19 Dec 2012

Stepper Card

Hi There. Well this will probably be my last Christmas post for this year.

I want to wish you all a Very Happy Christmas and a Wonderful New Year! Thank you for stopping by my blog all this year and I really hope you've enjoyed the posts and they've been inspiring.
 
I'll leave you with this Stepper Card. Stay Safe and well. Talk to you soon!  Angeliki :)










4 Dec 2012

Joy Fold Card - Greeting Card Kids

Hi There. Just a quick post from me today as the Christmas Season is now in full swing so I'm a bit time deprived.

Today I have a Joy Fold Card for you using the rubber stamp set Greeting Card Kids & Paper Pack Snow Festival. I love this little girl - Isn't she is sooooo adorable?!

The method of how to make a Joy Fold Card, and for an inside view of the card, is listed under a previous post of mine dated 6 November 2012.

I used my Stampin' Write Markers to colour the little girl in and added the Glitter using my 2 Way Glue Pen. Stampin' Up!'s Glitter, Dazzling Diamonds, is super fine  making it a perfect fit for this image.

As you can see, I've used the Festive Paper Piercing Pack on the blue label - soooo much fun!



Style Tips: Tried and Tested for You!

1.  Paper Piercing gives you an instant no fuss border and looks great! I've used it on the Framelits Label of this card. It draws your eye to the image itself, and grounds it to the card. It also gives a beautiful clean professional finish to the project.

2. 2 Way Glue Pen - I use mine a lot! It's a permanent fixture right in front of me on my craft table. It's fantastic for Layering Materials, Building 3D images like flowers and butterflies, and is especially good for adhering smaller objects to your project such as the Beautiful Wings Butterflies and the Fashionable Hearts Emnbosslits. And of course, is great for glitter! It gives you accurate coverage and does not bleed into the ink.

3. You can also decorate the inside of the Joy Fold Card. I didn't on this one or in the previous post, however stamping, embossing or die cutting a snow flake would be a pretty addition. 

I hope this card inspires you. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me. Have a great day and Happy Creating!

Thanks for stopping by - Angeliki. :)

22 Nov 2012

Snow Swirled Christmas Easel Card

Hi There.  I've been playing with one of my long time favourite stamp sets called Snow Swirled and created this easel card. Easel cards are quite popular at the moment and they're a nice change from your everyday card, and they really add that Wow factor.

Do you like embellishing your projects with banners, like mine in the left hand corner, but stay away from them because you can never get the end cut right? Well here's a nice little trick - I used the Bitty Banners Framelits Die to cut mine and finished it off with a Faceted Button threaded with Linen Thread - Loooove these buttons - So sweet! I've also used them on the base of the card and one of them holds the Easel in place, I finished those off with a Pearl Jewel in the centre of each.

It's a shame you can't really see it in the photo, but I embossed the Snow Flakes with Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder and it adds such a beautiful sparkle. I then fussy cut them and attached them with 
Stampin' Dimensionals.



Here's a side view for you to see how the front panel is held in place.

I hope you've enjoyed today's card. If you have any questions on this card, just ask it in the comment section and I'll post a reply.  Thanks for stopping by, Angeliki  :- )

Here's a List of the Stampin' Up! Products I used to Create this Card:

Rubber Stamps
Snow Swirled

Card Stock and Papers
Read Red
Gumball Green
Very Vanilla
Candlelight Christmas  Specialty Designer  Series Paper

Ink Pads
Versa Mark
Real Red

Accessories
Basic Jewels Rhinestones and Pearls
Gumball Green Satin Stitched Ribbon
Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons
Linen Twine
Embossing Powders - Silver and Iridescent Ice
Shimmer Paint - Platinum - Used around Edgers of Sentiment.

Tools
Decorative Label Punch
Large Oval Punch
Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
Bitty Banners Framelits

Adhesives
Sticky Strip
Stampin' Dimensionals
Tom Bow Multi Purpose Liquid Glue - To adhere Buttons and Banner

11 Nov 2012

Ornament Keepsakes Wine Bottle Card

Hi There.  This is probably the last instalment of creations using the Ornament Keepsakes Stamp Set - however I could be persuaded to post more! - so I wanted to give you some new ideas other than cards.

A couple of posts ago I mentioned the Festive Paper Piercing Pack and the middle bottle shows this best in this photo - I hope you can see it, the photo isn't crash hot! This bottle card didn't look much at all until I paper pierced it, which framed the ornament and gave it more 'pop'. I did pierce the inside of the ornaments in the first bottle but it doesn't show up in this photo, but in real life, gives it more texture than just a flat stamped image.

You can get this Paper Piercing Pack for FREE! by purchasing the Ornament Keepsakes Stamp Set and the Candlelight Christmas Speciality Designer Series Papers! (both from the Holiday Catalogue). That's $13.95 of product FREE! This offer is only available through November.

These bottle cards are a great idea because they act as your wrapping and card! You just write your message on the back, buy the wine, and Christmas present and card all taken care of!

All products, except the Very Vanilla Card Stock and Gumball Green Ribbon, I used to create these are from the Stampin' Up! Holiday Mini.

If you would like to purchase any of these products, just email your order to me and Stampin' Up! will deliver your products straight to your door, Australia wide! And postage is the same rate anywhere in Australia and is also subsidised by Stampin' Up!

Hope you've enjoyed these. Thanks for stopping by, Angeliki :)

Here's a list of the Stampin' Up! products I used:

Rubber Stamps
Ornament Keepsakes
Greetings of the Seasons
Four Frames - used on bottle 3.

Card Stock
Core'dinations Gumball Green
Very Vanilla

Ink Pads
Real Red
Gumball Green
Soft Suede

Accessories
Gumball Green Satin Stitched Ribbon
 Basic Jewels Rhinestones

Tools
Festive Paper Piercing Pack
Piercing Mat and Stylus Paper Piercer
Decorative Label Punch - on bottle 3
1 3/8" Circle Punch

Big Shot
Lacy Brocade Embossing Folder




6 Nov 2012

Ornament Keepsakes Joyfold Christmas Card

Hi There.  I wanted to try and give you lots of card ideas using the Ornament Keepsakes Bundle and Candlelight Christmas Specialty Papers to show how versatile this bundle can be and how far one pack of paper can go - and I still have heaps of paper left! - so I have another card using those products, but I also wanted to show you the Paper Piercing Festive Pack that I said I will post an example of - so here they are and they all go together so nicely!

I have had so much fun paper piercing and I love how the Paper Piercing frames the centre piece. 

The card I have to show you today is called a Joyfold Card. A Joyfold card has 2 intersecting cards. They can be any measurement you like and open in any direction that you like - So they are also very versatile! This one is my favourite layout.


My card opens out from the right hand side first, then to the left.
I have one small card placed on top of a larger base card.

How to make this Joyfold Card:

1. Cut a Base Card measuring  8 1/4"  x  4 1/4".  Score and fold at 5 1/2". Cover inside back and top front of the base card with paper.

2. Cut intersecting card (smaller card)  8" x 3 1/4" and score and fold at  4". Cover the top front of the intersecting card (smaller card) with paper.


3. Stamp 3 of the same ornaments from the Ornament Keepsakes Stamp Set, then die cut all 3 and adhere together to form a 3-D image and attach this to 2 layered Framelits Labels which have been Paper Pierced using the Festive Paper Piercing Pack.

4. Attach the smaller card to the base card as seen in photo no. 3


5. Cut a length of  Gumball Green Satin Stitched Ribbon to fit all the way around the card when closed, adding extra length to tie a bow.  Adhere the ribbon to the front only of the smaller card. Then pop your centre piece up on Stampin' Dimentionals over the ribbon and Voila! you have made a Joyfold Card!

Style Tip: To add more detail you can decorate the inside of the blank panels seen in my card, except the inside back of the smaller card because this is left blank to write your greeting to the recipient.

I hope this card inspires you to have a go at making a Joyfold card if you haven't made one before. Thanks for stopping by, Angeliki :)

Here's a list of Stampin' Up! Products I used to make this Joyfold card.

Rubber Stamps
Ornament Keepsakes

Ink Pads
Real Red

Card Stock and Papers
Very Vanilla
Real Red
Gumball Green
Candlelight Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper

Accessories
Gumball Green Satin Stitched Ribbon

Tools
Bigshot
Framelits - Holiday Ornaments & Labels Collection
Festive Paper Piercing Pack
Paper Piercing Tool and Mat
Simply Scored Scoring Tool

Adhesives
Double Sided Tape
Stampin' Dimensionals

29 Oct 2012

Ornament Keepsakes Christmas Card

Hi There. Here's a sample of a Card with the Sanding of the Core'dinations Card Stock that I mentioned in my previous post.

I Embossed the Gumball Green Core'dinations Card Stock first with the Lacy Brocade Embossing Folder,  then I sanded it with Stampin' Up! Sanding Block. The light areas on the embossing are the sanded part. Unsanded would be just green embossing without the white showing through.

You don't have to sand this card stock. You can use it as you would any other textured card stock - See my previous post. The sanding idea is fun and adds another dimension to your card making.

All Products I used to Create this Card are the same as my previous post, but I've added the Cherry Cobbler Scalloped Tulle Ribbon from the Holiday Catalogue.

I hope this gives you some more creative ideas for your card making. Thanks for visiting, Angeliki :)


25 Oct 2012

Ornament Keepsakes Christmas Card

Hi There. Well Christmas isn't really all that far away now, especially in terms of making your own cards, as we card makers know oh so well!! All the blood, sweat and tears we put into making cards for our loved ones and friends - and god help anyone who throws away a hand made card!!! But, all jokes aside, actually, I'm not joking, but anyway ........ it is a lovely time to be making cards with all the wonderful and pretty, pretty products available. And I think Stampin' Up! have really excelled themselves with the Christmas range this year with so many matching products which makes creating a little easier and makes for a whole lot more fun! Here's what I'm loving at the moment.

**  I love the ease of Stamp Sets with matching Dies and Punches and at the moment my favourite set is the Ornament Keepsakes Stamp Set with it's matching Dies - No Cutting!!

**  I love the matching Festive Paper Piercing Pack and I've used it on the Large & Small stamped Decorations.  It doesn't look as good in the photo as in real life, but it does add texture and gives dimension instead of a pure flat image.

**  I really love the Lacy Brocade Embossing folder with it's soft curves which match beautifully with the soft Red Flocking.

**  And I really do love the text of the Greeting. It was this that sold this set to me!


Design Tips For This Card:

1.  Paper Piercing - Stamp and Die Cut your image first, then pierce. Don't use an every day paper piercer as this has a larger head and will make your holes to big. Keep this for brads etc. Do use the Stylus Paper Piercing Tool and keep it for use with Paper Piercing Packs only - This will extend the life of your Stylus, which will last for a very, very long time!

2.  The Flocking is on a clear window sheet, acetate, and I've adhered it with small dots of Crystal Effects on the back, hiding the dots on sections of the flocking so it won't show through to the right side of the sheet. You can't use tape on any of the sheet which is going to be seeable on your card as the tape shows through.

Crystal Effects is a handy thing to have on hand. Other than it's intended use, it is great as a glue because it has a very strong hold and allows a little bit of manipulation before setting.

3. Core'dinations Card Stock - I wanted a textured card piece for the embossing so I used Gumball Green Core'dinations Card Stock, unsanded. This card stock is very versatile because it allows you to use it just as you would any other textured card stock. The white core will only show through if you sand it.  I will have a sanded example to show you soon.

Well, I think that's pretty much it for this card. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to email me and I will be happy to help. Thank you for stopping by and I hope you've enjoyed my card and found some helpful tips. Angeliki :)

Here's a list of Stampin' Up! Products I used to Create this Card:

Rubber Stamps
Ornament Keepsakes - Pg 3 Holiday Cat'
Greetings Of The Season - Pg 8 Hol' Cat'
Four Frames

Card Stock & Papers
Very Vanilla
Core'dinations Card Stock Gumball Green - Pg 6 Holiday Cat'
Candlelight Christmas Specialty Papers - Pg 4 Hol' Cat'

Ink Pads
Gumball Green
Real Red
Early Espresso - For Greeting

Accessories
Basic Jewel Rhinestones
Gumball Green Satin Stitched Ribbon

Tools
Big Shot
Lacy Brocade Embossing Folder - Pg 6 Holiday Cat'
Holiday Ornaments Framelits Dies -Pg 3
Decorative Label Punch
Festive Paper Piercing Pack - Pg 30 Holiday Cat'
Paper Piercing Tool - Pg 181
Stampin' Pierce Mat - Pg 181

Adhesives
Crystal Effects
Double Sided Tape
Stampin' Dimensionals

16 Oct 2012

Ornament Keepsakes Christmas Card

Hi there. Well I was hoping I would have blogged way before now but life has very busy since my holiday, with Christmas Workshops and Classes- But So Much Fuuuun!! I love Christmas!!

This card uses the Ornament Keepsakes Stamp Set and matching Framelits Dies, which I love because no cutting!!! The beautiful Doily Die is new to Stampin' Up! and I looove it too! There's not much I don't love actually, which is a bit dangerous for the bank balance!! Anyway, onto the card!


Card Details

1. Card measurements are 14 x 22.8cm, scored and folded at 9cm.

2. The inside base is lined with Very Vanilla and only half of that is overlayed with the patterned panel on the right hand side which you can see in the second photo.

3.  The ribbon ties all the way around the card and is only adhered underneath the left hand side of the Doily.

4.  I gold embossed the two smaller decorations and embossed the larger one in Gumball Green, adding the gold embossed centre piece and finished off with a Rhinestone.




Well, I guess that's pretty much it for this card. I hope you like it!  Thanks for stopping by, Angeliki :)

Here's a list of Stampin' Up! products I used to create this card.

Rubber Stamps
Ornament Keepsakes - from Holiday Catalogue

Card Stock & Papers
Real Red
Gumball Green
Very Vanilla
Candlelight Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper Pack - from Holiday Catalogue

Ink Pad
Versamarker

Embossing Powders
Gold and Gumball Green

Accessories
Gumball Green Satin Stitched Ribbon
Basic Jewels Rhinestones

Tools
Heat Gun
Embossing Buddy
Big Shot
Paper Doily Sizzlits L
Holiday Ornaments Framelits Dies - from Holiday Catalogue

Adhesives
Double sided tape





23 Sep 2012

Betsy's Blossoms Accordian Card

Hi There. Here's just a quick post before I go away on Holidays tomorrow for one week!! - Yay!!

Here's another Betsy's Blossoms card. As I've said before, I have had so much fun with this bundle. And one of my favourite things is the Betsy's Blossoms Wheel - I've used it on the right hand side of this card & I also used it to make wrapping paper (sorry, no photo!).

On my last post, Nola asked do I have any secrets to cutting images out, so I thought I'd share them with you all. Thank you for your question Nola :)

Cutting Tips and longevity of your Scissors:

1. Try turning your image as you cut.

2. Use scissors with fine points and blades approx. 4 to5cm long. I use Stampin' Up!'s Paper Snips which get you right into tight spots and corners and are also light and glide easily and smoothly.

3. I only use my paper snips on my paper/card stock projects. Other materials such as textiles - material, ribbons etc., and Cereal and Frozen Peas Packets will blunt them!

4. I don't mind sharing things but I don't share my Paper Snips! I keep them preserved for longevity this way.

I make cards every day for Card Classes I hold regularly, Stampin' Up! Parties and because I sell them each week at our local market, so my scissors get a good work out pretty much every day and they are still just as sharp as when I first bought them 18 months ago! Look after your scissors and they will last you a long time. :)


O.Kay, I have to go now and get a little bit more organised for my holiday!!

I hope you all have a great week and I'll post next week when I've returned from my holiday.

Thank you for stopping by! :) Angeliki :)

18 Sep 2012

Betsy's Blossoms Aperture Card

Hi there. Here's another card using the Betsy's Blossoms Stamp Set and Designer Series Paper 'Floral District'. I've really enjoyed creating with this stamp set and the papers are just beautiful. Put them together and you've got fun,bright, and very Spring!


How To:
To create the Aperture - which is the opening on the card face -I used the second smallest Framelit from the Labels Collection Framelits Dies. I cut the card face first, then positioned my papers on the inside of the card in exactly the same place as they would appear on the card front, traced around the aperture onto the papers, and then die cut them.

I cut another piece of paper with the same die and adhered it to the inside of the card and placed two hand cut Birds onto that - the first hand cut bird I adhered flat onto the paper and the second bird I place directly over it with Stampin' Dimensionals.

Tested for you tip: - I did stamp the bird directly onto the paper first but it didn't look so good, so that's why I went with the two hand cut birds.

I love this style of card as it sits flat like a normal card but when the receiver opens it they get a nice surprise to see the bird is actually on the inside of the card and not the outside as it would appear to be before opened. I've photographed my card a little opened so you could see that the bird was on the inside.

If you have any questions on this card or would like more information about any of the products please feel free to email me and I am happy to help.

Thank you for stopping by :) Have a great day, Angeliki.

Here's a List of the Stampin' Up! Products I used to Create this Card:

Rubber Stamps
Betsy's Blossoms

Card Stock & Papers
Baja Breeze
Whisper White
Floral District Papers

Ink Pads
Rich Razzleberry
Baja Breeze - just for flower edges

Accessories
Baja Breeze Seam Binding Ribbon
Brights Brads

Tools
Big Shot
Labels Collection Framelits Dies
Boho Blossom Punch
Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack
 Paper Snips

Adhesives
Doubled Sided Tape
2 Way Glue Pen - for layering of flowers
Stampin' Dimensionals


12 Sep 2012

Betsy Blossoms Thank You Card

Hi There. Well I haven't posted for awhile because life has been super busy with the release of Stampin' Up!'s new Annual Catalogue and Holiday Catalogue - which are both fantastic! The only problem is, how to choose your first purchase, because everything is soooo wonderful in there. As Demonstrators, Stampin' Up! release a few items to us to pre-order and prepare our Catalogue Launch Parties with. I decided to go whimsical, which is something outside of what I would normally choose, and chose this gorgeous stamp set, Betsy Blossoms, with matching Designer Series Paper, Wheel and Ribbon. I've enjoyed playing with these lovely goodies and I have one of those cards for you today.

Technique:   1.  I used the branch stamp for the stems of the flowers, up-side-down and right ways, and stamped directly onto the card. I also cut out some leaves from extra stamped branches to add to the stems and flowers on the card.

2.  I didn't stamp any flowers directly onto the card. I stamped on spare whisper white card stock and cut them out - this gave them a realness effect.  Two of them I adhered directly onto the branch, and the other two I raised with stampin' dimensionals and then put them over the branch.

3.  I used a circle punch to punch out the flower centres and raised all of them with stampin' dimensionals.


4. I cut out the bird and raised it on stampin' dimensionals also.

Style Tip:  Arranging the flowers this way, in steps 2 and 3, creates a 3D effect and creates more of a real look whilst also creating depth and perspective - So the flowers pop out at you.


Here's a list of Stampin' Up! products I used to create my Betsy Blossoms Card.

Rubber Stamps:
Betsy Blossoms
A Word For You

Card Stock and Papers:
Whisper White
Tangerine Tango
Floral District Designer Series Paper

Ink Pads:
Baja Breeze

Lucky Limeade
Rich Razzleberry
Rose Red
Tangerine Tango

Accessories:
Daffodil Delight Stitched Ribbon

Tools:
Scallop Oval Punch
Large Oval Punch
1/2" Circle Punch
Paper Snips

Adhesives:
Double Sided Tape
Stampin' Dimensionals

 Well I hope you like my whimsical Betsy Blossoms card as much as I enjoyed creating it. I'll be posting some more of my creations with Betsy Blossoms in the coming days so keep your eyes out.


If you would like more information on this card or any Stampin' Up! products, please do not hesitate to email me and I'll be happy to help.

Thanks for stopping by, Angeliki :)


 




25 Aug 2012

Inspired By Nature Card

Hi There. Here's the second card that goes with yesterday's post, Inspired By Nature, that I said I would post today.

I have to make it short and sweet tonight as I have to get up very, very early for my weekly stall at Coffs Harbour Harbourside Markets. If you're there, come and say hi!


Remeber this Stamp Set retires at the end of August, as does this embossing folder, 'Finial Press'. The Flower Punch is also retiring however Stampin' Up! have sold out of that.

The colours for this card are pretty much the same as yesterday's post, except for the embossing which I did on Wild Wasabi Card Stock. The Lace is 'Victorian Crochet Trim', not retiring.

 
Thanks for stopping by. Have a great weekend. Angeliki :)

24 Aug 2012

Inspired By Nature - Happy Birthday Card

Hi There. I'm a little bit late with my post, but with Stampin' Up!'s Retiring Stock list in full swing, and only one week to go until it finishes, and the transition from the current Annual Catalogue to the new one going live 1 September, things have been very, very busy - which is great! I've been busy making and creating for the two Catalogue Launch Parties I'm holding in September, which is very exciting! I can't wait to show the new Catalogue to my lovely ladies!

I made this card as a sample for a workshop I held recently and one of my lovely ladies, that would be you Maureen, has asked, a couple of times, if I would put it on my blog. She said the card was just so beautiful to look at! So how could I refuse such a lovely request? So this is just for you Maureen!

This beautiful stamp set is actually retiring so you only have one week left to order it if you love it as much as I do. It's so versatile and is called 'Inspired By Nature', (product code 115826 - page 73 of the current Catalogue). I will post another card I also made with it, (hopefully tomorrow).

I used the Marker-to-Stamp Technique for the flowers. And the Punches - Never underestimate the humble punches - They give such a professional finish and make creating quick and easy.

Do you like the shimmer paint?I love it for that special look, and the way it brightens and highlights the card special features. And I looove the Scallop Edgelits and Embossing folder. They give that extra 'Wow' factor.



Style Tip: Shimmer Paint would also look great on Wedding & Anniversary Card's. And Frost White Shimmer Paint would look great on Christmas Cards too.

Here's a List of the Stampin' Up! Products I used to Create this card. If you would like to purchase any of these products, or other Stampin' Up! Products, please email me - I'm happy to help & it's quick and easy!

Rubber Stamps:
Inspired By Nature
Sincere Salutations - also retiring! I looove this set too!
Four Frames

Card Stock & Papers
Certainly Celery
Perfect Plum
Baja Breeze
Whisper White
Subtles Paper Stack - Certainly Celery

Ink Pads and Markers
Crumb Cake
Old Olive
Certainly Celery Ink Pad & Marker
Perfect Plum Marker
So Saffron Marker
Baja Breeze Marker

Accessories
Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint
Perfect Plum & Certainly Celery Grosgrain Ribbon
Baja Breeze Seam Binding

Tools
Big Shot - Adorning Accents Edgelits Die & Embossing Folder; Beautiful Wings Embosslits Die
Punches - 2 1/2' Circle; Scallop Oval; Decorative Label.

I hope you've enjoyed today's card. If you have any questions on this card, or anything else stamping and creating, please feel free to email me.

I'll try to post the other Inspired By Nature card tomorrow. Thanks for stopping by.
Have a nice evening, Angeliki. :)






15 Aug 2012

Father's Day Card - The Open Sea

Hi there. Here's the second card that I said I'd post from my card making session I had with my friend Chris, using the stamp set 'The Open Sea'.

I am loving these colours, which for me, is a different colour palette to what I would normally use for masculine cards. I also love this lay out we came up with as I think it's really versatile and would work well in all styles, i.e. Shabby Chic, Kids Birthday's. 

 Well, I have to make it short and sweet tonight as it's been super busy since Stampin' Up! released their list of Retiring Products. You can view this list on my Stampin' Up! website - just click on the link at the right of this page. Products are only available while stocks last and will finish at the end of August. If you would like to purchase any items on the list, or from Stampin' Up!'s Catalogue, please email me and I can have them sent straight to your home, or someone elses home, anywhere in Australia! You don't have to live near me to order - Products are shipped directly from Stampin' Up!'s warehouse in Sydney, to any address in Australia! Gotta love that!! So you don't even have to leave home!! Gotta love that more!!

The list of products I used to create my card are the same as my last post. If you have any questions please feel free to email me and I will be happy to help! Have a great week and thanks for stopping by. See you soon - Angeliki. :)

8 Aug 2012

Father's Day Card - The Open Sea

Hi There. With Father's Day approaching, in 3 weeks, I thought I'd get in early this year and start creating.

A friend and I had a card making session together and we came up with this card, (and another one which I'll post soon), using The Open Sea Stamp Set. I am really kicking myself because I didn't buy this stamp set, (which was in the Mini Catalogue just finished), so lucky for me, Chris had it! I hope you bought it!

Can you notice that there's not a piece of patterned paper anywhere! It was all done with the stamps from the Open Sea Stamp Set, and the Lattice Embossing Folder for the backing piece, which was overlayed on Very Vanilla card stock for the card base.


Well, that's me for today. I hope you've enjoyed our card. Thanks for stopping by & see you soon.
Angeliki :)

Here's A List of Stampin' Up! Products I used to make this card:

Rubber Stamps:
The Open Sea
 Father's Day Stamp my own, but there's one very similar in the Best Dad Ever Stamp Set, Pg. 30 Current Annual Catalogue

Ink Pads:
Crumb Cake
Night of Navy
More Mustard
Chocolate Chip - For Sentiment

Card Stock:
Very Vanilla
Night of Navy
Cherry Cobbler

Accessories:
Hemp Twine
Gold Brad - My own stash

Tools:
Big Shot
Lattice Embossing Folder
Two Tags Die
 21/2" Circle Punch
Paper Snips


31 Jul 2012

Elements of Style Card

Hi There. I made this card for a workshop I held recently and it was to show that you don't always have to colour stamps in to make them look effective. The idea is to draw colour and texture from other elements and embellishments, like inks, papers and ribbons, as I've done here.  It's a simple technique but still striking in detail.

I used paper from the Beau Chateau papers to match the flower stamp, which I stamped straight onto the stripped paper, from Subtles Paper Stack, in Basic Gray. Matching the paper to the stamp adds more definition and makes the stamp stand out more.




Why don't you give this technique a go, and I'd love to hear how you went with it. Please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions. Thanks for stopping by, Angeliki :)


Here's a list of Stampin' Up! Products I used to create this card. If you would like to purchase any Stampin' Up! Products just email me with your order - It's that Easy!

Rubber Stamps: Elements of Style

Ink Pads: Basic Gray; Riding Hood Red

Card Stock and Papers: Very Vanilla; Beau Chateau Designer Series Paper; Subtles Paper Stack.

Accessories: Riding Hood Red Pleated Ribbon

Tools: Scallop Oval and Large Oval Punches; Paper Snips to cut out bird.


26 Jul 2012

Patchwork Cards

Well, what can I say, other than I'm soooo over all the blog problems!!! I haven't posted for awhile, again, because someone hacked into my blog and disabled it!!! Can you believe that??? Why would anyone want to hack into someones blog??? Argh...........! Okay, with that off my chest, let's get on with it!

I'm still on my quest to find ways to use my scraps and these cards are perfect for it! So simple and effective - I just used my 1 1/4" square punch and went to town. The embellishments were die cut and punched from scraps. I used Beautiful Wings & Sweet Buttons Embosslits Dies and Boho Blossoms & Itty Bitty Shapes Punches. The squares are from Designer Series Papers 'Twitterpated' & 'Every Day Enchantment' (Retired). So that's it - How Simple! I hope this inspires you to get into your scraps too!

See you soon, I hope! Unless someone else decides to hack into my blog!!!! If it looks like I haven't posted for awhile, please hang in there and keep visiting & checking, because if I do keep experiencing problems I will transfer to a different service provider, so keep tuned in. Thank you & Happy Creating! Angeliki. :)





13 Jul 2012

Happy Birthday Card & Pouch

Hi There. Today I have a pretty little note card with it's own matching pouch to show you. This project came about because I wanted to find some ways of using up the smaller pieces of paper that you seem to be left with after using up most of the sheet - so essentially, using up the scraps! So this is one of  the projects I came up with.


The note card, folded, measures 7.6cm x 7.6cm, and the finished pouch measures 8.4cm x 9cm.

For the note card:  I used the Marker to Pen Technique for the flowers and then cut them out and overlayed them on top of the paper piece that I attached to the card earlier. I embossed the Birthday sentiment in Cherry Cobbler onto one of the tags from the Lots of Tags Die Set.

Marker to Pen Technique: Colour the stamp in your chosen colours with Stampin' Write Markers from Stampin' Up! Be sure to colour the whole area of the stamp. Once you've finished your colouring, breathe on the whole stamp to re-moisten the marker ink and stamp. So easy and so much fun!

To Make the Pouch - I used my Simply Scored Scoring Tool:  Start with a piece of card stock measuring 10cm x 18cm (I used Whisper White). Place the short side of the card stock so it runs down the left hand ruler and the long side running across the top ruler. Now score at 8 1/2cm and then 17cm. The 8 1/2cm is your centre fold. Now flip your card piece around so that the long edge is running down the left hand ruler and score at 1cm. Now make your folds on the score lines.  TIP: Use a Bone Folder on your score lines because this flattens them really well which eliminates the baulk when we fold it all up.

On the side of your card stock where the two score lines cross each other, cut both the ends on the short side and just the one side closest to this on the long side, at 45 degree angles - This forms inner tabs which allows for expansion of the pouch. Tip: You have to have these tabs otherwise the pouch won't be able to expand to accommodate the card. Next, refold your score lines towards the inside of the pouch and place double sided adhesive on both folded tabs, then fold in half to form the pouch. Use a bone folder again to flatten out the seams. 

Decorate the front of the pouch however you like. I covered the front of mine with paper to match the note card. I used my 1" Circle Punch at the top for ease of  removing and inserting the card, and it looks pretty and professional!  Tip: If you're using paper as I did on this one, adhere the paper first, then punch.

Then, insert your card and tie it up with a pretty piece of Seam Binding Ribbon!

I hope you've enjoyed today's project and I also hope it inspires you to have a go at making your own note card with matching pouch! If anything is unclear in my instructions, or you need more info, or whatever, just email me and I'll be happy to help.

Have a great weekend and I'll see you soon. Thanks for stopping by - Angeliki.

Here's a list of Stampin' Up! Products I used to make the Note Card & Matching Pouch:

Rubber Stamps: Reason to Smile and Sincere Salutations
Card Stock & Papers: Whisper White and Twitterpated Designer Series Paper (from current Mini Cat')
Ink Pads and Markers: Versamark (for embossing); Certainly Celery & Riding Hood Red Markers.
Accessories: Cherry Cobbler Embossing Powder; Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding Ribbon.
Tools: Big Shot, Lots of Tags Die; Simply Scored Scoring Tool; Heat Gun (for embossing); Paper Snips; 1" Round Punch.
Adhesives: Sticky Strip




8 Jul 2012

Rue Des Fleurs Card

Here I am back in action - for now anyway! I'm sorry I've been off the air for awhile, but if you have been following my blog you'll know I've had some computer/blog problems. The main problem has been uploading photos - They just wouldn't upload! But, after many technician hours, the photos are uploading. We're not sure if it's completely fixed yet, as throughout the course of maintenance, sometimes it was working fine, and then, in the next instant, everything crashed again! Very frustrating!! But at least here I am for now, thankfully, being able to upload a pretty card to show you.

So without any further ado, here it is - Yay!

This card looks sooo much better in real life, but I hope you enjoy it! I've added some close-ups for you to be able to see the colouring in with my Stampin' Up! markers.


22 Jun 2012

Rue Des Fleurs Card

Hi there. Have you wondered where I've been? I've been having, and am still having, computer and blog problems where some photos and posts would not load and/or publish.  Over the last couple of hours I had a new post all ready to go but it would not publish or save so I have lost it. I will try to re-do that post as it had some lovely cards using the Reason To Smile stamp set with the Twitterpated Papers. But for now, these are the only photos that would load for me so I hope you enjoy them.

In a previous post I posted a tutorial on how to make Box Pleats with the Simply Scored Scoring Tool and the card I posted is the Blue and Yellow one below this first card. I've included it again as at the time the close-ups of the pleats and umbrella wouldn't load onto my blog, but now they will!!Go Figure!!!

I am sooooo over this whole process!!! I may be off the air for awhile whilst I put my computer in to the technicians so pleeeeease hang in there with me and I'll try to be back real soon!!!

I hope you like this new card. I thought it looked so pretty in these colours and the paper just suited the pleats so much.






O.Kay, I'll be off for now and hopefully I'll be back with another new post very soon! :)

Take Care, Angeliki :)

5 Jun 2012

A Great 'Reason To Smile'


 Stampin' Up! is giving you a Great 'Reason To Smile' with this new exclusive Stamp Set - A Reason To Smile.

Get it FREE when you place an order of $125.00 or more, OR, Buy it outright without placing an order for $28.95 Clear Mount, or, Wood Mount $35.95. This exclusive set is only available during June and will not be repeated again in any future Catalogues or Promotions. Now that's a Great 'Reason To Smile'!







2 Jun 2012

Simply Scored Box Pleats Tutorial with Rue Des Fleur Card


Hi there. Here's another card I made using Stampin' Up!'s Simply Scored Scoring Tool. I used it to make the Box Pleats at the bottom of the card, to mimic the look of a fabric Curtain/Skirt. We actually made this card, and the card in my previous post, in a class I held last Saturday. It's a pity that the photo doesn't really do justice to the card. It does look prettier in real life.

How To Make the Box Pleats :
1.  Start with a strip of paper 2" wide x 8.2" long/5.1cm x 20.8cm.
2.  Punch one end with a decorative border punch, or leave it plain if you want to. I used Stampin' Up!'s Eyelet Border Punch.
3.  Place the strip on the Simply Scored plate with the length running along the top ruler and the width down the left hand ruler.
4.  Score your first line at 3/4", and then score at 1".
5.  Your next score line is at 1 3/4", then 2". Then 2 3/4", then 3". Keep this pattern going until you reach the end.

Now You're Ready to Fold the Pleats.
1.  Working from the left hand side of your scored piece, make your first fold at your 1" score line and fold it over towards the right.
2.  Make your second fold at your 3/4" score line by folding it back towards the left. 3. Now fold your 1 3/4" score line over towards the left. Then fold your 2" score line over towards the right. Now you've made the first two Box Pleats.  4. Continue folding in this way until you've reached the end and, Voila!, you've made your beautiful Box Pleated piece and it's ready to adhere to your card.

Design Tips:   If you run a piece of double sided tape across the top of the pleated piece to hold it in place, it does tend to curve your piece. To avoid this, I used my 2 Way Glue Pen and placed a dot of glue at the top of each pleat.  Don't glue all the way down the length of each pleat as you'll lose the 'flaring' effect of the pleats. Once dry, run a piece of sticky strip along the top and place ribbon over this and tuck the ends under on the underside of the pleated piece. Then run another piece of sticky strip on the underneath top and it's ready to adhere to your card.

I hope you enjoyed today's card and tutorial. If you did, please let me know by leaving a comment at the end of this post.
Here's a list of Stampin' Up! Products I used to Create this Card:
 
Rubber Stamps: Rue Des Fleur
Card Stock & Papers:  Pool Party, Very Vanilla, Attic Boutique - Autumn-Winter Mini
 Ink Pads: Pool Party, Daffodil Delight, Soft Suede
Tools: Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Eyelet Border Punch, Corner Rounder, Paper Snips
Accessories: Pool Party Ruffled Ribbon
Adhesives:  Sticky Strip, 2 Way Glue Pen, Stampin' Dimenionals

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you'll come back soon.  Angeliki. :)

23 May 2012

Simply Scored & Rue Des Fleurs Card

Hi There.  Just a quick post tonight.
Tonight's card is bright and fun and just a little bit french!

I made the skirt part of the dress using the Simply Scored Scoring Tool and the Bodice (Corset) of the dress is from the beautiful Rue Des Fleurs Stamp Set (featured in Stampin' Up!'s current Autumn-Winter Mini Catalogue) and stamped in Soft Suede Ink and coloured parts of it in with Stampin' Write Markers.

I also used my Simply Scored Tool to emboss 3 straight lines down each side of the Melon Mambo card piece for visual effect and balance.

Well, I must rush off for now. I hope you like my Card. Thanks for stopping by.  Angeliki :)

16 May 2012

Tea Shoppe Cards

Hi There. Well it seems I have Blog Gremlins because my last post is not how I left it! I've just spent the last hour or more trying to fix it but have not been successful. So I'm just going to ignore it and share today's post with you.

Two more cards using the same Stamp Set, 'Tea Shoppe', and the same packet of Papers, 'Attic Boutique', as my last post, hopefully to show how versatile one stamp set and one pack of papers can be.

I love this Cafe Style Card. The stamp on top of the awning says 'The White Peony Tea Shoppe'.

I used my Lace Border Punch along the top section of the shops lower ledge and along the bottom of the roof awning where I added some Tempting Turquoise Brads to give it a little bit of extra colour.

I scored the lines of the awning and the shops lower ledge with my Simply Scored Scoring Tool. This tool is fantastic! I hope to have some projects ready soon to share with you using this tool.


My next card is a Mothers Day card but you can change the sentiment to anything you like.

It's along the same line as the Tea Shoppe Card but is a Buffet instead. I used to have one exactly like this, which is where I got my inspiration from. It was made out of pine and had pine slats as the backboard.  

To create the slats I Scored the vertical lines with the Simply Scored Scoring Tool again, which unfortunately you cant see in the photo. I cut the tea cups out and attached the smaller ones to the Yellow (Daffodil Delight) Slat piece with Mini Silver Brads to look like hooks - so cute! And the large tea cup I adhered flat to the Attic Boutique paper.

The over hanging pelmet at the top of the Buffet is Scallop punched one end and scored with 2 horizontal lines to form the box shape of the pelmet and attached to the base card of Very Vanilla.


I hope you have enjoyed these 2 cards. Thank you for stopping by - Angeliki :)

Here's a list of the Stampin' Up! Products I used for Both Cards. 



Rubber Stamps:
Tea Shoppe (Autumn-Winter Mini Catalogue)


Card Stock & Papers:
Daffodil Delight - Base Card for Tea Shoppe Card & Slat piece Buffet
Whisper White
Very Vanilla - Base Card & Cut out Tea Cups in Buffet Card
Chocolate Chip
Attic Boutique Designer Series Paper - (Autumn-Winter Mini Catalogue)

Ink Pads:
Melon Mambo
Pool Party
Chocolate Chip

Accessories:
Brads - Brights Collection & Mini Silver
Ribbon - 1/8" Taffeta Daffodil Delight & Ruffled Pool Party

Tools:
Lace Border Punch
Scallop Punch
Corner Rounder
Big Shot - Petals A Plenty Embossing Folder
Paper Piercer - for piercing holes to attach brads, except on Lace Border.

Adhesives:
Sticky Strip
Stampin' Dimensionals - for Sentiments

10 May 2012

Mother's Day Cards & Birthday Cards

Hi There. Well, I've been a bit slow on posting lately but life has been very hectic. I teach Singing, Piano and Drama through the week so the start of a new school term is always pretty manic settling everybody back in and taking new Enrolments. I also hold regular Card Making Classes and Free Stampin' Up! Workshops so life is always pretty busy. If  you're in or around the Coffs Harbour area (NSW Australia) and would like to attend any of these classes or would like more information, please email me, and I'll be happy to help.

O.Kay, the Cards - I have four for you today, all using the gorgeous new Rubber Stamp Set called 'Tea Shoppe', and just one set of Papers, 'Attic Boutique', both from Stampin' Up!'s new Autumn-Winter Mini Catalogue.  How I loooove this Stamp Set & Papers. The stamp set includes 10, yes 10!, matching stamps, all in the one set! I love Tea Pots and Tea Cups and Saucers so this set 'suits me to a tea.' The set actually includes a stamp saying 'you suit me to a tea'. Here's a picture of the set.
As you can see, it is so versatile with the different sentiments and the variety of stamps. You can add your owm sentiment for any occassion, and swap my sentiments on the cards below for anything of your choice also.

 Card No. 1.
I cut the tea cup, and the flowers popping out of the tea cup, out and then adhered the flowers to the inside of the cup and  placed it all on the top of my embossed scallop circle with Stampin' Dimensionals.

Style Tip: This card doesn't directly say 'Mother's Day' however it does imply that if given on Mother's Day. Given on any other day, it can be a thank you card too. You can also swap the 'A Cup of Thanks' for Happy Birthday, so it reads 'Mum, Wonderful You, Happy Birthday'. It would also make a beautiful Grandma card. Change all the sentiments and place 'Get Well Soon' or whatever sentiment you like.

Card No. 2.  Again I cut the Tea Cup out and sat it up on Stampin' Dimensionals. And again, you could put any Sentiment on this card.


Card No. 3 Again, add any sentiment of your choice. The three tea cups are actually one stamp with each cup in a row.  They are perfectly placed to be able to cut them out or punch them out as I did with my 1 1/4" square punch. I layered them over the red squares which I punched out with my 1 3/8" Square Punch.






Here is the List of Stampin' Up! Products I used to make all FOUR Cards.

Rubber Stamps:
Tea Shoppe
Field Flowers - For the 'With Love' Stamp - The 'Mum' Stamp is from my own stash but there is one nearly exactly the same in the Stampin' Up! set 'For My Family' on Page 110 of the Ideas Book & Catalogue.
Loving Thoughts - For the 'Wonderful You' Stamp.

Card Stock & Papers:
Real Red
Whisper White
Pool Party
Pretty In Pink
Regal Rose - Used for the Lace Border in Card 2.
Attic Boutique

Ink Pads:
Real Red
Island Indigo
Pool Party
Soft Suede
Daffodil Delight
Regal Rose

Accessories:
Basic Jewels - Pearls
Ruffled Ribbon - Pool Party
Pink Ribbon - My own stash but you could use Pink Pirouette Taffeta Ribbon (Page 139)

Tools:
Punches- Lace Border; 1- 3/8" & 1-1/4" Square; Extra Large Oval
Big Shot - Petals-a-Plenty Embossing Folder & Scallop Circle #2 

Adhesives:
Sticky Strip
Stampin' Dimensionals
2 Way Glue Pen - Adhered Tea Cup squares to red squares in cards 2 & 3.

Thank you so much for dropping by. Hope to see you again soon :)

29 Apr 2012

Mother's Day Card

Hi there.  I haven't posted for a little while but with school holidays my routine went right out the window and then last week, as school went back, I spent all week trying to get back into the swing of things! ...So, here I am now back into routine and ready to go!

The New Stampin' Up! Autumn - Winter Mini Catalogue has been out for nearly a month now and I haven't posted it on my blog, (very naughty of me I know, but I will get to it this week! It is on my Stampin' Up! website though - so 1 out 2 ain't bad!). The card I have for you tonight is using two new products from the new Mini - The Stamp Set 'Apothecary Art' and matching Framelits Labels Collection Dies. With Mothers Day only a couple of weeks away I thought I'd make a few to sell at my stall at the Coffs Harbourside Markets and share some with you over the next week or so.  I'm on a tight schedule tonight so I will post a Product List and instructions tomorrow.  Have a nice evening and Thank you for stopping by - Angeliki :).



11 Apr 2012

Paris Shabby Chic Card

Hello there. Firstly, before I post my card, some friends and followers of my blog have said that they've tried to leave comments but my blog isn't publishing them. If you've left a comment and it hasn't published please try again as I'd love to hear from you - Click on the red 'comments' button at the very bottom of the post you wish to leave a comment on, and a window should open up for you to start typing your message. If this doesn't work, I would appreciate it so much if you would email me to let me know so that I can try to fix the problem further. Thank you in advance! :)

O.Kay, so here's the last Paris Shabby Chic Card in the series. This card looks so much better in the flesh but at least you can see it clearly - And I still haven't learnt how to crop!

I copied the bow from a New Years Card my team leader sent me - See the frayed edges? Brilliant idea of hers! I've had this ribbon for quite sometime and have hardly used it because it's quite wide, however now it will get lots of use. Fraying the edges makes it look smaller and softer. Nice one Angela! :)

I'm on a bit of a time limit tonight so I have to leave it there but please email me if you have any questions or would like more details. And please leave a comment - I'd love to hear your feedback. :)

Here's a list of the Stampin' Up! Products I used.

Rubber Stamps:
Artistic Etchings

Card Stock and Papers:
Pink Pirouette - Base Card
Crumb Cake
Whisper White
Beau Chateau Designer Series Papers
Glimmer Paper in Silver - from Summer Mini Cat'

Ink Pads:
Chocolate Chip
Pretty In Pink

Accessories:
1 1/4" Striped Grosgrain Ribbon in Soft Suede
Clips Assortments
Basic Jewels Pearl
Rhinestone Brads Circle Fire

Tools:
Modern Label, 1 1/4" Circle, Fancy Flower & Heart to Heart Punches

3 Apr 2012

Paris Shabby Chic Card & Gift Tag

Hi There. Here's another Paris Shabby Chic Card that I said I'd be posting however I'm a little late with it!

A friend of mine and follower of my blog, Nola - with the Eiffel Tower Icon - went to Paris last year for the first time and absolutely loved it, of course! So Nola this one is for you and I hope it brings back all of those lovely moments you had in Paris. :)   Actually, have you started scrapbooking your trip yet? :)


You can tell I'm still a bit of a novice with this photographing of projects, however I am getting better. Notice no blurriness anymore? Ha, and the Sales Guy at Harvey Norman said my camera was on the way out. Thankfully for me I took it to a friend to see if he had any ideas on why all of my pictures were all of a sudden turning out blurry all the time, and, voila! He pushed a few buttons, gave me some pointers and my camera works like new again! I've just got to learn how to crop!

Hope you like the Card and Tag though. If you have any questions on how I created these 2 projects please email me and I will be happy to help. Have a great week and thank you for stopping by. Angeliki :)

Adhesive Usage Tips: 
1. You can substitute Sticky Strip for Snail on either of these two projects.

2. I used 2 Way Glue Pen for adhering Heart and Bakers Twine on both Card & Tag.

3. I used Stampin' Dimensionals for the Flag Banner on the Card, however for the Tag I adhered them flat with my 2 Way Glue Pen but you could also use Snail.


Here's a list of Stampin' Up! Products I used to create this Card & Tag:

Rubber Stamps:
Artistic Etchings

Card Stock and Papers:
Pretty in Pink Card Stock
Whisper White Card Stock
Beau Chateau Designer Series Papers
Red Glimmer Paper (from Summer Mini)

Ink Pads:
Marina Mist
Crumb Cake (for edges)

Accessories:
Basic Jewels - Pearls
White Bakers Twine (from Summer Mini)

Tools:
Big Shot Die Cutting & Embossing Machine
Two Tags Bigz Die
Ovals Originals Die
Petite Pennants Builder Punch
Small Heart Punch
Modern Label Punch
Hand Held Punch 1/16" Circle - for hole at top of Tag
Sponge Dauber - for edges

Adhesives:
Sticky Strip
2 Way Glue Pen
Stampin' Dimensionals

27 Mar 2012

Shabby Chic Paris Card

Hello there.  In a card making workshop I held on Saturday my theme was 'Shabby Chic Paris' and I wanted to share with you some of the cards and gift tags that I made for the event over the next week or so.

Here's the first one I have for you. I love this set of papers, Beau Chateau, so perfect for that soft Shabby Chic feel.

 I made the flower using the Fancy Flower Punch. I punched out 3 images and went around the edges of each petal with a sponge dauber using Soft Suede ink, then I roughed the edges up with my finger nail. You could also achieve this look with the Distressing Kit, especially good if you have short fingernails! Then I folded each petal in towards the middle of the flower and then back in half towards the outside. Once I had done this to all 3 pieces I layered them to form the full flower. I used my 2 Way Glue Pen for the layering, but sticky strip is fine also. To create the centre piece of the flower I used my Boho Blossoms Punch, again shaded each edge with sponge dauber and ink and layered them flat and finished the flower off with a pretty adhesive pearl.

For the centre piece of the card itself I used the Top Note Die and inked the edges with Crumb Cake ink, not Soft Suede, as Soft Suede would have been too dark and spoiled the soft look. The rest is pretty self explanatory, however if you would like more information or have any questions, please email me and I will be happy to help. Please leave a comment - I'd love to hear from you.

I hope the week has started off well for you.  Thanks for visiting, Angeliki. :)

Here's the list of Stampin' Up! Products I used to create this card:

Rubber Stamps:
Artistic Etchings
Clearly for You

Card Stock & Papers:
Whisper White - Card Base and Top Note Die
Pink Pirouette
Beau Chateau Designer Series Papers

Ink Pads & Markers:
Crumb Cake Ink Pad
Pink Pirouette Ink Pad
Soft Suede Ink Pad

Accessories:
Basic Jewels - Pearl
Ribbon & Lace from my own stash

Tools:
Sizzix Big Shot Die Cutting and Embossing Machine
Top Note Bigz Die
Sponge Daubers

Adhesives:
Sticky Strip
2 Way Glue Pen

20 Mar 2012

Shabby Happy Birthday Card

Hi there. I have a pretty Birthday Card to share with you today using the free papers from the Sale-a-Bration Brochure - Which I must mention ends on 31 March, so only 11 days left!

Since I took this photo I have added small pearl jewels to each small hole on the lace, (which looks very gorgeous), and I grunged the ribbon and bow up a little bit by applying a small amount of Crumb Cake ink with a sponge dauber.

I created the Stick Pin using a jewellery head pin and adhered it with a glue dot to the ribbon, which I also adhered with a glue dot to the card.


To create the centre piece I stamped it in Pool Party then stamped Happy Birthday in the middle with Poppy Parade. I punched the middle out with my Curly Label Punch and adhered it to a separate piece of card stock. Then I adhered the frame over the top of the Happy Birthday with Stampin' Dimensionals which gives it it's raised look.
Technique Tip: Before you adhere the Happy Birthday piece to a separate piece of card stock,  ink the edges with matching ink to your frame. This blends the two together nicely creating one smooth line for the eye and makes the frame stand out more.

Stampin' Up Products I used to create this card:

Rubber Stamps:
Elementary Elegance

Card Stock & Papers:
 Pool Party
Very Vanilla
Everyday Enchantment - Free from SAB Brochure

Ink Pads & Markers:
Pool Party Ink Pad
Poppy Parade Ink Pad
Crumb Cake

Accessories:
Basic Jewels - Pearls
Pool Party Ruffled Ribbon
Sponge Dauber

Tools:
Big Shot Die Cutting & Embossing Machine
Elegant Lines Embossing Folder
Eyelet Border

Adhesives:
Stampin' Dimensionals
Sticky Strip
Glue Dots

Well that's it for me today. I hope your day has been a good one. Thanks for visiting! See you soon,
Angeliki.  :)

12 Mar 2012

Marker-To-Stamp Technique

Hello there. Stampin' Up! Sale-a-bration ends in a couple of weeks so I thought I'd better get another card posted for my ladies whom I said I'd post some more ideas using the Papers from the Sale-a-bration brochure.


This card was created along the same inspiration lines as my post on 28 Feb'; the idea of wallpapered walls from the early 70's; but this time a rich tapestry takes centre stage. Even though my card base is in Crumb Cake I still embossed a separate piece of Crumb Cake with the Petals-a-Plenty textured embossing folder so as the brad, once attached, wouldn't be seen on the inside of the card. I didn't use a contrasting underlying piece of card under my main design because I didn't want to break the illusion of the 'Wall' that the tapestry hangs from.
The bottom half of the card is using the free papers from SAB Brochure and it's reverse side I used as the main hanging piece of the tapestry. I punched each end with the Eyelet Border Punch and threaded a piece of white Bakers Twine through the holes created by the punch, and then 'hung' it off the attached Brad.

The multi coloured centre piece is just one rubber stamp. To create the different colours I used the Marker-to-Stamp Technique:

Marker to Stamp Technique: 

1. Apply colour to the stamp using Stampin' Write Markers - Colour in different areas of the rubber stamp in different colours until you have completed colouring the whole stamp. Once you have finished colouring breathe onto the inked area to remoisten the ink and then stamp away!

I recently received my In-Colour Markers (2011-2013) and I love them! There's 5 Markers in the set, and I have used three of them here. This technique allows you to create many different looks to the one stamp therefore getting more use from your stamps! I hope you'll give this technique a go. I would love to hear of your achievements! If you have any questions please email me and I will be happy to help!

Here's a list of the Stampin' Up! Products I used to create this card.

Rubber Stamps:
Fresh Vintage - free from the SAB Brochure.

Card Stock and Papers:
Crumb Cake
Very Vanilla
Everyday Enchantment Designer Series Paper - free from the SAB Brochure
 
Ink Pads & Markers:
No Ink Pads!
In-Colours 2011-2013 Markers Set (set of 5) - Lucky Limeade,Wisteria Wonder & Calypso Coral

Accessories:
Ribbon & Brad Pack - free from the SAB Brochure
Bakers Twine - White

Tools:
Big Shot Sizzix Die-Cutting and Embossing Machine
Petals-a-Plenty Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
2 1/2" Circle Punch
Eyelet Border Punch

Adhesives:
Sticky Strip
Glue Dots (to adhere Bow)