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The new weekly challenges begins today over at Sunny Challenges & Creations & it was my turn to create the challenge.  This time round, along with the sketch, it is to use Ribbon on your layout.  How easy can it get?

My card has been created for a friend of mine who is celebrating her birthday today.  As she lives on acreage, I decided to go with colours that best represent the bush in Australia – Green, Gold & Brown.  I’ve never used these colours together & really like the effect they have created.

On the spur of the moment, I decided to try & use a Stampin’ Up! Wheel somehow in the design.

Measurements –
Base Card – Daffodil Delight – 8 1/4″ x 4 1/8″ or 21cm x 15cm – scored in the middle & folded in half
Layer 1 – DSP – 5 1/2″ x 3 3/4″ or 14cm x 9.5cm
Layer 2 – Old Olive – 4 1/2″ x 1 5/8″ or 11.5cm x 4cm
Layer 3 – Whisper White – 4 3/8″ x 1 1/2″ or 11cm x 3.5cm
Layer 4 – Old Olive – 3 1/8″ x 2″ or 8cm x 5cm
Layer 5 – Whisper White – 3″ x 1 7/8″ or 7.5cm  4.5cm

Supplies –
Stamp Sets – Field Flowers, Vintage Vogue, Sincere Salutations

Ink – Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Soft Suede

Cardstock – Daffodil Delight, Whisper White, Old Olive, Soft Suede
DSP – Neutrals
Wheel – Very Vintage
Punches – Scallop Oval, Large Oval
Embossing Folder – Perfect Polka Dots
Ribbon – 5/8″ Satin – Old Olive
Accessories – Snail Adhesive, Multipurpose Glue, Stampin’ Dimensionals, SU! Markers – Old Olive, Daffodil Delight, Blender Pen, Bigshot, Pearls

Inking my Wheel, I ran it over the long piece of Whisper White Cardstock, ensuring that the image was up the correct way, which meant that I had to run the wheel across the Card 3/4 times, ensuring coverage was all over.

Grabbing my Blender Pen & a Stampin’ Up! Marker – Daffodil Delight, I coloured the flower from the wheel.  As I didn’t want this part of the card to be the main focal point, I left it as is.  This piece was then adhered to the longer piece of Old Olive Cadstock with Snail Adhesive.

Inking up the stem image with SU! Marker – Old Olive, I stamped it direct to the smaller piece of Whisper White Cardstock, run it through the Bigshot using the Embossing Folder – Perfect Polka Dots, adhered it to the piece of Old Olive Cardstock using Snail Adhesive & finally to the piece of DSP ensuring I followed the sketch before adhering DSP with Multipurpose Glue.

I stamped 3 large flower images with Daffodil Delight onto Whisper White Cardstock & 3 using Soft Suede.  These were cut out prior to attaching to the card with Snail Adhesive for the front flower & Stampin’ Up! Dimensionals for the back 2 flowers.  All 3 smaller flower images were adhered to the middle of the larger flowers with Snail Adhesive.

I run a piece of Satin Ribbon across the bottom part of the DSP, tucked ends under, tied a knot & adhered the whole lot to the Base Card – Daffodil Delight with Snail Adhesive.

The sentiment was stamped onto a scrap piece of Whisper White Cardstock in Old Olive Ink, punched using the Large Oval Punch, adhered to a piece of Daffodil Delight piece which had been punch with the Scallop Oval Punch & finally to the card with Snail Adhesive.

I popped 3 Pearls into the centre of each small flower to finish

I hope you will join us this week.  Don’t forget to pop over to Sunny Challenges & Creations & check out what Kris, Gwen & our Guest Designer for the week – Sarah – have created.

 Have a great day!

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’


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! 

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The new weekly challenge over at Sunny Challenges & Creations starts today.  It is an easy one this week, although it did set my mind racing as there are sooooooooo many ways you could create your project by creating a Window in your card!  Yep, Kris has set us a challenge by making a “window in our card“.

I will admit, I based my card around 2 pieces of paper – one being the DSP & the other Soft Suede Cardstock.  I found these 2 pieces already adhered together in with the DSP pack.  Obviously, I had used the remainder of the strip for something else & the piece left was just perfect for a card folded on it’s side.  The piece of Soft Suede Cardstock had even been punched with the Scallop Edge Border Punch, so that was an added bonus as far as I was concerned.

I even used a piece of Textured Cardstock for my Base Card which I found in my Textured Drawer of cardstock.  I thought it would take away the blank look of the front of the card while at the same time, giving it a suttle soft feel to the card……..  I wanted the window to be my focus.

Then in the middle of creating my card, the “light bulb” went off & I created the window around a tiny stamp, but all will be revealed as we get further down……..  curious now!!!!!!!!!!!!

Supplies –
Stamp Set – Elementary Elegance, Elements of Style, Sincere Salutations, En Francais
Ink – Soft Suede, Pink Pirouette
Cardstock – Pink Pirouette Textured, Very Vanilla, Soft Suede
DSP – Beau Chateau
Punches – Scallop Edge Border, 1 3/4″ Circle, 2 3/8 Scallop Circle
Ribbon – 1/2 Seam Binding – Very Vanilla
Accessories – Tombow Multipurpose Glue, Dotto, Pearls, Snail Adhesive

Measurements –
Base Card – Pink Pirouette Textured Cardstock – 12″ x 4 1/8″ or 30cm x 10.5cm – Scored in the middle longways & folded in half
Layer 1 – DSP – 1″ x 4 1/8″ or 2.5cm x 10.5cm
Layer 2 – Soft Suede – 1″ x 4 1/8″ or 1.5cm

Once the card had been scored & folded in half, I cut about 1 1/4″ of Cardstock from the front right hand side of the card – the top layer ONLY!!!!!! 

Prior to adding my bits down the Right Hand Side of my card, I punched a circle from the front top layer of my card using the 1 3/4″ Circle Punch.  I adhered the piece of DSP & Soft Suede Cardstock down the RHS with Snail Adhesive.  I allowed about 1/8″ from the edge of the card showing on the RHS.

My little WOW factor with the little stamped bird inside the card

I punched a circle out of the DSP using the 1 3/4″ Circle Punch, positioned the 2 3/8″ Scallop Circle Punch over the top, ensuring that the DSP was even on all side prior to punching.  Don’t you just love how all SU! punches gel together??????  You should have a scalloped circle ready to be placed over the the window in your card.

I cut a piece of Very Vanilla Cardstock for the inside of my card – 4″ x 5 5/8″ & adhered with Snail Adhesive.  A circle was punched from a scrap piece of paper with my 1 3/4″ Circle Punch & placed over the top of the inside layer ensuring that the whole of the Very Vanilla was covered with the scrap paper.  I placed a temporary adhesive to the back of the paper with Dotto so that the paper wouldn’t move around when I stamped.

I inked my script image with Pink Pirouette Ink, stamped over the paper & onto the Very Vanilla Cardstock.  The excess ink went straight onto the scrap paper.  When I removed the scrap paper, I had a round circle of script on the Very Vanilla Cardstock inside.  This script image appeared through the window when the card was closed. 

TIP – To remove any little bits of Dotto on your card, rub gently with Adhesive Remover

See the little wings behind the big bird…..

I adhered my scalloped DSP circle over the top of the window with Tombow, stamped my bird image onto a scrap of Very Vanilla using Soft Suede Ink, cut out & WHAM – the “light bulb” switched on!!!!!!  I adhered the cut out bird  to the top of the DSP scallop circle by his little wing tip with Tombow.  The bird was covering the little bird on the inside & cannot be seen until you open the card…..
As the card was still missing something I tied a knot with Very Vanilla Seam Binding & adhered to the DSP with a Mini Glue Dot.

I decided to stop there, but after putting all my “stuff” away, I eyed my Pearls & thought “why not” – so on with the Pearls down the Scallop Edge Border & of course, 1 for his little eye.

I grabbed a greeting & stamped direct onto the Textured Cardstock with Soft Suede.  It just seemed to balance the card a bit better.

 Don’t forget to head over to Sunny Challenges & Creations to check out what Gwen, Kris & Tess have created, as well as our talented Weekly Guest Designers.
We would love for you to join us as this week, we have decided if we reach 10 entries there will be TWO (2) Ray of Sunshines announced the following Satrday. 
Happy Stampin’


Need for Speed…

Envelope & Inside Card….

I finally purchased this great stamp set.  I have been after it for what seems like forever! 

The card today was the one we did at the Community Centre.  Unfortunately I couldn’t be there as I have a family wedding this weekend & it is the first time in about 15 years that my brothers & sister have all been together.

After deciding how I wanted to make my card, it sort of come together fairly quickly. 

Measurements –
Base Card – So Saffron – 8 1/4″ x 4 1/8″ or 21.5cm – Score in the middle & fold in half
Layer 1 – Very Vanilla – 5 1/2″ x 3 7/8″ or 14cm x 10cm
Layer 2 – DSP – 5 1/8″ x 3″ or 7.5cm x 13cm – You may have to adjust this after adhering to the Very Vanilla
Layer 3 – Cherry Cobbler – 5 1/2″ x 1 1/4″ or 14cm x 2.5cm
Layer 4 – DSP – 5 3/8″ x 1 1/8″ or 13.5cm x 2cm
Layer 5 – Not Quiet Navy – 5 1/2″ x 1 1/4″ or 14cm x 2.5cm
Layer 6 – Cherry Cobbler – 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ or 6.5cm x 6.5cm
Layer 7 – Very Vanilla – 2 3/8″ x 2 3/8″  or 6cm x 6cm

I cut the DSP into 3/4″ strips & adhered them to the Very Vanilla Cardstock.  I left about 1/8″ of Very Vanilla showing between the DSP strips & the top & side edges of the Very Vanilla.

I adhered the long strip of DSP to the piece of Cherry Cobbler, leaving a narrow edge aound the whole lot.  This was then adhered to the piece of Not Quyiet Navy which had been punched along one long side with the Eyelet Border Punch.

I adhered this piece to the bottom part of the Very Vanilla Cardstock with the DSP on it.  Once this was adhered, it covered the bottom part of the Very Vanilla.

I stamped the image onto the piece of Very Vanilla square in So Saffron Ink.  The bike was stamped onto a scrap piece of Very Vanilla Cardstock with Not Quiet Navy Ink & cut out.

I adhered the piece of Very Vanilla stamped image to the piece of Cherry Cobbler & adhered the bike over the top with Snail Adhesive.  The whole piece was adhered to the Base Card with SU! Dimensionals.

I stamped the greeting onto a scrap piece of Very Vanilla Cardstock in Not Quiet Navy, punched with the Large Oval Punch & adhered to a piece of Cherry Cobbler which had been punched with the Scallop Oval Punch.  This was then adhered to the Base Card with Snail Adhesive.

Supplies –
Stamp Set – Need for Speed, Sincere Salutations
Ink – Not Quiet Navy, So Saffron
Cardstock – Very Vanilla, So Saffron, Cherry Cobbler, Not Quiet Navy
DSP – Well Worn
Punches – Large Oval, Scallop Oval, Eyelet Border
Accessories – Snail Adhesive, SU! Dimensionals

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


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!

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Sunny Challenges & Creations new sketch for this week is up & running!

For some reason I had a really hard time creating a card for the sketch set by Gwen It looked easy enough, but boy, was I dead wrong!  Thanks Gwen!  This sketch is just perfect for Punch Art!

Anyhow, this week we have to go by the sketch, along with NO STAMPS!!!!!  The only stamp we can use is for the sentiment.

Prior to SU, I hated stamps – didn’t know how to use them & couldn’t understand why everyone raved about them – this would have been dead easy, but since SU – they make everything so easy – it turned into a nightmare.  I changed my mind about 3 times & that was in the middle of all cards. 

I am not exactly happy with what I have done & the photos are not the best, but it is sort of growing on me.  If I get time during the week, I am going to have another go at exactly the same card, except change a couple of small things.

Anyhow, enough of my whinging & on with the card –

Base Card – Wisteria Wonder – 5 7/8″ x 4 1/4″ or 15cm x 10.5cm – once scored & folded in half
Layer 1 – Whisper White – 5 3/4″ x 4″ or 14.5cm x 10cm

Card Inside…

I stamped my sentiment direct onto Whisper White Cardstock using Wisteria Wonder Ink.  I have to get used to the new “IN Colours“, which are absolutely gorgeous by the way.
Using my Bone Scorer & Ruler, I scored the card diagonally at 1″ intervals, turned the card & repeated in the opposite direction.


I punched 3 circles in Calypso Coral using my 3/4″ Circle Punch & adhered to the Whisper White Cardstock as per the sketch. I punched 9 butterflies using the Butterfly Punch, 3 in Whisper White, 3 in Pool Party – a colour to die for & 3 in Vellum.  I love love playing with Vellum & using them on cards, but it seems forever since I last used any.  All 9 butterflies were put through the Bigshot using the Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder.

I layered all butterflies together, ie Whisper White, Pool Party & then the Vellum on top of each other & applied a large Basic Pearl to the centre.  They were attached over the top of the Calypso Coral circles using SU Dimensionals.
To finish my card, I randomly applied different size Pearls to the centre of the score lines.
Supplies –
Stamp Set – Sincere Salutations
Ink – Wistera Wonder
Cardstock – Whisper White, Wistera Wonder, Calypso Coral, Pool Party, Vellum
Punches – 3/4″ Circle, Butterfly
Embossing Folder – Perfect Polka Dots
Accessories – SU Dimensionals, Basic Jewels – Pearls, Bone Scorer, Snail Adhesive, Bigshot

Now why not have a bit of fun yourself & have a go at the challenge.  Hop on over to Sunny Challenges & Creations, make your card & link it back with Mr Linky.  While there, have a look at what Gwen & Kris have created this week

Until next time, Enjoy!