Monday, April 30, 2012

Tag Album - bag - Flourishes Kids Play

The upside of having a husband who plays golf is the goodie bags he sometimes comes home with.  This was one and I decided to cover the label with a piece of calico die cut with the SU scalloped square.

Using black Archival ink (after trying many others, this one looked the best) I stamped one of the images from the Flourishes Kids Play set onto the material.  The sentiment is from the same set.  I used fabric glue to adhere the stamped patch to the bag and used it for my brother's birthday tag album.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Apron Card

This is my brother's second birthday card.  He recently taught himself how to cook and is enjoying it, apart from the time he sliced off his finger tips with a mandolin !

I found the idea for this card in an online craft magazine and made the template up myself.  The pocket in front is the Cottage Cutz die called Peeker Pocket which I cut down and popped a ribbon trim on the top.  The ribbon around the neck and on the pocket is a SU one, the utensils in the pocket are probably a good 5 years old and were bought in Australia.  Inside the card I used a Creative Memories retired corner punch to finish it off.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Gina K Designs - You know you're old when .....

Here is one of two birthday cards made for my brother's 50th birthday.  He is adament he is 40 (again) - so it makes it even more fun to exagerate his age.  By the time this post appears my sister from Australia and myself will be in London.  We have been planning this trip for over a year now and decided to surprise my brother.  Just hope he does not have a heart attack when he sees us !!  It is 12 years since we have all been together as the 3 of us live on 3 different continents.  Here's hoping for 2 weeks of fun and laughter.

Down to the card - a Cuttlebug embossing folder with 2 Nestabilities Ovals in the middle.  The Gina K Designs stamp called You know you're old when  ..... has been partly paper pieced and partly coloured with Copics.  The sentiment is from the same stamp set and it is on a Clear Dollar die called Designer Label.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Hero Arts - Newspaper Eiffel Tower

I do enjoy using background stamps and love the new ones that Hero Arts has introduced.

This was a simple card.  The image was stamped using Cobalt Archival ink.  The background was sponged with a variety of Distress Inks and matted on a dark blue cardstock and then onto a cream coloured card.  The sentiment looks like a Clear Dollar one (not entirely sure - I really must start making a note of what I use !) and it is stamped on a Hero Arts Small Tag Frame with another die from the same set being used behind it.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Cottage Cutz - Watering Can, Tulips

I am a huge Cottage Cutz fan and when I saw this die I knew I had to get my hands on it.  I decided to cut out the entire die in white and coloured in the pieces using Copics.  Yes, I know I copied their suggested colours but it really is a good combination.

The die behind the tulips is a Nestabilities Square matted on a Marianne D Square.  I think the sentiment is a Gina K one (not sure) but it is stamped on a Whimsy Notables 2 die.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Unknown Venetian Scene stamp

I recently needed a 21st male birthday card and as most of my stamps are cute and whimsical I struggled a bit.  Tucked away I found a couple of stamps I bought years ago but have no idea of the company name.  This Venetian scene was amongst them and I thought it would be appropriate.

The sentiment is from a Clear Dollar stamp set called Something to Crow About.  Using a Spellbinders Labels template (made from an old x-ray) I sponged around the outside of the card using Distress Ink.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Stampin Up - Owl Punch

The SU Owl punch is one of my all time favourites as it is quick and easy to make up.

For this card I die cut a circle and used the negative to sponge in the moon.  I put the circle onto the sponged image and  used a dew drop Momento ink pad called London Fog for the rest of the card.  At the bottom I took a roughly torn Post-it note to create a border whilst dabbing on the background with the ink pad.

The owls are standing on a die called Marianne D Forest Branch.  I enjoy using dies and find the Marianne D range innovative and very precise.  A pleasure to work with.

The sentiment is from the Flourishes stamp set called Tag Lines.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Easter Treat Box - Peachy Keen Easter Basket Paint Fight

This treat box is also from a template called Bag 'N' a Box by B-C-E (Uk) Ltd.  Because I was not paying attention I made an error when I tried to make it taller but I just altered the design at the top of the box.  As they say, in craft there are no mistakes, only creative opportunities ! 

The window is cut out using Nestabilities Long Rectangles, Plain and Scalloped and the Peachy Keen image was coloured in using Copics.  There are a couple of cute paint splatter stamps in the set but I could not get the right colour ink to use on the Copics.  I topped off the project with blue pipe cleaner handles.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Punch Art Easter Bunny Treat Bag

This treat bag is from a template by B-C-E (Uk) Ltd called Bag 'N' a Box.  I did alter it slightly to make it taller.

The bunny is made from a variety of SU punches and topped off with a Peachy Keen face and Candi buttons.  In case you are wondering about the head - it is the SU ornament punch trimmed and used upside down.  The trim on top is from a Spellbinders Classic Edges One die set - except I used the part usually tossed out.  The aperture is cut out using Nestabilities Labels Ten.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Sizzix - Big Shot Pro Hexagon die

I must confess I love the Big Shot Pro dies for boxes.  On this box I used the Magnolia grass again as well as a small Easter stamp I was given as a gift many years back.  I think it might be a very old SU one as it is made of foam.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Stampin Up - Fancy Favor die with punch art Bunny

I find the SU Fancy Favor die a good size for Easter treats and quick and easy to assemble.  To the front of the box I added Magnolia grass and a punch art bunny which I have done before.  The punches used are all SU and it is easy to assemble.  The handle is made of raffia which has been twisted.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Easter Gift Bag - Shower Peepers

This Easter treat bag is made using the Big Shot Pro die called Tall Bag.  I used Nestabilities Eggs to cut out an aperture and popped in a chick from the Cottage Cutz / Peach Keen die called Shower Peepers.  The chick is holding a small Nestabilities Egg.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Penny Black - Pansy Bunny

Often when I buy a new stamp I will try it out and put it one side in a container.  I did it with this image and thought it would do for a quick Easter basket.

If I can recall I stamped the image onto watercolour paper and coloured it in using SU watercolour crayons.  The box is the SU Fancy Favor die and the grass at the bottom of the image is from a Cottage Cutz die called Kitty Love Mail.  The handle of the box was made from a couple of lengths of raffia twisted.