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A Pearly Birthday

October 16, 2018

I have really loved playing with Shimmer Paint techniques and decided to use one of them on this birthday card for a lovely friend.  Happy Birthday Shirley (sorry I was a little late).  I have used the sketch challenge at Case This Sketch for the layout. To create the background you need to scrunch up some cling wrap (Saran Wrap for my friends in the USA) and dab it into Frost White Shimmer Paint and then dab it onto Whisper White card.  You have to be patient and let it dry and then you gently add Sahara Sand ink using a sponge and a light circle motion.  This really makes the shimmer stand out.  The panel is attached to scored and folded Blackberry Bliss card.  Next I stamped the “slice of wood” image from the Rooted in Nature stamp set using Rich Razzleberry ink.  I stamped the greeting from the Sunshine Sayings stamp set onto Whisper White card using Blackberry Bliss ink.  The greeting is attached to Blackberry Bliss card and then the card front.  I stamped the leaf image from the First Frost stamp set onto Whisper White card using Shaded Spruce ink and cut it out using the matching Frosted Bouquet Framelits Dies before attaching to the card front.  I stamped the large and small flower from the First Frost stamp set onto Whisper White card using Blackberry Bliss ink and cut them out using the matching Frosted Bouquet Framelits Dies.  I used the stylus on my Take Your Pick tool to add a little dimension to the flowers.  I attached the small flower to the large flower using a dimensional.  The whole piece is attached over the leaf image also using a dimensional.

To decorate the inside of the card, I stamped the leaf image from the First Frost stamp set onto the lower left hand corner of Whisper White card using Shaded Spruce ink.  I stamped the large flower from the same stamp set onto Whisper White card using Blackberry Bliss ink and cut it out using the matching  Frosted Bouquet Framelit Die.  The flower is attached over the leaf image.

I love how sparkly this card is although I am not sure that you can truly see the effect in the photos.  If you haven’t tried Shimmer Paint yet, then you are truly missing out.

Bye for now,

Kris

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Happy, Happy Birthday

October 15, 2018

Today’s card uses a fancy fold shared by Julie Burt on a Demonstrator only facebook page.   Unfortunately Julie doesn’t have a blog or facebook page yet, but I will let you know when she does.  I have shared a card made using this template previously but this was actually the first card I made using Julie’s amazing idea.  My card is for a special friend who celebrated her birthday recently.  Happy Birthday Jenny.  The card is a little like a Tri-Shutter card with a twist because it has a small card that opens on the front.  I used Julie’s template to cut Thick Whisper White card for the base.  I added pieces of the Garden Impressions 6″ x 6″ Designer Series paper to the panels.  I created the flower for the card front by stamping the large flower from the Graceful Garden stamp set twice onto Whisper White card using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  I coloured the flowers using Calypso Coral Stampin’ Blends and the leaves using Soft Sea Foam Stampin’ Blends.  I cut the small centre piece from one image and the full flower for the second image and attached the small flower to the centre of the full flower using dimensionals.  I cut out the leaves and attached them behind the full flower before attaching to a Whisper White circle which I cut using the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies.  The small squares of Soft Sea Foam card are embossed using the Tin Tile Dynamic Embossing Folder.  I embossed a large piece of card and trimmed one “tile” for each of the panels.   The small flower is also from the Graceful Garden stamp set which I stamped onto Whisper White card using Memento Tuxedo Black ink The flower is once again coloured using the Calypso Coral and Soft Sea Foam Stampin’ Blends.  I cut out the flower and cut the leaves from the flower.  I attached the leaves behind the flower before attaching to the Whisper White circle cut using the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies.  To decorate the last panel I cut a large circle from Whisper White card using the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies and stamped “happy” from the Merry Christmas To All stamp set using Night of Navy ink.  I stamped “happy birthday” from the Sunshine Sayings stamp set onto scrap Whisper White card using Night of Navy ink.  I stamped the frame from the Merry Christmas To All stamp set around the greeting and used the die from the Merry Christmas Thinlits Dies to cut it out before attaching to the circle below the “happy”.

To decorate the inside of the small opening card, I stamped the leaf from the Graceful Garden stamp set twice onto scrap Whisper White card using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  I coloured the leaves using the Soft Sea Foam Stampin’ Blends before cutting them out.  I attached one leaf to the top left hand corner and one to the bottom right hand corner.

I hope you like this card as much as I do.  Thanks again Julie for the fantastic idea and once more Happy Birthday Jenny.

Bye for now,

Kris

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Bowen to Yeppoon.

October 13, 2018

Today’s page showcases our stay in Bowen.  We arrived pretty early and after setting up we went exploring the town.  We first visited the lookout where you get the most magnificent views – 360 degrees.  You can see all the way up and down the coast as well as over the town and the surrounding countryside.  We explored the bays and foreshore of the town and spent quite a bit of time at Horseshoe Bay where the girls loved climbing the hills and exploring the headland.  We enjoyed a lovely drink at the cafe before heading back to the caravan.  I used a pocket page for this layout and created the journaling on the computer.  I printed onto Whisper White card and added a strip of one of the Delightfully Detailed Memories and More 6″ x 4″ cards across the bottom.  The date stamp is from the Tabs for Everything and the title is cut from Blackberry Bliss card using the retired Timeless Type Alphabet Thinlit Dies.

The second page depicts our arrival at Yeppoon and while setting up we were visited by the semi-resident Emu.  He was quite friendly.  The girls by now are quite expert at setting up and I couldn’t help but take some photos of them setting up our table to show their Mum and Dad.  Again this page is a pocket page and I have used the same Delightfully Detailed Memories and More card to attach to the Whisper White card under the journaling.  The word and the date stamp are from the Tabs for Everything stamp set and the title is once more cut from Blackberry Bliss card using the Timeless Type Alphabet Thinlit Dies.

Yeppoon is our last stop on this little journey, so not too many more pages to share.  Hope you are still enjoying them.

Bye for now,

Kris

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Beauty of the Season

October 12, 2018

Today’s card is very simple but uses some product from the Annual Catalogue and some from the Holiday Catalogue.  I embossed Shaded Spruce card using the Tin Tile Dynamic Embossing Folder.  I attached a piece of the Under The Mistletoe Designer Series Paper to the bottom of the embossed card and attached a strip of Gold Glimmer Paper across the top.  The whole panel is attached to scored and folded Thick Whisper White card.  I stamped the greeting from the Merry Christmas to All stamp set onto Whisper White card using Shaded Spruce ink.  I cut out the greeting using one of the Layering Ovals Dies.  I attached the greeting to a scalloped oval cut from Gold Glimmer Paper using the same dies.  The greeting panel is attached to the card front using dimensionals.

To decorate the inside of the card, I attached a narrow strip of the same Under the Mistletoe Designer Series Paper to the bottom of Whisper White card.  I attached a narrow strip of Gold Glimmer paper across the top of the Designer Series paper.

I believe I cased this card from one that I saw somewhere on the internet but I really don’t know where or who (please let me know if it is yours so that I can give credit).  I love how simple it is, but, how truly stunning it is as well.  I think I am going to make this card in a rainbow of colours, co-ordinating with my Christmas Designer Series papers to use for my family and friends this Christmas.

Bye for now,

Kris

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Golden Baubles

October 11, 2018

Today’s card is one that I Cased from the Holiday Catalogue.  I love any stamp set that has ornaments in it for Christmas and so this one was a must buy for me.  I attached Real Red card to scored and folded Shaded Spruce card.  I stamped the multiple bauble image from the Beautiful Baubles stamp set across Whisper White card using Versamark ink.  I sprinkled the stamped image with Gold Embossing Powder and heat set it before attaching the stamped panel across the centre of the card front.  I stamped the same image once onto Real Red card and once onto Shaded Spruce card using Versamark ink, sprinkled with Gold Embossing Powder and heat set.  I used the co-ordinating Detailed Baubles Thinlits Dies to cut out the baubles from the Real Red and Shaded Spruce card.  I attached three Real Red and three Shaded Spruce baubles to the card front using mini dimensionals.  I stamped the greeting from the Beautiful Baubles stamp set onto Shaded Spruce card using Versamark ink, sprinkled it with Gold Embossing Powder and heat set it.  I used the Everyday Label Punch to punch out the greeting and then used the Paper Trimmer to cut away to top and bottom sections, leaving this lovely label shape with rounded ends, before attaching to the card front.

To decorate the inside of the card, I stamped the multiple bauble image from the Beautiful Baubles stamp set onto the top left hand corner of Whisper White card using Versamark ink, sprinkled it with Gold Embossing Powder and heat set it.

Casing the catalogue is a great way to get a feel for a stamp set.  I have started stamping all the images onto Whisper White card.  I attach any pieces that are die cut with the co-ordinating dies and keep them in a folder.  I find that by doing this I am really inspired to start creating using the products.

Bye for now,

Kris

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Beauty in the Details

October 9, 2018

Here is another cased card from the Holiday Catalogue using the Beautiful Baubles stamp set and co-ordinating Detailed Baubles Thinlits Dies.  I loved the look of this card in the catalogue but changed it up a little bit.  I cut Pool Party card using the frame die in the Detailed Baubles Thinlits Dies to cut Pool Party card.  I used the two frame dies to cut Whisper White card.  I attached the Whisper White frame over the top of the Pool Party Card using Mini Dimensionals I stamped the large bauble image from the Beautiful Baubles stamp set onto Whisper White card using Versamark ink which I sprinkled with Silver Embossing Powder before heat setting.  I coloured the image using Pool Party and Night of Navy Stampin’ Blends.  I trimmed around the top part of the bauble and then used the co-ordinating die to cut out the bauble.  I attached the bauble to the Pool Party card inside the Whisper White frame.  The whole piece is attached to a Silver Foil Edged Card.  These cards come in packs of 20 with matching envelopes.   I stamped the greeting from the Beautiful Baubles stamp set onto Night of Navy card using Versamark ink.  I sprinkled the ink with White Embossing Powder and heat set it.  I used one of the frame dies in the Frosted Bouquet Framelits Dies to cut out the greeting which is attached to the card front using dimensionals.  I tied a bow using Night of Navy trim and attached it to the top of the frame.

To decorate the inside of the card, I stamped another of the greetings from the Beautiful Baubles stamp set using Night of Navy ink.

I love this gorgeous frame and if you look carefully through the catalogue, you will notice that it is used quite a lot with other stamp sets.

Bye for now,

Kris

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From our home to yours

October 8, 2018

This is another card I made using the Farmhouse Christmas stamp set and the co-ordinating Farmhouse Framelits Dies.  I stamped the trees from the Lovely As A Tree stamp set across Whisper White card using Shaded Spruce ink.  I masked the “sky” and  also a little path and dabbed Shaded Spruce ink across the Whisper White card to represent grass.  I removed the masks and sponged some Crumb Cake ink to represent the pathway.   I masked the “grass” and dabbed Balmy Blue ink across the sky.  I stamped the house image from the Farmhouse Christmas stamp set onto Whisper White card using Memento Tuxedo Black ink I stamped the “bauble” image from the same stamp set across the verandah and the top floor of the house also using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.   I coloured the house and the baubles using Smoky Slate and Real Red Stampin Blends.  I attached the house image over the stamped and sponged background.  I cut two pieces of Whisper White card using the fence die from the Farmhouse Framelits Dies. The fence pieces are attached either side of the pathway.  I attached the stamped panel to Shaded Spruce card and then Whisper White card.  I stamped the greeting from the Farmhouse Christmas stamp set onto the lower right hand corner of the Whisper White card before attaching the panel to scored and folded Gray Granite card.  I stamped the wreath image from the Farmhouse Christmas stamp set onto Whisper White card and coloured the image using the Shaded Spruce and Real Red Stampin’ Blends.  I cut out the image using the co-ordinating Farmhouse Framelits Die and attached the wreath to the house.

To decorate the inside of the card, I stamped the greeting from the Farmhouse Christmas stamp set onto Whisper White card using Shaded Spruce ink.  I stamped the greeting once more onto scrap Whisper White card using Real Red ink and cut out the “Merry Christmas” using the frame from the Farmhouse Framelits Dies.  I attached the “Merry Christmas” banner over the stamped image.

I really enjoyed making this card, it was fun to build up the scene to create a somewhat different Christmas card.  I am beginning to think that I like this stamp set and co-ordinating dies because the fence die reminds me of the picket fence we had on our front yard when I was growing up!

Bye for now,

Kris

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