Friday, August 26, 2011

JAI 82 - Too Many Choices!

JAI 82 - Beau Chateau Tag

The challenge from Jo this week at Just Add Ink is to use something you've had in your stash for ages and haven't used yet. Unfortunately for me there were too many choices but I managed to narrow it down to four things -
  • The Marina Mist Striped Grosgrain Ribbon
  • The 'for you' sentiment stamp from Elements of Style
  • The butterfly stamp from Nature Walk
  • Itty Bitty Bits flower stamp

I've been playing around with the Two Tags Die lately and have put together quite a few little projects using the Beau Chateau DSP and fabric which I will share with you next week.

I'm sure every stamper has something they can 'dust off' for this challenge and will gain satisfaction from finally inking a neglected stamp or two or using an accessory or three!

Project Recipe:
Stamps: Elements of Style, Nature Walk, Itty Bitty Bits
Ink: Pink Pirouette, Marina Mist, Soft Suede
Card Stock: Marina Mist, Very Vanilla, Soft Suede
Accessories: Two Tags Die, Perfect Pennants Die, Beau Chateau DSP, Vintage Wallpaper and Square Lattice Embossing Folders, Marina Mist Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, Antique Brad, Basic Jewels - Pearls, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch, Designer Buttons - Subtles, Linen Thread, Dimensionals, Top Note Die, Blender Pen

I hope you'll pop on over to Just Add Ink to check out what the other DT members have used in their projects and link up your own entry.

Happy stamping and enjoy your weekend,

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Perfect Pennants - Perfect for a Mini Scallop Circle Easel Card

It was inevitable that after unwrapping a new die (Perfect Pennants) from my second pre-order which finally arrived (no Brownie points for Australia Post), that I would have an easel card made within the week!

Stamp Set - Clearly for You

DSP - Beau Chateau (Sneak Peak)

Bigz Die - Perfect Pennants

This was made from one of the circle shapes on the die which has heaps of potential and I'm not even thinking 'pennants'!

I spent most of yesterday at my craft desk as I have a lot to do before SU Regionals in Hobart. I also needed to keep busy as a lifelong friend lost his battle with prostate cancer on Thursday. We grew up in the same town, went to the same church, highschool and Youth Group and we even 'went out' for two years. I'm glad that we remained good friends over the years and hubby and I got to see him when his family were holidaying in Tassie over the Christmas Break. I'm feeling a bit sad right now but know he's in a better place where there's no suffering. I'll be busy making sympathy cards which I find really difficult ...

Until next time,

Friday, August 19, 2011

A Doily Easel Card for JAI 81

Doily Easel Card - Colour Challenge - JAI 81

If you don't mind me saying, I'm super pleased with this colour combo that I chose for Just Add Ink's 81st Challenge. The colours are really pretty together.

Stamp Set - Creative Elements
(Release date - September 1st)

I decided to go all 'girly' and use a Doily Die that I had bought at a Craft Fair earlier this year. I attempted to make an easel card using the die but the pattern was too intricate for two thicknesses of card stock so I attached two separate doilies to a Very Vanilla Circle Easel Card base.

I layered the flowers and butterfly and popped a dimensional in between each layer.

Project Recipe for Doily Easel Card -

Stamp Sets: Creative Elements, Just Believe (sentiment)
Ink: Cajun Craze, Peach Parfait, Bashful Blue
Card Stock: Very Vanilla, Bashful Blue, Cajun Craze
Accessories: Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Basic Jewels - Pearls, Blender Pen, Dimensionals, Victoria Crochet Trim, Peach Parfait 1/2" Stitched-Poly Ribbon, Little Leaves Sizzlits Die
Non-SU: Doily Die

I hope the colours inspire you to join in with this week's challenge at Just Add Ink. The Design Team's examples are just gorgeous, as always, so hop on over and check out all the loveliness and link up your own entry.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Two Tags Die Easel Card Tutorial

Here's a mini tutorial for a Two Tags Die Easel Card which I put together this afternoon. I hope you find it useful.

This card features a lot of brand new, Sneak Peek items so I have entered it into the SUO Challenges which is all about using your favourite new stamp set. I fell in love with this new Hostess Set called Simply Soft when I first clapped my eyes on it and I have teamed it up with some gorgeous new DSP.

Simply Soft Two Tag Easel Card

1. Cut out a piece of card stock 3 1/2" x 9" and score along the longer side at 4 1/2".
2. Fold along the score line.

3. Align the folded side just inside the straight edge of the larger tag and run it through the Big Shot to get the base of your easel card.
4. With a piece of card stock that measures 3 1/2" x 4 1/2", cut out a complete tag.

5. Emboss/embellish the single tag which will form the front of your card.

6. On the card base, fold the top score line upwards as in the above photo. Adhere the top half of the embellished tag to the top part of the base.

7. Embellish as desired. That's all there is to it!

I apologise that I have featured a combo of pinks again for another tutorial of mine. It was a spontaneous decision on this cold, bleak, Winter's afternoon to write a tutorial and this card was sitting on my craft desk half made, so I went with it.

Project Recipe:
Stamp Sets: Simply Soft (Sneak Peek Hostess Set), Just Believe (sentiment)
Card Stock: Pretty In Pink, Melon Mambo, Soft Suede, Whisper White
Ink: Pretty in Pink, Melon Mambo, Soft Suede
Accessories: Two Tags Bigz Die (sneak peak), Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder, 8mm Neutral Jumbo Brads, Lace Ribbon Border(sneak peek), Large Oval and Scallop Oval punches, Flirtatious Specialty DSP (sneak peek), Little Leaves Sizzlits Die, Stamping Sponge, Dimensionals, Pretty in Pink Satin Ribbon, Blender Pen

I hope you have enjoyed my Two Tags Die Easel Card Tutorial.

Inspired? Please link back here to acknowledge the source of your inspiration.

Happy Stamping!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Two Tags Easel Card - A Sketch for JAI 80

JAI 80 - With Love

JAI 80's - Sketch

Over at Just Add Ink there's a sketch challenge designed by yours truly. I took a bit of liberty by flipping it and re-positioning the ribbon etc.

I did a happy dance when I saw that our new catalogue (release date - September 1st) has the Two Tags Bigz Die, so I decided to celebrate by making an easel card using one of the tags from the die (It was a gift for being a Guest Designer for two sessions of UStamp with Dawn and Friends).

If you'd like to make a Two Tags Die Easel Card, I have written a tutorial which you can find HERE.

Front View

Back View

Side View

Project Recipe for 'With Love' -
Stamp Sets: Love & Care (Hostess L2 - A/W Mini), Wonderfully Worn (Background Stamp)
Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Sahara Sand
Card Stock: Sahara Sand, Basic Black, Naturals Ivory, Very Vanilla
Accessories: Two Tags Bigz Die, Antique Brads, Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder, Newsprint DSP, Dimensionals, Basic Black Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, Large Oval, Scallop Oval (XL) and Scallop Edge Border Punches, Hemp Twine
Non-SU: Oval Nesties

I hope you're excited about a new sketch challenge and some of you may have new SU pre-order goodies you're itching to play with! So come and join us at JAI and be sure to check out the other DT projects for inspiration.

Happy Stamping,

Friday, August 5, 2011

Acetate Butterfly with Re-Inkers

Last weekend I was playing around with some colours for a challenge and decided to try out an acetate butterfly using Crystal Effects combined with re-inkers. I surfed the net and watched a few You Tube Videos using this technique. There's a few variations out there and I loved having a go, however, I have since discovered that white craft ink is the key to the beautiful marbling effect but that will have to wait until another day.

Project Recipe:
Beautiful Butterflies Bigz Die, Acetate (Window Sheets), Pretty in Pink, Melon Mambo and Gold Re-Inkers, Crystal Effects and Basic Jewels - Rhinestones.

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