Kinda Eclectic

Heya Stampers,

I set my team a challenge a couple of weeks ago to create a card using the sketch.  Today’s post is my take on the challenge.  I do have another & will share once I’ve found it.#9---2017

As the card went off in the mail about 2 or 3 weeks ago I am going off the photo on how I created it.

A circle was die cut into the middle of a piece of Marina Mist CS using the Layering Circles Framelits, ran through the Big Shot & embossed with the Fluttering EF.

I laid it onto the Base Card Front – Whisper White & drew a circle around the inside of the circle with a pencil – this is so that I had an idea where to stamp.

The images are from the “Kinda Eclectic” Stamp Set (retiring) with the sun So Saffron, the leaf peaking out from the bottom right hand corner Wild Wasabi & the sentiment Early Espresso.  The pencil line was carefully removed using a rubber.

20170422_084909blog-(2)blogA piece of Window Sheet was adhered to the back of the embossed Marina Mist before layering onto the Whisper White Base Card.

The flower from the “Flower Shop” Stamp Set was stamped onto a piece of scrap Whisper White in Pink Pirouette Ink & punched with the matching Pansy Punch.  A second leaf from the “Kinda Eclectic” Stamp Set was stamped onto a piece of scrap Whisper White in Wild Wasabi  before fussy cutting.

The flower was adhered to the Card Front with Stampin’ Dimensionals while the leaf was adhered just under the flower so that it hung down a little.  I stamped a small butterfly from the same set in So Saffron Ink, punched with the Bitty Punch & adhered to the top of the Window Sheet with a Mini Glue Dot.

To complete my card I randomly scattered Rhinestones around the front, 1 to the middle of the flower & a couple of small ones to the centre of the butterfly.

Why not have a go at creating something using the sketch.

Until next time, Happy Stampin’

Vicky

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Goodbye Playful Palette

Let’s face it, this time of the year we usually have stacks of that lovely DSP left that we just didn’t dare cut into.  BUT now, we’re sort of stuck with heaps of it sitting on our shelves.  I’m not sure but over the past few weeks, I’ve been creating with lots of that pretty DSP.

Yep, this is another that is retiring at the end of May.  I will miss “Playful Palette” DSP Stack.  It took me a long time to warm to it, even though it was purchased in my pre-order, I just couldn’t get my head around it.  This little beauty is a DSP Paper Stack & I love them!

To grab your Free Tutorial on how I created my card, please click on the link above the photo.April

Don’t forget to head on over to my Online Shop  to grab your favourites before they are gone & gone forever!  When placing an order Online, don’t forget to use April’s Host Code & you could be receiving a surprise in the mail.

Until next time, Happy Stampin’

Vicky

215. Celebrate You – Birthday Blossoms

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I saw a great sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches yesterday & thought it would be FMS Final 284-001perfect to showcase the  “Grateful Bunch” Stamp Set & the matching “Blossom” Punch both of which are retiring.

To create my card I stamped the leaf direct onto a piece of Whisper White Cardstock in Wild Wasabi Ink.  I created a small faux stitched border around the Card using a Ruler & the Marina Mist Stampin’ Write Marker.  I didn’t go with Pacific Point as I wanted to tone it down a little.

I then stamped the large Sunflower onto a scrap of Whisper White in Archival Basic Grey Ink, coloured with the Pacific Point Watercolour Pencil & Blender Pen before fussy cutting.

I stamped the group of flowers a number of times onto Whisper White with Archival Basic Grey Ink including extra small flowers, coloured with the Daffodil Delight & Melon Mambo Watercolour Pencils & Blender Pen.  I punched all flowers using the “Blossom” 20170420_090100blog-insidePunch.

Clear Wink of Stella was applied to the flowers to add shine & to bring out the colour a little more.  Gold Wink of Stella (retiring) was applied to centre of the large flower.

Marina Mist strips were adhered to both sides of the stamped Whisper White before layering onto a piece of Whisper White & then to the Base Card – Pink Pirouette.

The flowers were arranged onto the Card Front & adhered with Multipurpose Liquid Glue & Stampin’ Dimensionals.

The sentiment is from the “Love & Affection” Stamp Set (retiring) & is stamped onto a piece of Whisper White in Archival Basic Grey Ink before cutting back to size & layered onto a piece of Marina Mist.  Both ends were then punched using the “Banner Triple” Punch & adhering to the Card Front.

To complete the card I added Rhinestones Basic Jewels to the centre of the flowers & randomly scattered a couple over the front.

For the inside of the card, I stamped the leaf onto Whisper White in Wild Wasabi Ink & added the extra flowers  left over from the front.April

Thank you ladies for a great challenge.  Just what I needed to help showcase the sweet “Grateful Bunch” Stamp Set & the matching “Blossom” Punch.

Why not head over to my Online Shop to check out the 2017 Retirement List & to place your order.  Items are selling out fast!  Once gone, they are gone forever!  When placing an order Online, don’t forget to use April’s Host Code.

Until next time, Happy Stampin’

Vicky

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Mini Cups…

… of Ferrero Rochers.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Safe & Happy Easter.

You may remember I created some of these way back in December for the local Christmas Fair.  Well, as it happens, they have an Easter Fair on the Good Friday each year, so I went along.

Thinking that they may be popular & a little different to what is on offer I created a heap of them & decided that I would only put a small display out at a time, but have more in hiding if needed.  They were a huge hit & couldn’t keep up the demand.

I originally found the idea on Pinterst sometime ago & for once in my life, had written the instructions on a piece of paper.  Mind you it took me a little bit to find them, but so glad I did.  Thank you so much for your inspiration.

To create my cups I’ve used lots of lovely DSP, including – By the Shore, Floral Boutique, Go Wild (retired), Cupcakes & Carousels (2017 Occasions), Affectionately Yours plus a heap of other DSP which is not shown.  For the “saucers” I used coordinating Cardstock which was punched using the 2″ Circle Punch or the Layering Circles Framelits.

To decorate the cups, lots of lovely Punches, Dies & Stamps were used – Blossom Punch, Elegant Butterfly & Bitty Butterfly Punches, Bold Butterfly Framelits, Botanical Builder Framelits, etc plus “Seaside Shore” Stamp Set to name a few.

Be sure to pop back in a couple of days time to check out another lot I created.April

Head over to my Online Shop to check out the 2017 Retirement List & to place your order.  Items are selling out fast!  When placing an order Online, don’t forget to use April’s Host Code.

Until next time, Happy Stampin’

Vicky

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Mojo Monday 488

Today’s card is one I created for the challenge over at Mojo Monday.  I have followed this 20170315_082342_resizedblogchallenge for some time & seeing as though I am finding it difficult to create at the moment, I thought playing along with a few challenges may get me a little motivated.

I’m not normally a Bright’s person, but I had the “Festive Birthday” DSP sitting on my desk from another project I had created – will show you that sometime next week – & thought “why not?”.  I am actually surprised at how much I love this DSP & all the lovely patterns & colours in the pack.

While creating the card, I had a bit of a light bulb moment with the umbrella.  I have been wanting to do a fringe along the bottom for sometime but couldn’t really work out how it was going to be achieved & then “Bam” & the brain went into overdrive.  Now I am happy with it & looks like the beach umbrella I have & use down the beach.

Tip –

  1. Die cut 2 umbrella shapes from the “Umbrella Weather” Framelits in different colours or 1 in DSP & the 2nd in a matching CS colour
  2. Cut a small “fringe” along the bottom of the CS
  3. Layer DSP Shape over top with the “fringe” showing a little at bottom

I’ve actually left the sentiment off the card for the moment as I will do that when the occasions arises, although I don’t really think it needs one.

There is still time to play along with Mojo Monday so head on over to check out all the lovely creations.

Don’t forget, you can download your FREE Tutorial by clicking on the link below.

Until next time, Happy Stampin’

Vicky

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2017 Diary

Last week when  a group of us went out for lunch we were a given a small pocket diary.  One of the girls had just been to the Blood Bank, saw them & thought of me (I’m either a little20170312_065326_resized late or very early – like a week), so she grabbed a handful.  I’ve just got to remember to use it & take it with me.

Of course, as we all do, I decided that it needed a bit of a facelift, so I decided to “tissy” it up & make it my own.  The girls won’t see it until our next catch up next month.

I decided to cover it with the “By the Shore” DSP.  Then I thought I would add a few stamps, so I went with the matching “Seaside Shore” Stamp Set.  I stamped the Bubbles & Seaweed onto a piece of Very Vanilla CS with Mint Macaron Ink  & coloured a couple of them with my Blender Pen.  This was die cut with the Stitched Shapes Framelits & layered onto a piece of Dapper Denim which had been punched with my 2″ Circle Punch.

The fish was stamped onto a scrap of Very Vanilla CS in Dapper Denim Ink & adhered to the Circle with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Thinking it needed something else, I then decided to place my name at the bottom.  I die cut a couple of letters using “Little Letters” (retired) from scrap Very Vanilla & then from Dapper Denim.  The extra pieces when layered on top of each other, make them stand out a little, especially when using DSP or have a busy background.

To finish it all off, Clear wink of Steller was applied to the letters & fish.

I think the girls will be very impressed when they see it, don’t you?

Until next time, Happy Stampin’

Vicky

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Gift Set

Over the past week or so I’ve shared with you the little gift I created for Kathy who signed 20170201_063901_resized_1blup to be a SU! Demo.  I don’t do all my gifts the same as I like to create individually for each one.

Today, I am sharing with you, the Gift Bag created to house those gifts including the card created to go with them.   I created this bag a long time ago & have always loved it.

Again, I’ve used the gorgeous “Falling in Love” DSP from the 2017 Occasions Catalogue.  I’ve kept it very simple as I wanted the DSP to be the showcase.

I used Soft Sky CS for the base of the bag.  A piece of Sweet Sugarplum CS was embossed with the lovely Falling Petals EF before being adhered to the bottom part of the Bag, while a piece of the DSP was adhered to the top.  The handle has been created from a piece of Sweet Sugarplum Ruched Ribbon.

I stamped “Just for You” from “So In Love” Stamp Set onto a piece of Very Vanilla CS with Sweet Sugarplum Ink, die cut the circle using the Stitched Shapes Framelits & adhered to a piece of Sweet Sugarplum CS which had been die cut with the Layering Circles Framelits & adhered to the bag where it opened.

The 2 Butterflies were punched from Blushing Bride Glimmer Paper using the Bitty Butterfly Punch & the Elegant Butterfly Punch before being adhering to the bag.

I hope you like my creation today.

Until next time, Happy Stampin’

Vicky

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Notebook

You may remember seeing a couple of projects I had created for Kathy last week as part of her welcome to the team when she signed up to become a new SU! Demonstrator.  You can see the previous items here & here.

Well, today is the Notebook I covered for her.  I am loving the final result of the book considering I wasn’t sure how it was going to end up looking like.

I covered the back & spine of the Notebook with Soft Sky CS & the front with a piece of  “Falling in Love” DSP.  I then die cut a piece of Sweet Sugarplum CS with the “So Detailed” Thinlits which is part of the “So in Love” Bundle, page 52 of the 2017 Occasions Catalogue.

This was cut back to size & adhered to the front of the Notebook.  I decided the book needed a Bookmark, so I adhered a piece of Sweet Sugarplum Ruched Ribbon down the side.

Still not happy with it, I then decided to add Kathy’s name to the front.  I die cut her name from the Little Letters Framelits (retired), 3 times in Very Vanilla CS as I wanted her name to pop.  I adhered all the letters onto each other with the top letters being a little off centre.  They were then adhered across the Die.  The book seemed to come alive.

To finish it off, I punched a small butterfly from Blushing Bride Glimmer Paper using the Itty Bitty Punch & adhered it to the top of the Notebook.

Pop back in a couple of days time & I’ll show you what I created to hold everything.

Until next time, Happy Stampin’

Vicky

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Happy Birthday

With the school holidays being on, I decided to hold a couple of classes each week until school returns at the end of the month & then we will be doing the adult classes once again.

Much to my surprise they loved it.  The kids were lovely & so happy to be playing with stamps, inks, papers, punches & of course the Big Shot.  I had 1 little girl say all she wanted was her cupcake to pop up like her Aunty……  She squealed with delight when we popped her cake up & just about fell over with excitement & couldn’t wait to show it to her Aunty.  The kids even had the names that they were going to give their cards too.

I saw this card on the internet sometime ago & thought it perfect for them to create.  A little bit of everything.  Unfortunately I am unable to find it again to link back, so a huge thank you for your inspiration.

The card may look a lot to create but breaking it down, you will have it created in no time.

To download your FREE Tutorial, click on the link above the photo.

Until next time, Happy Stampin’

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I’ve found time to play along with the challenge over at Freshly Made Sketches this week & I may have just scraped in.  I usually do play along but then sometimes get a little sidetracked with other things & forget to post.

I wanted to do a couple of fun “Congratulations” Cards & thought this the perfect layout to create them with.  You are only limited by your imagination.

“Congratulations” from the “Balloon Celebration” Stamp Set was stamped direct onto a piece of Whisper White Card in Night of Navy Ink.  The “string” image from the same set was then randomly stamped direct onto the same Whisper White in Watermelon Wonder Ink before being embossed with the Softly Falling EF.

I cut a piece of “Affectionately Yours” DSP into 2 different widths & adhered them down the LHS of the embossed card. The card was then layered onto a piece of Night of Navy & then to the Base Card – Daffodil Delight.

I punched 2 balloons from “Affectionately Yours” DSP with the coordinating Balloon Bouquet Punch.  I repeated this with a scrap piece of Whisper White but punched 3 & adhered 2 to the DSP balloons to the front so that they were a little stronger.  The punched balloons were adhered to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

I stamped a scrap piece of Daffodil Delight with an image from the “Balloon Celebration” Stamp Set in Daffodil Delight Ink, punched it out with the Balloon Bouquet Punch & adhered it to the 3rd Whisper White Balloon & then to the card front with a Stampin’ Dimensional.

I tied 3 small bows from retired Whisper White Baker’s Twine & adhered the to the bottom of each balloon with Mini Glue Dots.  To complete the card, I then scattered a couple of Rhinestones around the card front.

I hope you like my card today – a little different but bright & fun.  Don’t forget to pop over to Freshly Made Sketches & play along.

Until next time, Happy Stampin’

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