Lovely Inside & Out Friend

I heard on the radio this morning that there are now less than 100 days until Christmas – say what!!  Didn’t we just have Christmas like only a month or so ago – that’s certainly what it feels like!  I better start making some lists and getting myself organised before the time completely disappears!

Several months ago I taught the Baby Wipe Technique at my monthly technique class and after class the wipe still had loads of great colour left, so not wanting to waste it I grabbed the Lovely Inside & Out stamp set and some white cardstock and stamped a heap of images – I had no idea what I was going to use it for at the time, but came up with this quick and easy design to use it.

This was a simple card to make but I think it is fun and interesting!  It shows that we don’t always have to have the end result or a plan in mind when we sit down to create – sometimes just stamping something simple is all that is needed!

Looking for the Lovely Inside & Out Stamp Set?  Find it HERE

Stamps: Lovely Inside & Out
Ink: Pool Party, Bermuda Bay, Rich Razzleberry
Cardstock: Pool Party, Bermuda Bay, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White
Other: Big Shot, Lovely Words Thinlit Dies, Layering Ovals Framelit Dies, Silver Metallic Thread

Be sure to check back tomorrow for this months Colour Your World Blog Hop – we’ll be hopping around the world with another great colour combo to inspire you!



Orange Blossom & Bargello

There is an endless variety of ways that you can use striped Designer Series Paper and this card features one of them.  The striped panel has been created using the Bargello technique – a technique that actually comes from needlepoint but can be recreated by using striped DSP.  This paper is the A Whole Lot of Lovely DSP and it really is lovely – such a beautiful combination of colours!

The stamped panel is created using the Orange Blossom stamp set (and then I went and smudged my inky fingers all over it – eek!)

If you have a surplus of striped DSP why not try chopping it into thin strips and seeing what different effects you can come up with! I would love to see your results so be sure to share them with me!

Stamps: Orange Blossom
Cardstock: Tranquil Tide, Blushing Bride, Basic Black, Whisper White, A Whole Lot of Lovely DSP
Ink: Tranquil Tide, Blushing Bride, Crushed Curry, Basic Black
Other: Rhinestones, Calypso Coral 1/4″ Ombre Ribbon

Purchase the Orange Blossom Stamp Set HERE



Hearts Come Home – Guest Artist

My Stampin’ Up! team had a gathering recently where we enjoyed a shoe box swap.  Today’s card is one of the great cards I completed as part of the swap – designed by Julie Woolner this great card uses the awesome Hearts Come Home Bundle from the Holiday Catalogue!

I love how many options there are with this bundle – the stamp set has loads of great Christmas images and then those detailed dies just take it to a whole other level!    The addition of a little Wink of Stella on the building roofs and ground to imitate twinkling snow finishes off this card so beautifully!

Stamps: Hearts Come Home
Cardstock: Pool Party, Garden Green, Whisper White
Ink: Basic Black
Other: Big Shot, Hometown Greetings Edgelit Dies, Wink of Stella, Quilted Christmas 1/4″ Ribbon

Check out the Hearts Come Home Bundle HERE!



Detailed Floral Embossed!

Happy Monday everyone!  I hope you all enjoyed a lovely weekend with some creativity in the mix.  I didn’t get to craft but I did have a good sort out and tidy up in my craft room which meant it was already to  crack in to some new projects this morning!  I am working on a fantastic Online Class that I can’t wait to share with you all – details will be out very soon!

In the meantime here is a card I created using our awesome Embossing Paste.  When I taught a technique class around this product recently I wanted to show as many different ways of using the paste as possible and this is the result of one of my experiments.

To create the embossed back ground I cut the Detailed Floral Thinlits Die in some scrap cardstock and used this as my stencil for applying the Embossing Paste.  I carefully applied the paste just to the large flower part of the die-cut – this is a little tricky but works with some practice.  Then I went and put a really big sentiment over all that embossing so that you can hardly see it – HA, oops!  Here is a closer look:

I coloured the paste with Pink Pirouette reinker which gave a lovely subtle shade.  I love the combination of textures on this card – embossing paste, heat embossing, doily, twine & ribbon!

Stamps: Lots of Love
Cardstock: Calypso Coral, Whisper White, Thick Whisper White
Ink: Wild Wasabi, Pink Pirouette, Versamark
Other: Big Shot, Detailed Floral Thinlits Dies, White Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Delicate White Doilies, Powder Pink Woven Ribbon, Old Olive Bakers Twine, Embossing Paste, Palette Knives



Painted Harvest Guest Artist

I was the lucky recipient of a beautiful RAK card all the way from Germany this week.  Sandra Prinz created such an elegant card that I just had to share it with you!

I love the colours that Sandra used – I would never have thought to use this combo for a floral stamp, but it works so well!  The sentiment says A Little Note – so sweet!

Stamps: Painted Harvest
Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Always Artichoke, Whisper White
Ink: Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Early Espresso, Always Artichoke
Other: Duet Banner Punch