Today’s post is from my Scrapbook Classes last month. 

I have lots of photos from when I worked in Dilli, Timor Leste a couple of years ago.  Not only did I love my work, but I met some great people – local, defence, federal police, non-profit organisations & ex-pats, have a lot of great memories – funny & serious, saw many things – some I want to remember, while others I don’t!!!!

The people in Timor Leste are wonderful, very happy & very laid back – my kinda lifestyle, which is probably why I fitted in so well.  It may also have had something to do with the fact that at the beginning I was one of very few ex-pat females in the country, blonde hair & freckles, so everyone got to know me.

As soon as I saw the DSP from the Seasonal Catalogue, I knew immediately that the papers would suit Timor.  It also has the colours of our uniform. 

I actually changed my ribbon since the photo was taken. “Circle Circus” stamp set goes great with this paper.  The journaling was created in MDS (My Digital Studio), with Chocolate Chip & Cherry Cobbler Inks & printed onto Very Vanilla Cardstock.

Supplies –
Stamp Set – Circle Circus – 114375
Ink – Not Quiet Navy – 126971, Daffodil Yellow – 126944, Cherry Cobbler – 126966
Cardstock – Early Expresso – 124276, Daffodil Delight – 124275, Not Quite Navy – 108606, Very Vanilla – 106550,  Crumb Cake – 124274
DSP – Parkers Patterns – 131021
Ribbon – 1/4″ Stitched Grosgrain – Night of Navy – 126874
Punches – Scallop Edge Border – 119882, 7/8″ Scallop Circle – 129404, 1/2″ Circle – 119869, 3/4″ Circle – 119873, 1″ Circle – 119868, 1 1/4″ Circle – 119861
Accessories – Snail Adhesive – 104332, Stampin’ Dimensionals – 104430, Stampin’ Trimmer – 129722

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Until next time, when I will post the matching card we created using the same supplies


Circle Circus…..

…. meets Triple Time Stamping!

 I created this card for the challenge on Stampin’ Fun & Friends, but was too late to enter it, so thought I would still share.  The challenge was to use Red, Green & Silver, but as I said, I was too late, so I left the Silver & added Chocolate Chip instead.

Measurements –
Base Card – Chocolate Chip – 8 1/4″ x 4 1/8″ or 21cm x 10.5cm
Layer 1 – Whisper White – 5 5/8″ x 3 7/8″ or 14.5cm x 10cm
Layer 2 – Chocolate Chip – 4 5/8″ x 2 7/8″ or 12cm x 7.5cm
Layer 3 – Whisper White – 4 1/2″ x 2 3/4″ or 11.5cm x 7cm
Layer 4 – Chocolate Chip – 3 5/8″ x 2 1/8″ or 9cm x 9.5cm
Layer 5 – Whisper White – 3 1/2″ x 2″ or 8.5cm x 9cm

Supplies –
Stamp Set – Circle Circus, Petite Pairs
Ink – Chocolate Chip, Riding Hood Red, Lucky Limeade
Cardstock – Whisper White, Chocolate Chip
Accessories – Snail Adhesive
To create your card, adhere the 3 pieces of Whisper White Cardstock  on top of each other using a  little bit of Temp Glue or Temp Snail Adhesive to the back.  I tend to use Snail Ahesive & then rub some of it off.

Firstly, I stamped my sentiment on the top layer with Chocolate Chip Ink.  I then proceeded to stamp random images & colour of Lucky Limeade & Riding Hood Inks around the 3 layers.

Once my stamping was complete, I carefully separatley the 3 layers & mounted them onto the corresponding Chocolate Chip pieces of Cardstock with Snail Adhesive.  I then carefully adhered them on top of each other ensuring that I had all my images matched as close as I could.

I decided not to add any embellishment to the card as I didn’t want to take away from the sentiment.

Until next time, Happy Stampin’

SC 049/12….

…. and non-traditional Christmas Colours.

Our challenge over at Sunny Challenges & Creations has been given to us by Gwen.  What a great challenge this week – the possibilities are endless.  We have to use Circles on our project this week.  Why not pop over & check out what Kris & Gwen have created & then join us.  We would really love for you to link your project with Mr Linky!

Measurements –
Base Card – Concord Crush – 8 1/4″ x 4 1/8″ or 21cm x 15cm – Scored in middle & folded in half
Layer 1 – Whisper White – 5 1/2″ x 3 3/4″ or 14cm x 9 1/2″

Supplies –
Stamp Set – Baroque Motifs, Circle Circus, Short & Sweet
Ink – Daffodil Delight, Tangerine Tango, Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White, Concord Crush
Cardstock – Whisper White, Concord Crush
Punches – Itty Bitty Shapes, 3/4″ Circle, 1 1/4″ Circle
Accessories – Rhinestones, Stampin’ Up! Markers – Tangerine Tango, Concord Crush, Snail Adhesive, Stampin’ Dimensionals

 I stamped the large image from Barquoe Motifs in Pear Pizzazz straight onto the piece of Whisper White Cardstock.

3 images from Circles Circus were stamped direct onto the piece of Whisper White Cardstock – 2 with Tangerine Tango & 1 in Concord Crush.  3 of the larger image was also stamped onto a piece of scrap Whisper White Cardstock – 2 in Concord Crush & the other in Tangerine Tango.

I punched one of the stamped Concord Crush images using the 1 1/4″ Circle Punch, while the 2nd image was punched with the small Circle Punch from the Itty Bitty Shapes set.  The Tangerine Tango image was punched using the 3/4″ Circle Punch.

The punched images were then adhered to the main image on the card & built using Stamping’ Dimensionals

The lines were drawn with a Ruler & Stampin’ Up! Markers – Tangerine Tango & Concord Crush.

Prior to stamping the smallest image from the Circle Circus Stamp Set in Daffodil Delight ink, I stamped the sentiment in Concord Crush straight onto the Whisper White Card.

I had all intensions of just adding the Rhinestone to the middle of one of the images, but to add more depth to the card, I scattered the Rhinestones around the card.  I think it adds a little bit of a sparkle & finishes it off a little.

As always, this isn’t how I pictured my card to be, but I am quiet happy with the final result. What do you think?

Until next time, Have a great day!

Xmas Scrapbook Page…

I wasn’t going to scrap the photos I took on Christmas Day this year, but looking at them, I suddenly realised I had a photo of 4 generations……  It doesn’t happen very often, although Jill has 6 great grand kids……  the oldest being 16! She is often babysitting 3 of them, 2 of whom are twins, so they keep her on her toes. 

Mind you, she will not & has never given up her social life to babysit.  She has always said to her grandkids, she would only look after them if she has nothing on.  Well, in Jill’s social calendar that is not very often.  I can’t wait to retire!!!!!!!!!!!

The photo was layered onto a piece of Riding Hood Cardstock, leaving 1/8″ border prior to adhering to the Whisper White Textured Cardstock.  For some reason I always like to use Textured Cardstock as my main page .

I incorporated the flower that I wore in my hair on Christmas Day – made from a couple of flowers I had lying around, added Rhinestones to the middle & bamo, you have an ornament for your hair!  I then hot-glued a clip on the back.  The clip was removed as I adhered a couple of Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back.  I also sponged a bit of Riding Hood Red Ink to the flower to make it pop a little.
I stamped the tree with Garden Green Ink onto Whisper White Cardstock before adhering to a layer of Basic Black Cardstock & then to the page. 
For the Scallop Circles, I used one of the images from Circle Circus – have been wanting to use this set for something Christmas for so long – with Garden Green Ink, while the wording is in Tempting Turquoise Ink….  They were both punched using the Scallop Circle Punch.
The journalling was typed & printed onto Whisper White Cardstock, before laying onto a piece of Basic Black Cardstock & then to the page.

I used a couple of pieces of  Basic Black Ribbon to look like the journalling & embellishments were hanging from the top.

I basically wanted to keep the page simple & clean – my style of scrapbooking, while just picking up the suttle colours in the photo – Riding Hood Red, Tempting Turquoise, Garden Green, Black & White.

Supplies –
Stamp Set – Circle Circus, Perfect Punches, Lovely as a Tree
Ink – Tempting Turquoise, Riding Hood Red, Garden Green
Cardstock – Whisper White Textured, Basic Black, Riding Hood Red
Ribbon – 3/8″ Taffeta – Basic Black
Punches – Scallop Circle
Accesories – Rhinestones, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Snail Adhesive, Sponge
 Until next time, when I will show you the 2nd page!

Ol’ Favourite…

I was so happy to see that “Circle Circus” didn’t retire when the new Catalogue came out!  It is such a wonderful stamp set which can be used for any occasion – male or female.  This time I have choosen to showcase it for a male & to use it for the current challenge over at Sunny Challenges  There is still time to play along.
Base Card – Marina Mist – 5 7/8″ x 4 1/8″ or 15cm x 10.5cm – once scored & folded in half
Layer 1 – Crumb Cake – 5 3/4″ x 4″ or 14.5cm x 10cm
Layer 2 – Cajun Craze -1″ x 4″ or 2.5cm x 10cm
Layer 3 – Very Vanilla – 7/8″ x 3 7/8″ or 2cm x 9.5cm

Using Cajun Craze & Marina Mist Inks, I randomly stamped different images onto Crumb Cake Cardstock & adhered to the Base Card – Marina Mist.

I again stamped random images onto the piece of Very Vanilla Cardstock using Cajun Craze & Marina Mist Inks & adhered to the piece of Cajun Craze.  This was then adhered to the Base Card.

Inking my image with Cajun Craze, I stamped the image direct onto a scrap of Very Vanilla Cardstock, punched it out using the Scallop Circle Punch & adhered using SU Dimensionals to a piece of Marina Mist Cardstock which had been punched using the Large Scallop Circle Punch.  I again stamped a piece of scrap Very Vanilla Cardstock with a smaller image using Marina Mist Ink & punched using the 3/4″ Circle Punch.  I adhered this to the centre of the Cajun Craze circle using SU Dimensionals.

To finish the card off, I applied white dots to the piece of Marina Mist using my White Gel Pen & adhered the whole piece to the centre of the card, overlapping the strip across the card.

Supplies –
Stamp Set – Circle Circus
Ink – Marina Mist, Cajun Craze
Cardstock – Marina Mist, Cajun Craze, Very Vanilla
Punches – Large Scallop Circle, Scallop Circle, 3/4″ Circle
Accessories – SU Dimensionals, Snail Adhesive, White Gel Pen
Head on over to Sunny Challenges & link your card with Mr Linky.  We love seeing all the different creations
Until next time, Enjoy! 

CCMC 162…

The jury is still out on this card, but thought I would use a stamp set which hasn’t been out of its box for some time, & give it a little bit of ink.
I’ve taken the sketch from Create with Connie & Mary which looked a great easy sketch until I blocked myself into a corner & out come the colour-coach.  I then re-did a couple of colours as I wasn’t too happy with the original take on it.  This is the first time I have done a sketch from here, but they are always have great sketches.
Base Card – Not Quite Navy – 5 7/8″ x 4 1/4″ or 15cm x 10.5cm – ie once it has been scored in half
Layer 1 – Crumb Cake – 5 3/4″ x 4″ or 14.5cm x 10cm
Layer 2 – DSP – 4″ x 1″ or 10cm x 2.5cm
Layer 3 – Ribbon
Layer 4 – Not Quite Navy – Large Circle
Layer 5 – Very Vanilla – Smaller Circle
I coloured my ribbon with Crumb Cake Re-Inker & set aside to dry.


Inside Card…


Using Crumb Cake Ink I stamped my image randomly onto the Crumb Cake Cardstock, adhered the DSP to the top of the Crumb Cake.  I wanted to make it look like bubbles coming up from the bottom of the ocean.  I made a mask of the Seahorse from scrap paper & cut it out.  I stamped the seahorse image onto Very Vanilla Cardstock using Garden Green Ink, I attached the mask over the top of the seahorse, using another image & Garden Green Ink, I stamped off twice before stamping over the mask.  I repeated again.  I then inked my image again using Not Quite Navy Ink & stamped over the top twice.
I cut my 2 circles using the Circles Die, adhered the Very Vanilla circle to the Not Quiet Navy Circle & then to the Cumb Cake Piece.  I then ran the ribbon across the middle where the 2 pieces met & tied a bow off-centre.  Using SU Dimensionals, I adhered the whole piece to the Base Card.
With Envelope…


I stamped 3 shell images onto Very Vanilla Cardstock using Baja Breeze & cut them out.  These were applied to the card as per the sketch with the back one being adhered direct to the card while the front 2 were adhered using SU Dimensionals – gotta love these SU Dimensionals.
I repeated my masking for the inside of my card, adhered the Very Vanilla straight to the base card.  The masking was again repeated for my envelope.
Supplies –
Stamp Set – Ocean Commotion, Circle Circus
Ink – baja Breeze, Garden Green, Not Quite Navy
Cardstock – Crumb Cake, Not Quite Navy, Very Vanilla
DSP – Elegant Soiree
Ribbon – 3/8 Taffeta – Whisper White
Dies – Circles #2
Accessories – Snail Glue, Bigshot, Re-Inker – Crumb Cake, SU Dimensionals
Until next time, Enjoy! 

TSSC 186…

Just as I was cleaning up my desk, which is usually a mess after my craft session, I suddenly had an urge to do another card using Black, Red & White.  Why?  Who knows, but create I did.  So to make it a little easier, I went in search of a sketch & as usual Mary-Jo to the rescue.  She always has great sketches!
Mine started off to be a male card, but after looking at the end result, it could either be male or female.  My apologies to Mary-Jo as I didn’t strictly keep to the sketch.
Base Card – Riding Hood Red – 5 7/8″ x 4 1/4″ or 15cm x 10.5cm
Layer 1 – Basic Black – 5 3/4″ x 4″ or 14.5cm x 10cm
Layer 2 – Very Vanilla – 5 5/8″ x 3 7/8″ or 14cm x 9.5cm
Layer 3 – DSP – 1 1/2″ x 3 7/8″ or 4cm x 9.5cm
Card Inside…

? I stamped 3 identical images onto Very Vanilla Cardstock using Basic Black Ink.  I punched 3 circles in Riding Hood Red & layered them over the top of the stamped images.  I adhered the DSP to the bottom of the Very Vanilla & run the whole lot through the Bigshot using Square Lattice Embossing Folder.  This was adhered to Basic Black Cardstock & then to the Base Card – Riding Hood Red.

I stamped 3 smaller identical images onto Very Vanilla Cardstock again in Basic Black, punched them out & adhered on top of the Riding Hood Red circles.

The greeting was inked using Basic Black Ink onto Very Vanilla Cardstock & punched with the Large Oval Punch.  I punched another large oval in Basic Black Cardstock, cut in half & adhered to the back of the Very Vanilla with just a small edge showing top & bottom.  This was adhered over the top of the DSP using SU Dimensionals.

Supplies –
Stamp Set – Circle Circus, Well Scripted
Ink – Basic Black
Cardstock – Very Vanilla, Riding Hood Red, Basic Black
DSP – Love Letter
Punches – 3/4″ Circle, 1″ Circle, Extra Large Oval
Embossing Folder – Square Lattice
Accessories – Snail Adhesive, Bigshot, SU Dimensionals
Until next time, Enjoy!

SAH 170…

With the rain about today, I decided that I would sit & attempt a couple of challenges.  This one is from Stamp-a-Holics which I have done before.  It looked too easy not to attempt & upon seeing the sketch, though immediately of “Circle Circus”.  I love this set & can’t seem to get enough of it.  I’ve also used colours that are not me, but they just sort of jumped into my hands.

Now one of the conditions for this Sketch Challenge is – A card must be completed in 15 minutes or less.  Yep, I had 68 seconds left.  Boy, does the time fly when you are having fun.

Base Card – Whisper White – 5 7/8″ x 4 1/8″ or 15cm x 10.5cm – Score & Fold in half
Layer 1 – Old Olive – 5 3/4″ x 4″ or 14.5cm x 10cm – Cut from bottom about 1″.  This allows you to attach the Basic Black Scalloped Edge
Layer 2 – Basic Gray – 4 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ or 11.5cm x 4cm

I punch an edge along a scrap piece of Basic Black Cardstock & layered it along the bottom half of Old Olive Cardstock.  I adhered the other half of Old Olive across the top of the Basic Black.

I punched 3 Whisper White squares & stamped them randomly using different images & Olid Olive, Basic Gray & Basic Black Inks.  These were adhered to the Basic Gray Cardstock, ensuring that they were placed evenly.This was then adhered to the Olive Olive Cardstock.

I stamped the sentiment directly onto Old Olive Cardstock using Basic Black Marker.  I then drew a couple of scriggley lines under the sentiment using my Basic Black Marker.

I again stamped 2 images onto Whisper White Cardstock, one in Old Olive Ink & the other using Basic Gray Ink.  I punched these images using 2 punches & adhered to the card.

The whole card was then adhered to the Base Card – Whisper White.  I drew white dots in the middle of the scalloped edge to lift it a little using my Gel Pen.

Supplies –
Stamp Set – Circle Circus, A Word for You
Ink – Basic Gray, Old Olive, Basic Black
Cardstock – Whisper White, Basic Gray, Basic Black, Old Olive
Punches – 1 1/4″ Circle, 3/4″ Circle, Scallop Edge, 1 1/4″ Square
Accessories – Snail Glue, Gel Pen, SU Markers

As I said 68 seconds left.  A great male’s card.

Circles, Circles…

…and more circles.

When I saw this challenge, I knew that I wanted to create a male card by using Circle Circus.  Then to top it off, I found some DSP that would match perfectly with the stamp set & sketch.  I will admit I am very happy with the way it turned out.  Got to love it when that happens!

Base Card – Baja Breeze Cardstock – Cut, score & fold
Layer 1 – Very Vanilla Cardstock – 5 5/8″ x 3 7/8″ or 14cm x 10cm
Layer 2 – DSP – 2 1/2″ x 3 7/8″ or 6,5cm x 10cm

Stamp sentiment bottom RHS of Very Vanilla Cardstock in Soft Suede Ink.  With my Bigshot, Embossing Folder – Perfect Polka Dots & the bottom half of Very Vanilla Cardstock, I run the Cardstock through the Bigshot.  I then asdhered the DSP to the top half of Very Vanilla and adhered to the base card.

Again with the Bigshot, I cut an oval in Soft Suede Cardstock using the Ovals Dies.  I also cut a smaller one in Very Vanilla.  I grabbed my stamp set, Soft Suede and Baja Breeze Inks and the Very Vanilla Oval and proceeded to stamp.  I adhered this oval to the Soft Suede Oval & then adhered to the card base.
All in all a very easy card, but none the less a very nice one!

Supplies –
Stamp Set – Circle Circus, Sincere Salutations
Inks – Baja Breeze, Soft Suede
Cardstock – Very Vanilla, Baja Breeze, Soft Suede
DSP – Elegant Soiree – Love this DSP
Bigshot Dies – Ovals
Embossing Folder – Perfect Polka Dots
Accessories – Snail Adhesive, Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Bigshot

Until next time, Enjoy!


Challenge # 1 –
I come across a Colour Challenge over at which ask for the colours Real Red, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip & Certainly Celery to be used. 

Challenge # 2 –
Putting my thinking cap on, I then needed a layout, which brings me to the Sketch Challenge at  Mary Jo always has great challenges.
Seeing Masry Jo’s sketch, I knew I wanted to create a male’s card & the first stamp set which sprung to mind was “Circle Circus“.  An oldie, but a goodie.
Challenge # 3 –
Not to be outdone, my Yahoo Group is celebrating 100 challenges.  The theme being “CELEBRATING“.  The mind is full of options.
To complete my card, I embossed the Chocolate Chip Cardstock using the Bigshot & Perfect Polka Dots
For the middle of the card, I used the Technique – Faux Tiles.  To see how this technique is done, please look under Techniques on the RHS of the bar.
I then stamped my images over the top of the technique.  I adhered this piece to Real Red.  Adhering Grosgrain 5/8″ Ribbon – Certainly Celery across the middle, I attached the whole lot to Old Olive Cardstock.
I stamped the greeting from the stamp set Well Scripted, punched it out using the Extra Large Oval punch & wiped the edge through Chocolate Chip ink.  I then adhered this to the middle of the rribbon using SU Dimensionals.
Supplies –
Stamp Set – Circle Circus, Well Scripted
Ink – Real Red, Chocolate Chip, Certainly Celery, Old Olive
Cardstock – Whisper White, Real Red, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip
Punches – Extra-Large Oval
Embossing Folder – Perfect Polka Dots
Accessories – Mutlipurpose Liquid Glue, Grosgrain 5/8″ Ribbon – Certainly Celery, Bigshot, Dimensionals
Until next time, Enjoy!