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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.


Sale-a-bration Blog Hop

Hi there

Well, it is the 4th Saturday of the month already and time for our casual monthly Blog Hop. This month we are sharing some inspiration using the fabulous Stampin' Up! Sale-a-bration stamps sets that are FREE until 31 March 2010 with complying orders of Stampin' Up! products. Contact me if you would like to place an order.

You may have come from the blog of the talented Kathryn Mangelsdorf, but if not, you can start the Blog Hop from here by clicking on the link at the end of the post.

The first couple of cards I have for you use the 'Punch Bunch' stamp set, which gives you a range of stamps that match some of the great Stampin' Up! punches.  I've taken the opportunity to create a couple of cards that could be suitable for the boys/men in our lives.  On this card I've used the cute Owl stamp. I stamped and punched him out and then paper pieced his chest and added some extra dimension for his eyes.  Not quite sure what the expression is, maybe bewilderment? This is a really quick way to use the Owl punch if you haven't got time to put together the pieces. The tree was created by stamping the Woodgrain background in Versamark onto White Gloss cardstock and embossing it with some brown embossing powder I've had forever.  I then used a baby wipe and chocolate chip reinker to wipe over the top. I'm really pleased with the effect.


Project Details
Stamps Punch Bunch, Woodgrain Background, Party This Way
Card stock & Papers Tangerine Tango, Tempting Turquoise, Old Olive, Gloss White, Whisper White
Ink Versamark, Early Espresso, Tempting Turquoise, Tangerine Tango
Accessories Early Espresso Brads
Tools Little Leaves Die, Big Shot, Heat Gun, Brown embossing powder (not SU), 1 3/4" circle punch, Modern Label Punch, Owl Punch, Stampin' Write markersDimensionals

The second card uses the Happy Birthday stamp, also from the 'Punch Bunch' stamp set.  This is a great stamp for birthdays for any gender, but I wanted this one to be suitable for a male. I've gone with bright colours again, with Pacific Point and Real Red and the Brushed Silver 'Diamond Plate' embossing for the background. There is lots of texture on this card with the stars being being embossed with the Square Lattice embossing folder, the centre panel popped up and the chunky silver brads look like snaps. I also popped up the 'HB' by first stamping with Versamark onto Pacific Point cardstock and then cutting out the letters.


Project Details
Stamps Punch Bunch
Card stock & Papers Pacific Point, Real Red, Whisper White, Brushed Silver, Celebrations DSP, Brights Patterns Stack
Ink Real Red
Accessories 5/16" Silver Brads
Tools Diamond Plate Embossing Folder, Square Lattice Embossing Folder (Stars), Big Shot, Small Star punch (Retired), Scallop Square punch, Dimensionals

I couldn't finish without something more feminine, so I used the lovely 'Sweet Summer' stamp set to create this card. This is really a cute stamp set, that lets you mix and match the flowers and stems and garden critters. I've stamped the leaf scrolls and then coloured them with Stampin' Write markers. The flower head was cut out and popped up.  I've layered this onto a square cut with the Scallop Trim border and corner punches.   The sentiment and the butterfly are from the lovely 'So Happy for You' Sale-a-bration set.


Project Details
Stamps Sweet Summer, So Happy For You
Card stock & Papers Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose, In Colour Patterns Stack
Ink Stazon Black, Pretty in Pink
Accessories Basic Pearls
Tools Scallop Trim Border and Corner punches, Ticket Corner Punch (NAH), Stampin' Write Markers, Dimensionals

Finally, is the lovely set 'Bliss', that I've used on this easel card. The focus colours are Early Espresso and Marina Mist with Very Vanilla.  These are very easy to make and turn a card into a gift. This set really lends itself to the vintage look.


Project Details
Stamps Bliss, Perfect Punches
Card stock & Papers Marina Mist Textured, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla, Subtles Pattern Stack
Ink Early Espresso, Marina Mist
Accessories Basic Pearls, Crochet Trim, Vintage Brads
Tools Eyelet Border punch, Wide Oval Punch, Dimensionals

Well, I hope this has inspired you to get crafting with these great Sale-a-bration stamp sets.

The next hop is to the wonderfully talented Amy Buchanan from my home state of WA. 

 Below is a list of all of the participants in this month's event.

Ros Davidson

Nikki Sadler

Christine Blain

Sue Madex

Di Dunk

Tina Gillespie

Kathryn Mangelsdorf

Amy Buchanan

Kathryn Ruddick

Alisha Watson

Have a lovely weekend.



Cupcakes for JAI 56 - Sketch Challenge

Hi there

I hope your weekend is going well.  I love the sketch at Just Add Ink this week, so I decided to get this one done early before I was sidetracked with other chores. First off, here is the sketch, in case you haven't seen it:

I wanted to try and keep my card as clean and simple as the sketch, although this doesn't necessarily mean quick, unfortunately.  I've gone with a funky colour combo (reminds me a bit of bubblegum icecream) that I haven't used before - Tempting Turquoise, Sahara Sand and Regal Rose. The focus stamp is the cupcake stand from the 'Crazy for Cupakes' stamp set, which I've coloured with my Watercolour Crayons. The icing was created using Frost White Shimmer paint mixed with a few drops Pink Pirouette reinker and applied with a small paint brush, although the shimmer isn't apparent in the photo. 


Project Details
Stamps Crazy for Cupcakes
Card stock & Papers Tempting Turquoise (Smooth & Textured), Regal Rose, Watercolour, Neutrals (Sahara Sand) Patterns Stack
Ink Stazon, Rose Red, Sahara Sand
Accessories Regal Rose Gathered Grosgrain Ribbon, 1/8" White Taffeta Ribbon, Tempting Turquoise brads
Tools Decorative Label punch, Corner Rounder punches, Scallop border punch, Watercolour Crayons (Chocolate Chip, Rose Red, Sahara Sand), Sponge dauber, Pink Pirouette reinker, Frost White shimmer paint

Thanks for stopping by. 


Welcome Baby


I hope you're having a good week. Just popping in with a card I made for a lovely Demo who recently had a baby girl.  What a great excuse (as if I needed one Smiley) to go all pink and girly. I've used markers to colour the Welcome Baby stamp from the lovely Sale-a-bration stamp set 'Punch Bunch' and punched it and the mat out with the tag punches.  For some added interest, I've paper pieced and popped up the canopy of the mobile and added a little pink pearl. The rest is pretty much as you see it.  I hope she likes it.



Project Details
Stamps Punch Bunch (Sale-a-bration Set)
Card stock & Papers Textured White, Regal Rose, Pretty in Pink, Whisper White, So Saffron, Subtes Patterns Stack
Ink Pretty in Pink
Accessories White Organza Ribbon, Brights & Neutrals Buttons, 1/8" Pretty in Pink Taffeta Ribbon
Tools Sizzix Originals Circles, Swiss Dots Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Large Scallop Circle punch, Tag punches, Corner Rounder punch, Dimensionals, Stampin' Write markers (Regal Rose, Pretty in Pink, Daffodil Delight), sponge daubers

Don't forget to stop by on 26 February as I will be participating with some other Demonstrators in our casual 4th Saturday of the month Blog Hop, bringing you more inspiration with the Sale-a-bration stamp sets.


Maidenhair & Gardenias

Hi there

Well, I've finally found a few minutes to myself to share this card with you.  It was one of those weeks when my agenda was buried underneath the work, home and husband agendas! I started this card last Sunday and despite my best efforts it has taken until now to get it finished, photographed and posted.

Anyway, onto the important business. I've used the lovely 'Growing Green' stamp set for the first time, and the outline images lend themselves to some type of colouring.  I've decided to go with my Watercolour crayons, which I haven't used for ages, but now I have my new colour update kit in place I'm set to go.  I'm not sure what the flower images are intended to be, but they say 'Gardenia' to me. I have a large Gardenia bush underneath a window near the back door and it has flowered profusely the whole summer this year and the perfume has been amazing. I've used Very Vanilla and River Rock for a (hopefully) creamy offwhite look to the flowers, which are positioned mostly on the Rose Red panel for contrast.  The fern image is coloured with Wild Wasabi and a touch of Garden Green.


Project Details
Stamps Growing Green, Perfect Punches
Card stock & Papers Wild Wasabi, Rose Red, Very Vanilla, Watercolour
Ink Stazon Timber Brown, Rose Red
Accessories 1/2" Rose Red Seam Binding Ribbon, Basic Pearls
Tools Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Wide Oval punch, Scallop Oval punch, Scallop Border punch, Dimensionals, Aquapainter, Watercolour Wonder Crayons (Wild Wasabi, Garden Green, Very Vanilla, River Rock)

 Have a lovely weekend.


Bella Toile Anniversary


Just popping in with a another card using the beautiful 'Bella Toile' stamp set.  I've made this as an anniversary card, but it would be equally suitable as a Valentine's card. I think red, black and white is a really elegant colour combination for these occasions.


Project Details
Stamps Bella Toile, I {Heart} Hearts, Teeny Tiny Sentiments
Card stock & Papers Textured White, Textured Black, Whisper White, Real Red
Ink Basic Black, Real Red
Accessories Basic Rhinestones, 5/8" Real Red Satin ribbon
Tools Square Lattice Embossing Folder (used for small heart), Big Shot, Modern Label punch, Heart to Heart punch,  Pinking Hearts Border punch, Dimensionals

 Have a great week.


Greenhouse Garden Birthday

Hi there

The card I have for you today was made for my friend Karen (Smiley) in WA who had a birthday early in January. I've used the Greenhouse Garden stamp set again and one of my favourite colour combos blue (Marina Mist), white and yellow (Daffodil Delight). I really love this combo for interior decorating and my bedroom is decorated in these colours, although the yellow walls are definitely not as bright as Daffodil Delight. 

I have stamped off some of the flowers to get the two colour tones of blue and yellow and the centres are Early Espresso which is a really nice contrast. The flowers are popped up at different heights for interest, but this isn't really apparent in the photo. I really love the Lacey Circles nesties; they are great design elements for your projects.


Project Details
Stamps Greenhouse Garden, Perfect Punches
Card stock & Papers Marina Mist Textured & Smooth, Whisper White, Brights Patterns Stack
Ink Marina Mist, Daffodil Delight, Early Espresso
Accessories Marina Mist Taffeta Ribbon, 2mm Basic Pearls, Chocolate flat back pearls (not SU)
Tools Lacey Circles Nestabilities, Big Shot, Wide Oval punch, Circle Scissor Plus, Dimensionals, Sponge Daubers, Stamp-a-ma-jig

 Have a great weekend.