Big Top Birthday

Just a very quick post tonight, since I am a little weary and just going to curl up in my nice warm bed!
The Big Top Birthday Designer Series Papers make it sooooo easy to make kids cards.  Stampin’ Up! have literally done the work for you.  This first card is just a strategically cut layer of DSP on a base card of Tempting Turquoise, a greeting (this one from On Your Birthday) stamped on white and then punched out with the Large Oval Punch and adhered with some dimensionals.  And that’s done!  Of course you could do more with it, but if you are after a quick and really easy card, this is it!  This week’s Stampin’ Royalty challenge is a simple card, so I think this one fits the bill nicely.

The second card uses the same DSP and this time I have stamped some images from Fox & Friends, punched them out and then layered them over white cardstock.  And the greeting on this one is from the Curly Cute stamp set.

Happy stamping!  Chris

New goodies!

I got lots of yummy new stuff out of the new catalogue in the last two days, and I couldn’t wait to get stuck right in and make some things. 
Today’s card and pillow box are made using the completely gorgeous Paisley Petals Designer Series Papers.
As always, these papers look so much better in real life than they do in the catalogue. 
I have kept the card simple to let the papers do the talking…… nothing extra really required here.  The greeting is from Teeny Tiny Sentiments, and the frame is from the new Four Frames stamp set.  I am yet to get my Decorative Label punch (soon, I hope!) so had to cut this one out by hand.
I will be back very soon with something completely different featuring a different paper.
Happy stamping!
Chris

Clean and Simple FTL 157

A sketch challenge from Clean and Simple Stamping today.  Again, I have had to use retired Stampin’ Up! products, which I apologise for, but I promise that I will have some current stuff real soon! Yay! 🙂
The papers are from the Sweet Stitches DSP which was in Autumn / Winter Mini Catalogue, and the Stamp Sets are Sew Suite (also from the Autumn / Winter Mini) and Teeny Tiny Sentiments, which is currently available.
And, as you can see, lots of my favourite – faux stitching – even some freehand, which kept me occupied for a while!  And I have used markers to colour the main image so that there are different colours for the thread, spool and needle.
I’ll be back soon with some more.
Happy Stamping!
Chris

Sunny Challenge

Ah hah! I found another challenge!  Yeah, as if I need an excuse to make cards!
But I haven’t come across Sunny Challenges and Creations before so thought I would check it out.  This weeks challenge is an interesting one, a sketch with a twist – the only stamping allowed is the greeting.  Hmmmmm now that is a challenge!
I have used chipboard here, which I have covered with Designer Series Papers, in particular the retired “Sweet Stitches” papers.  I am having to use lots of my retired DSP currently as I am waiting to receive some of the new DSP,  but hopefully soon!  In the meantime you will just have to put up with retired stuff! 🙂  But I think this one is really pretty, might have to share some more cards made with this one soon.
Anyway, so the card is made entirely of DSP, with various chipboard shapes, (all of them Stampin’ Up! but probably most of them from past catalogues), I have used a pale pink rhinestone brad in the centre of the flower, and the greeting is from On Your Birthday.
This is a little different to my usual style, but I hope you like it.
Happy Stamping!
Chris

Christmas in July

Another Christmas card today, for another challenge from Our Creative Corner.  The challenge is to make a seasonal card, either for the 4th July if you are in the US, or Christmas in July, which is far more fitting for us here in Australia.
The stamp set is called “Welcome Christmas” and it has barely seen any ink up until now, but is a gorgeous Christmas set.  And the DSP is Jolly Holiday, available in the current catalogue, but not for much longer I would imagine!
Lots of bling on this card, using the half-back Rhinestones, and perhaps a little less obvious in the photo, I have added some Dazzling Diamonds over the berries in the wreath.  Then just a bit of tearing, the distressing tool around the edges, and lastly my favourite, faux stitching!
So, happy stamping, and don’t forget, Christmas is on it’s way! 🙂
Chris

Because I Care

I think “Because I Care”  would have to be one of the most beautiful stamps available in the current Stampin’ Up! catalogue (Level 1 Hostess Set),and I have used it often, it seems to be one I keep coming back to.   This set of cards is one I made for another challenge, this time from Our Creative Corner, who want to see a card which shows off my particular style of cardmaking.  Hmmmmmm well, I love colouring – watercolouring, pastels, pencils….. I love patterned paper and ribbon, sponging and paper piercing or stitching.  I guess what I am saying is that is was hard to narrow that down, and I love trying out new things.  Then after I had made one card, I couldn’t stop, and ended up making a set of three cards.

Again I went with watercolouring the main images in each card using inks and aquabrush – I think this is probably my favourite way of doing watercolouring.  I have used the fabulous Newsprint Designer Series Paper, which I adore, and which you are going to see over and over again…..  And, I have used the Distressing Essentials Kit, to create that old fashioned, worn look, which I think works really well on these cards.

Happy Stamping!
Chris

Just Add Black and White!

This week’s Just Add Ink Challenge is to make a project using only Black and White, with no other colours.  I have kept this one simple, but have used Very Vanilla with Black – close enough!  I had to use the gorgeous “Love Letter” Designer Series Paper for this card, it is one of my all time favourite DSPs. And I have used the Oval All stamp set for the greeting, along with some retired black ribbon.  And that’s it!
Why don’t you try one?  It’s quick, simple and easy.
Happy stampin’
Chris

 

Mojo Monday 153

I really like this week’s Mojo Monday sketch, and thought Iwould give it a go, using some new, soon to be released stamps and papers.  So just a little sneak peek of some things you can order from me, from Wednesday.  The new catalogue is, as expected, absolutely gorgeous, so if you would like one, make sure you contact me.  And of course, it also contains some gorgeous new products.
This card uses one of the new hostess sets called Cute by the Inch. This set is only available to those how host a workshop, so if you would like one, contact me today about booking a workshop.
I have also used the new Newsprint Designer Series paper, along with the Polka Dot Embossing folder on the black background (it’s a bit hard to see in the photo).  The colours used in the card are Basic Black, Real Red and Very Vanilla.

This is a really easy layout if you own a couple of square punches, but even if you don’t, you could try it using circles instead of squares.  Anyway, have a go and see what you can create!
Happy stamping,
Chris

New Ribbon

I have been so lucky recently, my lovely not so Secret Sister, Kerri Donsky, sent me the most beautiful and generous box full of gorgeous Stampin’ Up! goodies, and of course I just couldn’t wait to use some of the yummy ribbons.

This card actually has no stamping! Although you could of course add a greeting in which case you might stamp, or use a rub-on.  But I have chosen to leave this one without a greeting.

The colours are Chocolate chip, Whisper White and Baja Breeze.  The white cardstock has been put through the Big Shot with the Manhattan Flower Embossing Folder, which has been adhered to a Chocolate Chip  card base.  The Designer Series Paper I have used is Urban Oasis, and I have cut out the individual rose with paper snips and then highlighted the outline using our White Gel Pen.  The ribbon (thanks Kerri) is from the Valet Ribbon Originals, the button Latte Designer Buttons, and I have tied it all up with some Linen Thread.
Happy stamping for now, and I will be back a little later with something a little different! 🙂
Chris

Deal of the Week #2

This week’s deal is another terrific one from Stampin’ Up, five of our gorgeous Designer Series Papers at reduced prices.  Here they are:

Item  Page Description Regular Price Sale Price
112470 132 Haiku Designer Series paper $16.95 $10.17
113976 132 Pink Flamingo Designer Series paper $16.95 $11.02
113992 133 Tea Party Designer Series paper $16.95 $10.17
113975 133 Raspberry Tart Designer Series paper $16.95 $11.02
114037 133 Sweet Slumber Specialty Designer Series paper $22.95 $14.92

You will need to contact me with your payment by 5pm on 15th June to place an order at these prices.  I’ll be back soon with some stamping! 🙂
Chris