My card for the sketch challenge over at Stamping 411 was especially created for a lovely friend who has been in hospital.  I didn’t want to post this until Saturday when I knew for sure that she would have received the card, but the challenge closes in 1 1/2 days.  I created a card which hopefully would be bright, cherry & fun!  I hope I have succeeded.
Again, I’ve used 2 stamp sets which will be retiring at the end of the month.  You will probably see me use a lot more for the rest of the month, as I want to make the most of them before “R Day” – Retirement Day.
Creating challenges from Stamping 411 means one thing – MEASUREMENTS
To help get you started, here are some possible measurements you could use:

1.Layer One — 5.5 x 8.5″, scored and folded to make your Card Base

2.Layer Two — 4 x 5.25″
3.Layer Three — 3 x 3.75″ — punch one end with a Border Punch
4.Layer Four — 2.75 x 3.25″
5.Layer Five — 1.75 x 4″
6.Layer Six — 1.5 x 3.75″
Using my SU Markers, I inked my image with Rich Razzleberry & Old Olive.  I wanted to bring a touch of a second colour into the card, so I opted for a stamp which I could work that with.  I stamped the image direct onto the piece of Whisper White Cardstock & adhered to a slightly larger piece of Cardstock – Rich Razzleberry.
I stamped my image direct onto Whisper White Cardstock using Rich Razzleberry Ink, stamping off at times.  This piece was run through the Bigshot using Embossing Folder – Perfect Polka Dots.  I love, love, love this folder & can’t get enough of it.  My piece of Rich Razzleberry was punched along the bottom with the Eyelet Border Punch.  The Embossed Whisper White was adhered to this piece.
My biggest piece of Whisper White Cardstock was scored every 1/2″ down the card.  I adhered all layers to this piece as per the sketch & wrapped a piece of Rich Razzleberry Grosgrain Ribbon around the lot.  I elected to stamp a butterfly image onto a piece of scrap Whisper White Cardstock using Rich Razzleberry Ink, cut the image out, dusted some Dazzling Diamonds onto the butterfly using my 2-Way Glue Pen & applied 3 Basic Rhinestones down the middle.  This was then adhered to the ribbon using SU Dimensionals instead of a bow or knot.
The whole piece was adhered to the base card, Rich Razzleberry, with SU Dimensionals.
Supplies –
Stamp Set – Great Friend, Eastern Blooms
Ink – Rich Razzleberry
Cardstock – Whisper White, Rich Razzleberry
Ribbon – 5/8″ Grosgrain – Rich Razzleberry
Punches – Eyelet Border
Embossing Folder – Perfect Polka Dots
Accessories – Snail Adhesive, Dazzling Diamonds, SU Dimensionals, 2-Way Glue Pen,
SU Markers, Basic Rhinestones
I hope you like this card Gwen & all the best for a very speedy recovery!
Until next time, Enjoy!

SSSC64 – Congratulations…..

G’day Stampers,
It has been a couple of days since my last post, but had some great news last Saturday night & as a result this is the card I come up with using the sketch SSSC64 from “The Sweetest Thing” –

Knowing that red was a must and what goes with red, but black & white!  Then not being able to decide between the sets “Embrace Life” or “Eastern Blooms” –  the flower from “Eastern Blooms” winning out in the end, as I just love how the Heat Embossing Technique works on this flower.
I’ve changed the layout of the flowers a little.
Card –
Supplies –
Stamp Set – Eastern Blooms, Wonderful Words
Ink – Basic Black, Versa-Mark
Cardstock – Real Red, Basic Black, Whisper White
Accessories – Snail Adhesive, Pretties Kit, 2-Way Glue,
3/4″ Polka-Dot Grosgrain Ribbon*, Embossing Buddy,
Powder Tray, Embossing Powder – White, Heat Tool
* Summer Mini-Catalogue 2010
Congratulations Dannielle & Chis!

Eastern Blooms….

G’Day Stampers,

I watched an old esposide of “Golden Girls” this arvo & loved the colours Bea was wearing, so after spending about 2 hours wandering with colours in my mind, I have now suddenly realised this would be a very easy 10 minute card AND involves Heat Embossing Technique – instructions found here…

Supplies –
Stamp Set – Eastern Blooms
Ink – Versa-Mark
Cardstock – Pretty in Pink, Almost Amethyst, Lavender Lace, Going Gray
Accessories – Grosgrain Pretty in Pink Robbon, Dazzling Diamonds,
2-Way Glue Stick, Snail Adhesive, Glue Dots

Until tmw, enjoy!

Scrap Cardstock…

Hello Fellow Stampers,
I thought I would post a little ditty in ref to our bits & pieces of left over cardstock. 
I’ve decided to do a little project with my left over “stuff”, but more of that later.
Sample 1
Sample 2
Supplies –
Stamp Set – Eastern Blooms, Great Friend
Ink – Not Quite Navy
Card Stock – Not Quite Navy, Old Olive, Really Rust, Very Vanilla
Accessories – Anywhere Glue Stick, Heat Tool, Stampin Emboss Powder – White
How easy is this!  Doesn’t matter what size the little cards are, they always come up great!  In fact, the more varied the sizes, the better I like them!
No Very Vanilla Cardstock has been hurt in this project, only the coloured Cardstock – Earth Elements – and they were from my scraps.
I then used the Embossing Technique for the front.  Doesn’t require anything else. 
Find this Technique Here
I like to make a fresh batch – sounds like cooking.  Opps, I forgot, I don’t cook – of small gift cards every 2/3 weeks which I give to my customers along with their orders.  I try to cater for their tastes in colours, etc as not everyone likes the same thing! 
Not only that, I am totally out of my comfort zone by using the “Earth Elements” but I love the way they have come out!
One more thing, Stampin’ Emboss Powder would have to be the greatest powder I have ever used!  It is so fine & always comes out so lovely!  I love watching the heat changing the texture!
Tip – As long as I am able to punch the smallest circle from cardstock/DSP, I NEVER toss any of it out.
Make sure you check back in a couple of days to view my little/big project!
Until tmw, have a great night

5 Minute Card

Hello World!

It is a couple of days since my last posting, but I have been in Brissie & now trying to organise myself for a new street market the local council are starting for the Christmas Holidays!
After not doing any markets for over 4 years, I forgot how much prep is required, but I am slowly getting there – I think, maybe! Anyhow, who says I can’t panic at the last moment!
This is a card I did some time ago, but thought I would post it to give you all a look-see!

Supplies –

Cardstock – Perfect Plum, Certainly Celery, Very Vanilla
Stamp Set – Embrace Life
Ink – Perfect Plum
Accessories – Snail Adhesive
Ribbon – Non-SU

Instructions –
Stamp the flower randomly onto the 2nd layer – Certainly Celery

Cut the3rd layer – Very Vanilla – into 3 equal pieces
Using Perfect Plum Stamp Pad, stamp leaves onto each piece of the 3 pieces of Very Vanilla, ensuring they are in the middle of each piece
Tie Ribbon around the bottom of a piece of Very Vanilla Cardstock
Leaving a small edge around the Very Vanilla & allowing Certainly Celery to show through adhere to middle of 2nd layer
Adhere the other 2 pieces to either side of the middle piece
Leaving a small edge, adhere the 2nd layer – Certainly Celery – to the top of the Card – Perfect Plum

If you don’t understand the tutorial, please do not hesitate to email me & I will only be too happy to explain
Happy Stampin’