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Merry Monday #101

Hi there

I decided on the spur of the moment to enter this week's  Merry Monday Challenge. I had hoped to enter last week, but we were hosting a young man from Germany on a Rotary Study exchange, so I had my hands full with other activities.

This is the inspirational photo Lesley provided for the challenge, which is to use only grey, red and white on your card.

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This is a lovely fresh colour combination and the Design Team have done a fabulous job with it.  I decided to break out two uninked stamp sets that I have been wanting to use for ages. The first is the 'Post Card' stamp and the other is 'Santa's List' stamp. I think they go well together, as they both have an olde world feel, yet the colour combo is very contemporary. This is what I came up with.

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Project Details
Stamps Post Card, Santa's List (Retired), Merry Little Christmas (Reitred), Winter Post (Retired)
Card stock & Papers     Smoky Slate, Real Red, Whisper White
 Ink Smoky Slate, Real Red
Accessories Basic Rhintestones
Tools     Postage Stamp punch, Corner Rounder punch, Stampamajig, Dimensionals. Basic Gray, Real Red and Smoky Slate Stampin' Write markers

Thanks for looking!

ETA:  Thanks to the ladies at Merry Monday for choosing this card for an Honorable Mention.

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Colourful Congrats

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Just popping in to show you this card I made for a special teenager. I have inked up the large splotch from the 'Gorgeous Grunge' stamp set for the first time, using colours from the 'Brights' collection.  The card is very clean and simple, with lots of white contrasting with the bright colours to make it pop. Don't you love it when a card comes together really quickly?

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Project Details
Stamps Gorgeous Grunge, Sassy Salutations    
Card stock & Papers     Pacific Point, Whisper White, Real Red, Brights Pattern Stack (Retired)
 Ink Real Red, Gumball Green, Tempting Turquoise, Tangerine Tango, Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories Neutrals Candy Dots,  Metal buttons (Retired)
Tools     Star punch from Itty Bitty punch pack, Stampamajig, Dimensionals.

Thanks for looking!


The Challenge #2

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It has been ages since I have done a sketch challenge, so I was delighted when Lesley Croghan asked me to be a Guest Designer for her new The Challenge #2 sketch. This is the sketch, which has loads of possibilities.

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The sketch lends itself to clean and simple, so that is what I have gone with. I have allowed plenty of white space to contrast the bold Melon Mambo and black design elements and a bit of bling to finish it off.

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Project Details
Stamps Happy Day, Polka Dot Pieces    
Card stock & Papers     Bazzill White, Melon Mambo, Basic Black, Whisper White    
 Ink Memento Tuxedo Black    
Accessories Basic Rhinestones
Tools     2 3/8" and 1 3/4" Scallop Circle punches, 3/4" and 1" Circle punches, Stampamajig, Dimensionals

Thanks for looking!


Dressing Up a Gift

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Don't you love receiving a prettily packaged gift?  When you are giving a small gift, adding some pretty packaging makes it look special.  The 'Tag a Bag' Gift Bags are a wonderful starting point for packaging small gifts.  They are actually a really good size (12.7 x 21cm) and the neutral colour with the white chevron print gives them a contemporary look. The white base of the Designer Series Paper Stacks means that almost any colour you choose will look great with them. You get 10 bags in a pack for $6.95, so they are a great option for party favours as well.

I have 2 colour ways to show you, both of them favourites. The card stock topper has been trimmed with the Large Scallop Edgelit and some coordinating Designer paper added on a band of white to provide contrast. Underneath I have attached a doily and a banner cut with the fabulous new 'Banners' Framelits and a piece of burlap ribbon to pick up the Crumb Cake tone in the bag.  The double flower from the 'Flower Shop' stamp set  is finished with a button and linen thread.  Here is the Melon Mambo version.

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This is the Coastal Cabana version. I added some little pearls on to the scalloped edge of this one.

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Project Details
Stamps Flower Shop, Itty Bitty Banners
Card stock & Papers     Melon Mambo, Coastal Cabana, Whisper White, Birghts and In Colour Designer Paper stacks, 
 Ink Coastal Cabana, Melon Mambo, Bermuda Bay
Accessories Burlap ribbon, Basic Pearls, Tea Lace Paper Doilies, Brights buttons, Linen thread
Tools     Banners Framelits, Bitty Banners Framelits, Large Scallop Edgelit, Big Shot, Pansy punch, Dimensionals, Glue dots

Thanks for looking!


Fancy Fold for Mum

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It was my Mum's birthday this week, so I wanted something a little bit different for her. We recently had a lovely stamping day and I was shown how to make this Double 'Z' fold card. It is surprisingly easy to make and packs a punch as it uses Designer Paper for the base.

I have used my favourite Coastal Cabana Designer Paper for a fresh look. A belly band holds the card closed and it is topped with a frame created with the 'Deco' framelits. I added some cute flowers from the 'Petite Petals' stamp set and the matching punch makes these a quick embellishment. I haven't used them before, but these framelits are a lovely shape and the stamped frame that matches the smallest of the framelits is from the 'Morning Post Numbers' stamp set.

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This is the card once it is open.  The centre panel matted with Coastal Cabana card stock ensures the card will stand up firmly. 

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You can find a detailed tutorial to make this card here.  

Project Details
Stamps Petite Petals, Morning Post Numbers, Elementary Elegance (retired)
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Coastal Cabana, Coastal Cabana DSP,
 Ink Memento Tuxedo Black, Strawberry Slush, Crushed Curry, Coastal Cabana
Accessories White Organza ribbon, Basic Pearls, 2mm Pearls (not SU)
Tools     Deco Framelits, Big Shot, Petite Petals punch, Computer, printer, Dimensionals, Glue dots, Simply Scored board

Thanks for looking!


Garden in a Box

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Before getting down to today's project I have to share with you, I wanted to mention that my March class is on Saturday 15 March and there are 2 places remaining.  You can see all of the details here. Drop me an email to make your booking.

I have made this card for a friend's birthday. She lives in the country and has a lovely garden, so I thought this bunny in the garden 'Card in a box' would be appropriate.  These cards are great for special occasions and fun to make as well. I have used the gorgeous 'Sweet Sorbet' Designer Paper that is FREE during Saleabration (until 31 March 2014) and the coordinating Pool Party card stock.

The flowers are quick and easy with the 'Petite Petals' stamp set and matching punch. For the picket fence I stamped the 'Hardwood' background stamp and then embossed with the Stripes embossing folder and cut away every second stripe. The plants and grass in front of the fence were created with the fringe scissors and the tiny flowers use a stamp from the Saleabration set 'Banner Blast', punched out with the flower punch from the Itty Bitty punch pack.

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This is the back panel of the box which I have also decorated with some Crisp Cantaloupe DSP, embossing and more Petite Petals flowers.

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I put 3 'bridges' into my box, so it was quite thick when it was folded up and as you can see from the photo above, I had a few leaves hanging over the edge as well.  I didn't want to squash it flat, so I made a custom envelope box a 1/2" deep using 12 x 12 Whisper White card stock and the Envelope Punch Board . This is the front of the 'boxelope' embellished with a banner using another of the 'Sweet Sorbet' designs and the 'Flower Shop' stamp set, 'Deco' Framelits and the matching stamped frame from the 'Morning Post Numbers' stamp set.

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I thought I would show you how I created a neat closing for the 'boxelope', as I didn't want to stick the flap down. I used the retired 'slit' punch to create the semi-circular cut  in a small piece of card stock and then punched it out with a 1" circle punch. The circle was positioned and adhered under the side flaps and then the top flap neatly fits into the opening. Another opportunity to decorate the back of the 'boxelope' as well! I was really pleased with the result - don't you love it when you can bring your ideas to fruition!

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Project Details
Stamps Label Something, Petite Petals, Morning Post Numbers, Banner Blast, Flower Shop, Chocolate Bunny (retired), Papillon Potpourri, Hardwood, Well Scripted (retired)
Card stock & Papers     Pool Party, Whisper White, Crisp Cantaloupe, Baked Brown Sugar, Crumb Cake, Wild Wasabi, Sweet Sorbet DSP, In Colour Paper Stack
 Ink Crisp Canataloupe, Pool Party, Crushed Curry, Baked Brown Sugar, Strawberry Slush, Rich Razzleberry, Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories Basic rhinestones
Tools     Honeycomb embossing folder, Stripes Embossing folder, Needlepoint  Border embossing folder, Deco Framelits, Banners Framelits, Secret Garden Framelits, Little Leaves Sizzlit, Big Shot, Fringe scissors, Slit punch (retired), 1" circle punch, Pansy punch, Petite Petals punch, Envelope Punch Board, Simply Scored,  Dimensionals, Glue dots, Sticky strip

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