Best Yet

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Echoes of Kindness

It’s been quite a while since I used the Level 2 Hostess set ‘Echoes of Kindness’ so I thought it was time to ink it up again.

Friday night was the start of my fortnightly stamp night with friends for the year so figured I’d play with it then. Unfortunately I did more talking and catching up than stamping. Two of the ladies sat making my Desktop Calendars from my  video tutorial which was great.

I did get a little bit done though. I managed to colour 2 images and turn one into a card on the night….

This card was inspired by a lovely card made by Wendy Janson. I’ve gone with totally different colours and less layers too and this is the end result.


Stamp sets: Echoes of Kindness, Best Yet (both Hostess sets)

Card: Certainly Celery, Whisper White, Regal Rose, Watercolour Paper, Patterns Pack II DSP (Hostess)

Ink: Stazon Black, Certainly Celery, Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose

Accessories: Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon, Scallop Circle, 1 3/8” & 1 1/4” circle punches, Aqua Painter, Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Quite simple but I’m happy with it. I’m finally using some of the Patterns Pack II DSP too which is great.

I was planning on making the second image into a card on Saturday but boy was it hot and sticky early. I was putting washing on the line in my pj’s and could feel the perspiration dripping down my back and this was at about 9am. I decided then I’d have a swim in the pool first to cool off before making a start on my day. My youngest daughter decided she’d join me while hubby and our second youngest ducked out to purchase a fold up shade shelter for the decking. The pool was absolutely lovely and just what I needed. When hubby got back though about 1 hour later we were still in there and the rest of the family decided to join us. That’s a very rare thing around here. Hubby only gets in if it’s really, really hot….. so I guess it was. We ended up having a muck around game of volleyball and were all having a ball which of course meant we lost track of time and how long we’d been in there. Needless to say someone ended up sunburnt and that would be me. Not that it’s pleasant but I’m so glad the children didn’t get badly burnt. A couple of us sat down to watch a movie later in the day and both hubby and I feel asleep. I ended up with a rotten headache and was in bed by 9pm that night. So not like me. I even had a snooze for a few hours through the day on Sunday too and another early night. Drinking lots of water too and finally this morning I feel normal again. Well still sore but my head feels good.

After my daytime snooze on Sunday, followed by Chicken & Chips for lunch which my lovely hubby ducked out to get while I was snoozing, I managed to turn the second image into a card.


Stamp sets: Echoes of Kindness (Hostess set), Fresh Cuts

Card: Regal Rose, Whisper White, Certainly Celery, Watercolour Paper, Patterns Pack II DSP (Hostess)

Ink: Stazon Black, Certainly Celery, Pretty In Pink, Regal Rose

Accessories: Certainly Celery 5/8” Grosgrain ribbon, Certainly Celery brads (soft subtles pack), Small & Large Oval punches, Paper Piercing tool & template, Stampin’ Dimensionals.

I like both cards. One’s softer looking than the other but I’m not sure if I have a preference either way. Just glad I used a stamp set that was being neglected. Many more of those in my stash so I’d better get to using them.

Till next time…..

Happy Stamping

ESAD- SU Blog Hop

Yes this is my 2nd Blog Hop all within 10 hours……  Am I crazy?? No. I just love Stampin’ Up and their products.

This blog hop is presented to you by 30 demonstrators who belong to a yahoo group called ESAD-SU (Extremely Special Australian Demonstrators – Stampin’ Up). This group is open to Australian & New Zealand Stampin’ Up! demonstrators and is a great resource for sharing information, technique talks, cyberstamps, swaps,etc with fellow demonstrators. If you are an Australian or New Zealand SU demonstrator and would like to join you will find us here.

I mentioned this blog hop has 30 demonstrators participating and we will all be showcasing some of the ‘new’ products in the Summer Mini Catalogue released today. As an extra incentive to visit all the blogs if you also leave a comment on each one you can then email Leonie Schroder who will place your name in a draw to win some blog candy.

If you have visited my blog in the past then you might remember that Bold Brights is my least used colour family. Well do I have a surprise for you.

One of the most gorgeous items in the Summer Mini is the Kaleidoscope Designer Series Papers and  they have Bold Brights colours in them. At first I wasn’t going to get them but once you see them in person you just have to have 1, 2 maybe 3 packs… Hopefully I’ll convince you of that now too.

Anyway, you’ve probably figured out by now that my items I’m going to share with you are made using these gorgeous papers.

First up is this gorgeous handbag. Well I think it is anyway.

The colours that coordinate with the paper are Tempting Turquoise, Green Galore, Summer Sun, Only Orange, Pink Passion & Pixie Pink.

Seeing we don’t have any thick ribbon in those colours I went with Regal Rose which I think looks pretty good.

This bag is made using 1 sheet of Kaleidoscope DSP and a few bits of cardstock. Very quick and simple to make, yet very effective.

   Now if you open the bag up this is what it looks like.

   Inside I’ve made 4 gift card size cards using some of the same dsp as the bag.


The 4 cards.

Now for my final items I’ve taken a cheap $2 – $3 notepad and covered it in some more of the gorgeous Kaleidoscope DSP and also added a strip to a plain pen and turned it into a wonderful gift. My eldest daughter actually asked if she could have it but I think I’m keeping this one for me. I’ll decorate another for her……

Isn’t this pattern gorgeous?

Supplies List:
Stamps: Best Yet (Hostess Level 1 set)
Ink: Only Orange, Tempting Turquoise, Regal Rose
Card: Tempting Turquoise, Regal Rose, Whisper White, Pink Passion
Accessories: Small & Large Oval, Designer Label , Scallop Circle, Square & Edge, 1 1/4” & 1 3/8” Circle , Round Tab & Word Window Punches, Regal Rose 5/8”, Tempting Turquoise 1/4” & Whisper White 1/4” grosgrain ribbon, Rhinestone Brads – Ice, Crop-a-dile, Glue Stick, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Sticky Strip.

Non-SU: Velcro dot, Pen, Notepad & word ‘Notes’ created on computer.  

I hope I have inspired you with my Kaleidoscope Designer Series Paper creations and now Pauline Bennetts going to share her creations with you.

Don’t forget to leave me a comment if you want the chance to win some blog candy. Once you have left a comment on all 30 blogs email Leonie and let her know. Comments must be left and Leonie emailed no later than midnight 2nd December Australian EST.

Happy Stamping