Saturday, 29 March 2014

Freshly Made Saleabration

With only a few days of Saleabration left I thought it a great time to celebrate some of my favourite free products while playing with some new ones :-). And also wanted to use the fabulous sketch this week from Freshly Made Sketches!

For once I decided to stick rather closely to the sketch so it is - and it isn't - more pared back than usual :-)

Well, it would be - if it weren't for that vibrant DSP and the obligatory little pops of bling :-)

For the card base I used some Sahara Sand card and then some Whisper White before the two vibrant DSP strips. And then the Film Framelit is cut out of the gorgeous Gold Foil card stock and added with some dimensionals.
A little trick I noticed when playing with this Framelit for the first time is that you get a perfectly cut rectangle that pops out from the inside - so I used the Framelit with Whisper White Card stock over the "Thanks" to get the same sized rectangle for the greeting. That way some of the DSP still shows through the little holes!

The largest flower from Petal Parade was stamped in Calypso Coral ink and then punched out with a 11/4" circle punch before it too was added with dimensionals…and the little gold sequins for the final touch of bling :-)

Card stock: Sahara Sand, Whisper White, Gold Foil Specialty
Designer Series Paper: Sweet Sorbet
Inks: Black Stazon, Calypso Coral
Stamps: Hip Notes, Petal Parade
Accessories: Big Shot, On Film Framelits, 11/4" Circle Punch, Gold sequins (Non-SU)

Thanks so much for stopping by today and I hope you feel inspired to check out the fabulous sketch at Freshly Made Sketches and maybe have a go too!

Happy stamping until next time,


Thursday, 27 March 2014

On Film Framelits - first play

Welcome everyone! Today has been a very "Melbourne" day - four seasons in one day is what Melbourne is famous for ( in more than one way!) and that was today! Pouring rain and thunder storms this morning, a cool wind in the middle of the day and now, late afternoon we have the sun shining and a mild 23 degrees :-)

So it was time to get out a couple of new stamp sets and Framelits that arrived this week and have a "first Play." I find these first cards with a stamp set later aren''t always my best but I am ok with the way this one turned out.

For the card base I used Crisp Cantaloupe card and the same for the Frame also. To make the frame I inked the die from the On Film Framelit by carefully pressing into some Crisp Cantaloupe ink before placing straight onto the card and running through the Big Shot. 

The ink just highlights the embossing the framelit does as well as the cutting. I did the same with the Camera - inking with So Safron ink and and cutting with the same colour card.
The colour "splodges" and flower are all from the Happy Watercolor set and I stamped the flower a further two times and coloured with a Blender pen and some Calypso coral ink before cutting them out and laying with some dimensionals.
For the greeting I used the Four You stamp set and stamped using Baked Brown Sugar onto some Pool Party card before using my hexagon Punch to flag the ends. And of course the cute little arrows are also from the Peachy Keen stamp set that co-ordinates with the Film framelits so decided to add those as well :-)

Card stock: Crisp Cantaloupe, Pool Party, Whisper White
Inks: Crisp Cantaloupe, So Saffron, Pool Party, Baked Brown Sugar
Stamps: Peachy Keen, Four You, Happy Watercolor
Access: Big Shot. On Film Framelits, hexagon punch, Vintage Faceted button, Whisper White bakers twine, Gold Sequin trim ( individually cut)

Happy stamping until next time,


Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Rev Up the Fun for the Paper Craft Crew

Welcome everyone to another warm Wednesday! 27 degrees and a little muggy in Melbourne today - there is rain in the air at last!! So just before I take Sally my loving labrador out for a walk I have a fun card to show you for the sketch at the Paper Craft Crew this week.

I always seem to be need of masculine cards so I decided to bring out my "go to" set for males at the moment : Rev Up The Fun :-)

For the base of the card I used some Coastal Cabana card stock and decided to emboss part of the front of the card with the Stripes EF before adding some of the fun Epic Day DSP. The main panel is stamped with some Gorgeous Grunge - doesn't that look like a mud splatter ?? And then stamped the bike image with black Stazon and coloured with a marker before cutting out and adding with some dimensionals.

Now for the fun bits and pieces! Unfortunatley, SU no longer sells cork sheets. However, I managed to find some at my local craft store and am so happy about that as it is so "in" right now :-) AND i found that it is thin enough to use with our Framelits so I first stamped the greeting in Black Stazon and cut it out with the Word Bubble Framelits and then I used my circle framelits for the little "tyres" under the centre panel.

The black circles are actually Basic Rhinestones that I coloured with a Sharpie marker too :-) And the arrows come from the wonderful Label Thinlit card Framelit pack and just add to the teenager flavour here.

Card stock: Coastal Cabana, Calypso Coral, Very Vanilla
Designer Series paper: Epic Day
Inks: Black Stazon, Coastal Cabana, Baked Brown Sugar, Calypso Coral
Stamps: Rev Up the Fun, Gorgeous Grunge
Accessories: Big Shot, Label Thinlit Card Framelits, Word Bubble Framelits, Circle Framelits, Stripes EF, Basic Rhinestones, Black Sharpie pen, Cork sheets 

Thank you so much for stopping by today and I hope you feel inspired to check out all the great cards by the designers at the Paper Craft Crew this week and I can't wait to see what you create for this challenge!

Happy stamping until next time,


Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Records and stars for the Paper Players

Its another gorgeous day In Melbourne, with clear blue skies and warm enough still for short sleeves. And so after taking Sally for a walk and play with her friend Monty….

 It was time to make a card - inspired by the sketch at the Paper Players this week.

When I saw the sketch and the circles I decided to make this a masculine card for some friends whose musician friends' Anniversary is later this week. Hence my theme of records and stars.

To make the striped edging, I masked off most of the White card  - actually with Masking tape! -  as I wanted a straight line to stamp the Positively Chevron against. Then I added another piece of White card stock on dimensionals and stamped with some Gorgeous Grunge.

The black and gold records were created using the Circle Framelits altogether inside each other -  and the black has a layer of Modge Podge applied to it as well in order to make it a little shiny like a real LP :-) 

The fun Sassy Salutations forms the greeting here and also is  cut and layered using the Circle Framelits and dimensionals. And the large star is first punched and then embossed with the Chevron EF before the finishing touches of the sequin and Bakers Twine bow were added for a bit of softness :-)

Card stock: Basic Black, Whisper White, Rich Razzleberry, Gold Foil Specialty
Inks: Rich Razzleberry
Stamps: Positively Chevron, Gorgeous Grunge, Sassy Salutaions
Accessories: Big Shot, Circle Framelits, Large Star punch (Retired), Whisper White Bakers Twine, Dimensionals, Non SU sequin

Thanks so much for dropping by and I hope you feel inspired to check out the great sketch this week at the Paper Players and maybe have a go too!

Happy stamping until next time,


Saturday, 22 March 2014

Birthday Butterflies

Today has been a bit chilly and cool and sadly it is obvious Summer has gone - especially by how dark it is in the mornings lately! So it has been a good opportunity to sit and make another card for the interesting sketch at Just Add ink this week. Love all those shapes together!

I saw this sketch last night just as I was heading to bed and then woke up this morning with an idea :-)

And this afternoon had some time to see if it would work :-) Just love it when it all comes together!

The card base is Island Indigo to match the DSP and then the Hardwood is stamped onto some Sahara Sand card using Baked Brown Sugar ink.
To cut the Gold Foil Vellum I used my Circle Framelits - and also used them for both circles under the butterfly too - so easy!

The tag is made by layering the gorgeous Watercolor Wonder  DSP onto the card before punching in the Scallop Tag Topper punch and then the ends are trimmed. And the plain Vellum card tag is cut to size and then I used my Corner Rounder punch on all  four corners.

Because I wanted to use an Aqua Painter to colour the little butterfly, I first stamped him in Versamark before the Island Indigo ink in order to Clear Emboss him as otherwise the water based ink would run as I coloured him and he has such pretty markings!
And the greeting is stamped in Island Indigo ink too and then both ends are flagged using the Hexagon Punch before being added with dimensionals as are most of the layers :-)

Card stock: Island Indigo, Pool Party, Whisper White
Designer Series Paper: Watercolor Wonder, Fancy Gold Vellum, Vellum (plain)
Inks: Island Indigo, Baked Brown Sugar,  Pool Party, Versamark
Stamps: Hardwood, Papillon Potpourri, Happiest Birthday Wishes (Retired)
Accessories: Big Shot, Circle Framelits, Hexagon Punch, Corner Rounder Punch, Scallop Tag Topper Punch, Clear EP, Sweet Sorbet Accessories Pack (Twine), Basic Rhinestones

Thank you for stopping by today and I do hope you have some time to check out the fabulous sketch at Just Add Ink this week and maybe you will be the next to enter the challenge!

And now a little something for those that have asked about Sally and her friend Monty - yes, they still play regularly! 
They will often walk side by side, Monty with his "arm" around Sally who gives him a few kisses… between the rough and tumble play :-)

Happy stamping until next time,


Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Scalloped Tag Closure

Well its been a bit of a busy day today but while Sally the Lab's dulcet snores resonate from the couch I have a card to show you for the Paper Players challenge this week :-)

It does feel a little bit sad to be creating a "Spring" card when here in Australia it is now Autumn…sad only because I LOVE Spring and I don't like Winter and guess which Season we will be facing next here?? But it has been a beautifully sunny and warm 27 degrees (Celsius!) today so Winter might be a little way off yet :-)

And I had the opportunity to play with the fabulous Scalloped Tag Topper punch today too! So I used a great tutorial by a very talented Aussie stamper, Tanya Bell for the basic measurements of this card.

The card base is Sahara Sand and the pretty DSP is from the Watercolor Wonder pack. I suspect that is what inspired me to then water colour the Papillon Potpourri butterflies :-)

For the sentiment I stamped the Starburst Saying in both Sumer Starfruit and then Calypso Coral and cut out the " world" by hand before layering with dimensionals.

And while this is to be a Clean and Simple card, I didn't want the card to be all "one sided" if you get what I mean :-) so I added a little Gorgeous Grunge and a second butterfly on what is also the inside.

Card stock: Sahara Sand, Calypso Coral, Whisper White
Designer Series Paper: Watercolor Wonder
Inks: Summer Starfruit, Calypso Coral, Sahara Sand, Black Stazon
Stamps: Starburst Sayings, Papillon Potpourri, Gorgeous Grunge
Accessories: Big Shot, Starburst Framelits, Scallop Tag Topper Punch, Sweet Sorbet Accessories Pack (Twine), Aqua Painter

Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you too can visit the Paper Players this week and be inspired to enter the challenge too!

Happy stamping until next time,


Just add Saleabration

Its been a relaxing afternoon with lovely warm temperatures but it is cooling quickly now it is evening - after all it is Autumn here in Australia now:-) The days are getting shorter and the trees are losing their leaves….and although its been a hot and dry Summer, I am not looking forward to Winter.

So today's card uses the favourite of Summer's products - those available  for FREE during Saleabration! All thanks to the great challenge at Just Add Ink this week to "Just Add Saleabration". What a fabulous idea! And a great way to celebrate Summer too :-)

And it is also loosely based on the sketch at the Paper Craft Crew this week but won't be used for that challenge.

Mainly, I just wanted to see how many Saleabration items I could use :-)
So how many can you count?

There is the Petal Parade stamp set, the Calypso Coral Twine and cork flower, the gorgeous Sweet Sorbet DSP and my favourite item, the Decorative Dots EF.

So for this card I started from the DSP and chose the colours from that :-)

The card base is Crisp Cantaloupe and the leaves images are stamped in Sahara Sand to blend in with the Cork flower. The smaller flower is stamped in Pool Party ink and then punched out and the larger in Crisp Cantaloupe and cut using the Circle Framelits.

Card stock: Crisp Cantaloupe, Whisper White
Designer Series Paper: Sweet Sorbet
Ink: Sahara Sand, Pistachio Pudding, Crisp Cantaloupe, Pool Party
Stamps: Petal Parade, Happiest Birthday Wishes (Retired)
Accessories: Big Shot, Circle Framelits, Decorative Dots EF, Sweet Sorbet Accessories Pack (Crisp Cantaloupe Twine and Cork Flower), Sequins (Non SU!)

Thank you so much for visiting today and I hope you can take some time to check out the wonderful cards the team at Just Add Ink have made and  have a go at the challenge too!

Happy stamping until next time,


Petal Parade for the Paper Craft Crew

Welcome everyone to another wonderful Wednesday! Such a lovely Autumn day here in Melbourne today - clear skies, and 27 degrees (Celsius!). With the nights being a bit cooler and the tree leaves changing colour its a lovely time of year :-)

Today's card is for the sketch this week at the Paper Craft Crew.

The Design Team have come up with some fabulous cards and I hope you can take time to check them all out and maybe you will be inspired to have a go too!

For my card, I wanted to use some of the FREE items available as part of  Saleabration. So how many can you see? LOL! That's right, quite a few :-)

There is the Decorative Dots EF, some Sweet Sorbet DSP and of course the fabulous Petal Parade stamp set. So that's nearly a whole card made from free products :-)

Today I started from the DSP and used that as the inspiration for the colour choices. For the card base I used Pool Party card stock and then layered with the embossed white layer.Next I stamped the largest panel with the Petal Parade and using Pistachio Pudding and Pool Party and stamped the raised images separately. The Crisp Cantaloupe circle I actually cut out by hand as I wanted to include the varied edges and the Pool Party flower I punched out.  Next I sponged a little pool Party ink on half a Paper Doilly and put this underneath.

For the greeting I turned to an old favourite set, Hello Lovely and cut off the part of the image not needed before layering onto the Crisp Cantaloupe banner. As you can see, lots of dimensionals ( as usual!) and a few sequins to finish :-)

Card stock: Pool Party, Crisp Cantaloupe, Whisper White
Designer Series Paper: Sweet Sorbet*
Inks: Pistachio Pudding, Crisp Cantaloupe, Pool Party, Black Stazon
Stamps: Petal Parade*, Hello Lovely
Accessories: Big Shot, Decorative Dots EF*, Sponge Dauber, Sequins (Non SU!)

*Still available for free until the end of March :-)

Thank you for stopping by today and I hope you have time to check out the rest of the fabulous cards the Design Team have made to inspire you and I look forward to see what you create for this week's sketch at the Paper Craft Crew.

Happy stamping until next time,


Monday, 17 March 2014

Zoe's Card in a Box

Today's card is a special one for my youngest Niece whose birthday is coming up very soon. It did take me a little while -  but good things DO take time as they say :-) And I wanted this to co-ordinate with her present which I think it does now.
 For all my Nieces (and Nephew:-) ) I have splurged on special bed linen for their second birthday for when they might move from a cot to a bed and so Zoe's present is in keeping with this little tradition. When I was growing up in New Zealand, my Nana gave each grandchild a Sheepskin when they were born ( yeah, I can hear the Aussie's laughing already…they always have us Kiwi's on about our sheep!) So anyway, this is my way of updating the tradition - without the sheep  :-)

(Click on the photos for a closer look)

So the bed linen here is from Adairs Kids, a fabulous place for kids of all ages and here we have a quilt cover set in what appears to be Coastal Cabana and Melon Mambo featuring an Owl and flowers of different colours. And I found a co-ordinating cushion ( cos we all need one :-) ) with "I (heart) u " 

For the Card In a Box, I used the excellent video tutorial available from Tanya Bell another Australian Demo and you can see other Cards in a box I have made here too.

For the base of the box I used Baked Brown Sugar card and then added a layer of Crumb cake card that I stamped with the Hardwood stamp in the Baked Brown Sugar Ink to make the wood effect - really looks like he is in a tree house! I so love this stamp it is so versatile!!
Next I went to my Label card Thinlits for the "I (heart) U " die cut - so many accessories and this one is ON the CUSHION!!  And the little coastal cabana heart on top is from the Owl Punch.
Although you can't see them, on the Quilt cover there are Yellow and red and orange flowers and these resembled the Posy Punch (Retired Hostess) set so I stamped these in Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo and Tangerine Tango and punched out with the Fancy Flower punch and various scallop and circle punches. 

For the little Owls… they are made with the owl Builder punch and have added the wings using the Bird Punch. The pool party DSP here (Retro Fresh) is little Pool Party spots like the one on the bed and I used the Subtles Stack for the Pink Pirouette DSP too.

Card stock: Baked Brown Sugar, Crumb Cake, Melon Mambo, Coastal Cabana, Whisper White
Designer Series Paper: Retro Fresh, Subtles Stack
Inks: Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Tangerine Tango
Stamps: Hardwood, Just Sayin, Posy Punch
Accessories: Big Shot, Label Card Thinlit, Word Bubbles Framelits, Little Leaves die, Timeless Type Alphabet Dies (Retired), Fancy Flower Punch, 11/4" Scallop Puch, 3/4" Circle Punch, Heart Punch (retired), Owl Builder Punch, Bird Builder Punch

Now I know little Zoe is still a bit too young to really appreciate this card but I think she still might like it - and so might her Mum and Dad :-) On the back of the box I used a "Talking Tag" where if you download the free App, you can record a 1 minute message and then the recipient downloads the App to play the message. Pretty cool eh! And pretty fun for a 2 year old to hear too :-) 
So I hope you feel inspired to try these Cards in a Box they are lots of fun to make and to give :-)

Happy stamping until next time,


Thursday, 13 March 2014

Oh Happy Wedding Day

What a beautiful Thursday it has been today -warm sun, blue sky and a pleasant 28 degrees!

Today's card is a Wedding card in traditional colours. Sketch wise, it is based on a card I created for a Colour challenge a few weeks back that you can see here.

The card base here is Whisper White card stock and the next layer is another piece of White card with the gorgeous Gold Foil Vellum on top. So yes, White on white!! I wanted to wrap the ribbon ends behind the top layer so it needed to be done and also means the whole card can be raised on dimensionals :-)
I next took a piece of the Gold Foil card stock and cut the scallops with the Adorning Accents die and then layered some White organza ribbon over the top and the bow.
The beautiful "oh happy day" is stamped in Versamark ink and then embossed with gold embossing powder to make it shine :-) Especially as it is the only stamping on the card too!!

For the two hearts - both are punched with a now retired heart punch and both embossed with embossing folders and although it is pretty hard to see the Stripes on the black heart, the pearls are placed in the middle of a stripe. The white heart was placed in the folder so the two circles would be good neckline places for pearls too! 

Card stock: Whisper White, Basic Black, Gold Foil
Designer Specialty Paper: Gold Fancy Foil Vellum
Stamps: Starburst Sayings
Accessories: Big Shot, Starburst Framelits,Adorning Accents Framelits,  Stripes EF, Elegant Lines EF (retired), White organza ribbon, Basic pearls

I hope you are having a wonderful thursday too whatever you are doing today,

Happy stamping until next time,


Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Happy Banner Birthday

Today is Wednesday and so is time for another sketch  the from the Paper Craft Crew! It has been a busy day for me…appointments and doggie walks and out for dinner and a show in town for night  - a very infrequent  but will be worth it occasion but means this will be a short post today :-)

So without further ado here is this week's sketch:

And here is my card…I really wanted to try and create something  fun and "hip" with this one and use the Banner Blast stamp set and punch instead of ribbon.

The card base is Strawberry Slush and it looks so bright and cheerful with the Smoky Slate and Coastal Cabana :-) I stamped the Hardwood background with Smoky Slate onto White card stock and then added to a layer of Woodgrain embossed SS card. For the Banner each image is on a Dimensional ( of course!) and the little White Baker's Twine bows at each end give an illusion that there is twine all the way along.

And "Bling" is the middle name of this card ( if it had one LOL!)

Card stock: Strawberry Slush, Smoky Slate, Whisper White, Coastal Cabana
Ink: Strawberry Slush, Smoky Slate, Coastal Cabana
Stamps: Flower Shop, Banner Blast, Papillon Potpourri, Happiest Birthday Wishes (retired)
Accessories : Big Shot, Woodgrain EF, Leaves Sizlit die, Word Bubble Framelits, Flower Punch, Banner Punch, Whisper White Bakers Twine, Basic Rhinestones

Thank you for taking the time to look at my card today and I hope you feel inspired to check out what the other talented designers at the Paper Craft Crew have made and maybe have a go too :-)

Happy stamping until next time,


Monday, 10 March 2014

Label Thinlit Cards

A happy Labour Day to all those in Victoria and happy Anniversary weekend  to those in Taranaki (NZ) too! Always great to have a public holiday and here we had an early hot start and a great Moomba Parade in the city :-)

Now today's card is not for any challenge - other than getting to work out the newish Label Thinlit card dies :-)  And to make a special card for a special girl! Natalie has been coming to stamping days with her mum since she was 6 years old and now she is 10!! Yippee!! This version was made in February, when I had to evacuate for a weekend so had somewhat limited resources - just took my latest order in its box with me!

Here is how the card folds to fit into a standard C6 envelope, so is the 'front"

The 10 is first coated with Crystal Effects before being added to the card with dimensionals (once I came home!)

Here is the inside of the card and you can see there is a third panel created by cutting the card a third longer than the framelit and leaving the back end on top of the framelit. This means that you get a faux score line on which to fold the third panel. You can see there are a range of framelits and Occasions Catalogue stamps and the fabulous Retro Fresh DSP. To cut the scallop to decorate the card I cut a rectangle piece of paper and then held it in place before turning it over and tracing the edge of the scallop on the card onto the paper before cutting out with the scallop that comes with the Framelit pack.

And "hi" is a favourite saying of Natalie's :-)

Card stock: Coastal Cabana, Tangerine Tango, Whisper White, Rich Razzleberry
Designer Series Paper: Retro Fresh
Inks: Coastal Cabana, Tangerine Tango, Rich Razzleberry
Stamps: Just Sayin", Starburst Sayings, Perfect Pennants, Petal Parade
Accessories:Big Shot, Word Bubble Framelits, Starburst Framelits, Circle Framelits, Label Thinlit Card Framelits, Banner Framelits, Basic Rhinestones

Though when I had finished, I did wonder if it wasn't "girly enough "so I made another version using Rich Razzleberry and Tangerine Tango :-)

And this time, being back home I was able to use some other of her favourite stamps - the Banners and Cupcake :-)

The greeting is from the Sassy Salutations set and I love how this too fits the fabulous Word Bubble framelits!! The little flowers are part of the Create a cupcake set and the Razzleberry DSP is part of one of my favourites from the main Catalogue - Polka Dot Parade.

I used the same sets and layout for the inside - the wonderful arrows and "hi" are all are part of the Label Thinlit Card dies,  just LOVE that!!

And the back view :-)

Card stock: Rich Razzleberry, Tangerine Tango, Whisper White
Designer Series Paper, Polka Dot Parade, Retro Fresh
Inks: Rich Razzleberry, Tangerine Tango, Baked Brown Sugar
Stamps: Just Sayin, Perfect Pennants, Starburst Sayings, Create a Cupckake, Banner Blast
Accessories: Big Shot, Label Thinlit Card, Starburst Framelits, Word Bubble Framelits, Banner Framelits, Cupcake Builder Punch, Banner Punch, Basic Rhinestones

So which card to give? In the end…. BOTH! Nothing like a surprise of a couple of cards for a card lover.  And amazingly she did like them both!!

Happy stamping until next time,


Saturday, 8 March 2014

A touch of gold

Well its the "day after" a wonderful Stamp and Chat night and now I can share with you a card from last night. With this card I introduced some of the ladies to working with a sketch challenge for the first time and I know some are keen to do more which is fabulous. So this card is inspired by the fun shaped sketch at Freshly Made Sketches this week.

Aren't those angles fabulous!!

So a floral card featuring the beautiful Sweet Sorbet DSP and Decorative Dots EF - both available for FREE till the end of the month as part of Saleabration.
The embossed layer is added with dimensionals and the flower is made by simply stamping the image from Simple Stems x3 and cutting out the layers and adding more dimensionals and a touch of gold with a Sequin :-)

For the middle band there is some of the gorgeous Gold Foil card stock to pick up the sequin and the little banner stamped from the Happy Watercolor stamp set. For the banner ends I find using my hexagon punch makes these so easy - just find the middle of your piece of card and line that up with a corner in the Hexagon punch and you have a perfect banner every time :-)

Card stock: Calypso Coral, Whisper White, Gold Foil
Designer Series Paper: Sweet Sorbet
Ink: Calypso Coral
Stamps: Simple Stems, Happy Watercolor
Accessories: Big Shot, Decorative Dots EF, Hexagon punch, non-SU sequins

Now the friendss that came last night are all experienced stampers but they definitely did "feel the challenge" too as I left the DSP and Whisper White card stock in rectangles so they could cut the shapes themselves :-) It might have taken them a little longer to finish the card than usual but I think they all appreciated the challenge! And of course it also meant they could choose which corners of the vibrant DSP they would show ;-)

I hope you too feel inspired to check out the sketch this week at Freshly Made sketches and see what the fabulous designers have made and maybe even try your hand at joining in too!

Happy stamping until next time,


Dinoroar for FMS

What a beautiful morning it is in Melbourne - no sign of the forecast showers (although we need the rain) and it is the morning after a busy Stamp and chat night that I held here at home. It is wonderful to have friends come and join in the fun of making cards and I love the "show and tell" to see what they have been up to too... But the day after is a REST day :-)

So here is a card I made a little earlier in the week using the fabulous sketch at Freshly Made Sketches this week.

My young nephew is into dinosaurs currently (and Diggers, and Minecraft!) and his birthday is coming up soon so this is inspired by him too :-)

The fabulously grungy Epic Day DSP really sets the scene for a dinosaur - and a cheery looking fellow he is too!
The card base is Baked Brown Sugar and I added a layer of Gumball Green card to set off the DSP which I embossed using the fun Decorative Dots EF which is still available for FREE until the end of the month as part of Saleabration.
To cut the DSP to shape I started with two rectangles and then cut the angles to fit the sketch. I'm sure there may be a more mathematical way but I just cut by eye :-)

Little Dino is first stamped in Versamark and then Baked Brown Sugar ink and Clear embossed so he could be coloured using an Aqua Painter and then he is hand cut out and layered onto an embossed Starburst.

For the banners, a little trick I use to make the ends these days is my Hexagon punch - just measure the middle of the banner, and line up the middle corner of the punch with the middle of the banner and voilla - perfect banners every time :-)

 Card stock: Baked Brown Sugar, Gumball Green, Whisper White
Designer Series Paper: Epic Day
Ink: Gumball Green, Baked Brown Sugar, Crushed Curry, Versamark
Accessories: Big Shot, Decorative Dots Ef, Starbursts Framelits, Hexagon Punch, Clear Embossing Powder, Aqua Painter

I hope you too feel inspired to join in the great sketch at Freshly Made Sketches this week and do come back later to see the other card I have for this sketch and more fun cards and projects from last nights' Stamp and Chat too!

Happy Stamping until next time,


Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Shoe stars for the Paper Craft Crew

Welcome everyone to another happy Wednesday! This morning I had a lovely time of coffee and catching up with a friend while Sally had a great time playing with her best friend Monty too and now its time for another sketch from the Paper Craft Crew.

The card I made is for a great friend who loves her shoes and its a subject we have talked a lot about lately - nearly as often as card making!!And also her favourite colour combo is red and black so the stamp choice for the main image was easy!

For this card I decided to turn the sketch around to the side a bit to suit the shoe and it just fits :-)
Both the images are embossed with black embossing powder and it really does help them stand out clearly. The three little black chevrons are punched using the Chevron punch and then their ends trimmed in a little and are added with some dimensionals before the obligatory bling topping.

The little Celebrate is one of the Starburst sayings and is cut out with the co-ordinating framelits and then is layered onto a circle framelit. Some Grosgrain ribbon and largest of the Basic Rhinestones top the shoe to continue the Bling theme :-)

Card stock: Real Red, Basic Black, Whisper White
Ink: Versamark
Stamps: Fabulous You, Starburst Sayings
Accessories: Big Shot, Starburst and Circle framelits, Scallop Border punch,Chevron Punch, Grosgrain Ribbon, Basic rhinestones

Thank you for taking the time to look at my card today and I hope you feel inspired to head on over the Paper Craft Crew and join us in this week's challenge too!

In the meantime, the dogs had a good play today - there was plenty of the usual  loving and rough and tumble

And then Sally found a log she wasn't inclined to share

And Monty was not happy!

Happy stamping until next time,