Thursday, 30 October 2014

Four Feathers - Project 4 of 4!


Thank you for taking a closer look!

Today features the final card of four! All pretty straight forward, so don't be scared to give it a go!!

For the background I inked up Clear-mount Block D, 118485 (the block itself) with some Pacific Point ink (126951), ink up well, because the Naturals White Cardstock (129588) isn't as thirsty as smooth cardstock.  I used the 'blotchy' image from the) Gorgeous Grunge stamp set (130514) and stamped it with Stazon Jet Black ink (1014060) to add a bit of interest to the background. The feather stamps from the Four Feathers stamp set (135053) were inked with Garden Green (126973) and Bermuda Bay (131171) and die cut with the Feahers Framelits Dies (135852) to create perfect palm leaves! The Hello stamp (from A dozen Thoughts set, 131056) was heat embossed with Black Embossing Powder (109133).

And as promised a beautiful gift in the end!

Tie the Bermuda Bay 1 -1/4" Striped Grosgrain Ribbon (134551) around - no need for a bow with this one - just a knot! Stamp a sentiment from the Merry Everything Clear Stamp  set (135071) and punch it out with the Note Tag Punch (135860). The last two products are from the Holiday Catalogue. Voila!

Let me know what you think!

Mel xx

Four Feathers - Project 3 of 4


Today I share with you the 3rd card of 4 to make up a beautiful gift pack! 

As with the previous two cards I used my Four Feathers Clear stamp set (135053). But first things first! For my background I Used one of the Gorgeous Grunge Wooden stamps (130514). I stamped the image in Bermuda Bay (131171) and Pacific Point (126951). If your ink pad is still very moist, stamp off first on some scratch paper. I inked the Awesome... Thanks! sentiment (from the Yippee-Skippee set, 131341) first with Versamark (102283) and then with Bermuda Bay and heat embossed it with Clear Embossing powder. 

The rest of my products list:
126980 Basic Black A4 Cardstock (My card base measures 10.5cm x 21cm, finished card measures 10.5cm x 10,5cm )
133700 Back to Black DSP
101406 Stazon Ink ( feather images)
135852 Feathers Framelits Dies

Again very quick and easy! I hope you like it!

Mel xx

Four Feathers - Project 2 of 4

Hello again!

The second card (part of a four card gift pack) is just as easy!

I used the Hip Hip Hooray stamp from the Hip Hip Hooray Card Kit (p 197 of the Inspire. Create. 
share Catalogue). This is one of may favourite birthday stamps! I inked the stamp  with some Versamark Ink (102283) and then inked one half of the stamp with Garden
Green (126973)
and the other half with Bermuda Bay (131171) and heat embossed it with Clear Embossing Powder (109130). For the feathers (Four Feathers Clear stamp set - 135053) I  used the Bermuda Bay, Garden Green and Pacific Point Stampin'Write Markers to colour the images, huffed over the whole image and stamped.

Here is a list of the rest of the products I used:
126980 Basic Black Classic Stampin'Pad
133700 Back to Black DSP
129588 Naturals White A4 Cardstock
135852 Feathers Framelits Dies

Thanks for having a look! Be on the look out for the next card!

Mel xx

Monday, 27 October 2014

Four Feathers - Your in my thoughts...

Hello again!

What a busy weekend it was! And what a busy week ahead!

Today's project is one of four and in the end will make a perfect gift for someone! So I am starting off my Festive projects without using one single Festive stamp! 

I used the Four Feathers stamp set ( clear, 135053) and the Back to Black DSP (133700) for inspiration! Keep in mind that all my images were Heat embossed with Clear Embossing powder (109133) by  first inking the stamp with Versamark ink ( 102283) and then the coloured ink. The sentiment was heat embossed with Black Embossing powder (109133). Don't forget to use an Embossing Buddy (103083) before you use any embossing powder - it is definitely worth the time and money!

My finished card measures 10.5cm x 10.5cm 9 (41/4" x 41/4")

The rest of my product list:
131056 A Dozen Thoughts stamp set wood
121688 Basic Black A4 Cardstock
129588 Naturals White A4 Cardstock
131171 Bermuda Bay Classic Stampin' pad
126973 Garden Green Classic Stampin' pad ( my new favourite green!)
126952 Pacific Point Classic Stampin' pad

Quick and easy!

Stay tuned for 3 more projects to complete the gift set!!

Mel xx

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Remembering your Birthday (2)


I couldn't help but share my second Bokeh attempt too! This one was also inspired by the lovely Gold Soiree DSP (1336970) - this time The Crisp Cantaloupe, Calypso Coral and Pistachio Green! I used the same stencil that I created for my previous post. And again I used my Sponge Dauber (133773) for my smallest and darkest circles. My lightest colour was Pink Pirouette (126956), then Crisp Canteloupe (131176) and for my darkest and smallest circle I used Calypso Coral (126983). To add a touch of sparkle I also used Versamark ink (102283) to heat emboss Iridescent Ice (101930) circles over my coloured circles. I think it came out pretty well!

My complete product list:

124392 Calypso Coral A4 Cardstock (Base)
131303 Crisp Cantaloupe A4 Cardstock (Layering)
106549 Whisper White A4 Cardstock (Stamping)
131350 Remembering your Birthday Clear Stamp set
132058 Papillon Potpourri Wood stamp set
134036 I Love Lace Clear Background Stamp
131177 Pistachio Pudding Classic Stampin' Pad
132141 Metallic Gold Encore Ink
109129 Gold Embossing Powder
127526 Elegant Butterfly Punch
127003 Apothecary Accents Framelits

Hope you like it!

Mel xx

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Remembering your Birthday

Hello again!

My projects for this week was inspired by the beautiful Gold Soiree DSP (133697) - Garden Green and Calypso Coral were the colours I used from this amazingly beautiful paper! The effect I was aiming for.... Bokeh which refers to the quality of the blurring of out-of-focus images in a photograph. I watched a few videos on You Tube and was inspired by this easy technique from Wplus9 and this is my take on it!  I made a stencil from a Window Sheet (114323) using various circles - 3 different sizes - from the Circles Framelits Collection (130911). I also used a Sponge Dauber (133773) for my smallest circle!

Let's start at the beginning:
I sponged Calypso Coral (126983) and Garden Green (126973) randomly on some watercolour   paper  and then, using my Stampin' Spritzer (126185),  I activated the ink by spraying it with water. You can wait for it to dry, but I'm not patient enough, so I heat set it. 

Now you can start sponging with Craft Stampin' ink (101731) over your stencil with a sponge dauber (or sponge). The best way to go about it is to sponge your biggest circle with a very light hand and going darker with your Craft ink as your circles get smaller. My smallest circle was create with my sponge dauber.  Overlap your circles - I find that working in a triangles of circles works nicely. Concentrate your smallest and brightest circles around your image.

A list of the products I used on my finished project:

108605 Garden Green A4 Cardstock (Base)
131299 Oistachio Pudding A4 Cardstock (Layering)
106549 Whisper White A4 Cardstock (Stamping)
131177 Pistachio Pudding Classic Stampin'pad
132141 Metallic Encore Gold ink pad
102283 Versamark ink
109129 Gold Embossing powder
131350 Remembering your Birthday Clear stamp set 
132058 Papillon Potpourri Wood stamp set
134036 I Love Lace Clear Background stamp
127003 Apothecary Accents Framelits
127526  Elegant Butterfly

This was truly a fun project and as you can see you don''t need much more to complete your card!

Mel xx

Monday, 6 October 2014

Bright & Beautiful Tag

Hello again!

After a breathtakingly beautiful road trip down South (of Western Australia), I am back with a Festive tag...  And an easy (not so new) technique. For this tag I used the Bright & Beautiful stamp set (135029 Clear) from the Holiday catalogue (p 25) and the coordinating Star Framelits (133723) from the Inspire. Create. Share catalogue (p 231). The Technique is a Embossing resist technique - very easy and with instant impact. I heat embossed the medium-sized star from the set with Clear Embossing powder (109130) and then used a Sponge Dauber (133773) to sponge my darker colour in the centre of the star (use circular movements) - I used Wisteria Wonder Classic Stampin' Pad (126985) - and the Smoky Slate Classic Stampin' Pad (131179) for the outside of the star. Then I sandwiched my image between White printer paper and dry-ironed over the image with the iron on its highest setting. This removes the embossing powder and leaves a watercolour type of effect. Pretty! Any detailed stamp will work beautifully. Think background stamps!

The rest of my product list:

131002 Wisteria Wonder A4 Cardstock
108615 Perfect Plum A4 Cardstock
106549 Whisper White A4 Cardstock
102283 Versamark Ink pad (the watermark image on the one star)
109131 Silver Embossing powder (for the JOY sentiment in the centre)
134572 Wisteria Wonder Seam Binding Ribbon
132976 Silver Metallic Baker's Twine

Try this! The possibilities are endless! Also do yourself a favour and have look at all the lovely Seam Binding Ribbon colours on page 207 of Inspire. Create. Share. I looooove Early Espresso (134582) and Night of Navy (134571)!

Mel xx