Friday, 26 February 2010

Little Pun Fun Bird-day

Here's a quick simple card...the cute little Pun Fun bird was inked with Black Stazon on Water Colour paper, then coloured with a blender pen and Stampin' Up! Pastels (chalks). Layer a couple of card colours, add a few brads, a bit of crimping detail to one side, and whalah! you're done :)

Happy Creating!
Anna :)

Wednesday, 24 February 2010

More Masking (and Sale-a-bration stamp set)

Here's my Masking swap...I've used the Petal Pizzazz stamp set, as well as a crimper, the scallop circle punch, circle punch, and Whimsical Words Sale-a-bration stamp set (which can be yours if you place a $100 order or host a $600 workshop/catalogue party).

If you don't have a local demonstrator and would like to place an order or find out more details about workshops/hostess freebies/Sale-a-bration freebies, just drop me a line.

Happy creating!
Anna :)

Monday, 22 February 2010

Masking Technique

Pam's Creation

Sharyn's Creation

Here are a couple of 'Masking' swaps I did with my team recently. Pam's used the new Butterfly Prints from the Summer Mini catalogue (with the matching punch), and Sharyn's used Lovely as a Tree from the IB&C. Aren't these great?!

Try a new technique this week and see what unique creations you come up with.
Happy creating!

Anna :)

Thursday, 18 February 2010

Alisa's Cyberstamp Challenge 3 - Faux Suede

The third challenge of Alisa's for the night is Faux Suede.

Check out HERE for a tutorial for this technique.

Basically curl a piece of cardstock between your thumb and your bone folder as if you were curling ribbon. Curl it in all directions until you see the corners start to separate. Stick your thumb nails between the two layers and slowly pull them apart. If you meet some resistance, curl your cardstock again. The more you work your cardstock, the easier it will separate.

The inside is the 'faux suede'.

I used Chocolate Chip cardstock for the Faux Suede and used it as a frame for the Pocket Silhoettes stamp.

Another new technique to try!
Happy creating!
Anna :)

Alisa's Cyberstamp Challenge 2 - Z Fold Card

Here's the second challenge for the's a Z fold card.
I've never made one before!

The basics are to cut your A4 longways, not into A5, then fold in half, then fold the the card front back towards the spine.

I've used Kraft & Not Quite Navy cardstock, with Night of Navy ink. The stamp set is the cute Pocket Silhoettes from the IB&C.

Give it a go for a different card fold - I'll be trying this one again!
Anna :)

Alisa's Cyberstamp Challenge 1

Alisa's February Cyberstamp challenge '1' was 'Clean and Simple'.

Here's my version.

This is a glossy white card, crimped first before folding in two. Embellishments are simple. I've used only one stamp (with Black Stazon). I also used the new Butterfly Punch x 6 (on my favourite Raspberry Tart paper!) and added a gold brad in the middle of each.

Clean, simple, able to be mass produced quickly with not much 'fuss'.
Happy creating!
Anna :)

p.s. check out Alisa's blog at

Wednesday, 17 February 2010

Teabag Wallet

This project comprises of 3 sections - the Basic Grey outer wallet, the Designer Series paper inserts, and the Designer Series band around the outside to hold it all together.

The little pockets inside will comfortably fit a couple of teabags or small flat chocolates (e.g. Freddos).

Try this tutorial from Splitcoast Stampers by Beate Johns or this tutorial of clever Makeesha's for a couple of versions of this project.

Happy creating!
Anna :)

Monday, 15 February 2010

Scallop Medallion Rosette

This is a card I made for a special friend's birthday recently...she's a great gardener so I thought a flower would be appropriate.

The card base is Glossy White (though it doesn't 'gloss' too much in this photo!)

I made the rosette with a pile of about 7 scallop circle punch shapes from (again! :) ) the Raspberry Tart DS papers. The base is a Kiwi Kiss 'Scallop Edge Medallion'.

I had the instructions to this in my January newsletter...has anyone given it a go yet?

It's really simple once you know how :) Here's where I found the instructions on Splitcoast Stampers by the clever Alesha Walls.

Send my a pic by email of your scallop edge medallion ideas.
Happy creating!
Anna :)

Saturday, 13 February 2010

Boxes of Love (& Sale-a-bration stamp set)

I am enjoying making some simple clean cards. Here are 2 cards of the same design.
The card base is Kraft. I have Versamarked a background stamp on this card.
The centrepiece is 6 punched squares from the Raspberry Tart DS paper pack (I love these colours!)...and have just alternated them into the rectangle shape. Remember that the DS papers are 2 sided so you have 2 beautiful coordinating coloured patterns to choose from.

Can you spot which stamp is the Sale-a-bration stamp set? YOU can get this set or a choice of another 3 for FREE if you spend $100 or more on Stampin' Up products...see the link on the side bar for all the available choices.

If you would like to order any of the products used to make these projects, just drop me a line.

Happy creating!
Anna :)

Friday, 12 February 2010

Love Hearts

Here's another idea for Valentine's Day or an Anniversary card.
I've combined Raspberry Tart DS Paper, the heart punch, and the scallop edge punch on a Kraft card, with Chocolate Chip background stamp.

Give it your own touch :)

Anna :)

Thursday, 11 February 2010

Triple Heart Card

With Valentine's Day on Sunday I thought I better post a few projects.
Here's a very simple clean card using only Real Red and Whisper White/Glossy White, with the 'xoxo' in Black Stazon.

Happy creating!
Anna :)

Wednesday, 10 February 2010

Chalkboard Technique

Here's a card and bookmark I made recently for a workshop showing the Chalkboard Technique.

As it suggests, this works best on your darker cardstock. Use your whisper white Stampin' Pad and stamp whatever image you want, and using your sponge daubers and Pastels (Chalks), dab on colour. The Stampin' Up! pastels come with a small eraser so if you do dab colour outside the stamped image, it's easily removed.

I've used Crystal Effects over the flowers on the bookmark...this does help seal the chalk, but it also gives a more subtle appearance to the colour.

Stamp sets used: Garden Whimsy and Petal Pizzazz
Other tools used: crop-a-dile, punches, piercing tool.

Give it a try...
Happy creating!

Anna :)

Monday, 8 February 2010

Crimpy Envelopes

Here's a little twist on a gift card holder or small gift holder. These are Stampin' Up! envelopes...sealed...decorated both sides...cut approximately 1/3rd of the way down...the bottom 2/3rds crimped. With the lower portion crimped, it shrinks slightly and can easily slot back up into the top portion. Decorate as you desire!

Happy creating!!
Anna :)

Saturday, 6 February 2010

Crimpy Upsy Daisy

For a card this time...

I have 'Shadow stamped' the Upsy Daisy stamp in Old Olive on Very Vanilla cardstock. This means to ink up the stamp, stamp on the card, then lift and move the stamp slightly to the right and restamp without reinking.

I then used the crimper to add a bit of texture. The scallop oval punch gets a look in, so do a few black brads in the right hand corner, which aren't too noticeable, but give a subtle detail.

Happy creating!
Anna :)

Thursday, 4 February 2010

Soap Bandeau

Here's a cute little gift idea I saw on someone's blog recently (and do you think I can find who now!??!) So if it's you - thanks for the idea!

Dress up a little bar of soap with some Designer Series paper, a bit of ribbon, and a few punches, and tada! It's a pretty little gift. You could make a matching card or gift tag to go with it too...pop it in a small Stampin' Up! cello bag, and your gift is all done.

I have used the new Butterfly punch on one of the soaps, and the other is the 5 Petal Flower punch, using several layers.

Happy crafting!
Anna :)

P.S. Thanks Yvonne for jogging the memory! Check out Linda Higgins' beautiful decorated soap and her other creations.

Monday, 1 February 2010

Birthday Boxes with a Punch

Here's an idea for a very quick card. I got inspiration for this recently from someone's blog and I cannot remember who! They used this as a Christmas card, changing the DS paper colours and the sentiment.

I have used the square Stampin' up! punch for this...personally I think the first picture with the 'knot bows' looks less cluttered and more appealing than the second with the full bows on the gifts.

What do you think?
Have a play with your punches....

Anna :)