Thursday, October 23, 2008

Le Jardin Carte Postale.

Le Jardin is the lovely Designer Series paper in gorgeous colours of River Rock, Soft Sky, So Saffron and Very Vanilla. Carte Postale is one of the lovely stamp sets that coordinates with the Le Jardin DSP.

Tonight is my monthly stamp class that a few mum's from my daughter's school attend. We normally just do cards but we have decided to do some boxes or other 3-D items and tonight I've turned it into a 3 piece set.

Stamp Class October 08

Isn't this colour combination just gorgeous? It's so soft looking. I must say I'm very happy with these creations and hope the ladies are too.

Here's a closer look at each of them.

The Tote.....

Le Jardin Tote 


I didn't think this needed any stamping as the paper is just gorgeous on it's own and I've covered a fair space on the front and back.


Card: Soft Sky, River Rock, Le Jardin DSP
Accessories: Antique Brass Jumbo Eyelets, Crop-a-dile, Sticky Strip.







The first card I made was this one.


Carte Postale 1


For this card I used a left over piece of the DSP I've used on the Tote. I layered it straight onto the Soft Sky card, stamped Mon Amie in River Rock ink on the bottom right hand corner and added some paper piercing underneath. I've then stamped the flower square image on Very Vanilla Card using So Saffron ink and then punched out with the 1 1/4" circle punch. I've then punched a 1 3/8" circle from Soft Sky card and a Scallop Circle from some River Rock card. This is then all layered as shown and mounted to the card using Stampin' Dimensionals.


Stamp set: Carte Postale
Card: Soft Sky, River Rock, Very Vanilla, Le Jardin DSP
Ink: So Saffron, River Rock
Accessories: 1 1/4" & 1 3/8" circle punches, scallop circle punch, tool kit, stampin' dimensionals.




For the final card I decided to make a Joy Fold Card.


Carte Postale Joy Fold

For the base of this card I've used Very Vanilla card and added 2 coordinating pieces of Le Jardin DSP. The top flap is So Saffron with Very Vanilla card which I have stamped images from the Carte Postale stamp set. Inside also has a piece of Very Vanilla card which I've left blank until I need to use the card and can then select an appropriate stamp or just hand write on it. As you can see I've Paper Pierced around the Very Vanilla stamped piece and the bird has been stamped, cut out and then mounted with stampin' dimensionals. I've used the same scallop flower piece as on the previous card which holds the card shut.


Stamp set: Carte Postale
Card: Very Vanilla, So Saffron, River Rock, Soft Sky, Le Jardin DSP
Ink: River Rock, Soft Sky, So Saffron.
Accessories: 1 1/4" & 1 3/8" circle punches, scallop circle punch, tool kit, stampin' dimensionals, stamp-a-ma-jig.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

More casing ....

I have more cards to show you today with the first card being another IB&C CASE and the other two are alterations using different sets. I'm trying to use some of those sets that have been collecting a little dust recently.....

So here is the IB&C CASE this time using the correct colours:

All Through The Year 1

Stamp sets: All Through the Year, All Occasions, Garden Annuals Wheel
Card: Certainly Celery, Soft Sky, Confetti White, Close to Cocoa DSP
Ink: Rose Red, Soft Sky, Close to Cocoa, Certainly Celery ink pads, Rose Red, Certainly Celery & Close to Cocoa Markers.
Accessories: Earth Elements & Neutrals Buttons, Stampin' Dimensionals. Stapler, Crochet Cotton.


For this next card I searched through my sets to find one with a nice long verse and came up with Beautiful Life. I wanted to use a green printed paper with this set so chose Old Olive and then used the Colour Coach to select the coordinating colours of Bravo Burgundy and More Mustard. This is what I cam up with:

Beautiful Life

I've stamped the other Daffodil image over the Bravo Burgundy card using Bravo Burgundy ink as I didn't have a wheel I thought went well with this set. The verse has been inked using Old Olive and Bravo Burgundy markers. I also chose to make this card a side opening as it's so much easier to use your stapler this way.

Stamp sets: Beautiful Life
Card: Bravo Burgundy, More Mustard, Confetti Cream, Old Olive Prints DSP
Ink: Bravo Burgundy & More Mustard ink pads, Bravo Burgundy & Old Olive markers.
Accessories: Stamp-a-ma-jig, Stampin' Dimensionals, stapler.

The final card I made I've used Natural Beauty and One of A Kind stamp sets. I couldn't decide on a wheel for this card either so instead I stamped the bird from Natural Beauty on the Barely Banana card in Barely Banana ink in the lower right corner (hopefully you can see that in the picture). This colour combination is another from the Colour Coach.

Natural Beauty 1

Stamp sets: Natural Beauty, One of a Kind
Card: Barely Banana, Cameo Coral, Whisper White, Certainly Celery Prints DSP
Ink: Barely Banana, Rose Red ink pads, Rose Red, Cameo Coral, Certainly Celery markers
Accessories: Boho Blossoms Punch, Silver Brads, Stampin' Dimensionals, stapler.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2008


I have a few cards to show you today. I decided to CASE a card from the current Idea Book & Catalogue and then see how I could change it using different stamps but keeping the layout the same or close to. In other words I used the sketch layout for the remaining cards.

This is my card that I cased from the IB&C on page 20.

Spring Solitude Catty Case

I was going to do a complete CASE but I didn't have any Old Olive Textured cardstock left so I had to use another colour combination which was chosen from the 'Mix it up with Color' list. The colours I've ended up using are Wild Wasabi, Soft Sky, More Mustard and Ruby Red. This card actually looks more time consuming that it is. I'm happy with the results. What do you think??

The colours used in the IB&C card are Old Olive, Blue Bayou, Real Red & More Mustard.

Stamp sets: Spring Solitude Bundle (Hostess set)
Card: Wild Wasabi textured, Soft Sky, Very Vanilla, East Coast Prep DSP
Ink: More Mustard, Wild Wasabi, Soft Sky, Ruby Red, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Earth Elements buttons, Linen Thread, Pewter Jumbo Eyelets, Crop--dile, 1 1/4" Circle Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals, Stamp-a-ma-jig





Next I decided to pull out a stamp set I haven't used in a while and that was Scribble This. The colour combination for this one is another from the 'Mix it up with Color!' combinations that Stampin' Up! supply us with when the new In Colors are released. I changed one element of the card in this layout but kept it in the same region.


Scribble This 1



You can't really tell from this picture but there is glitter over the top flower and the swirly image, hence why the word 'sparkle' is on the card. The changed element is 2 word window punches in place of the circle punch and eyelet.


Stamp sets: Scribble This, Warm Words
Card: Close to Cocoa textured, Wild Wasabi, Very Vanilla, Spring Fling DSP
Ink: Regal Rose, Pretty In Pink, Wild Wasabi, Close to Cocoa,Basic Black
Accessories: Word Window Punch, Pretties Kit (Rhinestone Brad), 2-way Glue Pen, Dazzling Diamonds, Stampin' Dimensionals.

The final card (for now anyway) I've gone for something I think is a little more elegant.


Baroque Motifs 5


I'm using the gorgeous Brocade Background DSP again so I've chosen the Baroque Motifs set this time. I love the colours in this DSP, they are just so soft and elegant looking. As you can see I've used some 1/2 back pearls to add that extra touch.


Stamp sets: Baroque Motifs
Card: River Rock textured, Always Artichoke, Very Vanilla, Brocade Background DSP
Ink: Always Artichoke, Old Olive, River Rock, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: 1 1/4" Circle Punch, Crop-a-dile, Pewter Jumbo Eyelet, Pretties Kit, Stampin' Dimensionals, Linen Thread, Mini Glue Dots

My personal favourites are the Spring Solitude and Baroque Motifs cards. The Scribble This looks nicer in person but I might play around with some other colour combinations on that one and see if I can create something I'm happier with. I'm sure I'll be using this sketch again too.

So, do you have a favourite??

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Monday, October 20, 2008

Make A Wish

Today I'm sharing a Tunnel Card with you all. The stamp set I've used is Big Bold Birthday which is 20% off during October with the purchase of $20 worth of regular catalogue merchandise. This set is only 1 of 5 pre-selected sets on special during October for Stampin' Up!'s 20th Birthday Promotion. You can view the full promotion here.

This card was made for my 2nd eldest daughter who turned 10 on Saturday. Her favourite colour is Blue so that's what I worked with.

Big Bold Birthday - Courtney 



I've used my Nestabilities for layering the cupcake as I felt it needed a little something. Unfortunately I'd worked from the inside of the card out so couldn't use the matching jumbo wheel or even a background stamp to add a little bit of something to the base card as the card wasn't flat enough to risk attempting a good stamped image. I've used the word window punch for the words and then layered that onto a small oval punch piece.






Now for the inside of the card. I used Prints Designer Series Paper here and my Coluzzle Cutting System for the oval cut outs. I've had my Coluzzle for years but don't often think to use it but making this style of card it came in very handy. Not sure what I could have used in it's place.

Big Bold Birthday - Courtney inside


My daughter was happy with it but unfortunately it didn't compare to the Blue iPod that was her present. We decided to spoil her as she recently participated in the University Computer Test that you can do at Primary School and she received a High Distinction which placed her in the top 1% of NSW and ACT entrants. On a whole she does really well at school and if you can't spoil your own children from time to time, who can.....

Stamp sets: Big Bold Birthday, It's Your Birthday
Card: Brilliant Blue, Bashful Blue, Whisper White, Brilliant Blue Prints DSP
Ink: Brilliant Blue, Bashful Blue, Rose Red, More Mustard Ink pads, Rose Red & More Mustard Markers
Accessories: Bashful Blue 1/4" Grosgrain ribbon, Linen Thread, Word Window Punch, 1 1/4" Circle Punch, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Stampin' Dimensionals, Coluzzle Cutting System, Nestabilities.

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Sunday, October 19, 2008


During School holidays I do just what I need to in regards to housework and book work (my hubbies business) while my 4 girls are home. Unfortunately for me this then makes for a busy 1st week when they return to school catching up on things. I've managed to get most of it done so now I can have some crafting time again which of course means some things to share with you all.

Friday night was stamping at my house and I decided I wanted to try some different style cards. Off I go to Splitcoaststampers to the Resources and printed out the Joy Fold and Tunnel Card Tutorials. I don't often make construction type cards but seeing I've been doing a lot of different things in regards to my creations of late I'm really starting to enjoy the change. I hope you're enjoying what I'm sharing.

This post is going to show you the Joy Fold Card I made first. I really wanted to use the Brocade Background DSP in this card so that made colour choices easy and also the stamp set. The colours that coordinate with the Brocade Background DSP are Always Artichoke, Chocolate Chip, Old Olive and River Rock and then I used Very Vanilla for stamping on. The stamp sets that coordinate are Brocade Basics, Baroque and Baroque Motifs. I went with Brocade Basics which I haven't used for a little while.

So here is my card.....

Brocade Joy Fold Card closed

Stamp sets: Brocade Basics, Warm Words
Card: Chocolate Chip, Always Artichoke, Very Vanilla, Brocade Background DSP
Ink: Always Artichoke, River Rock, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Tool Kit, Pretties Kit, 1 1/4" Circle Punch

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Monday, October 6, 2008

Card Organiser

On Saturday evening after my World Card Making Day event a few friends and I stamped together. I managed to catch up on a few things that night but I also managed to make the Card Organiser shown. I had been wanting to make one for the past few days and just hadn't had time. You can find all the measurements and a tutorial on Dannie Graves blog which is where I found it.

Accordian Card Organiser front

Accordian Card Organiser side Accordian Card Organiser open

I'm going to make some more of these as I have an adaption (yes I do that a lot) that I would like to try out.

Card: Soft Sky, Blue Bayou, Spring Break DSP
Accessories: Pewter Jumbo Eyelets, Crop-a-dile, Old Olive 5/8" grosgrain ribbon, Hemp Twine, On Board Accents Blossoms & Basics, Rhinestone Brad - Ice, Pop-Up Glue Dot, Stampin' Dimensionals, Sticky Strip, Velcro Dot.

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Sunday, October 5, 2008

A great day had by all.......


Yesterday (Saturday) was my World Card Making Day event and even though numbers were small we had a great couple of hours together. Until Saturday morning I thought it might just be 4 friends and myself and then I was contacted by 2 members of an online stamping group that I help run who wanted to come along too. I wasn't sure if there would be anyone coming along from seeing my event listed on the Stampin' Up!'s website so I decided just to have 10 kits made and if more turned up I had things handy to quickly whip up some more. My 2 eldest girls were glad no one else did as it meant there were kits left for them to make up. Like to see what we made??


Love Notes Set

This is a little Love Notes box and 3 matching Love Note Cards all made using the Sending Happy Thoughts stamp set from the Simply Sent Kit - Sending Happy Thoughts which is 20% off from 4th - 1th October ONLY. I kept with the same colours scheme as used in the kit to show some other prospects with the Simply Sent kits.


Here is a closer look at the Love Notes box which has an Old Olive base and Pumpkin Pie DSP top.

Love Notes Box 2                  Love Notes Box open


Stamp set: Simply Sent Kit - Sending Happy Thoughts
Card: Old Olive, Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie DSP
Ink: Old Olive, Real Red, Pumpkin Pie
Accessories: 1 3/8" square punch, Word Window Punch, 3/16" small corner rounder punch, White Gel Pen, Pumpkin Pie 1/4" grosgrain ribbon,Tool Kit, Silver Brads, Sticky Strip, Stampin' Dimensionals.

Remember these little boxes......

WCMD Gifts 

Everyone that attended my event received one of these. Would you like to see what was inside?

Peek-a-boo box inside                                Peek-a-boo box open


Each box contained a stamp from the All-Year Fun stamp set and 1m of 1/4" grosgrain ribbon in the same colour as the box.


All those that attended also received a ticket into a prize draw. You could earn extra tickets if you brought a friend along and also for every $50 purchased. Would you like to see what one lucky attendee won??


WCMD Raffle prize 

The Simply Sent Kit and Ribbon Originals are retired items from the 2007|2008 Idea Book & Catalogue, then there is a pack of Glue Sticks and also a Creamy Caramel inkpad.

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Wednesday, October 1, 2008

World Card Making Day reminder


WCMD projects

This is some sneak peaks of what you could be making on Saturday 4th October at my World Card Making Day event to be held at my house in Lalor Park, NSW.

More details can be found in my earlier post here

Please phone to let me know you are coming so I have enough gifts for all who attend and also enough kits prepared. If you can't stay for the whole 3 hours that's fine drop by for a cuppa, make what you can in the time you can spare and also receive an entry into my raffle. Afternoon tea will be provided.

Ph: (02) 9620 9092 or Mob: 0418 218 467

Look forward to seeing you there.

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Priceless CASE

On Monday, Marelle Taylor posted this gorgeous card on her blog. I love Marelle's work and this card came right at the right time for me as I needed to make one of my niece's a birthday card for Tuesday (yesterday) so I opted to CASE Marelle's card.

Priceless 6

If you've seen Marelle's you will notice that I changed the colours on mine. I love the simplicity of the layers and it's so quick to make, which was a good thing considering I'd left it till Tuesday morning and we (my 4 girls and I) were headed over to my sisters for the day to celebrate Tehgan's birthday. I think this card would look good in many different colour combinations.

Stamp sets: Priceless, Short & Sweet, So Swirly Jumbo Wheel
Card: Pretty in Pink, Purely Pomegranate, Old Olive, Whisper White
Inks: Purely Pomegranate, Pretty in Pink, Old Olive
Accessories: Small & Large Oval Punches, Sponge Dauber, White Gel Pen, Stampin' Dimensionals.

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