Bordering on Romance

I’ve wanted to create a card using this stamp set for some time, but wasn’t really happy with where I was going until I come across a card from Anne Craig & decided to case it.  I loved the whole look of & the fact she had coloured the flowers onto Very Vanilla Cardstock using her Aqua Painter.  Mind you, when I saw it, I thought it looked simply stunning in Perfect Plum until I read on……

Measurements –
Base Card – Very Vanilla – 8 1/4″ x 4 1/8″ or 22cm x 15cm
Layer 1 – Perfect Plum – 5 5/8″ x 4″ or 14.5cm x 10cm
Layer 2 – Vey Vanilla – 5 1/2″ x 3 7/8″ or 14cm x 9.5cm
Layer 3 – Very Vanilla – 3 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ or 8cm x 6.5cm

Inside Card…

Supplies –
Stamp Set – Bordering on Romance
Ink – Early Expresso
Cardstock – Very Vanilla, Perfect Plum
Ribbon – 5/8 Crochet Trim – Victoria
Embossing Folders – Stripes, Finial Press (Retired)
Embosslits – Designer Frames
Accessories – Stampin’ Dimensionals, Snail Adhesives, Pearls, Aqua Painter, Tombow Multi-Purpose Glue, Sponge, Smooch Spritz – Vanilla Shimmer

Prior to embossing my piece of Very Vanilla Cardstock, I applied Early Expresso Ink to both the Stripes & Finial Press Embossing Folders & lightly sprayed Vanilla Shimmer over the top.  To emboss the Cardstock & to cut out a lot of mucking around, I embossed both folders at once & set aside.

I stamped the flower image onto the smaller piece of Very Vanilla Cardstock using Early Expresso Ink.  I repeated this step onto a scrap piece of Very Vanilla, ensuring that I ended up with the main flower from the image stamped.

I coloured the image by first going around each section one at a time with my Aqua Painter so that I could spread the ink very lightly.  While still wet, I then started to fill in section by section using my Aqua Painter & picking up a little ink at a time from the lid of the Early Expresso Ink.  By doing it this way, I found that the ink spread a lot easier & the colour filled each section randomly.

Once completed & dry, I ran it through the Rectanglar Designer Frames with the Big Shot.  I tore around the edge, sponged with Early Expresso Ink & Sponge, applied a little more ink with my Aqua Painter to highlight some of the edges, sprayed with Vanilla Shimmer & applied Pearls to the centre of the flowers.

I gathered the Crochet Trim, prior to adhering to the embossed piece of card.  The coloured image was adhered over the top of the Trim with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  I also adhered a Pearl to the top of the Crochet Trim to finish it off a little.

To highlight the colour even more, I decided to match it up with Perfect Plum & added a layer of the colour prior to adhering to the Base Card – Very Vanilla.

Isn’t the colour very deceiving.  Bet you thought it was Perfect Plum Ink too…..  I love the whole effect, especially since adding the piece of coloured cardstock. 

Until next time, Happy Stampin’

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Wishing everyone a very Happy & Safe Easter!  I hope you are all enjoying this beautiful Autumn sunshine, as it is not the norm for Easter on the coast.  Me, I am off to the beach.

Our sketch this week over at Sunny Challenges & Creations is for all the mothers out there.  Yep, with Mother’s Day coming up, thought it would be great to do a card for the mum’s.

I made my card a couple of weeks ago, forgot about it & created another one yesterday, but will post that during the week.  I’ve tried my hand at a little bit of vintage this week and am quiet happy with the result.  I am enjoying this “out of the box” for me!

Measurements –
Base Card – Pink Pirouette – 11 3/4″ x  4 1/8″ or 29.5cm x 10.5cm – Scored in middle & folded in half
Layer 1 – Soft Suede – 5 3/4″ x 4″ or 14.5cm x 10cm
Layer 2 – DSP – 3 1/2″ x 3 7/8″ or 9cm x 9.5cm
Layer 3 – Pink Pirouette – 2″ x 4 1/8″ or 10.5cm x 5cm
Layer 4 – Very Vanilla – 1 7/8″ x 4″ or 10cm x 4.5cm

I run the piece of Soft Suede through the Bigshot using Embossing Folder – Perfect Polka Dots, before rubbing Whisper White Ink over the top.


Prior to adhering the DSP to the bottom of the embossed Soft Suede, I sponged around the edges with a SU Sponge Dauber using Tea Stain Distressing Ink from the Distressing Essentials Kit

The piece of Very Vanilla was run through the Bigshot using the Embossing Folder – Finial Press.  I rubbed the Tea Stain Distressing Ink over the top of the embossing & adhered to the piece of Pink Pirouette & then to the DSP.

I pulled a thread from the middle of the Ribbon so that it would gather a little & adhered along the bottom part of the DSP, tucking ends under.  Tied a small bow, wrapped a Glimmer Brad around the middle & adhered to the ribbon with a Mini Glue Dot.

I cut the butterflies using the Beautiful Wings Embosslits Dies from Soft Sude Cardstock, adhered to card using a Mini Glue Dot.  Three basic Pearls were adhered to the middle of the butterfly.

The whole piece was adhered to the Base Card with Snail Adhesive.

Why does it always sound so easy that I think I have done it in 5 minutes, when in actual fact, it sometimes takes me days to complete a card.  This one included!

Supplies –
Stamp Set – Nil
Ink – Tea Stain, Whisper White
Cardstock – Pink Pirouette, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla
DSP – First Edition Speciality
Embossing Folder – Finial Press, Perfect Polka Dots
Embosslit Dies – Beautiful Wings
Ribbon – 1/2″ Seam Binding – Very Vanilla
Accessories – Multipurpose Glue, Mini Glue Dots, Sponge Dauber,
Basic Pearls, Glimmer Brad – Champagne
Don’t forget to hop on over to Sunny Challenges & Creations to check out what Kris & Tess have created along with out Guest Designers.  Better still, make your card, pop back & link with Mr Linky.  You could be our next Ray of Sunshine & a guest designer for an upcoming challenge.
Until next time, Happy Stampin’

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Wow, the challenge this week over at Sunny Challenges & Creations is really out of my comfort sone, to say the least!  I am really very happy with the result & LOVE “Distressing“!

Yep, this week our challenge has been brought to us by Libby.  Along with the sketch, we had to use the Technique – Distressing.  This technique is able to be created using many different ways.

Below are a couple of hints –
· Gently rub a distressing ink pad with a sponge and rub ink around the edges of paper
· Brush ink with a direct-to-paper technique (brush ink pad directly onto surface of paper with gentle strokes)
· Crumple paper, flatten, and rub distress inks on paper.  Paper can be sprayed with water and dried a heat tool to set
· Sand the surfaces of your card stock to achieve an antique effect

Envelope & Inside Card…

Any of these techniques will give you an antique or vintage look which can vary with the colour and ink you use and how much you apply to the paper.

As soon as Libby set us this task, my mind went racing & immediately knew what colours I was going to use, BUT as to how I was going to go about it, well that is another story.  In saying that, I did have a hard time trying to decide on my bit that runs along the bottom bit of the card.  I tried so many ideas that I finally decided on what I ended up with & am glad I did, as I think it sets it off perfectly!

Measurements –
Base Card – Very Vanilla – 8 1/4″ x 5 3/4″ or 21cm x 15cm – Scored in middle & folded in half
Layer 1 – Not Quite Navy – 5 1/2″ x 3 7/8″ or 14cm x 10cm
Layer 2 – Watercolour Paper – 5 5/8″ x 3 3/4″ or 13.5cm x 9.5cm
Layer 3 – Very Vanilla – 5 5/8″ x 3/4″ or 13.5cm x 2cm


Supplies –
Stamp Set – French Foliage, Inspired By Nature
Ink – Versamark, Crumb Cake
Cardstock – Watercolour Paper, Not Quite Navy, Very Vanilla
Ribbon – 5/8″Crochet Trim – Victoria, Linen Thread
Accessories – Heat Tool, Embossing Powder – Clear, SU Markers, Pearls, Smooch Spritz – Very Vanilla, Distressing Kit, Snail Adhesive, Mini-Glue Dots

I really wanted to finished with my Base Card as Not Quite Navy, but cut both Layer 2 & 3 too big for that, so settled on Very Vanilla.  Maybe next time, as I have a couple of samples that didn’t make this card!

After trying a couple of different ways to create my background, I finally used Watercolour Paper – soaks up the misting a lot faster & believe me, there is a LOT of misting on this card!

I also added a couple of elements to finish my card off.  You could say “Vintage meets Shabby Chic” 

Would love to know what you all think????

Don’t forget to pop over to Sunny Challenges & Creations & see the other samples.  We have 3 Guest Designers – their samples are just gorgeous – this week along with Libby & Kris‘ samples.

We would love for you to join us – so come on & have a bit of fun with us this week!  What a great time to get out of your “Comfort Zone“.  If I can do it, anyone can!

Happy Stampin’

Challenge # 99….

Over at A La Card Monkey, they are one off reaching their 100th challenge.  I have been keeping my eye out for it so that I could create something for their big 100, but when I saw this great little sketch, thought I would have a go.  I’m not too sure about it at the moment, but will sit on it for awhile.  Usually if I am like this, I find it is best to leave it alone & not add as sometimes you will ruin it….
Measurements –
Base Card – Crumb Cake – 11 3/4″ x 4 /8″ or 29.5cm x 10.5cm – Scored in middle &folded in half
Layer 1 – Pink Pirouette – 5 3/4″ x 4″ or 15cm x 10cm
layer 2 – Whisper White – 3 3/4″ x 3 7/8″ or 9.5cm x 14.5cm
Layer 3 – Crumb Cake – 5 3/8″ x 3 1/4″ or 13.5cm x 8.5cm

Envelope & Inside Card…

Supplies –
Stamp Set – Because I Care
Ink – Crumb Cake
Cardstock – Cumb Cake, Whisper White, Pink Pirouette
Ribbon – 1/2″ Seam Binding – Crumb Cake
Punches – Scallop Trim Border
Accessories – Pearls, Snail Adhesive, Antique Brads, Mini Glue Dots

Method –
Punch along one long side of Whisper White Cardstock using the Scallop Trim Border Punch.  Adhere to Pink Pirouette Cardstock, leaving a wider space on the RHS – Right Hand Side

Randomly stamp the piece of Crumb Cake Cardstock with Crumb Cake Ink & adhere to Whister White piece
Adhere piece of Ribbon across top of stamped Cardstock, tucking ends under & tying a tripple bow.  Apply an Antique Brad around the bow & apply to card with Mini Glue Dot
Adhere the whole piece to Base Card – Crumb Cake
Adhere Pearls down the Border Trim
Stamp sentiment or greeting if desire.  I usually leave mine until I go to use it

Until next time, Happy Stampin’

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This is the card I created fo rthe new challenge over at Stamping 411.  As soon as I saw this sketch, I knew what I wanted to use & how it should look when I finished.  I wanted to try & create a shabby chic/vintage type card.  I think I have succeeded in getting the results I had in my head.

As usual the operators have provided us with all the basic measurements – all the hard work has been done for us –

Measurements –
Base: 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, scored and folded in half at 4 1/4″ – Very Vanilla
Layer 2: 4 x 5 1/4″ – Soft Suede
Layer 3: 4″ x 1 1/2″  – DSP
Layer 4: 2 1/2″ x 2 1/4″ – DSP
Layer 5: 2 3/8″ x 2 1/8″ – Very Vanilla

I Heat Embossed my image onto the piece of Soft Suede using Versamark & Clear Embossing Powder.

Envelope & Inside Card…

I adhered the DSP to a piece of Pink Pirouette so that I didn’t have the DSP straight onto the Soft Suede & to break the colours up a little.  I think it looks pretty with the little bit of Pink Pirouette showing as a small edge.  I then adhered this piece to the embossed piece using Snail Adhesive.

The Ribbon was adhered across the top part of the DSP & ends tucked under.  The whole piece was then adhered to the Base Card – Very Vanilla using Snail Adhesive.

Stamping the image onto the small piece using Versamark & Soft Suede Inks, I Heat Embossed it.  Using my Aqua Painter, I gently coloured the images with Pink Pirouette & Wild Wasabi Inks.  I nearly left the leaves clear, but after looking at it for a little time, decided to go ahead & colour them.  I like the little bit of green in the card!

Close Up of Clear Embossing & Flowers…

I applied Pearls to the centres of some of the flowers & adhered both pieces to the card as per the sketch.  I found a couple of small Butterflies that were in my packet of Pink Pirouette already cut out, so I used them on the card.  The large Butterfly was adhered with Multipurpose Glue & 2 small Pearls applied to the centre.  The Butterflies had been cut using the Beatuiful Wings Embosslits Dies.

I stamped my sentiment direct onto a piece of Very Vanilla using my SU Marker – Soft Suede, punched with the Modern Label Punch, dabbed a little Pink Pirouette around the edges, adhered to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals & adhered the small butterfly to the sentiment.  I applied 3 small Pearls to the punched piece – 1 in the centre of the Butterfly & 2 to replace the “o” in the words.

Lastly, I tied a bow & applied to the card with Mini Glue Dots.

When I saw this sketch, it is very similar to a scrapbook layout I have completed for  a class I have this month, which I will post once the class is finished.

Supplies –
Stamp Set – Elements of Style, A Word for You
Ink – Pink Pirouette, Soft Suede, Versamark, Wild Wasabi
Cardstock – Pink Pirouette, Very Vanilla, Soft Suede
DSP – Beau Chateau
Embosslits Dies – Beautiful Wings
Punches – Modern Label
Ribbon – 1/2″ Seam Binding  – Very Vanilla
Accessories – Aqua Painter, Snail Adhesive, Heat Tool,
Pearls, Stampin’ Dimensionals, SU Marker – Soft Suede
Until next time, Enjoy!

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It is so long since I’ve done a challenge from Stamping 411 that I saw this & was determined to get it finished on time.  I usually start & then don’t have them completed in time.
Now, I must warn you, my card is a little different to what I usually make.  So, please don’t say you haven’t been warned!
As with the challenge, measurements are supplied –
Base 11 x 4 1/4″, scored and folded in half at 5 1/2″ – Early Expresso

Layer 2: 5 x 3 3/4″ – Very Vanilla
Layer 3: 4 7/8″ x 3 5/8″ – Early Expresso
For layer 4, how about a ribbon or a piece of cardstock cut to 4 1/4″ long – Ribbon
For the focal point you can use any shape that fits your stamps. Try cutting your cardstock the same size as your wood or clear mount block.

Close Up…

My oval was cut by running the Ovals Die through the Bigshot, stamped my image with Early Expresso Ink, applied Early Expresso Ink around the edge with my SU Sponge Dauber & adhered theborder by cutting a piece of  Very Vanilla Cardstock, punching along one edge of the cardstock with my Eyelet Border Punch, cutting & adhering to the back of the oval.

With the piece of Early Expresso Cardstock, I run this through the Bigshot with the Embossing Folder – Square Lattice, adhered a piece of Crocheted Trim along the LHS of the piece & adhered to Very Vanilla Cardstock.  This piece was adhered to the Base Card – Early Expresso.


I tied a bow with the Crocheted Trim, placed a Vintage Brad to the middle & adhered to the card using a Mini Glue Dot.  I adhered the oval to the card with SU Dimensionals.

 Tip – Adhering bows to cards is a lot easier using Mini Glue Dots – they will stick heaps better

I must say these Vintage Brads are to die for & now keep asking myself why I had never used them previously?????  You get 4 each of 5 designs & all are to die for.

I love a lot of Vintage Cards that I see around the blog world, but am not really confident on making them myself, but I am quiet happy with the way this one turned out!  I hope you do too.
Supplies –
Stamp Set – Forever Young
Ink – Early Expresso
Cardstock – Very Vanilla, Early Expresso
Ribbon – Crochet Trim – Victoria
Embossing Folder – Square Lattice
Brads – Antique Brads
Punches – Eyelet Border
Dies – Ovals
Accessories – Snail Adhesive, SU Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots,
SU Sponge Dauber, Bigshot
Until next time, Enjoy!