Sunday, 28 March 2010

Easter Table Gifts


With Easter next weekend, I've made some little popcorn box table presents for my family get together which will act as gifts and decorations.

Starting with the basic shape cut using the Cricut and the Tags, Bags, Boxes and more, I edged the top scallop with glamour dust. Then I stamped four flowers and cut them out, intricate but really worth it. Sticking a button threaded with a coordinating colour that completed the flowers which I attached to each side using foam pads. The look was finished with some ricrac attached with high tac DST. And then of course the most important bit. I filled it with chocolate eggs.

Hope you have a lovely Easter - and manage to get some crafting in with the extra days off :)

Scrapbook layout

I don't often do scrapbook layouts, but i absolutely love these images and had to do a double page spread with them. Using a pink page that already had a slight pattern on, i used some masks, which i then inked around and then went round with a white pen to add stitching (and yes it took ages!) used some pearly doodles to add some accents. Inked around the photo which i used punches to make a pretty edge that i mounted the pictures on. The sentiments were from the Scribble flowers stamp set, which i just love. I glittered the petals and added gem in centre to finish off, and must admit.... im kind of liking scrapbooking, so may have to make alot more pages.

This shot shows a close up of the stitching detail.

Tuesday, 23 March 2010

Cheers!

Hello all,
The project I'd like to share with you today is very quick and easy to make and uses stamps from two of the sugar and spice stamp sets - 'In a word' and 'Love and Laughter. 

I have to admit I am more than a bit partial to the odd glass of vino as are many other folk I know ;-) and I think giving a bottle of nice wine is often a great way to say thank you to someone.  As with all gifts, it's lovely to receive something that's nicely presented so I thought I'd try my hand at making a wine tag that could be personalised depending on the recipient.  And here is my finished tag:

I started by cutting patterned paper measuring 6" long and 3" wide.  I used a basic grey 6 x 6 paper pad as the paper needs to be of cardstock weight. 
I scored the paper horizontally 2" from the top then used a 1 and a quarter circle punch to make my hole for the bottle. 
The next step was to use a border punch to make the tag edges which I attached to the tag sides. 
I attached two pieces of ribbon and made a small bow and stuck these onto the tag horizontally. 
I stamped the flower heart once as a whole image and in a row along the edge of a piece of co-ordinating cardstock and then cut very small strips to place next to tag edges and cut around the hearts to make the scalloped border at the bottom. 
I stamped the circular frame and the with love words from the In a word set to make the circular embellishment. 
To finish I added a pin, a few beads and gems and attached my tag to the bottle. 
Here are a couple of close ups:

Thanks for looking,
Nic 

Wednesday, 17 March 2010

Cosmic Crazy

Hi everyone, just thought I'd share one product I'm loving at the moment. I bought some cosmic shimmer powders a few weeks ago, but like most crafters I know, they went in the drawer with everything else, anyway I found them and they are just fab.


The affects you get on black card are just gorgeous. I covered the bottom part of the card with a Versamark stamp pad, then taking three different colours of the powders I sprinkled them all over the watermark area. By dabbing with a brush and working the colour into the area, you are left with a wonderful affect.



I then used one of my favourite stamps, scribble flowers, and by stamping the small flower over the cosmic coloured area with the versamark, it lifts the powder to reveal the black card underneath............................like magic!!!!!!!!!!!!!


For the top part of the card I stamped the medium scribble flower with the versamark ink and then dabbed the cosmic powder over the stamped area to gain a reverse effect.

Hope your enjoying this fab spring weather, bye for now and happy crafting P x

Thursday, 11 March 2010

A lot to be thankful for


Hello again ladies.

I've just celebrated my 40th birthday with some pretty fantastic friends and family, I suspect it's going to take a bit to get the house back in order, the balloons are still floating, the cupcakes are almost gone, and I felt the need to thank a few special people who really helped me with preparations and travelled a long way to attend. And of course for all my lovely gifts.

I've not really used this lovely stamp set before to it's full potential so it was great to get it out and use almost every one on this card.

I started off by cutting the backing paper square and stamping the greeting from the Scribble Sentiments set. Masking this off I then stamped the stems of the button flowers.
By stamping them using different ink colours on a separate piece of card I could then mount the buttons after trimming using foam pads. This made them stand out more. Before I did that I pierced the button holes and threaded through some different coloured flosses.

I don't know about you but I'm enjoying the start of the lighter mornings and evenings, and the very early signs of the beginning of spring, which is showing through in my crafting. I'm finding myself drawn to greens and pastels. And my creative juices seem to be waking up.... I hope you're feeling it too.


Tuesday, 9 March 2010

Shrinkie, dinkie, doo dah!

Hi girlie's, this little project I made to show you something that I love to do with my stamps. Oh and to let you in on a little class secret..... I love shrink plastic, you know, Shrinkies that you do with the kids but a crafters version. This is sold in sheets and can be stamped on with an alcohol based ink like Stazon. Now most people would be putting this in the oven, the normal way of shrinking it but here at in Sugar and Spice land we like things to be done NOW and we haven't got a oven too!
So we put them in a mug and heat with a heat gun. Make sure you keep moving the heat around and when the shrink plastic starts to bend, toss it like a pancake! It should shrink to 7 times smaller then how it started.

Ta dah!

How cute do the Fat n Funky look?!



Love and bugs

Monday, 8 March 2010

Framed!

As Mother's day is fast approaching, I wanted to make a card for my Mum that looked good but was both quick and easy to do and this is what I came up with:

In order to make my card I used two different coloured ready made card blanks in light gold and ivory colours.   I used a border punch to punch along the bottom edge of both the cards, graduating the cut for a layered effect.

I then drew around a circular pot and cut out the shape from the gold card blank only.  I lined up the ivory card blank so it fitted inside the gold card and used the cut out shape as a stencil to draw another circle shape.  I then stamped the swirl shape from my alpha stamp set around the edge using red versafine ink.

The next step was to use my stamps to make a scallop frame to fit around the outside of my cut out circle on the gold card blank.  I did this by using the circle stamp from the love and laughter set.  I drew around the same pot on a piece of pink patterned paper and stamped over my drawn line making sure half the stamped circle was outside of the drawn line using a clear pigment ink.  I then sprinkled red embossing powder over the image and heated with a heat gun. When cool I cut around the drawn line in order to create my scalloped frame.

I glued my scalloped frame over the cut out circle on my top card blank and glued the second card blank inside the top blank.  I decorated the top layer by cutting out and colouring in some transparency shapes and die cut letters spelling Mum.  To finish I then attached a bloom on the inside layer inside the stamped circle.

Nic :-)

Saturday, 6 March 2010

Keeping It Simple

Hi Ladies,

Well it's happened. Been so so busy since Crimbo, that I have not stroked a bit of paper, had glitter in my hair and my Mo Jo just disappeared. So these two little cards are Keeping it Simple to get the flow going.

I had two die cutting plates, sitting still in their packs and thought, yep they'll do ............... and straight away made two little cards. Marion stocks the little 4x4 cards and are a great buy. They come in packs of Black or White. Needless to say that both colours are a must have girls. The Scribble Sentiment stamp set is a fave of mine ............ we need more words Marion. I inked the edge of the shapes and added pearls and a little bit of ribbon to give them that little special something.

I just needed to get back to the basics and keep it simple to kick start the old Mo Jo.
Love
Jayne

Tuesday, 2 March 2010

AND HERE'S ANOTHER...

This one shows you how to punch around a page using the Martha Stewart PATP Punches.... ENJOY xx

NEW YOU TUBE VIDEO ...... JUST FOR YOU

Hi Everyone

Here's another You Tuber.... this time showing you how to make GRUNGEPAPER FLOWERS..... ENJOY xx

Monday, 1 March 2010

Friends

Hi everyone, was that the first sign of spring today?.......................I do hope so.

I wanted to share this project with you today to show you how some doodling and a set of stamps can be so effective. I used one of my personal favourite set of stamps from sugar and spice called Scribble Flowers.

There are three different size flowers in this set and also the words smile, happy and hello. I stamped all three sizes of flowers on pattered paper and cut them out, then by doodling with a white pen on the black background it gave a striking effect..

Almost forgot adding glitter.......................a must.


Check out the word smile I stamped in a circle, being a clear stamp you can curve it slightly on your acrylic block.

Bye for now and happy crafting P x