Tuesday 30 September 2008

Sam’s Challenge and ‘a-ha’ moments

I am sooooo excited that I finally managed to complete Sam's 20K hits challenge to create a card, using this fabric and colours as inspiration...which I totally loved!
I really find that doing challenges really pushes me to think outside of the square & this one was no different, especially since I had of course left mine until the until the last day, just to add a little more pressure. I started off with a vague idea of using 'Garden Whimsy' (thanks so much Wendy for lending me your new set!), but to cut a long story short, but nothing came together until my 'domino effect' kicked in this morning & the pieces all came together (must have been your call Kellie J). This is what I came up with.
I have to say that this is definitely NOT one of my quick & limited supply cards. I faffed around A LOT! This usually results in lots of stuff being used & a final project that I'm not happy with, but I have to say that I LOVE this one (sorry to toot my own horn, but it doesn't happen that often!).

Here's a close-up, so you can see the very glittery butterfly & pretties flowers, which I coloured with pretty in pink & perfect plum reinkers & and my Aqua Painter™. Actually when I was looking at this pic, (& this is where I have to toot Stampin' Up!®'s horn too!), I thought it was a perfect example of how having a coordinated range of fabulous products makes it so easy to mix and match items to create a unique look.OK, back to the card. While it looks like a normal card from the front, it's actually has a pocket inside, similar to this one. I'd like to be able to say that was all part of the plan, but it was just one of those happy a-ha moments when I was cutting the base. I had a leftover piece when I folded the card to suit the front & thought, "that's just the right size for a pocket!"
Anyway, I won't give full instructions for the card, but here's an overview of the maybe not so obvious steps along the way:

  1. Soft Sky Piece: - The soft sky piece is actually a whisper white piece. I stamped a rock & rolled butterfly, masked it, stamped all over with the curly greeting in versamark, clear embossed, then brayered over the top in soft sky ink. Then, I thought the soft sky was too overpowering, so I covered the whole piece with paper vellum & secured it with brads (& glue dots under the flower). This piece is raised on dimensionals.
  2. The pretties flowers were coloured with re-inkers & dried with the heat tool (I am very impatient!). The petals are strategically secured at the base with glue dots.
  3. The butterfly has been rock & rolled in pretty in pink & rose red ink, with a bit of Aqua Painter™ blending before stamping. I added glitter using versamark pad & heat & stick powder (think embossing powder but sticky!) It's raised on dimensionals & slightly offset from the butterfly image underneath.
  4. The 'so happy' greeting is from So Many Sayings. It's punched out with the word window punch.
  5. The card base is 29.7cm x 10.5. The finished front is 10.5 x 12.2cm.
    The butterfly on the pocket fold is clear embossed (mmmm shiny!) .
  6. The greeting insert butterfly is rock & rolled & the edges are sponged in pretty in pink ink.
Stamps: Garden Whimsy, So Many Sayings
Card: rose red, perfect plum, whisper white
Ink: rose red (ink pad), pretty in pink (ink pad & reinker), perfect plum (reinker), versamark,
Accessories: pretty in pink brads, heat & stick powder, dazzling diamonds glitter, clear embossing powder
Tools: Aqua Painter™, heat gun, brayer, paper piercer


Finally, I have to tell you about the serendipitous moment I had this morning when I finished the card & getting ready to take pictures.....but I have to digress first (again!)

Last year, I went to an awesome scrapping convention where one of my scrapping gurus, Stacy Julian taught. One of the things Stacy teaches is the value of recognising the little moments in our day to day lives that make us happy & celebrating them. She uses the following process to do this..., or at least in my head, this is it! ;0)

Recognise it – identify the something that makes you happy. This could be anything.....& possibly only mean something to you!
Validate it – Acknowledge what that something is
Celebrate it– take a picture, make a page, write about it, tell someone about it. Just don't forget about it.

OK, now you've hopefully got the picture......little things, happy, got it!?
Well, I walked outside to take pictures on our deck & saw Cara's bedspread, which I had put out to air. Well, it just hit me! I realised that it's pretty much the exact colours from the challenge & not only that, but it has butterflies & flowers all over it! .....& I didn't even register that until I saw it. WEIRD! So, I smiled, had a happy feeling moment, then decided to take my card pics on the quilt, so I can remember that little happy moment & tell you about it too (assuming you haven't dropped off to sleep yet). Anyway, here's a final pic showing one of the butterflies.
So, my challenge to you is....look for those unexpected, little happy moments in your every day & do something to remember them.

Oh....& before I forget, you can see all of the beautiful entries for Sam's challenge here.

Thanks to those who managed to stay with me for this very long post. Have a happy day.

Monday 29 September 2008

More Merry

I'm back again with a couple more Christmas cards I made with the 'Merry Merry' set, while working on my last Christmas SAS.
Merry & Dashing
This was the first one I made.I do like the design & colour combination (river rock, real red old olive & vanilla), which I took from the spotty 'Dashing' designer paper, but in the end I decided that it had too much cutting out for a SAS class, so I kept on playing, until I came up with this one.
A little too merry?
This is another blue bayou & soft sky creation that came from some scraps in the table after I finished the class card. I think I went a little background & white gel pen crazy, but I still kind of like it! If I made it again, I'd show a bit more restraint though.
If you'd like more information about either card, just e-mail me. I'll be back tomorrow (hopefully) with the other cards we made at the class.
Happy stamping!
Di :o)
Merry & DashingStamps: Merry Merry
Card/Paper: river rock, very vanilla, Dashing designer paper
Ink: old olive, river rock, olive stampin' write marker (Earth Elements® pack)

A little too merry? Stamps: Merry Merry
Card: blue bayou, soft sky, whisper white
Ink: blue bayou, soft sky, not quite navy brad (Earth Elements® pack)
Accessories: white gel pen

Merry Merry SAS

Happy Monday to you all! I'm back to show you the first of the cards we made at my Christmas card stamp-a-stack (SAS) on Saturday. Hi (waving) to everyone who came & a huuuuuuuge thank you to my dear buddy Kellie, who helped me to run the packed class. You're a legend!
All the stamps in this card from the funky 'Merry Merry' set, which I just got this month. I chose to use some more blues on this one, choosing blue bayou & soft sky. How I do love those in colours! It's very sparkly IRL, but hard to photograph (for me anyway - might have another go tomorrow!). I was really happy with how this turned out, so hope you like it too. I'll be back with a couple of other cards I made with this set on the way to this project.
In the meantime, happy stamping!
Di J
PS: Just a final reminder - Order 'Merry Merry' by tomorrow (e-mail me now!) & you'll also receive the 'All About Christmas' jumbo wheel free through the 'Free Wheelin' promotion. Bargain!
Make it yourself
  1. Score & fold card base (I like to make landscape cards so that the fold is on the side, rather than as a tent fold).
  2. Stamp whisper white strip (10.5cm x 6.6cm) with garland stamp in soft sky ink. Repeat stamp star/snowflake images in blue bayou ink.
  3. Mount stamped piece onto a blue bayou mat (10.5cm x 7.2cm) & attach to base as shown.
  4. Stamp 'Merry' greeting in blue bayou ink onto a whisper white strip (7.7cm x 3.4cm). Mat greeting onto a blue bayou strip (8.3cm x 4cm).
  5. Stamp large bauble in blue bayou ink on whisper white scrap. Use Aqua Painter™ & blue bayou ink to lightly colour inside of bauble. Cut out, leaving white border.
  6. Draw a vertical line on base with not quite navy stampin' write marker, to 'hang' bauble off.
  7. Attach merry greeting & bauble to base with dimensionals.
  8. Add glitter to greeting, bauble & selected stars/snowflakes, using 2 way glue pen & dazzling diamonds glitter.
  9. Stamp bauble or star image & greeting inside card.
Supplies:Stamps: Merry Merry
Card: soft sky & blue bayou card/ink, whisper white card
Ink: soft sky & blue bayou ink pads, not quite navy stampin' write marker (Earth Elements® pack)
Accessories: 2 way pen, dazzling diamonds glitter, dimensionals
Tools: embossing buddy

Thursday 25 September 2008

Life is good

This is a card I made on Friday for my wonderful hubby, Damien. The greeting just says it all - life with him is very, very, good indeed! It's not a particularly manly looking card, but it just felt right....& that's what I always hope for when I make & give a card.

I've been making an effort to use some new stamp sets that haven't had a chance to show me their stuff, rather than just reaching for my favourites, so this includes 2 stamps I haven't used before.

The stem stamp from 'Oh So Lovely' reminded me of Sam's beautiful swap from last year's Stampin' Up!® Regional training day, so I stamped it on a scrap of ballet blue card with ballet blue & whisper white ink to create a similar look. I mounted it with dimensionals on some whisper white & barely banana card (distressed by running my scissor edge around them) & a piece of celery, stamped with the 'En Francais' background stamp (also out for it's first inking). Then, I wrapped some white grosgrain ribbon around it & mounted it on a whisper white base, sized to fit the matted pieces. I thought the 'Life is good' rub-on from the 'Urban West' pack, was perfect to finish it off.

This will probably be my last post for this week, as I have a few things on & 10 lovely ladies coming on Saturday for my next Christmas stamp-a-stack (hi girls!), but I'll be back soonish. In the meantime, happy stamping.

Di J

Stamps: Oh So Lovely, En Francais
Card: whisper white, ballet blue, certainly celery, barely banana
Ink: ballet blue, whisper white
Accessories: whisper white grosgrain ribbon, Unban West rub-ons

Wednesday 24 September 2008

Quick change layout

Here's another simple & quick card I made recently using some more leftover workshop card kits I had. I realised when I was preparing the pic, that it's basically the same layout as this card, I posted on Monday, except that it's horizontal. See, I use it heaps! You can also see the original workshop card I made here.
For this one, I tried another new set – 'True Friend' from the Spring Mini & and a favourite from the main catty – 'Short & Sweet' (I know - again!) The colours are close to cocoa, ruby red, chocolate chip & very vanilla. It's a very simple layout so I won't give detailed instructions, just mention a couple of things. It's a little hard to see in the pic, but the front has a large oval punched out & I've added a ruby red oval & greeting on the inside of the card. I've also made the scallops with the corner rounder punch.
The sun has returned to Sydney & it's a beautiful day (even though there's washing to be done), so hope you're having a sunny day too.
Happy stamping
Di J
Stamps: True Friend, Short & Sweet
Card: close to cocoa, ruby red, chocolate chip, very vanilla
Ink: close to cocoa, ruby red
Tools: punches - corner rounder, large oval, small oval

Tuesday 23 September 2008

Artfully male birthday

I thought you might like to see this simple, but elegant (I think) male birthday card I made last week, using the lovely Artfully Asian set.I think it's pretty easy to see how I made it, but I've included the instructions below. It's gone all cold & overcast in Sydney after a few wonderfully warm days, s a good day to stay home & stamp!...once I finish my tasks of course :o(

Hope you're having a great day.
Happy stamping,
Di J

PS: Artfully Asian is one of the sets that you'll receive a free co-ordinating jumbo wheel with, if you order it by 30 September. See the flyer at the right & contact me if you'd like to order it, or for more information. You can also see a more girly card made with this set in this post. It's the cocoa, pink & celery card!

Make it Yourself:
1. Repeat stamp an old olive base with the leaf trio stamp. Lightly colour the largest leaf with ink from the lid of the olive ink pad & my Aqua Painter™.
2. Stamp a single trio image inside card & on envelope too
3. Stamp the greeting quote from 'It's Your Birthday' in old always artichoke ink on very vanilla card. Stamp the leaf trio on top of greeting, in old olive ink (after stamping off on scrap first). Sponge the edges with olive ink.
4. Attach the greeting piece to a paper vellum mat, then attach a little old olive ribbon with a vintage brad. Attach greeting to base with dimensionals.

Stamps: Artfully Asian, It's Your Birthday
Card: Old olive, paper vellum
Ink: Always artichoke, old olive
Accessories: vintage brad, old olive grosgrain ribbon
Tools: Aqua painter

Monday 22 September 2008

A long time ago ...

...in a workshop (or 2) far, far away, I made a card like this one. I planned to show you all afterwards, then realised I hadn't taken a photo & had given the card to a hostess. So, today I realised I had a leftover kit for the card, so I've finally made a new one.
Like all my workshop projects, it's really quick & easy to make. Here's how you can make one yourself:

1. Score & fold a brocade blue base. Attach a barely banana strip near the bottom.
2. Repeat stamp funky 'Priceless' flowers, in bashful blue & brocade blue (some rock & rolled with both colours) on a whisper white strip. Attach to base.
3. Stamp 'wish big' greeting ('Short & Sweet'), in brocade blue ink on a bashful blue scrap & punch out with small oval punch. Mount on a punched brocade blue large oval.
4. Use 2 way pen & dazzling diamonds glitter to add some sparkle to some of the flowers & the edge of the greeting. (glitter is so hard to photograph..but it's there).
Supplies:Stamps: Priceless, Short & Sweet
Card: Brocade blue, barely banana, bashful blue, whisper white
Ink: Brocade blue, bashful blue
Accessories: dazzling diamonds glitter, 2-way glue pen
Tools: small & large oval punches

Saturday 20 September 2008

Spotlight Christmas SAS & Swap

Well here I am with the second card from my Christmas stamp-a-stack.

I think this is a good reflection of my love of clean & simple graphic designs. I started with a thought to do some strings of baubles & my a-ha moment came when I realised the 'In the Spotlight' set would be perfect for them. After that, the basic design came together pretty quickly. The colours I chose were ballet blue, brilliant blue & whisper white, which I really like together here. I added some sparkle with dazzling diamonds glitter (trust me, it's so much more sparkly IRL).

I was really happy with final design, so I also decided to us it as my swap card for the Stampin' Up!® Regional Demonstrator training day, which was earlier this month. This was a fantastic day, full of fabulous ideas & great company... & yet another great perk of being a Demonstrator, but I digress...

The trick to this card (if, like me, you lean towards the obsessive compulsive), is the placement of the baubles & strings. After my first class, (sorry girls!), I had a brainwave & made up a template with a tiny punched hole where each string & bauble meets, so I could mark each spot. This worked a treat & meant they came together really quickly & I didn't have to use my trusty stamp-a-ma-jig.

Don't have 'In the Spotlight'?

In the Spotlight is a really flexible set, so the best way to get it is to host your own workshop. Contact me for more information. If this isn't possible at the moment, here's some other ideas to make this card using other sets or methods.

Don't have a line stamp? - Use a stampin' write marker. You could also use the string from 'Hung Up on the Holidays'.

Here's the same card using 2 different stamp sets. I used 'Snow Flurries' for the baubles (a total bargain at $20.95 plus s&h) & 'Season of Joy' for the large snowflake. The 'merry Christmas' greeting from 'Season of Joy' looks great too. 'Little Pieces' would also work well for making baubles.So that's the first of many more Christmas projects to come in coming months. If you have any questions, just contact me.

Hope you have a very happy Sunday! I'm off to see Cirque du Soleil's Dralion for my birthday, so I'm pretty excited. See you soon with more projects.

Happy stamping!

Di J

Make it yourself

  1. On whisper white card (6.5cm x 13cm), stamp strings with dotted line stamp from 'In the Spotlight'.
  2. Stamp alternate baubles using the rock & roll technique with ballet blue & brilliant blue ink. Stamp remaining baubles in brilliant blue ink. Attach bauble strip to ballet blue base.
  3. Stamp greeting (from 'Occasional Greetings') in brilliant blue ink on whisper white strip (2.2cm x 14.8cm). Mat on brilliant blue strip (3.2 cm x 14.8cm). Attach to base as shown.
  4. Stamp large star/snowflake in brilliant blue on whisper white. Punch out with 1 ¼ inch circle punch & mat with dimensionals onto a 1 3/8 inch punched circle. Attach to base.
  5. Rub all over card with Embossing buddy® to de-static before glittering. Use 2 way glue pen to draw lines for glitter. (I outlined each bauble & drew a star & followed the shape of the large star). Add dazzling diamonds glitter.

Stamps: In the Spotlight (hostess level 2), Occasional Greetings
Card: Ballet blue, brilliant blue, whisper white
Ink: Ballet blue, brilliant blue
Accessories: Dazzling diamonds glitter, 2 way pen
Tools: Circle punches (1 3/8 in, 1 ¼ inch), embossing buddy®

Friday 19 September 2008

Christmas in August – Season of Joy

Christmas started for me last month, with my first Christmas Stamp-a-Stack (SAS) classes for the year. I also ran the same class for a second group of lovely ladies this week, so I wanted to hold off posting the cards on my blog until now. This is the first design we made, using the funky 'Season of Joy' set from the Spring Mini & my favourite wheel of the year, 'So Swirly'. The colours are ruby red, wild wasabi, certainly celery & whisper white. If you'd like more information on my SAS classes or anything else, just send me an e-mail.

Make it yourself:
  1. Wheel ruby red base with 'So Swirly' wheel & ruby red ink.
  2. Attach strip of celery designer series Prints paper to base.
  3. Crimp wild wasabi card & attach 1cm strip to base.
  4. Ink up tree with wild wasabi ink pad & summer sun Stampin' Write marker. Stamp on whisper white card & mat onto wild wasabi piece. Attach to base with dimensionals.
  5. Punch out ruby red large oval. Stamp greeting ('Short & Sweet') in ruby red ink on whisper white card.
  6. Punch out with small oval punch & mount on red oval with dimensionals. Attach to base.
Supplies:Stamps: So Swirly jumbo wheel, Season of Joy, Short & Sweet
Card/Paper: ruby red, wild wasabi, Celery Prints designer paper
Ink: ruby red & wild wasabi classic ink pads, summer sun Stampin' Write marker)
Tools: Jumbo Stampin' Around® handle, crimper, large & small oval punches

Want more swirls?If you love the 'So Swirly' wheel, then check out this post for information on how you can get it for free in September, when you buy the gorgeous 'Priceless' bundle. If you'd like to see more projects made with 'So Swirly & Priceless, you can also look here.
I'll be back tomorrow hopefully with the second SAS card.
Happy stamping
Di J

Monday 15 September 2008

One of a kind pocket card

Hi & happy Monday to you! As promised, this is the second project from Saturday's Hello Spring class.I wanted to make a different shaped card, so I made this pocket card, which I based on this one I saw aaaages ago, by Michele Force. For this card, I chose to use the 'One of a Kind' & 'Boho Backgrounds' sets, as they just work so well together. For the colours, I chose river rock, blue bayou & soft sky 'in colours'.
To make the pocket base, I just scored a half A4 sheet, 4cm from one end & 7.1cm from the other. I stamped the flap with the 'Boho' flower background & rounded the corners. Then I stamped the greeting on the bottom in blue bayou. I added 2 not quite navy brads to the inside flap to hold the pocket closed.
Then, I stamped the large 'One of a Kind' motif in blue bayou ink (once on whisper white, once on soft sky), cut them both out & then stuck them together. I stamped the circle flower & punched it out with the 'Boho Blossoms' punch. I added a not quite navy brad to the centre & attached it to the motif with a dimensional. Then I mounted the motif to squares of blue bayou, soft sky & a rectangle of blue bayou with more dimensionals. I tied some river rock double stitched ribbon around the rectangle & attached it to the flap.
For the insert, I stamped some whisper white card with the large motif & sponged the centre slightly in soft sky in with a sponge dauber. Then I matted it on a larger piece of blue bayou.These pocket cards would work really well for gift vouchers (remember you can purchase Stampin' Up!® gift vouchers from me anytime!). You could also include a photo, provided it was slightly smaller than the normal 10 x 15cm. I think a Christmas themed one would also be great & a friend said at the weekend it would be great for an invitation or baby announcement. I really liked how this turned out so I don't think it'll be the last one you see here.
Thanks to Michele for sharing this great idea.
I'll post pics of my first Christmas card Stamp-a-Stack cards at the end of the week, once I run another class on Wednesday, so stay tuned.
Happy stamping!
Di J
SuppliesStamps: One of a Kind, Boho Backgrounds
Card/Ink: River rock, blue bayou, soft sky
Accessories: not quite navy brads (Earth Elements®), river rock double stitched ribbon
Tools, Boho Blossoms punch

Saturday 13 September 2008

Hello Spring Blooms

Well I'm finally back with a happy Spring project to show you. This was one of the cards we made at my Hello Spring class today, which featured lots of my favourite goodies from the Stampin' Up! Spring Mini Catalogue.Some fabulous Blooms die cuts (love, love, love these!) & styled silver hodgepodge brad (ooohhh!) take centre stage. The Blooms are so much fun to play with & look amazing teamed with the Summer Picnic paper...& did I mention that they're made of textured cardstock....mmmmm.
The flowers are layered & popped with dimensionals & the stem is always artichoke grosgrain ribbon. I punched a circle window (1 3/8 in) in the front, so I could add a scallop circle, flower & greeting on the inside, using the Think Happy Thoughts set. For the class, I punched out the centre flower (3/4 inch circle punch), so it popped out of the window more.I really liked how it turned out as it's just such a bold & happy card & the guys at the class did too. Hope you're having a great weekend. I'll be back tomorrow or Monday with the second class project.
Happy Stamping
Di J
Supplies:Stamps: Think Happy Thoughts
Card: Real red (base), pumpkin pie, old olive, Blooms die cuts
Paper: Summer Picnic paper
Ink: Old olive, real red
Accessories: Styled Silver hodgepodge, silver brads, always artichoke grosgrain ribbon, lots of dimensionals
Tools: Circle punches (1 3/8 in, 1 ¼ in, ¾ in), scallop circle punch

Tuesday 2 September 2008

Love that swirl & triangle boxes...& a September offer

I think you've probably worked out by now that I love a good swirl, so it's no surprise that the 'So Swirly' wheel & 'Priceless' stamp set have been getting a huge workout since they arrived in April. While looking for some pics today, I realised I'd forgotten to show you these triangle boxes (& another card which I can't find a pic for!) that I made for Christine's & her workshop guests way back in July using these stamps.
Triangle boxes are really quick & easy to make & look great, so are a workshop favourite of mine. They're perfect for chocolates (although IMO what isn't? ....& if you can't store them, eat them I say....but I digress), or any other small items. You just need half an A4 sheet of card to make them & some ribbon to keep them closed, so they don't use require many supplies. The supply lists for these boxes is at the bottom of this post.
I tried to load a template to show you the scores for the box but blogger is just not complying, so I found this tutorial that you can check out instead. The sizing is different to this version but the score pattern is the same. If you need any help though, just drop me an e-mail.
Hope you enjoy making these as much as I do. Happy stamping!
Di J

Get Free Wheelin' in September
If you love the 'Priceless' & So Swirly; wheel (& who doesn't?), then September is the month for you, as you'll receive them both for $48.95 (plus s&h) when you purchase them this month in the special 'Priceless' bundle.
There are 5 more great bundles where you'll receive a free co-ordinating jumbo wheel. This is a great way to save on some really lovely sets, so find out more here, or contact me for more information.
Triangle Box Supplies:
Box 1:
Stamps: So Swirly jumbo wheel, Priceless
Card: very vanilla, ruby red, old olive
Ink: ruby red stampin around cartridge, ruby red & old olive Stampin' write markers
Accessories: very vanilla grosgrain ribbon
Tools: Cropadile, Punches: scallop circle, 1 3/8 inch circle, 1 ¼ inch circle

Box 2:
Stamps: So Swirly jumbo wheel, Priceless
Card: certainly celery, perfect plum, very vanilla
Ink: Certainly celery stampin' around cartridge, certainly celery & perfect plum Stampin' write markers
Accessories: elegant eggplant grosgrain ribbon
Tools: Cropadile, large tag punch

Simple Father’s Day cards plus...

So, did you think I'd dropped off the face of the earth? I'm finally back with the other Father's Day card we made at my August classes. As the Day's Day Wallet we made at the same class had a lot of steps, I made the second project really quick & simple but with a flexible layout, so the girls could make it up in different ways or choose a greeting other than for Father's Day.

Over the 2 classes, I made 3 variations using the same card, paper & ink with different greetings & layouts. Here are my 3 variations...
All the cards have a sage shadow base (stamped with the canvas background stamp either at 'full strength' or stamped off on scrap first), teamed with always artichoke, soft sky card & a gorgeous striped paper from the 'Wintergreen' pack. I couldn't resist adding a little celery grosgrain ribbon to reflect the celery stripe in the paper (I know – any excuse!). There's also either always artichoke or celery brads too. As for the greetings, 'happy Father's day' & 'kind & wonderful friend' are from 'Occasional Greetings', 'Wonderful Father' is from 'Wonderful Favourites' & 'Happy Birthday' is from 'Cheery Chat'.

Here are the cards, the girls from the first class made:
On the way to making the class cards, I made a couple more using the Wintergreen paper &/or a similar layout, which I thought you might like to see.The diagonal striped paper I used here is also from the Wintergreen pack.....& how well does the blue bayou double stitched ribbon look with it? Who knew?

This is a super simple version of the layout, this time with celery card, Wintergreen paper & no brads or ribbon & lots of distressed edges.Finally, I've been dying to try out some yummy 'Apple Cider' paper from the Spring Mini, so I made this one. I added some copper eyelets which I think work really well with the really rust card & paper. I really liked this one & so did all the girls at the class.
Bits & Pieces:
  • Keeping brads in line: I used the piercing template from the Mat Pack to make the 3 holes for the brads, to ensure keep them in line & evenly spaced.
  • Wintergreen paper: This is actually Christmas themed paper, but many of the patterns look great anytime, so I think it's going to get a good workout well before Christmas comes too.
So, next time you need some quick cards, see how many different layouts you can come up with with the same pieces. You might find a new favourite in there.
In the meantime, Happy stamping!
Pics 1-5: Sage & Wintergreen Stripes
Stamps: Occasional Greetings, Wonderful Favourites, Cheery Chat, Canvas background
Card/Paper: Sage shadow, whisper white, always artichoke, soft sky, Wintergreen designer series paper
Ink: Sage shadow, always artichoke, soft sky, sage shadow & always artichoke stampin' write markers
Accessories: celery grosgrain ribbon, always artichoke & certainly celery brads, dimensionals, blue bayou double stitched ribbon
Tools: Mat pack, piercing tool

Pic 6: Celery & Wintergreen Fathers Day
Stamps: Occasional Greetings, Canvas background
Card/Paper: Certainly celery, whisper white, always artichoke, sage shadow, Wintergreen designer series paper
Ink: Sage shadow, always artichoke, sage shadow, sage shadow & always artichoke stampin' write markers
Accessories: always artichoke brads, dimensionals
Tools: Mat pack, piercing tool

Pic 7: Apple Cider Friend
Stamps: Occasional Greetings
Card/Paper: Really rust, chocolate chip, very vanilla, Apple Cider designer series paper
Ink: Really rust, chocolate chip stampin' write markers
Accessories: copper eyelets, dimensionals
Tools: Mat pack, piercing tool, cropadile