Is it a bottle? Is it a balloon?

Just a quick little share for today, I saw a few crafters post this idea and I just loved it.

So when we had a big a birthday celebration come up within our family friends, I knew this would suit her perfectly. Ok so I may have coordinated this card to match in with the gift but it was perfect none the less.

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I love the drama black creates and it coordinates so well with Copper foil, so that’s where I started. I made my perfume atomiser first, punching the intricate balloon from basic black cardstock and layering behind with copper foil, I love how the Up and Away thinlit die set has the die pieces to punch out the shapes needed to “colour” in the balloon – so very clever.

I stamped the smaller balloon with black Archival ink and made a tassel from solid black twine for the handle. I set those aside and moved onto the rest of the card.

I went for a square card this time (125mm), the shape just seemed to suit. I was able to work out the size of the inner square panels from my perfume bottle elements. I embossed the background with the Large Polka Dots embossing folder – sadly retiring tonight…

I cut a square panel from copper foil (95mm) and a whisper white layer piece (90mm). I tend to layer my pieces together to get a rough idea of how it’s going to come together before I permanently adhere anything in place. This worked really well for this design, as it allowed me to work out where the perfume elements will go and what white space was left.

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I masked off triangle with post-it notes and used the spray paint splatter stamp from the Touches of Texture stamp set and Sahara Sand ink to create the perfume mist. I stamped a 40 in the top left corner, also in Sahara Sand ink.

At this point I began assembling my card, the whisper white panel to the copper foil (I like to use Liquid glue for this as I know it will stick to the shiny surface of the foil), then attached that layer to the base card with dimensionals.

I used dimensionals to adhere my hot air balloons, oops I mean perfume bottle, and then a few strategically placed glue dots to hold the tassel handle in place.

A simple happy birthday sentiment (this one is from the Party with Cake stamp set), placed in the bottom right to balance with the large 40, worked well.

So glad most of these products will be carrying over, I look forward to blending in my catalogue toys with these great ones.

Until next time… Stamp Creatively,
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Sketch Challenge – CYCI#151

Over at Can You Case It? #151 this week is another great sketch created by our amazing Eva. Check it out.

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Here is the card I made using this layout. Again, I rotated the layout to make it work with a landscape card.

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This special occasion card I made for my hubby. We celebrated our 15th Wedding anniversary this weekend.

I choose black and copper for the colours as they are very masculine plus they just suit a special occasion like this.

My card base is Basic Black and over the top I used a piece of Urban Underground Designer Series Paper. The main element is a square piece of copper foil from which I punched out the 15 using my Large Number framelits.

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Behind them is some black glimmer paper which I had left over in my supplies. It can be a little tricky sticking to the front glittery side of glimmer paper, but it can be done. I use the Fine Tip Glue pen, the glue in that is very strong, and normally you don’t need alot, but when using it on the front of glimmer paper I use a bit more and then I apply pressure to it and hold that pressure for maybe 3 to 5 minutes – a looooong time. This gives me success each time. Then I adhered this on to my card base with dimensionals for extra height.

I finished off this card with heat embossing the sentiment in copper powder and topped off with a couple of those gorgeous wooden elements in the Sending Love embellishment pack.

I can’t wait to see what you create with this sketch. Head over to our Facebook group and look for the post with this Challenge sketch image. Our Design team inspiration will be posted in the comments, so be sure to soak up their inspiration. When you make your creation, upload it in the comments to play along.

Last entries are Midday, Saturday 1st April (AEDT). Top picks and next challenges are announced on the Facebook fan page too.

Until next time… Stamp Creatively,
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Number Of Years Photopolymer Bundle

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Sparkly 21st

Oh to be 21 again…. whilst those days may seem like a distant memory for me now, my nephew celebrated his 21st this weekend.

Here is the card I made for him.

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I kept the colour theme to black and silver, they suit him. But they also have a sense of drama and elegance about them too.

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The design was inspired by this weeks sketch at Freshly Made Sketches [#FMS259]. I do like their sketch designs, I always find them fun to play along with.

 

 

 

A little trick I used when I approached the heat embossing was to assemble part of my elements. First I adhered the black circle to the silver one, then the numbers to my circle. Then I trimmed my scribbles down to match the size of the top Black cardstock layer.

This gave me the two elements to use when positioning my stamps for embossing.

The sentiment and swoosh are from the Number of Years Stamp set. Laying out my two elements in place, I positioned my stamps where I wanted their final place to be on the card. With my big E clear block, I hovered it over the top of the stamps to pick them up in one go, but keeping them in their right places. This means I could stamp and emboss in one go.

I removed my elements before embossing, as I like to work quickly when using versamark and embossing powder. Once I completed the silver embossing, I assembled my card, first with the base layers then finishing with my elements over the top. I used Dimensionals to pop up the circle 21 element.

I finished with a coordinating envelope and as this was black cardstock, I created an inner sleeve stamped to match the envelope. The sentiments are also in the Number of Years stamp set.

I think with some reworking, this could make a cool engagement card too.

Until next time… Stamp Creatively,
Rose.

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Number Of Years Photopolymer Bundle

Number Of Years Photopolymer Bundle
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Hello Foxy – CYCI #128

Welcome to another week of inspiration from the Can You Case It? team. Have you checked out the talented bunch of crafters over there yet? Better still, have you played along with our challenges yet?

This week we have a Sketch Challenge [CYCI #128].

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What I like about a Sketch is sometimes you can get stuck with how to place your elements on your project. A sketch helps take away the design block, leaving you with the hardest decision of all… Which stamp set to use! LOL!

Today, I’ve been playing with the Foxy Friends stamp set. Check out the cute little card I made for my nephew who birthday was last week.

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This was my first play with this stamp set. It has so many cute little critters to play with Mr Foxy, I’m sure you’ll be seeing more of these guys real soon. The suite also has a coordinating punch so you can add to Mr Foxy’s circle of friends pretty easily too.

I’ve created backgrounds on cards before. It’s such a great way to customise your project when you don’t quite have the right paper. When creating backgrounds, you can create a scattered effect by stamping randomly and fitting your stamps in amongst each other. However today, I went for a structured look with numbers. To achieve this type of look, a slow steady approach and grid structure helps.

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First, I lined up my paper so that my stamped images would be on a straight line. I used my ruler on a grid line to help create a visual of a line across my page and then stamped my numbers one at a time. I started with the 6, as that’s the age I wanted to highlight, and filled in the rest.

How did I make this?

  • My card base is A6 size (148mm x 210mm – folded in half). The colour is Bermuda Bay.
  • Layering panel is 100mm x 142mm in Pool Party.
  • The white panel is 95mm x 110mm in Whisper White.
  • I created my numbers background by stamping as described above. The colour of the 6 is Bermuda Bay and the others are Pool Party.
  • I stuck my white background card onto my Pool Party layer, lining it up around the bottom, leaving a larger gap at the top.
  • I stamped my birthday sentiment in the gap. The colour is Bermuda Bay.
  • Adding some Bermuda Bay thick bakers twine around the top of the White panel, I then stuck this layer to my base card.
  • Next I created Mr Foxy. I stamped him on some scrap Whisper White cardstock. The colour is Pumpkin Pie.
  • I added his nose, eyes and legs in Memento Black. Then I hand cut him out.
  • I punched a 4.4cm circle from Bermuda Bay cardstock and stuck on Mr Foxy.
  • Using dimensionals, I adhered him on to my card, fitting him in with the sentiment.
  • Lastly, I punched a number 6 and stuck that over the top of my stamped number 6 with some dimensionals. The colour is Pumpkin Pie.

Playing along with CYCI challenges is easy. Once you’ve create your project, publish it to a blog, Facebook (make sure your settings are public tho), Pintrest or other social media streams. Visit the CYCI website and link your project to the challenge using the InLinkz button. I can wait to see what you create!

Until next time… Stamp Creatively,
Rose
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Number Of Years Photopolymer Bundle

Number Of Years Photopolymer Bundle
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The Number of Years is 20

I can’t believe I have friends celebrating their 20th wedding anniversary. Am I really that old? Even though they did get married young, I’m still finding it hard to convince myself we are entering that age bracket. I’m proud though, we’ve been friends for longer and shared so many special times together, so this is just another special moment together.

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It’s also a great reason to make a card and for this special occasion. I have used the Sketch Challenge over at Can You Case it? [CYCI#108] as my design base.

 

 

I have been waiting patiently to use the rest of the stamps and framelits in the Number of Years bundle. (You know I’ve used that frame to death already!). I like how it’s not just numbers that come in that stamp set. There are a whole series of floral stamps which you can create gorgeous scenes with.

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The numbers themselves don’t stamp solid. They have a watercolour look giving your project a lovely textured appearance, which is great for when you want more than just the solid look the punched numbers framelits will provide you.

I really love how the background scene turned out and didn’t want to cover it up. Vellum really helps with show-through. So it was perfect to keep the look of my background just visable, without taking over.

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Here, I punched out a circle from vellum and inked it directly with my ink pad, then I used a sponge to smooth out the bubbly ink. I also used vellum for my numbers. When stamping/ inking vellum, you need to allow extra time for them to dry completely. Being a plastic material, they do take a little longer to dry.

The word “years” comes from one of the longer sentiment stamps within that set also. I simply inked up that word only, using my Watermelon Wonder Stampin’ Write marker.

I love how it turned out and hope my friends enjoy their card too. I have another 20 Year anniversary coming up in a few months, so look out for that creation!

Until next time… Stamp Creatively,
Rose.

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Update – 29 February: I’m excited that my card was a top pick again over at Can You Case it? Challenge #108. Here is what Chloe has to say “It’s so bright and colourful and I love the idea of colouring the vellum.”

Thanks heaps CYCI team.

 

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