Merry Monday #49

Hi there

I have had a bit of a creative drought in the last couple of weeks.  However, I have totally re-organised my craft room and added more usable creating space with some new furniture, so that I can have all my commonly used tools close at hand.  I sorted through heaps of stuff and ruthlessly disposed of anything not adding value.  It is very cathartic and I'm pleased with the result, so hopefully it will lead to more output in coming weeks.

However, it is time for Merry Monday #49 and this week it is a sketch challenge. Lots of scope with this one, so please join us this week as I would love to see what you create.  Here is the sketch:

For my card, I have rotated the sketch 90o as it worked better with my image.  I really like this cute 'Marci' digi stamp as it typifies Christmas in Australia where sundresses and flip-flops are the order of the day.  It is nice for a change, to be able to use a 'summer Christmas' image and it is fun to colour as well.  The great thing about a digital stamp is that you can adjust the size of it before printing, which I have done here.


I have matted the coloured image on DSP from the Print Poetry Paper stack. To make it easier to work with I have used my glue stick to mount it on another oval cut from cardstock before popping up both layers.  The Ticket Duo Builder punch got its first use together with the new Occasions Paper Piercing Pack to create the sentiment ticket and I hand cut the mat.

For the inside, I have kept it really simple, using more DSP from the Print Poetry Paper stack with the tree from the 'Scentsational Season' stamp set, given by a lovely friend for my birthday last year.



Project Details
Stamps   Sunny Christmas Marci Digi (not SU), Scentsational Season, Joyous Celebrations
Card stock & Papers Bazzill White Linen, Raspberry Ripple, Gumball Green, In Colour Pattern Stack, Print Poetry Paper Stack, Whisper White, Silver Glimmer paper, Xpress-IT Blending card
Ink Raspberry Ripple, Gumball Green
Accessories Pink Seam Binding ribbon (not SU), Basic Rhinestones, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter
Tools     Ovals Framelits, Holiday Collection Framelits, Fancy Fan Embossing folder, Big Shot,  Dimensionals, Dotted Scallop Ribbon border punch, Ticket Duo Builder punch, Merry Minis punch pack, White gel pen, Glue pen,Copics, Early Espresso marker, computer, printer

Make sure you check out the inspiring samples from the Design Team.

Thanks for stopping by!


Merry Monday #48

Hi there

It is time for another Merry Monday Challenge and I'm thrilled that Lesley has asked me to be the Featured Designer for February. This week is a colour challenge and it was a bit of an eeek! moment when I first saw the colours, but they are actually a fab combo.  Here they are:


I have stamped this lovely olde world Santa image in Basic Gray and used the other two colours in a supporting role.  I couldn't find a sentiment that would fit nicely into the curved Bitty Banner framelit, so I made my own with MS Word using the WordArt option to curve the text in the right direction.  You can get the Stampin' Up! RGB colours from my Tips and Hints page so you can match the colours perfectly. The mat was hand cut using the outer edge of the framelit as a template.  A bit of Dazzling Diamonds sparkle on the brim of his hat and some bling finishes it off.

I have kept inside really clean and simple for this one.



Project Details
Stamps Santa, I Believe (not SU), Ornament Keepsakes, Tree Trimmings (retired)
Card stock & Papers Basic Gray Textured (retired), Pumpkin Pie, Marina Mist, Whisper White, Subtles In Colour Pattern Stack, Silver Glimmer paper
Ink Basic Gray, Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black
Accessories Filigree brads (retired), Pumpkin Pie Satin ribbon (retired), Basic Rhinestones, 2mm Rhinestones (not SU), Dazzling Diamonds Glitter
Tools     Finishing Touches Edgelits, Bitty Banners Framelits, Big Shot,  Dimensionals, Glue pen, Dotted Scallop Ribbon border punch, Merry Minis punch pack, computer, colour printer

Make sure you check out the inspiring samples from the Design Team.

Thanks for looking!

Merry Monday #46

Hi there

It was another hot day in Melbourne today, perfect for staying indoors and crafting.  I  have a Christmas card for this week's Merry Monday #46 challenge 'For the Birds', which is to use birds on your card.


I decided to pull out my neglected Bird Builder punch for this one.  I have paired this with the Holiday Frame embossing folder that I haven't used before and the scallop heart from the  new 'Hearts a Flutter' framelit dies that will be in the new mini catalogue to be released on 1 February.

To add some sparkle, I lightly brayered Versamark ink over the raised area and then heat embossed with Irridescent Ice embossing powder.  Here is a view taken from above, that gives more of an idea of what it looks like.  I also embossed the bird's wing. It took me a while to work out how to create the dimensional sentiment banner, but I was happy with it in the end.

Here is a close-up for a better view of the sparkle.  This is one of those times when a photograph cannot subsitute for seeing it in real life.

I have decorated the inside with the lovely pine tree from the 'Lovely as a Tree' stamp set, adding some Dazzling Diamonds glitter to the tree with a glue pen.



Project Details
Stamps Lovely as a Tree, Four the Holidays (retired)
Card stock & Papers Whisper White, Raspberry Ripple, Gumball Green, Silver Glimmer paper
 Ink Raspberry Ripple, Gumball Green
Accessories Basic Rhinestones, Raspberry Ripple Stitched Satin ribbon
Tools     Lacy Brocade Embossing folder, Swiss Dots Embossing folder, Holiday Frame Embossing Folder, Hearts a Flutter Framelits, Big Shot, Bird Builder punch,  Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border punch, Irridescent Ice embossing powder, Heat gun, Glue pen, Dazzling Diamonds glitter, Early Espresso marker, Dimensionals

 If you got this far, thanks for looking!

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More Merry Monday #44

Hi there

I hope you are enjoying your weekend.  It is much milder here in Melbourne today thankfully, after a hot day yesterday.  I've been busy doing chores in the garden like dead-heading and trimming the edges of the lawn. Not exciting, but it is lovely to look at when it is done.

While I had the bits and peices on my craft desk a couple of days ago, I made a second card using the colours of this week's Merry Monday #44 Challenge.  Here they are again to remind you:


I have a reprise of my circle tree card from 2011 and I think I like it more in these colours, than the original. It is fresher and brighter somehow, maybe it is the extra white space at the bottom. What do you think?


I have decorated the inside similiar to the last card, using the alternative Delicate Designs embossing folder.


Project Details
Stamps Greetings of the Season, Tree Trimmings (Retired)
Card stock & Papers Island Indigo, Pool Party, Real Red, Whisper White textured (retired), Silver and Red Glimmer paper
Ink Pool Party, Real Red, Versamark
Accessories 2mm Rhinestones (not SU), 1/4" Real Red Stitched Grosgrain ribbon
Tools     Delicate Designs & Petals a Plenty Embossing Folders, Big Shot, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border punch, Small star punch (retired), Merry Minis punch pack, 'Rich Red' embossing powder (not SU), Heat gun, Dimensionals

Thanks for looking!

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Merry Monday #44

Hi there

Happy New Year!  I hope you have all enjoyed your holidays and are well into fulfilling your New Year's resolutions (ha ha).  I had a very hectic time leading up to Christmas.  I finished up at my job after more than 7 years and that was a very emotional time.  Then the lead into Christmas, trying to get all of my Christmas crafting finished before we left for the drive to New South Wales to join my husband's family for Christmas. We stopped off in Canberra for a couple of days to show our Rotary Exchange student, Lars, our national capital.  We then picked up my lovely MIL Betty from the airport and continued our journey.  It was a lovely family Christmas and Lars got to experience Christmas the Aussie way.  Fortunately, where we were, the weather was quite mild on Christmas day for turkey and all the trimmings.

I hope you aren't too horrified that I am starting off the year with a Christmas card!  I figure it is easier to keep in the groove than try and get back into it, later in the year. Lesley is back with Merry Monday and is mixing it up a bit with a colour challenge this week for Merry Monday #44.  I have made a couple of crafting resolutions, and one of them is to try more colour challenges, which I find a bit scary. Here are colours, which are a fabulous combo for Christmas:


My card is very clean and simple, but hopefully that doesn't mean boring or even worse, insipid! I have used the Delicate Designs embossing folder for the first time, to create a frame for the lovely sentiment from the 'Greetings of the Season' stamp set.

I have used the debossed side which provides  lots of texture and sprayed it with Frost White shimmer mist for a lovely sparkle.  You can't see it in the photo above, but this one gives you an idea of how it looks. I also sprayed the sentiment after I embossed it.

I like to decorate the inside of my cards as well and I found this added a lot of time when I went to actually send my Christmas cards, when I was already under time pressure. So this year, another of my resolutions is to decorate the inside at the time I make the card.  This is the inside of the card.


Project Details
Stamps Greetings of the Season, Tree Trimmings (Retired)
Card stock & Papers Island Indigo, Pool Party, Real Red, Whisper White,
Ink Island Indigo, Real Red, Versamark
Accessories Basic Rhinestones, 1/4" Real Red Stitched Grosgrain ribbon
Tools     Delicate Designs Embossing Folder, Big Shot, 'Rich Red' embossing powder (not SU), Heat gun, Ticket Corner punch (retired), Dimensionals, Frost White Shimmer paint, Isocol, Stampin' Spritzer

Thanks for looking!

Merry Monday #42

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I missed the deadline on last weeks Merry Monday #42 sketch challenge, but I will share it with you anyway.  This was the first card that I made with the Snow Festival DSP and the Raspberry Ripple and Baja Breeze colour combo.   This is a great sketch from Lesley and I'm sure I will be using it again.  Here it is:


I just received the new Sleigh Silhouette stamp and it was the perfect layout to put it to use. I have stamped it in Midnight Muse to balance the Raspberry Ripple and Baja Breeze with a simple greeting to finish it. The rose red seam binding blends really well with the Primrose Petals and Raspberry Ripple in the DSP and I like the softer bow it makes.

This is a very CAS card and easy to reproduce and I'm going to try it with some other DSP options.   I used my new Stampin' Trimmer on this card and I love everything about it. Definitely worthwhile if your paper trimmer has seen better days as mine had. It will be available for sale from 1 December 2012.



Project Details
Stamps Sleigh Silhouette (not SU), Sweet Essentials
Card stock & Papers Raspberry Ripple, Baja Breeze, Whisper White, Snow Festival DSP, Patio Party DSP
 Ink Midnight Muse, Raspberry Ripple
Accessories Basic Rhinestones, Rose Red Seam Binding ribbon
Tools     Paper trimmer, dimensionals

 Thanks for looking!

Merry Monday #37

Hi there

Today, I have another Christmas card for you, using this week's great Merry Monday #37 sketch below.

I have used one of my favourite colour combos of Real Red, Soft Suede and White, taken from the lovely retired 'Christmas Cocoa' DSP. This time I have coloured the Santa image to give a more olde world look.  I have kept the embellishment to a minimum to focus on Santa, although I was itching to put some ribbon on it.


Project Details
Stamps Inspired by Christmas (not SU)
Card stock & Papers

Bazzill White Linen, Soft Suede, Whisper White, Xpress-IT Blending card, Christmas Cocoa DSP (Retired)

Ink Memento Rich Cocoa, Real Red, Soft Suede
Accessories Basic Rhinestones

Oval Nestabilities, Finishing Touches Edgelits, Big Shot, Dimensionals, Sponge dauber. Copics

Have a great week.



Thank you Allisa, for choosing this card as your Top Pick this week.

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Merry Monday #36

Hi there

There is another fabulous versatile sketch from Lesley this week at Merry Monday.  I'm enjoying seeing my completed Christmas card stash grow, so why don't you join the fun.

Here is the sketch:


I have flipped the sketch on its side (back?) for my card, which features stockings punched out with the now retired (sob!) stocking builder punch.  To give the stockings some body and make them easier to work with, I used my glue stick to adhere the 'Be of Good Cheer' DSP and then punched them out.

I'm really enjoying the new ink pads; the coverage on solid stamps is fabulous and I love the fact that you can now have embossing in every colour.  For this card, I have stamped the greeting in Early Espresso ink and then clear embossed it.  You get the perfect clarity of the stamped greeting and if you apply the clear embossing powder immediately, you get a lovely embossed finished as well.  I have used the same process on the little red  bow.  The result is not quite as raised, but I think the finished look is a lot cleaner on smaller, detailed stamps such as these and if there is the odd stray fleck of embossing powder, you can't see it.  Give it a go and see what you think.



Project Details
Stamps Joyous Celebrations
Card stock & Papers Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla, Gumball Green, Be of Good Cheer DSP, Christmas Candlelight DSP
 Ink Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso
Accessories 1/8" Early Espresso Taffeta ribbon, Basic Rhinestones, Jingle Bells (retired), Linen Thread

Square Lattice embossing folder, Big Shot, Stocking Builder punch (retired), 1 1/4" & 1 3/8" Circle punches, Dimensionals, Clear embossing powder EP, Heat Gun

Thanks for stopping by.


Merry Monday #35

Hi there

I'm on a bit of a run with Christmas cards at the moment, so I am pleased to be a Guest Designer for Merry Monday #35 this week.  Lesley has prepared another great sketch to inspire us, so get those stamps inked up.  Here is the sketch:

I have put together some of my favourite colours to come up with a more contemporary Christmas look this week. I have stamped the main image from the 'Come to Bethlehem' stamp set in Midnight Muse. I love the result you get with the new ink pads on solid stamps. I clear embossed the image, although it isn't really apparent in the photo, which made it easier to sponge the background. I punched out a large oval and trimmed it down to use as a mask for the star and later used the negative to emboss it with Irridescent Ice embossing powder.



Project Details
Stamps Come to Bethlehem, Four the Holidays (Retired)
Card stock & Papers Midnight Muse, Island Indigo, Whisper White, Silver Glimmer Paper
Ink Pool Party, Island Indigo, Midnight Muse, Versamark
Accessories Basic Rhinestones, Neutrals Glimmer Brads (Coloured with Copic)
Tools     Petals a Plenty Embossing Folder, Snow Flurry Bigz Die, Big Shot, Irridescent Ice, Clear & White embossing powder, Heat gun, Large Oval punch, Dimensionals, Sponge Dauber, Tombow Glue, Inkssentials Blending Tool, Copic marker (B99)

Be sure to check out the inspiration from the rest of the Design Team.

Thanks for looking!

Merry Monday #34

Hi there

I was doing some colouring on the weekend and this poinsettia image was on my desk when the latest Merry Monday #34 sketch popped in my In Box, so it formed the basis for my card today.  Here is the sketch:

I used the debossed side of the lovely new Lacy Brocade embossing folder for the background, with Cherry Cobbler and Gumball Green for a traditional colour combination.  The poinsettia spray is from the 'Bells & Boughs' stamp set  and coloured in cream tones with a touch of the green in the veins.



Project Details
Stamps Bells & Boughs, Joyous Celebrations
Card stock & Papers Cherry Cobbler (Textured & Smooth), Whisper White, Gumball Green, In Colour Pattern Stack, XPress-IT Blending Card
 Ink Memento Tuxedo Black, Versamark
Accessories Basic Rhinestones

Nestabilities Ovals, Lacy Brocade EF, Big Shot, Dimensionals, Cherry Cobbler EP, Heat Gun, Copics

Thanks for stopping by.


Thank you Bonnie, for choosing this card for your pick this week.

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