Tuesday, 27 November 2012

tea anyone?

I've realised I still have more cards to show you from last month's (and this month too) card club so here's another tea inspired card for you guys! 

Stamp Set: Teeny Tiny Sentiments, Tea Shoppe
Ink: Pretty in Pink, Elegant Eggplant
Cardstock: Wisteria Wonder, Elegant Eggplant, Certainly Celery, Pretty in Pink, Whisper White
Punch: Bird Builder, Itty Bitty
Big Shot: Lacy Brocade Emboss, Delicate Doilies
Baker's Twine: Wisteria Wonder
Accessories: Pearls

I just love this colour combo. The doily under the teacup and the leaves and flowers peeking out is darling! This is such a cute vintagy girly card! I just love it! 

Hope you enjoyed this little creation! 

Happy Stampin',

Amanda xx

Monday, 26 November 2012

holiday oraments

The holiday ornaments framelits and coordinating stamp set are fab! They make almost instant cards! Not to mention you can make some really fab 3D ornaments for your tree with them too! (Watch this space for a photo of my ornaments which I've made) 

Stamp Set: Ornament Keepsakes
Ink: Cherry Cobbler
Cardstock: White Shimmer, Cherry Cobbler
Big Shot: Holiday Ornaments, Holiday Frame Emboss
Ribbon: Whisper White Taffeta
Accessories: Pearls 

Have a great Monday folks! 

Amanda x

Sunday, 25 November 2012

snow angels

Stamp Set: Winter Wonderland, Come to Bethlehem
Ink: Raspberry Ripple, Summer Starfruit, Gumball Green, Midnight Muse, Pool Party, Blush Blossom, Pretty in Pink, Basic Black
Cardstock: Whisper White, Pool Party, Raspberry Ripple, Summer Starfruit, Midnight Muse
Punch: Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border
Accessories: Silver Dazzling Details

The snow angel kiddies were coloured in with blender pens for a watercolour look, snow was stamped, tone on tone in the background for a subtle texture. Scraps of paper were added to the side to tie together the colours used for the kids. The red one does look like the stitched grosgrain doesn't it?! Its just a white gel pen for a faux effect! 

Happy Stampin',

Amanda xx

Saturday, 24 November 2012

moving forward...

There are so many lovely new stamp sets in the catalogue, I have a wish list as long as my arm! One set however that I didn't pay much attention to was Moving Forward. It has cute kiddy images like a bike and boat as well as a frog and bird which could be used for a modern style card - not necessarily kiddy ones. So I hadn't really noticed it until I was reading Heather's blog and she did a little series of cards using this set and I was hooked! It went from not even being on the list to pretty much the top! 

Well, I got it! Its so cute and different - I love it! I thought it'd be perfect for a card I wanted to make to congratulate some friends of ours who are adopting! They have 2 kids - one girl and one boy! Seeing as they aren't babies I didn't want to make it too much like a new baby card so I thought these images would work perfect for a couple of toddlers! 

Stamp Set: Moving Forward, Curly Cute
Ink: Baja Breeze, Pretty in Pink, Crumb Cake
Cardstock: Whisper White, Crumb Cake, So Saffron
DSP: Floral District
Punch: Itty Bitty, Scallop Trim
Ribbon: Pretty in Pink Satin (retired)
Accessories: Mini Brads

Aren't the mini brads just the cutest little accent?! They add a little fun to the card but not as glitzy as rhinestones or pearls would be! 

What do you think? Hope you liked it! 

Amanda xo

Friday, 23 November 2012

merry minis altogether now

The Merry Minis punch pack has a coordinating stamp set. Today I thought I'd show you how you could use both together. 

Stamp Set: Merry Minis, Teeny Tiny Sentiments
Ink: Gumball Green, Raspberry Ripple, Summer Starfruit
Cardstock: Gumball Green, Crumb Cake, Raspberry Ripple, Whisper White
Baker's Twine: Cherry Cobbler
Punch: Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border, Merry Minis
Extras: Festive Pierce Pack

I pierced the bauble in the background and then layered sentiment and some of the merry minis! A little baker's twine bow finishes it off! 

Happy Stampin',

Amanda x

Thursday, 22 November 2012

merry mini stars

I showed you a quick card using the Merry Minis tree earlier this week so I thought I would show you the star punch today! 

Doesn't it just look darling in different scraps of red and green with just one sparkly gold star!?

Stamp Set: Curly Cute
Cardstock: Real Red, Cherry Cobbler, Lucky Limeade, Champagne Glimmer, Whisper White
Ribbon: Real Red Stitched Grosgrain
Punch: Scallop Trim, Merry Minis
Embossing Powder: White 

Another great card to use up scraps of paper! and a great way to add a little glimmer with one gold star! 

Happy Stampin',

Amanda x

origami wreath decoration

Some of you may remember this wreath ornament that I made for a class last year. Its pretty simple to do, just a little bit of folding and slotting together! I had a request for instructions from a customer and after looking on my computer for them to email her I realised they wouldn't be on here as they are on my old computer (the one that only had half a screen and drove me mad, remember?!)! So I decided to draw a line under that and make y'all a video! Now you can all enjoy learning how to make it and maybe even make some of your own!

If you have any questions please do drop me a message! 


Amanda x

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

window card

I am really loving the Papillon Potpouri stamp set and coordinating butterfly punch at the moment! 

Another of my new loves is the International Bazaar designer paper! If you haven't seen it yet, you really must! So pretty!!

Stamp Set: Papillon Potpourri, Fabulous Phrases, Summer Shilouettes 
Ink: Early Espresso, Crumb Cake
Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Summer Starfruit, Whisper White
DSP: International Bazaar
Accessories: Dahlias
Embossing: Clear
Ribbon: Lucky Limeade Ruffle
Big Shot: Apothecary Accents Framelits
Punch: Elegant Butterfly

The tiny flower from the Summer Silhouettes was stamped over the background. In the bottom corner I punched out a butterfly - a strip of the designer paper inside the card shows through when the card is closed! a little banner popped over the butterfly with a sentiment on it too! I used the same paper pattern with the Apothecary Accents, layered some paper and ribbon banners over top and on top of that a butterfly embossed with clear embossing for a subtle pattern. The centre is accented with a Summer Starfruit dahlia. 

Did you see that the butterfly pattern is the same as the pattern on the designer paper? Talk about coordination!! 

Happy Stampin',

Amanda xo

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

merry mini trees

I've got a quick and easy Christmas card today using the Merry Minis punch pack! 
So with the Merry Minis you get a tree, bauble and star! They are so sweet! 

Stamp Set: For My Family
Ink: Gumball Green
Cardstock: Gunball Green, Lucky Limeade, Crumb Cake, Whisper White 
Baker's Twine: Lucky Limeade
Punch Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border, Merry Minis

What a easy and fun card using up all those little scraps! 

Hope you've enjoyed the real quick post today! 

Thanks for stopping by! 

Amanda xx

Monday, 19 November 2012

watch me on you tube?!

I am sorry once again for being a absentee blogger once again! But I promise you I have a good reason (or two!). 

I'm trying something new! I am trying my hand at some you tube videos! For all of those craft obsessed people like myself who can spend hours watching youtube crafting tutorials, now you can while away the time with the lul of my voice! Haha! Maybe not so much of a lul but hey! I'm on there doing my thing! 

So I am hoping to do some general demos with different products and techniques and I am also planning (in the pipeline) to do some product reviews/how to use and get the most out of a certain product! For example the Big Shot or the Simply Scored board so watch this space! 

In the mean time I have a could videos already on, one was for this sweet little place setting favour for our Thanksgiving meal which we celebrated on Saturday! 

Ink: Raspberry Ripple
Cardstock: Raspberry Ripple, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla
DSP: Orchard Harvest
Big Shot: Little Leaves, Lots of Tags, Mini Milk Carton
Punch: Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border
Ribbon: Raspberry Ripple Stitched Satin
Accessories: Pearl

For those of you interested to know what I filled these with - two Ferrero Rochers fit perfectly inside!!

And don't forget that if you switch up the colour combo and DSP you would have a delightful place setting for Christmas too! (Or any other dinner party for that matter!)

Please do feel free to leave me some feedback about my videos, if you like them and what you would be interested in seeing yourself! 

Have a lovely day! 

Amanda xx

Friday, 9 November 2012

small and simple!

I thought today I'd show you a really easy and tiny card I used for my thank you notes to my customers last month! Cards don't always have to be big and complicated, sometimes its enough to just make a small (7cm square) card! 

Thank You Butterfly

Stamp Set: Teeny Tiny Sentiments, Papillon Potpourri
Ink: Raspberry Ripple
Cardstock: Whisper White, Primrose Petals
Punch: Elegant Butterfly
Accessories: Rhinestone 
Extras: Essentials Pierce Pack

So the butterfly is stamped and punched - love the co-ordination of Stampin' Up!'s stamps and punches - they make life so much easier!! To frame the butterfly I used the new essentials pierce pack to paper pierce a oval onto the card. I added a sentiment and a rhinestone to finish off! 

Hope you enjoyed a quick card today! 

Happy Stampin',

Amanda x

Thursday, 8 November 2012

a learning curve regarding window sheets!

Time certainly doesn fly doesn't it!? October was such a busy month, both for myself and for Stuart too - school has been manic for him. So at the end of October came half term - great for a little break and just hang out with my darling husband again! Now its back to the grind stone - well he is at least - school is manic once again and I am pottering along with card club, making christmas pressies, sewing thing (well trying to - I spent a lot of the afternoon reading pattern instructions and not sure I've really gotten anywhere!) 

Anyway I thought I'd show you a wedding card I got asked to make a couple weeks ago. The colour scheme was navy blue and my friend didn't want anything too soppy or mushy! She also asked if I could incorporate their names into the card too! So I got my thinking cap on! 

Wedding cards don't come around every day and when they do, you want them to look special so I will admit not, it was a bit of a challenge but I think I managed to achieve elegance without any mushiness involved, I hope you'll agree! 

Wedding Cake Card

Stamp Set: Love & Laughter
Ink: Midnight Muse
Cardstock: Midnight Muse, Whisper White, Window Sheet
Big Shot: Delicate Doilies, Lacy Brocade, Typeset Alphabet
Ribbon: Midnight Muse Stitched Satin

When I started I thought the coolest idea for incorporating names would be a wedding cake card with the initials on top of the cake! This lead me to thinking about how great it would look if the card was cake shaped and after some deliberation I decided using window sheet as the card base would be the best way to do this! 
Maybe a wedding card for a customer was not the best time to use window sheet for the card base for the first time wasn't such a good idea! But you live and learn, and let me tell you, this card was a REAL learning curve!  Here's what I learnt...
1. Whatever you stick to the front of the card has to be covered up behind or you'll see the adhesive!! 
2. Embossing paper changes the size slightly - therefore if you're sticking card on the back to cover up adhesive marks, check its not too big that it'll show through on the front!! 
3. Be careful where you get adhesive - the adhesive remover, fabulous product on paper but doesn't work on window sheet - just smears!!
4. Think and KNOW for definite where you want things stuck! No matter how carefully you try to remove cardstock from the window sheet, once its stuck, its stuck for good! No backsies! 
So you can see I had great fun making this card, right? Well, I did, despite all of my mistakes! 
Also if you're wondering why the sentiment inside the card is stamped on a doily, well I stamped the sentiment on the cardbase crooked and so this was my sneaky cover up!! (Yes, I stamp things wonky too!!! I am by no means the perfect stamper!)

Wow this is starting to look like an essay, I think I shall have to sign off now before I bore you any further! 

Have a great evening,

Amanda x