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?

Array of Sunshine…

I’ve had this set for a long time, but I am ashamed to say that it has not seen a lot of ink!  I have never been too sure if I liked it or, but after using it on today’s card, I have to admit that I love it!  I’ve found that it is the perfect set for layering.

The layout is the one we completed at our class at the Community Centre last Friday.  Included in the class was distressing & sponging.

Inside of Card…

Measurements –
Base Card – Very Vanilla – 8 1/4″ x 5 7/8″ or 21cm x 15cm – Scored in middled & folded in half
Layer 1 – Basic Black – 4″ x 5 3/4″ or 9.5cm x 14.5cm
Layer 2 – DSP – 3 7/8″ x 5 5/8″ or 9cm x 14cm
Layer 3 – Basic Black – 4″ x 3″ or 10.5cm x 7.5cm
Layer 4 – DSP – 3 7/8″ x 2 7/8″ or 10cm x 7cm

Supplies –
Stamp Set – Array of Sunshine (Hostess Set)
Ink – More Mustard, Elegant Eggplant, Always Artichoke
Cardstock – Very Vanilla, Basic Black
DSP – First Edition Speciality
Punches – Scallop Trim Border
Ribbon – Crochet Trim Chantilly
Accessories – Snail Adhesive, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Sponge, Antique Brads, Cutter Kit, Mini Glue Dots
NON-SU – Pearls

The Base Card – Very Vanilla was punched along the bottom using the Scallop Trim Border Punch.

I stamped the large flower image 3 times onto scrap Very Vanilla Cardstock, 3 in Elegant Eggplant  & 3 in More Mustard.  I cut around each image, so that I had 3 different layers for all 6 images.  The cut out pieces were then layered using Stampin’ Dimensionals & set aside.  The leaf was stamped onto scrap Very Vanilla Cardstock using Always Artichoke Ink, cut out & set aside.

I distressed all edges of both pieces of DSP using my Distressing Tool from the Cutter Kit & then sponged around the edges with Stampin’ Up! Sponge & More Mustard Ink.

The large piece of DSP was adhered to the large piece of Basic Black Cardstock, while the smaller piece of DSP was adhered to the smaller piece of Basic Black Cardstock, then to the top of the large piece of DSP, Crochet Trim adhered across the centre, ends tucked under & finally to the Base Card with Snail Adhesive.

A large leaf was stamped direct onto the DSP with Always Artichoke Ink, images adhered to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  The cut out leaf was tucked under the Crochet Trim.

An Antique Brad was applied to the bow prior to adhering to the card with a Mini Glue Dot.  3 Pearls were applied to the top of the card & 3 to the bottom of the card.  I applied a Pearl to the centre of each flower which had been found in my stash of Pearls.  The fitted perfectly to the centre shape of the flowers.

I’ve left the card blank, but there is room for a sentiment/greeting to be added once I decide what I am going to use it for.

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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Wow, the challenge this week over at Sunny Challenges & Creations is really out of my comfort sone, to say the least!  I am really very happy with the result & LOVE “Distressing“!

Yep, this week our challenge has been brought to us by Libby.  Along with the sketch, we had to use the Technique – Distressing.  This technique is able to be created using many different ways.

Below are a couple of hints –
· Gently rub a distressing ink pad with a sponge and rub ink around the edges of paper
· Brush ink with a direct-to-paper technique (brush ink pad directly onto surface of paper with gentle strokes)
· Crumple paper, flatten, and rub distress inks on paper.  Paper can be sprayed with water and dried a heat tool to set
· Sand the surfaces of your card stock to achieve an antique effect

Envelope & Inside Card…

Any of these techniques will give you an antique or vintage look which can vary with the colour and ink you use and how much you apply to the paper.

As soon as Libby set us this task, my mind went racing & immediately knew what colours I was going to use, BUT as to how I was going to go about it, well that is another story.  In saying that, I did have a hard time trying to decide on my bit that runs along the bottom bit of the card.  I tried so many ideas that I finally decided on what I ended up with & am glad I did, as I think it sets it off perfectly!

Measurements –
Base Card – Very Vanilla – 8 1/4″ x 5 3/4″ or 21cm x 15cm – Scored in middle & folded in half
Layer 1 – Not Quite Navy – 5 1/2″ x 3 7/8″ or 14cm x 10cm
Layer 2 – Watercolour Paper – 5 5/8″ x 3 3/4″ or 13.5cm x 9.5cm
Layer 3 – Very Vanilla – 5 5/8″ x 3/4″ or 13.5cm x 2cm


Supplies –
Stamp Set – French Foliage, Inspired By Nature
Ink – Versamark, Crumb Cake
Cardstock – Watercolour Paper, Not Quite Navy, Very Vanilla
Ribbon – 5/8″Crochet Trim – Victoria, Linen Thread
Accessories – Heat Tool, Embossing Powder – Clear, SU Markers, Pearls, Smooch Spritz – Very Vanilla, Distressing Kit, Snail Adhesive, Mini-Glue Dots

I really wanted to finished with my Base Card as Not Quite Navy, but cut both Layer 2 & 3 too big for that, so settled on Very Vanilla.  Maybe next time, as I have a couple of samples that didn’t make this card!

After trying a couple of different ways to create my background, I finally used Watercolour Paper – soaks up the misting a lot faster & believe me, there is a LOT of misting on this card!

I also added a couple of elements to finish my card off.  You could say “Vintage meets Shabby Chic” 

Would love to know what you all think????

Don’t forget to pop over to Sunny Challenges & Creations & see the other samples.  We have 3 Guest Designers – their samples are just gorgeous – this week along with Libby & Kris‘ samples.

We would love for you to join us – so come on & have a bit of fun with us this week!  What a great time to get out of your “Comfort Zone“.  If I can do it, anyone can!

Happy Stampin’