Wednesday 26 September 2012

Border system fence

A few weeks ago when I made the Piano card I thought I would be able to make a little fence using the same Border System and double scallop punch - so here it is.
I bought this embossing folder ages ago (really, ages!) and this is the first time I've used it as I could never think what to do with it, but it seemed to fit well with this idea.

Here's how I made the fence..
1. Punch 4 times with the Double scallop punch to whatever height you want the fence and cut the scallops into 8 strips with the mini trimmer.

2. Mark the strips at 2cm from the top and 2cm from the bottom and cut 2 log narrow strips to join the fence panels together.

3. Using 3D foam squares from Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L add one to the top and one to the bottom of each strip at the marks.

4.  Add the long pieces in a straight line across the foam squares and trim off the excess.

I used the Tonic Studios mini daisy punch along with petals snipped from the Simplicity Classic Daisy punch for the leaves and the mini butterfly punch at the top of the card.

Monday 17 September 2012

Country style

I suppose you've noticed by now that I'm a real fan of gingham. It has a lovely country cottage feel to it, especially when it's teamed with spots. This is one of the cards which I made a few weeks ago for Create and Craft to show off some Tonic Studios products. The stamp is the main Chrysanthemum  image from the Pick of the Bunch range and I've rounded the corners of the rectangle with the Duo Corner Punch. I then used the 1.5 cm Ribbon punch with red gingham ribbon threaded through it. The card blank and layers were all cut with my 12" Maxi guillotine. I added faux stitching around the edges to add to the country feel.
The finished card makes me think of a jug of Chrysanthemums in a country style kitchen with gingham curtains and a spotty tea cosy......time to put the kettle on, I think ;)

Saturday 15 September 2012

Roses and lace

It's my turn, along with Brenda, to make a mid month card for the Sir Stampalot challenge and I've chosen to       go with another Rose stamp from the Pick of the Bunch collection by Tonic Studios and I've added the lace behind the designer paper this time. The Roses have been mounted onto a Tonic Studios Butterfly Circle doily die with 3D foam squares by Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L and the butterfly is, of course, my all time favourite standby, the Multi Detail Butterfly punch.

I've been on the Design Team  at Sir Stampalot for several months now and have really enjoyed getting to know the other members.You can read a bit more about how both Brenda and I got started crafting on the challenge blog.I first met Brenda , who heads the team, (and Eddy!) when I visited the shop last June while on holiday.Since then we've been in constant touch and I have appreciated all the encouragement and advice Brenda so willingly gives to all.

Before you go, please take a few minutes to check if you know the signs of a stroke - you could save a life.
This illness has raised its head once again this week in our family and I think it's a good time to help raise awareness and remind you of the signs......

Friday 14 September 2012

One I made earlier..

Well, I've been having a very busy week as usual - painting. Painting the inside of someone's house, that is, not a canvas! All that climbing up and down ladders to "cut in" between the walls and ceilings and between the different colours should keep me fit....
So this card is "one I made earlier". It's a very straightforward type of card which doesn't take too long to make but I think it's quite effective.
I cut a circle out of the centre of the white card with my circle Shape Mates and used the inside of the circle to line up 2 different punches (the Pansies Accent punch and the Butterfly Pattern punch, both by Tonic Studios ). The stamped image of the Rudbeckia flowers from the Pick of the Bunch collection was then cut out leaving a little border of white and glued onto the orange background. Simples :)
You can see a little tutorial showing how I made a similar card HERE.

Friday 7 September 2012

Lilies and Celtic Circle Doily die

I seem to have got caught up in making lots of stuff which I'm not able to post here for a while, so while it may look like I've been sleeping, you can take my word for it that I've been beavering away and you'll see it all in due course. Actually, you can see 3 pages full of cards in this month's Cardmaking and Papercraft which I made quite a while ago - lots of punching to coordinate with some beautiful October Afternoon papers, stickers and buttons.

Ok, now on to the card above....I need some Get Well cards at the moment and my stock is running low.No matter how many cards I make that box never fills - how does that happen?
Anyhow, this one uses one of the Lily stamps from the Pick of the Bunch collection by Tonic Studios and I've coloured them with Promarkers to match a bright ribbon at the top of the card. The gorgeous doily behind the flowers is the  Tonic Studios Celtic Circle Die . There is a matching border punch which looks great with the doily but this time I decided to use the Floral Border punch instead.
The little butterrflies are made with the Butterfly Pattern punch.

That's all for now - hope you like!

Sunday 2 September 2012

Sir Stampalot DT card

Good morning!
I don't normally "do" vintage but gave it a go this time for the Sir Stampalot September challenge where there is a photo for your inspiration...and I quite like it so I'll definitely be trying it again.

Inspirational picture

Some of the other Design Team members are well used to this vintage style so you should really check them out if you want to see it at its best. I chose the roses and lace from the photo and added a little bit of distress ink around the edge of the  main panel which was cut with my Tonic Studios rectangle Shape Mate.
The Rose is, of course, from the Pick of the Bunch Roses stamp set and this time I've just decoupaged one petal to add a little bit of depth. 
The border punch is the Tonic Studios Scalloped Arc punch, the butterflies are the Multi Detail Butterfly and I've decorated the top corners with the help of the Pansies Accent punch and corner wings.

We always get lots of entries for this challenge and I love seeing all the different "takes" on the month's theme. Of course, the winner is chosen by votes from the DT and there is always a super prize from the shop to make it worth your while!