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Another Sketch Challenge

September 20, 2014

I really do love the challenges on the Technostamper blog.  MaryJo really comes up with some fantastic sketches and I love to play along when I get the chance.  This week’s sketch is no exception.

ScreenHunter_76 Aug. 12 20.52I did take a little liberty with the sketch but I think it will still meet the criteria.

026I embossed Whisper White card using the Decorative Dots Embossing Folder and attached it to scored and folded Blackberry Bliss card.  I took a little piece of graph paper from the Moonlight Designer Series Paper Stack, attached it to Basic Gray card and then the card front.  I stamped the “thinking of you” from the Four You stamp set onto Whisper White card using Blackberry Bliss ink , cut a “v” in one end and attached it to Hello Honey card.  I stamped the flower from the Flower Shop stamp set onto Whisper White card using Blackberry Bliss ink and punched it out using the Pansy Punch.  I punched a small flower from Blackberry Bliss card using the Petite Petals Punch and a 1/2″ circle from Hello Honey card.  I layered the small flower and 1/2″ circle onto the stamped flower and attached it to the card front so that it sits over the end of the greeting.


As usual I kept the inside of the card pretty simple.  I embossed Hello Honey card using the Decorative Dots Embossing Folder, attached a piece of Basic Gray behind the top edge and attached it to Whisper White card.

028I love this layout and I am pretty happy with this card.  I love it when you comment, so let me know what you think.

Bye for now,


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Pink Butterfly

September 19, 2014

I found a fabulous piece of framed art using the Swallowtail stamp from Stampin’ Up! and I pinned it so that I could make my own version.  The original one was shared on Stampin’ Connection, a demonstrator only forum by Debbie Blake.  Her butterfly was done slightly differently and quite a while ago but it is absolutely gorgeous.

Framed-Butterfly-2I stamped the Swallowtail  onto Whisper White card using Memento Tuxedo Black ink and coloured it using the Melon Mambo Blendibilities.  Once coloured I cut it out and then covered it with a thick layer of Crystal Effects.  I left it to dry for about 24 hours with a strict warning that no-one was to touch it or put anything on top of it!  I embossed Whisper White card using the Beautifully Baroque Embossing Folder and placed it into a frame which I had on hand, leaving the glass behind the embossed card. Framed-Butterfly-1

Debbie had explained that she had put several layers of Vellum card underneath her butterfly to get some real dimension.  To do this I traced around another butterfly which I had already cut out and then I cut five vellum butterflies.  Once they were cut out I layered them behind the coloured butterfly and trimmed away any of the vellum which was poking out from behind the coloured butterfly.  I attached all the butterflies together behind the butterfly body using the new Fast Fuse adhesive, because I wanted it to be strong.  Then I placed a row of three dimensionals onto the bottom vellum butterfly, about an inch from the butterfly body.  I continued with the other butterflies until the coloured one was attached.  I simply used Glue Dots on the back of the butterfly to attach it to my embossed background.

This looks so pretty sitting on the table beside the bed in my spare room.  Thank you so much Debbie for the inspiration.

I really would love to hear what you think.

Bye for now,


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Sketch Challenge

September 14, 2014

I had some time to play along with MaryJo’s Technostamper sketch challenge.  As soon as I saw this sketch I knew that I wanted to use the Amazing Birthday stampset.

ScreenHunter_75 Aug. 12 20.22I embossed a strip of Lost Lagoon card using the Decorative Dots Embossing Folder and attached it to the right hand side of Whisper White card.  I trimmed a piece of designer series paper from the Moonlight Designer Series Paper Stack, rounded the right hand corners using my Envelope Punch Board and attached it over the embossed card.

016I stamped the “make today” image onto Whisper White card using Basic Gray ink and then trimmed the card to the edges of the image.  I attached it to Basic Gray card and then the card front using dimensionals.  I stamped the same image again onto Whisper White card using Hello Honey ink and cut out the words “make”, “today” and “amazing”.  I attached the Hello Honey words over the Basic Gray words using dimensionals.

018Inside the card I stamped the “happy happy birthday” image using Basic Gray ink.  I stamped the same image onto scrap paper using Hello Honey ink and cut out two of the “happy” words and attached them over the stamped words.

017I love this card so much, it is going to be part of one of my upcoming Beachmere Classes.

Bye for now,


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Quick Packaging

September 12, 2014

0141In my last post I shared with you the presentation box we made for our September Card Class and I remembered that I hadn’t shared the packaging for the August Class.  Our cards for the August class were all made using Kinda Eclectic – one of my favourite stamp sets from the Stampin’ Up! catalogue.

We made our presentation bag using Chevron Tag a Bag Gift Bags.  We placed our cards inside the bag and turned over the top of the bag to create a flap on the front.  0025We stamped the “sunburst” image from the stamp set onto Whisper White card using Early Expresso ink.  The image is cut using a Circle framelit so that it creates a half circle.  We cut another slightly larger half circle from Sahara Sand card and attached the two half circles to each other lining up the straight edges.  The half circles were attached to the Tea Lace Paper Doily, lining up the straight edges with the fold on the doily.   0131 We stamped two sets of leaves using Garden Green ink and cut them out.  They are attached to the Doily along the left hand side.  We stamped the large and the small butterfly onto Whisper White card using Cherry Cobbler ink and punched them using the Elegant Butterfly and Small Butterfly punches.  The butterflies are attached to each other using a Glue Dot and then to the doily using a Glue Dot in the centre and a 1/2 dimensional under each wing.  Lastly we added three Basic Pearls to the centre of the butterfly.  We tied a bow with Cherry Cobbler Baker’s Twine through a Clothespin and used it to hold the Tea Lace Paper Doily over the top of the folded bag.

I really love how quick and easy it was to decorate the Chevron Bag and can see lots of variations for different occasions.  What about you?

Bye for now,


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Envelope Liner Box

September 9, 2014

I love being able to use things in more than one way as I am sure you do too.  So instead of making a box to put our cards in this month at my class we made this cute little treat holder using the largest of the Envelope Liner Framelit Dies.

0173The cards we made were all for Christmas so the box has a Christmas theme too.  I used the Festival of Trees stamp set, matching Tree Punch and the Itty Bitty Banners Framelits.  I absolutely adore the gorgeous Under the Tree Designer Series Paper we used on the front of the box.  It has a coloured design on one side and a kraft/white design on the other side.  Really stunning.

The folded down section on the front of the box is embossed with the Perfect Polka Dot Embossing Folder.  Instead of using the stamp to add the baubles to the trees, we coloured Basic Pearls using the darkest of the Cherry Cobbler Blendibilites to colour them before attaching them randomly to the trees.  The ladies can place their cards in the treat holder, wrap in cellophane and add a tag to make a gorgeous Christmas Gift, or they can use their cards and instead add a cellophane bag with some chocolates inside the treat holder.

I’m make a tutorial for this to share with you, so check back again soon.

Bye for now,


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Happy Father’s Day

September 7, 2014

I hope that you are spoiling your Dad’s today or helping your children to spoil their Dad.  I am lucky enough to be sharing lunch with four Dads today – my father, my husband and my two sons-in-law.

0151We made a card at my Beachmere Class a couple of weeks ago using the  Amazing Birthday stamp set and I just loved it, so I thought that I wouldn’t re-invent the wheel but use this for my Dad.  The card is CASED from Nikki Spencer and I can’t thank her enough for sharing her gorgeous creation – it was so beautiful I didn’t change a thing.  Anyway, I used this card as inspiration for the packaging for my gifts.  001It’s pretty hard to buy something for my Dad, he has everything he needs and more, so I bought him a very large container of peanuts and also bought him a couple of golf balls.  The container of peanuts was round and I decided to just decorate the container instead of wrapping it or putting it in a bag.  I cut two strips down the length of an A4 sheet of Whisper White card and stamped it using the diamond pattern stamp from the Dotty Angles stamp set using Lost Lagoon ink.  003Because this set is photopolymer it was so easy to line up the pattern along the length of the card.  I glued the ends of the card together around the container and then added some stars in Basic Black.  I cut the large one using the Stars Framelits Dies and I punched the smaller ones using the star punch in the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack.  I used Glue Dots to attach the stars to the stamped card.  I also stamped the large stamp from the Amazing Birthday stamp set onto Whisper White card using Lost Lagoon ink and cut out the amazing part to attach to the centre of the large star.  To finish off the decoration I made a Bow using the gorgeous Burlap Ribbon.  The pieces for the Burlap Bow are held together with hot glue.005

I used the new Gift Box Punch Board (page 5 in the Holiday Catalogue) to make a small box to hold the two golf balls.  I used the directions on the board to make a box from a 8″ x8″ piece of Basic Black card.  I decorated pieces of Whisper White card by stamping them with the diamond patterned stamp from the Dotty Angles stamp set using Lost Lagoon ink.  I stamped the tag from the Merry Everything stamp set onto Whisper White card using Lost Lagoon ink. 007 I cut around the outside line and attached it to a Basic Black tag punched using the Note Tag Punch.  This stamp set and Tag Punch come as a bundle, so you get to save 15% when you buy them together.   The tag is attached to the front of the box.

I love how co-ordinated everything is don’t you?

If you haven’t seen how the Gift Box Punch Board works, take a look at this video by Stampin’ Up.  You get directions to make 15 different sized boxes in inches and in centimetres printed right onto the board.  I actually found some retired 12″ x 12″ card and made each of the boxes and an additional one that I worked out by reversing the directions.

Have a fantastic Father’s Day.

Bye for now,


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Everyday Adventure Project Life

September 4, 2014

Photo-shoot-1I truly love how quickly I can make a page come together using Stampin’ Up! Project Life Pocket Pages and the Project Life Card Collections.

This page shows off some photos taken by my daughter Sarah after she received her new background drops.  My husband and I had fun getting our photos taken together and with Sarah’s two girls.  Photo-shoot-3I was able to use the reverse side of the Everyday Adventure Project Life Pocket Cards used in the layout on the other side of the Pocket Page.  Photo-shootI added some embellishments to a couple of pockets, added some journalling and a stamp to one 3″ x 4″ pocket and I created a Title on the remaining 4″ x 6″ pocket.  I used my Envelope Punch Board to create the “camera” with a little help from lots of photos on Pinterest.  Photo-shoot-2The letters for the title were cut from Basic Black card using the Little Letters Thinlest Dies.

I have scrapped these photos in My Digital Studio previously but they haven’t been printed yet.  By using them in the Project Life Pocket Pages I get to see the photos more easily and remember the fun we had.

Have you tried Project Life style scrapbooking yet?  If not, do so, it is so much fun.

Bye for now,


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