Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Floral it up!

I have chosen to break out the Stampin' Blends for todays card and CASE a very floral and colourful card made by Platinum Elite Demonstrator Patty Bennett in the U.S.

Now normally this type of card isn't my taste......HOWEVER when I saw the original, I was drawn to it. Now I have made it, I'm very impressed with how it looks in the flesh.


I have used the same Designer Paper as Patty but just chosen a different design from the pack to colour. 
I have kept the layout the same and I've also chosen to deliberately not colour all of the pattern on the paper. I like how there are some black and white elements on the background. I worried that if I coloured in all the flowers on the sheet, it would look way to busy.

Now Pattys suggestion was when you have a busy and colourful layer, a way to soften it is to use a plain sheet of Vellum to layer over the top....I think this is the element I was drawn to the most about this card. It really helps to break up the colourful background.

I have used a smaller flower die for the bottom of the Thank you.
I felt it just needed something small.
I'm really going to be sad when the Colour Me Happy Stamp Set is retired.....it's perfect to colour with the Blends.

As always, I have finished it off with a bit of bling, just one single Rhinestone.

Thank you for stopping by to check out my project today.
A list of items used to make this card features below and all items are available from my store.

Until next time
Happy Stamping! (tap tap tap)


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Friday, 19 January 2018

Love Amazing You!

It's time to start thinking about Valentines Day!
The one day we share love with that someone special. 
What better way to show that than with a handmade card of course.
Valentines cards I believe are the easiest cards to make. They don't have to be too busy or over the top. Telling someone how you feel about them can be very simply stated.

So my 3rd CASE of the week is again from Mary Fish. Mary created this beautiful card


With this case I have changed a few things up...firstly Mary has used card stock for her background layers behind the white layer. I have chosen to use Designer Paper and not angled it. I have changed up the colour combo as well. I stuck to  traditional "love" colours however I'm all for using non traditional colours for just about any celebration and Marys colour combo for this card is gorgeous for Valentines Day!


I also had to use different stamp and die sets as silly me did not order any of the new Valentines themed sets from the new Occasions Catty! Its ok, that has been rectified. So I had to get resourceful and look at our other items from the Annual catty to make this card. I've actually used a free Sale-a-bration item as well.


A tip for adhering the thin die cuts to the card...put a small dollop of Multi Purpose Liquid Glue on a silicone mat and then use a Stamping Sponge to lightly dab the glue on to the back of the dies and then place firmly on the card. This way you aren't applying the glue directly to the die from the bottle and this reduces the risk of too much glue and squishing out the sides.


These two hearts are from Patti Bennetts designed bundle Ribbon of Courage.


I'm really pleased with how this card looks.
Thank you for stopping by to check out my project today
A full list of items used to make this card features below and all items are available from my online store.

Until next time
Happy Stamping! (tap tap tap)


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Thursday, 18 January 2018

Turn a Negative into a Positive!

We don't often think about the Negative piece we create when die cutting...you know that piece that leaves the shape in the card stock of what you have just cut?...the piece you inevitably throw away.

Well, now I am on a roll and back in the swing, as mentioned yesterday, I'm on a CASE-ing run and todays card is CASE'd from Mary Fish of Stampin' Pretty in the U.S. I'm a HUGE fan of Mary's because I am so drawn to her style. It's sharp, clean, crisp, light, simple....well you get the idea.


What a fantastic way to use the "Negative" piece of this beautiful die.

It's such a simple layout too but I think its the color combo that really makes it pop. 

I have also used another die set for the word "Hugs". Interestingly, that die cut word is actually surrounded by a circle when cut.


So I just cut each side at the end of the word and cut it out of its surround.

However...in my haste to apply the finishing touches, I have added Black Rhinestones to the bottom.....which are now Retired! (slaps head).
But you could use any embellishment or Rhinestone you wish or even leave them off all together. 

This card took no time at all to create..I do love quick and simple cards.

Thank you for stopping by to check out my card today.
A full list of items used to create this card features below and all items are available from my online store.

Until next time
Happy Stamping! (tap tap tap)



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Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Pandas Celebrate

It's been a while since I last blogged....I don't know where time has gone.
It has been an extremely busy first 2 weeks of the month and new year and it took me away from my creating desk.....until now.

During the break, the mojo definitely took a hit...well it went on its own holiday so I had to look for ways to get it to come back.

Cue Pinterest! With so many gorgeous new products and so many creative people making so many stunning creations, I was really spoiled for choice. 
Usually when I have suffered a lag in motivation, I like to get the momentum going again by CASE-ing. I saw so many things I wanted to CASE, I had to make a list.

First on the list was a cute card I had seen on social media by dutch demonstrator Janneke de Jong using the Party Pandas stamp set.


Janneke used a different colour combo and my intention for this card was to celebrate the birth of a boy. So I wanted to keep the colours neutral or at least masculine themed. I have kept Jannekes layout the same.

I have been eager to use this set since I received it. It is such a cute set.
It can also be earned for free during Sale-a-bration on a qualifying order along with the Celebrate You Thinlits Dies.

My tip for this card would be to use Momento Ink to stamp the Panda.
 I originally used Archival Black and it smudged so I switched inks to stamp it again.

Also, when die cutting the "Celebrate", be sure to pass it through the big shot a few times as the Glimmer Paper is a little thicker to cut through.

I really enjoyed making this card this morning and it has certainly helped with motivation. In fact, I will go and get organised to create a few more now I have the taste for it again.

Thank you for stopping by to check out my card today.
A full list of items used to make this card features below and all items are available from my online store.
 Sale-a-bration items are not available for purchase and are available for FREE on a qualifying order until March 31st only.

Until next time
Happy Stamping! (tap tap tap)


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