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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Ornamental Pine

This Christmas I have loooooved playing with the Ornamental Pine stamp set. It is such an elegant and pretty set to use. I had already used it for my Curvy Keepsake boxes, then I saw a card sketch idea using partial embossing (from Gina K) and knew this stamp set would look lovely with that.

This card has a Very Vanilla card base, and then I used the Delicate Designs embossing folder to place the line of embossing across the bottom third of the card, leaving enough room to stamp my sentiment in Cherry Cobbler along the bottom. I then stamped my pine cone in Chocolate Chip and masked it off so I could stamp Garden Green pine needles across it and this allowed it to pop off the page a little.


 Finally I spritzed the top of the card with a bit of glitter spray (not Stampin' Up!) and my card was ready to be posted out :)

You can still purchase the Ornamental Pine stamp set for another week but after that, it will be gone.

Endless Wishes

I think I have just managed to send out all hand made cards this year! I found a few designs that were clean and simple so that I could make several cards at a time. This Endless Wishes stamp set was fun to play with. I only used the Merry Christmas sentiments out of it but it had many more. Such a pretty, delicate set to use! I enjoyed putting a splash of bling on the snowflakes too.

Here are two colour ways, using Stampin' Up! inks and Whisper White cardstock. I stamped the sentiment in Cherry Cobbler in the first one, stamped in Old Olive, Metallic Gold Encore and Crumb Cake as well, then added Cherry Cobbler seam binding and a few rhinestones. For the second one the sentiment is stamped in Old Olive, the snowflakes were stamped in Cherry Cobbler, Metallic Gold Encore and Crumb Cake, then I used Always Artichoke seam binding to tie a bow and added rhinestones to some of the snowflakes.

The stamped images are popped up on Stampin' Dimensionals. I spritzed the card base (Whisper White) with various non Stampin' Up! glitter sprays.

You can still purchase this stamp set for another week. After that, it is gone!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Apothecary Art - Sympathy Card

It had been awhile since I used my Apothecary Art stamp set and matching framelits but I really love them. When I needed a sympathy card I immediately thought of them. I wanted to make the card with soft colours and do some individual colouring of the flowers, so this is what I made:


The designer series paper is retired now, but everything else is current.
The colours in the flowers are Pink Pirouette, Wisteria Wonder and Pistachio Pudding. The stamp is stamped on Whisper White in Memento Black ink and the sentiment is stamped on Very Vanilla cardstock then trimmed to be popped up on the main image. I also popped up the main image on Pink Pirouette. The whole card front is adhered to a Very Vanilla card base.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Aussie Christmas

Thanks to Vicki Hodges for today's punch art card idea! I have shamelessly CASEd your idea, Vicki, and three of us enjoyed making Christmas Koalas today at my craft class. There were a few tiny anxious moments when the pieces of the koalas were a little small and the hands a little shaky, but tweezers and persistence won out and we managed to make some adorable cards. Thanks for coming over to play today, Lesley and Jill!

Here's one of our completed cards:

We used loads of paper punches. And new designer series paper from the Christmas supplement. And Stampin' Write markers and a white gel pen. And the polka dot embossing folder.

What I like a lot is the versatility of the punches. The little claws were made with Star punched shapes, for example. And the noses were cut down Word Window punches. Let me know if you cannot figure out which punches we used and want to make this card yourself. Remember, you can always order your supplies from me at SusanSalutations.


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 Christmas. It's getting closer! Hope you have started making your cards! I need to make heaps more!!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Anniversary

It was our 18th wedding anniversary this month and i had an idea for a card using the Lovely as a Tree stamp set. I could not find my Lovely as a Tree stamp set though! In the end I turned my craft room upside down and was finally rewarded with my long lost stamp set. I had put it away very safely them promptly forgotten where it was. Needless to say, it is now in a very visible place in my craft room.

I wanted to make a soft blue card and had the idea of shading the tree with my Stampin' Write markers, then to add light filtering through the tree. That was the idea, anyway. I coloured my image with some different markers (Island Indigo, Old Olive and one other) then lightly spritzed the stamp with water before stamping my image onto Whisper White cardstock. I used my silver pen to add the subbeam. Maybe I should have used gold, for sunlight, but the blue and silver just looked right together so I went with that. Maybe I should have added the light from the light side of the tree too, but this is how it turned out:

 I embossed the front of my card with a striped embossing folder then layered my image on two different colours of cardstock before drawing a double line around it on the Whisper white. I anchored the corners of my top image with Candy Dots. The greeting came from the And Many More stamp set. I rounded two opposite corners of the card with a corner rounder punch. Finally I added some seam binding ribbon to the bottom.

I added special things to the inside of the card, printing off a recent picture of us both and writing him a poem just for him. It was lovely to see his face when he opened his card (I think I even saw a tear, but of course he said he just had something in his eye!)and it is still on display so I know he liked it.

The supplies I named are still current. The unnamed cardstock colours are retired.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

October Craft Class on Saturday

I decided to hold a special Saturday class this month in addition to the one I have next Tuesday so we could make some Christmas projects and allow one or two new people to join in. It was lovely to sit and chat and craft with friends :) Thank you for being here, ladies! You know who you are!

We made two (all Stampin' Up!) projects this time. The first one was a simple Christmas card with cute little houses and imaginative backgrounds. Thanks to Gina K for the embossing sketch idea:


We masked the embossed band area and sprayed it with Shimmer Mist created by adding some retired Stampin' Up! shimmer paint to some Isocol alcohol and shaking it up in a small spray bottle with a fine nozzle.

Cardstock: Pistachio Pudding, Crisp Cantaloupe
Embossing folder: Decorative Dots
Stamps and framelits: Holiday Homes
Markers & inks: Coastal Cabana, Going Gray, White Stampin' Chalk marker, Gold Stampin' Dazzle marker, Garden Green marker
Accessories: Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details

Next we played with the Curvy Keepsake Box die and various stamps to make some cute treat boxes. I have so many more things to try with this sweet little box shape!

 The Baked Brown Sugar box was stamped with the Dictionary background stamp, inside and out, before placing a stamped Pansy Punch shape inside to be a surprise. (The chocolate covered hearts were not from Stampin' Up!) Some Bermuda Bay thick Baker's twine and some die cut tags in Pistachio Pudding and  Crisp Cantalope finished it off. I think this one would be perfect for your sweetheart on your anniversary :)

I embossed this one with the Pretty Print textured embossing folder (currently on the Clearance Rack in my Stampin' Up! shop) then put pink wrapping paper inside the vellum box to add colour to it. The thick Baker's Twine in Strawberry Slush, double tied, completed the fresh and pretty look.

NOTE: If you are going to emboss vellum cardstock, you might need to use another layer of vellum (a vellum shim) inside your embossing folder to avoid having split vellum. If you get a small split, you can 'repair' it with a little doubles sided adhesive. On the inside, use a piece to repair the split, peel off the backing and remove the stickiness by puffing it up with the Embossing Buddy. It practically disappears! Thanks, Embossing Buddy! :)


This vellum Curvy Keepsake box was stamped in Blackberry Bliss with the Ornamental Pine stamp set. We tied silver ribbon on it and added some more vellum die cut tags stamped in Real Red ink. We also placed a battery operated tea light inside it (also not from Stampin' Up!) Imagine this one gracing your Christmas table settings!

Whew! That was enough fum for one morning! lol! Not really. I went on to add a few more touches to the plans fro our Tuesday class, where more Christmas projects and a mini album will be created.

Stay tuned!

Monday, October 06, 2014

Do you know about my newsletters? And Ninja Turtles!

I just sent out a monthly newsletter to everyone who has requested one. If you are not on my list, why not add your email details? Then you won't miss out on specials and promotions from Stampin' Up! Australia each month.

If you have never requested a newsletter from me before, never fear, I will send you the current one when you add your details :) Just go to SusanSalutations,
click the 'Contact Me' button near the top right side of the page, and fill out your details.

By the way, one of the great monthly specials ends at midnight tonight. so if you need cardstock, inks or other supplies, see if they are on the list of discounted items. It could be that just what you need for your Christmas projects is discounted this month!

I've been stamping. Here's a little something I made in the last week or so for some special grandsons of mine: 

Punch art inspired by another demonstrator, Melissa Banbury from Canada. The only free-hand cut bits were their masks and tongues, but even then I used a circle punch to get even curves on the edges of the masks right. 

I was so pleased that one of my grandsons was actually wearing a Ninja Turtles t-shirt  when I saw him last, so the card hit the spot! Lol!

Supplies:

Cardstock: Daffodil Delight, Marina Mist, Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler, Cajun Craze,  Rich Razzleberry, Night of Navy, Pink Pirouette
Ink: Black Stampin' Write journaling pen, White Stampin' Chalk Marker
Embossing folder: Decorative Dots
Punches: Extra Large oval, 3.5 cm circle
Accessories: Fringe scissors, sponge daubers and ink pads

Monday, September 22, 2014

Creative Blog Hop



I am honoured to be asked to participate in the Creative Blog Hop by my stamping and crafting friend, Vicki Hodgman from Cards on the Table with Vicki. I met Vicki on the Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator site and we have enjoyed visiting each other’s blogs and chatting for some time now. We really must meet up in person one day, Vicki! Please do visit Vicki’s blog and admire her lovely cards.

The Creative Blog Hop asks us to answer 4 questions about ourselves and is a way of introducing you to somebody else and learning a bit more about each of us.

WHAT AM I WORKING ON NOW?
Right now I am working on putting a class together for October that is Christmas themed. I love all the new products from Stampin’ Up! that are coming out just for Christmas. I want people to be able to make some cards and maybe a new Christmas decoration on the day, so will be working on making something three dimensional.

HOW DOES MY WORK DIFFER FROM OTHERS IN MY GENRE?
I am not sure that it does, other than the personal choices I make about colour, embellishment, sentiment and style! Lol! I do love to find someone else’s work that I admire then out a new spin on it. Each of us really puts themselves into their work, don’t you think? I do love to make three dimensional items and differently constructed greeting cards so am always excited when I find someone had created a new style of card and just have to try it out myself.

WHY DO I CREATE WHAT I DO?
I love to make people smile with my creations. It is so much fun to try my hand at new techniques and play with new products. It is doubly enjoyable when people appreciate what I make for them or want to make something like it themselves. Even though I am not necessarily an artist, I do feel it gives me a creative. artistic outlet when I craft, and I need that.

HOW DOES MY CREATIVE PROCESS WORK?
When I make something for someone, I like to know what their favourite colours are first. Then I like to know what their hobbies and interests are, or what special event is being celebrated. I consider whether their style is modern, vintage, fun or fresh, and I try to make something in the style they would like. I spend a lot of time looking at other people’s work on Pintrest, blogs, galleries, Facebook and Youtube. I save people’s work that attracts me and then revisit it when I want to create. Often I am inspired by someone else’s work but the finished project usually turns out to be a little to a lot different from theirs.

Now I have the pleasure of introducing you to two other amazing fellow Paper Crafters.
Both these ladies have great style and enthusiasm for their craft and are always positive and helpful.
I am glad to have had the opportunity to "meet" them online. Their blogs are definitely worth visiting too! I hope you will!

Lesley Jendra of Lesley’s Stampin’ Ground is a marvellous Australian lady who posts a project on her blog nearly every day! I admire her creativity and ability to bring something lovely to us each day. We met through our mutual love of all things Stampin’ Up! a few years ago and have had some wonderful times crafting together.Thanks for being on the Creative Blog Hop, Leslie!


Hi, I am Lesley Jendra and I was honoured to be asked to be part of this blog hop by Susan Luke. I started scrapbooking back in 2001 after our 2 daughters got married and I wanted to scrapbook their wedding photos. We had previously owned a photography business so had put together hundreds of wedding albums but had seen some scrapbooking and wanted to do something special for these wedding albums. I started attending classes, then started card classes as well. I haven't stopped since. In 2009 I discovered Stampin' Up! at a craft show and I was hooked and I became a demonstrator. I had never stamped before despite all the cards and scrapbooking I had done, and hadn't realised how much you could do with stamps.  It makes it so easy that Stampin' Up! coordinates everything from paper, inks, embellishments, punches etc.  I currently teach card and scrapbooking classes which I thoroughly enjoy being able to pass on whatever I can to other ladies who have the same passion about craft as I do.
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Next is the beautiful Lady Ann Milnes-Howard of Anne’s Paper Dreams. She is absolutely fantastic at making beautiful mini albums and cards. We met on a papercraft forum as she lives in England so do get to chat most days, encouraging each other to craft and to share our craft with others. Thank you for being on the Creative Blog Hop, Lady Anne! Here she is:



 I live with my husband Ian in a disability bungalow; we moved here when I could no longer manage to climb stairs, it is small but perfect for what we need now.
I have a daughter Maria who gave me three beautiful granddaughters, Gemma, Victoria and Natalie. Gemma has given me two wonderful Great Grandsons, Jack and Brody but she is expecting another boy November 15th, Victoria has given me the joy of a Great Granddaughter Charlie-Mae who is the eldest.
I am known as "Lady" Anne this is because my family knew how much I love Scotland and bought me a small piece of land in Scotland which came with a title of Laude/Lady for a woman and I thought I would use it for all things internet, it does seem to be leaking into my everyday life these days *laughing*
I have always loved stationary of any sort so it hasn't surprised me that I took to card making and mini album creating, my other love is art but have never been any good at it except putting colours together which I am very particular about, I hate some colours together even in food *smiling* but love all colour and blending same colour tones together. I have found a joy in making mini albums and have created a few now. I love Graphic 45 Papers but I also love pretty feminine papers.
Ian & I live in a village called Sileby ( my nick name for it is: silly-b) in the East Midlands of England.
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Thank you so much again, Vicki, for inviting me on the Creative Blog Hop, and thank you again,  Lesley and Lady Anne for your introductions and willingness to share your lovely crafts. I hope many people take a moment to go and see your beautiful creations on your blogs. And of course, visit the people you nominate to carry on with the Creative Blog Hop.

Speaking of being creative, now I shall share a new project with you all. It’s a birthday card I made for my lovely sister. She loves bright colours so I chose bright orange and yellow to bring some cheer into her day. I wanted to use the new Stampin’ Up! Blendabilities but have so far only bought the green range, so I used them for the leaves and my Copics for the flowers. I added some Spica pen to the leaves and now think maybe I shouldn’t have done as it looks very un-blended in the photo. It didn’t seem to be like that in person! Oh, and the designer series paper is retired. 


Supply List:
Cardstock: Cherry Cobbler, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, Whisper White
Inks: Memento Black, Blendabilities, Copics
Embossing Powder: Cherry Cobbler
Embossing Folder: Decorative Dots
Embellishments: Spica pens, Rhinestone jewels, paper doily, Daffodil Delight ribbon
Stamp Sets: I Like You, And Many More


Monday, September 15, 2014

Christmas Card Swap

I am taking part in a Stampin' Up! team swap of Christmas cards where I made 8 of the same card to swap with 7 or 8 other people. I should wind up with 8 different cards this way. I will share the card I made soon but want to wait till the people I swapped with get to see it first. That should happen within a week or so. I will tell you that I used the cute Holiday Home stamps and matching framelits!


Zoo Babies

Welcome to those who have stopped by from Vicki's blog as part of the Creative Blog Hop - and a big thank you to Vicki for inviting me to join in! Please come back next Monday to see my answers to the four questions as part of the Hop.

I have had the cute Zoo Babies stamp set for awhile now and had not chance to play with it till a recent class. I just love the cute little animals! They go together so well in a card with a nine square layout and of course it turned out that the crocodile got to do the honours and hold up the greeting. Wasn't that good of him? Lol! I know, I am slightly crazy when it comes to cardmaking at times and especially when I sound like I talk to my stamps.

Without further ado, here are the Zoo Babies in a little baby boy card:


All supplies are from Stampin' Up! and can be bought from SusanSalutation's Shop.  

Cardstock: Soft Sky
Stamp set: Zoo Babies
Embossing folders: Decorative dots, Honeycomb
Thick Baker's Twine in Pistachio Pudding
Ink colours:  Island Indigo, Crisp Cantalope, Pear Pizzazz, Garden Green
Designer Series Paper: Moonlight, Subtles Paper Stack
Small heart punch and rhinestone jewel
Stampin' Dimensionals

Monday, August 18, 2014

Paper Wallet for Gift Giving

Do you sometimes wonder what to get the person who has everything? So do I. That's why I revert to using gift cards and cash at times. It seems so cold to give a plain card with such a gift. I think it makes such a gift much more special if you make a gift out of the card at the same time.

That's why I found a way to make a card wallet. You could customise this idea for men or women, young or old! Add more than gift cards - photos, notes, gift cards promising meals or cleaning or shopping, all seem to be well-received.




Here are instructions for making a Card Wallet:



Wallet cards

Outside Wallet –cut cardstock 9”x 3 ½” (round corners)
Inside Wallet –cut cardstock 8 ½” x 3 ¼”
Left inside – cut cardstock 4” x 2 ¾” (pencil ¾” all round on the back and use 1 3/8” square punch to punch window)
Right inside        - middle piece: cut cardstock 4 ¼”x 2”
                            -  front piece: cut cardstock 4 ¼”x 1”      

Sponge all the edges with ink slightly darker than your cardstock.
Cut a piece of acetate 2”x 3” and adhere to window.
If you want to do faux stitching it is easier to do it now. Place pieces of wallet together and carefully pierce around inside pieces. Complete wallet by taping outside and bottom edges to each other ensuring you can still pop cards and notes in the pockets.

Stamp ‘patch’ in spare cardstock and after doing faux stitching if you are doing it adhere to front. 

If you make one of these, do let me know. I really like to see the way you work!
PS: Remember you can order your supplies for this project from me at SusanSalutations.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Paper Cake!

Thanks to a lovely blog called eWillow, I found a great template for a three layer paper cake last week. Since I needed a special favour for a special High Tea birthday party at Tea and Niceties (it was soooo yummy!) I decided to make one of the layers for my 9 friends attending. The middle layer of the template worked out to be a lovely size to hold some chocolate hearts and friendship quotes and it also had 11 slices - more than enough in case an unexpected guest arrived! I decorated the tops of each slice with some designer series paper that I embossed. I made a spiral rose for each slice and found the centres were just the right size to hold a birthday candle (WARNING: Never actually LIGHT the candles if you are going to make a cake like this! Paper and fire are a dangerous combination!) and I tied each slice closed with some retired ribbon I had. That made each piece look like a layer cake! The slices needed some bling of course, so I added some rhinestones to each one.

To keep the slices together, I then tied the whole cake together with a piece of gathered pink ribbon :) I thought it needed a centrepiece too, so I made one using one of the chocolate hearts, some silver ribbon, netting and Pink Pirouette cardstock punched with the scallop circle punch. It was attached to a piece of wooden skewer to I could stick the centrepiece into the middle space and it would not move around too much.





The roses are all sponged with Melon Mambo ink, and the cardstock rose colours are So Saffron, Soft Sky and Blushing Bride. The slices are made of Melon Mambo cardstock and matching designer series paper from a stack I had.

There was even enough cake to leave a slice with our lovely Tea and Niceties hostess!What a beautiful and memorable day it was :)




Monday, July 21, 2014

Owl Card in a Box

Special birthdays deserve special cards, I think, so when a friend had one of those special birthdays, I remembered that she loved owls. Her favourite colours were inks and purples. And she appreciates handmade things. Her card in a box almost made itself after that!

I stamped out some flowers from the Flower Shop stamp set because those images can be punched out with the Pansy Punch. I made my owl with the Owl Builder Punch. I punched out a little heart from some silver glitter paper. The sentiment is from the Create a Cupcake stamp set, and I used oval punches to mount it. The stems for the flowers are doubled pieces of cardstock glued together and trimmed.

The colours I used in this project were the new Blackberry Bliss, old favourites Smokey Slate, Melon Mambo, and  Pistachio Pudding. I also chose some designer series paper from the Moonlight paper stack and added some that is now retired as well. My fringe scissors came in handy to make the grass.

The new Fast Fuse Adhesive came in handy to make the little box!

All current Stampin' Up! supplies are available at SusanSalutations.

Friday, July 04, 2014

Pretty Wedding

A Grandmother's love for her granddaughter led her to ask me for a very special card to be made for her wedding. The colour pink was requested, as was some vellum and embossing folder work. The decorative theme of the wedding was birds, so when I put all these ideas together with knowledge of my supplies (current and retired!) I created this:

First I took some Blushing Bride cardstock and formed my card base. I prepared some non Stampin' Up flowers that I sponged and enhanced with leaves from the Bird Punch. I stamped with a retired set on the back of a white vellum cardstock sheet then coloured it with Stampin' Write markers before sandwiching it between oval frames. The card front was embossed after I cut out the oval shape and before I added the vellum image. I tied the flowers and punched leaves together with Organza Ribbon then adhered them with Mini Glue Dots.

The Expressions Thinlit word is on the Clearance Rack if you want to order any before they disappear forever.

After i made the card, I realised it was very three dimensional and would not fit into an ordinary envelope. So I brought out my Envelope Punch Board and made a card box from some matching designer series paper. That seemed to need extra embellishment so I broke out my Gift Bow Bigz Die and made a matching paper bow from Blushing Bride cardstock, then used my Hearts A Flutter Framelits to make a little heart enhancement under the bow, and attached them both to a belly band.


I hope you enjoyed seeing how I created a special card gift for a grandmother to give her lovely granddaughter on her wedding day :)

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Punch Art Camera Card

Here's a fun handmade greeting card to make. I used a variety of punches to make this one, and i was inspired by many other cards like this on the Internet, so thank you to everyone who made one of these and shared it! This particular card became the one I gave a dear friend who just had his 100th birthday. I altered it to make the 'No 1' read 'No 100' . I think it went over alright! My birthday friend is still going strong and was able to entertain us with singing a song and playing a bass cello in his orchestra with his musical friends. It was a wonderful afternoon of celebrating!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Easel Cards

Card class day is always a fun day of chatting and laughing and crafting and eating. Lol! We even had some interesting foods today - dukkha and flavoured oils with breads, a new type of dip with crackers, and homemade raspberry muffins. Yum! Everyone brings something to eat when we get together to make our cards.

Today I had a request to learn how to make easel cards. They are easy cards to make, once you know the trick.  Start with a normal sized card, then fold the front inward at the mid point. Attach another flat piece of cardstock the same size as the card front to the bottom of the fold. Add a 'stopper' inside the card to hold your easel up, and voila! You have an easel card. Here are some instructions in pictures for you as well.

We started with a humourous card using the Owl Builder punch:
  

 Then we switched the mood and made a pretty card with the Labels Collection Framelits:


You can see all the products I used plus some more of these cards made by class attendees too at my Facebook page

Can't wait till June 17th when we get together again :)



Thursday, May 08, 2014

Anniversary in Paris?

I have a wonderful friend who just loves all things Parisian. Her husband asked me to make a card for their anniversary this year so it was not difficult to pick a theme. Both of my friends love the colour red, so I had no problems with choosing a main colour! I used a retired stamp set or two and some retired elements as well. Thank goodness I have a secret stash of retired Stampin' Up! sets and elements to draw on for such an occasion as this! LoL! I just need more storage space to keep all my favourite things is all.
To make the scene, I sponged around a 'cloud' shape I cut out from ordinary stationery coupled with a punched circle shape to make the sky with its moon and sponged over a torn piece of paper to make the ground. The Eiffel tower is embossed in silver and 'Amour' is embossed in Cherry Cobbler. I used Real Red, Island Indigo and Whisper White cardstock, a doiley and some Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine, plus a retired silver and crystal embellishment. The base card is embossed with a retired embossing folder as well and the tags came from a retired kit I still had. I added some stationery to the inside of the card and stamped it with images from the retired stamp set as well.


Just wanted to share and let you know I am still crafting away here.
I made my friends an anniversary card from my husband and I too. Here it is:

The Happy Congratulations stamp set I used is from the seasonal catalogue  (Celebrate the Everyday). I used Cherry Cobbler and Basic Black cardstock and inks. The sentiment is embossed in gold and the background papers come from a retired stack I had. I made the envelope with my Envelope Punch Board out of retired designer series paper. I thought the circles and stripes formed a bit of a theme for this card and envelope.

Happy Anniversary, my friends!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Project Life is coming to Stampin' Up!

I was so pleased to read that Becky Higgins has partnered with Stampin' Up! to create goodies for Project Life scrappers in Stampin' Up! colours and designs. Woo hoo! Coming to Australian scrappers very soon! (I will be sooooo tempted....)


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Happy Easter Week

It's going to be Easter soon and I have seen a number of cute punch art cards on the 'Net with bunnies, chicks and eggs on them. One card in particular seemed to suit my sense of humour and I just had to recreate it.

Behold, a bunny card. A card with a bunny, but not a face. A card with a bunny disappearing down a rabbit hole!

I made this one with  Chocolate Chop cardstock and the embossing folder out of the Sale-A-Bration catcalogue, then added black for the bunny hole and Whisper White with Pink Pirouette for the bunny and sentiment. I glued some pink sequins to the card front to add some sparkle.

Happy Week before Easter!

PS: You can purchase lots of the punches from my Stampin' Up! store. Look for ovals, scallop ovals, scallop circles, the Cupcake and Boho Blossom punches.

Monday, April 07, 2014

Adding Vellum Windows

I held a class last month where we added some vellum windows to our cards. It was easy to do with the Stampin' Up! circle punches and a coordinating scallop circle punch. All you do is punch a circle in your card where you want the window to be, then to make the scalloped border for your window, punch another same-sized circle out of coloured cardstock, then punch out the scallop border.

We stamped on the vellum and also made vellum butterflies using Versamark and black embossing powder. Putting the wrong side out at the front gives you a softer butterfly to see o the outside, and a brighter one when you open the card.

Inside the card I placed another scalloped circle border over the punched hole, so it was well-finished for the recipient.

I used a retired embossing folder for the front layer plus some white organza ribbon, the Artisan Label punch with the coordinating Label Love stamp set, and Soft Sky ink. We also added a tiny bit of Soft Sky to the vellum butterfly wings with an Aqua Painter.

The idea for these cards came from a sister stamper, Shellypop. Thank you, Shelly!

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Chocolate Bar Sliders

When you need a special gift in a hurry, here's an idea that may help. Make a sleeve for a chocolate bar and decorate it to suit the occasion! I have made a number of these over the years and really liek the way people's eyes light up when they receive a gift like this. It helps to know what the recipient's favourite chocolate bar is, but I find plain chocolate seems welcome by many. Here's the latest one i made:


You can see I chose a Cadbury plain chocolate bar for this gift. I also selected Elegant Eggplant and Melon Mambo cardstock, then used the Birthday Candles wheel and the coordinating Label Love stamps and Artisan Label Punch to finish decorating. I snuck some retired polka dot ribbon in there too.

If you want to know how to make these little gifts, you can find out how by following this link to PaperCraftCentral.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Craft Market!

Today I took the plunge with a good girlfriend and set up a stall at her Craft Market. We sure had a good day! It was hot and humid, but we had such lovely visitors and enjoyed chatting with them while they browsed through our products :) We think we shall hold a monthly market since we were so encouraged by today.

Here's a picture of my table at the Market:


The picture is a bit over exposed, sorry. The day was so bright and we had our tables set up in the shade, so it was hard to get my Tablet to take a decent shot! You'll see a few things you might recognise from the Stampin' Up! catalogues, though :)

I'll let you know when the next Craft Market is on. Maybe you can come to visit, if you are n the area. I'd love to meet you!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Dreamy Flowers and Scattered

The final pair of cards in my Gift Card series was done with various shades of purple. I used Elegant Eggplant, Perfect Plum and some Wisteria Wonder. There is also soem Rich Razzelberry in there. I punched and shaped a few little flowers for the card on the right and added a pearl to their centres. The leaves on the right were done with Bermuda Bay ink and I added detail with a silver pen.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Simple Butterfly Cards


It's easy to make simple cards with a butterfly stamp set. When you have the coordinating butterfly punch, it's also easy to pop up a butterfly to add more interest. These little cards only required a couple of different colours of ink to make them pretty. I shimmer sprayed the one on the right and added a pearl to the popped up butterfly on the left.

The Papillon Potpourri stamp set is one of the most frequently reached for stamp sets I have :) 

EDITED: Colours used (inks and cardstock) were Wisteria Wonder, Pink Pirouette, Melon Mambo and Elegant Eggplant.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Butterflies and Flowers

I just love the So Very Grateful stamp set in the Occasions Mini. You can only order it till then end of March. I am hoping it will be in the new annual catalogue due out in June, but who knows? Glad I got mine anyway. I kind of reminds me of an embroidery pattern too. Hmm. Maybe I could embroider something with it one day.

These little cards are great as gift cards or just to drop someone a special note. The butterfly card is stamped with Papillon Potpourri and Betsy's Blooms. I like the new little scallop circle punch as it is perfect for little cards like this.

Enjoy your day!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Flowery Notes


I enjoyed making these cards. I plan to stamp my sentiment on them when I need a card fro something.A simple 'hello', 'for you', 'happy birthday' or even 'I'm sorry' would really finish them off. They were so quick and easy to make!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Little Cards

Here are a couple more of the little cards I made the other night. I used Betsy's Blooms on the card on the right. The card on the left was made with my two butterfly punches and a few flowers form my Itty Bitty punch set. A Stampin' Write marker and the retired Spritzer tool helped me make the splatters. Of course I added some rhinestones to make the cards pop. Gotta have bling :)