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Guy Greetings and a Challenge

March 29, 2015
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I love the sketch on Technostampers blog this week and used it to make a card for my Beachmere class next week.

I embossed Smoky Slate card using the Woodgrain Embossing Folder and attached it to the left hand side of Very Vanilla card.  I wrapped the edge of the embossed card with Basic Black 3/4″ Chevron Ribbon and stamped “Happy Birthday” from the Guy Greetings stampset onto the lower right hand corner of the Very Vanilla card using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  033I stamped the “tool” image from the Guy Greetings stamp set onto Very Vanilla card using Memento Tuxedo Black ink and cut it out using the smallest Labels Collection Framelit Die before attaching it to Basic Black card cut using the second smallest Labels Collection Framelit Die.   Using the image panel as a guide for placement, I pierced the shape of a larger Label Collection Framelit using the Festive Paper Piercing Pack onto the Very Vanilla card. 034 I attached the Very Vanilla card to scored and folded Basic Black card using dimensionals and then attached the image panel, also using dimensionals.

Inside I kept it simple with a strip of Smoky Slate card embossed with the Woodgrain Embossing Folder and a narrow edge of Basic Black card.

I don’t use my Paper Piercing Packs often enough but I do love the subtle texture that it adds to your cards.  Our Paper Piercing Tool is so fine and leaves a really delicate impression, especially when combined with the large Paper Piercing Mat.

I love the way this turned out and I am sure the ladies at Beachmere will too.  They have been asking for male cards – but not with a ship or a fish, so this stamp set may be my saviour.

Bye for now,

Kris

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Adventure Bound

March 24, 2015

069I needed to make a card for friends who are going on an extended working holiday around Australia.  I base my card loosely on the Freshly Made Sketch 178, I forgot to add the banner behind my image panel.  Oh well!  Anyway I was kind of pleased with the way this card turned out and thought I would share it here.

I stamped “adventure bound” from the Project Life Remember This Stamp set onto the lower edge of Whisper White card using Memento Tuxedo Black ink070 After stamping I embossed Whisper White card using the Large Polka Dot Embossing Folder.  I punch one long edge of two narrow pieces of Basic Black card  and attached them to each side of the embossed panel.  This panel is attached to scored and folded Whisper White card.  071I stamped the long image from the Work of Art Stamp set onto Whisper White card using Smoky Slate ink and stamped the car and caravan images from the Project Life Let’s Get Away stamp set using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  I cut the images using the smallest oval from the Ovals Collection Framelites Dies and attached it to Basic Black card with the second smallest oval.  The image panel is attached to the card front using dimensionals.

Inside I stamped “never stop exploring” from the Project Life Let’s Get Away stamp set using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.

A very simple card but one that I hope will be well received.

Bye for now,

Kris

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Memory Keeping Class

March 22, 2015

001My next Memory Keeping Class is this coming Friday 27th March.  The idea of these classes is for you (and me) to spend time creating our own Memory Albums.  I will create a page for you using the gorgeous Love Story Project Life Card Collection – you might like to bring along three 3″ x 4″ photos for your layout.  You can choose to create the page as is or use the cards and accessories in any way you wish.  Anyone who attends will get to use my stamps, inks and accessories to create their own projects or memory pages.  I will also give each attendee a Project Life Pocket Page by Stampin’ Up!

I will be creating the 3″ x 4″ cards for your page in My Digital Studio, which leads me to a very sad place.  Unfortunately Stampin’ Up! will be discontinuing My Digital Studio on the 31st May, 2015.  While I understand this was a difficult decision for Stampin’ Up! to make, I can’t help but be sad because I love MDS. MDS_logo However, the good news is that for those of you as well as myself who already have this programme, we can continue to enjoy using it.  I must remind you however, that you will not be able to access your downloads or the programme itself after the 31st May, so please make sure that you have backed up your downloads in a safe place.  The My Digital Studio website will also no longer be available after the 31st May this year.   You will, I am sure, still be able to find loads of information on the internet.

If, like me, there are downloads you still need then you can purchase and download up the 31st May.  Your programme can also be used with digital downloads that you can purchase online.  So be aware of this end date and make sure you have your back-up done before 31st May.  I will be happy to continue to help those of you who have purchase this programme in the future in any way I can.

Space is limited for these classes so please contact me early to reserve your place.  More details on my Classes and Workshop Page is you are interested.

Bye for now,

Kris

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Casing the Catalogue

March 18, 2015

021-4The current Occasions Catalogue has some really gorgeous card examples to give you and me lots of ideas for creating our own cards.  I really loved the example on page 18 which uses the line image from the Painted Petals stamp set and thought I would create my own version.  It’s really simple to get the look right because there is a “You can make it” box which gives you the information on what has been used to create the card.

I added the line image to Whisper White card using Sahara Sand, Blackberry Bliss, Wild Wasabi and Daffodil Delight.  022-4My stamp set is photo-polymer and being able to see through the image made it super simple to place the lines exactly where I wanted them.  I attached my stamped card to Blackberry Bliss card and then scored and folded Whisper White.  I decided to stamp the small flower image using Wild Wasabi and Daffodil Delight inks onto Whisper White card and then punch it using the 1-3/4″ Circle Punch023-4 I added a Blackberry Bliss 2″ Circle behind the stamped circle before attaching it to the card front using dimensionals.

Inside the card, I stamped the same flower image across the bottom of Whisper White card to create a border, cute isn’t it?  I stamped the greeting which also comes from the Painted Petals stamp set using Blackberry bliss ink.  The stamped Whisper White is attached to Blackberry Bliss card before being attached to the inside of the card.

This card was so easy to make and looks really fantastic.   So, if you are like me, and get stuck for an idea, have a look in your catalogue(s) and CASE an example.

Bye for now,

Kris

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Let’s add a Bow Tie

March 13, 2015
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Don’t you love that cute Bow Builder Punch  in the new Occasions Catalogue.  The bows are so easy to make and add that something extra special to your projects.  I have seen this punch used to create bow ties for “shirt” cards and thought that I would give it a try.   I created this card for a recent class at Beachmere Retirement Resort.

I embossed the top two thirds of Whisper White card using the Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder.  I stamped the bottom portion of the card using the “happy birthday” stamp from the Sassy Salutations stamp set and Soft Suede ink.  I attached the embossed card to scored and folded Crumb Cake card.  I cut a square of polka dot designer series paper from the Neutrals Backgrounds Designer Series Paper Stack, cut a slit in the centre of one edge and folded the corners back to create  a “shirt collar”.  0535I attached a narrow strip of Soft Suede card to the bottom edge of the designer series paper before attaching it to the card front.  I punched the pieces for the bow from the Best Year Ever Designer Series Paper (free during Sale-a-bration) and attached it to the card front using Glue Dots.  I added two buttons made using the Simply Pressed Clay and the Buttons and Blossoms Simply Pressed Mold  using Tombow Multipurpose Glue.  I punched two circles from Soft Suede card using the Owl Builder Punch and added them to the centre of each button.

Inside the card I added a strip of Soft Suede card to one long edge of Whisper White card embossed using the Perfect Polka Dot Embossing Folder.  The embossed panel is attached to the lower edge of Whisper White card.

Simple, but so cute.  Can you image the possibilities?

Bye for now,

Kris

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Look Who’s Turning Seven

March 6, 2015
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My granddaughter Elyssa celebrates her seventh birthday today.  It seems to me that birthdays for my grandchildren are rolling around very fast (does that mean I am getting old?, maybe).  We celebrated her birthday yesterday and although it wasn’t a party with her cousins, Mum, Aunty, Great Grandparents and myself and Ron, it seemed like one.

Life seems to have been very busy lately and I hadn’t made her a card, so a couple of days ago I got busy creating a Screen Divider card.  This was such fun to make and the Screen is really quite easy to put together.  033I followed the instructions I found on Splitcoast Stamper but I cut my Smoky Slate card 11″ x 14.8cm (I know, strange, but it seems logical to me to use imperial and metric measurements in the same card) and scored according to the directions on Splitcoast.  I punched along the top of the Smoky Slate card using the Confetti Hearts Border Punch and along the bottom to create the “legs” using the Decorative Label Punch.  I created four image panels using Whisper White card which I attached to Wisteria Wonder card.

038For the front panel, I stamped Whisper White card with the hexagon image from the Butterfly Basics stamp set using Smoky Slate ink.  The stamped Whisper White card is attached to Wisteria Wonder card.  I stamped the flower image from the Butterfly Basics stamp set onto Whisper White card using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  The image is coloured using Wisteria Wonder, Wild Wasabi and Daffodil Delight Blendibilities and then cut out. (Unfortunately due to a manufacturing issue you cannot currently order Blendibilities, I will advise as soon as these are once more available.)    The flower is attached to the stamped Whisper White card.  I stamped “happy birthday wishes” from the Petite Pairs stamp set onto Whisper White card using Smoky Slate ink and punched it using the Large Oval Punch037 I attached the greeting to a Calypso Coral Scalloped Oval and then to the panel over the bottom of the flower.

I masked the bottom of the second Whisper White panel and stamped the balloon image from the Sketched Birthday stamp set onto Whisper White card using Smoky Slate, Wild Wasabi and Wisteria Wonder ink.  I stamped the balloon onto scrap Whisper White card using Calypso Coral ink and cut them out.  I attached the Calypso Coral balloons over the stamped balloons, one using Glue Dots and the other a dimensional.  I cut a number 7 from Smoky Slate card using the Typeset Alphabet Dies (retired) and attached it below the balloon strings.

041For the third panel, I stamped the “I heart you” image from the Pictogram Punches stamp set using Wisteria Wonder ink.  I punched a heart from Calypso Coral card using the heart punch from the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack and attached it over the stamped heart.  I cut Calypso Coral card using the Fashionable Hearts Embosslits Die twice and attached the hearts around the stamped greeting (seven hearts).

For the fourth panel, I stamped the Whisper White card all over using the hexagon image from the Butterfly Basics stamp set using Smoky Slate ink. 039 I stamped the leaf image from Butterfly Basics using Wild Wasabi ink several times over the panel.  I used the Beautiful Wings Embosslit Die to cut seven butterflies from Wisteria Wonder card and attached them over the stamped panel.  I added Basic Pearls to the centre of each Butterfly.

I decorated the four panels on the reverse side of card as well.  I created two stamped panels for each end by stamping the hexagon image from the Butterfly Basics stamp set onto the Whisper White card using Smoky Slate ink.  043I stamped the leaf image over the top several times using Wild Wasabi ink.  I stamped the butterfly from the Butterfly Basics stamp set onto Whisper White card twice using Calypso Coral ink and cut them out using the matching Butterflies Thinlets Die.  I wrote my message on Whisper White card to add to the two central panels with the addition of a Calypso Coral butterfly on each panel.  I added two large Basic Pearls to the centre of each butterfly.

I absolutely adore this card.  I love that each of the panels has the number seven hidden in them and I know that Elyssa loved that too.  If you haven’t tried one of these card, then you must, they are so much fun and the best part is that they stand beautifully so that the recipient can enjoy all your hard work.

Bye for now,

 

Kris

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Painted Petals

March 4, 2015

003I resisted buying this stamp set from the Occasions Catalogue, but I have seen so many gorgeous projects using this lovely set that I could resist no longer.  I used a recent sketch at Freshly Made Sketches for my layout.

I cut a piece of the polka dot design paper from the  Irresistibly Yours Specialty Designer Series Paper which you can earn free during Sale-A-Bration.  I used a sponge and Daffodil Delight ink to colour the paper.  I just love how the design pops as soon as you add colour.  I stamped the greeting from the Four You stamp set onto Whisper White card using Night of Navy ink and embossed it using the Perfect Polka Dot Embossing Folder004 I attached the embossed Whisper White card to Night of Navy card and attached it to the designer series paper.  I trimmed my ends after I had attached it.  This piece was then attached to scored and folded Night of Navy card.  I stamped the stem from the Painted Petals stamp set  onto Whisper White card using Old Olive ink and the flowers using Daffodil Delight ink.  I cut the flower image using a Circle Framelit Die and attached it to a 2-1/2″ Circle of Old Olive card.  The flower panel is attached to the card front using dimensionals.

005Inside the card I stamped the stem and flower once more using Old Olive and Daffodil Delight ink.  I sponged Daffodil Delight ink onto a narrow strip of the Irresistibly Yours Specialty Designer Series Paper, attached a piece of Old Olive card behind the top edge and attached it to the stamped card.  The whole panel is attached to the inside of the Night of Navy card.

I am pretty impressed with my first attempt using this stamp set and I really do love the gorgeous Irresistibly Yours Designer Series Paper.  There are six different designs in the package, to give you lots of variety in your card making or scrapbooking.

I would love to hear what you think.

Bye for now,

Kris

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