Thursday, October 31, 2013

LNS FALL 2013 Treasure Hunt Winners & Today's Card


Hello Everyone,

Just announcing the Winners of the Recent Treasure hunt here



Drum roll please,     Lisa Eisner    USA
                               Sheri Lee      Canada

And here in Australia the Winner of my Blog Candy is

Monique Benn, Victoria



And now for todays card.

I've been going a little Grunge lately with the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set and Butterflies.  Here is another one with a Smoky Slate card base.


This one is a bit more unusual, I suppose you could say, oval frame, ruffled trim, Beautiful Wings & Butterflies dies and Bitty butterflies.  Cardstock - Smoky Slate, Whisper White, Pistachio Pudding and Calypso Coral.

One of the Bitty Butterflies has been punch from a Six-Sided sampler hex that was stamped in Crisp Cantaloupe and the background Smoky card has been stamped with the Gorgeous Grunge set with inks of Calypso Coral, Smoky Slate and Pistachio Pudding.  The XOXO comes from the Thinlits Framelits

I'm predicting a love/hate reaction to this card.  It certainly won't be everyone's cup of tea, but please feel free to let me know what you think.  I'm a big girl, (I think I can take it)  LOL!

Have a great day.






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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Paper Craft Crew Sketch Challenge #65



Hello from Downunder,

Here is the latest sketch challenge from the Paper Craft Crew.  Hope you will join us.

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I've chosen to make another Christmas card today in non traditional colours using the Single stamp called Wonderful Blessing.  I've embossed this stamp on white card and used the ink resist method of sponging the inks to highlight the embossing, then I've cut the stamp out with the Circles Collection framelits.


The cardstock used is Rich Razzleberry and Whisper White, with a little Winter Frost dsp and silver glimmer paper.  The lower section of my Rich Razzleberry card was embossed with the Pretty Prints embossing folder.  The ink used for sponging was Pool Party and Rich Razzleberry.  Here is a closeup.




Love this technique.  It's a great one to try in many different colours and something you might like to try out yourself.  Don't forget to check out was the other Design Team members have made for you this week.  They are also so different.  Amazing to see how we can interpret the sketch.







Thanks so much for dropping in today.  We hope you will join us with a creation of your own this week at the Paper Craft Crew.

See you next time.




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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Create with Connie and Mary 274 and JAI 188 2nd Entry





Hello Everyone,

There is another Colour Challenge this week over at Create with Connie and Mary

CCMC274


I love the colour combo and have decided to make a DL sized card (long and skinny).  I'm calling this card a Hex Grunge Butterfly card.  Stamp sets used are Gorgeous Grunge, Six Sided Sampler and Papillon Potpourri stamp set and co-ordinating punches.


Grunge is not normally my style, but I recently had the stamp set out for another challenge over at JAI.  Love the pretty Soft Sky colour over the Very Vanilla card.  I've also decided to enter this card into the Grunge Challenge this week at Just Add Ink as a 2nd entry.   Have a closer look.




So what do you think of today's card for both challenges this week, the Colour challenge and the Grunge challenge at JAI.   Please feel free to make a comment.  I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Have a great day.




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Monday, October 28, 2013

Wonderful Blessing

Hello Everyone,

How has your day been? 

I'm in a fabulous mood today, being Monday.  That's the day I play Social Badminton and we have an ongoing Battle of the Sexes game going each week.  Of course the Ladies are in the lead.  Another win today, yippee and it was a tough match today.  We were down at the start and made a comeback. LOL!

Onto today's card here.  I've used a new Single Stamp today called Wonderful Blessing. 


I've stamped the image with Versamark Ink and embossed it with White Embossing powder onto the Not Quite Navy (retired) card.  It's then been cut out with the Circles Collection Framelits, and mat onto a paper doily on another layer of Not Quite Navy card over a Pool Party base card.  The Not Quite Navy layer was embossed with the Mosaic Embossing folder and I've added some Pool Party ribbon to match the base card, wrapped around that embossed panel and tied in the front.

Another quick but also effective card, don't you think.  Here is a closer look at that stamped image.


I hope you've enjoyed seeing this new stamp used.  I will be trying it out again this week, so stay tuned.

Until next time....


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Sunday, October 27, 2013

Thinking of You


Hello Everyone,

I've had a pretty busy day today and am a little late posting my card, sorry.  Hope you've all had a great weekend..   I've made a simple masculine card today using an image that has been on my desk for over a month. 

Every now and then it's nice to let others know how much you care.  The greeting "Thinking of You" says it all.   It's one of those greetings which can cover many situations. So, to my friends out there, I'm thinking of you today.

Here is my card.


The image is from the stamp set Wetlands, which my friend and downline Michelle loaned to me to try out about a month ago.  I've coloured the goose with blender pens and markers.  The greeting is from the stamp set Sweet Essentials and the card base is the Woodgrain sheet from the specialty paper pack Natural Composition.


Thanks for calling,  I'll see you again tomorrow.



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Saturday, October 26, 2013

Just Add Ink #188 - Grunge Challenge

Hello Everyone,

Well we've had another hot and sticky day on the Sunshine Coast and I'm really hoping for some relief with a bit of rain soon.  Washing at the Laundromat to preserve our tank water at home is not doing wonders for my time management at the moment.

On the upside, had a lovely day at class today with my group and I demonstrated the new Envelope Punch Board, so I thought I would include another one here with my card submission to Just Add Ink Grunge challenge this week.


I would have to say that the grunge style is not really my style and it certainly made it a challenge for me.  To feel more in my comfort zone I've included it with some Butterflies.  I'm calling my card Butterfly Grunge.  The dsp is retired from the pack called Domestic Goddess and the stamp set is called Gorgeous Grunge.  The butterflies come from the Beautiful Butterflies die and the Bitty Butterfly punch and the greeting is from the set Label Love.


The inks I've stamped with include Perfect Plum, Island Indigo, Smoky Slate and Pistachio Pudding with my base card being Whisper White.  Here is the matching envelope below.


Here they are photographed both together.

Thanks very much for calling in today to see my card.  Hope you all have a wonderful weekend.





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Friday, October 25, 2013

Sneak Peek - Envelope punch board.

Hello Everyone,

The weather has cooled off here alot today and we are starting to get a few showers.  That's really nice because of our water situation, we rely on the rain to fill our tanks.  I hope there is more rain coming.

My pre-order arrived for this amazing new product call the Envelope punch board and I've been busy trying it out, on you guessed it, making some envelopes.


Here are the results

I wanted to do a few to go with cards I've already made in co-ordinating papers.


And I also made up a few spares for good measure and to use up a little excess dsp as well.


I think it will be a fabulous tool to demo, regardless of which dsp is used.  I'm thinking I will let everyone choose their own sheet this weekend at class and make their own envelope to take home.

More details on this tool are coming soon.

Have a great day.



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Thursday, October 24, 2013

More Rev up the Birthday Fun with Thinlits

Hello Everyone,

Wow, hasn't it been so hot and dry.  My thoughts are currently with those affected by the massive fires in New South Wales.  I hope the conditions will ease there soon.  So many people have lost their homes and we'll have to find out how we can all help out in the coming weeks and months.

Today's card uses the new Label Thinlet die.  I'm loving these Thinlits framelits at the moment and I've been working on samples to showcase for my upcoming class.  This is another one I've made using the Motor Cycle image from the Rev up the Fun stamp set and the Label Card Thinlits this time.


I've also used the Positively Chevron background stamp on this card.  The cardstock used is Basic Black, Very Vanilla and Cherry Cobbler.  I've combined that with Cherry Cobbler and Black Stazon Ink, just for the gorgeous grunge stamped lines under the bike.

This stamp set is great for the males in the family.  I actually have 3 brother in laws, and a nephew, so I'm sure this card will come in handy at some point.  In the meantime, I'm showing it at my class on Saturday.

This is what the flip side looks like, showing the greeting on the opposite panel to the bike.


The great news is that you can order these Thinlits now.   Please contact me if you would like to place an order.

Have a great day,



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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Some New Products & Paper Craft Crew Sketch Challenge # 64

Hello Everyone,

First a little business at hand.  You know those fabulous Flip cards I've been making, right?  The Thinlits are now available to purchase.  Just message me if you would like to order.  Here is some info, below.

They've been called flip cards, flip flop cards, swing cards, and more-but they have always been a bit tricky to create. Not anymore! Our amazing new Thinlits Card Dies cut and score to create a card that flips in just one step. Grab this amazing new product from 22nd Oct, 2013. PM me if you wish to order. Check out Youtube for videos for how to use these.



Item Description Price
133479 Label Card Thinlits Die $55.95 AUD/$67.95 NZD
133480 Circle Card Thinlits Die $55.95 AUD/$67.95 NZD

http://www3.stampinup.com/au/documents/thinlits_flyer_demo_10.13_SP.pdf
www3.stampinup.com



Paper Craft Crew Sketch Challenge

Well, it's Wednesday and that means its time for another sketch challenge at the Paper Craft Crew.  Below is this weeks sketch.  We hope that you can join us for this one.

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Today I've chosen to make another Christmas Card using the Snow Flurry Bigz die and Northern Flurry Embossing folder together with the Winter Frost designer series paper.


I've changed the retangular shape on the sketch for the Label from the Apothecary Accent Framelits which I've cut from Smoky Slate card and then embossed.  The base of my card is Pool Party and I've also used a border of Coastal Cabana card embossed with the Delicate Designs embossing folder.

Here is a closeup of my layered snowflake.


I really love the texture that embossing can add and would have to say that my Bigshot is my most used tool in my craftroom.  It's used for almost every card I make.

Here is a photo with the matching envelope I've made for it as well with a new product that's coming, our Envelope punch board.



Make sure you go on over to the Paper Craft Crew and see what the other team members have made for your inspiration this week.  Thanks for stopping by.





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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Happy Birthday, Marian

Hello Everyone,

Today I'm sharing the card I've made for my Dear Kind and Wonderful Friend, Marian.

I've used the new Circle Thinlits and made a flip card for her using a little of the Vintage product.  This was the card I started with, then I added just a little more to it.



The Stamp set is called  Artistic Etchings which I know is a personal favourite.  I've combined it with the stamp set, Postage Due for the little stamps on the bottom corner and the background stamp Positively Chevron which has been gold embossed.  The base card is Bermuda Bay which is combined with Basic Black, Whisper White and sum Brushed Gold cardstock.  The basic black panel has been embossed through the Bigshot with the Lacy Brocade embossing folder. 

But I didn't stop there.  I've added to this card and I've combined some of the Flower trim with some Gold Smooch spritz & Little Leaves die.  I also added a signature butterfly from the Beautiful Wings die.


So now what do you think?  OTT?  Yes I think so too.  My girls actually didn't like this version, however too late to cry about it now.  They preferred the one above before I added flowers.  This birthday card is already late and I've popped it in the post.   Please take a closer look.

This is a closeup of the image on the front.  I feel it's a really striking and elegant combination and I like how it's turned out.  I just hope Marian likes it too as this wasn't originally the card I was to make her but the lure of these new Circle Thinlits to make these flip cards was just too great.


And here is the flip side of the circle.  A brushed gold circle on the other side stamped in Black Stazon.


This is the full view of the open card.


So, Happy Birthday Marian.  Hope this comes as a lovely surprise to you in the post.  I had fun making this card.  Hope you don't mind me sharing it with my blog followers.

To everyone out there reading this, hope you all have a fantastic day.



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Monday, October 21, 2013

The Paper Players PP168 - Masculine Card challenge

Hi Everyone,

This challenge was the perfect opportunity to get a birthday card made for a friend of mine.  You'll keep my secret won't you?  It's a surprise for later this week.  I was so happy that this week's theme is a Masculine card at the Paper Players.  It gave me the incentive I needed to get one finished.


Today I'm using the stamp set called Rev up the Fun.  I've decided on Red for this challenge.  The recipient has a red bike.  LOL!

Here is my card

Cardstock is Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler and Confetti White.  I've used our new Circle Thinlits to create this flip card.  Just love them.  I've also used the Stylish Stripes Embossing Folder on the Red Panel.

I've also used the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set on my focal panel with the motor bike.



Would you like to see the flip side of this card?  Here it is.


Thanks so much for stopping by to see today's post.  One last look?  Here you go.


Don't forget to drop me some comments while you're here and have a great day.




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Sunday, October 20, 2013

Just Add Ink #187 -

Hello Everyone,

This week's challenge at Just Add Ink is a sketch challenge.


I'm here to join in with this great sketch by Paula.    

I wondered about this at first, but decided to try one of my new Christmas stamps from the Holiday Catalogue called O Holy Night.  My cardstock base is Smoky Slate with a layer of Winter Frost Designer Series paper.  I've also used Coastal Cabana, Whisper White and Island Indigo card, the Star punch from the Merry minis punch set and the Holiday Ornament framelits.



















I've stamped with Island Indigo ink for my card and added a Frosted Embellishment to the ornament.


I really like the colour combo and Winter Frost specialty dsp is my fave from the Holiday Catalogue.

Thanks for calling in today and please feel free to tell me what you think of my card.




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