Tuesday, 11 September 2012

PPA #142 - Colour Challenge

Time for a new challenge - this time a colour challenge over at Pals Paper Arts. The colours this time around are Elegant Eggplant, Lucky Limeade and Pumpkin Pie.
And, because it's my son's first day at school (JK) today all by himself, it made me think that there may be a lot of birthday parties coming up soon, so as well as working on holiday cards, I had better get some kid-friendly birthday cards prepared too.

I have had the Moving Forward stamp set since Convention and today was the day to stamp with it. I love that Stampin' Up has a special stamp that raises funds for Ronald McDonald House. I wish I could sell one at every workshop - here is my first attempt, and hopefully the first of many. I might try to create a card for each workshop using this set. My own personal challenge.

Stamp Set: Moving Forward
Cardstock: Pumpkin Pie, Lucky Limeade, Elegant Eggplant, Whisper White
Ink: Elegant Eggplant, Lucky Limeade
DSP: Brights Stack, Summer Smooches
Punches: 1" Square Punch (for creating the tails on my flags)
Other: Snail Adhesive, Sticky Strip


Saturday, 8 September 2012

Merry Monday #31

Today I had the time to sit down and complete the challenge over at Always Playing with Paper, the Merry Monday #31. There's still time to challenge yourself to come up with something creative, with a Christmas theme, of course.

Anyway, as I was beginning out (my end result is something completely different from what was in my mind), I wanted to see if I could come up with a card that celebrated the holidays, but didn't necessarily need any Christmas stamps or punches to create it. This is what came to me.

I used Lovely As A Tree (let's hope this stamp set never retires - so versatile), and inked up the middle tree with my Stamp n' Write Marker, so that when I stamped, only the inked tree would show up. The background is En Francais - Crumb Cake ink on Very Vanilla cardstock. I love that stamp.

Some tips, though, for using this big stamp - ink it with the rubber facing up, and then line up your card stock with the words in each line, and press your card stock onto the stamp (rather than stamping onto your card stock). I had to do it a couple of times, because I could not get the words to line up straight, and then the light bulb went off....

I scrunched up the Scalloped Tulle Ribbon behind the tree image, and it is secured with a lot of Sticky Strip. Pearls again for luxe. A little sponging around the edges and some smears across the page, and I was done.

The only Christmas stamp I used was the greeting, but you could always leave it without a stamped greeting and pen some cheer inside.

Stamp Sets: Lovely As a Tree, En Francias, More Merry Messages
Cardstock: Whisper White, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake
Ink: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso
Punch: Modern Label Punch
Big Shot: Floral Frames Framelits Dies
Other: Scalloped Tulle  Ribbon Early Espresso, Basic Pearls, Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon (retired), Stampin' Write Marker Early Espresso, Sticky Strip, Snail Adhesive, Stampin' Sponges, Mini Glue Dots


Thursday, 6 September 2012

Back to Spool Promotion

A quick note on the current Stampin' Up promotion - for every $50 you spend on merchandise in September, you receive a free spool (value $12.25 ea) of the new 3/8" stitched satin ribbon, in whatever In-Colour you like. Here are your choices:

Gumball Green #126848 - Perfect for Christmas and Holiday projects
Midnight Muse #126847 - A new favourite of mine
Primrose Petals #126844 - Who doesn't love a new bright pink?
Raspberry Ripple #126845 - A stunning deep pink
Summer Starfruit #126846 - I am seeing this colour everywhere, from shoes & purses, to clothing

Place your order for $50 and receive one of the above rolls of ribbon for free! Or, place a $250 order and get one spool in every colour - you would be set to craft for the holidays, and have ribbon in the most fabulous colours!  

I will be showing you a lot of projects with these ribbons during the month of September, so you can just see how lovely they really are. 

Click here to shop online, or email me at biancacoldrey@gmail.com with your order. I will deliver to you within the Ottawa/Gatineau area. It's so easy!

Monday, 3 September 2012

Create with Connie & Mary #216

Can you believe it? I have time to go searching for an online card challenge, and then the time to even complete the challenge? I know, now that it's done, I want to find another.....

But wait, back to reality, right now my three kids are all taking a nap, but the minute I try to do something extra, it will send a signal to one of them to wake up. Then it's just like a snowball - the first one can't keep quiet enough to let the others sleep and, within 30 minutes, they are all up wanting to "craft" with Mommy!

If ever there was anything to be thankful for today, it's these minutes (40 so far, and counting) of precious silence. Nothing but the sound of my keyboard clicking away....

Today I found a colour challenge over at Create with Connie & Mary, and the colours in the challenge today are Rich Razzelberry, Night of Navy and Lucky Limeade. What a delicious combination!

I paired up the colour challenge with the Lacy & Lovely stamp set, an Antique Brad and a message from Tiny Tags. I did use some Dazzling Details in the outer ring of the Night of Navy Lacy stamp, it bled a little, but I think it's OK, it's just a lighter shade. It also adds some texture and some sparkle.

The inside echoes the front, a flag / pennant in the same colours as the front, and then some randomly stamped Lacy & Lovely images.

Stamp Sets: Lacy & Lovely, Tiny Tags
Cardstock: Rich Razzelberry, Night of Navy, Lucky Limeade, Whisper White
Ink: Rich Razzelberry, Night of Navy, Lucky Limeade
DSP: Floral District
Punches: 2 & 1/2 " circle, 1 & 3/8" circle, 3/4" circle, 1 & 1/4" square (for perfectly even tails on my flags), Jewellery Tag Punch
Other: Antique Brad, Dazzling Details, Stampin' Dimensionals, Snail Adhesive

On another note, I still have a couple of spaces left in my Stamp-A-Stamp workshop on September 11 at 7pm. We will make 10 cards (5 each of 2 designs) in this class. It's at my place in Barrhaven in Ottawa.  Email me to register biancacoldrey@gmail.com


Saturday, 1 September 2012

Merry Monday Challenge #30

Honestly, I started this card on Monday, yes, Monday! And, it's now Saturday. That's how much stamping time I haven't had! You can find this week's challenge over at Always Playing with Paper - although, I warn you, it ends tomorrow.

For my card this week, I chose Midnight Muse and Whisper White. I am really a traditional red, green and gold Christmas kind of girl, but this year I have been taken by the blue, silver & white combinations. I love the clean and crisp look. The blue and white together really reminds me of a Canadian winter, crisp with the snow and cool with the winter light and clear blue skies against the snowy ground.

You probably can't tell, but I stuck on the tiniest of SU's basic pearls onto the two outer ornaments - there is 5 on the round ornament and 9 on the ornament on the right. On the middle ornament I used 3 medium sized pearls. The DSP is from the In-Colour pack, and the polka dot embossing reminds me of the snow falling.

The silver elastic thread is from SU, although retired long ago.

The stitched ribbon is also in Midnight Muse, and for the month of September, for every $50 order placed, you receive one for free. If you want to go crazy and place an order with me for $250 (have you seen the Holiday Mini? It wouldn't be that hard) - you can get a roll in every colour. All.For.Free!

Email me to place your order (or click here to order online), get your free spool(s) of in-colour ribbon, and get an early start on your holiday projects!

Stamp Set: Ornament Keepsakes
Card Stock: Midnight Muse, Whisper White
Ink: Midnight Muse
Big Shot: Holiday Framelit Dies, Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
Other: Midnight Muse 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon, Basic Pearls, Snail Adhesive, Stampin' Dimensionals, Silver Elastic Thread (retired- but obtainable at every good craft store)


Friday, 24 August 2012

Simply Sweet Button Buddies

A simple and sweet pair of cards using Button Buddies, one of the fun stamp sets carried over in the Idea Book & Catalogue. I am glad this stamp set didn't come to an end - it's super cute, and it's so easy to use these stamps to create gorgeous cards. Although, I'll admit, I am not sure who will receive the pig card just in case it's taken the wrong way....

Both cards were made with Crumb Cake and Whisper White cardstocks, I used my corner rounder and 2 1/2 " circle punch. And then, I used the Essentials Paper Piercing Pack to pierce all the way around the cut out circles. Gotta love it!

I'll be honest, they were one of the first things I ordered from the new catalogue, but only just got to opening them up today...I know, I know. There is a piercing outline for five punches, all the circles you will ever need, as well as edgelits and framelits outlines. If you don't have it, you need it, and you will thank me every time you use it!

The flowers have the new Vintage Faceted Buttons on each bloom and the pig uses the flower shaped Bitty Button.

I didn't put in a sentiment, I figured these could be my all purpose go-to cards for an occasion I don't have on hand. Or, if I kept on going, a perfect Hostess Gift!

Stamp Sets: Button Buddies
Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Whisper White and a tiny piece of Primrose Petals (under the pig nose)
Ink: Pretty in Pink (pig), Perfect Plum, Gumball Green and Baja Breeze Markers
Punch: 2 1/2" Circle Punch, Corner Rounder Punch
Other: Essentials Paper Piercing Pack, Paper Piercing Tool, Vintage Faceted Buttons, Baja Breeze Seam Binding, Itty Bitty Punch Pack (flower shape), Bitty Buttons (flower shape), Glue Dots, Snail Adhesive


Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Triple Layer Betsy's Blossoms

I wanted to try out this technique which I have seen popping up all over the internet. I think it's fantastic, and you don't need to do much to create big impact.

Basically, cut your cardstock to the size you like, then pile up the Whisper White pieces with the biggest piece on the bottom, middle size in the middle and smallest piece on the top, and stamp away, making sure you get some images over all three layers.

I couldn't get my image to stamp right where one layer of cardstock meets the one underneath, luckily though, the Primrose layer covers up any white space or blurs. Use Dimensionals to separate the layers when adhering.

A snip of ribbon and a simple sentiment is all a card like this needs.

If you can see in the picture above, I used the tiniest pearls in the centre of my green flowers to add a little luxe.

Stamp Sets: Betsy's Blossoms, Lacy & Lovely (greeting)
Cardstock: Primrose Petals, Whisper White
Ink: Primrose Petals, Raspberry Ripple and Lucky Limeade
Punches: Large Oval Punch, Scallop Oval Punch
Other: 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon (in Raspberry Ripple), Basic Pearls, Stampin' Dimensionals, Snail Adhesive