28 August 2017

Masculine Cards with Wood Textures DSP

These masculine cards are super effective and super simple to make.  A great way to showcase your beautiful papers, and each card can look different.  The paper triangles sit on top of each other and then your focal point covers up the overlap in the centre.

Cardstock:  Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Lemon Lime Twist,
Ink:  Crumb Cake, Archival Black
Stamps:  Guy Greetings, Badges and Banners, Thoughtful Banners
Acc:  Wood Textures DSP, Best Badge punch, Duet Banner punch, Burlap ribbon (cut thinner), dimensionals


Directions:

  1. Start with a piece of patterned paper that is 6"x 6" (15.2 x 15.2cm) square.  
  2. Trim a 1" (2.5cm) strip from one side.
  3. Rotate your paper a quarter turn (90 degrees) and trim another 1" (2.5cm) strip from that side.  
  4. Set your strips aside for a separate design.  Your patterned paper will now be a 5" x 5" (12.7 x 12.7cm) square. 
  5. Cut this 5" square into 4 pieces on the diagonal.  
  6. Arrange your triangles on a backing piece of cardstock, lining up the longest side of each triangle with the edge of the backing piece.  My backing piece is 4" x 5 5/8" (10 x 14.3cm). TIP: Place your side triangles first.  They won't extend the full height of the card so centre them top to bottom.  (See image below) Then place your top and bottom triangles over these, trimming the overhang. 
  7. Stamp/ cut a focal piece for the centre.  
  8. Decorate and adhere the focal piece, covering up the overlap in the centre.  

And the bonus card uses the 1" strips!  Place these onto a backing piece, here I've used a piece of Basic Black cardstock 10.5cm x 9cm (4 1/8" x 3 1/2" ) and spaced the strips approx 4mm (1/8") apart.  I've used the Happy Birthday thinlit, just one cut in half to make both cards. 




I hope you give this design a try.


Happy Stamping,


01 July 2017

RIBBON SHARES 2017




Ribbon shares from the new 2017 Annual Catalogue.  For each share selected you will receive each colour available in that design eg Select share A, receive 2m each of both colours.  Select share H, receive 2m each of the four colours.

Open to Australian customers until July 31st, postage additional.  Contact me to place your order.



Happy Stamping,

23 May 2016

Hey Girl Let's Make a Border with Framelits


How many Thank You cards do you make?  I make hundreds every year and I love that I can show gratitude and share creativity.  My card was inspired by the Heather Nichols design  below.  I loved the fancy border and remembered a partial die-cutting technique that I had not done in a long time.

Created by Olivia Moore www.paper-escape.blogspot.com

Cardstock:  Crumb Cake notecards, Whisper White
Stamps:  Flowering Flourishes (retiring, now SOLD OUT), One Big Meaning, Summer Silhouettes (retiring)
Ink:  Pear Pizzazz, Bermuda Bay, Pool Party, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Archival Black
Acc:  Pool Party Glitter ribbon (retiring), linen thread, Floral Frames Collection (retiring)

Do you live in Australia?  Shop online with me for your supplies: http://bit.ly/YGGVGt


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Card by Heather Nichols

For my die-cut edge, I chose to use my Floral Frames Collection framelits dies, (not least because they are retiring on May 31st!) and the largest framelit gave me the look I was after.  My card front was 3 1/4" wide, so I laid each framelit over the top until I found one I was happy with.



The cutting part is super easy - lay your acrylic cutting plate on top of your multi-purpose platfrom and then weave your cardstock so the portion you want cut is UNDER the cutting edge if the framelit and have the area you want to leave uncut OVER the framelit.  Place your acrylic top plate on and run the sandwich through your Big Shot (either all the way or just enough to cut the edge and then roll back out again).  
* You can use your magnetic platform or use some washi tape to keep the framelit in place so you get an accurate cut.


Here is the same technique I used on a coloured image using the Deco Labels Collection Framelits (also retiring!).  The Hey Girl stamp set is also retiring but now SOLD OUT.




How will you use this technique to get more out of your dies?

Happy Stamping,

14 February 2016

HELLO TO A PERFECTLY ARTISTIC SALE-A-BRATION

This limited-time stamp set is available till Monday 15th February 2016 as a FREE sale-a-bration item with any A$90 order.  Shop online with me: http://bit.ly/YGGVGt

The "HELLO" stamp set is perfect for all occasions.  The cute icons: sunshine, smiley face and party hat are designed to be stamped in the spaces around the large "hello".  You can see how I've done that in the Melon Mambo card below.



In the card above I've used the sunshine stamp to create a background for my focal point on this baby card.


This time I've used the greeting stamp as a repeating ombre background - and yes, I did it freehand, for me it worked better to go from bottom to top that way I could see the previously stamped image.

Happy Stamping,

26 July 2015

Elegant Butterfly Notecards Two Ways


These cute 3x3" notecards are easy to put together with punches.  I love using punches in my papercrafting as it allows fabulous results that you can repeat over and over again! Even better is these notecards went further as I've used both the positive and the negative punched portions. Here are some closeups:


Bitty Butterfly layered on an Elegant Butterfly inside a circle window.


And now the Bitty Butterfly inside the negative Elegant Butterfly atop a piece of patterned paper. Can you see what I did there?

Here's how I got the most out of my pieces:

  • Cut pieces of Whisper White cardstock 2 3/4" x 2 3/4".  Since we're using both the positive and the negative if you cut 6 pieces, you'll be able to make 12 notecards.
  • Insert these pieces as far as you can into your Elegant Butterfly punch, making sure the cardstock is centred on the left and right.  Punch out your butterfly and set aside.  Repeat with all your pieces of 2 3/4" x 2 3/4" so you have square pieces with a butterfly cut out.
  • Using the 2" circle punch line up the 2 3/4" piece so the butterfly is inside the circle and punch. Set aside both the punched circle and the remaining frame (you can emboss this if desired).
  • Punch patterned paper using the 2 1/2" circle punch.
  • Punch Bitty Butterflies from vellum cardstock. I added a touch of ink in the centre for depth.
  • Assemble using adhesive and dimensionals where required and embellish as desired.
  • Stamp with a small sentiment stamp and you're done!

Happy Stamping,


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