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Casing Bloom With Hope

April 19, 2015
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I saw this fabulous card on Pinterest by Denise and couldn’t help making my own version.

I embossed Whisper White card using the Stylish Stripes Embossing Folder and attached it to scored and folded Tangelo Twist card.  I punched the top of the tag using the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch.  I inked the image from the Bloom With Hope stamp set using Tangelo Twist and Mossy Meadow Stampin’ Write Markers and stamped onto the bottom right hand corner of the tag.  I stamped the leaf image from the Build a Bouquet stamp set around the bottom of the flower stems using Mossy Meadow ink. 0152 I stamped the “happy birthday” from the Bloom With Hope stamp set using Mossy Meadow ink.  I added some Tangello Twist 3/8” Striped Satin Ribbon through the tag and tied it with Whisper White Baker’s Twine.  The tag is added to the card front using dimensionals. 0172 I stamped the butterfly from the Papillon Potpourri stamp set onto Whisper White card using Tangello Twist ink and punched it out using the Bitty Butterfly Punch.  I attached the butterfly with a Glue Dot in the centre of the wings and a 1/4 of a dimensional under each wing.

I kept the inside of the card pretty simple by stamping the flower image and leaf images as on the tag.

I just love this card and can’t thank Denise enough for the inspiration.  What do you think?  Perhaps you might like to try making your own version of this card.

Bye for now,

Kris

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Happy Birthday Ron

April 14, 2015
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Today my husband celebrates his 60th birthday.  How time flies!

Anyway a special birthday needs a special card, so I set about creating one.  I stamped the balloons from the Sketched Birthday stamp set onto Very Vanilla card using Bermuda Bay, Smoky Slate and Tangerine Tango ink.  I stamped “make a wish” from the Perfect Pennants stamp set next to the balloons using Bermuda Bay ink.  I punched the 10cm edge of Smoky Slate card using the Scallop Edge Border Punch and then embossed it using the Argyle Embossing Folder.Ron's-60th-card-3  I wrapped the top of the card with Bermuda Bay Baker’s Twine and attached it to the stamped Very Vanilla card.  The whole piece is attached to scored and folded Bermuda Bay card.  I tied a bow in a length of the Bermuda Bay Baker’s Twine and attached it to the balloon strings using a Glue Dot.   Ron's-60th-2I cut the numbers from Bermuda Bay card using the retired Typeset Alphabet Dies and attached them to the embossed Smoky Slate card.

Inside I stamped the balloons once more and attached more embossed Smoky Slate card.  I also added a strip of Tangerine Tango card to “liven” it up a bit.

I’d really love to hear what you think of this card, Ron loved it.

Bye for now,

Kris

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Happy Birthday Ava

April 8, 2015

My youngest granddaughter Ava celebrated her 5th birthday with a morning tea on Good Friday, although her birthday was actually earlier in the week.

Avas-5th-BirthdayI created a Side Step card following the instructions on Splitcoast Stampers.  I used Sahara Sand card for the base and added layers of Soft Sky and Whisper White.  I stamped the greeting from the Big Day stamp set (Sale-A-Bration stamp set) onto Whisper White card using Memento Tuxedo Black inkAvas-5th-birthday-2I coloured parts of the image using my Wisteria Wonder Blendibilities (also sadly unavailable).  I stamped the cake from the same stamp set using Memento Tuxedo Black ink and this image is coloured using Wisteria Wonder and Soft Sky Blendibilities.  After colouring the image I cut it out and added it to the card front using dimensionals.  I used the Celebrate Today stamp set to create five balloons using Crumb Cake, Wisteria Wonder and Soft Sky ink.  The additional layers were added using Island Indigo and Elegant Eggplant ink.  Avas-5th-bithday-3I used the matching Balloon Framelits Dies to cut out the balloons and the banner.  I also cut a No. 5 from Soft Sky card using the Typeset Alphabet Dies  (retired), attached it to Window Sheet and then added it between the balloons.  I love creating cards that are slightly different for my grandchildren.Ava's-gift-bag

To house her present I re purposed a gift bag I had in my stash.  I added a A4 sheet of Whisper White to Pretty in Pink card and attached it to the front of the bag (which also covered the shop logo). Once again I used the Celebrate Today stamp set to create my five balloons using Crumb Cake, Early Expresso, Wisteria Wonder and Elegant Eggplant inks..  I attached Linen Thread to the ends of the balloon and used the letter “R” to anchor the other end.  I cut the letters for “happy birthday” from Wisteria Wonder using the retired Typeset Alphabet Dies.   Avas-gift-bag-and-cardI think the card and gift bag turned out so cute.  I know that Ava thought so, what do you think?

Bye for now,

Kris

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Guess what the Easter Bunny left

April 5, 2015

Happy Easter to each and every one of you.  Hope you are having a lovely long weekend with your family and friends.  I will be seeing my girls and grandchildren later today to give them their Easter gifts.

012I know they get lots of chocolate from the Easter Bunny and other family members but it is Easter, and you do need chocolate, right?  Anyway I used the Berry Basket Die to create my baskets, after seeing something similar on Pinterest.  I used the Kraft Cardstock that is now available in the catalogue and boy are they fantastic.  12 x12″ and quite heavy, so perfect for a basket that has to carry a little weight.  I stamped the Woodgrain Background  onto the basket pieces using Crumb Cake ink before assembling.  While they look complicated, they are really quite easy to put together.  The bows are made using the Bow Builder Punch and different coloured paper – Pink Pirouette, Melon Mambo and Tempting Turquoise and one has been made using paper from the Moonlight DSP Stack.  I used my Fringe Scissors to cut up some of the brown paper Stampin’ Up! supplies me with to put into the bottom of my baskets.   Then the fun part, you know when children are involved everything as to be perfectly even, so, you can’t just throw a handful of eggs into the basket, each one has to be counted, so no-one gets more (or less) than anyone else!

If you haven’t used the Berry Basket Die, I hope this inspires you to give it a try.  They really are super easy to put together and surprisingly large.

Once again, Happy Easter, and, if you are on the road travelling, please be careful.

Bye for now,

Kris

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Happy Easter

April 2, 2015
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Here is a fun Easter card I created using punch art.  You will see many examples using this bunny all over the internet and especially on Pinterest.  I punched a 2-1/2″ Circle from Pink Pirouette card and embossed it using the Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder.  I attached it to scored and folded Whisper White card.  I punched a 2″ Circle and two Large Ovals from Whisper White card.  I used the retired Small Oval Punch to cut two ovals from Pink Pirouette card.  The punched pieces are attached together to create the back of a bunny and attached to the card front over the 2-1/2″ Circle cut out. 0155 I created my bunny tail by punching two small flowers from Pink Pirouette card using the Boho Blossom Punch.   I used a retired pink brad to attach the flowers together and then added them to the card front using a Glue Dot.  I stamped “happy easter” using the words from the Crazy About You stamp set onto Whisper White card using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  I cut a “v” in each end and attached it to the card front using dimensionals.

005Inside the card I used the Fringe Scissors to cut Wild Wasabi card and attached it to the bottom of Whisper White card.  I punched Pink Pirouette, Wild Wasabi and Soft Sky card using the current Small Oval Punch.  I embossed the ovals using the Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder and attached them so that one egg is under the fringe, one is on top of the fringe and the third one is “stacked” on top of the other two.  This panel is attached inside the card.

We made this card in our class at Beachmere this week and some of the cards were created using Soft Sky card for the card front instead of Pink Pirouette card.

I’d love to hear what you think of this one.

Bye for now,

Kris

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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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