Saturday, 26 February 2011

Final Birthday Card

Afternoon everyone!
Today is the final birthday card for my Nan, i made this yesterday after seeing a YouTube video. I'd have to admit i did completely copy it but i liked it as it was. One thing i did change was the ruffle across the middle, now the lady shown how to gather the ribbon. I did attempt this way however it just didn't give the effect i was hoping with the card, instead of this i did a line of sticky strip and just layered it.
I don't think there is anything else i need to say, the card is made out of all Stampin' Up! products. I'm back at school next week, so i may be a bit slow on updating my blog, but I'll do my best!

Have a good rest of the day everyone and I'll be back soon!


Thursday, 24 February 2011

Evening all :) Just want to say a big thank you for all the lovely comment and support I've been given to keep crafting. Now as i mentionted before its my Nans birthday at the end of the week and i wanted to use what i had left if my card stock from the last two cards.
I made this card for my brother in law for my sister for valentines day, and i wanted to one like it for my nan. Here is the Valentines day version using the bliss stamp set from Stampin' Up! :

From here using merina mist and crumb cake. I also tryed to do this card without any stamping (which i did), however i fund i had to the sentiment- not good! This is what i came up with:
Ignore the sentiment i think i may find something to cover that up with because the more i look at it the worst it makes me feel. Other than that i use my embosslit from Stampin up in america (always good to have friends from everywher ;-) lol ) Which reminds me my bests frriends Mum (who is american-Hi Carol) has two friends coming over at the end of march and Carol asked me to make a few things to trade witht them, so i'll have updates on everything i do for them.

Anyway thats all from me tonight!! Cya everyone!!

Wednesday, 23 February 2011

From One Card Too Another

Hi everyone, its been a few days but boy have I've been busy!! Who new one person could have so much to do in a week. Anyway it's my Nans 80th at the end of the week, now I've planned to start before hard today however i started late last night. I received a stamp set i won on eBay and i really wanted to use it, however the image on the i wanted to use was quite small. Now i love small cards; 3x3 to 4x4, just love them. My Mum doesn't as much, she would say 'the bigger the better'.
Now i didn't have any ideas on what i wanted the card to look like other than i wanted to Marina Mist card stock from Stampin' Up! In the end i ended up working with a 3x4 base card and i want to frame the image, in short here's the card:
From here i knew i had to make a larger version of this, so i thought though ideas I'd had in the past and remembered i want to try and do an easel card. This is what i came up with next:
Now I'm perfectly happy with this card but there is a few elements of it that I'd change. One of which is the angle of top of the card, another is the button and the position of the stopper because it is fairly high up.
If you haven't noticed by now I'm a perfectionist, lol. i do have another card in mind using the same colours but i need to find a third to separate the colours more. Any question's, advice or comment are welcome : D

Night all!

Sunday, 20 February 2011

Butterfly Embellishment

Afternoon all, I've decided to get this done now before getting on with my list of things i need to do (one of which is sort my craft stuff). Okay to make the butterfly you will need the following:

A sheet of vellum
Black embossing powder
Heating tool
Anti static bag (optional)
Versa mark ink
Stampin' Up Fine Flourish (or other decorative stamp)


First ripe over your vellum with the anti static bag (if you have one) and ink up your stamp.

Evenly press down the stamp ( common sense really), however if around the edge isn't stamped clearly, i wouldn't worry as it most likely will be waste.

Now you need to put on the embossing powder, i use black with this embellishment, i have tried other colours and i don't think they worked as well. When you heat emboss vellum, I'd suggest heating it from the back because you can see when the powder has melted.

 Now i place my butterfly template on the back of the design and draw around it. If you have a butterfly die or large punch like Stampin' Ups butterfly punch then they will also look good!
After you have cut the shape out it will look these below.

Now although they are pretty enough, to me they are still to busy. This is why i add a little something into the middle of the butterfly to calm the background down. Below is an example of different things that can be put in the middle; buttons, pearls, brads and gems.

If you want to purchase the Fine Flourish stamp from Stampin' Up for £9.95 just click on to Sarah's websites. She has however just had a baby boy, so may direct you else where if you need details of another demonstrator just leave a comment.
And if this seem like to much of a long process, you could also look at Cuttlebug Cut & Emboss - Butterflies. These would also make a great accent to your cards and would great in vellum.

Now i think that is everything you need to know, any questions leave a comment below or feel free to email me.

Martin x

Saturday, 19 February 2011

Late Post lol!

I've been meaning to write this post these last 2 days, however, things have happened! Isn't that always the way. This is only going to be sort and give you a small look at what I'm showing you how i made an embellishment. Here is the sympathy card on which i used it on:


And here is the butterfly I'll be trying to explain how to do, lol.

Well I'll be back tomorrow to explain everything you need to know on how to make some of your own :D!

Cya x

Wednesday, 16 February 2011

First Blog!

Woo! First blog post ever; how exciting! Boy do i have a a craft idea for you, its a elegant notelet holder with notelets. I have had the idea for ages for a box to hold cards in however i could never get my head around where to start (shape, colour, tones etc).

Well here is what i came out with in the end:
And the Notelets:

List of materials:

  • Stampin' Up! Crumb Cake Card Stock & Ink
  • Stampin' Up! Chocolate Chip Ink
  • Stampin' Up! Chocolate Chip Satin Ribbon
  • Stampin' Up! Jumbo Eyelets
  • Stampin' Up! Bliss
  • Basic Grey Cappella Paper Collection
  • Papermania Brads
  • Revision Cards from Tesco
  • Nestabilities - Labels Eight
So that's everything to do with the project, feel free to leave comment, suggestion etc. As you can guess I'm still every new to this so any advice on blogger what be helpful; just get in touch if you have anything to say!

Have a great day!

Martin