Penny Farthing Balloons

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

When using a stamp for the first time I love to make a few designs in one hit with it - have you noticed that from my Flower Shop cards?  So here is another using the bicycle from the Timeless Talk set.  I LOVE the pop of colour the balloons give against the kraft background!  Makes it a good card for males, or anyone really.

It was easy to make, the only fiddly bit was working out where I wanted the balloons to sit.  You can see that I've used Stampin Dimensionals to pop up the front panel, they bring a dimensional elegance to a card. The balloon punch was an old one I had in my craft box from when I was a teenager and I tied the balloons to the bike with my trusty old Baker's Twine.

I was excited to have an occasion to finally use my piercing tool and mat and created a border to finish the card off. 

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Items used:

Paper: Stampin' Up! 2012-2014 In Colours DSP (retired)
Sentiment: Papertrey Ink - I Lovely Leaves


Penny Farthing Birthday

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

I have a lot of requests for male cards and lately in particular for a card for a grandfather.  So I dug out my Timeless Talk stamp set and came up with this:

I love kraft card stock and thought it was just the thing to base my grandfather card on.  I stamped my image three times without reinking and then LIGHTLY rubbed on the same colour ink (Baked Brown Sugar) using my sponge dauber and then inked it up again to run around the edges of the stamped piece of card.

I didn't have any brown twine so I used my sponge dauber and ink pad and ran some ink over my white twine to colour it.  I like the slightly mottled look it gave.

I used some of my Midnight Muse backing paper (now retired) which is slightly softer than the Night of Navy Ink I used to stamp my sentiment.  Again taking my sponge dauber lightly inked with Baked Brown Sugar I rubbed it over the top so that the white wouldn't show up (it was just too much of a harsh contrast with the kraft card stock).  I finished it off with a candy dot from my regals set (I really shared the blue love over various colour collections here, didn't I?!)

Shelli Gardner, co-founder of Stampin' Up!, is having a Creative Challenge at the moment and I'm entering this card.  Pop on over and check out the other entries for some really great ideas.

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A Basket of Birthday Wishes

Sunday, September 07, 2014

I can't stop making cards using my Flower Shop stamp and punch.  I just adore them!  There are so many cards to be made and so much fun to be had.

This week I was drawn to my Mossy Meadow ink paper and matching cardstock to make this card.  I like it's understated almost earthy feel.  I did make the card in another couple of colours but I wasn't as happy with them as Mossy Meadow so it's a keeper.  What do you think?

I popped them up on stampin' dimensionals and added a bit of sparkle.  I thought the sentiment worked a treat.  Here's a close up:

Big thanks to Cathy for the idea.

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Items used:
Sentiment: Papertrey Ink - Vintage Sentiments