Sunday, 24 June 2018

Garden Impressions

I do love Night of Navy and So Saffron together, and thats the theme for this card.

Folded flat for posting

Front view stood up for display

Angled view showing fold.

The paper is Garden Impressions 6"x6" DSP.
The sentiment from Very Vintage,
Stitched Labels Framelits Die for front panel in So Saffron.
Floral Stamp from Beautiful Promenade
Sentiment from Very Vintage stamp set.

Really pleased with this card.

Saturday, 23 June 2018

Another of Chris's bit box cards.

Isnt it amazing what you can do with a couple of small pieces
 of DSP and some scraps of card and ribbon.  
Chris has done a whole series of cards for her ladies doing just that!
She has made some fabulous "bit box cards" and is happy to share them with us!

Thanks for sharing Chris !

Friday, 22 June 2018

Janice's Birthday

It's Barry's younger sister - Janice's birthday on Sunday,
so Chris and David, Barry and me are off out to lunch 
with her today to celebrate the occasion.
(it was the only day we could all get together!)
Janice absolutely adores Panda's and her favourite colour is red -
so here's the card I have made for her

Happy Birthday for Sunday Janice!!

Thursday, 21 June 2018

Springtime Expressions Thinlits dies embossed!!

Here's a card that Chris and I made yesterday using one of the
Springtime Impressions Thinlits dies to emboss!!
We watched a video on YouTube by Rachel Tessman, who demostrated how dies can be used
 to emboss, by using the Sizzix Big Shot for Stampin' Up! Embossing Mats.

I think that the photo shows quite well how crisp the embossing has come out
using the large die from Sprintime Expressions on the Grapefruit Grove Layer.
Whilst the butterfly die from the same set has been die cut using vellum for 
the bottom set of wings and Grapefruit Grove for the top set.
Colour combo is Calypso Coral Grapefruit Grove and Black on a 
Very Vanilla 7" x 5" base card.  
The sentiment is from Love What You Do stamp set.

I am really impressed with the principle of how this works, and will
be trying it out with my other Thinlits dies now!

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Chris's Bit Box cards

Today I am going to feature a bit box card that Chris (sis-in-law) has made.
As Chris doesn't blog, but does craft, she has agreed that I can blog her cards,
 sort of a Guest Design Team member!!

So heres to the first of many bit box cards,
which by the way, Chris donates these to a charity every month.

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Springtime Impressions.

Here's a card I made today using the new Springtime Expressions Thinlits Dies.

I used a 7x5 Very Vanilla Base Card with a Mint Macaron layer on top. 
A piece of Share What You Love Speciality DSP cut with the 
Banner Triple punch at each end was then glued in the middle.
One of the Touches of Texture stamps was used top left and bottom right. .
I then stuck some (retired) Lacy Mint Macaron ribbon around the middle.
The butterfly from Springtime Impressions Thinlits dies was cut with
petal pink card and a matching Share What You Love Artisan Pearl
was stuck on the butterfly's head.
I do love the colour combinations in this DSP, dont you!

Monday, 18 June 2018

Boys Christening Card

Here's my Boy's version of the Christening card
same design, different mat and layering.

This time a White Cross on a layer of Balmy Blue,
on a card base 7" x 5"
Stitched shapes Framelits in Balmy Blue used to stamp sentiment on
and Layering Ovals scalloped oval for underneathit.

I can't decide whether I like the coloured cross on white card (like the Girl's card)
or a white cross on coloured card as above.
What do you think?

Sunday, 17 June 2018

Lady Captain's Captains' Day card.

Yesterday was Captains' Day at the golf Club - Waterfront Golf!
The ladies asked if I would make a card for the Lady Captain -
here's what I came up with.

It's an 8" x 8" card (which is not a size that I normally do) 
but we needed it large enough for the ladies to write their special messages 
to Gail, so I decided it had better be big!
I had some pearlised card blanks that weere 8 x 8, so I used one as the
base card in a paler pink and another card in a deeper shade of pink,
I cut to use as mats on top of the base card.
The papers - Painted with Love Speciality  DSP are sadly now retired,
 but I love the richness of the pinks and golds that show up quite well on this photo
The personalised sentiment was computer generated, and the stamp is one
 of my growing collection of golfing stamps that I use for various golfing
 occasions or golfers birthdays!
(This is the Stamp that I used to make my own Lady Captain's
greeting cards way back in 2010!!)
I don't think that I blogged it at the time so here's what it looked like!!

I still love pink!!

Saturday, 16 June 2018

Girls Christening card.

On Wednesday one of the ladies wanted to make a Christening card, 
I showed her what I used to make mine and made another one yesterday afternoon.

Very CAS, the cross was made using Powder Pink card with one of the 
Flourish Thinlits dies, by cutting two lengths of the flourish strip. 
I then shortened one of them and glued them onto white card to form the cross.
I stamped the sentiment using separate words as I don't have a stamp
with the full sentiment on (apologies if it looks a little crooked).
I then cut this out with the smallest of the oval  Stitched Shapes Frames Thinlits,
and matted it onto a pink scalloped oval.
thids was then glued in the centre of the cross.
The white card with the added cross was then layered onto pink card, 
which in turn was matted onto a 7" x 5" Card Base.

I do like the simplicity of this - what do you think?


Friday, 15 June 2018

Bit Box Card # 6 - Dylan's birthday

Today is my great nephew Dylan's 4th birthday.
Here's the card that I made for him using oddments from my bit box.

The DSP was a  retired , odd shaped piece of striped paper
obviously too good to throw away!
The image was already stamped but had an ink splodge on it, 
I just cut the image down a tad shorter - splodge gone!
- all I had to do was colour it in, stick it on top of the striped DSP,
layer it onto Old Olive card stock, then onto a 7" x 5"  Card base.
I cut out his name using the retired Little Numbers dies -
you can see they were a perfect fit!

Thursday, 14 June 2018

You're Inspiring - any occasion card

This is one of those cards you can have on hand for emergencies - 
it can be used for any occasion and is so useful.
I don't put a greeting on the front and leave the centre blank too!

Card closed for posting

Card open, showing mechanics of Z fold

I am sure you will agree how well this lends itself to use for any occasion.
A Z fold card, with asimple colour combo of Daffodil Delight and Old Olive
The Daffodils are from the You're Inspiring stamp set,
Old Olive and Whisper White card stock
Basket Weave 3D Dynamic  Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.

I have a couple of these in my box just for any occasion
 that arises out of the blue.

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Catherine's 5th Stampin' Up! Anniversary

Yesterday I met up with a friend who is also one of my Stampin' Up! downline, Catherine.
We haven't seen each other in a long time, so it was lovely to meet up and catch up on things.

This is the card that I made her to congratulate her on her
5th Stampin Up Anniversary in March this year.

Most of the products used on this card are retired, but I find them so useful
for doing these Anniversary cards.

Congratulations Catherine, long may it last!!

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Sympathy Card

Here's a sympathy card for one of my Wednesday class ladies
whose Mother-in-law passed away last week

Here are the details :
Coastal Cabana. Black and Whisper White cardstock.
Memento Black and Coastal Cabana ink.
Love What You Do stampset
Stitched Shape Framelits
Layering Ovals Framelits.
I am really enjoying colouring in at the moment, but don't look too closely!!

Monday, 11 June 2018

More Share What You Love Suite.

I do love this suite of papers cards, stamps, embellishments etc.
Its so easy to design a card with all these beautiful products.
Here's my latest....

I have stamped the background in Versamark on mint Macaron card,
using the Love What You Do stampset.
Cut a pearl Doilly in half and placed bottom left and top right.
Matted a piece of the Share What You Love Speciality DSP onto a layer of 
Whisper White, then glued on top of the Mint Macaron card.
This was then stockm onto a 7" x 5" White base card.

I think that these colours look lovely - clean and fresh.

Sunday, 10 June 2018

A Christmas card!!

I thought that as it was June already, I really ought to
start thinking about making a start on this year's cards.
Here's one that Chris and I made at our last get-together.

The stamp set is "At Home With You" and the dies are the "At Home" Framelits dies.
The brickwork background was made by sponging using one of the
"Pattern Party Decorative Masks"
Colours used areSoft Suede , Cherry CobblerDaffodil Delight and Old Olive.

There we are ... Christmas card number 1!!

Saturday, 9 June 2018

Charleen's Pool Party Dragonfly slotted card

Charleen from my Thursday class, wanted to make the Dragonfly slotted card 
in a different colourway, and chose to use Pool Party
in place of the Rich Razzleberry.

Here's her version

She added a few extra dragonflies on the side panel
and used pearls instead of the black Rhinestones, as it needed
a more subtle, delicate look for this colour combination.

Thanks for sharing this with us Charleen.
Fabulous colour choice!

Friday, 8 June 2018

Tufted Dynamic Embossing Folder

If you're wondering what fits the description of "Tufted"
have a look at the embossed background of this card to see.
I might describe it as quilted or padded - how would you describe it?

I have stamped the sentiment from "Love What You Do" in Highland Heather ink,
onto a die cut using the Stitched Labels Framelits dies.
I added the little flower spray top and bottom from the old Sale-a-bration
stamp set "Lovely Lavender" and coloured with ink and Aqua painter.
Then I embossed the background using Highland Heather cardstock 
with the "Tufted DynamicEmbossing Folder" and I have to say I am pretty impressed!!
Simply matted the "Tufted background onto a 7" x 5" card base,
stuck on the stamped Stitched Framelits die cut
and voila - there you have it- a really quick, but effective card!!
Love it!

Thursday, 7 June 2018

May Thank you cards

Here is a selection of Thank you cards that I made for the customers
 who placed otrders in May.
I have featured the new In Colours

  Top Left - Grapefruit Grove    Top Right- Pineapple Punch
Bottom Left - Blueberry Bushel      Bottom Right - Lovely Lipstick
And here's a close up shot that shows the detail on this single rose stamp
and the leaves  from the new Healing Hugs Stamp set.

The sentiment is from Thankful Thoughts

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Just Because

I like to have a few "all occasion" cards to hand not only for
when you need a card in a hurry, but for those occasions 
when there aren't the right words that you want to say stamps!
I find this old retired "Just Because" stamp invaluable,
 so I have a few cards made using retired papers as well as
current papers. (because I hold on the beautiful papers
for so long - just looking at them and stroking them and
then can't bear to cut them until the week before they retire usually!!)
Any how...... here's one of the Just Because... cards I have made.

Using the (now retired!!) Petal Passion DSP
Black and White card
Layering Oval Frames Thinlits
Black Ribbon
Smoky Slate Stampin Blends pens
Wink of Stella - on the flowers,  which you may or may not notice!

Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Chris's Lovely Floral card

This is the same design as the card I did, but Chris used pink 
instead of the Rich Razzleberry,

I think the embossing stands out more on the paler card.
Chris used the stamp from Love What You Do for her background,
after three failed attempts at this I plumped for Water Brush and ink!!