Thursday, 30 April 2009

Four Flowers in a Row

Now I know that it's a lame title but this is what I started out with. It's a pretty stamp from Savvy Stamps and that's exactly what it is: Four Flowers in a Row.
I've been looking at the sketches on splitcoast Stampers and I really like these layered ones at the moment so this is what I came up with.

It's a fairly straight forward card to make.

Tuesday, 28 April 2009

Bags of Flowers

We've just had a consignment of beautiful flowers and, as usual, I couldn't wait to use them. This time I've decided to make a bag rather than a card and this is what I've come up with.

This is a very easy bag to make and I used the template that I have used in the past to make the bag. Here it is again for all those who haven't seen it before.

1. I used an A4 sheet of heavy paper for this bag. Light weight paper will not do, neither will card.
2. Draw the lines lightly in pencil on to your chosen sheet and score along these lines.
3. Fold along the score lines and glue the 1cm fold to the inside of the 3cm fold on the opposite side of the bag. This will form a tube. Let it dry. The time that it takes to dry will vary with the type of glue that you use.
4. Now fold the top of the bag over towards the inside of the tube. There is no real need to glue this.
5. Holes can be punched to thread the handles through. I used a single round hole punch. I marked the place for the holes first. Punch both the front and the back at the same time so that the holes are level.
6. Fold the lines along the base of the bag as if you were making up a parcel. Glue together. To provide extra strength you can glue a piece of lightweight card to the inside of the base of the bag.
7. To decorate the front of the bag use flowers from the romance selection of Mulberry paper flowers and some lilac ribbon. The sentiment is from the Inspirational sayings sheet that has so many wonderful sayings to add to your work.

However, I couldn't resist a card too so here's one that I made with some of the flowers from the same pack. I made it for my sister in law's birthday as she is a good friend as well as a sister in law.
As you can no doubt see, I've kept the same large flower but varied the center flowers and added some leaves to give a very different result. I did my usual dot and dash border which is brighter in the flesh but which came out a bit pale in the photograph.

Tuesday, 21 April 2009

I've decided to use the Oriental Splendour ATC sheet of stamps from The Merry Stamper today as it's been used by Cath Wilson in a Craft Stamper feature for the February edition. This card uses the same sheets that Cath used so you can do other things with your stamps.

I have made my card up as a 'Thank You' card as I also wanted to submit it in the Daring Cardmakers 'Give Thanks' challenge.
If you want to make this card, you will need.
Oriental Splendour ATC sheet of stamps
Oriental Half Plate
Base card in white linen finish
'Thank you' stamp from the Inspirational Sayings from I Brake for Stamps
Pink paper flower
Pink grosgrain ribbon with spots
3 buttons
Stazon in Stone Grey
Art and Graphic pens to colour the image.
Pink card to mount the image and the the background strip.

Thursday, 2 April 2009

I've used Sketch 96 from the wonderful CPS as a basis for my design. You can look there for more interpretation of the same sketch.

To make this card you will need to use the fuschia stamp from the flower power stamp sheet from I Brake for Stamps which you can get by clicking here For all those who want to see all of the stamps on this £10 sheet here it is:
I also used a sentiment from the Inspirational Sayings plate for the words on the card.
The ribbons are:
16mm Pink Organza
9mm azelia organza

To make this card

Stamp the image with Stazon in Stone Grey.
Colour it with the Art and Graphic pens 202, 200 and 56.
Stamp the saying and mount both the saying and the image onto pink card. Use 3D foam pads to attach both to the base card.
Tie a length of pink and azelia ribbon to the card and embellish the knot with a flower.
Happy crafting

Wednesday, 1 April 2009

You will no doubt see from the following cards that I seem to have become obsessed by one stamp. I think that you'll have to agree that this is a lovely stamp and by ringing the changes with the background papers and colours used to ink the stamp, you can end up with some very different cards. I've used it with the Brushables and the Art and Graphic pens to create the different effects.

To make this card you will need:

1 Base card. I used a C6 card.

3d foam pads

A sheet of toning paper

Stazon in stone grey

White card for the sentiment and the image.

What you will need to do:

  1. Stick the paper to the bottom third of the card and with the white grosgrain ribbon, cover the join.

  2. Stamp the image on to a piece of white card and use the pens and the waterbrush to colour it in. I stamped my image onto an oval piece of card but, an oblong one will be fine.

  3. Use the 3d foam pads to stick the image to the base card.

  4. Stamp a message on to a piece of card and trim to fir the base card. Adhere to the card.

  5. Use the thin end of the blue pen to make a dot and dash edge to the base card and your card is finished.

Here's the stamp:

Click onto the image to be taken to the web site where you can buy this great value stamp.