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Dynamic Duos #45


Hi there

I couldn't go past the Dynamic Duos #45 combination this week as it features Pretty in Pink and Regal Rose and pink is one of my favourite colours. Having said that, it wasn't as easy as I thought it would be.

I have made a very CAS card which could be for Mother's Day or as a 'just because' card for Mum. I've added touches of Crumb Cake for contrast and dressed it with pearls.



Project Details
Stamps Delightful Dozen, Everything Eleanor
Card stock & Papers Bazzill White Textured,  Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Regal Rose, Subtles (Pretty in Pink) Pattern Stacks
 Ink Regal Rose
Accessories Basic Pearls
Tools     Apothecary Accents, Big Shot, Dimensionals, Itty Bitty Punch Pack, Tombow Glue

Thanks for looking.

Quick Easter Treat Toppers

Hi there

I made these Easter treat bag toppers for our nieces, to match the 'Everybunny' card that I posted previously.  They are quick to make with the Floral Frames framelits and the trusty Big Shot.  I love adding a personal touch to gifts that takes them out of the ordinary. Don't the bunnies make a cute couple?



Project Details
Stamps Everybunny
Card stock & Papers Primrose Petals, Pool Party,  Whisper White, Subtles and In Colour Pattern Stacks
 Ink Memento Gray Flannel
Accessories Cellophane Bags
Tools     Fancy Fan embossing folder, Floral Frames Framelits, Circle Nestabilities, Big Shot, Dimensionals, Copics

Thanks for looking.

Freshly Made #78

Hi there

Today I have another Easter card for you, featuring the very cute 'Everybunny' stamp set.  This one is based on  Freshly Made Sketches #78 from Jen M. 

FMS_78I thought this pretty  'egg' paper from the 'Birds of a Feather' DSP was very appropriate for Easter.  The bunny's dress was paper pieced with another of the prints from the DSP. 


For the inside, I have used the coordinating colours and another of the cute images from the 'Everybunny' set.


Project Details
Stamps Everybunny
Card stock & Papers Raspberry Ripple, Primrose Petals, Summer Starfruit,  Whisper White, Birds of a Feather DSP, In Colour Pattern Stack
 Ink Raspberry Ripple, Memento Gray Flannel
Accessories Seam binding ribbon (not SU), White Bakers Twine, Basic Rhinestones
Tools     Needlepoint Border embossing folder, Big Shot, Doily Lace punch (not SU), 1/8" Circle handheld punch (not SU), Dimensionals, Copics

Thanks for stopping by.

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


Easter Basket & Card

Hi there

For some reason Easter seems to have crept up on me this year (I think it has something to do with age!!), so I thought I would take the opportunity to create something a little different for you in time for the Easter season.  

I have used the Stampin' Up! Oval framelits to made an Easter treat basket and matching card with the lovely floral print from the 'Twitterpated' DSP that hasn't had much love recently. It is a little bit pastel, spring like (for those in the northern hemisphere) and pretty. I've matched it with Baja Breeze for the base with Pink Pirouette and Island Indigo for accents.

The treat box is made up of two scallop oval die cut frames that have been decorated on the bottom half with a trapezoidal box sandwiched between.  I hope you didn't glaze over at the mention of the trapezoidal shaped box as it is really quite simple to put together once you have the measurements right.  Considering how bad I was at geometry in high school, I was pretty pleased with the way the trapezoidal box worked out. Here is the finished treat box. 


I put a little bit of crystal shred in the bottom and then piled in the yummy Lindt eggs.  The basket as shown contains 9 of the Lindt eggs, so it is a good size and and the whole thing is very sturdy. Here is a side view showing the box, which has been covered in more of the 'Twitterpated' DSP. I have trimmed a fraction off the centre scallops at the bottom so that the box will sit flat.



The matching card also uses the largest scallop oval framelit for the base.  The front of the card has been decorated in the same way as the treat box, but with the sentiment from the inside showing through the cut out.  I've added a few little flowers and some pearls to finish it off.

This is the inside of the card.


 These will be winging their way to my lovely Mum and mum-in-law for Easter. I hope they like them.  

I will be entering these projects in the Simon Says Stamp Easter/Spring challenge and the StillAddinktive Sketch Challenge as well.  


Project Details
Stamps Easter Blossoms (retired), Teen Tiny Sentiments
Card stock & Papers Baja Breeze, Whisper White, Pink Pirouette, Island Indigo, Twitterpated DSP
 Ink Island Indigo, Pink Pirouette, Baja Breeze
Accessories 1/4" Island Indigo Satin ribbon (from Saleabration), Basic Pearls, In Colour Spotted brads
Tools     Bitty Banners Framelits, Oval Framelits, Birds & Blossoms Sizzlit (retired), Blossom Party Bigz die, Square Lattic embossing folder, Big Shot, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch pack, Bitty Butterfly punch, Scallop border die (not SU), Paper Piercer,  Sponger daubers, Tombow glue, Anywhere Glue stick, Glue dots

Thanks for looking!


Thanks to the ladies at StillAddinktive for selecting this project as their Top Pick this week.


Merry Monday #54

Hi there

I've had a busy long weekend attending our Rotary District Conference in regional Victoria, so I haven't had any opportunity to create for the last few days.

However, I'm very pleased to accept Lesley's invitation to be the Guest Designer for Merry Monday #54 this week, which is a theme challenge - SNOWMEN.


Whilst we don't have a cold Christmas in Australia, I love snowmen and this challenge gives me the opportunity to use the cute 'Snow Much Fun' stamp set that I bought a while ago.  I have created a faux snow globe scene for the main focus of the card.  I was going to make a shaker card, but after adding a few layers for the snowy hills and snowman, I ran out of room and I didn't want to make the card too bulky.  

The snowy hills were created by heat embossing with Irridescent Ice to give them a subtle sparkle. The snowman was coloured with Copics, cut out and popped on the hills. The sentiment on the base of the globe was created on the computer, printed and then die cut. I love Pool Party with Real Red for a more contemporary colour combo for Christmas. The DSP was an unexpected and happy find; it pays to go through your paper stash as it is easy to forget what you have! 

For the inside, I stamped and coloured the tall, thin snowman from the same set to continue the theme.


Project Details
Stamps  Snow Much Fun
Card stock & Papers Real Red, Pool Party, Whisper White, Xpress-IT Blending card, Storytime DSP
Ink Memento Tuxedo Black, Versamark, 
Accessories Brights Buttons, White Bakers Twine
Tools     Nestabilities Circles, Snow Globe die (not SU), Swiss Dots Embossing folder, Big Shot, Dimensionals, Embossing Buddy, Irridescent Ice embossing powder, Heat gun, Copics (BG10, BG11, BG15, R27, YR04, Y02, C00, C1, C3, C5), Computer, Printer

Make sure you check out the inspiring samples from the Design Team.

Thanks for stopping by!

Merry Monday #53

Hi there

It's time for Merry Monday #53, which is a great sketch from Lesley. 

I received this lovely stamp 'Snowy Pine Landscape' (not SU) this week and decided to use it to create a mini scene for my card. I've stamped in Early Espresso and then clear embossed it and after masking off the moon, the sky was sponged on with a dauber in Bashful Blue and then the edges in Not Quite Navy.  The reindeer from the retired 'Winter Post' was stamped in Soft Suede, embossed and popped up in the foreground.  

Blue and brown are not traditional Christmas colours, but I like it for a change and I have been wanting to use this particular design from the Festival of Prints DSP for ages. With all of these 'snowy' cards I'm making, I'll have to find some e-friends in the northern hemisphere to send them to!


Project Details
Stamps Snowy Pine Landscape (not SU), Greetings of the Season, Winter Post (retired)
Card stock & Papers Bashful Blue, Whisper White, Bazzill Textured White (Linen),  Early Espresso, Festival of Prints DSP
 Ink Early Espresso, Soft Seude, Bashful Blue, Not Quite Navy
Accessories Basic Rhinestones
Tools     Nestabilities Ovals, Big Shot, Snowflake punch (not SU), Dimensionals, Sponge Daubers, Clear embossing powder, Heat Gun

Thanks for visiting.

ETA: Thanks to the DT for choosing this card for a Honourable Mention.

Honourable Mention

Seize the Birthday #9 - Feminine

Hi there

I have a very CAS card for this week's Seize the Birthday #9 challenge which is to use this great sketch from Lesley for a feminine birthday card.  


I have stamped part of the lovely 'Pleasant Poppies' background stamp and used my Copics to colour match it with Tangerine Tango.  I love orange poppies as they are so bright and cheery.  I have kept the embellishment to a minimum  and popped up the coloured panel and the sentiment. The pearls have been coloured with a matching Copic.  This has to be one of the few cards I have made recently that doesn't use the Big Shot.  Now that is CAS for me! 

As I am running late with this one, I had to photograph it under artificial light so apologies for the lighting. (ETA: Now replaced with a better photo)



Project Details
Stamps Pleasant Poppies, Teeny Tiny Sentiments
Card stock & Papers Tangerine Tango, Basic Black, Whisper White, Xpress-IT Blending Card, Tea for Two DSP
 Ink Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories Basic Gray Taffeta ribbon (retired), Basic Pearls (coloured with Copic)
Tools     Word Window punch, Dimensionals, Copics (YR01, YR02, YR07, G82, YG67, Y17) 

Thanks for looking!

ETA:  Thanks to the DT for choosing this card for Birthday Honours.

Birthday Honours

Just Add Ink #156

Hi there

With Easter not too far away I have a CAS Easter card for you, using the colours from the Just Add Ink #156 colour challenge. These colours were selected by my friend Christine, the queen of colour challenges.  They are a lovely colour combo of bright, subtle and neutral:

JAI56_ColourI rarely use Bashful Blue except for baby cards, but it is a lovely colour and provides a soft background for the bold Raspberry Ripple and Early Espresso.  I have used the Honeycomb embossing folder to create my Easter egg. It was brayered first with Raspberry Ripple ink and I'm pleased with the effect.  The bunny was stamped in Early Espresso and clear embossed for more definition and texture.  The photo unfortunately doesn't do justice to the colours.



For the inside, I have used the Bashful Blue spotted DSP as a background for more doily lace and the floral egg from the (sadly) retired stamp set 'Easter Blossoms'.


Project Details
Stamps Chocolate Bunny (retired), Easter Blossoms (retired), Delightful Dozen
Card stock & Papers Crumb Cake, Raspberry Ripple, Whisper White, In Colour Pattern Stack, Subtles Pattern Stack
 Ink Raspberry Ripple, Early Espresso
Accessories Bashful Blue Taffeta ribbon, Basic Pearls (coloured with Copic)
Tools     Honeycomb embossing folder, Oval Framelits, Big Shot, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch pack, Corner Rounder punch, Doily Lace punch (not SU) Dimensionals, Tombow Glue, Brayer, Clear embossing powder, Heat gun, Copic (R59)

Thanks for stopping by.

Fab Friday #13

Hi there

Today I have a girly birthday card based on the Fab Friday #13 sketch.  This is a site I have recently discovered and the latest sketch really appealed to me for its simplicity and potential to add lots of detail.  Here is the sketch.

I have used items from the gorgeous Artisan Embellishments  Kit and the lovely colour combo of Pool Party, Primrose Petals and Raspberry Ripple.  Add layers of doilies, flowers, ribbon and pearls and you have a card made for a lovely friend. Happy birthday Kerry!

For the inside, I have continued the floral and pearl theme.


Project Details
Stamps Stippled Blossoms, Bring on the Cake, Fourteen Phrases (not available for sale)
Card stock & Papers Raspberry Ripple, Pool Party, Whisper White, In Colour Pattern Stack, More Amore DSP
 Ink Pretty in Pink, Primrose Petals, Pool Party, Regal Rose
Accessories Artisan Embellishments Kit, Basic Pearls, White Bakers twine, Very Vanilla Seam Binding ribbon
Tools     Fancy Fan embossing folder, Big Shot,  3/4" Circle punch, Mini Tag punch (not SU), Dimensionals, Tombow Glue, Sponge Dauber, Stamp-a-ma-jig

Thanks for stopping by.

Merry Monday #52

Hi there

Time for another Christmas card with the Merry Monday #52 challenge.  This week is a colour challenge with Always Artichoke, River Rock and Cherry Cobbler being the chosen colours to work with.

It is ages since I have used Always Artichoke on a card. I used it quite a lot a few years ago, but with the trend towards brighter colours it fell by the wayside. However, this is a great opportunity to renew the acquaintance with a more classic, muted Christmas card than usual. I have also used a retired stamp set 'Peaceful Wishes' which I bought second hand in the very early days before I joined up with SU.  It is still a keeper.

It is difficult to see, but I have trimmed the brocade ornament with pearls to enhance the classic elegance and popped up the entire panel on textured Always Artichoke card stock. 


For the inside, I have used the miseltoe stamp from 'Peaceful Wishes' with markers direct to the rubber. 


Project Details
Stamps Peaceful Wishes (retired), Ornament Keepsakes, Greetings of the Season, Woodgrain
Card stock & Papers Always Artichoke (textured, retired), Cherry Cobbler, River Rock, Very Vanilla, Regals Pattern Stack
 Ink Always Artichoke, Memento Tuxedo Black, Cherry Cobbler, River Rock
Accessories Antique brads, Basic Pearls, Linen Thread, Craft wire (not SU)
Tools     Holiday Ornaments Framelits, Finishing Touches Edgelits, Big Shot,  Dimensionals, Sponge daubers, Stampamajig, Stampin' Write markers (Always Artichoke, Cherry Cobbler), Glue Dots

Thanks for stopping by.

ETA:  Thanks to the lovely ladies at Merry Monday for selecting this card.

Merry Monday Winner