Creative Card Class

As you are no doubt aware by now, I love to craft.  What I have discovered is that I also love to share crafting with others.  My hope is that they will get the same enjoyment and reward from it as I do.  So last week, I spent a fun couple of hours one evening teaching these lovely ladies how to make beautiful greetings cards to send to their nearest and dearest – or not as it seems they were so taken with the finished products that they were keeping them all for themselves!

The ladies in action!

I try to make the class interesting by introducing different techniques for each card.  The cards we made at this class were as follows:

Dragonfly and Dandelions

This featured on my blog in October 2018 and has become one of my most pinned items on Pinterest 🙂  It entails simple stamping and a couple of die cuts.

Paper Pieced Lady

This idea was from Amanda, my SU! team leader.  I used the technique with a teapot and cup stamp in my blog post on 10th March 2019.  It involves stamping and fussy cutting.

‘In Focus’ Dandelions

I don’t know if this is the correct term for this technique but to me, it makes the eye focus onto the cut out-sections so the title seemed to make sense.  This card is created using stamps and punches.

Embossed Foil Card

This card uses an embossing folder and a die cut.

Thanks to Ruth and Nikki for being such great students and making the evening so enjoyable.  At the end of the night, despite their initial concerns that they wouldn’t be able to create the cards, all were completed and looked fabulous – nice work ladies!

 

 

Images © 2019 Stampin’ Up!

Varied Vases

This week’s post has been inspired by the beautiful sights of swathes of wisteria, tulips and daffodils that seem to be everywhere. I love flowers, in particular scented flowers, and I like to cut some from the garden to put in vases in the house.  Just a few scented flowers in an arrangement can fragrance the whole downstairs of the house.

For this project, I used the Varied Vases stamps and the matching punch.

The vase options are an outline to colour in yourself, solid or a patterned style.   I opted for the patterned style and stamped them in Bermuda Bay ink and then punched them out.

After stamping the scalloped edging, I roughly positioned the vases so I knew where to stamp the flowers that would be in the vases.  The flowers have an outline stamp that you can colour in or there is a matching solid stamp to fill them in, which is what I used with Cherry Cobbler ink.

The card was finished by stamping the sentiments and mounting onto a Bermuda Bay card base.

This is a similar design but in landscape format with Mint Macaron and Lovely Lipstick.

My third card was made by stamping the vase outline onto some Gingham Gala DSP and punching it out.  To give the vase a different look, I overlaid a layer of velum on top.  The punch cuts out the tulip flower and leaf so I stamped and punched those using Tuxedo Black, Lemon Lime Twist and Lovely Lipstick inks and attached the leaves to the back of the vase.  I then drew round the vase arrangement lightly with pencil onto a piece of Whisper White so that I could stamp the other tulip leaves, flowers and stems.

I then stamped the scalloped edging at the bottom of the vase and the sentiment to the right. Once the ink was dry, the pencil line was erased and the piece was cut out using a scalloped oval die.  The vase was mounted using dimensionals and a mini dimensional was used under the single tulip head to give a 3D element to the arrangement. The piece was mounted onto a layer of Lemon Lime Twist card that had been textured using the Layered Leaves embossing folder and a piece of the polka dot tulle ribbon.

 

 

 

 

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Hello Cupcake!

My challenge to myself this week was to make a card using colours that I don’t normally reach for.  I like purple, grey, green and blue so tend to use those frequently and the other colours don’t get a look in. So, I decided to use some new purchases: Bermuda Bay, Lovely Lipstick and Sahara Sand.  I also used Very Vanilla cardstock too instead of my usual white, together with my new Buffalo Check background stamp and one of my prizes from a couple of weeks ago, Hello Cupcake.

The biggest job was working out the dimensions of the parts of the card as this is my first one of this design.  Once that was complete, the actual card only took about 15 minutes to create so it’s a great option for putting into card packs or making multiples.

For this card I used:

Sahara Sand:  card base4⅛” x 8⅝” (scored at 5¾”) and mat layer 4¼” x 2¾”

Very Vanilla: liner 5½” x 3⅞”, card front 4” x 2½”, mat layer 2⅝” x 3⅞” (you could use some DSP for this piece instead), sentiment 1¾” x 2”

First, I did all the stamping.  I did change my mind about the sentiment colour when it came to assembling the card as the Bermuda Bay didn’t stand out enough and had to stamp again using Lovely Lipstick – you can’t always tell these things until you’re at that stage!

I stamped the sprinkles down the liner edge and used the blender pen and some ink from the pad to colour them and then stamped the heart in pink to add a little pop of colour.

Once all the stamping was done, it was simply a case of sticking the pieces into place.

I fussy cut the icing so that I could pop it up on dimensionals.

On the smallest piece I cut the end using the Triple Banner Punch and then stamped the sentiment and cut it to size.  It seemed a little bare so I found an offcut of ribbon in a complimentary colour to wrap around the top.  This was adhered using dimensionals.

And that’s all there is to it!

 

 

 

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