Friday, September 6, 2013

There's a need for speed for a boys bundle.

It's fantastic that the Need for Speed stamp set was carried over from the last catalogue to this current one as it's such a universal set. I've used it to make cards for little boys and big boys, for birthdays, Father's Day and retirement cards.  So many uses which makes it great for value.
 
When I first got the set I loved this card the most as I figure all boys like cars but the plane has taken over in the past little while. I've got another card on the go with a plane on it that I can hopefully post a photo of later in the week.
 
 
The car and sentiment is stamped with Chocolate Chip ink and the cardstock colours are Cake Crumb (a favourite of mine), Not Quite Navy (retired but Night of Navy is the newie), Old Olive and Whisper White.

 
The quad bike and sentiment is stamped in Old Olive ink and the cardstock is a Whisper White embossed background with a few circles of colour, some of which are not SU, and the main colour is More Mustard (again a retired colour).
 
These two cards were part of a set I made for a lady who asked for a set of 20 boy themed cards as her son is now in Kindy and she's been finding it hard to buy some nice cards. I asked her if she wanted anything in particular but said no so I just made a few from a number of different sets and let her choose. I ended up making a set of 46 cards and in the end she took them all! She decided that way she didn't have to think about it for a long time.
 
Enjoy Julie

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

A Little Bit of Magic for a special person's communion


 An oldie but a goodie. I loved this set when it was a part of the SU family a number of years ago.  When I was asked to create a card for a little girls first communion I couldn't think of a better set to use.
 
She's stamped with basic black in onto some cream watercolour paper so that she doesn't run, and then I coloured her using Rich Razzleberry, Garden Green, Primrose Petals, Cake Crumb and the new in colours Strawberry Slush and Coastal Cabana. Water colouring is a little time consuming but I've learnt over time to work out a few projects that will need the technique, stamp them all and then sit down and colour them all at the same time.  If you give it a go don't worry about going outside the lines either - it's not like colouring in at school - you're allowed to do it and it makes it look a little more natural and not so polished which is what handmade is all about. 

The image was then mounted onto a piece of Cake Crumb cardstock which is attached using dimensionals to the card base which is Rich Razzleberry.  I loved the stripped ribbons so much that I have about 3 rolls of each colour so I'm making sure I use some on a whole bunch of cards at the moment - lol.

I heard from the little girl yesterday telling me how much she loved her card which is just wonderful.

I know lots of other SU demonstrators only showcase the new items as obviously they're the ones you can buy now - but sometimes you can find the oldies around on places like ebay or facebook, or of course you can use the layout but a different stamp set.

Enjoy - Julie

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Two Little Friends

 
Whenever a new catalogue comes out I never know which stamp sets to get first - and I say first because before the catalogue ends I have normally bought most of the sets! Having two boys I've always tended to seek boy themed ones but have had to start looking for cute little girl ones as there are some special little girls in our lives now too.
 
This is the Little Friends set which contains wonderful illustrations of little people doing wonderful things.
 
It was a pretty simple card to put together once I had made the embossed background. It's just done by punching out some circles and attaching them to a piece of cardstock before running it through and embossing folder and the Big Shot machine.
 
The girls are coloured in with normal colouring in pencils and their image is attached to another piece of cardstock before being added to the card base with dimensionals.  The buttons were a bit of an after thought but I love them.
 
 
Enjoy - Julie