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Another Lovely Card

July 6, 2020

Today I am sharing another card I created using the Lovely You stamp set.  This is also a rather simple card which would suit the casual stamper perfectly.  I began by stamped one leaf image from the Lovely You stamp set using Pretty Peacock ink onto the top left and lower right hand corners of Whisper White card.  I stamped the second leaf twice onto each corner using Pretty Peacock ink which I stamped onto scrap paper first.  I attached the stamped panel to Pretty Peacock card and then scored and folded Thick Whisper White card. I stamped the greeting from the Lovely You stamp set onto Whisper White card using Pretty Peacock ink. I cut out the greeting using one of the Tasteful Labels Dies.  I cut Pretty Peacock card using the same Tasteful Labels Die and cut it in half across the width.  I attached one half behind the top edge of the greeting panel and the other behind the bottom half of the greeting panel.   The greeting panel is attached to the card front using dimensionals.

To decorate the inside of the card, I stamped the same images using Pretty Peacock ink, making sure to stamp the single leaf image onto scrap paper first.

I love creating cards in only one colour.  It’s amazing how much variation you can achieve by simply stamping off onto scrap paper before stamping on your project.  Let me know what you think.

Bye for now,

Kris

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Wedding Page

July 4, 2020

Today’s Memory Keeping page shows off a photo of Sarah and Sean on their Wedding Day with Ron and I.  Such a lovely day.  I have to admit I am a little obsessed with the new Stitched Triangle Dies and can’t seem to stop thinking about ways to use them.  Unfortunately, my card ideas have not been as successful as I would wish yet.  However, using them for Memory Keeping seems really easy!  Today I cut four triangles from Garden Green card and four triangles from Soft Sea Foam card.  I embossed the triangles with the Ornate Floral 3D Embossing Folder once they were die cut.  I attached four Garden Green and three Soft Sea Foam triangles across a 12″ x 12″ Whisper White page.  I didn’t add a mat to my photo as it already had a white border.  I stamped three leaves from the Forever Fern stamp set onto Whisper White card using Garden Green ink and cut them out using the co-ordinating Forever Flourishing Dies.  I stamped two different leaves from the Forever Fern stamp set onto Whisper White card using Soft Sea Foam ink and cut them out using the co-ordinating Forever Flourishing Die.  I stamped the floral image from the Forever Fern stamp set three times onto Whisper White card using Blushing Bride ink and cut them out using the co-ordinating Forever Flourishing Dies.  I used the last Soft Sea Foam embossed triangle as a base and layered the leaves and flowers.  Once I had attached the triangle to the page, I tied a bow in a length of Gold Twine from the Forever Greenery Trim Combo Pack.  I actually tied three lengths of the twine at the same time to give a bit more depth.  I used a now retired Journaling Pen to add the date and a title.

I love the simple beauty of this page.  I’d love to hear what you think.

Bye for now,

Kris

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Double Dutch Fold

July 3, 2020

Sounds complicated doesn’t it, but it really is quite a simple card to create.  I followed the instructions on Splitcoast Stampers and I am more than happy with the result.  I used Basic Gray card to cut the two pieces to create the card base.  I think the only thing you need to be careful about is making sure that the pieces fit together properly before using your bone folder to fold the score line.  You need the top piece to sit so that it just meets the bottom flaps and that bottom flaps need to meet perfectly (or pretty near to perfect) together in the centre of the front of the card.  Sounds like its difficult but it really isn’t. I cut Whisper White card for the panels on the front of the card and embossed them using the Old World Paper3D Embossing Folder. I stamped the flower from the Celebrate Sunflowers stamp set onto Whisper White card using Crushed Curry ink and cut it out using the co-ordinating Sunflowers Die.  I cut Crushed Curry card using the detailed sunflower die and the flower centre from Soft Suede card.  I attached the flower centre and the detailed flower on top of the stamped and die cut flower.  I stamped the leaf from the Celebrate Sunflowers stamp set onto Whisper White card three times using Old Olive ink.  I cut three detailed leaves from Old Olive card using the Sunflowers Die.  I attached the leaves to the back of the flower before attaching the flower to the card front.  You only attach the flower to the top flap using dimensionals.  So you need to be careful where you place the dimensionals on the back of the flower.

To decorate the inside panel I stamped a greeting from the Celebrate Sunflowers stamp set using Basic Gray ink.  I attached a narrow strip of Basic Gray card behind one long edge of Whisper White card embossed using the Old World Paper 3D Embossing Folder.  The panel is attached to the bottom of the stamped Whisper White card.

So happy with the way this card turned out, it’s such a great way to show off large images like this one from the Celebrate Sunflowers stamp set.  Don’t you agree?

Bye for now,

Kris

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Birds & Branches

July 2, 2020

Yesterday on my Facebook Live I shared the Birds & Branches Bundle.  This is a lovely stamp set and co-ordinating dies.  As usual I shared a beginner, casual and avid stamper card.  My simple stamping card was done onto a Whisper White Note Card which is an easy way for a beginner or new stamper to get started, you get 20 Notecards and envelopes for a really low price. I began by stamping the branch from the Birds and Branches stamp set onto the Whisper White Note Card using Soft Suede ink.  I added the leaves from the stamp set using Old Olive ink.  The leaves fit neatly around the ends of the branch. I stamped the bird feet onto the branch using Early Espresso ink before stamping the solid bird image using Pool Party ink.  I stamped the detailed bird image over the top using Bermuda Bay ink.  Lastly I added a greeting from the Lovely You stamp set using Early Espresso ink.

For my Casual Stamper I embossed Old Olive card using one of the folders from the Greenery Embossing Folders and attached it across the bottom of Whisper White card.  The Whisper White panel is attached to scored and folded Soft Suede card.  I created the image panel in exactly the same way as I did for the Note Card using the Birds & Branches stamp set.  I stamped the branch using Early Espresso ink, the leaves using Old Olive ink and the bird using firstly Pool Party ink with the detailed image over the top using Bermuda Bay ink. I also added the greeting from the Lovely You stamp set using Early Espresso ink.  I decorated the inside of the card by embossing a narrow strip of Old Olive card using the same folder from the Greenery Embossing Folders and attached it to the bottom of Whisper White card.

For my Avid Stamper card, I cut one long edge of a piece of Old Olive card using the border image from the Birds & More Dies.  After I cut the edge, I placed the Old Olive card inside the same Greenery Embossing Folder I used on the Casual card to give some more texture.  I attached the embossed and die cut Old Olive card to the bottom of Whisper White card and then scored and folded Soft Suede card.  I stamped the tree branch, leaves bird feet and greeting onto Whisper White card as before using the same inks.  However, this time, I stamped the bird onto scrap Whisper White card using Bermuda Bay ink for the detailed image and Pool Party ink for the solid bird image. I cut out the bird using the co-ordinating Birds & More Die and attached it to the stamped panel using dimensionals.  The stamped panel is attached to Soft Suede card and then the card front using dimensionals.  To decorate the inside of the card, I cut Old Olive card using the border image from the Birds & More Dies, leaving a narrow straight edge and attached it across the bottom of Whisper White card.  I stamped the bird as before onto scrap Whisper White card, cut it out using the Birds & More Die and attached it to the left hand side of the Old Olive border.

Don’t they all look pretty!  I truly love the beautiful images in the Birds & Branches stamp set and the co-ordinating Birds & More Dies.  I know that I am going to have a lot of fun creating with this great bundle.

Bye for now,

Kris

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Good Things

June 30, 2020

I used a tutorial I purchased from Create with Connie and Mary to create today’s card.  However, I did change out the Designer Series Paper and the stamp set used for the focal image.  So you could say that I used the tutorial for inspiration and the layout.  I began by stamping the greeting from the Tasteful Textures stamp set onto the bottom right hand corner of Whisper White card using  Night of Navy ink.  I stamped the square background image from the Tasteful Textures stamp set across the top right hand side of the stamped Whisper White card using Mint Macaron ink.  I embossed the top half of the stamped Whisper White card using the Tasteful Textile 3D Embossing Folder. I attached a strip of the In Good Taste Designer Series Paper across the Whisper White card so that it sits just above the greeting.  I also attached a very narrow strip of Gold Foil card at the top of the Designer Series Paper.  The whole panel is attached to scored and folded Mint Macaron card.  I stamped the flower from the Tasteful Textures stamp set onto Whisper White card using Night of Navy ink.  I added some colour to the flower by using the Light Night of Navy and Dark Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blends before cutting out the flower.  I stamped the leaf image from the Tasteful Textures stamp set onto Whisper White card using Mint Macaron ink and fussy cut the images.  I also die cut two leaves from Night of Navy card using the Detailed Bands Dies, as well as two leaves from Gold Foil using the same dies.  I layered the leaves and the flower together and attached them to the right hand side of the card front.

To decorate the inside of the card, I attached a narrow strip of the same In Good Taste Designer Series Paper across the bottom of Whisper White card.  I attached a narrow strip of Gold Foil card above the Designer Series Paper.  I stamped the flower from the Tasteful Textures stamp set onto the left hand side of the card, above the Designer Series Paper.  I covered the stamped image with a post-it-note mask and stamped the leaf image from the Tasteful Textures stamp set using Mint Macaron ink.  I removed the mask and coloured the flower using the Light Night of Navy and Dark Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blends.

This card is so pretty!  The images in the Tasteful Textures stamp set are really lovely but they are so generic that they will co-ordinate with many other products in the annual catalogue.   I cant wait to see how many!

Bye for now,

Kris

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Case the Catalogue

June 29, 2020

Today’s card is a CASE of a card example on Page 19 of the 2020-2021 Annual Catalogue.  I began by stamping onto the top left and bottom right corner of the front of a Petal Pink card base using Petal Pink ink.  I embossed a piece of So Saffron card using the Tasteful Textures 3D Embossing Folder and attached it to the card front.  I stamped the flower from the Tasteful Touches stamp set onto Whisper White card using Petal Pink ink. I coloured the flower using the Dark Petal Pink Stampin’ Blend.  Maybe I am a bit late to the party with this idea, but it suddenly dawned on me that all our ink pads are water based and therefore you can stamp in any colour ink and then use the blends to colour the image!  I cut out the flower by hand.  I cut leaves from Old Olive and Pear Pizzazz card using the Poppy Moments Dies. I also cut Soft Suede card twice using one of the leave dies from the Natures Thoughts Dies. I attached the Pear Pizzazz leaf on top of the Old Olive leaf and layered the leaves and flower together before attached to the top left hand corner of the embossed So Saffron card.  I stamped the greeting from the Peaceful Moments stamp set onto Whisper White card using Petal Pink ink and cut it out using the die from the Painted Labels Dies.  I attached the greeting to the card front using dimensionals. I cut one more leaf from Soft Suede card using the Natures Thoughts Dies and attached it underneath the lower right hand corner of the greeting.

To decorate the inside of the card, I stamped the flower from the Tasteful Touches stamp set onto the lower left hand corner of Whisper White card using Petal Pink ink and coloured the image using the Dark Petal Pink Stampin’ Blend.

 

Bye for now,

Kris

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66 Years

June 27, 2020

Today’s page features a photo of my Mum and Dad celebrating their 66th Wedding Anniversary.  I am so lucky to still have them in my life.  My page is inspired by the one on page 35 of the 2020-2021 Annual Catalogue.  I cut two triangles from the Flowers for Every Season 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper using one of the Stitched Triangles Dies. I stamped the largest triangle image from The Right Triangle stamp set twice onto Whisper White card using Bumblebee ink and twice onto Whisper White card using Just Jade ink.  I cut the striped images out using a smaller triangle from the Stitched Triangles Dies.  I stamped the small dotted background image from The Right Triangle stamp set across a 12″ x 12″ Whisper White page using Bumblebee ink.  I attached the die cut triangles onto the Whisper White page, layering some of them.  I attached my photo to Basic Black card and then the card front.  I cut the title using my brand new Playful Alphabet Dies.  The die set includes letters and numbers – Yay!  I hand wrote where the photo was taken and the date using the now retired Journaling Pens.

The actual layout is one that I had pinned to my Pinterest account but the layout in the catalogue was the inspiration for purchasing the stamp set and dies and for searching out templates using triangles.  I really think I am going to love using The Right Triangle stamp set and the Stitched Triangles Dies.

Bye for now,

Kris

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Lets Celebrate Sunflowers

June 26, 2020

This is another card, I shared in this week’s Facebook Live, but thought I would share it here, because some of you don’t do Facebook.  This card is what I would call suitable for an Avid Stamper!  I embossed Whisper White card using the Parisian Flourish 3D Embossing Folder, before attaching a piece of the Flowers For Every Season 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper across the bottom.  I wrapped the top of the Designer Series Paper using the Bumblebee 1/2″ Ribbon and attached the panel to scored and folded Misty Moonlight card.  I cut Whisper White card using the Stitched Shapes Dies and Misty Moonlight card using the Layering Squares Dies.  I attached the Whisper White die to the Misty Moonlight die and then the card front using dimensionalsI stamped the flower from the Celebrate Sunflowers stamp set onto Whisper White card using Saddle Brown Stazon ink.  I coloured the image using dark Daffodil Delight, Dark Just Jade and Light Crumb Cake Stampin’ Blends.  I cut out the image using the co-ordinating Sunflower Die and attached it to the Whisper White die cut.  I punched one end of a strip of 3/4″ wide Whisper White card using the Lovely Labels Pick a Punch.  I stamped the greeting from the Celebrate Sunflower stamp set using Misty Moonlight ink.  I used the piece I trimmed with the first punch, to mark where I needed to cut the end of the die and then punched the remaining end using the Lovely Labels Pick a Punch. By doing this, you make sure that your greeting is placed perfectly in the centre of the panel.  The greeting is attached to the card front using dimensionals.

To decorate the inside of the card, I stamped the greeting from the Celebrate Sunflower stamp set using Misty Moonlight ink.  I also attached a narrow strip of the same pattern of Flowers for Every Season Designer Series Paper across the bottom of the stamped card.

I love the way the Saddle Brown Stazon ink kind of disappears when you are using Blends to colour in.  Sometimes when you use Memento Tuxedo Black ink it is a little harsh on your coloured images.  I’d love to know what you think.

Bye for now,

Kris

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More Sunflower

June 25, 2020

Yesterday on my Facebook Live, I shared my usual Beginner, Casual and Avid stamper cards.  Today I am going to give you the rundown on the Avid card I shared.  I stamped the Sunflower from the Celebrate Sunflowers stamp set onto the lower left hand corner of Whisper White card using Crushed Curry ink.  I stamped the same image onto copy paper and cut it out.  I added a little re-positional glue onto the back of the copy paper image and placed it over the stamped image. With the mask in place, I stamped the single leaf image from the Celebrate Sunflowers stamp set once onto the top left hand corner of the card.  I also stamped one leave onto the lower right hand corner of the flower, placed a post-it-note mask over the stamped leaf and stamped the leaf again.  I cut the detailed sunflower from Crushed Curry card using the co-ordinating Sunflower Die. After removing the masks from the stamped image I attached the detailed die image over the top and trimmed away any of the die overhanging the Whisper White card. I attached the stamped card to Basic Gray card and then scored and folded Thick Whisper White card.  I stamped the greeting from the Celebrate Sunflowers stamp set onto scrap Whisper White card using Basic Gray ink.  I fussy cut the greeting before attaching it to the card front.

To decorate the inside of the card, I stamped the sunflower image from the Celebrate Sunflowers stamp set onto the lower left hand corner using Crushed Curry ink.  I covered the stamped image with the mask and stamped the single leaf image using Old Olive ink.

Just to show you the difference, here are all three cards together.  Simple, Casual and Avid.  Same layout, just slightly stepped up each time.

I love how they turned out.  Why not let me know which one you think is the best.

Bye for now,

Kris

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Thanks

June 23, 2020

My Mum asked me to make her a Thank You card recently and I thought I would share my creation with you today.  I began by embossing Whisper White card using the Old World Paper 3D Embossing Folder.  I attached the embossed card to scored and folded Misty Moonlight (one of the new in-colours).  I stamped the image from the Jar of Flowers stamp set onto Whisper White card using Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I coloured the image using Magenta Madness, Just Jade Misty Moonlight and Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blends.   I’m so excited to have finally received my order with the new in-colour ink pads and Stampin’ Blends.  When I finished colouring the image, I cut it out.  I cut Misty Moonlight card using one of the Stitched So Sweetly dies and attached it to the card front.  I stamped the greeting from the So Sentimental stamp set onto Whisper White card using Misty Moonlight ink and cut it out using another of the Stitched So Sweetly Dies.  I attached the floral image to the back of the greeting die before attaching it to the card front using dimensionals.

To decorate the inside of the card, I stamped the same floral image onto Whisper White card using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  I coloured the image using the same Stampin’ Blends before cutting it out.  I attached the floral image to the lower left hand corner of Whisper White card.

Such a pretty card, don’t you think?  Especially the colours!

Bye for now,

Kris

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