The things you find when….. and some blog candy.

January 23, 2009 | 23 comments

While tidying up my craft room a little yesterday I came across this unfinished card wallet.

Birthday_Ocean Commotion card wallet blank

It really didn’t need a lot to finish it off. A handle and a closure should do it.

Then I realised what DSP pack I had used and had a brainwave. Well 2 actually. Don’t freak out I’m okay……….hahaha

Birthday_Ocean Commotion Card 1

Seeing that it is the East Coast Prep DSP and that’s what I used for this recent card (now shown with it’s coordinating envelope), my brainwave was to use the East Coast Prep DSP and the Ocean Commotion stamp set and create a set of 4 matching cards and envelopes for the Card Wallet. I decided to go with a Birthday theme as the colours are bright and cheery.

So this is obviously the first card so what others are there..

The main 4 colours used in the East Coast Prep DSP are Real Red, Tempting Turquoise, Wild Wasabi and More Mustard so I decided I would make a base card from each of these. I already had the Tempting Turquoise so next is using Wild Wasabi.

Birthday_Ocean Commotion Card 2

First I stamped the seaweed image using Wild Wasabi down the right hand side of the card. I then scallop edged a piece of More Mustard card and then layered a piece of East Coast Prep DSP on top which I adhered to the card as shown. Using Tempting Turquoise inkpad I stamped the seahorse onto Whisper White card, trimmed and then layered onto a slightly larger piece of Real Red which has then been mounted to the card using stampin’ dimensionals. Finally I inked a stamp from So Many Sayings (Hostess set) using Real Red ink and punched out using the Word Window Punch and adhered to card.

Birthday_Ocean Commotion Card 3

With this card I stamped the main images first and worked from there.

I stamped the Angel Fish, starting from the top right hand side 3 times without reinking in Real Red and then reinked and stamped once onto a scrap piece of Whisper White which I then cut out. Next I stamped the seaweed using Tempting Turquoise randomly doing some as a second stamping before reinking to give a softer shadowy look. The Birthday sentiment is from the Cheer & Wishes stamp set and is stamped in Wild Wasabi. I used my stamp-a-ma-jig to help with alignment.

This was then mounted to a slightly larger piece of More Mustard card.

Using my 2-Way Glue Pen and Dazzling Diamonds glitter I have added some sparkle to the seaweed which I hope you can see.

I then randomly stamped the shell image using Wild Wasabi ink onto Wild Wasabi Card. This is then mounted to the Real Red base card. The main image was then added and the final touch was to add the cut out Angel Fish using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

So that now leaves the More Mustard base card and here that is.

Birthday_Ocean Commotion Card 4

First off I cut a piece of East Coast Prep DSP and a piece of Whisper White 67mm x 67mm and 2 pieces of Wild Wasabi at 70mm x 70mm. I then adhered the East Coast Prep DSP to one of the Wild Wasabi pieces and tied Real Red striped ribbon around it and adhered to the card as shown.

Using More Mustard ink and the Angel Fish I stamped 4 times as shown reinking each time. Then I stamped the seaweed image twice using Wild Wasabi ink. I decided I wanted to add some sparkle so I used the new Chunky Glitter available in the Summer Mini. To do this I ran my Tombow Multi Adhesive Glue over parts of the seaweed image and then sprinkled on the Celery Chunky Sprinkles. This is then layered onto the second Wild Wasabi Piece and then mounted to the card as shown using Stampin’ Dimensionals. The last step was to add the ‘Make A Wish’ rub-on from the Eastern Elegance pack.

To finish up this set I needed to complete the last details for the card wallet and this is what I did.

Birthday_Ocean Commotion Card Wallet

I decided to keep it rather plain so I added a handle using some More Mustard 1/4” grosgrain ribbon and added a closure using the Birthday stamp from It’s Your Birthday along with the Scallop Square Punch.

Using the Tempting Turquoise, Wild Wasabi and Real Red Markers I inked the words as shown. This is stamped onto a scrap of Whisper White card and punched out using the 1 1/4” square punch. I then punched out a scallop square from More Mustard card. This image is mounted to the scallop square using Stampin’ Dimensionals. This is then adhered to the top flap of the card wallet but just the top half. I have then added a Velco Dot for a fastener.

So now to tell you about the second brainwave…… I assure you I’m okay.

This is where the Blog Candy comes in.

I have decided to offer this whole set as Blog Candy.

Birthday_Ocean Commotion set a

All you need to do is leave me a message on this post from now until Wednesday 28th January to be in the running to receive this Birthday Pack.

Only Australian residents are eligible to enter and no Stampin’ Up Demonstrators either sorry but please feel free to leave a comment if you wish just mention you are a demo or from overseas and therefore not entering. I will be using to select a winner on Thursday morning.


  1. Rhondie

    Hi Nikki, that is a very nice set you created. How generous to be offering it as a giveaway. Pick me, pick me!
    cheers, Rhonda 🙂

  2. Wendy

    Hi Nikki i’m not entering the giveaway as i don’t celebrate birthday’s. But i just had to leave a comment on how gorgeous your cards and envelopes are.
    The stamps are really cute.

  3. CreativSpirit

    Hi Nikki,

    Great cards and such a generous give-away. I would love to be the lucky winner.


  4. Leonie Schroder

    very nice cards Nikki … dont suppose you found my 5in1 template while you were tidying did you?? lol

  5. Wendy

    Hi Nikki,What a great set – bautifully put together as always, and so fresh and bright! I’d love to be the winner!

  6. Pam F

    What a lovely set of cards. As Rhonda says “pick me pick me” but of course I mean ME not her!!

  7. Wendy in Oz

    Hi Nikki,What a great set – beautifully put together as always, and so fresh and bright! I’d love to be the winner!

  8. Robyn

    Great set, would definitely love to win it. Thanks for the chance. Love your blog.
    Robyn A

  9. Bridget Larsen

    Never know what you will find when you tidy up hey. Great cards, looks like the great Barrier reef

  10. Lorraine Castellon-Rowe

    These cards and the wallet are so very cute! You did a great job. I am a SU demo in California, USA so please don’t enter me in the blog candy, I just wanted to tell you how cute this set is and thank you for sharing!
    Lorraine Castellon-Rowe

  11. Karen G

    The more I see cards made with this stamp set the more I just have to have it!! Love the whole set you have put together. Just beautiful.
    Karen G

  12. Carol Lutz

    Hi Nikki,

    What a great set. The glitter adds a nice touch – I thought it might be too chunky, but it really makes the cards special. The wallet and coordinating envelopes are a nice touch too.


  13. Anonymous

    Hi Nikki, I have been checking you blog out for a few months now and I really love your creations. This one is really good and I am not really grovelling!!!! However would love to win this collection.
    bye for now Michelle S from Glenmore Pk

  14. hamblinj

    Hi Nikki, more beautiful pieces of work from your collection. Your work is stunning and some great hints and tips – thank you! Would love to go in with a chance for the eye candy. Nah, dont worry about the others just ‘randomly’ pick me! LOL! Cheers Janet

  15. ironlady

    Love these cards the colours are just stunning. TFS

  16. Krafty Kamp

    Hi Nikki
    Wow lovely card set and matching wallet
    If only I had the time to create something like this
    Maybe I’ll win it
    Theresa Kamp

  17. Leanne

    Hi Nikki,
    This is such a lovely set. You’ve given me lots of wonderful ideas.
    Thank you

  18. Lynda S

    Hey there Nikki, Originally I had no interest in the stamp set you have used….but is grows on me every time!! I love the bright and sassy colour combos and the way the glitter adds that bit of ba-dah-BLING!!! Fan-fabulous!!!

  19. Anonymous

    I enjoy checking out your blog and I love your creations – you always put great details into your cards – well done.

    Happy Stamping


  20. Kathryn Mangelsdorf

    Look at those cards, they are beautiful and you have decided to give them away, you are so generous.

  21. Anonymous

    Hi Nicole,

    I’ve been a visitor to your blog for a few months, and I just can’t stay away now as I’m such a fan of your lovely work.

    What FANTASTIC blog candy – I’d love to win – thanks for the opportunity.

    Regards, Robyn Little

  22. Sharon Williams

    Hi Nikki, I like to check out your blog every couple of weeks or so for some inspiration. I love your creations.
    Sharon Williams

  23. Ilina Crouse

    I’ve given you a blog award. Pop on over to my site and check it out… Should you choose to accept, post a link to my blog and seven blogs of your choosing along with a pic of the award. Then you can just keep the award on your beautiful and inspiring blog. wink. Congrats


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