Monday, 30 September 2013

Pulling a Cracker

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

All stamps used are from Dimension Stamps

I used the 'Cracking Christmas' stamp set ref: NC036 for the man in the cracker and the sentiment.  The drunken lady Mavis is from the 'Mullered Mavis' set ref: NC031, I just had to put them together lol.  The background paper is from a friend of mine, Rita (Paperfolder), she gave me some paper pads and in amongst them was a little Christmas selection, so I used it for the matting as well.  The star border was made using an EK Success border punch and the stars in the corners are just leftover bits.  The images have been stamped using VersaFine - Onyx Black and coloured in using my favourite Pro/Flex Markers.  The sentiment has been stamped onto a piece of white card that was cut out using the Spellbinders - Small Deckled Mega Rectangles dies (how can they be mega if they are small).  The images have been stamped onto a Spellbinders - Curved Rectangles shape.  Quite a quick card to make and the colouring I find is very relaxing. 

Friday, 27 September 2013

Contemporary Baubles

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

All stamps used are from Dimension Stamps

 I really like the colours of the contemporary ProMarkers set, so used them for the baubles on this card.  The stamps used are 'Baubles Galore' ref: NC039 and the background is from the 'All Things Christmas' ref: NC040.  The background was stamped using VersaMark ink and heat embossed using some detail white embossing powder.  I then used the Distress Inks - Tumbled Glass around the edge adding Shaded Lilac to finish it off.  The baubles were stamped using VersaFine - Onyx Black and heat embossed using detail clear embossing powder.  I used some pale pink pearlescent card for the matt which was cut out using a Spellbinder - Wonky Rectangles die and then embossed with a Papermania snowflake folder.  I added some Glamour Dust glitter to the bauble tops before attaching to the embossed card using some silicone glue.

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Merry Tree

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

All stamps used are from Dimension Stamps

I used the 'Mullered Mavis' Christmas Party' stamp set for this card ref: NC037.  I stamped onto a Spellbinder - Curved Rectangles die shape and once I'd embossed it used some Distress Ink - Tumbled Glass around the edge.  The image was stamped using VersaFine - Onyx Black and heat embossed with detail clear embossing powder, (if you haven't guessed yet, this is my favourite way of stamping lol) and colouring in with Pro/Flex Markers.  I added glitter to the tree instead of colouring the usual green, I thought I'd move with the times J.  I used some Sakura Glaze for the bottle, glass and her spectacles.  The blue and white snowflake section is actually a piece of ribbon, I just wrapped it around a piece of white card before matting onto some blue mirri card.  I matted the image onto the mirri card then stamped the sentiment, (which is from the set of stamps) onto some white card, adding the mirri before attaching it to the side of the main topper.  I attached the topper half with foam tape and the other half with silicone glue.  The snowy flourish in the corner is a Memory Box - Frostyville Corner die and to finish I used some pearls in the two corners adding some smaller ones under the ribbon panel.

Thursday, 19 September 2013

Project Club - September 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.

The theme for this months project club from Dimension Stamps is the casino, very useful set of stamps.  If you would like to have a look at the range of project club stamps or would even like to join the club visit the Dimension Stamps website for more details.

This is this months main card
Using the coloured card in your pack cut using the sizes from the picture below, I thought this would be easier than trying to explain them.  Dust all the pieces with the anti-static bag.
Place the longest of the cut strips in front of you horizontally, the shortest cut strip placed vertically.  Use the VersaMark and stamp the text, symbols etc. randomly across the card.  See picture below.  Add the gold embossing powder and heat emboss.  Stamp the slot machine panel using VersaMark across the middle of the rectangle piece of coloured card.  Stamp again on the top and bottom of the card, see picture again for details.  Add the gold embossing powder and heat emboss.
Use the cream piece of card and VersaMark to stamp the diamond section of the slot machine panel stamp, three times and the hand of cards once.  Add the gold embossing powder and heat emboss, then cut out.  I had to stamp an extra one, you can see in the picture I'd made a mess of one of the diamonds.
Using double sided tape attach the longest stamped panel across the top of the base card leaving a 1.5cm gap.
Using double sided tape attach the shortest stamped panel down the side of the base card leaving a 1.5cm gap.
Using double sided tape attach the rectangle slot machine centrally in the gap.
Using foam tape or pads attach the hand of cards and the diamond sections to the card front.  Using the ribbon make a bow and attach just under the hand of cards using a sticky dot or silicone glue.  To finish add the gems to each of the corners.
Happy crafting, Jackie J

Monday, 16 September 2013

Project Club - September 2013 ≈ All the Jacks ≈

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.

All stamps are from Dimension Stamps

For this card I used black mirri card for the background and onto some plain red and black card, stamped the poker chip on each using VersaMark and heat embossing with detail clear embossing powder.  I cut the poker chip in half and stuck the bottom pieces of chip to the top of the mirri card with some PVA glue and the tops of the chips to the bottom of the card.  I did the same with the sides and used full black chips for the corners, making a frame out of all the chips.  I always plan where things will live on the card before I glue and stick anything in place, so luckily I ended up with alternate coloured poker chips.  Onto some white card I stamped the blank playing card border using some VersaFine - Onyx Black ink and heat embossed with detail white embossing powder, using the 'ABC 123' stamp set ref: NC021 for the 'J', and Adirondack - Watermelon ink for the red cards.  I used ProMarkers to colour the symbols in and added a little Sakura Glaze pen.  Using the plain red and black cards I stamped the letters using the VersaMark ink adding the cocktail glass before using the detail clear embossing powder.  The letters are from the 'Plain Alphabet' ref: 1801012a and the 'Plain Lower Case Alphabet' ref: 1801014a stamp sets.  Once cut out I stuck them onto the playing cards using some silicone glue, the playing cards where attached to the card front using some foam tape.  Once dry I used the Sakura Glaze pen to add a shine to the liquid in the glass on the letters.

Sunday, 15 September 2013

Project Club - September 2013 ≈ Getting Shirty ≈

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.

All stamps are from Dimension Stamps

This is one of my favourite Arty Farty templates, it's called the Birty Shirt.  I've just bought the Crackerjack template so watch this space.  I drew around the template making it a standalone card by putting the edge of the template to the edge of the folded base card.  Onto a piece of white card I used all the pieces of the template then cut out and added a little pencil mark on the back of each piece, then used an eraser to get rid of any pencil marks on the front of each piece.  Speaking of erasers I only use an Hi-Tech eraser for paper and film, I nicked it of David my hubby, he used to do technical drawings and never used anything else.  I was complaining one day about the smudges left behind from trying to erase something and he gave me his, it's from Helix and I think they sell them in Staples.  Anyway, I digress, I used Distress Ink - Antique Linen all over the pieces then used the Brushed Corduroy to give a darker edge.  I stamped the text, symbols and the die using the antique Linen randomly all over every piece, I like to use lots of smaller stamps to create a background.  I used a Memento - Rich Cocoa pen for the stitched edges and added some mini card Candi for the buttons. 


Saturday, 14 September 2013

Project Club - September 2013 ≈ Let's go clubbing ≈

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.

All stamps are from Dimension Stamps

Quite a while ago I was looking for some details about rainbows, I just happened to have a look in the Google images section and saw a calendar with the main picture being a rainbow.  The picture was just broken lines of colour, well this stuck in my head, so that was the inspiration for this card.  I used the line of stars from the 'All Things Christmas' set ref: NC040 and stamped the club symbol at the bottom of each.  I used my Memento inks to stamp and my matching Memento pens to colour, then used a Sakura Glaze pen to add the shine.  The sentiment just popped into my head I used the blue Memento ink and the 'ABC 123' set ref: NC021 (told you I used this set a lot J .  Instead of attaching the sentiment to the card, I used another piece of white card to stamp it on. Once finished and cut out I turned the main piece of card over and drew around the sentiment placing it in the corner, I added another couple of millimetres to the pencil mark and cut it out leaving the 2cm'ish tab at the end.  This gave me a nice background orange border around the sentiment, I hope that made sense.  I again used the Sakura Glaze pen on the text and to finish off I added some gems from MeiFlower.

Friday, 13 September 2013

Project Club - September 2013 ≈ Black and Red ≈

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.

All stamps are from Dimension Stamps

I started this card with the black and red square.  I was just having a play about with the blank playing card border stamp and came up with the square, I then masked off each of the sides and added the suit symbols to each, colouring them in with ProMarkers.  I remembered I'd got a Cuttlebug embossing folder with the queen of hearts on so used that on some red card, using the inner section only and matting onto some white card.  Onto the black background card I used all the word stamps, stamping using VersaMark and heat embossing with detail clear embossing powder.  I added the white ribbon before attaching the queen to the card front and used some foam tape on the black and red square.  I stamped the hand of cards onto some white using VersaFine - Onyx Black and heat embossed with detail clear embossing powder (I did the black and red square the same), once cut out I attached to the middle of the square using some silicone glue.  I added the gems to the corners and used some silicone glue to attach the bow.  It still needed a little bit of something so I added some glitter to the edges of the playing card and the edge around the queen, the glitter is iridescent with a hint of violet.

Thursday, 12 September 2013

Project Club - September 2013 ≈ Roulette Wheel ≈

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.

All stamps are from Dimension Stamps

I wanted to show that you can use your digital images with your stamps, so this is where this card came from.  The roulette wheel is from a Google search, where I put FREE roulette faces, this one had the little ball in play but my husband David said 'why don't you make the middle section of the wheel an acetate spinner'.  So using my Photoshop Elements software I re-sized the wheel and took out the little ball and the inner/outer sections of the wheel.  I printed the wheel and attached it to the Bo Bunny paper background, I needed a sturdier background so I matted the paper onto some black card.  I measured the inner section of the wheel and used an EK Success circle cutter (love this cutter lol) to cut the acetate.  I found the centre of the card, lay the acetate over the card front and pierced though, then added a silver coloured brad.  I used some Memento - Tuxedo Black ink (second generation) to stamp the word roulette in each of the corners, then added the poker chips in Distress Ink - Tumbled Glass, you can't really see very much of them but it adds a little bit of colour.  I found some different coloured card in my stash, just off cuts really, and stamped the poker chips using VersaMark and heat embossed with detail white embossing powder.  The sentiments are from the 'Word perfect' stamp set ref: 1803160a and the numbers on the chips are from the 'ABC 123' set ref: NC021.  I added a silver card Candi to the acetate to represent the ball and some black gems in each of the corners to finish.

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Project Club - September 2013 ≈ Royal Flush ≈

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.

All stamps are from Dimension Stamps

Just to show that these stamps don't need to be just for the chaps, this one would make a nice Valentine card.  I used a white card with little red spots on for the background, I inked all around the edge using an Adirondack - Watermelon ink pad.  The heart shape has been made using the Cheery Lynn Designs - Doily Dies, I did the background in plain white and the heart in red, attaching the middle (this cuts separate) red heart in place.  The white flourish is from the Joanna Sheen Signature Dies - Ivy Flourish (really nice to use dies), some of the ivy I glued onto the front of the card others I used some foam pads.  The hearts in the corners are the leftovers from cutting the heart out.  The sentiment is from the 'Word Perfect 2' stamp set ref: 1803066a and has been stamped using the Watermelon ink, once cut out I cut down the side of the pennant and re-inked the raw edge, this was attached to the card front using foam tape.  The playing cards were stamped again using the Watermelon ink and I added the numbers and letters using the 'ABC 123' stamp set ref: NC021.  The hearts were coloured in using a red ProMarker.

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Project Club - September 2013 ≈ Patience ≈

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.

All stamps are from Dimension Stamps

I like to play cards, I have done ever since I can remember, I used to play with my mum.  The hours we sat and nattered while playing cards, happy memories.  

To start I stamped the blank playing card border onto some patterned card using a VersaMark ink pad and heat embossed with some detail white embossing powder, onto two of the blank playing cards I also stamped the cocktail glass.  Then onto some white card I stamped the blank playing card border using some VersaFine - Onyx Black ink and used the 'ABC 123' stamp set ref: NC021 for the numbers, once I'd added the suit symbols I heat embossed using detail clear embossing powder.  I then used Memento pens to colour the red and black symbols before adding some Sakura Clear Glaze pen.  For the sentiment I measured the inside of the blank playing card border, then I used my computer to draw a rectangle to use as a guide then used WordArt in Microsoft Publisher to add the text.  I then deleted the rectangle and copied the text a couple of times just in case I made a mistake.  Once printed I stamped the blank playing card border over the text using the VersaFine ink, I then used the 'Occasions' stamp set ref: NC022 to add the Good Luck before I heat embossed with the clear embossing powder.  Once the sentiment had been cut out I matted onto some of the dark card, the same card I used for the matt on the background.  The cream card had a slight texture to it, I didn't want anything with a pattern as it would have made the card too busy.  When the cream had been matted onto the dark card I used a black Memento pen around the edge, you can hardly see it, but I wanted the cream to stand out a little.  I used some PVA to attach the playing cards to the front of the card, trying to attach them quite randomly, I'm not really good at random but attached them how I picked them up, so the three of hearts ended up upside down, it killed me to stick it down but that's how I picked it up lol.  The sentiment and the top card with the cocktail glass on where attached using some foam tape.  I do actually play this game of patience so thought the sentiment was appropriate. 

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Orange Birthday

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

All stamps used are from Dimension Stamps

 The background paper for this card has been in my stash for ages, I just stamped the carrot and the paw print down the sides using Distress Ink - Spiced Marmalade, and used an orange ProMarker to add a slight edge.  The orange paper is a little piece I had from a Stampin Up designer paper pack (love this paper, quite a few in the collections I like), and the coloured strip paper is from a 12 x 12 sheet I have, adding just a little of this paper is enough.  I stamped Tufty from the 'Party Tufty' mini stamp set ref: NC027 using Memento - Tuxedo Black and coloured in with my favourite Pro/Flex Markers and then cut out leaving a little border.  I stamped Tufty again and cut out his head, arms, feet and the balloon, then once coloured I attached them using some silicone glue to give Tufty a little dimension.  The sentiment is part of the mini stamp set which I stamped onto a Spellbinder shape, not sure which one this is, it's one of a friends set of dies.  To finish I added some shiny self adhesive shapes, I've had these for a while and they were from Create and Craft, I have them in several colours, some of them are see through, they were on sale at the time and looked quite interesting lol I think this is the first time I've used them tut J