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A Merry Memory Keeping page

January 19, 2019

Today’s page uses a sketch challenge from a facebook group I belong to – Scrapbooking Global – Stampin’ Up!.  This group is open to anyone, Demonstrator or non-demonstrator.  The quality of the inspiration shared by the members of this group is fabulous.  I didn’t join the blog hop but the sketch allowed me to finish documenting the photos from Christmas Day.  I cut down a Whisper White 12″ x 12″ page and added a strip of Real Red card punched using the Decorative Ribbon Border Trim to each side before attaching to the centre of another 12″ x 12″ Whisper White page.  The Designer Series Paper used is Under the Mistletoe which is available from the Annual Catalogue.  The stamped hearts are stamped in Real Red using an image from the Forever Lovely stamp set.  This is one of the stamp sets in the current Occasions Catalogue.  The “merry” is cut from Real Red card using the Merry Christmas to All Thinlits Dies which is a carry-over item from the Holiday Catalogue.   The smaller title pieces are punched using the Classic Label Punch.  The “playtime” was created on my computer and printed onto Whisper White card.  The date is stamped using the image from the Tabs for Everything stamp set.  The ribbon on this page  is the Real Red 3/8″ Mixed Satin Ribbon (now retired).  I love this photo which shows my grandchildren playing with their cousin Jack who is the youngest and of course the centre of attention.

If you are looking for some more inspiration for your memory keeping, I really suggest you join this group.  You will be amazed at the beautiful work being shared from all around the world.  Thanks to the admin team at Scrapbook Global for a great challenge.

Bye for now,

Kris

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Lovely Lattice Birthday

January 18, 2019

My friend Sandra celebrated her birthday recently and I thought I would share the card I made for her.  I used the largest of the ovals from the Layering Ovals Framelits Dies to cut a window in Very Vanilla card.  I embossed the card using the Layering Leaves Dynamic Embossing Folder.  I stamped the image from the Lovely Lattice stamp set onto Vellum card using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  I flipped the image over and coloured it from the back using the Dark Rich Razzleberry, Dark Old Olive, Light Daffodil Delight and Light Smoky Slate Stampin’ BlendsOnce coloured I cut out the image and attached it to a piece of Very Vanilla card.  I attached the embossed Very Vanilla card over the top so you could see the stamped image.  The whole piece is attached to scored and folded Rich Razzleberry card.  I stamped the floral image once more onto Vellum card and coloured it as before.  This time I cut out certain sections of the image which I attached to the card front using dimensionals.  You can see the dimensionals through the Vellum but not so that it spoils the look.  Lastly, I added some Basic Rhinestones to the centres of the flowers.

To decorate the inside of the card, I stamped the floral image once more onto Vellum and coloured the large flower and leaves, which I cut out and attached to the lower left hand corner of Very Vanilla card.

The Lovely Lattice stamp set  is one of the stamp sets that you can earn for free with a qualifying order during Sale-a-bration.  So don’t forget to place your order, there are so many gorgeous products available for free and there will be a few more free products released on the 15th February too!

Hope you had a fabulous birthday Sandra.

Bye for now,

Kris

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Bloom by Bloom

January 17, 2019

Recently I shared with you a set of cards using a 6″ x 6″ One Sheet Wonder and the Incredible Like You stamp set.  Well today I am sharing another set of cards using this same One Sheet Wonder and the Bloom by Bloom stamp set.  I cut a 6″ x 6″ piece of Happiness Blooms Designer Series Paper using the cutting instructions.  Cut a 10cm strip down the length of the 6″ paper.  Take the 10cm strip and rotate it 90 degrees and cut at 10cm.  Cut the 10cm square on the diagonal.  The strip left after the first cut needs to be trimmed down to 14.3cm.   I embossed Whisper White card using the Basket Weave Dynamic Embossing Folder I attached the Happiness Blooms Designer Series Paper pieces to embossed card and wrapped the edge of the designer series paper with the Silver 3/8″ Metallic Edge Ribbon.  The embossed panels are attached to scored and folded Lovely Lipstick card.  I stamped the large leaf and stem image from the Bloom by Bloom stamp set onto Whisper White card using Call Me Clover ink.  I stamped the large flower onto the stem using Lovely Lipstick ink.  I cut out the flowers using the largest circle from the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies and attached them to Lovely Lipstick card cut using the largest scalloped circle from the Layering Circle Framelits Dies.  The flowers are attached to the card front using dimensionals.  I stamped four of the greetings from the Itty Bitty Birthdays stamp set onto Whisper White card using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  I trimmed one end of the banner using the Triple Banner Punch.  The greetings are attached to Lovely Lipstick card trimmed to match, and then the card fronts using dimensionals.

The inside of each card is decorated in the same manner.  I stamped the small leaf and stem image from the Bloom by Bloom stamp set onto the lower left hand corner using Call Me Clover ink.  The small flower is stamped onto the stem image using Lovely Lipstick ink.

I am lovely creating sets of cards in this way.  I think I am going to create a few more and then box them up to give as gifts.  What do you think?  It’s also a great way to use up my Designer Series paper and not leave it sitting in the cupboard because it is too pretty to cut!

Bye for now,

Kris

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Happy Birthday Sarah

January 15, 2019

My eldest daughter Sarah is celebrating her birthday today, so I thought you might like to see the card I made for her.  I created this card whilst I was “playing” with the Needle and Thread stamp set and co-ordinating Needlepoint Elements Framelits Dies for the first time.  I stamped the stitched filigree image onto the top of Whisper White card using Smoky Slate ink.  I stamped the large flower once onto Whisper White card using Merry Merlot ink which I had stamped off first, and cut it out using the co-ordinating Needlepoint Elements Framelits Die.  I stamped the small flower onto Whisper White card using Merry Merlot ink and cut it out using the co-ordinating die.  I stamped the stitched leaf image onto Whisper White card using Mossy Meadow ink and cut it out using the co-ordinating Needlepont Elements Framelits  Die.  I cut Mossy Meadow card three times using the leaf die from the Needlepoint Elements Framelits Dies.  I attached the large flower onto the stitched leaf image and attached the open leaves to the back of these pieces.  I attached the whole piece to Whisper White card.  The panel is attached to Smoky Slate card and then the stamped Whisper White card.  I attached the small flower to the centre of the large flower using a dimensional.  I added a medium Clear Glimmer Dot to the centre of the flower.  I stamped “happiest of birthday to you” from the Needle and Thread stamp set using Mossy Meadow ink before attaching the whole panel to scored and folded Smoky Slate card.

To decorate the inside of the card, I stamped the leaf image from the Needle and Thread stamp set onto the lower left hand corner of Whisper White card using Mossy Meadow ink.  I stamped the three small flower image onto Whisper White card using Merry Merlot ink and cut them out using the co-ordinating Needlepoint Elements Framelits Die (you stamp the three flowers together and cut them out with the one die to give three individual flowers).  I attached one of the flowers over the ends of the stamped leaves.

This is a really lovely stamp set which I know I am going to love using.  It has many, many possibilities, I just need to have more time to “play”.

Bye for now,

Kris

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Freshly Made Sketches 370

January 14, 2019

I must admit that the sketch layouts at Freshly Made usually suit me to a “T”, and this week is no exception.  For my card today, I attached a piece of the Classic Garage 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper to Basic Black card and then scored and folded Thick Whisper White card.  I cut the three cogs from Whisper White card twice using the Garage Gears Thinlits Dies and attached them to the top left and lower right hand corners of the Designer Series paper.  I stamped the car from the Geared Up Garage stamp set onto Whisper White card using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  I stamped the greeting from the same stamp set below the car image using the same ink and cut them both out using one of the ovals from the Layering Ovals Framelits Dies.  I  coloured the car using an Aqua Painter and Tranquil Tide ink and then the Light Smoky Slate Stampin’ Blend.  The image is attached to a Basic Black scalloped oval cut using the Layering Ovals Framelits Dies.  I attached the image panel to the card front using dimensionals.

To decorate the inside of the card, I cut the three cogs from Basic Black card using the Garage Gears Thinlits Dies and attached the image to the lower left hand corner.

This is a pretty simple card, but one that I think would appeal to most men.  My husband loved the colour.  I’d love to hear what you think.

Bye for now,

Kris

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Handmade

January 12, 2019

By Ethan……. Today’s page shares photos of some stools and a coffee table that my 12-1/2 year old grandson designed and built.  He made three stools, two for himself and one for Dave who teaches both Ethan and my husband to play the guitar.  He gifted the coffee table to my husband, which is for the music room we are going to create in our back bedroom.  I thought that it was fantastic that he created these by himself and therefore just had to preserve the memory.  I stamped the Sheet Music background stamp onto the top right and bottom left hand corner of Basic Black 12″ x 12″  card (unfortunately no longer available for purchase) using Versamark ink.  I sprinkled the image with Silver Embossing powder and heat set it.  I attached the photos to the page and added a journaling block.  I created the journaling on my computer and printed it onto Very Vanilla card.  To decorate the journaling block, I tore the bottom of a post-it-note and used it to mask the journaling on the Very Vanilla card.  I stamped the Sheet Music background stamp using Memento Tuxedo Black ink and then before removing the mask, I used a sponge and Cajun Craze ink to sponge over the stamped image. I stamped the guitar from the Country Livin’ stamp set onto Very Vanilla card using Memento Tuxedo Black ink and used the Cajun Craze Stampin’ Blends to add some colour.  I cut out the guitar and attached it to the journaling panel.  The title is cut from Cajun Craze card using the retired Little Letters Thinlits Dies.

I love how this page turned out and I know that it will always remind me of the joy Ethan’s creations brought to Ron and to Dave.

Bye for now,

Kris

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Needle and Thread three ways

January 11, 2019

Today I have three cards to share with you.  I am trying to stamp in styles that will suite every kind of stamper, simple or beginner stamper, casual stamper and avid stamper.  It is a little hard to really simplify your stamping when you have a lot of supplies on hand, however, once you get the hang of it you begin to appreciate how lovely a simple card can be.  The stamp set I am using today is Needle and Thread and the images are truly beautiful.  As with all distinktive stamps, you will get a better image with less ink rather than more.  So if you ink pad is really juicy and leaves bubbles on your image, use a spoon to push the ink back into the pad so that you get a better impression.

So the first card, is for a simple stamper and I have once more used a note card for this project.  Note cards come as a set of 20 with pre-scored cards and envelopes, which makes it easy to get creating straight away.  I stamped the flower using Merry Merlot ink and then stamped the leaves using Mossy Meadow ink.  This is a photopolymer stamp set and therefore easy to line the images up.  I stamped the greeting from the same stamp set below the flower using Mossy Meadow ink.  The envelope is decorated with the flower and leaves using the same inks.

The second card is for the casual stamper and this time after stamping the image (using Merry Merlot and Mossy Meadow inks), I cut it out using one of the Rectangle Stitched Framelit Dies.  I attached the image panel to a rectangle of Merry Merlot card cut using the same dies, and then scored and folded Thick Whisper White card.   The greeting is stamped below the panels using Mossy Meadow ink.  A little stepped up, still fairly simple, but so pretty.  To decorate the inside of the card, I stamped the flower and leaves once more using Merry Merlot and Mossy Meadow ink.

The third card is more for the avid stamper who has a lot more supplies on hand.  I embossed the top two-thirds of Whisper White card using the Tufted Dynamic Embossing Folder and stamped the greeting using Mossy meadow ink below the embossing.  I wrapped the edge of the embossing using Old Olive Linen Thread before attaching the panel to scored and folded Thick Whisper White card.  I stamped the flower and leaves using Merry Merlot and Mossy Meadow ink and cut them out using one of the Rectangle Stitched Framelits Dies.  I attached the stamped panel to a Merry Merlot rectangle (cut using the same dies) and then the card front using dimensionals.  To decorate the inside of the card, I stamped the flower and leaves onto the lower left hand corner of the Thick Whisper White card using the same inks.

So what do you think, did I achieve my goal and create three very similar cards for the three different types of stampers?

Bye for now,

Kris

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