Friday, 27 November 2015

Yuletide Greetings Wreath..

Hi folks... I know, two posts in a week!! What's going on!! Wouldn't get too use to it though!! But seeing as inspo is with me at the moment I'm just going to ride the wave...
Every year I seem to be drawn to making my personal cards for friends and family using a wreath image of some sort!! I think it must have something to do with the symmetry of the project.. No, I don't come out in hives and cold sweats if I don't make a square card, but not far from it!! If it ain’t a right angle it’s a wrong angle in my book!!
So, since I've had a chance to play with some newbies which have arrived here at Pinnacles, including the Tonic Studios Yuletide Greetings Die (640e) I think I've settled on my design....

Although it is so far from my colour comfort zone that I could meet myself coming back, I love how it has come out!!

Somehow every element seems to work, from the Mat and Layering, the Sentiment, (obviously) the wreath and even the Whopping great big bow, (didn't have any thinner Tartan Ribbon!)

In my last post I also used the Yuletide Die, but only the outer two layers. This time I have used all three.

Again, weaving some Ribbon between the slots created by the middle sized Die...

Incase you are wondering about the Ribbon, No! It’s not a wonderful technique I have used to create the two tone effect..

It’s just a wonderful two tone Ribbon!

I mounted the wreath onto my prepared base card.

Just for a change I have used a Satin finish Mirror card as opposed to the normal shiny one as it was just that little bit softer!! And made for easier photography!!

Cutting out the sentiment from the Yuletide Die set in both Green & Red to compliment the Mat and Layering...

Sticking them together, slightly offsetting the Green as a drop shadow and

positioning it low down in the centre of the wreath

so that when the Ribbon was added it didn't obscure the sentiment at all..

So, I've settled on my design for this year, just gotta churn them out in a few different colour ways now... Watch this space....
Thanks for checking us out.
See you soon.

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Merry Christmas, Cream & Gold

Hi folks.. Well, it's taken me a little longer than I had hoped to settle back into my routine after my holiday.. Boy am I missing my afternoon siesta!! But, I'm getting there!!

Today's offering is a little mishmash of a selection of Dies, which I hope you'll agree have worked quite well together to create this little project..
Whilst I was away we received a selection of the November release Sue Wilson Dies, which included the Ornate Octagons Striplet Die (CED1614)..

No big secret as to how this stage of the project was achieved.. I.E just cutting the "innie" part of the Die three times into some Cream coloured card stock and then mat and layering it onto some Gold Mirror card..

For the centre image I took the Tonic Studios Die 640e Yuletide Greetings, taking the two outer Dies and cutting them into a Cream piece of card... The joining of these two outer images lends itself to a bit of ribbon weaving! Well, it did to me anyways....

Adding a Bow to hide where the ribbon weaving started and finished.

Adding my Sentiment (ULT157302) Merry Christmas Script which I had cut out twice, once in Cream and one in Gold card stock,

sticking them together but slightly off setting them with a drop shadow to break up the colours

so the sentiment stood out a bit more.

Lots of Mirri card really doesn't help with the photography, will I ever learn not to use so much!!? Probably not..

Defo a better looking card in the flesh than my mediocre photography skills show..
So, if you're popping along to Club Members Weekend this weekend then it'll be out on show for you to taker a better look..
Thanks for checking us out, see you soon.

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Christmas Aperture's....

Hi folks... Just putting some of our Dies to good use by way of using them as Aperture projects...

Have to admit that this one is my current fave.

It's not just the colour combo and the fact that I got the chance to use my beloved Inks and Gilding Wax's

but also the depth that the Aperture has given the Sentiment.. Yum!!

Likewise with this Blue Thistle Embossed project. More Inks & Gilding Wax's

plus the Die is just perfect for the Aperture..

A little change for this Aperture, using the negative cut of the Die as the Aperture, but still getting to use my Gilding Wax's on the Embossing Folder...

That's three more Christmas cards for the pile.. I'm getting there, slowly, but I'm getting there...
Thanks for checking us out.
See you soon,

Friday, 6 November 2015

Happy Birthday Sis...

Hi folks.. Well, she's waited all year (just like the rest of us!) but today is my amazing Sister's Birthday...

It's not easy doing a card for a fellow crafter, but as Jo is much more of a "Parchmentist", (I know, not a word, but what do you call them?!!), and produces some amazing work of her own I think I can get away with it!!

Happy Birthday Sis, have a great day.. xxx

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Holiday Baubles....

Hi folks... Today's my last post as part of the Creative Expressions Design Team for 2014/15..

After 50 projects, it's time to move on to pastures new...

So, here we go with one final project for you..

I've always been a fan of Cream and Brown, the balance in colour is just so pleasing to the eye!!

I've teamed up the Spellbinders Ornament Die

with a new Embossing Folder from Couture Creations (Lilliputana Curtain)...

Finishing off with Sue Wilson's Holly Spray Die...

I'd like to thank those who have taken the time to leave a comment on all the projects, it's nice to know that all of our hard work here at Pinnalces is appreciated... And we hope you'll all stick around for all of our future posts...
Thanks for checking us out.
See you soon.

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Let it snow Tri Fold....

Hi folks.. Another little card fold technique for you today as part of my Creative Expressions Design Team project..

It's been made from one piece of A3 card stock, just scored to make the panels,

the main thing about it being that it folds flat'ish to go into a standard envelope...
So, if you fancy giving it or something similar a go, here are the measurements..

Take an A3 piece of card stock and place it landscape on your score board, score at 4" (10.16cm), 6 1/8" (15.5575cm), 10 3/8" (26.3525cm).

As the A3 card stock is longer than my board,

to do the last score flip the card stock left to right and score at 4" (10.16cm).

And then fold and crease along the score lines.

Using this fold gives you two different options on how you want the finished project to look, i.e., having the panels facing inwards or outwards...

Add some decorative papers of your choice,

folding the card just to make sure your matt and layering hasn't stopped the card from folding flat.

And then start decorating as you see fit...

Thanks for checking us out, see you soon.

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Shadow Stamping....

Hi folks.. Another little stamping technique for you today...

I know it's not very clear in this pic

but the vase for these Christmas Poinsettia's has been shadow stamped to give the impression that one is behind the other.. A great little technique to add dimension to your projects without adding too much depth..
You can do this technique with most images, although solid (silhouette) stamps do tend to work best.
Again, I thought I'd put some of the Dies I was sent to good use and make them into stamps, which gives them yet another use.

To start with I cut the solid part of this Die using some funky foam,

Then positioned the inner part of the Die ready for cutting.

As I would have expected it cut all the way through, however, the fact the pieces didn't drop out was advantageous...

as this allows for it to be positioned onto a second plain image but will still give the detail..

So, stamp the image using a clear Ink such as VersaMark or Perfect Medium.

Cover with Embossing Powder

and heat set.

Cut a solid image out in light/medium weight card stock

and position this over your initial stamped image,

Ink up your stamp again and stamp just to the side of the original image,

add Embossing Powder, and heat set.

Makes the second vase appear that it is behind the first!!

I cut mine out just to give a little dimension, but you could do this directly onto your project and sill have the desired effect...

Then, decorate how you see fit!!

Thanks for checking us out, see you soon.