Sunday, August 31, 2014

Something a Little Fishy?

September is "Male Month" in this family. With Father's Day thrown in for good measure, I have 3 male birthdays to prepare for as well.

So here is my first male card. Which wasn't for any of the above birthdays! So expect a lot more "Manly" cards to come.

I started with a piece of retired Midnight Muse card stock (but you can always substitute this with Night of Navy). I also used some retired Nautical Designer paper for the background.

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 This card was for a man who likes fishing. So out came my By the Tide Stamp Set. p.131.
I decided to "take a photo" of my fish using the On Film Framelits set. p.230.

The large Slate Grey Photo Frame has a piece of retired Midnight Muse card stock inside it and I stamped the coral stamp in Versamark and used my Slate Grey Embossing Powder with a heat gun for a raised shiny texture.

 In the smaller frame, I stamped the fish on a piece of Whisper White card stock in retired Midnight Muse ink and added the coral in Slate Grey ink.  This smaller frame was raised up with dimensionals.

 Inside I stamped some more Slate Grey coral and a lobster in Basic Grey for a bit of interest.

I was very happy with this and am looking forward to making some more "manly" cards this week, so be sure to pop back if you can.

And just to finish off.
Rosie admiring the flowers. I did put a doggie treat in there to get her to pose for the photo! hehe. It worked until she started biting at the flowers! Serves me right. haha.
Happy Stamping. Vx

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Lost in Blue.

"Lost Lagoon" - isn't that a lovely name for this new blue in colour.
It conjures up a tropical paradise in my mind or a field of blue flowers perhaps.
(Neither of which is happening in our backyard at the moment by the way!! All we have is dead grass and dirt patches! - But the rain is supposed to be on it's way.)

I made a little Hello card to give to a friend recently and just had to use this lovely new blue especially with some Daffodil Delight . What a great combination.

I used some lovely All Abloom paper stack DSP p.185 for the background. I also cut a piece out with the Banner Framelits and layered a white scalloped Tag using the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch p.221 on top. Then another banner in the centre of the tag to centre my flowers.

The flowers are from the Hostess Set Bloom With Hope p.240.
I stamped them in black ink and used black embossing powder. Then I coloured them with a blender pen and the Lost Lagoon Ink pad and a Daffodil Delight marker in the centre.
Finished them off with a pearl or two.

The "Hello" is from the Honeycomb Hello Stamp Set p.134.

Across the card I tied a knot in a piece of Daffodil Delight Seam Binding p.207 and some of the new
Venetian Crochet Trim p.206.
Isn't the little punched flower cute! I love it. It is from the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack p.222 and a set I will use a lot.
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Sorry the photos are a bit dark. Very overcast today. Maybe it is that rain I said was coming?

While I am here thought I would post a few photos from the break away in Maleny.

Until next time.
Happy stamping! Vx

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Hexagon Hive - That's Gold.

Well, I am back from a wonderful week away up into the mountains and then back into the city for the weekend. What a jet-setter! I might even have a photo or two to share later in the week but for now... I have a card.

I have a thing about the I Love Lace Background Stamp. I really do love it. And guess what... the new Gold Soiree Dsp p.184 also has some printed in Gold as a background! Cool!
So I got busy and had a play.
It was a bit hard to photograph this, as the gold paper is very shiny and kept reflecting on the flash from the camera.
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 I actually had a Hexagon Hive thin lit piece cut out already in Whisper White so I just decided to stamp straight on top of that with my I Love Lace Background Stamp in Strawberry Slush.
I used the Flower Patch Greeting (again! - Yes it is a favourite!LOL!) Expect to see it a lot too.

And added some flowers stamped in Strawberry Slush from the Flower Shop Stamp Set and Petite Petals Stamp Set and matching punches. The diamantes in the centres were coloured with a yellow Daffodil Delight Blender Pen. Leaves are in Mossy Meadow from the Bird Builder Punch.

Here is another photo from a slightly different angle to try and reduce some of the glare for you.

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And there you have it - a lovely birthday card for my SIL.
I know what you are thinking to yourself. "Will this woman ever use anything but the I Love Lace Background Stamp, Those flowers and Greeting!!! (groan)"  LOL!
And Yes I will! The next card will definitely not have any of these products on it. I will use something entirely different. er...maybe???
See you again soon. Vx

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Monday, August 18, 2014

I Love Lace ... forever!

Well I think I really do!
I Love the I Love Lace Background Stamp! 
It is sooooo beautiful don't you think? Especially in Blackberry Bliss.
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Base card is Perfect Plum.
I stamped the I Love Lace in Blackberry Bliss onto a piece of Whisper White.
 Dotted Scallop Lace Border and Deco Label Collection Framelit in Blackberry Bliss Cardstock.
Butterfly in Blackberry Bliss ink.
Smaller Deco Label Collection Framelit cut in Wisteria Wonder and stamped in I Love Lace with Blackberry Bliss Ink.

Greeting from Flower Patch Stamp Set. Flowers from Flower Shop Stamp Set and Petite Petals Stamp Set with matching punches. Leaves in Mossy Meadow card stock from Bird Builder Punch.

This card is a lovely simple variation on the Purple themed card I have done previously.
Have a great day and I will see you again next time. With a different coloured card...promise! hehe.

But just before I go....
my card was selected by the Paper Players for a Cut Above Award. Yay!
We are off for a few days away in the mountains. Will have some photos to share when I return.

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Blushing Bride and Calypso Coral Paperplayers #208

I happened to check out the Paperplayers challenge this week and found it was a four colour challenge. "That looks pretty easy" I thought to myself. A whole range of ideas swimming around in my noggin.

Welllll.... Let me tell you! haha.
Should have been suspicious immediately! What was I thinking!! The more I played with the colours the harder it seemed. And none of my ideas were coming together. Groan.
But never give up. Never say die. LOL.

I DID IT! Not one but two cards.
Come and have a look.
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 My first card.
Blushing Bride, Basic Grey then another piece of Blushing Bride with the Lovely Lace Embossing Folder p.227.

I layered a piece of Calypso Coral and a smaller piece of Blushing Bride on top both stamped with Dictionary Background Stamp in Basic Grey and some leaves, dots and spots from Kinda Eclectic and Gorgeous Grunge, in Basic Grey and Calypso Coral.
A strip of Hello Honey cardstock punched with the scalloped border punch and layered with the new Venetian Crochet Trim.
I punched out a large circle with the 2 1/2 inch circle punch and stamped leaves and sentiment from the Kinda Eclectic Stamp Set p.164.
I edged this with another circle of gold glimmer card stock and finished it off with a butterfly and petite petals flowers. The centres of the flowers and the gold dots on the butterfly are all glimmer card stock which I punched from the Owl Builder Punch.
So that was my first one which had lots and lots of layers and what I would call "Kinda Vintage"  with Kinda Eclectic. hehe.

The second one is a lot less layered.
In this one I used the Hostess Set Bloom with Hope.

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Cardstock Calypso Coral, Basic Grey, Whisper White.

I stamped a little bit of the Dictionary Background Stamp in Basic Grey first then dried it with my heat gun. Next I stamped all my flowers and leaves and embossed them in black embossing powder.
I did mask a couple of flowers when I was stamping the leaves.
I coloured the flowers in Calypso Coral and Blushing Bride and the leaves in Basic Grey Stampin Write Markers. 
I didn't have the Hello Honey Marker so used my blender pen with the Hello Honey Ink Pad.

The Sentiment is from Perfect Pennants p.16. I embossed this too and cut it out and raised it up with some dimensionals to help it stand out.

Looking at this second card now I am thinking maybe I should add a bit of dazzling diamonds to the flowers? Hmmm? What do you think? A bit of sparkle never goes astray?

So there you are - not one but two cards today. Thanks to the Paperplayers Challenge.

There is still time if you are feeling up to a Challenge. Pop on over and check out all the lovely cards. ( I do think I will add the dazzling diamonds you know.) hehe. Until next time. Happy Stamping.Vx

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Monday, August 11, 2014

Blackberry Birthday Bliss!

Hello Everyone, I couldn't wait to share this today!
I saw this really neat card on Pinterest designed by Deb Valder. It was a three fold card with cut out sections in the top two folds. With a special birthday card to create I thought this would be a great design to try for myself.
I love this card so be prepared I have lots of photos to show you.
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The card is a piece of Wisteria Wonder card stock. 29.5cm (the full length of the A4) x15cm scored at 10cm & 20 cm.
I stamped the front with Blackberry Bliss Ink and the I Love Lace Stamp. p.175.
I used the Deco Labels Collection Framelits.p.231 to cut out the various size windows.

Starting at the greeting which I stamped in black from the Flower Patch Stamp Set.p.156
Decorative Label and Extra Large Oval Punches p.220 & 221.
Flowers: Wisteria Wonder and Blackberry Bliss Itty Bitty Punches p.222 and (retired small flowers).
Leaves: Mossy Meadow Bird Builder Punch 223.

At the bottom of the front piece I added flowers stamped and punched from the Flower Shop Stamp Set p.67 and Pansy Punch and the Petite Petals Stamp Set and matching punch. p.125
Stamped in Blackberry Bliss and Wisteria Wonder.
The edge of the card was cut with a retired edgelit.

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Here it is with the first fold open.
I stamped the I Love Lace design on the inside piece as well. Can you see the flower from the front peeping over the edge of the window inside? I stamped this flower twice and stuck them together so it looked good from the front and the inside as well.

On the right side I used a piece of retired black and cream dsp (in our current catalogue we have Typeset p.184 and Back to Black p.187 dsp which would give a similar look) 
I stamped the greeting twice (from Flower Patch Stamp Set p.156) and cut out the Wisteria Wonder "you" and pasted it over the top of the whisper White piece. 
The silver glimmer card was cut using the two Deco Label Framelits together so I had a silver frame to glue around the edge of the smaller Deco Label window.

I also added more flowers this time just in the Blackberry Bliss with just a touch of silver dazzling details for the centres.

Now for the inside. Fully opened.
You can see on the inside I have the Blackberry Bliss butterfly from Papillion Potpourri Stamp Set and matching punches. The Happy Birthday came from Hostess Set Bloom With Hope.

Of course my lovely friend who loves purple and butterflies had to have an appropriate birthday gift!

This is the calico bag I decorated with a matching tag in Blackberry Bliss, using the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch and some left over pieces from the card. (The Silver Glimmer Card Deco Label is the inside piece left over when I made my frame.)
And the gift inside. Nail Polish to match it all!!
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Well thank you if you have made it to the end!
I am so proud of this I just had to show it off! hehe.
Come back in a few days to see some more I Love Lace cards. Vx

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