Half Sheet Wonder

If you spend any time browsing the internet, and the many wonderful stamping blogs and websites out there, you will most probably have heard of a “One Sheet Wonder”.  The idea is to take a sheet of patterned paper, or stamped cardstock, and use it to create as many cards as possible.
I came across a post on the blog of a fellow Stampin’ Up Demostrator, the lovely and talented Claire Daly, who had a challenge to do a “Half Sheet Wonder”.  I think I might be too late to enter her challenge, but thought I would share it with you anyway.  And it is such a great idea.
I have taken a sheet of A4  Whisper White Cardstock, and I have used my Retro Remix Stampin Around Wheel up and down the page a few times, and then stamped in between and around it using the cute Hello Again stamp set. 
Here are three of the cards I have made (there is a fourth one which is only half finished), and I still have the other half of my A4 sheet left to use for some other ideas.

Materials for all three cards are:

Stamp Sets:Hello Again, Retro Remix Wheel,  Best Yet, Vintage Labels (Sale-a-bration Set), For Everything, Butterfly Prints.

Cardstock: Whisper White, Pretty in Pink, Perfect Plum, Pale Plum.

Inks: Perfect Plum,Pale Plum, Pretty in Pink, Bashful Blue, Sage Shadow, Barely Banana.

Accessories: Paper piercing tool and Mat Pack, Markers, Scallop Circle Punch, 3/4inch Circle Punch, Boho Blossoms Punch, Butterfly Punch, Slit Punch, Metal Edge Tag, Pretty in Pink Taffeta Ribbon, Circle Scissors, Paper snips, Two-way Glue Pen, Dazzling Diamonds.

Artwork copyright Chris Parker-Barnes
Images copyright 1990-2010 Stampin’ Up!

I will try to bring you the 4th card tomorrow, and maybe some more examples later in the week.  But why don’t you give it a go too, you can use any patterned paper in any sort of layout, just have fun, and happy stamping!
Chris

Watercolour Pencils

My lovely and supportive husband gave me some watercolour pencils for Christmas this year (Stampin’ Up! ones of course!), and I just love them, even though I haven’t had enough time to really get to know how to use them properly yet.  But you can be sure that you will be seeing quite a lot of them in the near future, as I do more experimenting.  Anyway, this card was a nice, simple one for my first play with the pencils.  I have stamped the images onto some scrap pieces of watercolour paper with black Stazon, then coloured inside each image using the pencils.  I have then blended the colours together using the Aqua brush, which really brought out the gorgeous, vibrant colours.  I hope you like it!

Make sure you check out my Upcoming events page for classes for February, and hope you get some stamping time this weekend.
Chris

Stamp Set:For Everything

Cardstock: Night of Navy, Watercolour Paper, Kaleidoscope DSP.

Inks: Night of Navy, Back Stazon.

Accessories: Watercolour Pencils, 1 1/4 and 1 3/8 square punches, Aqua Brush.

Artwork copyright Chris Parker-Barnes
Images copyright 1990-2010 Stampin’ Up!

Workshop Cards

The two cards I will show today, are both cards I have designed for some upcoming in-home workshops.  Both cards showcase stamp sets from the Summer Mini Catalogue but I have kept them nice and simple since anything too complicated just doesn’t work in a workshop setting.  Workshops are a wonderful way to earn some Stampin’ Up! products for free, and also a good way to introduce non stampers to “our world” in a fun and friendly environment where they can try things out without having to buy first.  So make sure you contact me soon, if having a workshop is something you would like to try.  All you need to do is to invite your friends, family, neighbours etc over, provide a few refreshments, and I do the rest!  And you might just be surprised at who comes along if you invite them. 🙂  Stamping, cardmaking and scrapbooking are growing and growing in popularity, and there are still plenty of people out there who have never tried it and would like to.  So don’t be shy, give me a call or send me an email 🙂

Stamp Set: Butterfly Prints

Cardstock: Pink Pirouette, Basic Black, Raspberry Tart DSP

Ink: Basic Black, Pink Pirouette

Accessories: Butterfly Punch, Eyelet Border Punch

Artwork copyright Chris Parker-Barnes
Images Copyright 1990-2010 Stampin’ Up!

Stamp Set: For Everything

Cardstock: So Saffron, Whisper White, Tea Party DSP

Inks: So Saffron, Pretty in Pink, Almost Amethyst, Certainly Celery

Accessories: Large Oval Punch

Artwork copyright Chris Parker-Barnes

Images copyright 1990-2010 Stampin’ Up!