Friday, May 14, 2010

Well, here are two easy but elegant scrapbook layouts that I did for the May Design Team Challenges over at In Love With Stamping.

They were both done as part of the not-so-limited limited supply challenge. I say that because while we were limited in what we could use, there was still loads of flexibility to create so much variation in the challenge samples. You really should check out the DT Gallery.

This first scrapbook page is a 12x12, and done with a Kraft base, and brocade blue, very vanilla cardstock and some of the wonderful Bella Blue DSP. Love this paper pack, one of my favourites.

Very simple to do, just tore strips of paper for the top (hint: save on paper by only doing skinny strips of the blue and white, they do not have to be full width!) and cut two photo mats to put some 4x6 photos on. This is another page for my wedding album. I am trying to get it done. We are coming up on our 5 year wedding anniversary, and I still have not finished our wedding album. Have done many others in those 5 years for family and friends, but still working on ours.

Anyway, the greeting and roses along the bottom are stamped in versamark, then I used some cream embossing powder that had some gold glitter in it, and heat set it. Once the embossing powder was set, I took my versamark pen and coloured in the roses to give them a bit of depth. See - there is a great use for the versamark pen!

My next layout is a 6x6 one, and uses the Vintage Vogue stamp set. Again, a Kraft CS base, with a very vanilla mat, and again the Bella Blue DSP with some Not Quite Navy cardtock as well. I stamped the Friend stamp onto some very vanilla CS and cut it out, with the word friend separate. For the large flower from the set, I inked it up with not quite navy ink, and stamped off onto some scrap paper, then rolled the edges of the flower again in not quite navy ink to give it a graduated two-tone effect. This technique is called rock'n'roll.

I finished it off with a blue rhinestone brad in the centre of the flowers. Again, a very quick and simple layout to do, but I like quick and simple, or easily elegant as I call them!


Monday, May 10, 2010

May ILWS Design Team Challenges

Well, as many of you know, on the first of the month, the ILWS Design Team releases 4 challenges on the site, and a gallery full of ideas and inspiration to help you get crafting for the challenges.

One of May's challenges was brayering. While I have played with this technique a few times in the past, it is only with this challenge that I have pushed myself out of my comfort zone with the challenge.

So, my first card is using the divine Vintage Vogue stamp set from the current SU mini catalogue. This set has become my new go to set. Love it. Have to force myself to put it away and not use it on everything I do!

Anyway, the card uses riding hood red and pink pirouette, two of the new colours we will be getting with the Stampin'Up colour renovation in the new catalogue.

I have taken a panel of whisper white cardstock, and brayered it up with pink pirouette, and then riding hood red on the outside edges. Now, to get a nice soft even colour with no lines from the edge of my brayer, I first inked the brayer up, then took off all the excess ink onto a scrap piece of paper by rolling my brayer in one direction only. This is the trick as it then takes the ink of evenly. I then start at the outside edge of my white card, and brayer again rolling my brayer in one direction only - top to bottom - then picking the brayer up and returning to the top to do the next "layer" of ink. I do this slowly working my way to the centre of the card.

It is a bit slower going this way, but it is so much easier to add more ink than it is to take the extra off the paper.

So, with the pink, I went to the centre of the paper, and with the red I just did the outer edges. I then stamped my images with pink in the centre, and red along the outside to create the vine like frame. The rest is stamped onto white and cut out and popped up using dimensionals with some small flat back pearls for the centre of the flowers.

This card uses the same brayering technique as described above, but I used perfect plum and elegant eggplant inks.

The stamps are from Lavinia stamps, but everything else is from SU.

So, would you like to see some more wonderful samples from the ILWS Design Team?

If so, you can visit the DT Gallery, and play along with the DT challenges!

I cant wait to see what you create!


Thursday, May 6, 2010

Chalked thanks

So - how many of you have the wonderful Stampin'Up chalks? How many of you hardly ever use them?

Well, as part of the April Design Team challenge at ILWS, we were challenged to dust of those chalks and use them in any way we wanted.

So, I call this technique the "bulletin board chalk technique". It is the same as the blackboard technique, but because I used Kraft card instead of black, it looks like a bulletin board instead.

Anyways, you stamp your image with white craft ink on your dark coloured cardstock, then using you chalk and a cotton swap, apply your chalk by dabbing it onto your white stamped image.

The end result is a soft cloud looking image as the chalk leaves different levels of colour intensity. Give it a quick dust with a dry paint brush to remove any excess chalk, and finish your card as desired.

Supplies: All from Stampin'Up.
Kraft CS, Whisper White CS, creamy caramel classic ink, kraft taffeta ribbon, white craft ink and taken with teal chalk.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

11 New and Exciting Products!

Well, Stampin'Up has just release 11 new and exciting products for us!

This lovely new coordinating set of products feature 3 of the new colours we will be getting in the new catalogue on October 1st! Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry and Soft Suede.

Here are the colours. We will be getting A4 cardstock, matching inks, ribbons, DSP and printed window sheets! All just divine!

Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry, Soft Suede

Some of the wonderful new spotty grosgrain ribbon above, and the delicious new Cottage Wall designer patterned paper below.
And of course, how can I forget the divine new printed acetate overlays??

If you are interested in any of this exciting new product from Stampin'Up, please contact me for ordering details!