Friday, February 22, 2013

Annabelle Stamps Guest DT - for you with love

Hi all and welcome to my guest DT spot for Annabelle Stamps ... have you checked out the gorgeous Easter stamps that have been released ... just in time for Easter (at the end of March/beginning of April if you didn't realise!).
This week I dug out the ole Opalettes and gave them go ... if you are unsure as to what Opalettes are they are commonly known as UTEE - ultra thick embossing enamel.  Following the sketch for Annabelle Stamps challenge 157 ...
This is such a user friendly sketch and I couldn't wait to have a play with it.  As soon as I saw it it reminded me of a frame.  So using chipboard I created a frame and cut it into 4 pieces to make it easier to work with.   I worked with 1 piece at a time and inked it with watermark ink and proceeded to apply 3 layers of opalettes to the frame piece.  On the 3rd application I stamped BBD 2 onto the heated powder while it was still hot and removed it once it cooled a bit (a few minutes later).  It leaves an awesome impression and if you are not happy with the end result just reheat and melt ... although if mistakes do happen it is only recommended to reheat once or twice.  Here is my card ...
 here is a close up of the BBD 2 stamped impression ...
I then repeated the steps for the remaining 3 frame pieces and reassembled the frame around a tulip stamp from Squared Posies.
materials used - smooth white cardstock; light chipboard; Annabelle Stamps squared posies, background by design 2, decorated christmas stamps; Versa Color heliotrope and old rose inks; Pipedreamink Opalettes river rose and lavendaer; Annabelle Stamps cuts by design ‘christmas ornaments’ dies; Kaisercraft pearls; Prismacolor pencils.

Check out all the details at Annabelle Stamps blog from there have a look at the wonderful cards created by the ever so talented (and varied styles!) of the DT team.  You have 2 weeks to complete your entry using the above sketch.

Friday, February 08, 2013

All things grow with love

Hello there and welcome to my guest DT spot for Annabelle Stamps.  This fortnights challenge is a colour one:

I have been dying to try out a new technique that I found at Technique Time Tuesday - velveteen.
But first here is my card and below is a close up of the flowers and then a brief explanation of the technique ...

and a close up ...

basically you stamp a background style stamp with white ink on white cardstock, let it dry completely (speed it up by using a heat tool) then using a silhouette style stamp stamp over the white background and it comes through.  Not quite the resistant technique where you want the embossed colour to come through but here the ink colour on the silhouette stamp becomes slightly lighter in colour where the white ink was.  My background stamp is from BBD2 and the flowers are from Stemmed flowers.
So as you can see AC156 this fortnight is the colours grape, waterfall and pumpkin.  It is a very bright colour combo when used together. So if you would like to participate in this challenge just pop on over to the Annabelle Stamps Blog.
materials used - smooth white, purple, aqua, Bazzill peach cardstock; Cosmo Cricket ‘pixie-licious’ papers; Annabelle Stamps background by design 5, all things grow, stemmed flowers stamps; Colorbox frost white, Color Palatte autumn orange, twilight purple and summer blue inks; Annabelle Stamps cuts by design ‘shapes 1' dies; 6mm purple gingham; Kaisercraft pearls.

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

For you with love

You know sometimes it is good to try something a little different to the style you normally do ... well this card is different for me and I am actually happy with the way it turned out.  I made it with a few products from The Stamp Spot and it has a valentines feel for it for this months 'heart' challenge over at the blog.

I made the lattice using the Couture Creations 'tied together' embossing folder and then fussy cut the diamonds between the embossed lines.
I would like to submit this for the valentines challenge over at Party Time Tuesdays and the anything goes challenge over at Papertake Weekly.
materials used - AC sand card; My Minds Eye ‘a mothers love’ papers; Annabelle Stamps ‘christmas decorations’ stamps and die (title); Staz On jet black ink, Versa Color bamboo ink; MFT royal leaves die; Couture Creations flower and feathers; Kaisercraft paper blooms; Couture Creations ‘tied together’ embossing folder.
Thanks for looking.

You know I love you

Howdy peeps, just a very quick card today for valentines, I think Neil will like this one as it has a 'bike' component ... in fact just because of the bike component I really like it too ... I wonder if I could encourage Neil to give it to me for valentines?
I made this card for Paper Smooches SPARKS - polka dots and I have emphasised the use of Letters for CAS-ual Fridays ...
and have chosen a Valentines theme for Top Tip Tuesday.  I have cut the letters away from the edge of the card - I love this technique and have used it quite a few times, in fact, a TIP (for Top Tip Tuesday): use old chipboard letters as templates to trace around and then fussy cut for this technique.
materials used - White card, Kaisercraft seafoam card, Bazzill stormy card; Paper Smooches 'alphadot' stamps; Versa Color celadon ink; Spellbinders sprightly sprockets dies; Everlasting keepsakes chipz block letters; brads.
Thanks for looking.