Thursday, 27 August 2009

Diagonal Rays

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I saw this post on Kristina Werners blog a while back and decided I should try it myself. However, being the scrimper and saver that I am {must be my Scottish roots}, I had to try it using the paper as economically as possible so decided to make 4 cards at once using all the paper cut up. I cut 4 pieces of designer series paper in different patterns to the same size, 9.5cm by 13.8cm then layered them one on top of another and put them under my paper trimmer. I worked out where I wanted each segment to end and was able to cut through all four layers at once pushing firmly and slowly. Once all cut I arranged them in the order I wanted then adhered them to the cardbase. I'll be back to show you the other three cards next post! Ingredients: Great Friend & Happy Birthday stamp sets, Raspberry Tart ds paper, Rose Red, Kiwi Kiss, Whisper White cardstock, acetate, White StazOn, Rose Red Double Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon, Flower Fusion, Aluminium Circle Tag, Scallop Circle punch, sponge dauber, Brads (retired)

Thursday, 20 August 2009

Christmas scalloped medallion cards

These are variations on a design we'll be doing at upcoming Christmas card classes. This is the basic design, which I first saw on another stamper's blog Andrea, which she got from a Splitcoast Stampers tutorial but she added another layer of scalloped medallion which I loved the idea of so had to have a go myself.
This uses Dimensionals to add dimension (surprise surprise) and includes an extra layer by cutting the sentiment out of another colour and layering it over the original,
not sure how it would go through the post with this many layers!!!
and this one has brads to give a little more substance to the card. Be back soon with more!

Saturday, 15 August 2009

my handsome little men with glowing ears

Here are the two stunners ready for their cousins wedding. This was pretty much the only good shot we got of them as it was a rather overwhelming day. Firstly getting dressed up very handsomely, sorry Toby, I mean cool and having everyone look at you or, at least, feeling like everyone is looking at you and everyone else getting dressed up weirdly too was all a bit strange. But they enjoyed it, Jake fell asleep halfway through the service in Daddy's arms and Toby announced it was boring just as they got to the vows, but I'm sure they really enjoyed it. These little vests were actually worn by my nephews 10 years ago at our own wedding and it was so cute seeing them both wearing them. We had three little pageboys at our wedding, 3 of my nephews, one from each of my siblings' families who had children at the time. Warning: flash back ahead!!!! Here is one of our wedding photos from, yes, 1998. This has our littlest attendants in it, we did have big ones too, but these were by far the cutest! and the three little monkeys are wearing the vests. Wonderfully they fitted our boys very well and were perfect for Mark & Lauren's wedding as although you can't see it very well in the picture they are striped with a teal colour along side blue and gold. Aren't they cute! Anyway enough reminiscing.... Our boys were babysat by a good friend during the reception so we were really able to enjoy that time of celebration. She also babysat them during Dad's funeral two days later and looked after them lots in between which was so helpful - she was a true Godsend.

Thursday, 13 August 2009

L's & M's forever

So you may know I (with a lot of help from my friends) did the invitations and orders of service for my nephews wedding back at the beginning of July. I don't think I've posted a photo of the actual invites so I'll have to find mine and do that. In the meantime here are the piles of orders of service covers, 93 in total, ready to go two weeks before hand - phew! And here are the letters that I stamped in Taken with Teal on Whisper White, cut out, glued onto Basic Black and cut out again. 170 'L's and 170 'M's. Which means that I cut out and glued 340 letters....twice. I miss them..... They went with me everywhere...to the hairdressers, swimming lessons, on holidays.... Like someone said.." You must really love your nephew" which is true I love all 18 of my nieces and nephews. Each one is special and unique and I love them because they are mine. However they know that the chances of me doing a similar thing for them particularly if their initials are S or O or D or B or C or G or J or P or Q or R or U or A are slim to fat. :) I still love them though. Now to one of my favourite tools which also happens to be the cheapest thing in the SU! catalogue, the Adhesive remover. At $3.85 it is a fantastic thing to throw onto your next order as you'll find so many uses for it. I couldn't have done these without it. Having the fiddly letters to stick on and using the Tombow glue meant my fingers got pretty sticky and often that glue would get on the letters or around the edges of the letters but the adhesive remover made it so easy to clean off as you can see in the pictures below. This is one of the emblems with grubby glue marks on it...
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and this is it after rubbing gently with the adhesive remover. Much cleaner - the effect in real life was much more dramatic than shows here. It's also great if you've run snail along the wrong piece of cardstock as it takes it off without damaging your cardstock, or if there is adhesive on your scratch paper you're working on and it makes your project stick to the paper when you don't want it to. I'l be back with the invite and a photo of my two handsome little men dressed for the wedding.

Saturday, 8 August 2009

choo choo

This is another set from the new mini and I love it! Such a good one for little boys cards. I combined it with the Right on Track wheel and the Jumbo Outline Alphabet stamp set (from the main catalogue). This set also looks fantastic when it's cut out and raised over the top of the tracks but time did not permit that for this card unfortunately. For the name I stamped on different designer series paper (some of them retired) and cut them out, a technique called paper piecing. I did the same technique on a previous card - it's a bit of a favourite with this alphabet set. These are the images you get in the Choo Choo Set $29.95 116887

Wednesday, 5 August 2009

for you

Images © Stampin' Up!® 1990-2009 This is a really simple card using a set from the new Spring Mini catalogue. I love how the Spring mini starts in August a month before Spring starts. Nothing like looking forward to something good! Actually I realised that looking forward and anticipating events is something I really enjoy. The other night we managed to get out without both boys and had dinner and saw the latest Harry Potter movie. It was all arranged between 4:30 and 5:00pm on the evening that we went and I think I spent most of dinner in shock that we were actually out enjoying each others company on a date!!! I realised that I hadn't had weeks to look forward to it which is what it normally takes to arrange something like that. Our eldest was invited for a sleep over and never sure if he's going to go or not I hadn't thought much about any further plans until he decided at 4:30pm he was going to go. So Aunty Suzie got a phone call to see if our other little man could have his own sleep over at her place. She was on the way to the dentist but thankfully no major work done and she was up for an evening of fun - which ended at 11:22pm when he finally fell asleep - what a party animal! I wonder if she'll anticipate the next sleepover as much as I will? :) Anyway I am anticipating Spring and with the beautiful weather we've had lately it has been a tantalising taste of it! I love spring and this is such a gorgeous set so pretty and so very spring! I dry embossed around the inside of the edge of the card using my bone scorer and paper trimmer to give it that simple elegant and clean look. I added pearls from the Pretties Kit as the body of the butterfly and was searching for my silver wire to make antennae but haven't found it yet! I think that would finish it off nicely. I've had lots of fun playing with this set recently so look out for more it the future. Ingredients: Certainly Celery, Basic Gray, Whisper White, Taffeta Ribbon, Pretties Kit Pearls, Great Friend Stamp Set.

Saturday, 1 August 2009

forest friends

Images © Stampin' Up!® 1990-2009 This uses one of the new sets from the Spring Mini Forest Friends - how sweet is it? With a baby on the way it seemed irresistible. I can imagine lots of layouts using this set. Also this includes one of the new single stamps. " Happy Birthday to you" is a very handy sentiment of a decent size too so it fills a space quite nicely or even goes well inside the card. Email me for a copy of the new mini if you'd like one.

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