Friday, 28 May 2010

Dream Big...

Last Summer, we went to Brighton where my son found this ice-cream that was just about the right size! This photo said it all and was my inspiration for this scrapbook layout. As i'd used a poka dot background i wanted a dotty theme so cut out some large circles from a sheet of scrapbook paper and used some large stick on circle gem things. 
Then using the Alphabet Stamp Set i stamped out the words 'yumm' in the large circles and then using the stamp set Lined up, i stamped a border in a matching ink up the side of the photo and along the sentiment, then added a gem into the centres to continue with the theme. Was quite chuffed how it turned out, am getting into this scrapbook alot lately, and as i have tons of photos ready and waiting.... who knows?

Thursday, 27 May 2010

Fiesta!


I'm in the process of making a mini album of photos from my 40th Birthday party earlier this year. It was a great night, and fortunately a friend took lots of photos for me as I was a bit preoccupied. As it was a house party the house shaped mini album seemed perfect, one of those purchases you make in the sure and certain knowledge that SOMEDAY it'll come in handy. Kaisercraft do a similar one and lots of other chipboard alterable albums - all of which I covet.

I used the tiny cupcake stamp from the Scribble Sentiments range to create this border, appropriate not just because the photo is of the lovely Nina and Marion from Sugar and Spice whose emblem is the cupcake, but because I served over 40 of them for dessert, along with a giant sized version! I scalloped it using a fab technique Marion teaches in one of her classes by using the EK Success Corner punch and removing the guard. The papers I've used are from the Basic Grey Lime Rickey range, that's a cocktail which seems appropriate for the theme.

Happy stamping Ladies.


Monday, 24 May 2010

Gift box and fabric brads

I love fabric brads and recently saw some packs of self cover buttons in a local sewing shop, and decided to have a go at covering them, in order to make my own fabric brads using my Sugar and Spice stamps.  The buttons are incredibly easy to use, all you need to make your own fabric brads are your stamps, staz on ink and a few scraps of plain fabric.

I used the 11mm self cover buttons for my brad (they come in a variety of different sizes).  I followed the instructions on the back and began by cutting the recommended circle shape from my fabric (which was an old white napkin) and stamped the small flower stamp from the Alpha set, colouring it in using stickles.  When dry I added a gem, sewed a running stitch around the edge of  the circle then gathered it up over the self cover button and added the shank on to secure.



Here is my finished brad:

I then used it to adorn a recycled small pillow box.  I took the pillow box apart and recovered it with my choice of papers, stamped the happy birthday stamp from the Sugar and Spice In a word set, added a bit of bunting and secured my brad in the centre.

Monday, 17 May 2010

Hi everyone, thought I'd share a card I have just finished for a special friend of mine who's just about to turn 60.
I used scribble flower stamps as a background pattern and then built up some dimension with some paper flowers.

Remember you can always transform your paper flowers by stamping onto them or changing the colour with inks or some fab glitter paints.

Bye for now and happy crafting P x

Saturday, 15 May 2010

MARTHA STEWART MEETS NESTIBILITIES

Hi Everyone

Here's another little quickie video to make a great flowery card


Hope you enjoy !!!

Marion x

Tuesday, 11 May 2010

Blooming

Hello Ladies on this lovely crisp blue morning.


Today's project is a card for a friend recovering post surgery, using the traditional theme of flowers.

I've had these little terracota vases for ages and not gotten round to using them as I thought they might look a bit old fashioned, but combined with the modern lines of the "In a Word" stamp I think it's brought it up to date. The flowers were punched from swiss dot bazzil cardstock which I also used to mat the stamp and coordinating velum using two sizes of punch. I drew the stems on using a Sakura gellyroll pen and added a little bling to the flower detail on the stamp. Finishing off with a piece of ribbon I had left over that was just the right size - don't you love it when that happens?

Happy stamping :)

Sunday, 9 May 2010

Happy 40th Sarah!

Hi gang!
It was my lovely friend, Sarah's birthday and she was having a huge birthday bash, so I decided to do her a photo album so she could keep all her photos in.

I cut all my bits on my lovely Slice machine and inked the edges to give them some definition. With my flowers I curled the edges so they looked a bit more 'real' and added a blingy brad to the middle.

For this cute little tag I used the Sugar and Spice 'Happy Birthday with a Cherry on top' stamp with the wonderful Versafine ink and the coloured the number 40 in with a pink marker. Scalloping the edge with my boarder punch led me to bling up the scallops - lovely!

Hope you feel inspired by my little project
Love & Bugs
Nina
x

Saturday, 8 May 2010

3D card

Nic here and for my project today I made a 3D card using MLS papers and stamps from the Sugar and Spice 'In a word' 'Happy birthday with a cherry on top' and 'scribble flowers' sets.

I hand cut various elements from the papers and made a concertina card to attach my cut out pieces of paper to to gain that 3D appearence.  I made a small tag stamping the 'happy' and the frosting stamps from the happy birthday with a cherry on top of set. 

For the back of the card I used the happy stamp from the scribble flowers and the birthday stamp from the in a word set to stamp my greeting.