29 Mar 2013

Stepping Your Card Making Up a Notch

Hi There.  Today I wanted to show you two things; The first -Christmas Papers aren't just for Christmas! And the second - Easy ways to step your carding making up a notch.
Do you recognise these Papers? They're from the Christmas Paper Set 'Candlelight Christmas.'  These two cards started out because I wanted to use my Christmas Papers up, and you definitely wouldn't know they were intended for Christmas!
* Add Little Extras - The first card is a pretty card in itself but just by adding the Beautiful Wings Embosslits Butterfly's, as I've done with the card below, gives more visual interest and makes the card 'pop' as they say!
* Label Layering - Label Layering is a good way of showing off the main attractions and filling space on a card.
* Too much pattern is sometimes not a good thing - In these cards, the embossing of the labels works because it ties in with the pattern on the right hand side of the card and actually brings the whole card together.
* Balancing your card is really important - In both cards I've placed the label layering in two opposite corners to give balance, and in the second card, I have the butterflies flying in opposite directions on both sides of the card. That way, the card is balanced and it draws your eye all around the card.
* Pulling the whole card together - Adding the twine over the seam binding pulls both halves together instead of seeing two segmented sections. And in the second card, gives you visually one whole card instead of seeing four different sections, which would be, the two butterfly sections, and the two label sections.
Here's a list of the Stampin' Up! Products I used to create these two cards:
Rubber Stamps: Sincere Salutations
Card Stock: Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Primrose Petals
Papers: Candlelight Christmas Specialty Papers
Accessories: Crumb Cake Seam Binding, Early Espresso Twine.
Tools: Big Shot, Labels Collection Framelits, Beautiful Wings Embosslits, Beautiful Butterflies Bigz Die, Fancy Fan Embossing Folder, Scallop and Large Oval.
Adhesives: Sticky Strip, Multipurpose Liquid Glue.
I hope I've helped stepping your card making up a notch and have given you inspiration to pull out your Christmas Papers and get creative with them! Until next time, thanks for stopping by, Angeliki :)

21 Mar 2013

More Sale-a-Bration

Hi There. I'll be sorry to see Sale-a-Bration go but tomorrow is the last day to grab these bargains! 
PLEASE NOTE:  Sale-a-Bration Brochure - There are 6 Products from the Annual Catalogue, and the Petite Curly Label Punch, that will still be available after Sale-a-Bration ends, however,  None of the other products in the Sale-a-Bration Brochure will ever be available again!!
Here's two more Cards I made from Free Sale-a-Bration Products. The back board on the Blue Bike Card I made with the Diagonal Scoring Plate, which fits onto the Simply Scored Scoring Tool. After SAB finishes it will be $20.95 - But why not get it FREE! But this Stamp Set, 'Feeling Sentimental' will never be repeated again!!

 The back board for the Red Card I made using the Simply Scored Scoring Tool itself.
To get the aged look I went around the edges of the card stock with Crumb Cake Ink on a Sponge Dauber and then matted the edges up with my finger nail. If you don't have any finger nails, you can use Stampin' Up!'s Stampin' Distress Tool $8.95 (127562 - pg 14 Current Mini Catalogue). Try your fingernail first - it might save you some money!
Each and every month I will feature a different product/s bringing you ways of using the products so that you get more out of them. I will also feature projects I've made and/or Stampin' Up! have made using that product.So without further ado, here is Marches Product Spotlight!
1.  The Simply Scored Scoring Tool is a great asset. It scores paper and card stock easily and the base fits both of these up to 30.5 x 30.5cm (12" x 12"). It has 2 Imperial rulers along top and 1 down left hand side. It comes with a Metal Tipped Stylus, 3 Place Markers and has a storage compartment.
2.  If you prefer to work in Metric measurements you can purchase the Metric Scoring Plate.
3.  Plates slide securely over your Scoring Tool and have rubber grippers on the back.
4.   You can purchase additional Place Markers and if you lose your Stylus (which we hope not!) or just need an extra one, you can also purchase additional ones separately.
5.  You can make Rosettes quickly and easily -You can see these in the first photo.
6.  It's great for scoring your cards and trickier cards like Easel and Stepper Cards which can be quite fiddly otherwise.
 7.  Create your own designs as I have done in the cards above.
 8.  The Diagonal Scoring Plate is also great for making custom made envelopes out of Designer Series Papers to match your cards and comes with instructions for 3 envelope designs.
9.  Tomorrow is your last day to get the Diagonal Scoring Plate for free with a $100 purchase.

Here's a List of the Main Ingredients I used for my two Cards;
Feeling Sentimental Stamp Set - FREE
Diagonal Scoring Plate - FREE
Simply Scored Scoring Tool 122334
Antique Brads 117273
Linen Thread 104199
So what do you think of my new Product Spotlight segment? I would love to hear from you if you've enjoyed this months Product Spotlight. It's a wet day today here in Coffs Harbour so a good day for Card Making! Enjoy!!
Thanks for stopping by, Angeliki :)

19 Mar 2013

Sale-a-Bration is About to End!

Hi There. Sale-a-Bration is nearing its end, with Friday 22 March your last day to get these FREE products.

How to get FREE products - For every $100 you spend you can choose a Free Product from the Sale-a-Bration Brochure.There's Stamp Sets; Embossing Folder; Label Punch; Diagonal Scoring Plate for your Simply Scored Scoring Tool; Papers; Buttons and Ribbons ........ and so much more!

Here's three cards I've made using some of the Free Sale-a-Bration Products.


1.  Want perfect alignment? I used my Stamp-a-ma-jig to align the Stems in Card 1 and the Flower over the Stem in Card 2.

2 To get the Ribbon Technique in Card 1 - Adhere the two different coloured Ribbons next to each other at the back only of the card piece, leaving the front lengths unattached. Tie two of the same length ribbons around the front loose Ribbons in a knot and fan out the individual pieces.

3.  No Hand Cutting for the Butterfly Images - The Butterfly Stamp matches perfectly with the Bitty Butterfly Punch in the Current Mini Catalogue on page 13.


Rubber Stamps:
Bloomin' Marvelous Stamp Set - FREE
Madison Avenue Stamp Set - FREE

Sycamore Street Ribbon and Button Pack- FREE
Sycamore Street Designer Series Paper - FREE

Bitty Butterfly Punch 129406 - $27.95
Stamp-a-ma-jig 101049 - $20.95
Honeycomb Embossing Folder 129378 - $13.95
Framelits Dies - Ovals Collection - $45.95 Includes 7 different sized Ovals with Largest size Scallope Edged.
Large Oval Punch 119855 - $27.95
Scallop Oval Punch 119856 - $29.95

I really enjoyed making these cards - I love the Brightness and Fun Elements of them. Hope you like them too. Remember to leave a comment if you like them - if you don't like them, please don't leave a negative comment as my blog is a fun and happy place! Thanks for stopping by - Angeliki :)

9 Mar 2013

'The Open Sea' and 'Postage Due' Happy Birthday

Hi There. I thought whilst I was on Masculine Cards I'd post these two cards as well, and seeing as in my last post I used one of the same stamp sets, 'The Open Sea'.

I've used the same layout for each card but what a difference they create by changing up the stamp sets! Instead of using the one stamp set on each card, I've pulled elements from other stamps sets to combine them as this way I get much more use out of them instead of them sitting there a bit lonely and unused!

Travel Post Card:

Style Tips:
1.  Can you believe the Papers I've used in the first card are from Comfort Cafe Designer Series Papers! Traditionally a Floral Female set of papers on first look, but, voila! perfect for this Masculine Card - Try to look for ways that you can use your papers for more than they seem as this way you'll get more use out of them and less left over wondering what else to do with them - Good value for money that way!

2 Paper Stack Pads - I've used Festival of Prints (from the holiday mini) on my second card here and also in my last post. The newly available Paper Stack is in the Current Mini Catalogue called 'Print Poetry'. These are great value for money at only $11.95 and are very versatile as you get 48 Sheets in total with 4ach of 12 double-sided designs in one stack!! They're great for card fronts and mounting photos or anything else really! Larger Paper Stacks are available in the Current Annual Catalogue.

And lastly, thought I'd leave you with two cards using the FREE Stamp Set Feeling Sentimental. You can get this too for FREE!  
How it works - Easy! For every $100 you spend during Stampin' Up!s Sale-a-Bration Promotion, you choose a FREE gift! To see more FREE Products, click on the Sale-a-Bration Catalogue picture to the left of this screen. Where else do you get a reward for spending money on products you love! Offer finishes 22 March.

The first card is Stampin' Up!s idea and the second is one I've created using the same idea but giving it a feminine twist with the Lace and a Faceted Button tied with a bow using Linen Thread.

Here's a List of the Stampin' Up! Products I used for the first Card - The Open Sea. (FYI - The Second Card has much the same products but I've still listed it separately below)

Rubber Stamps
The Open Sea
Daring Adventure
Curly Cute

Card Stock & Papers
Very Vanilla
Pool Party
Comfort Cafe

Ink Pads
Early Espresso
Soft Suede
More Mustard
Cajun Craze
Midnight Muse
Island Indigo

Big Shot
Top Note Bigz Die
Postage Stamp Punch
Paper Snips
Sponge Dauber

Double Sided Tape
Multipurpose Liquid Glue
Stampin' Dimensionals

And Here's a List of the Stampin' Up! Products I used for my Second Card - Travel Post:
Rubber stamps:
Postage Due
Established Elegance
En Francais
Curly Cute
Winter Post ('Post Card' Stamp - Retired Set)
 Card Stock & Papers
Very Vanilla
Pool Party
Festival of Prints Designer Series Paper Stack
 Ink Pads
Early Espresso
More Mustard
Crumb Cake
Cherry Cobbler
Primrose Petals
Big Shot
Top Note Bigz Die
Postage Stamp Punch
Circle Punch
Paper Snips
Sponge Dauber
Double Sided Tape
Multipurpose Liquid Glue

5 Mar 2013

Masculine Cards - The Open Sea Stamp Set

Hi There. Well it feels ages since I've Blogged - 3 weeks!!! - Due to my Internet provider cutting of my Security, Twice!!! And each time for duration of 5 days or more. But, I'm back to normal now, I hope!!

Often people ask me for Male Inspired card ideas because they're a bit harder to come up with than female cards, so here's two for you today using the Stamp Sets 'The Open Sea' and 'Curly Cute'

And here is the second Card.

 Style Tips:  
1)  The corrugated sheet in the first card was made with a Crimper. If you don't have one just swap it with an Embossed sheet using the Stripes Embossing Folder to give the same effect.

2) I used Early Espresso Bakers Twine but because this is White and Early Espresso I ran a sponge dauber over it with Crumb Cake ink, which I just dabbed from my ink pad, to colour the white because my base is Very Vanilla. I adhered it with small dots of Multipurpose Liquid Glue using the Pen Tip end 

3)  On both Cards I mounted the World Stamp up on Stampin' Dimensionals, then mounted the Boat up the same. I did the same with the Happy Birthday and Scallop Circle in the second card.

Here's a List of Stampin' Up! Products I used on Both Cards.

Rubber Stamps
The Open Sea
Curly Cute

Card Stock
Very Vanilla
Crumb Cake
Island Indigo

Festival of Prints Designer Series Paper Stack - from Holiday Cat' but very similar is Print Poetry Designer Series Paper Stack in the Current Mini.& there's actually papers in that set that Matches the stamps in the Open Sea Stamp Set - I will be purchasing this myself!

Early Espresso Bakers Twine

Scallop Circle Punch
1 3/8" Circle
Paper Snips
Crimper or Stripes Embossing Folder

Stampin Dimensionals
Sticky Strip
Multi Purpose Liquid Glue

I hoped you've enjoyed today's cards and have been inspired to make some masculine cards.
Have a Great Day! Angeliki :)