Monday, May 30, 2016

Stampin' Up! In Colours Planter Box Card

Only two more sleeps until the new Stampin' Up! Catalogue goes live and that means a brand new palette of In Colours to create with.

I'm holding a Planter Box Card Class and mini catty launch this Thursday night with a small group of ladies, so naturally I chose to play with the new In Colours. 

The base was constructed from Kraft Card Stock and stamped with the Hardwood Background Stamp (Soft Suede Ink).  All other accessories are listed below this post in the Labels Section.



 Here's a round up of the Planter Box Cards I have made so far (Yes, I am a tad obsessed) -


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Sunday, May 29, 2016

CASEing the Catty Blog Hop - Favourite Retiring Products

It's Sunday night and that means another blog hop from the crew at CASEing the Catty!  This week we're choosing our FAVOURITE RETIRING PRODUCT and saying a fond farewell to the 2015/2016 Annual and 2016 Occasions Catalogues. Next week we'll be back with projects CASED (Copied and selectively edited) from the brand new catty!  Eeek! I can hardly wait.


For CTC 80 I've chosen to CASE the gorgeous card from the Hostess Section of the annual catty.  It's on page 181 and features the beautiful big bloom from the Best Thoughts Stamp Set. I only made a few subtle changes as I loved the design and choice of colours.  I did try the flower with Blackberry Bliss Ink at first but decided Calypso Coral looked much better.  The concept design artists at Stampin' Up! are so talented.

Speaking of talent, not only are we saying goodbye to some products but the CTC Crew are farewelling Helen too.  No doubt she will keep blogging and sharing her amazing, 'out of the box' designs with us from time to time, but I sure will miss her being in the DT.


You can click back to Helen Heil from H2 Designs or hop on to Kathryn Mangelsdorf  to see what she has created with her favourite retiring product.

Did you know we have a monthly challenge at CTC?  Click the button below to take you to the link up. 

Thanks for hopping by,

The World just got Cuter! - Swirly Scribbles Owl Take 2

Hi there!  I'm really enjoying my new Swirly Scribbles Thinlits Dies and am looking forward to the release of the brand new SU Catalogue this week. Yay!

My second Swirly Scribbles Owl Card was made to welcome our friends' new baby boy, Rocco.


Project Recipe:
Stamp Sets:  Timeless Textures, Gorgeous Grunge, Made with Love
Ink:  Chocolate Chip, Soft Suede, Pool Party
Card Stock:  Chocolate Chip, Soft Suede, Pool Party, Very Vanilla, Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie
Accessories:  Swirly Scribbles Thinlits, Owl Builder Punch. In Color Assorted Sequins, Wink of Stellar Glitter Pen (Clear)

Thanks for stopping by,

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Swirly Scribbles Owl

Oh my goodness ... a new Stampin' Up! Catalogue will be released next week and you are going to love the new dies!   As a demonstrator I had the awesome privilege of ordering some new products a month before the catty goes live.

These Swirly Scribbles Thinlits were high on my wish list; the creative ideas are limitless.  Today was the first chance I've had to play with some new goodies (been interstate for work) and as I was looking at the thinlits shapes, an owl just popped into my head and this is the result -


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Saturday, May 21, 2016

Copper Botanicals

It's our gorgeous daughter's 23rd birthday today and I made her a Planter Box Card full of Copper Botanical Blooms


I'm entering Laura's birthday card in the challenge at Seize the Birthday -

Our "Toppings" option this time is...

Project Recipe -
Stamp Set:  Thoughtful Banners (release date - June 2016)
Ink:  Mint Macaron, Basic Black Archival
Card  Stock:   Basic Black, Mint Macaron, Whisper White, Retired - Brushed Copper, Black Glimmer 
Accessories:  Botanical Builder Framelits, Bold Butterfly Framelits 
Non-SU:  Paper Weave and Japanese Black Woodgrain Papers 
Thanks for stopping by,

Saturday, May 14, 2016

#imbringingbirthdaysback Stamp-a-Stack

On Thursday night I headed off to a Stamp-a-stack that my lovely up-line was holding at a friend's house and got to make 10 cards in one sitting!  That is a massive achievement for me as it usually takes me all evening to make a single card.  However, Stamp-a-stacks are all about simplicity and I really enjoyed the projects and the company.

#1 - Clean and Simple Sunbursts

The cute clouds were fussy cut from the Shine On Specialty DSP and the Shimmery White sunbursts were spritzed with Crushed Curry Ink.

Thanks, Sharnee, for getting me enthused to make more cards using the Sunburst Sayings Bundle and to use my spritzer more often.

If you're looking for some other gorgeous projects using this bundle, you just have to check out the following links -

Jessica Williams

Marisa Gunn

Connie Collins

Debbie Henderson

Shannon Lane

SU You Tube Tutorial

#2 - Shine On Birthday Cards

Check out the links below for more info on these CAS birthday cards -

Sharnee Torrents

Susan Wong

Thanks for stopping by,

Friday, May 13, 2016

Spring Colours for The Paper Players

The colour challenge at The Paper Players got my attention as the Subtles Collection is my favourite SU colour group. I made a card in a box with punched Spring flowers (Stamp Set - Beautiful Bunch) for a friend of mine.  The recipient will be her grandmother in Canada who is turning 86 this year.    

The card base is made from some specialty paper I bought from an art supplies shop in Sydney (Eckersley's Art & Craft , York Street) called paper weave and the leaves are punched from the Bird Builder Punch.

Thanks for stopping by,

Thanks, Claire and the DT -

Thank you catluvr2 at Splitcoast Stampers -
 Congratulations! In the General Stamping forum, you're in the FAVORITES for the week ending May 15. See post #68.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Spring Flowers for the Card Concept

I love making 3D cards, I love a fun Card Challenge and I love the fact that my craft area has moved to a spare room inside the house. I've set up a comfortable, clean and tidy, organized space where it's warm and cozy and I have left the mess of the converted garage/rumpus room behind. 

My mojo is back and I have spent some of Mother's Day in my 'happy place' making a birthday card for a friend.

Freestyle Collage for the Card Concept #54  

The Card Concept Challenge Blog has a Spring Flowers' Theme, my new Flower Patch stamps needed to see some ink, my friend loves purple and I wanted to try out a new idea for a card in a box base ... so here's the finished project -


Mini Tutorial
A Card in a Box made from Stampin' Up!'s ® Gift Card Envelope Thinlits ...

... and embellished with Flower Patch Photopolymer Bundle.


1.  Die cut two gift card envelopes and trim off the wider flaps at the lower edge on both pieces.
2.  Cut out two pieces of card stock that measure 2-3/4" x 2".

3.  Attach the small rectangular pieces to the outside of the small flaps on the end with strong adhesive or tape. Stamp with Gorgeous Grunge before adhering the second side.
4.  Fold down the two larger flaps to form the base of the card.

5.  Cut two inserts 2-1/2" x almost 5" and score 1/2" in from both sides. Fold ends as shown above.

 6.  Secure inserts to the inside of the base with strong adhesive. Embellish with your choice of stamped images or die cuts.
7.  Card folds flat and fits inside a standard card size envelope (C6) ready for posting.

Thanks, Jodene and DT

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