Saturday, 24 January 2015

20th Century Style

This is the title of the challenge this week on Make My Monday and here it is Saturday already - just about made it in time!!  I've gone for Art Deco style using a stamp from a free A4 set which I've had for some time and probably only used possibly one of them before - certainly not this particular one I know.  Stamped onto cream card and coloured with Polychromos pencils then cut using an oval die and put onto a couple of other layers with a Deco Style sentiment stamped and punched.

I had a good sort out of my miscellaneous stamps, mostly freebies from magazines and smaller single ones which I've bought over the years.  They were all in boxes but rather jumbled up so I went through them and re-organized into categories, keeping similar types together.  This has also resulted in reminding me of just what stamps I actually have and that they are rather under used, probably due to the current trend towards die cutting and embossing for cards without actual images in many cases.

Stamp - freebie from Creative Stamping magazine ages ago
Corners - Sizzix die
Oval die - Spellbinders
Cream embossed layer - Docrafts embossing folder
Blue layer - Deco labels die from Stampin' Up
Sentiment - Papermania stamp (Docrafts) SU punch
Backing paper - Die Cuts with a View

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Very Important Date

A fairly quick card today using an image from a CD with the title 'A Very Important Date' which as you might guess features characters from Alice in Wonderland - I thought this would be a good male card.  Background paper was printed from the CD and I've added an embossed panel featuring watches.

Background and main Image - Important Date CD by My Craft Studio
Embossed Panel - Folder from Sizzix Tim Holtz range
Sentiment - computer generated

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Lotus Blossom

Today's card for Pixie Snippets challenge uses a three step stamp set which comes free as part of Stampin' Up's 'Sale-a-Bration' promotion - a photopolymer set which makes this sort of technique easier than it was when using wood mounted stamps with a positioning gizmo.  I used Pumpkin Pie ink for the stamping and some scraps of matching card for the layers along with an odd piece of paper from the scrap box.  A doily was cut from a scrap of white card and the remaining coloured scraps  were used for the sentiments which were stamped and punched.  On my desk at the moment I have a pile of random bits and pieces, mostly left over die cut corners, flowers etc and I've almost decided to throw them out (something I find VERY difficult!!) - on the other hand they might be 'saved' and used on future Snippet cards.  I don't know why I find it so hard to throw anything away because after it isn't as if I don't have oodles of scrap card to cut more as and when they are needed and then at least they would hopefully be just the right colour or design I need at the time.

Image - Lotus Blossom stamp set Stampin' Up
Doily - X-cut die
Layers - Spellbinder dies and Tonic die
Sentiments - stamped and punched with Stampin' Up punches