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!

Freshly Made #94

Hi there

I hope you enjoyed your Saturday.  It was very grey and gloomy here in Melbourne and the rain has now set in for the rest of the weekend.

To blow away the gloom, I have a bright and cheery CAS card for you. I've used yet more of my new goodies from the Annual Catalogue and this week's Freshly Made #94 sketch from Linda S. I spent a lovely day on Friday stamping with friends (waving Kayleen & Jess) and took this sketch along with me. 

I love the simplicity of the sketch and I've taken my cues from the pretty floral print I used for the background, which is from the 'Gingham Garden' Designer Series Paper. The flower was created by wetting and scrunching up layers cut with the new Pansy punch.  This gives a nice sized flower without being too big. The centre uses layers cut with the 7/8" Scallop Circle punch.  I stamped the 'Gingham' Wheel (which I have unmounted and put onto Clear Mount Cling Foam) with Pear Pizzazz and cut out the leaves.  

On the left of the sentiment are the fabulous new self adhesive 'Candy Dots', which give you the look of brads, but without having to pierce the card stock.  I love this idea, as I always agonise over getting them in the right position. You can add them to a brad base as well, for the traditional brad usage. Such a clever idea and even better, they come in all colours of the 4 colour groups.

The sentiment comes from the 'Sassy Salutations' stamp set. I took the opportunity to snap this set up at a 25% discount to the normal price - what a bargain!  You can also choose from the 'Petite Pairs' and 'Sweet Essentials' stamp sets at a 25% discount in the same promotion. Check out the details here.

I kept the inside simple, adding a flower from the 'Flower Shop' stamp set, which is cut out with the Pansy punch. I added a bit of Dazzling Details to the centre for some sparkle.

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Project Details
Stamps Sassy Salutations (132070 W, 126707 C), Flower Shop (130939 W, 130942 C)
Card stock & Papers     Melon Mambo, Island Indigo, Baked Brown Sugar, Whisper White, Gingham Garden DSP
 Ink Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories Candy Dots - Brights (130931) and Regals (130932), White brad (not SU)
Tools     Pansy punch (130698), 7/8" Scallop Circle punch (129404), Finishing Touches Edgelits, Birds & Blooms Flower Pieces Sizzlit (retired), Big Shot, Dimensionals, Sponge Dauber, Dazzling Details, Glue Dots

Thanks for looking!

Dynamic Duos #56

Hi there

I saw this week's Dynamic Duos #56 combination late last week and managed to make this card yesterday.  Unfortunately, not before the light had gone, so you will have to excuse the artificial lighting on the photo. I really like this week's colour combo of Blushing Bride and Soft Suede, although all I had to work with was some leftover Blushing Bride card stock from a few years ago and no ink pad or marker!


Given this is a sympathy card, I was aiming for an elegant card, but I hope that doesn't mean boring. I've used the Naturals White card stock for the base so it isn't too stark and given the embossed panel a little spray of shimmer mist, although you can't see it on the photo.


Project Details
Stamps Fabulous Florets, So Sorry
Card stock & Papers     Naturals White, Soft Suede, Blushing Bride, Blending Card
 Ink Soft Suede
Accessories Vanilla Seam Binding ribbon
Tools     Fancy Fan Embossing folder, Big Shot, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border punch, Dimensionals, Glue Dots, Copics, Champage Shimmer paint, Isocol

Thanks for looking.

ETA:  Thanks to the DT for choosing this card as a 'Dynamic Darling' this week.


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.

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.