Sunday, May 24, 2009

Pop Up Wedding Card

We were at a wedding on the weekend, so I thought it was an excellent excuse to try out my brand new Sizzix Pop-Up Cake Die. Keep in mind that this was my first attempt with it, but it is much easier to use than I anticipated. While I don't love this card (the bride loves purple and I do not), I do love the die and have already seen some amazing things created with it and posted online.
I also had a chance to use my Manhattan Flower Textured Impressions Die for the first time. I embossed vellum and added glitter to the raised edges of the flowers. This die coordinates with the Fifth Avenue Floral stamp set (seen inside) and makes it effortless to create WOW cards!
The Pop Up Cake die is currently available through Stampin' UP! and sells for $47.95 (CAD). Contact me to try it out for yourself and to place your own order, or order it online through my business website. The die comes with easy to follow instructions for assembly, which can also be found here.
Big Shot Machine & Pop Up Cake and Manhattan Flower Textured Impressions Dies
Paper: Elegant Eggplant, Almost Amethyst, Whisper White, Cardstock Vellum
Ink: Versamark, Elegant Eggplant, Almost Amethyst
Stamps: Fifth Avenue Floral, Oval All (Best Wishes), All Holidays (Mr. & Mrs.)
Accessories: Large and Scallop oval punch, dazzling diamonds, Eyelet Border Punch
Heart Charm from A Charming Place

Friday, May 22, 2009

Heritage Photo Frame

It's been a long time since I've had time to play in my Stampin' Studio. Last weekend we were at the lake and work has been hectic. I did, however, squeeze in some time to make a Mother's Day gift for my mom. I just haven't found time to post it until now! There are very few early pictures of my grandparents on my mom's side of the family. This is one of the few that I have, so I decided to scan and print it for my mom. Even though it's somewhat blurry, I still love it. I envy those people with enough old photos to create page after page for their heritage albums. Maybe my lack of photos of my ancestors is part of what drives me to take hundreds of pictures in one photo shoot!

The frame is one of those wooden frames from Michaels. I attached the Bella Rose Paper to the frame with a glue stick - my favourite method of adhering patterned paper to wood or paper. I coat the entire surface of the paper with the glue stick, making sure to get the edges and lay it over the wooden piece burnishing it well with my bone folder.

Other than the flower from the Pretties Kit, the flowers are all cut using my Big Shot and the Birds and Blooms die or created by punching scallop circles and cutting them into petals. To create the texture, I spritz the die cuts with water and scrunch them. Next I use my stylus to give them more dimension. The leaves were cut using the Little Leaves die and the chipboard flourishes were cut from the Tulipe die.
Everything is Stampin' UP! except for the heart charm from A Charming Place.