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Merry Christmas Eveyone!!!!!  Have a great day with your family & friends!

This week’s challenge over at Sunny Challenges & Creations is one which I am sure will appeal to everyone.  Anything BUT Christmas.  Yep, you have a free reign!  Be sure to check out what Gwen & Kris have created.

For my sample, I decided to create a Free Standing Double Photo Frame  as a small Chrissie Pressie for my Aunt.

With having Christmas at my cousins, I thought it be a great idea to create this so that she could put a couple of photos of her great-granddaughter in it.  Ally is only 2 years of age & it is her grandparents we are having lunch with.

This idea has been forming in my mind for a couple of weeks now, & to see it come to life is something else.  I am really happy with the final result.  Mind you, so many ideas have popped into my head about what I will do for my next one.
Once I had assembled the inside of the frame, I then decided to make the front into a card – Jill won’t be expecting the inside!  She will only think it is just another card!

For the card front, I wanted to make it all “girly girly” while not being too bright!  I think I have pulled it off!

Mind you, it is still sitting on the kitchen cupboard waiting to be wrapped.  I also created a matching envelope & matching Tissue Paper to wrap the envelope – sorry no photos as I did that last night after I had taken all the photos.

Supplies –
Stamp Set –  Under the Big Top
Ink – Early Expresso
Cardstock – Early Expresso, Wild Wasabi, Whisper White, Pink Pirouette, Window Sheet
DSP – Just Add Cake
Dies – Top Note
Ribbon – 3/8″ Taffeta – Pretty in Pink
Punches – Scallop Trim Border
SU Markers – Early Expresso, Basic Gray, So Saffron, Baja Breeze, Pretty in Pink, Pink Pirouette
Accessories – Rhinestones, Crystal Brad, Sticky Strip, Snail Adhesive, Multipurpose Glue, SU Sponge Dauber, 2-Way Glue Pen, Dazzling Diamonds, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Blender Pen, Big Shot
Non-SU – 3mm Cardboard
Now head over to Sunny Challenges & Creations & add your creation to Mr Linky.
Merry Christmas!


I’m trying to slowly get back into my scrapbooking, BUT I will be the first to admit it is taking a bit to try & think along these lines.  To ease back into it slowly, I am only doing basic pages, although they sometimes turn out to be the best pages.

This page is for the challenge over at Holly’s blog – “Rubber Redneck STAMpede“.  I have been wanting to do one of her challenges for quiet sometime now, but just never seem to find the time.  I decided that I would have a break from doing my niece’s weding invitations & attempt the challenge.  After looking at the sketch for a couple of hours, I thought I would do a scrapbook page instead of a card. 

This page is of my little Maltese – “Belle“.  She is not 12 months yet, but has such a lovely little nature & personality.  Loves life, chewing on all my scrap paper, even sneaking bits from the bin in my office & hiding it all under my bed, cuddles, walks & play!  Not necessarily in that order!

Not wanting to use any doggie theme for the page, I tried to pick up the brown in her face & ears.  To add a little bit of embellishments, while sticking to the sketch, I thought the Embosslits Die – Beautiful Wings would suit the page.

Supplies –
Stamp Set – Nil
Ink – Nil
Cardstock – Textured – Blushing Bride, Early Expresso,
Whisper White, So Saffron, Wild Wasabi
DSP – Just Add Cake
Punches – Eyelet Edge, Decorative Label
Ribbon – 1/4″ Grosgrain – Early Expresso
Embosslits Die – Beautiful Wings
Accessories – Multipurpose Glue, Snail Adhesive,
SU Marker – Early Expresso, Basic Rhinestones
Until next time, Enjoy!

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Crikey, can you believe it!!!!!  This is week 13 of our challenge – time does fly when you’re having fun.

This week, the challenge was brought to you by our own Gwen & boy, has she made it very easy for us  – NO 2nd part of the challenge!!!!!  Yep, you read right – NO 2nd part of the challenge!!!!  In other words, you have a free hand on what you create as long as you stick basically to the sketch!!!!!!
Now, my mind went into overdrive & had so many ideas, but this is the one I ended up going with, as when I first saw the sketch, a kid’s birthday card popped into my head.  This card can be used for boy/girl!!!!
To check out my 2nd card, pop back in later on in the week!

Base Card – Poppy Parade – 8 1/4″ x 5 7/8″ or 21cm x 15cm – Scored & folded in half landscape
Layer 1 – Whisper White – 4″ x 5 3/4″ or 10cm x 14.5cm
Layer 2 – DSP – 3 7/8″ x 5 5/8″ or 9.5cm x 14cm
Layer 3 – Poppy Parade – 4″ x 2 3/8″ or 10cm x 6cm
Layer 4 – DSP – 3 7/8″ x 2 1/4″ or 9.5cm x 5.5cm

I layered my DSP onto Whisper White Cardstock & then onto the Base Card – Poppy Parade, using Snail Adhesive.  I layered the smaller piece of DSP onto the piece of Poppy Parade Cardstock, then onto the middle of the Base Card with Snail Adhesive.

I punched a piece of Whisper White Cardstock with my Scallop Circle Punch & layered a piece of Wild Wasabi Cardstock onto it.  This piece had been punched with the 1 3/8″ Circle Punch.  I punched a So Saffron circle from my 1 1/4″ Circle Punch & adhered to the top of Wild Wasabi circle.

With Envelope…

With my Early Expresso Ink, I stamped the bottom of the cupcake, while the top was stamped using So Saffron Ink.  I punched both pieces with my Cupcake Builder Punch, stamped over the So Saffron top with Early Expresso Ink – this put the “chips” onto the “icing” & adhered this piece to the top of the cupcake bottom with Snail Adhesive.  I drew dots around the circle with my SU Marker – Early Expresso & adhered the whole cupcake to the So Saffron Circle with Su Dimensionals.

I stamped the greeting in Early Expresso Ink onto a scrap of Whisper White Cardstock, cut around it ensuring I allowed enough card at both ends of the greeting, one end to slide under the Scalloped Circle, while the other end, I snipped a “V” into it.  I then used my scissors to shape the pennant & adhered the left hand end to the card with Snail Adhesive.

For something a little different, I decided to have another cupcake for the inside, but I wanted it to pop up when opened.  For this, I cut a piece of Whisper White Cardstock 4″ x 5 3/4″ or 10cm x 14.5cm, measured the middle along the long side & marked with a pencil.  To get the bit to stand, I measured 1/8″ or 3mm either side of the halfway mark.  I then drew a line on both sides about 1 1/8″ or 2.5cm down, scored across the bottom to where both sides meet & cut along the lines to the score mark.

Inside – Pop Up Cupcake…

I again stamped my images using Early Expresso & So Saffron Inks onto Whisper White Cardstock, punched using my Cupcake Builder Punch & adhered to the piece with Snail Adhesive.  I punched the cherry from DSP with the same punch.  I inked my wording with my SU Marker – Poppy Parade & stamped in the middle. 

For the bottom half, I cut a strip of DSP, adhered to a piece of Early Expresso Cardstock, then to the Whisper White Cardstock, allowing a small edge of the White to show at the bottom.

All in all a very simple card but with a bit of a WOW, I think!!!!!  I would relly like to know what you think?

Supplies –
Stamp Set – Create a Cupcake, A Word for You
Ink – Early Expresso, So Saffron
Cardstock – Whisper White, Poppy Parade, Wild Wasabi
DSP – Just Add Cake
Punches – 1 3/8″ Circle, 1 1/4″ Circle, Scallop Circle, Cupcake Builder
Accessories – SU Dimensionals, Snail Adhesive, SU Markers – Early Expresso & Poppy Parade
Don’t forget to hop over to Sunny Challenges & Creations to check out what Gwen & Kris have created using the same sketch.  While there, create your own card, link it to your blog or online with Mr Linky.  Both Mr Linky & ourselves would really love to see your creation.  Who knows, you could be our next “Ray of Sunshine“.
Until next time, Enjoy!

Pyramid Card…

Inside Card…
First up I must aplogise for not having the measurements for you in this post, but if anyone is wanting them, please email me.  I really have to think what I actually used here….


I did this card sometime ago – early September to be exact & did make it with a little boy in mind, but ended up sending it off to my uncle.  He turned 81!!!  He is always stirring me, so I thought this would be a great way to get one up on him…..  He thought it fantastic, but the best part, the great-grandkids loved it!!!!!!

After adhering the base card together using Wild Wasabi & So Saffron Cardstocks, I adhered DSP onto Early Expresso then onto the So Saffron.  This formed the front of the card.

Using my Scallop Circle Punch, I punched a circle with Early Expresso, adhered a circle of Wild Wasabi Cardstock to the top which had been punched using the 1 1/4″ Circle Punch.  I punched another piece of Cardstock in Whisper White with the 1 3/8″ Circle Punch & adhered to the top of the Wild Wasabi circle.



?I stamped my image onto Whisper White Cardstock using Early Expresso Ink,punched the image with the new Petite Pennants Builder Punch & adhered to the circle with Snail Adhesive.  I stamped the top onto Whisper White using So Saffron Ink, cut it out, dotted some dots using my SU Marker – Early Expresso, placed white gel dots around the scallop with my Gel Pen & adhered to the top of the cone with SU Dimensionals.  The whole scallop circle was adhered to the card with SU Dimensionals. 
For my greeting, I stamped onto Whisper White Cardstock in Early Expresso Ink, punched it out with the Large Oval Punch & adhered to a piece of Baja Breeze which had been punched with the Scallop Oval Punch.  I again placed white gel dots around the scallop with my Gel Pen & adhered to the bottom of the card with SU Dimensionals.

As I wanted the card to be flat for posting, instead of gluing all sides together, I left one side open & placed 3 SU Dimensionals to the inside of the card.

Supplies –
Stamp Set – Create a Cupcake, Pennant Parade
Ink – Early Expresso, So Saffron
Cardstock – Whisper White, So Saffron, Baja Breeze, Wild Wasabi
DSP – Just Add Cake
Punches – Scallop Circle, Scallop Oval, 1 1/4″ Circle, 1 3/8″ Circle,
Large Scallop, Petite Pennants Builder
Accessories – SU Dimensionals, Snail Adhesive, White Gel Pen,
SU Marker – Early Expresso
Until next time, Enjoy!

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Yes, stampers it is that time again – a new challenge over at Sunny Challenges & Creations  This week Gwen has set the sketch & of course there is always a 2nd part to our sketches.
On this sketch, we can use Animals, Fish, Insects or Bugs.  I think this is a real fun challenge & look forward to seeing all the lovely creations by you all.
Base Card – Wild Wasabi – 5 7/8″ x 4 1/8″ or 15cm x 10.5cm – once folded & scored in half
Layer 1 – DSP – 5 3/4″ x 14.5cm or 14.5cm x 10cm
Layer 2 – Poppy Parade – 4″ x 2″ or 10cm x 5cm
Layer 3 – DSP – 3 7/8″ x 1 7/8″ or 9.5cm x 4.5cm
Layer 4 – So Saffron – 3 1/2″ x 2″ or 8.5cm x 5cm
Layer 5 – Whisper White – 3 3/8″ x 1 7/8″ or 8.5cm x 4.5cm
I adhered DSP to Poppy Parade, DSP to Wild Wasabi using Snail Adhesive & then arranged the pieces on the Base Card as per the sketch.  I tied a piece of Ribbon around the Whisper White piece prior to adhering to  the Base Card.




Using Poppy Parade, So Saffron & Early Expresso Inks, I stamped my images onto scraps of Whisper White Cardstock, cut around the images & adhered to the Whisper White using SU Dimensionals.

Supplies –
Stamp Set – Fox & Friends
Ink – Poppy Parade, So Saffron, Early Expresso
Cardstock – Whisper White, So Saffron, Poppy Parade, Wild Wasabi
DSP – Just Add Cake
Ribbon – 5/8″ Grosgrain – Early Expresso
Accessories – Snail Adhesive, SU Dimensionals

Hop over to Sunny Challenges & Creations & have a look at the beautiful cards both Gwen & Kris have created & better still, create a card of your own.  We would really love to see it!  Who knows, you could be the next Ray of Sunshine!
Until next time, Enjoy!