One Last Time

Today’s post celebrates the Designer Series Paper (DSP) pack – Blooms and Bliss and the Petite Petals punch which both retire from the Stampin’ Up! annual catalogue at the end of today. (The Blooms & Bliss stamp set will carry over to the new catalogue).

The good news is that the NEW annual catalogue and products will be available tomorrow!!

The card I have made for today’s post is a great way of using your scrap DSP to create an elegant card.

To create this card you will need:

Cardbase: Whisper White cardstock, A4 cut into half lenghtways at 4⅛”, scored at 5⅞”
Blooms & Bliss DSP panel: 1″ x 5⅞”
Two Whisper White cardstock panels: (A): ¾” x 5⅞”, (B): 2⅛” x 5⅞”
Rich Razzleberry cardstock strips: (2 x) ½” x 5⅞”
Scrap of Blushing Bride cardstock
Grid paper
4 small self adhesive pearls
liquid glue

To front of card base, adhere the DSP panel ¾” in from the left hand side.




Stamp your sentiment on the (B) panel of Whisper White panel.  Using your grid paper, line up one strip of Rich Razzleberry, place a thin line of liquid glue lengthwise to one side the (B) panel of the Whisper White panel and adhere to strip leaving approximately ¼” of the strip showing.  Repeat this step with remaining strip and (A) panel.

Add dimensionals to back of each Whisper White panel and adhere to card base.


Using the Blushing Bride scrap, punch a Petite Petal and adhere to top right of sentiment with a glue dot.


Add 3 small pearls to the card and one in the centre of the Petite Petal.




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Scenic Birthday Card

The High Tide stamp set is one of those sets you can use to create an abundance of scenes and because the scenery stamps are separate, it makes it easy to create a colourful beach scene.  The set comes with 16 stamps including 4 thoughtful sentiments.  Want to use a different sentiment?  Why not mix up your stamp sets and match the scene with your chosen sentiment.

I have done a previous post using the High Tide stamp set as this set is one of my favourites and I love the beach! The great news is that the stamp set will be carrying over to the new 2017-2018 catalogue giving you a whole year to be able to purchase the set.

This is a birthday card I made for my father-in-law.

On this card I also used the Seaside embossing folder to create the wavy background on the darker cardstock.  I took the Happy Birthday sentiment from the Butterfly Basics stamp set, which is also carrying over to the new catalogue.

I distressed all the edges of the matted panels of cardstock and sentiment piece and inked the edges using a sponge dauber.

Why wait to purchase your High Tide stamp set?  Contact me today to place your order,  by simply clicking on the “Shop with Me” tab at the top of this page or click on the Shop Online 24/7 icon (top right hand corner) to be taken directly to my store.

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Eastern Palace Suite

To be honest with you, when I first laid my eyes on the Eastern Palace Suite I wasn’t over the moon about it.  However, now that I’ve had an opportunity to play with the stamps and dies, I’ve absolutely fallen in love with it.  There are so many variations that this Suite has to offer, all you need is your imagination (and let it go wild!).

Below are three cards I’ve made, two of which were made with one die cut image.

The photo above using the dies I cut out an image and decided to use it as a stencil.  Using a sponge dauber, I proceeded to sponge Peekaboo Peach and Daffodil Delight inks on the die cut image onto Whisper White cardstock.  The stamps used are also from the Suite.

The photo above, I used the die cut image that I used as a stencil on the first card to create this card.  Two cards from one die cut!  Stamps are also from the Suite.

The photo above, I was playing around with inks and water on a piece of cardstock to create a watercolour wash and die cut an image from the Suite, once the image was die cut, I used the remaining piece as a background border for the card front panel.  I stamped the images from the Suite in Sweet Sugarplum ink, added a few rhinestones and card complete!

I’m still playing around with the stamps and dies to see what else I can come up with.

Click on the image below to see what else the Eastern Palace Suite has to offer.  Be aware that the Bundles will only be available until 31 May 2017.  After that the products will be available as individual items only.

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High Tide

The beach.  I find myself lucky enough to live within an hours drive to three different beaches.  Each diverse and wonderful in their own ways.  Taking a stroll along the water’s edge is one of my favourite pass-times.  Although I have to admit that I haven’t spent enough time doing this recently, sometimes the busyness of life just gets in the way.  In this physical absence, I often find myself on Pinterest admiring beach inspired decor, craft projects and houses with ocean views.

Today’s cold, wet and dreary weather has influenced me to create a card with a beach/ocean theme using the High Tide stamp set.  This set comprises of 16 stamps enabling you to create numerous beach inspired projects.

Card base:   29.5cm x 10.5cm (11⅝” x 4⅛”) Fold in half to create a top folding card.
Serene Scenery DSP:   14.3cm x 10cm (5⅝” x 4″) *Retiring*
Glimmer paper:   13.5cm x 3.5cm (5¼” x 1⅜”) Trim into a banner
Stamped cardstock piece:   12cm x 5cm (4⅝” x 2″) Trim into a banner

On this card I also distressed and ink edges of the DSP and banners.

Don’t be afraid to experiment with the stamp set, and most importantly, have fun with it!

Numerous products will be leaving us soon, see the retiring list here.

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Make a Quick Card using Retiring Products

If you, like me, are sometimes caught off guard and find yourself short of time to make a card for that special person, Designer Series Paper really does come to the rescue!

On this card I’ve used the Serene Scenery DSP, sponged ink around the edges of the DSP in the same colour ink used for the sentiment, added a stamped sentiment from the Beautiful You stamp set, added two butterflies and a little bling.

Card base: 8½ x 5½” scored at 4¼” (21.5cm x 14cm, scored at 10.7cm)
Matt: 5⅜ x 4⅛” (13.5cm x 10.5cm)
DSP: 5⅛ x 3⅞” (13cm x 10cm)

The Serene Scenery DSP is a beautiful set and is on the retiring list, along with the butterfly punches, so if you would like to add these to your collection, don’t delay putting in an order.  Click on the image below to see all of the products we’ll be saying goodbye to.

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One Bundle, Endless Projects: Part 2

Last post I wrote about the Oh So Succulent Bundle (stamp set & coordinating dies). This post continues with two more projects created using the bundle; One Bundle, Endless Projects.

Below is a Mother’s Day card I made using the Oh So Succulent bundle, Blooms & Bliss Designer Series Paper (DSP), coordinating cardstock and inks.  One of the great advantages regarding Stampin’ Up!® is that all of their products coordinate.  On the back of DSP packs is a listing of coordinating colours, so all the work is done for you.

On the Whisper White card base I adhered a matting of my chosen coloured card stock, then adhered another matting in Whisper White. I then used Glimmer paper as a matting for the DSP, stamped and die cut my images on a spare piece of Whisper White card stock, created an arrangement, adhered images and stamped the sentiment on the bottom right hand corner of the card.

Card base: 29.5 cm x 10.5cm (11⅝” x 4⅛”)
Coloured matt: 14.5cm x 10cm (5⅝” x 3⅞”)
White matt: 14cm x 9.5cm (5½” x 4¾”)
Glimmer paper: 13.5cm x 9cm (5¼” x 3″)
DSP: 12.5cm x 7cm (5″ x 2¾”)
Spare piece for stamping and die cutting

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Making 3D projects is another favourite of mine. My second project CASEd (copied and selectively edited) from the very talented Sam over at PootlesPapercraft is a small gift bag made using one 6″x 6″ sheet of paper, decorated using the stamps and dies from the Oh So Succulent bundle. Isn’t it gorgeous?

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One Bundle, Endless Projects

Being creative doesn’t have to be seen as an expensive hobby. Yes, there may be a few larger costs in the initial outlay, however these items usually only need to be purchased once. One example is the Big Shot.
This week I’ve challenged myself to stick to one stamp set along with coordinating dies, using the Oh So Succulent Bundle by Stampin’ Up!® I’ve created a few different projects to inspire you, which I’ll spread over two blog posts.  Another idea is to have a look on Pinterest, search Oh So Succulent, you’ll be amazed at the variety of projects you can create with this one bundle.



This card can be made in any colour of card-stock you have available.




Card base: (Whisper White) 29.5cm x 10.5cm, folded in half to create a top folding card.
Card stock Matt: (Whisper White) 14cm x 9.5cm
Coloured card-stock: (Peakaboo Peach) 12cm x 7.5cm
Strip for sentiment: (Whisper White) 9.5cm x 2cm

To make this card:

  1. Place the medium flower die, blade side down onto the coloured card-stock, and run through the Big Shot to cut the flower.
  2. Place the same piece of coloured card-stock in the Seaside embossing folder and run through the Big Shot to emboss.
  3. Carefully distress the edges of the coloured card-stock, matt and sentiment strip with a distress tool, or run the blade of your scissors along the edge of the card-stock to create a distressed look.
  4. Stamp the sentiment using same colour of ink as your chosen coloured card-stock. (In this instance, Peekaboo Peach)
  5. Using a sponge dauber, ink all edges of the matt, coloured card-stock and sentiment strip.
  6. Adhere the matt to the card base using dimensionals, leaving an even boarder around the card base.
  7. Adhere the coloured card-stock to the matt, using liquid glue, leaving an even boarder around the matt. (make sure you place glue around the cut out image)
  8. Adhere the sentiment strip towards the bottom of the coloured card-stock.
  9. Using a sponge dauber in a circular motion, add a small circle of ink to the centre of the flower, add a touch of shimmer to the petals with the Wink of Stella Glitter brush pen.
  10. Add a little bling using basic rhinestone jewels.

Stay tuned for more projects using the Oh So Succulent bundle in my next blog post.

Thank you for stopping by.  Have a nice day.

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Using Designer Papers

As a crafter I have a HUGE collection of designer papers, and to be honest, I think some are just too nice to cut up, however, this means that they’re not being used to their full potential.  There are multiple ways of using your collection.  The internet is a useful tool, so use it to get your creative juices flowing.

Below are just two examples.

Example One

Card base: 29.5cm x 10.5cm (A4 sheet cut in half lengthwise). Fold in half, to make a top folding card
Matt: 14cm x 10cm
Designer Paper: (Larger piece) 7.5cm x 9.5cm
Designer Paper: (Small strip) 1.3cm x 9.5cm
White cardstock: (for sentiment) 4.5cm x 9.5cm

Adhere the matt piece to the card-base, adhere the large piece of designer paper to the matt, leaving an even border around the top and sides.
Adhere the strip, butting up against the larger piece, making sure the sides are aligned. Stamp your sentiment onto the final piece and adhere as previously described.  YOU’RE DONE!!

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Example Two

Card base: 29.5cm x 10.5cm (A4 sheet cut in half lengthwise).  Fold in half, to make a top folding card
Large matt: 7.5cm x 7.5cm
Large Designer paper: 7cm x 7cm
Smaller matt: Using glimmer paper 2.5cm x 2.5cm (you will need 3 of these)
Small Designer paper: 2cm x 2cm (you will need 3 of these)
Piece of scrap paper to stamp and punch out butterflies (3 small and 1 large)

Adhere large designer paper to large matt. Adhere to card-base as shown in photo. Adhere small designer papers to small matts.  Adhere these as above, leaving even spacing in-between.  Stamp and punch out butterflies, I have used one large and three small butterflies, curling the wings with a bone folder.  Adhere butterflies to smaller matted pieces, placing a small pearl in the centre of each small butterfly.  Stamp the sentiment on the right hand side of the card-base and attach 3 pearls down the left hand side of the sentiment. YOU’RE DONE!!

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Petite Petals

Long before joining Stampin’ Up! I had a particular stamp set on my wish list.  My searches on Pinterest and YouTube defined why I had such an affinity with the Petite Petals stamp set.  It may seem to be just a set of small flowers, however, this set is so versatile and the beautiful creations made with this set is only limited by your imagination.  Another advantage to this stamp set is that it comes with a co-ordinating punch, so no wasted time fussy cutting out these flowers.

I have been lucky enough to add this stamp set, including the punch, to my craft supplies.  Below is a card I made over the weekend.

The dimensions of this top folding card is:

Card base is Very Vanilla cardstock 29.5cm x 10.5cm, score at 14.8cm
Card front is Whisper White cardstock 14cm x 9.5cm

To make this card, I began by tracing a circle very lightly onto the card front and using the lighthouse beam stamp from the High Tide stamp set. I stamped 3 beams on either side of the circle using Daffodil Delight ink.

 I then proceeded to make “masks” of the Petite Petals by punching out the required amount (9) using scrap paper, worked out their placement around the circle and using the second generation stamping technique, stamped the background foliage images from the Blooms & Wishes stamp set with Wild Wasabi and Daffodil Delight inks.
{Second generation stamping is when you ink up your stamp, stamp your image onto scrap paper first then stamp onto cardstock using the remaining ink on the stamp.}

The next step was to stamp and punch out 9 Petite Petals (and 1 Petite Petal using the second generation technique) onto Whisper White cardstock.  Using a sponge dauber, lightly shade each flower with the coordinating colour.

Carefully remove one “mask” at a time and replace it with the punched and shaded Petite Petal, adhering with a glue dot.

Stamp the sentiment towards the bottom right hand side of the card front in Sahara Sand ink, adhere the remaining Petite Petal (second generation stamped) to the left of the sentiment.  Add a little bling – adhere a small basic rhinestone jewel to the centre of the Petite Petal and a little shimmer using the Wink of Stella glitter brush to each Petite Petal.

Using the sponge dauber, lightly sponge Sahara Sand ink around the edges of the card front.

Adhere card front to card base using Stampin’ Dimensionals and you’re done!

If you would like any of the products used to make this card, simply click on the product image below and remember that Sale-a-Bration concludes 31 March, 2017.  It’s a great way to earn free products!  Why not take advantage of this special so you don’t miss out.

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New Blog, New Post

Do you ever have One.Of.Those.Days?  Yep, I think we’ve all been there.  Don’t despair, there is always a solution. If there’s not, tomorrow is a different day, ready for fresh beginnings.

Below is an excerpt from my Facebook Page.

“This card…looks simple enough and shouldn’t take too long…boy, was I wrong! I had the cover completed, nice and easy, then decided to add some detail to the inside. I ended up with ink on my finger and inadvertently smudged that on the inside of the cover..grrr…so trimmed it down and adhered it to another card front. All was great until I decided to stamp a detail on the inside of the card…nope, that looks awful…now what to do? Trim another piece of cardstock and adhere that to the inside…done! I kept the inside design blank, bar the sentiment…Finally happy!! Being a crafter entails frustration, patience and problem solving. Moral of this story…Do not get disheartened because there is always a solution! What are some of your “moments” whether it be crafting or otherwise?”


I love the cheerful colour combination used to make this card.  Hopefully, if you’re having One.Of.Those.Days, this card cheers you up!

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