Sunday, October 10, 2010

Green Birds and Apples

My lovely mum called the other day, with a special request. Could I make a thankyou card for the medical clinic that was so helpful on their last holiday? Well, sure I could! Easy! And to make things easier, she told me the clinic had very pretty decor, which she described. I googled as we talked, and soon I was looking at photos of Apple Tree Medical in Cairns. Wow, she was right, a pretty clinic!

I decided (obviously) to case the joint. That's "CASE", Copy And Steal Everything, a scrapbooking term for deriving inspiration from the efforts of others.

Here is my tester. I decided to go with dots in shades of green, and of course my pretty bird punch. The Sizzix Timeless Type Junior Alphabet was the perfect typeface, so of course I decided on die cut letters. Dots a bit big, I thought. Need to make a bigger card, or smaller dots.

Making a tester is a GREAT idea - nothing like actually seeing what you plan to make before you start sticking.

I went for smaller dots. Here's the final card:

I've turned one dot into a leafy apple, and added a "Daffodil Delight" base card to hold it all together.

Those greens are: Certainly Celery, Kiwi Kiss (a retired colour), and Old Olive.

I raised some of the dots (they are 1/2 inch circles, by the way) up with Stampin' Dimensionals. Perfect for the job, and a little 3-d just adds to the impact.

I don't always remember to make the inside of the card pretty, but this is a special case, so... The bird here is a different brand, by the way. Not quite as iconic as the Stampin' Up bird, but I finally decided on using it too. The dotted line is just marker ...

And finally, a pretty envelope is a must. I took a quality envelope, and added some stamping from the Cheep Talk set - it all comes together. How good is it that the ink, markers and card all match each other? So easy to get good results.

So, this goes in the mail to Mum for her approval, and (if she likes it) off to Cairns to brighten the day of some hard working medical people!

Thursday, September 30, 2010

I told you you'd need Fifth Avenue Floral

So, I claimed, back here, that you'd be needing the Fifth Avenue Floral stamp set. Here's more proof.

In this example, I've gone nuts with watercolour pencil. I've overlapped the lines, and used the odd resulting shapes ... bit of fun, a bit fussy. A bit time consuming, I have to say, but that gave me plenty of time to listen to some music.

New favourite colour scheme - Rich Razzleberry and Pumpkin Pie - bright? You have no idea!

And here's more evidence... I coloured just one flower (with those well known alcohol based markers, but honestly, water based ones would give you a lovely result too). The newsprint background paper is, the new 'Newsprint' designer paper by Stampin' Up. So glad I can finally indulge my newsprinty leanings in "official" projects - the ones where I am trying to show off the products I am so pleased to be allowed to offer for sale!

The scalloped edges have been stamped with our gorgeous music wheel stamp - oh, yum!

And "This is no Humbug" is straight from the decorative paper. Of course.

Monday, September 20, 2010

New Stuff, and some of it penguin-oriented!

So, enjoying the lengthy breaks between posts on this blog? Yeah, me too! Plenty of good stuff to share though, so let's go!

There's a new catalogue! There's a link to it here, and of course, I can provide you with a lovely printed copy.

And here's one highlight - the new OWL PUNCH! Yup, that little owly guy is all done with one punch (there are a bunch of bits, and you get to have fun assembling owls out of different colours and patterns. I've elected to make the owl's tummy out of our new Newsprint Designer paper. Love it!

Notice the woodgrain? That's a new, BIG, woodgrain background stamp. I've stamped it twice, just of register, in two shades of brown. Nice stamp.

Notice the dark brown? That's a new colour, called Early Espresso. It takes a very special kind of person to get excited about dark brown card, but if you are one, don't worry, you are among friends.

Oh, and some old favourites are back in the catalogue. There's the gorgeous Butterfly Prints, and the deer little Forest Friends. I used Forest Friends here on a card for my daughter - the set has a nice tree, a rabbit, an owl, and a deer. Here, I've combined it with Trendy Trees (the orange tree), as well as a punched heart. Oops, didn't show the deer in this card...

For some reason, Forest Friends makes me think of Bridget Jones' Diary.

Oh, yes, I promised something penguin-oriented too. Here ya go. Made from the Owl punch, with minor modifications. He looks a bit surprised, doesn't he?

Saturday, August 7, 2010

You'll be needing Fifth Avenue Floral

I'm often asked about favourite stamp sets - here's one! Fifth Avenue Floral, introduced in last year's catalogue (and still to be available in the forseeable future, of course) is just a fabulous one!

Here's some of the fun I've had with mine lately:
This is a pretty simple technique, a bit of fun for a stamping afternoon or evening ... stamp your image onto watercolour paper, in any of your favourite water based Stampin' Up inks (not black or white, they are different...). The strong colours work best. This is Rich Razzleberry (totally excellent for this purpose).

Then grab an aquapainter, or a fine paintbrush and water, and just ... paint the inside of the petals with water. Let the ink run. If you do a petal at a time, the in will run into each petal, rather than just all over. Dry it off with a heat tool as you go, if that helps. But basically, just paint water and have fun!

For the background, I've used the (sigh - breathtakingly nice) "Manhattan Flower" Textured Impressions folder for the Big Shot. It matches the large rose in the stamp set. Oh, and there's the curly punch too.

Here's another go I had at that same watercolour technique:

At the recent Stampin' Up convention, the lovely Shelli herself (the CEO and chief muse to all demonstrators) used actual old book pages in a sample she made in front of us - yes, she does what I do, takes apart old damaged books and makes them precious again! So I feel good about showing this one off - it includes a page from a very damaged French-English pocket dictionary.

The colour here is Not Quite Navy - I've found it's the "runniest" ink of all for watercolouring purposes. That is, it loves jumping onto a paintbrush and going where you tell it.

See that little oval shape around the "For You" sentiment? Made that with the Word Window, but I had to punch twice. That's worth learning - you can make a short oval as well as a long one.

I have two more Fifth Avenue Floral goodies to show, but they aren't finished, and I really mustn't spoil the surprise by showing them off half done!

Anyway, there are roughly a brazillion other ways to use this set. It has three flowers, a stem, and a nice sentiment too. It's super-popular, and you can have it for $45.95. Maybe you should think about putting it on your wishlist.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

That bird punch again

Are we tired of the bird punch yet? No? Didn't think so!

Here's the little guys just grooving around my art journal - Soft Suede and Kraft (the light brown colour) are my colours of the moment. Loving them!

By the way, Kraft is getting renamed soon - it's going to be Crumb Cake. A much more alliterative Stampin' Up name! And it's getting promoted to a full colour, not just an also-ran. So it gets a stamp pad, and a marker, the whole treatment - yay!

But here's what I really wanted to show off - alternative birds! You'd know when these guys land on your shoulder - CHIRP!

That's just a circle punch making the body, of course, and a Stampin' Write journalling marker for the little details.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Bargains! Bargains!

Oh boy, this is what we need - just THIS WEEK, four really popular punches are on special, at 35% off. Now, this only applies until Tuesday, when a new offer will appear. No, I don't know what. But I'm looking forward to it! The Scallop Oval punch is included - one of the most amazingly popular punches - see it in use here. And here (that's a penguin card, so we love them).

Here's some stuff I laboriously cut and pasted from the Stampin' Up web site...

Deals of the Week

Throughout the month of June, we are bringing you a new deal every week! With the Deals of the Week, you'll get up to 50 percent off a selection of products from the 2009-2010 Idea Book & Catalogue!

This week's deals:

Scallop Square punch - $30.95 $20.12

Trio Flower punch - $30.95 $20.12

Boho Blossoms Punch - $30.95 $20.12

Scallop Oval Punch - $30.95 $20.12

See what I'm sayin' - the Scallop Oval Punch - yay! A little bit of gorgeous for $20 and change.

I'm putting in my own order shortly, you want me to include yours?

Some fabulous Stampin Up swaps

A little free time ... why don't I post a few photos of fabulous swaps I got at the recent Stampin' Up convention?

Here's one I really admired : by Jane Norrish, it's a terrific little box (containing a packet of tissues, very handy). The box is made of Kraft coloured card (which is getting a rename soon, so Crumb Cake - a much more Stampin' Up name!). The stamps are all from the pretty Pendant Park stamp set, which is in the current mini catalogue. And wow, I think they must have had Jane's box idea in mind when they put the set together, because it all works so very well! The stamp set is a very reasonable $27.95 if you get it in clear mounted (or you can have wood mounted for a little more).

Now let's have a look at something made by Carolyn Bennie (who, amongst other things, was pushing a pram at convention - that's a busy lady). She had made heaps of sets of earrings! Yes, actual earrings! Check HER blog for a bit of info about how she made them - the Tiny Tag punch was instrumental, of course.