Saturday, May 19, 2018

Birthday Wit - Going, Going, Nearly Gone

My post today is showing one of my favourites but retiring supplies. The Birthday Wit stamp set. I enjoyed making these three funny birthday cards.

This one is very simple and very easy to make. It could be more colourful but I really like just one extra ink colour in addition to the black. How about you?

The card with the doughnuts was the most time consuming as I cut out the sentiment in six different colours. But once I did it was so easy to make six of these colourful cards. Easy peasy.

Which one is your favourite? Leave me a comment to let me know. If you like the Birthday Wit set as much as I do why grabbing it through the link below? It's available only until the end of the May.

Here is a list of the main products used:

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Up & Away, Not a Father's Day Card - #TGIFC159

It has been a while since I participated in TGIF Challenges. I've nearly forgotten how much fun these are.  This week was a sketch challenge and I don't know what it was that grabbed my attention but glad it did.

Would you believe, this was supposed to be a Father's Day card?  Yes, really.  When I was a child, growing up in a commie country, we didn't really celebrate Father's Day.  Or Mother's day, for that matter. But at least Mums had the Internation Women's Day on March 8.  One year I felt bad and made a card for my Dad as well, urging him to celebrate his IWD (not really clocking what the W stood for).  Yeah, I know... bless...

Anyway, my Dad is gone now and I think of him often and wish I could let him know I loved him one more time.  When I saw the challenge I had this vision of a balloon carrying a heart up & away in the sky.  And it felt just right to make a simple, clean card, with my daddy in my mind.  

Well, it all went fine until I put the card together and the balloon wasn't popping up the way I wished it to pop and there was a tiny bit of white base shining through next to a rope (which it shouldn't) and then I tried to make it better and made a smudge on the balloon and then I had to put the little heart over it to cover it and BOOM! it wasn't a card for my dad anymore.

But the balloon still wasn't popping so, no longer having my dad in my mind, I coloured the balloon with one of my pink blends and voila! A pretty, not a Father's Day card has been born. 
What Product I Used to Make this Card?
Click on the image below to visit the TGIF Challenges site to see other talented crafters their take on this sketch task.  Have fun!  Thank you for stopping by. Don't be a stranger, leave me a comment below.

Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Beautiful You - Encourage a Friend with a Card

A couple of weeks ago I made this card for a friend.  A few days later I made another one for a friend of a friend.  After that, I made and send one to a stranger.  Now, I want to make one for you and everyone else. 

I can't help it, I love this dancing woman.  And the sentiment is just magical to me.  "Life may not be the party we had hoped for but while we're here we might as well dance."  I'm certain, we all need a card like this at one point or another in our lives. 

Do you have a friend who'd benefit from receiving this card?  Let me make it for you.  Send me a message  and let me know which design (flowers, dots, words or stripes) and colours (I can colour combo to your taste) you'd prefer.  In the message include your mailing address for me to know where to send the card and your email address for me to send a Paypal request (£3 price per a card + 70p for 1st or 60p for 2nd class).  Bank transfer is also acceptable if more suitable.

While you are here, check out the gallery of my projects. I can make you a card for any occasion!

Thank you for visiting my blog.

Thursday, May 03, 2018

A Set of Cards - Let's Get Hopping, Round #9

Hello and welcome to another Hop Blog. Whether you've arrived here from Jenn Frost's blog already or just started at mine I hope you will enjoy this month's theme - a set of cards that compliment each other. To see all the blogs and get inspired by a group of stamping enthusiasts, like me, just click on the big arrow at the bottom of each post. Have fun!

I want to give you a sneak preview of some brand new goodies that will be available to everyone to purchase from the new catalogue from June 1. 

Blueberry Bushel
Grapefruit Grove
Call Me Clover
Pineapple Punch
Lovely Lipstick

For the main theme, I used a beautiful floral set called In Every Season and brand new 2018-2020 In Colours. Don't you just like their names? I sure do. The sentiment is from Tabs for Everything set, which is not new but you still will be able to find it in the new catalogue.

The images are stamped in Versamark and embossed with a black powder.
I coloured the flowers using the ink pads and aqua painters. When you press the top of the pad it will leave an ink residue on the plastic cover. You can then pick it up with an aqua painter (or a wet brush) and colour your stamped images. And because the images are embossed they are super easy to colour. The embossing makes nice raised edges and I didn't have to worry about smudging anything.

By the way, have you noticed the new ink pads? The Stampin' Up! ink pads are now stackable! And that is not the only change to the ink pad case design. Even the opening mechanism is now, in my opinion, greatly improved. 
Come to one of my classes to see it all in person! Next gathering is in May. Send me a message, if interested, and I will send more details.

And that is my take on A Set of Cards challenge. If you like my post, leave me a comment to let me know. Click on the arrow below to continue hopping on this blog. It will take you to Tracy Bish's post. Enjoy the rest of the blog hop.

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Come & Stamp Along Club - April 2018

This month we created another set of 3 beautiful cards.

Recently, I was inspired by a fellow demonstrator's (Stamp in Colour with Eimear) card and decided to share it with my stampers. I tweaked it a little bit and we made these. They're made with one of my favourite bundle called Magical Day. It is retiring (I know! I can't believe it either). 

The second card looks very easy peasy but took the longest time. First we had time colouring the floral paper and then created a shiny glass effect by embossing the whole piece several times with a clear embossing powder. Do you see the little cracks on the detailed photo? After we created the glass effect, we put the paper in the freezer for 15 minutes and then we gently cracked in in few places.

The shaker card was something I've never tried before and I don't understand what I was afraid of. It is such a wow card and yet quite quick to make. This design is not my idea. I borrowed if from Papercraft by Jennifer Frost. It uses a very versatile Tabs for Everything set. I stamped the front of the cards with the ink matching the cardstock but versamark would leave the same effect. 

Do you like the cards? Would you like to make some as well? Join us next month. Have a look here at the schedule.

Have a look at the highlighted supplies we used. I divided them by the projects. They are two clicks away from your shopping basket. 

Unicorn Card

Flowers Card

Shaker Card