Friday 30 December 2011

Passionettes - Spring Mini - Blog Hop

Welcome to the Passionettes - Spring Mini - Blog Hop!

There are 9 of the Passionettes Team posting new projects on their blogs today, all highlighting new products coming soon with Stampin' Up's fabulous new Spring Mini Catalogue. The Spring Mini starts from January 4th and will run through 'til the end of April.

I decided to use the new Blossom Party Originals Die for my projects. This die will be exclusive to Stampin' Up! It contains a mixture of different types of flowers - the perfect size for all manner of cards, scrapbook pages and 3D projects. The blossoms are also perfect for stacking on top of each other - making for lots of different possible variations in flowers :o)

All supplies Stampin'Up! unless otherwise stated

The colour combination used for all these projects is:

Real Red, Crumb Cake and Very Vanilla.

INK: Crumb Cake, Real Red, Whisper White Craft

STAMPS: Everything Eleanor, Clearly For You

TOOLS: Big Shot, Blossom Party Die, Mini Milk Carton Die, 3/4" Circle Punch, Sponge Dauber, Crop-a-Dile

ACCESSORIES: 1/8" Very Vanilla and Real Red Taffeta Ribbon, Crystal Effects

The base of the octagon box is created using the Mini Milk Carton die. I cut two, trimmed off the top and joined them together. I made the lid by hand, making it slightly bigger than the Milk Carton base.

All the flower layers have been sponged on the edges using a sponge dauber and Crumb Cake ink.

The buttons are created using circles of cardstock. I stamped the top layer using the small background stamp from Clearly For You stamp set using White Craft ink. The holes were punched out using the Crop-a-Dile. I then covered the top with Crystal Effects and when dry, threaded the Vanilla taffeta ribbon through and tied into a knot.

The above card was created as a match for the box. The only difference is that in addition, I have used the Tiny Tags and Pennant Parade stamp sets for the little sentiment tags. These were punched out using the Jewellery Tag punch.

Another quick and easy card to make using the Blossom Party die for the flowers - different ones this time. The sentiment is from the Curly Cute stamp set.

Finally, a couple of Thank You cards. Each has a different flower as the focal point - created using the Blossom Party die. The sentiment is again from the Curly Cute stamp set.

The previous step in this Blog Hop was the wonderfully talented Gen.

The next stop on this little Hop is the fabulous Val.

Saturday 10 December 2011

Aviary - More Fabric and Still No Sewing :o)

Another card using the new Candy Cane Christmas fabric.

As with the previous card you build your 'flower' on a cardstock circle covered in Sticky Strip.

Cut 4 x 2 1/2" Circles using the Big Shot and the Circles #2 Die. Fold each of the circles into quarters, securing them with a glue dot to ensure they hold their shape and then press them on to the sticky circle - simple :o)

Again, the flower was topped off with a punch out from the Boho Blossoms punch and a Rhinestone Brad.

The stamp set used is Aviary. The colour combo is Real Red, Baja Breeze and Whisper White.

Both the Perfect Polka Dots and the Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folders have been used on the background layers.

Friday 9 December 2011

Fabric Flower - No Sewing :o)

Another card using the Candy Cane Christmas fabric.

To make the flower head ...

Cut a long strip of the fabric and fold it in half longways. Punch out a 1 1/4" Circle and cover it in Sticky Strip. Secure one end of the fabric on the reverse of the Circle with a little more sticky strip - then twist the fabric strip, securing it on the top of the Circle by pressing it into the glue. Continue twisting and sticking, working in a spiral towards the centre of the circle. Cut off any excess when you can fit no more fabric on to the circle.

I topped the fabric spiral with a Real Red punch out from the Boho Blossom Punch and a Rhinestone Brad.

The stem and leaves come from the Sweetheart stamp set and the flower is the Al La Carte - Flower For You stamp. The background layer has been embossed with the Square Lattice embossing folder.

The colour combo used is Real Red, Basic Black, Wild Wasabi and Whisper White.

Wednesday 7 December 2011

Fabric Ornament - No Sewing

I ran a Fabric class this month to create these lovely Ornaments and some cards.

The tutorial is available from Ann Hayward.

They are really sweet and very simple to make. The technique is easy to adjust to work with all sizes of polystyrene balls too.

The Fabric I have used here is Candy Cane Christmas - £8.95. You can make at least three 75cm ornaments from one pack of Fabric - more if you use smaller polystyrene balls.

And the absolute best thing about these ornaments ............ NO SEWING! :o)

Saturday 3 December 2011

Kissing Technique

Another card from one of my recent Technique classes. This one uses the 'Kissing' technique.

The top half of the background showcases the technique. I have used the block heart stamp from the I (Heart) Hearts stamps set. I inked this up in Pretty In Pink and then inked the Dot Dot Dot background stamp in Real Red. The heart stamp was then carefully pressed on to the dotty stamp to pick up some of the red dots and this was then stamped on to the cardstock.

The bottom half of the background was stamped using the En Francais background stamp.

I used the Full Heart and the Heart to Heart punches together with the Scalloped Heart of Heart Embosslit die to complete the card.