stamping lessons

Card in a box class

These cards were created last year, for a class I ran last year. Laziness has prevented me from posting these pictures but here they finally are. This wasn’t quite a stamp-a-stack class. Participants made 10 cards, two of each card (although the 5th card is missing because I’ve already sent it).

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This is such a simple card. I love, love, love stampsets with matching punches or dies. Petitie petal stamp and punch and the wonderous wreath stampset and dies made this card so easy to create.

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I think this is one of my favourite cards in a long time. It is so simple and so stunning. Again the matching stampset and punch make this card so effective. Three flower stamp sets and three matching punches, flower shop,

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Just an interesting way to use the Wetlands stampset.

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Embellished events is the perfect stamp set for any occasion. It has a sentiment and image for every occasion.

Here is the video of how to make this simple but elegant card. Please subscribe to my YouTube channel.

Masculine cards

Do you have trouble creating cards for the men in your life? I know I do. It’s one of the most challenging crafty things I do. My husband likes the cards to be very simple, very square and without fuss. Why not come along to my class on the 19th of December where we’ll make some cards for the men in your life as well as a whole heap of other cards as well.

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This was an extremely simple card to create.

Cut a standard card base using Naturals White cardstock, I find this much better for masculine cards as it isn’t as harsh as Whisper White, with a top layer of Naturals White  measuring 10cm x 14.3cm.

Using World Maps  or a similar background stamp, stamp onto the top layer using Basic Grey ink.

Distress the edges of the top layer by using the edge of your scissors at a 90 angle and rubbing vigorously.

Further distress the edge by adding Crumbed Cake ink to the edge.

Using Memento ink stamp feathers from Four Feathers all the way along one edge of the card.

Finally stamp you sentiment along the bottom of the top layer.

 

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This is not a standards size card for Australia although it still fits into our C6 envelopes. The Hexagon Hives die creates this beautiful background. I just stamped the Four Feathers stamp set over the whisper white in Lost lagoon, smoky slate and hello honey then added a few of the feather onto of the Hexagon Hives die cut out. Super easy.

 

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This robot card is a CASe of a card in the catalogue however I did change it slightly based on the cardstock and supplies I had at home. Don’t forget to substitute from the example for what you have. The original  is on page 86 of the catalogue for those of you playing at home.

These are very easy cards to make. If you would like any further information about these cards or attending classes please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Until next time, happy crafting.

Petite petals card

This is the card the participants at a recent workshop completed. It is very simple but very effective.  If you would like to make a card like this why not book a workshop with your friends? It’s easy, you gather your friends and I come along and teach you how to do it. Instructions are included below.

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This simple card was created with a whisper white card base, a strip of whisper white (5cmx10.5cm), a strip of strawberry slush cardstock (5.5cm x 10.5cm), and a strip of paper to stamp the 3D flowers on.

1. Emboss the whisper white card base with the woodgrain embossing folder.

2. On your small strip of whisper white stamp one of the petite petals stamps all over, making sure some of your image goes off the edge of the whisper white.

3. Adhere the stamped whisper white to the strawberry slush cardstock then adhere this to the card base.

4. Stamp one flower from petite petals, flower shop, and beautiful bunch.

5. Using the co-ordinating punches punch these flowers out. Petitie petals punch, pansy punch and fun flower punch.  

6. Use your thumb to curl the flower petal up. This is achieved by pulling your thumb from the centre of the flower to the edge of the petal. The more dimension you create the more realistic they look.

7. Adhere the 3 flowers to each other using dimensionals.

If you have any questions or would like to book a workshop please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Until next time, happy crafting.

Stamp-a-stack class

WHAT is a stamp-a-stack? Stamping a stack of cards. In my case I run my stamp-a-stack classes so participants make 12 cards for $25. Participants get to make 4 each of 3 different designs. That’s what usually happens. Normally you also get to choose your own sentiments to stamp too incase you don’t want 12 birthday cards.

This class was slightly different. Participants made a box using the envelope punch board and only got to make 10 cards. They made 2 each of 5 card designs.

Want to see the cards?

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This was made using Papaya collage and is on the retirement list. So if you like this card and want to make it don’t forget to purchase this stamp set while you can still get it.

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This has to be one of my favourite sets. This is The Open Sea and it is just gorgeous. Easy to use and very versatile.

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I just think this card is so effective. I don’t know whether it is the basic black that makes the card pop or something else. I Just love this card. This uses Zoo Babies as the main stamp set.

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I don’t think you can get any more effective or simple than this card. Three ink pads to colour the leaves (I think it would be just as effective with one colour) and another colour to add the detail to the top. This is called 2-step stamping and it is one of my favourite (and effective) stamping techniques. Unfortunately this is another set which is retiring. Gently Falling is a stunning set and I’m very sad it’s retiring. I use it a lot especially in my scrapbooking.

And finally,

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The die used to cut this set is just amazing. What a stunning card. So simple. Sticking with one colour really makes a difference and the fact that all the paper, cardstock and ink co-ordinate takes all the work out of it for you. Don’t you just love this embossing folder. This is beautifully baroque. I love it.

If you would like to attend one of my stamp-a-stacks please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Until next time,

Happy crafting.

Star card technique class

Last week’s card class was a bit different. Not much stamping and lots of patterned paper.

I call this a star card. I know that’s not the name of it. Do you know the name?

 

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This is a very easy card to make. I know it looks a little complex but it isn’t. The kids in my kids’ class did this card. They are aged between 6 and 10. If they can do it so can you. Give it a go.

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I just love this DSP,  Birthday Basics . It’s retiring so if you would like to use it please order it before the 30th of June so you don’t miss out.

Please see below for instructions on how to make this card.

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This is exactly the same design using a different colour scheme and a different pack of DSP. This is Modern Medley.

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This is the same design except on a smaller scale.  This is using the polka dot parade DSP.  Each of these squares are only 3cm x 3cm.

 

Instructions:

Cut 2 pieces of cardstock at 10.5x 10.5cm

Cut 8 pieces of patterned paper 5x5cm. You could use all different patterns or just 2 like in the picture.

 

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Place the pieces of cardstock on top of each other so they form a star shape. Try to make it as even as possible.

Glue or staple the 2 pieces of cardstock together.

Using your patterned paper lay a piece in the corner of the top piece of cardstock. Only put adhesive on half the square along the diagonal which will be covered by the next piece of paper. If you put adhesive over the whole piece it will be difficult to slip the last piece of paper in once you have completed the spiral.

Keep adhering pieces of paper until you come all the way back to the start.

Embellish the middle of the star as little or as much as you’d like. It helps to cover the centre which can be a little messy.

 

For the smaller star card cut 2 pieces of cardstock 7cm x 7cm and cut 8 pieces of patterned paper 3cm x 3cm. Repeat the same process as the larger star card.

 

I hope you enjoyed this. If you’d like to attend one of my classes please let me know so I can book you in.

Happy crafting.

Amity

Beautiful feminine card

The technique we used in April’s class was repetition.

Here is one sample we created. I created another one which was a Thank you card using the Thanks a Million. Exactly the same design with an alternate sentiment.

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We used the woodgrain background stamp which is on the retirement list. So if you love the background order it before it is no longer available.

So until next time,

Happy crafting.

Wheel stamp video

Ever wanted to use the Stampin’ Up! wheels? Want to know how to use them with a mask?
I have created a video using the Stampin’ Up! wheels.

 

This card was part of my stamp-a-stack. It is easy and quick to do. So easy in fact I made a variation in one of my kids craft classes.

I hope you enjoyed it. Please leave me some comments. I’d love to hear what you think.

Until next time,

Happy crafting.

Scrap the Boys challenge

Do you ever do a challenge and not upload it? Me too. That’s me almost every time. Not this time though.

At Scrap The Boys they issue a monthly challenge. The challenge was to incorporate flowers into a boy layout. This month I knew exactly what I wanted to do. The flowers are stamped using the set Oh, Hello!

 

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As you can see it is just a subtle 3 flowers in the background but it is so sweet.

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Behind the strip of “washi tape” at the top of the photo is tucked the journaling. It reads;

There is nothing sweeter than a sleeping baby. I could hold you and stroke your beautiful face for hours on end. There is something about it that just makes your heart melt and feel so full. You are just the most adorable boy. Your soft skin, your baby smell, the way your smile in your sleep, all of it. It makes my heart swell. I would have thought after 5 babies the novelty would wear off but it hasn’t. I still love it as much this time as I did the previous 4 times. I am a very lucky Mummy to have such a sweet boy as you.

I am a massive fan of date roller stamps. I have repeatedly stamped the date on this page with the “splatters” from Gorgeous Grunge. This date roller stamp is Remember This and That and I use it all the time.

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I am really getting back into sewing on my layouts. I guess it helps if the sewing machine is out and not packed away. I just have to make sure I set it up permanently in my room somewhere. I just have to find a good spot.

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Rock a bye is an MDS download which I converted into a cut file in Silhouette Studio and has been cut using my digital cutting machine.

If you’d like to know more about my scrapbooking classes or about using MDS or any of the products shown here please don’t hesitate to contact me. I’m always more than happy to help.

Until next time, happy crafting.

Card in a box

These cards have been all over the internet. I resisted the urge to make one but thought the ladies in my technique class would like to have a go. I ended up making a sample for class when Hannah (5 years) saw it and said I had to make one for her to give to her teacher for her birthday.

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I made mine a little more simple than most you will see on the internet. I prefer it that way. I didn’t embellish the sides (apart from some embossing using the petals-a-plenty embossing folder. I also used the Stampin’ Write Markers to add the different colours to this stamp set from Delightful Dozen.

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Isn’t her handwriting amazing. She wrote this the day before she turned 5. Mrs Paxton’s birthday is the day before hers. Pretty proud of her efforts there. I didn’t even need to tell her how to spell any of the words.

If you would like more information about my classes, how to make this card or the supplies used please don’t hesitate to contact me.

I will post the the second card from my class in a few days so make sure you check back or subscribe to my blog so you can get notifications when I update.

Until next time, happy crafting.

Christmas scrapbooking layout

How far behind are you with your scrapbooking? Me, well just a little maybe. I did in fact finish this one months ago but haven’t made time to upload it yet.

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I’ve added just a sprinkle of Gorgeous Grunge in the background as well as some of the Pearls in various sizes. I like the fun texture they add and the way they draw your eye around the layout.

I enjoyed doodling in the circle. I like the personal touch it gives. It’s also one of the reasons I like to hand write my journaling. Although I don’t like my handwriting I know my kids or my grandkids will one day delight in the fact they have something hand written by me.

This one is well overdue to be posted so thanks for taking the time to have a look.

If you would like to attend one of my scrapbooking classes please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Until next time, happy crafting.