Friday, 18 May 2012

Formal for men

This was the first card we made this week, just to get into the paper folding mode. I saw a very similar card on Cindy Lawrence's blog, but she didn't have the pleats down either side of the shirt. I remembered dads dress shirt and wanted to add the pin tucks so with the help of my hougie board I worked it out. I used card candi for the buttons. The splash of red in the ribbon and matting really finish it off I think.

Men's shirts.

With the paper in landscape position fold in half. Open it out and fold the sides to the middle. Oh!! Oops, I've gone over this pattern so much it's kind of taken root in my brain at the minute. We made these little shirts for the second card this week and as the ladies hadn't done them before we had a practise run first. What fun!! They all turned out really nicely and if you would like to make them if you look on you tube for origami folded shirts there are lots of tutorials, even one incorporating a tie too!!. I thought that was probably a bit over ambitious for us tho!! I'm off on holiday for a couple of weeks so there may not be much going on with my blog. See you when I get back!

Saturday, 12 May 2012

Stamp and punch

The first of this weeks offerings used a stamp set from Paula Pascual. It is a very versatile set any works perfectly with tyne EK success large tag punch. We used memento inks to do the stamping and on some layers stamped on without reinking the stamps to give a faded effect. The tags didn't look very interesting until they were punched out and mounted on the base card. We used the free swirl from the cover of this months Craft Stamper magazine to create the subtle background.

For the graduate

For our second card we made this graduation card. I suppose because I have a daughter graduating in June I thought it was about time I tackled a card for this occassion. The Design paper was really good as on one side it was flowery and the other had a grid pattern making it suitable for either boys or girls. To keep this feel throughout the card we used fairly neutral colours.
The biggest problem we had was convincing some of the ladies to tear up the book pages. It was funny though when one of them found quite a "racy" passage. I was accused of being a bad influence!! ME!! after all I never said to read it!! Lol. Anyhow the pages were torn up and inappropriate pieces discarded, so we had lovely cards at the end of it all. (and sore sides from laughing! :)

Saturday, 5 May 2012

One stamp two ways!

Ok, hi everyone. Just a wee quick update. My classes are now being held on Thursdays so you can expect the posts a little later in the week, probably Friday or Saturday. Hope this doesn't upset you too much!!

We Played with the agapanthus stamp from Woodware this week and used it to make two very different cards. This one used the emboss resist technique and we then spread glitter glue over the flower for a sparkly finish. The shiny navy card (from the paper mill shop yonks ago) was punched with the crafty edger and the border is from the Woodware grasses stamp set.

This card was so quick, literally a 5 minute job! I chose a hessian effect white card stock and gently dragged bundled sage distress ink across the bottom and broken china across the top to highlight the texture. The agapanthus was stamped with chipped sapphire and the stem lengthened by pressing the edge of a plastic ruler into the same ink pad, lining it up and "stamping" it down the length of the card. The sentiment was stamped with rusty hinge distress ink. All in all a very quick and quite masculine card. The agapanthus takes on the role of 'tree' quite nicely. The ladies decided this would be an ideal project for making up into sets for quick gifts.

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

What I got up to today!

Just a little something I threw together!!
NOT really, it took me most of the day but I had great fun. Inspired by Heather at Doodlecraft!!