Friday, March 28, 2014

Swimming Pool Card

At the end of last year my parents offered to pay for my 3 daughters to have swimming lessons, which they are all loving and are doing so well at.  This week we had to decide whether to sign-up for another term, and we are so grateful that Mum & Dad said we could continue to go to classes. 

I decided a wee thank you card was in order, and I couldn't really find exactly what I was looking for on Pinterest, so this card is my own creation.  I had seen the scalloped edge waves before, but I was looking for some bright colourful punch art with swim rings but all my searches came up blank.  So I made my own.  I went with Tempting Turquoise Core'dinations for the cardstock, to give me some texture, and a 5 7/8" x 5 7/8" cardbase to give me plenty of room to add my 3 little 'characters'. 

I adore the cheeky one with her bottom in the air!  I've got a bunch of different punches going on here. 
- 1" circle for heads, floating girls fringe and the hole in her life-ring
- Bird punch (wing) for the swimmers ponytail
- Owl punch (body) for the floating girls hair, and (vest) for her Melon Mambo togs
- 1 3/4" circle punch for the life-ring (1" hole punched off-centre)
- Large Oval punch for bodies and swimmers Pink Pirouette togs
- Cupcake punch (cherry) for goggles (trimmed for more circular shape)
- Word Window punch for arms and legs
- 1 7/8" Scallop Circle (trimmed to shape) for underwater divers bottom
And the piece-de-resistance:
- Offcuts from the Large Paper Doily sizzlits die for the splashes.  Clever, right!!!?
The greeting is actually two stamps merged together, I masked the Thanks from the thank you stamp in "Oh Hello" and used just the "so much" part, and instead used the cursive "thanks" from the new Hip Hip Hooray kit. 
Wait, what's that?  I haven't showed you the Hip Hip Hooray kit yet???  This is an amazing new kit with all the supplies (except scissors) to make 20 cards, including 3 stamps, an ink-spot and an acrylic block (not our regular SU ones) .  The cards are a notecard size, are pre-printed and come with envelopes, 5 pages of die-cut tags, twine, dimensionals and paperclips for just $38.95 NZ.  Incredible value!  This kit will be in the 2014-15 Annual Catalogue, but has been released early for the crafters looking for the convenience of a kit with the design-work already done.

There are only a few days to go before Sale-a-bration is over for another year, so don't forget to place your order and earn yourself a freebie or two before March is over!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Oval Framelits scalloped Easel Card

Some of my Stamp Club ladies are now into their 4th year as members, so I always try to show them a new technique and/or product so that they can keep expanding their repertoire (and don't get bored and stop coming back!!!).  We already decided that in April we're making the Wreath from the Burlap and Blooms kit, which means that this week when we have our March class, we have to tackle both Mothers Day and Easter.  I showed you two of my Punch Art bunnies last week, and today I've finalised the Mothers Day card so that I can start putting the kits together tonight.  I wanted to do an Easel card using some Framelits, so I got myself lost on Pinterest for a while and eventually settled on the Scalloped Oval and found this tutorial for some measurements. 

With Sale-a-bration coming to a close, I also wanted to show off a couple of the SAB products, a last hurrah you could say!  My favourite pattern from the Sweet Sorbet DSP, and seemingly all of my Stamp Club girls as well since I hardly have any left, is this one:

So I decided we could make our own DSP, something we've not done in class before, and I got creative with the Petal Parade stampset and started playing with some fun colour combinations.  Finally, the Lattice Die is a new addition to my arsenal, so I wanted to use that as well.  I hope you like what I came up with! 

The colours are Melon Mambo, Coastal Cabana, Pink Pirouette and Sahara Sand.  I love the little pop of Coastal Cabana that I carried on with the bitty flowers and the twine from the Sweet Sorbet Accessories pack, on top of my vellum tag (cut with the Angled Tag Topper punch of course!).  The greeting is from Delightful Dozen and is embossed in Melon Mambo. 
This is actually my second attempt at this card, the original one I made used Strawberry Slush and Pistachio Pudding instead of Melon Mambo and Coastal Cabana, but of course the tag was the last thing I made and wouldn't you know it, I couldn't get either the embossing powder or the twine to match.  So that one ended up being gold:
As there are two samples each for the Easter and Mothers Day cards, the ladies will get their choice on which two cards they'd like to make!  And all going well, they'll earn themselves a free Sale-a-bration set as well - Petal Parade perhaps?

Friday, March 21, 2014

Punch Art Easter Bunny cards

I love this guy!!!!  I found a cute Easter Bunny on Pinterest that I wanted to copy, and it came complete with tutorial, but I didn't have all the right punches so I made some adaptions.  Here is what I used:

2x Extra Large Ovals, Sahara Sand
2x Large Ovals, Sahara Sand
2x Large Ovals, Pink Pirouette

1x Ornament Keepsakes Framelits, with top and bottom trimmed by had, Sahara Sand
(original tutorial used the retired Ornament Punch)

Muzzle: 1x Heart Framelit from Circle Card Thinlets collection, Whisper White
Eyes:     1x Word Window punch, Basic Black (middle section cut out)
Nose:     1x Owl punch medium-sized eye, Pink Piroutte
Whiskers and eyelashes drawn on with Markers (Sahara Sand and Basic Black)
Eye accents applied with a white gel pen.

1 x Bitty Punches, flower shape, Coastal Cabana, with rhinestone in the center

1x Extra Large Oval, Sahara Sand

2x 3/4" Circle Punch, Sahara Sand

All Sahara Sand and Whisper White pieces are sponged in Sahara Sand; Pink Piroutte is sponged with Pink Pirouette. 

The grass is a 1" x 4" strip of Coastal Cabana cardstock and cut with my Fringe Scissors - easy peasy!!!

The background cardstock is Pool Party Core'dinations cardstock, embossed with the (retired) Cloudy Day embossing folder.  So sad that one retired!!!

The flower pot is a 3" x 2.5" piece of DSP as per the original tutorial, using the Fresh Prints Designer Series Paper Stack, and trimmed to the 1/2" mark on the left and right bottom corners.   However to fit it heightways onto my card-base, I had to trim a wee bit off the bottom.  The Real Red strip is 2 3/4" x 3/4".

I have stamped a "Happy Easter" greeting on the inside in Coastal Cabana ink (greeting from Delightful Dozen) but looking at the card now, I should have done a small one on the front as well (Teeny Tiny Sentiments is on loan to a friend, this would be perfect!)

Then I decided to have a go at designing one myself.  There are loads of different ideas and examples on Pinterest so there aren't many new and undiscovered directions to take this thing in, but I decided to give the new Starburst Framelits a go, and the result was very pleasing!

This guy has the same ears as the first card, but his face, body and tail are created with the Starburst Framelits (the 3 smallest ones).  I used Smokey Slate for the base colour, and decorated this card with the Sweet Sorbet paper from this years Sale-a-bration offering.  The Easter Egg was punched with the Extra Large Oval punch and I trimmed the bottom to give it more of an egg shape, but this effect is mostly lost because I then hid it under the fringed bottom edge.  His hands (paws?) are made with the flower punch from the Bitty Punch Pack, and his eyes and cheeks are the two different sized eyes on the Owl Punch, with a pink heart nose from the Owl Punch as well.  I accidentally grabbed my Basic Grey Marker instead of Smokey Slate for the whiskers, but I actually like it being a bit darker so we'll call it deliberate I think!!!!  The greeting is from Everybunny, which retired last year.

Happy punching :)

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Two special birthday projects

My sweet niece turns 17 today.  We are going out for dinner on Friday night to celebrate with her and I will give her this card that I made her, with a matching gift-card holder for her present.

I used the Circle Card Thinlet die to make a flip-card, which opens out to this:

I added the extra panel on the end for writing my message on, by simply threading the cardstock to go over the edge of the die, instead of underneath it, where it would normally cut the edge of the card. 
The colours are Real Red, Coastal Cabana and Baked Brown Sugar, to co-ordinate with the Fresh Prints designer paper stack.  Don't you love the string of banners from the Sale-a-bration Banner Blast stampset with matching punch that you can earn free during Sale-a-bration?  There's just two weeks to go to.

"Make a Wish" comes from Perfect Pennants and is cut out with the Starburst Framelits and mounted on a 2" circle (Circles #2 die) and a 2.5" circle (2.5" circle punch) which perfectly fits into the circle on the flip card.
"Oh Happy Day" is from Starburst Sayings, which co-ordinates with the framelits and is sold together in a bundle with a 15% saving - love that!  However the starburst framelit for this stamp is slightly too big for the flip card, so I used my 2.5" circle punch instead.

I haven't forgotten about the layouts I promised from my daughters 5th birthday party either - I've created some in MDS, but I want to do them "for real" as well!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Miss Mermaid

Today I made this sweet wee mermaid card for my daughters best friend, using the Dress Up Framelits and Pop N Cuts card base with the Dress Form insert.  I love how this set is so versatile and can be adapted for so many different projects (remember my Policeman card?).
Her birthday party was this afternoon, and my girlfriend and I also had the honour of making the birthday cake!
I used Gold Glimmer paper in my card to try and replicate the brown sugar "sand" on the birthday cake.  I didn't have anything from Stampin' Up! to make the starfish so I used a Cuttlebug die, but the cloud is made with the Word Bubble framelits and the sun is made with the smallest Starburst framelit and the 3/4" circle punch.
Miss Mermaid has Word-Window arms and a 1" circle face, Owl punch hair and her bikini is made with two of the wings from the Bird punch.  The skirt was hand-cut (to fit with the Dress Up form) and the tail is made by joining two of the diamond-shaped Ornaments from the Holiday Ornaments Framelits (now retired) and embossed with the Fancy Fan embossing folder.  I love her pearl necklace, wish I'd thought to put one on the cake!
I hope you enjoy Miss Mermaid - but not as much as I enjoyed eating the delicious chocolate mud cake!!!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014


This month I had the privilege of being asked to set the challenge for my greater Stampin' Up! teams monthly technique challenge.  I chose the double-flip card using the Circle or Label Card thinlet set.  Here is my submission:
I used Venetian Romance DSP and Crisp Cantaloupe cardstock, and my stamping is in Baked Brown Sugar ink.  I used gold foil, gold vellum and gold glimmer paper in this card, and the clay flowers were also embossed in gold, and look, a few gold sequins too!  This card was a lot of fun!  I followed this tutorial to create the double-flip.  My next task is to use my Envelope Punch Board to create a custom envelope for it, that is thick enough to enclose the divine spiral flowers.
My next share is a CASE from the Stampin' Up! Demonstrator website, using the new stampset, Life In The Forest and the greeting from the also new "Hip Hip Hooray" card kit.  Love these little critters - my Miss 6 insisted I buy this stampset, and I'm so glad she did. 
I'm also looking at ideas for an Easter class; the bunny comes from the same stampset, Life In The Forest, isn't he cute!  The grass was cut with the fringe scissors from the Occasions Catalogue - I didn't think I needed these, but was glad to be proven wrong!
And last but not least, look at what I made with the Burlap and Blooms Wreath Kit!!   I added the spiral flowers, the stems and the bow, and I really love how this turned out!  We're making this for April Stamp Club.
Now, I mentioned my daughters 5th birthday a few times in earlier posts, so I thought you might like to see a couple of snaps from her super-fun day - stay tuned for some MDS layouts of her big day!