French Foliage…..

…. one last time!!!!! 

Everything in this project is retiring, except for Very Vanilla Cardstock!  I challenged myself to create a project using retiring Inks.  Of course the colours – Riding Hood Red, Bravo Burgundy, More Mustard, Not Quite Navy & River Rock – were the perfect match for the soon to be retired Stamp Set – French Foliage……

Again, the box is something I saw on Pinterest, although much bigger, so I set about adapting it to suit what I wanted & that was a set of 3 x 3 Gift Cards.

I’m really happy with the final result, but more so that I could achieve something using all the retiring Ink Colours & Cardstock – Riding Hood Red plus Ribbon.

 

 
Until next time, Happy Stamping!
 
Vicky

 

Something a Little Different…..

I’ve been doing a Handmade Market for the last couple of months.  In fact, I attended the first one that occured & had a great time, that I have decided to go back each month.  It is purely all handmade.  It is growing each time & the talent out there is staggering.

I don’t always sell a lot of the same thing, but what I do sell, I get a lot of feedback saying how lovely my cards, etc are.  It does make you feel good & always appreciate the comments.  I love speaking with people, finding out what they do, where they live, etc.

For those of you who do markets, you are probably aware that “What sells one day, won’t necessarily sell the next.”  “What is popular at one maket is not necessarily going to be popular at the next.”  So far, I have been very happy with the result as I have managed to cover my costs plus a little extra to purchase more supplies.

I thought I would show you some of the Post-It Notes & Gift Cards I created for my first market.  They have proven to be very popular.  I have kept away from the colours I would use to create, but instead decided to go with colours that I would not norally use.  I also like to match the colour with the pen.

Bashful Blue –
 
Rich Razzleberry –
 
Gift Cards –
 
Until next time, Enjoy!

New Class….

G’Day Stampers,

At our Christmas Party last year, we got to talking about recipes & one of the ladies asked if it was possible if we could swap recipes at our Friday class……  I immediately said I didn’t have a problem with it & after some thinking & how to go about it, today starts a new class which will be held the last Friday of the month. 

I am really excited about this venture, as I want to create pages that resemble cards, not the traditional recipe pages, while at the same time, still doing different techniques, layouts, etc.  We will be completing 2 pages per month & maybe some months a couple of extra pages. 

Now, this is a big step for me as I will be the first to acknowledge I HATE cooking!!!!!  Yep, I cannot understand how people can be so passionate about it, but when you love it, you LOVE it!!!!  I suppose they would say the same about my craft!  To me cooking is just a means of surviving, but I love all those cooking shows & the kitchen shops…..  I would be quiet happy to have a home with NO kitchen & if I have to cook, the Barbie would be enough for me, as I LOVE barbies….. 

The layout for this page came from Peg sometime ago.  I thought it clean & easy, perfect colours for our first card as well as a yummy Homemade Vegetable Soup…….  Not the traditional winter colours, but bright & cherry!

Maybe, just maybe, I may be tempted to try some of the recipes…..  Maybe????????

Measurements –
Base – Basic Black – 8 1/4″ x 5 3/4″ or 21cm x 14.5cm
Layer 1 – DSP – 8 1/4″ x 3 1/4″ or 14.5cm x 8cm
Layer 2 – Lucky Limeade – 8 1/4″ x 1″ or 14.5cm x 2.5cm
Layer 3 – Lucky Limeade – 5 3/4″ x 3″ or 14.5cm x 7.5cm
Layer 4 – Whisper White – 5 5/8″ x 2 7/8″ or 14cm x 7cm
Layer 5 – Lucky Limeade – 4″ x 3″ or 10cm x 7.5cm
Layer 6 – Whisper White – 3 7/8″ x 2 7/8″ or 9.5cm x 7cm

Supplies –
Stamp Set – French Foliage
Ink – Basic Gray, Lucky Limeade
Cardstock – Basic Black, Whisper White, Lucky Limeade
DSP – Neutrals Designer Series
Ribbon – 3/8″ Ruffled – Lucky Limeade
Punches – Scallop Trim Border
Accessories – Snail Adhesive

1.  Punch along one of the longer sides of the 1″ piece of Lucky Limeade using the Scallop Trim Border Punch
2.  Adhere DSP to the top of the punched piece of Lucky Limeade & then to the Base Card – Basic Black
3.  Adhere Ribbon along the bottom half, tuck ends under & tie a knot off to the right hand side
4.  Randomly stamp images onto the piece of Whisper White – 5 3/4″ x 3″ – with Lucky Limeade & Basic Gray Inks.  I stamped off once prior to stamping with the Basic Gray
5.  Adhere to the matching piece of Lucky Limeade – 5 5/8″ x 2 7/8″ & then to the Base Card
6.  Adhere your recipe card to the smaller piece of Lucky Limeade & then to the Base Card

Don’t forget to check back in a couple of days for the 2nd page we completed.

Until next time, Enjoy!

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For such an easy challenge over at Sunny Challenges, I had a hard time creating sometime that I truely liked.  I started about 4 times, blank, walked around, blank, cleaned, blank, BUT then went & did some “retail therapy’ which I don’t usually do & YES, it did the trick!  Thank you Retail Therapy – you are my new best friend!

Our challenge this week is the sketch only!  Because the layout was so open, I decided to try a technique……

Measurements –
Base Card – Whisper White – 5 3/4″ x 4 1/8″ or 11cm x 14.5cm
Layer 1 – Not Quite Navy – 4 7/8″ x 3 3/4″ or 12.5cm x 10cm
Layer 2 – Whisper White – 5″ x 4 3/4″ or 13cm x 9.5cm

Supplies –
Stamp Set – French Foliage, A Word for You
Ink – Versamark, Tempting Turquoise, Certainly Celery, Not Quite Navy, Crumb Cake
Cardstock – Whisper White, Not Quite Navy
Accessories – Snail Glue, Heat Tool, Embossing Powders – White & Clear, Sponge

Technique
Emboss Resist – Tutorial may be found here

To select my ink colours, I wanted to go with something that was different, soft, but with one colour which would be vibrant.  Once I had decided on the ink colours, the next big step was the Cardstock colour to bring the ink colours out even more.  With technique in hand, I sort of selected random colours until I was happy with the look behind the technique.

Inside Card…

Once I had applied the Emboss Resist Technique to my card, I proceeded to sponge the colours of Tempting Turquoise, Crumb Cake & Certainly Celery Inks around the images with a Sponge.  I did this until I was happy with the result.

I then decided that it wasn’t shinny enough & didn’t really show the technique to it’s full potential, so I decided to dab the Versamark Ink over the entire piece, poured Clear Embossing Powder over the top & heat set with my Heat Tool.

I proceeded to cut the stamped piece of cardstock into 3 equal pieces & adhered to the piece of Not Quite Navy Cardstock with Snail Adhesive.

I wanted to apply a greeting to the card, but didn’t want to stamp or place any pieces over the top of the stamped images, so instead to stamp the greeting on the right hand side of the card in Not Quite Navy Ink.  I then adhered the Not Quite Navy piece to the Base Card – Whisper White.

Can you see the shine…

I’m really happy with the final outcome, as it is something I had pictured in my mind.  It is a very clean card, but I like this sort of card.

With the greeting I used, I can now use it for any occasion I choose…….

Why not pop on over to Sunny Challenges & check out what Gwen & Kris have both created.  We would love for you to join us this week.

Until next time, Happy Stampin’

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Our challenge this week was set by Gwen.  Along with the sketch we have to use Embossing on our cards, ie Heat Embossing or Dry Embossing using your Big Shot & Embossing Folders or any other Embossing that you may like to try.

I’ve been playing with colours the last couple of weeks & decided to go ahead with one of the combinations I found I really liked. 

Measurements –
Base Card – Whisper White – 8 1/4″ x 4 1/8″ or 22cm x 15cm
Layer 1 – Basic Gray – 5 3/4″ x 4″ or 14.5cm x 9.5cm
Layer 2 – Whisper White – 5 5/8″ x 3 7/8″ or 14cm x 9cm
Layer 3 – Not Quiet Navy – 1″ x 5 5/8″

Supplies –
Stamp Set – Perfect Punches, Nature Walk, French Foliage, Established Elegance
Ink – Baja Breeze, Marina Mist, Basic Gray, Not Quite Navy
Cardstock – Whisper White, Basic Gray, Not Quite Navy
Ribbon – 5/8″ White Organza
Punches – Scallop Trim Border, Scallop Oval
Embossing Folder – Vimtage Wallpaper
Accessories – Stampin’ Up! Dimensionals, Tombow Multipurpose Glue, Snail Adhesive, Big Shot

I randomly stamped my images onto the smaller piece of Whisper White Cardstock using Basic Gray, Baja Breeze, Marina Mist & Not Quite Navy Inks.  The whole piece was put through the Big Shot using Embossing Folder – Vintage Wallpaper.

I punched along both sides of the piece of Not Quite Navy Cardstock with the Scallop Trim Border Punch, adhered the ribbon along the middle, tucked the ends under & tied a knot.  This whole piece was then adhered to the piece of Basic Gray Cardstock & finally to the Base Card – Whisper White.

I stamped the wording onto a scrap piece of Whisper White Cardstock with Not Quite Navy Ink, punched with the Scallop Oval Punch & adhered to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Don’t forget to hop on over to Sunny Challenges & Creations to check out what the other girls have created.  This is the perfect time to dig out those Heat Tools or your Big Shot & join us this week for this fun challenge.

Until next time, Happy Stampin!

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We have a great challenge beginning today over at Sunny Challenges & Creations.  Along with the sketch, we are to create an Easel Card.  I love making these, but don’t do them often enough.
Not sure on how to create this type of card, then click onto tis link & it will take you straight there – http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/resources/tutorials/easelcard/

I started out with the design in mind of a certain stamp set.  After grabbing all my supplies & colours which I thought would really suit the set, couldn’t find the set I wanted.  After searching for about 10m, suddenly realised I don’t have that stamp set.  Does this happen to anyone else????

Measurements –
Easel
Base – Crumb Cake – 8 1/4″ x 4 1/8″ or 22cm x 15cm – Score at 4 1/8″ & 2′

Card Front –
Layer 1 – Crumb Cake – 4 1/8″ x 5 7/8″ or 15cm x 10.5cm
Layer 2 – Raspberry Ripple – 3 7/8″ x 5 5/8″ or 14cm x 9.5cm
Layer 2 – DSP – 5 5/8″ x 2 1/2″ or 9.5cm x 6cm
Layer 3 – Perfect Plum – 5 5/8″ x 1″ or 9.5cm x 2.5cm

Inside –
Layer 1 – Very Vanilla – 4″ x 5 3/4″ or 14.5cm x 11cm
Laer 1 – Perfect Plum – 1″ x 4″ or 2.5cm x 14.cm
Layer 2 – DSP – 1″ x 4″ or 2.5cm x 14cm

Supplies –
Stamp Set – Field Flowers, Because I Care (Retired), French Foliage
Ink – Raspberry Ripple, Crumb Cake, Perfect Plum, Gumball Green
Cardstock – Crmb Cake, Perfect Plum, Raspberry Ripple, Very Vanilla
DSP – First Edition Speciality
Punches – Dotted Scallop Border, Word Label, Modern Label
Accessories – Snail Adhesive, Stampin’ Dimensionals

For the front panel of my card, I adhered the large piece of Raspberry Ripple onto the single piece of Crumb Cake Cardstock with Snail Adhesive.

I stamped my images randomly onto the piece of DSP using Gumball Green, Raspberry Ripple & Perfect Plum Inks.  I punched along the edge of the piece of Perfect Plum Cardstock with the Dotted Scallop Border Punch, adhere it to the bottom of the DSP, prior to adhering to the front of the card.

I stamped the small image onto a scrap of Very Vanilla Cardstock in Perfect Plum Ink, cut around & adhered it to the bottom left hand corner of the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  The large flower was completed the same way.

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

For my Easel Base, I adhered the piece of Very Vanilla Cardstock to the bottom of the Crumb Cake with Snail Adhesive, then punched along the edge of the Perfect Plum with the Scallop Dotted Border Punch, adhered to the DSP & finally to the bottom of the Very Vanilla Cardstock.

With Perfect Plum, Raspberry Ripple & Gumball Green Inks, I stamped the images direct onto the DSP allowing some of the images to go onto the piece of Very Vanilla Cardstock.

My greeting was stamped onto a scrap of Very Vanilla Cardstock in Perfect Plum Ink, punched with the Word Label Punch & then to a piece of Raspberry Ripple Cardstock which had been punch with the Modern Label prior to adhering to the bottom of the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

We hope you will join us this week.  Don’t forget to pop on over to Sunny Challenges & Creations & check out what GwenKris and Christine have created.  These are fun cards to create!

 
Until next time, have a great week
 

Challenge Card….

Today’s card is for the challenge over at Stampin’ Fun & Friends.  Click on the link to register for this great event.  It is not too late to do so.  There have been so many great ideas for creating lovely card sets including a matching box/bag to go with them. 

Our first challenge CherylAnn set us is to create a Project, Card, 3-D Item or Scrapbook Page going by this lovely spring photo. Isn’t that flower just gorgeous?

Measurements –
Base Card – More Mustard – 8 1/4″ x 4 1/8″ or 21cm x 15cm – Scored in the middle & folded in half
Layer 1 – Bravo Burgandy – 5 3/8″ x 3 7/8″ or 14cm x 10cm
Layer 2 – Very Vanilla – 5 1/4″ x 3 3/4″ or 13.5cm x 9.5cm

Supplies –
Stamp Set – Nature Walk, French Foliage
Inks – Bravo Burgandy, Garden Green, More Mustard, Always Artichoke
Cardstock – Bravo Burgandy, More Mustard, Very Vanilla
DSP – First Edition Speciality
Punches – Scallop Oval
Ribbon – 1/2″ Seam Binding – Always Artichoke
Accessories – Regal Buttons – More Mustard, Snail Adhesive, Mini-Glue Dots, Sponge Dauber, Very Vanilla Spritz, Paper Piercer, Silver Brad

Close up of Flower with Button
poking through….

I randomly stamped my images onto the piece of Very Vanilla Cardstock using Garden Green, Always Artichoke, More MustardBravo Burgandy Inks.  With the Always Artichoke Ink, I did stamp off twice prior to stamping onto the Very Vanilla Cardstock.

Inside Card….

I punched 5 scallop circles from the DSP with the Scallop Circle Punch, sponged around the edges using Bravo Burgandy Ink & Sponge Dauber prior to spritizing all 5 circles with the Very Vanilla Spritzer. This wet my circles so that I could scrunge & play with them.  It also made the sponging run a little & lighten the sponged Bravo Burgandy.
I carefully layered all pieces on top of each other, pierced a hole in the middle with my Paper Piercer, added a Silver Bard to the centre & squashed my flower until I was happy with the shape.

Once the flower was dry, I added a small button to the centre with a Mini-Glue Dot, tied a double bow with the Ribbon, attached to the card with another Mini-Glue Dot & adhered the flower in the centre of the bow, so that it looked a little like leaves.

Since the photo was taken, I again sponged the edges of the flower in Bravo Burgandy to bring out the colour a little more & to take away the pink tinge.

I haven’t added a greeting/sentiment to my card as you are probably all aware, I mostly post blank cards or will add the greeting later when I know what I am going to use it for.

Until next time, Happy Stampin’

Card # 2….

For our 2nd card in our Technique Class – “Faux Mother of Pearl“, I wanted to show the ladies that you could use this technique to create a male’s card.  The Stamp Set – French Foliage is one of my favourite & find myself turning to this set time & time again to create all sorts of projects.
Along with this technique, we did a little sponging using our Brayer & Sponges, as well the Technique – Rock & Roll.  What fun!!!!!



Close Up of Front…
Inside…
Don’t forget to check back in a coupl eof days & I will show you the card we created at Crafty Creations last Friday arvo.

Distressing….

I did a one on one class with the lovely Lynne last Friday.  As she had purchased some new ink pads, she wanted to know how to use them, so I put my thinking cap on & come up with the following card using Stampin’ Up! Inks.

We had a lot of fun creating this, although our fingers did get very inky….  Lynne’s was a little different to mine, especially as she used different inks too.

Note to self – wash fingers prior to touching cardstock!!!!!!

The layout itself is a basic one, as I wanted the techniques to showcase themselves.

Measurements –
Base Card – Perfect Plum – 8 1/4″ x 5 7/8″ or 21.5cm x 15cm
Layer 1 – Verey Vanilla – 4″ x 5 3/4″ or 10cm x 14.5cm
Layer 2 – Perfect Plum – 4 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ or 11.5cm x 6.5cm
Layer 3 – Very Vanilla – 4 3/8″ x 2 3/8″ or 11cm x 6cm

Supplies –
Stamp Set – French Foliage, Sincere Salutations
Ink – Certainly Celery, Rose Red, Perfect Plum, Versamark
Cardstock – Very Vanilla, Certainly Celery, Perfect Plum
Punches – Scallop Oval, Large Oval
Ribbon -12″ Seam Binding – Very Vanilla
Accessories – Snail Adhesive, SU! Dimensionals, Antique Brads, Heat Tool, Embossing Buddy, Embossing Powder – White, SU! Sponge Daubers

Until next time, Happy Stampin! 

Note Cards…

… are one thing I do use a lot of.  It seems everytime I turn around, I am just about out of them & find it is time to create more.

For this lot, I thought I would try something a little different.  I have been cleaning out my cardstock & putting all my bits & pieces in their rightful home, when I come across a couple of small pieces of Acetate.  So instead of tossing it out, I thought“why not“.  Grabbed the Stamp Set French Foliage which was still sitting on my desk from 2 projects ago & decided to go with the Regals Collection seeing as though we are in Autumn in Australia.

For my cards I used Night of Navy, More Mustard, Cherry Cobbler, Bravo Burgundy, Elegant Eggplant, & Always Artichoke Cardstock as my outer layers.  I must apologise I don’t have the measurements, as they have been used & posted.  They will fit the Australian size C6 or 11B envelopes with the coloured Cardstock measuing 5 1/2″ x 3 1/2″.

I randomly cut all 6 pieces of Whisper White Cardstock donw the left hand side,so that I had 2 pieces of Card & ensuring I still had room to write on the cards once they were all put together.

I randomly stamped the pieces of Acetate with Staz-On Ink.  When stamping onto Acetate, stamp very carefully so as not to let the stamp slip or slide.  I set each piece aside allowing to dry & prior to cutting.

Once dry, I cut the Acetate into 1″ strips & adhered to the pieces of Whisper White Cardstock before adhering to the Coloured Cardstock.

Wow, when I read that, they would of taken me all up 5 minutes.  Believe me, they took a little longer than that!

Until next time, Happy Stampin’!