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Stylin’ Stampin’ redo

November 7, 2017

I shared a card I made using the sketch at Stylin’ Stamping recently and after we made these cards at Beachmere I had a couple of kits left over.  They sat on my desk for a while and I thought I would share how I changed this one up a bit.  I embossed the Basic Black card using the Basic Polka Dot Embossing Folder and attached it to scored and folded Thick Whisper White card.  I attached half a Silver Foil Doily behind the Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper before attaching across the Basic Black card.  I stamped the image from the Half Full stamp set onto Whisper White card using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  I trimmed the image and punched the top edge with the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch which matches this image perfectly.  I coloured the grapes using the Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Blends and the leaves using the Old Olive Stampin’ Blends.  I wanted to give the tag an aged look, so I used my Crumb Cake Stampin’ Blends to colour and age the image.  I tied a knot in a length of Silver 1/8″ Ribbon and attached it to the tag which is attached to the card front using dimensionals.

To decorate the inside of the card, I stamped the bottle and glass images from the Half Full stamp set onto Whisper White card using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  I coloured the images using the Cherry Cobbler and Crumb Cake Stampin’ Blends.  I cut out the images and attached them to the lower left hand corner of the inside of the card.

This card looks completely different to the first card I created, just by flipping the Designer Series paper and using new images.  I love it.  I must say that I really love my Stampin’ Blends.  If you haven’t tried them yet, you just don’t know what you are missing.

Bye for now,

Kris

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Same layout, different card

November 6, 2017

This is the second card I made using the sketch layout I found on Pinterest – here is a link to the first card.  Once more I am using the same colours and Designer Series Paper for this second card as on the previous one.   I embossed the Old Olive card using the Holly Embossing Folder before attaching it to the right hand side of Whisper White card with the Merry Little Christmas Designer Series paper attached to the left hand side.  I attached a strip of Gold Glimmer Paper across the middle of the card before attaching to scored and folded Crumb Cake card.  I stamped the image from the Flourishing Phrases stamp set onto Whisper White card using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  The image is coloured using the Cherry Cobbler and Old Olive Stampin’ BlendsI cut the image using one of  the Layering Circle Framelits Dies and attached it to a scalloped circle of Crumb Cake card cut using the same dies.  I cut Gold Glimmer paper with the die from the Flourish Thinlits Dies that is a stem with round berries on the ends (not sure how else to describe this but if you have the dies you will know the one I mean).  I cut the berries from the die cut and attached them over the circles on the stamped image.  The image panel is attached to the card front using dimensionals.

To decorate the inside of the card, I partially inked the image from the Flourishing Phrases stamp set with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and used my stamp-a-ma-jig to get the placement right on the Whisper White card.  I stamped “Merry Christmas” from the Merry Patterns stamp set (no longer available) again using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  I coloured the floral image using the Cherry Cobbler and Old Olive Stampin’ Blends.  I also added the Gold Glimmer paper circles onto the circles on the stamped image as I did on the front.

I am happy to say that I am extremely happy with the finished card.  I have used this image before on Christmas cards and love that I can extra mileage from the stamp set.  What do you think?  Do you like it?

Bye for now,

Kris

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More Hearts Come Home

November 4, 2017

I’m not sure if I actually really like this card or not.  I am unsure about the Foil Snowflake, however, I thought I would share it and see what you think.  I stamped the greeting from the Hearts Come Home stamp set onto the lower right hand corner of Whisper White card using Cherry Cobbler ink before embossing using the Woodland Embossing Folder.  The embossed card is attached to scored and folded Cherry Cobbler card.  I cut the Hometown Greetings Edgelits Die from Crumb Cake card.  I trimmed the snowman off the diecut because that just doesn’t fit with Christmas in Australia before sponging the Crumb Cake card with Garden Green ink.   In the summer we usually don’t have very green grass so this kind of browny/green colour suits perfectly.  I sponged a piece of Whisper White card using Soft Sky ink and attached the Crumb Cake die cut, lining up the lower edges, before attaching the panel to Cherry Cobbler card.  I attached the die cut panel onto the centre of a Gold Foil Snowflake.  I don’t think it really looks very much like a snowflake when so much is hidden behind the image panel.  The snowflake and die cut are attached to the card front.

To decorate the inside of the card I stamped the greeting from the Hearts Come Home stamp set onto Whisper White card using Cherry Cobbler ink.  I attached a narrow strip of Cherry Cobbler card behind one long edge of a piece of Whisper White card which is embossed using the Woodland Embossing Folder.  The embossed panel is attached to the lower edge of the stamped Whisper White card.

I’d love to hear what you think of this card.

Bye for now,

Kris

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Christmas with a difference

November 3, 2017

I created this card after seeing a card sketch layout on Pinterest which actually gives you four orientations for the same sketch, so you may see more of this layout in the future.   Since I am also addicted to my Stampin’ Blends at the moment I had to use them as well.  I embossed Old Olive card using the Holly Embossing Folder and attached it to the left hand side of Whisper White card.  I attached a piece of the Merry Little Christmas Designer Series paper to the right hand side of the Whisper White card.  I attached a strip of Gold Glimmer Paper across the middle of the panel before attaching to scored and folded Crumb Cake card.  I had a piece of Whisper White card on my desk which was cut using the second largest of the Lots of Labels Framelits Dies which was perfect for this card.  I stamped the wine bottle and the wine glass from the Half Full stamp set onto the label using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  I did mask the bottle before stamping the first glass and then I masked the glass before stamping the second one.  I also used my stamp-a-ma-jig to ensure they were straight on my label.  I coloured the images using the Daffodil Delight, Crumb Cake and Pink Pirouette Stampin’ Blends.  I also stamped the holly image from the Half Full stamp set onto the top left hand corner of the label using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  I coloured the holly images using the  dark Cherry Cobbler and the dark Old Olive Stampin’ Blends.  The label is attached to the card front using dimensionals.

To decorate the inside of the card I stamped “Merry Christmas” from the Half Full stamp set using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  I also stamped two of the wine glasses and one of the holly images using the same ink.  The images are coloured using both of the Daffodil Delight and the dark Cherry Cobbler and the dark Old Olive Stampin’ Blends.

Well, what do you think?   It’s a bit quirky but I like it.  I know quite a few people who will get it as well.  My husband doesn’t think it is Christmassy at all!  Oh well, you can’t please everybody, can you?  Even if you are on the fence about this card, I know you will all agree with me that the Stampin’ Blends are sensational.  Have you purchased yours yet?

Bye for now,

Kris

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Christmas Blends

November 2, 2017

Since Stampin’ Blends are now available for everyone to purchase, I thought I would share a card that was inspired by one shared by Kelly Kent recently.  I was immediately struck by the idea that it would make a lovely Christmas card.  The card uses the Colour Me Happy stamp set which is not really a Christmas stamp set.  I embossed Cherry Cobbler card using the Holly Embossing Folder and attached it to scored and folded Thick Whisper White card.  I stamped the “string” across the top left hand corner of Whisper White card using Memento Tuxedo Black inkI stamped both the lanterns using the same ink and also using my Stamp-a-ma-jig to get the placement perfect.  I coloured two of the lanterns using the Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Blends and the centre lantern using Old Olive Blends.  I also used the colour lifter to add a little more lightness to the lanterns.  I attached a piece of the  Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper behind the stamped Whisper White panel before attaching to the card front.  I stamped “merry Christmas” from the Merry Patterns stamp set onto Whisper White card using Cherry Cobbler ink.  I used the Classic Label Punch to cut out the greeting.  To create a mat for the greeting, I attached the stamped Whisper White card to Old Olive card and trimmed the ends to match the shape of the punched greeting.

To decorate the inside of the card, I stamped the same images across the top left hand corner of Whisper White card.  The images are coloured using the same Cherry Cobbler and Old Olive Stampin’ Blends.

I so love this card and can’t thank Kelly enough for her inspiration, and thank you Stampin’ Up! for creating these fabulous Stampin’ Blends.

Bye for now,

Kris

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Stampin’ Blends are available tomorrow

October 31, 2017

These wonderful alcohol markers will be available for purchase tomorrow.  Woohoo!  They will be included in the 2018 Annual Catalogue, so they will be available for some time to come – hopefully forever.  I have had a wonderful time working with the Stampin’ Blends since the beginning of the month.  Stampin’ Up! allowed Demonstrators to purchase these markers at the beginning of October, so I have had a whole month to fall in love with them.  The markers are available to purchase as a combo pack for $15.50 or individually for $7.75.  Each colour comes in a light and a dark shade.  To show you just how lovely they are I am sharing some cards I made using the Rose Wonder stamp set.  This first card uses the Rich Razzleberry and Old Olive Stampin’ Blends.  I love how much depth of colour you get when you use both the light and dark shades together.  Firstly I stamped the image using Memento Tuxedo Black ink and then I coloured the image and cut it out.  The image is attached to Whisper White card which I stamped using the greeting from the Rose Wonder stamp set and Memento Tuxedo Black ink. The image panel is attached to scored and folded Rich Razzleberry card.

To decorate the inside of the card I cut the small flower from Whisper White card using the Rose Garden Thinlit Dies.  I attached the Whisper White flower to Rich Razzleberry card and cut around the edges of the thinlit.  The flower is attached to the lower left hand corner of Whisper White card.   A very simple card really, but I love how beautiful the flower looks.  In fact I loved it so much I continued to create this card using each of the colours available in the Stampin’ Blends.

Here are Rich Razzleberry and Pumpkin Pie.

Now we have Smoky Slate, Pink Pirouette and Pool Party.

Next is Daffodil Delight, Crumb Cake and Night of Navy.

And last but not least is Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral and Cherry Cobbler.

I have used the Old Olive Stampin’ Blends for the leaves on each of the cards.  As well as these awesome colours there are also two skin tones in Ivory and Bronze.   The skin tone markers do not have a light and a dark shade.   A set of Blends would not be complete without a Colour Lifter and let me tell you it is awesome at picking up the colour from outside the image so it looks perfect every time.

If you are like me and love every single one of these colours, you can purchase a complete set which includes all 26 of the individual colours plus the colour lifter for a total cost of $209.25.

As if that wasn’t enough with this release you can also purchase the beautiful Colour Me Happy Project Kit and the co-ordinating Colour Me Happy stamp set which I have already shared with you in this post.  Both the card kit and the stamp set will be available while stocks last.

I hope you are as excited by this fantastic product as I am.

Bye for now,

Kris

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Happy Birthday Jae

October 30, 2017

My granddaughter Jae celebrated her 9th birthday yesterday with a trip to Aussie World.  It was a perfect, sunny day and Jae and her brother and sister had a lot of fun (I might add so did her Mum and Dad).  So I thought I would share the card and gift box I made for her.  I punched a strip of Peekaboo Peach card using the Decorative Ribbon Border Punch and attached it behind the top edge a piece of Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper which I cut with the top edge on the diagonal.  The designer series paper is attached to the bottom of Whisper White card before attaching to scored and folded Smoky Slate card.  I cut Whisper White card using an oval from the Stitched Shapes Framelits dies.  The Whisper White oval is attached to a Peekaboo Peach scalloped oval cut using the Layering Ovals Framelits Dies before attaching to the card front using dimensionals.  I stamped “happy birthday” from the Sunshine Sayings stamp set onto Whisper White card using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  I punched both ends of the greeting using the Triple Banner Punch.  The Whisper White card is attached to a Peekaboo Peach banner and then the card front with dimensionals under both ends.  I punched the pieces for the “cat” from Smoky Slate card using the Fox Builder PunchThe face is created by stamping the image from the Foxy Friends stamp set using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.   I stamped the “leg image” from the Foxy Friends stamp set onto the punched body using Smoky Slate ink.  I sponged lightly around the edges of all the Smoky Slate pieces using Smoky Slate ink.  I punched the tail piece from Whisper White card using the Fox Builder Punch and the ears from Pink Pirouette card using the same punch.  The pieces are attached to the Whisper White oval using Tombow Multi Purpose glue.  Lastly I added three large Basic Rhinestones to the top left and bottom right hand corners.

To decorate the inside of the card, I punched Peekaboo Peach card using the Decorative Ribbon Border Punch.  The punched card is attached behind one long edge of a piece of the same Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper before attaching to Whisper White card.

I needed a box to house my gift and wanted it to co-ordinate with the card.  I love the Window Box but it is a little too short for what I wanted so I downloaded a free tutorial from Kirsteen Gill which showed how to adjust the height of the box.  Once I had cut the pieces, I attached the same Painted Autumn Designer Series paper to Peekaboo Peach card to decorate the sides of my box.  I cut a Peekaboo Peach panel and a Whisper White panel for the top of the box.  I attached a piece of Peekaboo Peach 5/8″ Crinkled Seam Binding underneath the panels for the top of the box to make it easier for Jae to open.  I created another cat in the same manner as the card to finish decorating the top of the box.

I am so happy with this cute card and matching gift box.  I have not used this stamp set, matching dies or for that matter the Window Box much at all, but when I do I am so impressed with how gorgeous my creations turn out.

Happy Birthday for yesterday Jae, so happy we were able to spend an amazing day with you.

Kris

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