Friday, 16 September 2011

David

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.

I used the ‘Plain Alphabet’ (Dimension Fourth ref: 1801012a) for the name on this card.  I stamped the letters using VersaFine – Onyx Black and embossed with clear embossing powder.  I then used the largest tree in ‘The Adorable Snowmen’ (Dimension Fourth ref: 2400051a) stamp set, just because the stamps were still on my desk J  I then used the Distress Ink – Peeled Paint lightly over the letters before cutting them out.  I stuck them onto some black mirri card and used my inverted corner punch before attaching to some gold mirri card.  The background paper is one of my favourites, its from Graphic 45 and is part of their ‘Steampunk Debutante Collection’, I don’t often use it as its one of those papers that you get out of your stash, look at it a few times, stroke it and put it way, how sad is that lol, but I really really like Graphic 45.  I used the inverted corner punch on the corners of the background and mounted it onto some gold mirri.  I used the Spellbinders – Sprightly Sprockets from the Donna Salazar collection and it’s the first time I’ve used them, I’m really pleased with them so will be using those again.  I attached some metal brads to the corners before assembling the card using silicone glue.  This was quite a quick card to do.

Snow people baubles

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.

For this card I used the holly flourish from the ‘All I want for Christmas’ (Dimension Fourth ref: 2400006a) stamp set and the snow people are from ‘The Adorable Snowmen’ (Dimension Fourth ref: 2400051a) stamp set. I stamped the holly flourish onto white card with Memento – Tuxedo Black and coloured with ProMarkers, I cut it out leaving a white border around the edge and matted it onto rainbow mirri card, then cut around it again. I punched three holes into the flourish so I could thread the baker’s twine through it. Onto acetate I stamped the three snow people using StazOn – Ultramarine, I then cut them out using the Nestabilities circle dies, I also used the circle dies to cut out the rainbow mirri frames, one for the front and another for the back of each of the baubles. Using white card I stamped the snow people with Memento – Tuxedo Black and coloured them in using ProMarkers, then cut them out. I sandwiched the acetate between the frames using silicone glue. I used the silicone glue to stick the snow people on the front and back, and to stick the baker’s twine bow in place. While this was drying I made up the white base card, and I used the rainbow mirri for the matt. Using a piece of white card for the background I used my Cuttlebug and the Swiss Dots folder over the whole piece of card, I used an inverted corner punch on each of the corners. Then using a Quickie Glue pen added some glitter to each of the dots, the flourish that winds through the holly, and each of the snow people’s hats etc. To finish off I used some red gems in each of the corners and one at each end of the flourish.

A Welsh Christmas

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.

I used red, green and white for this card, the colours in the Welsh flag and the wording means ‘Merry Christmas’ (again I did a search on Google). For the background I used the Cuttlebug folder – Swiss Dots, and along the bottom of the card I used a score board to emboss the lines, attaching a piece of striped ribbon. I used white card to stamp the required letters out using Memento – Cottage Ivy and coloured in using ProMarkers. After the silicone glue had dried off I used Glossy Accents to glaze the letters, and before it dried I sprinkled some glitter over them. Using the leftover red linen effect foil card I used the Marianne Die set – mini poinsettias to make the red layer and a plain green card for the leaf and middle of the poinsettias.

An Irish Gaelic Christmas card

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.

I thought the Irish flag for this card with its orange, white and green wouldn’t work very well, but I quite like it, it’s not too bad at all. The wording for this card means ‘Happy Christmas’ (that’s what it said in Google), I again stamped the letters onto white card and coloured with ProMarkers, this time using the Memento – Tuxedo Black ink. I used the Cuttlebug snowflake folder and used a Quickie Glue pen on all the snowflakes adding some glitter, I matted this onto some green holographic card. I used Glossy Accents on all the cut out letters. I used the Christmas rose from the ‘tis the Season’ (Dimension Fourth ref: 2400037a) stamp set, stamping the rose head out again to add a bit of dimension. I cut the rose out leaving a white border around it, then used silicone glue to attach it to the card, I then used the Glossy Accents on the rose part not on the white border, I added the rose head with silicone glue and again used the Glossy Accents on it, sprinkling a little bit of glitter on the flower and not on the leaves.

A Scottish Gaelic Christmas card

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.

I used blue and white for this card because the Scottish flag are those colours, and the wording means ‘Happy Christmas’ (I did a search on Google). The snowflake on the background is from the ‘All I want for Christmas’ (Dimension fourth ref: 2400006a) stamp set, I do use this stamp quite a lot. I used second generation Memento – Danube Blue ink to give a faded look, and placed a small gem in the centre of the full snowflakes. Onto white card I stamped the letters needed using the Memento – Danube Blue ink and coloured in using ProMarkers, once the silicone glue I attached them with was dry I used some pale blue glitter and a Quickie Glue pen on the white areas of the letters. To finish off I used some of the blue mirri, rainbow mirri card and a Marianne Design die for the snowflakes using a white brad for the centre.

Gold poinsettia

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.

For this easel card I used a cream for the base card, the matting is a gold mirri card and the embossing powder is Gold Tinsel, using the VersaMark ink pad. I used the three poinsettia stamps from the ‘tis the Season’ stamp set from Dimension Fourth ref: 2400037a. I stamped the first layer of the poinsettias randomly over an A5 piece of cream card, then embossed them before stamping the second layer, then again embossed before stamping the poinsettia middle sections. I cut up the now stamped background into two pieces and using Distress Ink – Antique Linen, I lightly inked all around the edges before matting onto the gold mirri card to form the front, and the base of the card. Onto another piece of cream card I stamped and embossed the largest poinsettia section twice, separately, the same with the middle section, twice, and the centre was stamped and embossed once. Once cut out I lightly inked with the Antique Linen and slightly shaped the leaves before sticking together using silicone glue. I cut out the largest Nestabilities circle die in cream, inking with the Antique Linen, then the largest scalloped circle in the gold mirri card. The sentiment is from the ‘All I want for Christmas’ stamp set from Dimension Fourth ref: 2400006a, I stamped and embossed then cut out and inked around the edges again with the Antique Linen ink before matting onto the gold mirri. I cut out four mini poinsettias from my Marianne Design dies and slightly inked them before using some silicone glue to attach all the poinsettias and the sentiment to the card.

Red and green poinsettia

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.

I used the three poinsettia stamps from the ‘tis the Season’ stamp set from Dimension Fourth ref: 2400037a and like in the gold and cream card I stamped and embossed the largest poinsettia section twice, separately onto green card, the same with the middle section, twice using some red card, and the centre was stamped and embossed once onto green card, I used VersaMark ink and detail clear embossing powder. I glued the pieces together using silicone glue and added more glue to the top of the poinsettia so I could sink some beads into the glue. Onto another piece of green card I used the stamp ‘tis the Season..’ in the corner, a flourish from the ‘Floral Swirl Set’ Dimension Fourth ref: 2400027a, VersaMark ink and detail clear embossing powder, to crate a background. The white top section of the card has been punched using a Martha Stewart punch and emboss snowflake border punch, onto this I used the same flourish as in the background, I stamped and embossed using VersaMark and Red Dragon embossing powder (it’s a very shiny glittery red) adding some red gems to the ends of the flourish. I used silicone glue to attach the poinsettia.

Traditional Tree

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.

I have used the new stamp set from Dimension Fourth (ref: 240052a) and the tree comes in three layers. One is the tree itself, another the baubles and the last layer is the tinsel. I wanted to make a traditional tree card, it nearly started off as a completely different colour (maybe next time lol) but I resisted the urge. I used a dark green for my base card, some red card and some gold mirri card for the matting and layering. I stamped the first part of the tree onto some ivory card using Memento – Bamboo Leaves, then the bauble layer I stamped using Memento – Lady Bug, I then coloured everything in with ProMarkers. Next I stamped the base, using the smallest of the stars on the base, and the angel on the tree using Memento – Rich Cocoa, and then coloured those with ProMarkers. I lightly inked underneath the tree with Distress Ink – Scattered Straw to add a little shading, and I used the stars on the background, stamping with VersaMark and embossing with clear embossing powder, just so they would catch the light. I then used the tinsel stamp with VersaMark and embossed using some gold tinsel embossing powder, I used a VersaMark pen on the fairly dust and added the gold tinsel as well. I used a glaze pen on the baubles and used my inverted corner punch before matting and layering, to finish off added some gold gems to the corners.

Peace on Earth

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.

I used ivory for the base card and for the colour of the text, which I stamped using VersaMark, Gold Tinsel embossing powder and the ‘Plain Alphabet’ (Dimension Fourth ref: 1801012a) stamp set. I wanted to keep this card as plain as possible so once I’d cut out all the letters I just added two little gems from JJD Cards to each letter. I used some cream linen card for the background and matted it onto some brown/gold paper. I used the corner swirl from the ‘Floral Swirl Set’ (Dimension Fourth ref: 2400027a) stamp set and used a gold VersaColor ink pad and clear embossing powder to emboss each corner, I also added some of the little gems. To finish I used some silicone glue the attach the letters.

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Project Club - September 2011 » Main Card «

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 stamp set comprise of: three foliage panels, one text panel and a sentiment 'Many Happy Returns'.

This is the finished card, and Autumn is my favourite time of the time, I just love all the colours.
Using white card and Memento – Rhubarb Stalk ink, I stamped all three panels in the order I wanted them to appear on your card.  Making sure that I stamped near the edge of the card so a word border could be stamped down the side of the white card.  Just above the top panel I stamped the ‘Many Happy Returns’  using Memento – Rich Cocoa ink.
Using Post-It notes I masked off the edge of the white card.  Then using Memento – Rich Cocoa ink, I stamped the words down the edge of the card, I did actually double stamp the words and sentiment, I feel it lift’s it of the card a bit, giving a slight shadow.
I used ProMarkers to colour in all the leaves on all three panels.
I used a Glaze pen to glaze over all the leaves on all three foliage panels.  I didn’t do any of the stalks, but you can do as much or as little as you like.  I then glazed over the ‘Many Happy Returns’.   Using the Big and Juicy ink pad and a blending brush/pad I inked across the white card blending in the ink.  I used the first three inks on the Big and Juicy ink pad, using the yellow end more, then blending in the orange, and just a bit of the red.  I inked on the diagonal taking the ink right across the words as well, if you’re not sure how this will look or you’d like a different effect, have a practice on a piece of scrap first.  You will notice that there are some little white edges around some of the glazed areas, I wasn't too sure about the ‘Many Happy Returns’ but I’ve left it as it is.  If you don’t like the white bits use the glaze pen on the title after inking the background.
I then cut out all the pieces, the size for the wordy border is on your project sheet.  Using the Memento – Rhubarb Stalk, ink around the edges of all the pieces.  I used double sided tape on the back of all pieces.

I then attached all three foliage panels to the card and the border down the side as in the picture. If like me you tend to stick the border into place then cut the overlapping ends off, you will need to ink both the top and the bottom of the border with the Memento – Rhubarb Stalk ink.  Using the left over brown/gold card I mounted the ‘Many Happy Returns’ sentiment and trimmed around the edge. Then using foam pads or tape, I attached it to the card in the center.


Hope you enjoy your stamps this month, and if ever you 'd like to send me a picture of your work using these or any other of the project club stamps then please do so and I'll post them on here to give other project club members some inspiration.

Happy crafting

Jackie J

Project Club - September 2011 » Black and White card «

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.

For this card I used VersaMark and white embossing powder on the branch panel stamp using the black card.  I did do a black on white card but kept moving things round and didn’t like anything, so just used the two white on black panels, and saved the other panel for the tag.  I used the Nestabilities circle and circle scallop dies for the centre and a Joy Craft die for the centre flower, which I cut out using my Cuttlebug, then embossed and inked in black before removing the card from the die.  I double mounted the background, using a glue tape runner, I then attached the branch panels and added some spotty ribbon before attaching to the white base card.  I used foam pads on the back of the circle topper and then used some foam pads on the back of the flower.  Quick card but you could used any colour you like.

Project Club - September 2011 » Black and White tag «

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 tag was made using the leftovers from the black and white card.  The tag itself is made using the cut off piece of white base card.  I had already stamped the branch panel but ended up not putting it on the card, I used VersaFine – Onyx Black and embossed using detail clear embossing powder.  I had also stamped the sentiment using VersaMark and detail white embossing powder, double mounting and used a ¼” corner punch.  I attached the sentiment and the branch panel using a glue tape runner, I punched a single hole in the corner and finished off with the same spotty ribbon.
Thanks for looking J

Project Club - September 2011 » Autumn Leaves «

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.

Yet another card that didn’t turn out like I wanted lol, I kept changing bits, cutting pieces out, well you’ll see if you read on I used a cream for the base card.  I wanted to use a black card for the front but it looked awful, I wasn’t happy with my gold embossing on the black card, so I had a look in my stash and came across a paper stack that I’ve had for years, it’s a gold foreground and different shades on the backgrounds.  I used the gold with the brown background as you can see, and then matted it onto gold mirri card, using the same for the card base.  Because of the busy background I used the wheat panel stamp which I stamped onto the cream card using a VersaColor inch ink pad in Bronze (I wanted to use copper originally but I can’t find it) and then embossed using clear embossing powder, I used the same for the sentiment, just inking one of the wheat stalks to stamp at ether side of the text.  Onto brown card I used the text stamp with VersaMark and embossed with clear embossing powder, I did enough to cut out three Nestabilities - Nested Maple Leaves.  I cut out three of the leaves in gold using the outside edge of the die.  For the swirls at the front I used a Joy Craft die, and used the Bronze ink on the raised bits before removing it from the die, I didn’t like the full piece it looked a bit too much, so I cut out just the top and bottom bits of the swirl to use on the front of the card.  To assemble I used a glue tape runner to matt and layer the paper to the mirri.  For the stamped images I used a light dusting of Distress Ink – Antique Linen around all the edges before using the glue tape runner to attach it to the front.  On the back of the leaves I used foam pads at the top and a glue tape runner on the bottom giving the leaves a slant when attached to the card.  The cut out swirls were attached using silicon glue.  To finish the sentiment was attached using foam pads.

Project Club - September 2011 » Seasons «

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.

I thought the seasons would look quite nice on a card, so I used the leaf panel, not too sure about the winter one because really the tree would be bare, but hay ho J I stamped the panels using Memento – Cottage Ivy then stamped again onto another piece of card so I could cut out the leaves.  On the background panels I coloured all the leaves in a grey ProMarker to give a shadow effect, you can’t see that much of it but if I hadn’t have done the grey and left it, well it would have stuck out like a sore thumb lol.  I masked off each panel in turn and using Big and Juicy inks I lightly inked a sunset/sunrise effect using a small circle punch and a bit of Post-It to make the sun/moon in each panel.  Using ProMarkers I coloured all the leaves, cut out and then added a little glitter in the appropriate colours before using silicone glue to attach to the background panels, I also added a little bit of glitter to the end panel to give a snowy effect.  I double stamped the sentiment onto some white card, using the Memento – Cottage Ivy and then inked the colours to match the middle of the card, using a slightly lighter green card for the matt to match with the ink colour.  I then attached the sentiment with silicone glue.

Project Club - September 2011 » Silver Springs «

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.

I thought the panels worked really well for a frame, they would look nice on any wall.  I was going to do an 8x8 card because the square that the foliage panels form measures 7x7, and with some backing papers it would have filled the card front up, sometimes I feel a bit daunted having to fill an empty space lol.  So in the end I thought I’d use the foliage frame for a scrapbook page, I haven’t done one in a while.

I stamped the leaf panel in Memento – Cottage Ivy ink, just before stamping I used one of my Memento Pens – Potter’s Clay just on the branches, I lined up the edges and stamped it all on one piece of card.  I used the Krystal Tips upper and lowercase alphabet (Dimension Fourth ref: 2400012a) and Memento – Tuxedo Black for the title, using the foliage stamp inner section for the title background, taking care not to ink the edges of the panel and using second generation ink.  Looking through my holiday snaps I chose the four photo’s you see on the page.  The centre one is my daughter Hanni taking a photo, while my husband David takes a photo of us at the same time, she didn’t know he was there lol.  The top photo on the left is of Suzan, Les, (some mad friends of ours J), David, me and Hanni, we were sat on a safari bus and I got everyone to sit like that so Hanni could take a photo, trust me not to look lol.  The middle photo is one of the glass bottom boats we went on, and the bottom photo is David and myself messing about Once cut out I used some dark green card to matt the photo’s and the title.  Having a look though my stash I found some blue and green paper that set the colour scheme for the rest of the page.  I coloured the leaves on the panels with two different green ProMarkers, and used a pale green to add a bit of shadow, I used a dark green ProMarker to rough colour both inner and outer edges of the square.  I used my Big and Juicy  - Waterfall ink pad to dust a bit of colour onto the frame, before cutting the middle out.  On the backing paper I used Distress Ink – Shabby Shutters all around the edges.  To assemble – I cut an 8x8 piece of white card and using double sided tape added the backing paper.  I then added the centre photo to the foliage frame before attaching to one side of the page with double sided tape.  Because I didn’t quite match up the bottom panels when stamping I stuck the title over it with double sided tape, you can’t tell that it’s a bit wonky behind there can you I used two different coloured pieces of green ribbon just folded in half and attached to the page using silicone glue, I also used silicone glue to add the photo’s.  To finish I used some green gems and mitred the ribbon.


Thanks for looking J

Project Club – September 2011 » ATC «

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.

I have called this ATC ‘Harvest Fruits’.  I used the leaf panel across the top and across the bottom using Memento – Cottage Ivy and using the Potter’s Clay Memento pen as in the scrapbook page. I wanted to put some fruit on the trees, so had a look through my stash to find something to use, I came across some border peel offs and in the middle of a rounded border where some round’ish leftover bits, they where the right side anyway, so I used them.  I then inked the background with Distress Ink – Shabby Shutters and sprayed it with water.  Once dried I used Distress Ink – Vintage Photo around the edges of the ATC and on the cut out leaves.  The leaves are from the left over embossed brown card I used in the ‘Autumn Leaves’ card, using the smallest of the Nestabilities - Nested Maple Leaves die, I roughly inked around the edges using the Potter’s Clay pen and drew some veins on the leaves before using silicone glue to attach them.

ATC's August 2011

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.

Why not have a go, you could win a free stamp from Dimension Fourth, but you have to be in the Project Club to enter.  To join the Project Club have a look on the 
http://www.dimensionfourthltd.co.uk/ website for details.  I will be photographing all your ATC's and showing them on here, for more details please see the project club newsletter.  Thank you and good luck.


These two ATC’s are from Susan and she has called the first one ‘Piece of Cake’ she has glazed the slice of cake, it looks good enough to actually eat.  

The second ATC Susan has called ‘Frog Prince’, I like the little frog brad.  Susan has used some foam pads to raise the flower and the Congratulations stamp and added the crown to the tall grass.
Aileen has called her ATC ‘Frolicking Frogs’ and has used Promarkers to colour and she has used a glaze on the frogs and the flower.  Aileen has used some silicone glue to raise the flower and the frogs.
This is my contribution this month.  I have called this ATC ‘Flower-ring’.  I embossed the text and inked the background.  I coloured with ProMarkers and layered the flower.

The free stamp this month is a Butterfly stamp, the Dimension Fourth reference number is 0805036b if anyone would like to have a look (link on the left under 'Let's go shopping' for Dimension Fourth Ltd)
So now the winner for the month of August is
Susan
for her ‘Piece of Cake’ ATC

Thank you ladies for sending in your artwork and taking part again this month.
Happy Crafting,
Jackie 
J

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Christmas cards

Hellloooo, not been here for a while, I have been having holidays, illness (as usual L lol) and a big five-omg birthday, ‘its just a number’ I keep telling myself lol.  Anyway, I have also been doing some crafty stuff, I’ve been getting into my melting pot (not literally), messy inky/sticky stuff (more about that in a later post), mostly doing lots of colouring for Christmas cards.  I thought I’d show you some of the ones I’ve been doing for my daughter Hanni, a lot of them are still in bits so I will be posting as and when.

For this set of cards I used the Stamposaurus - Nativity Stamps, in fact that’s all I’ve been colouring.  I used my reverse easel card shape, I like this shape for the longer images, all you need to do is score your A4 card at 4” and at 8” this leaves the smallest bit of the card for the base, this card fits in a standard DL envelope.  I stamped three of the Nativity scenes with Memento – Tuxedo Black and coloured with ProMarkers, just mixing the colours so no card was the same.  For the background I used a sheet of text with ‘Season’s Greeting’ on it and just inked around the edges with Distress Ink – Shabby Shutters.  I left one of the cards with a square corner and mounted the topper onto glitter card, another one I rounded the top two corners and on the third I rounded all four corners before mounted onto the glitter card.  For the text on the back of the card I used the ‘Season’s Greetings’ stamp from Dimension Fourth, it comes in the ‘Festive Wonder’ set.  To finish off I used two wooden silver stars for the stoppers, I’ve had them for years, I got them and some other wooden embellishments from B&Q of all places.
Thanks for looking J