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Birthday Wishes

September 23, 2016
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My friend Gwen celebrated her birthday recently and I was inspired by many of the cards I have seen on Pinterest to create her card.  I started by cutting Night of Navy card using both of the dies in the Detailed Floral Thinlits Dies.  I cut the card the same size as the card front so that I could get a nice edge around the dies.  I wrapped the card with Burlap Ribbon and attached it to scored and folded Thick A4 Whisper White card.gwens-birthday-2

I cut the flowers from Very Vanilla card using the Botanical Builders Framelits Dies and sponged them with Daffodil Delight ink.  The flower centres are cut from Daffodil Delight card and the leaves from Pear Pizzazz using the Botanical Builders Framelits Dies.  I stamped the greeting from the Build a Birthday set onto Whisper White card using Night of Navy ink and once more sponged the edges using Daffodil Delight ink. gwens-card-2 The flowers, leaves and greeting are attached to the card front using a combination of Dimensionals and Glue Dots.  I added Basic Pearls to the centres of the flowers, although the extra large pearl is now retired.

Inside the card I wrapped Whisper White card with the Burlap Ribbon.  I cut two more flowers from Very Vanilla card and once more sponged them using Daffodil Delight ink.  The leaves are cut from Pear Pizzazz card.

This is a very bulky card but since it was hand delivered that is ok.  I don’t think it would survive the mail!

Bye for now,

Kris

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Wedding Wishes

September 19, 2016
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I needed to make a wedding card for a special friend who was married last Saturday – Congratulations Gwen and Jan.  I couldn’t go past this one I found on Pinterest by BJ Peters.

I cut Gold Foil card using the small die from the Detailed Floral Thinlits Dies and attached it to a layer of Whisper White card and one more layer of Gold Foil.  I stamped the greeting from the Floral Phrases Stamp set onto Thick A4 Whisper White card using Versamark ink, sprinkled it with Gold Embossing Powder and heat set.  The Gold Foil panel is attached to the card front using dimensionals.gwen

Inside the card I stamped the border image and also the large floral image from the Floral Phrases Stamp set using Versamark ink.  Once more they were sprinkled with Gold Embossing powder and heat set.

Since the card was for such a special occasion I felt it needed a special envelope.  I used Whisper White card and the Envelope Punch Board to create a card which is the perfect size.gwens-wedding-2  I added 3/4″ circles  punched from Gold Foil to the back of the envelope with retired gold brads and used some retired gold cord to create a closure.  For the front of the envelope I added a layer of Gold Foil and then a layer of Whisper White which has been cut using the large Detailed Floral Thinlits Die.

I love how easy it is to create such beautiful and co-ordinating pieces using the wonderful products from Stampin’ Up! Don’t you?

Bye for now,

Kris

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12 x 12″ Project Life

September 16, 2016
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Tonight is my Memory Keeping Class and I thought I would share with you the page that everyone will be able to make.  Of course they can if they wish use the pieces any way they want to.  I found a double page scrapbook sketch on Pinterest which suited the photos that I had and would accommodate some of the cards from the beautiful Hello Lovely Project Life Card Collection.

I cut one of the 6″ x 4″ cards into four pieces 2″ x 3″ each.  I attached one piece to the top of my Basic Black page and one at the bottom to create my banner. 012blurred-face No-one can see that the piece doesn’t go all the way and still gives the proper effect.  You do need to take your time to line up the pieces but that’s easy with out grid paper.  The photos and Project Life cards are layered onto Crumb Cake card and added to the page.  My title is cut from Whisper White card using the retired Timeless Type Alphabet.

Usually when I make a layout like this I use a pocket page for the second layout, however, this time I only had a couple of extra photos from our weekend away with Ava and so I used the sketch to create the complimentary 12 x 12″ page.  013blurred-faceThe second half of the layout also uses Basic Black and Crumb Cake card.  I added  a couple of strips of the Washi Tape which comes in the Hello Lovely  Project Life Accessory Pack across the top.  This time my title  is cut from Basic Black card using the Large Letters Framelits Dies.  I used one more of the 2″ x 3″ pieces to create the banner behind my photo.  For a bit of fun I used some of the images from the Day at the Beach stamp set (only available in Australia and New Zealand – item No. 142261) to complete the page.  The images were stamped onto Whisper White card using Stazon Jet Black ink and coloured using Stampin’ Write Markers in colours to match the Hello Lovely Card Collection (Crumb Cake, Old Olive, Peekaboo Peak, Soft Sky and Tangerine Tango).

I love how these pages have turned out and now all I have to do is add my journaling tonight.

Kris

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Thinking of You

September 11, 2016
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This card was inspired by one I saw on Pinterest but I changed up the design a little.  I stamped the background image from You’ve Got This onto Whisper White card using Rich Razzleberry ink and attached it to scored and folded Rich Razzleberry card.  I stamped Thinking of You from the Wetlands stamp set onto scrap Whisper White card using Rich Razzleberry ink and punched it out using the 1-3/4″ Circle Punch.  I sponged the edges and attached it to a 2″ Circle of Rich Razzleberry before attaching it to the card front.  0084I stamped a scrap of Whisper White using the background image once more and Rich Razzleberry ink and punched it out using the 1-1/4″ Circle Punch.  I attached the 1-1/4″ circle to a 1-3/8″ circle of Rich Razzleberry card and then the card front using dimensionals.  I cut Whisper White card using the second largest circle from the Layering Circle Framelits Dies, 0094sponged the edges using Rich Razzleberry ink and attached it to a circle of Rich Razzleberry card cut using the largest circle from the Layering Circle Framelits Dies.  The circle is attached to the card front using dimensionals.  I stamped the flower from the You’ve Got This stamp set onto Rich Razzleberry card using Memento Tuxedo Black ink and cut out the flower head only.  The flower is attached to the centre of the large Whisper White circle.  I love how the circles are layered on top of each other, don’t you?

To decorate the inside of the card I simply stamped the flower once more onto Whisper White card using Rich Razzleberry ink.  I used the You’ve Got This stamp set quite a lot when it was first released but it has been sitting idle on the shelf for a while now, I’m glad I got it out and used it once more.  Maybe I’ve inspired you to use this stamp set once more too.

Bye for now,

Kris

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Happy Father’s Day

September 4, 2016
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Hope all of the Father’s out there are enjoying their special day with loved ones and of course, being thoroughly spoilt.  I spent some time with my Dad this weekend which was lovely.  He came to stay on Friday night and attended my grandchildren’s school for their Bush Dance and on Saturday morning we watched Abigail win her Under 12’s netball final.  Unfortunately, he wouldn’t stay another night so I gave him his Father’s Day present before he left.

You all know by now that I loooove Pinterest – it saves me so much time!   (As long as you don’t count the hours spent drooling over everyone’s fabulous creations and ideas!)  I was inspired to make my Dad’s card by this one shared by Annette Elliott.  In fact it was so perfect, I hardly changed a thing.Dad's-Fathers-Day-2

I embossed Whisper White card using the Cable Knit Dynamic Embossing Folder.  Wow – this is one amazing embossing folder.  It is 6″ square and it is so thick but gives such a perfect finish.  You have to use it slightly differently as well – you set your Big Shot to emboss but you don’t add the bottom plate.  I didn’t have the DSP that Annette used, so I wrapped the embossed card with two pieces of the 5/8″  Burlap Ribbon and then overlapped them with the Delightful Dijon 5/8″ Mini Striped Ribbon.Dad's-Father's-Day  The embossed Whisper White card is attached to scored and folded Soft Suede card.  I stamped the car image from Guy Greetings onto Whisper White card using Memento Tuxedo Black ink and coloured it using Soft Suede, Smoky Slate and Basic Black Stampin’ Write Markers.  The image is cut using one of the Layering Circle Framelit Dies and sponged the edges lightly with Soft Suede ink before attaching it to the card front using dimensionals.  I stamped the greeting using Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto scrap Whisper White card and cut the ends using the Triple Banner Punch.  The banner has also been lightly sponged around the edges and is attached with dimensionals so that it lies flat over the lower part of the stamped circle.

Inside the card I attached a strip of Soft Suede card behind one long edge of Whisper White which was embossed once more using the Cable Knit Dynamic Embossing Folder.  The embossed card is attached to Whisper White card.

I love this card, so simple really but so striking, don’t you think?  Anyway, hopefully Dad liked it when he opened his present this morning.

Bye for now,

Kris

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Sneak Peak

September 1, 2016
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I guess one of the great pleasures of being a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator is that I get to see a new catalogue and order new product before everyone else.  I have had my pre-order for a while but haven’t been able to create much with it because I was so busy getting ready for my fundraiser.  Today is the day that you can now order from the Holiday Catalogue.  Yay!  If you haven’t seen the catalogue it is beautiful.  007The stamp sets are amazing and with all the co-ordinating products you will be able to make gorgeous cards and 3d items so easily.  This particular card using the Cookie Cutter Christmas stamp set and matching punch which you can purchase as a bundle and save (everyone loves a bargain).  The punch also matches the Cookie Cutter Halloween stamp set, so you get quite a lot of options – maybe too many!

To create my card, I attached a piece of the This Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper to the bottom of Very Vanilla card and tied a length of the new  Real Red 3/8″ Silky Taffeta Ribbon around the top and attached it to scored and folded Garden Green card. 008 I cut the merry framelit from the Christmas Greetings Framelit Dies three times and attached them one on top of the other to create some dimension to the word (I love this technique).  After I attached the word to the card front I stamped Christmas from the  Holly Jolly Greetings stamp set using Real Red ink.  I stamped the santa from the Cookie Cutter Christmas stamp set onto Very Vanilla card using Stazon Jet Black in and coloured him using Real Red, Basic Gray, Smoky Slate and Blush Blossom (retired but you could easily use Pink Pirouette or Blushing Bride)  Stampin’ Write Markers.  I punched the image using the matching Cookie Cutter Builder punch, so much easier than fussy cutting and attached him to the left hand side of the card front.

Inside the card I stamped a greeting which also comes from the Cookie Cutter Christmas stamp set.  Well, what do you think?  Can you see yourself, creating lots of fantastic things with this stamp set and matching punch, I bet you can.

Bye for now,

Kris

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Fundraiser

August 28, 2016

022Yesterday I held my first fundraiser which was very exciting for me.   Mates4Mates was my charity of choice, mostly because I have a connection through my nephew in-law, Dan Keighran, who is affiliated with this site.  Mates4Mates provides help and rehabilitation for Australian returned service personnel.  023Everyone who attended paid $10.00 of which I donated $5.00.  The ladies who attend made four cards, two of two designs, one of which they would keep and one they would donate.  Most of these lovely ladies donated both the cards they made and several donated more than once.  I was able to raise $120.00 for Mates4Mates and I have 65 cards which will go in the post next week.  026Hopefully the cards will help these veterans keep in touch with their family and friends and the donated money will be put to good use by Mates4Mates.

I am so grateful to all of the lovely ladies who attended and their unselfish donations for this wonderful charity.  My apologies to the ladies who attended early in the day as I didn’t take photos but these are a few to show you what wonderful people they all are.  027My thanks to everyone who attended early and alerted my to a few missing items in my card boxes and a special thanks to Rachel who I enlisted to cut some extra flowers I was missing from one of the boxes.

I can’t thank my friends and customers who supported me today enough.  You are all special and I am sure that your love will find it’s way to help someone in need.

Bye for now,

 

Kris