Sunday, April 24, 2016

One Sheet Wonder

  One of my good friend's asked me to create a class where we could make a stash of cards, that were multi-purpose, so that she always had the appropriate card at hand whatever the occasion. 
I created a One Sheet Wonder class - not anything new, but certainly something that I haven't done for a very long time.  I created the cards all from scratch, and designed the OSW plan to fit one sheet of stamped A4 Whisper White card. 
I chose to feature the outgoing 2014-2016 In Colours - Blackberry Bliss, Hello Honey, Lost Lagoon, Mossy Meadow and Tangello Twist. Stamp set was Flower Patch.
Here is a close up of each card.  The ladies could choose which sentiments they wanted to use, and also had the option to create 'card candy' - lots of labels that they could adhere later, so that the sentiment matched the occasion.

Sentiments were taken from whatever sets suited, too many to list here.....the purpose was to create cards suited to the needs of the stampers.  :-)
Happy Stamping.....Manda

Sunday, February 28, 2016

So Many Masks.....

Well, I guess it's time I let you all in on a little secret.....I've been chosen by the lovely Eva Bussom over at Can You Case It to be this week's Guest Designer. To say I'm a little bit excited is just a little bit of an understatement!! Thank you Eva for the opportunity to share my love of stamping with your followers.
This is the challenge for this week.....a colour challenge.
I've taken these colours, along with the neutral shades of black to create 3 cards, all of which use a variation on the masking technique. 
Here they are.....

This first card uses a masking technique I taught at my last technique class, which was called Masked Die Cuts, but I've adapted it to be Masked Fussy Cuts!!!  I stamped the lily image from Remarkable You onto the cardstock, then again onto a sticky note.  I fussy cut around the image, then stuck it over the stamped image.  I used my sponges to add colour around the edges of the stamped image.  Then I used my Stamp'n'Write marker to add a bit of colour to the stamen and stem of the image.  I also added some bling with my Wink of Stella Clear Pen.

Here's a close up of the masking, and I think you can just see a little of the Stella.
The next card uses the mask to create a negative space which allows the sentiment to shine.  I've used the 3 step stamp "What I Love" from the Sale-a-Bration Catalogue for this card. 

And lastly, I have used my acrylic block as a stamp to create the background printed blocks.  Then I've used my sticky notes along the edges of these background stamps to create a boarder.  Next I stamped the leaf image from Kinda Eclectic in differing places inside the background blocks. This allowed my card to be balanced and also striking and elegant in it's simplicity.

And don't you just love those little butterflies?  Papillion Potpourri is still one of my most favourite sets, even though it's a few years old now.
Don't forget to hop on over to Can You Case It and play along.
Stamps: Kinda Eclectic, Remarkable You, Papillion Potpourri, Petite Pairs, Flowering Fields, Circle of Spring,
Colours: Whisper White, Tempting Turquoise, Pool Party, Daffodil Delight, So Saffron, Hello Honey, Memento Tuxedo Black, Pear Pizzazz
Other: Basic Pearls, Basic Rhinestones, Butterfly punch, sticky notes, Wink of Stella Clear.
Happy Stamping....Manda xx

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

A Little Scoring .....

This is my very late entry into Colour Q and CAS(E) this Sketch this week.....and as I am very quickly running out of time, please excuse the very poor and yellow quality of these photos. :-(

As you can see, I've changed the orientation of the photo and used the diagonal plate on my Simply Scored tool to create the cross hatching in the background.  To make the flower, I punched out the shape, then ran each flower through my crimper several times, which helped to separate the fibres of the cardstock.  This then allowed me to split the cardstock, giving the rough textured side for the flowers   You can see this more clearly in the first photo. 

Stamps:  Number of Years
Colours: Whisper White, Pink Pirouette, Calypso Coral, Melon Mambo
Other: Gold button, Calypso Coral Thick Bakers Twine.

Happy Stamping....Manda xx

Monday, February 15, 2016

Die Masking....

If you follow my Facebook page, you will have seen this teaser over the weekend.  It's a sneak peak at one of the techniques I taught at Sunday's class......Die Masking.

I just love the detail around each component of the image, which helps to create dimension without layers.

Here's a close up of the technique.

Colours: Calypso Coral, Wild Wasabi, Pool Party, Sahara Sand, Whisper White
Stamps: Tin of Cards, Flower Patch
Other: Rhinestones, sticky notes, matching dies.

Happy Stamping.....Manda xxx

Monday, January 18, 2016

Some Chalk Lines.....

When I saw the latest sketch over at CAS(E) this Sketch, I was a little puzzled as to what I could create from the sketch.  

I had to really think about how I could use my stamps to follow the layout of the sketch.  But then I remembered that one of the cool things about photopolymer stamps is that you can bend the stamp to create different shapes.  So I used a straight line image from Chalk Lines and moulded it to mirror the shape of the division in the sketch.  

Stamps: Chalk Lines, Honeycombe Hello, Timeless Textures, Flower Shop
Colours: Island Indigo, Rose Red, Crumb Cake, Whisper White
Other: Rhinestones, Bird punch for the leaves.

Happy Stamping....Manda xx

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Skating By......

Before school goes back, I have created a stash of male birthday cards, as Mr 8 is sure to be invited to lots of birthday parties for his mates through the year. 
I've used the set Skating By.....from the Annual Catalogue. Perfect for all things Mr 8 loves. 
Here's a close up of the 'cammo' colouring for his shirt on the green card....  
And I've even managed to get some texture onto the yellow shirt!! 

Here's another one that I made using some retired DSP.
Stamps: Skating By
Colours: Whisper White, Garden Green, Island Indigo, Daffodil Delight, Real Red, Tempting Turquoise
Other: Stamp'n'Write Markers
Happy Stamping.....Manda xx

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Just for Embossing....

This is a birthday card that I made for one of my good friends....
This time I've used white embossing powder to highlight the sentiment on the DSP.  I've added some little pops of yellow with the flowers.....and of course, a girls got to have a little bit of bling on there!!
Stamps: Botanicals for You, Petite Petals
Colours: Blushing Bride, Rose Red, Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, Wild Wasabi
Other: Love Blossoms DSP, leaves from the bird punch.
Happy Stamping....Manda

Friday, January 15, 2016

Number of uses.....

This stunning floral bouquet is from the new stamp set "Number of Years".  Its actually a two step stamp, which means you stamp the greenery (though I've stamped it in Crumb Cake) first, and then add the flowers afterwards.  This is a great way of adding a variety of colour to 'single' stamped image....... Just one of the tricks of the trade ;-)
I based this sketch on one from Freshly Made Sketches, but unfortunately, I wasn't in time to enter it into the challenge....
And here's a close up of the cute little bow.....just beacuase ... 

Stamps:  Number of Years
Colours:  Thick Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Blushing Bride, Rose Red.
Other: Love Blossoms DSP, Blushing Bride thick bakers twine (mine is left over from the Perpetual Birthday Calendar Kits).
Happy Stamping....Manda

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Helping Me Grow.....

I had a chance to play with this lovely set today.....and decided to create a card to play along with Colour Q's latest colour palette.... And after a request from my mum to make her some more birthday cards, the sentiment was easy to decide on!!

Here's the card......

And a close up of the colouring....
Stamps: Helping Me Grow, Petite Pairs
Colours: Whisper White, Garden Green, Pear Pizazz, Pool Party, Smokey Slate
Other: Silver Metallic Thread, rhinestones
Happy Stamping....Manda xx

Blushing Just for You.....

Don't you just LOVE the gorgeous Blushing Bride Glimmer Paper.....It's available in the new Occasions Catalogue.    For this card, I've teamed it with Love Blossoms DSP and a couple of stamps for a quick, but very eye catching card.
Stamps: You've Got This, Botanicals For You
Colours: Whisper White, Rose Red, Blushing Bride
Other: Love Blossoms DSP, Blushing Bride Glimmer Paper, Pearls.
Happy Stamping....Manda xxx

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Just for You....

Sale -a-Bration is on again.... and one of the fantastic new stamp sets that you can get for FREE is Botanicals for You.  This set features an awesome sentiment, which is the focus of this card, which I'm entering into Cas(e) this Sketch this week.

 Here's my full card.... 

And a close up of those gorgeous little flowers....
Stamps: Botanicals for You, Petite Petals
Colours: Whisper White, Garden Green, Blushing Bride, Rose Red
Other: Love Blossoms DSP, Linen Thread, Pearls, Dimensionals, Stamp'n'Write Markers.
Happy Stamping....Manda xx

Hello 2016.....

Wow....a new year..... 2016 ...... and what's more fitting but some calendars. 
I've used some blank coasters to make these little gifts, but you could just as easily repurpose one that is already printed (just make sure that you cover the printed side!!).
I've enjoyed playing with the new Wink of Stella brush from the Occasions's just like our aquapainters, but loaded with gorgeous clear glitter.  I just loved how you can put the shimmer exactly where you want it!!  Here are some close ups of the focal images....
Lillies (I think?) from Remarkable You (with some paper piecing)....

Butterflies from Nature's Perfection (retired)....

And the flower is also from Nature's Perfection. ....

And here is my favourite calendar, just so you can see clearly what I've done.  The floral image is again from Nature's Perfection, and these butterflies are from Papillion Potpourri.

Stamps: Papillion Potpourri, Remarkable You, Petite Petals, Flower Shop, Nature's Perfection
Colours: Old Olive, Tangello Twist, Whisper White
Other: English Garden DSP, Tangello Twist striped satin ribbon, rhinestones, pearls.
Happy Stamping.....Manda xx