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Convention Swap

Hi there

It has been a while since my last post as I have been working on swaps and other goodies for Convention.  It sounds like I should have made a 100 (like a super efficient friend has done), but I only managed to do 20.  Obviously, I am not cut out for the production line - just as well I don't get paid by the piece in my day job! Now that I am actually at Convention (yay!) I can show you what I have been making.

I have used the fab Framelits Labels to die cut a frame and which has been mounted onto a larger label die cut. As I was cutting out quite a few frames, I found it easier to set the two label dies in position with some sticky tape. Put some more tape on the sticky side so that it doesn't stick to your card stock and it works a treat. Make sure you don't overlap the tape on inner edge of the die as it does leave an  indent mark on your card.  I have used Watercolour Crayons and a blender pen to colour the image. This is a technique I haven't used before with Crayons, but it gives a pastel-type look, I think.  Anyway, here it is.


Project Details
Stamps  Bordering on Romance, Petite Pairs, Kindness Matters
Card stock & Papers  Crumb Cake, Pink Pirouette, Very Vanilla, Vellum Paper
 Ink Early Espresso, Rose Red, Pretty in Pink, Soft Suede, Melon Mambo, Wisteria Wonder
Accessories Basic Pearls
Tools     Finial Press EF, Framelit Labels dies, Big Shot, Large Oval punch, Blender Pen, Watercolour Crayons, Sponge Daubers, Clear EP, Bashful Blue marker, Dimensionals, Heat Gun

I will be back tomorrow to show you how I turned this design into a card for my Convention roomies.

Merry Monday #20

Hi there

I was delighted to be invited by Lesley to be a Guest Designer this week for the Merry Monday Challenge #20.  These sketches are a great opportunity to kick start my Christmas card stash.  I've decided to make two similiar cards each time while I have all the materials on my craft desk. Here is the sketch:

I dug deep in my stash and came up with a (non SU) stamp that I haven't used for years.  I hope we get some Christmas stamps in our new IBC that are good for colouring.  This is what I came up with:



Project Details
Stamps Partridge in Pear Tree (not SU), Season of Joy
Card stock & Papers Garden Green (Textured), Cherry Cobbler, More Mustard, Regals Patterns Stack, Xpress-IT Blending card
Ink Mememto Tuxedo Black, Versamark
Accessories Antique brads, Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding ribbon
Tools     Petals a Plenty Embossing folder, Big Shot,  Dimensionals, Copics, White embossing powder, Heat gun

Don't forget to check out the inspiration from the rest of the DT.

Freshly Made #34


Just a quick post today with this week's Freshly Made #34 sketch.  I think I will just make the deadline with this one.  It is my first play with the lovely 'Attic Boutique' DSP from the Autumn/Winter Mini catalogue. Here is the sketch:


This is what I came up with. The rolled roses were made with the front and reverse sides of the Daffodil Delight print to keep the colour soft.  I will be sending this to a lovely lady who has recently had heart surgery.



Project Details
Stamps Sincere Salutations, Friends 24-7 (Retired)
Card stock & Papers Bazzill White Linen, Daffodil Delight, Pool Party, Soft Suede, Attic Boutique DSP
 Ink Pool Party, Soft Suede,
Accessories Basic Pearls
Tools     Doily Die (not SU), Mini Rolled Rose Die (not SU), Beautiful Wings Embosslit, Circle Nestabilities, Big Shot, Dimensionals, Sponge Dauber, Daffodil Delight marker

I will back tomorrow as a guest designer for the Merry Monday sketch challenge.

See you then.



Thank you Tara for selecting this card for the Perfect Princess Award this week!

Princess Badge

Merry Monday #18

Hi there

Well, it had to happen eventually.  Making the first Christmas card of the year, that is.  Now that we are in May, there is no escaping the fact that the year is galloping away, again. Despite my best intentions I always seem to start my Christmas cards too late as I like to make lots of different designs rather than many of one design.

Today's card uses this week's Merry Monday #18 sketch. I have been wanting to try out this sketch challenge for a while and when I saw the sketch, I thought of the Santa stamp that I hadn't used yet. First up, here is the sketch:


I have used the retired 'Christmas Cocoa' DSP which is one of my very favourite Christmas designer papers from Stampin' Up!  I love the combination of Real Red, Soft Suede and Whisper White as it is traditional with a bit of a twist.  I have coloured the vintage Santa in keeping and matted him with textured Soft Suede to make him pop. For the narrow centre strip in the sketch I have used a row of 'stars' from one of the matching papers.  With the busy background, I have kept the embellishments to a minimum.



Project Details
Stamps Clearly Sentimental About Christmas (not SU)
Card stock & Papers Bazzill White Linen, Whisper White, Real Red, Soft Suede (Textured), Christmas Cocoa DSP (Retired), XPress-IT Blending card
Ink Mememto Tuxedo Black, Basic Black
Accessories Small gold flat back 'pearls'
Tools     Oval Nestabilities, Big Shot,  Dimensionals, Copics, White Gel pen

Thanks for looking!


Many thanks Lesley, for choosing my card as a Merry Monday Winner this week.