July 10, 2011 | 4 comments

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….


  1. Louise Sutton

    Love them Nik! You made each card very different even with the same components – fun challenge. I might have to do that with some left over kits….


    Love all your cards, Nikki! I’m flattered to have been the inspiration behind the first card. Thank you so very much for the kind mention.

  3. Julie Price

    Great to see you back Niki! I like the variety of cards you’ve made with the same colour combination showing it’s versatility. My favourite is the first card. It’s so hard to get a good card suitable for a teenage boy and this is perfect. Love the combination of stamps and colours on the image, great work!
    Hugs Julie P

  4. carolin wilkinson

    They are all great Nikki however I particularly liked the last 2…very elegant. Carolin W


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