30 Aug 2010


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28 Aug 2010


Another week has come and gone, and all my good intentions have disappeared with it! But, I'm an optimist, so I think this week will be better...

At least I'll start it off with a card to show you:

I don't think it's a secret that I love, Love, LOVE the new colour Cherry Cobbler, and here it's paired with Old Olive. This fold is called a Z fold (I think...) and it gives your card just that little added bit of interest.

The stamp set used is Welcome Christmas. Wreaths are another favourite of mine and this one is a nice size for a card. You could add a ribbon bow to make it extra special. The stamped corners are sections of the wreath, and the little girl with the stocking is part of the large image of the family and the Christmas tree. I simply inked up that one section and stamped it in the middle of the wreath.

Hope you like it! Hope you'll be back tomorrow!

25 Aug 2010


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24 Aug 2010


I've had a set of Stampin' Up! Note cards in my drawer for a while now, and decided this week it was time to try them out - and I love them!

They are 3 1/2" x 5" so can be sent through the mail, and they are so easy and fun to put together. The set comes with 20 Whisper White or Very Vanilla cards and envelopes.

I used Elegant Soiree Designer Series Paper (love the Baja Breeze and Soft Suede together!), the Pinking Hearts Border punch, the Scallop Oval and Large Oval punches, AND the new Decorative Label punch that is in the Holiday Mini Catalogue starting September 1st! You can use it alone to punch out many of the stamped images and sentiments, or layer it as I have done in this set.

I decided to make up ten cards and a coordinating box so I could give this set as a gift. The sentiments were all "thinking of you", "get well soon", or "thank you".

This card uses a sentiment from Teeny Tiny Wishes:

And this card uses an image from Studio Sketches:

Once I had picked out a theme (the DSP plus the Pinking Hearts border punch tie them all together), the cards went together really quickly. Hope you like them!

21 Aug 2010


I'm trying the Saturday Stamping 411 Challenge today. It's a sketch challenge and you can give it a try too!
Here's the sketch:

And here's my 'interpretation'!!

For colours I turned to my Colour Coach, which I do a lot since we've got the new one, I find it really helpful. This time I just closed my eyes and chose a tag and used those colours - Concord Crush, Pear Pizzazz, and Peach Parfait - all new 'In Colours'! Since I don't as yet have any of the In Colour buttons I used from our old (retired) Fresh Favourites I Collection - I think it works pretty well until I get the new ones!

Hope you're having a great weekend!

17 Aug 2010


It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.... at least on my card shelf! I promise this won't go on every day until Christmas!

This card is done in Old Olive and Real Red cardstock along with Real Red patterned paper from the Brights Collection Paper Stack.

The holly stamp and the sentiment are from a new set in the upcoming Holiday Mini Catalogue (along with a new punch as shown with the sentiment!)

Now I'm off to play some more!

16 Aug 2010


I can't help it! I love the new Christmas items in the upcoming Holiday Mini Catalogue! It's only another 17 days before you'll love them too!

This card uses DSP from the IB&C (Idea Book & Catalogue 2010/2011) Jolly Holiday, along with Old Olive Satin Ribbon. The cardstock is Old Olive and Cherry Cobbler, the sentiment is from Sweet Season stamped in Soft Suede.

The new stuff includes two punches (yay!) and a new stamp set, see the cute little gingerbread guys on the card! Please let me know if you like it! :0)

15 Aug 2010


This is a sneak peek of a stamp from the upcoming Holiday Mini Catalogue - and I plan to use it for my own personal Christmas cards this year. The style is vintage, and this can be exaggerated with colours and distressing. The markers I used to colour the image are Always Artichoke, Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler, Regal Rose, Pretty in Pink, and So Saffron. Have I mentioned that of all the wonderful things in the new IB&C the Collection Designer Packs are my favourite! This DSP is one of the Always Artichoke patterns in the Regals Pack.

I offset the image because that reminded me of how Christmas cards looked from my childhood. The cardstock is Always Artichoke, Cherry Cobbler, and Whisper White. The ribbon is also from the upcoming mini and it's light and easy to work with.

Don't be surprised to see this stamp again in other reincarnations!
Thanks for visiting!

13 Aug 2010


Shelli Gardner is the CoFounder and CEO of Stampin' Up! and I've decided to take one her challenges... The Colour Creations Challenge. Shelli suggested that we choose colours we wouldn't normally use by picking a combination from our new Colour Coach (which I l.o.v.e.!). Because (as you probably know or at least guessed) if left to myself I will use only Old Olive, Regal Rose, and Very Vanilla, I let my husband choose...

Well.... he is very good with colour. He choose the beautiful Artimesia Green (better known as Pear Pizazz in the REAL world) for our living room walls all by himself. But today he was in an English Autumn mood. (Besides Stampin' Up!, our family, and Roger Federer, we also love England...).

English trees change colour in the autumn too, but unlike the bold colours of North American trees, the English trees are much more muted... almost like an antique tapestry...in other words totally gorgeous!

So, how does England fit into the challenge? My husband chose Concord Crush, Daffodil Delight, and Tangerine Tango (but there's more..) This posed a problem. I knew immediately which stamp set I would use: Autumn Splendour, but I didn't have any of those colours in ink pads!!! I compromised: Perfect Plum, So Saffron, and Pumpkin Pie. Which brings us back to England in the autumn, and the colours for my challenge (I think...)

Here it is:
I used the new In Colour Peach Parfait ribbon because I thought it worked well there, and I really like how you can fray the ends! My husband requested a retirement card so I incorporated that too. (Retirement is sort of in the autumn of your life, right?!)

The leaves are embossed in gold, and then I sponged the colours over them:
Now I don't know if this combination even qualifies for the Colour Creations Challenge, since it's not directly from the Colour Coach, but I kind of like it anyway. Hope you do too!

12 Aug 2010


If you know me at all you know I love Christmas and everything about it. So it's not surprising that I can't stay away from new Christmas stamps! This card is made using the Greeting Card Kids Stamp Set from the 2010/2011 catalogue.

Bashful Blue, Whisper White, and Basic Black are one of my favourite Christmas colour combinations!
I used the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder to 'imply' snowflakes... and the Pinking Hearts Border Punch:
This was an afterthought as the card needed something heavy at the bottom to balance the design, but I like how it turned out with the Bashful Blue Satin Ribbon!

I watercoloured the image using markers and blender pens:
And added Dazzling Diamonds just because my Christmas demands glitter! :0)

The image is on the front of a smaller card that open with a Christmas poem - but I forgot to take a photo of that part! Sorry!

Hope you like it! If you do, I'd love for you to leave a comment! :0)

11 Aug 2010


I've been looking forward to using some new supplies and here are the cards that I came up with. They are quite straight forward and traditional - it's been hot and humid here and humidity drains all my enthusiasm ... but I can't stay away from my toys!

The first card uses Pear Pizazz, Soft Suede, and Blushing Bride cardstock. I also used the Pear Pizazz ribbon. I broke open the package of Basic Pearls - new this year in the Idea Book & Catalogue - and used three different sizes. The ink is Soft Suede, and the sentiment is from Thank You Kindly stamp set. And my favourite part is the Elegant Lines Embossing Folder!

The Pearls look much nicer in real life of course, but I like the overall softness of this card, I almost used Early Espresso for the brown, but the Soft Suede gave the finished product a more refined combination.

The next card is also soft, but with a different combination. The cardstock is Soft Suede and Very Vanilla, the DSP (Designer Series Paper) is Elegant Soiree, and is truly elegant.

Since the pearls were still on my desk I added a couple to the ends of the ribbon. This ribbon is retired, it is the polka dotted Soft Suede used upsidedown. I love this rouching/gathering/pleating, and the soft texture if adds.

The stamp sets used are Dreams du Jour, and Whimsical Words (retired).

Although the Elegant Soiree lists Baja Breeze as the blue shade, I find that Marina Mist is closer.......

Hope you like them!