Saturday, 30 March 2013

Class Card - March 2013

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 did in our workshop/class this month over at Dimension Stamps.  We used the February Project Club set of stamps and the Rabbit is the complimentary stamp for that set, both reference numbers will be available on the website soon.  The blue and purple panel has been made up using Distress Inks and the stamps we used are:
'Scroll Patterned Heart' ref: 0605031a
'Honeycomb' ref: 0604055a
'Ribbon Flourish 1' ref: 1806115a
For these stamps visit the Dimension Stamps website

Friday, 29 March 2013

Easter card

I've posted off some eggs for the kids, while packing them Hubby said I'd better put a card in the box so they would know who they were from, I don't really do Easter cards so this is a first for me.  The idea for this card isn't mine, I'd seen one on Google so revamped it and this is what I ended up with.  I used lots of bits of scrap card (I have three drawers full) for the eggs, cutting them out using the Spellbinders Oval dies and just cut zig-zag lines to divide them.  The text I did on my computer, I measured the oval then drew it on the computer and spaced the letters accordingly, using the colours of the eggs to fill with a black outline.  I used an EK Success border punch on the orange card and handwritten the word happy.  The eggs are attached with foam pads.
Happy Easter everyone J

Mothers day card

A little Mother's Day card I made this year for my mother-in-law.  I've had some Candi stamps from Craftwork Cards for quite a while but never used them, so thought I'd use them on this card.  The background paper is one of Nancy Watt's it was a freebie in a magazine, one of those that I didn't want to use, you know the ones, the nice ones to look at only lol.  This picture doesn't actually do it justice, there's more lilac in it than you can see, it fades to lilac at the top, but never mind.  I used a Memento - Grape ink pad around the edge of the paper, I stamped using VersaMark and heat embossed using detail white embossing powder. The Spellbinder shape is from the Opulent Ovals set of dies, I used white card and for the middle drew around the inside edge of the die and cut it out.  The sentiment is from the 'Grand Word Perfect' stamp set from Dimension Stamps ref: 1803161a.

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Project Club - March 2013 ≈ 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 from Dimension Stamps theme is Teatime, have you got your cuppa while reading this lol.  The pictures below are all sorts of different shades, it was a very bright day and the sun kept going behind the clouds so my photos ended up all over the place, tut.  I'm not complaining though it's better than all this snow we have at the moment.

This is this month's finished card.
Cut out all your card as per instruction sheet.  Stamp the cup and saucer onto a sticky note and cut out, you may need to use your craft knife to cut out the handle section.
Now we need to stamp the cup and saucer panel along the bottom of the card.  I first used a piece of scrap paper and stamped the cup and saucer in a line using Memento - Tuxedo Black, then measured out the length I needed.  Now I had a visual aid so I could stamp along my 13.5cm piece of white card.  You can use the Memento ink on this piece of card or use VersaFine - Onyx Black and heat emboss using detail clear embossing powder.  I used the VersaFine but I made sure that I didn't press the sticky note mask over the previously stamped  cup and saucer as it would have soaked up the ink and I wouldn't have been able to emboss properly.  If you use Memento ink you will not have this problem.  Colour the cup and saucer panel, then matt onto blue card.
Onto the 12cm square piece of white card use black (Memento or VersaFine) ink, stamp the happy birthday, teapot and cup and the 'and relax...' stamp as shown in this next picture.  I actually used the Stampressive to stamp this main image.  Heat emboss if required.
Using the flower frame stamp and blue ink (I used Memento - Bahama Blue) stamp part of the border to frame the text in both corners.  Colour in the flowers and the tea from the spout.  I used a light blue ProMarker to colour just the inside edge of the teapot, cup, the flowers and all of the cup handle, just because my cutting out isn't perfect, by colouring on the inside edge if I mess up any of the cut lines it can be disguised.
Onto the spotty paper stamp the teapot and cup using Memento black ink, make sure you leave enough room to stamp the flowers from the frame stamp in blue ink.  Cut out all four of the flowers.
Cut out the two pieces of the cup, the teapot and lid. When cutting out these pieces of paper try and cut on the inside edge of the image so no extra bits of black ink is showing once the pieces have been glued into place because you will be covering up the embossed edges.  You may need to use your craft knife to cut out the teapot middle+handle section. 
Use clear drying PVA glue to attach the teapot, cup and the flowers onto the main image.  Once dry I used the light blue ProMarker to add a little colour to the inside edges of the teapot and cup, then used a light grey ProMarker to add a shadow to the outside edge of the images.  Matt onto the blue card.  Fix both pieces of matted card to the white base card using double sided tape, see main picture above.

If you would like to join the Dimension Stamps project club visit 
the www.dimensionstamps.com website for more details.

Happy crafting, Jackie J



Friday, 22 March 2013

Project Club - March 2013 ≈ Blue and White ≈

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 the background on this card I used a spotted paper it's a digi one I made from some of my overlays, in fact it was to be the main paper for this month's card, but the dots were too big and the colour a little too dark, so I saved it and used it here.  The flap at the top has been made using the Spellbinders - Adorning Squares and has been cut on the diagonal, the shape with the cup and saucers on is the Spellbinders - Timeless Rectangle and the white flourish at the back of it is a Cheery Lynn Design die - Fanciful Flourish.  I stamped the text using VersaFine - Deep Lagoon and heat embossed with detail clear embossing powder, once dry properly I used a Memento pen - Summer Sky to add a shadow.  I stamped and heat embossed the cup and saucer a few times and did some decoupage colouring in with ProMarkers, I cut out one of the saucers and turned it around to give a clean (no cup) edge.  To finish I used some mini blue gems from JJDCards.
All stamps are from Dimension Stamps.  If you would like to join our project club for just £10 a month and also get discount on your purchases, then visit our website for more details.


Project Club - March 2013 ≈ Orange block ≈

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 card just sort of happened, it looks nothing like it did in my head lol.  I wanted to use up some of my odd shaped bits of stamping card so thought this kind of card would work.  I stamped the images on separate pieces of card using Memento - Tuxedo Black, I then tidied them up a bit, cutting them to some sort of size, then thought about what colours to use.  My gran had a brown teapot with a flower on so that just popped into my head.  I cut up the flower frame stamp ( I cut on the diagonal so I had two corner sections, then cut again so I had a long side section and a short flower piece) and used the flower for the middle of the teapot, then coloured in with ProMarkers.  I used an orange ProMarker to make a little border around the edge of each piece before matting onto some brown card.  I'd actually stamped another two pieces of text but didn't use them, because while trying to place them onto an A5 piece of scrap paper (at this point I didn't even know what colour base card to use) they wouldn't fit anywhere.  In the end I'd decided to stop stressing about it and straighten both the outside edges of the pieces and ignore the middle, just leaving it to do its own thing lol.  That's when I thought of the orange base card, once I'd attached all the pieces it wasn't quite right so using a Memento Pen added the stitched effect around each piece.
All stamps are from Dimension Stamps.  If you would like to join our project club for just £10 a month and also get discount on your purchases, then visit our website for more details.



Thursday, 21 March 2013

Project Club - March 2013 ≈ Smile ≈

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.

The background paper for this card is from the Papermania Capsule Collection - Verde Paper Pack, this collection of papers are lovely although you can't see that much of it on the card, I used Memento - Grape Jelly ink to add the slight inky border.  I have loads of stamping card that I had already cut out and I'm trying to use up and the one for this card had all four corners punched using I think was a Woodware corner punch.  I started my images off in the top right-hand corner by first stamping the bunting then the teapot and cup, cutting the card down to size at this point, so I lost three of the corners.  Lastly I stamped three of the four images on the yummy border, masking off one of them.  I used the happy birthday stamp on the teapot curving it to follow the line, I really like bending my text stamps to fit in lots of different places, I first stamp onto a bit of scrap, then adjust the text to fit before I commit to my main image.  Again I coloured in using my Pro/Flex Markers, I really do like these lol.  I then matted onto some purple mirri card.  The Smile text is from an embossing folder from Darice and has been embossed onto some green core'dinations cardstock, I then sanded the text and lightly around the edges of the card before matting onto the purple mirri card.  I attached the teapot image using double sided tape and the smile was attached half with double sided tape and half with 2mm foam tape.
All stamps are from Dimension Stamps.  If you would like to join our project club for just £10 a month and also get discount on your purchases, then visit our website for more details.


Project Club - March 2013 ≈ Relax ≈

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 wanted to make a card with my PanPastels but wasn't sure what to do, so just started by having a look through my stamp stash, I found the 'Tall Grass' (ref: 0704039a) stamp and thought of the 'and relax...' stamp.  I then found a stamp with short grass on it, I think it was from the 'My Favourite Fountain' stamp set, there's lots of really useful small stamps in that set (ref: 2400022a).  The birds are from the December Project Club - Out at Sea ref: 2300039a.  I stamping the birds and teapot and cup using VersaFine - Onyx Black and straight over the top of it stamped the grass and the tall grass using Big & Juicy - Waterfall ink (green end lol) before heat embossing with detail clear embossing powder.  I used my PanPastels to colour the teapot and cup and ProMarkers to colour the tall grass before cutting out.  To get the rectangle in the middle of my white base card I first got a piece of scrap A5 paper and using a pencil drew a line diagonally down from both top corners crossing over in the middle of the paper.  I placed the cut out images in the middle and marked off how big I wanted the background, then using a ruler to make sure my corners were even before cutting out the aperture.  I used low tack tape to stick the paper over my base card and then used PanPastels to colour it in using green at the bottom and blue at the top with pinks and yellow in between.  Once I was happy with the colour I removed the paper and then used a paper towel to soften the edges of the rectangle.  I used a fine liner pen to add the border before stamping the text, which is a little on the slant and I could kick myself but, hey ho lol.  I gave the teapot and cup a little shape before attaching to the card with silicone glue. 

All stamps are from Dimension Stamps.  If you would like to join our project club for just £10 a month and also get discount on your purchases, then visit our website for more details.


Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Project Club - March 2013 ≈ Love Tea ≈

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 got some new ProMarkers and I really like the Pineapple Crush colour so had to use it as soon as it came through the letterbox.  I found some paper in my stash for the background and for the border and used some red card for the matting.  The two fancy edged shapes are from Spellbinders and are called Timeless Rectangle, also in red, I just measured and cut out two pieces of white for an inlay in each of them.  The sentiment, teapot and cups where stamped using VersaFine - Onyx Black and heat embossed using detail clear embossing powder.  The hearts are from the 'Cupcake with Sprinkles' stamps ref: 1403027a and is one of the sprinkles, I just kept masking areas before stamping using Memento - Lady Bug ink, I then coloured the teapot and cups with the pineapple ProMarker and used a red one for the strips, I then drew around the hearts with a fine liner pen.  I shaped the teapot and cups before attaching to the card using foam pads and tape.  
All stamps are from Dimension Stamps.  If you would like to join our project club for just £10 a month and also get discount on your purchases, then visit our website for more details.

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Bentley

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

This card nearly ended up in the bin, it wasn't going right at all, the colours were annoying me and I just couldn't get it right in my head.  I was putting the car together when my husband saw it and like it a lot so I finished it off.  The background is made up of strips of core'dinations Black Magic cardstock, in the blue and orange, I stuck the strips onto some white card before I then ran it through my Cuttlebug using the Spellbinders M-Bossabilities folder - Kickin' Rubber before sanding the card.  I matted the background onto some blue foil card before attaching to the snow white pearlescent base card.  I used the Spellbinders Labels Ten die to cut out the oval shape, cutting off the three raised end pieces and did the same for the foil matt.  I used the Die-namics Skyline Border along the top half of the oval, I then cut out two large cogs from the Spellbinders - Sprightly Sprockets in black shiny card and tucked them round the back of the oval so only the sides of the cogs could be seen.  For the dashboard I used the Spellbinders Circles and the Cogs dies.  The name Charlie was chosen at random by my husband, and was stamped using the 'Alphabet 7' set of stamps ref: 1801009a.  All the stamping was done using the VersaFine - Onyx Black ink and heat embossed with detail clear embossing powder, coloured in with my favourite ProMarkers.  The car is from the 'Beep Beep' stamp set ref: NC013 and was stamped three times, the first was the full car, the second was the front section cutting off the roof and the wheels and the third was stamped using the VersaFine but heat embossed using detail silver embossing powder, so I could cut the radiator out.  I used PVA glue to attach the radiator and foam tape to attach the front section of the car and foam tape to fix the car onto the oval.  To finish I used some black and blue gems in each corner and I had some very tiny star gems and one of those fit right in the middle of the stirring wheel.
All stamps used are from Dimension Stamps 


Monday, 4 March 2013

Bouquet

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

You can't see the background foil on this card very well, the colour is actually a pink, like a rose pink.  The white background card has been embossed with the Spellbinders M-Bossabilities folder 'Splendid', I left the bottom section blank so I could use a Martha Stewart punch along the edge and just to finish it off with a scored line.  The bouquet of flowers is from the 'Beautiful Bouquet' stamp set ref: NC014, I stamped it three times using VersaFine - Onyx Black and heat embossed using detail clear embossing powder.  The first layer was the full image, the second was cut out taking off the edge flowers and the third layer was just the middle section.  I coloured in using Pro/Flex Markers and used silicone glue to build it up.  The pink wrap was made using some fantasy fibre, I think it's called Sassy Pink, I just cut it into squares and ruffled it before fixing to the underside of the bouquet with hi tack red tape, I found it easier to manage while in smaller sections.  To finish I added some gems from MeiFlower and some grosgrain ribbon from RibbonBox.
All stamps used are from Dimension Stamps 


Saturday, 2 March 2013

Racing car

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

This card was made using the 'Vroom Vroom' set ref: NC015.  I first made a mask of the car using a sticky note then cut out before I stamped the car onto some white card using VersaFine - Onyx Black, I then masked off the car and stamped the second one and again for the third.  I added some detail clear embossing powder and heat embossed, then coloured the top two card in using ProMarkers and coloured just the outline of the main car.  Onto another piece of white card I stamped and heat embossed the car again and cut out just the body and not the wheels, coloured the car, then added some Spray and Shine from Crafter's Companion.  I made two strips using the happy birthday stamp from the set and I also used the 'No 1 Son' from the 'Football Fanatic' stamp set ref: NC008.  On either end of the strips I stamped the tyre track, first masking off the wording.  Once coloured in I matted each strip onto some red fold card.  The white card with the cars on was inked around the edges with Memento - Lady bug ink and matted onto the red foil card, BUT I didn't have enough of the foil card so I cut a diagonal line across the card and matted the top and bottom section separately.  Because I inked around the edge of the white card you can't really see the lack of red foil card, lol (you would have never have know if I hadn't have told you J).  Once attached to the white base card I used silicone glue to add the cut out car.  The number one in the middle of the car is from the 'Alphabet 7' stamp set ref: 1801009a.
All stamps used are from Dimension Stamps 


Friday, 1 March 2013

Black and White

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

Onto black card I stamped the top half of the 'Floral Adornments' stamp ref: NC012 using the Stampressive machine, the stamp actually fits nicely across the top of a 6x6 piece of card that does need matting before attaching to the base card.  I stamped with VersaMark and heat embossed using detail white embossing powder.  Because of the gap in the middle of the card I again stamped and heat embossed but this time just used the very top section of the stamp along the off cut piece of black card, cutting up to make it fit by hiding the gapes in the middle of the card at the back of the Spellbinder shape (Opulent Ovals), attaching some white ribbon before fixing the border to the card.  The sentiment is from the 'Floral Adornments' set and to finish off I used some small white pearls to the corners of the ends of the Spellbinders shape and added the bow.
All stamps used are from Dimension Stamps 

Brooches

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

I was watching the Celebrity Apprentice USA and Sharon Osborne has a brooch on which just caught my eye, it was a flower head with some glitter on, just a rounded flower, but really did stand out.  So I used the smallest flower head from the 'Petal Passion' stamp set ref: 2400065a and the flourish is from the 'Swirl Flourish' stamp ref: 0606023a.  My daughter saw me making them and wanted one but not a flower, so after having a rummage through my stamps I found the star from the 'Letter Frames' I got with the 'Lowercase Plain Alpha' ref: 2400060a I again used the flourish.  I stamped the flower head and the star with VersaFine - Onyx Black, then using the same ink stamped the flourish over the top of them before heat embossing using detail clear embossing powder.  The white flowers heads were just glittered using a Quickie Glue pen, the orange star was coloured first with an orange ProMarker before adding the orange glitter again with the Quickie Glue pen.  I tried a bit of the orange glitter on some scrap card before doing the star just to test it to see if the white background card showed through and it did.  To seal the brooches I first sprayed the back with Spray and Shine from Crafter's Companion, then when completely dry used it on the front.  To finish I attached the brooch back using silicone glue.
All stamps used are from Dimension Stamps