Monday, 29 October 2012

Sweet Treats no trick

Ok, so I'm not the best painter, of small objects with a large brush, in the world...I prefer 'cutting in' around the skirtings when decorating rather than the whole roller thing...

So what do you think of these cheeky chaps?  I made them from salt dough, my first attempt...I should have used plain flour...but it does give an interesting rounded character to them...LOL...

So how did I make them? The marvels of Stampin' Up! again, I picked these biscuit stamps up in Canada, they're now available here!  The stamps are food safe silicon 6.5cm (2.5 inches) across and fit onto a chunky handle which any nursery aged child or older would love to make (the handle would be a bit large for the tiniest of children).

So how did I do it? 
  1. Using your favorite salt dough or biscuit  recipie roll out to about 1cm thickness.  Use a biscuit cutter to cut out, (mine had a serated edge) but do not move the biscuits, remove the waste instead (reuse it and roll out more).
  2. Insert the wooden base of the stamp handle in to the silicon Sweet Pressed Cookie Stamp and gently press in to the biscuits. 
  3. Place the stamped biscuits on to a baking tray and bake according to your recipe (low and slow for salt dough). 
  4. Remove from the oven and cool, decorate with acrylic paint and varnish the faux biscuits, or you could ice real biscuits or leave plain as the pattern is indented.   
  5. For the faux biscuits: punch out circles or scalloped circles and a piece of gold cord.  Make a loop on the back of the biscuit.  Cover the circle of card with a very strong glue such as glossy acents or crystal effects and cover the end of the looop.  Once dry use to decorate the house for halloween.
The stamp set comes boxed, and includes two recipies for edible biscuits, one with and one without eggs.  I think I will be making some real buiscuits for halloween for the office.

Friday, 26 October 2012

St Martins Farmer's Market

Tomorrow I'm going to be at St Martins Farmer's Market selling cards and Christmas cards and hopefully some Beatrix Potter baby vests.

The baby vests are an experiment...I have used some fabric transfer paper for the first time.  The printing and the transfer of the image have gone really well.    I know parents and carers are busy people so its got to be able to go through the washer and tumble if I'm going to sell them....I've just popped the vest in the wash at 40 degrees and then I'm going to tumble dry it to see what happens to the design...a melted mess or a gorgeous design...

...why not come and find out for yourself at the Farmer's Market tomorrow, you can come and see my range of cards, plus you can pick up your groceries - bonus. 

The Market is at the Parish Hall, with easy parking outside or at the Community Centre and is open 9am to 12.15.

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Thanks for Caring

Our second card in the October Class of 'A Year in Cards' was a sympathy card.  I like to keep these cards simple and allow the sentiment and your own hand written thoughts to be the main emphasis of the card.

Here are two versions of the A6 black and white card using three stamps from the retired Thanks for Caring stamp set from Stampin' Up! (SU) (the orchid was so easy to line up with the sentiment because the cling rubber stamps are shaped and you can see through the acrylic block exactly where you're going, stamp the sentiment first.

We die cut out the sentiment with SU framelets 'Labels Collection', second from smallest one and another from black using the third from smallest one.  I guess other shaped dies would work just as well, but I recommend that you keep it simple.

Next we pieced holes around the black frame with a paper pirecer (or pokey tool) and the Festive Paper-piercing Pack from SU, it actually has the holes all mapped out for these dies!  It also has maps for the Holiday Ornament Dies (which I'll definately be using for my Christmas card classes) and the window frames collection dies.

Glue the black frame to the card and mount the sentiment on foam pads over the black frame.

You can stamp a sentiment in the middle.  Simple as I say.

Monday, 22 October 2012

Stamping Stars

Well, my ladies are stamping stars! there were some first time stampers and some experienced ones too!  I took several types of tea but forgot to take the coffee, thank goodness I was able to borrow some from Sheila at Rex Sationners!  Thanks Sheila!

This is the first card we did, we're starting simple and elegant and over the weeks we'll be building skills and experience, we used both wood and cling mount sets. 

I just love the combination of kraft card (crumb cake from Stampin' Up! (SU)) and black, this is what we did: 
  1. We punched a star (SU retired) from crumb cake card and ran it through a dotty embossing folder, via the big shot. 
  2. Next we stamped 'Good luck' (from the former sale-a-bration set So Happy For You) in black on crumb cake and then punched it out with SU's modern label punch. 
  3. Next we used a fine tipped pen and created dashes around the edge of the punched out shapes, a form of faux stitching
  4. Then we cut and folded an A5 piece of black card in half to form a portrait A6 card. 
  5. Next we cut an 8cm x 8cm piece of crumb cake and stamped the dotty outline star from the retired SU Seeing Stars stamp set and glued it on the inside of the card with the star at the bottom right.
  6. We mounted the star and good luck sentiment on foam pads on the front of the card with the top of the star about 2cm from the top of the card, and the sentiment about a centimetre down from the star.
  7. You could also stamp a star on either the front bottom right of the C6 envelope or on the back on the flap.
I think this card could also be adapted as a 'you're a star' card, you could always write a sentiment on a punched out shape to suit your occassion.

Well two more cards to show you, and a sneek peek of one of the cards from the November class; I'll post them over the next week or so, please come back to view.

Sunday, 21 October 2012

More Weddings

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Here's another commissioned card, gold mirri card and gold embossing with a bit of lace and a die cut or two do the trick

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Card Class Tomorrow!

I'm so excited about meeting my class tomorrow at 7pm, all places are now booked, I'm looking forward to getting to know my ladies!  I've just got some final prep to do and my bags to pack, I hope I don't forget anything!

If you've booked your place don't forget to bring your tool kit and the class cost of £66 plus £2.12 materials for this months class.  We'll be looking at good luck, thanks and sympathy, we may even start on our christmas cards too, using simple layouts and building skills and knowledge - and my brand new stamps and dies for the latter too....

I'll post the cards we create after the class, for those of you who can't come and would like some inspiration...please come back and view...

Friday, 12 October 2012

Another wedding

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This time a simple embossed rose design with a hint of baja breeze card and the bride's and groom's name printed on to white organza ribbon...all from Stampin' Up!  The retired stamp set too....Did I tell you I love their stuff!

Monday, 8 October 2012

A4 Wedding Card

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Don't you just love the versatility of stamps?  Here I turned an image and a sentiment from the Marry Me retired set from Stampin' Up! into an A4 card, create an embossed background and layer it up, add some interest with a large edge punch from Martha Stewart, add some vintage lace and ribbon and a few pearls and swirls.

The vintage lace and perfect plum colour card reflected the colour of Sophie the bride's dress and colour theme.

Thursday, 4 October 2012

Banners a go go

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Another special birthday card, this time for Angelique, she loves the 1940s and 1950s.  We had a themed garden tea party to celebrate so I thought this was a great card. 

Lovely products from Stampin' Up!, all now unfortunately retired, but fortunately now replaced with loads and loads of new products...there are something like 14 new sets of patterened's a shame I'm going through a clear out, of the whole house, otherwise some of their new lovely papers would be lining my shelves...Free papers...if you join up in the UK to Stampin' Up!