Thursday, 28 February 2013

Still Blooming Marvelous!

A simple card using the Blooming Marvelous Stamp Set and the amazing Honeycomb Embossing Folder; not to mention the extremely sparkly rhinestones.
This one is Blooming Marvelous teamed with the sentiment from Oh, Hello from the Spring Summer Catalogue. Why not take a look here?

Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Blooming Marvelous!

Here are some 3x3 cards I have created (inspired by cards from  Jenny Moors) using the colour combination of Summer Starfruit; Pool Party and Wild Wasabi.
I am not normally a floral fan but like the way these cards have turned out. I will have some more cards to show you tomorrow using this free stamp set. Spend £45 and this set could be yours. 

The possibilities are endless! (Isn't that a quote from an advert? Let me know if you can remember which one)

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Talking Tools - Week 6 - Brayer

Create special effects with ink! Or apply ink to
larger areas such as background stamps.
Provides uniform inking
Includes handle, soft rubber attachment
 £10.95 102395

What's a Brayer?
By the simplest definition, a brayer is a tool; used as an applicator in rubber stamping & other arts & crafts involving ink.  
A brayer consists of a handle and interchangable rollers, the most common being made of rubber. 
How do I Use a Brayer?
The brayer's main function is to apply ink evenly over larger areas (just like a paint roller on your walls). Roll the brayer over your ink pad & then over a large stamp to ink it up. The ink gets to every part of the rubber, and you'll get a more uniform image this way.

It's also designed to apply even pressure when stamping a large stamp onto card stock or paper. Place your stamp on the table rubber side up and apply the ink with your brayer. Lay your card stock on top of the stamp, then cover it with scrap paper large enough to cover the entire stamp. Roll your brayer (it doesn't matter if it's still a little inky - that's what the scrap paper is for) over the entire stamp. Discard the scrap paper & gently lift off your card stock - a perfect image every time!
Here are some ideas of how to use it.
Stripe it Up: Use markers to draw stripes or wavy lines directly onto the rubber roller, then roll the brayer across your card stock. Try repeating in the opposite direction to create a plaid design! Try using several colours, draw dots or circles...well, you get the idea.
Wrap it Up: Pop the roller out of the handle & wrap rubber bands around it for added texture. Reassemble, ink up the bumpy brayer & roll onto card stock to make a unique background image. Try other household items - yarn, string, crumpled saran wrap, cheesecloth, plastic netting (save that bag of oranges!) ... the sky's the limit! (This works best with the acrylic roller, but you can also use the rubber roller)
Resist Techniques: There are many variations on the resist technique, but the basic idea is always the same - you apply something to the card stock first, then brayer ink over it. Wherever you have applied your "resist" material, the brayered ink won't stick. Some examples:
  • Basic Brayer Resist: stamp an image onto card stock with VersaMark. Do not emboss. Ink up your brayer with any Classic ink & roll over the (almost invisible) images - they will magically appear!
  • Embossed Resist: stamp an image onto glossy card stock with VersaMark or Craft inks (they are wet enough to hold embossing powder) Heat emboss the images with Clear Embossing Powder. Ink up your brayer with Classic ink (you must use Classic ink on glossy card stock for this step) and roll over the embossed images.

Saturday, 23 February 2013

Di's Dies- Pin Wheel Sizzlits

Pinwheel Sizzlits S Die

This is a new die which has been introduced in the new Stampin Up! Spring/Summer Catalogue. 

Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Talking Tools - Week 5 - Paper Piercer, Mat and Paper -Piercing Pack

 Stampin’ Pierce Mat
Protect work surfaces as you paper-pierce. Also get even pressure and ink
coverage with detailed or background stamps (p. 127–129). 1 mat: 16.5 x 24.1 cm.
Buy 1 for piercing and 1 for stamping.
 £4.50 126199

 Paper-Piercing Tool
Pierce unique designs with our templates or set our brads (p. 174). Sleek design;
ergonomic 10.2 cm handle with a 2.2 cm needle tip. Storage tube; protective cap.
 £3.50 126189

Essentials Paper-Piercing Pack
Pierced accents! Use designs or customise your patterns with grid.
3 unique templates; ea. 15.2 x 15.2 cm
Coordinates with punches (p. 182–185), Edgelits (p. 190), and Framelits (p. 191)
Use with Stampin’ Pierce Mat and Paper-Piercing Tool

Friday, 15 February 2013

Honeycomb Textured Impressions Folder

3 card ideas for you using the wonderful Honeycomb Textured Impressions Folder:-

Thursday, 14 February 2013

Valentine Card

Happy Valentine's Day. This is the card I have made for my husband, Len. As this is a scheduled post I hope he likes it! Do you?

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Simple Card Designs 2

Do you remember the quick cards I showed you in January using a quick and easy template. Well here are some more cards using the same

This time I have used the Sunshine and Sprinkles Designer Series Paper and the Rain or Shine Stamp set.

8 different cards. What do you think?

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Talking Tools - Week 4 - Big Shot Cutting Machine

Big Shot™ Die-Cutting Machine
Your creativity called—it wants you to buy this machine. Say yes! 
Start cutting right away with included Standard Cutting Pads and 
Multipurpose Platform.
 £87.95 113439

Affordable, durable, portable…that’s Stampin’ Up!s Big Shot!  Perfect for most all of your crafts!  Whether you are a card maker, scrapbooker, paper crafter, quilter, seamstress…this is a “gotta have” item!  Most of the dies used with the Big Shot will cut multiple layers at a time.  Think of what a time-saver it would be for making quilts, cards, scrapbook pages, wall-art, and more!

Here’s a list of approved materials that can be cut with the Big Shot:
  • Thick corkboard
  • Thick chipboard (59 mil)
  • Colored magnet sheets
  • Ruffle board
  • Paper wood
  • Balsa wood (3/32″)
  • Bass wood (1/16″)
  • Metal mesh
  • Aluminum (.016)
  • Tin (.008)
  • Adhesive and non-adhesive mat board
  • Drawer liner
  • Shelf liner
  • Vinyl
  • Static cling vinyl
  • Shrink film
  • Fine sandpaper
  • Clear acetate (20 mil)
  • Vellum
  • Card stock
  • Patterned paper
  • Flocked paper
  • Contact paper
  • Textured paper
  • Metallic paper
  • Linen paper
  • Suede paper
  • Embossed metallic paper

If you haven’t purchased your Big Shot, now is the time to do it!  It comes with the Standard Cutting Pads and the Multi-Purpose Platform so you can start using it as soon as you receive it.

There’s a few terms that you need to know about to help you get started:
  • Die – A special metal plate that has the image that you desire to cut or emboss onto the cardstock (or one of the 50 approved materials).  The dies can be Steel Rule or Acid Edge Dies.
  • Sandwich – A unique combination of die cutter materials plus the Die or Embossing Folder plus the material you are trying to emboss or cut. (In this case, sandwich refers to the way you stack the different plates for your die-cutting machine.)
  • Embossing Folder – A special folder that has the positive and negative image to emboss onto your material.
  • Shim – Material such as Cereal Boxes, heavier cardstock or special Shims to make the sandwich stronger and more sturdy – usually used for embossing…
  • Multipurpose Platform – a special base (bottom of sandwhich) that allows you to work with other competitor’s dies.  This comes with the Stampin’ Up! Big Shot.
  • Extender Platform – a special base that allows you to use longer dies with.
  • Embossing Starter Kit – a special base that has a rubber mat to help make the impression when using embossing templates and folders.
  • Faux alligator textured paper
  • Self-adhesive glitter paper
  • Fabric
  • Canvas
  • Iron-on fabric
  • Soft plush fabric
  • Burlap
  • Velvet
  • Corduroy
  • Lace
  • Heavyweight denim
  • Terry cloth
  • Funky fur
  • Thin leather
  • Quilt batting
  • Warm & natural batting
  • Fusible fleece
  • Self-adhesive craft metal
  • Self-adhesive cork
  • Self-adhesive foam
  • Self-adhesive magnet
  • Self-adhesive felt
  • Adhesive and non-adhesive rubber
  • Pop up sponge
  • Poly foam
  • 100% pure beeswax (cut with parchment paper on top & bottom of beeswax.)
Why not treat yourself to the bag to store it in?

Doctor’s Bag
Carry your Big Shot in style. Holds Big Shot machine pads, and dies. 
36.8 x 32 x 33 cm.
 £62.95 113474

Monday, 11 February 2013

Di's Dies - Fancy Favour (Re-post)

I am re-posting this as it originally appeared without the photographs. Apologies!

This die requires the extension plates, crease pad and a 12 inch(30cms) piece of paper or cardstock, but it is worth it in the end. Have a look at some of the things you can make with it.

Sunday, 10 February 2013

Artisan Embellishment Kit cards and folder

I am going to let the photographs speak for themselves. Click on the photographs for a closer look.

Friday, 8 February 2013

Valentines Day Card Idea 2

This card uses the wonderful Honeycomb Impressions Folder and the Primrose Petal Co-Ordinations card stock. The small, delicate doily and the rose are all from the Spring/Summer Catalogue. The paper is More Amore, and the sentiment once again is from My Little Valentine.

Thursday, 7 February 2013

Valentine Day Card Idea

I made this card using the Stampin Up! More Amore Designer Series Paper. The silver heart uses the silver glitter card and the heart punch. The sentiment is stamped from the My Little Valentine Stamp set. With a week to go, this is a quick and easy card for anyone looking for a last minute card idea.

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Oh, Hello - Two ways

I got the idea for these two cards from Pinterest but did not note where the original idea came from. As I don't pin I was unable to find it again when I looked.

The girls at work sent me a huge bouquet of white and yellow roses to cheer me up; so wanted to make a special card to thank them. I hope they like it. The other card is identical apart from the sentiment.

The ribbon, papers, doillies and butterfly bunch are all available from the new Spring Summer catalogue. The background cardstock is Primrose Petals. * Note to self...I must order some more of it. I have used it alot lately and do not want to run out of it.

Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Talking Tools - Week 3 - Simply Scored! Borders Scoring Plate

Simply Scored™
Beautiful scored borders and patterns!  
2 pieces—plate and overlay (both measure 
31.8 x 31.8 cm). Set plate securely on our 
scoring tool (AC p. 181), put card stock you 
want to score over plate, then add overlay 
over card stock as a guide for scoring. 
Overlay has cut-out grooves in identical 
designs as plate—so cool! 
17,95 € £13.50 126192 Borders 
Scoring Plate
Today we will go straight to the video

Simply Scored™
Beautiful scored borders and patterns!  
2 pieces—plate and overlay (both measure 
31.8 x 31.8 cm). Set plate securely on our 
scoring tool (AC p. 181), put card stock you 
want to score over plate, then add overlay 
over card stock as a guide for scoring. 
Overlay has cut-out grooves in identical 
designs as plate—so cool! 
 £13.50 126192 Borders Scoring Plate

Monday, 4 February 2013

Quick card ideas.

This works well every time. Take 4 pieces of co-ordinating Designer Series Papers and cut them all to 9 x 13 centimetres. 

Cut along the 9 cms side at 4cms (creating two pieces at 4 and 5 cms respectively).

Cut the 4cms wide piece into two ( 6 and 7 centimetres)

Cut the 5 cms wide piece into two ( 8 and 5 centimetres)

Mix the pieces up creating four 9x13 cms patchwork pieces. I like to stick mine onto a 9x13 base piece of card stock.

Then mount them onto a co-ordinating mat which measures 9.5 x 13.5 cms.

Decorate each patchwork rectangle with matching embellishments as shown here with the Stampin Up! More Amore DSPs. 

The die- cut hearts on the cards are from the papers. Aren't they fantastic?

Sunday, 3 February 2013

Spring Summer Catalogue - Tea for Two

Using the 'Tea for Two' Designer Series Paper I made this step fold card

The reverse of the card is stamped with Calypso Coral; using the flower from the Oh, Hello stamp set
I also used the 'Hearts a fluuter' Framlits to cut out the hearts and banners. on the front side.