Sunday 11 April 2010

Framed Lace and Apricot Flowers

Thought I might go mad and post another card! This is one that I did a class for at my local craft shop last month. The lace panel is a Hero Arts stamp, Lace Frame, stamped in Versamark and embossed with white powder. The flowers are simply made using two layers of a five petaled flower shape, with a mini daisy centre. Each flower was glued onto a narrow card stalk, and then the stalks fixed together in groups of three before mounting onto the card. The leaves are also punched, and then mounted in threes to a stalk before fixing in place on the card. The vase is also a punch. The original shape wasn't quite wide enough, so I punched out a shape from card, then placed it onto a folded piece of scrap paper to use the contour to trace a wider shape. Cut out that shape and then unfolded and used as a template to draw around on the blue card for the vase. Then dry embossed with a folder before curving slightly and fixing over the bottom of the stems with silicone adhesive.

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Monday 5 April 2010

Make and Takes and Invitations

Well, this is a very belated posting, but I'm determined to catch up with things! We had a very enjoyable evening at our last stamper's ten meeting, thank you ladies! There were only five this time, as a few couldn't make it, but still pretty loud! I think the unveiling of the Mini may have had something to do with it . . .

I have had a couple of requests for pictures of the event - a little tricky, as the moment the camera comes out, people start hiding! Anyway, here is a group shot of everyone hard at work on their make and takes. I put some new light bulbs in, as the others were fine for dining, but not crafting, so we had much more light last night - but it still didn't improve the colour of the walls!

These are the two cards everyone is working on - both of them using new products from the Mini. Firstly the bird house uses the gorgeous new two step bird punch, and a design shamelessly cased from Monica - although I did change it a tiny bit, just to say I had put some effort in!

Second card is this one using the new Vintage Vogue set, in a Mellow Moss and Rose Red design - not pinched from someone else this time!

I have also finally updated the Challenge Showcase blog with the last couple of month's worth of lovely entries. My apologies to everyone for the huge delay on this - and thanks to Ruth for the nagging! You will see that the March section has already been started - but there is only one card so far, as that's all I've received to date!

There are many reasons why my blogging has been absent over the last few weeks, one of them being these:

100 of them! A simple gate fold design in ivory hammer finish card. The blue frame on the inside is Stampin' Up! Brocade Blue card, with a printed insert to match. The hearts and squares were dry embossed to the bride's design - I cut out multiple shapes in cardboard and stacked them together to create my own embossing die. Then stenciled the hearts in Brocade Blue ink. The centre heart on the outside of the invite has a clear Swarovski crystal on it. All tied closed with a Cornflower Blue satin ribbon. The 100th bow took a lot less time to tie than the first - I was just getting the hang of them! They seem to have gone down well with the recipients - so I'm pleased about that!

Off to catch up with some more tasks that I am behind on, and hopefully it won't be another six weeks before I'm back with another post. I do already have the cards to show you!

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