Sunday, April 28, 2013

April Workshop

Hi everyone, hope you are having a relaxing Sunday or doing your favourite thing today, wherever you are! Just posting the cards made in my April workshops, great to see everyone again and have loads of laughs and share any new crafting news and products too!

So the first card is a no-colouring, lots of punched-and-die-cut-shapes card, where we used daubers and templates to ink our own sky background.
the products I used and links are below:
Martha Stewart grass punch
EK success leaves punch
Memory box Flower mound Die
Spellbinders labels called Grommet tags
Cheery Lynn fence die
Spellbinders grand oval and grand label dies
Pearls from Jeans range in Cottage Crafts, Co Wexford

 The next card is a coloured image one which is good for a get well soon or cheery spring card or for anyone feeling under the weather - the products used on this one were:
a polymer stamp from Stampavie called Giving Shelter
Martha Stewart frond punch for leaves
EK Success Daisy punched flowers
Faber Castell Polylchromos pencils for colouring


Here is a side on view of the flowers and layering:

and the inside of the card decorated to match the front:


The other coloured image card for this month - using an Elisabeth Bell stamp (did anyone notice the new DVD of coloured Elisabeth Bell images just released? - let me know if you want more info by leaving a comment if you are interested in getting one)

Stamp called You Make the Grade
Memory Box Butterfly
Spellbinders Grand Ovals and Grand Scalloped Ovals
Charms from eBay (see my where I shop page for Links or HERE)
Faber Castell Polylchromos pencils for colouring

and below are some close up photos:


To decorate the box, we used a Marianne's key die, LR0193 which was embossed in silver mirri card, and the same colour ribbon used to finish.
A very handy hint is to use promarkers / peel off markers / alcohol based pens to colour your clear gems and  turn them into other colours - the same can be done with white pearls. I used a dark purple coloured promarker to colour mine.

The next card was a 'simply stamped' one, so for those who had never inked and used  stamp before, this was a good introduction of how easy and effective stamping can be!

the flower punch I used was tiny and an old EK success one which I think is now discontinued sadly, but you can find this shape flower in the Spellbinders'/Heartfelt Creations POSY PATCH die set (this set contains an amazing 7 dies all nesting to create amazing flowers you can make yourself with the aid of glue and ball / embossing tools to add shape). I guess that the dies will last longer than any punch will and I have used my set lots already.

The sentiment and branch / flower stamp set are from Stampin Up and are called Hopeful Thoughts, and if you want them, they may be a retired set soon enough so here is a link to the product which you may be able to find on eBay as a second hand /used set.

this is the inside of the card, again using Jeans' Pearls from Cottage Crafts:

The last card for this month was a twisted fold card using images from Fred She Said, called Smelling the Cherry Blossoms - 
These digi's come in precoloured or black and white if you wish to colour yourself, with extra blossoms. The added advantage with digi's is that you can resize to suite your own project! the little girl is also available in the digi set without the background.

this is what the card looks like open:

Some angled photos so you can see the layering:

Other products  used in this card were:
Cuttlebug embossing folder called Floral Screen (on of the early designs!)
Starburst or 'splat' shaped punches for centre of flower
EK success retro flower punch
note - I have the digi artist's permission to use digi images in my workshop

that's all for now, I need to make some more communion cards, so will be back in a few days with some more to show - enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Thanks to everyone who attended a workshop this month, and keep on crafting :)


  1. I love all your cards Jess, particularly the yellow one. Those flowers are amazing. Can you share which die/punch you used for them. hugs Sharon x

  2. Hi Sharon, have also em ailed you. these are EK success daisy punches which come in 3 or 4 sizes. they may have been discontinued so if you see them for sale anywhere get them because they are strong and very reliable! Jess

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