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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.



JAI 53 - Inspiration Challenge


I hope you have your sunglasses handy, because you are going to need them for this card!  Just Add Ink have an Inspiration Challenge this week, with the image below being the inspiration.


My first thoughts were bright, floral and frilly. The card I came up with has bright layers of card stock and DSP reminiscent of a flamenco skirt. It is topped off with a pumpkin pie ribbon and melon mambo flower - told you sunglasses were required! I've used the MFT jumbo scallop die to create the layers, with the crimper used on the card stock for added texture and to enhance the layered effect.  To create the melon mambo flower, I've punched out three scallop circles and then distressed the pieces until it was easy to split the card stock in two. I've alternated the smooth and furry sides to give two colour tones (doesn't show in the photo) and then spritzed them with water and crunched them up.


This card is definitely not one for the normal post, so I will probably make a box for it. Here are the details.

Project Details
Stamps Party This Way
Card stock & Papers Very Vanilla Textured, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, Sweet & Sour DSP, Greenhouse Gala DSP
Ink Melon Mambo
Accessories 5/8" Pumpkin Pie Satin ribbon, 5/8" Chocolate Chip Jumbo brad, Hot pink adhesive rhinestones (Not SU)
Tools Jumbo Scallop die (not SU), Big Shot, Scallop circle punch, Modern Label punch, Sponge Daubers, Dimensionals, Glue dots, Crimper

Enjoy your week. 


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.


Just Add Ink Sketch Challenge


Firstly, thank you to everyone who left a comment on our monthly Blog Hop creations, it is really appreciated. Today I have a card for Just Add Ink 52, which is a Sketch Challenge. I decided to try out some of the Springtime Vintage DSP that is new in the latest US Mini, that I was fortunate enough to get. Here is the sketch, which I really like:


I created my own template for the shaped border so that it fitted nicely onto the landscape card and traced around it for the floral layer and the mat. I've popped up the top panel for a bit more dimension and the rest is as you see. There isn't much stamping as the DSP is quite bold. The finished result reminds me of a vintage purse.


Project Details
Stamps Tiny Tags
Card stock & Papers Perfect Plum, Very Vanilla, Always Artichoke, Springtime Vintage DSP
Ink Perfect Plum
Accessories 5/8" Very Vanilla Satin ribbon, Perfect Plum button and brad
Tools Jewellry Tag punch, Corner rounder punch, Dimensionals

It is back to work for me tomorrow.  Enjoy your week and happy Australia Day for Wednesday.


Summer Mini Blog Hop

Hi there

Welcome to the first of our casual monthly Blog Hops for 2011.  I'm joining a few friends and fellow Stampin' Up! demonstrators to bring you some inspiration using products from the current Summer Mini Catalogue.  You may have come from the blog of the lovely Di Dunk, but if not you can start from here and move to the next stop on the Blog Hop using the link at the bottom of this post. 

I've used the 'Love Defined' stamp set as the primary focus of my projects together with 'Fabulous Phrases' and 'Itty Bitty Bits' stamp sets to create a couple of cards and gift cards.  The first one I have is for Valentine's Day which is only a couple of weeks away, but would be equally suitable for an anniversary or wedding card. I've used markers directly to the rubber for the background of stems and hearts, which is one of my favourite stamps from this set.  This panel has been popped up on the Rose Red base card. I've partially matted the sentiment punched out with the Word Window punch to provide the contrast on the background panel. You can do this by cutting a 7mm strip (easier to handle than 15/32") and then use the 1/2" circle punch to round off the end at the length required.

For the second card I've stamped the string of hearts on Whisper White, added the Chocolate Chip striped DSP and then cut it out with the Top Note die and Big Shot.  The new Pinking Hearts punch was used to create the border across the centre and the sentiment is from 'Fabulous Phrases'. The white strip behind the top note is embossed with the new Square Lattice embossing folder, which has quickly become a favourite.

Finally, to show the versatility of 'Love Defined', I've created a couple of small gift cards. I've added highlights with the images from 'Itty Bitty Bits' stamp set, punched out with the Itty Bitty Shapes punches and overlaid with Bitty Buttons. All of these are new in the Summer Mini Catalogue.


 The details of the products used are listed below. 

Project Details
Stamps Love Defined, Fabulous Phrases, Itty Bitty Bits, Teeny Tiny Sentiments
Card stock & Papers Textured White, Whisper White, Chocolate Chip, Rose Red, Pink Pirouette, Soft Suede, Chocolate Chip Patterns Stack
Ink Rose Red, Regal Rose, Basic Black
Accessories Pretty in Pink Taffeta, 5/8" Satin and 1/8" Grosgrain ribbons, 1/8" white Grosgrain ribbon, Pear Pizzazz Stitched Poly ribbon, Bitty Buttons, Basic Pearls,
Tools Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Top Note Die, Big Shot, Modern Label punch, Word Window Punch, Circle & Scallop Circle punches, Two Step Owl Punch (for the tiny heart), Itty Bitty Shapes punches, Eyelet Lace Border punch, Stampin' Write Markers (Wild Wasabi, Regal Rose, Soft Suede, Chocolate Chip), Dimensionals

Now for the next stop, check out the lovely creations of Kathryn Mangelsdorf.  Below is a list of all the participants in this month's Blog Hop. We would love you to leave a comment for everyone.

Ros Davidson

Di Dunk

Kathryn Mangelsdorf

Nikki Sadler

Tina Gillespie

Amy Buchanan

Christine Blain

Alisha Watson

Enjoy your weekend.