Hi there! Just a quick post to let you know that I have almost finished a tutorial for my Tea Cup Easel Card just in time for Mother's Day! I made a few slight modifications to the original designand used a different colour combo.
Update - April 30th, 2012
The tutorial is now availableto purchase as a pdf file for $4 (AUD) and Australian residents will have the option of buying a kit (die cuts only - no stamped images) and the tutorial for $10 (includes postage).
I have used the beautiful Elements of Style stamp and colour combo from SU, consisting of Pool Party, Early Espresso, Wild Wasabi, Very Vanilla and Crumb Cake, along with a variety of dies from three other companies (See project recipe from original post).
Just to make things a little more interesting, I've decided to have ...
A Little Give Away -
I'd love to know what colour combos you would suggest for the doily, tea cup, rim and bird. Please leave a comment with this post to go into the draw to win a free kit with your colour choice, along with the tutorial (International readers are welcome to enter).
Make sure you check back here on the 1st May to see if you have won!
(Please note, this tutorial will no longer be available for purchase from November 2012 as I will be replacing it with a new one using only Stampin' Up! supplies)
Our Creative Cornerhas a challenge this week to make a project inspired by the following photo and then share why you love butterflies.
I love butterflies because they symbolise new life and new beginnings.
I am also submitting this as a second entry for the April Challenge at Bizzy Becswhich is to add texture to your paper craft project. The butterfly was die cut from a long rectangular crocheted doily that I picked up at a market for $2. It has been adhered to the backing card stock with Big Shot Multi-Purpose Adhesive Sheets (Sizzix). The ruffled ribbon has been woven through the punched edging.
Now, I wish I had come up with this awesome idea to punch both sides of the card front to form three separate panels. As soon as I saw this idea through Pinterest, I knew it was going to get a high priority rating on my 'To Do List'. Here's thelink to the original cardby Mickey Roberts that caused my little creative heart to skip a beat.
12/5/2012 - Here's a link to a great little tutorial that explains the process.
I just love owl stamps and this little guy from SU's Fox and Friends is still a firm favourite of mine. I teamed him up with a couple of new 'toys' that I have been itching to play with - a Cloudy Sky embossing folder and a new Garden Gate die.
Here's a little more detail about what I used -
Stamps: Fox and Friends (SU), Owl Together Now (retired SU) Ink:Early Espresso (SU) Card Stock:White pre-cut cards, Color Core Cardstock (Regal Crafts, Launceston), Whisper White, Soft Suede (SU) Accessories: Cloudy Sky embossing folder (Darice), Woodgrain embossing folder (Tim Holtz, Alterations - Bricked and Woodgrain Set), Word Bubble Punch (Carl), A Lea'bilities die - Garden Gate (Leane Creatief), Stamping Sponge, Dimensionals, Old Olive DSP (SU), Sanding Tool (Core'dinations)
This little Butterfly Easel Card is made from the Cuttlebug Butterfly Die.
It is cut from Core'dinations Color Card Stock, embossed with a folder from the CB set and then sanded with the Sand It Tool. To embellish, I adhered a Kaiser Craft Blossoms Resin Flower to the centre of the butterfly.
PS: Thanks, Grace, for letting me borrow back this die.
I had such a lovely afternoon crafting with an ex-student of mine, Jessi-Rose. I taught her in grade 5 and 6 and she's now at Uni! I guess age is no barrier when it comes to a shared love of card making.
Here are two of the cards she made today but I can't share the third as that's a special one for Mother's Day.
There is an absolutely scrumptious colour challenge at JUST ADD INK and the combo was perfect for this little tea cup easel card that I designed.
I've had this idea in my head for weeks and thought a card for my mum for Mother's Day would suit the design rather well (She's mostly a coffee drinker but does love her fine china).
I'm my own worst critic but I must admit that I'm really pleased with how this turned out. However, I still need to tweak it a bit before I write a tutorial so stay 'tuned'.
The Gorgeous Colour Combo
A Bird's Eye View
Stamp Sets: Elements of Style, Teeny Tiny Sentiments, Tiny Tags
Card Stock and Ink: same as challenge colours
Accessories: English Tea Party Lace Doily Die (Cheery Lynn Designs), Tea Cup and Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Bird Die from a Marianne Design Creatables Set, Word Window Punch, Sponge Dauber, Blender Pen, Vintage Tag and Dimensionals (SU)
Firstly, I really wanted to join in with the very first challenge at A Blog Named Hero, which is to use your favouriteHero Arts Stamp. I am blessed to have quite a few Hero Arts stamps in my stash, so it was a bit hard to choose just one favourite. Musical Walk would have to rate high on my list so that's the one that I went with.
After heat embossing with white, I masked off a circle and used Distress Inks for the emboss resist technique and then added some embellishments.
Secondly, a great site called Sentimental Sundays has a challenge this week to use Silhouettes, so I've decided to join in on the fun over there as well.
PS: Thanks Sentimental Sundays for choosing this card in the Top 3.
The sentiment that I chose is an old SU one which suits the image perfectly.
My mum asked me to make her a card for a 60th Wedding Anniversary that she is going to attend. I bought these Scallop Heart Nesties about 14 months ago and had never used them so I thought this was a good time to bust open the packet.
Love Birds ...
... Scallop Heart Easel
Project Recipe: Stamp Set: Creative Elements (SU) Ink: So Saffron, Pool Party, Soft Suede (SU) Card Stock: So Saffron, Pool Party, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla (SU) Accessories: Classic Scallop Heart Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Spice Cake DSP, Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder, Two-Step Bird Punch, Dimensionals, Sponge Daubers (all SU), Rolled Rose Die (Marianne Design Creatables), Frond Punch (Martha Stewart)
Another easel card to add to the collection :)
PS: Thank you, Kim, for including this card in your Punch Inspiration for the 9th April 2012 post. It is always appreciated.
I held a Stampin' Up! Worskhop the other night and my lovely friend, Candice, was the Demonstrator. She and her friend, Nikki, came up with this awesome design for the Make 'n' Take. Thanks girls, I love it!
Most guests used her gorgeous 'Everybunny' stamp set but I was helping Candice with her very first 'real' workshop that I didn't get a chance to craft on Wednesday night. However, I do have a few free goodies from the new Autumn/Winter Mini on the way. I'm glad I recruited her before I finished with SU!
Anyhow, I set aside some time today to make one of my own. I used the gorgeous Berry Blossoms DSP for the first time and the cute 'Best of Everything' stamp set with the ink and card stock to match the DSP.
PS: I thought I had turned word verification off but apparently the new 'blogger format' had switched it back on so I apologise to all those who left comments recently. It's back to normal again. Make sure you check your settings too. :)