Wednesday, 29 June 2016

More 'Swirly bird'!!!

No I haven't forgotten about the 'Swirly bird' stamp set! Here are two more cards that I've made using this fabulous set (here I have used the coordinating die set too).

These cards are both very different, it's really fun to think you make such a variety of projects with this one set.
If you would like to know how I made these or would like to order or have any other questions please leave a comment below, Thankyou!

Stampin' up! 'curvy keepsake' box thinlit

I thought I would just post a picture of 17 boxes I have made using the curvy keepsake box thinlit. They look gorgoeous and are so easy to make using this one die (available at Stampin' Up! through me).

All you need to do is run the die through your 'big shot' twice with thick designer series paper or cardstock, glue the two pieces together and fold up each of the four sides of the box.

These are coming to work with me tomorrow. I work in a village preschool and we have 17 children leaving to go to 'big' school at the end of term. They will each get a helium balloon and these boxes will be perfect filled with sweets and used to weight them down (until they eat the sweets!) 
These boxes are 6.4 x 7 x 6.4cm and would also be ideal as wedding favour boxes or to hold a small gift.

Monday, 27 June 2016

'Flower shop' and watercolour.

Oh my goodness! i can't believe how much rain we have had in the last few days!! with this in mind I thought I would share a simple watercolour technique with you. I have used the 'flower shop' stamp set and coordinating punch (the 'Pansy punch').

I started with a pool party card base and cut a piece of watercolour paper to mat onto the front of it (just very slightly smaller). Using my 'so saffron' ink pad and an aqua painter filled with water I 'washed' the diluted ink over the watercolour paper and put it to one side to dry. I did the same thing with pool party ink on a scrap of watercolour paper and let this dry too.
Once they were dry I stamped two flowers from the 'flower shop' stamp set onto the pool party watercolour paper, in 'sweet sugarplum' ink (I hope this makes sense!!) and punched them out with the pansy punch. On the 'so saffron watercolour paper I stamped the speckles from 'gorgeous grunge' to the left hand side using pool party and sweet sugarplum again. On the bottom right hand side of the card I stamped the sentiment (from 'watercolour wings') and glued this to the pool party card base. I wound some gold thread around my hand about eight times,lay this over the stamping in a spiral shape and stuck the two flowers over the top of  it with stampin' dimensionals, this holds the thread in place.
 There are so many different things you could do with this idea, just changing the colour scheme would give the card a completely different look, I hope you like it.

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

'Watercolour wings'

Hello, I thought whilst the sun was shining I would have a go at some summery cards. I have used 'Watercolour wings' for these cards.

For these cards I have chosen pink. I love pink, it can be soft and fresh or bold and vibrant. Here,the inks I have chosen are pink pirouette, soft sugarplum and marina mist for contrast.
The Watercolour wings stamp set is a 'three step' stamp set which means the final stamped image is created using three separate stamps. The base layer of the butterfly was stamped in pink pirouette ink randomly all over a piece whisper white cardstock. Then I used the next layer stamp in sweet sugarplum and created the outer edge of each butterfly. the final stamp gave each butterfly more depth and dimension when stamped into the centre of each one using marina mist ink. I love the result, it was really quick to do and to finish the cards I just wrapped some pink pirouette seam binding around the card and tied it into a knot then matted the stamped whisper white onto a Sweet sugarplum card base. As you can see the other card was made in the same way but using the inks in a different order and a pink pirouette card base. I hope you like them x

Monday, 13 June 2016

A 'Swirly Bird' Christmas!

More ideas using the Stampin' Up! 'Swirly Bird' stamp set! I really hope I am not boring you with this as I still have lots of ideas!
We are having a meeting on Wednesday of all the local Stampin' Up! demos. We will be doing a shoebox swap (this will be my first one) The inspiration is to use a stamp set that you already, not Christmas related and create a Christmas card with it. Obviously I have used my favourite set of the moment 'Swirly Bird' and this is what I came up with.

But first, here is the 'Swirly Bird' stamp set in all its photopolymer glory!

My first Christmas card uses a 'Crumb Cake' card base, versamark ink pad and white embossing powder, and that's it!
I used various stamps from the set to create a snowman, even his twiggy arms are the stamp that creates the veins for the leaves. I ran the versamark ink pad along the bottom of the card to create the snowy ground, covered in white embossing powder and heatset it.

The next card is a 4"x4" again, I drew a faint pencil circle in the centre of a piece of 'Crumb cake' cardstock and stamped both the large and small leaves around the circle. I stamped the little bird in 'crumb cake' ink and added some 'Real red' on his tummy to create a Robin. The red 'berries' were a small swirl stamp which I then cut out. I stuck the robin and leaves onto my wreath with stampin' dimensionals to make them stand out. I also stamped the robin legs on the card (mustn't forget those). I made a bow out of 'Wild Wasabi' ribbon and mounted this onto a 'Wild Wasabi' card base.
My final card  is nice and simple and is the one I will be using for the shoebox swap on Wednesday. Again I have used a 4"x4" 'wild wasabi' card base with a crumb cake layer to do the stamping on.
This time I have included the 'Swirly bird' die set and cut the largest die out of whisper white to create my snowy ground, I glued this to the crumb cake layer. The Christmas trees were made using one side of the sailing boat stamp in wild wasabi ink. The tree trunks were made with the tiny bow stamp ( which I only inked half of). Using my white ink I used the dotty background stamp to make it look as though snow was falling. I really hope you like them.

Sunday, 12 June 2016

'Swirly Bird'

This card is a 4" x 4". It's really cute and can be made in no time at all.

 The card base is 'Mint Macaron' with a 'Whisper white' layer on top. The flower is made using the largest swirl in the 'Swirly Bird' stamp set in 'Blushing Bride' ink, with a smaller swirl stamped over the top of it in 'Wisteria Wonder' ink. Obviously you can change the colours to suit you. The 'hello' sentiment is from 'Endless birthday wishes' (This stamp set is fab!). To finish off, I added some  'Blushing Bride' ribbon.which I tied in a knot on the left hand side. This card would be good for batch making or 'make and takes' at a workshop.

Swirly bird Stamp and die set.

I am loving the 'Swirly bird' stamp set! It's sooo versatile! I have been playing with it for most of the week and it seems like the more cards I make, the more ideas I have. You can purchase the stamp set on its own or as a bundle with the matching die set and make a saving of 10%.
Firstly it was my friends birthday and I wanted to make her a 'special' card. This set is brilliant as you can make lovely looking cards, quickly.

 I used 'Sweet Sugarplum' cardstock as a base for the card and a piece of whisper white that was cut slightly smaller so that gave me a border. I stamped three of the largest  swirls on the white cardstock in 'Sweet Sugarplum' ink. Next, using 'Blushing Bride' ink I stamped five small swirls randomly around the larger pink ones (these were now my flowers).For the leaves I used 'Cucumber Crush' ink. The sentiment is from 'Endless Birthday wishes', I stamped this in memento black ink. To finish I added three enamel dots to the centres of each large flower.
 Just changing the colours of the flowers and a different sentiment this card could be made so many different ways. My friend loved it!

Thursday, 2 June 2016

This week I have been working on various samples using my Stampin'Up! products. I have made three cards, two 3D projects and a scrapbook page. Let me show you how they turned out;

For this card I used my 'six sided sampler' stamp set and punch. I made an A4 sheet of 'patchwork' cardstock which took me a while but was very relaxing! I then cut the sheet  to fit the front of my card. Once attached I added a banner with my sentiment and embossed a die cut leaf with gold embossing powder and stuck this to the front of the card with some lovely gold thread underneath.I am pleased with the result.

This card I wanted to be very simple. I masked an area of about 1inch using sticky notes on watercolour paper,which added texture. With my 'Flowershop' stamps and punch set I stamped one of the flowers randomly in that area using 'Calypso Coral' ink, removed the sticky notes and stamped a small sentiment underneath. I really like this card, it's simple but could be made using any stamp and sentiment,very versatile.

Here I have inked my background to make the grass and the sky and used petite petal stamps and punch to make my flowers (using 'watermelon wonder' cardstock, another fave of mine). the centres of the flowers are candy dots and for the leaves I stamped out the flowers onto 'Pear Pizzazz' cardstock and cut them into leaves. The sentiment is from 'Endless Birthday Wishes' stamp set.

I wanted my scrapbook page to look like an old notice board. I used 'Gorgeous Grunge' to stamp on my page and I have used versamark ink and silver embossing powder on some areas, I am pleased how this came out and will use that idea on other projects too. The photos are of my daughter and our dog when he was a tiny pup (lovely,happy memories!). This is my first ever scrapbook page!

This is my favourite project! I have used the petite petals stamps and punch set again and made a tiny bouquet of flowers,complete with leaves and a vase! For the flower stalks I have used toothpicks which I coloured with 'Pear Pizzazz' ink. The flower centres are candy dots and the vase was made using small circle punches.

Finally I have made a drawer box which can hold standard sized cards.I have decorated with Stampin'Up! designer papers and used candy dots on the drawer  front. I hope you like my projects!!