Friendship

Miss You Birdie

Friday, November 28, 2014

Every now and then I make a card that just steals my heart.  I absolutely adore this "missing you" card.  I almost wish I had more people to send one to so that I could make more!  A friend of mine is leaving town soon and I am going to miss him terribly, so making this cheered me up.


 

This card is easy to make but I will give you step by step instructions with dimensions so that you can just get your supplies together and go for it!

1) Use an A5 piece of Smoky Slate card stock, scored in half.

2) Cut a piece of  Basic Black card stock 1cm smaller (13.8x9.5 cm), a piece of Whisper White card stock at 4.5x13.1 cm, and a piece of Pistachio Pudding Background Design Series Paper also at 4.5x13.1 cm.

3) Stick the two small strips together on the back before sticking them onto the black cardstock to make sure they are the same height and to make sure are stuck down with an even border onto the backing.

4) Cut a piece of ribbon (I have used Basic Grey Grosgrain Stitched which is retired now.  You might like to use this Silver ribbon instead.) and put a little bit of glue or tape onto the back at intervals just to keep it in place when you stick it down over the join of the two small strips which are already stuck onto the black cardstock.  Tuck the ends over the back and stick in place with glue or tape.  Stick onto the Smokey Slate cardstock.

5) Cut another piece of Whisper White cardstock at 5x9 cm and stamp it with the miss you stamp from the For the Birds set.  At the same time, stamp the image onto the Pistachio Pudding Background DSP.

6) "Fussy cut" (that means cut by hand - I LOVE my paper snips for this kind of work, they are so sharp and make cutting a breeze) the mail box out and stick straight on top of the image you already stamped on the Whisper White.

7) Colour the little bird in with a Pistachio Pudding marker.

6) Next stick that whole piece down onto the uncut Basic Black cardstock and then cut around it.  It's fiddly to get it placed evenly if you have already cut your backing piece so when I only want a very thin border this is how I do it.

7) Stick that down onto your project, slightly towards the bottom (as you can see in the photo).

8) Finally, make a small bow to adhere to the ribbon at the top of the stamped up piece of card.  I attached mine with a glue dot.


I know that was a very detailed step by step, but I love the card so much, I wanted you to be able to CASE it as best as possible.  Big shout out and thanks to Joan for the inspiration in the first place. 

You might prefer to use a different colour set.  I'd love to see your own creations.  Refer back to this post in your blog if you do and leave me a comment or send me an email so that I can take a look.

Happy crafting!




Crazy Crafters' Melbourne Workshop

Thursday, November 20, 2014

One of the best things about being a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator is the wonderful group that I am a part of through my "upline" (the demonstrator I signed up with), the Crazy Crafters.  

They are from all over Australia and last weekend a few of the Melbourne ones met up for a workshop day which was so much fun.  Here's a couple of others with me, totally ensconced in colouring in for Take home #2!



We made five projects and I tried different techniques as well as products that I have never used before.  I took snaps of the three projects I got to take home.

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Take home 1:  The background and the butterflies are all stamped here in Blackberry Bliss.  They are "stamped off" which means that they are stamped over and again without reinking creating the lightening of the colour the more you stamp.  So rather than needing four or five inks to make this card, I only used one.


Take home 2: Would you believe that the background on this is black and white Design Series Paper?  I coloured it in with Blendability pens.  Such a great idea!  This way you can make the DSP to match the colours of your project.  So versatile.



Take home 3: I've never used a die that constructs boxes or anything so I was excited to use the Hamburger Box Die for the first time.  Here it has been decorated with a flower die that I stuck together after ink sponging the edges.  This was so much fun to make!




I love the support and the fun that the group gives.  I learnt so much and was able to give some of my own tips to other crafters.  Being a demonstrator is about so much more than the 20% discount it gives you off product! 

If you'd like to be part of the Crazy Crafters team send me email to ask me how fionalouisebradley@hotmail.com or if you're all set to go you can click here to join up now!

Thanks for stopping by!


Baptism

Cross on Floral

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Just a quick post for you today because I have been very consumed with my university studies this week being the last of the semester.   (Have I told you I'm a student?  Yep, I sure am!  I returned to university four years ago and it's been a hard slog but a wonderful one.  I'll tell you some more about it in time, I'm sure, becuase I still have another year to go before I graduate.  Card making has been one thing which has kept me sane during this time.  Thank goodness for creative outlets that are so much fun!)



Today I have highlighted patterned paper which isn't something I use a lot of.  I wanted to make a card that I could have on hand for a number of occasions, baptism, praying for you, etc. etc.


The cross is from Papertrey Ink's Everyday Blessing set and I stamped it in SU Blackberry Bliss before restamping with Versmark and clear embossing to make is shine against the patterned paper background.  I hand cut it out and popped it up on some stampin dimensionals.  After laying the paper on some Blackberry Bliss cardstock I finished it off with a thin ribbon.

Blessings to all those uni and school students sitting exams this week.


Engagement

Congratulation hearts

Thursday, November 06, 2014

From time to time I get requests for cards for occasions I haven't got around to designing for.  Recently a friend asked for an engagement card for his sister and I was so excited to be able to set about designing this card just for him.  I get the most enjoyment out of card making when I have the recipient in mind (or in this case, the client).  It means I can think of them while I cut and stamp and I feel the card turns out better with that little pinch of love!




This a 5.5" x 5.5" card made from Whisper White card stock.  The three hearts are stamped from a random stamp I have in my box in Cherry Cobbler and then hand cut out.  I LOVE my paper snips for this kind of work, they are so sharp and allow for quick and intricate cutting out.
They are then popped up using Stampin Dimensionals


 

I punched out the two smaller hearts from Cherry Cobbler card stock using the heart punch in the Itty Bitty Accents punch pack and added rhinestones for sparkle.  These are stuck straight onto the card.


  And finally (well actually I did this first...always do your stamping first up) the congratulations stamp in Cherry Cobbler from the A Word For You set (sadly retired).  Now for this I only inked up half of the stamp because I just wanted "Congratuations."  It's hard to see in the photo but it is actually embossed with Versamark and clear embossing powder just to make it contrast better.  I finished it off with a tiny rhinestone for that final touch of bling.

Thanks so much for stopping by today,


Thank you

Crazy Crafters' November Blog Hop - Favourite Stamp Set

Sunday, November 02, 2014



Sets of matching cards make such a lovely gift, don't you think?  Here's a bunch I've made using my current "favourite" stamp set and coordinating punch from Stampin' Up! 


They are super easy and great to do in a production line.  Just cut all your cardstock, stamp and punch all your images, then get to sticking them all together.  I did it in front of the TV for a lazy night at home and loved it.  

You can choose any colour combination you like, or just make them all the same colour.  Here I have chosen the 2013-2015 In Color Collection.

TIP: Lightly roll the punched out flower around a pen to curve it slightly before popping on a 
stampin dimensional.
 

I love this stamp on the envelope so I made matching ones to go with the cards. Big thanks to  
Schell Fabian for the design.  I've made a note of all the materials I used below. 

Click on the big button blow to take you to the next awesome blog in the hop for more
"favourite stamp set" fun!


Thanks for stopping by today!





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