Monthly Archives: October 2014

Workshop cards, part two

Good morning!

Before I launch into the last two cards from my first ever workshop, I have to blow my own trumpet a little.  I entered a Fab Friday challenge (encouraged by my sister, Liz) – the card I made is here.  I was really pleased with it but was amazed and thrilled when it was selected as one of the”runners up”!  I’m very inspired to try some other challenges now.

Anyway, back to the Workshop cards.  I actually held my second workshop yesterday – two friends and a friend’s sister came and we made the same cards.  Carolyn, one of my friends, went a little off piste, mostly by leaving a few elements out but everyone had a great afternoon and immediately asked when the next workshops would be (Friday 5th December and Saturday 6th December, if you’re interested).  Because Christmas is approaching (I have 90 cards to make!), I made sure one of the cards was Christmassy:

White Christmas

Isn’t the White Christmas stamp set gorgeous?

Materials and Measurements

  • Real Red card, 148.5 x 210mm, scored and folded at 105mm
  • Whisper White mat, 143.5 x 100mm
  • Trees, snowman, snow, star and “Thinking of You at Christmas” all from the photopolymer White Christmas stamp set, stamped in Always Artichoke
  • I coloured in the snowman’s nose using a Stampin’ Write marker in Pumpkin Pie and then coloured in his hat and scarf using Real Red and Bermuda Bay markers.  I’ve used other colours – they all look great!  I’m not sure I would have coloured in any parts of the snowman, if my upline, Eimear hadn’t done it in a class I attended.  Copy and Share Everything, right?
  • Lastly, I dotted Tombow liquid glue on the trees, in the star, along the line of the hills,  on the snowman’s tummy and even on the tiny bobble of his hat!  Then I sprinkled Dazzling Diamonds Stampin’ Glitter all over the card, and shook and tapped off the excess.

Both classes loved this card.

My final card is very much a take on a card I previously posted, this time using all current materials.  I had a message from one of the attendees of my first class, Anna, who said she’d just sent this to someone and was hoping for some compliments after it was received!

Workshop thank you!

I loved how this turned out.

Materials and measurements

  • Lost Lagoon card, 200mm x 100mm, scored and folded at 100mm
  • Lost Lagoon Background DSP from the 2014-2016 in colours stack, 96 x 96mm
  • Strawberry Slush, 90 x 90mm, embossed by running it through the Big Shot using the Arrows TIEF
  • Lost Lagoon cut out using the Deco Labels smallest-but-one framelit die and the Big Shot
  • “thank you!” from the Big News stamp set stamped in Strawberry Slush on Whisper White, lined up using the Stamp-a-ma-jig (essential when you want to place stamps accurately) and cut using the smallest Deco Labels framelit die.  For some reason I struggle to find that “thank you!” stamp.  I generally go through all my stamp sets twice, and just when I think I’ll have to check the catalogue to find out which set it’s in, I find it!  Maybe now it will stick in my head.
  • Finally, I punched out the small star in Lost Lagoon, using the Star punch from the Itty Bitty Accents punch set and added a small rhinestone for a bit of sparkle.  Again, I got the feeling that all the attendees loved adding bling to their projects!

So, there are my final two workshop cards – hope you like them!


My first challenge!

My sister has recently started participating in challenges and has said she’s finding the challenge of having the colours set means that she comes up with cards she would never have otherwise created.  So, I thought, why not?  I haven’t had much time for creating cards lately (helping someone with their wedding invitations and changing jobs will do that) and felt I was in a bit of a rut, creativity-wise.  My opinion wasn’t aided by Liz saying she assumed my card would feature the star framelit dies. Hmmm, possibly I’ve overused them since I got them!  I do *love* them though.  So, the colour challenge I decided to try is this, from the Fab Friday group (you can find it here):

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And I’m really pleased with the card I made.  It’s very different to anything I’ve made, and was inspired by my upline Eimear showcasing the “emboss resist” technique in a class she held last week.  Once I’d asked her what that meant and she kindly explained, it sat lurking in my subconscious until up it popped yesterday, the answer to my challenge!

The Blackberry Bliss and Tangelo Twist colours really made me think of Autumn and so then I thought about my brand new “Seasonally Scattered” stampset, and the card just formed itself.  Here it is:

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Materials and Measurements

  • Blackberry Bliss base, 148.5 x 210mm, scored and folded at 105mm
  • Whisper White, 143.5 x 100mm
  • Tangelo Twist, a smidge smaller than the WW
  • Whisper White, approx 136 x 94mm
  • I rubbed the smallest piece of Whisper White with the embossing buddy, then stamped “thanks” from the Seasonally Scattered stampset in Versamark.  I heat embossed in black and then sponged the whole card in Tangelo Twist, making the “thanks” the strongest orange, and then sponged blackberry bliss from the outside of the card, graduating the colour as I moved inwards.  Then I just assembled the layers and the card was done.

I’m really pleased with it – hope you like it too.


World Card Making Day

Happy weekend!

I’ve been a bit behind in posting about this.  World Card Making day has been and gone, as it was on October 4th – you probably thought I didn’t do anything to mark it?  Wrong!  I held my first ever Card Workshop, where people actually came and paid to make cards under my instruction.  I chose the 4th before I knew it was WCMD but once I knew, it seemed like a very positive sign.  I also decided I’d do a repeat performance on the 25th, and bizarrely that day’s class filled up before I had time to turn around!  In contrast, for my first class, even a couple of days before, I thought I had two people coming, and the daughter of one of the attendees, who was going to “help” her mum with her cards!  I decided a small number was no bad thing for my first class and then just a few days before, I gained a further two attendees, at which point I got a bit nervous!

I planned the cards for this workshop well in advance – we made four cards for £10, which everyone seemed happy to pay. We had a lot of fun – people enjoyed the social aspect as well as the crafting, and I think the “I’ve never made cards before” attendees were surprised and pleased at how easy it was.  I got lots of compliments and am looking forward to next week’s workshop.  I’ve also got some dates in December, when we will be making Christmas cards (of course!).  I’ll be running the same class on Friday December 5th (from 7:30pm) and on Saturday 6th December (2-5pm) so let me know if you’d like to book a place.

Today I’m going to show you two of the workshop cards – come back in a few days to see the others.

The first card is a take on a 30th birthday card I’ve already shared, but it is a bit different.  This was the last card we made, as it was definitely the most complicated.

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I decided my previous card was a bit busy, so I removed the extra banners.  And I decided that three equal sized stars would work better.

Measurements and materials:

  • Card base – Crumb Cake, 148.5 x 210mm, scored at folded at 105mm
  • Whisper White mat, 143.5 x 100mm
  • Blackberry Bliss, approx 140 x 97mm, embossed using the Chevron TIEF and the Big Shot
  • Stars in Cookie Crumb, In Colours DSP and Vellum, cut with the largest but one Star framelit die, using the Big Shot
  • For the Cookie Crumb star, I rubbed the card with the Embossing Buddy, stamped “Never too Old to Party” from the Let your Hair Down hostess stamp set in Versamark and then heat embossed in metallic gold.  Then I cut the star – always emboss before cutting!
  • I punched out three small stars, using the star punch from the Itty Bitty Accents punch set and glued them in the top right hand corner, then added three rhinestones for a bit of birthday bling.

The other card I’m sharing, is the first card we made.  It’s super simple and elegant and doesn’t need many things.  It’s a great card to get people started and also demonstrates that you can make cards with very little kit.  This card was CASE’d from Jen Peel (my sister’s upline) and was the first card Liz ever made, other than a kit card, and she couldn’t believe that she had made something so brilliant!  Liz just posted her 50th blog and has been doing them for less time than me! Apparently I need to up my game. Without further ado, here is the card:

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Isn’t it great?  My class loved it.

Materials and measurements:

  • Strawberry Slush card base, 148.5 x 210mm, scored at folded at 105mm
  • Whisper White mad, 143.5 x 100mm
  • Using the “swoosh” stamp from the Work of Art stamp set, ink it up with Strawberry Slush ink and either using the stamp-a-ma-jig, or if you are feeling brave, by eye (I generally use the stamp-a-ma-jig for the first swoosh and then do the others by eye) stamp four times in a row without re-inking the stamp.
  • Then, stamp the heart from the Work of Art stampset in Strawberry Slush and finally, the “you” from the Work of Art stampset.

Voila!  A gorgeous card, made with 2 card colours, one stampset and two ink colours.

Hope you’ve enjoyed these.  I will be posting my first ever challenge card later today, so come back and have a look!