Sunday, 21 September 2014

Sweet Sixteen

What a wonderful warm and sunny Sunday it is here in my little bit of Cornwall, hope your day is beautiful too, wherever you are in the world.

Recently a good friend asked me to make a 'sweet sixteen' card for her youngest daughter.  The brief was - aqua blue, cream, hearts, sparkle and "lots of feathers" - easy peasy then eh ?

Here's the design I came up with


I'm told the Birthday Girl loved it, which is always good to hear.

I created the background using various Distress Inks and Dylusions spray inks, then stamped the stars on strings image (a Craft Stamper freebie) and the larger stars using DIs.   A little Stardust Stickles over the stars added sparkle.

The image is an old Sugar Nellie stamp - which hasn't seen ink in a very long time - coloured using Copics then cut out using a set of Sizzix heart shaped thinlit dies.  I used a larger die to cut out another layer, which I coloured using DIs.

Luckily I had feathers in the right colours in my stash and added lots of them behind the image layer before attaching it to the larger heart layer.  Using a Waco Pearlmaker Pen I added dots around the coloured image and on her dress.

The two lengths of lace were from my stash and I had these cute burlap flowers and butterflies which I thought would be perfect to finish off the design.  I added flower centres and butterfly bodies using the same Pearlmaker pen.

To give you a sense of scale, the base card was an 8 x 8 scalloped square card.

I hope you've enjoyed seeing today's project, thanks so much for dropping by.  I do always try to visit the blogs of all those lovely people who leave me comments, it's so nice to get feedback.

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Happy Birthday Harry

Happy Birthday to my Grandson Harry - 17 years old today.  It seems like only yesterday since I was there when he came into the world and took his first breath.   Time certainly flies !

This is the card I created for Harry, I hope he liked it.

It's a one layer card and I created the background using distress inks, stencils and stamps.  I used one of my favourite stamp sets by Hero Arts.  I love the Graffiti stamp and the fabby splats and squiggles.

After I'd completed the base layer, I added a spray of Goose Bumps to set the DIs and make them waterproof.

I used a Spellbinders trellis die to cut some black card, then snipped a piece of it in a random shape and attached this over the background.

Using two sets of Stampin'Up! stamps I stamped the chevron pennant and the 'Blackboard' style sentiment then cut them out.  I attached these over the background to complete the design.

Thanks for dropping by to check out my project today, I hope you like it.

Thursday, 4 September 2014


As it's Thursday, we have a new challenge starting over on the Cute Card Thursday Blog today.  Our theme this week is 'Rainbows' and our prize sponsor is Bunny Zoe Crafts

Here's my DT card, created for inspiration Recently I bought some Brusho paints, I'd seen them used on some fabulous creations on the internet and wanted to try them out myself.  They are a highly pigmented powder form of paints and so very versatile.  I've only scratched the surface of what I can do with them, but this first play was great fun.

To create the background, I used a piece of watercolour paper, spritzed it with water and then tapped out a few grains of different colours of Brusho onto the wet paper.  I then spritzed with water again and let the colours spread and mingle until I was happy with it, I then blotted with  tissue to remove the excess paint.

I then stamped the 'Raindrops' by Ryn on top of the dry background, using black Archival Ink.  I used a butterfly stamp from a set of Stampin'Up! stamps on another scrap of watercolour paper which I'd also coloured using the Brushos.  I cut out the butterfly images to add over the background, decorating with a little Stardust Stickles on the wings and Glossy Accents on the body area.

On the raindrops I added a few touches of white gel pen, to add to the realistic appearance of the water drops.  Finally, adding Glossy Accents over each drop to complete the authentic 3D 'wet' look.

I matted the background layer over a piece of black card and attached to the base card, on which I'd stamped the SU! sentiment in the bottom right hand corner. 

Here's a close up shot showing the raindrops more clearly.

The inspiration for my card design came from the amazing work by the very talented Eileen Godwin, thank you for inspiring me Eileen ! 

I hope you've enjoyed your visit today to check out my project, do pop over to the CCT Blog to see the fabulous creations from the rest of the DT for this week's challenge.

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

My Clever Dad

Hi there Bloggers, I've got a treat in store for you today.  A few days ago I promised to share pix of the projects my lovely Dad created during his stay with me over the past month.

Dad is a card maker and paper crafter these days, he used to do wonderful wood turning and carving, marquetry as well as cabinet making when he was a little younger.  These days the only sharp tools he gets to use are scissors and pokey tools !

Here are his latest projects

Dad tried out a few new skills this trip, working with Brushos to create water colour backgrounds, colouring images with water colours, heat embossing and building a scene using silhouette stamps. 

He made the ladybug pillow box to hold a few sweeties for the nurse who does his regular blood tests - not surprisingly, the nurses look forward to Dad coming in for his appointmens !

Dad is home again now and I'm really missing having him around.  I'll be seeing him again in November, and possibly a little sooner than that too if plans work out.

Thanks for dropping by here today, I'm very proud of my Dad and his achievements and very happy to share these pix with you.

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Oh I Do Like to Be Beside The Seaside......

Happy Sunday morning Bloggers, we've got sunshine here so far today, however the forecast is for showers to develop later in the day, ah well it's nice to see some blue sky for the moment anyway.

This morning I'm off out to take my Dad home, he's been staying with me for the past month and I'm really going to miss him. 

I wasn't sure I'd get a card made before we need to leave but inspiration struck as I was waking up and I was able to put my hands on the exact stamp set I wanted to use for my entry for this week's Simply Less is More challenge, which is the title I've used for today's post.  This week we need to create a one layer card.

Here's my entry...

The stamp set I was inspired to use is by Crafty Individuals, all of the images in the set are fabulous and I particularly like the little row of beach huts.  For this card I used the sentiment, both sizes of seagull and the tiny shell stamps.

I created the background using a Hero Arts set of stamps, selecting this lush splat image and two colours of Stampin'Up! ink - Coastal Cabana and Crushed Curry.

My design concept was to use the yellow to represent the beach and the blue as the sky - did it work do you think ?  Did you see what I was trying to do when you first saw my card ?  I'd love to hear your reactions.

Nothing else to say about today's project, I've five minutes to pack the car and then we'll be heading up the road.

Thanks for dropping by here today, have a great day yourself whatever you have planned.

Saturday, 30 August 2014

A Festive Batch

Hiya Folks, just a quick post from me today, well it's the start of the weekend and I have a very busy time in the next couple of days.  My Dad is going home tomorrow... sniff..sniff !  I shall miss having him around, he's also my crafting buddy and we've had lots of fun with my stash whilst he's been here for the past month.  I'll be seeing him again in November, so not too long till we get together again, he says everyone at his 'Bingo Club' have been missing him, Bless !  I'll post up some of his creations on here so you can see what he's been up to, we tried a few different techniques and stretched him out of his 'comfort zone' on occasions !  Well, he's only 87 years young, so lots of new learning is good for him LOL

 It recently dawned on me that Christmas isn't too far away now - I know, scary isn't it !

Anyway, with panic setting in I realised that I have fallen woefully behind with my plans to get at least a couple of Christmas cards made each week all through the year - to avoid the crazy frantic rush in October/November.  I decided batch making is the way forward, using designs that don't take hours to complete each one and are easy to duplicate.

I do have a large stash of Christmas stamps, embossing folders and dies - in fact I realised (with a little embarrassment) that if I made just one card using each of my Christmas stamps I would have sufficient to send a card to everyone on my list, how naughty am I ?   I'll work my way through my stash as best I can and am sticking to my resolve to not buy any new stamps this year - it's not easy though as there are some lovely new images around ... Ah well, got to stay strong Ha Ha !

A little earlier this year my crafting pal Lynn, managed to buy two sets of the gorgeous Stampin'Up! snowflake embossing folder and snowflake dies - been there, done that myself !  Purely to help her out (of course) I bought the duplicates from her.  I used the embossing folder on today's project to create the lovely subtle snowflake effect on the base card.
The tiny village image was stamped using a Sweet Poppy stamp, coloured with my ProMarkers and then diecut using the matching die.  I think this image is so pretty and it was easy to colour.  The sweet little sentiment is from a set of See D's stamps - remember these from years ago ?  Each set of stamps was sold in a CD case, they were made from purple rubber and are (I think) one of the first self-cling products (please correct me if I'm wrong on this).  This Christmas set was in my stash and had never seen ink.  I thought the tiny sentiment was the perfect size for my design and made me feel good to ink an unused stamp.
Here's a pic of the full batch of six I made this time, although I am so pleased with the finished design I shall definitely go on and make another batch of them to add to my stock of cards for this Christmas.

Hope you've enjoyed your visit today and like today's project, I'm sure I'll be sharing lots more Christmas designs over the coming weeks.  Thanks for dropping by today and have a great day whatever you have planned.

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Anything Goes

Welcome to Thursday here at Stamping Grandma.  Today I'm sharing my DT card for this week's new challenge starting over on the Cute Card Thursday Blog.

This week our challenge theme is 'Anything Goes' and our prize sponsor is Sunflower Field.

For my DT card I decided to use the 'stamp etching' technique featured in the last Split Coast Stampers newsletter as I enjoyed using it on the card I shared on here on Tuesday.

This time I've gone for a monochrome design, I do love black and white it's very chic and sophisticated I think.

I created the background using a Spellbinders trellis die and white cardstock, then layered this over black cardstock.  I stamped the daisy flower from a set of stamps by Stampin'Up! three times, then added the 'etching' on each one using a black Pitt Pen before fussy cutting out.

The white leaves were cut using a Martha Stewart punch, the sentiment and label stamps and matching dies are from SU! and I attached the sentiment over the label using PinFlair Glue to give it a little dimension.

That's it, simple and clean and this sentiment means I could use the card for a number of occasions.

I hope you like today's card and have enjoyed your visit, do check out the creations from the rest of the DT over on the CCT Blog.

Thanks for dropping by today, do come back real soon