The Masked Butterfly

Hi folks just wanted to share the card demo’d at my party on Wednesday. It used a few techniques, Masking, sponging and collaged stamps. I love the effect and the sponging is so simple but looks really effective. You might remember I use it on this card back in January when I first played with my In This World stamp set.

Its a fun wee Z type fold.

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One with me, using scraps

I loved  Jenifer Hignite’s layout as soon as I saw it and knew it would be a good one to CAS(E) . Her’s was a digital layout so much easier to line up all the strips but I dont think I did too bad a job thanks to my trusty metal ruler. Here is the layout

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I used some old retired paper that I love but only had strips left ot. All the strips are 1″ wide and most started out as 2″ lengths. Here is how I used my ruler to line up the pieces as I glued them down.

p1090272You can see the narrow even strip on the left of the ruler, I just held the ruler steady and butted up the next column against the edge. Viola!

110 Cards – Up the Flowered Path

As you will have read yesterday our new Bonus Days Promotion requires a spend of $110 to earn your Bonus $11 coupon so I decided to make some projects that used products totalling around that amount to help you choose what to get.

So may I introduce to you 110 cards!

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Up The Flowered Path Card – Just click on the Card Photo above to be taken to the quick How To PDF. I based this card on one by May Park who called this technique (she had used stamped images though) Faux Stained Glass. I figured that in these colours though it looked more like paving stones. Watch out for another edition next week.

And here as promised are the pictures of the new Limited Edition Stamp set and Thinlit Dies available from August 2 – 31 or while stocks last. How cute is this!

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Eleanor Squared

Told ya I love my markers! I never get rid of any of them when they retire so have a whole heap of them, some of which I used to colour these awesome flowers. Basically I start with the palest colour  all over the flower then add the medium colour  over the “etched lines” before adding the darkest colour on some of the edges and closest to the centre of the flower plus all the shadowy bits. Then came the Gorgeous Grunge for a bit  of interest. That frame stamp makes quite a good background too. The sentiment is from Cottage Greetings

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Flash Birdies

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Something a bit different for me but I was playing. You would never guess this is card is made using Flash Card pieces like I was talking about earlier in the week. You can check out Flash Cards by Connie Stewart HERE to see what Im talking about. Both the coloured piece and the white piece are cut diagonally. then one set goes long ways across the bottom and then you FLIP the other one and it goes longways UP the card. Be sure to do your stamping on the card base (and triangles) BEFORE you glue the pieces to the card base.  The flowers were punched  from the coloured triangles. You never see the spaces once its all stuck together. I do love to make my own papers and one of the most useful stamp sets for that is Gorgeous Grunge its a great “filler” and means you can add more colour and details to your designs without overdoing it.

Spotlight Eleanor

Today’s Eleanor creation uses two techniques – Spotlighting and Triple Time stamping; I just did two layers of stamping instead of three. Splitcoaststampers have tutorials for Triple Time  and Spotlighting. I love my Stampin’ Write  Markers! This would make a great sympathy card too.

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2 cards 1 sketch

I Kind of CASED this one from the Card using Blended Bloom on page 114. It is a great design that could used in a number of ways. The Blackberry Bliss one uses Sprinkles of Life and the Cucumber Crush one uses another of my new sets called Made With Love.

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The paper banners are made using papers from Cherries on Top 6X6 Paper stack

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How cute is this wee deer! And there is that gorgeous Cherry paper again. To get the water coloured look to the baby suit I quickly ran over the stamped lines with a Blender Pen (p 163 of the catalogue) then I deepened the stripes by using the Inkpad squeeze method. Squeeze the inkpad while its closed and then open the ink pad and the should be a smudge of ink on the lid. Pick up a little of the ink and scribble it on the lid and colour the stripes. I used this method to colour the deer as well.

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Build A Birthday Fancy Hat

Me again. Here is another Build A Birthday card and definitely not a cake!

P1040892 I tried a File Folder card in Watermelon Wonder, the front is covered using some of the new In Colour Envelope Paper. This is a much lighter weight than our DSP and obviously suited for making envelopes but also works for layering on cards. This is in the Tip Top Taupe colour as is the Dotted Lace.

TIP: I trimmed off the top edge of the lace, coiled it to add a wee touch behind the flower  and gathered the rest onto the bottom of the image panel.

The great thing about Photopolymer stamps is you can reshape them into curves and I did this a little with the cake stand stamp I used for the hat. You can tell its a hat can’t you???

TIP 2: To add the striped ribbon on the hat I lightly stamped the cake stand on the back of a piece of white card, cut around the lower edge of the foot piece to get the scallop then on the blank side stamp the stripe candle piece and trim to length before gluing on the “hat”.

The flower was made by “faux suedeing” 2 X 7/8″ scallop circles and layering them. Cute huh! The sentiment of course from my fav sentiment set ever Crazy About You!

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What to do with the leftover bit!

After I made the card (posted yesterday for Colour Throwdown Challenge) I was left with the pieces from inside the letters and the “negative” of the word. P1040784Using a couple of sticky notes I then sponged 1 cm stripes of colour on a piece of Whisper White the same size as the “negative” card piece. I adhered the “negative” in place ( you could use dimensionals here to raise it up a bit) then stamped the Birthday sentiment on some WW, punched it out with a Word Window punch and popped it on some Dimensionals under the word. Then I matted and mounted the whole piece as shown. Cool huh! Here is a closer look at the sponged stripes.

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Photopolymer Amazing Trick

Hi folks I just watched this video by Connie Stewart where she shared this awesome tip about photopolymer stamps. PRESTAIN! Yes – Prestain – it will save your stamps from staining so badly with our darker, stronger coloured inks. Just pick a pale colour to use with your stamp for its first stamping and it will stain THAT colour and any inks after that will clean off much better. SO clever!

Here is the link to the You Tube video