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Happy Father’s Day

September 11, 2017

I am very late sharing this card with you because I forgot to take photos before I delivered it to my Dad.  So I had to wait till I saw him again to get these photos.  I wanted to try adding letters to my card with the stamping raised up on top.  (Sounds like double dutch doesn’t it?)  Anyway, I am not sure how other crafter’s go about doing this but I will share my version with you.

I started by stamping my card front using the High Tide stamp set.  The lighthouse was first – it’s a two step and I stamped it in Sahara Sand and Memento Tuxedo BlackThe sand is stamped in Sahara Sand, the water in Island Indigo.  I stamped the water birds using Memento Tuxedo Black ink and the grass using Always Artichoke.  I punched Post-it-Notes using the Tree Builder Punch, added the post-it-note clouds to the card front and sponged Soft Sky ink over them and around the lighthouse.  I removed the masks and stamped the greeting from Guy Greetings using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  Last thing I stamped was the flying birds, also using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  Then I cut the D, A, D from the stamped card front using the Large Letters Framelits Dies.  Let me tell you that’s a bit scary because if you get it wrong you have to start all over again.  I removed the letters and attached the stamped card to scored and folded Basic Black card.  I laid the letters back into the cut outs and glued down the centre of each of the letters.  The letter itself is attached using Mini Dimensionals.  I am pretty happy with the look.

To decorate the inside of the card, I once more stamped the water, sand, grass and sea birds using the same inks as I had on the front of the card.

I guess this is a bit busy but I love the finished card and my Dad did too.

Bye for now,

Kris

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Painted Harvest Gift Set

September 8, 2017

You have already seen a couple of cards I have made using the Painted Harvest stamp set.  I think this stamp set is going to be an all time favourite from the Holiday Catalogue.  Since I love it so much I wanted to play around with some of the colour combinations I have seen used by other Demonstrators and shared on Pinterest.  All of the cards are created with the same layout but use different colours.  This first card using Powder Pink and Berry Burst ink for the flower, Early Espresso ink for the flower centre and Lemon Lime Twist ink for the leaves.  I only used the solid leaf image and stamped several times without re-inking.  The Powder Pink rectangle is attached to Whisper White card and then embossed using the Petal Burst Embossing Folder.  The card base is Berry Burst and so is the layer that the stamped panel is attached to.  The image panel is attached using dimensionals.  The greeting for this card and all of the cards comes from the Teeny Tiny Sentiments stamp set and is cut out using the smallest of the ovals in the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies.  The scalloped oval is cut using the Layering Ovals Framelits Dies.  For this card the greeting is stamped in Berry Burst ink and attached to Berry Burst card.

To decorate the inside of the card I simply stamped the flower once more onto the lower left hand corner.  I also decorated the envelope in the same manner with the flower stamped onto the lower left hand corner of the envelope front.

The second card uses Pool Party and Marina Mist for the flower, Crumb Cake for the flower centre and Wild Wasabi for the leaves.  The card base is Marina Mist and the image panel and the greeting are also attached to Marina Mist card.  The embossed panel uses Pool party card and the greeting is stamped using Marina Mist ink.  The inside of the card and the envelope have the flower stamped in the matching colours.

The third card uses Crushed Curry and Tangerine Tango for the flower, Early Espresso for the flower centre and Garden Green ink for the leaves.  The embossed panel is Crushed Curry.  The card base is Tangerine Tango and the image panel and the greeting are also attached to Tangerine Tango card.  The greeting is stamped using Tangerine Tango ink.  Again the inside of the card and envelope use the same inks for the flowers.

The fourth card uses Berry Burst and Rich Razzleberry for the flowers, Crumb Cake for the flower centre and Tranquil Tide for the leaves.  The embossed panel is Berry Burst.  The card base is Rich Razzleberry and the image panel and greeting are also attached to Rich Razzleberry card.  The greeting is stamped using Rich Razzleberry ink.  The inside of the card and the envelope are stamped to match the card.

The last card uses Wisteria Wonder and Elegant Eggplant for the flowers, Crumb Cake for the flower centre and Wild Wasabi for the leaves.  The embossed panel is Wisteria Wonder.  The card base is Perfect Plum and the image panel is also attached to Perfect Plum card.  The greeting is stamped using Elegant Eggplant and attached to Elegant Eggplant card.  The flower to decorate the inside of the card and the envelope uses the same inks.

Once I had progressed this far, I thought the cards needed a presentation box and guess what on page 13 of the Holiday Catalogue you will find Acetate Card Boxes.  These Card Boxes are designed to hold five cards and envelopes.  Woohoo!  Perfect for these cards.  So I followed the same design and decorated the front of the Acetate Card Box.  I used Dapper Denim for the flowers, which for the first flower is stamped off once onto scrap paper.  The second flower uses full strength ink.  The leaves are stamped using Pear Pizzazz ink and the flower centre is Soft Suede.  The embossed panel is Pear Pizzazz and the mounting card is Dapper Denim.  The greeting from the Watercolour Wings stamp set is stamped using Dapper Denim ink.  The greeting and the image panel are attached to Dapper Denim card.

I am really happy with all of the cards and just love the fact that they fit in this great Acetate Card Box.  I can image these being great for gift giving at Christmas Time, can’t you?

(Sorry about the lighting for this last photo but it is quite a sunny morning here in Naranba and I couldn’t avoid it’s reflection on my table.)

Hope you are still enjoying your new catalogue and that I have inspired you to take a look at the Acetate Card Boxes with new eyes.

Bye for now,

Kris

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Just Add Ink #375

September 7, 2017

I found a sketch challenge at Just Add Ink this week but unfortunately couldn’t complete my card until after the closing date.  However, I decided to share my card as it was a great sketch, one which I am sure we could all use over and over again.  I embossed the lower two-thirds of Whisper White card before stamping the greeting from the Flourishing Phrases stamp set onto the top right hand corner using Tranquil Tide ink.  I wrapped the top of the embossing using the Berry Burst 1/2″ Woven Ribbon and tied a knot.  I stamped the stems and leaf image from the Wild About Flowers stamp set onto Whisper White card using Tranquil Tide ink.  I stamped the flowers onto the stems using Berry Burst ink.  The flower image is cut out using the second largest circle in the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies and attached to a scalloped oval cut from Tranquil Tide card using the Layering Circles Framelits DiesThe image panel is attached to the card front using dimensionals.

Decoration on the inside of the card is super simple.  I simply embossed a narrow strip of Whisper White card before attaching a narrow strip of Tranquil Tide card behind one long edge.  The embossed panel is attached to the bottom of Whisper White card.

I like the simplicity,  what about you?.   Wild About Flowers stamp set is one that I love but it has been sadly neglected of late with all the new goodies in the Holiday catalogue.

Bye for now,

Kris

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More Watercolour Christmas

September 5, 2017

When I purchased the Watercolour Christmas Project Kit, I purchased the stamp set so that I could complete the cards in the kit.  I didn’t realise, how much I was going to love this stamp set.   Sometimes it’s fun to play around with small images to see just how many different options there are for using them on your cards and I am sure this one will feature in my Memory Keeping as well.  For my card today I stamped the lower right hand corner of Whisper White card with one of the greetings from the Watercolour Christmas stamp set using Cherry Cobbler ink.  Once I had stamped the greeting I embossed the card using the Sparkle Embossing Folder.   I stamped the tree image from the Watercolour Christmas stamp set three times onto Whisper White card using Always Artichoke ink.  I used the smallest square from the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies to cut out the images.  They are each attached to a square of Silver Foil card and a scalloped square of Cherry Cobbler card, cut using the Layering Squares Framelits Dies.  I attached the images across the top of the embossed card and wrapped the centre of the card using the Cherry Cobbler Stitched Ribbon and tied a knot.  The embossed panel is attached to scored and folded Cherry Cobbler card.

To decorate the inside of the card I stamped the sentiment from the Watercolour Christmas stamp set using Cherry Cobbler ink.

So happy with this card, clean and simple and so easy to make lots for the Christmas season.  Don’t you think?  I told you that I was sure this stamp set was going to be extra versatile didn’t I?  Anyway I am sure you are starting to see more and more possibilities!  I know that the ladies at my Beachmere class loved making this one last week.

Bye for now,

Kris

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Watercolour Christmas Take 2

September 4, 2017

A couple of days ago I shared with you the four cards I made using the Watercolour Christmas Project Kit.  Well a very talented American Demonstrator Rachel Tessman shared a video showing how to get double the amount of cards from the Watercolour Christmas Project Kit.  It is simple and easy to do and at Christmas when we all need to make lots of cards, this makes it very economical. This link will take you to Rachel’s  blog post which has a video which shows what she does.  I couldn’t wait to see how the cards would turn out so I made my own versions following her instructions.

I love how simple and easy it was to add a few extra card bases and create an extra four cards.  Rachel used the “left over” pieces from the die cut pages and used those to add extra pieces to help create the extra four cards.  She also cut two of the card bases from the kit to create four card fronts.  It’s a very clever idea and I am sure given enough time playing with this kit, you will find many ways to create extra cards using the pieces supplied.

It’s so easy to overlook project kits in the catalogues, there are so many gorgeous things to take our eye, however, they are excellent quality and the finished product is always lovely.  So which version of these cards will you be making?

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Watercolour Christmas

September 2, 2017

Hope you have all had a look at the new Holiday Catalogue by now.  Isn’t it amazing?  There are some great stamp sets and dies and all sorts of inspiration for our holiday creating.  Something you might have overlooked on page 33 of your catalogue is the Watercolour Christmas Project Kit.  This kit contains everything you need to create 20 cards – five each of four designs, except the co-ordinating Watercolour Christmas stamp set, dimensionals, adhesive and a Basic Black ink pad.  It’s a fabulous idea to get together with friends or just to use to create lots of cards for your Christmas mail outs.  The quality of the card bases and the extra pieces if really excellent and the co-ordinating stamp set is a great one to have in your stash.  You have already seen a couple of cards I have created using this stamp set and I am sure you will see many more.  I love it’s simplicity and the beautiful font in the greeting stamps.  There is also a great stamp to add to the inside of your cards, making them complete.  Here is a bit closer photo of two of the cards.

and two more –

Lovely aren’t they?  I didn’t mention that the kit also contains envelopes and beautiful gold envelope liners.  I love this idea, now not only have I got some sensational cards to send out, the envelope will be a show piece as well.

I hope that you take the time to have another look at this kit and see the possibilities.

And just to give you a little more idea about the kit, take a look at this video with Holly from Stampin’ Up!.


Bye for now,

Kris

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It’s arrived

September 1, 2017

Today is the day that you too can start purchasing from the 2017 Holiday Catalogue.  What a great catalogue it is too!  If you don’t have a catalogue and don’t have a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, please contact me so that we can talk about how you can get one.  There is a link to the catalogue in the side-bar so that you can download it and have a look before you get a copy.  Or you can click on the photo to download the catalogue.

Today also marks the beginning of an opportunity to earn an exclusive stamp set.  The stamp set is called Merry Patterns and is available to anyone who Hosts a Party or creates an order which reaches $450.00.  This is in addition to any other benefit or Freebies you might qualify for.  So with the launch of a new catalogue, everyone has a long wish list, so why not buy what you want and pick up a bargain at the same time.  You do not have to host a party as such, although this is a great way to get the things on your Wish List without spending so much money yourself, you can simply place a qualifying order of $450.00 and you will automatically receive the Merry Patterns stamp set.   There are many ways you can qualify for this stamp set, so if you need any details please do not hesitate to contact me.

Sooo, while all these great things are happening today, I have to apologise for having the worst blogging week I have had in a long time.  Things just didn’t go my way this week, visitors and other things just kept getting in my way.  Not that I’m complaining we had a lovely time with our visitors, I just didn’t get time to create.    So hopefully,  life is back to normal and my blogging will get back to being more regular.

Don’t forget to check out the Holiday Catalogue and the Merry Patterns stamp set.

Bye for now,

Kris

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