Pretty Pines & Holly

November 29, 2016

This was another class Christmas card, having fun with the Pretty Pines thinlits. I didn’t realise I had forgotten to order some more of the lovely gold foil sheets (I’d obviously used up more than I realised!) so I had to improvise and just use a little on opposite corners of the card – I think it added just enough of an accent.

Pretty Pines & Holly (Tags & Labels, Real Red, White, Gold foil, Garden Green, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede) photo Pretty Pines amp Holly Hang Your Stocking Real Red Crumb Cake Soft SUede Garden Green gold foil_zpsm3syojyp.jpg

Card: Real Red, Whisper White, Gold foil, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Garden Green
Stamp Pads: Real Red, Crumb Cake
Stamps: Hang Your Stocking
Other: Pretty Pines thinlits, Tags & Labels framelits, Holly embossing folder

Delicate Ornaments & Holly

November 28, 2016

Three Christmas cards I made recently:

The basic card:

 photo Delicate Ornaments amp Holly Real Red White_zpseidxgtem.jpg

Card: Real Red, Whisper White
Stamp Pads: Real Red
Stamps: Embellished Ornaments, Teeny Tiny Sentiments
Other: Classic Label punch, Delicate Ornaments & Pretty Pines thinlits, Holly embossing folder, basic rhinestone

The basic card stepped up – I did this card with a lovely group of ladies last week::

 photo Delicate Ornaments amp Holly Real Red White Red foil Gold glimmer Candy Cane Lane DSP_zpsizjercu5.jpg

Card: Real Red, Whisper White, Red foil (retired), Gold glimmer paper, Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper
Stamp Pads: Real Red
Stamps: Teeny Tiny Sentiments
Other: Classic Label punch, Delicate Ornaments thinlits, Holly embossing folder, gold cord (retired), glue dot

and stepped up a little further again

 photo Delicate Ornaments amp Holly Real Red White Red foil Gold glimmer Candy Cane Lane DSP Merry Medley Pretty Pines Classic Labe_zps1olml1s8.jpg

Card: Real Red, Whisper White, Garden Green, Red foil (retired), Gold glimmer paper, Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper
Stamp Pads: Real Red
Stamps: Merry Medley, Teeny Tiny Sentiments
Other: Classic Label punch, Delicate Ornaments thinlits, Bunch of Banners framelits, Holly embossing folder, gold cord (retired), glue dot

Butterfly Basics Watercolor Wash

November 25, 2016

Another of this month’s class cards, this card is a CASE of one of the swaps I received at On Stage Live earlier in the month, made by Ariana Brinkmeyer. I mostly just changed the colours.

Butterfly Basics, Watercolour Wash (Sweet Sugarplum, Blushing Bride) photo Butterfly Basics Watercolor Wash Blushing Bride Sweet Sugarplum_zpszchsgwvu.jpg

Card: Sweet Sugarplum, Whisper White
Stamp Pads: Blushing Bride, Sweet Sugarplum, Memento – Black
Stamps: Butterfly Basics, Watercolour Wash
Other: Layering Ovals Framelits, Project Life Corner punch, Wink of Stella – clear, basic rhinestones, spritzer

More Rose Garden

November 24, 2016

Another couple of cards using the very pretty Rose Garden thinlits – remember the dies are 30% off till 28th November for the Online Extravaganza. Firstly another inlaid die card:

 photo Rose Garden Inlaid die Crumb Cake Real Red or Melon Mambo_zpshutvvhrb.jpg

Card: Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Real Red
Stamp Pads: Whisper White craft
Stamps: Bloom with Hope (retired)


 photo Rose Garden Sponged die-cut Vanilla Calpso Coral Daffodil delight Pear Pizzazz Old Olive_zpsel1vhri2.jpg

Card: Whisper White
Stamp Pads: Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive
Stamps: Sky’s the Limit (SAB – now retired)
Other: Rose Garden thinlits, sponges

Rose Garden, Rose Wonder Cards

November 23, 2016

I made this card for a friend’s birthday earlier in the year. The Rose Garden thinlits are beautiful and I have used them rather a lot through the year. They are currently discounted 30% for Online Extravaganza – a wonderful deal!

 photo Rose Wonder Rose Garden thinlits Daffodil Delight Blushing Bride poss Old Olive_zpshbxd93hy.jpg

Card: Old Olive, Watercolor paper, Very Vanilla
Stamp Pads: Old Olive, Pear Pizzazz, Daffodil Delight, Blushing Bride, Chocolate Chip
Stamps: Rose Wonder
Other: Rose Garden thinlits, aqua painter

An inlaid die card I made using the Rose Garden dies:

 photo Rose Garden Elegant Eggplant Perfect Plum watercolour_zpsmhq7rzor.jpg

Card: Elegant Eggplant, Whisper White
Stamp Pads: Elegant Eggplant, Perfect Plum
Stamps: Teeny Tiny Sentiments
Other: Rose Garden thinlits, Word Window punch (now retired)

Bokeh with Stitched Shapes & Flourish Thinlits

November 22, 2016

This was one of the cards we made for the previous weekend’s class – Bokeh is a fabulous technique. We used one of the Stitched Circles from the Stitched Shape framelits; these lovely dies will be in next year’s catalogue but they are available right now along with some matching discounted stamp sets – check it out under ‘Stitched from the Heart’ on the Stampin’ Up! website.

When I’ve used this technique previously I’ve sponged the circles directly from the Whisper White stamp pad, but the sponge always leaves some ink behind to discolour the stamp pad, so this time I used the re-inker and it worked a treat!

I think the copper embossing and copper foil look really good with these colours.

 photo Bokeh Better Together Flourish Thinlits Stitched Shapes Layering Circles Bermuda Bay Pool Party Pacific Point_zps1xisyf0n.jpg

Card: Bermuda Bay, Whisper White, Copper foil
Stamp Pads: Pool Party, Bermuda Bay, Pacific Point, Versamark
Stamps: Better Together
Other: Stitched Shape framelits, Layering Circle framelits, Flourish thinlits, copper embossing powder, Whisper White craft re-inker, sponge dauber, acetate, various size circle punches

Don’t forget the Online Extravaganza if you haven’t already checked it out – great savings on select items from 21st till 28th November, but some are only available till stocks run out!

 photo Online extravaganza 5_zpsfuktodr0.jpg

Online Extravaganza is here!

November 21, 2016

Today is the start of Stampin’ Up’s Online Extravaganza – check it out on the Stampin’Up! website and grab yourself some bargains!

 photo Online extravaganza 1_zpsci7bhbck.jpg

 photo Online extravaganza 4_zpsrd8sz0dv.jpg

Contact me if you wish to place an order – there are some great bargains.

Christmas Stockings, Pretty Pines & Delicate Ornaments

November 11, 2016

Some more Christmas cards from recent classes; the first uses the Christmas Stockings thinlits dies:

Christmas Stocking Oval, Pretty Pines (Real Red, Garden Gree, Silver Foil, This Christmas DSP) photo Christmas Stockings Pretty Pines thinlitsThis Christmas DSP Real Red Dazzling Diamonds amp Red glimmer Silver foil_zpsfjraxfif.jpg

Card: Whisper White, Real Red, Garden Green, Silver Foil, Dazzling Diamonds & Red glimmer paper, This Christmas DSP
Stamp Pads: Soft Suede
Stamps: Cookie Cutter Christmas
Thinlits: Christmas Stockings, Pretty Pines
Framelits: Layering Ovals, Bunch of Banners

and this card using the Delicate Ornament thinlits:

Delicate Ornaments, Christmas Greetings (Real Red, Gold foil, Holly emb folder) photo Merry Christmas Bauble amp Holly Holly emb folder Whisper White Real Red Garden Green Gold foil_zpslrr8fupp.jpg

Card: Whisper White, Real Red, Garden Green, Gold Foil
Stamp Pads: Real Red, Garden Green
Stamps: Time of Year (hostess)
Thinlits: Delicate Ornament, Christmas Greetings
Framelits: Bunch of Banners
Punches: Holly Berry builder, 1 3/4″ circle
Other: Holly embossing folder, fine-tip glue pen

More On Stage Live Stuff

November 9, 2016

I had a great time at On Stage Live; it was wonderful to catch up with ‘old’ friends and to meet some new friends too. So much to see and do – fantastic stamping demonstrations, business presentations, celebrations, new stamp sets, make & takes (with some gorgeous new products), prizes and a lovely new catalogue to drool over!

These are some of the lovely swap cards I received at On Stage Live:

 photo Swaps 01 with watermark_zpsodxoaifp.jpg

More Swaps for On Stage Live – Sand Friends!

November 6, 2016

These were the other swap cards I made for On Stage Live. I love this stamp set but it’s hard imagining snow while we’re sweltering here in December so I turned the snowmen into sand friends instead – a little more appropriate for our climate!

Snow Friends at the Beach! photo On Stage Live 2016 Swap Card 2 01_zpsz4xmxhl9.jpg

Card: Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Real Red, Bermuda Bay
Stamp Pads: Crumb Cake, Always Artichoke, Wild Wasabi, Soft Sky, Marina Mist, Bermuda Bay, So Saffron, Daffodil Delight, Real Red
Stamps: Snow Place, Totally Trees
Framelits: Snow Friends
Other: Stampin’ Write markers – Crumb Cake, Pink Pirouette, Pumpkin Pie, Sahara Sand; Tombow multi-purpose glue, Dazzling Diamonds glitter, Wink of Stella – clear, White chalk marker