One Layout, Four Cards!

This evening saw the start of a new series of cardmaking classes, which I run here in my home.  And similarly to last term, we had a lovely evening of chatting, stamping, cardmaking and mess-making 🙂 

And of course, I just had to use Designer Series Papers in my layouts for the cards we made, another of my “favourites” Spring Flowers (they are all my favourites, just one more so on one day, and the next day it’s another…:) )  I used a nice simple layout and just changed the colours around and we have four totally different cards.  So if you missed out on tonight’s class, but would like to join in the fun, it is not too late but you need to contact me asap.  Here’s what you missed out on…..

Stamp Sets: Simple Delights, Carte Postale, Three Thoughts.

Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip, Barely Banana.

Inks: Chocolate Chip, Always Artichoke, DSP Spring Flowers.

Accessories: Corner Rounder, Scallop Edge Punch, Vintage Brads, Double Stitched Ribbon in Groovy Guava, Taffeta Ribbon in Very Vanilla and Kraft.

Artwork by Chris Parker-Barnes

Images Copyright 1990-2009 Stampin’ Up!

Trying out new things :)

It’s been a rainy day in Canberra so far today (although now that I have said that, the sun has come out!) which makes it a really good day for sitting down and doing a little bit of experimenting with new things 🙂  I haven’t used much out of the pretties kit yet, and thought I would like to make a card or two today using some of the gorgeous beads and flowers.  For those of you who didn’t know, prior to becoming a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, I ran a business making beaded jewellery, and still enjoy that in my spare (??????) time!  So combining the two things, papercraft and beading, is something I would like to try more of, and this is as good a way as any to start.

This card didn’t turn out anything like what I had planned 🙂 but is lovely and old fashioned and I really enjoyed making it.  The flowers on the pale plum card are stamped in silver ink, and then embossed straight onto the silver ink with clear embossing powder.  I didn’t use any versamark ink on them.  Like I said, today I am trying some things out! 🙂  I like the way the colours in the flowers are slightly varied, and I have taken a close up of them so hopefully you can see what I mean. 

Stamp Sets: Carte Postal, Three Thoughts

Cardstock: Perfect Plum, Pale Plum, Very Vanilla

Inks: Perfect Plum, Pale Plum, Sage Shadow, Encore Silver

Accessories: Markers, Pretties Kit (Hat Pin and Beads), Sponge, Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Tool,  Very Vanilla Taffeta Ribbon.

                                                                            Artwork by Chris Parker-Barnes

Images copyright 1990 – 2008 Stampin’ Up!

Wheely Good Fun!!

The current Stampin’ Up! promotion is a fantastic deal, so I wanted to demonstrate some cards made using one of my favourite combinations from all of the stamp and wheel duos, which is the Carte Postale stamp set and Leaves a la Carte Jumbo Wheel.  This is such an elegant set and can be used in so many ways.  I will try to post some more examples over the coming week or so.

And don’t forget that this fabulous promotion ends on the 30th September, so you still have a few days to make the most of it. 

This first card uses a colour combination that I think is stunning for cards and can be good for both male or females depending on what you add to it, and that is of course, black and white.  I like using black and white with orange, or yellow, or in this case pink.  But it looks great with a heap of different colours.  Try it with blue or green for a nice male combination.

Stamp Sets: Carte Postale, Leaves a la Carte Jumbo Wheel

Card Stock: Whisper White, Basic Black, Regal Rose

Ink: Basic Black, Regal Rose

Accessories: Scallop Circle Punch, Half Back Pearls from the Pretties Kit, Regal Rose Grosgrain Ribbon

Artwork by Chris Parker-Barnes

Images Copyright 1990 – 2008 Stampin’ Up!

This second card is a design that I think I saw on someone else’s blog, but I really don’t know whose.  I have had a bit of a search around on the blogs I frequent on a regular basis but couldn’t see it, so I apologise to who ever owns it!!  However, typically when I go to CASE someone else’s work, it never works out the same anyway 🙂 and I was doing it from memory, so in the end it is probably completely different 🙂

Stamp Sets: Carte Postale, Leaves a la Carte Jumbo Wheel

Cardstock: Blue Bayou, Soft Sky, Whisper White

Inks: Blue Bayou, Soft Sky

Accessories: Blue Bayou Double Stitched Ribbon, Clear Round Rhinestone Brad from the Pretties Kit, Dimensionals.

Artwork by Chris Parker-Barnes

Images Copyright 1990 – 2008 Stampin’ Up!