Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Nautical colours

The card base is a lovely textured navy from Antalis. I used three mats - white, dark red and another white. The silver background was made by sticking aluminium foil to cardstock before embossing with Spellbinders M-bossibilities bricks and bark  from my South African supplier. The ship was stamped in archival black. 

Sailing ship

First I matted turquoise cardstock on a very light cream card base. That was followed with a layer which was stamped with a selection of stamps from Clearly impressed nautical. The stamped background was then embossed with Spellbinders M-Bossibilities garden lattice. Lightly sponged with Ranger ink in denim and rust. I love the 'rope' image for this nautical theme. The ship is from the same nautical stamp set.

Butterfly gift box

Made the box using 300g curious metal silver ice cardstock. The top was embossed with Spellbinders A4 M-Bossibilities garden lattice. The round element is Spellbinders Parisian motifs and the label Spellbinders Fancy tags two. Butterfly from Simply-2-die-4 from which I buy my Spellbinders dies in South Africa.

Sympathy rose

I matted lilac cardstock on curious metal purple card base. Topped that with curious metal silver ice cardstock embossed with Spellbinders A4 embossing folder (debossed side up). The white motif is Spellbinders Parisian motifs, with the centre cut out with a round Simply-2-die-4 die. A lilac circle using the same Simply-2-die-4 circle was placed in the centre. Finished off with lilac organza bow and paper rose.

Saturday, 27 April 2013

Red flowers for Christmas

This week's challenge at Christmas stampin' all year long is 'Anything goes. This is my second post relating to this challenge.
 I inked a Sizzix embossing folder with green distress ink from Ranger before running through my Spellbinders Grand calibur. The window was cut from plain white cardstock with my Cricut Expression cuttimg machine and then heat-embossed in silver.
The red flowers and the leaves were made using Punchbunch punches.

Metallic Christmas tree trio

This week's challenge at Christmas stampin' all year long is 'Anything goes.

My first card was made stamping the tree trio in Versamark watermark ink on skin mocha cardstock. I then scattered copper, gold and silver embossing powder over the ink, in diagonal lines before heat setting the embossing powder. A circle die from Simply2die4 was used to cut the embossed image and the gold matting, all placed on curious metal silver ice  card stock.

Thursday, 25 April 2013

Tilted message

This card was inspired by a     Papertrey Ink blog hop  challenge for a tilted design.

I used a Spellbinder dies for the corners, die cut in a lovely cerise paper.
The butterflies were stamped onto vellum in Versamark watermark ink, then embossed with white embossing powder and cut out by hand.

Monday, 22 April 2013

Hat card for Mothers' day

Linda Duke's absolutely stunning hat cards were the inspiration for my card for my mother for Mothers' day in May. Linda kindly shares a link for the template.

The 'brim' of the hat folds down to open for space to write/stamp your message.
I used Spellbinders M-Bossibilities reversible embossing folder, Garden lattice, for the top and used a velcro dot to keep the card closed.
A handbag (same as those in a previous post) decorated with the same flowers as the hat will hold the gift.

Sunday, 21 April 2013

Mothers day window

The main feature is made die-cutting Spellbinders' Window Two.

For the curtain I used a Martha Steward border die. Silver-grey vellum was placed behind the window to make the window and curtain stand out. Finished off with a pretty dotted satin ribbon.

Handbags for Mothers' day

Silk flowers and organza ribbons make such beautiful embellishments for these handbag gift bags. The handbags were inspired by a design from Cre8ive Cutz . The texture was created using Spellbinders M-Bossibilities Reversible embossing folder Garden Lattice purchased from my South African supplier. I used a Simply2die4 die to make a flap for closing the handbag. A veclro dot ensures easy opening and closing.

Lifestyle letterpress background and birthday sentiment

Used Lifestyle Letterpress background with silver letterpress ink. The sentiment was done using a Letterpress sentiment and the label was cut out using Spellbinders Fancy tags two.

Sunday, 7 April 2013

I just love making these pretty gift bag/boxes using the cut file I purchased from Cre8ive Cutz. I resized all components so that the base is 12x12cm. I alter the cupcake box by leaving out the insert that is supposed to hold 4 cupcakes. The recipients are always delighted and barely want to open the gifts.

For this one, I used Spellbinders M-Bossibilities garden lattice embossing folder for a beautiful embossed effect on the front and back panels. The flap that closes the handbag was cut with a die from Simply 2die4. A magnetic closure or velcro dots are used for opening and closing the bag.

Saturday, 9 March 2013

Birds and cattails through window

Materials used:
Embossing folder: Cuttlebug emboss A2 Bird call    Cuttlebug in South Africa
Cardstock: Curious metal ice silver 300g - Paper World quality acid free environmentally friendly papers 
Circle die: Simply-2-die-4 from Scrapbook Direct
Clear acetate for window
Adirondeck stamp pad inks in denim, rust and citrus, applied with ink daubers
Spellbinders Shapeabilities Die D-Lites Cattails Cattails