Saturday, 24 May 2014

Die Cuts

I recently came across a little tissue wrapped pack of miscellaneous die cuts which were popped in with a couple of dies I bought a while ago - a nice touch on the part of the supplier I think.  This greeting was one of them but obviously I have no idea who made the die.  I simply put it onto a die cut and embossed shape, added a flourish and a flower made from odd scraps of paper and card.  Background paper is from a selection which came with a magazine.  I hope the holiday weekend weather is better with some of you than it is here - very dull and raining steadily.  Have a good time whatever you have planned.

Corners - Whimsy dies
Label - Top Note die by Sizzix for Stampin' Up
Embossing Folder - Swiss dots by Cuttlebug
Flower - SU punch, Marianne die, X-cut flower punch, unknown punch for centre
Flourish - Marianne die

Thursday, 22 May 2014

Bag in a Box

My friend Jill of Jills Quills and Jill Stamps Up very kindly let me have instructions for her bags in boxes which you can see on her blog.  Of course she said she looked forward to seeing what I made so here is my first one (so easy to make) and of course with a bit of calculation the size could be varied.  I used scraps of card from my stash and some double sided paper.  The flower was made using a large flower punch.

Paper - Tim Holtz Vintage Shabby collection
Flower - Stampin Up large flower punch
Tab - Stampin' Up tag punch
Border -Stampin' Up punch

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

A Vintage Journey

I discovered a new (to me anyway) blog from reading posts by the lovely and talented Jenny whose blog I follow regularly.  It is called A Vintage Journey and as it seems ages since I played around with inks, masks and so on I decided to produce something inspired by her excellent tutorial.  I love all things 'Tim Holtz' and my wish list for Ranger products keeps on growing although I do have quite a selection anyway.  Basically her tutorial showed ways of making backgrounds using masks and stencils - me being me I seem to have covered up quite a lot of mine but I expect you get the idea (should have used a smaller image). The current challenge is ALL ABOUT HIM and I do happen to know a man who studies dragonflies, damsel flies and so on.

Various masks - Tim Holtz, Ranger
Stamps - Stampers Anonymous Classic Favourites and Simple Sayings
Distress Inks - Broken China, Tumbled Glass, Chipped Sapphire
Number plate sticker - Tim Holtz
Tattered Banner die - Tim Holtz strip die


As it is the week for Chelsea Flower Show I thought I'd make a garden themed card using a digital image - sorry I've had it so long I can't remember the source.  He looks so cheerful that I thought bright colours would suit and a couple of left over die cut cats were added to watch him at work.

Background - from stash
Panel - Hardwood stamp Stampin' Up
Image - cut with Spellbinder label dies
Border - Spellbinder border die
Cats - Impression Obsession die
Flower Pots - punch
Greeting - Tim Holtz stamps

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

May Challenge #2

The second challenge of the month at House of Cards is to be in either Classic and Elegant style or Clean and simple(CAS), still using the picture as colour inspiration.  I struggle a bit with the CAS thing so decided to go for the classic and elegant.  As luck would have it the challenge on Make My Monday is Nature and I guess this fits the bill there too.

Image - various stamps from Stampin' Up Silhouette Sentiments on watercolour paper
Swirly Frame - Lea'abilities
Leaves - Cheery Lynne
Flowers - punched from scraps of printed paper
Border Strip - Creative Expressions embossing folder edged with SU punched strips.