Technique Class….

Fifth Avenue Floral makes for a great stamp using the Acetate & Tissue Technique, but with a twist!  This is the 2nd card we did in this class. 

Supplies –
Stamp Set – Fifth Avenue Floral, Sincere Salutations
Ink – Concord Crush, Staz-On
Cardstock – Whisper White, Concord Crush, Pink Pirouette
Ribbon – 1/2″ Stitched-Poly – Concord Crush
Punches – Scallop Trim
Embossing Folder – Perfect Polka Dots
Accessories – Mini Glue Dots, Snail Adhesive, Tombow Multipurpose Glue, Re-Inker – Pink Pirouette
Non-SU – Tissue, Acetate

Until next time, Happy Stampin’

At Last….

Where does the time go?????  I have realised it is nearly a week since my last post !!!!

For our card this arvo, we used the Techinque – Crayon Resist.  It doesn’t matter how often I see this technique, I never seem to tire of it.

It is not my usual card, but I thought I would try & start using some of the colours that I don’t usually go for & this being one of the combinations that just happened.  The tutorial may be found on this post.  The layout of the card has been around for sometime, but I wanted something easy to start off the new year!

Measurements –
Base Card – Tempting Turquoise Cardstock – 8 1/4″ x 5 7/8″ or 21cm x 15cm – Scored in middle & folded in half
Layer 1 – Early Expresso Cardstock – 5 7/8″ x 2 3/4″ or 7cm x 15cm
Layer 2 – Glossy Cardstock – 5 7/8″ x 2 1/2″ or 7cm x 6cm


Inside…

I randomly stamped my images onto the Glossy Cardstock using Staz-On Ink & allowed to dry. 

Using a White Wax Crayon, I randomly coloured around stamped areas that I wanted to keep white.  I then grabbed my sponge, Tempting Turquoise, Daffodil Yellow & Regal Rose Inks, & sponged all over the card until such time I had all the white coloured & I was happy with the result.  Once it was all dry, I buffed using a tissue. 
I adhered the Glossy Card to the piece of Early Expresso Cardstock & tied a piece of Ribbon around the end.  I stamped my greeting onto a scrap piece of Whisper White Cardstock in Early Expresso Ink, punched it out with my Decorative Label Punch.  As I wanted to add a small border around the white, I punched 2 pieces of Early Expresso Cardstock with the same punch & cut both these pieces in half, one crossway & the other downways.  I adhered 3 of the 4 pieces to the greeting piece.

I then adhered the top of the greeting to the back of the stamped flower piece prior to adhering to the card.  I applied 3 Rhinestones to the bottom of the card.

Supplies –
Stamp Set – 5th Avenue Floral, Sincere Salutations
Ink – Daffodil Delight, Tempting Turquoise, Early Expresso, Regal Rose, Staz-On
Cardstock – Tempting Turquoise, Early Expresso, Regal Rose, Daffodil Delight
Punches – Decorative Label  
Ribbon – Organza – Whisper White
Accessories – Snail Adhesive, Rhinestones, Sponge, Wax Crayons
Until next time, Enjoy!

One for a Challenge…

… but too late.

I created this card for a challenge which didn’t make the deadline, but not too worry.  The challenge called for a clean & simple (CAS) card & as I had my embossing stuff out, thought I would do a little embossing.  I also dug out one of my favourite stamps & dusted the dust off of it.

Base Card – Poppy Parade – 5 7/8″ x 4 1/8″ or 15cm x 10.5cm – once scored & folded in half
Layer 1 – Whisper White – 5 3/4″ x 4″ or 14.5cm x 10cm
Layer 2 – Wild Wasabi – 4″ x 1″ or 10cm x 2.5cm
Layer 3 – DSP – 4″ x 1 1/2″ or 10cm x 4cm
Layer 4 – Blushing Bride – 3 5/8″ x 2 1/2″ or 9cm x 6cm
Layer 5 – Crumb Cake – 3 1/2″ x 2 3/8″ or 8.5cm x 5.5cm

Using the Eyelet Border Punch, I punched along one longer side of Wild Wasabi Cardstock & adhered to the LHS of Whisper White Cardstock.  The DSP strip of paper was adhered over the top of the punched edge.  The whole piece was then adhered to the Base Card using Snail Adhesive.



Inside…

I rubbed my Embossing Buddy over the piece of Crumb Cake, stamped my image with Versamark, poured White Embossing Powder over the top, tapped excess powder from the cardstock & set it using my Heat Tool.  This piece was the adhered to the piece of Blushing Bride & finally to the Base Card.

My flowers are from my stack I have in a drawer, they could be SU or they may not be.  I do know that I had dyed a couple of flowers sometime ago using Re-Inkers.  So being a little lazy & not wanting to hunt for my flowers, I used the first couple I laid my hands on.  I adhered the white flower to the smaller of the pink flowers & stuck a Pink Rhinestone in the middle.  Again, the rhinestone was from a stash I have on hand for my wedding invitations.

For my sentiment, I stamped it onto a scrap of Whisper White Cardstock using Wild Wasabi Ink & punched the centre out with my 1″ Circle Punch.  I adhered this to the centre of the large flower using SU Dimensionals.  Both flowers were adhered to the card with SU Dimensionals with the larger flower at the front.

Supplies –
Stamp Set – Fifth Avenue, Happiest Birthday Wishes
Ink – Versamark, Wild Wasabi
Cardstock – Poppy Parade, Whisper White, Crumb Cake,
Wild Wasabi, Blushing Bride
DSP – Flirtatious Speciality
Punches – 1″ Circle, Eyelet Border
Accessories – SU Dimensionals, Snail Adhesive, Embossing Buddy,
Embossing Powder – White, Heat Tool, Flowers
Non-SU – Pink Rhinestones, Flowers
Until next time, Enjoy! 

SFF071511…

I found this sketch over at Sketch Frenzy Friday & immediatly thought of Fifth Avenue Floral & Great Friend.  This is one of my favourites, but then I think most of my sets are, including ones I don’t have – lol.
Base Card – Rich Razzleberry – 4 7/8″ x 4 1/4″ or 15cm x 10.5cm
Layer 1 – Old OLive – 4 3/4″ x 4″ or 14.5cm x 10cm
Layer 2 – Whisper White – 4 5/8″ x 9.5cm
Layer 3 – Old Olive – 4 5/8″ x 1″ or 9.5cm x 2.5cm
Using Inks of Rich Razzleberry & Old Olive, I randomly stamped 2 different images onto a piece of Whisper White Cardstock.  I then adhered the small piece of  Old Olive Cardstock down the LHS of the Whisper White, layered a piece of Pumpkin Pie Satin Ribbon down the middle, followerd by a piece of Rich Razzleberry Grosgrain Ribbon on top of that & tied a bow towards the top.

Inside Card



I stamped the sentiment using Rich Razzleberry & adhered to Old Olive Cardstock which had been punched using my Modern Label Extra Large Punch.  I adhered to the top RHS of the card using SU Dimensionals.
I punched a piece of Whisper White Cardstock using my 1 3/4″ Extra Large Circle Punch & with Old Olive Ink, stamped some leaf images.  I also stamped off while doing these too.  This was adhered to a piece of Pumpkin Pie Cardstock which had been punched using my Extra Large Scallop Circle Punch. For the white dots, I did these with my Gel Pen.
I stamped 2 butterfly images onto Whisper White Cardstock using Rich Razzleberry Ink, cut them out , applied a couple of Basic Rhinestones down the middle, curled them a little & adhered to the circle using SU Dimensionals.  I also added a couple of Rhinestones to the words in my sentiment.
These are colours I don’t usually go for, but I am trying to think outside the box a little.  Mind you, I don’t know how long it will last, but am quiet enjoying the different colours for the moment.
Supplies –
Stamp Set – 5th Avenue Floral, Great Friend
Ink – Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry
Cardstock – Whisper White, Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie
Ribbon – 5/8″ Satin – Pumpkin Pie, 1/4″ Grosgrain – Rich Razzleberry
Punches – 1 3/4 ” Extra Large Circle, Extra Large Scallop Circle, Modern Label Extra Large
Accessories – SU Dimensionals, Tombow Multipurpose Glue, Basic Rhinestones, Gel Pen
Until next time, Enjoy!

An Old Favourite…

It has been some time since I’ve used one of my favourite stamps – 5th Avenue Floral.  With some stamps, it doesn’t seem to matter how you use them you are guaranteed that your card will always come up “roses” – so to speak.

I’ve never attempted a “Step Card” before & as usual I didn’t go by any instructions to make mine, although there are heaps of instructions & tutorials out in blog land for you to follow.  I also made mine to fit our standard envelope in Australia.  As I really enjoyed making this type of card, I don’t think it will be my last.

Cut A4 Cardstock – Bashful Blue – 11 3/4″ x 4 1/4″ or 29.5cm x 15cm

Back section of card for your greeting or note…
Score & fold from bottom along the longer side at 1″, 2″, 4″, 6″ & 10 1/4″ or 2.5cm, 5cm, 10cm, 15cm & 26cm

Cut Bashful Blue Cardstock 5 7/8″ x 4 1/4″ or 15cm x 10.5cm
Adhere to back section of card – will give you a section for your card to fold out & stand
Cut 2 pieces of Wild Wasabi Cardstock – 5 3/4″ x 4″ or 14.5cm x 10cm & adhere 1 piece to the above section of card
Cut 2 pieces of Whisper White Cardstock 5 5/8″ x 3 7/8″ x 14cm x 9.5cm – stamp image onto 1 piece of card & adhere to Wild Wasabi
This section is the part you are able to write your greeting onto ie the inside of a normal card

Back Section
I randomly stamped my images onto the 2nd piece of Whisper White Cardstock using Wild Wasabi, Bashful Blue & Crumb Cake Inks.  After dying my Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon with Crumb Cake Re-Inker & allowing to dry, I adhered this across the top half of the Whisper White Cardstock, adhered to Wild Wasabi & then to the Base Card.  I tied a bow & adhered this to the card too.

Middle Section
I stamped the wording using Crumb Cake Ink onto Whisper White Cardstock, cut it out & adhered to Wild Wasabi, which was then adhered to the middle section.  I allowed a little bit of the wording sit above the fold, instead of flat against the card.  I made 2 flowers using retired Felt Flowers, small white flower which I dyed using Bashful Blue Re-Inker & a Silver Brad.  These were attached to the centre section of the card.

Front Section
I cut a small piece of Wild Wasabi Cardstock & adhered to the Bashful Blue.  Using the Scallop Oval Punch & Crumb Cake Cardstock, I punched a piece of Whisper White which I had stamped the sentiment using Wild Wasabi Ink, & adhered to the Scallop punched piece.  I used the Large Oval Punch for the Whisper White.  I again dyed 3 small white flowers using the Bashful Blue Re-Inker, applied a silver brad in each & adhered to the card.

I’ve used a couple of retired products making this card, but they are able to be substituted for current products.  The flowers come from a big box of misc flowers – pre-SU – I have & dye from time to time so that I am able to use them up.

Supplies –
Stamp Set – 5th Avenue Floral, Oval All
Inks – Bashful Blue, Wild Wasabi, Crumb Cake
Re-Inkers – Bashful Blue, Crumb Cake
Cardstock – Whisper White, Wild Wasabi, Bashful Blue
Punches – Scallop Oval, Large Oval
Ribbon – 3/8″ Taffeta Ribbon – Whisper White
Accessories – Multipurpose Glue, Silver Brads, Felt Flowers – Old Olive
Non-SU – Small White Flowers

Until next time, Enjoy!

Special Card…

Today just happens to be Mother’s Day, so to all those mums out there – “Happy Mother’s Day!”. 

I’ve made this card for a special aunt & will post it this arvo, although I must admit it will be a day late, but you know the old saying “Better late, than never”

For my card, I’ve taken the sketch from Clean & Simple Stamping  It also qualifies for my group’s weekly challenge, I think!

Group’s Weekly Challenge # 119 –   Focusing on Embellishments.  We must have at least 3 emblishments on our project.

Base Card – Concord Crush – 5 7/8″ x 4 1/8″ or 15cm x 10.5cm – Score & fold
Layer 1 – Blushing Bride – 5 3/4″ x 4″ or 14.5cm x 10cm
Layer 2 – Concord Crush – 4 5/8″ x 3″ or 11cm x 7.5cm
Layer 3 – Blushing Bride – 4 1/2″ x 2 7/8″ or 10.5cm x 7cm
DSP – 1 3/4″ x 2 7/8″ or 4.5cm x 7cm

I stamped the Blushing Bride Cardstock randomly using Blushing Bride Ink & my flower image & adhered it to the base card.

I randomly rubbed Shimmer Paint over the Blushing Bride Cardstock & heat embossed Clear Embossing Powder for the flower outline.  I used Versamark & Basic Gray Ink for the flower outline.  I repeated the same process for the sentiment.  I then adhered the DSP to the bottom half of the card piece.

I added the Brad to the middle of the Ribbon prior to adhering this to the top of the DSP.  I adhered Blushing Bride Cardstock to Concord Crush & adhered the whole lot to the Base Card.

Wanting to make the card “pop” a little more, I added 3 small Basic Pearls to the top RHS, bottom LHS & bottom RHS of the card.  I also decided to add one to the middle of the brad.  I used Crystal Effects to adhere the pearls.
Supplies –
Stamp Set – Great Friend, Fifth Avenue Floral

Ink – Basic Gray, Versamark
Cardstock – Concord Crush, Blushing Bride

DSP – Lap of Luxury
Ribbon – 1/2″ Stitched-Poly – Concord Crush

Accessories – Crystal Effects, Snail Glue, Embossing Powder – Clear, Brad – Pretty in Pink, Shimmer Paint – Frost White

Until next time, Enjoy!

Note Cards…

I had to quickly make a couple of cards the other day.  I love these for notes to friends or customers.

I decided to use the current “IN Colours” & Fifth Avenue Floral Stamp Set, along with my Aqua Painter.  This is the end result.

Coloured Card – 3 1/2″ x 5 1/2″
Whisper White Card – 3 3/8″ x 5 3/8″
I stamped the images onto Whisper White using my Versamark Ink Pad.  After applying White Embossing Powder over the images, I heated these with my Heat Tool.
I then decided to colour the flower images using my Aqua Painter & to match the inks with the “In Colour” Cardstock
Once dry, I adhered the Whisper White to the Coloured Card Stock.
All in all, a great way to create some quick cards.  In fact, they were posted the same day & now it is back to the drawing board for more ideas.
Supplies –
Stamp Set – Fifth Avenue Floral
Inks – Blusing Bride, Peach Parfait, Concord Crush, Poppy Parade, Versamark
Cardstock – Whisper White, Poppy Parade, Blushing Bride, Peach Parfait, Concord Crush
Accessories – Embossing Powder – White, Snail Glue, Aqua Painter, Heat Tool
Until next time, Enjoy!

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!

Fifth Ave…

I haven’t used Fifth Avenue Floral Stamp Set in such a long time.  It always makes such a lovely card when used.

The take on the card is from Sketch Frenzy Friday, so why not have some fun & have a go.

Base Card – Night of Navy Cardstock – cut, score & fold
Layer 1 – Whisper White Cardstock – 5 3/8″ x 2 1/2″ or 14cm x 6cm
Run Whisper White through Bigshot using Embossing Folder – Perfect Polka Dots
Adhere top half of base card
Stamp flower images directly onto Watercolour Paper using Baja Breeze Ink & cut out
Colour images using Aqua Painter, Baja Breeze & Pear Pazzazz Inks
Adhere to card where the bottom of Whisper White Cardstock ends
Using Two-Step Bird Extra Large Punch, punch 5 leaves in Garden Green Cardstock & adhere randomly to card

Supplies –
Stamp Set – Fifth Avenue Floral
Inks – Baja Breeze, Pear Pizzazz
Cardstock – Whisper White, Garden Green, Night of Navy
Punches – Two-Step Bird Extra Large
Embossing Folder – Perfect Polka Dots
Accessories – Snail Adhesive, Multipurpose Liquid Glue
Until next time, Enjoy!

Technique Class…

G’Day Stampers,
Another couple of days have gone before realising I hadn’t posted one of the cards we did at our Technique Class last week.
Not only did we do a technique, but also did it on the Easel Card!  This technique is Blurred Vision Watercolouring – great fun, very quick & easy!
Folded Card –

Card Open –
Supplies –
Stamp Set – 5th Avenue Floral, Oval All
Ink – Basic Black, Melon Membo
Cardstock – Very Vanilla, Basic Black
Punches – Eyelet, Large Oval, Scallop Oval
Accessories – Aqua Painter, 1/2″Polka-Dot Grosgrain Ribbon – Melon Mambo,
Snail Adhesive, White Gel Pen
* Autumn-Winter Mini-Catalogue
** Week”1 – Deal of the Week – read below
Until next time, Enjoy!