Wednesday, April 8, 2009

All in the Family Birthday Card

It's my stepfathers birthday on Good Friday and he and my mum are taking Mitchell to Eildon on Thursday so I made a card for Mitchell to give to him. The stamp set is All in the Family, such a cute and versatile stamp set. The base card is Pumpkin Pie and the matting is Close to Cocoa, the ribbon is 5/8 Vanilla Grossgrain and the cute little star brad is from the Silver Hodge Podge. I stamped Mitchell and Woody in Stazon on Water Colour paper and coloured it in using water colour crayons and stamp pad inks. The sign was stamped using Short Order Alphabet on Very Vanilla card stock and I swished over it with my aqua painter to give it a kind of smudged look, brushed the edge along a stamp pad to define it and attached it to the card using dimensionals. Hope he likes it.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Triangle gift box with easter eggs inside for stamp club members

I saw these cute triangle boxes on splitcoast stampers and wanted to try them. I had all this lovely Designer Series Paper that is now retired so I thought I'd use some up and make these boxes for my stamp club members. I think they are really cute and super easy to make. They had a couple of little eggs in them too, yum!

April Stamp Club - 3 cards

This month we did the babywipe technique and made three cards. We normally do 1 or 2 cards depending on how time consuming they are to make and the degree of difficulty but there are three great ways to use the babywipe technique and I wanted to show them all.

To do this technique you firstly take a babywipe, fold it in quarters and drip some drops of ink from your reinkers onto it. The area only needs to be as big as the stamp you are going to use if you are making your own stamp pad. The reinkers colours we used below are Certainly Celery, Bashful Blue and Pacific Point.

Card 1 - Baby wipe technique, create your own stamp pad

This is the first card we made. The stamp set is Eastern Blooms. We stamped the large flower onto the babywipe and then onto gloss card stock. Then we punched it out with the 5-petal flower punch. The blossom was done by colouring the stamp with markers. The branch is Certainly Celery and the blossoms are Taken with Teal. The main card is Taken with Teal and the ribbon and mount card are Certainly Celery. The 'Wish Big' is from the Short and Sweet set and was punched with the word window punch.

Card 2 - Baby wipe technique, swipe

This card has been made with two of the wonderful new 'in colours' Pacific Point and Tangarine Tango. I love both of these colours but then I tend to go for the strong colours. To do the background for this one just swipe the babywipe across the gloss cardstock. The stamp set used is Ocean Commotion and the 'Make a wish" is from the Big bold birthday set. The seahorse and Tangarine Tango ovals are punched with the large oval punch and the 'Make a wish' was punched using the word window punch.

Card 3 - Baby wipe technique, dabbing.

This is the third card we did. It is a very simple design using the new Cheers to You set. The card colour is Gable Green and the blue is Tempting Turquoise both from the Bold Brights colour family. The beer and 'Cheers to you' are stamped in Tempting Turquoise. To do the babywipe back ground you dab the baby wipe randomly on glass card.

Playing around with the baby wipe technique

I had decided we were going to do the baby wipe technique at this months stamp club so I was playing around with colour combinations and cards and this is one I ended up with. It was a little to detailed for stamp club with limited time but I thought I'd put it on here to show you all.

The card colours are black, bashful blue and certainly celery but it's a bit difficult to make out the colours on the scan because I used dimensionals to raise up the main design so the celery looks a bit grey.

Friday, April 3, 2009


As a demonstrator I get to join some great yahoo support groups. One of the groups I belong to is run by some very talented and energetic ladies. Not only do they run their own Stampin' Up! businesses and look after many downlines, they put a lot of time and effort into the group. One of the many things they do is set challenges for us to participate in if we want to. The idea of a challenge is to give us guidelines to work within and use colours, or stamp sets or layouts that we may not normally use and therefore stretch our creativity. The picture above is one such challenge. It is a sketch outline challenge. I have never participated in a challenge before but decided it was about time I gave one a go.

This is what I came up with. The colours are purely pomegranate, regal rose and whisper white. The stamp set is Always and the 'love you' is from 'Short and Sweet' I love how the words from this set fit in the word window punch.