Valentine Shaving Cream Card

Hello.  Happy Valentine’s Day.  I’ve been sitting on this card for about a month now…not being able to share this post until today!!  I held a card making class yesterday and usually prepare the cards we’re going to make a month in advance.  My husband is eager to see what creations I’ve come up with.  Not this time, because it was for him!  It was hard not to share it with him (and you) before today.

Following are photos of the card and gift bag created in class.  PS: the gift bag will be filled with chocolates!

To create the background I used the ‘Shaving Cream Technique’.  The technique has been around for a while and you can find various clips on YouTube as to how to do this.  I found a video from Kim Jolley, a fellow demonstrator from the US, whose technique worked the best for me.  It seems to give you more control as to how the ink and shaving cream are transferred to the card stock.  Kim uses a scraper or old credit card to spread the shaving cream, you can also use cardboard, eg: cereal box, cut into credit card size pieces, which is what we used in class.  As stated in the video, you can use watercolour paper or plain cardstock. We used plain Whisper White cardstock in the class.

Warning: Unless you wear gloves, you will end up with inky fingers (which I don’t mind at all) and addiction to the technique is imminent!

Give the technique a go but most importantly have fun with it!!  Happy crafting.

Thank you for stopping by.  Enjoy your day!

Follow your bliss. x

 

 

 

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Birthday Cards in a Flash

Hello.  Finding time to make cards can sometimes be difficult.  Today’s post shows you how to make multiple cards in a flash to have on hand and add to your stash.  So when you find yourself short of time to make a card, no stress, there’s one ready to go!

These cards are also a wonderful way of using that stack of papers (DSP) you’ve hoarded over the years. (Myself included!)

I’ve used a simple design and one stamp for the sentiment, however, you can change the sentiment to suit the occasion.

To create the cards I matted the card base using white cardstock, stamped a background image (use whatever you have on hand) down the right hand side, sponged the edges with a co-ordinating ink and adhered it to the card base.  Sponged ink along all edges of the DSP and attached it to the DSP Matt.  I then adhered it on the left hand side of the card matt.  Stamped the sentiment, sponged ink on all edges, adhered it to the sentiment matt and added to the front of the card using dimensionals.

The DSP used on the cards are Petal Passion (Occasions catalogue) and Delightful Daisy (Annual catalogue) and the sentiment is from the Butterfly Basics stamp set (Annual catalogue).  All products are listed below.

Measurements:
Card base: A4 cut in half at 4⅛” (10.5cm) and then folded in half
Card Matt: 3⅞ x 5⅝” (10 x 14.3cm)
DSP Matt: 3¼ x 5⅝” (8.3 x 14.3cm)
DSP: 3 x 5⅝” (7.5 x 14.3cm)
Sentiment Matt: 1 x 2¾” (2.5 x 6.8cm)
Sentiment Piece: 1⅛ x 2⅞” (2.8 x 7.2cm)

Please note that the measurements for the sentiment matt and sentiment piece are for the stamp set I’ve used and measurements will be dependent on the stamp set you use.

You’ll notice the majority of card bases are coloured and one is a white card base (card on the right in photo below). The beauty of this design is that it looks great either way, especially if you’re running low on coloured cardstock.

Another idea is to have a pile of the card elements cut up so all you have to do is stamp, sponge, adhere and your card is ready in no time at all!

I hope this post helps you build a stockpile of cards to have on hand at short notice.

Thank you for stopping by.  Enjoy your day!

Follow your bliss. x

 

 

 

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Manifestation of a Card

Hello. The card in this post came about thanks to my customers.

Each month I send my customers a Thank You card and small handmade gift to thank them for their continuing support of my business.

Whilst stamping their envelopes, I thought the image, shown below, could easily be turned into a card. I used the Beautiful Peacock stamp set which is available FREE from the Sale-A-Bration catalogue when you spend $90 AUD from either the Occasions or Annual Catalogues.

The card base is Whisper White cardstock, the matting is Basic Black card stock.  On the card front I stamped one of the ‘peacock tail’ images four times, twice on the left, twice on the right. I used the smaller flower image from the stamp set to randomly stamp around the images. Sponged Basic Black ink around the edges of the card front. Splattered the black ink over the card front.  I also splattered Clear Wink of Stella on the card front to add a little shimmer.

Using the circle stitched dies, I die cut three circles of different sizes, the largest and smallest in Whisper White card stock, the middle in Basic Black cardstock.  Sponged ink around the edges of the white circles.

Stamped the flower and sentiment on the smallest circle, added a glitter epoxy shape to the centre of the flower.  I then glued the circles together as shown in the photo and added them to the card front using dimensionals.

Thank you for stopping by.  Enjoy your day!

Follow your bliss. x

 

 

 

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Kick-Start Your Card Stash

Hello.  A new year rolls around again and you say to yourself, “this year I WILL send cards”, for whichever occasion arises, being birthday, get well, Christmas, congratulations or ‘just because’….you get the drift. The intention is there.  However, when that time arises, you find yourself unprepared and send a message over social media…Our lives are busy, our time is precious, and it’s so convenient, right? I have been guilty of this! Sending a message online shows you that sender thought about you, but for how long really?

There is, however, one difference,  a message on social media is not an object you can hold in your hands, feel or put on display in your home to admire… Receiving a card in the mail is informing YOU that the sender has taken time out of their busy life to make/buy a card, they have taken the time to write a message inside the card just for YOU and have taken the time to mail the card…The card is all about YOU and shows YOU how special YOU are to the sender.

Ask yourself this, ‘If I have time to browse on social media, do I have time to write out a card?’

Lets kick-start a card stash!

In this post I help you kick start your card stash.  You can use the products listed below or adapt the basic design to use whatever you have available.

On this card I matted the card base with a piece of Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the Fresh Florals range, sponged the edges with Early Espresso ink, added a panel of Whisper White cardstock also with edges sponged in Early Espresso ink, stamped splatter images from the Waterfront stamp set using Lemon Lime Twist and Early Espresso inks, added the flower die cut image from the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits dies to the centre of the panel.  I stamped the sentiment, from the Sunshine Sayings stamp set, in Early Espresso ink, onto a scrap piece of Whisper White card stock, die cut it with the smallest oval from the Stitched Shapes framelit die set, stamped the same splatter effect as on the panel and sponged the edges in Early Espresso ink.  I added dimensionals to the back of the sentiment piece along with a small strip of ribbon and sequin trim and adhered it to the card front.  I then added a Rhinestone Basic Jewel to the flower.

Measurements:

Whisper White card base cut in half lengthways at 10.5cm (4⅛”), score at 15cm (5⅞”)
DSP:  5¾ x 4” (14.5 x 10cm)
Whisper White panel:  5¾ x 2½” (14.5 x 6.5cm)
Scrap piece of Whisper White: 2¼ x 1¾” (6 x 4.5cm)
Lemon Lime Twist cardstock: 5 x 3” (13 x 7.5cm)
Ribbon: 2” (5cm)
Sequin Trim: 1” (2.5cm)

On this card I’ve matted the card base with Basic Black cardstock, used two strips of Petal Passion DSP, all edges sponged on both pieces with black ink.  Layered the longer strip to the left of the focal image and the smaller strip to the bottom of the focal image, leaving a slight border of black cardstock showing.  The stamp on the focal image is from the Flourishing Phrases stamp set and sentiment from the Sunshine Sayings stamp set, the splatters from the Waterfront stamp set, all stamped using Archival Basic Black ink.  The focal piece was adhered using dimensionals.

Measurements:

Whisper White card base cut in half lengthways at 10.5cm (4⅛”), score at 15cm (5⅞”)
Basic Black card matt: 5½ x 3¾” (14 x 9.5cm)
Whisper White panel: 4 x 2¾” (10 x 7cm)
DSP: 5¼ x ¾” (13.5 x 2cm)
DSP: 2¾ x 1⅛” (7 x 3cm)

Happy kick-starting your stash!

Thank you for stopping by. Enjoy your day!

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One Versatile Stamp Set – Lovely Wishes

Hello…Happy New Year!  I hope you had a wonderful time over the holidays.

The new Occasions Catalogue has been released and Sale-A-Bration is well & truly underway!  These catalogues are full of new and wonderful stamp sets.  Shop the Annual and Occasions Catalogues, spend $90 AUD and begin earning FREE products from the Sale-A-Bration catalogue.  Click on the image above for more information.  To download PDF a copy of the catalogues, simply click on the catalogue images in the sidebar.

One of the many stamp sets from the Occasions Catalogue that caught my eye was the Lovely Wishes stamp set.  I ADORE playing with this stamp set!  Here are three cards I made with the set.

The first card:

Card base is Very Vanilla, matting is leftovers from my stash of Painted Autumn DSP, inks used are Early Espresso, Lemon Lime Twist and Berry Burst.  Sentiment is from the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set.

The second card:

Card base is Whisper White, matting is Fresh Florals DSP (Tranquil Tide).  Inks used are Early Espresso, Garden Green and Berry Burst.  The sentiment is from the Better Together stamp set.

The third card:

Card base is Whisper White, matting is Peekaboo Peach cardstock.  Inks used are Peekaboo Peach, Lemon Lime Twist, Garden Green and Fresh Fig.  Enamel dots from my craft stash.  Sentiment is using the Stylized Birthday stamp.

How did you spend your holidays?

Thank you for stopping by.  Enjoy your day!

Follow your bliss. x

 

 

 

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Box Card with “Floating” Snowflakes

Hello.

Thought I’d finish making and posting about Christmas cards for 2017 with a box card that has ‘floating’ snowflakes.  The card also folds flat for easy posting.

During the last card class of the year, I ‘warned’ the participants that the card would be ‘different’.  They loved the completed product and one participant commented that she wasn’t giving this one away and wanted to keep it as an ornament!

The base is made using Whisper White cardstock, decorated with Year of Cheer Speciality DSP, Silver and Gold Glimmer paper.

The sentiment is from the Snowflake Sentiments stamp set.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year.  I will be taking a few weeks off to spend time with my family and will see you in 2018.  Stay safe and enjoy!

Thanks for stopping by.  Enjoy your day!

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Teacher’s Gifts

Hello.

Each year I try to come up with something a little unique to give my boys’ teachers.  This year I made bottle topper tags, gift tags and Christmas cards, all using paper from the Year of Cheer Suite.

The first gift….Instead of giving alcohol, I use non alcoholic drinks and in this instance have used Lemon Lime and Bitters cordial (there’s nothing like a tall refreshing glass of lemon, lime & bitters mixed with soda water and ice on a hot Summer’s day!), added a bottle topper tag, wrapped the whole lot in cellophane, added red, gold and silver ribbon rope, some Christmas bells, a bauble and gift bow to finish it off.

The sentiment on the bottle topper tag is from the Watercolour Christmas stamp set.  I stamped it in Real Red ink and heat embossed it using glitter embossing powder I have in my craft stash.

The second gift is a ‘coffee’ (I use the term loosely, as I don’t drink coffee!) cup filled with Hershey’s Candy Cane kisses.  I decorated the outside of the cup.  Made a little tray to hold the cup, decorated the outside of that too.  Wrapped the tray and cup in cellophane and decorated with a handmade Christmas tag, added some red and silver ribbon rope to secure and a silver gift bow to finish it off.  Sentiment on the tag is also from the Watercolour Christmas stamp set.

The tag uses the Tag Topper Scalloped punch, die cut elements from the Pretty Pines and Swirly Snowflake thinlit die sets, the oval and circle from the Stitched Shape framelit die set.

The card was made with Whisper White cardstock, paper from the Year of Cheer Suite, Champagne Foil sheet, die cut elements from the Pretty Pines thinlits die set, a banner embossed with the Seaside Textured Impressions embossing folder and the sentiment is from the Snowflake Sentiments stamp set.

I hope the teacher’s like their gifts!

Do you make teacher’s gifts?  I’d love to hear from you.

Thank you for stopping by.  Enjoy your day!

Follow your bliss. x

 

 

 

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Quick Christmas Card

Hello.

I was looking through my packs of “non-Christmas” Designer Series Paper (DSP) thinking of ways I could incorporate them into Christmas cards and came up with this.

The DSP is from the Painted Autumn suite.

The card base is Very Vanilla cardstock.  I then took a piece of Painted Autumn DSP for the card matt.  Sponged all the edges with Early Espresso ink, adhered it to the card base.

To create the focal piece, I used Very Vanilla cardstock, stamped images from the Good Tidings stamp set.  The leaf images were stamped in Garden Green ink, the berries in Cherry Cobbler ink and the branches in Early Espresso.  The sentiment was also stamped in Early Espresso ink.  All edges were also sponged with Early Espresso ink.  Then adhered it to the matt.

I also stamped the front of the envelope.

Measurements:
Cardbase:  8¼ x 5⅞” (21cm x 15cm), scored at 4⅛” (10.5cm)
Matt:  5½ x 3¾” (14cm x 9.5cm)
Focal piece:  4⅜ x 3¼” (11cm x 8.5cm)

To add a little shimmer to the berries, I used Clear Wink of Stella.

Take a look at the papers you have yet to use, you never know what you could end up with.

Thank you for stopping by. Enjoy your day!

Follow your bliss. x

 

 

 

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Simple & Elegant

Hello.

I’ve tried to create a card that is not only elegant, but is as ‘simple’ as possible with very minimal work going into it.  Card making doesn’t have to be difficult, especially if you’re just starting out.

The stunning paper from the Year of Cheer Suite in the Holiday Catalogue really does all the work on this card.

Last month, I posted about using a particular size rectangle {5½” x 3″ (14cm x 7.5cm)} to establish various card front designs.  You can see the post here.

I used the same template, however, cut a portion of the rectangle to present yet another way of using it.

The larger portion of the rectangle was placed at the top of the card, the smaller portion at the bottom, this created a focal point for the sentiment.

I used the Lots of Labels framelit dies for the sentiment piece and the ‘sprigs’ are from the Pretty Pines thinlit dies (they go perfectly with the Designer Series Paper!).

Clear Wink of Stella was used to add shimmer to the ‘sprigs’.

Card complete, and as always, made with love no matter how ‘simple’ it is!

Thank you for stopping by.  Enjoy your day!

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Not Just a Sunflower

Hello.

This post I bring you a Christmas card using the Painted Harvest stamp set.  The set is initially used to create beautiful sunflowers, however, there are many more uses to the set.  In a previous post, I used only the leaves to create a ‘mistletoe’ Christmas card.  You can see that post here.

On this card I used the set to create Christmas wreathes.  I started by stamping the ‘sunflower’ stamp in Wild Wasabi ink on watercolour paper.  I then spritzed the stamped images with a little water and let the ink flow down the paper.  Once dry I stamped the ‘centre’ of the sunflower dots in Real Red ink to create the ‘berries’ on the wreath.

For the sentiment piece, also on watercolour paper, I sponged a little Wild Wasabi and Crumb Cake ink on the surface, then spritzed it with water to ‘blend’ the colours.  Stamped the sentiment in Crumb Cake ink.  The sentiment is from the Snowflake Sentiments stamp set.

I wanted a Crumb Cake coloured matting behind the card front, but had run out of the cardstock, so decided to sponge Crumb Cake ink around the edges of the matting instead.  This is a great way to get the look you require if you don’t have any cardstock in that colour!

I distressed all edges of the card matt and card front pieces and sponged more Crumb Cake ink around the edges of both pieces.  I also distressed the top and bottom edges of the sentiment piece and sponged ink around all edges.

I stamped the leaves on a scrap piece of watercolour paper in Wild Wasabi ink, lightly spritzed them with water and when dry, punched them out using the co-ordinating Leaf Punch. I added a little Crumb Cake ink to the outer edges of the leaves and curled the them using a bone folder to give a more ‘realistic’ feel.

To add an extra element, I attached a strip of Burlap Ribbon.

As a final touch, I added a little shimmer using Clear Wink of Stella to the wreathes, leaves and sentiment piece.

Thank you for stopping by.  Enjoy your day!

Follow your bliss. x

 

 

 

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