Monday 18 April 2011

Sharing some links

The last few weeks have been a bit unusual for me as we have had some bathroom renovations. Actually a complete transformation. It is not completely finished but we are really enjoying the change.

Anyway, today I would like to share a few links to blog post by super talented ladies that have been using some of my stamps. They are:

Sarita of Little Princess Card blog. FABULOUS!

Emma G from Imagine that. Love how she is used some of my Simple Flowers in combination with other flowers.

Sunday 10 April 2011

Spraypaque + stamps

Using the play pieces that I had from my Spraypaque session, I die cut some flowers (Tim Holts Tattered Florals) and some circles. The message is from the Punchable Labels on a 1" circle.

Saturday 9 April 2011

Coordinating stamps

I have loads to do so this is quick post.
This cards illustrate how the Punchable Labels coordinate with the Fill with Flowers set. I used Versafines inks, Black (message) Smokey Grey and Habanero.

Friday 8 April 2011

Well Done card

At the minute I am really enjoying three crafting products: the new Tim Holtz Bigz dies from Sizzix, the distress stains and, of course, my stamps. All of which can be found in this card. The heart is one of the Movers and shapers dies that has been stained using the Peeled Paint distress stain. The large message is from Big Sentiments and the little one from Punchable labels.

Anyone going to Ally Pally this weekend? I am still unsure whether I will be able to go cause we are having our bathroom renovated, and if it is finished by the weekend some spring cleaning will be needed on the weekend. Of course I would rather go to a lovely craft show - in my opinion, the best craft show in the uk - rather than be cleaning, but, you know how it goes!

Thursday 7 April 2011

Punchable Labels - another simple tutorial

It really isn't much of a tutorial, but I just wanted to share a few more possibilities using this clear stamp set.

Stamp the label using Versafine Black ink.

Then, stamp the message, this way you can line it up with the lines on the label.

 Punch it out.

And this is what you get. I rather like this for men.

This is one of the messages stamped on Premier Quality Smooth White Card, my favourite!

And, as you can see, it fits nicely on a 1" circle punch.

Wednesday 6 April 2011

Ledger Card

I have been loving the Crafty Notions Spraypaques for a while - this is the first post where I mentioned them - but I haven't incorporated them into my cards for a while. However as i often do, I kept all my play pieces in a contained box ready for me to use when I needed them. 

The effect that you get with them is quite different from regular glimmer mists as this one is completely opaque and matt but just as shimmery.  depending on the card that you spray on you will get different results, looks very beautiful and subtle on chipboard, very striking on glossier card. I recommend however thicker card, specially if you are going to emboss it and sand it as I have done for this card -I used the Collage and Notebook set Tim Holtz Texture Folders for Sizzix.

Then I stamped the journaling spots on a glimmer mist card -much more subtle and fine mist- and punched them out using the 1" circle and 1 1/8" square punch. I added the message from the Punchable labels set.

Tuesday 5 April 2011


This is the card that quickly and easily I made with the Journaling Spots that I did for the tutorial. The message is from Punchable Labels and the flowers from the Punchable Tags.

Journaling Spots - Tutorial 1

I started by stamping the graph journaling spot rectangle using Smokey Grey -Versafine- and Premier Quality Smooth White Card.

It fits nicely on the Scallop Rectangle Large Punch from EkSuccess.

Here is the same stamp but trimmed to the edge and then on top stamped one message from big Sentiments.

This is the larger journaling circle. I stamped it with Deep Lagoon - Versafine.

Then, I stamped the three flowers from the Punchable Tags.

It fits nicely on a 2" circle punch.

I stamped then the smallest spot using Summer Sky Memento ink.

It fits on a 1" circle punch.

Then I stamped the message - from Punchable Labels set - on it, remember the messages from that set fit in any 1" circle punch.

Monday 4 April 2011

Punchable Tags - Tutorial

Stamp the empty tag - bottom left corner of the packaging. I used Bamboo Leaves Memento ink.

Inside stamp the journalling lines in another colour - London Fog.

I then proceeded to stamp the stalks using Bamboo leaves. With this stamp set you have the option to stamp these flower all at once or using the stalks and flowers separately.

Then I stamped the flowers using Lilac Posies Memento ink.

If you are stamping the three flowers using the ink, you can lay the stamps onto the image. Make sure that they are clean first.

Then press the acrylic bloc over it and press down. That way both of the stamps will be in the right spot.

However I changed my mind and re stamped the flowers using the darker pink ink.

Then I punch it out using EkSuccess Large Tag punch.

I incorporated the message - from Punchable Labels - using Versafine black ink.

Here side by side you can see the tag that has already the journaling incorporated and one of the empty ones with the journaling stamped on with a different ink. Depending what look I am after I will choose one option or the other.

And here you can see them here finished. I stamped the circle, flowers and the To From.

And this is the finished card. I used Antique paper Distress inks to age a bit the tags and colour match them with the off white of the white wash Coredinations card.

Sunday 3 April 2011

Thank you Friend

This card is made using the three new sets. The main one is the Punchable Tags which I used for the two tags and the flowers. Both messages are from the Punchable Labels and the Journaling Spot for the background of the message.
As punches go, I used the EkSuccess Large Tag punch and the 1" circle punch for the message.

Saturday 2 April 2011

Thinking of You

This is a card as simple as it gets, but I think we all have been in that situation where we need a quick an easy card. I first stamped the larger Journaling Spot on a blank ATC using Smokey Grey Versafine ink. Then I stamped the flowers from the Punchable Tags using Spanish Moss (Versafine).
For the message I used one of the labels from Punchable Labels, and used Wow Bright white embossing powder over it - if you are looking for quality embossing powder perfect white this is it. Then I punched the label and used Shabby Shutters distress ink all over the label and the journaling ATC. I stamped the message last although you could do that before punching which may be easier for some.

Photo Labels Tutorial

I started the card by stamping the label with the flowers on using Black Versafine on ultra smooth card.

Then I took the small flower that fits right inside the larger central one on the label. I used Versafine Spanish Moss.

Then I stamped the message and punched the label out using the EkSuccess Photo Labels punch.

On a separate piece of card I stamped a flower from the Filled With Flowers set.

As it is a two step flower set, I then took the second flower and stamped it using the same Spanish Moss.

I use the little dots in a circle from the Punchable labels set to add more detail.

I wish now that I stopped there, but I didn't and I stamped the black circles inside the dotty ones.

Then I layered all and realized it needed something else.

So I stamped the black edged label.

When you punch it out you may have white edges around.

To solve that problem I run my black ink around the edges.

So the problem is solved.

And here you have the finished card.

Friday 1 April 2011

Good Luck

This one of the first cards I did yesterday using my new sets of stamps. In this case, I used the Punchable labels - good luck message, Labels and numbers - Journaling spots - the grey graph pattern and the circle journaling spot - and Filled with Flowers - the Hugs and Kisses message.
I made the glimmer mist background quite a while ago, maybe even a year ago. Thing is sometimes I just like to have a play with the latest products that inspire me, having a play with them allows me to enjoy the crafty stuff without the added pressure of creating a card. I usually keep all the bits and pieces with potential in a box, ready to be used when I need to make a card with a striking background.

The punches that I have used here are:

  1.  Photo Labels from EK Success - available from Personal Impressions stockists among them Crafts U Love and The Glitter Pot.
  2. 1" circle punch - any will do, does not matter manufacturers although I prefer EkSuccess ones as they seem to be extremely durable and strong. Woodware has it too and it is quite good value for money.
  3. 1 1/8" circle punch - the lime green circle on the card. It is one of the ones I used to layer under the 1". It is from EkSuccess and it is hard to find at the moment but hopefully soon will be readily available.
Ink pads:
  1. Versafine Black ink. If you do not have one, do yourself a favor and buy one pad, you wont find a sharper, more solid and precise black ink pad, specially for clear stamps. Besides, the little 1" cubes are just under £1.50.
  2. Versafine Smokey Grey and Versafine Spanish Moss.
  3. Memento New Sprout. I find that Memento inks are the dye based pads that work the best with clear stamps.

    To clarify the ink pads statement: Versafine Black is the best overall black ink pad that I have found for any type of stamps and it is a pigment fast drying oil based ink. Other colours are also as great inks however the colour range is a bit limited so I tend to use often only a handful of the other colours - Spanish Moss and Deep Lagoon mostly. 
    Memento ink pads are the best dye based inks for clear stamps and besides they have a lovely range of colours which Versafine lacks - light blues, greens, pinks and purples. Dye based inks by nature are not opaque and offer less crisp results than pigment based ones.
    So, the best ink pad for clear stamps is Versafine, and Memento is great too but not as fantastic. Clear now?
Tutorials on the new stamp sets coming up soon, hopefully early next week.
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