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Thursday, 31 July 2014

Little Bugaboo Boy

My daughter has started school this year which means there will be so many more party invites which leads to more birthday cards for children being added to my list. This one is for one of her BFFs who happens to be a boy, so I thought this Bugaboo image would suit perfectly.

Diecut Divas, HOB, Bugaboo Michael Sitter, simon says stamps little banner

Diecut Divas, HOB, Bugaboo Michael Sitter, simon says stamps little banner



House of Borowski, Bugaboo Michael Sitter, simon says stamps little banner

Card Tip:

Bakers twine and buttons are a great embellishment when you don't want ribbons and bows.


Card Ingredients:

Card Stock:
standard size blue card base from stash, orange and blue card stock from stash
Papers:
patterned paper from stash
Stamps:
Bugaboo Michael Sitter, Papertrey Ink borders and corners mini stamp set for sentiment.
Ink:
Memento tuxedo black ink.
Markers:
                   Skin: E000+E00+E11+R20
                   Hair: E33+E35+E37
                   Shirt: YG03+YG06+YG09
                   Pants: B24+B26+B29+Bic Markit rambunctious
                   red on patch
                   Shoes: C01+C03+C05
Dies:
Simon Says Stamps small banner.
Other:
Bakers Twine, blue heart button, blue and green sequins.


Challenge List:

Monday, 28 July 2014

Anniversary Centre Step Card

Here is my last Guest Designer Card for Fitztown. The Challenge today is A Step Card. I feel a step card is for something a little bit special so I have created a 40th wedding  anniversary card for my aunt and uncle. This is also a first for me and I have loved how Fitztown has been constantly challenging me to try new card layouts and concepts as their guest designer, it has been a great experience.


Fitztown,HOB, fitztown vallentine 9,centre step card,my minds eye


Fitztown,HOB, fitztown vallentine 9,centre step card,my minds eye


Fitztown,HOB, fitztown vallentine 9,centre step card,my minds eye


Card Tip:

Here is a great tutorial and video to follow for the step card process. 
Split Coast Stampers Centre Step Card

Card Ingredients:

Card Stock:
Pearl cardstock from stash.
Papers:
My Minds Eye unforgetable paper pack
Stamps:
Fitztown Vallentine 9,PapertreyInk fillable frame #4 for sentiment
Ink:
Versafine black onxy ink.
Markers:
               Skin: E000+E00+E11+E21
               Guy's Hair: E33+E35+E37
               Lady's Hair: E53+E55+E57
               Guy's Shirt: BG13+BG34+BG49
               Lady's Top: V12+V15+V17 
              Guy's Pants: E55
               Heart: Y17+Y21
Dies:
Spellbinders Nestabilities lattice rectangle,Simon Says Stamps small folded banners.
Other:
flowers,gems,pearls,ice stickles, Fiskars scallop border punch, kaisercraft ribbon.

Challenge List:

Bows

A new challenge begins today over at Perfectly Rustic with the theme of Ribbon - add a bow or ruffle.
For my inspiration card I wanted it look like a present wrapped up with a bow and I am very happy with the results.


Perfectly Rustics, HOB,Lil’Inker Designs Bow Die Large,DCWV Citrus Stack


Perfectly Rustics, HOB, Lil’Inker Designs Bow Die Large,DCWV Citrus Stack


Card Tip:

A Stamp a Majig is a great tool for lining up your sentiments in small spaces.

Card Ingredients:

Card Stock: 
standard cream card base from stash, burgundy card stock from stash.
Papers:
DCWV citrus stack.
Stamps:
Papertrey ink fillable frames #4 for sentiment
Ink:
Memento coccoa brown ink
Dies:
Lil’Inker Designs Bow Die Large,Spellbinders label 28
Other:
small resin flower from stash

Challenge List:

Monday, 21 July 2014

Diecut Divas Design Team

 I have been invited to join the design team for Diecut Divas. The current challenge for July is button and ribbons so below is my inspiration piece using one of the great images from Bugaboo, Spring boot


Diecut Divas, HOB,Bugaboo,Copics,My Minds Eye notable,labels 8,cuttlebug swiss dots


Diecut Divas, HOB,Bugaboo,Copics,My Minds Eye notable,labels 8,cuttlebug swiss dots


Card Tip:

Buttons don't have to be expensive; trawl second hand stores, thrift shops and your own old clothes for buttons to use of your projects.

Card Ingredients:

Card Stock:
Quill navy blue card base. Quill light green and white from stash.
Papers:
My Minds Eye 6"x6" paper pad notable.
Stamps:
Bugaboo Spring Boot
Markers:
Copics - Boot: E59+E55+E57+E53
              Heart: RV23
               Dragonfly: BG34
               Leaves: GO7+YG06
               Flowers: V15+V17+R83+R85+B21+B24+Y13
Dies:
Spellbinders Label 8, Cuttlebug swiss dots embossing folder
Other:
assorted flower buttons and blue bow.


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A Ute of a Card

Over at Fitztown its time for a new challenge and this fortnight the theme is Brown Cards. I thought this was a great opportunity to showcase one of Fitztown's pre-coloured images Vintage-coloured.


Fitztown, HOB,Vintage Color,Papertrey Ink Chervon Die,Mpress Convex Square,Kaisercraft Base Coat, Simon Says Stamps Happy Birthday, Ezicut Birthday.


Fitztown,HOB,Vintage Color,Papertrey Ink Chervon Die,Mpress Convex Square,Kaisercraft Base Coat, Simon Says Stamps Happy Birthday, Ezicut Birthday.


Card Tip:

When printing pre-coloured images, print them on cream, or off white to decrease your white space and give you a softer look.

Card Ingredients:

Card Stock:
Gold square card base, kraft card stock, DCWV neutral cardstock stack.
Papers:
Kaisercraft 6" x 6" paperpad base coat.
 Stamps:
Fitztown Vintage-colored, Simon Says Clear Stamps happy.
Ink:
Memento Cocoa Brown.
Dies:
Papertrey Ink chevron strips border die,Mpress convex square, Ezicut birthday.
Other:
Gems


Challenge List:

Friday, 18 July 2014

Embellishment Box

So here is my Guest Designer inspiration piece for the Altered Item challenge over at Fitztown. I have to say this is the first time I have attempted any kind of mixed media or paper craft that wasn't a card. It has turned out better than I was expecting, I am so pleased with it.


Fitztown, HOB,Copics, fiskairs apron lace border punch, fitztown cameo 14, homemade flowers, MFT Dienamics flourish die, rosie's studio paperpack, stampin up pansy punch,
Fitztown,HOB,Copics, fiskairs apron lace border punch, fitztown cameo 14, homemade flowers, MFT Dienamics flourish die, rosie's studio paperpack, stampin up pansy punch,
I thought this would be perfect for holding an assortment of ribbons, pearls and buttons for someone just starting in card making.
Fitztown,HOB,Copics, fiskairs apron lace border punch, fitztown cameo 14, homemade flowers, MFT Dienamics flourish die, rosie's studio paperpack, stampin up pansy punch,
Oh and the flowers, there handmade - the tutorial is below
Fitztown,HOB,Copics, fiskairs apron lace border punch, fitztown cameo 14, homemade flowers, MFT Dienamics flourish die, rosie's studio paperpack, stampin up pansy punch,


Card Tip:

Do it yourself flowers, paper flowers, handmade flowers, how to make flowers.
First you will need eight punch out flowers, I have used the Stampin Up pansy punch but any 5 petal punch or die will do. 8 will give you the fullness and size you see here. I have also used a ink to paper technique on ordinary copy paper.

Do it yourself flowers, paper flowers, handmade flowers, how to make flowers.

Next is to wet the paper, I have used an glimmer mist and scrunch it up really tight.let it stay scrunched up for a minute or two.



Do it yourself flowers, paper flowers, handmade flowers, how to make flowers.
Very carefully you want to unfold your flowers and stack them on top of each other, remember the paper is wet so it is easy to tear.


Do it yourself flowers, paper flowers, handmade flowers, how to make flowers.
Next is a brad through the centre, it doesn't matter what colour as you wont see it in the final flower but you want quite a small one. Using a piecing tool, I make a hole first through all the flowers at once then follow with a brad, you have this tearing that way.



Do it yourself flowers, paper flowers, handmade flowers, how to make flowers.
With the first two flowers scrunch them in on themselves very tightly.




Do it yourself flowers, paper flowers, handmade flowers, how to make flowers.
As you get to the outer layers, don't scrunch them as tightly.

Let the flower completely dry. Then tease out the layers slowly, placing your petals as you go.



Card Ingredients:

Box Dimensions:
Lid:  22cm x 7.2cm
Sq 1: 6.5cm x 6cm
Sq 2: 14.8cm x 5.7cm
Sq 3: 6.5cm x 11.3cm
Sq 4: 14.8cm x 11.5cm
Card Stock:
250gsm cardstock from my stash, purple card stock for trim from my stash,
Papers:
Rosie's Studio 12x12 pack in the garden.
Stamps:
Fitztown Cameo 14
Markers:
Copics - Skin: E000+E00+E11+E21+R20
               Eyes: B21+B24
               Lips: R85+RV23
               Hair: E33+E35+E37+E57+E59
               Earing: BG13+B24 
               Tattoo: BG13+B24+G14+R85+V25+Y17  
Dies:
MFT Dienamics flourish die
Other:
Stampin Up pansy punch, Fiskars apron lace border punch, wink of stella pen.

Challenge List:

Monday, 14 July 2014

Sketch Challenge

Over at Perfectly Rustic this fortnight it is a Sketch Challenge.



Here is my Design Team Inspiration Card.

Perfectly Rustics,HOB, K&Company paper flowers,cuttlebug victoria embossing folder, kaisercraft ribbon



Perfectly Rustics,HOB, K&Company paper flowers,cuttlebug victoria embossing folder, kaisercraft ribbon


Card Tip:

Don't discount any colour combinations - until I put it together I would have never thought of putting pale pink with teal.

Card Ingredients:

Card Stock:
white 5" x 7" card base, pink copy paper.
Papers:
patterned paper from my stash.
Stamp:
Get Stamping Magazine free stamp set for sentiment.
Ink:
Memento tuxedo black ink for sentiment.
Dies: 
Cuttlebug Victoria Embossing Folder.
Other:
Kaisercraft Ribbon,K&Company paper flowers


Challenge List:

Monday, 7 July 2014

Christmas in July

So over at Fitztown the Challenge is Pick a Holiday. I thought this would be a great opportunity to start on one of the many christmas cards I hand out using Fitztown's Winter 4 image. 


Fitztown, HOB, fitztown winter 4, inktense pencils,spellbinders circles,elizabeth craft merry christmas,kaisercraft,cuttlebug snow fun

Fitztown, HOB, fitztown winter 4, inktense pencils,spellbinders circles,elizabeth craft merry christmas,kaisercraft,cuttlebug snow fun

Fitztown, HOB, fitztown winter 4, inktense pencils,spellbinders circles,elizabeth craft merry christmas,kaisercraft,cuttlebug snow fun

Fitztown, HOB, fitztown winter 4, inktense pencils,spellbinders circles,elizabeth craft merry christmas,kaisercraft,cuttlebug snow fun

Fitztown,HOB, fitztown winter 4, inktense pencils,spellbinders circles,elizabeth craft merry christmas,kaisercraft,cuttlebug snow fun



Card Tip:

This is my second attempt at a tri-shutter card - here is the link for all the measurements
Tri-shutter Card

Card Ingredients:

Card Stock: 
Blue, purple and white cardstock from stash.
Papers:
Kaisercraft 6x6 Magic Happens Collection
Stamps:
Fitztown Winter 4
Dies:
Spellbinders lacy circle,petite scallop circles large,standard circles small, standard circles large, Cuttlebug snow fun. Elizabeth Craft Designs merry christmas.
Other:
image coloured in using inktense pencils,blue star gems, blue and purple star buttons, gold star. glossy accents.


Challenge List:

Friday, 4 July 2014

Anything Goes with Fitztown

Over at the Fitztown Challenge Blog we are holding a challenge with everyone's favorite theme 'Anything Goes'. So using Fitztown's Fae 18 image here is my guest designer inspiration piece.


HOB,Fitztown, gatefold, Fitztown Fae18,Gina K Hello Sunshine,Copics MFT Die-namics fancy flourish, MPress curved rectangle,Cuttlebug divine swirl embossing folder

HOB,Fitztown, gatefold, Fitztown Fae18,Gina K Hello Sunshine,Copics MFT Die-namics fancy flourish, MPress curved rectangle,Cuttlebug divine swirl embossing folder



HOB,Fitztown, gatefold, Fitztown Fae18,Gina K Hello Sunshine,Copics MFT Die-namics fancy flourish, MPress curved rectangle,Cuttlebug divine swirl embossing folder

HOB,Fitztown, gatefold, Fitztown Fae18,Gina K Hello Sunshine,Copics MFT Die-namics fancy flourish, MPress curved rectangle,Cuttlebug divine swirl embossing folder

HOB,Fitztown, gatefold, Fitztown Fae18,Gina K Hello Sunshine,Copics MFT Die-namics fancy flourish, MPress curved rectangle,Cuttlebug divine swirl embossing folder


Card Tip:

Scroll die cuts do not need to be kept in one piece, cut them up to place them where you want them.

Card Ingredients:

Card Stock: 
Purple cardstock from stash to make a finished card of 6"x 5" card base
Papers:
Glitter purple paper from stash
Stamps:
Fitztown Fae 18 image, Gina K Designs Hello Sunshine for sentiment.
Ink:
Memento tuxedo black ink.
Markers:
R81+R83+R85
V04+V06+V12+V09
BG10+BG13+BG15+BG34
B21+B23+B24+B26+B29
Dies etc: 
MFT Die-namics fancy flourish, MPress curved rectangle,Cuttlebug divine swirl embossing folder
Other: 
Various gems and sequins, wink of stella pen, Sakura Star Dust Pen Clear.



Challenge List: