Clean and Simple Kitchen

No, I am not asking you to go clean up your kitchen, it is this week’s challenge theme at Our Creative Corner.  Meihsia’s challenge is to create a Clean and Simple card featuring something you would see in the kitchen.

I have used the coffee cup from the fantastic Scentsational Season stamp set (page 16 Holiday Catalogue), and while this is definitely meant to be a Christmas set, I didn’t want to make a Christmas card this time, so I punched out the For You sentiment from the Mixed Medley stamp set, one of the new Hostess Sets in the Holiday Catalogue, and layered that over the snowflake image.  The image is cut using the matching dies, which can be bought in a bundle with the stamp set.
The patterned paper is from the Festival of Prints Designer Series Paper Stack, and also the woodgrain is from the Natural Composition Specialty papers.

So please join in this week, we always love to see what you come up with for our challenges.  The rest of the projects from the Design Team can be seen here.

Happy Stamping!
Chris

Cute Caterpillar

Just a short post today, but I wanted to share the cute little punch art caterpillar. Or is he a worm – perhaps a book worm 🙂

I have been incredibly busy just recently, with a lot of cards and gift tags going out to various charities for fundraising events.  I have one more lot of these to get done, but only a small one so that should be done this week.
I then have to focus on getting some things done for a display that I will be having at the Brighton Library in November.  So busy times for me, but it doesn’t mean I haven’t been crafting, just not doing much blogging.  I will do my best to keep you up to date though.
Happy stamping!
Chris

Need for Speed

Need For Speed is such a fabulous stamp set for male cards for the men in our lives, and you will be happy to know that there are some more good male stamp sets coming in the new catalogue (only a week to wait now!).  So with Father’s Day coming up, I thought I would share some cards made with this set.
Not sure if I am entirely happy with the colours of these cards, a little too “army” for my liking. What do you think?
I kept the first one fairly simple, and used some of the brads from the Vintage Trinkets on the corners, and wound the Linen Thread around the outside a few times.  I think it frames the image nicely.

 

 

 

The second card uses the Triple Time technique which I showed you here, along with some Artichoke Denim Jean Ribbon.
The colours in these cards are Always Artichoke, River Rock and Very Vanilla.

I have quite a bit to share with you over the coming week or so, so stay tuned.  And make sure you sign up for my newsletter to get all the latest news along with ideas and stamping tips and techniques!
Happy stamping!
Chris

Ornament Punch Flower

I have seen quite a lot of these flowers made in various ways, and thought it was time I had a go.
This particular flower is made using the Ornament Punch, and was really quite easy to make. I have also used a sponge dauber and some Pretty in Pink ink to add some colour to the edges of the petals.      I have some ideas as to what I would like to do with this which involves making more of them  – definitely addictive!  So watch this space for more flowers 🙂
And in the meantime, happy stamping (or flower making!).
Chris

Dynamic Duos

Uh oh, I found a new challenge to take part in!!  Dynamic Duos challenge #7 this week, is to use the colours Melon Mambo and Basic Black – yummo, what a sensational combination!  I’ve combined this with this week’s sketch challenge from Freshly Made Sketches. And here is the result:

I have used Field Flowers stamp set, and embossed the flower image with white embossing powder, directly onto the Melon Mambo Cardstock.  The black layer has been dry embossed using the Big Shot and the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder.  The greeting is from the Perfect Punches stamp set, with some pink half-backed pearls (non- Stampin’ Up!).  Some strips of white card stock punched with the Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch, and some of my favourite faux stitching in black, as a finishing touch.
Loving this colour combo!

Happy stamping!
Chris

Gift Tags

I have recently been commissioned by a florist, to make some gift tags.  These are some of the ones she wasn’t interested in 🙂  but I thought I would share them with you anyway.   I have a few of these that were experiments until we found exactly what she was looking for.  I will have these for sale at the Marion Indoor Markets tomorrow, along with lots of goodies for Mother’s Day.
Not sure about you but I absolutely adore these little die cut butterflies!  They get used for a whole heap of things around our house, in particular some of my son’s craft activities! 🙂

Happy Mother’s Day, to all the Mum’s out there for tomorrow. Hope you have a very special day.
Happy stamping.
Chris

Yellow

Yellow is one of those colours that I just don’t use very much, so this week’s colour challenge from Our Creative Corner wasn’t one of my favourites.  But thought I would give it a go anyway. The colours are yellow, Kraft and White, so I have used Daffodil Delight which is probably my least used of all the colours.  But I will admit that I quite like it in the combination used in our new DSP called Attic Boutique, which is the one I have used here.
I have also used the stamp set Field Flowers, and lots of paper piercing and “Faux stitching”.    Now that I have my sewing machine up and organised I might start doing some real stitching on my cards!! 🙂
It is probably difficult to see in the photo, but I have also used some Crystal Effects on the main flower to give a bit more depth and shine.
Well, that’s it for today.  Hope you have a crafty weekend.
Happy stamping, Chris.