Floral Wings

I started a couple of Thank You Cards last week & then got a bit stuck on what to do on them.  I used the new 004wme-blog“Bohemian” DSP which we could order in our pre-order.  I am not usually a Bright‘s person, but as I like to play with different colours & papers, I thought it would be perfect for my cards.

After staring at my stamps & not getting anywhere, this set literally fell off my table & onto my feet (I hadn’t put it on the shelf) & decided that I was going to use the Butterfly somehow on my cards.  If that wasn’t a sign then I don’t know what is!

I actually did a couple of different designs but using the same layout.

Today’s cards are using Rich Razzleberry for the Base Card.

I embossed a piece of Very Vanilla using the matching Boho Chic Textured Embossing Folder, adhered a piece of Bohemian DSP to the side & added a piece of Crushed Curry Ribbon, tucking the ends behind & adhering to the Base Card.

005b-wm-blogI stamped the Butterfly Image onto a piece of Very Vanilla in Rich Razzleberry Ink.  The Flowers were stamped with Delightful Dijon while the Leaves are in Old Olive.  As I didn’t have the new “Bold Butterfly” Dies, I fussy cut it before adhering the Very Vanilla Butterfly to the top which has been run through the Big Shot using the “Butterfly“. Thinlits.

I added 3 large Rhinestones to the centre of the Butterfly.

Thank You” was stamped using the now retired “Itty Bitty Banners” – just had to use it once last time – in Rich Razzleberry before cutting with the matching Bitty Banners Die & adhered to the card.

Now for the image that I truly love & that is the darling little Vine & Rose that goes with the set!  I stamped the Vine inside in Old Olive while the little Rose is in Rich Razzleberry.  I can see me using this Vine a lot & already ideas are popping into my head.

Floral Wings” is a Hostess Set, so the only way you can earn this set is by having a Party.  IF you are interested in that, please contact me.

Until next time, when I will show you the other “Thank You” Cards.

Vicky

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CASE-ing the Catty Challenge #22

I had a spare hour or so the other day & decided to check out the challenge over at Case-ing the CattyCTC 22 SAB Sketch

This week they have they have a sketch which has been case’d from Page 17 of the SALE-A- BRATION Catalogue.  The card features a sentiment from the SAB Simply Wonderful Stamp Set and a gorgeous yellow butterfly from the Butterflies Thinlits Dies, but we get to use any SU products we like, plus the butterfly and oval may be substituted with other shapes, just as long we stick to the general layout of the card.

The idea I had wasn’t working quiet right with how I wanted my card to be.  Then I had a brain wave – Flip it!!!  I do hope that is ok?

The colours for my card were sitting on my desk left over from a previous project – that still isn’t quiet finished & not coming together like I imagined it to be.  Consequently, this project has now gone into “My To Do Later” Basket!

This week we have got an awesome sketch for you which has been CASED 033wm-blogfrom page 17 of the SALE-A-BRATION Catalogue.

I actually stayed right away from any the new products in the SB & Occasions Catalogues on purpose, so I challenged myself to use something from the Catalogue – “Kinda Eclectic“.  Seeing the sketch, I immediately thought it was perfect for Washi Tape, so I grabbed “Beach House” Bundle & went with Crushed Curry Tape which was perfect for the ink colours I was using.

Why not head over to Case-ing the Catty Challenge Blog & check out the other lovely cards created for this challenge.

By clicking on the link below, you will be able to download a tutorial to create your card.

Until next time, Happy Stampin’

Vicky

54. Kinda Eclectic – Thank You

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Boys Will Be Boys

2-February-2015This is a stamp set that I’ve had sitting on my shelf for sometime. As it has never seen ink, I thought it would be the perfect time for it to be used.

My card today is one I did for our monthly challenge. Our challenge is for all the ladies in my Volunteer & Technique Classes as well as Customers who would like to play along. In fact, anyone is quiet welcome to play along.

I was determined to use the DSP – Best Year Ever from SAB 2015 for my card. As I was sort of playing with colours, this stamp set popped into my mind. I wanted it to be a boys card, but after seeing the finished card, it could easily be for a girl too. The DSP for some reason reminds me of blocks.

030blogFor the inside of my card, I randomly stamped the “Lego” Images onto Whisper White Card with Crushed Curry Ink prior to adhering to a piece of Sahara Sand Card & then to the inside card.

It is a fairly easy sketch, but one that I’m sure the ladies will love.  If you get a spare 5 minutes why not have a go.  It is a great way to get some of those cards created that you need for upcoming birthdays, etc.

Please click on the link below to download the tutorial to create your card.

Until next time, Happy Stampin’

Vicky

39. Happy Birthday – Boys Will Be Boys

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Creative Blog Hop

My post today is a little bit extra special!

I was asked by a friend, the lovely & talented Maria, if I would be interested in the Creative Blog Hop?  After thinking about it for 2 seconds, I said “yes”.  What else could I say?  Thank you for thinking of me Maria.  I feel very honoured to participate.  I am in awe with what Maria can achieve with her crafting & to this day she still astonishes me with what she creates.  Be sure to visit her to see her wonderful creations.

What is the “Creative Blog Hop”?  It is a chance to hop around different blogs each Monday showcasing Stampin’ Up! only designs as well as getting to know a little about each designer , how & why they create.  I love looking at people’s different technique & style.  You just never know what little tips & ideas you can find.

002wm-blogAlong with creating & sharing our sample/s we get to answer 4 easy (they call it easy, I call it hard) questions.

What are you working on? I have a couple of half-finished cards sitting on my desk for my Technique Classes & Tutorials for the first couple of months.  Actually, I am quite happy with how they are falling into place as I have about 3 months planned & already on the go.  I am also working on cards for my Friday Volunteer Class.  These are a completely different card & happy that I have about 12 completed, all with different techniques & styles.

How does your work differ from others in your genre? I’m not too sure about this question.  I love a clean & simple card (CAS) & tend to use a lot of Whisper White & Very Vanilla.  In fact, I seem to eat these colours as I go through so much of it.  In saying this, my White & Vanilla have to have some sort of embossing, eg Heat or Dry.  I also love techniques, so am more than happy to sit & play until I am happy with what is in front of me.  I do like to try different styles, but always come back to the clean & simple.

Why do you create what you do? For me I find it very therapeutic & it is my escape from the hectic lifestyle we tend to lead today.  I do find that I can sit for hours just playing & not realise the time, until I get a tap on the leg from “Belle” letting me know that it is now “her” time & I’ve been “playing” too long.

004wm-blogHow does your creative process work? I find that with Stampin’ Up! all the hard word is done for you – everything matches.  I love our catalogues, not just for the beautiful products, but for the wonderful ideas & samples.  I also spend way too much time on Pinterst, pinning all these wonderful creations, which I never go back to again.  I do, however CASE some of cards for my Volunteer Classes but may turn it into a technique or something a little different.  I am known to pick up a piece of ribbon, stamp set, cardstock, etc walk around with it for what can seem like a day or so & then go from there.

My card today has actually been created using the stamps already sitting on my desk which were not put back into their place from yesterday’s session.

I embossed 2 lines about 3 ½” or 9cm down from top of card & about ½” or 2cm apart using my Simply Scoring Tool.  I then stamped the dotty image from Painted Petals Stamp set direct onto Soft Sky card in Soft sky Ink on the top half prior to sponging around edge with same Ink.

The bottom part was stamped using the stripe image from same stamp set direct onto Rose Red Card with Rose Red Ink, sponged around edges with same ink & adhered to bottom part of Soft Sky Card. I stamped the image from the Lotus Blossom Stamp Set direct onto a strip of Whisper White Card with Wild Wasabi Ink prior to adhering in the middle of the scored lines.

003wm-blogI punched a circle from Whisper White Card with the 2 ½” Circle Punch prior to stamping the stem image from the Painted Petals Stamp Set with Wild Wasabi Ink, stamping off once onto scrap paper.  The flowers were stamped using Blushing Bride & Rose Red Inks.  I stamped off once prior to stamping the Rose Red Ink & sponged around the edge with Soft Sky Ink.

The Starburst Framelits were used to cut a piece of Soft Sky Card sponging around the edges with  Soft Sky Ink to give it a bit of definition prior to adhering to the above stamped circle & finally to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

“Thank You” from Itty Bitty Banner Stamp Set was stamped onto Whisper White Card in Early Espresso Ink, cut with the coordinating Itty Bitty Framelits & adhered to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

As I thought the card need something to finish it off, I tied a small bow from Whisper White Baker’s Twine, adhered to card & stuck a large Rhinestone to the middle.

The other person posting with me today is Patrice, so be sure to check out what she has created.

As part of the process I get to nominate 2 people to help keep the blog hop going.  I have nominated Naomi for my person to join the blog hop.  Naomi is a very creative craft person & has only been a demonstrator for a few months.  Be sure to head over to her blog next Monday & check it out.

As everyone is quiet busy this time of the year, I’ve decided to post a couple of my favourite blogs that have already taken part in the hop.  Please be sure to check them out & to leave a couple of comments, which I am sure they will appreciate.

Mary-Jo Williams @ Techno Stamper

Julie Davidson @ Julie Davidson

Robbie Rubala @ Index 2

Thanks once again Maria.

Until next time, Happy Stampin’

Vicky

Challenge # 1

Beginning this month, I thought it would be a bit of fun to have a challenge amongst my Customers, Friends, Downlines & 1--January-2015whomever else wanted to play along.  They will be very easy challenges, so there is no need to panic.  I just want everyone to have a little bit of fun.  They will run for about a month, depending on what the response is like.

You can either email your card/project to me so that I post it onto Facebook or you can post to Facebook in the comments line.  Any challenges emailed to me will not have their name attached to their card until after the challenge ends.  I want it to be a surprise for everyone.  You will vote for the card you like the most.  If no-one votes then I will place the cards in a hat & draw out the winning number.

A couple of things to remember –

  • You do not have to play along, but would love to see your work
  • Please don’t stress out about it, just have a little bit of fun playing
  • You can create whatever you like, using the sketch, eg Scrapbook Page, 3-D Item, Card, etc
  • Majority should be Stampin’ Up!, but please use whatever you have.  I just want you to have fun
  • Deadline – 30 January, so have a couple of weeks to play along
  • Email me your creations so that I can check them out & load to Facebook/Blog
  • Surprise at the end of the challenge (Aus residents only)

I do hope you will play along with us.  We would love to see what you can create.  Remember you have until the end of January.

Below is my card to start you off.  Click on the link below to grab a tutorial to create your own card or one using the above sketch.

Until next time, Happy Stampin’

Vicky

“Challenge 1 – Happy Birthday”

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Butterfly Basics meets …

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I’ve had part of a card sitting in my “To Do” Basket half made.  This basket is full of little bits of cards that I’ve started & couldn’t go any further so when I come across the sketch, I decided to play along, but challenge myself to use the bits & pieces of a card that I had already started & not finished.

When I saw this stamp set, an idea sort of jumped into my head on how I wanted to use it.  The challenge fitted the pieces perfectly, I just had to decide on how to place a greeting/sentiment onto the card but I think I succeeded in doing that.

I’ve used the brand new, but gorgeous Spring Flowers Embossing Folder along with the Blendabilities.

Be sure to pop over to Try Stampin’ on Tuesday & see what the other cards have been created.  Thanks ladies for a wonderful challenge.

Until next time, Happy Stampin’

Vicky

“Happy Birthday – Butterfly Basics”

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