Wednesday, 30 May 2012

May Project Club on YouTube

Just to let you know I have posted a link on the Dimension Stamps blog that takes you to YouTube and my first ever video, haha.  Oh my good grief, what an experience that was, I'm never stuck for words normally but I kept thinking 'what shall I say and how shall I say it', in the end I just got on with it, and it seemed to work.
Roy from Dimension Stamps has done a few more videos, and if you have a look at the bottom section of their blog you will see the others.   If you would like to join the project club visit the Dimension Stamps website for more details.

To see Roy and other videos please visit the Dimension Stamps blog using the link above.

Happy Crafting J

Monday, 28 May 2012

Rosette Flower

updated 17/03/2014:  Dimension Stamps have now changed their name to Nina Crafts.

The rosette flowers are still very popular so I thought I’d make this card using the ‘Rozette 11’ stamp (Dimension Stamps ref: 0607027a) for the actual flower, so I stamped two of them and coloured them in with Promarkers (Pale Blossom, Grass, Sunflower and Berry Red).  Once coloured and cut out I’d scored through the middle of both and I joined them together by cutting from the outside edge into the middle on a valley fold and the other on a mountain fold, and glued them together.  I used some Spellbinder dies for the extra flower bits, the red piece of card is the ‘Classic Scalloped Circle’ die, the yellow piece of card is the ‘Picot Edge Circle’ die and the leaves are the ‘foliage’ dies.  The lollipop stick is a left over bit from my stash, I used two shades of narrow coloured tape and wound them around the stick.  The sentiment is from the ‘Word Perfect’ stamp set (Dimension Stamps ref: 1803160a) and I used some yellow bakers twine for the tag.  The pom pom is from my stash and to finish I used some cabochons from Fred Aldous in each corner.

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Diamond Jubilee

updated 17/03/2014:  Dimension Stamps have now changed their name to Nina Crafts.

All stamps are from Dimension Stamps and I have added the reference numbers as I have used them.

For this card I used a free image of the union jack from Google, I stretched it to fit the background, it was a bit blurred but it doesn’t matter in this instance.  On a white piece of card and using Memento – Tuxedo Black I stamped the postage stamp in the centre, I made a mask of the postage stamp using a sticky note.  The ‘Postage Stamps’ (ref: 1808011a) set have three different sizes and I used the largest of them.  I then masked off the postage stamp and added more postage stamps at either side, stamping the ‘Union Jack Jubilee’ (ref: 1807005a) in the middle of each.  Across the top I overlapped the ‘Bunting’ (ref: 1808019a).  In the middle of the centre postage stamp I added the ‘Crown Jubilee’ (ref: 1807004a) and the sentiment is from the ‘Grand Word Perfect’ (ref: 1803161a) stamp set.  I used ProMarkers: Indigo Blue, Berry Red, Powder Blue, Ice grey 1 and Warm Grey 4.  FlexMarker: Blue Grey 1 and Sakura Gelly Roll pens: Blue Star, Red Star and Silver Star,(I didn’t use any gold as the silver has a tint of gold in it).

Monday, 14 May 2012

Dimension Stamps Project Club - May 2012 » Main Card «

Originally this post was from the Dimension Stamps Project Club.  Now the name has change to Nina Crafts, so I thought putting all the posts together would be better and easier to find things.

This month’s project club brings you a very detailed pair of gates, well, not only the gates but the gate posts and the trees as well, lots of very fine detail in fact.  The numbers in this set will come in handy for lots of projects as well.  Hope you enjoy your stamps.

This is the finished card.
Once all you pieces of card have been cut out, as per instruction sheet, you will need to cut out a mask of the brick gate post.  I used a sticky note to make my mask.
Using the smallest piece of white card and your scoreboard, score some lines diagonally across the card, turn it around and again score, so you end up with a diamond pattern. Using blue ink and your blending brush/tool/Cut-N-Dry, lightly ink the upper half of the card, and using green ink do the bottom half. 

I used a Martha Stewart scoreboard and my lines were scored at half an inch intervals, or you could use an embossing folder of your choice instead.
Matt both pieces of card together, using double sided tape.  Attach some of the ribbon around the matted card, using double sided tape and fix onto the card blank.
Using black ink stamp the brick gate post onto the other cut piece white card and cover with the gate post mask before stamping the tree.
Stamp the gate, making sure the hinges connect to the wall.  Stamp the numbers of your choice.
Colour the tree and the brick work, cover the brick with the mask.  Using a piece of scrap paper, cut a slight curve across the middle. This gives a top and bottom mask for the background. Place the curved bottom piece of paper over the stamped image and using the blending brush/tool/Cut-N-Dry and the blue ink, lightly ink the sky.
Move the bottom piece of curved scrap down the image so a grass line can be made.  Cover the sky with the top piece of scrap curved paper.  Lightly ink the grass.
 Remove the bottom piece of curved scrap paper and cover the grass line with the curved top scrap paper.  Lightly ink the driveway with the light brown ink.
Colour the gate.  It doesn't really matter when you do the colouring, because the inked background has only been done lightly so the ProMarkers will cover up any stray shades.
Matt your finished coloured image onto the coloured card. Use double sided tape on the back of the overlapped area, and use foam tape or pads on the rest of the back before fixing to the card front. 
Make a bow with the rest of the ribbon and attach to the card, add gems to finish.
ProMarkers used on this card:  Tree - Raw Sienna, Cocoa, Forest Green and Pine.  Gate post - Sandstone, Cinnamon and Tan.  Gate - Memento Marker Pen (Tuxedo Black) and Cool Grey 1 for the outlines.

Sorry the photos are a bit off this time, I'm having a few issues with my camera at the moment, and you can't really see the colours.  Anyway, happy crafting and hope you enjoy your stamps.  J


Sunday, 13 May 2012

Dimension Stamps Project Club - May 2012 » Cafe Lady «

Originally this post was from the Dimension Stamps Project Club.  Now the name has change to Nina Crafts, so I thought putting all the posts together would be better and easier to find things.

For this card I used another project club stamp set called ‘CafĂ© Lady’, if you don’t have this one the reference number is 2300037a and she is available on the website.  I stamped onto some scrap paper to plan before stamping the image onto some white card using Memento – Onyx Black.  I stamped the brick posts first then masked them off before stamping the lady, I then masked her before using the Big & Juicy – Waterfall ink to blend the background.  I coloured in using ProMarkers, I also added some pink colour to the trees for a blossom effect.  Just looking out of my window and my neighbour has a beautiful blossom tree, we will be having pink snow before we know it,  lol.  I used an inverted corner rounder punch and the gems are from my stash, I think they were from JJD Cards.


Dimension Stamps Project Club - May 2012 » House and Garden «

Originally this post was from the Dimension Stamps Project Club.  Now the name has change to Nina Crafts, so I thought putting all the posts together would be better and easier to find things.

I first stamped everything onto a piece of scrap paper just to see how it would work out.  That’s how I got my spacing between the posts, I always like to plan on a piece of scrap before committing to a card, and then I can sort out layers and masks needed.  Anyway, the house is again from the ‘New Home’ project club set, reference number 2300047a, I just extended it to the side with my Memento Markers and coloured in with ProMarkers once the background had been blended in using the Big & Juicy – Waterfall Ink.  This time I coloured the gates in with Memento Marker – London Fog.  I used cream and dark brown for the matting and base card.

Dimension Stamps Project Club - May 2012 » New Home «

Originally this post was from the Dimension Stamps Project Club.  Now the name has change to Nina Crafts, so I thought putting all the posts together would be better and easier to find things.

As soon as I got this month’s stamps I thought of the ‘New Home’ project set from last year, if you haven’t got that set the reference number is 2300047a, and it is available on the website.  For this card I just used the ‘new home’ text, the little planter and a bit of the greenery.  I used the Spellbinders - Curved Rectangles dies for my main image.  I stamped the gates first, then the brick posts, and then the planter using VersaFine – Onyx Black then heat embossed them using detail clear embossing powder.  For the greenery I used a Memento Marker – Cottage Ivy onto the stamp itself before stamping onto the planter top.  For the background I used the masks from the main card and the Big & Juicy – Waterfall ink, in fact I used it on all my cards this month, and for the drive I used Distress Ink – Antique Linen.  Once the background was inked I coloured the image in with ProMarkers.  I used a Martha Stewart border punch for the cream card and used a dark brown for the matt and my base card.


Dimension Stamps Project Club - May 2012 » Key «

Originally this post was from the Dimension Stamps Project Club.  Now the name has change to Nina Crafts, so I thought putting all the posts together would be better and easier to find things.

I used the Spellbinders – Labels Twelve for the middle of this card.  I didn’t want a big bold image, because I wanted the key to stand out more, so I used Memento Markers on the stamp before stamping onto the card.  I used Potter’s Clay on the tree bark and for the leaves I used Cottage Ivy.  Once stamped I coloured in with ProMarkers, but coloured in the gate with Memento Marker – London Fog.  The key itself is from some charms I’d had in my stash they are from Inkylicious.  For the white star shaped matt, I used two of the Spellbinder – Fleur De Lis Square dies.  The background is some handmade paper from my stash, it’s a bit like Mulberry paper so I used some double sided sticky sheets to attach it to the white base card, because I didn’t want any rough bits showing from underneath.  The gems are from MeiFlower. 


Saturday, 12 May 2012

Quickie birthday card

I made this card for a friends birthday, it was yesterday and she was 23 years old.  I can remember when I was that old, it seems like a lifetime ago haha.
The image is from the Docrafts CD called Especially for you, it's part of the Me to You range.  I printed off another flower head so I could use some iridescent spray & Sparkle from Crafter's Companion, I also used a Sakura pen to add little highlights to the tiny stars on the background.  I cut a piece of ribbon off and found I'd cut too much so instead of throwing it away I just folded it around the straight piece and fixed in place with sticky dots.  I quite like this and will be using it again.

Class Card - May 2012

Originally this post was from the Dimension Stamps Project Club.  Now the name has change to Nina Crafts, so I thought putting all the posts together would be better and easier to find things.

This is the card we made in the Dimension Stamps class this month.  It was really nice to catch up with old friends and new.  Everyone did really well, it is a bit hard to master the inking but we got some very good results.
I've seen some of the stamps for next month's club, and I'm looking forward to using them.  Both Rita and I came up with some ideas for the stamp set, the free stamp/s and the cards we could make.  We were on a roll Reet, lol J

Blue Birdcage

updated 17/03/2014:  Dimension Stamps have now changed their name to Nina Crafts.

This is the card I made for Roy at Dimension Stamps, it is the one he used for one of his YouTube videos.  I thought you might like to see a close up.
Dimension Stamps used:  ‘Pretty Antiquity’ ref: 2400064a
and the ‘Floral Swirl Set’ ref: 2400027a
For the base card use an A5 white card blank.  For the background matt use a dark piece of blue.  For the background paper I made a cloudy sky pattern, but you could use some white paper and some blue Distress Ink to get the same effect, this paper measures 13.3cm x 18cm, this is the same size as the Spellbinder – M-Bossabilities folder Imperial.  Emboss the sky paper and ink all around the edge using Color Box – Deep Sea ink, cut off a 2cm strip along the bottom of the now embossed paper.  Using white card that measures 13.3cm wide, punch a border along the edge, I used a Martha Stewart punch.  Cut the border so it measures 3cm high, and add the ribbon along this border, securing at the back with double sided tape.  On the cloudy sky paper stamp and heat emboss the birdcage and the swirl using VersaFine – Majestic Blue ink and detail clear embossing powder.  Cut them both out leaving a border of about 3mm all around the edge, matt onto some white card using glue and cut out again leaving the same border.  Using a pokey tool make a hole at the top of the birdcage and another on the base of the swirl, us three jump rings to make the chain.  Stamp the small bird onto some white card using the VersaFine and heat emboss with the detail clear embossing powder and cut out.
Assemble the card: attach the dark blue matt to the base card, attach the top of the embossed sky paper, attach the bottom piece of the sky paper (there will be a gap of about 1cm between the paper pieces), attach the punched border, attach the jump rings/chain to the swirl and the birdcage before positioning the swirl on the main card.  To finish attach the cut out little bird with foam pads.
To watch this video visit one of these sites, where you will find a link to YouTube:


Friday, 4 May 2012

Hannelore’s birthday card

I used a digi image from the Kenny K for this card for my daughter, she is 22 years old today, and I can’t believe it, where has all the time gone. 
I used Spellbinders – Curved Rectangles for the image and inked around the edge with Distress Ink – Spun Sugar, and coloured with ProMarkers, then matted it onto some rainbow mirri card and rounded the corners.  The background card is the Black Magic colours from Core’dinations and the pad is called ‘Hocus Pocus’.  I used the hearts M-Bossabilities folder from Spellbinder for the background, and gave it a light sanding, this piece of card has the pink core.  The shiny letters are from my stash.