Tuesday, July 30, 2013

CAS(E) this Sketch - Fine Feathers

It's rare that I get into my craft room on a week night but I had the house to myself for a little while and decided to ink up a brand new stamp set called Fine Feathers.

CTS #38

I'm playing along with CAS(E) that Sketch (a new challenge blog for me).  I was inspired to make a really quick and easy card to highlight four of the feather stamps as well as the five new SU 'In Colours'.

Feathers seem to be pretty trendy in the paper crafting world at the moment and I really love the detail in these stamps.

Project Recipe:
Stamp Sets:  Fine Feathers, Trust God

Card Stock:  Whisper White
Accessories:  Basic Jewels - Rhinestones

Thanks for taking a peek,

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Get Well Soon

I made this Get Well Card for a friend who is in hospital.  She can't have real flowers at the moment as she is still recovering in ICU, so a bouquet of paper flowers was the next best thing!  I hope it brightens her day.

I used the beautiful colour combination from the Color Throwdown as it had 3 gorgeous new SU Colours in the palette - yum.


The idea for the doily as wrapping for the flowers came from a card I spotted on Pinterest but never 'pinned' - duh!  Anyway, I was pretty happy to spend a little time in my craft room today to actually make a card.

Project Recipe:
Stamp Sets:  Flower Shop, Papillon Potpourri, Thoughts and Prayers
Ink:  Coastal Cabana, Crisp Cantaloupe, Strawberry Slush, Rich Razzleberry
Card Stock:  Whisper White
Accessories:  In Colour (2013 -2015) DSP, Brights RR DSP (retired), Basic Pearls, Tea Lace Paper Doily, RR Polka Dot Ribbon (retired), Bird Builder, Bitty Butterfly and Pansy Punches, Dimensionals

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Tea Cup Easel Card Tutorial

For most of 2012 I wasn't a Stampin' Up! ® Demonstrator (What! really??).  I know, it's hard to imagine.  Anyway, during that time I designed and wrote a tutorial for a Tea Cup Easel Card.  When I re-joined SU, I removed this tutorial from my 'Tutorials for Sale' section as it featured non-SU product.  

I am pleased to say that, Stampin' Up! ® have relaxed their policies and I am now able to share the instructions with you.  After all, it could be easily re-created with SU dies, MDS svg files and accessories. 

Tea Cup Easel Card Tutorial

Stamp Set: Elements of Style Card Stock: Pool Party (textured) (PP), Very Vanilla (VV), Early Espresso (EE), and Crumb Cake (CC) - (SU)
Ink: Pool Party, Early Espresso, Basic Brown, Wild Wasabi (SU)
Accessories: Doily Die - English Tea Party, (Cheery Lynn Designs), Circle Nestabilities, Nested Tea Cups (Spellbinders), Bird Die from the set, Bird and Grass, (Marianne Design Creatables), Stamping Sponge, Dimensional, Blender Pen, Basic Pearls, White Gel Pen (SU), Tea Bag Tag (Twinings)
(All stamped images © Stampin’ Up!®)


Tea Cup Saucer and Doily

1. From a piece of PP card stock that measures 14cms x 14cms
(5 ½” x 5 ½ “), cut out the English Tea Party (or similar) Die.

2. Cut a 3” circle from EE card stock and a 2 3/8”circle from VV. Please ignore the third small circle in the photo as I decided not to use it in the centre of the saucer. Tea Cup.

Tea Cup 

3. Using the middle sized dies from the Nested Tea Cups, cut a handle from a scrap of EE card stock.

4. Cut a single tea cup from VV card stock that measures 7cms x 6cms (2 ¾” x 2 3/8”).

5. Cut another single tea cup from EE. Trim off the top and bottom edges for the rims of the cup.

6. The third single tea cup will go inside the card. It needs to be cut just under the scalloped edge of the die from a piece of VV that measures 5cms x 7cms (2” x 2 ¾”). See photograph below –

7. Cut a piece of VV 10cms x 7cms (4” x 2 ¾”) and score half way along the 10cm/4” side (at 5cms/2”).
This piece is the section that forms the easel part of the tea cup and is cut on the fold (score line) just under the scalloped edge.


8. Cut a piece of VV card stock 1 ½ cms x 7cms (1/2” x 2 ¾”) and attach it to the inside of the easel section as in the above photo.
9. Glue the trimmed single VV tea cup to the bottom section of the easel card to cover the rectangular insert. See below –

10. Fold the extended piece of the insert, upwards.

11. From a scrap piece of CC card stock, cut out the little bird from the Bird and Grass set.

12. Stamp and colour a floral image onto the last single VV tea cup and onto the bird cut out.

13. Glue the EE rims to the top and bottom of the cup and attach the handle to the LHS.
14. Attach the finished, coloured tea cup to the top part of the easel section and position the bird at the top RHS.


15. Stamp the floral image onto the VV circle and colour using inks and a blender pen. Glue to the EE circle base to form the saucer.
16. With a craft knife, cut a slit through both layers at the ‘back’ of the saucer (slightly larger than the width of the rectangular insert).
17. Attach the easel tea cup to the saucer as shown in the photo below –

Back View

Finishing Touches

18. Glue the saucer onto the base of the doily.

19. Stamp a sentiment onto a piece of VV card stock and attach it to the front section of the saucer using a foam dot. The easel part of the tea cup will rest against it.

20. Remove a tag from your favourite tea bag and attach it to your finished Tea Cup Easel Card.

Ta Dah!

© addINKtive designs 2013. Not for redistribution or sale. Please do not publish any of my photos or instructions.

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Saturday, July 20, 2013

Lovin' MDS, New In Colours and Stamps

... oh! ... and all the other cool new stuff like matching punches and dies, awesome DSP and the time to stamp!   I made this easel card today for a friend's birthday -

Backyard Flowers

Firstly, I imported the 'Kisses Punch' from MDS, made an easel card template in my Silhouette Studio and cut out with the Cameo (electronic cutter).  I used Pistachio Pudding and Very Vanilla Card Stock.

The paper bow is made using 3 digital punches from the Tags for All Designer Template - Digital Download (Bow - bottom, middle and wrap).  I reduced it by 50% so it would fit onto the card.

Tags for All was released on July 2nd and it has some great shaped tags as well as this fantastic paper bow that can be re-sized to your heart's content. The new In-Colour, Strawberry Slush DSP was used in this example.  One great feature of the paper bow is that it will sit flat for posting. 

I really enjoy creating card bases with digital punches as they make a great 'canvas' to stamp on.  Speaking of stamps, I used quite a variety of sets on this card -

1.  Leaves from Summer Silhouettes -
2.  Sentiment from Morning Meadow (Hostess Set) -
3.  Background 'splatter' from Gorgeous Grunge -
4.  Flowers from the Flower Shop Bundle -
(stamps and co-ordinating punch)
5.  Bird from the Backyard Basics Bundle -
It was so good to actually have some time in my craft room today.  I hope my BFF likes her special 50th birthday card.

I was stoked to discover the paper bow punches in the digital kit.  I think it might be my new favourite thing to make!

If you are inspired to get inky, ALL products featured on this card are available from my on-line Stampin' Up! ® Store -

Thanks so much for taking the time to look.  Happy Stamping!

Friday, July 19, 2013

Perfect Blend

I was itching to use some new goodies that arrived in the post this week so I went in search of a good sketch and found Narelle's great design at Freshly Made Sketches.

My mojo had taken a 'hike' due to my crazy, busy lifestyle and a very messy craft room.  So ... I cleaned up my craft space and sorted out the new colours and moved the 'retired' products to a new shelf etc. etc.  It was a HUGE job but I like to stamp in a tidy and organised room.

I actually made this card last night but hubby was on the computer that I do all my editing on, so left the post until this morning to type up.  As I was scrolling through the blog updates, I checked out today's JAI Challenge so I could plan my next project and couldn't believe it was exactly the same colour combo that I had used - no kidding!!  ... and in case you're wondering, no ... I didn't have any 'inside information'.  How surreal!  So here's a card that is indeed, the perfect blend of two challenges -

Perfect Blend - FMS and JAI

Project Recipe:
Stamp Set:  Perfect Blend
Ink:  Basic Black, Baked Brown Sugar
Card Stock:  Very Vanilla, Baked Brown Sugar, Coastal Cabana
Accessories:  Water Colour Paper, Aqua Painter, Chalk Talk Die, NEW In Colour DSP, Very Vintage Designer Button, Linen Thread, BBS Ruffle Stretch Trim, Chevron and Fancy Fan Embossing Folders

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Hopefully, I will be able to fit in some more stamping before my holidays come to an end.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Baby Owl for Dynamic Duos

 A Baby Owl Card to welcome Sydney Elise

 ... with a simple stamped sentiment inside.

Oh dear!  It's nearly a month since I made a card and over two months since I joined in with a challenge!  Life has been way too hectic.  Must do something about that :)

I needed to make a baby girl card and the colours at Dynamic Duos this week were perfect for such an occasion.  My cousin and his beautiful wife had a gorgeous baby girl (quite a while back so I'm doing a bit of a 'catch up').

This quick and easy card was made using the Owl Punch Digital Download from SU, designed in my Silhouette Studio and cut out electronically.  A few punched shapes, a bit of bling and the edge of a doily brought it all together.

I hope to be back soon as I have some new stuff that needs inking.

Thanks for stopping by.

Thanks, Hayley, along with the rest of the DT for the HM this week!

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