Happy Hello!

Well I thought I’d share this card I made as a sample for an upcoming Stamp-A-Stack. My customer asked for cards using Longtime Friend and Stem Silhouettes from the Spring Mini Catalogue so today you get the one from Longtime Friend.

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I just love Longtime Friend set as it just screams colouring and I love to colour with my Water Color Wonder crayons – they are so easy to use and give a great result everytime – especially with an aqua painter and now that they come in the family sets they are more affordable. If you would like to see the water color wonder crayons in action ring me and we can book in a workshop for you and your friends.

I had the basic idea of what I wanted to do for the card – being its for a stamp-a-stack it needed to be kept simple yet effective when finished. I tried different ideas and techniques for the pink layer and then it dawned on me to use a plain piece of pretty in pink cardstock but run it through the crimper!

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This one shows the crimping better and just gives a little more elegance to the card – as does the black layering – adding black to any colour gives a card a little more elegance and makes the other colours ‘pop’

Recipe
Cardstock: Pretty in Pink, Certainly Celery, Basic Black and Whisper White
Ink: Jet Black Stazon
Stamp Sets: Longtime Friend, Lots of thoughts
Accessories: Water Color Wonder Crayons, Crimper, Celery Grosgrain ribbon, Tag Punch, double rectangle punch, stampin dimensionals and aqua painter.
I sure hope the ladies like this card as much as I liked making it!


share a little love

Well with just one week till Valentines I thought I’d make this little gift set to share with you – how make sure you send a link to this post to your spouse, partner, or boyfriend to remind them!

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This little set of goodies are very easy to make and could be made in a 2 hour class so contact me quickly if you’d like to make this set in time for Valentine’s Day – or if you would like to purchase a kit to make these then email me for details today!

valentine clip calendarI’ve used papers from the “Loves Me” Designer Series Paper pack – well there was nothing better for Valentine’s day! The set consists of a Coaster Gift Box, ‘Gluggie’ (Sour Cream Container) and a Clip stand Calender which I adapted from several I saw on Split Coast Stampers. You can find the tutorials for the gift box and sour cream container at Split Coast Stampers Projects page.

Supplies I used:

Stamp set: Lots of Thoughts (Sale-a-bration set), Wonderful Words
Paper: Loves Me Designer Series Paper, Chocolate Chip cardstock
Accessories: Coasters, On-board Chipboard, ribbon, silver cord, Pretty in Pink Brads, scissors, scalloped circle punch, 1 1/4″ circle punch, Crop-a-dile, sticky strip, Crystal Effects, Paper Piercing Mat, Anywhere Glue Stick, Large Paper Clip, paper trimmer, sanding block and pencil

valentine gluggie

Now remember I called the ‘sour cream container’ a ‘Gluggie‘??

Well I’ll tell you why …. when I went to school (now we are talking just a few years here … well maybe a couple more than that!) we had these frozen ice blocks in containers that exact shape and they were called Glugs (cola flavour), Razz (Raspberry flavour) and Sunny Boys (orange flavour). These were the things I bought the most from the canteen at school – well from what I can remember anyways – surely you remember these too?

Little does my hubby know that this is his Valentine gift … tho I might change the bear for some chocolates & coffee beans! I suppose I’ll find out now if he reads my posts or not!

Have a great day and dont forget to take some time out for YOU!!

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No No I’m not talking about a plank of wood but small and addictive little cards!Friends4x4

They are quick to make and you can get 3 out of an A4 sheet or 4 out of a 12×12 sheet of cardstock.

These ones here are all using stamps or papers from the Summer Mini Catalogue. They can be cute and quirky (yes its a word) like these two cards using the Love Matters set.

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Here is one just using one greeting stamp from Love Matters and using the printed paper from the Loves Me Designer Series Paper pack.

I also used the Carte Postale and a couple of offcuts from the Enchante Designer Series paper pack to make these two elegant cards. It doesnt matter what you do with the Carte Postale set – they all turn out elegant!

I originally wasnt going to buy this set but then I saw so many nice things with it and there are 11 stamps in the set so it works out to be very good value how could one say no??

I hope you like these little cards and I am considering having a monthly card kit for sale each month and no doubt you will see a few of these cards in those packs – email me for more details for signing up for these card kits.

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Criss Cross Card

Plum Criss CrossI have admired these cards since I saw the first one on SplitCoast Stampers and I followed the tutorial by the very talented Beate Johns!

This was the first one I made and I do like how it turned out – if I do say so myself!

There was talk on one of my yahoogroups I’m on about making cards and then not wanting to part with them and I must say this one falls into that category!Criss Cross showing Insert

I just love the colours in the Enchante Designer Series Paper pack which is available from our Summer Mini – but only until 31st March. I have also used a couple of other products from the summer mini being Very Vanilla wide grosgrain ribbon, French Flair Background and Carte Postale.

The birthday sentiments are from the “It’s your Birthday” stamp set. I have also popped a glue dot into the centre of the flower and then pressed that into the Dazzling Diamonds to give it a bit of bling.

This one was made for my friend Karen who has her 40th birthday on Saturday and I as said before I am having trouble parting with it and I know Karen’s favourite colours are reds and burgundy so I made another!

Burgundy Criss CrossThis time using the Recollections papers form the Idea Book and Catalogue.

I did use the French Flair background again – love the swirls on this stamp! I again used the Carte Postale set again for the flowers and leaves embellishments. Also, had to add some dazzling diamonds for the bling – I do hope she will like her card.

These cards are very easy to make to so if your interested in learning how contact me to arrange a workshop or class.

Baroque Birthday

I did also make another card using the Baroque Motifs set. I received this set as a gift from a friend in USA and have really been wanting to play with it and thought this was the perfect opportunity and made acherishflapfoldbluegreen flap fold card with it in Old Olive, Night of Navy and Bordering Blue.

I think these colours go so nicely together – especially for a man. Even my hubby said he’d like it as a card for him so its gotta be ok!

The flap is held closed by sliding the corner in under the flower accent.

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It then opens up and to see the full message inside you need to just lift the flap.

I’ve stamped the flourish in Versamark on Old Olive Cardstock and used the word window punch to create the tabs at the side and affixed them with brads. Cherish is stamped in Night of Navy over the image.

I dont usually use card inserts but I did with this one. I again used the flourish stamp and Sahara Sand ink and stamped off the side and the corners. I used a stamp from Love Matters in Old Olive for the top greeting on the insert and the “Happy Birthday” is from the “It’s your Birthday” stamp set and again is stamped in Old Olive.flapfoldallopen

You can see here how the card looks when its totally opened. I am quite happy with how it has turned out and a bit sad we dont have this set in our Catalogue so I can share this with my customers.

I hope that Matt will like whatever card his wife chooses to give him and I pray he has a great day and a totally blessed 40th year!

I did make another of these cards … actually this one was my first attempt and the blue/olive was my ‘refined’ second card.

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I made this one for a a friend and I do hope she will like it when I eventually part with it and post it off with her gift.

Happy 40th to Matt

A friend asked me to make a card for her husband’s 40th birthday – I happily said I would and then later I thought …. ohhhhh a masculine card? I so struggle with male/masculine cards so I’m wondering if these fit the bill?

MonAmie Now I did say I struggle with male cards didnt I?? Another friend of ours was pouring through the Summer Mini catalogue when she came across the Carte Postale set and suggested I use that – its a great set of 11 stamps (yes 11) and can be used for all occassions.

I decided to check out the gallery at SCS and managed to find a few to case. As you know when you case a card it never turns out the same as you always add your own little touch but its a great website to get your creative juices flowing.

This is a plain and simple one using the Carte Postale set and my new linen background. I think it turned out to be quite an elegant card – maybe not a ‘man card’. I used Sahara Sand, Vintage Violet and Basic Black Cardstock. I stamped the images in Versamark and Vintage Violet. simpledamask

This second one is using the CartePostale set again and using some of the patterned papers from the Enchante Designer Series Papers (love that paper!) I love this combo of green and purple and it only needs an embellishment and maybe some ribbon to make it a feminine card.

This one was very simple and enables the sender of the card give it for any occassion.

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Now this last one has to be my favourite!

Now I’m not sure if you can see it – but on the main image I have first stamped in Sahara Sand after stamping off first and then stamped over in Vintage Violet. I did this to give like an embossed or drop shadow effect -maybe the smaller close up of the image shows this a little better?

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I have used the green paper from the Enchante Designer Series Pack again with Basic Black, Whisper White, Vintage Violet and Mellow Moss Cardstock. I have cut the flower out and lifted it with Stampin’ Dimensionalsâ„¢ and layered it on whisper white and basic black – I used the Marvy Scalloped Circle punch here as well.

I think I’m going to have to make another as I really like it and dont want to part with it! I think its ok to give a man – dont you?

Card Keeper Tin

This is what I made for my sister for Christmas.

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She had seen my tin that i kept my cards in when I was visiting her in October and asked for one for Christmas.

I covered with the papers from Enchante Designer Series Paper pack from the Summer Mini Catalogue and i just love the perfect plum, mellow moss, pale plum and chocolate chip all together. I also used the wide chocolate chip grosgrain also from the Summer Mini and the standard brown grosgrain.

I used the Simon Lower chipboard letters to do the ‘Jo’ which i covered in the green leafy paper and then covered that in Crystal Effects and sprinkled Dazzling Diamonds all over … makes a very feminine tin with a bit of Bling added. I also made 6 dividers for inside her tin for her different types of cards.

I find it is so much nicer to make gifts for people rather than going out and buying one – they know that you have put more effort into their gift than just buying something from a shop to wrap – it also means their gift is unique and no one else will have one like it!

If you would like to make one of these tins I am more than happy to come and do a class with you and some of your friends – email me for more details.