I pulled out my Colour Coach today to find a colour combination that would be a little different & for colours that I would never think to use together.  I went with the “Getting Started” Combination, which has gone perfectly with today’s card.
I’ve used the sketch from Clean and Simple which just cries for a clean & simple card!
I’ve also combined it with my groups weekly challenge for Late Night Stampers.  Challenge 108 – Let’s Hear it for the Boys – Masculine Cards

Base Card – Old Olive – 5 7/8″ x 4 1/8″ or 15cm x 10.5cm – cut, score & fold in half
Layer 1 – Marina Mist – 5 7/8″ x 2″ or 15cm x 5cm
Layer 2 – Real Red – 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ or 10cm x 6cm
Layer 3 – Whisper White – 2 3/8″ x 3 3/8″ x 9.5cm x 5.5cm
For my card, I randomly stamped Marina Mist Cardstock using Marina Mist Ink.  I then adhered this down the LHS of Old Olive.  Using Marina Mist Ink, I stamped the image directly onto the Whisper White.  I stamped the greeting in Real Red Ink off to the right of Whisper White Cardstock.  I adhered this to Real Red Cardstock & tore the bottom of the Real Red Cardstock
Using Hemp Twine, I tied this around the middle of the Whisper White & adhered the whole lot to the base card.  I threaded a piece of Hemp Twine through a buttom & adhered to the card.
Supplies –
Stamp Set – Seaworthy, Sincere Salutations
Inks – Real Red, Marina Mist
Cardstock – Whisper White, Old Olive, Real Red, Marina Mist
Ribbon – Hemp Twine
Accessories – Snail Adhesive, Multipurpose Glue, Button – Real Red
Until next time, Enjoy!

Thinking of You…

It has been a couple of days since my last post.  I have been busy out in the garden, but now it is just too hot again, so with all housework, etc completed, music in the backbround, Tennis on TV – sound turned down, and my stamps everywhere, I can play!  What better way to spend Sunday arvo, except the beach or maybe fishing!

The inspiration for this card comes from the new sketch over at Stamping 411 and I have combined my group’s weekly challenge where we have to make a Sympathy card – see Here for the 1st card posted.

Again Stamping 411 have supplied the measurements for the sketch –

Base: 11 x 4 1/4″, scored and folded in half at 5 1/2″

Layer 2: 5 3/8″ x 4 1/8″ *** note: this is an extra layer, you could skip this one.. 😀
Layer 3: 5 1/4″ x 4″
Layer 4: 3 3/4″ x 3″
Layer 5: 3 5/8″ x 2 1/2″

For my card I used the Bigshot, Embossing Folder – Perfect Polka Dots – I am loving this folder, but you have probably guessed by now – and embossed Whisper White Cardstock

Taking a piece of Watercolour Paper, I randomly applied Shimmer Paint and allowed to dry.  If you are too impatient, this is where your Heat Tool comes in handy, but I am happy to do something else while waiting for Shimmer Paint to dry.  Wipe your Embossing Buddy over the Paper.  With your image, stamp over Watercolour Paper using Versamark.  While still wet, apply Embossing Powder – White, over the image.  Tap excess into your Tray, and heat image using your Heat Tool.  I love embossing as I love to watch the Powder change colour….

Using an Aqua Painter and Poppy Parade, colour your image.  This is the best part, as you can pick up the ink and with your Painter, lighten or darken your image until you are happy with the result.  I kept mine light as I wanted to keep the whole card very clean.  I then stamped my sentiment directly over the Shimmer.

I’ve found using Shimmer Paint, even the bright colour inks will look soft once stamped.  It also gives a completely different to Watercolour Paper.

Adhere this stamped paper to Poppy Parade Cardstock.  Adhere ribbon to the Embossed Whisper White RHS and adhere Poppy Parade to this piece of Cardstock.  Tie bow and adhere to card.

Supplies –
Stamp Set – Fifth Avenue Floral, Sincere Salutations
Inks – Poppy Parade
Cardstock – Whisper White, Poppy Parade, Watercolour Paper
Embossing Folder – Perfect Polks Dots
Ribbon – 3/8″ Taffeta – White
Accessories – Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Embossing Powder – White, Shimmer Paint,
Embossing Buddy, Aqua Painter, Heat Tool, Bigshot
Tip – Sentiments like “Thinking of You”, “For You”, etc make for great cards,
as they cover all types of occasions.
Until next time, Enjoy!

Circles, Circles…

…and more circles.

When I saw this challenge, I knew that I wanted to create a male card by using Circle Circus.  Then to top it off, I found some DSP that would match perfectly with the stamp set & sketch.  I will admit I am very happy with the way it turned out.  Got to love it when that happens!

Base Card – Baja Breeze Cardstock – Cut, score & fold
Layer 1 – Very Vanilla Cardstock – 5 5/8″ x 3 7/8″ or 14cm x 10cm
Layer 2 – DSP – 2 1/2″ x 3 7/8″ or 6,5cm x 10cm

Stamp sentiment bottom RHS of Very Vanilla Cardstock in Soft Suede Ink.  With my Bigshot, Embossing Folder – Perfect Polka Dots & the bottom half of Very Vanilla Cardstock, I run the Cardstock through the Bigshot.  I then asdhered the DSP to the top half of Very Vanilla and adhered to the base card.

Again with the Bigshot, I cut an oval in Soft Suede Cardstock using the Ovals Dies.  I also cut a smaller one in Very Vanilla.  I grabbed my stamp set, Soft Suede and Baja Breeze Inks and the Very Vanilla Oval and proceeded to stamp.  I adhered this oval to the Soft Suede Oval & then adhered to the card base.
All in all a very easy card, but none the less a very nice one!

Supplies –
Stamp Set – Circle Circus, Sincere Salutations
Inks – Baja Breeze, Soft Suede
Cardstock – Very Vanilla, Baja Breeze, Soft Suede
DSP – Elegant Soiree – Love this DSP
Bigshot Dies – Ovals
Embossing Folder – Perfect Polka Dots
Accessories – Snail Adhesive, Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Bigshot

Until next time, Enjoy!


Tomorrow’s post today….
Crayon Resist
Supplies –
Stamp Set – In Full Bloom – Retired, Sincere Saluations
Cardstock – Basic Black, Only Orange, Glossy White
Ink – Olive Green, Basic Black, Only Orange 
Accessories – Snail Adhesive, Ribbon – Gingham – Black, Watercolour Wonder Crayons
For those that have not tried it, have a go! You will find this technique fun & be surprised at the outcome each time you make a card
In fact, I will be making another card for next month as it is when the new class begins – “Monthly Techniques” – more information to follow
Instructions –
1. Stamp image/s onto glossy cardstock using Basic Black or Stazon stamp pad
2. Allow to dry
3. Using a white or light coloured Wax crayon, colour in or highlight any areas you wish to remain white
4. Sponge or brayer ink over the stamped images, using multiple or single colours. You may also like to use a Spectrum ink pad
5. Once dry – only takes a couple of minutes – using a tissue, buff off

Enjoy your day

2nd Post…

Birthday Wishes…
I have made a bargin with myself that this week I am going to try & use stamps that I haven’t used in quiet sometime.  I am also going to try a couple of things out of my comfort zone!  So we will see how we go!  I just have a little problem – every stamp set  I use, becomes my favourite AND I HATE using the DSP, as I love it so much!
Supplies –
Stamp Set – Always, Sincere Saluations
Ink Pad – Going Gray
Card Stock – Bashful Blue – Textured
DSP – Urban Garden
Accessories – Dazzling Diamonds, 2-Way Glue, Snail Glue
Non-SU – Ribbon, Black Crystal for the eye

Until tmw

Have a great night & Enjoy

Gotta go & watch the last eposide of “All Saints” – Boo Hoo