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A Little Bit Retro

Hi there

The card I have for you today is a bit different from my usual colour choices and a bit retro.  I have used the Just Add Ink #110 sketch challenge and a new stamp set called 'Bright Blossoms' that will be coming in the new Autumn/Winter Mini Catalogue starting on 1 April 2012. Here is the sketch:

This is the card I came up with.  I used one of Stampin' Up!'s Note Cards as it suited the scale of the vase image.  I quite like the bold retro look, although it is somewhat outside my comfort zone.



Project Details
Stamps Bright Blossoms, Just Believe (Sentiment)
Card stock & Papers Whisper White, Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Neutrals DSP
Ink Real Red, Basic Black, Daffodil Delight
Accessories None
Tools     Designer Frames Embossing Folder, Big Shot, 3/4", 1", 1 Circle punches,  Dimensionals, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border punch, Stampin' Write markers (Real Red, Old Olive)

Thanks for looking!


Many thanks to the DT at Just Add Ink for choosing my card this week!


Freshly Made #26

Hi there

I'm not sure where my weekend went, but it did, too quickly!  In summary, too much housework and gardening and not enough creating. This is something I will have to remedy next weekend.

The card I have for you today uses last weeks Freshly Made #26 sketch. It is another versatile sketch and I have made it into an Easter card using the cute 'Everybunny' stamp set and Domestic Goddess Designer Paper.  Here is the sketch:

I have resisted buying the Domestic Goddess DSP, but have succumbed to the sweet Pool Party & Calypso Coral floral and plaid designs. A two inch square in the IBC does not do this paper justice.  I have followed through the same colours for the cute bunny and mushroom images. The embossed strip of hearts across the top is from a new set of embossing folders called 'Adorning Accents', coming in the new Autumn/Winter Mini catalogue shortly. 



Project Details
Stamps Everybunny
Card stock & Papers Bazzill White Linen, Calyspo Coral, Domestic Goddess DSP, Whisper White, Xpress-IT Blending card
Ink Memento Tuxedo Black, Basic Black
Accessories Spotted brads, White Organza ribbon, Tiny Rhinestones (coloured with Copic)
Tools     Nestabilities Ovals, Adorning Accents Embossing folder, Big Shot, Dotted Scallop Ribbon border punch, Modern Label punch,  Dimensionals, Copic markers

Enjoy the rest of your week and thanks for looking!


Thank you to the DT at Freshly Made Sketches for this award!

Princess Badge

Freshly Made #25


Just a quick post as I am back to work this week. I'm not looking forward to trawling through hundreds of emails, but you do what you have to do, to support your (craft) habit! 

I have missed the deadline on this one, but I wanted to share with you the card that I made with last weeks great sketch from Freshly Made .  These are versatile sketches that you can dress up or keep simple.   I have used some more of the designs from the lovely 'Twitterpated' DSP. It is great to have a design in Basic Gray that is also suitable for less feminine cards. My husband often requests thank you cards from my stash, but doesn't want anything too feminine looking, so I hope that this one will fit the bill.  Here is the sketch I used:

I have flipped the sketch on its back for something a bit different and took some liberty in the placement of the ribbon, but other than that, I have stayed close to the layout.  The image from the Sale-a-bration set 'Fresh Vintage' has been embossed and despite the detail in the stamp, it renders beautifully. Here it is:



Project Details
Stamps Fresh Vintage (Sale-a-bration set), Petite Pairs
Card stock & Papers Riding Hood Red, Whisper White, Basic Gray, Twitterpated DSP
Ink Riding Hood Red, Versamark
Accessories Small silver flat back beads (not SU), Riding Hood Red Taffeta ribbon
Tools     Dotted Scallop Ribbon border punch, 1", 1 1/8" (not SU) and 1 1/4" Circle punches,  Dimensionals, Black embossing powder, heat gun

Thanks for looking!

Easter Wishes

Hi there

It has been a while since I have done a Mojo Monday challenge, so I thought I would take advantage of my remaining holiday time to make an Easter card with this week's sketch 231.  I don't often make Easter cards, mainly because I don't get myself organised in time.  I purchased the (now retired) 'Easter Blossoms' stamp set last year and never got to use it, so it is now or never!  This is the sketch this week, which I have turned into a square card:

The lovely branch of cherry blossom determined the colours I have used, allowing me to indulge in a number of shades of my favourite colour - pink!  Although Easter is in Autumn in Australia, Easter cards are still generally in pastel colours. This what I came up with:


Project Details
Stamps Easter Blossoms
Card stock & Papers Melon Mambo, Whisper White, Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose, Crumb Cake Patterns, Elegant Soiree DSP (Retired)
Ink Stazon Timber Brown, Chocolate Chip, Regal Rose, Pink Pirouette
Accessories Pale Pink Seam Binding ribbon (not SU), Basic Pearls
Tools     Circle Nestabilites, Tasteful Trim Die, Big Shot, Designer Label punch, Itty Bitty Punch pack, Corner rounder punch, Dimensionals, Stampin' Write Markers (Pink Pirouette, Regal Rose, Melon Mambo, Chocolate Chip), Blender pen, Crimper, White gel pen, Glue Dots, sponge dauber

Thanks for stopping by.

Clean & Simple 180

Hi there

 The card I have for you today is based on this week's Clean & Simple Sketch 180.  It was a grey and cold day in Melbourne on Saturday and perfect for a spot of colouring. This is the sketch:


I have used the flower from the Hostess set 'Simply Soft', matched with Wisteria Wonder patterns and Concord Crush.  This isn't a combination I have used before, but I think it works with the colour of the flowers. I have given the large butterfly and the base of the sentiment a spritz of (homemade) Champagne shimmer mist to take the edge off the colour. Here it is:



Project Details
Stamps Simply Soft (Hostess set), Precious Butterflies (Hostess set)
Card stock & Papers Concord Crush, Whisper white, Wild Wasabi, Wisteria Wonder Patterns, Xpress-IT Blending card
Ink Memento Tuxedo Black, Concord Crush
Accessories Tiny Rhinestones (not SU)
Tools     Beautiful Wings Embosslit, Big Shot, Doily Lace punch (not SU), 1", 1 1/8" (not SU) and 1 1/4" Circle punches,  Dimensionals, Champagne Shimmer Mist, Copics (V01, BV13, G82)

Have a great day!

Freshly Made #24


I hope you have had a good week. I've enjoyed my first week of holiday just doing as I please and not being on a schedule is wonderful!

Today I have another birthday card using the Freshly Made #24 sketch, which is one of those versatile go-to sketches that lends itself to lots of options. Here is the sketch:


I'm having a love affair with the new Framelits Label Dies and 'Twitterpated' DSP (in case you hadn't already noticed!).  I chose another of the floral designs, this time with a Basic Gray background, which is a bit different.   The centre label has been embossed with the oval 'Designer Frame' embossing folder, to provide a frame for the sentiment.  I have chosen to go with a white oval in the centre, but it could be any colour, using the wide oval punch. I love the font on the sentiment from the Sale-a-bration stamp set 'Elementary Elegance' and it fits nicely into the wide oval either vertically or horizontally. It will definitely be a 'keeper'.



Project Details
Stamps Elementary Elegance
Card stock & Papers Baja Breeze (Textured), Riding Hood Red, Blushing Bride, Pear Pizzaz, Whisper White, Twitterpated DSP
Ink Basic Black
Accessories Basic Pearls
Tools     Framelits Labels Dies, Swiss Dots Embossing folder, Designer Frame Embossing Folder, Little Leaves Sizzlit, Big Shot, Wide Oval Punch, 1/2" Circle punch, Boho Blossoms punch, Itty Bitty Punch Pack, Dimensionals, Tombow glue

Thanks for stopping by.


I was delighted to be chosen as a 'Perfect Princess' for this card.

Princess Badge

Joy Fold Birthday

Hi there

Another month has gone already and March is a busy time with birthdays of family and friends.  First up, is this Joy Fold card for my lovely mother-in-law Betty, inspired by this monochrome card from Mary Fish at Stampin' Pretty.  Betty loves all shades of teal, so hopefully this Island Indigo card will hit the mark. I haven't made this type of card before, but it is very easy and a little bit different. Basically it is a small card overlapping a large card and held shut by either a ribbon or some other embellishment.

I've also used the new Stampin' Up! Framelits Labels dies, the gorgeous 'Apothecary Art' stamp set and the Island Indigo and white design from the 'Twitterpated' DSP (all coming soon to Australia).  I have made a few changes, with a square card for the base and I have flipped the folded panel from left to right. It seemed more natural to me to open the ribbon at the right hand side, instead of the left.  I experimented with a few different options for the right hand panel and finally chose vellum cardstock embossed with the Square Lattice embossing folder, as I wanted something that wasn't bright white.   I have kept the tails on the bow a bit longer to make it easier to re-tie and put some fray stop on the edges, as seam binding ribbon tends to fray easily when it is handled. This is the card, closed.

For the overlapping centre piece, I have created a shaped card using the larger Framelit Label die placed onto a piece of folded cardstock, so that the left edge did not cut through. A single label in textured card stock was cut and adhered over the top to cover the side edge.  You can pass the ribbon between these layers if you don't want it to show underneath the sentiment panel. I have cut a smaller Whisper White label for the greeting panel on the inside and trimmed the top and bottom edges with the patterned stamp from the 'Fresh Vintage' Saleabration stamp set. This is the inside view. You could replace the patterned paper on the right panel, if you wanted more space to write your greeting.


Finally, here is a close-up view of the details on the front. I have popped up the both the stamped label and the sentiment flag and added some tiny pearls to the flower centres.



Project Details
Stamps Apothecary Art, Fresh Vintage (Saleabration)
Card stock & Papers Island Indigo (Smooth & Textured), Whisper White, Vellum card stock, Twitterpated DSP
Ink Island Indigo
Accessories Basic Pearls, Teal Seaming Binding ribbon (not SU)
Tools     Framelits Labels Dies, Square Lattice Embossing folder, Big Shot, Dimensionals

Thanks for stopping by.