Bugs and Blossoms

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This week there is a super fun sketch for the Try Stampin’ On Tuesday site and it has a little extra ‘side theme’ of Bugs and Blossoms which is also just such a fun idea.  Now I don’t really own any ‘bug’ stamp sets but I do have the ‘A Fitting Occasion’ stamp set from Stampin’ Up! which does happen to have the cutest little lady bug in it that I thought was just too perfect for this challenge.  So with my lady bug as the central theme for my card I worked backwards to get my colour scheme and other elements for this card.  I have used a Basic Black card base and have added a plain white matt so that my other colours “popped”.  I have used some of the Real Red DSP from Stampin’ Up!, the spotty pattern of course, and trimmed the edge of the DSP with a little strip of Gumball Green cardstock that I fringed a little.  The greeting is from the “Hello, Lovely” stamp set, inked in Jet Black StazOn ink and matted onto a larger piece of Basic Black cardstock.  The images in the A Fitting Occasions stamp set are designed to coordinate with our circle and scallop circle punches perfectly so I punched out the lady bug with the 3/4″ circle, then layered onto a 1″ Real Red circle and finally onto a 1-1/4″ Gumball Green Scalloped circle … too easy!

I am super happy with this bright and cheery card and with the help of the sketch this card literally came together in minutes, love that!  Hope you find a little inspiration today and maybe even join in the challenge this week, here is the sketch …..

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Peaceful Petals and Watercolour

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Happy Easter Monday everyone!  I hope you have had a lovely Easter and spent some wonderful time with family and friends.  I certainly have had a fabulous break with time for out and about in the lovely sunshine with my family as well as some amazing quality time in my craft room.  I made 9 cards in one day!!!  Today is another Monday Lunchtime Sketch challenge and this week I have again combined the sketch with the Late Night Stampers challenge which is about Mother’s Day, which is right around the corner.

For my card I decided to break out my new Peaceful Petals stamp set from Stampin’ Up! and see what I could create.  I also wanted to try out some watercolouring techniques I had seen.  This is really not a great photo of this card but I just wasn’t too sure what colour background I should have photographed it against to help bring out the colours I used which were Strawberry Slush, Bermuda Bay and Smoky Slate.  The watercolouring I ended up using for the card was from two of the techniques I tried, the lighter background piece was using a technique where you scribble with marker pens onto an acrylic block before spritzing with water and placing onto water colour paper.  The finished flower was done by wetting a piece of water colour paper and dropping small amounts of re-inker onto the paper and letting it ‘bleed around’.  I stamped the flower and embossed with Smoky Slate embossing powder onto the darker paper and cut out.  

Hope you have time to play along with either challenge with us this  week …..

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Try Stampin’ On Tuesdays

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This week the sketch challenge for Try Stampin’ On Tuesday is a perfect one to help me keep on with my mission to use more of my lovely DSP from Stampin’ Up!  The ‘twist’ for the challenge is “Easter is here” so I went for all of the ‘non-flower’ patterns in the Gingham Garden DSP for this card.  I don’t have any easter stamp sets in my collection at the moment, I sold all of my retired sets that I used to use and loved!  So an easter card is a little more of a challenge than usual.  However, I do have the lovely “happy easter” greeting that is in the Delightful Dozen stamp set (this set is an absolutely “must have” for all your go-to greetings!) so I was able to get into the easter theme of this challenge in my own little way.

Here is the sketch so you can play along with us too……

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Supplies for this card …

Monday Lunchtime Sketch

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 Time for another fun Monday Lunchtime Sketch challenge!  This week I decided to start using up some of that lovely Stampin’ Up! DSP that I seem to purchase and only use very sparingly because it is just so pretty!  So for this card I used piece of Afternoon Picnic DSP and because it coordinates so lovely with the “Oh, Hello!” stamp set from Stampin’ Up! it was the most obvious choice for my sentiment and background stamp.  I used a Very Vanilla card base with the colour combination that is printed on the back of the DSP pack: Pear Pizzazz, Wisteria Wonder and Crushed Curry.

My absolute favourite accessory at the moment are the fun ‘Candy Dots’ these little guys are great with or without the brad bases and in this case I have just adhere three Wisteria Wonder ones to the card as a little feature.

Hope you have time join us this week, here is the sketch you need to play along with us.

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Supplies for this card …

Easter Flip Top Boxes

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Today I am so excited to share with you a fun set of two ‘Flip Top Boxes’ that I have created just in time for this year’s Easter crafting!  I love a good box and am always trying to make something a little different but easy enough to put together and I am hoping you’ll agree that these little guys fit the bill perfectly.

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The first box I created was this tall version which fits the bunny from the ‘Baby We’ve Grown’ stamp set from Stampin’ Up! on it just perfectly.  It is a little hard to see in the photo but the box actually has a fun perforated strip that you have to tear off to get the box to open

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I love a perforated opening but unlike some of my other boxes like the Mini Sandwich Box, where once you open it there is no going back, this box has a little ‘catch’ at the top so you can close it securely again no problems … not that you really want to keep that chocolate once you open the box right?

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Once I made the first box I was happy enough but immediately wanted to create another one on the same principle but a little shorter and wider.  Hence this little Marina Mist box was what I came up with.  Keeping with the Easter theme I decided to try a little punch art and made this super fun chicken and hatched egg for the front.

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The little chicken is dimensioned off the front of the box and I think he is just sooooo adorable ….

It is hard to get a sense of these boxes from photos so I have a super quick video to show you these in my hands and in action with the perforated opening.  In my haste to film I did forget to tell you in the video that these cute boxes can both be made from one, yes one, piece of cardstock.  Those that know my work know that where ever possible I try to get the most from our lovely Stampin’ Up! cardstock and these projects are another economical set of projects.

Here is the quick overview for you …

The tutorial is available in my ‘Tutorial Store‘ and with the purchase you get both boxes in the one tutorial with all dimensions plus each box has it’s own private video tutorial on how to score, cut and assemble it (for those visual learners).  There is also details on the decorations I used including the punch art!  Hope you enjoy this project as much as I did designing it.

Shine On!

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I have had a very very very busy crafting weekend with one free video tutorial going up on my YouTube channel as well as some fun Easter creations that I will share with you tomorrow (I have made a tutorial and video instructions for two new boxes!).  So I am going to be a little cheeky again this week and combine my two Monday challenge commitments with this one card.  The Late Night Stampers challenge this week is all about “ribbon” so I grabbed my scrap ribbon drawer and made this cute little film strip element, such a great way to use up scrap ribbon!  I used the sketch from the Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge to pull my card together.  I am not overly confident this week … I think it may be a little too busy.  My card base is Basic Black and I have used one of my favourite colour combinations: Melon Mambo, Island Indigo and Bermuda Bay, the touches of black help to tone down the card a little.

Once I got everything together I was looking for a small “fun sentiment” and didn’t have a great deal to choose between but in the end the little “shine on” from the ‘Making A Point’ stamp set from Stampin’ Up! (it is one of the hostess sets in the 2014 Occasions catalogue) seemed to work for me.  The little nail polish bottle is with the saying so I stamped it in StazOn Black ink onto Silver Foil cardstock and added as a little extra element.

Here is the sketch so you can play along this week too ……

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Baby, We’ve Grown Card in a Box

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My life is finally calming down with my work schedule being a little more friendly I am finally finding more time again to create and more importantly share!  Today’s share is not a new project but one I created back in February when I created an alternate long card version for the Card-in -a-Box and made two Unicorn cards for some twins who were turning 1.  Here is that post in case you missed it: Unicorn Card in a Box.  I had so many lovely emails and requests for the dimensions of this card and I emailed quite of few people and made a lot of promises to do a video tutorial on this one like I did for the original small version of the Card-in-a-Box that I posted here.

Well after much delay I have finally gotten the video camera back out (and the battery was almost flat!) and made a video tutorial for you on this card and have included it below for you.  While I was determined to do this video I thought it would be great to also participate in a challenge so I used the Color Challenge from the Pals Paper Arts as my inspiration for this sample.

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Now these are definitely not colours I either use or put together let alone something I would use on a baby card, except maybe for Pool Party which I love for babies.  But hey that is what a challenge is all about right?  So not too sure where I really nailed this one but was so keen to use my ‘Baby, We’ve Grown’ stamp set from the 2014 Occasions catalogue that I thought now was as good a time as any.  So with the help of some Sahara Sand for the card base I set about trying to weave some magic with these colours and my chosen stamp set.  The only additional stamp set I used was the Hardwood background stamp for the posts of the clothes line.

I love my fringe scissors and so used them for a little grass below the line, I added some clothes with the owl punch and some DSP.  I thought three pieces of clothing made my line to full so needing an element (have to have odd numbers for my elements, 1,3,5,7 … ask my Stamp Club girls LOL!) I decide to cut a heart from some canvas scrap I had from the Heartfelt banner kit I had left over from Sale-A-Bration … just perfect!

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Loads of little bits and pieces in this creation and it was so fun to make, hope you enjoy the video tutorial and let me know if you have any questions.


 

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A little post-script update:  So pleased to be one of the artists picks for this entry in the PPA challenge … thank you to ‘Design Team 1′ and the lovely comments on this project!

Scallop Tag Topper Square Card

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Today I wanted to share with you a fun card I created especially for my Stamp Club last month.  I had been playing with loads of different closure ideas for my new Scallop Tag Topper punch from Stampin’ Up! and decided to see how far I could ‘push’ the idea of a unique closure.  This little card is the result and I am so pleased with how it turned out.  Make no mistake this is a little tricky to make, ask my club ladies *insert evil giggle* as it does require you to score, fold, cut and punch precisely …. I know, a whole lot of pressure right!  But once you get the hang of what you have to do you can make them again easily, ask me I have made heaps!

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The inside of this card is large enough for a good sized message too!

I do have a tutorial for sale on my ‘Tutorial Store’ if you are up for something different and have a little bit of patience.  You can buy the tutorial on it’s own or as part of my ‘Happy Watercolor’ project set (which has this tutorial and 7 other cards).  Hope you enjoy this one as much as I enjoyed creating it.

Loving the ‘Fringe’

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This month my Stamp Club is all about ‘fringing’ with the fabulous Fringe Scissors from Stampin’ Up! playing the starring role in all our projects for the month.  Tonight was the official ‘kick off’ and this was the ubber-fun project we made.  Using the Simply Stars Stamp Set the gift bag was coordinated with a fun and happy card.

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It may be a little hard to see but the stars on the front of the gift bag are actually 3D with a little paper folding technique I showed the ladies.  The fringe on the bag and the gift bow are both made using regular tissue paper with a little folding and cutting with the fringing scissors, so easy to make.  The gift bag topper slides off over the handles and the yellow fringe is actually attached to the top of the bag.  The greeting I used for this project is actually from the “hip hip Hooray Card Kit” by Stampin’ Up!  The kit is fabulous and I used it to make all my ladies thank you cards for the month but the stamp set that is included with the kit is just fabulous!

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This card will look familiar to the ‘Splash of Colour’ card I created for a challenge last week (if you missed that card here is that post) …. I used the exact same layout, changed the colours and the stamp set.  I figure if you find a design that works run with it!

Can’t wait to share a heap more fringing spectacular projects with you in the coming weeks.

 

 

Just Peachy Keen

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This week there is another great sketch over on the Try Stampin’ On Tuesdays blog site.  I wanted to try and keep my supplies and elements simple for the sketch so armed with only my Peachy Keen Bundle from the Occasions Catalogue (the bundle includes the awesome On Film Framelit Dies) and a piece of I Am Me DSP I put this fun card together.  I love Stampin’ Up! DSP for so many different reasons but one of my most favourite things about it is that all the ‘colour coordination’ guess work is taken out of designing, so with my DSP in hand I simply used the colours in this to create all the elements for the card.  The best thing is that the colours are even written right on the DSP package so literally ‘no guessing’, love it!  

The greeting is stamped in a little Pool Party ink and the Pool Party twine that was FREE during Sale-A-Bration.  As you can see I turned the sketch on it’s side … this was actually an accident this week, I had it roughly drawn on a post-it note in my craft room and stuck it on my desk side ways LOL!  Works just as well though and here it is so you can join us this week too.

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