A Butterfly Look Back in Time!

by Joanne James29. May 2014 11:57

A really quick post from me today as I am having a busy one! Today's card uses this week's sketch over at CAS(E) This Sketch and is an example of something that I don't do very often: it uses a long-ago retired vintage stamp set, Flight of the Butterfly. Here is the sketch:

Here is my card:

I loved the sentiments that come with this stamp set and I needed a card specifically using the sentiment above, so I combined it with some naturals ivory cardstock and some colours that I had out on my desk for another project that I've been working on this week and decided that this set would work perfectly with the above sketch to create a clean and simple butterfly card. I stamped the butterflies in Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze and Baked Brown Sugar and punched the main one of and just shaped with my bone folder before adhering to my card. I added some linen thread to the spine to add to the natural feel of the card, but couldn't resist a sprinkling of gold sequins too. If you don't have this stamp set, you could easily re-create it with a current set, such as Papillion Potpourri and the Elegant Butterfly punch.

I hope you like today's card; don't forget the retiring list is published tomorrow so do pop back to see all of the things that we will be saying goodbye to at the end of June. Until then, happy stampin'!

 

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Another Sweet Baby Boy!

by Joanne James27. May 2014 19:56

Well, it's still raining here in the UK and I've even had to resort to turning up the central heating - in May!!! We've had a lovely day catching up with friends today, which hasn't dampened our half-term spirits. On to today's card, which I used this week's colours over at Create with Connie and Mary and LeAnne's sketch at The Paper Players:

 

I started out with the colours and must say the ladies over at Create with Connie and Mary almost had me stumped this week! I played around with these colours wanting to use white as my neutral - some of the CCMC design team used white to great effect with this colour combination on their cards - but in the end I went with a baby boy card and didn't use any white at all (go figure!). Here's my card:

I decided to go with a Soft Sky base and added a strip of DSP down the centre - do you recognise it? This pattern is actually one of the patterns in the Kaleidescope pack, although you could be forgiven for overlooking it as it is quite muted given the other bright and bold patterns in the set. I then used lots of layers to create interest on the main design; I stamped the 'Sweet Baby' stamp from the Baby We've Grown stamp set in Basic Grey onto Sahara Sand, and matted this onto both Soft Sky and Basic Grey. I then stamped the 'Brand New' stamp from the same set in Basic Grey, twice onto Soft Sky cardstock and once onto Sahara Sand. I cut these out with the smallest Starburst Collection framelit and then did a little fussy cutting to create a layered badge: I cut the banner in Sahara Sand and adhered this to one of the Soft Sky pieces, then took the other image stamped on Soft Sky and cut out the individual letters of the word 'NEW' and adhered them to the banner section. This button badge was then adhered to a circle punched from Basic Grey cardstock with a 1 1/4" circle punch and mounted onto my card as per the sketch.

So quite a graphic clean and layered card today and not overly 'baby cute' but still unmistakably a baby boy card I think. I'm just pleased I managed to eventually create something with this colour combination! When I went back to grab the Paper Players sketch image to insert into my blog I realised Ann Schach also used a couple of stamps from the same set to create her baby girl card - you should go check it out on the above link if you want to see an alternative take using the same sketch.

Back tomorrow with another card; until then, happy stampin'!

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High Tide Fishin' Around for The Paper Players

by Joanne James26. May 2014 13:51

Good morning everyone on this typically wet Bank Holiday Monday! Today I'm sharing my card for this week's challenge over at The Paper Players, where the have the following sketch challenge to play along with:

When I saw this sketch, I initially wanted to create a Father's Day card with my 'Look up to Father' stamp, but having seen the great examples from Ginger and Diane, I decided to change tack totally and instead of trees, take the opportunity to use some of my High Tide DSP. Here's my card:

Whilst I loved the swirly pattern on this DSP, I've struggled to use it as it's so busy. I thought it would make a great base for this fishy-themed card though, with the cute fish bowl from Fishin' Around. The DSP gave me the colour scheme for my card, and I stamped the image twice in Pacific Point: once onto Soft Sky, which I fussy cut for my fish bowl, then a second time on Calypso Coral and fussy cut the fish and adhered them to my fish bowl. I added a little colour to the water, treasure chest and sand with my marker pens, then adhered some gold sequins to act as 'treasure' on the sand. To complete the look of my fishbowl, I cut a circle out of acetate window sheet using my Big Shot and Circles Framelits and adhered this to the bowl to look like glass. I mounted my completed fish bowl to a circle of Pacific Point and mounted this last, having first adhered the three strips of plain cardstock in Calypso Coral, Summer Starfruiit and Smoky Slate. I stamped my sentiment onto the Smoky Slate rectangle in Pacific Point ink and chose the 'You Make Me Happy' stamp from the 'Hello, Lovely' stamp set.

I bought the fishbowl set thinking it would make great children's cards, but as I put this card together it occurred to me it would make a fun anniversary/valentine card too when paired with this sentiment. Given the weather outside today, this card does seem somewhat appropriate! Back tomorrow with another card; until then, happy stampin'!

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Cherry Blossom Morning Meadow Card

by Joanne James25. May 2014 20:23

Sunday is always a good day, but it's doubly good when followed by a Bank Holiday - looking forward to tomorrow already! We've had a restful day today after yesterday's busy one and also managed our first BBQ of the year, albeit having brought everything inside to eat as it was rather breezy outside. Today's card uses the colours over at this week's Colour Me...! challenge and Jen Mitchell's clean rectangular sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches for my layout:

 

 I rotated the sketch through 90 degrees to create my card and took my inspiration directly from the photo alongside the colour palette. Here is my card:

I used Soft Sky for my base and layered with a mat of Early Espresso and then a further layer of Soft Sky that I stamped with the Hardwood stamp in the same colour. I created a trellis using two pieces of Early Espresso punched with my Chevron Border punch and made the focal point of my card the cherry blossom from the Morning Meadow hostess stamp set, which I inked up with my Early Espresso and Primrose Petals marker pens then stamped onto Whisper White. I punched some flowers out of Primrose Petals cardstock using one of my Itty Bitty punches, added pearls to the centres and added these onto the stamped image on the largest flowers to add dimension and interest. I then matted this panel onto Early Espresso and added an off-centre panel of Soft Sky - this goes against the grain from a design perspective for me, but I needed to have the Early Espresso mat onto the Hardwood layer, yet broken with some Soft Sky on the opposite side so that the panel didn't just merge into the trellis and it looks so much better with than without, so convention is out of the window! I also chose not to use a sentiment on the front of my card as I didn't want to add another layer; I decided to keep my sentiment on the inside of my card.

I hope you like today's card; back tomorrow with another card. until then, happy stampin'!

 

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Eye Catching Ikat Awesome Thanks!

by Joanne James24. May 2014 15:26

I seem to be using a lot of my favourite brights this week and today I wanted to share a card that I made using the Colour Q challenge colours this week, one of my favourite colour palettes:

Aren't those trainers so cool?! You wouldn't get lost in the crowd wearing those, for sure! I took the inspiration for my card from their bold, vibrant pattern and this is what I came up with:

I decided to use one of the wave patterns from the Eye Catching Ikat photopolymer set to create a repeat pattern in the challenge colours (I subsitituted Kiwi Kiss with Old Olive as I don't have the former colour in my collection). I went with quite a simple layered layout, because I wanted the stamped pattern to be the focal point. I still can't quite believe just how easy the photopolymer stamps are to align without the need for a stamp-a-ma-jig - this pattern really didn't take long at all to create, so much so that I made two cards in record time, I just couldn't stop stamping! I mounted my patterned layer onto a strip of Tempting Turquoise. I inked my sentiment using my Brights Stampin' Write Markers, picking up the blue and the Melon Mambo of my card base to tie in with the overall design.

Don't forget, if you would like to own the Eye Catching Ikat stamp set, it is available free with a £60 order until the end of May, so you still have a week to get your order placed. Today is a busy day for me - trampolining parties to attend (Rebecca, not me!!) and a swimming gala this evening. Hope you are all enjoying your weekends. I'll be back tomorrow with another card; until then, happy stampin'!

 

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A New Home Card!

by Joanne James22. May 2014 15:30

I had a hugely productive creative day yesterday (I love days like that!) and decided to have another go at a card with the sketch layout from CAS(E) This Sketch (although I'm too late to link up to this challenge with this sketch). I am linking up with Addicted to CAS though as I have another 'over the edge' birdie and today's card features the zingy colour palette over at Color Throwdown:

 

So using the color throwdown photo for inspiration, I decided to create a 'new home' card. There is only one set is the annual catalogue that features a new home welcome - the hostess set 'Sweetly Framed' - so I decided to create something using some punch art with an idea that I've had swimming around in my head for a while. Here's my card:

I used Pear Pizzazz for my base, and popped my Soft Sky panel up on dimensionals and created a little bird house by punching a 1" square out and topping with a Tangerine Tango triangle cut from half a square for the roof. I punched a Tangerine Tango bird using the bird punch and highlighted the bird's wing by using a scrap of Retro Fresh DSP, adhering with rolled glue dots to give some height. I added some punched co-ordinating coloured hearts punched with my owl punch. Lastly, what to use as a sentiment? I eventually decided on 'Yippee-Skippee!' from the stamp set of the same name, stamped in Versamark and heat embossed in clear powder - not quite 'Welcome to your new home', but it's exactly how I felt when I bought a new house, both times, so it seemed more than appropriate! Another very clean and simple card, created with just a few punches and a sentiment.

Back tomorrow with another project; until then, happy stampin'!

 

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CAS Morning Meadow Thank You

by Joanne James21. May 2014 16:41

Today's card is a last minute entry for this week's CAS Colours and Sketches colour challenge, which is to use the following colours:

 

I also used the above sketch from CAS(E) This Sketch as my starting point, although I would be the first to admit that my card isn't the most literal of interpretations; the card I've prepared for tomorrow's blog post is much better! Here is my card:

I decided to use the Morning Meadow hostess set for today's card - this set will only be available until the end of June, so if it's on your wishlist get in touch with me to book a party soon, otherwise you'll miss it. I inked the branch with my Basic Grey and Primrose Petals marker pens, then stamped the bird in Midnight Muse and fussy cut him and placed him on a dimensional, with a little rhinestone-centred punched flower for added interest. I allowed the tail of my bird to overhang the edge of the card - I think I'll join my card up to Addicted to CAS too, where the current challenge is 'off the edge'.

A quick post from me today; back tomorrow with another project. until then, happy stampin'!

 

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Sending Good Thoughts Your Way!

by Joanne James20. May 2014 21:20

Good evening blog readers! Well, I really feel like I'm in catch-up mode this week, but I guess I shouldn't be too hard on myself - it is only Tuesday after all! Today I'm sharing a card I made for this week's sketch challenge over at Create with Connie and Mary. I kept the flower as per the sketch so I will also be linking up with The Paper Players, where this week's challenge from Ann is a clean and simple floral card and Less is More where the challenge theme is flowers:

 

Having played around with various floral sets, eventually I decided to dust off my 'Too Kind' set, as I haven't used it in a while and set about creating my card - here it is:

I chose an unconventional floral colour scheme, using blues and greys, but I think it works! I love the flowers in this stamp set - the two-step stamping really adds an extra dimension, which is perfect when you're trying to create a clean and simple card. A stamp-a-ma-jig makes light work of aligning the images though - this little tool is so useful! I decided to create a banner from the banner shape in the sketch and use it to highlight my sentiment which I heat embossed in pewter embossing powder, finished with a pewter button threaded with retired Pool Party baker's twine - here's a close-up:

I also added Dazzling Diamonds to my flower petals to give a little sparkle and shimmer. A really clean and simple floral card; not where I started out at all, but I really like the end result.

Back tomorrow with another project; until then, happy stampin'!

 

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Make a Wish Simple Pop-up Card

by Joanne James19. May 2014 19:19

I haven't had any time for crafting today, so I'm going to share with you a simple pop up card designed by Monica Gale that I made at our quarterly training session last month and that I made with my ladies at our recent Fresh Prints All Day Craft Event - here is the outside of the card:

I added a few layers of Fresh Prints papers onto a Coastal Cabana card base, then stamped the 'Make a Wish' stamp from the Perfect Pennants set in Crumb Cake and punched out with a 2 3/8" Scalloped Circle punch layered onto a 2 1/2" circle out of Real Red cardstock, The banner was cut from a scrap of DSP and the 'a' stamped on red card and punched out and popped on a dimensional for added dimension. To decorate, I stamped a star from 'Simply Stars' in Real Red on Whisper White cardstock, added a DSP star using the Merry Minis star punch and secured with a gold glimmer brad with a twist of gold threaded baker's twine behind for a little added sparkle.

Inside the card there is a really simple little pop up made by cutting two short horizontal slits in the liner, which is made out of a notelet:

A few more stars and a simple birthday greeting and it's done - a fun little pop card suitable for either gender. I'm hoping to get into my craft room tomorrow and catch up on my crafting, although there is a big basket of ironing competing for my attention, so might need to get that out of the way first!

Either way, back tomorrow with another project; until then, happy stampin'!

 

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Monochrome Baby Boy Card - Baby We've Grown

by Joanne James16. May 2014 17:55

I have had the busiest day today - last minute preparations for the Stampin' Up! UK Regional Training Event in Telford tomorrow coupled with lots of little jobs. Best part of my day though was getting to spend an hour in the sunshine watching Rebecca's team win their second rounders match of the week (go girls!) and I'm even managing to squeeze in a quick blog post, which I thought might be touch and go today!

I have had a few baby cards to make lately, all of them girls, but I know someone who is due a baby boy anytime soon so thought I would get ahead for once and make my card ready. I decided to make a monochrome boy card to pair with the monochrome girl card I designed a couple of weeks ago for the Pals Paper Arts 200th anniversary challenge (you can see my original baby girl card here). Here is today's card:

Using a Soft Sky base, I matted both of my cardstock layers on Whisper White and used a piece of Polka Dot DSP from the Subtles DSP stack for panel 2, whilst for panel 3 I stamped the 'sweet baby' stamp repeatedly in Whisper White onto Soft Sky cardstock - a stamp-a-ma-jig is essential for this - and coloured the word 'baby' with my chalk marker to give it a powdery look. Lastly, my focal point is the cute little boy shoes that I fussy cut and decorated with my chalk marker; to finish I layered this circle on a blue starburst mat and a further white circle.

Another pastel monochrome creation - not quite as fussy as the little girl one, but then in my experience boys never are!

Back tomorrow with another card and news of what's been happening at the regional event; until then, happy stampin'!

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