Monday, March 21, 2011

Easter & Mothers Day!

Hello again! I hope you are all enjoying the cooler weather. I was up at 1am this morning because there was a cat meowing outside my bedroom window. I went outside to check it out and had to come back in to get my dressing gown. It was sooooo cool out there. We are definately losing the summer. We still have temps though 32' to 35 so its not quite gone yet.

It was a much cooler weekend than it has been for my workshops this weekend which I enjoyed very much. As usual our lovley bunch of ladies had a lot of fun and laughter. This time I made Blueberry Yoghurt Loaf which was a hit with everyone. Its from the best of Womens Weekly Cake book and it was very moist and tasty. I had two workshops this weekend. I had the usual Saturday one and then another one on Sunday where a group of ladies caught the train and spent the day at my home. I had made some Blueberry Yoghurt muffins but on the ladies arrival I found two of them had brought some lovely slices and cakes. We had a feast after our card making. This workshop we made a rose out of the Fancy Flower Punch. I cased this idea from the lovely Pat Carr at our Stamparoo get together. Pat was kind enough to show us how to make it and then we had the chance to make it ourselves. I must say I was not too happy with mine but once I got it home and had nothing else to compare it to, it didnt look too bad. Remembering how to do it was the key. I looked online and found a site run by Julie Williams (Simi Stamper) which gave step by step instructions. Of course Pat has been making these roses for years and years and was her own design. There is a little difference between the two. One is that Pat uses an extra piece for the bottom layer of the rose. Julie has a different approach to the centre which I found quite easy. Anyway if you are interested please go to this site and have a go yourself. Its very easy and relaxing to do.
Everyone loved making them and were pleased with their results.
One of the projects was to make a card to mount the rose onto. Here we have used Soft Suede cardstock, Cherry Cobbler and Very Vanilla. The stamp set is Just Believe. I have splashed a little ink using the aqua pen and inking it up with Soft Suede and flicking it off my finger onto the very vanilla cardstock to give it some dimension. Rather than the stark, crisp look. The Soft Suede has been embossed with the Polka Dots Folder. It really makes a difference to your card to emboss it. The leaves were made using the Small Oval Punch and cut with scissors to a point at one end. I have used a bone scorer to break down the fibres and then peel apart the layers and added glue then placed some wire along the centre of the leaf and closed it back down. This gives you the vein in the leaf and also allows you to bend the leaf into a shape of your choice. I have added some Crystal Effects to give it some dew drops. With Mothers Day coming up this would be a lovely card to give to your special mum.

Speaking of Mothers Day. I had someone ask for a mothers day card with Gran on it. Of course I did not have one but had some old alphabet letters here and using my very favourite item in the whole catalogue, the Stamp-a-ma-jig I produced my mothers day card. Here it is below. I have used Vintage Vogue on Very Vanilla and Cherry Cobbler Cardstock. This is one of my favourite stamp sets. I have also used the Pinking Hearts Corner Punch on two corners and then sponged around with Cherry Cobbler. I have cut around the flowers from the Vintage Vogue set and gone around the edges with Champagne Shimmer Mist for an added touch. I then finished it off with the Pearls. Now what Gran wouldn't like this card.

The last project of the day was a simple one to finish it off. Easter is quickly approaching so I decided to do a theme of Easter. In this one I have used The Nicest Things stamp set and only used the cute little rabbit in the carrot pot. I guess he has eaten all the top cover of the plant, naughty little thing. There is not much to this card but it is still cute. I have used Old Olive, Cajun Craze and Very Vanilla cardstock. I stamped my image five time but colouring in only one of them with a blender pen using Crumb Cake, Cajun Craze and Old Olive Markers. I have used the Happy Easter stamp from the Teeny Tiny Stamp Set. I then went over the pot with Crystal Effects to give it a nice glazed finish. Isnt he cute?I made a few cards when trying to work out which one I was going to use for my workshop and here they are here. The first one is a Mothers Day card using the Punch Bunch stamp set from the Sale-a-bration mini catalogue. I have stamped my image and cut it out with the 1 3/8" circle punch and then using a dimensional I placed it on some Chocolate Chip CS after punching it out with the Scallop Circle Punch. With the actual stamp image when using the Scallop Circle punch it leaves part of the white card showing and I did not want this effect and that is why I cut it out using the circle punch. I went over the flowers with Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint and added a pearl for the final touch. I have used Chocolate Chip, More Mustard and Very Vanilla Cardstock and distressed the edges and sponging giving it a distressed look. I have also gone over the cardstock with the lovely large stamp from the Bliss stamp set, also from the Sale-a-bration mini catalogue. If you find you like these stamp sets, you only have until the end of this month to put your order in. Remember you will need to place an order of $100 or more to receive a stamp set for free.

The other card I almost used for the workshop is this cute little Easter Card. The ladies loved this one. I decided not to use this one as when I finished I realised that I had used four different stamp sets. I have used The Nicest Things, Teeny Tiny Sentiments, Punch Bunch (for border) and Bliss (for wallpaper effect) Stamp Sets. I have made exactly the same card as the last one but making it an Easter card. Next workshop we will be making three cards and here is one of the cards below that we will be making. I apologise that I have used a discontinued paper (Cottage Wall) which looks lovely. I am sure it will look just as nice with the current DSP which looks exactly the same except that the colours in that set are in the new In Colours. This card is a Double Easel card which is so simple to make. The only thing you have to keep in mind is that the front panels swivel and you need to have an image that will work in two positions. Usually a round image or like I have done by cutting out flowers which do not matter which way you place them. I love this card pattern and can see myself using it quite a bit. What do you think?

Well thats all for today. I must go and do some of that dreaded housework now.
Catch you next time and thanks for popping by:)

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