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Our challenge this week is to use Black & White only on our cards as well as going by the sketch.  Usually I don’t have a problem with this sort of thing, but for the life of me, hard a hard time.  Thanks Kris!


Measurements –
Base Card – Basic Black – 8 1/4″ x 5 7/8″ or 21cm x 15cm – Scored in the middle & folded in half
Layer 1 – Whisper White – 5 1/2″ x 3 3/4″ or 14cm x 9.5cm
Layer 2 – Basic Black – 5 3/8″ x 2 1/4″ or 13.5cm x 5.5cm

Supplies –
Stamp Set – Happiest Birthday Wishes (Retired)
Ink – Basic Black, Versamark
Cardstock – Whisper White, Basic Black
DSP – Neutrals Designer Packs (Basic Black)
Punches – 1″ Circle, 1 1/4″ Circle, Scallop Circle, Scallop Border Trim
Embossing Folder – Square Lattice
Accessories – Stampin’ Dimensionals, Simply Scoring Tool, Big Shot, Tombow Multi Purpose Glue, Heat Tool, Embossing Powder – Clear, Bone Folder, Sticky Strip

Technique – Faux Leather

My piece of Whisper White was run through the Big Shot using the Square Lattice Embossing Folder prior to adhering to the Base Card – Basic Black.

Prior to adhering the piece of Basic Black to the card, I applied the Faux Leather Technique to it, punched along one of the edges with the Scallop Trim Border Punch & adhered to the Card with Tombow Glue.

For my Rosette, I cut a 12″ strip of DSP at 1 1/4″ wide, scored with my Simply Scoring Tool, punched along one edge with the Scallop Trim Border Punch & put together with Sticky Strip prior to adhering to the Base Card.

I stamped my sentiment twice onto a scrap piece of Whisper White Cardstock, punched 1 with the Scallop Circle & the middle of the 2nd one with the 1″ Circle Punch.  I adhered the smaller piece to the large piece with a Stampin’ Dimensional prior to adhering to the Rosette with Tombow Multi Purpose Glue.

A very easy & simple card but a couple of different techniques to complete my card.

Don’t forget to pop over to Sunny Challenges & Creations to check out what Kris, Gwen, Christine & Carole  have created for you.  We would love for you to play along as well.

Have a great week with heaps of stampin’


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Today is Sunday & the start of the new challenge for the week over at Sunny Challenges & Creations.  We hope you will join us this week.

It was my turn to bring you the challenge & along with the sketch we have to use a Christmas Theme.  Seeing as though Christmas is just around the corner, this is the perfect time to make a start on your cards.

Measurements –
Base Card – Always Artichoke – 8 1/4″ x 4 1/8″ or 21cm x 10.5cm
Layer 1 – Cherry Cobbler – 4 7/8″ x 5 5/8″ or 14cm x 10cm
Layer 2 – Whisper White – 4 3/4″ x 5 1/2″ or 13.5cm x 9.5cm
Layer 3 – Cherry Cobbler – 1 1/2″ x 4 3/4″ or 3cm x 9.5cm
Layer 4 – Always Artichoke – 1 1/4″ x 4 3/4″ x 2cm x 9.5cm
Layer 5 – Cherry Cobbler – 5″ x 2″ or 5cm x 13cm
Layer 6 – Whisper White – 4 7/8″ x 1 7/8″ or 4.5cm x 12.5cm

Supplies –
Stamp Set – Tree Trimings, Short & Sweet
Ink – Cherry Cobbler
Cardstock – Cherry Cobbler, Always Artichoke, Whisper White
Punches – Word Window, Modern Label, Scallop Trim Border
Embossing Folders – Perfect Polka Dots, Elegant Lines
Accessories – Linen Thread, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Snail Adhesive

I embossed the large piece of Whisper White with the Perfect Polka Dots prior to adhering to the piece of Cherry Cobbler & then to the Base Card – Always Artichoke.

The smaller piece of Cherry Cobbler was punched along one long side with the Scallop Trim Border Punch, adhered to the embossed Whisper White with Snail Adhesive & the piece of Always Artichoke adhered to the top of the punched piece.

I embossed the longer piece of Whisper White Cardstock using Elegant Lines Embossing Folder (I must confess that this is not a folder I have used that much, but when I do, I can’t understand why), adhered 2 pieces of Linen Thread to the back prior to adhering to the long piece of Cherry Cobbler & finally to the Base Card with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

I stamped 2 of the images from Tree Trimmings with Cherry Cobbler onto a scrap of Whisper White, cut them out & adhered to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  I tied 2 bows from the Linen Thread & adhered them to the tops of the images.

The sentiment was stamped onto a scrap of Whisper White Cardstock, punched with the Word Window Punch, & adhered to a piece of Always Artichoke which had been punch with the Modern Label Punch.  The whole lot was then adhered to the card with Snail Adhesive & Stampin’ Dimensionals.

I’m not usually one for the tradional Christmas Colours, but I picked colours that I don’t usually play with.  I also opted to go for Whisper White rather than Very Vanilla & I think it gives the whole card a very modern, yet old look about it.  I also think the Linen Thread helps the feel of the card too!

Don’t forget to pop on over to Sunny Challenges & Creations to check out what Kris, Gwen & Christine have created.  We hope you will be able to join us this week.

Until then, have a great week & Happy Stampin’

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Where does the time go?  I couldn’t believe it when I looked & found that the last time I had posted was last Sunday with the last challenge.  I have just scheduled a couple of posts for this week, so hopefully that will make up for lost time.  Things have been pretty hetic here ……

Anyhow, our challenge this week as been set by Kris & what a challenge.  The sketch is fairly open, but that a good thing when you have a technique like Magical Masking as the 2nd part of your challenge.

Magical Masking is a is technique where you are going to get your fingers very dirty – ink dirty ie!  It is fun & you will be either cursing or laughing while playing with this technique. 

To start with – grab some Glossy Card & Masking Tape.  Take lengths of the tape, place the sticky side down on the Ink Pad & rub.  Position the sticky, inky side onto your Glossy Card & rub.  Now, think leg waxing & quickly pull the tape off the card…….  Magic happens – the ink is transferred to the Glossy Card…..

Measurements –
Base Card – Night of Navy – 11 7/8″ x 4 1/8″ or 29cm x 10.5cm – Scored in the middle & folded in half
Layer 1 – Glossy Card – 5 3/8″ x 4″ or 14.5cm x 10cm
Layer 2 – Glossy Card – 1 1/2″ x 4″ or 4cm x 10cm

Supplies –
Stamp Set – Forever Young
Ink – Night of Navy, Daffodil Delight, Black Staz-On
Cardstock – Night of Navy, Glossy Card
Embossing Folder – Square Lattice
Punch – Scallop Edge Border
Ribbon – 1/4″ Grosgrain – Night of Navy
Accessories – Snail Adhesive, Big Shot
Non-SU – Masking Tape

For my technique, I used Night of Navy & Daffodil Delight Inks

The image was stamped straight onto the Glossy Card & over my technique using Black Staz-On Ink.

I embossed a piece of the same Glossy Card using my Big Shot & Square Lattice Embossing Folder, tied a piece of ribbon across the top, tied a bow, tucked the ends under & adhered to the top of the large piece of Glossy Card prior to adhering to the Base Card – Night of Navy using Snail Adhesive.

Without the technique, a very easy 5 minute card.  I am still making up my mind if I like this technique or not, but no doubt I will after I have played some more…… 

This is the great thing about challenges, it does get you out of your comfort zone & for that I must thank Kris.

Don’t forget to head on over to Sunny Challenges & Creations to check out what great cards Kris, Gwen, Christine & CherylAnn have created.  It is amazing how differently we have all used this fun technique.

We would love it if you could join us for this fun challenge!

Until next time, Happy Stampin’

Technique Class…..

The Technique this week was “Faux Mother of Pearl“.  If you have never attempted this technique, do yourself a favour & try it.  You will love the end result!  I promise you, you will want to do more projects using this fun technique.
This is one of the cards we created, using the Stamp Set – Greenhouse Green.  I love this little set, as it is so versatile & easy to use. 
Along with this Technique, we also used our Stampin’ Up Blender Pen, Bigshot, Ribbon & Pearls.
Inside card…

Don’t forget to pop back in a couple of days & I will shoe you the 2nd card we created using the same technique.

Until then, Happy Stampin’

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It seems so long since my last post that I actually had to check out the last card I did….

The challenge this week is to use Old Olive, Chocolate Chip & 1 Netural Colour, as well as the sketch.  It was my turn to create the challenge.

I did create a card for the challenge a couple of days ago, but when I went to post it, suddenly realised all the colours were wrong!  Wouldn’t you think I would check the 2nd part of the challenge first?????  Never mind, I will post that one in a few days.

Measurements –
Base Card – Very Vanilla – 8 1/4″ x 5 7/8″ or 21cm x 15cm – Scored in middle & folded in half
Layer 1 – Old Olive – 4″ x 5 5/8″ or 10cm x 14.5cm
Layer 2 – Very Vanilla – 5 1/2″ x 1 5/8″ or 4cm x 14cm
Layer 3 – Very Vanilla – 5 1/2″ x 2 1/8″ or 4cm x 5.5cm
Layer 3 – Old Olive – 3 1/4″ x 2 7/8″ or 8.5cm x 7.5cm
Layer 4 – Chocolate Chip – 3 1/8″ x 2 3/4″ or 8cm x 7cm
Layer 5 – Very Vanilla – 3″ x 2 5/8″ or 7.5cm x 6.5cm

Close up of Embossing & Distressing…

Supplies –
Stamp Set – Artistic Etchings
Ink – Chocolate Chip, Old Olive
Cardstock – Old Olive, Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip
Ribbon – Crochet Trim – Victoria
Embossing Folder – Final Press
Accessories – Bigshot, Snail Adhesive, Multipurpose Glue, Sponge, Spong Dauber,  Designer Sanding Block, Cutter Tool, Stampin’ Up! Dimensionals, Smooch Spritz – Vanilla Shimmer

Card Inside…

Using Choclate Chip Ink & Sponge, I covered the piece of Very Vanilla Cardstock ensuring it was really well covered.  I then run it through the Bigshot using Embossing Folder – Final Press.  When it comes out, you will notice that some of the raised embossing is showing bits of Vanilla Cardstock.  This is what you want!  Grabbing my Stampin’ Up! Sanding Block, I then rubbed it over the raised areas of the embossed piece.  I was pretty rough with this, as I wanted it to be torn & well worn!

Grabbing a Sponge Dauber, I inked it in Old Olive Ink & rubbed it over the raised areas so that small bits of Old Olive were showing through.  I then sprayed the whole piece with Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz.  Not only did this give a shimmer to  the card, but it also made the Choclate Chip a little softer.  In fact, I had to look at the Ink to check if I had actually used Chocolate Chip, as I thought it was Soft Suede.

Once the piece was dry, I cut it according to the above measurements & went around all the edges with my Distressing Tool.  Again, I was fairly rough, as I wanted it to be torn in places & bits of the Very Vanilla to show around the edges.  This piece was adhered to the Old Olive Cardstock with Multipurpose Glue.

Stamped Images…

I adhered a piece of the Crochet Trim across the middle with Snail Adhesive & tied a knot to the Right Hand Side.

Grabbing the smaller piece of Very Vanilla Cardstock, Old Olive Ink & Sponge Dauber, I daubed ink all over the Cardstock, working in circular motions.  I did wipe the Dauber onto a piece of scrap paper prior to daubing onto the Cardstock, as I wanted it to be a little softer.

Images were randomly stamped in Old Olive & Chocolate Chip, stamping off once or twice prior to stamping some of the images in Old Olive.  I should have distressed the edges prior to adhering to the layers, but completely forgot until I had the card completed.  I sprayed Smooch Spritz over the top & let dry prior to adhering firstly to Chocolate Chip & then to Old Olive with Snail Adhesive.

I opted not to add the sentiment, so hope Kris & Gwen will forgive me!

Don’t forget to pop over to Sunny Challenges & Creations to check out what Kris, Gwen & our Guest Designers have created.  While you are there, why not play along?

Until next time, Happy Stampin’

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Do you ever have a hard time trying to create something?  You know what you want in your head but putting it down on paper can be something entirely different. I really had no idea where I was going with this card when I started, but kept plugging along, playing with colours, checking out stamp sets & working out what will look best with what….

I also decided to go back to the colours when I started out with Stampin’ Up!

This week’s challenge has been bought to us by Gwen.  It is to create a Centre Fold Card using the sketch provided.

Measurements –
Base Card – Certainly Celery – 8 1/4″ x 4 1/8″ or 21cm x 15cm – Scored at 2 1/8″ & 6 1/8″ & folded towards the middle on both sides
Layer 1 x 2 – Not Quite Navy – 2″ x 5 5/8″ or 5cm x 14.5cm
Layer 2 x 2 – Whisper White – 1 7/8″ x 5 1/2″ or 4.5cm x 14cm
Layer 3 – Bashful Blue – 3 1/8″ x 2 1/2″ or 8cm x 6.5cm
Layer 4 – So Saffron – 3″ x 2 3/8″ or 7.5cm x 6cm
Layer 5 – Whisper White – 2 7/8″ x 2 1/4″ or 7cm x 5.5cm

Supplies –
Stamp Set – Pocket Silhouettes, Short & Sweet
Ink – Bashful Blue, So Saffron, Not Quite Navy, Certainly Celery
Cardstock – Whisper White, Bashful Blue, So Saffron, Certainly Celery, Not Quite Navy
Embossing Folder – Square Lattice
Punches – Scallop Edge Border
Accessories – Snail Adhesive, Multipurpose Glue, Bigshot

Prior to running the pieces of Whisper White Cardstock through the Bigshot, I randomly inked the Embossing Folder – Square Lattice with So Saffron, Bashful Blue & Certainly Celery Inks & sprayed water over the ink.  When doing this, ensure you have the card facing down onto the embossed side of the folder.  Let dry.

I randomly stamped my images onto the smaller piece of Whisper White Cardstock using Certainly Celery, So Saffron & Bashful Blue Inks.  The sentiment was stamped in Not Quite Navy Ink.

This piece was adhered to the piece of So Saffron Cardstock & then Bashful Blue Cardstock with Snail Adhesive.  I punched a scrap piece of Certainly Celery Cardstock with the Scallop Edge Border Punch before adhering to the bottom of the stamped Whisper White Cardstock with Snail Adhesive.

The 2 pieces of embossed Whisper White Cardstock were adhered to the pieces of Not Quite Navy using Multipurpose Glue & then to either side of the Certainly Celery Base Card with Snail Adhesive.

The small stamped images were adhered to the LHS of the card with Multipurpose Glue. 

Don’t forget to head over to Sunny Challenges & Creations to see what Gwen, Kris, as well as our Weekly Guest Designer who has been very busy & created 2 gorgeous cards.

 Until next time, have a great weekend

Butterflies & Bows….

G’Day Bloggers,

Today’s card is one which we created at my Volunteer Class last Friday.  We had so much fun doing this card & seeing all our pretty butterflies come to life from a small piece of paper.

Thanks to Naomi who gave us the template to achieve our butterfly.  She got it from an old card of her mum’s & has kept it to play around with & as a lovely memory.  It was so kind of her to share it with us.

Measurements –
Base Card – Very Vanilla – 8 1/4″ x 4 1/8″ or 21cm x 15cm – Scored in the middle & folded in half
Layer 1 – Soft Suede – 5 1/4″ x 3 5/8″ or 13.5cm x 9.5cm
Layer 2 – DSP – 1 3/8″ x 5 1/8″ or 3.5cm x 9cm
Layer 3, 4 & 5 – DSP – 1 1/2″ x 2″ or 5cm x 4cm
Layer 6 – Soft Suede – 3 5/8″ x 3 5/8″ or 7cm x 7cm
Layer 7 – Very Vanilla – 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ or 6.5cm x 6.5cm

Supplies –
Stamp Set – Fresh Vintage, Short & Sweet
Ink – Soft Suede
Cardstock – Very Vanilla, Soft Suede
DSP – Everyday Enchantment
Ribbon – 3/8″ Ruffled – Calypso Coral
Embossing Folder – Elegant Lines
Accessories – Stampin’ Dimensionals, Snail Adhesive, Mini Glue Dots, Multipurpose Glue, Brad, Sponge
Non-SU – Gold Wire

Complete your Butterfly & set aside until your card has been completed.

Adhere all pieces of DSP to the piece of Soft Suede Cardstock ensuring you leave about 1/8″ edge around all pieces.  Don’t worry about where all pieces meet at the top, as this is covered by the piece of Ruffled Ribbon which is adhered using Snail Adhesive & ends tucked under.

Emboss the smaller piece of Very Vanilla Cardstock with the Embossing Folder – Elegant Lines & the Bigshot.  Adhere this piece to the piece of Soft Suede Cardstock with Multipurpose Glue, prior to adhering over the top of the DSP with Stampin’  Dimensionals.

Adhere the whole piece to the Base Card – Very Vanilla with Snail Adhesive.

Adhere your Butterfly to the Card, tie a bow with the Ruffle Ribbon, add a Brad to the centre & adhere both the bow & butterfly to the card using Mini Glue Dots.

Stamp your greeting onto a scrap of Very Vanilla Cardstock with Soft Suede Ink, cut into a Banner shape, sponge around the edges in Soft Suede & adhere to Card with Snail Adhesive.

This was a fun card to create & the ladies created some very lovely cards & butterflies.

Until next time, Happy Stampin’