Stampin’ Up! Valentine…..

My card today has been created for a swap that I was asked to join last month at Soul Scrappers.  I’ve been a member of this group for a few years now & are a lovely bunch of ladies.  Great place to see so many wonderful photos, ideas, challenges & scrapbook pages.

I don’t really have any “Valentine” stamps, so I sort of used a couple of stamps from different sets to achieve my look.  I did know that I wanted to keep it very simple without going over the top.  I certainly hope the ladies liked it.

Be sure to check back in a couple of days, as I will be posting the swaps I received.

Click on the link below to print your own Instructions

Artistic Etchings – Amour 

Until next time, Happy Stampin’


Our challenge over at Sunny Challenges & Creations has been given to us by Gwen.  Along with the sketch, we had to use the colour of Perfect Plum.  I must admit I haven’t used this colour for quiet some time, but alway love the end result when I do.

Measurements –
Base Card – Perfect Plum – 8 1/4 x 4 1/8″ or 21cm x 15cm
Layer 2 – Whisper White – 5 3/4″ x 3 7/8″ or 14cm x 9.5cm
Layer 1 – Pink Pirouette – 3 1/4″ x 2″ or 8.5cm x 5cm
Layer 2 – Whisper White – 3 1/8″ x 1 7/8″ or 8cm x 4.5cm
Layer 3 – Rose Red – 3″ x 1 7/8″ or 7.5cm x 5cm

Supplies –
Stamp Set – Artistic Etchings, Happiest Birthday Wishes
Ink – Rose Red, Perfect Plum, Pink Pirouette
Cardstock – Perfect Plum, Rose Red, Whisper White, Pink Pirouette
Embossing Folder – Perfect Polka Dots
Accessories – Big Shot, Scallop Circle Punch, 1″ Circle Punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Tombow Multipurpose Glue, Snail Adhesive

I run my large piece of Whisper White Cardstock through the Big Shot using Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder.  I adhered this to the Base Card – Perfect Plum with Snail Adhesive.

I inked my image in Pink Pirouette Ink, stamped off once & then onto the piece of Whisper White Cardstock.  I repeated this twice before stamping my main image over the top with Perfect Plum Ink.  This piece was adhered to a piece of Pink Pirouette prior to adhering to the Base Card with Tombow Multipurpose Glue.

The middle section was stamped onto Whisper White Cardstock with Pink Pirouette Ink.  I stamped off once prior to stamping one image, while the other was direct to paper.  I then inked the crown with Perfect Plum, stamped direct to paper while the 3rd image I used Rose Red.  This piece was adhered to a layer of Rose Red Cardstock & finally to the Base Card.  Part of the section was adhered  with Snail Adhesive while the other part was adhered with a couple of Stampin’ Dimensionals.

The greeting was stamped twice onto a scap of Whisper White Cardstock, once in Perfect Plum Ink, punched out with the Scallop Circle Punch & the 2nd image in Rose Red & the middle punched with the 1″ Circle Punch.  The Rose Red image was then adhered to the middle of the Perfect Plum image with a Stampin’ Dimensional prior to adhering to the card.  Again, I used Snail Adhesive for the top part, while the bottom part is supported by a Stampin’ Dimensional.

We would love for you to join us this week in our challenge.  So hop on over to check what the other girls have created & then link your creation back using Mr Linky.

Until next time, Happy Stampin’

Artistic Etchings….

Inside Card…

….. meets Faux Patrina Technique.

This is one of our cards we will be creating this Sunday at the Caloundra Commity Centre.

I must admit this is way out of my comfort zone, including the colours, which I think I have broken all the rules in the book, but am happy with the final outcome.

Date         Sunday, 21 October 2012
Time        1.00pm – 4.00pm
Address    Caloundra Community Centre
                 78 Buderim Street, Currimundi
RSVP       Saturday, 20 October
Cost          $15.00
BYO          Tool Kit

 Until next time, Happy Stampin’

Technique Class…..

Yep, I am behind in posting my cards the last few weeks – busy busy busy with invitations & now the receptions are just around the corner!!!!!
The card I am showing you today is one of the ones we created a couple of weeks ago when we did our Distressing Class.  What fun that was!  Lots of Embossing, Water & Sponging!

Inside Card…
Close Up – Pearls have since be added to the waist…

I am really very happy with the way this card turned out.  What do you think???

SC 048/12…

It seems so long since my last post that I actually had to check out the last card I did….

The challenge this week is to use Old Olive, Chocolate Chip & 1 Netural Colour, as well as the sketch.  It was my turn to create the challenge.

I did create a card for the challenge a couple of days ago, but when I went to post it, suddenly realised all the colours were wrong!  Wouldn’t you think I would check the 2nd part of the challenge first?????  Never mind, I will post that one in a few days.

Measurements –
Base Card – Very Vanilla – 8 1/4″ x 5 7/8″ or 21cm x 15cm – Scored in middle & folded in half
Layer 1 – Old Olive – 4″ x 5 5/8″ or 10cm x 14.5cm
Layer 2 – Very Vanilla – 5 1/2″ x 1 5/8″ or 4cm x 14cm
Layer 3 – Very Vanilla – 5 1/2″ x 2 1/8″ or 4cm x 5.5cm
Layer 3 – Old Olive – 3 1/4″ x 2 7/8″ or 8.5cm x 7.5cm
Layer 4 – Chocolate Chip – 3 1/8″ x 2 3/4″ or 8cm x 7cm
Layer 5 – Very Vanilla – 3″ x 2 5/8″ or 7.5cm x 6.5cm

Close up of Embossing & Distressing…

Supplies –
Stamp Set – Artistic Etchings
Ink – Chocolate Chip, Old Olive
Cardstock – Old Olive, Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip
Ribbon – Crochet Trim – Victoria
Embossing Folder – Final Press
Accessories – Bigshot, Snail Adhesive, Multipurpose Glue, Sponge, Spong Dauber,  Designer Sanding Block, Cutter Tool, Stampin’ Up! Dimensionals, Smooch Spritz – Vanilla Shimmer


Card Inside…

Using Choclate Chip Ink & Sponge, I covered the piece of Very Vanilla Cardstock ensuring it was really well covered.  I then run it through the Bigshot using Embossing Folder – Final Press.  When it comes out, you will notice that some of the raised embossing is showing bits of Vanilla Cardstock.  This is what you want!  Grabbing my Stampin’ Up! Sanding Block, I then rubbed it over the raised areas of the embossed piece.  I was pretty rough with this, as I wanted it to be torn & well worn!

Grabbing a Sponge Dauber, I inked it in Old Olive Ink & rubbed it over the raised areas so that small bits of Old Olive were showing through.  I then sprayed the whole piece with Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz.  Not only did this give a shimmer to  the card, but it also made the Choclate Chip a little softer.  In fact, I had to look at the Ink to check if I had actually used Chocolate Chip, as I thought it was Soft Suede.

Once the piece was dry, I cut it according to the above measurements & went around all the edges with my Distressing Tool.  Again, I was fairly rough, as I wanted it to be torn in places & bits of the Very Vanilla to show around the edges.  This piece was adhered to the Old Olive Cardstock with Multipurpose Glue.

Stamped Images…

I adhered a piece of the Crochet Trim across the middle with Snail Adhesive & tied a knot to the Right Hand Side.

Grabbing the smaller piece of Very Vanilla Cardstock, Old Olive Ink & Sponge Dauber, I daubed ink all over the Cardstock, working in circular motions.  I did wipe the Dauber onto a piece of scrap paper prior to daubing onto the Cardstock, as I wanted it to be a little softer.

Images were randomly stamped in Old Olive & Chocolate Chip, stamping off once or twice prior to stamping some of the images in Old Olive.  I should have distressed the edges prior to adhering to the layers, but completely forgot until I had the card completed.  I sprayed Smooch Spritz over the top & let dry prior to adhering firstly to Chocolate Chip & then to Old Olive with Snail Adhesive.

I opted not to add the sentiment, so hope Kris & Gwen will forgive me!

Don’t forget to pop over to Sunny Challenges & Creations to check out what Kris, Gwen & our Guest Designers have created.  While you are there, why not play along?

Until next time, Happy Stampin’