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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.


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.


Just Add Ink #55 - Monochrome Theme Challenge


Just popping in with a quick card for this week's Just Add Ink Theme Challenge - 'Just Add Monochrome'. I did a quick check of the definition and it literally means 'one colour' or 'shades of one colour', although black and white is traditionally thought of as being monochrome. 

I've gone with one of my favourite colours - Rose Red, using the 'Bella Toile' stamp.  I love the look of toile, having used it a lot in quilts and the roman blinds in my kitchen. It is most often seen in monochrome colourways, blue and white being one of my favourites. It is such an elegant look for cards as well and so adaptable to almost any occasion.  Anyway, here is what I came up with.


Project Details
Stamps Bella Toile, Riveting (Retired)
Card stock & Papers Whisper White, Rose Red
Ink Rose Red
Accessories White Organza ribbon, 2mm white flat back pearls
Tools Scallop Trim Border Punch, Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Circle punches,  Dimensionals

I'm off to see a Melbourne Theatre Company play this afternoon, the first for ages.

Enjoy your weekend.


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!


Special Thanks

Hello again

This is the time of the year for thank yous and this card was made for my lovely mother-in-law Betty who gave me a fabulous parcel of Stampin' Up! goodies for Christmas - how good is that!

I have used the gorgeous 2-step 'Greenhouse Garden' stamp set that she gave me.  It has been ages since I have had dose of my favourite colour pink, so I stamped the daisy outline in Pink Pirouette and Regal Rose on the sentiment panel. The full daisy has been stamped in Regal Rose and Pretty in Pink and then over- stamped with the outline in  Rose Red, cut out and popped up. The rest of the details are below.


Project Details
Stamps Greenhouse Garden, Sincere Salutations
Card stock & Papers Textured White, Whisper White, Regal Rose, Pink Pirouette Patterns DSP
Ink Pink Pirouette, Regal Rose, Rose Red, Basic Gray
Accessories Flat back pearls, White Satin ribbon
Tools Scallop Trim Border Punch, Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Corner rounder punch, Ticket corner punch (NAH), Dimensionals

Enjoy your week.


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!!