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Another Dragonfly card

January 20, 2017

dragonfly-blue-2I have had my folder with all the card sketches I saved (pre-pinterest) out next to my desk this past week or so and have been finding sketches I think will work with the particular stamp set I am wanting to use.  This creation is based on one of those sketches.

I embossed Very Vanilla card using the Falling Petals Embossing Folder and attached it to scored and folded Sahara Sand card.  I attached two pieces of the Falling in Love Designer Series Paper (actually small pieces left over from other projects).drafonfly-blue  I stamped “happy birthday wishes” from the Avant Garden stamp set (Free with a qualifying order during sale-a-bration) onto Very Vanilla card using Sahara Sand ink.  I cut the greeting using a circle die from the Layering Circles Framelits Dies and attached it to a Soft Sky scalloped circle but using the same Dies.  dragonfly-blue-3The greeting panel is attached to the card front using dimensionals.   I stamped the dragonfly onto Very Vanilla card using Soft Sky ink and cut it out using the matching Detailed Dragonfly Thinlit Die.  I cut the detailed dragonfly from Sahara Sand card using a die in the same set.  I attached the dragonflies together before attaching to the Very Vanilla circle.  Lastly I added one of the Falling in Love Embellishments using a Glue Dot.

For the inside of the card, I simply added a strip of the Falling in Love Designer Series Paper to the bottom of Very Vanilla card.

Well what do you think of this card?  Are you loving the dragonflies, I know I am.

Bye for now,

Kris

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Just Because

January 19, 2017
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Today I have a monochromatic card using the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlit Dies.   The layout was inspired by a sketch I saw which I tweaked a little bit.  I started by stamping the greeting “Just Because” from the Vertical Greetings stamp set onto Very Vanilla card using Bermuda Bay ink.  I embossed a piece of Bermuda Bay card using the Falling Petals Embossing Folder.  I wrapped the card with Very Vanilla 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon and tied a knot before attaching to scored and folded Bermuda Bay card.  015I cut the string of dragonflies from Very Vanilla card and attached them to the embossed  Bermuda Bay card.  Lastly I added a large Basic Rhinestone to each of the dragonflies.003

To decorate the inside of my card I embossed a piece of Bermuda Bay card once more using the Falling Petals Embossing Folder and attached it to Very Vanilla card.  I cut out one of the “string of dragonflies” and attached it over the embossed card.

What do you think?  Doesn’t it show off this die perfectly.  I am rather pleased with this card and will be including it in one of my upcoming classes at the Beachmere Retirement Resort.

Bye for now,

Kris

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Special Order Birthday

January 18, 2017
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My Mum asked me to make a card for her to give to a lady who is celebrating her 80th birthday at the end of the month.  I guess when you live in a Retirement Resort you are bound to get lots of people celebrating milestone birthdays.

I actually CASED this card from one I saw on Pinterest by Kerry Crocker.  special-order-80th-2 I cut the Detailed Floral Thinlit from Rose Red card and attached it to Whisper White card, then Rose Red card and then scored and folded Whisper White Thick A4 card.  I stamped happy birthday from the Endless Birthday stamp set onto Whisper White card using Rose Red ink.  I punched one end using the Triple Banner Punch and attached it to Rose Red card which also had one end punched using the Triple Banner Punchspecial-order-80th-3To decorate the inside of the card I stamped the border image from the Floral Phrases stamp set onto the lower edge of Whisper White card.  I cut the numbers from Rose Red card using the Timeless Type Alphabet Dies (retired) and attached them to the centre of the stamped Whisper White card.  The stamped card is attached to another layer of Rose Red card.  I decorated the envelope to match by stamping the border image once more across the lower edge of the Whisper White envelope.

I love the look of this card and thank Kerry once again for sharing.  What do you think?  Do you like it?  I hope the lady receiving it does.

Bye for now,

Kris

 

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They’re Back

January 17, 2017
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It’s so exciting, the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies are once again available for order.  These dies were so popular that two shipments sold out almost straight away and the item number had to be turned off till new stock could be brought in.  I’m happy to say that today is the day you can start ordering this product once more – well actually it was yesterday but the system had a glitch and I didn’t want you to be disappointed that you couldn’t place your order, so I waited till today to let you all know.

To show how truly gorgeous they are I put together this card for you.  I started by attaching Crumb Cake card to Whisper White card and then embossing using the Hexagon Embossing Folderstitched-circles-2I attached the embossed card to scored and folded Real Red card.  I cut Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive and Bermuda Bay card using each of the circles available in the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies.  Once they were attached to the card front, I added the small flower image from the Sitting Here stamp set.  I had stamped this piece, coloured it and cut it using a circle from the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies some time ago.  The image was stamped onto Shimmery White card using Memento Tuxedo Black ink and coloured using the Watercolour Pencils and a Blender Penstitched-circles-3I attached the image to the card front using dimensionals.

To decorate the inside of the card I embossed Crumb Cake card using the Hexagon Embossing Folder and attached it to Whisper White.  The hand cut sleeping dog image from the Sitting Here stamp set was also coloured some time ago using the Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Watercolour Pencils and a Blender Pen.   This image is attached to the left hand side of the Whisper White card, slightly over the embossed Crumb Cake card.  I stamped the greeting from the Sitting Here stamp set using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.

I just love how much more dimension you achieve when you use the Stitched Shapes Framelit Dies.  The circles wouldn’t have the same effect if I had simply cut them without the stitched edge.   If you need more convincing, just let Brandy show you all about them in this video by Stampin’ Up!


Ok, so what do you think?  Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies or plain cut shapes.  I think I have to agree with Brandy that the Stitched Shapes Framelit Dies just add so much to your finished creations.

Bye for now,

Kris

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A Dragonfly Challenge

January 16, 2017
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Today I decided to play along with a sketch challenge at Fab Friday.  It gave me a chance to use the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set.  I also used the colour challenge at Global Design Project to kick start my colour palette.

I embossed Silver Foil card using the Hexagon Embossing Folder and attached it to scored and folded Delightful Dijon card.  I attached squares of Delightful Dijon and Cucumber Crush card to the card front.  I stamped the “dotted” image from the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set across the bottom of a square of Very Vanilla card using Cucumber Crush ink.  dragonfly-2I stamped the greeting from the same stamp set onto the top left hand corner using Delightful Dijon ink before attaching to the card front.  You will notice that each of the pieces of card on the front are layered at angles to each other, so when I stamped the greeting, I stamped it so that it lined up with the straight edge on the card base.   I stamped the dragonfly wings from the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set onto Very Vanilla card using Delightful Dijon ink.  I added the body using the same ink.  I cut this image out using the outline from the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Dies.  I also cut a detailed image from Silver Foil card using the same Thinlit Dies. dragonfly-3I added a little dimension to the wings of each of the dragonfiles before attaching the Silver image over the Delightful Dijon image using a Glue Dot.  The dragonfly is attached to the  stamped Very Vanilla card using glue dots.

to decorate the inside of the card, I stamped the dotted image across the bottom of Very Vanilla card using Cucumber Crush ink.

This is the first time I have used this stamp set to create a card and I think that I am going to love this stamp set and matching dies very much.  I know you have heard me say this about every stamp set I have used from the new Occasions Catalogue but it’s true, each one I use just makes me realise how special this catalogue is.

I’d love to hear what you think.

Bye for now,

Kris

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Happy Birthday Sarah

January 15, 2017

sarash-card-2017My daugher Sarah is celebrating her birthday today.  Of course, I had to make a special card for her and as I had been working on class cards for January using the So Detailed Thinlit Dies, it was an easy choice as to what to use.  I had seen this die used on card samples on Pinterest where the die fit across the 10.5cm width of a standard card, so I had a play.  What I found is that the die is very easy to cut down to create a small focal floral image.  So I cut two of the dies from Whisper White card and cut them down.sarahs-card-2017-2  I centred them onto Real Red card so that the edge strips overlapped and wrapped them with the Whisper White 5/8″ Organza Ribbonsarash-card-2017-3I stamped “happy birthday” from the Butterfly Basics stamp set onto Whisper White card and cut out the greeting using an oval from the Layering Ovals Framelit Dies.  I attached the greeting to a Real Red scalloped oval cut using the same dies before attaching it to the card front using dimensionals.  To decorate the inside, I cut the So Detailed Thinlit Die once more from Real Red card and attached a portion to the Whisper White card.

This is a pretty simple card to make but I think it packs a big Wow, don’t you?   Luckily my daughter loved it.

Bye for now,

Kris

 

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Another Avant Garden Case

January 14, 2017
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Well the new catalogue has launched and we are all excited checking out the gorgeous new product and imagining all our new creations.   As a demonstrator we were able to pre-order from the Occasions Catalogue and at the same time we could earn the Free items from the Sale-A-Bration Catalogue.  Avant Garden is one of my Free items and I think it might just become my favourite.  This is another CASE of one of the cards shown in the Sale-A-Bration catalogue.

I masked a piece of Whisper White card with a 3cm wide strip of copy paper.  Then I stamped the flowers using Tip Top Taupe and Peekaboo Peach ink.  I stamped the leaves using Pear Pizzazz ink.  The solid leaf is stamped onto scrap paper first to give a lighter image.  002The detailed leaf is also stamped using Pear Pizzazz but this time it isn’t stamped off first.   I stamped the centre of the flowers using Early Espresso ink.   The mask was removed once I finished stamping and I attached a piece of Whisper White card where the copy paper had been.  I stamped the greeting from the Avant Garden stamp set onto Tip Top Taupe card using Tip Top Taupe ink.  I wrapped the greeting panel with Whisper White Baker’s Twine and tied a knot before attaching it to the centre of the strip of  Whisper White card using dimensionals.003  I attached the stamped panel to Tip Top Taupe card and then to scored and folded Peekaboo Peach card.

Inside I stamped the flowers and leaf images onto the lower left hand corner of Whisper White card.

I love this and I know you will too.   If you haven’t received your copy of these catalogues, live in Australia and don’t already have a demonstrator, then contact me to arrange to receive your copy.  I know you will love them and there will be lots of stamps you will need to add to your stash.

Why don’t you let me know if you think my card is a match for the one in the catalogue.

Bye for now,

Kris

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