Wednesday, 21 November 2012

French Foliage

Oh my, I am head over heels in love with a new stamp set.  I made this card last week for a resident:
This French Foliage stamp set has got to be one of the most versatile I've ever come across.  There is no limit to what you can do with it.
The base card is more mustard.
The next layer is very vanilla. I've stamped the script stamp in crumb cake on it, then the leaf in more mustard with early espresso rolled round the edges before stamping, which creates a fabulous effect. 
I've made the tag and stamped a small section of very vanilla cardstock again.

 I've used the little 'Paris' stamp on this piece and the ink blotch stamp in more mustard.  Every time I stamped something I gasped at how fab it was as it appeared on the paper.  I bet everyone who has this stamp set feels the same way about it.  It's by far the most 'artistic' set I've ever used.
The tag has a button and twine at the top and a little butterfly on the sentiment oval.  Love it.
Thanks for looking in today.  Let me know what you think. 
And just to let you know some exciting news.  I've been thinking about starting a craft group for the past month or so, trying to work out how I could do it in between my work shifts etc, but have finally taken the plunge and advertised in the village.  I've had a few phone calls from interested people, so my first group starts next Wednesday.  I'm having a session in the afternoon and a session in the evening.  I'll share what we make with you soon. 
Jane xx

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Playing With Pines and Poinsettias

I have spent many hours trawling the internet trying to find ways that people have used the Pines and Poinsettias stamp set from last year as I've borrowed it from a friend.  I also bought the Holly Berry Bouquet dsp, so that I could use both items together.  I had quite an adventure in the end, come and have a look:
For the first card I drew a circle around one of my little SU brads containers and stamped the image all the way around, then rubbed the pencil line out.  I deliberately did it on white cardstock and the card is very clean and fresh looking.  The real red card base is 4" square.  I've stamped the sentiment, cut it out and propped it up on dimensionals.  The word 'merry' is from the Pennant Parade set.  Although Pines and Poinsettias is retired, there's probably something in the new catalogue that would work in a similar way.
Then I saw a video on Youtube here where a girl makes some lovely tags.  I decided to have a go and then put them on a card with some of the Holly Berry dsp, like this:

This is very vanilla cardstock, but I've gone over it with some Tim Holtz old paper distress ink, then stamped round the edge with the flourish from the stamp set in crumb cake, then stamped the pines and the poinsettias.  This is gorgeous in real life. 
Once I'd got this vintage feel into my system, I took it a step further:

I'm so pleased with this.  It's the first time in years that I've embossed the actual card base.  This is a beautiful looking card in real life. 
The cardstock is: very vanilla, crumb cake, soft suede
Markers: chocolate chip, real red, wild wasabi and cherry cobbler.
Ribbon: chocolate chip.
I hope these cards have made you feel Christmassy and want to go into your craft space and start creating.   Christmas is definitely coming, and at least now I feel a little bit more prepared for it.
Happy stamping, everyone!
Jane xx

Friday, 9 November 2012

Card For Sadie

I've had to make two cards for residents very close together, so, with a need for speed I turned to Pinterest for inspiration.  I decided to case a card by Judy May, which you can see here .  I love to case cards because I like starting out with a lot of the same stuff on the original card, then getting to the bit where you don't have something they used, so you have to use your imagination to think of something to use that captures the spirit of that card, the bit that impressed you, and then the card becomes your version.  Here's what I made:
Somewhere between Real Red and Cherry Cobbler lies Riding Hood Red, and this is the first time I've used this lovely colour, and the papers from the Twitterpated dsp that work with it.  The base card is the beautiful Baja Breeze.  I wanted to capture the oval shape in the centre from the original card, but don't have those particular embossing folders - yet!  (Don't worry, they are on my shopping list!)  So I used my Nellie Snellen dies (probably the most annoying dies in the world) and stamped on Happy Birthday from the Elementary Elegance stamp set.  I actually made this card before I made my Dynamic Duos card this week, and used the same treatment with the leaf spray, by cutting off the bird that comes with it and popping on a few tiny flowers with even tinier gems in the middle.  The leaves are Pear Pizzazz, which is the correct green from the dsp:

I thoroughly enjoyed making this card it came together very easily and the recipient really liked it. 
I'm off for a hop round to see what you've all been creating - that's the only good side to this winter weather, isn't it?  I'd much rather be indoors crafting, than out there in the cold!
Back soon
Jane xx

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Dynamic Duos No 27

I've decided to play along with this week's Dynamic Duos, as I've been dying to have a play with my new In-Colour cardstock. 

There is no getting away from the fact that these are 'in your face' colours.  I realised I was slightly limited as I don't have the pens yet, just the inks and cardstock, but that was good as it made me really think.  I decided not to shy away from this being a bold colour combo, but to go with it, so this is the card I made:
You'll no doubt have seen the Sprinkled Expressions stamp set that I've used here.  I've stamped it in the Raspberry Ripple ink.  The new ink pads are lovely, by the way, very juicy!  I've used the framelits die to cut into the Gumball Green, which I embossed with the square lattice embossing folder.  This is definitely my new go to toy tool (!) and will be on loads of cards from now on.  I don't know why I took so long to get round to buying it really.
I've  cut a leaf with my Marianne bird and leaf die, cut the bird off (poor thing!) and added the leaves and some tiny flowers in the Raspberry Ripple, with a tiny gem in the centre. 
I love the Dynamic Duos blog, it really encourages me to put colours together that I wouldn't normally consider, so I'd better go along and pop this on before it's too late.
Happy crafting, everyone.
I'll hopefully pop on some photos of my revamped craft room soon, too.
Jane xx