Pleated Skirts….

I am so far behind in my posts that I think I have enough cards to post for the next couple of months without adding any extras I’ve created in between posts.  Where does the time go????

Our card today is one we created sometime ago in Crafty Creations.  As most of the ladies have either a Big Shot or Cuttlebug, once a month, we concentrate on these products.  It is usually a great way for them to learn how to use their tools.  Included in this class we also concentrated on the Technique – Chalks or Pastels, including learning how to create a pleated skirt from paper.

I let the ladies know what we will be creating each week & what to bring along if they want.  This way, they are using the “stuff” they may have & familiarising themselves with their own “stuff“.  I took along a number of different Embossing Folders for the ladies who don’t have a machine or Folders.

I think this is another card I saw on Pinterest, but am not that sure.  Please let me know if you recognise it, as I would love to give you credit for the inspiration.

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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.


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’


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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Our sketch over at Sunny Challenges & Creations has been brought to us by Gwen – yep Gwen is back this week!  We only the the sketch to go by, although she has created something that I really had to think about & for the life of me nothing would come so I basically winged this & did it as I went!

Measurements –
Base Card – Early Expresso – 8 1/4″ x 4 18/” or 21.5cm x 15cm – Scored in middle & folded in half
Layer 1 – Very Vanilla – 5 5/8″ x 4″ or 14cm x 10cm
Layer 2 – Early Expresso – 3 3/4″ x 2 1/4″ or 9.5cm x 5.5cm
Layer 3 – Very Vanilla – 3 5/8″ x 2 1/8″ or 9cm x 5cm
Layer 4 & 6 – Early Expresso – 2 3/4″ x 1 3/4″ or 7cm x 4.5cm
Layer 4 & 7 – Very Vanilla – 2 5/8″ x 1 5/8″ or 6.5cm x 4cm

I run the large piece of Very Vanilla Cardstock through the Bigshot using the Embossing Folder – Vintage Wallpaper.  I then rubbed the Tea Stain Ink Pad from the Distrissing Kit over the top & set aside.

Envelope & Inside Card…

I stamped the long piece of Very Vanilla Cardstock after inking my image in Crumb Cake & sponged a little bit of the Tea Stain Ink around the edges prior to adhering to the long piece of Early Expresso Cardstock with Snail Adhesive.  I adhered this whole piece to the LHS of the embossed piece of cardstock with Tombow Multipurpose Glue.

The 2 smaller pieces of Very Vanilla Cardstock were randomly stamped with Crumb Cake, sponged around the edges with Tea Stain Ink using SU Sponge & adhered to the 2 smaller pieces of Early Expresso Cardstock using Snail Adhesive.  Both pieces were adhered to the embossed piece with Tombow Multipurpose Glue.

The image in the middle was inked with Crumb Cake Ink, stamped onto a scrap of Very Vanilla.  The sentiment was inked with my SU! Marker – Early Expresso one by one & stamped into the stamped image one by one.  For this method, I inked one word at a time, once stamped, cleaned & repeated.  I cut the frame out & mounted with SU! Dimensionals.

The butterflies were cut using the Bigshot & Beatutiful Wings Embosslits Dies.  I usually have a heap of different colours in a small plastic container, but no Early Expresso.  I adhered the small Pearls to the middle of the butterflies prior to adhering randomly to the card with Tombow Multipurpose Glue

Pearls were adhere to the flowers prior to the whole piece being adhered to the Base Card with Tombow Multipurpose Glue.

I’ve just noticed I missed a couple of Pearls in the photo, but they have since been added…..

Supplies –
Stamp Set – Just Believe
Ink – Crumb Cake, Tea Stain
Cardstock – Early Expresso, Very Vanilla
Embosslits Die – Beautiful Wings
Embossing Folder – Vintage Wallpaper
Accessories – Snail Adhesive, Tombow Multipurpose Glue, SU! Markers – Early Expresso, Pearls

Don’t forget to pop over to see what the rest of the team have created.  We would love for you to join us!

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’

Friday’s Case…

Our task today was to create a crad using the Technique – Faux Silk.  I love this technique that I thought we would try using tissue for our flowers too…..  I love the final look of the card.  I have cased the idea from Lori.

Measurements –

Base Card – Pear Pizzazz Cardstock – 11 3/4″ x 4 1/8″ or 30cm x 10.5cm – Scroed in middle & folded in half
Layer 1 – Whisper White Cardstock – 5 5/8″ x 4″ or 14.5cm x 10cm
Layer 2 – DSP – 5 1/2″ x 3 7/8″ or 14cm x 9.5cm
Layer 3 – Pear Pizzazz Cardstock – 3 3/8″ x 2 3/8″ or 8.5cm x 6cm
Layer 4 – Whisper White Cardstock – 3 1/4″ x 2 1/4″ or 8cm x 5.5cm

I adhered my DSP to Whisper White Cardstock, layered a piece of Ribbon towards the bottom half of the DSP, tucked the ends under & adhered to the Base Card – Pear Pizzazz.

I will do up a tutorial on how I did my Faux Silk & flowers so be sure to check back tomorrow…….

After adhering all my flowers together with a Brad & applying a Pearl to the centre using Crystal Effects, adhering to the Base Card, I stanped my sentiment onto Whisper White Cardstock, punched using the Large Oval & adhered to a piece of Pretty in Pink Cardstock which had been punched with the Scallop Oval Punch.

My butterflies were cut using my Bigshot & the Embossit Dies, adhered together & a Pearl applied to the centre before being adhered to the top of the card…..
Supplies –
Stamp Set – Just Believe, Short & Sweet
Ink – Pear Pizzazz, Pretty in Pink
Cardstock – Pear Pizzazz, Pretty in Pink, Whisper White
DSP – In Colours Designer Series Pattern Stack
Embosslits Dies – Beautiful Wings
Punches – Scallop Oval, Large Oval
Ribbon – 1/2″ Stitched-Poly – Pear Pizzazz
Accessories – Pearls, Snail Adhesive, Crystal Effects, Brads
Non-SU – Tissue Paper
Until next time, Enjoy!

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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!


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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A new challenge begins today over at Sunny Challenges & Creations so be sure to head over there & check it out.  Along with the sketch, Kris included the stamp set – Upsy Daisy.
I suddenly realised it has been some time since this set last touched ink, so it is a great challenge to dust it off & re-ink.  I will be the first to admit, this is not one of the first sets I go for, but may have to re-look at this in the future.

Getting my card craeted this week was a challenge in itself.  After creating a card & about to email it off to Kris for posting, suddenly realised I had used the wrong stamp set!  Can you believe it?????  Then after completing my 2nd card, I dropped a ink pad fair smack bang in the middle of the card, so back to the drawing board again.  Serves me right for not closing my ink pads once I finish using them!!!!!  That is in amongst loosing the Embossing Folder I was going to use, plus having to cut my butterflies a number of times.

Measurements –
Base Card – Chocolate Chip – 5 7/8″ x 4 1/8″ or 15cm x 10.5cm – once scored & folded in half
Layer 1 – So Saffron – 5 3/4″ x ” or 14.5cm x 10cm
Layer 2 – Chocolate Chip – 3 1/2″ x 3″ or 9cm x 7.5cm
Layer 3 – So Saffron – 3 3/8″ x 2 7/8″ or 8.5cm x 7cm
Layer 4 – Whisper White – 3 1/4″ x 2 3/4″ or 8cm x 6.5cm


I stamped my image direct onto Whisper White Cardstock using So Saffron Ink, then again with Chocolate Chip Ink, after first stamping off.  With my Bone Folder, I scored the piece diagonally across the card, turned 90 degrees & scored again.

I inked the Whisper White Cardstock with Versamark, poured Clear Embossing Powder over the top, tapped excess off & heat set with my Heat Tool.  This piece was adhered to So Saffron Cardstock & then to Chocolate Chip Cardstock using Snail Adhesive.

Using my Bone Folder & Ruler, the larger piece of So Saffron Cardstock was again scored diagonally, tuned 90 degress & scored again.  I adhered the embossed piece to the So Saffron piece, ensuring I had the opposite side of the scored card showing. 

I adhered a piece of ribbon across the bottom, stamped my sentiment in Chocolate Chip Ink onto Whisper White Cardstock, punched it with my Large Oval Punch & adhered to a piece of Chocolate Chip Cardstock which had been punched with my Scallop Oval Punch.  I adhered this to the centre with a SU Dimensional.  The whole lot was adhered to the Base Card – Chocolate Chip with Snail Adhesive.

I cut my butterflies with my Bigshot, adhered 2 smaller ones together & then onto the card.  I adhered a small Rhinestone to the centre of the butterfly.

Supplies –
Stamp Set – Upsy Daisy
Ink – Chocolate Chip, So Saffron, Versamark
Cardstock – Chocolate Chip, So Saffron, Whisper White
Punches – Scallop Oval, Large Oval
Embosslits Dies – Beautiful Wings
Ribbon – 1/2″ Scallop Dots – Chocolate Chip
Accessories – SU Dimensionals, Rhinestones, Snail Adhesive, Bigshot,
Bone Folder, Embossing Powder – Clear, Heat Tool

Now it is your turn, head over to Sunny Challenges & Creations & see what Kris & Gwen have created.  We would love for you to join us this week.
Until next time, Enjoy!

Swaps, Swaps & More Swaps…

Today’s post are the some of the cards I created for the Regionals in Brisbane

Swap 1 – Embossing Folder – Perfect Polka Dots,
Short & Sweet, Beautiful Wings Die
Swap 2 – Just Believe

Swap 3 – Embossing Folder – Perfect Polka Dots,
 Short & Sweet, Beautiful Wings Die

Until tomorrow when I will post the final swaps