Friday, 23 September 2016

Pretty Paisley Pair

This card is entered into the Crazy Crafters Blog Highlights this week.  Click here to see the other amazing entries and vote for your favourites (from 6pm AEST today until Thursday 22nd)

It's funny how inspiration strikes!  I wasn't feeling too well yesterday so gave myself permission to sit down with a nice cup of tea and watch a TV programme that I had recorded.  It turned out to be a really bad show but I kept thinking "It has to improve!"  It didn't but about fifteen minutes in, a female character appeared in a totally inappropriate but gorgeous black and cream dress!  My brain started to whir into action and before I knew it, I was in my craft room!
Stampin Up, #thecraftythinker, Paisleys & Posies, Monochrome, monochromatic cards, Flourish thinlits, Cheeerful Tags, Stampin Up Australia demonstrator
Not wanting to waste any of my hand-made DSP, I made two cards
The first thing I did was to stamp three of the larger Paisley images onto Very Vanilla cardstock with Basic Black Archival ink.  I then used a Smoky Slate Stampin' Write Marker to colour them.  I then stamped the leaf image with Smoky Slate ink and the small flower with Basic Gray.

I cut a 12" x 12" piece of Basic Gray cardstock in half to create two 6" square cards.
Stampin Up, #thecraftythinker, Paisleys & Posies, Monochrome, monochromatic cards, Flourish thinlits, Cheeerful Tags, Stampin Up Australia demonstrator
Black, Grey and Cream is such an elegant colour scheme

This was the first card I made.  I kept it fairly simple so that the stamped card remained the star of the show.  To create neutral embellishments, I used the old trick of colouring Rhinestone Jewels with a black Sharpie.
Stampin Up, #thecraftythinker, Paisleys & Posies, Monochrome, monochromatic cards, Flourish thinlits, Cheeerful Tags, Stampin Up Australia demonstrator
I've been hanging out to use one of these gorgeous tassles!

Not wanting to waste any of my hand-made decorative paper, I made a second card.  The lace is from the Flourish Thinlits and the little "pocket" is from the Cheerful Tags Framelits.  I cut it once in Basic Gray and once in Very Vanilla.  I cut the cream one in half and glued it to the inside of the tag.

To attach the tassle, I punched a little hole in the bottom of the label, thread a needle with Black Metallic thread, positioned the tassle and sewed around the ring of the tassle and through the hole in the label.
Stampin Up, #thecraftythinker, Paisleys & Posies, Monochrome, monochromatic cards, Flourish thinlits, Cheeerful Tags, Stampin Up Australia demonstrator
Raise the little flap to reveal a hidden greeting

 The "hello" greeting inside the pocket is from the Fabulous Flora hostess stamp set.  The "For You" greeting is from another gorgeous hostess set called Gift of Love.
Stampin Up, #thecraftythinker, Paisleys & Posies, Monochrome, monochromatic cards, Flourish thinlits, Cheeerful Tags, Stampin Up Australia demonstrator
The greetings are neutral enough to cover almost any occasion

Opinion is divided in my household.  My husband likes the original card the best whilst my son and I feel that the remnant card outshone the original.  

What do you think?

Thank you for visiting
'Til next time!
Stephanie

Product List - To shop in my online store, click on a product image below (Australian Residents only)

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Cookie Cutter Santa

As promised in my last post, this is how I used the other two Cookie Cutter Santa's that I made so quickly the other day!  These cards were incredibly quick to make!
Stampin Up, #thecraftythinker, Cookie Cutter Christmas, Christmas Card, Xmas Card, Merriest Wishes, Stampin Up Australia Demonstrator
I coloured in the numbers on this card to match the boldness of Santa's clothes

For this card, I folded an A5 piece of Garden Green cardstock in half to create the base card, to which I added a layer of Whisper White and Warmth & Cheer DSP.

I cut a 21/4" square of Whisper White cardstock to which I glued Santa.  Then I made layers of Garden Green and Whisper White before adhering it to the card front with Stampin' Dimensionals.  

I stamped the 25 image from Merriest Wishes and used the pen end of a Real Red Stampin' Write Marker to fill in the numbers to make them bold and red to match Santa.

I then cut out the stamped image and some layers with the Layering Circles Framelits and scraps of Real Red, Garden Green and Whisper White cardstock.  Having glued them together, I adhered it to the card front with Stampin' Dimensionals.
Stampin Up, #thecraftythinker, Cookie Cutter Christmas, Christmas Card, Xmas Card, Merriest Wishes, Stampin Up Australia Demonstrator
I used a piece of A5 Sahara Sand cardstock to make the base card for this one
 
The second card is the same in principal but I used layers of Sahara Sand and a different paper from the Warmth & Cheer DSP stack.  The square layers under Santa are Sahara Sand and Garden Green.  I left the 25 just as it stamped to match the pattern on the background DSP.  The circular layers are Real Red, Sahara Sand and Garden Green.

Thank you for visiting
'Til next time!
Stephanie

Product List - To shop in my online store, click on a product image below (Australian Residents only)

Monday, 19 September 2016

Cookie Cutter Santa and his list

These Cookie Cutter characters make such quick, easy but appealing features for a Christmas card!

I stamped, coloured and punched three Santa's in no time flat the other day.  I used the first one for this card and I'll show you the next two cards in my next post.
Stampin Up, #thecraftythinker, Christmas Card, Xmas, Cookie Cutter Christmas, Merriest Wishes, Stampin Up Australia Demonstrator
Which is to be? - Naughty or Nice?

I stamped Santa with Basic Black Archival ink so that it wouldn't smudge when I coloured it.  I did the colouring with Real Red, Basic Gray and Basic Black Stampin' Write Markers.  I used an aquapainter with Pink Pirouette and Peekaboo Peach inks for the face.  I then used the aquapainter and a little Smoky Slate ink to add the shading.  I used Gold Wink of Stella for the belt buckle.

The scroll and the greeting are from the Greetings from Santa set and I stamped both in  Basic Black ink - the scroll onto a piece of Whisper White scrap and the greeting directly onto the card front.  I shaded the scroll with an aquapainter and Smoky Slate ink and then cut it out.

For the snowy background, I used Smoky Slate ink and an image from the Merriest Wishes set.  I stamped it several times in a row across the top of the card front.  Then I used a piece of scrap paper to mask what I had stamped and stamped again, with the top of the image falling onto the scrap paper.  This elongated the area covered by the more spread apart dots.

I added a little star from the Greetings from Santa set using Smoky Slate ink and then gave it a touch of Clear Wink of Stella.

I stamped a couple of the images from the Merriest Wishes set for the decorative circle using Real Red and Basic Black inks.  I didn't want to create a bauble, so I cut them out with the Layering Circles Framelits.  I used a Smoky Slate and Basic Gray Stampin' Write Marker to add a little more colour to the edge.

The Smoky Slate card base is 5" square (cut 11" x 51/2", scored at 51/2").

Thank you for visiting
'Til next time!
Stephanie

Product List - To shop in my online store, click on a product image below (Australian Residents only)