Wednesday 30 April 2014

Resist Embossing with Watercolour background & LOAD514

Hello Friends,

Gosh I'm busy, thank goodness I don't work full-time!  It's May tomorrow (I can't bear it, the year is going so fast), which means LOAD514 begins!  This will be my first ever LOAD and I really want to join in on all the fun, which means I am going to try and make a layout each day, for the whole month of May!

This is going to be some challenge, it usually takes me the whole month to make one layout, which  is actually created for inspirational purposes for the lovely ladies who attend my Crop!  So, to try and make 31 layouts in a month, well, it's going to be a little tough, but a challenge, something to work towards is a good thing, right?  We'll see!

On top of LOAD514, I will be starting the latest Online card class on Monday, which you will already know about if you are following me on my little crafting journey here!

Because there is a pre-class gallery in the classroom of the Watercolour class for cardmakers, I can post pics as often as I like, so here is another card I made yesterday.....

I heat embossed, with clear embossing powder, the floral image, which came from  the Morning Meadow Stampin' Up stamp set and made a wash from Stampin' Up inks which I "washed" over the area.  I love this resist technique and even though I have perhaps overdone it a bit with the wash, I'm still pleased with how the card turned out.

I hope you like it.

Thanks for popping by, have a great crafty day.

Carole x

Tuesday 29 April 2014

New Baby Card - Watercolour background

Hello Friends,

I'm back with another pre-class card, practicing for the upcoming "Watercolor for Card Makers" class.  I watched this great video presented by the lovely Julie Ebersole last night and thought I'd CASE her style.

I used Hot Pressed Aquafine smooth watercolour paper by Daler Rowney.  Someone mentioned in the pre-class discussion that Hot Pressed watercolour paper didn't warp and they were right!  I love it and am a complete convert!

The stamps I used are from Stampin' Up - they came from these sets "Queue Up", "Sweet Essentials" and "Gorgeous Grunge".

I used Stampin' Up ink for my watercolour, the colours used were Pistachio Pudding, So Saffron and Pretty in Pink.

Thanks for stopping by today and happy crafting.

Carole x

Tuesday 22 April 2014

Water Colour for Card Makers - On-line Class

Hello Friends,

I'm so happy, I've signed up for this class which starts on 5th May. They opened up the classroom yesterday giving us lots of details and information, so that we are ready to go on the day!  I love that, I like a little prep time ;)!

To get us all started they suggested we go and check out our water colour supplies.  I searched and searched for a set of Hero Arts Water colours that I, like Jennifer McGuire bought about 10 years ago.  Could I find them?  No, I couldn't, but I did find all my old water colour stamps from Art Impressions.  I thought as I found them, what cards would I make with them, if I used them now, with the other supplies I own?

Well, without further ado, I set about and made this card......

I combined my old Art Impression stamps with my new Stampin' Up stash!  I used Stampin' Up markers, mostly the current In-Color set, along with Stampin' Up water colour paper, Naturals Ivory and Crisp Cantaloupe card stock.  The shape is cut from the Stampin' Up Framelits - LabelsCollection (125598) and I couldn't resist using the matching Stampin' Up Paper-Piercing template to prick all those little holes.

Of course, as usual, using my Crafty Envelope Punch Board Calculator, I made a perfect envelope, which I pricked and stamped on too!

Here is a picture of the card and envelope together.

I hope you consider joining the class, I can thoroughly recommend all the On-line Card Classes, I just love 'em!

Have a great day and please leave me a comment if you like what you see.

Thanks for popping by.

Carole x

Monday 21 April 2014

Cameo Silhouette - 60th Birthday card

Hello Friends,

It's my mate Peg's special birthday today, so to celebrate I made her this card, which I feel is perfectly elegant for the occassion.....

I used a file bought from the Silhouette on-line store, cutting the butterfly and extra time to be able to run it through my Stampin' Up dotty embossing folder.

The card was made using Very Vanilla card stock from Stampin' Up.

I hope she likes her card and has a wonderful day.

Happy crafting,

Carole x

Saturday 12 April 2014

Stampin' Up Backyard Basics and Envelope Punch Board Calculator

Hello Friends,

Having my Crafty Envelope Punch Board and calculator is really helping me to use up lots of Stampin' Up paper stacks, I seem to have accumilated so many!

Here is a picture of an envelope I've made using one of the papers from one of my many stacks....

I have been cutting out sticky backed label paper, using my Stampin' Up Ovals Collection Framelits, for a white space where I can write names and addresses, but today to make the envelope a little extra special, I stamped the tulip image from the Backyard Baiscs set onto a scrap of the label paper, coloured it and cut it out using the Backyard Basics Framelits set of dies.

Enjoy and happy crafting.

Carole x

Wednesday 9 April 2014

Stampin' Up Six-Sided Sampler & Silhouette Card

Hello Friends,

I've been busy making a card for a Silhouette Cameo friend, we do regular swaps in a group and this is my swap for April.......

I used a file called "Hexagon Page Mat", which I purchased from the on-line Silhouette store, together with the Stampin' Up stamp set called Six-Sided Sampler.

The card stock used was Naturals White and Concord Crush from Stampin' Up.

Please don't forget to take a look at he Stampin' Up Catalogue on the right of the screen, there are so many products to choose from, which can be purchased there or you can contact me to order.

Have a lovely crafty day.

Carole x

Tuesday 8 April 2014

Rev Up the Fun & Envelope Punch Board

Hello Friends,

I'm back today with a card I've made for a young guy, who is reaching the grand old age of 21.

My Stampin' Up upline made a wonderful set of cards using this stamp set.  As soon as I saw her set, I knew I had to have it and thank goodness, is all I can say!

I started off with the scrap of Stampin' Up Naturals White card stock and went from there!  I am still feeling extremely lucky to be able to make any size of card because of my Crafty Envelope Board is my card with it's perfectly fitting envelope!

I felt inspired to decorate the envelope as  I used ordinary copy paper to make it, so the addition of the stamp and embossed road lines, makes it just a little bit more special.

If you would like to purchase the Rev Up the Fun stamp set or the Envelope Punch Board, it's easy, all you need to do is click on the picture of the current Stampin' Up catalogue on the right and it will wizz you to my on-line store.

Happy crafting.

Carole x

Saturday 5 April 2014

Envelope Punch Board Calculator & Crafty Gifts!

Good morning Friends,

I've had a busy few days, my gorgeous friend Keren Baker was heading down south from Liverpool to do some video filming for Docrafts during the week.  As my home is just two minutes off the route, it was a very sensible resting point for her.  We did have some fun catching up, eating and creating!

Don't you just love paper crafting guests?  She came laden with lovely stash for me, along with choccies and flowers (I told her she shouldn't have!).

Here is a picture of the stash she brought....

..... it would have been rude not to use it :)!  Stamps, blossoms and dies all calling me to create, made by Docrafts, which is a UK based company and one, I had seen often, but actually overlooked.  Big mistake, their products are amazing quality, as good as any of the top makes, in opinion and the design team have lots of inspiration on line too, giving us a bit of a lift up/starting point ;)!

Here is a card I made....

The bloom and the stamping were from the Docrafts stash, all the other products, are from Stampin' Up.  To make this card I started with the Stampin' Up DSP, which was a scrap in my box, all the other bits came together easily.

Now that I can make any card, any size, because of my Crafty Envelope Punch Board Calculator, I don't have the worry about which envelope size the finished card will go in!

Here is the card with the envelope, made using my Crafty Envelope Punch Board Calculator ....

and here are a couple of pictures to show you how I closed the envelope....

I took the inspiration from Jennifer McGuire's video on making boxes, with the Envelope Punch Board, to tie the envelope with a ribbon, as a closure.  Thank you Jennifer for the inspiration on that one!

Now, my in-laws are due here this weekend, got to dash, beds to make, shopping, tidying and cleaning to do....

Thanks for popping by and don't feel shy, please comment if you like what I've made.

Happy crafting,

Carole x

Thursday 3 April 2014

Off the Grid, Flower Shop Bundle & Envelope Calculator!

Hello Friends,

I'm back today to share this card with you.....

The main products I used were these.....

.....which can be found in my on-line shop (it's easy, click on the SU catalogue on the right of my screen and it will wizz you over to there), or order them directly from me.  Item codes are:  Off the Grid (130736), Flower Shop bundle for both the stamps and the punch (132726), Perfect Plum re-inker (102107) and So Saffron re-inker (105225).  The sentiment came from the Hostess set called Express Yourself, contact me for details on how to get hold of that one!

To make the card background I put a few drops of each re-inker onto my craft sheet, sprinkled those spots with a little Isopropyl Alcohol (you can use hand gel, I believe as well) and smooched my glossy card stock over.  It gave a great soft and subtle background.  I stamped Off the Grid stamp and the sentiment using Perfect Plum ink.  I used black ink for the flower, which was stamped onto a scrap of the background paper I made and punched it out using the match punch!  EASY!

I then made an envelope using my Crafty Envelope Punch Board Calculator, you can find that on the tab at the top.  Here is the finished card with the envelope......

Hope you have a lovely crafty day.

Carole x

Tuesday 1 April 2014

Stampin' Up Envelope Punch Board - any size!

Hello Friends,

I'm back after a little break ;)!

The great news is that I'm back with Stampin' Up too!  I love their products and I was running out of all my card stock and wanted all the new I'm back!

You can shop on-line with me too, just click on the catalogue in my side bar and it will take you to my on-line Stampin' Up shop!  All the current catalogues are there, just click and look ;)!

So the other great news is that David (DH) has made us all some great software......for the Envelope Punch's the best out there......we did a little trial earlier and it nearly went "Global" before we were ready, thanks to my mate ;), she knows who she is ;)!

So lets start off with a little tutorial on how to use David's new software........

So how does it work?  Let me explain to you in pictures...... is a card I've made, which is an unusual size because the base of it started off as a long style DL envelope....

I measured it both ways, counting in the ribbon, which goes over the top and side.....

 I typed in my measurements on my Crafty Envelope Punch Board Calculator and pressed enter!......

It came up with the measurements and score line in a flash!

Here is my finished card, with envelope......

Very easy indeed!

So give it a try, you just need to click here or on my special tab at the top and it will wizz you over!

Please let me know what you think by leaving me a comment below......

Happy crafting.......

Carole x