Create Your Own Designer Series Paper

Hello.

Are you like me and have an abundance of Designer Series Paper?  I have so much of it and try to use it up as much as I can, however, there are times when I design a card and am looking for something specific.  If I don’t have what I’m looking for I create my own using stamps!

I tend to be drawn to bright, bold images.  I searched through my stamp sets and found some images, flower and leaf, from the Sunshine Sayings Stamp set.  Stamped them multiple times all over the card matt until I was happy with the design.  I inked the edges of the card matt to make it ‘pop’ on the card base.

I also stamped, inked and cut out the flower and leaves to form a focal point along side the sentiment.  I added a small coordinating Glitter Enamel Dot to the centre of the flower to finish it off.

To continue the theme through I stamped inside the card and the front of the envelope.

You can also stamp a full page of the design and cut it up to create multiple cards!

Thank you for stopping by.  Enjoy your day!

Follow your bliss. x

 

 

 

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Elegant Dragonfly Card

In the lead up to World Card Making Day on October 7, I participated in a challenge where each day, for 7 days, a card was to be created in accordance with challenge rules.  I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge, however, the last rule was my favourite.  It was to create a card for someone special.  This card was created for a friend who has been there for me at all times, even when her circumstances haven’t been the best.  I am truly blessed to be able to call her my friend.

This was also the first time I’ve used this particular Dragonfly thinlit die and I love it!  I decided to keep the colours simple.  I used Blushing Bride and Crumb Cake inks.

To create this card I used a Whisper White card base.  Matted it with Blushing Bride card stock, on top of that I adhered a piece of Designer Series Paper from the Fresh Florals DSP stack.

On the front panel I stamped the background using stamps from the Timeless Textures stamp set in both Blushing Bride and Crumb Cake inks.

Using Blushing Bride cardstock, I die cut the dragonflies.  To add a little shimmer to the dragonflies I used the Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush.

The sentiment is from the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set and was stamped in Crumb Cake ink.

Added 3 small pearls for the embellishments.

I also stamped the envelope and inside of the card.

Measurements: 
Card base: A4 sheet cut in half lengthwise and then folded in half.
Blushing Bride matt: 5⅝ x 3⅞” (14.3 x  9.8cm)
DSP: 5½ x 3¾” (14 x 9.6cm)
Front panel: 4¾ x 3″ (12 x 7.5cm)

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One Rectangle, Four Cards

Hello everyone!

This post is packed full of specials just for you and I’ve also included ideas on how to use your Designer Series Paper.  But first….

Did you know that World Card Making Day is on 7 October?  Stampin’ Up! have decided that one day wasn’t enough.  For TEN days (1–10 October), you get 15% off Notecards & Envelopes and select stamp sets. Also, when you buy Fast Fuse Adhesive, you’ll get two refills for FREE! We all need adhesives, right? These items will help you celebrate the best hobby of all—cardmaking!  For more details, click on the image below.

The fun doesn’t stop there!

Let’s admit it: we all just love gorgeous Designer Series Paper right?!  Back by popular demand, Stampin’ up! are giving you an incredible offer on Designer Series Paper.  During the month of October when you purchase three (3) packages of select Designer Series Paper, you will get the fourth one FREE!

This sale includes Designer Series Paper from both the Annual and Holiday catalogues, including select Specialty and Designer Series Paper Stacks on sale!  There’s never been a better time to stock up.  Click on the image for more information.

One of my favourite Designer Series Paper sets is Painted Autumn – Why not get it for FREE?

The following will give you ideas on how to use that pretty Designer Series Paper

This design is versatile enough to be used in various ways to create cards in no time at all.

The main star of these cards is the large rectangle.  Add a few extra elements and you have your card(s)!

Measurements:
Card base: 11⅝” x 4⅛”  (29.5 cm x 10.5cm), folded in half
Large rectangle: 5½” x 3″ (14cm x 7.5cm)

The beauty of using this rectangle is you can simply cut it and attach it to your card front, or you can matt it with co-ordinating cardstock for a neat border, the choice is yours.

Thank you for stopping by.  Enjoy your day!

Follow your bliss. x

 

 

 

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Painted Harvest Christmas Card

Hello everyone!

In the last post, I created a card and small box using the Painted Harvest stamp set and Leaf Punch.  For this post, I wanted to create a Christmas card using the stamp set without the sunflower image and showcase the leaves and punch, along with the Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper (DSP).

This is what I came up with.

To create this card, I stamped the leaves in Old Olive ink six times on Whisper White card stock and punched them out using the Leaf Punch.  I then arranged the leaves to form a ‘mistletoe’ and glued them together.

I then die cut the large bow from the Pretty Pines Thinlits Dies in Basic Black cardstock, added some Clear Wink of Stella for some shimmer and glued the bow to the top of the ‘mistletoe’.

I used the Old Olive striped paper from the Merry Little Christmas DSP for the background.  A sponge dauber was used to add Basic Black ink to all edges of the DSP.  I then adhered it to the card front.
I also die cut the largest oval from the Stitched Shape Framelits out of the DSP and added ink around the edge and set it aside.

The Pinewood Planks Dynamic Textured Impressions embossing folder was used to create the wooden plank background to the card matt, added ink to all edges and adhered it to the DSP.

I then die cut the second largest Stitched Shape oval out of Whisper White card stock for the sentiment and added ink to the edge.

The sentiment is from the Snowflake Sentiments stamp set. The stamp actually has ‘From our family to yours’ directly under ‘Merry Christmas’ on it but I only wanted the Merry Christmas on the card, so to do this I placed sticky tape over the unwanted portion of the stamp, inked the whole stamp up, removed the tape and stamped it onto the oval in Basic Black ink and adhered it to the larger oval.

I placed the ‘mistletoe’ to the top centre of the card, added a small silver metallic shape to the middle of the bow and the ovals to the bottom centre.


Card complete!

How have you been creative this week?

Thank you for stopping by.  Enjoy your day!

Follow your bliss. x

 

 

 

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Painted Autumn Suite

Hello everyone!

Stampin’ Up!’s Holiday Catalogue has a multitude of stamp sets, designer series paper (DSP) and embellishments.  One of my favourites from the catalogue is the Painted Autumn Suite, which includes the Painted Harvest stamp set, coordinating Leaf Punch and Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper.  I LOVE the watercolour look of the stamp set.

I paired the stamp set and DSP with the Timeless Textures stamp set to bring you this beautiful card and complimenting gift box.

To create this card I stamped the sunflower image on scrap paper in Daffodil Delight and Crumb Cake inks, the centre was stamped in Soft Suede ink.  Then ‘fussy cut’ out the image (my husband laughs at the term ‘fussy cut’, he said he’ll use the term next time he goes to the hairdresser, just to see what happens!).

Once again on scrap paper I stamped the leaves in Garden Green (3) and Old Olive ink (2) and cut them using the Leaf Punch.

On the card matt I used the Timeless Textures stamp set to create a border.  One was stamped in Daffodil Delight, the other in Crumb Cake ink and the ‘splotches’ stamp from the set also in Crumb Cake ink.

I cut a 1″ (2½cm) strip from one of the papers in the Autumn Harvest DSP set and adhered it the to card matt approx 3/4″ (2cm) from the bottom.  Using double sided tape, I attached a strip of Burlap Ribbon, cut at an angle over the DSP.  Then attached a strip of the Gold Mini Sequin Trim on top of the Burlap Ribbon.

I then played around with the sunflower and leaf placement, when satisfied, stamped extra foliage from the Painted Harvest stamp set in Wild Wasabi ink directly to the card matt. Finally attaching the leaves and sunflower in the placement I had chosen.  The sentiment is from the Blooms & Wishes stamp set stamped in Soft Suede ink.

To continue the theme, I stamped the sunflower inside the card and also on the envelope.

Having so much fun creating the card, I decided to create a little gift box, using the Autumn Harvest DSP to go with the card, using the envelope punch board.

Box Measurements:
DSP 6 x 6″ (15.3 x 15.3cm)

Line up the paper at 2-3/8″ (6cm), punch and score, slide the paper to the 3-3/8″ mark, punch and score again, rotate paper lining the score marks up with the guide, punch and score on remaining three sides.  Fold and burnish on score lines and you have your box.

I created a belly band to go over the box using the under side of the DSP and added the same features as the card to the band, so they compliment each other.

If you would like to download a copy of the Holiday Catalogue, click HERE, or if you would like to shop the catalogue, click HERE.

What did you get up to this weekend?

Thank you for stopping by.  Enjoy your day!

Follow your bliss. x

 

 

 

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Same Design, Alternative Use

Hello everyone!

Last week I posted cards that I created for Father’s Day.  All three of these cards could be used in alternative ways.  In this post, I turn my husband’s Father’s Day card into a Birthday card.

As a reminder, here’s the card I created for my husband.

You may have noticed that I’ve used the Swirly Bird stamp set and co-ordinating Swirly Scribbles thinlit dies a few times in the past.  The set is so versatile, so much so, I enjoy seeing how many different cards I can make!

I decided to make this card again and change the sentiment on the front to create a Birthday card.

The base of the boat is stamped onto Whisper White card stock in Night of Navy ink, the striped sail in Emerald Envy ink, the solid sail in Island Indigo ink and the flag in Cherry Cobbler ink.  I used Crushed Curry ink for the sun and ‘splotches’ around the sun.

I used the wavy thinlit die for the water, cut from Whisper White card stock, stamped some splotches on it, lightly shaded using Tempting Turquoise ink and brushed over it with Clear Wink of Stella to add a little shimmer.

I added splotches to the base of the Whisper White square where the waves were going to be adhered to give the impression of water, as well as a few splotches on the card matt to add an extra element to the background of the focal image.  Using a sponge dauber, I inked all edges of the card matt and white square in Tempting Turquoise ink.

The sentiment is from the Better Together stamp set and stamped in Night of Navy ink.

To carry the theme throughout, I also stamped splotches inside the card.

Measurements:

Whisper White Card base: A4 cardstock cut in half lengthways to create a top folding card, scored at 14.9cm  (5⅞”)
Whisper White Card matt: 14cm x 9.5cm (5½ x 3¾”)
Night of Navy sqaure: 7cm x 7cm (2¾ x 2¾”)
Whisper White square: 6.5 x 6.5cm (2½ x 2½”)

Want to purchase the products? Simply click on the individual image in the Product List below or click HERE for the Swirly Bird stamps and HERE for the Swirly Scribbles thinlit dies.

Don’t forget to check out the Clearance Rack.  You can save up to 60% on items! Click on the image below for more information.

Thank you for stopping by.  Enjoy your day!

Follow your bliss. x

 

 

 

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Celebrating Fathers!

Hello everyone!

Yesterday was Father’s Day here in Australia.  We enjoyed getting together with my sister to take the ‘father’s’, our dad and my husband out to lunch.  The food was delicious!  It was also wonderful catching up with my sister!

My father-in-law lives interstate, so we called him to wish him the best for the day…He was spending his day shopping around for a new printer!!

Now that the day has passed and all cards have been received, I’m able to post them. You can find a full product list at the bottom of this post.

Here is the one I made for my father-in-law.

I used the leaf stamp from the Colorful Seasons stamp set and used the co-ordinating die from the Seasonal Layers dies to cut out the leaf.  The ‘love’ sentiment was from the Sunshine Wishes die set and the ‘sending’ was from the Sunshine Sayings stamp set.  I also used the ‘splotches’ stamp from Timeless Textures in the background. Inks used were Garden Green, Pear Pizzazz, Always Artichoke, Old Olive and Soft Suede.  I also used some copper metallic thread under the leaf.  Cardstock used was Very Vanilla and Soft Suede.

Here is the one I made for my father.

For this card I used stamps from the High Tide stamp set and die cut the chair from the Seasonal Layers die set.  As above, the ‘love’ sentiment was from the Sunshine Wishes die set and the ‘sending’ was from the Sunshine Sayings stamp set. Inks used were Crumb Cake, Sahara Sand, Soft Suede, Old Olive, Soft Sky and Marina Mist.  Cardstock used was Very Vanilla and Marina Mist.

Here is the one I made for my husband.

On his card I used stamps from the Swirly Bird stamp set to create the boat, background splotches and the sun. The waves were created by using a co-ordinating die from the Swirly Scribbles die set.  The ‘love’ sentiment was from the Sunshine Wishes die set. The word ‘with’ came from the Better Together stamp set.  Inks used were Emerald Envy, Island Indigo, Tempting Turquoise, Pacific Point, Night of Navy, Crushed Curry and Cherry Cobbler.  Cardstock used was Whisper White and Night of Navy.  Not that you can see in the photo, I also used a little Wink of Stella on the waves to add a little shimmer.

All three of these cards could also be used for any occasion!

How did you spend Father’s Day?

Thank you for stopping by. Enjoy your day!

Follow your bliss. x

 

 

 

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Get Ready for the Holidays

Hello everyone!

I have some exciting news… The Holiday Catalogue is LIVE as of today.

You can download a PDF version HERE, or click on catalogue image on the right hand side of this post.

Remember my last post?  Well, I changed the colours and made it into a cheery Christmas card!  The sentiment is from the Watercolor Christmas stamp set and I used Real Red ink for the ‘berries’.

The Holiday catalogue is jam packed full of NEW stamp sets, co-ordinating dies, cardstock, DSP and embellishments to choose from.

 

Have a look at these fantastic videos for ideas on products that you may like to find out more about!

Year of Cheer Suite
Snowflakes Sentiment Bundle
Merry Little Christmas Memories & More Card Pack
Quilted Christmas Suite

The fun doesn’t stop there….Not only is the Holiday Catalogue live, Stampin’ Up! are also giving you the opportunity to get free products!  Who doesn’t like free stuff? Click on the image to find out more!

When you host a party with AUD$450.00 in sales you will receive the exclusive Merry Patterns stamp set in ADDITION to your Stampin’ Rewards!.  The Merry Patterns stamp set will be available from 1 September through to 31 October.  This set is only available during the host promotion period.  Contact me to book your party now so you don’t miss out on this exclusive offer.

Have a look at this video for more information and inspiration.

Merry Patterns Host Set

As a demonstrator, I’ve had the fantastic opportunity to play with products from the catalogue and can’t wait to share more of what I’ve created with you!

Thank you for stopping by. Enjoy your day!

Follow your bliss. x

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Fruit Trees with a Difference

Happy Monday to you all!  I had an enormous amount of fun creating this week’s card. Even my teenage boys thought it was bright and cheery!

A few weeks ago I came across a post from the very talented Yana Smakula, who made a card with lemons.  I don’t know if it was the bright colours she used but the card seemed to uplift me.  Strange thing to say about a card?  I don’t think so.  Thank you Yana for your inspiration!

I don’t have lemon stamps or any papers with lemons so got creative with one of my favourite versatile stamp sets, Swirly Bird accompanied by the Swirly Scribbles thinlit dies, partnering them up with the Colorful Seasons stamp set.

To create this card, I used the two smaller circle stamps from Swirly Bird and stamped five of each circle in Peekaboo Peach ink onto scrap Whisper White cardstock.  I cut each stamped image using the Swirly Scribbles thinlit dies and the Big Shot.  These will represent the ‘fruit’ on the branches.

I then stamped the sentiment from the Better Together stamp set in Early Espresso ink, on the right hand side of the card matt, centred between top and bottom.  This gave me an indication as to where the branches were going to go.  I stamped the branches from the Colorful Seasons stamp set in Crumb Cake ink.

I used the small leaf stamp from Swirly Bird to stamp my leaves in Lemon Lime Twist ink. I arranged the circles (‘fruit’) around the branches until I was happy with their placement, then glued them down.

There seemed to be a lot of white space, so i decided to use the small circle stamp from the Colorful Seasons stamp set to fill it in. I also used Wink Of Stella to add a little shimmer to each piece of ‘fruit’.

Using a sponge dauber, I inked all edges of the card matt in Peekaboo Peach.  Attached the card matt onto the card base.  I stamped some circles and leaves inside the card as well as on the envelope to carry the theme through.

What do you think? Do the colours uplift you?

Thank you for stopping by.  Enjoy your day!

Follow your bliss. x

 

 

 

 

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Monochromatic Cards

Good morning to you all. It’s cold and dreary in Melbourne today, the clouds are a fitting colour for the monochromatic cards in this post, however, the cards are not at all dreary! Colours used were Whisper White and Smoky Slate.

No sentiment required.  To create the first card in this post I used the Daisy punch, Seasonal Layers thinlits dies, Tag Topper Scalloped punch, Pinewood Planks dynamic textured impressions embossing folder and a Clear Faceted Gem in the centre of the daisy.  This card could be used for most occasions.

 
One.Of.Those.Cards… A Sympathy card, as a crafter I think these are the hardest cards to create, not because the card making part of it is hard, but because of the reason behind the card.
On this card I used the Layered Leaves dynamic textured impressions embossing folder, the sentiment is from the Better Together stamp set and added a few Rhinestone Basic Jewels.

 
Simple, but elegant.  The occasion for the third card could easily be changed depending on what sentiment you use.  To create this card I used the Layered Leaves dynamic textured impressions embossing folder, Daisy Delight stamp set, Daisy punch, Colourful Seasons stamp set for the sentiment and added a little bling with one Clear Faceted Gem on the centre daisy.

Monochromatic doesn’t have to be restrictive, see what you have on hand and start creating and most importantly, have fun!

Thank you for stopping by. Enjoy your day!

Follow your bliss. x

 

 

 

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