Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Chocolate Dipped Strawberry

Wouldn't you love a strawberry?  Doesn't this look luscious?  This is a super simple card, made with my wonderful Tart & Tangy set. 

I used my markers to ink up the strawberry stamp with Real Red and Old Olive (although it doesn't really look like Old Olive in the picture!)  After I stamped the strawberry, I used the Chocolate Chip marker to make the chocolate and then covered the chocolate in Crystal Effects. 

I outlined the stem of the strawberry with the Old Olive marker too. Then I punched out the circles, layered them all and popped it onto the card and .... it's done!  Hope you like it!

What I used:

Cardstock: Whisper White and Real Red
Ink: (Markers)  Real Red, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip
Accessories:  White Organza ribbon (from my stash), Polka Dot Embossing Folder, 1 1/4" and  1 3/8" circle punch, Scallop Circle punch, Cropadile for making embossed dots around the Scallop Circle.

Thanks for stopping by and sharing your time with me!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Lemonade Anyone?

Hi everyone!

Are you ready for those warm spring days that are coming? I'm really looking forward to sitting on the patio, enjoying the sunshine and having a glass of homemade lemonade!

This little card was so much fun to make! I used Cardstock Vellum to make the glass and on the inside I sponged Summer Sun. I scored the vellum on either side and used sticky strip to adhere to the card. After the sponging, I ran a strip of glue pen across the top of the glass and then dipped it in Dazzling Diamonds for a sugary ring.  I stamped a lemon slice and cut it in half, put a bit of snail adhesive on the stamped side and adhered them onto the sponged inside so it looks like pieces of lemon floating in the glass.

Next, I adhered one side of the glass and then I bent the vellum slightly and attached the other side. I added a mini juice straw and the little leaves die, if you use your imagination it could be a mint sprig!  LOL!!  I stamped the sentiment on a Summer Sun lemon slice and punched it out with a 3/4" circle punch  and the other lemon slice I cut up to the center and slid it onto the rim of the glass.

Mmmmm....don't you feel like an nice tall glass of lemonade now?  This is so pretty in real life and so much fun to make! 

I can just picture strawberry margaritas, lime daquiri, Shirley Temple with a cherry hanging off the top of the glass....Tart and Tangy is such a great stamp set and the Carstock Vellum is fabulous to work with.

Here is what my glass template looks like, I put a clear plastic glass down on some copy paper and traced it around. Then I cut it out, it measures approximately 3 3/4" tall, 2 3/4" across the top rim and 1 14/16" across the bottom.

I traced it onto cardstock vellum (which is nice and sturdy but still see through) scored approximately 1/4" on each side of the vellum glass and put double sided sticky strip along the edge/score line.  So, those are the measurements .... I'm not sure if you can copy the picture below and then print it....I printed mine on Microsoft Office Picture, using 4 to a page and it came out nearly the same as my original template.

Okay...I just tried it myself {g} right click on the picture below, hit 'Save Picture As' then it will save to your picture file.  Then when you click on it and hit print, you can chose the 4 to a page and it should print for you...that is unless you don't have Microsoft...then...I have no idea how you do it!  Okay, confession time...I'm not the techiest person around!  LOL!

I hope you enjoyed my lemonade card and hope you make some too.  Thanks for stopping by and sharing your time with me!


Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Sweet Peas and the Butterfly Punch with a Picture Tutorial!

Hi everyone!

It seems like ages since I've had time to share something and I'm so excited about this card! I made these flowers with the butterfly punch! I've been having so much fun making pansies with the butterfly punch and so I thought...hmmm....why not try a Sweet Pea as they are one of my favourite flowers. What do you think? Didn't they turn out cute?  I haven't seen these made anywhere, so I hope you enjoy them!

This Sweet Pea stamp (from the Occcasions Mini) is absolutley perfect for this card!!  Love it!!  I used the end of my stylus and dipped it in the lid of my Frost White Shimmer Paint to make the little dots around the pink Scalloped Oval Punch...so pretty!

Here is a close up of my flowers:

These were so easy to do.  Here's a picture tutorial on how I made them. 

First you need to punch out a couple of butterfly shapes in different colours.  I ran them under the tap, or you could spritz them with water if you like....I was in a hurry!  Then crumple each butterfly into a ball and unravel it. I did the same thing with the  5 Petal Punch and the leaves on the stems are the wings from the new XL Two Step Bird Punch.

One butterfly makes a flower, fold the wet, uncrumpled piece in half and shape it with your fingers.

Once you've folded your butterfly in half, then pinch the end together and set it aside to dry. If you'd like to make a Sweet Pea bud, then take half of the butterfly and gently roll it up, pinching the ends as shown in the picture.

Here you can see my different colours of flowers as well as a couple of buds and my 5 Star punch which I will cut into individual petals to attach to each flower and bud.

Once they are dry,  I cut the petals of the 5 Petal Punch out, cutting towards the middle so I will have 5 individual petals.  After shaping with my fingers, and adjusting it to fit on the bottom of the pinched sweet pea flower, I used my mini glue gun to secure it into place.


I tucked the excess parts of the green petal behind the flower and pinched so the hot glue (which isn't really hot at this point...but still be careful not to burn yourself!) holds it nicely.

Here's another card I did and I created the Seed Packet on Microsoft Word using a Text Box...and couldn't resist using my sweet little kitty's name on the seed packet....LilyBean...she's such a cutie and Sweet Pea is one of my names for her too!!


Again, here is a close up of the flowers.  For the stems I cut strips of Old Olive Carstock and the little wispy tendrils are floral wire that I curled around a pen.  I also added Bashful Blue Satin Ribbon to the bottom of the seed packet for a finishing touch.

I hope you like my tutorial and hope it inspires you to make some Sweet Peas too! 

Thanks for stopping by and sharing your time with me!

Monday, April 12, 2010

New and Retiring Colours

Just a quick post to say thanks so much to Michelle Laycock for providing the sidebar buttons for my blog!  Click the colour buttons on the right hand side of my blog to see the charts. There is the new and very exciting colour collections and also the well loved and retiring colours.  Thanks so much Michelle for your generosity!

Hugs ~ Judy

Better late than never!

Hi Everyone!

It seems like ages since I last blogged!   I really can't believe how time flies by!  Just a quick share for you today....I meant to post this at the beginning of the month and here we are nearing the middle of April already!

All supplies are Crafty Secrets except for the little clip which is from my Hodgepodge Hardware stash and the ribbon is Mellow Moss.

Hope you like it, thanks for stopping by...I have more things to upload but have to run out and do some errands and get ready for my classes this week!  I'll get back to more blogging soon, LOL!


Thursday, April 1, 2010

Easter Basket for you!

Hi Everyone

Oh my....it's the beginning of April!  Where does the time go?  Here's my little Easter Basket, it was so easy to make.

I used the Box #2 die cut and after it went through my Big Shot, I cut the top and side flaps off and added a handle.  After I edged both sides of the handle and added the strip of DSP, I attached the handle to the box with brads.  Then I added the DSP to the front and sides which covered up the brad prongs.

I layered a Bashful Blue Circle with the Designer Label Punch after I had stamped the sentiment, then added a small flower to the side.

The Chocolate Bunny was stamped in Versamark on Chocolate Chip Cardstock and embossed with Clear Embossing powder and cut out.  To finish it I tied a big organza bow to the handle.  I don't have the little yellow chickie anymore...sweet little LilyBean (my kitty) nipped it out of the basket and it's become one of her favourite toys!

Cardstock:  So Saffron, Bashful Blue, Whisper White, Chocolate Chip and Tea Party DSP.
Ink: Close to Cocoa, Versamark and So Saffron (for sponging)
Stamps:  Well Scripted and Chocolate Bunny
Accessories: Eyelet Border Punch (edging the handle), 1 3/8" Circle Punch, Designer Label Punch, Flower Punch, Brads, Organza Ribbon, Clear Embossing Powder, Easter Chickie and Iridescent Shreds and of course it had some chocolate in there...but I'm not telling what happened to it!  LOL!

I hope you liked this little basket...it's so cute and so much fun to make.  I hope you all have a very Happy Easter weekend....however you celebrate it, I hope it's wonderful!

Thanks for stopping by!