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Freshly Made #23


I'm enjoying the first day of my holidays after a very intense 7 week project to migrate the patient administration system of the hospital I work in, to a new database system. Thankfully, it was successful on the day after all the hard work by the team. 

The card I have for you today is the first I've made for ages and I'm using the Freshly Made Sketch #23 and some new goodies that I received from overseas.  This is the sketch-

I love the 'Twitterpated' designer paper, which will be coming to Australia soon.  It has a lovely range of co-ordinating colours and I'm using Riding Hood Red and Baja Breeze with the sweet floral.  I've teamed it with the typewriter from the 'You're My Type' stamp set which has a quirky retro feel. I've paper pieced the paper in the typewriter and popped up the keyboard for added interest.


Project Details
Stamps You're My Type (NAH)
Card stock & Papers Riding Hood Red, Pirouette Pink (Textured), Baja Breeze, Subtles Patterns,  Whisper White, Twitterpated DSP
Ink Riding Hood Red, Basic Gray
Accessories Basic Pearls, Baja Breeze Seaming Binding ribbon, Mini Library Clips
Tools     Fashionable Hearts Embosslit (NAH),  Big Shot, 1" Square Punch, Word Window punch, Boho Blossoms punch, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch pack, Pinking Hearts Border punch, Dimensionals

See you soon.

OCC Best Friend

Hi there

Recently, I decided to try out 'digi' (digital)  stamps.  I wasn't sure that my printer was going to produce an image that would be suitable for colouring with Copics, so I hunted out a 'free' digital image to try.  I came across this gorgeous vintage rose image at Pamela's  Free Vintage Digital Stamps blog. 

There are a number of advantages to digital stamps in that they are generally cheaper, don't take up any (physical) space in your craft room and you can alter the size of the image to suit your needs. For those that are interested, I used a Canon Pixma MP980 printer with Xpress-IT Blending Card to print my image and it did not 'bleed' with Copics. It is worth trying any inkjet printer, as they are generally more successful than laser printers. Make sure that you let the ink dry thoroughly as it actually takes longer than you realise.

Having coloured my vintage rose, this week’s Our Creative Corner ‘Best Friend’ challenge came into my Inbox. The requirement is to include a flower in the project, so that set me on the course for this square card.  I wanted to keep the layout fairly simple to highlight the rose, but I have used lots of texture for extra interest.  The colours are some of my favourites  - Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose and Rose Red with White and Wild Wasabi for contrast to keep it fresh and light.  


Project Details
Stamps Vintage Rose (Digital stamp, not SU)
Card stock & Papers Bazzill White Linen, Rose Red, Regal Rose (textured), Subtles Pattern Stack, Wild Wasabi, Whisper White, Xpress-IT Blending Card
Ink Memento Tuxedo Black, Rose Red
Accessories Basic Pearls, Regal Rose gathered grosgrain ribbon (retired), Subtles buttons, White Twine
Tools     Circle Nestabilites, Swiss Dots Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Eyelet Border punch, Dimensionals, Crimper, Copic markers, Glue Dots

Thanks for stopping by.

Should Blue & Green Be Seen?

Hi there

Just popping in with a card that I have finally managed to finish after having sat on my desk for the last few weeks.  I hope you can bear with me during this creative drought as I am working long hours on a project at work. Hopefully it will finish successfully in a couple of weeks and I will get a week off to refresh my creative endeavours.

I have had the pleasure of having my friend Karen and her 2 lovely daughters (Kate and Grace) from Perth,  staying with me for a few days.  They made some lovely cards and reminded me that simple can still be fabulous.  I introduced Grace to Copics and she proceeded to colour up a storm of cute images. Needless to say Mum will forever more, be poor!

Now to the card. I have used the blue and green floral patterns from the 'Beyond the Garden' designer paper, hence the title of my post.  I have kept it really simple as the designs are quite busy. The cute tree is from the 'Easy Events' stamp set, coloured with Copics.


Project Details
Stamps Easy Events, Teeny Tiny Sentiments
Card stock & Papers Pacific Point, Whisper White, Beyond the Garden DSP
Ink Memento Tuxedo Black, Bashful Blue, Wild Wasabi
Accessories 2mm Rhinestones (not SU), Pear Pizzaz Seam Binding ribbon
Tools     Circle Nestabilities, Big Shot, Word Window punch, Dimensionals, Sponge daubers, Copics

Have a good week.