the roses.  On the stamp set is a small Happy Birthday stamp so I put this with the roses.   I stamped then masked the little girl using Memento ink before stamping the bench, on the reverse image I stamped the bench first then masked it before stamping the little girl.  I coloured with ProMarkers before attaching with silicone glue.  I placed a matt of pale yellow card on the insert again using the same Martha Stewart punch.

A friend of mine (Susan Wood) had cut out some of these shapes from Nestabilities for me, they are just the right size for the boy.  I used a smaller one for the sentiment and coloured it blue to represent the water.  Using Memento ink I stamped the boy and the jar first, then masked them.  Stamped the bench and the fishing net behind his back, masked the corner of the bench before stamping the other fishing net on the corner.  Coloured in using ProMarkers.  Matted the backing paper to gold mirri before attaching to my card blank, I then scored a line down each edge of the card.  I only had a yellow fish brad so I coloured it using an orange Whispers permanent marker and attached it to the happy birthday shape, I then stuck it on the card using foam pads.  I stuck the topper on using shaker tape to give it a slightly higher level than the sentiment.  Last of all I used Glossy Accents on the fishing jar.

Thursday, 7 October 2010

A memory box

The granddaughter of a friend of mine (Rita) is having a baby, it should have happened last Thursday but he's not ready to make an appearance yet.  I wanted to make something a little different, so after having a rummage in my template drawer I found my Arty Farty templates.  Luckily I know Jenna and Lee are having a little boy and they are going to call him Jack, so I could put a name on the box.

I have used the Daisy Blooming Box. http://www.artyfartydesign.co.uk/shopping/pgm-more_information.php?id=447&=SID It comes in three sizes and I used the largest with white 300gsm card as my base. Baby blue linen card for the top layers, which I put through my Cuttlebug using the Swiss Dots folder.  I needed a good strong vellum and found in my stash a pad I've had for quite a while of Anita's Classic Christmas Silver Vellums, they're 120gsm and it is a 6"x6" pad, I used the striped sheets.  What to do about the pictures - I wanted to put Tatty Teddy on the box but I didn't have enough in my stash to fit all around the box so after a bit of thought and as Jenna likes Shaun the Sheep I used those.  I mounted the pictures onto Baby Blue pearlescent card before attaching them to the box and used the pearlescent card to make a gift tag.  For the picture on the lid I left enough space to put the name before mounting it on pearlescent card.  For the name itself I using my Cricut Expressions machine with the 'Plantin SchoolBook' cartridge.  This is my latest cartridge and I use it all the time, I always get my cartridges from http://www.smartcrafts.co.uk because of good prices, wide range of Cricut products and a very helpful Nicola.  The name was cut out of the Baby Blue Linen card and around the edges I used the baby blue ProMarker, just to make it stand out a bit.  I have bought a couple of Snuggle Chums rattles (lambs - it had to be) from Babies R Us, but the packaging is too big for the box so I'll have to find something a little smaller.  It will have to be something in keeping with the theme though. J