Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Goodbye to an old friend

On Monday evening, just after 11pm, on the 17th of July, as I lay in bed watching T.V, I heard the neighbours dogs barking. I know they only bark when someone drives in their driveway.
The family were taking it in shifts to sit with him by his hospital bed. His daughter-in-law Cathy would take the evening shift, staying until midnight when her husband and bobs son would relieve Cathy and stay until sun up the next morning. When I looked at the clock, I realised it was just after 11pm and knew it was too early for the change of shift. My heart sank.
Shortly after, I received a message that Bob had passed away peacefully just before 11pm. He was comfortable and relaxed and slipped away painlessly. He was 80 years young.

We have been neighbours for 20 years. I considered him more a friend than just a neighbour. We got along so well. He was wonderful to sit and chat with..about anything. Occasionally, when I struggled with  certain things in my life, I would turn to him for guidance. He was a very wise and educated man.
I will miss our conversations and him dearly.
Rest In Peace my friend...until we meet again.

This is the card I made for the family which was accompanied by flowers.
He is survived by his wife Mary and daughter Kerry, son Shane, daughter-in-law Cathy and his two grandchildren Ashley and Tiffani.

Thank you for stopping by and listening to my story.


Saturday, 22 July 2017


To encourage members of my monthly Color Share Club to use their In Color Packs, I decided to run a competition every month.
Those that wanted to participate just needed to create something with their packs. It could be anything from a memory keeping page, cards, stationery sets, boxes etc. As long as they used some of the items from their pack.
This is the card I made for the first winner for June...Lorraine, that I sent with her gift which was a pack of the beautiful 12x12 designer paper Bundle of Love.

I actually CASE'd  the layout from a birthday card I saw on Mary Fish's fb page 
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I just love the simplicity of this card.
I also used the same paper I gave Lorraine on the card as well as an example of how pretty that paper is.
Of course it was finished off with a bit of bling and a matching envelope. The small flower on the envelope is actually from a stamp set that's included in the Soft Sayings Card kit.

I can't wait to see what they all make next month!

Thank you for stopping by to check out my card.
I list of the items I have used to make this card features below.

Until next time
Happy Stamping (tap tap tap)

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Thursday, 20 July 2017

Happy Anniversary!

So I have friends who celebrated their wedding Anniversary this month and I wanted to make something really nice. I'm always looking for something different and new to try.
A video tutorial on You Tube caught my eye and after watching it, I decided that was the card I was going to make.

I have CASE'd the card from Dawn over at Dawns Stamping Thoughts.

I love Dawns videos as she shows how to make the card step by step and you know exactly what materials you need. Lucky I had everything needed to make this. Well just about everything.

I just had to use a different stamp set than Dawn used because I didn't have the one she had!

Plus, I got to use my new fave designer paper at the moment.."Foil Frenzy"

Then I added the extra sentiment on the inside bottom as I thought it was appropriate for the occasion.

This card is called a Flap Over Fun Fold Card. Here is the video:

Thank you for stopping  by to check out my project.
A list of the items I have used to make this card features below.

Until next time
Happy Stamping! (tap tap tap)
Michelle :)

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Friday, 14 July 2017

Delight me with Daisies!

This month, as part of my Customer Reward Program, I am giving to all the wonderful people that shop with me the 3D Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder "Layered Leaves" as their gift. Along with a handmade card of course!

So I needed to make a sample with the folder to showcase it and demonstrate how gorgeous this folder is.

After scanning Pinterest for ideas (I'm in a block at the moment), I came across 2 cards I loved so I decided to CASE the parts of both cards I wanted to use and put them together to make one card.

This beautiful color combo is from a card made recently by the very talented Mr Brian King of the U.S.A. The Layout however came from a card made by an Aussie demo who's name I can not for the life of me remember.....

Then I just incorporated the Layered Leaves embossing on the white card as the backdrop to accent the Daisy.

Demonstrators and customers around the world completely exceeded Stampin' Up!s expectations of sales on the Daisy Delight Bundle (p127 Annual catty) that stocks of this bundle which were meant to last a few months, didn't even last a month. This means now they have had to make the difficult decision to make this bundle unavailable until they can replenish their stocks fully. Its happening very soon so if you are after this bundle, hang in there.

Of course, I have finished the card off with a bit of bling and deliberately left a sentiment off the front.
I do this sometimes so I can make the card for any occasion.

Stamping on the inside of the card and on the front of the envelope makes it a matching set.

and what is a daisy without some Wink of Stella on the petals......

and a Gold Faceted Gem for the centre goes nicely with the strip of Gold Glimmer behind.

Thank you for stopping by to check out my project.
I list of items I have used for this card appears below. These link to my online store, except for the bundle.

Until next time
Happy Stamping (tap tap tap)
Michelle :)

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Thursday, 13 July 2017

More Foil Frenzy!

I'm back with another Birthday card made with the Happy Birthday Gorgeous Bundle but this time I have used just the dies as well as the stamp set.
This shows the sets versatility, that you can make cards with either the stamp or the dies or even incorporate both into one card.

I also tried a new colour combo with this one...Lemon Lime Twist, a new 2017 In Color and Soft Sky! Not two colors I would have thought to put together.
But thanks to the Annual Catalogue, I got a little adventurous.
I have also CASE'd this one from the Annual, page 76.

I have used a few different techniques on this card...layering with Vellum. dry embossing, wet embossing and die cutting. 
I love in particular how the foil design from the designer paper shows through the vellum.

Of course, I had to decorate the inside and stamp a matching envelope to make it a complete set.

Another great birthday card to keep on hand.

Thank you for stopping by to check out my project.
A list of the items I have used to make this card appears below.
Until next time
Happy Stamping (tap tap tap)
Michelle :)

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