Blooming with Happiness

I love this Stamp Set. You can use it for any occasion, including Sympathy which is how I’ve used the set on my card today.014a

The card is one we created in our Technique Class yesterday using the good old “Rock n Roll” technique.

After pulling out a sheet of Old Olive CS, I wanted to use colours that you wouldn’t see together very often, especially for a Sympathy card, but I like how they all came together.  I even managed to toss in “Basic Gray“.  Mind you, I didn’t have a Sympathy card in mind to do, but after doing a market last Sunday, I am a little low on them, so this is a great way to getting them back up in numbers.

Ok, I will let you in on a little secret – I did consult my fantastic & never failing “Colour Coach“.  If you don’t have one of these little tools, do yourself a favour & purchase one, you won’t regret it.  It must be one of the most used items I’ve ever purchased!

014---Close-UpaInstead of just stamping the image direct onto the Very Vanilla CS, I randomly added small dots from the “Gorgeous Grunge” Stamp Set using Basic Gray by “stamping off” first.  The flower image was then stamped over the top.

I love mixing up my stamp sets to create cards.  This way you get to use them twice as much.  I think it gives the card a little more depth.

Mind you, it was up to the individual class members if they wanted to do the same.  A couple of the ladies did, while a couple of them choice not to.

For the inside of my card, I repeated the Technique by applying Pumpkin Pie Ink to the 012aimage first, then “Rocking & Rolling” Rich Razzleberry Ink around the edges prior to stamping onto Very Vanilla CS & adhering to the inside of the card.

If you would like to learn this great little technique, I am only too happy to come along & show you.  I will be repeating this technique again next month in one of my Technique Classes, so be sure to check out the Workshop/Class Dates at the top of the page.

Until next time, Happy Stampin’


Supplies used to create my card –

Sending Sympathy….

Our card today is a Triple Layer Card we created in Crafty Creations at the Caloundra Community Centre this afternoon.   The ladies loved it, although we did have a few accidents – ink accidents, ie….

Not only could your imagination go wild thinking of different placements for the front, but they are an easy card to create as well as having a every effective card at the end.

I don’t usually create bright cards, but tend to use the Neutral & Subtle Colour Families.  When doing classes I like to think “outside the square“, so to speak which means I tend to take into account what each person likes including colours & styles. It would be a very boring world if we liked all the same, wouldn’t it?

Supplies used to create this card –
Stamp Set  –  Stippled Blossoms (C) – 126747, Petite Pairs(C) – 122497
Ink  –  Pink Pirouette – 126956, Primrose Petals – 126858, Old Olive – 126953, Wild Wasabi – 126959
Cardstock  –  Whisper White – 106549, Old Olive – 106576
Punches  –  Large Oval – 119855
Ribbon  –  3/8″ Stitched – Primrose Petals – 126844
Accessories  –  Big Shot – 113439, Snail Adhesive – 104332, Stampin’ Dimensionals – 104430, Glue Dots – 103683
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Sending Sympathy….

I needed a Sympathy Card to post out this week, so I dug up one of the rare cards that I saved.  I’ve cased (copied & shared everything) from Sarah Willis  I’m not even sure where I come across it or when I come across it.  It is quiet an old card as it uses a stamp set from last year’s SAB.

Thanks so much Sarah for the inspiration!

The Framed Tulips EF is not one that I have used a lot, so thought it gave me the perfect opportunity to dig it out of the box & dust it down.  I quite like the result of the EF but believe me it was hard not to use my favourite Perfect Polka Dots.  In saying that, if you look closely, I managed to get it on here anyhow.

Supplies –
Stamp Set              Petite Pairs – 122497, Fresh Vintage – SAB 2012
Ink                           Soft Suede – 126978
Cardstock              Very Vanilla – 106550, Soft Suede – 119982
EmbossingFolder Framed Tulips – 121809, Perfect Polka Dots – 117335
Punches                 1 3/8” Circle – 119860
Framelits                Labels Collections – 125598
Markers                  Subtles – 119700
Accessories           Big Shot – 113439, Snail Adhesive – 104332, Stampin’ Dimensionals – 104430, Pearls – 119247
Shop Online Here to purchase your own supplies to create your card
Click on the link below to print the instructions to save
Until next time, Happy Stampin’

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Our challenge over at Sunny Challenges & Creations has been set by Gwen.  She has been very kind to us this week as there is no sketch, but we are requested to create a Card, 3-D Project or even a Scrapbook Page with a “Sympathy Theme“.

I actually completed my card for a couple of challenges ago, but when I went to post it, realised that I had the wrong challenge.  I have since used the card, so it is no longer in my possession.

I love the little rose which is in Stamp Set “Papaya Collage“.  It seems to suit any occasion & I have used it a lot of late.  In fact this is one of the cards we created in our Stamping Classes this month.

I love the clean simple look of the card. 

To grab the tutorial for your own use, please click on the link below –
Shop Online to purchase your supplies to create your own card
Don’t forget to head on over to check out what Gwen, Kris & Maria have created for this challenge.
Until next time, Happy Stampin! 

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
Click on the link to print or save

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!

Inspired by Nature….

…. has been retired, but I used it for our Volunteer class last Friday.  We did a little bit of sponging, cutting, stamping off, scoring as well as creating what I call a “Single Panel Step Card”  Come to think of it, I don’t think I ever posted the original we did in a Technique Class.  Will have to find it & post it.

The ladies enjoyed this class as we created a card using a different fold plus a couple of small basic techniques.

On the list this year is to attempt different folds as well as a couple of other things.  It is always fun creating cards a little bit different.

I am really happy with the end result as I sort of started with no idea or picture in my mind.

Close Up…
And for the instructions……
Until next time, Happy Stampin’

Thinking of You…

It has been a couple of days since my last post.  I have been busy out in the garden, but now it is just too hot again, so with all housework, etc completed, music in the backbround, Tennis on TV – sound turned down, and my stamps everywhere, I can play!  What better way to spend Sunday arvo, except the beach or maybe fishing!

The inspiration for this card comes from the new sketch over at Stamping 411 and I have combined my group’s weekly challenge where we have to make a Sympathy card – see Here for the 1st card posted.

Again Stamping 411 have supplied the measurements for the sketch –

Base: 11 x 4 1/4″, scored and folded in half at 5 1/2″

Layer 2: 5 3/8″ x 4 1/8″ *** note: this is an extra layer, you could skip this one.. 😀
Layer 3: 5 1/4″ x 4″
Layer 4: 3 3/4″ x 3″
Layer 5: 3 5/8″ x 2 1/2″

For my card I used the Bigshot, Embossing Folder – Perfect Polka Dots – I am loving this folder, but you have probably guessed by now – and embossed Whisper White Cardstock

Taking a piece of Watercolour Paper, I randomly applied Shimmer Paint and allowed to dry.  If you are too impatient, this is where your Heat Tool comes in handy, but I am happy to do something else while waiting for Shimmer Paint to dry.  Wipe your Embossing Buddy over the Paper.  With your image, stamp over Watercolour Paper using Versamark.  While still wet, apply Embossing Powder – White, over the image.  Tap excess into your Tray, and heat image using your Heat Tool.  I love embossing as I love to watch the Powder change colour….

Using an Aqua Painter and Poppy Parade, colour your image.  This is the best part, as you can pick up the ink and with your Painter, lighten or darken your image until you are happy with the result.  I kept mine light as I wanted to keep the whole card very clean.  I then stamped my sentiment directly over the Shimmer.

I’ve found using Shimmer Paint, even the bright colour inks will look soft once stamped.  It also gives a completely different to Watercolour Paper.

Adhere this stamped paper to Poppy Parade Cardstock.  Adhere ribbon to the Embossed Whisper White RHS and adhere Poppy Parade to this piece of Cardstock.  Tie bow and adhere to card.

Supplies –
Stamp Set – Fifth Avenue Floral, Sincere Salutations
Inks – Poppy Parade
Cardstock – Whisper White, Poppy Parade, Watercolour Paper
Embossing Folder – Perfect Polks Dots
Ribbon – 3/8″ Taffeta – White
Accessories – Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Embossing Powder – White, Shimmer Paint,
Embossing Buddy, Aqua Painter, Heat Tool, Bigshot
Tip – Sentiments like “Thinking of You”, “For You”, etc make for great cards,
as they cover all types of occasions.
Until next time, Enjoy!

Black Bird…

Today’s card is another from Mary Jo but this time it is a Blogger’s Challenge.  It is another Blog Hop, so be sure to visit all the cards below to see all their wonderful work.

I’ve also incorporated our group’s challenge into the sketch & that is to create a Sympathy Card.  This can be a challenging time for any family & a special handmade card can do a lot to let the person know you are thinking of them. 

Base Card – Basic Black Cardstock – Cut, Score & Fold
Layer 1 – Very Vanilla Cardstock – 5 5/8″ x 3 7/8″ or 14.5cm x 10cm
Adhere to base card
Layer 2 – DSP – 5 3/4″ x 3 3/4″ x 14cm x 9.5cm
Adhere to Very Vanilla Cardstock
Layer 3 – Very Vanilla Cardstock – 3″ x 3″ or 7.5cm x 7.5cm
Using Embossing Folder – Perfect Polka Dots, run through Bigshot
Adhere to DSP – RHS
Layer 4 – Basic Black Cardstock – 5 3/4″ x 1″ or 14.5cm x 2.5cm
Layer 5 – Ribbon & adhere to Basic Black Cardstock & adhere across middle of card
Layer 6 – Basic Black Cardstock – 2″ x 2″ or 5.5cm x 5.5cm
Using SU Dimensionals, adhere to card
Layer 7 – Very Vanilla Cardstock – 1 7/8″ x 1 7/8″ or 5cm x 5cm
Using Versamark, EP – Black & Heat Tool, stamp image onto Very Vanilla Cardstock, heat until EP is set.  Let cool
Adhere to Basic Black Cardstock

Supplies –
Stamp Set – Notably Ornate
Inks – Versamark
Cardstock – Basic Black, Very Vanilla
DSP – Love Letter
RibbonCrochet Trim – Chantilly*
Accessories – Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Snail Adhesive, Heat Tool,
Embossing Buddy, EP – Black
*Summer Mini-Catalogue