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Freshly Made #70

Hi there

It is has been a lovely mild Australia Day long weekend here in Melbourne.  However, as I listen to the radio,  my thoughts have been with those elsewhere on the eastern seaboard battling bushfires and heartbreaking floods once again.  Nature can be beautiful and extreme.

Today I have a card for this week's Freshly Made Sketch #70, using some more of the new goodies from the Seasonal Mini Catalogue that commences on 1 February, 2013 - that's less than one week away! It's a great sketch this week from Rita.

FMS_70I have used another pair of designer papers from the new 'Print Poetry' paper stack. If this is the only thing you purchase from the new Seasonal Mini Catalogue, you will have a wealth of options for cardmaking.  The co-ordinating colours for this pair are Midnight Muse, Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake, a touch of Gumball Green and I've used some Marina Mist as well.

The other new item is the lovely Vanilla 5/8" Flower Trim that is made up of soft organza rolled flowers on a netting base.  You can use it in a strip as a trim or as I have done by trimming off the individual flowers and clustering them together.  I love the softness and it is only about 1/4" high.


For the inside, I have used the 'Everything Eleanor' stamp set  to continue the floral theme.



Project Details
Stamps Everything Eleanor, Vintage Verses (2013 Sale-a-bration)
Card stock & Papers Midnight Muse, Marina Mist, Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake, Gumball Green, Print Poetry Paper Stack, In Colour Pattern Stack
Ink Midnight Muse, Crumb Cake
Accessories Basic Pearls, Vanilla 5/8" Flower Trim
Tools     Hearts a Flutter Framelits, Little Leaves Sizzlit, Scribbles Swirls Sizzlit (retired), Finishing Touches Edgelit, Big Shot, Itty Bitty Punch Pack, Doily Lace punch (not SU), Dimensionals, Tombow glue

Thanks for looking!

ETA:  Thank you to Linda C for choosing this card as a 'Perfect Princess' this week.

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Merry Monday #46

Hi there

It was another hot day in Melbourne today, perfect for staying indoors and crafting.  I  have a Christmas card for this week's Merry Monday #46 challenge 'For the Birds', which is to use birds on your card.


I decided to pull out my neglected Bird Builder punch for this one.  I have paired this with the Holiday Frame embossing folder that I haven't used before and the scallop heart from the  new 'Hearts a Flutter' framelit dies that will be in the new mini catalogue to be released on 1 February.

To add some sparkle, I lightly brayered Versamark ink over the raised area and then heat embossed with Irridescent Ice embossing powder.  Here is a view taken from above, that gives more of an idea of what it looks like.  I also embossed the bird's wing. It took me a while to work out how to create the dimensional sentiment banner, but I was happy with it in the end.

Here is a close-up for a better view of the sparkle.  This is one of those times when a photograph cannot subsitute for seeing it in real life.

I have decorated the inside with the lovely pine tree from the 'Lovely as a Tree' stamp set, adding some Dazzling Diamonds glitter to the tree with a glue pen.



Project Details
Stamps Lovely as a Tree, Four the Holidays (retired)
Card stock & Papers Whisper White, Raspberry Ripple, Gumball Green, Silver Glimmer paper
 Ink Raspberry Ripple, Gumball Green
Accessories Basic Rhinestones, Raspberry Ripple Stitched Satin ribbon
Tools     Lacy Brocade Embossing folder, Swiss Dots Embossing folder, Holiday Frame Embossing Folder, Hearts a Flutter Framelits, Big Shot, Bird Builder punch,  Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border punch, Irridescent Ice embossing powder, Heat gun, Glue pen, Dazzling Diamonds glitter, Early Espresso marker, Dimensionals

 If you got this far, thanks for looking!

Honourable Mention

Seize the Birthday #2 Masculine

Hi there

After making 2 masculine cards already this week, I almost wussed out of the Seize the Birthday #2 Challenge, which is making a masculine card with this sketch:

However, I pulled out my trusty 'Open Seas' stamp set to come up with this card. I have brayered Crumb Cake ink onto the Woodgrain embossing folder and then embossed the Sahara Sand card stock to achieve what I hope is a drift wood-looking panel.  I have also added some clouds to the ocean scene by masking off the ship and stamping with a cloud background stamp (not SU).

So far I have managed to keep my New Year crafting resolution to finish the inside of the card when I make it.  It is early days, but putting it here to show you will help me to keep on the straight and narrow!  It is actually easier to do it when you have all of the bits and pieces to hand.



Project Details
Stamps Open Seas, Perfectly Penned, It's Your Day (Retired), Cloud Background (not SU),
Card stock & Papers Midnight Muse, Early Espresso, Sahara Sand, Cherry Cobbler, Confetti White (retired), In Colour Pattern Stack, Nautical Expedition DSP (retired)
 Ink Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler, Midnight Muse, Bashful Blue
Accessories Linen Thread
Tools     Woodgrain & Square Lattice embossing folders, Oval Nestabilities, Bitty Banner Framelits, Big Shot,  Dimensionals, Sponge daubers, Brayer, Stampamajig

Thanks for stopping by.

Still AddINKtive Challenge #2

Hi there

After expressing my uncertainty about Summer Starfruit a while back, here is the second card in 2 days that features this colour.  Plus, another masculine card (well, at least I think it is) for my stash. The challenge at Still AddINKtive was a combination of sketch and/or colour challenge. I have kind of done both, although the centre panel isn't square, the card base is. SA_2I have used the lovely 'Serene Silhouettes' stamp set for the first time and created the background using a combination of brayer and mask for the hills and then sponging for the sky.  I wanted to create something very natural looking - not sure that I have succeeded, but I do quite like Summer Starfuit and Tempting Turquoise together.  I have kept the rest of the card plain to keep  focus on the centre panel.


I have decorated the inside simply, using another of the tree stamps from 'Serene Silhouettes' in Chocolate Chip which was clear embossed. Both of these images are great for masculine cards.


Project Details
Stamps Serene Silhouettes, On Your Birthday (Retired)
Card stock & Papers Chocolate Chip, Summer Starfruit, Tempting Turquoise, Crumb Cake Textured (Retired), Whisper White, In Colour Patterns Stack
Ink Chocolate Chip, Tempting Turquoise, Summer Starfruit, Basic Black
Accessories Brights buttons, Linen Thread
Tools     Itty Bitty Banner Framelits, Big Shot, Dimensionals, Stampamajig, Brayer, Inkssentials sponge applicator, Glue dots, Clear embossing powder, Heat gun

Thanks for looking!

Freshly Made #69

Hi there

It is a gorgeously cool and sunny day here in Melbourne.  So nice after the recent heat.  Today I have a bold masculine card for you based on this week's Freshly Made #69 sketch from Linda. I was inspired by some of the products I was able to preorder from the new Seasonal Catalogue that commences on 1 February 2013.  Lots of yummy things in there to get you inspired.  This is Linda's sketch.FMS69
The DSP is from a new paper stack called 'Print Poetry', which has a fabulous selection of small prints perfect for card making.  I love that there is so little waste with these new paper stacks.  The spotted paper with Midnight Muse, Marina Mist, Summer Starfruit, Crumb Cake and Very Vanilla caught my eye and I decided to (voluntarily!) make a masculine card.  I have paired it with Midnight Muse embossed with the Chevron folder.  The embossing folder was brayered with Midnight Muse ink first, which gives an extra dimension to the end result.

The centre frame is from the new 'Just Thinking' single stamp.  It has a lovely friendship sentiment in the centre, but not what I wanted for a masculine card, so I have replaced it with one from the 'Word Play' stamp set.  The other new item is the big bold silver metal buttons that I have 'threaded' with narrow strips of cardstock.


For the inside of the card, I have used the 'Up, Up & Away' stamp set as I think it pairs well with the 'wish big' sentiment.



Project Details
Stamps Just Thinking (New), Word Play, Up, Up & Away
Card stock & Papers Summer Starfruit, Marina Mist, Midnight Muse, Very Vanilla, Print Poetry Paper Stack (New), In Colour Pattern Stack
 Ink Midnight Muse, Marina Mist, Summer Starfruit, Soft Suede
Accessories Summer Starfruit Stitched Satin ribbon, Designer Silver Basics Buttons (New)
Tools     Window Frames Framelits, Chevron Embossing Folder, Finishing Touches Edgelits, Circle Nestabilities, Big Shot, Dimensionals, Stampamajig, Sponge dauber, Glue dots

Thanks for looking and have a great weekend.

ETA:   Thank you to Linda C for choosing this card as a Perfect Princess this week.

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Apothecary Birthday

Hi there

After making the previous card for the 'Seize the Birthday' challenge, I had a couple of panels leftover so I decided to put them to use on another birthday card.  This time I used the floral label from the 'Apothecary Art' stamp set for the focus.  Green isn't a colour that I use a lot of (except at Christmas), but I think it offsets the purple quite well.


Project Details
Stamps Apothecary Art
Card stock & Papers Whisper White Textured (retired), Elegant Eggplant, Gumball Green, XPress-IT Blending card, Miscellaneous DSP from my stash
 Ink Memento Espresso Truffle
Accessories Basic Pearls, 6mm flatback pearls (not SU), White Bakers Twine, Regals Buttons
Tools     Labels Framelits, Fishtail Flags Die (not SU), Big Shot, Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots, Copics

Thanks for looking.

Seize the Birthday #1

Hi there

Today I have a birthday card for you, using the inaugural sketch from the new Seize the Birthday sketch challenge site.  The neat thing about this challenge is that you make a feminine card one week and then a masculine card with the same sketch, the following week.  Now that will be a REAL challenge. I have a heap of birthdays for family and friends in the first half of the year, so this will help me to get organised.  I'm also looking forward to getting some inspiration for masculine cards.

This week is a feminine card using this sketch:

I was in the mood to colour on the weekend, so I inked up this non-SU! 'Sweet Violets' stamp and coloured it with copics.  This was going to be my trial piece to try out the colours, but I was sufficiently happy with it to use it for the focus on this card. Having done that, I had to resort to my pre Stampin' Up! stash to find some co-ordinating designer papers.  Shades of purple haven't featured much in SU! DSP in recent years.  This is the final result.


Project Details
Stamps Sweet Violets (not SU), Precious Butterflies (Hostess, Retired)
Card stock & Papers Bazzill White Linen, Elegant Eggplant, Gumball Green, So Saffron, Whisper White, XPress-IT Blending card, Miscellaneous DSP from my stash
 Ink Memento Tuxedo Black, Lavender Lace (Retired)
Accessories Basic Pearls, 1mm & 6mm flatback pearls (not SU)
Tools     Labels Framelits, Beautiful Wings Sizzlit, Big Shot, 1 1/8", 1 1/4" & 1 13/8" Circle Punches,  Dimensionals, Copics (Flowers - V000, V01, V04, V06, V09, Y17; Leaves - YG11, YG63, YG67, YG97)

Enjoy the rest of your day.

ETA: Thanks to the DT for selecting this card for 'Birthday Honours'

Birthday Honours

More Merry Monday #44

Hi there

I hope you are enjoying your weekend.  It is much milder here in Melbourne today thankfully, after a hot day yesterday.  I've been busy doing chores in the garden like dead-heading and trimming the edges of the lawn. Not exciting, but it is lovely to look at when it is done.

While I had the bits and peices on my craft desk a couple of days ago, I made a second card using the colours of this week's Merry Monday #44 Challenge.  Here they are again to remind you:


I have a reprise of my circle tree card from 2011 and I think I like it more in these colours, than the original. It is fresher and brighter somehow, maybe it is the extra white space at the bottom. What do you think?


I have decorated the inside similiar to the last card, using the alternative Delicate Designs embossing folder.


Project Details
Stamps Greetings of the Season, Tree Trimmings (Retired)
Card stock & Papers Island Indigo, Pool Party, Real Red, Whisper White textured (retired), Silver and Red Glimmer paper
Ink Pool Party, Real Red, Versamark
Accessories 2mm Rhinestones (not SU), 1/4" Real Red Stitched Grosgrain ribbon
Tools     Delicate Designs & Petals a Plenty Embossing Folders, Big Shot, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border punch, Small star punch (retired), Merry Minis punch pack, 'Rich Red' embossing powder (not SU), Heat gun, Dimensionals

Thanks for looking!

Honourable Mention

Dynamic Duos #34 Thank You

Hi there

Today I wanted to make a bright and fun thank you card for family who hosted Christmas and especially for the 6 and 8 year old nieces Aisha and Amelia, who gave up their bedrooms for us.  Pink and bling are always a good start, so I went with this week's Dynamic Duos #34 colour combo of Island Indigo and Melon Mambo.  Get ready with your sunglasses for this one!

This is the first time I have inked up the (now retired) Hostess set 'Pedal Presents' and it is cute and fun.  I have embossed the bike with Melon Mambo embossing powder on black cardstock which makes a bold statement.  The flowers were coloured with Copics in matching colours and popped up in the basket.  I helped the nieces plant seedlings into the flower boxes on the verandah of their cubbyhouse, so I hope this will remind them (it is the most amazing cubbyhouse I have seen!).  It is also the first time I have used the Oval Accent Bigz die which is quite large, but it shows a nice amount of Island Indigo which I have embossed with a new (non SU) embossing folder called 'Posies' to continue the floral theme.


Project Details
Stamps Pedal Presents (Hostess, Retired), Curly Cute
Card stock & Papers Bazzill White Linen textured, Island Indigo, Whisper White, Basic Black, Melon Mambo.
Ink Versamark, Memento Tuxedo Black, Island Indigo
Accessories Basic Rhinestones, 2mm Rhinestones (not SU), Melon Mambo Scallop Dots grosgrain ribbon
Tools     Oval Accent Bigz Clear die, 'Posies' Embossing folder (not SU), Oval Nestabilities, Big Shot, Modern Label punch, Dimensionals, Melon Mambo embossing powder, Heat gun, White gel pen, Copics

Thanks for stopping by!

Merry Monday #44

Hi there

Happy New Year!  I hope you have all enjoyed your holidays and are well into fulfilling your New Year's resolutions (ha ha).  I had a very hectic time leading up to Christmas.  I finished up at my job after more than 7 years and that was a very emotional time.  Then the lead into Christmas, trying to get all of my Christmas crafting finished before we left for the drive to New South Wales to join my husband's family for Christmas. We stopped off in Canberra for a couple of days to show our Rotary Exchange student, Lars, our national capital.  We then picked up my lovely MIL Betty from the airport and continued our journey.  It was a lovely family Christmas and Lars got to experience Christmas the Aussie way.  Fortunately, where we were, the weather was quite mild on Christmas day for turkey and all the trimmings.

I hope you aren't too horrified that I am starting off the year with a Christmas card!  I figure it is easier to keep in the groove than try and get back into it, later in the year. Lesley is back with Merry Monday and is mixing it up a bit with a colour challenge this week for Merry Monday #44.  I have made a couple of crafting resolutions, and one of them is to try more colour challenges, which I find a bit scary. Here are colours, which are a fabulous combo for Christmas:


My card is very clean and simple, but hopefully that doesn't mean boring or even worse, insipid! I have used the Delicate Designs embossing folder for the first time, to create a frame for the lovely sentiment from the 'Greetings of the Season' stamp set.

I have used the debossed side which provides  lots of texture and sprayed it with Frost White shimmer mist for a lovely sparkle.  You can't see it in the photo above, but this one gives you an idea of how it looks. I also sprayed the sentiment after I embossed it.

I like to decorate the inside of my cards as well and I found this added a lot of time when I went to actually send my Christmas cards, when I was already under time pressure. So this year, another of my resolutions is to decorate the inside at the time I make the card.  This is the inside of the card.


Project Details
Stamps Greetings of the Season, Tree Trimmings (Retired)
Card stock & Papers Island Indigo, Pool Party, Real Red, Whisper White,
Ink Island Indigo, Real Red, Versamark
Accessories Basic Rhinestones, 1/4" Real Red Stitched Grosgrain ribbon
Tools     Delicate Designs Embossing Folder, Big Shot, 'Rich Red' embossing powder (not SU), Heat gun, Ticket Corner punch (retired), Dimensionals, Frost White Shimmer paint, Isocol, Stampin' Spritzer

Thanks for looking!