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 185…

Trying to use up more of my stash of DSP & stamps before they retire.  This card is taken from the sketch of Mary-Jo’s  I went with a stamp set that I really adore but have only used it probably once or twice – shame on me! 
Base Card – Very Vanilla – 5 7/8″ x 4 1/8″ or 15cm x 10.5cm
Layer 1 – DSP – 3 1/2″ x 5″ or 9cm x 13cm
Layer 2 – Basic Gray – 5 7/8″ x 1 3/4″ or 15cm x 4.5cm
Layer 3 – DSP – 5 7/8″ x 1 5/8″ or 15cm x 4cm
Layer 4 – Basic Gray – 1 3/4″ x 4 1/8″ or 4.5cm x 10.5cn
Layer 5 – DSP – 1 5/8″ x 4 1/8″ or 4cm x 10.5cm
Layer 6 – Baja Breeze – 3 1/8″ x 2″ or 8cm x 5cm
Layer 7 – Very Vanilla – 3″ x 1 7/8″ or 7.5cm x 4.5cm
I stamped my image onto the Very Vanilla Cardstock using Soft Suede Ink.  Inking my solid flower image with Soft Suede Ink, I stamped off twice & then stamped over the top of the first image – 2-Step Stamping!  I then randomly stamped 3 flower outlines in Soft Suede Ink around the card & stamped the solid images using Baja Breeze Ink.  I didn’t stamp off with this ink as it is a very soft colour anyhow.  This piece was adhered to the Baja Breeze Cardstock.
Using my Scallop Trim Border Punch, I punched along the edge of the shorter piece of Basic Gray Cardstock & adhered the matching piece of DSP on top.  I then adhered the longer piece of DSP to the longer piece of Basic Gray Cardstock.
I adhered the larger piece of DSP to the base card followed by all the layers – as per the sketch.  I applied SU Dimensionals to the back of the Baja Breeze Cardstock before adhering to the card.  I placed Basic Pearls to the centre of the flowers as well as down the RHS of the card.
When I first looked at the sketch, I thought “No, too much, not doing it!”  But boy am I glad I did.  I think the card made up really lovely & soft, but you be the judge.
Supplies –
Stamp Set – Flower Fancy
Ink – Soft Suede, Baja Breeze
Cardstock – Very Vanilla, Baja Breeze, Basic Gray
DSP – Elegant Soiree
Punches – Scallop Trim Border
Accessories – Snail Glue, SU Dimensionals, Basic Pearls
Until next time, Enjoy!

Engagment…



This card has been created for a lovely couple who come every Friday to Crafty Creations.  They have been engaged for a couple of weeks now, but have only managed to make a card.  Mind you, I have a box of cards, but no, none of those would do.


Inside Card

 Base Card – Pink Pirouette – 5 7/8″ x 4 1/4/” or 15cm x 10.5cm

Layer 1 – DSP – 5 3/4″ x 4″ or 14.5cm x 10cm
Layer 2 – Pink Pirouette – 3 3/4″ x 2 3/4″ or 9cm x 7cm
Layer 3 – Very Vanilla – 3 5/8″ x 2 5/8″ or 8.5cm x 6.5cm
 I layered a piece of Lace Ribbon across the DSP just off-centre, tied a bow & adhered to base card. 
Using Pink Pirouette Ink, I stamped random images along the bottom of Very Vanilla Cardstock & LHS of Cardstock.  I stamped the bird image in Soft Suede Ink.  Applied Basic Pearls to the top RH corner & eye.  This piece was adhered to the card using SU Dimensionals.
For the inside, I reversed the colours with the images, stamped the sentiment with Soft Suede & adhered to the inside of card.
A very easy card, but one that is quiet effective without being over the top.  I only hope they like it!
Supplies –
Stamp Set – Always, Well Scripted
Ink – Pink Pirouette, Soft Suede
Cardstock – Very Vanilla, Pink Pirouette
DSP – Elegant Soiree
Ribbon – Chantilly Lace
Accessories – Snail Glue, SU Dimonsionals. Basic Pearls
Contratulations Bronwyn & Allen!!!!!!!!!!!


Inkspirations Challenge #73…

It is amazing what you find when you clean your desk & how bits of left over scraps will come together to make a card, let alone fit a challenge.  This is what I did for the Sketch Challenge over at Inkispirations Challenge  I took the colours from scraps lying on my desk & teamed them with the scraps of DSP.  I don’t feel so guilty of not cleaning my desk!  That is my excuse anyhow.

I was recently asked if I stamped my envelopes to match my cards.  Ever since I started making cards, I had to match the envelopes to my cards.  I know the ladies I used to do cards with, thought it funny & strange, but that was me – has to match.  I also do the inside to match as well.  In future, I will show you both the envelope & inside, along with the card.

Base Card – Crumb Cake– 5 7/8″ x 4 1/4″ or 15cm x 10.5cm
Layer 1 –  Cherry Cobbler – 5 3/4″ x 4″ or 14.5cm x 10cm
Layer 2 – Very Vanilla – 2 1/4″ x 2″ or 6cm x 5cm
Layer 3 – DSP – 2 1/8″ x 1 7/8″ or 5.5cm x 4.5cm
Layer 4 – Soft Suede – 5 3/4″ x 7/8″ or 14.5cm x 1cm

Layer 5 – Early Expresso – 3″ x 2 1/2″ or 8cm x 6.5cm
Layer 6 – Very Vanilla – 2 78″ x 2 1/8″ or 7.5cm x 6cm

I adhered both pieces of DSP to Soft Suede & Very Vanila &  attached to Cherry Cobbler – as per the sketch.  Using Early Expresso & Soft Suede Inks, I stamped the image randomly onto the piece of Very Vanilla, adhered it to the Expresso Expresso, then to the Cherry Cobbler.  This piece was then adhered to the Base Card – Crumb Cake.
Using my Boho Blossoms Punch, I punch 5 flowers in Cherry Cobbler & adhered these randomly to the card.  Basic Pearls were adhered to the middle of each flower. 
I used my Cherry Cobbler SU Marker to colour in the greeting, stamped directly onto Very Vanilla & punched out using the Word Window Punch.  I adhered this to the punched piece of Soft Suede which had been punched using my Modern Label.  This was adhered to the card.  I didn’t exactly place it as per the sketch, so I hope the operators will forgive for this.
Supplies –
Stamp Set – Just Believe, So Happy for You
Inks – Early Expresso, Soft Suede
Cardstock – Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla, Soft Suede, Early Expresso
DSP – Elegant Soriee
Punches – Word Window, Modern Label, Boho Blossoms
Accessories – Multipurpose Glue, Basic Pearls, SU Markers
All in all, another easy, fun CAS card!
Until next time, Enjoy!

CS34352… Flowers & Butterflies…

Lately it seems so long between my posts, but this time I have had a valid reason.  I’ve just finished creating & assembling invitations for a lovely couple who lost everything in the recent Brisbane floods – you can read more http://www.sunshineinvitations.blogspot.com/ or http://www.dreamweddingrescue.com.au/  – yep, nothing to do with stamping, but that is my excuse & I am sticking to it!  PS  Photos of the invitations won’t be posted until next Tuesday when I know their guests have received their invitations, as I don’t want to spoil the surprise.

Now on with stampin!

I decided to do a card from the sketch over at Creative Sketches I think I am cutting it a little fine, but hey I really had to think about this.  I knew what paper I wanted to use & that a male’s card would hopefully be the end result, but try as I might, it turned into a female’s card right before my eyes.

Base Card – Baja Breeze – 5 7/8″ x 4 1/4″ or 15cm x 10.5cm
Layer 1 – Soft Suede – 5 3/4″ x 4″ or 14.5cm x 10cm
Layer 2 – DSP – 5 5/8″ x 2 1/4″ or 14cm x 5.5cm
Layer 3 – DSP – 5 5/8″ x 1 1/2″ or 14cm x 4cm
I adhered the 2 pieces of DSP to the Soft Suede Cardstock.  I coloured my ribbon using Baja Breeze Ink & adhered across the join prior to adhering to the Base Card – Baja Breeze.  I then punched 2 squares from Soft Suede using my 1 1/4″ Square Punch.  I repeated the same using Very Vanilla Cardstock
With the 2 pieces of Vanilla Vanilla Cardstock, I put these through the Bigshot & the Elegant Lines Embossing Folder.  I must admit, I have had this folder for some time, but has never been out of its folder!  Things will change now!  I attached these squares to the Soft Suede ones, as per the sketch & adhered to the card.
Using my Bigshot, the Beautiful Wings Embosslits Dies  & Baja Breeze Cardstock, I cut the butterflies out & adhered to the squares.  I then applied Rhinestones to the centre.  For my flowers, I inked the blue using Baja Breeze Ink & SU Sponge.  I layered all 3 together & adhered to the card.  I applied another Rhinestone to the middle of the flower.
I then stamped the sentiment directly onto DSP using Basic Gray Ink.  This was punched using the Large Oval Punch & another from the Scallop Oval Punch but with Baja Breese Cardstock.  I adhered both together & then to the card.
Supplies –
Stamp Set – Afterthoughts
Ink – Baja Breeze, Basic Gray
Cardstock – Baja Breeze, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla
DSP – Elegant Soiree
Ribbon – 38″ Taffeta Ribbon – Whisper White
Punches – 1 1/4″ Square, Large Oval, Scallop Oval
Embossing Folders – Elegant Lines
Embosslits Dies – Beautiful Wings
Accessories – Multipurpose Glue, SU Sponges, Rhinestones
Until next time, Enjoy!

SSC 190…

I have finally managed to use a Stamp Set from the current Sale-a-Bration and of course I took the sketch from the fun challenge over at Stamping 411
Layer One – Cardbase – Cardstock cut at 5.5 x 8.5″, scored & folded
Layer Two – 4 x 5.25″
Layer Three – 1.5 x 4.5″
Layer Four – 1.25 x 4.25″
Layer Five – 2.5 x 3.5″
Layer Six – 2.5 x 3.25″

For my card, I used Soft Sude Cardstock for the base.  Layered it with Elegant Soiree DSP.  I then layered the same DSP over Baja Breeze.  I stamped my images in Soft Suede Ink onto Very Vanilla Cardstock.  Prior to stamping the bird images, I stamped off twice & then randomly stamped images over card.  I layered this onto Baja Breeze Cardstock.  I adhered Crochet Trim – Chantilly along the bottom of Very Vanilla Cardstock prior to adhering to card.  I stamped 3 butterfly images in Baja Breeze, adhered Basic Pearls to the middle of the butterflies & then  adhered these randomly to the card.

Supplies –
Stamp SetBliss*
Inks – Baja Breeze, Soft Suede
Cardstock – Very Vanilla, Soft Suede, Baja Breeze
DSP – Elegant Soiree
RibbonCrochet Trim – Chantilly**
Accessories – Snail Adhesive, Basic Pearls

* SAB 2011
** Summer Mini-Catalogue

Until next time, Enjoy!

Just for You…

I hope you are enjoying looking at the cards I have been creating for these challenges as I’ve enjoyed making them.
Today’s card is for yet another Challenge – this time over at http://www.mojomonday.blogspot.com/  Looks pretty involved, but….
For my card, I used the gorgeous DSP Elegant Soiree.  Sometimes I don’t want to touch it as it is so lovely, then other times, I just want to create.
Using my Corner Punch, I rounded the opposite corners of the DSP & adhered onto my card base, Baja Breeze.  I repeated the process for the smaller piece of DSP & adhered onto Basic Grey Cardstock.  This I adhered to the card base.  I then cut a piece of Soft Suede Cardstock, cut a “V” & adhered over the top.
I cut another piece of DSP & adhered to Basic Grey again.  I adhered this to the base card.  Cutting a piece of Soft Suede Cardstock & a smaller piece of Very Vanilla, I rounded the edges of both piece of cardstock, & adhered the Very Vanilla to the Soft Suede.
Inking my image in Soft Suede, I stamped it onto the Very Vanilla.  I again inked my greeting in Soft Suede & stamped in the middle of the frame & adhered this to the Card.
With my Bigshot, Embosslit Die – Beautiful Wings & DSP, I cut the butterflies & adhered randomly to the card with the larger butterfly to the LHS, as per the sketch.  I wanted to keep the butterflies the Vanilla colour.  To highlight the butterflies, I applied Basic Jewels & also used them for my “o’s” in the words “for you”.
Supplies –
Stamp Set – Just Believe
Ink – Soft Suede
Cardstock – Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, Baja Breeze, Basic Grey
DSP – Elegant Soiree
Embosslet Dies – Beautiful Wings
Punches – Corner
Accessories – Mutlipurpose Liquid Glue, Jewels, Bigshot
Until next time, Enjoy!

Thanks…

I opened my email this morning & received a very lovely surprise!  Over on Stamping 411, my card ended up being one of the Operators Picks.You can view it Here
As usual they have another great sketch, so why not have a go yourself, it is so much fun!  Without further ado, here is my card for the new challenge. 
Close-Up –
For today’s card, I used my dauber and Baja Blue ink.  I daubed the ink directly onto Very Vanilla cardstock, then loading my image with Versamark, I stamped over the sponging.  I then applied white embossing powder over the image, and heated with my heat tool.  I used a tissue to wipe over the image.
As I am loving the effect the Shimmer Paint is giving to my cards, I poured 2-3 drops into a small spray bottle & filled with water.  I then lightly sprayed over the image – you can just make the shimmer out!
Using the Beautiful Wings Embosslit Die and Baja Breeze, I cut the butterflies out with the Bigshot.  I very lightly sprayed the butterflies with the Shimmer Mist prior to adhering to the card.
With a scrap piece of Soft Suede cardstock and the Thanks Embosslit Die, I again used the Bigspot.  I then cut around the die, sprayed with Shimmer Paint & applied directly to the card.
Supplies –
Stamp Set – Just Believe
Ink – Baja Breeze, Versamark
Cardstock – Baja Breeze, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla
DSP – Elegant Soiree
Embosslite Dies – Thanks, Beautiful Wings
Accessories – Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Taffeta Ribbon – Very Vanilla, Shimmer Paint, Heat Tool, Bigshot, Embossing Buddy, Embossing Powder – White
Tip – Using Multipurpose Liquid Gue will allow you to move your papers & cardstock around prior to setting.
Until next time, Enjoy!