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Wondrous Wreath for Merry Monday #123

Hi there

Today I broke open the 'Wondrous Wreath' photopolymer stamp set from the new Holiday Catalogue for this week's Merry Monday#123 challenge. Bonnie's challenge is to use a wreath on your card.


I'm really enjoying working with photopolymer stamps as they make 2-step stamping a snap. Stamping on a piercing mat will give you the best quality image from these stamps. I had in mind to create a wreath on a front door for my card (just in case you can't tell it is a door, lol). The tabs on the stamps and the framelits make lining up the image for die cutting very easy. As the 'Joy' sentiment is floating off the wreath, I die cut 2 and stuck them together to make it a bit sturdier.


Project Details
Stamps Hardwood, Wondrous Wreath, I Love Lace
Card stock & Papers     Cherry Cobbler, Baked Brown Sugar, Very Vanilla, Real Red
 Ink Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Garden Green, Cherry Cobbler
Accessories Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding ribbon, Basic Rhinestones (coloured with Cherry Cobbler Blendabilities),Early Espresso Candy Dots, Window Sheet
Tools     Wonderful Wreath framelits, Squares Collection Framlits, Big Shot, Sponge Dauber, Dimensionals, Xyron

Thanks for looking!

Bright & Beautiful

Hi there

I broke out my new Holiday Catalogue preorder goodies to make this card, which I am submitting for Lesley's Challenge #13. I have only made a few Christmas cards this year so I desperately need to get cracking with them and this was a good opportunity. I love these colours for a contempary Christmas palette.


I have taken a bit of liberty with the sketch and colours, but hopefully she won't mind. I wanted to make something with these gorgeous star stamps and matching framelits. I know they are going to be a favourite for my Christmas cards.  I wanted to keep this card very CAS and managed to avoid the temptation to add extra embellishments.



Project Details
Stamps Bright & Beautiful
Card stock & Papers     Island Indigo, Pool Party, Silver Foil, Silver Glimmer paper
 Ink Versamark
Accessories Basic Rhinestone (coloured with Blendabilities), 1/8" Silver ribbon
Tools     Stars Framelits, Wonderful Wreath Framelits, Stylish Stripes Embossing folder, Big Shot, White and Silver embossing powder, Heat gun, Dimensionals, Simply Scored Board, Xyron

Don't forget that you have until 31 August to get the 'Bright & Beautiful' stamps and matching Stars Framelits as a bundle with a 15% discount. The clear mount bundle is $75.50 AUD (138200) and the wood mount bundle is $87.25 AUD (138644).

Thanks for looking!

Hexagon Hive with Petite Petals

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Today I have the second card we made in our class on Saturday, to share with you.  It uses the Hexagon Hive Thinlit over DSP to provide a background for the cute Petite Petals flowers cut from Shimmery white card stock. The small flower from the retired Itty Bitty Punch Pack in coordinating colours make them pop. This card was inspired by one made by Di Barnes.

This colour combo is fresh and summery and the Calypso Coral seam binding ribbon adds some pop to the sentiment. I backed the ribbon with a strip of Calypso Coral card stock as it is quite soft and transparent. Unfortunately, the photo doesn't really convey the freshness of the colour combo. The card is larger than standard, as I wanted to provide more space around the frame.



Project Details
Stamps Label Love, A Round Array
Card stock & Papers     Pool Party Core'dinations (retired). Crisp Cantaloupe, Crumb Cake, Pool Party, Shimmery White, In Colour Backgrounds Stack
 Ink Pool Party, Calypso Coral, Early Espresso
Accessories Calypso Coral Seam Binding ribbon, Basic Pearls
Tools     Hexagon Hive Thinlit, Big Shot, Petite Petals punch, Itty Bitty Punch pack (retired), 7/8" Scallop Circle punch, Artisan Label punch, 1/2" Circle punch, Dimensionals, Tombow glue, Glue dots

Thanks for looking!

World of Dreams

Hi there

Today I'm sharing one of the cards we made in class on Saturday. 

I've been wanting to ink up this lovely 'World of Dreams' silhouette stamp set for a while and it provided the opportunity to introduce my class ladies to some basic sponging and paper piercing. The Ovals Collection framelits and matching paper piercing templates work really well with the bird nest image. The images in this set make it very flexible for a range of occasions.

I love the 'Hardwood' background stamp and it goes really well with the nature images in this set. I've stamped it in Baked Brown Sugar on Crumb Cake card stock and sponged the edges. The bird nest image was heat embossed in Early Espresso embossing powder and sponged in Soft Sky ink. I'm having a bit of a fling with Soft Sky at the moment and it is certainly a Dynamic Duo with the new  In Colour Lost Lagoon. The lovely silky ribbon is new in the soon-to-be released Holiday Catalogue. It is amazing how Stampin' Up! achieve the perfect colour match between ribbon and card stock. I was really happy with the final result.


As you know, I always decorate the inside of my cards and I include this as part of my classes as well. I've used another of the images from 'World of Dreams', stamped in Baked Brown Sugar.



Project Details
Stamps World of Dreams, Hardwood, Honeycomb Hello
Card stock & Papers     Lost Lagoon, Soft Sky, Whisper White, Crumb Cake
 Ink Baked Brown Sugar, Versamark, Early Espresso
Accessories Lost Lagoon 3/8" Silky Taffeta Ribbon, Very Vintage Designer Buttons, Basic Pearls, Linen Thread
Tools     Ovals Collection Framelits, Big Shot, Banner Punch, 7/8" Scallop Circle punch, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border punch, Occasions Paper Piercing Pack, Early Espresso Embossing Powder, Heat Gun, Dimensionals, Sponge Daubers

Thanks for looking!

Freshly Made #150

Hi there

It is ages since I did a sketch challenge, so when the reminder email came into my Inbox this afternoon I looked at the bits and bobs on my craft desk from a previous project and saw the makings for this CAS card. 

I love the simplicity of the sketch this week from Freshly Made Sketches


I inked up the wavy lines from the 'Chalk Lines' stamp set for the first time in Crisp Cantaloupe and then inked half of it in Calypso Coral for the 2 tones to match the blooms from the 'Flower Patch' stamp set. The rest is pretty much as you see it. The little blings have been coloured with the lightest of the Calypso Coral Blendabilities. These bright flowers make me smile and think Spring!



Project Details
Stamps Chalk Lines, Flower Patch, Sassy Salutations
Card stock & Papers     Pool Party, Crisp Cantaloupe, Whisper White
 Ink Memento Tuxedo Black, Crisp Cantaloupe, Calyspso Coral, Pool Party, Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry, Wild Wasabi
Accessories Basic Rhinestones
Tools     Flower Fair Framelits, Big Shot, Dimensionals

Thanks for looking!

Lacy Birthday Bloom

Hi there

The card I have to share with you today was made for a friend's birthday. I used the Rich Razzleberry Blendabilities to colour the large flower from the 'Bloom with Hope' stamp set .  The final colour matches really well with Perfect Plum and Elegant Eggplant card stock, rather than Rich Razzleberry in my opinion. I stamped the 'I Love Lace' background stamp in Crumb Cake on Very Vanilla card stock  and sponged the edges for a vintage look. The Striped Scallop die cut was adhered to it for the lace to peek through.


This is a very fine die, so I have a few tips to make this easier to use. I initially found it very difficult to remove the die cut without it tearing. This may be affected by the calibration of your Big Shot, so try it first - you may be lucky. I found I needed to adhere ejection foam to the die to get a clean cut that pops out easily. The ejection foam (purchased from a craft store) is a very thin (1mm) layer of self adhesive foam that you adhere to the cutting side of the die. Place the die with adhered foam cutting side down and run it through the Big Shot with the normal 'sandwich'. Place a piece of wax paper over the die before adding the top cutting mat, so the excess adhesive foam sticks to the wax paper rather than your cutting plate. When you lift the die off, the foam has adhered into the fine grooves. You will find the cardstock now pops cleanly from the die.

To make adhering the die to your card easier, I used the Adhesive Sheets. I have the retired version in 12 x 12 size, but I assume it is the same as the new smaller sheets.  Cut a piece the same size as the card stock you are using with the Striped Scallop die. Peel off the top layer and adhere to the cardstock. Place the die on top of the cardstock as normal and run through the Big Shot. I found I had to run it through a few times to cut through the extra layer. Peel off the backing and adhere the die cut to your card. You get a great result because the adhesive covers every scallop.

As an alternative, you can use the adhesive sheet AFTER you have die cut your card. Cut a piece of adhesive sheet the size of the die cut and peel back the top layer. Place the die cut (good side facing up) onto the adhesive. Place a piece of plastic or cling wrap over it and burnish well. I recommend you go around each scallop with your scoring tool. The adhesive between the scallops will adhere to the plastic or cling wrap and will be removed when you peel it off (similiar to how you use a Xyron). You can then lift off your die cut easily and adhere it to your card.

This is the decoration inside of the card.


Project Details
Stamps Bloom with Hope (Hostess), I Love Lace
Card stock & Papers     Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Elegant Eggplant, Pink Pirouette, Perfect Plum, Whisper White, Adhesive Sheets
 Ink Memento Tuxedo Black, Crumb Cake, Elegant Eggplant
Accessories Antique Brads, Gold Metallic Bakers Twine, Basic Rhinestones
Tools     Striped Scallop Thinlit Die, Finishing Touches Thinlit die, Big Shot, Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack, Blendabilities (Rich Razzleberry, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive), Dimensionals, Sponge dauber

Thanks for looking and I hope you find my tips for the Striped Scallop die useful!

CASEing the Catalogue

Hi there

Looking through the Annual Catalogue at all the great products to choose from, it is easy to overlook the fabulous range of projects the clever designers at Stampin' Up! have created for us. So if you need ideas, inspiration or something in a hurry, don't forget to use the Annual Catalogue as a resource. 

In our class on Sunday, we decorated one of the cute Grid Journals using the 'Flower Patch' stamp set and matching framelits. This is a project shown in the Annual Catalogue, that I was looking forward to making. I made a few changes to suit the supplies I had on hand and love the end result. These journals make great gifts for teachers, colleagues, teens and just about anyone. You could even use it to keep track of your Stampin' Up! wish list!


I have used one of the new Decorative Masks to create the stripes on the journal with a sponge dauber and Whisper White Craft ink. I recommend a little bit of repositionable adhesive on the back to keep the mask secure while you apply the ink. It is quick and easy and you get the choice of dots, hearts and stars in addition to the stripes.

This was my first use of photopolymer stamps and I love how easy it was to line up the images to do 2-step stamping. You should use the Stampin' Pierce Mat as a base when using the photopolymer stamps as it helps to achieve a good result with solid images.

Project Details
Stamps Flower Patch
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Pool Party
 Ink Crisp Cantaloupe, Calypso Coral, Crushed Curry, Pool Party, Bermuda Bay, So Saffron, Wild Wasabi, Garden Green, Versamark
Accessories Basic Rhinestones, White Baker's Twine
Tools     Flower Fair Framelits, Little Letters Thinlits, Big Shot, Dots & Stripes Decorative Masks, Tangerine Tango embossing powder (retired), Heat gun, Dimensionals, Glue dots

Thanks for looking!

Blendies Bloom


Hi there

Have you tried the new Stampin' Up! 'Blendabilities' alcohol markers yet?  If you like colouring (which I find very therapeutic), you will enjoy the lovely shading and blending of colours that you can achieve with these markers.  All 13 sets of markers listed in the Annual Catalogue are now available for purchase.

One of the the best things, in my opinion, about the Blendabilities is that you get 3 shades of the colour (light, medium, dark) in each pack. This makes the process of getting started must easier. Just choose your favourite Stampin' Up! colours from the range and you are good to go.  

You can use the Stampin' Up! Whisper White card stock as the base (or other Stampin' Up! card stocks for that matter), but you need to stamp your image in Memento ink to ensure don't get any 'bleed' from the markers. You will also stain the tips of the markers if you use Staz On ink.  The other tip I have for you, is to make sure your stamped image is fully dry before starting to colour. Give it a quick blast with the heat gun if you want to colour your stamped image immediately.

You will find lots of  tutorials on the Internet giving advice on how to colour with Blendabilities. There has been much discussion about the pros and cons of going light to dark or dark to light with your colours. Both options seem to produce good results, so I think it is really a matter of preference. I prefer to start light and then add extra colour gradually, until I'm happy with the result. Even the 'Subltes' Blendabilities are very bold colours, so I feel that starting with the lightest colour will give you more control over the final result. If you are starting out, choose a medium sized line image and stamp it a few times on a sheet of Whisper White and try out both options to find which works best for you.

I have finally managed to get one of my coloured 'Blended Bloom'  images onto a card. I have used the new 'I Love Lace' background stamp, which is so detailed, to contrast with the bold flower. The rest of the design is very simple, with some Basic Pearls coloured with the lightest Calypso Coral Blendabilities to finish it off. Being able to colour your rhinestones and pearls to match your project is an added bonus of the Blendabilities!



Project Details
Stamps Blended Bloom, I Love Lace, Express Yourself (Hostess, retired), Peaceful Petals (retired)
Card stock & Papers     Crumb Cake, Crisp Cantaloupe, Whisper White, Subtles Backgrounds
 Ink Memento Tuxedo Black, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso
Accessories Basic Pearls
Tools     Banners Framelits, Big Shot, Blendabilties (Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, Skin Tones, Crumb Cake), Dimensionals

Happy colouring!