Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Bird Cage Card

Hello everyone! The card I am sharing with you follows the latest challenge from The Shabby Tea Room. This week the theme is 'The White Challenge'. You are asked to create a card or project inspired by the photo USING WHITE PLUS ONLY ONE ADDITIONAL COLOR (you are welcome to include additional neutrals such as cream, kraft, brown, black)!

My card was a labour of love. If it could go wrong it did! However, in the end it was worth it! In my card I managed to use white and cream.

Firstly after seeing the bird cage in the photo inspiration, I could use my Tim Holtz bird cage die. I love this die and don't get to use it very often.  I die cut it using chipboard, applied a layer of gesso then once dry applied two layers of acrylic paint using a makeup sponge. I also went through my beads stash and created some pendants to hang from the bottom of the cage.

Next I started building up my foliage. I used white cardstock to die cut some leaves and a Martha Stewart punch to create some fronds. I used a stylus and shaped the leaves to add some dimension to them as I didn't want then to lay flat on  the card. Using glossy accents, I layered the leaves and fronds at the base of the bird cage.

Using creme cardstock and  another die, I die cut the small flowers. I used my stylus and shaped each one. Time intensive but so worth it! Using tweezers and glossy accents, a glued each into place.

I repeated this for the top, omitting the leaves.


Cardstock - Stampin' Up! Very Vanilla and Whisper White

Other: Tim Holtz Caged Bird, Sizzix Loving Thoughts set, Memory Box Flower Mound, Stampin' Up! sizzlits little leaves, Martha Stewart branch punch, chipboard, Gesso, white acrylic paint.

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Monday, 24 September 2012

Fairytale of Spring card

I just love school holidays! I have time to enjoy so many things which include anything crafty! Today I am sharing a card that follows a sketch from The Sweet Stop.

For this card I used some of my Pion Design papers. They are so gorgeous and are one of my favourite papers. I used a square punch to create the tails of each of the fishtail banners. You simply mark where you want the tip to be (middle of the width of paper strip), line that mark with a corner of the punch. Then check that both of the sides of the punch line up with the paper strip edges (it should look like a right angle) the punch. I used this technique for all of the banners and it is very easy!

I wanted a vintage feel to this card. I found a gorgeous image from the internet of a child with flowers. I added some flowers and a bow to finish of my card.


Paper: Pion Designs Fairytale of Spring, Stampin' Up! cardstock

Stamp: Waltzingmouse Stamps Fancy Phrases

Ink: Distress ink Old Paper, Stampin' Up! Soft Suede

Other: Spellbinders nestabilities ovals small amd floral ovals, Hooked on Craft flowers, Stampin' Up! very vanilla seam binding, Becca's Bow Maker and Sullivans 1 1/2" square punch.

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Hello everyone. I am sharing a card that I have made following a sketch from Waltzingmouse Stamps.

I went for a pink colour pallet, one that I'm drawn to in cards.

For the main image, I wanted to use a cameo. I layered it with a Spellbinders frame, then stamped a label frame to add behind it. I love the swirls in the Florentine frippery an thought that it would compliment the cameo. I added some flowers and of course another Spellbinders frame.

I used a different glue to layer my papers. Am not happy with how it turned out. So I will be frantically searching on line today to find Zip Dry paper glue to stock up, which is my trusted glue that I usually use.


Paper: Glitz Design Pretty in Pink, Stampin' Up! cardstock

Stamps: Waltzingmouse Stamps Florentine Frippery and Cameo to Go

Ink: Stampin' Up! Melon Mambo, Distress Ink Old Paper

Other: Spellbinders nestabilities classic ovals large and floral ovals, Spellbinders twisted metal tags and accents, Hooked on Craft flowers and leaves, lace.

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Friday, 21 September 2012

Happy Birthday

Hello! The card I am sharing with you is another birthday card. I have a few birthdays at the moment and need to make a stash of them! I am also using some new craft supplies for the first time which I am excited about. My card follows the sketch from The Sweet Stop.

I have actually flipped the sketch to create my card.

I was excited to use a new Spellbinders die, a gorgeous decorative labels die. I I stamped my sentiment and built up my layers from there, using foam tape between each layer of cardstock. I also used a Spellbinders impressability for one half of the card. It is a lovely fleur de lis design which I love. I also like to incorporate bows onto my cards and so I used my Becca's Bow maker to create my double bow.


Paper: pink gingham, Stampin' Up! cardstock

Stamps: Waltzingmouse tamps vintage labels one, French Country and Say It Loud

Ink: Versa Magic pink petunia

Other: Spellbinders impressabilities, Spellbinders nestabilities labels one and decorative labels one, Spellbinders shapeabilities fleur de lis accents, Becca's Bow Maker, pink ginham ribbon and pink ribbon.

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Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Side step card

Hello everyone. I am sharing with a card that I have made for The Shabby Tea Room challenge. This week the theme is 'Pretty Party'.  You are asked to create a card or project inspired by the photo USING PINK AND GREEN PLUS FLOWERS!

I had in mind a paper collection I already had and love, Kaisercraft English Roses. It has a lot of green/pink papers that would be perfect for this challenge.

I made a side step card this week. I followed a tutorial from Splitcoaststampers which you can find here.

For my first side tier, I added a few flowers along with a die cut flourish. Behind it in tier two, I stamped and die cut a sentiment. I replaced the sentiment with a tag as I plan to give this card to my sister for her birthday.

For my third tier, I die cut and embossed a Spellbinders butterfly along with a circular flourish die. I off set the flourish so that things would line up when looking at the card from the front.

A small arrangement of flowers were added along with a flourish to the main side of the card. I wanted the papers to reveal the floral pattern so I left it bare.


Paper: Kaisercraft English Rose 6" paper pad, Stampin' Up! cardstock

Ink: Versa Magic pink petunia, Versfine vintage sepia, Distress ink worn lipstick

Stamps: JustRite stampers You're so Sweet and Just Because set

Other: Die-namics vintage flourish, Spellbinders shapeabilities butterflies, Spellbinders nestabilities circles large, Memory Box Quinn flourish, Martha Stewart butterfly punch, Liquid pearls bisque, Hooked on Craft flowers.

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Saturday, 15 September 2012

Birthday Banner Card

Hello everyone. I am sharing with you a birthday card that I have just made. I am entering it into two challenges. The colour inspiration came from the Shabby Tea Room challenge.

You are asked to create a card or project inspired by the COLORS IN THE PHOTO PLUS INCLUDE LACE, FABRIC AND A BUTTON!

The design follows the sketch from The Sweet Stop 

I really like banners at the moment and I thought that this sketch was perfect for me.

Originally, I wanted to create a fabric flower. My plan didn't work so I created a lace rosette. To create this, simply sew a running stitch along the edge of the lace and pull it tight. Simple and effective!
I altered the corner section of the sketch. I used some banners and attached a flower and some seam binding.


Paper: Stampin' Up! cardstock, Adrienne Looman Victoria digi kit

Ink: Distress ink old paper and walnut stain

Stamps: Waltzingmouse Stamps Fancy Phrases

Other: Lace, Stampin' Up! seam binding, button, Hooked on Craft flower

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Friday, 14 September 2012

So Charming

Hello everyone! I have been trying to add my post for a little while this evening but Blogger was not being very co-operative! I am sharing with you a card that I have made for the JustRite Friday Challenge #081 - "Charm Me". For this challenge, you need to add a charm.

My card is based around my papers, and in particular this gorgeous ballerina image. Purple is not one of top colour choices, but I gave it a go! I used the frame stamp from the Easter Blessings set and used the nested medallion to cut and emboss it. I layered all with foam tape and attached it to the Spellbinders floral ovals frame.

I used a sentiment from You're So Sweet set and placed a silver butterfly charm to it. I also inked the edges to give it a vintage feel.


Stamps: JustRite Stampers Easter Blessings and You're So Sweet set

Ink: Stampin' Up perfect plum, Distress ink walnut stain

Paper: Stampin' Up cardstock, Prima Fairy Belle 6" paper stack

Other: Spellbinders nestabilities floral ovals, classic ovals small, standard circles small, JustRite nested oval medallion, Hooked on Craft flowers, Prima rose, lace, butterfly charm.

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Saturday, 8 September 2012

Let's Celebrate - Paper House Box

Hello everyone. I am sharing a project that I have completed for the Shabby Tea Room Labor of Love challenge. For this challenge you are asked to create a card or project inspired by the COLORS IN THE PHOTO and INCLUDE A BANNER!

Labor day is not celebrated in Australia, so I did a little bit of research. I read that there are lots of decorations and parades on this day. I felt that from the inspiration photo, I would decorate the front of a house and have a house card as my submission....well I got a little bit carried away and created a house instead! I stamped a sentiment and die cut a fancy tag and placed it above the door with some foam tape. The scroll adds a nice touch to the front of the house.

I have a range of digital papers that include a wood styled background paper, perfect for a paper house. I die cut some shapes to create the windows. I also printed a selection of  digital papers and cut our fishtail banners from these.


Paper House template: House of Cards

Paper: Brandy Murray Back Porch kit, DCWV neutral stack, 4th July freebie, Retro Zing red, white and blue papers

Stamps: Waltzingmouse Oval classic frames, JustRite Stampers Just Because set

Ink: Distress ink walnut stain and old paper

Other: Spellbiinders shapeabilities fancy tags, Spellbinders nestabilities classic squares small, circles small and rectangles small, Hooked on Craft flowers, Martha Stewart branch punch , My Minds Eye twine, Die-namics woodgrain fence, Stampin' Up punch.

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Monday, 3 September 2012

Z Fold Card

Hello everyone. Today I am sharing with you a z fold card that I created for the JustRite Stampers latest challenge. For this challenge you are asked to create a card with "More Than One Fold".

I have seen a few versions of the z fold card, and this was a design that I prefered. To create this card I followed a tutorial posted on Sweet Designs by Cheryl. She has some written instructions and a video tutorial to follow.

The instructions are very clear. My only advice is to use repositional tape as you cut each of your patterned papers and cardstock for layering as you can easily make a mistake! I applied repositional tape and placed each piece in the correct position as I went. I was going to apply a strong adhesive but decided against it until my layout was complete for each section.

Here are some close ups of each of the panels...

Front panel....

Inside panels....

The back panel.....
There is a insert to the back panel for a special message. I stuck a flower a flower at the top of this to act as a type of tab/pull.


Stamps: JustRite Stampers Vintage Labels and Friendship Blooms

Ink: Distressed ink walnut stain and old paper

Paper: Pink Paislee Butterfly Garden, Stampin' Up! cardstock, DCWV neutral stack

Other: Spellbinders Nestabilities classic ovals large, floral ovals, classic squares small, scalloped squares small and labels six, Spellbinders Shapeabilities butterflies,  Die-namics fancy flourish and leafy flourish, Martha Stewart branch punch, Kaisercraft Madame Boutique die cut and paper blooms, Hooked on Craft flowers, Ruby Rock-It floral, paper doily, seam binding, liquid pearls bisque

Thanks for stopping by!

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