Dragonfly Dreams

The dragonfly.  Did you know the dragonfly has been around for about 300 million years and can fly in any direction including sideways and backwards? Intrigued by these seemingly harmless (to humans) creatures, I decided to use a similar card format from my last post and create one incorporating a dragonfly.

I used Very Vanilla cardstock for the card base and matt.  Using a sponge dauber I applied Early Espresso ink around the edges of the card matt. I then layered  a piece of Early Espresso cardstock on the matt, leaving a small amount of space from the top and bottom.

I then adhered a piece of  lemon lime twist coloured paper from the Fresh Florals DSP, leaving a small border of the Early Espresso cardstock at the top and bottom.

Once again I added a smaller piece of Early Espresso cardstock to create a border to highlight the centre panel.

On left side of the centre panel (Very Vanilla cardstock) I stamped a background collage in Early Espresso ink from the Butterfly Basics and Timeless Textures stamp sets and stamped the sentiment from the Beautiful You stamp set on the right side.  Used a sponge dauber to apply Early Espresso ink around the edges.

Using the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits and my Bigshot, I cut out two dragonflies, one from Lemon Lime Twist cardstock the other from Early Espresso cardstock.

At this stage I wasn’t sure which dragonfly to use on the card front, so decided to use them both.  I glued them together slightly offsetting them to create a ‘shadow’ effect and attached them over the stamped collage.  I also used Clear Wink of Stella over the dragonfly to add some shimmer.

The sentiment inside the card reads, “Happy Birthday, gorgeous” from the Beautiful You stamp set.

In keeping with the design, I stamped a dragonfly inside the card along with the ‘splotches’ stamp from Timeless Textures as well as on the front of the envelope.

Measurements:

  • Very Vanilla:  29.5cm x 10.5cm, scored at 15cm (11⅝” x 4⅛”, scored at 5⅞”)
    14cm x 9.5cm (5½” x 3¾”)
    14cm x 5.5cm (5½” x 2⅛”)
  • Early Espresso: 14cm x 8.3cm (5½” x 3¼”)
    14cm x 5.7cm (5½” x 2¼”)
  • Fresh Florals DSP: 14cm x 7.5cm (5½” x 3”)

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Daisy Delight Birthday Card

This post focuses on a birthday card made for a dear friend of mine using the ever so popular Daisy Delight stamp set and co-ordinating punch.

The card was created on Very Vanilla card stock.  On the card front I created a background using a stamp from the Timeless Textures stamp set in Sahara Sand ink.  I then continued the design on the front centre panel and stamped the birthday sentiment from the Butterfly Basics stamp set in Soft Suede ink on the right hand side.

I then stamped two of the daisies from the Daisy Delight stamp set in Calypso Coral ink onto some scrap Very Vanilla card stock. Punched out the daisies with the co-ordinating punch and glued them together to create a ‘fuller’ looking daisy.

I cut two strips from a sheet of the Delightful Daisy designer series paper pack (DSP), adhered them to the card front leaving a small border from the top and bottom.  I then cut a piece of Calypso Coral card stock a little wider than the front centre panel to create a solid border between the DSP and the front centre panel and adhered it down.

I wanted to add an extra element, so on the left hand side of the front centre panel, I attached some Silver Metallic Thread and adhered the daisy over it.  I then added a little bling to the centre of the daisy using a large Clear Faceted Gem.

The centre panel was adhered to the front of the card panel with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

I carried the theme across the card by stamping the daisy inside the card and again on the front of the envelope.

I hope you’ve all had a wonderful week of doing what makes you happy!

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Retiform Technique – Behind the Scenes

In the wonderful world of social media, we tend to see the ‘perfect’ end product.  What we don’t always see is the behind the scenes mishaps, mistakes and frustration.  As a crafter, we have the ability to hide little mishaps with embellishments or turn the paper over and start again….not on this card!

I was scouring the internet for different card techniques and came across a technique called Retiform.  It looked quite easy and thought I could get the card made in a short amount of time. Hahaha, I laugh at myself!!  In this post I’m going to share with you my behind the scenes mishaps and mistakes….and my frustration was that this quick card took more than a short amount of time to create.

I had been waiting a while to get my hands on the Daisy Delight stamp set, punch and Designer Series Paper and was so excited when they finally arrived in the post.  I couldn’t wait to share a card made with the stamp set paired with the Colorful Seasons stamp set and decided to use the Retiform Technique.

First attempt: (below) As this was a technique I had never done before, thought it would be best if I  lightly drew my lines on the card front first.  Began shading, all good, did my masking and stamping, still all good, until I was ready to erase my pencil lines….Oh no, not good, the pencil lines simply refused to erase!  I tried at least 3 different erasers to get those pesky pencil lines off, but to no avail.  First attempt put aside….

Second attempt: (Below) No pencil lines this time.  Looking at my first attempt, I thought the stamped images looked a bit washed out and decided they might look a little more dramatic if I used a darker shade of ink.  Oh no…. I was so wrong!  Second attempt put aside….frustration creeping through at this point in time knowing that I had to attempt this card yet again!

Third attempt: (Below) No pencil lines and switched back to the ink used in the first attempt for the stamped images.  I wasn’t entirely happy with images stamped in the first two attempts so decided to change them around.  Finally, I think I have it…Yay!! Something worthy to share with the world.

The world of social media has the ability to hide our imperfections if we choose to.  This time I chose to share my imperfections in all their glory!

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Swirly Scribbles & Swirly Bird

My last post featured the Swirly Bird stamp set to create a card for boys.  I had so much fun using the stamp set, I decided to continue the theme for this post making two cards for the girls using the co-ordinating Swirly Scribbles Thinlits as well.  I wanted to keep it simple to showcase how easy it is to create beautiful cards on a budget and only use three ink colours on Very Vanilla cardstock to create two different birthday cards, and of course, paired them up with the Stylized Birthday stamp.

Ink colours used were Sahara Sand, Lemon Lime Twist and Powder Pink.  Lemon Lime Twist and Powder Pink are part of the 2017-2019 In Colours.

On this card I stamped the flowers in Powder Pink ink and the leaves in Lemon Lime Twist ink on Very Vanilla cardstock.  Cut them out using the co-ordinating thinlits with my Big Shot.  I also used the large wavy thinlit in the set and cut that out in Sahara Sand cardstock.

I played around with the wavy piece, flowers and leaves until I was happy with the arrangement and glued everything down, added the birthday sentiment stamped in Sahara Sand ink, added a little shimmer with the Wink of Stella Glitter Brush and some pearls.

To tie it all together, I added a strip of Sahara Sand cardstock to the background.  Stamped flowers inside the card and onto envelope to tie the theme together.  Now the card and envelope are complete.

On the second card I used the smaller swirl stamps to create the ‘flowers’. As above, stamped them in Powder Pink ink, the leaves in Lemon Lime Twist ink and cut them out using the co-ordinating thinlits.

I also cut out the three large swirls from the thinlits set in Sahara Sand cardstock.

Once again, played around with all the pieces until I was happy with the arrangement and glued them down.  Stamped the birthday sentiment in Sahara Sand ink on a separate piece of Very Vanilla cardstock and attached to the card front using Stampin’ Dimensionals to add a little dimension.  At this point, I thought the card front was looking a little bare in some places, so used the ‘splotches’ (love the terminology!) stamp to fill in the gaps and used Sahara Sand cardstock to matt the card front.

Stamped the envelope and inside the card with the smaller swirl and splotches stamps to continue the theme once again.

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What have you created on a budget?

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Cards for Boys

On Friday night my youngest son attended a “sleep” over birthday party.  I put the word sleep in inverted commas because he had none!  The boys decided to play a game that if you fell to sleep, you would be sprayed with water.  The birthday boy, understandably exhausted fell asleep first, and yes, was sprayed with water.  That was the end of any of the boys getting any sleep!  Needless to say my son slept his Saturday away…

And of course, I made the birthday card!

I decided to create a fun background using the versatile Swirly Bird stamp set paired up with one of my favourite birthday stamps, Stylized Birthday.  I used Dapper Denim & Pacific Point inks to create the background and Night of Navy ink for the sentiment and pops of colour to create a fun frame.

I also carried the theme on the inside of the card and the front and back of the envelope.

Hope he liked it, had a wonderful birthday party and finally got some sleep!

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Challenge Yourself!


Do you have a stamp set with one stamp you’ve never used? Or an ink colour that you’ve not yet used?  I had both and decided to challenge myself to use them for my next card.

The stamp set I used is one of Stampin’ Up!’s longest running stamp set, Lovely as a Tree. Don’t get me wrong, I have used this stamp set many times and have had it for years now, however, there was one stamp that I still had not used from the set, the small leaf.  As for the ink colour, it’s one that I hadn’t yet used, Always Artichoke.

On this card I decided to use the leaf, randomly stamping it to create a background to compliment a simple, yet elegant card.  Then paired it up with Timeless Textures and Dragonfly Dreams stamp sets.

I also used Wink Of Stella glitter brush to add a little shimmer to the background.

If you have a stamp that you’ve not yet used, give it a go and challenge yourself, you may be surprised with what you come up with.

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Mix It Up!

When I first began dabbling in craft I had no idea how highly addictive it would become!  I am certain that creativity is in my genes, my grandmother was a creative woman, my aunt (my grandmother’s daughter) also enjoys crafting.  There’s something special about being creative, to put my finger what that ‘something special’ is, I’m not sure. What I do know is that when I’m crafting my mind becomes free of all worries and stresses.  Is it because I’m solely concentrating on the project at hand?  Or feeling the satisfaction of completing a  project that was made with my own two hands?  Or is it a combination of both?

Many years ago in my novice crafting days, I remember when I brought my first stamp set, then my second and so forth. Once I had designed all that I could with those sets individually, I found it difficult to come up with new designs.  It wasn’t until I began further researching papercraft, etc that the obvious was stated, like a slap to the forehead…. Mix up the stamp sets!!  Really?! Why hadn’t I thought of that before?!

The ‘obvious’ opened up a whole new world of excitement and creativity.  I even began carefully cutting up my sentiment stamps to allow them to fit in the space provided on my project.  I felt exhilarated.  This has now become second nature to me.  There is no limit to your creativity, so embrace it.  Mix up your stamp sets!

Today’s card features two stamp sets, Beautiful You and Flower Shop.

To make this card I repeatedly stamped an image from the Flower Shop stamp set in Peekaboo Peach onto the large matt to create a visual background.  Then stamped an image and the sentiment from the Beautiful You stamp set in Early Espresso and the colour for her dress in Peekaboo Peach onto a smaller piece of cardstock to create a centre panel. Adhered the centre panel onto a piece of Peekaboo Peach cardstock to break it up from the background matt.  Then adhered the whole lot to a top folding card-base.

Dimensions:
Cardbase: Whisper White cardstock, A4 sheet cut in half lenghtway at 4⅛” (10.5cm), fold in half to create a top folding card.
Whisper White Large Matt: 3¾” x 5½” (9.7cm x 14cm)
Peekaboo Peach Panel: 2⅜” x  5½” (6cm x 14cm)
Whisper White Centre Panel: 1⅞” x  5½” (4.8cm x 14cm)

Enjoy mixing it up!!

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Family Birthdays

June is one of those months where it seems the majority of one side of  my family celebrate their birthdays, and excitingly, we all welcome the birth of my cousins little one.  Another birthday in June!  There is one birthday that stands out for me this month, my sister.

As siblings, we’ve been through a lot together, but in the end we come together because we are family. Last week was my sister’s birthday and, of course, a card was to made to mark this special occasion.  A beautiful person inside and out.  There are so many reasons to celebrate this woman and I am privileged to be able to call her my sister.  I also want to thank her from the bottom of my heart for creating the beautiful banner associated with this blog and my Facebook page.  Thanks sis!

To make this card, I used the Colourful Seasons Bundle (stamps and dies), along with the  Stylized Birthday stamp for the cover.

To create the elements, I die cut the leaves, branches and blossoms from the Bundle, sponged leaves with Lemon Lime Twist ink, sponged the blossoms with Berry Burst ink and the branches with Crumb Cake ink.  Distressed and inked the edges of the background matt with Island Indigo and the birthday sentiment piece with Berry Burst ink using a sponge dauber, stamping the sentiment in Island Indigo.  Played around with all elements until I was happy with a design and adhered them to form the front of the card and added a little bling.

I ended up with a few left over pieces of the elements so decided to make another card with the same design using the sentiment inside my sister’s card on the front of this card.

You could also use the “happy birthday” sentiment inside this card!

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Just Breathe…

Today’s post title and featured card seem fitting for the kind of morning I have had.  I’m not writing this post for pity, sympathy, whatever you want to call it.  I have two teenagers with a chronic illness.  What makes it difficult, is that they look fine on the outside, its their insides that are fighting to remain well.  There are constant medical appointments and procedures, etc. Today is one of those days that I let it all get to me.  As a mother, you want the best for your children in all aspects of life, including their health and sometimes you just feel helpless.

Whilst picking up some groceries for dinner tonight, I bumped into a fellow school mum that I haven’t caught up with for sometime.  We enjoyed a chat over coffee, discussing our children, their futures and our own challenges.  It was refreshing.  Just what I needed.

Each and everyone of us has life struggles, I’m simply opening the door on mine today. When we have days like this we need to learn to Just Breathe… and craft!

Today’s card was created using the Colorful Seasons stamp set. You will enjoy working with this set, because there is no boundary to the limits of projects that can be made AND those sentiments!!!

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Let the Celebrations Begin!

Indeed!  Today marks the launch of Stampin’ Up!’s new Annual Catalogue.

Click to download a PDF version here or you can have a closer look at products in my online store.

A new catalogue means  five (5) new and exciting In-Colours for 2017-2019.  Too hard to pick a favourite! I may be partial to… nope, still can’t pick one!!  As a demonstrator, I’ve had the opportunity to play with the colours for a few weeks and am loving how they blend flawlessly into the classic colours.

Oh, and don’t forget, Stampin’ Up! also have co-ordinating cardstock and accessories, making it ever so easy to create professional looking projects.

There is so much more to show you and don’t know where to start….

There is one collection I will be putting on my wish list – the Colour Theory Suite, I have the Colourful Seasons Bundle  and am looking forward to purchasing the DSP and accessories.

Don’t forget when you purchase a Bundle, you save 10%!  Who doesn’t like to save money?

I’m looking forward to sharing projects made from new and carried over products in the near future with you.

Thanks for stopping by.  Happy Crafting!

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