Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Fairy Tale Bride

I got a last minute invite to a very special wedding. It had a celtic theme, the bride was French and Irish while the kilt wearing groom was Irish and Scottish. To honour their theme I went with a fairytale feel on this card. I was really excited to finally pull out my 'Le Jardin' Designer Series Paper, especially since the piece I chose was covered with soft fleur de lis. Perfect for our French bride!

The base of this card was a piece of Close to Cocoa CS, this layer (and all the others) was sponged with Close to Cocoa classic ink. The next layer is the lovely fleur de lis paper from Le Jardin by SU! the corners were shaped using my ticket corner punch.

The ovals were cut using my Coluzzle cutting system. The base oval was cut from vellum and then scalloped using a corner rounder punch with the guides removed. The top oval is again Close to Cocoa CS that was sponged this time with Close to Cocoa ink then lightly with chocolate chip and whisper white inks to add depth. The bride silhouette is from the stamp set called "She's All That" which will be available through the SU! Occasions Mini catalogue on March 1st. I love this set it's so much fun to work with!! The bride was stamped with a thick layer of Whisper White craft ink and then embossed using Iridescent Ice EP. She really glitters IRL.

The final touch I added to this card is the 'ribbon' on the bottom of the card. This is actually another piece of the Le Jardin paper that was sponged and slipped through a flower ribbon slide. The ribbon slide is from the new styled silver Hodgepodge Hardware set which will also be available on March first. I think I will really need to get the Pretties kit because, a couple of those little half pearls would have been the perfect finish!

Oh and I almost forgot, I used the greeting "Once in a while, right in the middle of an ordinary life, Love gives us a fairytale" from the great new greetings set Full of Life" again coming in the Occasions Mini. Did you know that all the stamp sets in the mini are die-cut? This is awesome, it means your stamps are ready to go in minutes and no sticky scissors! Contact me to get your own copy of the 2008 Occasions Mini Catalogue.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Stamp n' Spa Teaser

On Friday March 7th I will be hosting a Stamp n' Spa party. This is a total night of pampering! I will have 2 'girlfriend' themed card projects to make and my friend Lisa Provis from Beauty Control will be doing facials and all sorts of awesome spa treatments! To top it all off we will be offering a chocolate fondue. Stampin', beauty treatments and chocolate how can you top that?

The event will run from 7 to 9 pm at my home and cost $10, please see my SU! web site for event details and to RSVP. Hope you can join us!

The card itself was made using the following:

Card stock: chocolate chip, close to cocoa, pretty in pink and very vanilla

Ink: Chocolate chip, close to cocoa, pretty in pink

Stamps: Baroque Motifs, A Beautiful Thing, She's All That

Tools & Accessories: photo corners punch, round tab punch, corner rounder punch, stipple brush, dimensionals, SNAIL, 2-way glue, Cosmo fine glitter.

Custom Grosgrain Ribbon!

This is so cool! While I was making the card 'Life is Good Girl!' for my Stamp n' Spa, I just couldn't find the right ribbon so, I made my own. I didn't end up using the ribbon but, it's still cool! I knew that you could dye ribbon with ink pads and alcohol markers but, I was nervous about trying it with water-based inks like SU! classic inks or markers. I knew that if the ribbon got wet things would get really messy. Then came the brainwave, if I am using it on something like a card (which of course can't get wet anyway...) it really doesn't matter! This little epiphany opened up so many options. in the picture here I took the 5/8" regal rose grosgrain ribbon from SU! and stamped it in chocolate chip with the flower from A Beautiful Thing, then I took my chocolate chip marker and coloured the edges. If you work on the side of the ribbon that has raised edges it's really easy to control your marker and you get the ink just where you want it. Well I am off to dream of more beautiful ribbons...hmmm polka dots, stripes, animals...ooh the possibilities are endless!!

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Ginger Blossoms in the Park

I have tons of cards and other projects to make for workshops classes and swaps but, I felt like I just needed a to take a few minutes to make something for myself and recharge the creative juices! I have been trying to start a scrapbook of my babe for old is she...20 months!! So I pulled out some of the supplies I've just been dying to use and decided to scrap a couple of my favourite pics from last summer. This is Gabrielle in the park with her Papa.

The base is a lovely piece of Groovy Guava textures CS which I randomly stamped with the flower from the Friendship Blooms free SAB set ( I just love this one!) in Groovy guava Classic ink. On the left hand side I added a strip of paper from the Ginger Blossom DSP (I really love this too!)

The photos were mounted on a small chocolate chip mat. The top one was then layered on a piece of ruby red cs and the bottom on a peice of river rock cs. Both layers were stippled and the corners were rounded using my corner rounder punch. The ribbon around the ruby red cs is regal rose 5/8" grosgrain (yes that is a pink...I am learning to embrace that colour since Gabby was born!)

And finally, I have a new love, SU! Rub-Ons!!! I was really sceptical and could not imagine why a person would ever use such a thing especially on cs... well I was wrong...I guess I'll have to eat my words because I love them!! Almost all of the white and chocolate chip floral designs on this page are from the free SAB Love and Happiness Rub ons pack. Notice how the easily glide over layers of cs (even the textured stuff) and add a pop to the photos.

The journaling on this page was done on very vanilla and chocolate chip cs punched out with my scallop circle punch. Eyelets were added to each one and they were hung using hemp from a piece of chocolate chip cs shaped with the rounded tab punch. The chip board heart on the very vanilla scallop was sponged with ruby red classic ink and adhered using a glue dot. The white journaling and doodling was done using the Signo white gel pen from SU!

Thanks for looking, I hope my description made sense. I would love to read your comments!

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

So Many Scallops Daisy Card

This is one of the cards we made at last month's "So Many Scallops" technique class. I really like this card it's simple but cheerful, and simple does not come easy to me!!

All supplies used are from Stampin' Up! The base card is Real Red cut to 4 1/4 x11". The next layer is 'Cutie Pie' DSP which I have taken my ticket corner punch to. The white circles were simply made out of scrap Whisper White CS with a hole punch. I created the flower by first cutting a circle of WW CS with my Coluzzle cutting tool. Then I scalloped the edge using my corner rounder punch and snipped between each scallop to make the petals. The flowers centre was made by stamping the image from the So Many Scallops free Sale-A-Bration set in pumpkin pie classic ink first on a piece of pumpkin pie CS then on summer sun CS. The orange piece was punched out using my scallop circle punch and the yellow with my 1-3/8 circle punch. Both circles were mounted on dimensionals. the stem is made from the Double Stitched Wild Wasabi ribbon and was attached using mini glue dots. And just for fun, I stamped the little ladybug from the 'Cute as a Bug" set in real red classic ink.

My Little Artist!

I figured ,what better inaugural posting than to introduce you to my little muse? This is my 1.5 year old daughter Gabby, busy crafting away in my Stampin' space. She's at a stage where she really wants to be like and do like "maman", so the very moment I vacated my chair she crawled right on up and started diligently 'making a card'. I don't mind when she plays with my stamps or my stipple brush (like in the picture) but when she reaches for the scissors, glitter or Stazon I get really motivated to tidy up my workspace!
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