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Happy Birthday Ron

April 24, 2018

My husband recently celebrated his birthday and today I am sharing with you the card I made for him.  I was a little bit last minute so I pulled out the Tailored Tag Punch and the Wood Textures Designer Series paper.  Using up the scraps, I punched out a number of pieces and attached them to Whisper White card.  I stamped the greeting from the Guy Greetings stamp set onto Whisper White card using Early Espresso ink and punched it out using the same Punch.  I punched Early Espresso card, twice and layered the greeting on top of these pieces before placing it onto the card front.  The panel is attached to scored and folded Early Espresso card. This technique lets the greeting really pop off the front of the card.

To decorate the inside of the card, I used some of the greetings from the Guy Greetings stamp set.  My grandchildren were with me at the time, so I had to have – husband, dad and grandpa.

You might want to know that the Guy Greetings stamp set is on the retired list and that the Wood Textures Designer Series paper is a carryover item to the new Annual catalogue.  So if you want that stamp set do not delay placing your order, I notice that a few things are already sold out.

I love how quick and easy this card was to make and how very effective the punched shapes make it.  Sometimes when it comes to family, I do leave it till the last minute to create them a card.  I’d love to know what you think?

Bye for now,

Kris

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Cased Daisy card

April 23, 2018

I saw a card on Pinterest by Amy Koenders and just had to create a version for my Beachmere class.  It uses the gorgeous Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper.  What I love about this card is that is uses one of the beautiful floral designs and shows it off to perfection without being too busy.  The Designer Series Paper is attached across the top of Whisper White card and then a narrow piece of the Calypso Coral paper from the same Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper is attached below the floral piece.  The greeting from the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set is stamped onto the lower left hand corner of the Whisper White card using Night of Navy ink.  The Whisper White card is attached to scored and folded Night of Navy card.  I stamped the daisy from the Daisy Delight stamp set twice onto Whisper White card using Night of Navy ink.  I stamped the flower centre onto one of the daisy’s using the same ink.  The flowers are punched out using the Daisy Punch and attached to each other using Glue Dots and making sure to stagger the petals.  The daisy is attached to the card front using dimensionals.

To decorate the inside of the card, I attached a narrow strip of Calypso Coral card behind one long edge of the same floral designer series paper i used on the front of the card.  The designer series paper is attached to the lower edge of Whisper White card before the panel is attached to the inside of the card.

Can you tell?  I am on a mission to use up my retiring Designer Series Paper.  Since the retired list has come out I have found that I am a hoarder and I need to use up the paper.  I kind of hate to cut it in the first place and then all of a sudden its retired and I am onto something new.  If you are like me and need help to overcome this problem, then search out Kylie Bertucci on facebook and her Love it Chop it video.  So from now I on if I love it I will chop it and I will use it.  Special thanks to Kylie for this great idea.

Bye for now,

Kris

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I can’t get the icon to work but the Designer Series Paper is still available today (in Australia), item no.144137.

 

No Memory Keeping

April 21, 2018

Today is the day in the week I usually try to share some of my Memory Keeping.  Unfortunately I haven’t had a chance to do any for a little while and so I do not have a page to share today.  However I would like to share with you some more information on the next Annual Catalogue.  I have already shared the retired lists with you but I thought that I would touch on the Colour Revamp that will take place with the new catalogue.  We will be losing 13 colours from the existing colour families as well as four of this year’s retiring In-Colours.  However, we have six returning In-colours including Flirty Flamingo and ten new colours.

So here are the retiring colours –

And here are the new colour families –

As you can see we now have a Basics Family which includes Whisper White, Very Vanilla and Basic Black as well as the Neutrals, Brights, Subtles and Regals.  Some colours have shifted family groups but I have to say I love the new colour combinations and have been very busy relocating and clearing out anything that will be retiring, so that I can focus on using it up before the end of May.

You may have already heard that with the colour revamp we are also getting a new style ink pad.  These pads are slightly thinner and shorter than the old pads but are much easier to open and they are designed to stack, so they will save space (and you know we all need more space!).  As well as changing the ink pad design, Stampin’ Up! have reformulated the ink so that it contains an antifoam agent to help stop the problem of uneven stamping if your ink pad is new and very juicy.

I can’t wait until I can share more about what’s new over the coming weeks.  Stay tuned for a real bargain coming your way on the 1st May.  I look forward to sharing that with you soon.  While I am here, just a quick reminder that most of the items on the retired list are while stocks last, so don’t delay if there is something that you want/need from the current catalogues, I would hate you to miss out.

Bye for now,

Kris

 

Technique Class

April 20, 2018

Today is the first of my classes this month and we are learning techniques.  I thought I would share a very quick card we made using the split negative technique.  I attached two pieces of Pick a Pattern Washi Tape across the front of scored Thick Whisper White.   I stamped the greeting from the Thoughts and Prayers stamp set onto the lower right hand corner using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.   I decided to use the table image from the Mediterranean Moments stamp set.  I had been thinking about this technique for a while and once I saw the Stamparatus in action I knew it would be perfect for this technique.  I cut a circle the size I wanted to stamp on from scrap card using one of the Layering Circle Framelit Dies and placed the template onto the Stamparatus.  I lined up the image I wanted to stamp and attached it to one of the windows.  I cut a Whisper White and a Basic Black circle the same size.  I placed the Whisper White circle onto my template, inked the image with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and stamped onto the Whisper White card.  I removed the Whisper White circle and replaced it with the Basic Black circle.  I cleaned the stamp and this time stamped the image using Versamark.  I sprinkled the image with White Embossing Powder and heat set it.  I lined up the images on my Stampin’ Trimmer and cut them in half.  I attached one half of the Whisper White image to a Basic Black scalloped circle and then added one half of the Basic Black image.  This looks so stunning and is so simple to create.

To decorate the inside of the card, I attached two strips of the same Washi Tape across the bottom of the card.

I absolutely love this card and love this technique, have you tried it?  It really is quite simple, especially using the Stamparatus.  A word of warning if you love the sentiment on this card, then you need to check out the Last Chance products here because unfortunately this stamp set won’t be in the next catalogue.

Bye for now,

Kris

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A Birthday with Flourish

April 19, 2018

A very talented Aussie demo, Lynda Shrimpton, shared a gorgeous card on a Demonstrator only Facebook page I belong to.  This is my version of her beautiful card.  I cut the large flourish from the Flourish Thinlits Dies from Whisper White card and attached to Whisper White card.  The panel is attached to scored and folded Sweet Sugarplum card.  I cut two squares, one from Whisper White card and one from Smoky Slate card using the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies.  I cut the centre from the Smoky Slate square using one of the squares from the Layering Squares Framelits Dies and attached it on top of the Whisper White square.  The panel is attached to the card front using dimensionals.  I stamped the large flower from the Flourishing Phrases stamp set onto Whisper White card twice using Sweet Sugarplum ink and once using Powder Pink card.  I cut out the flowers, the whole flower from Sweet Sugarplum, the middle from the Powder Pink flower and the very centre from the second Sweet Sugarplum flower.  I attached the flowers one on top of the other using dimensionals and then to the card front, inside the Smoky slate frame also using dimensionals.   I cut two leaves from Emerald Envy card using the Flourish Thinlits Dies.  The leaves are attached behind the flower.  Lastly I added a medium Basic Pearl to the centre of the flower.

To decorate the inside of the card, I cut the small flourish from Whisper White card.  The image is attached to Whisper White card and the greeting from the Picture Pefect Party stamp set is stamped next to the die cut using Sweet Sugarplum ink.

This card is for my very lovely upline Stephanie who celebrated her birthday recently.

Bye for now,

Kris

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Thank You

April 17, 2018

While I was playing with the Stamparatus and creating wreaths, I thought I would try something slightly different.  I embossed Whisper White card using the Petal Burst Embossing Folder and attached it to scored and folded Pool Party card.  I used the template I created following Ruth’s video instructions.  This time I used the Daisy Delight stamp set.  I stamped the solid flower using Pool Party ink but instead of stamping the whole 8 images, I stamped three, missed one and then stamped another three.  The detailed flower is stamped over the solid flowers using Dapper Denim ink.  I cut the image using a circle from the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies and attached it to a Pool Party scalloped circle cut usng the Layering Circle Framelits Dies.  The panel is attached to the card front using dimensionals.  I stamped “thank you” from the Daisy Delight stamp set onto Whisper White card using Dapper Denim ink.  I punched each end of the Whisper White card using the Triple Banner Punch.  The banner is attached to Dapper Denim card and the ends trimmed to match the Whisper White banner.  The greeting is attached to the card front using dimensionals under each end.

To decorate the inside of the card, I stamped the stem image onto the lower left hand corner of Whisper White card using Old Olive ink.  The flower was stamped in the same manner as the ones on the card front.

How versatile is this tool going to be?  My stamping is maybe a little off, so I am thinking of adding a couple of circle images to my template to help me line them up a little better.

Bye for now,

Kris

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Hostess Set

April 16, 2018

We are nearing the end of this Annual Catalogue and already getting excited for the next one but I must take a moment to say that I will miss the Tranquil Tulips stamp set which is a Hostess only stamp set from the 2017-2018 Annual Catalogue.  Since this is a two step stamp set, I decided to use my Stamparatus to stamp the images.  I also wanted to focus on the In-colours which will be retiring with the end of the catalogue this year.  Such pretty colours and using the Stamparatus made it so easy for me to complete the same card in each of the colours.  I cut Whisper White card 6.5cm wide and the length of the card front.  I placed each of the pieces into the Stamparatus and stamped the three stem image using Emerald Envy ink.  I was able to place the three “leaf” images onto the other window and stamp them using Emerald Envy ink.  I cleaned and removed the leaf and stem images and placed the flower images onto the stamping windows.  Since I have four faces, I was able to position the first image and second images of the large and small flower and then just change out the colours to stamp the flowers in Dapper Denim, Flirty Flamingo, Sweet Sugarplum and Peekaboo Peach ink.  I removed the large flower images and replaced them with the flower centres, which I was able to stamp at the same time using Early Espresso ink.  While the small flower  images were still in place, I stamped the small flower once more in each colour  and added the flower centre so they could be cut out by hand and attached to the card front using dimensionalsI stamped the greeting from the Best Birds stamp set onto a strip of Whisper White card using each of the same colours used for the flowers.  It’s easy to do this because you can lift the window and move it down one notch or two so that the images are spaced evenly with enough room to use one of the Layering Oval Framelits Dies to cut them out.  Each of the greetings is attached to co-ordinating cardstock cut using one of the scalloped ovals from the same set of dies.

To assemble the cards, I attached the stamped image panel to co-ordinating cardstock and then scored and folded Thick Whisper White.  The small hand cut flower is attached using dimensionals as is the greeting panel.

To decorate the inside of the card, I used two designs, the first one in Dapper Denim, shows the small flower from the Tranquil Tulip stamp set, with the small detail flower stamped over the top.  The two leaf images are designed to be stamped on top of each other but I decided to use them as separate images and stamp around the flower.  To create this design you need to lift the hinge and move it one notch and re-stamp.   For the decoration on the Flirty Flamingo card, I didn’t use the Stamparatus but simply stamped a portion of the three leaf image and some of the single leaves in Emerald Envy ink.  I stamped the solid and detailed flower images using Flirty Flamingo ink.

I have to tell you, the more I use the Stamparatus, the more in love I become.  If you are still undecided, a search on You Tube will find lots of ideas for getting the most from this amazing tool.  If you haven’t already purchase one, they will be available when the next Annual Catalogue goes live in June.  However, you need to remember that if you love these colours as much as I do, then you need to get in quick and order the cardstock, ink and also the ink refills before they sell out.

Bye for now,

Kris

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