Bloomin’ with Kindness…..

… is the Stamp Set I used today for the Sympathy Card I had to create.  I do know this is one type of card we never like to create.  In saying that, I usually have a small stack in amongst my cards, but of course as with any card, when I need one, I don’t go for the stack I have, I usually try & create one to suit the person it is intended or for their family.

One of the ladies from our Friday’s class lost her mum last week, so I took the card & got everyone to sign it for her.  I can now show the card as she will have received it by now.  I created it in Patty’s favourite colours & as it turned out a “Monochromic” Card – that is, using 2 or more tones of the one colour. 

I decided to keep it fairly plain as I didn’t want to go overboard with it & I finally got to use the Delicate Designs Embosslits with the matching Large Scallop Edgelits.  Don’t you just love that with Stampin’ Up! – the way everything matches & co-ordinates……….

 
Of course the tutorial for you to create your own version
 
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Happy Stampin’

 

 

 

With Sympathy…..

Today’s card is one I created for a challenge, but the challenge closed before I could post it as I completely forgot all about it. 

I then decided to use it for my Friday Crafty Creations Class a couple of weeks ago.  This year we are trying to create some of our cards with different folds while at the same time, still trying to do cards that are not expensive to create at home.

 A couple of the ladies did have a little trouble getting their head around the concept of the Window Sheet being in the middle & why we were cutting out card at the front, but after a LOT of explaining, showing & playing, we eventually got to complete it. 

The sentiment is a non-Stampin’ Up! stamp.  It is easily able to be substitued for a SU! stamp.

I love the monochromic colours in a card.  They are a little different & sometimes a little harder to tie them in together than adding other colours.

Close – Up
 
To print your own Tutorial for this card, please click on the link below
 

 
Until next time, Enjoy!

Clockworks….

… has been used for my card today.
 
This is a great stamp set for the males in your life…..  In fcat, it is great for the females too.  Just change the colours.

In fact, the card has been created for 2 challenges, which sort of surprised me as I didn’t realise it met the criteria for one of the challenges.

The first challenge is for Stampin’ Fun & Friends which is all about “Sweet Sentiments“.  Click on the picture on the top right hand side & it will take you to the site where you can sign up.  There is still time to join.  There have been some lovely projects just in time for Valentine’s.

Feeling Blue” was the 2nd challenge which is part of my online group Late Night Stampers where we had to create something with Blue has the main colour.  Why not pop over, see what the Design Team have created & of course the rest of the entries.  Better still, why not join us in our challenge.

Again, I decided to use one of my favourite Embossing Folders – Square Lattice. You know the old saying about “Blue & Green should never been seen”, but who takes any notice of this….. I love how Midnight Muse & Lucky Limeade work so well together, but you be the judge for yourself.

Don’t forget to grab the free tutorial to copy & save for later on

 Tutorial for Clockworks
 

 Until next time, Happy Stampin’


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“LOVE IS IN THE AIR”
 
Our challenge over at Sunny Challenges for the next fortnight is to create a card, 3-D project or scrapbook page with the theme of “Love“.  With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, this is the perfect time to create that something special for that someone special.  Again, we have no sketch to go by, so the field is wide open.

I have a wedding in the next couple of weeks & thought this the perfect opportunity to create a special card for the special couple.  Yep, it is in their colours & theme too!  I love Pink Pirouette & Not Quite Navy together.

I’ve used the sketch from Technostamper Monday Lunch Challenge to create my card except I turned it on its side.  It has been sometime since I played along with one of Mary Jo’s challenges.

My card is a little different in that there is no sign of any hearts or lovey sentiment of any kind. I think that is why it appeals to me that much.  Sometimes it is good to try & create something that is non-traditional.

I also used a sentiment from a great little stamp set in the current “Sale-a-Bration” catalogue, which I thought went really well with my card.  It is a little different than the usual “Congratulations” or “Best Wishes“, etc.

 

To see what the other girls have created, why not head over to Sunny Challenges & check out what Kris & Gwen have created.

Remember you have 2 weeks to create your project, so there is heaps of time.  Post it to your blog or on line group.forum & link back with Mr Linky.  We had a great response last week & selected 2 Rays of Sunshine.  Who knows, you could be our next one.

To print your own Tutorial, click on the link
 
 
 
Until next time, Happy Stampin 

Congratulations…..

… on finding each other.

This is the lovely sentiment from Stampin’ Up!’s “A Word for you“.  It is also the sentiment I stamped onto this great little card.

Today’s share is the card we created in Crafty’s Creations Class this arvo.  Of course, everyone’s was very different, but that the great thing about all having the same kit & each creating their card by adding their personal touch.

I would never usually combine Basic Black & Regal Rose together but I wanted a bit of a dramatic effect & think it has worked.  Of course, the strip of Pearls along the top & the touch of Certainly Celery adds dimenion & colour to the card.

Inside card…
 
 
Tutorial for you to copy & print –
 
 
 
Until next time, Enjoy!

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It was my turn to set the challenge this week over at Sunny Challenges & Creations.  This is a very easy sketch as well as the 2nd part of the challenge being non-traditional christmas.  Now this can mean non-traditional colours, stamps or both.  It is entirely up to you……  We hope you will have heaps of fun with this challenge, better still join us this week.

Measurements –
Base Card – Basic Gray – 8 1/4″ x 5 7/8″ or 21cm x 15xm
Layer 1 – Whisper White – 3 3/4 x 3 7/8″ or 9.5cm x 9.7cm
Layer 2 – Whisper White – 3 3/4″ x 2″ or 9.5cm x 5cm
Layer 3 – Pretty in Pink – 2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ or 11.5cm x 6.5cm
Layer 4 – Whisper White – 2 3/8″ x 4 3/8″ or 11cm x 6cm

Supplies –
Stamp Set – Lovely as a Tree
Ink – Basic Gray, Versamark
Cardstock – Basic Gray, Whisper White, Pretty in Pink
Embossing Folders – Perfect Polka Dots, Stripes
Accessories – Snail Adhesive, Tombow Multi-Purpose Glue, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Big Shot, Heat Tool, Clear Embossing Powder

I run the larger piece of Whisper White Cardstock through the Big Shot using the Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder & the smaller piece of Whisper White using the Stripes Embossing Folder.  Both pieces were adhered to the Base Card – Basic Gray with Tombow Multi-Purpose Glue.

I stamped the long piece of Whisper White Cardstock using Versamark & then Basic Gray, before embossing with Clear Embossing Powder.  The embossed piece was adhered to the piece of Pretty in Pink with Snail Adhesive.

Thinking I didn’t have a “Merry Christmas” Stamp, I printed the greeting onto a piece of Whisper White Cardstock, punched with the Word Label Punch & adhered to the bottom part of the embossed piece prior to adhering to the Base Card with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

 
Why not head over to Sunny Challenges & Creations to check out what Kris & the other entries have created.  We would love to leave you some comments.
 
Until next time, Happy Stampin’

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Our challenge over at Sunny Challenges & Creations has been given to us by Gwen.  Along with the sketch, we had to use the colour of Perfect Plum.  I must admit I haven’t used this colour for quiet some time, but alway love the end result when I do.

Measurements –
Base Card – Perfect Plum – 8 1/4 x 4 1/8″ or 21cm x 15cm
Layer 2 – Whisper White – 5 3/4″ x 3 7/8″ or 14cm x 9.5cm
Layer 1 – Pink Pirouette – 3 1/4″ x 2″ or 8.5cm x 5cm
Layer 2 – Whisper White – 3 1/8″ x 1 7/8″ or 8cm x 4.5cm
Layer 3 – Rose Red – 3″ x 1 7/8″ or 7.5cm x 5cm

Supplies –
Stamp Set – Artistic Etchings, Happiest Birthday Wishes
Ink – Rose Red, Perfect Plum, Pink Pirouette
Cardstock – Perfect Plum, Rose Red, Whisper White, Pink Pirouette
Embossing Folder – Perfect Polka Dots
Accessories – Big Shot, Scallop Circle Punch, 1″ Circle Punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Tombow Multipurpose Glue, Snail Adhesive

I run my large piece of Whisper White Cardstock through the Big Shot using Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder.  I adhered this to the Base Card – Perfect Plum with Snail Adhesive.

I inked my image in Pink Pirouette Ink, stamped off once & then onto the piece of Whisper White Cardstock.  I repeated this twice before stamping my main image over the top with Perfect Plum Ink.  This piece was adhered to a piece of Pink Pirouette prior to adhering to the Base Card with Tombow Multipurpose Glue.

The middle section was stamped onto Whisper White Cardstock with Pink Pirouette Ink.  I stamped off once prior to stamping one image, while the other was direct to paper.  I then inked the crown with Perfect Plum, stamped direct to paper while the 3rd image I used Rose Red.  This piece was adhered to a layer of Rose Red Cardstock & finally to the Base Card.  Part of the section was adhered  with Snail Adhesive while the other part was adhered with a couple of Stampin’ Dimensionals.

The greeting was stamped twice onto a scap of Whisper White Cardstock, once in Perfect Plum Ink, punched out with the Scallop Circle Punch & the 2nd image in Rose Red & the middle punched with the 1″ Circle Punch.  The Rose Red image was then adhered to the middle of the Perfect Plum image with a Stampin’ Dimensional prior to adhering to the card.  Again, I used Snail Adhesive for the top part, while the bottom part is supported by a Stampin’ Dimensional.

We would love for you to join us this week in our challenge.  So hop on over to check what the other girls have created & then link your creation back using Mr Linky.

Until next time, Happy Stampin’

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Can you believe t?  We actually had rain last night & boy it cool this morning, but hey who cares – Rain, we have Rain!!!!!!  A great day for stampin & catching up on all those little projects that we tend to lend for “Ron” – later on!  Rain!!!!  did, I mention we have Rain!!!!!!!!!

Our challenge this week over at Sunny Challenges & Creations is to create a “Sympathy” card along with the great sketch layout!  This is a type of card that we don’t like creating, but is always good to have in your stash.

Measurements –
Base Card – Bashful Blue – 8 1/4″ x 4 1/8″ or 21cm x 15cm
Layer 1 – Whisper White – 3 3/4″ x 2 1/2″ or 9.5cm x 6.5cm
Layer 3 – Whisper White – 3 1/2″ x 3 3/4: or 9cm x 9.5cm

Supplies –
Stamp Set – Just Believe, Petite Pairs
Ink – Nil
Cardstock – Whisper White, Bashful Blue
Embossing Folder – Perfect Polka Dots
Punches – Scallop Trim Border, Oval
Embosslits – Beautiful Wings
Ribbon – 5/8″ Organza – Whisper White
Accessories – Snail Adhesive, Pearls, Stampin’ Up! Markers – Rose Red & Wild Wasabi, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots, Bone Folder, Big Shot

I wanted to use a colour I haven’t touched in a lot time, so it was basically a toss up between the new “In Colours” or Bashful Blue, which won in the end.

I inked my main image with Stampin’ Markers of Wild Wasabi & Rose Red & stamped directly onto the larger piece of Whisper White Cardstock. I did this twice, with the 2nd time stamping a little lower onto the Cardstock, the second time around.

Inside….

The smaller piece of Whisper White was run through the Big Shot with the Embossing Folder – Perfect Polka Dots, punched along one of the edges with the Oval Punch & adhered to the bottom of the larger piece of Whisper White Cardstock with Snail Adhesive.
I adhered a piece of Ribbon towards the bottom of the embossed piece.  The whole piece was then adhered to theBase Card – Bashful Blue – with Snail Adhesive.  I stamped my sentiment with Rose Red & Wild Wasabi Markers, punched out the Oval Punch & adhered to the top of the Ribbon.  I tied a small bow & adhered to the bottom part of the punched oval with a Mini Glue Dot.

A scap piece of Whisper White Cardstock was run through the Big Shot with the Beautufil Wings Embosslits Folder, wings curled a little with my Bone Folder & attached ramdomly to the card with Tombow Multipurpose Glue.

To finish the card, I applied small Pearls to the flowers & also to the centre of the butterflies.

All in all a very simple & easy card, but one I am happy with.

Don’t forget to pop on over to Sunny Challenges & Creationsto check out what Gwen, Kris & our Weekly Guest Designer Alison have created.  We would love for you to join us this week.

“Who Me………….”

In finishing, I thought I would share with you my little helper this past week.  I’ve had a big year with weddings & receptions, so all the help is very much appreciated, no matter what form it may be.  She usually gets into a little mischief when she thinks she has been neglected long enough. 

Until next time, Happy Stampin’

 

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It was my turn to bring the challenge this week over at Sunny Challenges.  We all seem to be able to create a female’s card much easier than a male, so this week, I thought why not just let our imaginations go wild.  Along with the sketch, we have to create a project for the girls……

Measurements –
Base Card – Always Artichoke – 8 1/4″ x 5 7/8″ or 21cm x 15cm
Layer 1 – Whisper White – 5 3/4″ x 4″ or 14.5cm x 10cm
Layer 2 – DSP x 2 – 3″ x 3 3/4″ or 7cm x 9.5cm
Layer 3 – Always Artichoke – 3 1/2″ x 1″ or 2.5cm x 9cm

Supplies –
Stamp Set – Field Flowers
Ink – Pretty in Pink, Crumb Cake
Cardstock – Always Artichoke, Whisper White, Crumb Cake
DSP – Subtles Designer Series Paper
Punches – 2 1/2″ Circle, 2 3/8″ Scallop Circle
Embossing Folder – Lacy Brocade
Ribbon – Crochet Trim Chantilly (Retired)
Accessories – Snail Adhesive, Tombow Multipurpose Glue, Stampin Dimensionals, Min Glue Dots, Big Shot

I adhered the ppieces of DSP to the piece of Whisper White Cardstock with Snail Adhesive prior to adhering the piece of Crochet Trim across the middle to hide the joins & then to the Base Card – Always Artichoke.

The piece of Always Artichoke Cardstock was run through the Big Shot using the Embossing Folder Lacy Brocade prior to adhering to the top of the Crochet Trim with a couple of Mini Glue Dots.

I punched a scrap piece of Whisper White Cardstock with the 2 1/2″ Circle Punch, stamped 2 random leaf images in Always Artichoke & 2 large flowers & 1 small flower onto another scrap of Whisper White Cardstock with Pretty In Pink Ink.  I cut around the flower images prior to adhering to the punched circle with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

For my scallop border, I punched 2 scallop circles with my 2 3/8″ Scallop Circle Punch, cut the punched pieces into sections & adhered to the back of the stamped Whisper White Circle.

The whole piece was then adhered to the card with Mini Glue Dots.

I left the Sentiment/Greeting off my card.

Don’t forget to pop on over to Sunny Challenges & check out what the other girls have created.  We would love for you to jons us too!

Have a great week & Happy Stampin’

Thank You…

What started out with different size punches in my hand has turned into a Thank You Card for the lady who did the Puppy School which my new addition – 4 legged type – attended.  Belle began Puppy Scool wanting to be “Boss Lady”, but was soon put in her place by another little “Boss Lady”  This is her card from Belle.
Base Card – Early Expresso – 5 7/8″ x 4 1/8″ or 15cm x 10.5cm – Score & Fold in half
Layer 1 – Blushing Bride – 5 3/4″ x 4″ or 14.5cm x 10cm
Layer 2 – Whisper White – 5 5/8″ x 3 7/8″ or 14cm x 9.5cm
I punched different size circles using my punches & Early Expresso Cardstock & Blushing Bride Cardstock & randomly adhered the circles to Whisper White Cardstock.  I run the Whisper White through the Bigshot using an Embossing Folder.
This piece was adhered to Blushing Bride before being attached to the Base Card – Early Expresso.  I stamped “Thank You” onto a piece of Whisper White, punched out & inked the edges in Early Expresso Ink &adhered to the card. 
I run 2 pieces of Blushing Bride Cardstock through the Bigshot using Embosslit Dies.  The Butterflies were then attached to the top of the card, including over the edge of the sentiment.  I added Basic Rhinstones to the middle of the Butterflies.
All in all, a very simple little card but I am quite taken with the end result!
Supplies –
Stamp Set – Short & Sweet
Ink – Early Expresso
Cardstock – Whisper White, Early Expresso, Blushing Bride
Punches – Modern Label Extra-Large, 1/2″ Circle, 3/4″ Circle, 1/6″ Handheld Circle
Embossing Folder – Square Lattice
Embosslet Die – Beautiful Wings
Accessories – Multipurpose Glue, Basic Rhinestones
Until next time, Enjoy!