Well I'm gonna get myself caught up so here goes. I had 3 classes this week (one a repeat) so the pressure was on. I saw this first idea on a blog somewhere, look at so many I loose track, and immediately thought of Louise, my boss. I didn't want to make it specific to Valentines day so thought the with love sentiment (another freebie) was general enough. This was a simple wee card to make, just a selection of heart shaped punches and dies, along with the free stamp from the previous issue of Craft Stamper magazine. The edges were inked with Black cherry Staz On. A little wide ric-was stuck onto Kraft card behind the hearts some of which were stuck flat and others raised. We raised a narrow band of white linen card on another piece rounded on the top 2 corners to suggest the lid shape. I tinted along the edges but in hindsight would prefer to have left it clean.
Study in Blue
This card was inspired by one I saw on Inking Idaho and loved so had CASE. I used a mix of Kaiser craft 'lullaby collection' paper and the Papermania big bloomers and buttons. The shapes were cut with the Criuct and my favourite cartridge, Elegant Edges. I honestly don't know what I did before I got this one, it rarely seems to be out of the machine these days!! Stormy sky distress ink was used to tint the edges and a little Tonic punch (one of the pairs) creates the contrast in the flower centre. I had originally tried a circle but it was too overpowering. Some curled organza ribbon and a few branches from the stampin-up up bird punch gives a little more texture. As I was about to take the photo I realised that it just needed a dashed white line around the dark mat to finish it off. I have to say I was "well chuffed" with the result and expect to be creating a batch of similar ones both in blue and pink.