This and that...

Hi there

It was a gorgeous Autumn weekend in Melbourne and I enjoyed a spot of gardening, planting some cute purple violas and a new Gardenia that I struck from cuttings. Speaking of plants, I had to take a photo of my first Camellia of the season. This is a beautiful symmetrical white Japonica, called 'Early Pearly'. I have espaliered  two of these between the metal frame of my clothes line.  Sounds weird when you say it like that, but it does disguise this rather boring but necessary piece of equipment!


 If you are like me, you are always looking for new options for your craft storage.  I have tried a few different storage options for my sponge daubers as my collection has grown over the last few years, none of which have been entirely satisfactory . Finally, I came across this acrylic box that is specifically made for daubers and it is fantastic. It holds 40 daubers, which covers all of the main Stampin' Up! colour collections. It is easy to get them in and out of the box and they can't fall over, which sometimes caused the colours to be transferred. I made up a template for  the colour collections, that I've covered in contact as the daubers come in contact with the top of the box.


Of course, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to decorate the outward facing side with some of the retired Cottage Wall DSP and matching Rich Razzleberry and Old Olive cardstock.


Finally, I also have a card for you based on the Clean and Simple 135 sketch, which is shown below.


With Mother's Day coming soon, I have taken the opportunity to make this card for my MIL (she doesn't look at the Internet, so no chance she will get to see it).  I have used the lovely 'Strength and Hope' stamp set which raises funds for Cancer research.  This is very appropriate as she is also a breast cancer survivor.  The base card is my favourite Marina Mist with the lovely floral from 'Springtime Vintage' DSP.  I've sprayed this with Champagne shimmer mist before adding the embellishments. I love the sentiments expressed in the text behind the butterfly.  I hope she likes it.


Project Details
Stamps Strength & Hope, Well Scripted
Card stock & Papers Marina Mist, Very Vanilla, Springtime Vintage DSP
Ink Marina Mist
Accessories Basic Pearls, Blue craft wire (antennae)
Tools Square Lattice embossing folder, Big Shot, 2 3/8" Scallop Cirlce Punch,  Dimensionals, Sponge Dauber, Champagne Shimmer Paint, stampamajig

Enjoy your week.


Clean & Simple 129

Hi there

Another Friday is here already - can't believe how quickly the weeks are flying by this year. Today I have a card using this week's Clean & Simple sketch.  Although the intention is to produce clean and simple cards, I love the scope that these sketches give you and I've taken a bit more than the usual creative license with one. Here is the sketch: 


I've used the spray from the lovely Sale-a-bration stamp set 'Sweet Summer' for the focus panel, inspired by the first card in this post from my lovely friend Christine. I've coloured the spray with Stampin' Write markers and the popped up flowers were stamped with Stazon on Watercolour paper and coloured with Watercolour crayons (Elegant Eggplant and Pretty in Pink). I've added some tiny pearls to the top of the flowers for interest. I think the 'Vintage Wallpaper' embossed panel suits the olde world feel of the floral oval.  This card will be going to a lovely lady who will be celebrating a special '0' birthday next week.


Project Details
Stamps Sweet Summer (2011 Sale-a-bration), Occasional Greetings
Card stock & Papers Perfect Plum, Old Olive, Whisper White, Subtles Patterns Stack(Perfect Plum), Watercolour paper
Ink Stazon Black, Old Olive, Perfect Plum
Accessories 2mm flat back Pearls (not SU)
Tools Oval and Scallop Oval Nesties, Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder, Big Shot, Small Oval Punch, Scallop Border Punch, Dimensionals, Sponge Dauber, Stampin' Write Markers (Pear Pizzazz, Pretty in Pink), Watercolour Crayons, Aqua painter

 Enjoy your day.


Artistic Etchings and CAS 128


Last week's sketch from Clean & Simple Stamping seemed perfect for my recently acquired 'Artistic Etchings' stamp set.  I think I would class my card as a fail in terms of clean and simple, but I had fun putting it together nonetheless. Firstly, here is the sketch:


Here is my card. I have used the 'Love Letter' DSP for the first time that was kindly given to me by 'Kris Kringle' last year. I think it goes really well with this stamp set. I stamped the Eiffel Tower onto the Nestie Label, which has been stamped with En Francais background. A second tower was cut out and popped up on top.


Project Details
Stamps Artistic Etchings, Every Moment, En Francais Background
Card stock & Papers Textured Black, Riding Hood Red, Very Vanilla, Love Letter DSP
Ink River Rock, Basic Black, Riding Hood Red
Accessories Basic Pearls
Tools Nestabilities Label Die, Big Shot, Wide Oval Label Punch, Dimensionals, Sponge Daubers

 Have a nice day and thanks for stopping by.


Clean & Simple 125

Hello again

Yesterday I got to create a card for this weeks Clean & Simple FTL 125 sketch.  Just as well, as I've spent today in bed with a horror migraine, surfacing late this afternoon to face the world. Definitely not my preferred way to get a day off work.

Initially, I was a bit freaked when I first saw the sketch, but then I really warmed to it. Here it is:

I have used one of my favourite colour combos from last year - Baja Breeze, Kiwi Kiss, Not Quite Navy and Basic Gray as the base for white embossing the rose from the 'Fifth Avenue Floral' stamp set, which has been neglected for too long. The base Crumb Cake card is 12cm x 12cm, which is a really nice size to work with. I glued the coloured panels to a cardstock base, which I've popped up for added dimension. Here it is.

I really like the clean simplicity of the finished card. While I was on a roll I also made the next card for my stash using the same colours and sketch.  This one is closer to the sketch layout. It reminds me how much I miss Kiwi Kiss.


Project Details
Stamps Fifth Avenue Floral, Heard from the Heart, Beautiful Borders (Retired)
Card stock & Papers Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Baja Breeze, Kiwi Kiss, Not Quite Navy, Basic Gray
Ink Not Quite Navy, Versamark
Accessories None
Tools White embossing powder, Heat gun, Dimensionals, Stamp-a-ma-jig

See you soon.



Clean & Simple 124

Hi there

I hope you have had a relaxing Australia Day holiday today.  I was hoping to get some quality creative time, but the DH had other ideas about how I should spend the day Smiley. However, I was able to put  this card together for the Clean & Simple #124 sketch, which is below.


I've inked up the lovely daisy stamp from the 'Every Moment' stamp set for the first time and water coloured it with ink pads and Aqua painter.  I'm looking forward to getting my Watercolour Crayon update kit so that I can use the new colours. I've gone with one of my favourite colour combos, chocolate and shades of pink to match the flower. I'm quite happy with the end result but I'm not sure about the expanse of the Chocolate Chip DSP - what do you think?  Anyway here it is.


Project Details
Stamps Every Moment, Afterthoughts (Level 1 Hostess)
Card stock & Papers Pink Pirouette, Regal Rose, Rose Red, Whisper White, Watercolour, Chocolate Chip Patterns DSP
Ink Basic Gray, Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose, Rose Red, Chocolate Chip, Wild Wasabi
Accessories 5/8" Pretty in Pink Satin ribbon, Basic Pearls
Tools Beautiful Wings Die, Big Shot, Scallop Border punch, Wide Oval Punch, Corner rounder punch, Sponge Daubers, Dimensionals, Paper piercer & Mat pack,

DH is going overseas for a conference on Friday, so there will be less cleaning and cooking and more creating - woohoo!! Back soon.


More Clean & Simple

Hello again

I'm really enjoying the Clean & Simple sketch challenges, although I'm still in need of practice on the 'simple' part.  But hey, details are fun. This is the latest sketch #123:



I have used the Level 2 Hostess stamp set 'Apple Blossoms' with Poppy Parade and Concord Crush as the focus colours.  This is a really bright colour combo with white as a contrast.  Here is what I came up with.



Project Details
Stamps Apple Blossoms
Card stock & Papers Poppy Parade, Concord Crush, Whisper White, In Colour Patterns Stack
Ink Poppy Parade, Concord Crush
Accessories White Taffeta Ribbon, Basic pearls
Tools Swiss Dots Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Modern Label punch, Word Window Punch, Dimensionals

Enjoy the rest of the week.


Clean & Simple FTL 122


I have another card for you, this time for the Clean & Simple FTL 122 sketch. I found this one to be a bit tricky - something about the dimensions I think. Anyway, here is the sketch-

Here is what I came up with.

I have used the 'Bella Toile' background stamp on the top left panel in Rose Red and again in the bottom right panel, clear embossed. I have added some of the Sweet & Sour DSP that I received from a lovely friend for Christmas with the matching cardstock. The rest of the details are below: 

Project Details
Stamps Bella Toile, Fabulous Phrases (Summer Mini)
Card stock & Papers Textured White, Whisper White, Rose Red, Pumpkin Pie, Sweet & Sour DSP
Ink Rose Red, Versamark
Accessories None
Tools Scallop Border Punch, Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Beautiful Wings Embosslit die,Word Window Punch, Dimensionals

Happy stamping!


Clean & Simple


The end of another week and the last day of my holidays, unfortunately Smiley.  I wouldn't be able to afford my (craft) habit otherwise, so I shouldn't complain. Yesterday I had a lovely day stamping with some like minded ladies (Smiley Claire & Sharon), which is something I hadn't done for a few months.  It always amazes me how quickly the time goes when you stamp with friends.

For something a bit different, I've decided to challenge myself to some of the Clean & Simple sketches this year.  For those who are regular readers of my blog, you will know that I'm very much into clean, but with lots of layers and details, so the 'simple' part of 'clean and simple' is a challenge.  This is the most recent sketch -  121 so I decided to give it a go ...

 and this is what I came up with.


I'm happy with the end result, but I was itching to add something more Smiley.  I was challenged to put this up as is, so here you go ladies! The colour combo was also a bit of a revelation, courtesy of the Stampin' Up! Colour Coach, but I really like it. The scalloped panel is popped up and so is the scallop circle and the flowers on that - thankfully no limit on how many dimensionals you can use!!! The floral stamp is from the 'Punch Bunch' stamp set which is one of the fab new sets that you will be able to get FREE when Sale-a-bration starts on 25 January 2010.

To satisfy my details side, I decorated the inside of the card a bit more than usual. I've repeated the striped Baja Breeze DSP and used markers in the same colours on the the flower trio stamp from 'Punch Potpourri' (Level 1 Hostess set) and punched it out with the Boho Blossoms punch.


Project Details
Stamps Punch Bunch (2011 Sale-a-bration Set), Punch Potpourri (Level 1 Hostess)
Card stock & Papers Poppy Parade, Whisper White, So Saffron, Baja Breeze Patterns DSP
Ink So Saffron, Poppy Parade, Baja Breeze
Accessories None (OMG!!)
Tools Scallop Edge Punch, Scallop Trim Corner Punch, Scallop Circle Punch, Boho Blossoms Punch, Stampin' Write Markers (Poppy Parade, So Saffron, Baja Breeze, Wild Wasabi), Dimensionals

I'll be back during the weekend with something less simple!!