Stampers Anonymous Blog Hop #6

It’s time for another Stampers Anonymous Team Blog Hop and as it’s ‘Retirment month ’ we are showcasing some of the products that will be leaving us this month.

My card today is using the Wonderful Romance stamp set and co-ordinating dies. I really like this set and wish I had made more time to play with it and create more gorgeous cards and items. Maybe I still will before the month ends and it’s gone forever. I can only hope. Remember that if you like this set too and don’t yet own it pop on over to my Online Store and purchase it before it’s gone. (Direct links to all items used are below)

My creation was inspired (or maybe I should say CASED) by a gorgeous card made by Narelle Farrugia which you can check out here. I’ve made a few minor adjustments to the card in the line colours and embellishments.

You can make your way around the hop by clicking the button below (forward or back) or the full list of participants is listed below.


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Full list.

1. Nikki  (You are here)

2. Marelle

3. Kylie

4. Kerry

5. Sharon

6. Elizabeth

7. Juanita

To purchase any of the items I’ve used you can go to my Online Shop or click the links below.

Product List

July Workshop Items

July Workshop 1

These are the items I demonstrated during my July Workshops. The card shown was also the Make & Take that all guests & Hostesses made, which is from a previous class.

This month I demonstrated a different use for the Petal Cone Die, how to create gift boxes and make a perfect size lid every time, and how to use the Labels Collection Framelits to not only layer onto cards but to create a frame and see through window for your boxes.

Here’s a closer look at the Takeout box made using the Petal Cone Die. My regular group of ladies love dies and I always try to show them other ways to use them aside from the traditional use.


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I’ve used and image from the Elements of Style stamp set and Versamark Ink to add some interest to the Takeout box. I’ve then finished off the top with the Fun Flowers Die cut out of Baja Breeze and Beau Chateau DSP which is held together with an Antique Brad. I’ve also daubered Soft Suede ink onto the edges of the Flower pieces. The little ribbon tag is from the Petal Cone Die. I’ve stamped a sentiment from Clearly For You, trimmed off the end I didn’t need and daubered in Soft Suede to complete.

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I also took along this sample to show them another great use for the die. 


This would make a great Party Favour at a child’s birthday party. It’s made using window sheets, some Real Red cardstock, some Big Top Birthday DSP, 2 3/8” Circle Punch and some sherbet lollies. My youngest daughters love the top on this which is just some strips of coordinated cardstock slightly curled and held together with a brad.



The second item I demonstrated was the box made using the new Simply Scored Tool. The trick to making the perfect lid is to create a shim. Check out the online video by Connie Stewart here to make your own shim for the Simply Scored Tool and never worry about your lid not fitting perfectly ever again.


July Workshop 2



If you watch the tutorial Connie shows you how to make a box & lid using the same size pieces of cardstock. However I like my lids to not come down the whole side of my box so a little of the base shows around the sides.

My base is a piece of cardstock 7” x 7” and I’ve scored all 4 sides at 1 1/2”.

My lid is a pieces of DSP 6” x 6” which I’ve scored at 1” an all for sides using the shim on the edge of the Simply Scored.

This means I have a 4” x 4” box with a 1 1/2” depth with 1/2” of the base showing at the sides.

To make the frame and window in the lid, after I have scored all 4 sides I have them marked my centre spot (so in this case the 3” mark across and down), I’ve then placed the smallest Labels Collection Framelit onto the DSP and centred over my centre mark. Run through the Big Shot. I’ve then adhered a piece of Window Sheet onto the inside just bigger than the window. Next up I placed the smallest Labels Collection Framelit onto some Riding Hood Red cardstock and then added the next sized frame, which is then run through the Big Shot to create the frame. This has been attached using the 2-Way Glue Pen.


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I’d made some other boxes while at my July Craft Market which I took along to show the ladies also. These ones I’ve scallop edged.


This trio of boxes is made using the Cheerful Treat DSP which is a Hostess item in the current IB&C. Each box has been made 1” smaller than the previous one and I’ve also decreased the depth measurements too. Normally when I make boxes I have the gift or item to go inside already and my measurements come from that but these were made just to show how easy the Simply Scored Tool makes it to create lovely boxes in minutes. You can dress them up with scalloped edges or another edge punch or leave them plain. You can also add embellishments to the top, ribbon ties, etc. The possibilities are endless.


The final item of course was the Make & Take.


July Workshop 5


More info on this card can be seen in this post.


Feel free to leave my some comment love so I know you’ve dropped by.


Till next time…..


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Birthday Florets

I needed a birthday card last week for my good friend Julie Price and I know she likes the Fabulous Florets stamp set so I decided to use that for her card.


I used the sketch from last weeks Mojo Monday.


Here’s the Sketch. 

I chose to go square and here’s what I ended up with.


Fabulous Florets


I’ve watercoloured the Flowers & Leaves using an Aqua Painter and inkpads onto Watercolour Paper.


Stamp sets: Fabulous Florets, Happiest Birthday Wishes (Hostess)
Card: Poppy Parade, Basic Black, Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White, Watercolour Paper, So Saffron DSP.
Ink: Stazon Black, Poppy Parade, So Saffron, Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive
Accessories: Aqua Painter, Scallop Trim Border Punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals.


Till next time….


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JAI 72 – Just Add Some Colouring In



It’s the 3rd week of my Guest Designer status over at Just Add Ink and this weeks challenge is to use some colouring in your creations. That means to use things like Stampin’ Write Markers, inkpad with blender pens or aqua painter, watercolour crayons, Stampin’ Pastels, shimmer paint, etc.


I actually love to watercolour but haven’t done much of it in a while. Mind you I guess I haven’t really done much of anything for a while… When I watercolour I’d have to say my favourite way is to use an inkpad with an aqua painter so that’s what I’ve opted to do for my ‘add some colouring’ part of the challenge this week.


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I decided to use the ‘Every Moment’ stamp set for my creation. I hadn’t used this image yet so now it’s been inked.


Stamp sets: Every Moment
Card: Not Quite Navy, Watercolour Paper, Brights Pattern Stack – Old Olive
Ink: Stazon Jet Black, Old Olive, More Mustard, Bashful Blue, Marina Mist, Not Quite Navy
Accessories: Marina Mist 3/8” Taffeta ribbon, Basic Jewels – Pearls, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Snail Adhesive.


I’m hoping to get some more things made for this challenge so check back to see what else I’ve done. Just need to get a few things done around this house this morning and then I’m planning on spending the rest of the day creating.


Now it’s your turn. So get creating and hop on over to Just Add Ink Challenge 72 and upload your creation before 12 midnight Wednesday 22nd June.


Till then…..


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Friendship Tulips

I have 3 challenges lined up to complete today. I was hoping to get most of them done yesterday but it didn’t happen. So all going well and I get them completed you’ll have 3 posts to see today.


First up is this weeks ColorLab Color Challenge #27.


Here’s the colour we were given.




Deciding on a stamp set and layout for this challenge wasn’t easy for me. As I’ve mentioned in past posts, I’m trying to use stamp sets that haven’t been inked or haven’t seen much ink and not just grab for those ‘favourites’ or ‘easy to use’ sets. Mind you I still found it hard even if I had of chosen a ‘favourite’……lol



I’ve ended up going with a set that I’ve had for a little while but always forget about it. That set is "A Flower For All Seasons”. 


The layout I’ve used is from Clean & Simple and is sketch #79.


I’ve kept the card fairly simple so this would also make a great Stamp-A-Stack card.


I’ve coloured the image using inkpads and a blender pen. I normally prefer to watercolour with an aqua painter but seeing how there is a bit of fine detail I thought the blender pen would give me more control over where the colour goes. I’ve coloured the basket with a very light shading of Peach Parfait, the bird has a deeper colouring of Peach Parfait, the tulips are Melon Mambo with Pear Pizzazz for the stems.


Stamp sets: A Flower For All Seasons, Upsy Daisy
Card: Pear Pizzazz, Peach Parfait, Basic Black, Watercolour Paper
Ink: Stazon Jet Black, Melon Mambo, Pear Pizzazz, Peach Parfait
Accessories: 1 1/4” Square Punch, Stamp-a-ma-jig


Till next time….


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