Thursday, February 19, 2015

Essence of Love

I had such fun making today's card!

Inspired by the gorgeous work of Cilou from France, I made four layers for the main image, each one slightly different.

I stamped and coloured the image on my base layer of very vanilla, then stamped and coloured another three layers. This is how they were cut:

Materials used:
  • stamps - Love is Kindness
  • card - calypso coral, basic black, wild wasabi, very vanilla, Typeset dsp
  • inks - crisp cantaloupe, calypso coral, Sahara sand, wild wasabi
  • other - blender pen, Dimensionals, woodgrain embossing folder, Big Shot, sponge dauber, distressing tool, pearls, Sahara sand lace trim, crisp cantaloupe thick bakers twine

I think my ladies might quite like to make this one in class next month. They loooooove colouring and fussy cutting! 

This card is being entered into the Fusion Card Challenge. I've taken three aspects from the inspiration photo - the flowers, the woodgrain floor and the colour orange (which I switched to it's close cousin, coral).

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Monday, February 16, 2015

Painted Petals Tea Light

My third tea light card is an all-SU version using Painted Petals stamp set and co-ordinating papers. I kept this one very simple and streamlined.

Here's the cover:

And opening it up to the inside:

Daffodil delight and blackberry bliss are the colours used, with a touch of old olive.

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Sunday, February 15, 2015


I rather surprised myself yesterday morning, on two counts.

One, I made a Valentines card.

Two, it is a CAS (Clean and Simple) card.

Both of those things I don't do often! But when I saw the inspiration photo over at Just Add Ink, an image of my card popped into my head and wouldn't go away until I had made it. Here's the inspiration photo:

And here's my card:

Materials used:
  • stamps - @SoSocial
  • card - cherry cobbler, pink pirouette, whisper white, retired dsp
  • other - full heart punch, banner punch, happy heart embossing folder, Big Shot, dimensionals, crystal effects, rhinestones

DH must have been feeling guilty for all the long hours he's been working lately because I got a card, roses AND Belgian chocolates for Valentines Day. And then he went back to work - well, you can't win them all!

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Paper Crafters Sampler Chalk It Up

Chalkboard art is a hot ticket at the moment and that's exactly what the February issue of the Paper Crafters Sampler is all about! My fellow design team members and I have created a wide range of projects with clever ideas for using faux chalkboard in your artwork. 

Here are some sneak peeks at the projects:

To purchase the February issue, simply click on the Chalk It Up icon on my right side bar to be taken to the PCS site.

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Friday, February 6, 2015


This week I had another go at the tea light card, changing the design up a little so it's more straightforward to make.

For my butterfly I cut the base in crisp cantaloupe and the thinlit in early espresso, and then used crisp cantaloupe and calypso coral markers to add some shading to portions of the wings.

Pocket size was decreased on this version to better suit my tag, cut with the cute scalloped tag topper punch. Notice the gorgeous lace on the pocket too? Sahara sand lace to match my card base!

The box could also be used to contain other gifts, of course, rather than tea lights. Chocolates come to mind!

Materials used:

  • stamps - Butterfly Basics
  • card - Sahara sand, wild wasabi, crisp cantaloupe, early espresso, very vanilla
  • punches and dies - butterfly thinlits, oval framelits, scalloped tag topper, corner rounder, deco labels framelits 
  • other - rhinestones, dimensionals, Big Shot, Sahara sand lace, sponge dauber, wild wasabi ribbon
  • non SU - Graphic 45 papers, acetate

I've used the butterfly die again for my second project, this time soft and ethereal in vellum and teamed with new stamp set Painted Petals. Sooooooo pretty! Design cased and adapted from a card by Mercedes Weber.

Materials used:
  • Painted Petals, retired sentiment stamp
  • card - white linen (non SU), vellum 
  • inks - wisteria wonder, pear pizzazz, Versamark
  • other - Apothecary Accents die, Big Shot, dimensionals, silver embossing powder, heat tool, butterfly thinlits die, rhinestones, silver paint pen (non SU)

I know my ladies are going to love making these in class this week!

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Monday, February 2, 2015

Bows For You

A fun little number for you today, the idea sparked by a card I saw on ..... yep, you guessed it ...... Pinterest! What a fund of inspiration that site is!

Anyways, here's my card. Why do the photos never look as good as the real thing?

Materials used:

  • stamps - Tag Talk
  • card - basic black, island indigo. tangerine tango, pool party
  • punches - bow builder, label bracket
  • other - satin ribbons (old SAB), white embossing powder, heat tool, Big Shot, polka dot embossing folder, dimensionals, calypso coral blend abilities

For the sentiment I stamped with Versamark and embossed with white, then coloured over a portion of the image with a Blendabilities pen. Love how easy it is to do that!

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Sunday, February 1, 2015

Tea Light Card

While browsing around the internet I came across a gorgeous little project by Marianne Skjelstad that I just couldn't wait to try. It's a card, gift and tag all in one and is quite easy to make.

Here's the front of my tea light card:

And the inside:

(Apart from the patterned papers I've used for this project, everything else is SU. Much as I love SU stuff (and I truly do) when it comes to pretty, feminine floral papers, they just don't do it for me. Sigh! I wish they would, I really, really do! Anyways, I've used some papers I had sitting around and you'll probably notice that I do tend to buy papers that match well with SU colours!)

On the original project, Marianne had tied some ribbon around the box on the inside (presumably to hold the tea lights in), but I attached a piece of acetate inside instead. I put the open flap of my box towards the spine of the card rather than the outside, as I find my flap is a bit loose and prone to come open and I didn't want all the candles falling out!

Materials used:

  • stamps - Butterfly Basics
  • card - crumb cake, whisper white, rose red, non SU patterned papers
  • other - deco labels framelits, Big Shot, sticky strip, butterfly thinlits die, pearls, dimensionals, acetate, scallop trim border punch, sponge dauber, white organza ribbon, bone folder

My thanks to Marianne for sharing her project and the wonderful tutorial for making it. If you'd like to make one for yourself, follow the link HERE.

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