Card # 2 – Merry Christmas

Today’s Card is continuing from our Play Day & was created by Gail.  I took inspiration from it & used Stampin’ Up! products Gailon it.  As you can see I have changed it a little – well a lot!  I just couldn’t stop & kept going!

I actually purchased this Stamp Set – Choose Happiness – to create a Christmas Card.  For some reason it reminded me of Christmas & had to go along with it.  I also saw a card from the very talented Julie Gearinger which screamed this stamp.  Thank you Gail & Julie for your inspiration.

The ladies had heaps of fun creating the card & as usual even though we all start out with the same kit but they quickly grew into completely different cards – see photo below of our cards.

Don’t forget to click on the link above the photo to grab a free tutorial on how I created my card.

Until next time, happy Stampin’

Vicky

92. Merry Christmas

Gail-wmProducts used to create our card –

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It was my turn to create the challenge this week over at Sunny Challenges & Creations & thought seeing as though it is now July – a Christmas Challenge would be in order.  Along with the sketch, we had to create a card, 3-D item or scrapbook page.

I don’t know if you have noticed in the new catalogue that there are NO Christmas/Holiday Stamp Sets or Accessories, BUT there is the Carry Over List from the Autumn/Winter Catalogue.  In saying that, there is no reason as to why you could not use a retired Stamp Set to create your card or even a non-traditional stamp set!!!! You may surprise yourself with what you can come up with!

For those that know me, I tend to steer away from traditional Christmas Colours & like to go more with non-traditional colours, as in today’s card – Very Vanilla, Soft Suede & Pink Pirouette.  I love these colours together & not just for Christmas.  Of course, how could I not create a card without using my favourite Embossing Folder – Perfect Polka Dots!

Supplies –
Stamp Set Ornament Keepsakes – 128051, Petite Pairs – 122497
Ink  Pink Pirouette – 126956
Cardstock  Very Vanilla – 106550, Soft Suede – 119982
Framelits  Holiday Ornaments – 127816
Punches  Large Oval – 119855, Scallop Oval – 119856
Embossing Folder – Perfect Polka Dots – 117335
Accessories  Big Shot – 113439, Snail Adhesives – 104332, Multipurpose Liquid Glue – 110755, Stampin’ Dimensionals – 104430, Rhinestone Basic Jewels – 119246, Stampin’ Write Marker – Neutrals – Soft Suede – 131261

 

Don’t forget to pop on over to Sunny Challenges & Creations to check out what lovely cards the Design Team – Kris & Libby – have created.

We would really love for you to join us as we love seeing what everyone creates, but more importantly love leaving you all comments.

 
Tutorial for you to create your own card –
 
 
Until next time, Happy Stampin’

Last Day…

… to order from the Retiring List

To celebrate the current Stampin’ Up! Catalogue, I thought I would share with you the box of cards I created again using Retiring Products.  The idea come about after creating my card for the current Sunny Challenges challenge, which still has one more week to run, so it is not too late to link your creation with Mr Linky.

If you remember I created a box of 3 x 3 Gift Cards using Nature Walk & the Regal Inks which are retiring, a couple of days ago, so this time I thought I do would a similar sort of thing using the retiring Subtles Colours.

I created 4 cards – 2 x Regal Rose & 2 x Pretty in Pink.  All cards have a different greeting/sentiment on them. The box has touches of Pretty in Pink.  The word “Cards” on the box was created in MDS & printed in Certainly Celery.

Regal Rose & Pretty in Pink

 
Until next time, Happy Stampin!
 
Vicky

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Our challenge over at Sunny Challenges is to create a project using the sketch as well as retiring Stampin’ Up! product.  To play along, all you have to do is check out that long Retiring List.

As the sketch is wide open, I thought I would try something a little different with my card this week.  In fact I enjoyed this fun technique that it is going to be included in our Technique Class next month.

I remember seeing a card which was using a tile technique on Pinterest, but as usual didn’t take much notice or didn’t save it, thinking I would not be using it, but it did stick in my mind.  Thank you so much for your inspiration.

After playing around for a little time, I eventually come up with something that I was happy with.

Not only did I do this for the challenge, but I also created a couple to post off to a couple of customers this month – different colours of course, but will show you them at a later stage.

Retiring Products I’ve used included –
Stamp Set – Nature Walk
Cardstock – Baja Breeze
Ink – Baja Breeze
SU! Write Markers – Baja Breeze, Certainly Celery

I am really going to miss the Stamp Set – Nature Walk, but no doubt SU! will have something better.

Baja Breeze
 
Bashful Blue
 
Don’t forget to pop on over to Sunny Challenges & check out what both Kris & Carole have created using the sketch & retiring products.
 
You have 2 weeks to create your project.  We love seeing your work & leaving comments, so be sure to link it back with Mr Linky.
 
Until next time, Happy Stampin’
 
Vicky

Sending Sympathy….

I needed a Sympathy Card to post out this week, so I dug up one of the rare cards that I saved.  I’ve cased (copied & shared everything) from Sarah Willis  I’m not even sure where I come across it or when I come across it.  It is quiet an old card as it uses a stamp set from last year’s SAB.

Thanks so much Sarah for the inspiration!

The Framed Tulips EF is not one that I have used a lot, so thought it gave me the perfect opportunity to dig it out of the box & dust it down.  I quite like the result of the EF but believe me it was hard not to use my favourite Perfect Polka Dots.  In saying that, if you look closely, I managed to get it on here anyhow.

 
Supplies –
Stamp Set              Petite Pairs – 122497, Fresh Vintage – SAB 2012
Ink                           Soft Suede – 126978
Cardstock              Very Vanilla – 106550, Soft Suede – 119982
EmbossingFolder Framed Tulips – 121809, Perfect Polka Dots – 117335
Punches                 1 3/8” Circle – 119860
Framelits                Labels Collections – 125598
Markers                  Subtles – 119700
Accessories           Big Shot – 113439, Snail Adhesive – 104332, Stampin’ Dimensionals – 104430, Pearls – 119247
Shop Online Here to purchase your own supplies to create your card
 
Click on the link below to print the instructions to save
 
 
 
Until next time, Happy Stampin’
 
Vicky

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I would like to take this opportunity to wish you & your families a very happy & safe Easter.

Our challenge this week at Sunny Challenges & Creations has been given to us by Kris.  She has set us a sketch as well as getting us to use our Background Stamps or use Stamps to create a Background.  It is the perfect timing to grab those background stamps gathering dust in the corne

r & to ink them up to create your project.  We do hope you will play along with us this week.

I, for one, had a bit of a hard time creating my card for this challenge.  I don’t know why, maybe it was because I was reading too much into it as I just couldn’t get my head around it.  I am sort of happy with the final result, as it has turned out very soft & pretty.  Perfect for a special person.  Again, I left a greeting/sentiment off the front, but there is nothing stopping you adding one.

Inside Card…
 

 Don’t forget to head on over toSunny Challenges & Creations & check out what the rest of the Team have created.  We hope you will play laong with us.
 
Click on the link to print your tutorial

 

 

Until next time, Happy Stampin’ 

 

 

Especially for You…..

Today’s card has been especially created for one of my friends & customers.  Jenny has been in hospital having her knee reconstructed, so thought I would create something with flowers along with being pretty & soft colours.  Hope you are feeling heaps better Jenny & up & walking around by now!!!!
As usual, my hands went straight to “Pink Pirouette” Cardstock – gotta love this colour.  Then to keep with the softness & idea I had in my head, I stayed with Whisper White, added a little Certainly Celery & went with a very simple layout.  I am really happy with the final result.
I did use one item which has been retired & that is the Ribbon, but it could easily be substitued for a current colour.
 
Inside Card…


 
Of course, FREE Tutorial to copy & print –

Bordering on Romance – Especially for You

 
 
Until next time, Happy Stampin’
 

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What a great challenge we were set this week over at Sunny Challenges & Creations.  All we have to do is create a Shaker Card – NO layout!!!!!  If you are like me, then I haven’t created one for so long that I can’t remember the last time I did one.

Measurements –
Base Card – Chocolate Chip – 8 1/4″ x 4 1/8″ or 21cm x 15cm
Layer 1 – Cherry Cobbler – 5 5/8″ x 3 7/8″ or 14.5cm x 10cm
Layer 2 – DSP – 5 1/2″ x 3 3/4″ or 14cm x 9.5cm
Layer 3 – Chocolate Chip – 3 1/4″ x 3 1/4″ or 8.5cm x 8.5cm
Layer 4 – Very Vanilla – 3 1/8″ x 3 1/8″ or 8cm x 8cm
Layer 5 – Window Sheet or Acetate – 3 1/8″ x 3 1/8″ or 8cm x 8cm

Supplies –
Stamp Set – Petite Pairs, Nature Walk
Ink – Chocolate Chip
Cardstock – Chocolate Chip, Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla
DSP – First Edition Speciality
Ribbon – 1/2″ Seam Binding – Cherry Cobbler, Crochet Trim – Victoria
Punches – 2 1/2″ Circle
Accessories – Snail Adhesive, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Sticky Strip, Glimmer Brad – Champagne, Glass Stampin’ Glitter – Gold (Retired), Stampin’ Markers – Marina Mist & Old Olive, Mini Glue Dots

I randomly stamped images over the DSP with Chocolate Chip Ink, prior to adhering to the Cherry Cobbler Cardstock.  I ran a piece of Cherry Cobbler Ribbon across the middle, tucked ends under & adhered to the Base Card with Snail Adhesive.

For my window, I inked my image with Stampin’ Markers – Old Olive & Marina Mist, stamped direct onto Very Vanilla, inked my sentiment in Chocolate Chip Ink & stamped onto the same piece of Very Vanilla Cardstock.  I placed my images onto the Cardstock, so that they would be able to be seen once I had adhered the top piece of Chocolate Chip Cardstock.

As I didn’t have any Double Sided Mounting Tape, I made my own.  I applied Sticky Strip all around the outer edge of my stamped piece of Very Vanilla Cardstock, ensuring that all sides were covered.  I cut 2 pieces of thick Cardboard – from the Glitter Paper – & adhered to the tops of the Sticky Strip, ensuring that all areas were covered as I didn’t want any pieces of the glitter to escape, applied another layer of Sticky Strip, carefully poured Glitter onto my image – not too much as you don’t want it to take over – punched a circle into the middle of the Chocolate Chip Cardstock with the 2 1/2″ Circle Punch, adhered the Window Sheet to the wrong side & then finally to the top of the Sticky Strip.  I applied Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back of this piece & adhered to the card.

I tied a bow with the Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding, found 2 small pieces of Crochet Trim that happen to be in the same container as my Ribbon & decided to use them as well.  A Glimmer Brad was attached to the middle & finally adhered to the card with Mini Glue Dots.

We hope you will jon us this week for this fun challenge.  Head over to Sunny Challenges & Creations to chek out what both Kris & Vicki have created, create your project, post to your blog or on line group & then link back with Mr Linky.  We would love to see your creation!

Have a great week

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Our challenge this week over at Sunny Challenges & Creations has been brought to us by Christine Blain, who just happens to be our Guest Designer for the month. 

With Father’s Day coming up in September for Australia, it is the perfect challenge to start creating your cards or project using this challenge.  I opted to go for a male’s birthday card & used a set that I really like, but must admit, haven’t used it for sometime.  In fact, I am really happy with the final result!

Measurements –
Base Card – Soft Suede – 8 1/4″ x 5 7/8″ or 21cm x 15cm
Layer 1 – Very Vanilla – 5 3/4″ x 4″ or 14.5cm x 10cm
Layer 2 – DSP – 5 5/8″ x 3 7/8″ or 14cm x 9.5cm
Layer 3 x 2 – So Saffron – 4″ x 1/2″ or 14.5cm x 1cm
Layer 4 – Not Quite Navy – 4″ x 2″ or 14.5cm x 5cm
Layer 5 – Very Vanilla – 4″ x 1 7/8″ or 14.5cm x 4.5cm

Supplies –
Stamp Set – Totally Tool, Happiest Birthday Wishes
Ink – Soft Suede
Cardstock – Not Quite Navy, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, So Saffron, Basic Grey
DSP – Well Worn
Accessories – Snail Adhesive, Crystal Effects, Crop-a-Dile, Stampin’ Up! Wirte Markers – So Saffron, Cherry Cobbler, Not Quite Navy

I inked my images with the Not Quite Navy Write Marker, stamped off once onto a scrap piece of paper & stamped onto the piece of Very Vanilla Cardstock.  I repeated this same step until I was happy with the look of the card.  I then stamped 3 images onto scrap Very Vanilla direct onto the card, cut the images out, coloured part of the images with Stampin’ Up! Write Markers – So Saffron, Not Quite Navy, Cherry Cobbler & set aside.

The piece of Very Vanilla was adhered to the piece of Not Quiet Navy, then So Saffron, to the piece of DSP, Very Vnailla & finally to the Base Card – Soft Suede all with Snail Adhesive.

I completely forgot to add my Silver Brads to the top left hand corner of the card, so I comprised a little.  I punched out 6 circles using my Crop-a-Dile, adhered 2 to the top LH corner with Tombow, 1 to the middle of the screwdriver, 1 to the handle of the spanner & 1 to the card where I wanted to place the hammer.

The tools were then adhered to the card – as per the photo with Tombow,with the spanner being my 3rd brad at the top LH corner.

The greeting was stamped in Soft Suede onto Very Vanilla, cut to size & adhered to the card prior to adhering the final Faux Brad it.

Don’t forget to pop over to Sunny Challenges & Creations to check out what Gwen, Kris & Christine have created.

We would love for you to join us!

Until next time, Happy Stampin’

‘ello, ‘ello…

Hello Fellow Stampers,

I sat myself down this morning to &amp & come up with a male card, but looking at it, you could use it for either male or female.  Combined with the great little stamp set “Hello Again” from Stampin’ Up’s current Mini-Catalogue & a FREE Stamp Set “Whimiscal Words”  from Stampin’ Up’s Sale-a-Bration catalogue, this makes for a great card!
I’ve really gone out of my comfort zone here, but check it out for yourselves –
Supplies –
Stamp Set – Hello Again, Whimiscal Words
SU Write Markers – Only Orange,Garden Green, Basic Black
Card Stock – Very Vanilla, Going Gray, Garden Green, Night of Navy
DSP – Kiwi Kiss Patterns
Accessories – Anywhere Glue, Crystal Effects
Non-SU – Buttons

To use the different colours for the flower, I’ve gone with Stampin’ Up’s Write Markers.  These are great for when you want to individually colour your image.
To bring the whole card together, I’ve opted for a coloured button. 
Only because I couldn’t find my Linen Thread, I’ve cut a very fine piece of Very Vanilla card stock & threaded it threw the button. 
To adhere the button to the middle of the flower & to hold the thin strip of Very Vanilla card stock in place I’ve used SU’s Crystal Effects.
For the greeting, I’ve used SU Black Marker to colour the word “Wish”.  See the RHS to see how to earn your own FREE set!
If you have any queries on how to make this card or any supplies I’ve used, please email me as I am only to happy to answer them for you.
Enjoy!
Vicky