Clean & Simple 180

Hi there

 The card I have for you today is based on this week's Clean & Simple Sketch 180.  It was a grey and cold day in Melbourne on Saturday and perfect for a spot of colouring. This is the sketch:


I have used the flower from the Hostess set 'Simply Soft', matched with Wisteria Wonder patterns and Concord Crush.  This isn't a combination I have used before, but I think it works with the colour of the flowers. I have given the large butterfly and the base of the sentiment a spritz of (homemade) Champagne shimmer mist to take the edge off the colour. Here it is:



Project Details
Stamps Simply Soft (Hostess set), Precious Butterflies (Hostess set)
Card stock & Papers Concord Crush, Whisper white, Wild Wasabi, Wisteria Wonder Patterns, Xpress-IT Blending card
Ink Memento Tuxedo Black, Concord Crush
Accessories Tiny Rhinestones (not SU)
Tools     Beautiful Wings Embosslit, Big Shot, Doily Lace punch (not SU), 1", 1 1/8" (not SU) and 1 1/4" Circle punches,  Dimensionals, Champagne Shimmer Mist, Copics (V01, BV13, G82)

Have a great day!

Clean & Simple 166

Hi there

Despite my best intentions, I have failed again in my quest to be well organised for Christmas, so it's time to up the ante on my Christmas card production.  If you are also still trying to get your cards done, I hope I can give you some inspiration as well.

I love this week's sketch from Clean & Simple. The tag embellishment is very appealing and flexible. Here is the sketch -


As usual, I have taken a few liberties by changing the design into a DL shaped card, which suits the size of the tag I've used. I've gone with traditional colours on this one, but I have plans to make others in non traditional Christmas colours. For the main embellishment I have used my new Spellbinders Poinsettia die. I've sponged the edges of all the layers and popped them up on dimensionals. I love the contrast of the crisp white and the bright red and green.


Project Details
Stamps  Contempo Christmas
Card stock & Papers Real Red, White (Textured & Smooth), Old Olive, More Mustard, Holiday Treasures DSP (Retired)
Ink Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Tuxedo Black
Accessories Basic Rhinestones, 5mm Striped ribbon (from stash), Small clear rhinestone brad
Tools     Sizzix Tags #3 Die, Sizzix Flowers, Branches & Leaves Die, Spellbinders Layered Poinsettia Die, Big Shot, Scallop Border punch, 1/8" & 1/2" Circle punches, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Dimensionals, Sponge Daubers

 See you soon.


Clean & Simple 163


Just popping by with a quick mid-week post.  I needed a thank you card for our dinner hosts on the weekend  so I used this week's Clean & Simple 163 sketch. I couldn't get it down to something quite as simple as this, but even so, I think my take is pretty minimalist (for me, at least).

Daisies poppped into my head when I saw this, probably because I have been playing with my flower dies recently.  However, this time I have used a small flower punch to create the white daisies with Tangerine Tango centres offset by the Marina Mist embossed strip.  This is a clean and bright colour combo.

I hope it is more elegant than boring, but will leave you to judge that! 

Project Details
Stamps Just Believe
Card stock & Papers Marina Mist, Bazzill White, Tangerine Tango (Textured), Whisper White
Ink Basic Black
Accessories Basic Pearls
Tools     Square Lattice Embossing folder, Big Shot, EK Success 5-petal flower punch, Modern Label punch, Word Window punch, Circle punch from Itty Bitty Shapes Punch pack

Thanks for stopping by.

Clean & Simple 160

Hi there

I have a quick card for you today based on the Clean & Simple Sketch 160.  I like this sketch as it is really flexible with lots of scope to use in landscape or portrait style.


For the main panel on my card I have used the 'First Edition' DSP as a base and stamped the images from the 'Summer Solstice' stamp set on it. This set is so detailed and stamps beautifully every time and makes elegant cards.  The centre panel and sentiment has been popped up for dimension. The extra butterfly was stamped on a scrap and then glued onto Very Vanilla cardstock before fussy cutting as the First Edition paper is lighter weight than normal DSP. The tiny pearls add the finishing touch. 


After my recent mega dose of Melon Mambo pink, the colours look very muted to me, probably not helped by the artificial light I had to use for the photo.

Project Details
Stamps Summer Solstice, My Friend
Card stock & Papers Cherry Cobbler, More Mustard, Not Quite Navy, Very Vanilla, First Edition DSP
Ink Cherry Cobbler, More Mustard, Not Quite Navy, Old Olive
Accessories Tiny adhesive pearls (not SU)
Tools     Scallop Border punch, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Dimensionals, Glue Stick

See you soon.

Channelling 'Mocha Morning'


It has been a busy couple of weeks with one thing and another, but  I thought I would get in early for this week's Clean & Simple Sketch 158.  Here is the sketch:


I started with the 'Elements of Style'  stamp set, which I've gold embossed on Very Vanilla (not really apparent in the photo).  This led me to 'Mocha Morning' which is one of the new Designer Series Papers and it is a gorgeous rich selection of neutrals including Black, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede and Early Espresso with touches of gold and flocking.  I've used all of these except black to come up with the final result.  I've taken some liberty by adding the Very Vanilla seam binding ribbon knot to soften it a bit. I love the seam binding ribbon, it is so easy to work with. 'Mocha Morning' is totally elegant and lends itself to all kinds of occasions with some great options for masculine cards as well .


Project Details
Stamps Elements of Style, Sincere Salutations
Card stock & Papers Crumb Cake, Soft Suede (Textured), Very Vanilla, Early Espresso, Mocha Morning DSP
Ink Versamark, Early Espresso
Accessories Very Vanilla Seam Binding ribbon
Tools Gold Embossing powder, Heat gun, Dimensionals, Corner Rounder punch, Scallop Border punch, Stamp-a-ma-jig

 See you soon. 


Spring & New Catalogue Arrives!

Hi there

Well, the last few days of weather have been truly delightful in Melbourne. My garden thinks so too, as it has burst into colour and the new leaves are popping out on the weeping birches.  It is amazing how quickly this happens. I thought I would share a few photos I took yesterday.  Photographs (or at least my photography) doesn't do it justice and it is lovely when people walking by stop and admire it too.

This first photo shows the garden bed close to the house. You can see the weeping birch with the leaves starting to pop out and the very large mass of Azaleas underneath.


This is a close up of the pink Azalea, which is stunning.

The last photo is of the garden bed at the front.  The large birch trees are still bare, which gives the Azaleas underneath the full benefit of the spring sunshine.  We are in the process of removing the old Aussie Box hedge that is past its best and replacing it with English Box.

It is also that other favourite time of the year, when the new Stampin' Up! catalogue starts.  The card I have for you today is based on this week's Clean & Simple 156 sketch. This is what it looks like:

This is a simple sketch, so I have taken the opportunity to dress it up with different textures to add interest and some products from the new catalogue.  The main element is the gorgeous Melon Mambo doily from the 'Flirtatious Specialty' DSP.  These come as a sheet of 16 joined together so that you can use the whole page, but you can easily snip them apart and use each one individually.  There are 4 different designs and they also come in Pumpkin Pie. Both sheets are white on the reverse, which is really flexible, allowing them to be coloured to match your project. In the centre I added a small crocheted Fleurette that has had the centre petals dyed with a reinker diluted with a small amount of water. I've inserted one of the new In Color Glimmer brads in Pear Pizzazz through all the layers and popped it up. Sitting behind the doily is the gorgeous Pear Pizzazz seam binding ribbon, which feels like silk.  Here it is:



Project Details
Stamps Just Believe
Card stock & Papers Pear Pizzazz, Melon Mambo, Whisper White, Flirtatious Specialty DSP
Ink Pear Pizzazz
Accessories Glimmer Brad (Pear Pizzaz), Seam Binding ribbon (Pear Pizzazz), Basic Pearls
Tools Beautiful Wings, Swiss Dots Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Modern Label punch, Word Window punch, Dimensionals, Crimper

Happy stamping!

More Clean & Simple

Hi there

The card I have for you today is based on this week's  Clean & Simple sketch.  I have kept this one really simple, which is pretty hard for me.  This is the sketch:

CAS152Here is my take on it:


The DSP is the retired 'Candy Lane' which was one of my favourites last year.  I'm really looking forward to seeing some of the new DSP from the 2011-2012 catalogue.

Project Details
Stamps Strength & Hope, Trendy Trees (sentiment)
Card stock & Papers Rose Red, Candy Lane DSP (Retired), Soft Suede
Ink Rose Red, Soft Suede
Accessories Basic Pearls
Tools Labels Nestabilities, Big Shot, Word Window punch, Dimensionals, Stamp-a-ma-jig

See you soon.

Clean & Simple Christmas


I hope you had an enjoyable weekend.  I spent lots of time in the garden, despite the fact that it was dull, grey and cold here in Melbourne.  Filling up the green waste bin with leaves has been an ongoing weekend chore for the past couple of months, but I think we are finally coming to the end.  We also dug out some standard roses that were more possum food that anything else, as they grew to the top of the fence.  They will be going to a good home, hopefully with less possums and I will be replacing them with some shorter roses in the spring.

Today, I have a Christmas card using a Clean & Simple sketch, that I have taken some creative liberties with.  Here is the sketch. Banners seem to be quite prominent in cardmaking at the moment.


This is what I came with.  The brushed metallic mixed cardstock pack is retiring, but will be replaced by gold and silver that can be purchased separately.


Project Details
Stamps Welcome Christmas, Season of Joy
Card stock & Papers Elegant Eggplant (smooth & textured), Shimmer White, Gold Brushed Metallic
Ink Versamark
Accessories White Organza ribbon
Tools Petals-a-Plenty embossing folder, Big Shot, Scallop border punch, Dimensionals, Gold embossing powder, Heat gun

Happy stamping!


Clean & Simple 149


Back to the cold, grey and damp weather in Melbourne today unfortunately, but good for being snug inside my craft room.  It's back to work for me tomorrow, but I've enjoyed relaxing for the last couple of weeks and I'm certainly feeling better for it.  I'm still doing my meditation course and I hope that I can put some of the techniques to good use in the coming weeks to better manage the demands of work.

My card today combines  this week's Clean & Simple 149 sketch with a sneak peak of a new stamp set and the Icecream Parlor buttons and ribbon. With a $100 purchase of Stampin' Up! products this month (to 31 July 2011) you will receive the 48 flower shaped buttons (in Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight and Pacific Point) and a roll of matching ribbon.  This is $31.95 of product for FREE!

This is the Clean & Simple sketch:

Here is my card.  I seem to be in a 'Brights' phase at the moment or maybe just in a Melon Mambo phase! Either way, it adds some brightness to a winters day. The vase of flowers image is from a stamp set called 'Button Buddies' that is coming in the new Idea Book & Catalogue in September.  I was fortunate to win this set in the 'Prize Patrol' at Convention this year.  The set has 8 images that are designed for use with buttons, but are equally cute just stamped. I'll show you a few more of the images in another post. Aren't those buttons gorgeous colours? The ribbon has the same colours, plus Old Olive.


Project Details
Stamps Button Buddies (New in 2011/12 Catalogue), You're a Gem
Card stock & Papers Bazzill Textured White, Melon Mambo, Whisper White, Pacific Point Striped DSP
Ink Tempting Turquoise, Melon Mambo
Accessories Icecream Parlor Buttons & Ribbon, 1mm Rhinestone (not SU)
Tools Circle Nestabilities, Big Shot, Small Oval Punch, Scallop Border Punch, Stampin' Write Markers (Old Olive, Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, Pacific Point), Dimensionals, Glue Dots

Thanks for stopping by!



Candy Butterflies


The end of another week and it has been very wintry here in Melbourne - great for hearty soups and comfort food, but not great for the hips!  I'm feeling more refreshed and alive after my first week of holiday, the healing power of sleep is wonderful. I've been out in the garden today as there are lots of leaves and seed balls still coming off my Liquid-amber tree and the end is not yet in sight (sigh).  Not sure why our tree is always the last in the neighbourhood to fall; it must be too well looked after, I think.

My card today is enough to brighten up the dreariest day with candy coloured butterflies from the new 'Creative Elements'  stamp set. This set will be in the new 2011/12 Idea Book and Catalogue in September and was one of the fabulous stamp sets that we got at Convention this year.  Not another butterfly, I hear you say?  This is a really cute butterfly stamp and it is a good size (not too big or small) and it stamps beautifully to highlight the lovely lacy pattern.  This set has 7 other versatile stamps suitable for a variety of projects, which I'll give you a sneak peak of in the coming weeks.

I've used last week's versatile Clean & Simple 147 sketch for this card.  I've got heaps more ideas for this one.


Here is what I came up with.  Now aren't those butterflies cute?


Project Details
Stamps Creative Elements (New in 2011/12 Catalogue), Best Yet (Retired, Hostess Set)
Card stock & Papers Tempting Turquoise (Smooth & Textured), Whisper White, Pretty in Pink (Textured)
Ink Regal Rose, Tempting Turquoise, Daffodil Delight
Accessories Basic Pearls strip, White Taffeta Ribbon
Tools Swiss Dots Embossing Folder, Beautiful Wings Embosslit Die, Tasteful Trim Die Bigz XL Die (Autumn/Winter Mini), Big Shot, Circle Punches, Dimensionals

 I hope you enjoy your weekend!