Double “Z” Fold Lift Me Up Birthday

May 24, 2017

There are so many ways to use these hot air balloon stamps and dies and I thought this style of card just made for them.

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This is what it looks like opened up:

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Card: Soft Sky, Whisper White
Stamp Pads: Archival – Basic Black, Real Red, Pacific Point, Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral, Pool Party, Garden Green, Old Olive, Perfect Plum, Crumb Cake
Stamps: Lift Me Up
Thinlits: Up & Away
Framelits: Bunch of Banners
Other: blender pen, dimensionals

Another variation – on this one, I lightly sponged the Soft Sky card with Blushing Bride and So Saffron to look like an early morning sky, but I’m not totally happy with the result. However, I like the acetate strip; it’s just difficult to disguise where it’s attached.

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Card: Soft Sky, Whisper White;
Stamp Pads: Archival – Basic Black, Versamark, Blushing Bride, Sweet Sugarplum, Rich Razzleberry, Pool Party, Bermuda Bay, Island Indigo, So Saffron, Marina Mist, Daffodil Delight, Wild Wasabi, Perfect Plum, Real Red, Cherry Cobbler;
Stamps: Lift Me Up, Sweet Cupcake;
Thinlits: Up & Away;
Punches: Triple Banner;
Other: gold embossing powder, acetate, blender pen, dimensionals, sponges, double-sided adhesive paper

High Tide

May 19, 2017

This was one of our class cards from a couple of months ago; an easy card using masks. The ‘sea’ effect was made by swiping the stamp pad directly across the card – we used one of the old-style stamp pads to create this effect.

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Card: Crumb Cake, Whisper White
Stamp Pads: Crumb Cake, Soft Sky, Sahara Sand, Bermuda Bay, Pool Party, Always Artichoke
Stamps: High Tide, Jar of Love
Other: photocopy paper for masking, sponges

Special Reason, Boho Chic Birthday

May 17, 2017

Another card using the lovely Special Reason bundle – this was one I’d hoped would make it into the new catalogue, but alas! I hadn’t used the retiring heat & stick powder for some time, so I used it on the flowers with the Dazzling Diamonds glitter for a pretty sparkly effect.

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Card: Flirty Flamingo, Whisper White, Old Olive, Basic Black
Stamp Pads: Flirty Flamingo, Versamark
Stamps: Special Reason
Framelits: Stylish Stems
Embossing Folder: Boho Chic
Other: Stampin’ Write marker – Basic Black, heat & stick powder, Dazzling Diamonds glitter, Tombow multi-purpose glue, dimensionals, sponges

Reflections on Swan Lake

May 15, 2017

I decided to stamp and colour the swans on both these cards, again from the Swan Lake set, in black. For the first card, I re-visited the reflection technique and an old favourite – Lovely as a Tree.

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Card: Night of Navy, Whisper White;
Stamp Pads: Archival – Basic Black, Crumb Cake, Old Olive, Soft Sky, Pool Party, Pumpkin Pie;
Stamps: Swan Lake, Lovely as a Tree, Gift of Love (hostess);
Other: Bunch of Banners framelits, Stamp-a-ma-jig image sheet, sponges, Wink of Stella – clear

This last card was another CASE of a swap card I received at On Stage back in November from Ariana Brinkmeyer:

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Card: Real Red, Whisper White;
Stamp Pads: Archival – Basic Black, Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, So Saffron;
Stamps: Swan Lake, Watercolor Wash, Rose Wonder;
Other: Layering Circles framelits, dimensionals, blender pen, Wink of Stella – clear

I still have a couple of other ideas to try out for this set when I get a little time to play!

More Swan Lake

May 13, 2017

This card was rather more challenging than the previous cards I posted using the Swan Lake set. It went through a couple of incarnations before I was reasonably happy with it. The outline of the swan is a little thicker than most stamps, so stamping it in Basic Black or even Basic Gray was too dark for my liking. I finally stamped it in Smoky Slate ink, after off-stamping it once or twice; almost like no-line stamping. I then painted the whole swan with Wink of Stella.

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Card: Crumb Cake, Bermuda Bay, Whisper White;
Stamp Pads: Pear Pizzazz, Pool Party, Daffodil Delight, Smoky Slate, Memento – Tuxedo Black;
Stamps: Swan Lake, Gift of Love (hostess);
Other: Layering Ovals framelits, Bunch of Banners framelits, Seaside embossing folder, clear block, spritzer, basic rhinestones, scoring stylus (from Simply Scored), piercing mat, Wink of Stella – clear

Here is another card using the Swan Lake set. I used a different kind of double-stamping technique with this card, which Sara Douglass demonstrated at On Stage. First I stamped the ‘Happy’ & ‘Birthday’ from the Birthday Bright set with Sweet Sugarplum ink, then ‘dusted’ the card with the embossing buddy. Next I inked only the lower half of the words with Versamark ink, stamped over the Sweet Sugarplum words and embossed with gold embossing powder. Then I gold embossed the flowers and coloured them with inks and blender pens. I felt the card was still a little stark, so I lightly sponged it with Crumb Cake.

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Card: Sweet Sugarplum, Whisper White;
Stamp Pads: Sweet Sugarplum, Rich Razzleberry, Mint Macaron, Pink Pirouette, Crumb Cake, Versamark;
Stamps: Swan Lake, Birthday Bright;
Other: Gold embossing powder, embossing buddy, blender pen

Swan Lake

May 11, 2017

I won the stamp set, Swan Lake, in a prize patrol at On Stage last November. It isn’t really a set I’d normally buy so I challenged myself to come up some different ways to use the stamps.

This was the first card I made:

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Card: Bermuda Bay, Whisper White, vellum scrap;
Stamp Pads: Archival – Basic Black, Versamark, Soft Sky, Pool Party, Bermuda Bay, Old Olive, Melon Mambo, Perfect Plum, So Saffron, Daffodil Delight;
Stamps: Swan Lake, Butterfly Basics;
Other: Copper embossing powder, blender pen, thick baker’s twine, copper metallic thread, basic rhinestone

My second card was this one, using the lovely Delicate Details lace stamp from Sale-a-brations. I’m not sure what the technique I used is called but it gives a 3D effect. First I stamped the lace in Whisper White craft ink, then over-stamped it – just slightly to one side – with Crumb Cake ink. I think this technique works so well with the lace stamps.

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Card: Wisteria Wonder, Whisper White;
Stamp Pads: Wisteria Wonder, Whisper White Craft, Crumb Cake;
Stamps: Swan Lake, Delicate Details (SAB), Thoughtful Banners;
Other: Layering Ovals framelits, Stampin’ Write markers – Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, Daffodil Delight, Wisteria Wonder, Blushing Bride, Pool Party, Soft Sky, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede

I have some more cards from this set to post in a couple of days.

Watercolor Wings Festive Birthday

May 9, 2017

We made this card at class this month – this was a fairly quick and easy one. I used the same card layout as the card we made at our last team meeting – thanks Steph.

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Card: Whisper White, Calypso Coral, Sahara Sand, Bermuda Bay
Stamp Pads: Bermuda Bay, Sahara Sand, Pool Party, Soft Sky
Stamps: Watercolor Wings, Rose Wonder
Other: Layering Circles framelits, Butterflies thinlits, Festive embossing folder, sponges, dimensionals

Detailed Floral / Falling in Love Wedding & Engagement Cards

May 7, 2017

All the papers in the Falling in Love Designer Series Paper are really beautiful – soft, subtle, Bokeh effects – I truly fell in love with this DSP! This is an engagement card I made using one of the Bokeh-style papers under the Detailed Floral die-cut:

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Card: Very Vanilla, Falling in Love DSP
Stamp Pads: Versamark
Stamps: Love & Laughter (retired)
Other: Detailed Floral Thinlits, copper embossing powder

I was so happy with it that I used the same idea for a wedding card for a friend’s son; I just changed the sentiment on it:

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Card: Very Vanilla, Falling in Love DSP
Stamp Pads: Versamark
Stamps: Timeless Love
Other: Detailed Floral Thinlits, copper embossing powder

One Last Spin of the Butterfly!

May 6, 2017

One of our cards for this month’s class; we had to make one more spinner card before the die retires – and it includes quite a few other retiring items having a final airing.

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Card: Bermuda Bay, Whisper White
Stamp Pads: Watermelon Wonder (retiring), Pool Party, Bermuda Bay, Sweet Sugarplum, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, Daffodil Delight, Crushed Curry
Stamps: Flower Patch (retiring), Papillon Potpourri (retiring), Kinda Eclectic (retiring), Gift of Love (hostess) (retiring)
Framelits: Sliding Star (retiring), Banner (retiring)
Punches: Elegant Butterfly (retiring), 3/4″ circle
Other: foam adhesive strips, dimensionals, glue dots, sponges, Wink of Stella – clear, Wink of Stella – gold (retiring), 2 x 5c coins

Nailed It & Hexagons Birthday Card

May 5, 2017

This is a great stamp set along with the matching dies for a few of the males in my family – I’ve used it several times – and we also made this card in a class last month. Another set on the retiring list!

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Card: Crushed Curry, Sahara Sand, Whisper White, Basic Gray
Stamp Pads: Archival – Basic Black
Stamps: Nailed It, Sweet Cupcake
Other: Layering Squares framelits, Build It framelits, Bunch of Banners framelits, Urban Underground embellishments, Hexagons embossing folder, Watercolor pencils