Sunday, February 17, 2013

Valentines Day

This year I decided to make some small heart shaped gift boxes that Crafty Maria had on her blog and she had cased them from HERE. They were so easy to make and so quick, I thought perhaps if I made a few and a few cards then I would be covered. because I dont usually sell a great many at my market stall for Valentines Day. For whatever reason this year was very different from the last 3 years and I couldnt keep up with cards (maybe the newsagent running out had something to do with it).
The heart covered card was made from Whisper White and matted with Real Red. I used some scraps of card stock and DSP  some current and some retired and punched away with my retired triple heart punch, I then adhered them to the card stock and run the card stock through the Big Shot using the Square Lattice Embossing Folder. Using my heart Framelits I Cut out some hearts this time using the Bigshot and embossed them using the polka dot embossing folder, I attached the small heart with a dimensional and added a basic rhinestone to the centre.  The next card was one I CASED on a blog and I can not remember who it was. So if the triple heart card looks familiar and is yours please let me know so that I can give you credit for your creation.It uses Riding Hood Red, Melon Mambo and Primrose Petals, each punched heart punched out and placed onto matching cardstock with a dimensional. These were attached to Whisper White Cardstock with a trim of Dotted Scallop Border Trim Punch. The last card is one that is just all the left over hearts that I had punched out and I made them to look what I thought was hearts overflowing from a box. I then trimmed the bottom of the box with some of the smallest hearts from the retired triple heart punch. These were all quick to do and apart from the sentiment had no stamping on them

Feeling Sentimental........

This weeks challenge with Sunny Challenges and Creations was to use some of those lovely Sale-a-bration items that we have received for free when placing an order of $100.00. You have to admit that it is not hard to spend $100 with so many wonderful things available to us in the Holiday Mini or The 2012-2013 Catalogue. I decided to make some coasters using the three picture images from the Feeling Sentimental set, and to do this I used the Scallop Circle Die and some backing cardboard from the Silver Glitter Card stock and run it through the Big Shot. I did the same with the First Edition Specialty Paper and some cork sheet that I had on hand here. I Stamped the images using Early Espresso on the Specialty paper and adhered it to the scallop shape of the cardboard, cork backing and the Limited Edition SP using my Anywhere Glue Stick (love that stuff). I then sponged the image and the SP with Soft Suede to give it an Antique look. To finish it off I covered the top with Crystal Effects and let dry. I love the way they have turned out and think I may be making more of these as small gifts. My next project was to make a card using the telephone box. Once again I used the Limited Edition SP on the bottom section of the card and Whisper White which I had embossed using the Square Lattice Embossing Folder, on top of a Real Red Base. I added a strip of Real Red which I had punched with the Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border. The phone box image was stamped using Real Red once again on Whisper White and matted onto a piece of Basic Black card stock. Very simple and very effective. Till next time, take care.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Sunny Challenges and Creations for this Week

This week Kris set the challenge and it was simply to create something using  the sketch that she supplied and something from Sale-a-bration. On the right is my interpretation of her sketch, and to make my card I used Sycamore Street DSP. My base is white and that is topped with a piece of Raspberry Ripple cardstock that I put throught the Big Shot using the new Honeycombe Embossing folder. The DSP I layered onto a piece of Summer Starfruit cardstock, which along with the Raspberry Ripple cardstock belong to our In Colours range for 2012 -14. The butterflies were stamped in Raspberry Ripple, Summer Starfruit and Pool Party and punched out using the new butterfly punch. I placed 3 small seed pearls along the spine of the butterflies and attached them using Mini Glue Dots. Please check out the other samples from our design team at Sunny Challenges and Creations and why not play along with us for the chance to be our Ray of Sunshine? We only have one rule to be eligible to win our Ray of Sunshine and that is to use Stampin Up products, be they current or retired. Till next time, take care.

Welcome to my blog...Take 2

Most of you will know me from my other blog Gwens Cards n Stamps in Bloom. I have had all sorts of problems trying to log into that account, so rather than rip my hair out any longer I decided I would create Gwens Cards n Stamps in Bloom 2!
Please look in on me from time to time and see what I have created. Also make sure you check out Sunny Challenges and Creations for a new and exciting challenge every two weeks for you to take part in if you wish and who knows you could be the next Ray of Sunshine!
Until next time, take care and happy stamping.
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