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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.


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.



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.


Colourful Congrats

Hi there

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?



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

Hi there

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.


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.



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

Hi there

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.


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



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

Hi there

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.


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



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!