Subtle Kindness….

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I’m here with a quick challenge card today.

Over at Come and Get It they have a colour challenge for us this week.

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I’ve decided to play along and create this very clean and simple card using the Kindness Matters stamp set from Stampin’ Up!® which will be retiring at the end of the month.

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Here’s another view so you can see I’ve added some dimension to the card.

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For the inside….

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I managed to use all scraps (meaning no new full sheets were cut up) to make my card.

I’ve kept if very clean and you can see. Added some paper piercing around the Whisper White pieces for some added detail, but that’s it.

I used my Stampin’ Write Markers in Certainly Celery, Pretty Ink Pink & Wisteria Wonder to colour my butterflies. I love the variegated look to the larger butterfly.

Supplies: (All SU unless stated otherwise)
Stamp sets: Kindness Matters
Card: Pretty In Pink, Wisteria Wonder, Whisper White
Ink: Pretty In Pink, Certainly Celery & Wisteria Wonder Stampin’ Write Markers, Certainly Celery inkpad
Accessories: Paper Piercing Mat, Tool & Essentials Paper Piercing Pack, Stampin’ Dimensionals.

I really like how this turned out and I hope it has inspired you.

Would love for you to leave me a comment and let me know if you like my card.

Spring Flowers


Todays card is for The Paper Players Challenge #139 which is a Tic Tac Toe.

 What to choose??

I was going to go Yellow & Green, A Tag, & Mother’s Day but I didn’t have a suitable Mother’s Day sentiment to fit a tag/s. Of course I didn’t realise this until after I had made the card and just needed to add the tags…

So my other option which almost fit at this stage was Spring, Yellow & Green, & Pearls. Add a couple of Pearls to my existing card and I’m finished.


If I hadn’t already adhered my top layers to my base card I might have done some paper-piercing to the top left corner to fill in some of that ‘blank’ space.

Supplies: (All SU unless specified otherwise)
Stamp sets: Fabulous Florets
Card: Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Whisper White
Ink: Old Olive, Daffodil Delight
Accessories: Daffodil Delight Seam Binding, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Pearls (Non-SU)

A very clean & simple card but I’m happy with it and leaving the sentiment off means it’s suitable for many occasions.

Miss You So Much

We have a new challenge for you today over at ABC Challenges and the theme is ‘K for Kraft’.

Our sponsor for this challenge is Bugaboo and I’ve chosen to use Bugaboo’s ‘Girl with Bunny’ image for my creation.

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My image was printed onto XPress-It Blending Card. I’ve coloured my image with the following Copic Markers.
Skin – E0000, E000, E00, R20; Hair – E47, E44, E43, E42, E40; Bunny – E44, E43, E42, E40, R02, R01, R00, R000;
Clothes – R35, R32, R30, R0000, Y17, Y15, Y13, Y0000.

I’ve carried some of the DSP through to the inside of the card.

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Supplies: (All items SU unless specified otherwise)
Stamp sets: Teeny Tiny Sentiments, Girl With Bunny (Bugaboo)
Card: Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Neutrals Pattern Stack (Crumb Cake DSP), With Love DSP (Me to You – Free with Issue 53 of Australian Simply Cards)
Ink: Real Red
Accessories: Big Shot, Scallop Trim Border Punch, Crumb Cake Seam Binding, Word Window Punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals,
Lacey Ovals & Large Ovals (Spellbinders), Flowers (unknown), Pearls (Magnolia), Copic Markers (Copic)

Pop on over to ABC Challenge to see what the rest of the DT have created to inspire you and then join in the challenge yourself.



Yes I’m actually here with a post for you all.


I’m still not quite out of my ‘lost mojo’ and ‘no creative desire’ phases but I’m slowly getting there. I’m almost finished the last of the 8 book series I’ve been reading on my Kindle this past 10 days but I’m going to take this last one a little slower and make some more time for creating. Once I finish this last book I think I’m going to take a break from reading for a bit too so I’m not taking all my time up. I also think if I put my Kindle away I might just end up creating more as I won’t have the distraction. It is school holidays here right now and I have a few things on this week with my girls including a trip to Kiama to meet up with my father and step mother tomorrow and then Disney on Ice on Thursday. In between I’ll be trying to get more done so I can return to some ‘more regular’ posting. I’ve also been planning our next trip for Christmas holidays but have to wait for confirmation tomorrow till we know which option we are going to be able to go with. I’m hoping for our first choice but the 2nd would be fun too just not as relaxing for hubby and I.


Now onto what you are all here for and that is to see what I’ve been creating.


The first card I’ll be sharing is from my May Stamp-A-Stack class which I have been slack and haven’t blogged yet. However, I don’t just have 1 card to share with you all but 5. I had 1 card kit (4 cards) left over from this class so I decided to challenge myself. What was the challenge?? Create 4 different cards using the contents of the original card kit. I didn’t have to use all the pieces in all cards, I could add additional embellishments, I could only add extra Very Vanilla cardstock for a sentiment if necessary, but I could not add any additional colours. 


So here is my original card.




For this card I’ve used the Wonderfully Worn Background stamp, Extreme Elements stamp set teamed with the Extreme Guitar stamp and the sentiment is from Occasional Quotes which is a Level 3 Hostess set.


The colours are Basic Black, Crumb Cake, Cajun Craze, Marina Mist and Very Vanilla. The main colours are a colour combination for the Colour Coach.


The layout and inspiration for this card actually came from Nancy Riley.


So where to from here……





First up is a quick male card which ended up as a Father’s Day card.


With this card I’ve left out the Marina Mist and Basic Black layers creating a very simple and basic card. The ‘Motorcylcle’ stamp is from the current Autumn/Winter Mini which ends 31st July. I’ve stamp the ‘Happy Father’s Day’ sentiment from Teeny Tiny Sentiments and then punched out using the Word Window Punch and then layered onto Basic Black card which has been punched using the Modern Label Punch.


When I finished making this card I decided I’d use this stamp for the Father’s Day cards I make and donate to my younger daughter’s school P&C for their Father’s Day stall. I like something quick and simple when I need to create 350 cards. I have even created my sample and have all my cardstock ready to cut in preparation for making them. I’ll do them in stages and hopefully have them finished by the end our our Team Stamp camp in August. It’s a great way for me to use up my retired cardstock too. I’ll be clearing out my Vintage Violet and Blue Bayou cardstock this time around.





Next up is a ‘new baby’ card using Animal Stories which is a stamp set I hadn’t used yet.




For this card I’ve used all the pieces from the kit and added some paper piercing around the image. The sentiment is from the ‘Family Phrases’ stamp set.


My third card is made using the ‘Nature’s Walk’ stamp set from the Autumn/Winter Mini (remember this Mini ends 31st July).





I’ve embossed the Crumb Cake cardstock using the Vintage Wallpaper Embossing folder, left out the Cajun Craze DSP, added some Basic Black brads and have sponged the layers using Crumb Cake ink and a sponge.


I did make 1 booboo on this card which I only realised while typing up this post and listing the colours. For some reason I though the ‘blue’ was Baja Breeze instead of Marina Mist so the butterfly has been stamped in Baja Breeze instead of Marina Mist. That was an unintentional colour change though so I’m letting it go……lol




For my final card I decided to go with a catty CASE from the Autumn/Winter mini and that is the card on page 16 using the Clearly for You stamp set.




As I kept the DSP print to the spots I left off the butterfly stamped images over the DSP that the catty card has. My card also has the additional layer for the base card rather than the base being the embossed piece as in the catty.


I really like how this one turned out but I’m reasonably pleased with all the cards. It’s not one of the easiest colour combinations to create multiple different cards with but then again if it had of been something suitable for flowers I probably would have just done 4 different floral cards so at least there is some variety.


So what do you think? Did I do alright? Do you like a particular one more than the others?


I’d love for you to leave me a comment and let me know.


Till next time….


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This is my final week of being a Guest Designer over at Just Add Ink.

This week we were give a sketch.

I found this one a real challenge. I’m not overly happy with my results and plan on spending some time today recreating it with  a few different touches to see if I come up with something I’m happier with. I think if I could just have some ribbon in the colour I’d prefer to have used that would even have made a difference…… Oh well with any luck their might be some revamping of ribbon with the next IB&C which isn’t too far away really.

Here’s my end creation (so far).

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See what I mean?

I’m sure it would like nicer straight away if we had some ‘Not Quite Navy’ ribbon to replace the Very Vanilla. I’m also thinking I should have layer the smaller pattern paper piece onto Not Quite Navy rather than the Sahara Sand so that will be something I’ll change. I also have some other thoughts about changes too so we’ll see what I can come up with later.

Stamp sets: Word Play
Card: Not Quite Navy, Sahara Sand, Blueberry Crisp DSP
Ink: Not Quite Navy
Accessories: Very Vanilla 5/8” Satin Ribbon, Basic Jewels – Pearls.

Check back later today to see how my ‘revamped’ card turns out.

Edited to add:

Here’s my revamped card.


I’ve added some stitching, a layer of Not Quite Navy behind the print piece of dsp and changed out the Very Vanilla ribbon to some Not Quite Navy cardstock.

I don’t know what you think but I think these changes lift the card more than the original.

Leave me a comment and let me know what you think.

Till next time…..

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