New Technique…

I did this card quiet sometime ago.  In fact, it was for Father’s Day – so I must apologise for not having any measurements.

I found this great Technique – Acetate & Tissue, over at Splitcoast Stampers.

Base Card – Garden Green Cardstock
Layer 1 – Very Vanilla
Layer 2 – DSP

Layer 3 – Tangerine Tango
Layer 4 – Very Vanilla
Using Snail Adhesive, I adhered the DSP to the piece of Very Vanilla Cardstock & then to the Base Card – Garden Green.
I stamped the boat image direct onto the piece of Acetate using Black Staz-On Ink & set aside to dry.
I stamped the tree images onto the piece of Very Vanilla Cardstock using Garden Green Ink.
With the piece of stamped Acetate, I applied Crystal Effects all over the back, ensuring the Effects were covering a large part of the Acetate.  Once this was done, using my Garden Green Re-Inker, I applied a couple of random drops onto the Crystal Effects & moved it around with my finger until I was happy with the look of the coverage. 

At this stage, I added a little of Dazzling Diamonds to give it a little bit of a lift & some sparkle behind the Acetate when finished.

I then added a larger piece of tissue over the whole lot, turned the Acetate over so that the front was now facing me & placed it over the piece of Very Vanilla Cardstock & pressed into place.  I trimed the piece to the size I wanted which in this case, was slightly smaller than the Tangerine Tango Piece I was adhering it to.

This whole piece was adhered over the top of the DSP & to the Base Card.

I stamped the greeting onto a scrap of Very Vanilla Cardstock using Tangerine Tango Ink, punched with Oval Punch & adhered to piece of Bashful Blue which had been punched with the Scallop Oval Punch.  I applied this to the card with SU Dimensionals.

The final result for this technique is really stunning & has so much potential.  I must make another card using this technique again.

Supplies –
Stamp Set – Lovey as a Tree, Sali Away, Well Scripted
Ink – Garden Green, Staz-On Black
DSP – Woodland Walk
Punches – Scallop Oval, Large Oval
Accessories – SU Dimensionals, Dazzling Diamonds, Snail Adhesive,
Crystal Effects, Re-Inker – Garden Green
Non-SU – Tissue
Until next time, Enjoy!

SC 004/11…

Wow!  My pre-order of new “stuff” arrived yesterday!  I am really speechless as to how lovely it all is.  I really can’t choose a favourite, only to say they all are.  Now as for the new book – wait until you lay your hands on that.  I promise, you won’t be able to put it down.  I know I am going to have to win Lotto, as I WANT  & MUST have everything NOW!  I couldn’t wait to use something & this challenge was crying out for some to be used on it.
It’s a really fun challenge this week over at Sunny Challenges & Creations… The challenge was set by Gwen which included not only a sketch, but we had to do some embossing & a Christmas Theme.  Well, this got me thinking & after receiving my pre-order goodies, I wanted to use the gorgeous new ribbon coming out September 1.  I also wanted to do something in non-traditional colours which is what I like for Christmas – a something a little different! 
So, my card is based around the ribbon & my non-traditional colours.
The challenge –
Go by the Sketch
Christmas Theme
Base Card – Pink Pirouette – 4 7/8″ x 4 1/8″ or 15cm x 10.5cm – once folded & scored in half
Layer 1 – Early Expresso – 4 3/4″ x 4″ or 14.5cm x 10cm
Layer 2 (Top) – Whisper White – 2 3/4″ x 1 7/8″ x 2 or 9.5cm x 4.7cm x 2
Layer 3 (Bottom) – Whisper White – 1 3/4 ” x 3 7/8″ or 4.5cm x 9.5cm
Layer 4 – Early Expresso – Oval
Layer 5 – Pink Pirouette – Oval
Layer 6 – Ribbon
Inside –
Using Early Expresso Ink, I stamped off once, then stamped directly onto the Whisper White & then repeated again but not re-inking my image.  I wanted the faded images in the background.  This piece was adhered to the base card – Pink Pirouette.
I’ve been playing with my Shimmer Paint of late & experimenting all different ways of using it.  Amazing the results you can achieve!!!!
Oval –
I stamped my Dasher – so so so pleased he didn’t retire – image onto Pink Pirouette Cardstock using Versamark & heat embossed using Clear Embossing Powder.  I then grabbed my jar of Frost White Shimmer Paint – gotta love this stuff – a SU Dauber & spread the paint all over the piece of cardstock.  I wiped all the frosted paint off Dasher using a tissue.  This also shines your cardstock a little too.
I then used the same SU Dauber & Paint, except this time applying direct to the stamp itself.  I stamped this image directly over “Dasher“, used my tissue to wipe all the paint off my embossed image & around the piece of cardstock.
Layers –
I run this piece of Pink Pirouette Cardstock through the Bigshot using my Ovals Die.  It doesn’t matter that only part images appear on the completed oval – think it looks better this way.  I repeated again except using a piece of Early Expresso Cardstock & adhered the Pink Pirouette to the Early Expresso.  I adhered a couple of Basic Jewels to his antlers.
I run my 2 pieces of Whisper White Cardstock through the Bigshot using one of my favourite embossing folders – Petals a Plenty.  Oh what the hell, they are all my favourites!  While I still had my good ol’ Shimmer Paint & SU Dauber, I randomly spread Shimmer over the raised section of the embossing.  I wanted the flowers to stand out a little more!  I repeated the same for the bottom piece of Whisper White.
I adhered all these pieces of Whisper White to the Early Expresso Cardstock & run a piece of the new gorgeous Chocolate Chip Ribbon across where the top & bottom meet & tied a bow-tie.
For my greeting, I again stamped the tree image using my SU Dauber & Shimmer Paint onto a scrap piece of Whisper White, stamped the sentiment using Early Expresso Ink over the top, punched using the Word Window Punch & adhered to a piece of Pink Pirouette Cardstock which had been punched using the Modern Label Extra-Large Punch.  This was the adhered to the base card.
My oval was adhered to the base card using SU Dimensionals.  I didn’t want it to be lost in the embossing & shimmer paint.
I think I may have pulled off the look I was hoping for!
Supplies –
Stamp Set – Dasher, Short & Sweet, Lovely as a Tree
Ink – Early Expresso, Versamark
Cardstock – Pink Pirouette, Early Expresso, Whisper White
Punches – Word Window, Modern Label Extra-Large
Ribbon – 1/2″ Scallop Dots – Chocolate Chip
Embossing Folders – Petals a Plenty
Dies – Ovals
Accessories – Shimmer Paint – Frost, Basic Jewels, Embossing Powder – Clear, SU Daubers, SU Dimensionals, Snail Adhesive, Heat Tool, Embossing Buddy
To try the challenge out for yourself, why not head over to Sunny Challenges & Creations… & have a go!
While over there, see what Gwen & Kris have created!
Until next time, Enjoy!


I’m finally back…….  It has been a couple of weeks since my last post.

I’ve created this card for my groups challenge – Patriotric Theme.  Without doing the colours of the flag or the Southern Cross, I decided to go with Black, Yellow & Red.  I only hope my trees look a little like the gums out home!  See what you think?

Base Card – Daffodil Delight – 5 7/8″ x 4 1/8″ or 15cm x 10cm
Layer 1 – Real Red – 5 3/4″ x 4″ or 14.5cm x 9.5cm
Layer 2 – Basic Black – 5″ x 3 1/8″ or 13cm x 9.5cm
Layer 3 – Whisper White – 4 7/8″ x 3″ or 12.5cm x 9cm
I stamped the tree image directly onto the Whisper White Card using Versamark Ink.  I then heat embossed the image using Black Embossing Powder
I punched the moon from a scrap of Whisper White Card & adhered it to the Whisper White Card.  Using my SU Sponges & Basic Black Ink, I sponged the bottom half, ensuring that the horizon wasn’t in a straight line.
I sponged the next layer using Daffodil Yellow, followed by Real Red Inks.  Once sponging was completed, I carefully removed the moon & rubbed a little White Shimmer Paint on the moon to make it look like there was a “man on the moon.”
I adhered the Real Red Card to the Base Card – Daffodil Yellow.  I then adhered the image piece of card to Basic Black Card & adhered it to the Base Card.  I coloured the Rhinestones using Basic Black Ink & applied a little Crystal Effects on top.
For my sentiment, I stamped it in Basic Black onto Whisper White Card, punched it out using my Oval Punch & then punched a piece of Daffodil Yellow with the Scallop Oval Punch and adhered to the base card.
Supplies –
Stamp Set – Lovely as a Tree, Short & Sweet
Ink – Basic Black, Real Red, Daffodil Yellow, Versamark
Cardstock – Whisper White, Basic Black, Real Red, Daffodil Yellow
Punches – 1 1/4″ Circle, Large Oval, Scallop Oval
Accessories – Multipurpose Glue, Rhinestones, SU Sponge, Heat Tool, Crystal Effects
Until next time, Enjoy!

Non-Traditional Colours…

Today’s card is a combination of 2 challenges, one being Stamping 411 and the other is from a group I belong to over at Late Night Stampers.  The challenge from LNS called for a Christmas Card using non-traditional colours, ie no greens or reds! 
So of course, I had to grab one of my favourite stamps (which you are probably sick of seeing by now) to complete my card!
For a little bit of a different look, I’ve used Stampin’ Dimensionals to raise the 3 panels off the embossed background.  This way, the panels do not get lost in the background.  I’ve also used Dazzling Diamonds on the darker tree to highlight it even more!
I’ve used Very Vanilla Taffeta Ribbon on Very Vanilla Cardstock.  I love the colour on colour look!
Supplies –
Stamp Set – Lovely as a Tree
Ink – Soft Suede
Cardstock – Very Vanlla, Sofe Suede
Embossing Folder – Petals a Plenty
Punches – Scallop Trim
Accessories – Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Stampin’ Dimensionals,
Dazzling Diamonds, Taffeta Ribbon – Very Vanilla
My Card –
Until next time, Enjoy!


Today’s Xmas Card is again using stamp set “Lovely as a Tree”.  This set makes for a stunning card which showcases the fact that you can adjust stamps which you may have in your stash & use them for other occasions.
Supplies –
Stamp Set – Lovely as a Tree, Short & Sweet
Ink – Old Olive
Cardstock – Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla
DSP – Jolly Holiday
Punches – Large Oval, Scallop Oval, Extra Large Oval, 1″ Circle, 1 1/4″ Circle
Accessories – Snail Adhesive, 2-Way Glue, Dazzling Diamonds
Until next time, Enjoy!

Xmas Card…

From the first time I laid eyes on this stamp set, I thought it would make a lovely Christmas Card.  It hasn’t let me down.
I’ve taken the layout from my old old copies of cards which I did pre Stampin’ Up!®
Same card, but stepped up using Dazzing Diamonds®
Close-Up –
Supplies –
Stamp Set – Lovely as a Tree
Ink – Pear Pizzazz
Cardstock – Pear Pizzazz, Poppy Parade, Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip
Punches – 1″ Circle, 1 1/4″ Circle
Embossing FolderSquare Lattice*
Accessories – Snail Glue, 1/2″ Stitched-Poly Ribbon – Poppy Parade,
2-Way Glue Stick, Dazzling Diamonds
* Summer Mini-Catalogue – 2011
Until next time – Enjoy!

Happy Birthday Bonnie….

Today’s card is made especially for my niece who just loves and lives for horses………

Happy Birthday Bon!

Supplies –
Stamp Set – Wanted, Lovely as a Tree, Bitty Birthday
Cardstock – Close to Cocoa, Barely Banana, Very Vanilla
Inks – Close to Cocoa, Always Artichoke
Accessories – Grograin ribbon – Very Vanilla, Anywhere Glue Stick,
Dazzling Diamonds, Embossing Buddy

I’ve used the “Masking” Technique on this card.


Best Wishes…

G’Day Stampers,
This is the card we made yesterday at our Tech Class – Reflection Stamping or Mirror Image.
It is a very fun technique to do & even doing the most basic stamp can have your card looking stunning!
In fcat, we did a couple of different techniques to this card – Dazzling Diamonds, Aqua Painting, Sponging & for the inside – Pop-Up, but check them out for yourselves….
Card –
Close-Up –
Inside –
Supplies –
Stamp Set -Lovely as a Tree, Short n Sweet
Ink – Ruby Red, Olive
Cardstock – Ruby Red, Very Vanilla
DSP – Chocolate Chip
Punches – Scallop Oval, Large Oval
Accessories – Snail Adhesives, Sponge, Dazzling Diamonds,
2-Way Glue Pen, 1/4″ Grosgrain Ribbon – Very Vanilla, Aqua Painter
This is a great Stamp Set with so much potential – can you see it being used for a Christmas, Sympathy, General card or as in this case a Male Card?  The list is endless!
If you would like to start learning techniques & having fun & meeting new friends, please join us for our next class – Wednesday, 30 June.  We would love you to join us!  All you are required to bring is your own adheives!
Can’t make the class, then why not order one on line & I will post you all consumables, along with coloured photos & step by step instuctions on how to make this card!
Until next time, Enjoy!