Party Time

 Another card from the Penny Black ‘Love London’ stamp set for the J&C Creations DT. When I saw this image, it instantly said Party Invitation to me. With so many people being certain to have Street Parties for this years Jubilee, I think this image will get a lot of use.
 The image itself was stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black onto white card, then cut out using Nestabilities Petite Scalloped Ovals, S4-139. I used the second to largest die, then used the largest to cut out another oval from Red Glitter card, and one from Tim Holtz Core’dinations blue paper.
The blue oval was cut roughly in half from the bottom left to the top right.
 The image was coloured with Promarkers, and I used a pale grey to add a little ‘ground’ for them to run on.The ‘You’re Invited’ sentiment was one from an Octagonal wood block I bought at the NEC years ago, and is also stamped in Memento black.   I added the blue half oval to the back of the image with a little DST, then used some silicone glue spotted on the back of the image to matt the whole thing to the red glitter card. Silicone glue is ideal for this, as it will stick to the rough surface of glitter without a problem.
My base card is in topfold format, and I added a strip of red ribbon to the top, and a strip of the blue dotty ribbon along the bottom, then added the image panel in the centre with foam dots.
So, to recap, you need:

Love London stamp Set
 TuxedoBlack Memento inkpad
Promarkers- Red, Blues,Greens,Browns &Greys
Red glitter card
Red & Blue Ribbon
Blue Tim Holtz Distressed Paper
Nestabilities Petite Scalloped Ovals, S4-139
‘You’re Invited’ stamp

Westminster Abbey card

 This is another great stamp from Penny Black, this time a wood-mounted,4226L, Westminster Abbey. 
 I thought immediately that it would make a lovely Wedding card.
 I used a base  of white pearlescent card, A4 folded to A5.
TIP: If you fold A4 to make A5 cards, trim a little off the top or bottom before you begin to construct your card. Used as is, it will be a very tight fit into the envelope, and if it has any layers or dimension, it will not fit.
 The Abbey image was stamped in Adirondack Espresso onto a scrap of white pearl card, and cut out using Nestabilities Labels 8, with the  2nd from largest die. I used the largest die to cut out the dark blue mat from dark blue card.
 Next I used a small very slightly damp paintbrush to drag some of the Espresso ink into the image. You can use a waterbrush too, just don’t let too much water reach the tip.
TIP: Keep your brush only slightly damp, and scrub it off onto scrap paper regularly. You will pick up ink on the brush, and end up dragging too much colour into the image. And yes, I found that out the hard way, lol.
 I sponged a little Adirondack ‘Meadow’ at the bottom to give a foliage impression, and some ‘Stonewashed’ in the sky area.
 The image was matted onto the blue card with DST.
 I tore a strip of Tim Holtz Core’dinations paper in blue and added it to the left of the card, and some glittery vellum on top. If you don’t have glittery vellum, you can do your own by stamping a swirly or flowery image onto plain vellum with clear embossing ink, and heat embossing with a sparkly embossing powder. The blue spotted ribbon was tied in a knot over both, then the image mounted overlapping this with Pop-Up glue dots. I used a ‘Wedding Day’ worded stamp along the opening edge, stamped in Distress Ink Cracked Sapphire,  placed equally, and added some dots in a matching Promarker to finish.
 This is another DT project for J&C Creations, and the Stamp, ribbon, Distress Inkpads and Tim Holtz paper are all available from J & C Creations.

To recap, you need:
 Penny Black Westminster Abbey stamp
Adirondack inkpads in Espresso, Stonewashed & Meadow
Distress inkpad Cracked Sapphire
White Pearl Card
Dark blue card scrap
Tim Holtz Core’dinations blue paper
Glittery Vellum
Blue & White Spotted Ribbon.
Nestabilities Labels 8
Small paintbrush or Waterbrush

Valentines Card

This was the card made for my Beloved Husband this year.I used the Black & Burgundy theme from our Wedding, and the card also incorporates some of the ribbon used in the Invitations, as I have plenty left!
 The base card is white Pearlescent, from PDA Card & Craft, which is where I buy the majority of my cardstock from. Good prices, excellent quality & choice and fast order turnaround, so whats not to like?
 The ornate background was stamped in Encore Gold Pigment ink onto black pearlescent paper, and heat embossed with Gold detail powder. The stamp itself is called Large Swirl Frame Background, by Magenta, 26019-R.

This was matted onto white pearl card, then black card. Some Burgundy ribbon was tied around the left hand side, and tied in a bow. Then I mounted the panel onto the card blank, which was cut down to a square.

For the tag, I used some dark red leather effect paper. Its a roll I have had for a while, I bought it from Hobbycrafts at the NEC a couple of years ago. I used this to cover a plain white tag, and trimmed it down.

Next I added Distress Ink in Aged Mahogany to colour the white edges of the tag, and to swipe over the texture of the paper too.
I punched a hole in the top of the tag next,then used a hole re-inforcer, coloured Black with a Promarker, to finish it off. I also used the Promarker to colour inside the hole, to hide the white edge.
 I got these from Wilkinsons, by the way. I thought they’d finish off  tags I cut myself tags nicely.

Now I selected some Black & Burgundy paper flowers (Craft Creations),and cut the heads off the stems. I used the Black Promarker again to colour the green leaves black.

A dollop of silicone glue next, and some small pieces of ribbon pressed into it, then the flower heads on top of them.

The Black & White heart  is I believe, a freebie from Craft Stamper some time ago. I stamped it in Versafine Onyx Black onto a scrap of the pearl white card, then added a couple of layers of UTEE. I put an acrylic block on it overnight to flatten it, after the UTEE had cooled down. I added it to the tag with some more silicone glue, so I could angle it slightly. A small length of black organza ribbon threaded through the tag, then finally I added it to the front of the card with some sticky tabs for dimension.

WOYWW # 139

The Call of the Wild

Well, thats one month gone already! and the first resolution (starting on Christmas cards) has fallen at the first fence, so I’m afraid that does not bode well for the rest of the year. Ah well. I will console myself with the idea that its the thought that counts, and my intentions WERE good, and apparently I was right about the old saying about good intentions.
Time to rejoin the world of desktop snooping, with all my blogging friends, courtesy of Julia Dunnit at The Stamping Ground again.

Just a quick card this week, and it really was quick & simple.Took me 20 minutes, I think. The Wolves stamp, Coronado Island, Shi & Mi, SJ151-JL, was stamped in Memento Black onto a grey marbled piece of card. Matted onto black, then white, and mounted onto a base card made from the grey marbled card. The Wolf Post stamp, same company, stamped onto a scrap of card, and added after the black & white ribbon. All the Coronado Island stamps are U/M now, which I like, but originally they had wood-mounted and U/M, and if you like realistic animal stamps, they have a gorgeous selection.
       Imagine is a Vap! Scrap stamp that I bought as a set of a dozen or so,mainly single words like Dream, Wish Believe etc. which I don’t make as much use of as I should. I love wolves, as you have probably guessed, and Black & White is definitely my favourite colour combo.
  I chose the word ‘Imagine’, because if I had to choose to be something other than a human being in my next life, I would want to return as a wolf- and I do imagine what it would be like to run through the night, feeling the wind on your nose, ruffling your fur……

Back to reality, and E-bay got me again this week, as I found another Tim set, which I got for a fiver, so I was pleased at that.
 Finally, this weekend, the 5th, sees my first project for the Craft a Scene DT, so I shall be posting that on Saturday, as that should fall in with the time zone issue.
By the way, thank you Julia for the info on how to schedule a post, and to ShazinOz for e-mailing me with the answer. I had been doing ok up till the last bit, when I had been clicking on ‘Save’, instead of ‘Publish’! So I am going to try again tonight- Wednesday is the only day I actually willingly get out of bed so I can come & link & post- every other day I drag myself out at the last minute- we have to be at work for 6 o’clock, so I give myself just enough time for a coffee & a couple of cigarettes before leaving home. I can carry on getting my caffeine levels up to normal when I get to work :).
So Wednesdays routine is: get out of bed, go downstairs, on the way past my craft room, turn my PC on, go down to the kitchen and put the kettle on,(we have an old Victorian 3 floor house and our bedroom is on the attic level) go back up & put my password in, go back down and make the coffee, go back up (with the coffee) and post and link. I’m knackered before I get to work on Wednesdays. 
OK, fingers crossed all I shall have to do in the morning is Mr Linky! See you all later, have a great day!!!

WOYWW #134- mid-way between Christmas & New Year.

Good Morning everyone, I hope you have all had a wonderful Christmas, and are looking forward to the New Year. Time for the last WOYWW of 2011, hosted as always by our Mistress of Ceremonies, Julia Dunnit over at The Stamping Ground.
        I know its a bit early for spring cleaning, but when I have finished all the Christmas cards, while I am putting everything away, I usually do a bit of re-organising.
So this first picture is what my desk looked like a few days ago:

As you can see I have a bit of a problem with ribbon. I knew it needed some sort of organisation, but I didn’t really know how I was going to make it user & space friendly! That is, until someone posted a link on Splitcoast Stampers, to this lady, Becca’s blog, where she had come up with her own solution. She used foamboard to make ‘bobbins’ to wind her ribbons onto. So I purchased some A4 sheets of 3mm thick foamboard online, 30 sheets, as I would need quite a bit, and that was the cheapest way to buy it.I found that I could cut it into 7 x 7 cm squares, and have next to no waste. Each A4 sheet gave me 9 squares, and a little strip. So I started with 270 squares, and believe it or not, I have 2 , yes 2  squares left over!

 3 days of sorting and winding, and this is the result. 3 drawers filled with neatly wound ribbon, and 1 drawer that has metallics, leftover ‘bits’ and a few reels. The ribbon on each bobbin is held in place with a rubber band, and in some cases there are more than one ribbon on a bobbin, if there was not a lot of that particular piece.

 I am amazed at how little space this takes up now.
I went from these three tubs, to these drawers.


That sort of looks like it takes up the same space, so here they are side by side:

The three large tubs all fitted into 4 small drawers. Almost 90 bobbins per drawer! And now I can find any colour I want- easily.  I can’t tell you how many ‘bits’ I found, because I could never find the skein I had started! Had a bit of a stress sometimes over some colours- is Teal green or blue? and when does orange cease to be orange and become apricot?When does grey become silver? Then I realised that it only mattered to me- as long as I could find them, does it really matter if my orange/apricot/peach are all together? 🙂
 So I am off to post, and start visiting, as I am still on holiday until the 3rd of January!!! Yipee!!!
By the way, I bought my foamboard from The Foamboard store, and I got the 3mm white, in A4 size. If you need quite a bit, this place seemed to be the cheapest, and they shipped really fast too- I think I ordered one Friday/Saturday, and it arrived on the Monday.

WOYWW #125

Morning all! Actually, its evening while I am writing this, as its Tuesday night, but I go to work at 6.30, and my brain couldn’t cope with typing at that hour.
    A few odds & ends on my desk this week- a set of Tims stamps, which I have been meaning to get for ages. I am so going to play with these at the weekend.

Here are a few Wedding Stationery samples I have been busy with- I am trying to build up a portfolio of designs. These use some fabulous paper I bought  few years ago, which you can put through your printer, then sprinkle with embossing powder. Great for the monograms- I really need to find some more now though.

Last thing is a box of white & gold ribbon in various sizes, which I have bought off e-bay. Definitely the place for ribbons, especially if you want quite large quantities.I’ve been getting 30/40/50 yard rolls, for what I would pay for 3 or 4 yards locally. You can also see a sheet of the stickers I put on the back of my cards, another monogram, and there is a broken Quartz crystal bracelet waiting to be restrung.
        Well thats me for this week, fairly short & sweet, I shall post this first thing before going to work, then start visiting tonight when I get home. Then again, it may be tomorrow, as today (Wednesday) is my Daughter in laws birthday, so we’ll be going to see her straight after work.Have a great Wednesday everyone, and if you are new to this, hop over to the Fantastic Miss Dunnits, at The Stamping Ground, and show your workdesk to the world.

Oriental Poppy in Gold

   This is a stamp by Hampton Arts, 4523 Asian Poppy, which still seems to be available, I found it here, and here. The background was brayered with Adirondack Lemonade, Sunshine yellow and Sunset orange, the Post-it note Sun mask was added after the Lemonade.The Image was stamped in Versafine onyx black then heat embossed with clear powder. It is matted onto black cardstock, then mounted to the card front. the base card was cut to 14cm square, then covered with a gold patterned washi paper, I think this was in a pack from Hobbycrafts. The Japanese Shop also has a great choice of washi papers,as do Roze. An Oriental coin and Black & Orange ribbon finished it off.