I finally did it…….WooHoo

January 13, 2009 | 7 comments

Yes my share today is using another stamp set. Hopefully you’re not all thinking …. finally.

My good friend and I decided we would stamp on Saturday night too seeing we had nothing else going on. On the Australian Demonstrator yahoo group I’m in the lovely Makeesha posted a new Sketch Challenge for us late Friday night so I wanted to play with that. As soon as I saw it I knew I wanted to use the new Embrace Life set from the current Summer Mini catalogue. So that’s what I’m showing you today. I made one card using her sketch and another inspired by a card on SCS.

Here is the Sketch Challenge Makeesha gave us.


and here is what I came up with:

Embrace Life 2

I don’t use my Pretties Kit as often as I should so it was nice to put them to use in this card and just what it needed I think.

I have stamped the images onto Stampin’ Up!s wonderful Watercolor Paper and used and Aqua Painter and inkpads to colour. I’ve use a White Gel Pen to colour the tips of the stamen on the main flower but not sure if you can see that too well here.

There’s Groovey Guava in this card too……Well the DSP is Groovy Guava from the Afternoon Tea DSP pack and the main flower is watercoloured using Groovy Guava inkpad.

Stamp sets: Embrace Life
Card: Ruby Red, River Rock, Watercolor Paper, Ginger Blossom DSP
Ink: Stazon Black, River Rock, Ruby Red, Cameo Coral, Groovy Guava
Accessories: Stamp-a-ma-jig, Aqua Painter, Pretties Kit, River Rock double stitched ribbon, White Gel Pen, Stampin’ Dimensionals


Now the second card I made was inspired (almost a CASE I guess) by this card created by Wendy Janson.

Embrace Life 3

I have stamped the leaf print in Black Stazon 4 times using the stamp-a-ma-jog for placement. I then coloured in the leaves using the Black Stampin’ Write Marker. The ‘Make a Wish’ sentiment is a Rub-on from the Eastern Elegance pack (retired Spring Mini Catalogue item). I cut a strip of DSP from the Afternoon Tea pack and layered onto a slightly wider piece of Basic Black card and then attached this to the card as shown. The flower was stamped on Watercolor Paper using Black Stazon and coloured using an Aqua Painter and Ruby Red inkpad. The centres of the stamen have been coloured using a White Gel Pen and I’ve attached a half backed white pearl from the Pretties Kit to the centre of the flower. This is mounted to the card using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Stamp sets: Embrace Life
Card: Basic Black, Ruby Red, Watercolor Paper, Ginger Blossom DSP
Ink: Stazon Black, Ruby Red, Basic Black Marker
Accessories: Stamp-a-ma-jig, Eastern Elegance Rub-ons, Aqua Painter, White Gel Pen, Stampin’ Dimensionals.

So what do you think?


  1. Sam

    I love that first card (the second one too) and really like the way you’ve popped the head of the flower out of the card. It’s people like you that give me the ideas!

  2. Tegan

    I think that both cards are just beautiful Nicole. Such summery and cheery colours. And no, we were definitely not thinking ‘finally!’…I’m just grateful to see some amazing cards to inspire me this morning 🙂 TFS

  3. Joanna Wassens+

    I love both of these cards Nikki! Well done on using a different stamp set. You have outdone yourself.

    Thanks for sharing


  4. Makeesha Byl

    Both of these are STUNNING! I love both of them, but the second one really stands out. Makes me want to go play with that stamp set! Thanks for playing Nicki! Love Keesh x

  5. Tracy

    Nicole your cards are very beautiful.. congrats on winning Keesha’s Challenge… TFS…

  6. Carol Dunstan

    LOL… your cards are gorgeous Nikki… now wasn’t it worth picking up another set?

  7. Fiona Harrison

    I was resisting buying the “Embrace Life” set but you’re wonderful cards pushed me over, resistance is futile


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