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Clearly Different

Hi there

Today I have a bright, summery card that is a little bit different.  I purchased the Stampin' Up! Windows Sheets (medium weight acetate) a while ago and they have languished in my stash untouched.  So I have 2 firsts today; inking up the lovely 'Fabulous Florets' stamp set from the Summer Mini Catalogue and using a Windows Sheet.

The images in the Fabulous Florets stamps set are perfect for the half or one sheet wonder as you can quickly stamp up a piece of cardstock and cut it into sections for multiple cards.  The solid flower stamps so crisply every time. The colours I've used are Melon Mambo, Tangerine Tango, Tempting Turquoise and Wild Wasabi.  As these are bold colours, the clear frame of the Window Sheet keeps the focus on the centre panel. I have embossed the stamped panel with my favourite Square Lattice embossing folder, so there is a lot of different textures.

The Pacific Point background has been attached on the inside of the front with the Melon Mambo mat and floral panel attached on the outside of the front so that you don't see any adhesive (hope that makes sense). Just make sure that the adhesive doesn't wander onto the Pacific Point border that will be visible as it doesn't look the best.  If by chance you do get some adhesive on the Window Sheet from your hands or desk, use a drop of Eucalyptus oil on a tissue and it works a treat. Here is the front view:

For the inside of the card, the Pacific Point background is attached to the outside of the Window Sheet and the other pieces to the inside.  This what the inside looks like:


Project Details
Stamps Fabulous Florets, Petite Pairs
Card stock & Papers Pacific Point, Melon Mambo, Whisper White, Window Sheet
Ink Melon Mambo, Tangerine Tango, Tempting Turquoise, Wild Wasabi
Accessories 2mm Rhinestones (not SU), 1/4" Tempting Turquoise Grosgrain Ribbon, Silver Glass Glitter
Tools     Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Big Shot, 1" Circle punch, 1 1/8" Circle punch (not SU), Dimensionals, Crystal Effects (to attach glass glitter)

 See you soon.

New Baby


I'm sure you have heard the excuse 'the dog ate my homework'?  Well, my excuse is that we got an Apple TV for Christmas and as a result, the 'gremlins' ate all of our peak Internet quota for the rest of the month.  I've been relegated to basic text emails and getting up at 6am to download my mail for the last 20 days and it has been agony!  How did we ever do without broadband Internet? Needless to say, the new quota starts today and there is lots to catch up on.

A lovely lady I know (who is my Podiatrist) is having a baby in the next 2 weeks, so I thought I would get organised and make a card for her. I found Jackie Topa's cute Side Step Dresser card.  Not knowing the sex of the baby, I wanted a unisex card and this is what I came up with.

I love Bazzill for these types of projects as it is very sturdy and I love the linen texture.  The main colour is Pool Party and pale lemon (Copic) with a touch of Island Indigo.  It has taken me a while to get into the new In Colours, but now I'm in love with Pool Party. Here are the rest of the details.

Project Details
Stamps Easy Events, Button Buddies, A Slice of Life (Retired Hostess set)
Card stock & Papers Bazzill White Linen, Pool Party, Daffodil Delight, XPress-IT Blending cardstock
Ink Memento Black, Pool Party, Island Indigo
Accessories Basic Pearls, Pool Party Ruffled Ribbon, Spotted Brads
Tools     Beautiful Wings Embosslit, Big Shot, Modern Label punch, Curly Label punch, Carl corner punch, Dimensionals, Sponge dauber, Stampin' Write markers, Copic markers

Surprisingly, my husband thought it was cute, but definitely for a boy. Back to the drawing board to make one for a girl and what better excuse (as if I need one!) to go with one of my favourite colour combos - pink and brown.  This is what I came up with.

I 'fluffed' around for way too long with the bear, but I'm quite happy with it in the end, although I'm concerned it is a little bit dark.  I recut the oval punch outs for the arms and legs to get the slimmer proportions. The sparkly knobs on the drawers are silver Glimmer brads, coloured with a Copic marker as are the tiny rhinestones on the bear's shirt.  I love that you can colour a lot of things to match with Copics. Here are the rest of the details.

Project Details
Stamps Petite Pairs, A Slice of Life (Retired Hostess Set)
Card stock & Papers Bazzill White Linen, Soft Suede, Whisper White, Pink Piroette, Sweet Always DSP (Retired), Basic Black
Ink Soft Suede, Pretty in Pink
Accessories Rhinestones, 1/8" Regal Rose Ribbon, Glimmer Basics Brads, Scrap of lace (from stash)
Tools     Beautiful Wings Embosslit, Big Shot, Modern Label punch, Curly Label punch, Oval punches,  Circle punches, Small Heart punch,  Dimensionals, Sponge daubers, Stampin' Write markers, Copic markers, Fine black marker, White Gel pen

 Have a good week and thanks for stopping by.

Freshly Made

Hi there

Happy New Year to all my blog readers!  I hope you have had a fabulous holiday season and are raring to go for a another year.  I took a bit of a break over Christmas after a busy 6 months at work and hectic preparations for Christmas.  It also gave me the opportunity to do a big clean up of my craft space as things got a bit out of control during a busy creating period.  It always helps me to feel in control when I'm organised.

I have recently found the Freshly Made Sketches blog and I think I'm going to enjoy doing these sketches. Their philosophy is 'clean lined creations but encourage lots of detail and embellishments', which is very aligned to my favoured style.  The card I have today uses their Sketch #15, shown below. 

Freshly_Made_Sketch 15
I have inked up the 'Field Flowers' stamp set for the first time and matched the colours with the gorgeous new 'Everyday Enchantment' Designer Series Paper that is one of the fabulous Sale-a-bration options this year. This is the first time we have had the option of DSP and embellishments and you are going to LOVE them.  The promotion starts on 24 January 2012, so look out for the new brochure.  This is what I came up with.

Because of the size of the centre panel, I have turned it into a square card.  'Field Flower' is a 2-Step stamp set and I have used Calyspo Coral and Poppy Parade for the colours. Not my usual colours, but I am happy with the outcome. All the details are below.

Project Details
Stamps Field Flowers, En Francais, Petite Pairs
Card stock & Papers Pool Party, Soft Suede (Textured), Poppy Parade, Very Vanilla, Everyday Enchantment DSP
Ink Crumb Cake, Calypso Coral, Poppy Parade, Soft Suede, Early Espresso
Accessories Basic Pearls, Aqua Seam Binding ribbon (not SU)
Tools     1", 1 1/8", 1 1/4" Circle punches, Sponge dauber, Dimensionals, Stampamajig

 Thanks for stopping by.