25 September 2020

Colour INKspirations Challenge #86 - Thinking of You featuring Seaside Notions Stamp Set

Hey there and welcome! 
Colour INKspirations Challenge #86 is happening and today I'm sharing my entry.  Our colours for this are Coastal Cabana, Shaded Spruce and Pacific Point and as these colours remind me of the sea, I took this as my inspiration.  My card features the Seaside Notion stamp set which is relatively new amongst my stamp collection.

I've used a couple of colouring techniques for my card and utilized Shimmery White card stock to add a little extra shimmer to my colouring.  Firstly, I created a background combining all three colours by sponging ink onto a strip of Shimmery White card stock, starting with the lightest colour, begin lightly and blending each colour carefully. You can either use the sponge daubers or sponges for this. When I do this technique, I like to start with a piece larger than I need then trim it down as the edges are inevitably, always darker. 
To finish this piece, I stamped the splatter stamp vertically rather than horizontally in Coastal Cabana for added texture.
For the second technique, I used the Stampin' Blender Pens.  Firstly I stamped the seahorse image in Shaded Spruce then taking the Blender Pen, I used it to 'pull' the colour over the image to add dimension.  I love how it turned out! Once finished, I went ahead and fussy cut the image and set aside.
Now that the colouring was finished, I went and embossed a piece of Shimmery White card stock with the Old World 3D embossing folder and used raised side as I thought this looked a lot like water.  I cut two seaweeds from the Smooth Sailing Dies in Vellum to give a subtle background interest.  For something a little bit special, I decided to add in a Gold Hoop embellishment.  I was a little bit naughty and stamped the sentiment in Soft Suede on a scrap Shimmery White card stock .  Even though it wasn't one of the challenge colours but I thought it matched the gold hoop well.   I did think about adding some bling or sequins, but decided not to because I personally like to keep things a little subdued for this genre of cards.  I would definitely add them if I was making this card for a birthday. 
To assemble my card, I started with a base of Coastal Cabana cast stock, glued on my embossed layer of Shimmery White card stock, using lots of tombow because of the extra texture. I arranged all my pieces, using glue dots to adhere the vellum seaweed die cuts and gold hoop, added a strip of Coastal Cabana to the sentiment and used dimensionals to stick this to my card.  The seahorse image was stuck down with dimensionals on the upper body and added Tombow liquid glue where it touches the sentiment, keeping it all on one level.
Supplies needed:
  • Seaside Notions Stamp Set
  • Smooth Sailing Dies
  • Cardstock:  Coastal Cabana, Shimmery White,  Vellum
  • Inks:  Coastal Cabana, Shaded Spruce, Pacific Point, Soft Suede
  • Old Word 3D Embossing Folder
  • Gold Hoops Embellishments
  • Stamping Sponges or Sponge Daubers
  • Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine
  • Paper Snips
  • Tombow Liquid Glue
  • Dimensionals
All products used to create this card are available in my online store here
Thank you so much taking the time to drop in.  If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments section below.   


23 September 2020

snowflake card

Hi everyone and I hope you are all well.

Last weekend I held my classes for September and for something a little different, we made these fabulous Snowflake Cards.  My attendees had the choice of Christmas or non-Christmas and they also had a choice on how to decorate the inside to a point. I CASED this project from UK Demonstrator, Angelina at Intatwyne Designs. Her version is here

For my project I used Basic Black and Whisper White and a little bit of Vellum card stock, Magic In This Night Designer Series Paper (DSP), Under My Umbrella Stamp Set and co-ordinating Umbrella Builder punch.  All stamping was done in Momento Tuxedo Black then images coloured in Dark and Light Basic Gray, Dark and Light Poppy Parade and Dark and Light Old Olive Stampin' Blends alcohol markers.  I kept to this colour scheme throughout the whole card. The ribbon I used is the Faux Linen Ribbon from the Flowers for Every Season Ribbon Combo Pack.

Once all the pieces of card stock and DSP were cut, I was really surprised at how quickly it all came together.

When the card is opened, it very much looks like a snowflake, hence the name. 


Measurements for this are as follows (I apologise as these are only in imperial measurements as I prefer to craft in inches):


6 @  8″ x 5 3/4"

On the 8″ side score @ 4″

6 @ 8″ x 5 3/4"

On the 5 3/4″ side cut from 1" – 7″ on both sides

On the 8″ score @ 4″

Inside score @ 1", 1 3/4", 6 1/4" and 7″ 

Outside score @ 2" , 6"

Inside Panels: 7 @ 2" x 3 1/2"

Panel: 3 3/4″ x 5 1/2"(optional)


6 @ 1 7/8" x 5 5/8"(cut as per template)

6 @ 5/8" x 3 5/8"

12 @ 7/8 x 1 7/8" x 7/8"

Panel: 3 3/4" x 5 1/2"



If you have any questions please leave them in the comment section below.  All products used to create this project are available in my Online Store.

Do you live in Australia and have a crafting wish list larger than $250.00?  I'll tell you right now, the best deal in the catalogue is to join my team.  There's a great deal on until the end of September where new team members will receive along with the usual Starter Kit for $169.00 (build a kit of your favourite products to the value of $235.00), Stampin' Up! will also give you cardstock pieces to make 16 cards, a pack of Rhinestone Basic Jewels, the So Much Love stamp set, and the Queen Anne’s Lace stamp set.

Take care everyone and have a great day! 

Monica x

18 September 2020

Monogramme and Card featuring Beautiful Friendship and Framed for You Stamp Sets

Hi everyone and thanks for stopping by! 

Birthdays are plenty this month, nearly every second day and there are a couple that are extra special to me.  For these, I created a stamped monogramme to go along with their hand made card. 

I started by printing out the outline of their initial in New Times Roman font in the largest size to fit my A4 paper - for me this was 700.  I then went and traced this onto a sheet of A4 Whisper 

White card stock using a method that can be erased once finished.   Picking out stamps to fit, I stamped my images inside the traced outline, starting with the largest images and filling in with the smaller ones. When I knew my monogram was well and truly dry, I went and erased the outline. I trimmed down my A4 sheet to fit in a frame.

 It really doesn't take a lot of effort but the results are amazing! 


I went and created a birthday card using the same stamps and ink colours, stamping both a card front and a corner of the card insert.



  • Card stock: Soft Sea Foam card base, Misty Moonlight matte layer, Whisper White for stamping and card insert.
  • Stamp Sets: Beautiful Friendship, Framed for You, Forever Fern (dot stamp)
  •  Inks: Rococo Rose, Crumb Cake, Misty Moonlight, Soft Sea Foam

Other items:

  • Frame or Shadow Box suitable for stamped monogramme


Thanks for dropping in and if you have any questions, please leave them in the comments section below.  If you live in Australia and would like a copy of the current catalogues, send me a message and I'll be happy to send them out or alternatively you can click on the links above and download an electronic copy.

 Have a great day everyone and stay safe! 





12 September 2020

Watercolour Peace on Earth - Colour INKspirations Challenge #85

Hi everyone and thanks for stopping by! Today I'm sharing my entry for Colour INKspirations Challenge #85.  For my card, I got out my water painters and attempted a watercolour background in the challenge colours to create a Christmas card in contemporary colours.  



My first to attempts were way too dark for my liking but I finally managed to get something closer to what I had planned. Taking my E stamping block, I pressed each corner into each of the stamp pads to pick up some ink and using the Water Painters, I wet my watercolour paper with plain water before watering down my inks and applying them to the paper.  I like to let this dry naturally but if you are really pushed for time, you can use your heat tool.  It does fade the colours a little doing it this way though.

Once this was completely dry, I went and run this piece through my Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine using the Suble 3D embossing folder to add a little more texture.  The 'star' die in the Christmas Layers Dies was perfect for my contemporary look and was cut from regular Whisper White cardstock. This was glued onto my water colour piece along with two extra 'stars'  to fill the gaps. 

I die cut 'Peace' from the Peace & Joy Bundle in Rich Razzleberry cardstock but felt it got lost on the background, so to help define the word a little more, I decided to die cut the next size up in vellum (this die will also cut the stamped Peace image).  To finish my sentiment, I stamped 'On Earth' in Rich Razzleberry ink on a scrap piece of Whisper White cardstock and trimmed.

Once everything was adhered to the watercolour piece, this was then stuck down to my card base using foam dimensionals.



  • Inks: Pear Pizzazz, Misty Moonlight, Gorgeous Grape, Rich Razzleberry
  • Cardstock: Fluid 100 Watercolour Paper, Whisper White Regular and Thick, Rich Razzleberry, Vellum
  • Water Painters (comes in a set of three - fine, medium and large flat)
  • Christmas Layers Dies
  • Peace and Joy Bundle
  • Subtle 3D Embossing Folder
  • Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine
  • Adhesives:  Tombow Liquid Glue, Foam Dimensionals, Adhesive Sheets

 Thanks again for stopping by.  If you live in Australia and would like to know more information about the products I have used, please feel free to contact me.  Links to my online store are below the product thumbnails.  Have a great day! 





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