Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Sweet Dreams...

This is a 2nd Birthday card I made using the the cute Mimi Sweet Dreams stamps from Penny Black. It's such a cute image that I had to buy it as soon as I saw it.
I stamped the image with a Tuxedo Black ink pad. I coloured the image with Copics. I cut out the image and the scalloped frame with Nestabilities.

For the background I cut panels of pink card and stripped paper. I chose stripped paper as it matched Mimi's pyjamas. The paper is from Craftwork Cards. I used my Cricut to cut out the lettering and number. I added an oval sentiment again from Craftwork Cards. To finish I added faux stitching.

Friday, 22 March 2013

Warren ATCs

These are two ATCs I have made for Julie Cassidy's ATCs swap. The theme of this month's challenge is Easter.
I used Warren Rabbit stamps from Craftwork Cards for the mian image. I stamped the image with a Tuxedo Black ink pad and coloured the stamped image with Copics.

I also added Glossy Accents and Stickles to the coloured images. I covered two cards with gingham paper from Craftwork Cards. I attached the coloured images. To finish I added faux stitching with a black fineliner.
Why not pop over to Julie's blog to see the other ATCs in the swap and details about taking part next month.

Thursday, 21 March 2013

A crafty offer from Little Claire

Little Claire have a lovely craft offer for you as they are not at the NEC they are offering a whopping 20% discount & FREE P & P until Friday 22.03 (tel 0151 342 5715) quote NECS13. For further details please see their blog.

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Yummy cupcakes!

This is my card for Lisa B. Design March blog challenge. The theme is Yellow and Orange.
The stamp set I have used for the card is Cakes from Hobby Art.
I begun by stamping the yummy cupcakes. I stamped the middle cupcake first and then stamped it again on a post-it note to create a mask. I cut out the mask and placed it over the first cupcake. I then stamped the cupcakes either side. I coloured the image with a range of yellow and orange ProMarkers.
I cut out the coloured image into a square shape and punched the bottom edge with a Stampin'Up eyelet punch. I mounted this onto a square of orange card. I stamped the Cakes sentiment from the stamp set and coloured it it. I cut it out with a X-Cut label die and thread ribbon through the holes before adding to the squares.
I added the square to the card. I stamped two more butterflies which I cut out and added to the card. To finish I added faux stitching, Stickles and brown Cosmic Shimmer to the butterflies bodies.

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Stamp news from Little Claire

The lovely Tulip Cat stamp from Little Claire has been chosen as Pick of the month by Cardmaking and Papercraft magazine issue 116.

Also the Swirly Whirlies Owl Family stamp has been chosen as runner up for the Best Stamp of the Year too.

For more details and DT card samples please see Little Claire's blog.

Monday, 18 March 2013

Fancy shoe

This is a 30th birthday card I have made. The shoe image is a digi stamp from Just Inklined and is called Fashion Shoe.
I printed the image onto white card. I cut this into a square before punching the bottom of the panel and then embossing it. The punch I used for the bottom edge is Stampin'Up eyelet punch. The embossing folder I used was Tied Together from Creative Expressions.
I then printed the shoe image three more times onto white card. I coloured the images with ProMarkers before cutting out sections and adding them to the first image with foam pads.
I added the white panel onto dark and light pink card. Across the panels I added seam ribbon from Stampin'Up. I added a circle sentiment from Craftwork Cards. I used my Cricut to cut of the 30 numbers. To finish I added Stickles and faux pearls.
I am entering this card into:
Fab 'n' Funky blog challenge - the theme is add a sentiment
Divas by Design blog challenge - the theme is put on some pink.

Sunday, 17 March 2013

Little Claire blog challenge - DT card

A new challenge has started this weekend on Little Claire's blog. The theme of the challenge is 'cards with folds'. This is my DT card for the challenge

The stamp I used for this card is the lovely new Butterfly Blossom by Little Claire. I used the stamp to stamp the background design using pink ink onto a stepper card blank. I also stamped the design several times onto smooth white card. I coloured the designs with ProMarkers before cutting each element out.

I used a circle sentiment from Little Claire's Sunshine Sentiments stamp set for the greeting. I stamped this, cut it out and mounted onto a circle of brown card cut with Nestabilities Lacey Circles die. I attached the sentiment to the card and then added the cut-out flowers and butterflies. To finish I added Stickles for some added sparkle.

This is the prize for this month's blog challenge winner is a paper pack, ribbons, two packs of stickers and a die-cut sheet. Pop over to Little Claire's blog for more details on the challenge and other DT's cards.

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Tags for all seasons

These are my tags for the The Artistic Stamper March blog challenge. The theme of the challenge is Tags.
I have used the Our House stamp set from The Artistic Stamper to create the row of houses.
I cut a strip of smooth white card the same size as the four tags. I stamped the houses with a Tuxedo Black Memento ink pad onto the white card.
I cut around the top of the house and then cut into four equal pieces. I coloured each section to represent the four season.

I used yellow and bright greens for Spring. For summer I used summery colours like pink, purple and blue. For the Autumn tag I used shades of brown and orange. And lastly for the Winter tag I used a hint of blue but mostly the tag was kept white. I added Stickles and Glossy Accents to all the doors. To finish I tied coloured ribbon to the tags.

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Chalk ink florals

These are two cards I have made using Chalk ink pads and Stamps from Hobby Art.

The colours of chalk ink I used were Frosty Ultramarine, Washed Tan, Creamy Coffee, Frosted Mint, Gauzy Beige, Dusty Lime, Milled Violet and Hazy Magenta.

The flower stamps I used for this card (above) was Floral Sketch set. The sentiments were also part of the same set. I cut a large circle of paper which I placed on the centre of a square of white card. I then stamped the floral stamps all around the circle using the chalk ink. Once I had finished stamping I removed the paper circle. In the centre I then stamped the sentiments. I mounted this onto brown card and then onto a square card blank. To finish I added gold Dimension Pearls, Stickles and faux stitching to the card.

For my second card I again used the Floral Sketch set. I also used Sentiments Clear set for the centre sentiment and Anna's Collection - Just For You stamp set for the butterflies.
I started by die cutting a square in the centre of the card blank. I stamped the flowers all around the edges with the chalk ink. I stamped the butterflies separately and cut them out before adding to the card. I stamped the sentiment inside the card so that it showed through the front aperture.

Monday, 11 March 2013

Workshop reminder

Just a little reminder about my workshop at The Artistic Stamper on Saturday 23rd March from 2-5pm. There are still places available. The cost is £17.50. We will be making cards using lovely The Artistic Stamper stamps.

For more details or to book visit The Artistic Stamper website or call the shop on 01795 597757.

The Artistic Stamper
Unit 2 North Street Business Centre, Ashford Road, Sheldwich
Faversham, Kent  ME13 0LN.

Friday, 8 March 2013

Mother's Day blossoms

This is a Mother's Day card I made with a pretty new stamp set from Stampin' Up called Stippled Blossoms.
I begun by stamping the flower heads and leaves. As the stamps were two-part stamps I used a Stamp-a-ma-jig to line up the two colours. The coloured ink pad I used were Rich Razzleberry, Rose Red, Pretty in Pink, Pear Pizzazz and Old Olive, all my Stampin' Up. I added gold Dimension Pearls to the centre of the flowers. I cut out each flower and leaves.

I used Stampin' Up Labels Collection Framelits dies to cut out the sentiment shape. I used gold peel-offs for the sentiment and I added a stamped flower.
For the background I use a square of brown card and an embossed square of cream paper. I used Tied Together embossing folder. I used Seam Binding ribbon for the ruffle. To finish I added gold brads and faux stitching.

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Craftwork Cards on QVC

Craftwork Cards and Julie Hickey will be on QVC today (Wednesday 6th March) with a selction of new kits from Craftwork Cards. I am very excited to have made some sample cards for the show too so look out for them.

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Craftwork Cards inspiration

Looking for some craft inspiration today? Why not pop over to Craftwork Cards blog and see my blog post One sketch - three cards with a view.

Monday, 4 March 2013

Mother's Day flowers

This is a Mother's Day card I have made using a range of stamps from Hobby Art.
I started my decorating the card blank. I used a light lilac ink pad and a blending tool to lightly distress the edges of the card. I then stamped the script in the same lilac ink pad all over the card blank. The script stamp is from Hobby Art's Decorative Backgrounds stamp set.
I also stamped a flower onto the background. To get a very light impression I stamped the flower onto scrap paper first then second time I stamp onto the card. The flower is from Hobby Art's Floral Greeting stamp set.
To create the flowers I used the Floral Greeting stamp set. I stamped the large and small flower head onto white card with a dark purple ink pad. I used the light lilac ink pad and blending tool to colour the front and back of the flowers.  

I cut out the flower heads. Some flowers I left as a single layer but others I layered up to crate a more detail and dimensional bloom. In the centre I added gold Dimension Pearls.

I cut out a decorate purple frame using Spellbinders Fleur de Lis Squares. Onto this I added a square of white card. I used peeloffs for the greeting. I added the squares to the card blank. Once I had decided where the flowers were going I stamped the green flourishes. I did this before attaching the flower. The flourish stamp is from Hobby Art's Flourishes stamp set.
I added a peel off sentiment inside the card. To finish I stamped the flower heads inside the card and added small blank dots on the front with a black fineliner.

Saturday, 2 March 2013

Little Claire Monthly Stamp Club

The start of a new month so a new Stamp Club set from Little Claire. This month's set is You're so tweet. These are two cards I have made with the stamp.
For my first card I stamp the main image twice onto white card. I coloured the stamped images with ProMarkers. I cut out one image into a square shape and mounted onto orange card. From the other image I cut birds and flowers which I added to the main image with foam pads. I used the 'You're so tweet' stamp from the set to stamp the word background onto the card.
For my second card I stamped the 2x2 square stamp repeatedly to get a 3x3 square design. Again I coloured the image with ProMarkers. For the background I used squares of gingham paper to form a patchwork effect.

For more details on the Stamp Club please visit Little Claire's blog.