Monday, 28 January 2013

Dynamic Duos Challenge #37 - Monochromatic

I finally got some card making in today after a busy day yesterday and tried out this great card idea I have cased from Pinterest, I just added the sentiment.  I really liked the card so I had a go a making one using Stampin' Up products and the colours in the Monochoromatic Challenge at Dynamic Duos.

It is the Australia Day long weekend and it started off pretty quiet for me.  I actually had a lazy day at home with my Mum on Australia Day, but at 9.30pm I got a phone call from the President of the Wanneroo Branch CWA (of which I am a member) asking if I was available to volunteer the next day to feed the firefighters battling the blaze at Gingin.

So on Sunday off I went with 3 other lades to Gingin, this is only about 45 minutes drive north of where I live.  We had to make 100 ham and salad and chicken and salad rolls for the lunch for the firefighters and serve them, make cups of tea or coffee or provide cold drinks.  We had just finished making the rolls, when we got word that another fire had broken out at Eglington, this is only about 15 minutes drive from where I live, and could we make up another 100 rolls to feed the firefighters battling that blaze.  So after five hours of making ham and salad and chicken and salad rolls, and then serving the firefighters as they came in from the fire, I as a bit exhausted last night so my card making mojo got put to bed early.

But this morning it all came together and this is the card, hope you enjoy it.

Saturday, 26 January 2013

Pals Paper Arts #151 Sketch Challenge


PPA151 SketchThe challenge this week at Pals Paper Arts is based on this great sketch.

I have used a colour scheme of Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake and Summer Starfruit.  DSP is from the Comfort Cafe Paper Pack and the 2012-2014 In Colour Paper Pack.

Sentiment is from the "Petite Pairs" stamp set, circles made using the Circles #2 Originals die and circle punches, little flags were made using the Bitty Banners Framelits, butterfly was made by embossing Very Vanilla cardstock with the Fancy Fan embossing folder and punching out with the Elegant Butterlfy punch.  Ribbon is the Summar Starfruit Stitched Satin Ribbon.  Pearl Basic Jewels were added to the circle and the butterfly for a finishing touch.

Friday, 25 January 2013

The Paper Players Sketch Challenge #129

The challenge this week at The Paper Players is based on this great sketch by

I have used a colour scheme of Primrose Petals and Whisper White with a touch of Always Artichoke in the leaves.

The rolled roses were made using the 2 3/8" and 1 3/4" scallop circle punches.  The leaves were made using the 1 3/8" circle punch, this is the first time I tried this and I was really pleased at the result and how easy it was.  I have been trying out different techniques and uses for the punches in my tool kit.

The butterflies were made by embossing a piece of Whisper White cardstock with the Fancy Fan embossing folder and then puching them out using the Elegant Butterfly punch. Pearls were added to the centre of the butterflies.

I also used the Lattice Bigz die, Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder, the Word Window Punch and the Modern Label Punch on my card.

Tuesday, 22 January 2013


In the recent edition of Australian Simply Cards, there was an article show casing a card made by Jasmine Eccles, using ghost stamping with Distress Inks.  I really liked the style of the card, so I decided to make a similar card Stampin' Up style.

It has taken me about 2 hours to make my card, but this was because I had to work out all the measurements and how to put it together.  Hopefully now that I have these, the next time I make a card like this it will be quicker.


Cut a piece of A4 Perfect Plum Cardstock in half lengthwise.  Fold this in half to create your base card.
Cut a strip of A4 Perfect Plum Cardstock lengthwise, 3cm wide.  Fold this in half then fold the ends into the middle to create 3 fold lines.  You should have a valley fold, mountain fold and a valley fold.
Cut a piece of Sahara Sand Cardstock 14cm x 10cm (this is the mat for the front of the card)
Cut 2 pieces of Confetti White Cardstock 14cm x 10cm
Cut 1 piece of Confetti White Cardstock 13.5cm x 9.5cm
Cut 4 pieces of Perfect Plum Cardstock 6.5cm x 9.5cm
Cut 4 pieces of Sahara Sand Cardstock 6cm x 9cm
Cut 4 pieces of Confetti White Cardstock 5.5cm x 8.5cm


On my card I embossed the flourish stamp from the Elements of Style stamp set with clear embossing powder before I started sponging on ink.  However this step is optional.

Sponge Perfect Plum, Wisteria Wonder and Sahara Sand over the Confetti White Cardstock 13.5cm x 9.5cm piece and the 14cm x 10cm pieces.  Mist with water to create a water washed look, blot off with paper towel and dry using heat gun.

Make a mask out of cardstock and the Paper Doily Sizzlits Die.  Lay this on the piece where you want the mask and spritz with Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz.  This will give a beautiful finish to the card piece.  Let this dry.

Randomly stamp images on the pieces as desired using Perfect Plum, Crumb Cake and Basic Grey Classic Stampin' Pads.  When using the Basic Grey, to get a lighter image off stamp before stamping on your piece.  The stamps that I used are the Very Vintage Stampin' Wheel, script stamp and Paris postage stamp from French Foliage stamp set, music notes from Natures Pace, and butterfly from Papillion Potpourri.

Adhere the finished 13.5cm x 9.5cm piece to the Sahara Sand mat, then onto the Perfect Plum base card.

On a scrap piece of Confetti White Cardstock, sponge on Sahara Sand in the middle and Perfect Plum around the end.  Spritz with water, blot off and dry.  Stamp the Congratulations sentiment from the Layered Labels stamp set, cut out using the Apothecary Accents Framelits.  Sprtiz with Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz.  Let dry and layer onto a piece of Sahara Sand Cardstock, and cut out leaving a small edge. 

Add this to the card front usng dimensionals.  Make 2 butterflies by sponging Sahara Sand on a piece of Confetti White Cardstock, stamp the butterfly from the Papillion Potpourri stamp set in Perfect Plum, ink the lower wings in Perfect Plumand cut out using the Elegant Butterfly punch.   Spray with the Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz.  Add one to the front of the card and keep the other for inside the card.

For the middle of the card, take the two 14cm x 10cm Confetti White pieces that you have just finished sponging and stamping.  Adhere to the inside front and back covers of the card.

Adhere the 3cm strip of Perfect plum halfway across the inside front of the card and then halfway across the inside back of the card, making sure that you adhere from the edges into the middle. 

Take 2 pieces of the 5.5cm x 8.5cm Confetti White Cardstock and sponge and stamp as before.  I used the Eifel Tower, sentiment and key from the Artistic Etchings stamp set on one piece and the butterflies from the Papillion Potpourri stamp set on the other piece, with the music notes and script stamps as before.  I added an edge by stamping the small flourish from the Established Elegance stamp set around the edges in Perfect Plum.  Adhere to the Sahara Sand, then the Perfect Plum Cardstock.

Take the remaining 2 pieces of 5.5cm x 8.5cm Confetti White Cardstock and sponge in the middle with Sahara Sand and around the edges with Perfect Plum.  Spritz with water, blot and dry.  Add a border around the edges using the small flourish from the Established Elegance stamp set.  On one piece stamp the sentiment from the One in a Million stamp set and add the butterfly that you made earlier (you can leave the butterfly until last if you want).  The other piece is left blank in the middle so that you can write your message on it.  Adhere to the Sahara Sand, then the Perfect Plum Cardstock. 

Adhere these 4 pieces to the four sections across the 3cm Perfect Plum Cardstock strip.  The card will fold up nicely and will fit a standard C6 envelope.

Monday, 14 January 2013

Butterfly thoughts ...

The challenge this week at Mojo Monday is based on this great sketch by Carole Burrage.

I must admit that I had a bit of trouble getting started on my card, as I could not decide which stamp set to use, colours etc.  I finally decided to go with Crumb Cake and Very Vanilla and used the co-ordinating DSP from the Comfort Cafe Designer Series Paper pack. 

The butterfly was made using the Elegant Butterfly punch after I had put the Very Vanilla cardstock through the Fancy Fan Embossing Folder.  I liked the textured finish to the butterfly along with the little pearls.

Stamp sets used are Teeny Tiny Sentiments and Serene Silhouettes.