Same colours, different card.

My previous post showed a card that I made for the colour challenge this week at Our Creative Corner.  And I did say that I had struggled with that challenge.  Truthfully, I made three cards and was not entirely happy with any of them, but I have been challenged to share them with you! 🙂

So, here is another card which uses the same colour combination and some fabric.

This one uses the Field Flowers stamp set, which has been coloured using ink and an aqua brush, and then spritzed with water before stamping it onto watercolour paper. One flower has been cut out and layered over the top of the first, and both flowers have a coating of Crystal Effects to give them a shine.  The watercolour paper has then be cut using the Two Tags Die through the Big Shot (love my Big Shot!).
It’s perhaps a little difficult to see in the photo, but the black layer of card stock has also been run through the Big Shot using the Elegant Bouquet embossing folder.

As for the third card, it is not quite finished, but I will post it over the next few days.

Happy stamping!

OCC Colour Challenge

This week’s challenge at Our Creative Corner is a colour challenge, to use the colours Lime, Poppy, Pink, Black and White, along with either fabric or circles (or both!).  Lori Rider has given us a photo for inspiration for this challenge:

For some reason I struggled a little with this one, I have ended up with three cards made using the colours, but I will only show you one today. 🙂  Might show you the others another time.

I have used the Twitterpated fabric as a background and have stamped the swirly image from Precious Butterflies (Hostess set) in black Stazon ink, directly onto the fabric. I have then stitched the fabric onto the black card stock using my sewing machine!  Yes, you heard right… I used my sewing machine!
For the leaves I have used the Little Leaves Sizzlit Die, and the white flowers Blossom Party Originals Die.  The little flowers are made using the Itty Bitty Shapes punch set.
This one is a little different for me, but I enjoyed the challenge.
Make sure you check out the rest of the Design Team’s fabulous creations.

Have a great weekend, and happy stamping!


Cute Boot!

I just had to share this gorgeous little card that I made on the weekend.  Isn’t it just adorable?  Yes, it opens up so that you can write on the inside.
The design and template for this card comes from another of my fellow Stampin’ Up! demonstrators, Tanya Bell. She is a very clever lady and has some other fantastic things over on her blog.  So thanks Tanya, I had heaps of fun making this one.

Tanya has inspired me, so I might have to have a go at designing this sort of card myself. 🙂

These little shoes would be fantastic for a christening card, birthday card for a really young child, or even a baby shower invitation.
Feel free to contact me if you would like to know more.

Happy stamping!


“What Not to Stamp” Makeover Challenge

This was lots of fun!!  This week’s challenge at Our Creative Corner comes from Lori Rider.  The challenge is to go hunting through those old cards, you know the ones….. that you made when you first started stamping or the ones that just didn’t quite work, or what Lori calls “cringe-worthy” cards 🙂  Then choose one or two things about that card that you do like and use those on a new card.  Ahhh but, you have to show us the old card, and the makeover card.  So have fun with this one.  I know I did!

So here is my cringe-worthy card – one I made very early on and is about the second post on my blog, wayyyyyy back about 4 years ago.











And for my makeover card I have used the grid technique for the background again, a similar layout, and various shades of pink.

The grid is so much easier now that we have the diagonal score plate, much easier than the old way using a ruler and bone scorer!!  I have then added some ink to the cardstock by inking up one of my large clear blocks and lightly stamping that directly onto the card stock.  I have then used a slightly darker pink (Pretty in Pink) to stamp the swirls.  I have used the lovely, elegant stamp set “Elements of Style“.  The main image has been double stamped, first with Pretty in Pink ink, and then over the top and slightly off-set in  Rose Red.  This gives the outline a slightly blurry look.  Then I have coloured using a blender pen.  But be wary when you are using this technique as the Rose Red ink can bleed very easily, so I just dotted the colour inside the outline and have “worked” the colouring as little as possible.  The butterfly is from “Kindness Matters”, and it has been edged with the darker colour, using a marker.
Like I said, I really did have fun with this one, and I hope you’ll play along this week too.  Make sure you check out all the other transformations from the rest of the Design Team.
Happy stamping!

Dynamic Duos

Uh oh, I found a new challenge to take part in!!  Dynamic Duos challenge #7 this week, is to use the colours Melon Mambo and Basic Black – yummo, what a sensational combination!  I’ve combined this with this week’s sketch challenge from Freshly Made Sketches. And here is the result:

I have used Field Flowers stamp set, and embossed the flower image with white embossing powder, directly onto the Melon Mambo Cardstock.  The black layer has been dry embossed using the Big Shot and the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder.  The greeting is from the Perfect Punches stamp set, with some pink half-backed pearls (non- Stampin’ Up!).  Some strips of white card stock punched with the Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch, and some of my favourite faux stitching in black, as a finishing touch.
Loving this colour combo!

Happy stamping!


This week’s challenge from Just Add Ink is to CASE something from the blog of the very talented Delys Cram.  So here is my version, using the Kindness Matters stamp set.  You can see the original from Delys here.  The other stamp set I have used, for the greeting, is called Heard from the Heart, and is another favourite of mine, although I have a feeling it may not be available for much longer.

I have stamped the three butterfly image in Rose Red, then stamped the centre image in Black Stazon onto a separate piece of card stock, coloured it using ink and blender pen, and then cut it out and mounted it with a touch of glue in the centre so that the wings can be lifted off the base.
I have also used the gorgeous Seam Binding Ribbon and Vintage Brad.
I quite like this card, it is nice and clean, which is quite different to a lot of the cards I have been making recently.  In fact I like it so much I think I will have to try it in a different colour.  Stay tuned…. 🙂

Happy Stamping!

Card Swaps

I recently took part in a card swap with a group of ladies who are all Australian Stampin’ Up! demonstrators, and I thought it was time I shared what I had made for them.
I have used the Attic Boutique DSP and Rue Des Fleurs stamp set. To make the dress, I have stamped the bodice part straight onto the Very Vanilla Top Note and heat embossed then coloured it.  I have then cut the V part using a craft knife.  I have then stamped and embossed the Umbrella from this stamp set onto a different piece of card stock, cut it out without the handle and watches which come off the bottom, and then popped it under the V of the bodice, creating a dress.  The dress was heat embossed using Soft Suede and Versamark ink with clear embossing powder, and has been coloured using a blender pen and very light shadings of Poppy Parade ink, with just a touch of Daffodil Delight and Pool Party on the flowers at the top of the bodice.
Doesn’t it make you just want to travel back 100 years so that you wear one just like it?
Happy stamping.

Another Sketch Challenge

This sketch is from the lovely girls at Our Creative Corner.
I have used the gorgeous Attic Boutique DSP for this card, which I have cut out using the  Framelits Label Collection Dies, and done some free-hand paper piercing around the edge.  The layer behind that has been stamped using the Rues Des Fleurs stamp set and then has been embossed and sponged with Soft Suede ink.  The flower is made using Poppy Parade cardstock, and has a little half-back pearl in the centre which is hard to see in the photo.
I had a lot of fun making this card, so I hope you like it too.
Until next time, happy stamping!

Gift Tags

I have recently been commissioned by a florist, to make some gift tags.  These are some of the ones she wasn’t interested in 🙂  but I thought I would share them with you anyway.   I have a few of these that were experiments until we found exactly what she was looking for.  I will have these for sale at the Marion Indoor Markets tomorrow, along with lots of goodies for Mother’s Day.
Not sure about you but I absolutely adore these little die cut butterflies!  They get used for a whole heap of things around our house, in particular some of my son’s craft activities! 🙂

Happy Mother’s Day, to all the Mum’s out there for tomorrow. Hope you have a very special day.
Happy stamping.

Button Buddies Class

Ok, I fully admit that this is shameless CASE of a card set made by the fabulous Mary Fish.   But they are just so cute that I couldn’t help myself.

Class dates are:

Thursday 5th July at 10.30am and 7.30pm, and Saturday 7th July at 2pm.

Not only will we make these six cards but we will also make a mini pizza box to put them in with their envelopes.
Make sure you book in for this class soon, as it’s sure to be popular and places are limited.

Happy stamping!