Aug 28, 2011

I'm back! And my mojo came with me!

We just got back late last night from vacation (a week at a cottage resort) and I missed my craft room sooo much! You know it's bad when you're suffering withdrawal and fingering the commercial cards in a store, thinking you could cut them up to make better cards!

Luckily we have an engagement party later this afternoon that I needed to make a card for, so I had an excuse to disappear down into the Craft Cave after feeding the kids dinner. Five cards and a scrapbook page later, I was done, and feeling much more satidfied with my day's work than I had been. Of course, the fact that it was 4am might have helped with the 'doneness'.

This is one of the projects I made. I belong to a wonderful group of demonstrators called SUDSOL (Simply Unique Demonstrators Sharing Online) and every month there is the opportunity to earn free subscription time by completing a 'participation bingo'. I had the theme challenge covered, and answered the weekly question, so the final thing I needed to do was upload a scrapbook page. I checked the scrapbook sketch challenge and decided to adapt the layout to better suit my photos. Ready to see the end result??

I apologise for the horrible quality of this photo, the camera battery is dead and my phone was upstairs :p This was done with the webcam on my computer then I did a screenshot and cropped it.

I did use retired Playdate DSP and Quick Accents, I want to use it up to make space for some new DSP! This month's promotion is an excellent time to buy more! There are only 3 days left, so if you haven't already, take a moment to look on the website and see all our new choices. Hopefully something will inspire you!

I'll post a couple more of my cards using this DSP over the next couple of days.  Don't forget that the Summer Mini products leave us in 3 days, and the DSP promotion ends on August 31 too! I'm so excited to show you the Holiday Mini - there are some amazing products in there, guaranteed to kick your holiday projects up several notches!

Thanks for looking, and have a great week!


Aug 10, 2011

Come stamp with me!

I tried to do a video tutorial of the tri-fold shutter cards, except I didn't think it would take me so long. I wanted to go through the process step-by-step rather than having everything pre-cut, so the video ended up rather longer than I expected.

However, I think it turned out pretty ok, apart from my Crystal Effects being jammed up, my husband walking in, etc, lol. So set aside half an hour, grab some paper (you will need a 12" x 5-1/2" base, and a sheet of DSP and Whisper White or Very Vanilla), and stamp with me!

Sometimes I get frustrated watching tutorials online as I have to keep pausing and going back, maybe I'm solving my own problem! I'd love to get your thoughts and ideas on this video, and on the concept in general!

Untitled from Shelley Harpur on Vimeo.

Aug 9, 2011

Tri-fold Shutter Cards

I'm really enjoying these new tri-fold shutter cards! Here are a couple I made the other night, we had an anniversary party on Monday and the red one I designed for that. I am working on a tutorial and am trying to do a video tutorial so bear with me! In the meantime, here are the cards:

This card uses a Soft Suede base, Paisley Petals DSP and some Baja Breeze cardstock, and Very Vanilla for the layers. I also used the Fun Flowers die, Eyelet border punch, and Baja Breeze Seam Binding ribbon.
Stamps were Occasional Quotes, Very Vintage Wheel, and Something to Celebrate.
Ink is Baja Breeze and Crumb Cake.
The flower layers were embossed with the Polka Dots and Square Lattice embossing folders
 This one has a Real Red base, with Whisper White layers and Presto Patterns DSP on the largest sections. I also used the Music Notes and Very Vintage wheels, Occasional Quotes and Something to Celebrate for the anniversary statement. All stamps were done in Going Gray ink, as was the edge sponging. The front section has a 1-3/4" scallop circle flower and a medallion made with a strip of paper 11" x 1", accordion folded. Antique brads were used for the centres. The back section has a flower made with paper daisies and pearls, and a 5/8" white satin bow.