Saturday, 30 July 2011
Thursday, 28 July 2011
Tuesday, 26 July 2011
Once I made someone's wedding stationery.
I swore blind I would never do it again because I hated the repetitiveness of it. Then last year I compromised and did a small order, swearing again that it would be the last time.
This weekend I found myself doing a bulk order of invitations, I couldn't say no.
The wording is from a set of clear stamps by Habico, punch is 'Lattice Hearts' by Martha Stewart.
'50' in the bottom right corner is Sizzix Block Party.
Sunday, 24 July 2011
Friday, 22 July 2011
Image is by Lili Of The Valley and was free with a craft magazine recently. I coloured it with Copic markers.
Patterned paper is My Mind's Eye. Sentiment is Craftwork Cards layered using SU punches.
The photo-corner punch is EKSucess.
Wednesday, 20 July 2011
Monday, 18 July 2011
This is my new toy. A Letterpress plate from Sizzix.
I've only had chance for a quick play but I like it so far.
Quickutz brought out a Letterpress system a year or so back and I saw it demonstrated on QVC and was slightly tempted but held back. I liked the effect it made but did not like the idea of having to buy the kit (was about £60 I think) then tubes of what looked like very sticky ink/ paint, then the hassle of trying to get it all clean.
I'm glad I never bought it because having read reviews on blogs it sounded like a waste of money!
So now Sizzix have brought out a much, much cheaper version of Letterpressing.
I paid £3.75 for this plate and just used it with some inks I already have (Brilliance ink-pads).
Basically you run the ink-pad over the plate and then mangle it through the Cuttlebug/ Big Shot like you would a normal embossing folder.
Very simple and no messiness, just wipe the plate down with a baby wipe afterwards.
You can use the plate without any ink, it will just give a de-bossed effect (ie like embossing but the pattern isn't raised it's sunk).
Used with ink the ink will sit inside the sunken area so it's like a cross between embossing and stamping.
The paper you use will determine how it looks and you can also use shims to get a deeper de-boss.
You can just about see on this photo that this attempt is not perfect, I moved the card when pushing it through my 'Bug.
There are a few tutorials on You Tube, some of them are using SU plates but they aren't available in the UK. I'm hoping Sizzix bring out some more styles because at the moment I like the effect but am not keen on most of the plates, I'd love a Christmassy one.
Saturday, 16 July 2011
Thursday, 14 July 2011
Tuesday, 12 July 2011
Sunday, 10 July 2011
Friday, 8 July 2011
Wednesday, 6 July 2011
Similar to one I made a few weeks ago but I'm trying to work through stacks of patterned paper.
Sentiment is an American Crafts rub-on.
A while back I sent a card to one of the card-making magazines, a few months later I received a huge package of assorted free stash, the rub-ons were part of that package. So is worth sending stuff off! (the card I sent wasn't that brilliant but it fitted a seasonal theme they were using).