So Long and Farewell Retirement
I have a colleague who I have worked with over a long period of time. When she announced a few months ago that she was going to retire, but undertake small consultancy jobs, I thought this was a great opportunity to make a lucky clover, but use stamps I have already – Stampin’ Up Heart Happiness. They are so versatile. I stamped the clover in green, cut out with the punch and layered on to a card, coloured the frame and background with the inkpad as I don’t have co-ordinating paper. The sentiment was a combination of two from Lili of the Valley.
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Waiting for Spring – Cool Chicks & Ladybird
Are you getting fed up of the snow yet? I am not – it is giving me the opportunity to get down to my favourite job – making cards.
Popped over to the Stamping Bella Sisterhood March Challenge and discovered that it was blooms. I don’t have many bloom stamps (which will soon be changed), so took the chance to use one of my Cool Chicks – with daffodils which should have been starting to bloom but the big bad #beastfromtheeast put paid to that.
Coloured using Promarkers – Buttercup, Gold, Pumpkin, Maroon, Poppy, and Grass coloured with Moss. A little bit of sparkle was added to the daffodils, the edge was cut using MFT Stitched Edges 2 and layered scrap paper was cut to fit the edge.
Entering the following Challenges
Stamping Bella Posh Girl has a Present – 60th Birthday Bash
What do you do when you are stuck at home, it is snowing and windy outside and you have a friends birthday coming up? Make a card – well it would be stupid not to take the opportunity to have an extra day to play!
As it was a 60th birthday coming up, I decided to use a stamp I have recently bought – Stamping Bella Posh Girl has a Present. She is just adorable and looks as if she is going to be so much fun. Lots of presents for everyone.
The image was stamped and coloured using the Hero Arts small ink pads – Raspberry Jam, Ultra Pink and Bubble Gum which all work very well together. I then fussy cut her out, added little black spots to her bag using Black Tonic Nuvo Drops. She was layered on to a lattice cut using Sue Wilson Stitched Latticed Frame Die, cut in to an oval using the Tonic Oval dies and which then had a oval layer placed on top which had been coloured using the Ultra Pink ink. Everything was then layered on to black glitter card, with the birthday sentiment printed and layered last.
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Thanks with Stampin’ Up
I just love water colouring with Stampin’ Up inks. For this card, stamped Whisper White card with Tonic white embossing powder and coloured the flowers by wetting the card and using Tangelo Twist, Bermuda Bay and Concord Crush liquid ink to create the coloured effect. The image was then cut out and layered on to Tangelo Twist card, then layered on to White Whisper White card which too was dry embossed, and layered on to a Tangelo Twist before being stuck down on to the card. The sentiment Thanks was stamped with Tangelo Twist and layered across to finish the card.
This card is to be entered in:
Global Design Project 126: Sketch Challenge
Less is More #365 Challenge – 7th Birthday CAS Dry Embossing
Baby Blossom Flowers
Today I decided to use a retired stamp set which I had recently bought – Stampin’ Up Baby Blossoms. I am not sure about you, but I think that it has so much potential, with all those small delicate flowers.
Carefully trying to layer the flowers, I was not sure how easy it was, but after a few practice attempts I got there. Using Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight and Denim Dapper it was to be entered in the Global Design Project Colour Challenge #125
Christmas Snowflake Wreath
Christmas 2018 – do you think it is too early to make Christmas Cards? Well I have made my first for 2018 using a set of stamps and punches from Stampin Up – Festive Flurries and the co-ordinating punch and a die from Penny Black. Going for blues and silvers, the stamps were embossed using Tonic embossing power, whilst the Penny Black snowflake was covered with the Tonic blue glitter. Everything was arranged in a wreath shape and layered onto blue stash card.
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New Baby, new card, old stamp
I have a friend who has just had a lovely little baby boy – Arthur – the same as my husbands name so of course I am biased when I say that it is a lovely name. Decided to make the card using a set of Stampin Up stamps – Greeting Galore, which I have had for a long time but have never used. So now I have. The baby was stamped, coloured in using my faithful Promarkers, then layered onto scalloped card, coloured with the Versamark Baby Blue, background was stamped using small random dots and the ribbon, too was coloured with Versamark Baby Blue, as the ribbon I had too had did not quite match the shade of blue. It was all then layered on to a plain card, again coloured with Versamark Baby Blue.
This card is entered in the Global Design Project 123:Theme Challenge; New Beginnings
Love is in the air
Made this one today as I do believe that Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Using the Sue Wilson Romantic Edger for the first time, I used red and silver card to make the lovely heart border, continued across the layers cut from Tonic layering dies. I also used the Sue Wilson wreath die for the first time to add a little bit of interest in the background.
I would like to enter the card in the following challenges:
First for the year
I am sharing the first birthday card for the year with you, using, one of my favourite Lili of the Valley, LOTV stamps – Playing Golf. If you look at some of my past blogs, you will begin to understand why it is such a popular stamp.
I began by colouring in with Promarkers, framed it with paper which is meant to resemble grass – if you look close enough you can see small blades of grass. I then decided to try something new and layered the image onto a background which included a cut off from the cellophane used to wrap bouquets. Crafters never throw anything away!
As this is a first for this year, I am entering the card in the Lili of the Valley Facebook Challenge – Something New. I also wish to enter it in the Passion for Promarkers Challenge – Masculine and Paper Creator’s Crafts – Anything Goes
As an update, this card made the Top 5 in the Passion for Promarkers challenge.
New Year, new stamp
This is a stamp which I can see fast becoming one of my favourite stamps and like “The Folder” being called “The Stamp Set”. It is Dahlia Turnabout stamp made by Concord & 9th. This one was made using the Tonic Classic Gold embossing powder, framed with the MFT stitched die and layered onto a gold card. 2018 was cut using old Quickutz dies and the gemstones made using clear Tonic Drops and covered with gold glitter.
I would like to enter the card in the following challenges: