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Only days to go before the Spring Mini Catalogue ends and the new Summer Mini starts.  It will be so so sad to see the Great Friend stamp set go. It was my must have stamp set from the Spring Mini and I have got so much use out of it… I have lost count of the number of times I have cut out the butterfly.

I had a couple of cards and little gifts to make so I thought I would put it through its paces once again.

This first card I sent to my cousin who lives in Cairns… such a beautiful place to visit.

I have used one of my favourite colour combination of Chocolate Chip, Baja Breeze and Kraft and I cut of the butterfly yet again!. This time I cut out two and popped them on top of each other and held them together with two brads. I wanted to give the butterfly a 3D effect… See?

I stamped the sentiment from Trendy Trees and punched it out using the large oval punch. I stamped the branch using the second generation technique and then sponged the edges.

I also made this little bag with Lindt chocolates to go along with the card.

I used this same colour combination to make a little card holder and some cards for a very good friend of mine (waving Jacinta) who held her first workshop with me last week. Although Jiz has not yet come down with the stamping bug she still very kindly offered to host a workshop with me and even more kindly offered to give away her hostess gifts!! So I made a few gifts for her to say thanks and also to make sure she got some goodies from hosting a workshop.

This below is one of the gifts I made… some little gift cards

and a little gift card bag/box to keep them in.

I was so proud of this little bag/box – simple as it is, the girls in our team can vouch for the fact that me and boxes/bags just don’t seem to click  – but I refuse to be beat!

Enjoy your last day of spring mini and get ready for some summer mini lovin’.

Butterfly Card and Bag

  • Stamps: Great Friend, Trendy Trees
  • Paper: Kraft, Chocolate Chip, Walk in the Park DSP, Baja Breeze
  • Inks: Baja Breeze, Chocolate Chip
  • Accessories: Double Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon, Silver Brads, Large Oval Punch, Oval Scallop Punch,  Eyelet Boarder Punch, Small Flat Cellophane Bag, Horizontal Slot Punch, Dimensionals

Gift Cards and Box

  • Stamps: Great Friend
  • Paper: Kraft, Baja Breeze, Chocolate Chip, Walk in the Park DSP
  • Inks: Baja Breeze, Chocolate Chip
  • Accessories: Double Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon, Silver Brads, Linen Thread, Kraft Taffeta Ribbon, Dimensionals
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Just a quick post today. I have been so busy the past week and I have so much to catch up on as well as a stack of things to cross off my ‘To Do” list. So whilst the small one is having a nap I thought I had best get started…. First on my list… post something!

I thought I would show another scrapbook layout I did using the Sweet Nothings Simply Scrappin’ kit. I wanted to show its versatility and scrapbook a blokey page for my husband.

I used the Chocolate Chip and Kiwi Kiss cardstock that comes in the Sweet Nothings Simply Scrappin’ kit and added some Kraft – Kraft is my ‘go to’ colour when doing anything blokey!. To bloke-ify it even more I distressed and sponged most of the edges, I also sponged the die cut stickers.  For the title I stamped the Schoolbook Serif Alphabet and then went over the top with the Jumbo Outline Alphabet – they don’t match up but it added to the rustic/grungy (trying to use a different word to blokey!!) look of the page.

So now I can cross off   –  post something… Is anyone else a list person?

I love writing out a list of things to do and I love the satisfaction I feel when I can cross things off! I even have my 4 year old trying to write a list of  jobs to do!  To be honest I think she has worked out that the more time she spends asking me to spell out words and trying to write them the less time she actually has to spend doing what is on the list!!

Well I am off to see what else I can cross off 🙂

Thanks Sarah for your feedback 🙂 … I have included a close-up of the title!

 

 

“Mine” layout

  • Stamps: Schoolbook Serif Alphabet, Jumbo Outline Alphabet
  • Paper: Kraft, Sweet Nothings Simply Scrappin’ Kit
  • Ink: Chocolate Chip
  • Accessories: Sweet Nothings Simply Scrappin’ Kit, Photo Corners Punch, Round Tab Punch, Basic Black Marker, Sponges, Distressing tool, Eastern Elegance rub-on (retired)

I had two birthday cards to make in September for two little girls who happened to be turning 3.

The first little girl to be turning 3 was my delightful little niece Sophie Violet – you can check out all her cuteness here.

Soph is such a character, she has real spunk  and gets up to some serious mischief on occasions, but one of the things I love soooooooo much about her is her little voice.  When she opens her mouth and talks out come the sweetest most adorable little voice you have ever heard – it melts you heart and you just want to pick her up and squeeze her… she is just edible.

…And here is her birthday card… aren’t these cupcakes just edible too?

The second little girl to turn three was Charlotte (who belongs to one of my kindy mums). I used the same design for this card, just a different colour combination.

Well, would you look at that…. I managed to post twice before Friday! No butt kicking for me this week :) Yay!

Enjoy

Sophie’s 3rd Birthday Card

  • Stamps: Party Hearty
  • Paper: Regal Rose, Rose Red, So Saffron, Whisper White
  • Inks: Regal Rose, Rose Red, So Saffron
  • Accessories: Scallop Circle Punch, 1 3/8″ Circle Punch, Eyelet Boarder Punch, Rose Red double stitched grosgrain ribbon, Paper Piercer, Mat Pack,  dimensionals

Charlotte’s 3rd Birthday Card

  • Stamps: Party Hearty
  • Paper: Pixie Pink, Whisper White, Chocolate Chip
  • Inks: Pixie Pink, Chocolate Chip Marker, Pink Passion Marker, YoYo Yellow Marker
  • Accessories: Scallop Circle Punch, 1 3/8″ Circle Punch, Eyelet Boarder Punch, Mat Pack, Paper Piercer, Stampin’ Glitter dazzling diamonds, dimensionals, White Grosgrain Ribbon





Every now and then the kindy mums get together whether it be for dinner or coffee. On one of these occasions I mentioned that I had just signed up as a SU demonstrator. Not expecting much of a response I proceeded to get very excited when one of the mums said that she had been to a few workshops and that she would host a workshop with me, and then another mum also said she would be interested in having a workshop too…  just like that!!!… I could hardly contain my excitement.

So to say thanks to Gayle, who hosted her workshop in October, I thought I’d best make a card – of course!

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Cheep Talk was a must have when it showed up in the 2009-2010 IB&C, but in saying that I hadn’t done a lot with it. I knew I wanted to make a card using a stamp set that was new to the catalogue and once I narrowed them down … this was the pick.

Isn’t this little bird is just too cute?

So onto the making of this card… I inked up the leaves in Kiwi Kiss and went over the branch with my Chocolate Chip marker. The little bird has been inked in Ballet Blue – I don’t actually own the Rich Regals markers (yet) so I had to use my ink pad, but I wanted his beak and legs to be yellow so I just wiped the blue ink off them with a tissue or a cotton tip (truth be told it could have even been the top I was wearing at the time whatever was in easy reach :)) I then went over the legs and beak with my Summer Sun marker and  stamped the little bird on top of his  branch using my Stamp-a-ma-jig (that tool is a God send!).  I then stamped him again in Ballet Blue and cut him out and stuck him down with some dimensionals . I used the Stamp-a-ma-jig again to add the sentiment and then backed it onto to some Tangerine Tango, added some paper piercing, as well as Linen Thread and a button from the Button Latte pack.  I used the little flower from the same set and stamped using Versamark randomly on a piece of Kiwi Kiss, wrapped some Chocolate Chip double stitched grosgrain around it and popped that onto the Naturals Ivory card that had been waiting patiently. Last of all  – some Dimensionals on the back of the Tangerine Tango with all the bits ‘n’ pieces stuck to it… and done.

I really had no idea where I was going with this card to start with… all I had decided was that the bird was going to be blue and that I wanted to use some of the in-colours and I guess that is how it all came together. I actually used this design for one of my Regionals swaps using the Trendy Trees stamp set.

See…

Sorry about the crooked photo… I can assure you that every other aspect of the card was (mostly) straight 😉

BTW I’m sticking to my NYR… patting myself on the back here ;)… just got to keep it up… and I will ’cause there wont be much sitting down and stamping or blogging with a bruised butt lol!

Hope your week has started off well and thanks for dropping by.

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Gayle’s Thank-you card

  • Stamps: Cheep Talk
  • Paper: Naturals Ivory, Kiwi Kiss, Tangerine Tango, Whisper White
  • Inks: Ballet Blue, Kiwi Kiss, Versamark
  • Accessories: Chocolate Chip Marker, Summer Sun Marker, Linen Thread, Chocolate Chip Button,  Chocolate Chip double stitched grosgrain ribbon, mat pack, paper piercer, dimensionals, Stamp-a-ma-jig

Regionals Swap card

  • Stamps: Trendy Tress
  • Paper: Naturals Ivory, Kiwi Kiss, Tangerine Tango, Whisper White
  • Inks: Riding Hood Red, Pumpkin Pie, Kiwi Kiss, Chocolate Chip, Versamark
  • Accessories: Chocolate Chip double stitched grosgrain ribbon, mat pack, paper piercer, Stamp-a-ma-jig, word window punch, dimensionals


Well… lucky you didn’t all hold your breath!!!! Sorry, I have no excuses. I have finally come to the realisation (took a while I know) that I just have to make blogging part of my daily jobs rather than an “if I get a spare second” job, because when it comes to spare seconds you may have noticed that I don’t seem to get too many and if I do I’m not using them here!

SO… in front of you all I am announcing that I am turning over a new leaf  – I am starting my New Years Resolutions 50 days early and if you would all be so kind I am going to need your help to achieve this.  So a bit of a drum roll if you wouldn’t mind…. * announcing *…

There will be something new to see here at least once a week!

And if there is not this is where I need your help!  So if you drop by and there isn’t something new to see at the start of another week  (lets make the start of each posting week Friday) then leave me a message to tell me you stopped by but there wasn’t anything new to see. That will make me feel terrible and give me the kick in the backside I need to get back on track.  So as much as it is putting a fair bit of pressure on myself  I think this is what is required to get things moving on here…. so lets all move right along because I actually have something to show.

This here card is the first I made with the Great Friend stamp set from the spring mini (which I might add has only 19 days left so if there are any goodies you need just let me know) and it happens to be for my very lovely and extremely talented sister (in -law) Sarah who I have to thank for getting my love of stamping and scrapbooking back on track.

Great Friend

I used the colours from the ‘Walk in the Park’ DSP as my starting point . Never in a million years would I have thought of putting Kiwi Kiss, Basic Grey, Baja Breeze, So Saffron and Cameo Coral together but the DSP told me I could and so I did and I was quite happy with how it all came together. It is a fairly simple design, although there was a fair bit of fiddly cutting out, especially the little branches but as you get to know me better you will see that I am quite a fan of cutting out stamped images! Along with this card went a little gift which I packaged up in coordinating paper … a couple of cakes of soap that smelt equally as yummy as they looked.

soap gift

And while we are on the subject of Thank-you cards and gifts. This here below is another card and gift I made for Sarah earlier in the year, as you can see when it comes to Sarah I have a lot to be thankful for.

Boroque card and girt

This card was a case from one of my absolute favourite blogs Kirsty’s cards ‘n’ scrapping (you will need to go to March 2009 in archives and scroll down a bit to find the card I cased). Check out her work, she is super talented! I am constantly amazed by her work and what is even more amazing to me is that she does all of this with four kids!

I loved the colour combo – you can’t go wrong with Pretty in Pink and Chocolate Chip nor with Baroque Motifs, it is such a beautiful stamp set –  must get that one out again. I stamped the Linen background stamp onto white then stamped over it with the Baroque Motifs flourish. I then added the small flowers from that stamp set – as you can see I used rock n roll technique and for the first time too! I rock n rolled the main flower, cut it out and added a rhinestone. Put it all together with some ribbon, scallop edging and some faux stitching and Bob’s your uncle (or in my case my dad). I  then put together a little bag of goodies to go with the card using the same colour combination and stamp set.

Well there you have it… hope you enjoyed these creations and please help me to stick to my blogging plan –  that means I want to hear from you if I am falling behind, but it would also be really nice to hear from you when I achieve my goals.

Thanks for dropping by and let me know what you think…

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Sarah’s Great Friend Card

Stamps: Great Friend
Paper: Basic Grey, Baja Breeze, So Saffron, Cameo Coral, Walk in the Park DSP
Ink: Kiwi Kiss, Cameo Coral, Baja Breeze
Accessories: Scallop Edge Punch, Eyelet Border Punch

Sarah’s Baroque Motifs Card

Stamps: Baroque Motifs, Linen Background (retired)
Paper: Whisper White, Chocolate Chip, Pretty in Pink
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Pretty in Pink
Accessories: Scallop Edge Punch, Chocolate Chip grosgrain ribbon, Rhinestone brad, white gel pen

Here’s a sneak peek… promise to come back really soon… got an announcement to make and some show n tell!

sneak peek

See you soon

Janice