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An Expression of Love

July 24, 2016
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I was working on cards for my classes next month which feature the Painter’s Palette product suite and thought I would share this card with you.

I added a piece of Basic Gray Designer Series Paper from the  Neutrals Designer Series Paper Stack to the lower half of Whisper White card, wrapped the join with Flirty Flamingo 3/8″ Ruched Ribbon and tied a knot. 005 I stamped the greeting which is from the Painter’s Palette stamp set using Basic Gray ink onto the top right hand corner and then added the whole piece to scored and folded Basic Gray card.  I stamped the easel image onto scrap Whisper White card using Basic Gray ink, cut it out and attached it to the card front using dimensionals.006  I stamped the stem image from the Wild About Flowers stamp set onto scrap Whisper White card using Always Artichoke ink and added the flowers using Flirty Flamingo ink.  I cut the flowers using a Layering Squares Framelits Die to fit into the centre of the easel image.

Inside the card I added a narrow piece of Flirty Flamingo card behind more of the Basic Gray Designer Series Paper before attaching it to Whisper White card.

I love how soft and pretty this card is – so feminine.  What do you think?

Bye for now,

Kris

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Road Trip

July 13, 2016
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My husband and I had the most amazing holiday with our eldest and youngest granddaughters.  We took a road trip with our caravan all the way from Brisbane to Charters Towers.  All up we did a little more than 3,500klms!  We had a couple of long days travelling but the girls were really good.  We made up “Find it Charts” before we left and the girls would search for whatever was on the list.  004We had a lot of fun and built up some really amazing memories.  I loved seeing some of the places that Ron and I had already been through the girl’s eyes.

Anyway one of the things that we did to keep their enthusiasm was create journalling blocks 4″ x 6″ on which they could write what they had done that day.  I used MDS to create them.   006Abi is nearly 12 so she has created point form journalling and even documented what we ate, Ava is only 6 so hers is a little less detailed but covers the major points.   When we came home we spent a couple of days printing photos ( I have an Epson PictureMate which makes this so easy) and creating their Project Life pages (I still have to do mine!).  Those of you who come to my classes already know that Abi is a keen Project Life scrapbooker, so she has an album already.  Ava hasn’t got the “bug” yet so her album is a series of 4×6″ pockets which we have clipped together.  I think she will need an album because she was quite excited to get her photos printed to show her Mum and Dad.

I haven’t taken any photos of Ava’s album yet but thought you might like to see some of Abi’s pages.

Bye for now,

Kris

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For My Sister

July 9, 2016

074My sister celebrated her birthday in April and I just realised I haven’t shared this card with you.  I was inspired by this sketch on Pinterest to create this card.

I started by adding a piece of Designer Series Paper from the It’s My Party Designer Series Paper Stack (retired) to scored and folded Basic Black card.  I don’t know about you but I buy Designer Series Paper and then don’t use it, for whatever reason and suddenly we are looking at a new catalogue and I have mountains of Designer Series Paper to use up.  So this is a start.  I stamped the leaf image from the Wild About You stamp set onto Whisper White card using Mint Macaron ink075I added the flowers using Crushed Curry ink.  This stamp set is photopolymer and it makes it so easy to do two-step stamping.  I added the image panel to Mint Macaron card which has one short end cut using the Scalloped Square Framelit Die (retired but you could use the Layering Squares Framelit Dies).  I wrapped the panel with Basic Black 1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon (retired) and tied a knot before attaching it to the card front using dimensionals.  076I stamped the greeting from the Petite Pairs stamp set (again retired) onto Whisper White card using Memento Tuxedo Black ink and punched it out using the Large Oval Punch (retired but you could use the new Layered Ovals Framelit Dies).  The greeting is attached to a Basic Black Scallop Oval (retired but again you could use the Layering Ovals Framelit Dies) and then the card front using a dimensional under the right hand side so that it could partially sit over the image panel.

Inside the card I stamped the leaf and flower images to the lower left hand corner of Whisper White card using the same Mint Macaron and Crushed Curry inks.

Oh, my goodness, I didn’t realise how many of my favourite things have retired with the launch of the 2016-2017 Annual Catalogue.   However, you can see how gorgeous this stamp set is and how easily you could recreate this card using new product.

Bye for now,

Kris

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Love and Affection

July 3, 2016
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I have to admit that when I first saw this in the Catalogue way back at Onstage Local I was smitten by the Love and Affection stamp set and co-ordinating products.  The stamp set is gorgeous and the Designer Series paper is absolutely stunning.   I haven’t lost that feeling.  This card is one that I designed for my June Card Class.  I started by adding a strip of the Affectionately Yours Designer Series Paper to the left hand side of Whisper White card which is then attached to scored and folded Crumb Cake card.  This particular piece of Designer Series Paper has copper embossing to highlight the detail of the flowers. 0235  I embossed a piece of Cucumber Crush card using one of the Floral Affection Embossing Folders.  (This is a set of two small embossing folders both of which are beautiful.)  The embossed card is attached across the bottom of the card front. I cut a piece of Whisper White card using one of the Layering Square Framelit Dies and stamped the greeting from the Love and Affection stamp set onto the right hand side using Night of Navy ink.  0245I cut a Crumb Cake card with a slightly larger scalloped square from from the Layering Square Framelit Dies and attached the stamped card.  Using Versamark ink I stamped the large flower onto Daffodil Delight card, the small flower onto Watermelon Wonder card and the leaves onto Cucumber Crush card.  The images are embossed using the Copper Embossing Powder and then cut out by hand.  I layered them onto the stamped Wisper White panel, added Basic Pearls to the centre of the flowers and attached the square panel to the card front using dimensionals.   I tried to mimic the embossing folder layout with the flowers and leaves.  Not sure if I succeeded but I think so.  To decorate the inside of the card, I simply embossed a piece of Cucumber Crush card and attached it to the bottom of Whisper White card.

I am rather pleased with this card.  What do you think?  I’d love to hear.

Bye for now,

Kris

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A Shaker Card

June 29, 2016
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I had a request from one of the ladies who comes to my Beachmere class for some boy birthday cards and  remembered the card we made at Onstage Local earlier this year, I thought it would be perfect.  I started by stamping the greeting from the Confetti Celebration stamp set onto the bottom right hand corner of Whisper White card using Memento Tuxedo Black ink and attached it to scored and folded Tempting Turquoise card. I stamped the banner image from the same stamp set across the top of  a square of Whisper White card using Daffodil Delight ink.  I stamped the star image onto the centre of the card using the same ink and stamped happy birthday over the top using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  I used the fabulous new Foam Adhesive Strips around the edge of the stamped square and used my Embossing Buddy along the inside edges to remove any “sticky” on the sides.  023 I punched Daffodil Delight and Pacific Point card using the Sprinkles Punch and placed onto the stamped card inside the adhesive strips.  I also added a sprinkle of gold stars which I had punched previously for a project using the Confetti Stars Border Punch.  (I put all the little punched out pieces in old brad or button containers and save them for just this purpose.)  I cut the centre from a slightly larger square of Pacific Point card and stamped around the frame with the star image from the Confetti Celebration stamp set using Pacific Point ink. 024 I attached a piece of Window Sheet behind the stamped frame and rubbed all over the Window Sheet using my Embossing Buddy to remove the static.  The next step is a little tricky, I took off the covering strips on the Foam Adhesive Strips and attached the Pacific Point frame over the top – take your time to line it up perfect.  (Of course if all else fails, you can trim away any edges that are showing.)  To finish off I attached the shaker frame to the card front.  To decorate the inside of the card, I once again stamped the banner image across the top of Whisper White card using Daffodil Delight ink.  The balloons are stamped onto the lower left hand corner using Pacific Point ink.

I think this turned out well, so thanks Stampin’ Up! for the inspiration –  I was happy and so was my customer.

Bye for now,

Kris

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Happy Anniversary

June 24, 2016
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My parents celebrated their 62 Wedding Anniversary last weekend.  Can you imagine that?  62 years and still going strong.  They are amazing!   My Floral Phases stamp set and co-ordinating products were on my desk and I just had to case the card in the catalogue on page 76.  I used A4 Thick Whisper White for the card base and then cut Whisper White card using the Detailed Floral Thinlit dies.  You place one die with the straight edge at the top edge of the card and one with the straight edge at the bottom of the card.  This leaves a plain border between the two die cut areas.  These dies are almost the width of a traditional metric card, so you only get a very thin border around the outside edge, the photos in Mums-62-Anniversary-2the catalogue would be on standard American sized (inches) card bases so a wider border –  Didn’t spoil the affect though.  I stamped the greeting from the Floral Phases stamp set onto the die cut card using Night of Navy ink  and wrapped it with the Night of Navy Thick Bakers Twine and tied a bow (exactly like the one in the catalogue).  Mums-62-Anniversary-3The die cut card is attached to the card base using Tombow Multipurpose Adhesive.  (If you use this adhesive, you really have to be quite sparing, tiny dots around the panel and leave it for a second or two to almost dry before attaching, works really well and you don’t get glue all over everything!)   I added three Basic Pearls to each side of the greeting.   Inside the card I stamped the border image across the bottom of the card and then stamped the floral image above it using Night of Navy ink.   I also added more of the Basic Pearls between the images.   It truly is gorgeous in real life, I can’t wait to use this product suite some more.

What do you think?  Can you see this in your craft room stash?  Bet you can.

Bye for now,

Kris

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Birthday Tag

June 21, 2016
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We attended a 40th birthday celebration for one of my husband’s mates a while ago.  His present was a bottle of something special he likes to drink and I wanted to add a tag for the gift.  I punched the top of a piece of Night of Navy card using the Scallop Tag Topper Punch.  The card is wider than the tag punches but you can push the card in to punch the tag topper and then hand trim the extra card from the sides.  Once trimmed, I used the Project Life Corner Rounder Punch to trim the corners.  I punched the corners of a length of Whisper White card using the Project Life Corner Rounder Punch and attached it to the Night of Navy card. 0203 I punched a scrap of Silver Glimmer Paper using the 1-3/4″ circle punch added length of Silver Cord (retired) to the back and attached it to the top of the Whisper White card.  I punched two circles from Night of Navy card using the 1-3/8″ circle punch.  I punched Night of Navy card using the Heart Border Punch (retired) and attached an upside down heart to the back of each of the Night of Navy circles.  I attached a length of Silver Cord (retired) to the back of each of the Night of Navy circles and attached them to the Whisper White card over the Silver Glimmer Paper circle.  I cut the numbers from scraps of Silver Glimmer Paper using the Timeless Type Alphabet (retired) and attached a number to each of the Night of Navy Balloons.  I stamped “celebrate” from the Celebrate Today stamp set onto Whisper White card using Night of Navy ink.  I fussy cut the word, attached it to Night of Navy card and fussy cut again to give a narrow border.  The greeting is attached to the Whisper White card over the “balloon strings” using dimensionals.  I used a length of 1/8″ Silver Ribbon to attached the tag to the gift box.

Simple but works perfectly for the occasion.

Bye for now,

Kris

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