March 2012 ATC's

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Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Our Artist Trading Card theme for the month of March was... Chocolate!
Only 5 of us took part this time and unfortunately, one set was lost in the mail. So I have 4 to show you.
I think ATC's are a lot of fun because they are small (about the size of a business card) but they are loaded with creativity.

Here is my little card, the shine on the choclate squares is created with crystal effects.

Chocolate Strawberries by Narelle Hoggard. They look so yummy!

Easter Bunneis by Nikki Spicer. This fun card has a pocket to insert the little chocolates into.

All About Chocolate by Julia Leece. I love the embossing powder effect that Julia used to create her Easter egg.

Lastly here is a basket that the ladies who come to my classes made in time for Easter. It is very easy to make and you can get two baskets out of one A4 sheet of card. They would also make nice mother's day gifts, filled with handmade soap or other wonderful smellies.

If you like this basket, check back here in a few days time as I will be putting instructions on how to make this on my tutorials. Thank you for your patience with me as I am still experiencing problems with my computer and are not having pages load as they should.

Cheers from Rhonda



More new products

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Friday, 06 April 2012

Happy Birthday
This card features the new apocathecary art stamp set. It has 3 large labels which you can then stamp any sentiment into.There is also a smaller label and and the words, Happy Birthday and So Grateful. (However the words on this card are from the curly cute stamp set). The label stamps can all be die cut with the new framelits dies. The designer series paper on this card is called "Sweet Shop".

Something Sweet
This card features the sweet shop designer series paper once more and mouthwatering stamp set again (see last weeks post). The setniment is from the crazy for cupcakes stamp set.

I used markers to colour the icecream and ice block stamps. One iceblock uses the thumping technique where you "thump" or bounce the tip of your marker on the inked stamp to add dots of another colour before pressing the image onto your card. The other technique is kissing where you press two stamped images together. I pressed a small petal image from the build a blossom stamp set (inked in calypso coral) onto the iceblock image which was inked in so saffron.

Finally I wanted to show you this cute crocodile that my son made for his girlfriend at Easter. It contains a very large toberone chocolate bar. Pretty clever don't you think!

Enjoy your Easter Break from Rhonda


Fresh N Fruity

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Thursday, 29 March 2012

An Apple A Day...
I have seen punch art apple cores made from the round tab punch but when I was playing around with the owl builder punch I discovered that the owl also makes a great apple core. Just place two of the "apron's" end to end, with the triangle piece where the beak would normally go, facing each other. Actually I cut a piece off each end to make them sit closer together but you could just overlap them. Place the pips where the two pieces join.

Punches I used were:
13/4" circle, 1" circle (to take a slice of the top and bottom of the round apples), scallop oval for bite marks, leaf from the blossom petal builder punch, Owl builder punch for apple core as per diagram below.
The stalks are hand cut.


Just for You
This next fruity card features a wonderful new stamp set that is in new mini catalogue and available from the first of April.
This stamp set is called "Mouthwatering" and has the cherries, watermelon, iceblock and an icecream cone. The images are big and bold and are quick and easy to use.




Nicely Nautical

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Tuesday, 13 March 2012

I have had a fabulous weekend away with other New Zealand demonstrators at a stamp camp in Rotorua. We got taught some new techniques and had a play with some new products (yet to be released). It was a fun time.
I made a nautical card to take as a swap. My inspiration came from a beach house we had stayed in, with stripes and pale wood walls and white washed furniture and of course the colours red, white and blue.
Here is my swap:

Three Seashells -

Blue Seahorse - The layout for this card was from a papercraft magazine.

Nautical Box -




In the Garden

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Thursday, 01 March 2012

Hi everyone
I am having a lot of computer problems at present and am using other people's to get my work done, so over the next wee while you will have to bear with me if my posts are not as regular as usual.

Pumpkin Patch Card
I was asked to make a birthday card for a keen gardener (a male) with no flowers on it. It was a challenge and this is what I came up with.  I made a little garden fork and trowel using the word window punch and large oval punch. To make the prongs in the fork I used the now retired horizontal slot punch. The pumpkins are from the button buddies stamp set.

Inside the card, I couldn't resist using the snail stamp, also from the button buddies stamp set. I know snails are not wanted in the garden so this one is fleeing the scene... haha!

Sunflower Card
After making the first garden card, I had to do another with garden spade and trowel and this time add some flowers!
This card is made entirely from punches and the use of embossing folders to add in some texture. Please leave a comment if you like it!

from Rhonda


For the Kids

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Thursday, 16 February 2012

Truck Parade
I love the coloured bakers twine that is currently available in our summer mini catalogue and I think it looks great holding up all the flags. What do you think of the truck window? Gotta love that vellum!

Ice cream Sundae
This was a simple and fun punch art to do. I used the numbers from the "Look Who's Turning" stamp set and deliberately left it without a number circled as I don't know who the recipient will be yet. But when I do, I will just circle the right number with a red pen.

The ice creams and cherry are of course from the cup cake builder punch, the bananas are from the ends of the round tab punch, the chocolate topping is a portion of one of the leaves from the leaves #2 die. I added crystal effects to the cherry and chocolate for a bit of shine. The dish is the extra large oval punch, sitting on top of a circle punch.

Thanks for visiting and happy crafting from Rhonda


Valentine's Day

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Thursday, 09 February 2012

Today's blog features two valentines cards that were made as part of my team challenge. The challenge was to make a card using one of the vintage mini tags.

Happy Valentine's Day
This card was made by Diane Pawley. Ithink it is great how she has used three of the vintage mini tags to spell out "I love you"

Romantic Valentine
This card was made by me and uses the Tiny Tags stamp set and You Are Loved stamp set. I stamped mulitple random images on vanilla card to create my own 'Patterned Paper'. The Tiny Tags stamps work well with the mini vintage tags, as with the heart stamp used in this card.




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Thursday, 02 February 2012

Two Cards for Summer
My eldest son loves the summer as he gets time to indulge in his two favourite activites which are golf and heading off to the beach. So these cards were inspired by him. This surf's up card was one that I made for a summer themed team swap.

This golf card was made using the pennant parade stamp set, which I recently got as a freebee from Stampin' Up! Lucky me!

To make the golf ball, I used the mat pack and crop-o-dile. I attached a small square of white card to the plastic template (mat pack) using dotto repositionable glue to hold it in place. With the crop-o-dile set on A 1, I embossed all the holes in the small eyelet placement area. The mat pack is great to use for this as the plastic guide ensures that you don’t squeeze too hard and cut through the card and it also gives you an even and perfect placement of the “bumps”. The golf ball was then punched with a 1 ¼” circle punch and lightly sponged around the edges.

To make the golf tee, I used tangerine tango card and punched out an extra large oval. I used a post it note to stick to the oval so that I had something to hold onto as I reinserted it into the punch to punch out a bit from each side of the oval. Then I cut a small piece off the bottom with scissors. See picture below. The shape I was left with I attached to the golf ball. You can see the back view in the picture below. The front view is what you see on the completed card.



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