Some old, some new and some Blog Candy

June 29, 2009 | 6 comments

Diane Barnes (a fellow Australian Demonstrator) posted a this lovely card to her blog on Friday which I just had to CASE. I also love her Bag in the same post but I didn’t need that just now.

I’m actually running late with a gift for a family member. Nothing out of the ordinary there for me unfortunately. I really need to get my act together.

After seeing Diane’s card I knew this was one of the items I wanted to make. I ended up making a set of 10 cards and matching envelopes using a combination of retired and new items. I then needed a gift box to put them all in.

This is my selection of cards:

Fresh Cuts Cards

I’ve used the Fresh-Cut Notes and envelopes to create these cards along with some polka dot print DSP in the following colours: Rose Red, Certainly Celery, Almost Amethyst, Regal Rose, Chocolate Chip, Brocade Blue, Apricot Appeal, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie and Brilliant Blue. The papers are from the Sampler Pack II (which is a Level 1 Hostess selection in the current IB&C), Retired Prints DSP from last year or the Sampler Pack which was a promotion from last year. The lower edge was punched using the Scallop Edge punch. The buttons used are also another retired item which I have tied some crochet cotton through. Some of the cards have felt flowers from either Flower Fusions or Flower Fusions Too (both current) and those that didn’t have a coordinating felt flower I have punched a 5 petal flower from the retired Spring Bouquet Punch. The sentiment on the cards if from my favourite Level 1 Hostess set called ‘Best Yet’.I have stamped the vine image from the Fresh Cuts stamp set onto the envelopes using a coordinating colour.

Now for the gift box. Unfortunately apart from Basic Black there was no cardstock colour I could think of that would coordinate with all the colours I’ve used. Now I don’t dislike black but these cards look too soft to be placed in a black box……. Don’t you agree?? So what colour did I go for?

Rose Red & Regal Rose. How did I make my decision? That was easy. The Sweet Always DSP has a lovely polka dot print in Regal Rose. Even though it’s a smaller polka dot print to those used on the cards I still thought it fit and well I guess out of the standard colours Regal Rose is one of my favourites and definitely my favourite Pink.

Gift Box

I haven’t done a lot to the box. I wrapped some Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon around the lid and then dyed 2 of the flowers from the Pretties Kit (1 in Rose Red and the other in Regal Rose) and then added a large 1/2 backed pearl to the centre.

Gift Box open

Obviously this is the box open with the cards inside. I’m sure it will be warmly received. Notice I’ve put the Regal Rose one on top…lol

Now for the blog candy.

While making these cards I realised I had some brand new packs of the Sampler Packs of DSP offered in May 2008 in the Palette O’ Prints Promotion. These packs contain 48 sheets of 6” x 6” double-sided Prints Designer Series Papers. There are 4 colours in the pack: Certainly Celery, Rose Red, So Saffron and Almost Amethyst. Each colour has 12 sheets, 2 of each print.

If you would like to win a pack then just leave me a comment on this post by 6pm Sunday 5th July and you will be in with a chance. I will use to pick a winner later that evening.

This offer is open to Australian residents only who are not Stampin’ Up demonstrators. Demonstrators are welcome to leave a comment just add that you are a demonstrator so I don’t include you in the drawing please.

Happy stamping,


  1. Anonymous

    Lovely cards Nikki & that box is beautiful, love that polka dot paper.

    Heather Askitis

  2. Lynda S

    Nikki….I am in love with the concept of these cards. I thought initially u had used the polka dot background stamp….white ink and awy u went…(my bad…LOL). Great choice with the regal Rose box…all the colours co-ordinate with SU don't they. Awesome effort!!

  3. Anonymous

    Hi Nicole,

    I love your set of notecards with the beautiful pink box. I have done the faux silk class at Marelle's in the previous post and I think your colour combinations are so lovely.

    I have been a fan of your blog for a little while now and just love everything you do. I look forward to meeting you one day soon.

    Kindest regards,
    Robyn Little

  4. Karen

    Nikki – these look absolutely gorgeous! What a beautiful little gift! Great job!


  5. Nanette

    Love the cards and the box – they just look so beautiful! Really enjoy looking on your blog and seeing what you have been creating. Keep up the lovely work and thanks for the chance to win some gorgeous papers!

  6. Kathryn Mangelsdorf

    Hi, thanks for this great idea about using designer series papers behind these cards and then using the scalloped punch. I think I will make some of these especially as they will not take very long.


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