29 May 2020

Stampin' Up! Blossoms in Bloom Gift Tags

Thanks for popping in!  I'm sharing a really quick and easy project with you all today.

Recently I needed to make a gift tag but rather than just one, I decided I would make a few.  Because, you know, you just never know when you may need one down the track, right?!

Taking a four inch strip of whisper white card stock, I went and stamped a line of the smaller flowers from the Blossoms in Bloom Stamp set in second generation Rococo Rose ink, leaves in Seaside Spray ink, and the flower centre in Sahara Sand ink.  To add a little texure, I took the dotty stamp in the Forever Fern Stamp Set and stamped randomly also in Sahara Sand ink.

I then went and cut that piece into 2" strips and punched the top end to create tags.

I decided to make a second tag to fit behind the stamped one so that I would have somewhere to write a small message.  For this I used the other half of my sheet of Whisper White card stock.

To finish off, I used co-ordinating ribbon to join the top and bottom sections together. Honestly, this part took the longest.

Supplies needed for this project:
  • 1 sheet Whisper White card stock: 4" strip for the stamped images on top, and remainder for the section to write on underneath
  • Blossoms in Bloom stamp set
  • Forever Fern stamp set - or any stamp set you have with a dotty image
  • Inks:  Rococo Rose, Soft Sea Foam, Sahara Sand 
Here is a version with the flowers stamped in Daffodil Delight!

The inks and the Delightful Tag Topper Punch used to  create the gift tags are available now in my store.  The Blossoms in Bloom and Forever Fern stamp sets will be available from 3rd June.

 Thanks for stopping by and please, if you have any questions, please pop them in the comments below and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

27 May 2020

Colour INKspirations Challenge #78 featuring Stampin' Up! Tasteful Touches Stamp Set

Hi there!  I'm really honoured to be Guest Designer for Challenge #78 over at Colour INKspirations.  For this challenge, I wanted to do some simple stamping and try and keep to a one layer card.  Almost did it!  Colours for this challenge were Blushing Bride, Gray Granite and Early Espresso. We were also allowed to add Basic Black, Whisper White, Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake and metalics. I have used the Tasteful Textures Stamp Set from Stampin' Up! which will be availabe to purchase from my online store after June 3, 2020.

To begin, I took the feather stamp and stamped in both Blushing Bride and second generation Gray Granite (first generation was just too harsh) down the left hand side of my card base below the mid-way score line.


I also stamped a feather in each colour on the piece of card stock reserved for the topper and to finish, I stamped my sentiment from the same stamp set in Early Espresso ink.

To complete the card, I took a small scrap of Gray Granite card stock which needs to be as long as your card front and glued this to my topper card stock to show a tiny feature strip  Mine measures 1/16". I then went ahead and glued this whole topper piece to the front of my card base.  I added three rhinestones which I coloured with my Dark Gray Granite Stampin' Blend alcohol marker.

I finished off the inside of my card by stamping the feather in Blushing Bride and again in Gray Granite over in the right hand corner.

Supplies needed:  
  • Thick Whisper White card base measuring 4 1/8" x 11 1/2" and scored at 5 3/4"
  • Whisper white topper piece trimmed to 3 1/4" x 5 3/4"
  • Scrap of Gray Granite card stock measuring at least 1/4" x 5 3/4"
  • Whisper White card stock trimmed to 4" x 5 5/8" for the inside
Inks:  Blushing Bride, Gray Granite and Early Esspresso

Embellishments:  Rhinestone Basic Jewels

Thank you so much for taking time out to drop by.  If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments below and I will get back to you as soon as possible. Have a great day!


26 May 2020

Hello Baby!

Over the last couple of weeks,  our extended family welcomed not just one but two baby boys into the fold and these are the cards I created to celebrate their births. It features the Time for Tags Stamp Set and co-ordinating punch and is available as a hostess set with a qualifying order.  

I'm trying out Bruno Bertucci's #scrappystriptechnique and it really is very simple and easy to put together and you can make it as large or small as you like.

Supplies needed to complete this project are:
  • Whisper White Thick card stock card base measuring 4 1/8" x 11 1/5" and scored at   5 3/4"
  • Piece of Whisper White card stock measuring 3 1/8" x 4 3/4"
  • Piece of co-ordinating card stock measuring 3 1/4" x 4 7/8"
  • Strips of Designer Series Paper at least 3 1/2" long and cut diagonally
  • Whisper White card stock trimmed to 4" x 5 5/8" for inside
  • Piece of left over scrappy strip for the inside
I started with the smaller piece of Whisper White card stock and went and found strips of co-ordinating designer series paper and cut them diagonally.  There's no thought process to this at all and the more randomly you can do it, the better.  Once I had done this, I carefully glued each piece onto my piece of Whisper White with Tombow Liquid Glue.  I recommend using liquid glue for this as it gives you "wriggle-time" to place your piece of designer series paper into position before the glue dries completely.  Don't worry about going off the edges as these are trimmed off once the glue has dried.

Once trimmed, I glued this piece onto my piece of Blueberry Bushel and once again I recommend using liquid glue as this piece is only allowing a 1/16" border all around.

Next I stamped my image with Memento Black Tuxedo ink and coloured with the Stampin' Blends alcohol markers.  Once finished colouring, I punched the image out with the Timeless Label Punch and adhered this to a piece of vellum die cut with the larger label die from Stitched Label Dies. Snail Adhesive is best to use with vellum as it has less tendency to buckle.  This was then adhered to the scrappy strip piece again using Snail Adhesive under where the label was attached so that it doesn't show through the vellum.  The completed topper was glued to the Whisper White card base using Tombow Liquid glue.


To finish the card, I glued a left over strip of Designer Series Paper to the bottom edge of the larger piece of Whisper White card stock and adhered this into the inside of my card.

All these products are currently available for purchase in my online store.

22 May 2020

Many Layered Blossoms

Thank you for popping in!

I want to quickly share with you a set of cards I have made up featuring the Many Layered Blossoms dies.  These dies also have a co-ordinating stamp set and to be honest I actually purchased the bundle for the stamp set but couldn't resist putting these cards together this afternoon only using the dies. There are actually two layers that once put together, give you added dimension with next to little effort. 

The card bases I have used are from the Flowers for Every Season Memories and More cards and envelopes pack and feature the new 2020-2022 In-Colours.  Stampin' Up! have put a lot of thought in choosing these particular colours.  I've had a bit of a play with them and they work well with many of the existing colours that Stampin' Up! have. 

Flowers for Every Season Memories and More cards and envelopes pack
Whisper White Card Stock
Vellum Card Stock 
Blossoms In Bloom Bundle

To begin I die cut my first blossom layer in Vellum card stock.  These are the dies with the thicker outline. Then I die cut the top layer in Whisper White card stock using the second blossom die which has the thinner outline. I very carefully adhered this onto the vellum using Tombow liquid glue. The two die cuts are an exact fit which makes gluing them together quite easy.

Once all five were done, I glued each piece onto a card base once again using only a teeny tiny amount of Tombow behind the centre of each flower and on the end leaves of each sprig. I will add a sentiment from the co-ordinating Blossoms in Bloom stamp set when I need to give them away. The stamp set has many different sentiment options so it will be a very versatile set to have in your collection.

19 May 2020

Colour INKspirations Challenge #77

There's a new colour challenge over at Colour INKspirations on Facebook and I'm really excited to share the card I created for this challenge with you today.  I've used the Forever Fern Bundle which will be available for purchase in the new Annual Catalogue that's about to be released on 3rd June. To say I love it is an understatement.  This bundle is going to be very versatile, you will be able to use it for many different occasions as it has quite a few different leaf images as well as sentiments. The dies have pieces not only for the stamped images but extra designs as well giving lots of different creative possibilities.

 Supplies needed:

Card base measuring 4 3/4" x 9 1/2" scored at 4 3/4" in Soft Sea Foam card stock
Matte layer measuring 4 1/8" x 4 1/8" in Old Olive card stock
Second matte layer measuring 4" x 4" in Very Vanilla card stock
Scrap of Very Vanilla for sentiment
Second piece of Very Vanilla measuring 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" for the inside

Inks: Seaside Spray, Soft Sea Foam, Old Olive, Garden Green

Stamp Set:  Forever Fern Bundle

To begin with, I stamped one of the leaf stamps directly onto the Very Vanilla matte layer in Soft Sea Foam ink to create a background wreath pattern. 

I then went and stamped quite a few leaf sprigs in the other challenge colours.  To add interest and depth to my project, I also stamped some in second generation ink.  I stamped the other large leaf sprig in Seaside Spray and in Old Olive ink, first and second generation.   The smaller sprig was stamped in Garden Green ink, first and second generation. I also did a couple in the Seaside Spray ink just in case.   These were die cut using the co-ordinating dies.  I finished up having a lot more than I needed but I will save these for a future project.

Using the stamped sprigs as a guide, I went and arranged five larger die cuts in a circle to form a wreath then filled in the spaces with the smaller sprigs using Tombow liquid glue to adhere it all down to allow me time to get everything in the right place before it dried completely. You could also use foam dimensionals if you felt it needed extra height.

TIP: Only apply glue to the centre of each die cut.  This allows you to easily lift and place die cut pieces underneath. 

Once the wreath was completed, I then went and glued this whole section onto the piece of Old Olive card stock which was then glued onto my card front. I used the "Hello" stamp from the same stamp set and stamped this onto a scrap of Very Vanilla card stock, trimmed it down and, using foam adhesive strips, attached it to the front of my card - I used two strips to give it stability. You could also use regular dimentionals for this.

To finish off, I stamped the second piece of Very Vanilla card stock with one of the larger leaf stamps using Soft Sea Foam ink and adhered this to the inside of my card. 

Thank you for dropping by and if you have any questions please leave them in the comments below and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

16 May 2020

Happy Mail!

I was oh, so lucky to receive a card from the very talented Paula Dobson at Stampinantics all the way over in New Zealand.  Paula created this card on one of her Facebook Live broadcasts a couple of weeks ago. Let me just say, I am a huge fan of Paula's and have been for many years.

Paula has used a similar technique I used when I created my monogram.  However, rather than trace her shape, she stamped inside an oval template die cut from copy paper. The result is the same. Paula has used Beautiful Bouquet stamp set for her stamping.

 Thank you so much Paula for allowing me to feature your card on my blog. 

14 May 2020

New Annual Catalogue is Here!

The new catalogue is in the house!   It's one of the best perks of the 'business'. That and my 'shopper discount'. Haha!  As demonstators , we are also allowed to pre-order limited products before the new catalogue is released to our customers.  Yay! And if you're like me, there's nothing better than playing with new products especially at the moment when most of us are stuck at home.   

If you're about to place an order and it's more that $169.00 seriously think about joining Stampin' Up! With that, you're able to choose your own starter kit with up to $235.00 of product and any future purchases will come with a 20% discount. Now is a great time to join as there are currently three catalogues you can choose products from:  Current Annual Catalogue, Current Mini January - June 2020 Catalogue and the incoming Annual Catalogue but only until 2 June.

Let me just say, I love my Stampin' Up! products.  Of course I do! What I love best is that  they are so easy to use as they're made to co-ordinate.  No wasted time searching through your stash for that matching ribbon, ink or card stock.

If you would like a catalogue and if you live in Australia and don't have a Demonstrator, contact me and I'll pop one in the post for you.

09 May 2020

Thinking of You, My Friend

A long time friend of mine recently lost her father.  What can I say?  It's taken me a week to get around to creating a card for her as we all know these are the hardest cards to send, let alone make.  Trust me, I seriously thought of just buying a card for her and then felt disappointment in myself that I should even consider it.

This is the card I made for this special lady. I started with a Crumb Cake card base and because I didn't trust myself, I then stamped the leaves from Very Versailles twice on a Crumb Cake layer in Night of Navy ink to create a border down the right hand side.  Once that had completely dried, I used the same stamp to create a gold heat-embossed overlay over the top.

For the sentiment, I took the "Thinking of You" stamp from Woven  Heirlooms and stamped it in Night of Navy on a piece of Crumb Cake card stock the same width as the layer. To bring focus to the words, I layered that on a piece of Night of Navy card stock ever so slightly wider - just enough to bring it attention.

On the inside, I stamped the leaves again on a piece of Whisper White card stock and adhered in down.  

I tried to keep it simple and let the images and words speak for themselves.  Love and hugs my friend.

06 May 2020

Happy Mother's Day

Hello! And Welcome! It's Mother's Day here in Australia this coming Sunday. Traditionally for us here in Australia, it falls on the second Sunday of May.  Our COVID19 restrictions have eased a little so we plan to enjoy a Brunch with my mother-in-law and then Dinner with my mum.  These are the cards I have made for each of them and I can safely show you what I have created beforehand as, like most mature ladies of their generation, the world wide web is a rather scary place that neither have any inclination to venture into.

Both these cards were created using the Under My Umbrella stamp set and co-ordinating punch.  The card on the left has a Pear Pizzazz base and uses the Bird Ballard Designer Series Paper.  The card on the right has an Old Olive base and I have used the Best Dressed Designer Series Paper.  The card fold is a new one for me and I believe it's called a centre-step fold. It may seem a bit daunting to begin with, but like everything else, the more you do the easier it is. My lovely cousin, Bronwen Stewart sent me a card with this fold a few weeks ago and I couldn't wait to try it out for myself.

Start with a piece of card stock 11" and 4 1/4". Use the diagram and instructions below as a guide.  To decorate, I've cut 2 pieces of co-ordinating Designer Series Paper at 7/8" x 4 3/8" and one piece at 2 1/8" x 4 3/8".  

For both cards, I have die cut a piece of vellum with the Stitched Nested dies then stamped and punched the closed umbrella in co-ordinating Designer Series Paper as well as two handles on Whisper White card stock  I have also stamped a few of the small flowers also from the same stamp set also on Whisper White card stock and coloured using our Stampin' Blends alcohol markers.  I've gone ahead and fussy cut the flowers and adhered on each umbrella for the card on the right.  For the other one, I just fussy cut some of the flowers on the Designer Series Paper. I've placed this arrangement on the centre section of the card.

For the sentiment I used the "Happy Mother's Day" stamp from Timeless Tulips.

The Under My Umbrella stamp set and punch are currently available to purchase as a bundle and you can save 10% if you want to purchase them together. 


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