stampinup card class

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.

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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.

Mosaic Madness

I have used this set quite a bit and I really like the way it looks on cards. I have also used the co-ordinating embossing folder on a scrapbooking page which I will share with you next week.

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If you would like to see how I made this card. Check out this post here.

This next card is a Father’s Day card which was made during one of my kids classes last year.

This was another really easy card to make, obviously because 6-10 year olds made it in my kids class but I believe the simplicity is part of its effectiveness.

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What makes this card so easy to make is the co-ordinating punch for the stamp set. You can even buy it in a bundle and save 15%. That’s awesome. Here is the link to the Mosaic Madness bundle.

 

This Christmas card was very easily created using the Mosaic Madness bundle.  I think it makes a beautiful poinsettia.

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Ladies in my Friday night card class created this card along with 3 other cards. This is an easel card.

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By now you should know how much I love co-ordinating products. I love that the Mosaic Madness embossing folder co-ordinates with the Mosaic Madness bundle of stamps and a punch. You couldn’t ask for anything easier than that.

See you next week when I up date with items from the sale-a-bration catalogue in a blog hop. This promotion gives you free products for every $90 you spend. Means it’s a great time to host a party. Contact me if you’d like more information on how to host a party during sale-a-bration or at any other time of the year.

Until then, happy crafting.

Masculine Card class

Do you find making masculine cards difficult? We made two at this month’s card class. What did you miss?

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As soon as I saw this hexagon, called six-sided sampler, and matching punch I knew I had to order them. You even get a 15% off discount if you purchase them both. You know by now I’m a sucker for matching stamps and punches or framelits. I thought this would be perfect for masculine cards or even baby boy cards depending on the shade you used.

Each of these hexagons have been stamped then punched out. You could also use the Stampa-ma-jig to position the images how you want them but I think it looks really good with the slight gap between the the hexagons where the paper joins.

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Don’t you just love the chevron ribbon?

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The second card was a very simple one to create. I’ve been itching to try Blue Ribbon. This is my first creation with this set.

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Over the year we have worked on creating backgrounds with stamps. I’m fairly certain the regular class attendants are very comfortable with background stamping now. The trick is to make sure it doesn’t look contrived and the best was to ensure a natural looking background is to make sure you start your background by stamping half on half off the page then working down across the page on a diagonal. I will post some pics of this later.

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These pictures don’t show the Very Vanilla which is embossed with the chevron embossing folder which is another product I love. What don’t I love. Laughing at myself right now.

I’m still grinning at the fact that the ink, cardstock, ribbons and twine all co-ordinate. It makes planning so much easier.

Next month’s class will be focused on interesting folds. If you would like to book a spot in the class please contact me to reserve your place.