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For Someone Special

Hi there

If you haven't already noticed, I've been going through a Marina Mist phase in the past couple of weeks, all brought on by the lovely blue brocade pattern in the 'Beau Chateau' DSP.  I promise this will be the last Marina Mist project for a while!

I made this Top Note easel card for a lovely friend who has had an unexpected health crisis recently.  Having gone through something similiar myself this year, I know how isolated you can feel when you aren't sure how things are going to turn out.  Anyway, I wanted it to be something special and have had a Top Note easel in mind to try for a while.  The base case is made by placing a folded piece of cardstock slightly underneath  the top edge of the die so it doesn't cut right through.  The top layer is 'mountain' folded to make the easel and a separately cut Top Note is then adhered onto the bottom half of the folded card and voila, an easel. I find it easier to decorate the separate Top Note first, then adhere it to the base card.

The handmade flower using the Joanne Leddy  technique makes a bold statement on the card.  It is such a great embellishment and so easy to make. Every one you make is slightly different and this one is very textured as I haven't smoothed out the petals too much.   It is a little difficult to see, but I have used a large flat back pearl brad in the centre. The little border on the base of the easel is from the 'Creative Elements' stamp set and works well with the Beau Chateau brocade design.


Project Details
Stamps Teeny Tiny Sentiments, Creative Elements
Card stock & Papers Marina Mist (Smooth & Textured), Very Vanilla (Smooth & Textured), Crumb Cake, Beau Chateau DSP
Ink Marina Mist
Accessories Crumb Cake Seam Binding ribbon, Basic Pearls, Pearl brad (not SU)
Tools     Top Note die, Little Leaves Sizzlit die, Square Lattice Embossing folder, Big Shot, Modern Label punch, Heart to Heart punch, Word Window punch, Flower punch from Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, Fancy Flower punch, 5-Petal Flower punch, Boho Blossoms punch, Sponge dauber, Tombow glue, Dimensionals, Champage Shimmer mist

See you soon.

Clean & Simple 163


Just popping by with a quick mid-week post.  I needed a thank you card for our dinner hosts on the weekend  so I used this week's Clean & Simple 163 sketch. I couldn't get it down to something quite as simple as this, but even so, I think my take is pretty minimalist (for me, at least).

Daisies poppped into my head when I saw this, probably because I have been playing with my flower dies recently.  However, this time I have used a small flower punch to create the white daisies with Tangerine Tango centres offset by the Marina Mist embossed strip.  This is a clean and bright colour combo.

I hope it is more elegant than boring, but will leave you to judge that! 

Project Details
Stamps Just Believe
Card stock & Papers Marina Mist, Bazzill White, Tangerine Tango (Textured), Whisper White
Ink Basic Black
Accessories Basic Pearls
Tools     Square Lattice Embossing folder, Big Shot, EK Success 5-petal flower punch, Modern Label punch, Word Window punch, Circle punch from Itty Bitty Shapes Punch pack

Thanks for stopping by.

October Blog Hop - Big Shot

Hi there

Welcome to our casual monthly Blog Hop for October. This month we are showcasing  the wonderful Big Shot die cutting machine.  This is one of my favourite and most used tools now and I can't imagine creating without it.   If you don't have one yet, it is a great time to purchase as they are now $30 cheaper in the 2011-12 Idea Book & Catalogue. I have used some old favourites as well as some of the newer dies in my project this month.

You may have come from the blog of  the lovely Kathryn Ruddick,  but if not, you can join the Blog Hop from here using the link to the next blog at the end of the post.  This month we have 6 Stampin' Up! demonstrators sharing their inspiration and the full list of contributors is at the end of the post.

 This month I have used the Top Note die to create a 'handbag' that fits at least 6 small gift cards and matching cute square envelopes. The number it holds depends on how much embellishment you place on the gift cards. I created a simple gusseted box in Marina Mist and then attached the decorated Top Note sides to the box with sticky strip. I have used the Designer Label and the now (sadly) retired small oval punch to create the double-sided handles.  Of course, you could also use the 'handbag' to hold treats or small gifts as it is a good size. I have matched Marina Mist and Very Vanilla card stock with the lovely brocade print from the 'Beau Chateau' Designer Series Paper for an elegant monochrome look. 


The gift cards were made by placing a folded square of cardstock just underneath the top row of scallops on the  largest scallop square from the Big Scallop Squares Duo die. I had a lot of fun creating the flower embellishments with the Blossom Party and Fun Flowers dies using the same colours. I added texture on some layers with the Square Lattice embossing folder and sprayed some with shimmer spray for sparkle (made from Champagne Shimmer paint). Here are the gift cards.


This is the second set.


The great thing is that the gift cards fit into the new mini square envelopes, like so.


Project Details
Stamps None
Card stock & Papers Marina Mist, Very Vanilla, Beau Chateau DSP, Brights Patterns DSP
Ink Marina Mist
Accessories Crumb Cake Seam Binding ribbon, Blue Rhinestone brads, , Basic Pearl
Tools     Top Note die, Blossom Party die, Fun Flowers die, Big Scallop Squares Duo die, Square Lattice Embossing folder, Big Shot, Designer Label punch, Small oval punch (retired), Corner rounder punch, Sponge dauber

I hope you have seen something that takes your interest. Please contact me if you have any questions or would like more informsation.

The next stop is Ros Davidson.  Below is a list of the contributors for this month's Blog Hop.

Ros Davidson

Tina Gillespie

Nikki Sadler

Sue Madex

Kathryn Ruddick

Thanks for visiting!


Sketchbook Saturday #31

Hi there

Just popping by with a quick middle-of-the week post to show you the card I made using Chupa's great Sketchbook Saturday #31 sketch. 


I pulled out some of the new 'Berry Blossoms' DSP and matching In Colours which is the first time I've used them.  The brightness of the  Lucky Limeade green certainly hits you between the eyes, but I said that initially when Kiwi Kiss came out and I was won over in the end!

I have done some cross stitch with embroidery thread on the strip of Calyspso Coral created with the Dotted Scallop Ribbon border punch.   It brought back memories of my cross stitching days and I have plenty of embroidery thread left over. There are more opportunities with this punch for stitching patterns as well.   The rest is pretty self evident.


Project Details
Stamps Perfect Punches
Card stock & Papers Wisteria Wonder, Textured White, Elegant Eggplant, Lucky Limeade, Calypso Coral,  Whisper White, Berry Blossoms DSP
Ink Elegant Eggplant
Accessories In Colour brad, Basic Rhinestones
Tools Blossom Party Die, Lots of Tags Die, Big Shot, Dotted Scallop Ribbon border punch, Dimensionals

See you later in the week.


Elegant Wishes


I hope you are enjoying your weekend.  It has been very spring-like here in Melbourne with sunshine interspersed with showers.

During the week, a colleague asked me to make an engagement card for her.  Given there were no specifications as such, I decided on something simple and elegant with a touch of bling.  My colour scheme is Cherry Cobbler and Basic Black with the off-white of Shimmer cardstock and the gorgeous black flocked paper from the Mocha Morning DSP. The top embossed panel was sprayed with champagne shimmer mist for extra sparkle, although it doesn't show on the photo.

I made the flower using petals from the new Blossom Petals punch, which have been sponged with Cherry Cobbler ink and shaped with the bone folder and attached to a base.   The centre is a rolled rose - you can create one yourself by cutting a spiral and rolling it up, but I have used the MFT rolled rose die because the scalloped petals look more realistic. The sentiment was done on the computer and I have printed it on Shimmer card and then die cut it with an MFT Greetings die. Some butterflies and bling finish it off. 


I have decorated the inside very simply with some DSP and a strip of the tiny scallops from the Dotted Scallop Ribbon punch.  Given it is so dimensional, I will make a box for it as well. I hope she likes it.


Project Details
Stamps Well Scripted
Card stock & Papers Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black, Shimmer, Mocha Morning DSP, Neutrals Patterns DSP
Ink Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black
Accessories Adhesive rhinestones, Cherry Cobbler Quilted ribbon
Tools     MFT Greetings, Flourish, Rolled Rose Dies, Beautiful Wings Embosslit, Swiss Dots embossing folder, Big Shot, Blossom Petal Punch, 1 1/4" Circle punch, Dotted Scallop Ribbon punch, Shimmer Mist (using Champagne Shimmer paint), Dimensionals, Xyron, Tombow glue, sponge dauber

Thanks for visiting.

ETA: Here is a photo of the card in the matching box.


Clean & Simple 160

Hi there

I have a quick card for you today based on the Clean & Simple Sketch 160.  I like this sketch as it is really flexible with lots of scope to use in landscape or portrait style.


For the main panel on my card I have used the 'First Edition' DSP as a base and stamped the images from the 'Summer Solstice' stamp set on it. This set is so detailed and stamps beautifully every time and makes elegant cards.  The centre panel and sentiment has been popped up for dimension. The extra butterfly was stamped on a scrap and then glued onto Very Vanilla cardstock before fussy cutting as the First Edition paper is lighter weight than normal DSP. The tiny pearls add the finishing touch. 


After my recent mega dose of Melon Mambo pink, the colours look very muted to me, probably not helped by the artificial light I had to use for the photo.

Project Details
Stamps Summer Solstice, My Friend
Card stock & Papers Cherry Cobbler, More Mustard, Not Quite Navy, Very Vanilla, First Edition DSP
Ink Cherry Cobbler, More Mustard, Not Quite Navy, Old Olive
Accessories Tiny adhesive pearls (not SU)
Tools     Scallop Border punch, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Dimensionals, Glue Stick

See you soon.

Welcome Back Sunshine!


It is wonderful to see some sunshine today, after almost 4 days of continuous rain.  My back garden is totally waterlogged and the cats try hard not to walk on it by taking great leaping bounds to the next dry spot.  I've got some photos at the end of the post to show how they are enjoying the sunshine.

Before getting on to today's card, I would like to thank the lovely people who left a comment on my Blog Hop post.  Your support is really appreciated.  Also, thank you to all the visitors from Paper Punch Addiction  and to Kim for selecting my post to feature on 29 September. 

Recently, I decided to try out colouring with Copics and now I'm hooked.  I have avoided doing this  for ages, specifically because of the cost of getting involved in another craftt  product (so much for good intentions!).  I am very much at the beginning of the learning process and look forward to  improving with practice.  Today's card uses the first image I have coloured with Copics.  This is 'Marci' Ballerina and reminds me of the 'fairy' outfit I bought for my husband's niece a couple of years ago, that she loved.  It is her 5th birthday shortly (where have the years gone?) so I hope she will like it.  


I created a stage for 'Marci' with the Top Note die and added lots of dimension and texture. The top scalloped 'curtain' was cut with the Tasteful Trim die and then put through the crimper and the stage 'skirt' has been pleated. The floorboards are textured cardstock coloured with Copics and a Chocolate Chip ink pad swiped over the top. I've finished it with clear rhinestones to add some bling. This was a fun card to make.

Project Details
Stamps 'Marci' Ballerina
Card stock & Papers Very Vanilla (Textured), Melon Mambo, Melon Mambo & Marina Mist Patterns Stack
Ink Memento Tuxedo Black, Chocolate Chip
Accessories Pink Rhinstone brade, 1/8" Marina Mist taffeta ribbon, Basic Rhinestones
Tools Top Note Die, Tasteful Trim Die, Timeless Type die, Big Shot, Circle punches, Dimensionals, Crimper, Copics

I also have a  'mini-card' to show you, using the 'Two Tags' die.  I have used the tag hole to add the flower embellishment, which makes it more of a 'mini-card' than a tag. Some friends came over to stamp last weekend, so I took the opportunity to stamp out a few images from the 'Easy Events' stamp set.  These small images are quick and easy to colour and perfect for mini-cards.

The next photo shows you the inside of the card.  There is still plenty of space to write (unless you have large handwriting!).  I love that it fits into the new mini square envelopes, which are lovely and smooth for stamping as well.


Project Details
Stamps Easy Events
Card stock & Papers Whisper White, Melon Mambo, Melon Mambo & Pear Pizzazz Patterns Stack
Ink Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories Mini silver brad
Tools Two Tags Die, Big Shot, Boho Blossoms punch, Itty Bitty Flower punch, Dotted Scallop Ribbon border punch, Copics

Finally, here are a couple of photos of Artie & Crafty enoying the sunshine today. Artie decided that the washing basket on the deck was the place to be.  It is pretty impressive that he managed to get himself tucked into the base of the basket, because he is a very large cat.

The next one is of Crafty, who decided that my rose pot was the place to be.  I'm not sure this rose is going to have a long life. What goes on in their heads?


Well, this has been a bit of a long post, so if you made it to this point, thanks for your patience!

Happy crafting!