Sweet Nothings – Tri Shutter Card

I have decided to see how many yummy things I can make with my Sweet Nothings Simply Scrappin Kit.  Now that I have started using it, I don’t want to stop! 🙂  So here is the next in the series.  It is called a Tri Fold Card, and I first saw these cards when Leonie Schroder,  a fellow Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, posted one onto one of the yahoo groups I belong to.  I thought it was just so clever and beautiful that I thought I had better have a go at making one.  They do look a bit complicated but are not really.  Thanks Leonie, for the inspiration to try something very different.  If you would like to have a try at one of these cards, the instructions can be found here.

Stamp Sets: A Rose is a Rose, For Your Birthday.

Cardstock: Riding Hood Red, Whisper White, Patterned Papers and stickers from Sweet Nothings Simply Scrappin Kit.

Inks: Riding Hood Red, Pink Pirouette, Kiwi Kiss.

Accessories: Craft Knife, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Dazzling Diamonds, Dimensionals.

While I was taking a photo of this card, one of my lovely four legged helpers, Catey, decided to “help”!  I thought you would like to see her too 🙂

In reality, she probably just wanted to sit on my lap and purr, which she likes to do a lot, but it does make it very hard to stamp and make cards etc with her there!  But she is a lovely girl!

Anyway, back to Sweet Nothings, I am making it my own personal challenge to see how many things I can make from one Simply Scrappin Kit, although I will be supplementing it with some cardstock, but using as many of the papers and stickers to make a lot of different projects.  So stay tuned, and lets see what else I can come up with. 🙂 

Hope you are all having a lovely, relaxing Sunday.


Artwork copyright Chris Parker-Barnes

Images copyright 1990-2009 Stampin’ Up!

Thump and Bump Technique

… at least I think that is what it’s called!

This is a card I made a few weeks ago for my brother-in-law, Greg’s birthday.  I really like Lovely as a Tree stamp set for all sorts of things, but I do think it is particularly suitable for male cards.  I also like using the retired Hodgepodge hardware on male cards, but I guess I will have to be careful just how often I use it otherwise I will run out.  The “thump and bump” technique I referred to is on the left hand side of the base card.  Basically, all you need to do is to take your ink pad or stampin spot and “thump and bump” it straight down onto the cardstock, turning the ink pad at different angles to get the imprint crossing over.  It’s a really easy technique for a quick but effective background.  But if you would like any more details please feel free to contact me.

Stamp Sets: Lovely as a Tree, On Your Birthday.

Cardstock: Confetti White, Chocolate Chip, Always Artichoke.

Inks: Always Artichoke, Chocolate Chip.

Accessories: Chocolate Chip Marker, Retired Antique Brass Hodgepodge Hardware, Word Window Punch.

Artwork copyright Chris Parker-Barnes

Images copyright 1990 – 2009 Stampin’ Up!


Yes, I have been missing in action for a few days now, but I do have an excuse! 🙂  I have been busily preparing for the Stampin’ Up! convention which was held here in Canberra on Friday and Saturday (1st and 2nd May), and wow, what an amazing couple of days it has been.  Now my head is just spinning with the ideas and information.  And one of the really fun parts of convention (and indeed many other papercrafting get togethers) is doing “swaps”, where all the participants prepare numerous cards which we then swap with one another.  It is a fantastic way to get new ideas and see stamp sets and accessories used in ways that we may not have thought of.  More ideas to keep my head spinning for weeks!  And it is, of course, a wonderful way to meet and get to know some of my fellow stampers. 

I just thought I would share with you the cards I made for my swaps.  I did three different designs based around the same idea, and in all made 100 of them to swap.

Stamp Sets: A Rose is a Rose, On Your Birthday.

Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Mellow Moss, Riding Hood Red, Pink Pirouette.

Inks: Mellow Moss, Riding Hood Red, Always Artichoke.

Accessories: Crimper





The details for the second card are pretty much the same, except for the addition of some of the gorgeous Riding Hood Red Taffeta Ribbon, and some paper piercing.


And for the third card I have used the spiral punch, Mellow Moss Taffeta Ribbon, and the Stamp-a-ma-jig to line up the two colours in the rose.


Artwork by Chris Parker-Barnes

Images copyright 1990-2009 Stampin’ Up!