Paper Craft Crew Sketch – Birthday Blooms

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Welcome, my stamping friend, to this week’s sketch challenge with the Paper Craft Crew!

We have a great sketch for you to use as your inspiration:


I only recently received my Birthday Blooms stamp set, and I’m having fun using it 馃檪 聽Here’s how I used it for this card:

PCCCS193 birthday blooms

I decided to change up the middle shape from a circle to a diamond!

I started by stamping the Birthday Blooms image onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock in Memento Black Ink. 聽To colour the flower, I used my Clear Wink of Stella pen and Watermelon Wonder re-inker – don’t you just love the glimmer on the flowers?! 聽I decided to keep the focus on the flowers, so on the leaves I just used my Blender Pens and ink pads in Old Olive and Pear Pizzazz. 聽Once finished colouring, I place my retiring Squares Framelit around the flower – which is when I decided I wanted a diamond shape, instead of a square – and die cut it, and the Watermelon Wonder panel behind it, with the Big Shot.

I stamped the sentiment from the Flower Patch stamp set in White Craft Ink, and heat embossed it with White Embossing Powder. 聽It was a bit difficult to read when I layered it on top of the card, so I decided to add a strip of Watermelon Wonder cardstock behind it.

I then put the card together; a Watermelon Wonder cardstock base, then a panel of the retired SAB Botanical Gardens Designer Vellum. 聽On top of that is a strip of Birthday Bouquet DSP, and then my stacked, stamped image.

I added the sentiment across the bottom using Stampin’ Dimensionals, and then added the Metal Rimmed Pearls next to it, and to the upper left of the image.

I hope that my card gave you some inspiration; please do check out the rest of the Design Team’s projects for more great ideas, on the Paper Craft Crew page.

I’ll be looking for your card, so be sure to join in the challenge!

Until next time – happy stamping!

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Watercooler Wednesday Sketch – Serene Silhouettes

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If it’s Wednesday, it’s time for another Watercooler Wednesday challenge!

This week, Libby has a wonderful聽sketch challenge for you – I really like this layout!


Here is my card; you can see that I stayed true to the sketch layout, 聽I liked it so much:

serene silhouettes

Last Sunday, I shared the Smackin’ Acetate technique with you; I had made a few of them at the same time, and this is one of the extras I had made. 聽(If you missed that post, you can see it HERE).

I used the re-inkers in Pear Pizzazz, Hello Honey and Island Indigo, and dropped them randomly onto one side of the open envelope. 聽I then used my Spritzer to add water, then I inserted the Whisper White cardstock, closed the envelope, and ‘smooshed’ the ink onto the paper. 聽I repeated this once more, until I was happy with the colours.

Once the background was dry, I inked up the retiring Serene Silhouettes stamp image in Island Indigo ink and stamped directly onto the background. 聽I then used the retiring Ovals Framelits to cut a border.

I took a panel of Crumb Cake cardstock, and added some texture to it by stamping randomly with a few of the texture stamps from the Timeless Textures stamp set, in Crumb Cake ink. 聽I made my card base of Island Indigo cardstock, and glued the Crumb Cake panel on top of it. 聽I then cut 2 strips of cardstock; 1 of Island Indigo and the other of Hello Honey, and again stamped texture onto them using the Timeless Textures set. 聽I then glued them on top of the Crumb Cake panel.

I then glued the outer border directly to the card front, then popped up the stamped image using Stampin’ Dimensionals, in a very ‘muted’ telescoping technique. 聽To finish off the card, I added the 3 retiring Candy Dots in the upper right corner.

I liked the card just as it is, so I decided not to add a sentiment to the front. 聽I can either add one later, or simply stamp a sentiment on the inside of the card.

I hope you’ve been inspired to create your own card, and join in this week’s challenge! 聽For more inspiration, please check out the rest of the design team’s cards, on the Watercooler Wednesday page.

Before I go, I’d just like to first send out my thoughts and prayers for all those in Fort McMurray, Alberta, who are either fighting this horrific forest fire, or have been evacuated from their homes due to this catastrophe that is taking over the town. 聽My brother, Sherwin, is one of those people lucky enough to get out in time, though he may have lost everything he had to leave behind. 聽 Only time will tell, as literally everyone except the firefighters have been evacuated. 聽I hope that everyone stays safe, and that the firefighters are able to get control over the fire.

Thanks for spending some time with me today – until next time, happy stamping!

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The Excitement is Building!

Oh my gosh – I’m getting really excited, waiting for tomorrow morning!

Why, you ask? 聽Well, tomorrow morning – actually, at 1 a.m. tomorrow morning – we demonstrators are able to place our pre-order for goodies from the new Annual Catalogue!!

We’ve all been able to see the catalogue online, but we don’t know yet what we’ll be able to pre-order; Stampin’ Up! gives us lists of the products that we can choose from, and how many of each we can order (otherwise, we’d totally deplete the stock before you even see a catalogue!)

So I’m curious – you haven’t seen it yet, but you’ve probably seen a lot of ‘sneak peeks’ around the internet and of course on Pinterest and Instagram. 聽Have you seen a stamp set or product that you know you’re going to ‘have to have’?! 聽What do you think of the new In Colours?

Here’s some sneak peeks, just to refresh your memory – I have borrowed these pictures with permission from the posting demos, plus from Pinterest:

New In Colours for 2016-2018

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Aren’t those gorgeous? 聽I love all of them, but I think my favourites are Dapper Denim, Sweet Sugarplum and Peekaboo Peach (and I haven’t seen them in person yet).

Here is a cute stamp set, that I’m hoping I can order right away:

SU sneak peek artist palette

Caroline did this set specifically to show off the In Colours – and how about the shakers?! 聽Spoiler alert – we’re going to be able to order the dimensional strips, to make it easier to create shaker cards! 馃檪

This Ruched Ribbon is beautiful; again, in the In Colours:

SU sneak peek ribbon

I don’t often make baby cards, but I think this guy will become a favourite in my stash:

SU sneak peek baby bear

Isn’t this Baby Bear adorable? 聽Sara Douglass, our Stampin’ Up! CEO shared these pictures on her Facebook page. 聽Another one she shared is this new Cupcake set – and she shared the ‘how to’ make the frosting!

SU sneak peek cupcake

To make ‘frosting’:

Approximately 1/4 cup Cornstarch
1 tablespoon white acrylic paint
1 tablespoon white glue (multipurpose or school glue)
10+ drops of reinker of your choice (for color)
Add water for desired consistency.

I’m looking forward to having such fun, playing with new stamps, papers and colours. 聽Not to mention all the new tools that I’ve heard and read about!

If you’re in my area (Burnaby, B.C.), you’re welcome to come to my New Catalogue Kick-Off Party on May 29th! 聽We’ll be enjoying refreshments, creating Make & Takes, seeing samples created from the new products, and of course, everyone will receive their new catalogue and a special something from me! 馃檪

For now, I’m off to finish my posts for this week’s upcoming Paper Craft Crew and Watercooler Wednesday challenges, as well as getting samples & kits ready for next week’s Birthday Bash class.

Until next time – happy stamping!

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Blogging Friends Blog Hop – Getting Ready for Good Bye


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Welcome to our May edition of the Blogging Friends Blog Hop, where we are getting ready to say ‘goodbye’ to some of our favourites!

This is a time of year that is both saddening and exciting; we’re saddened that some of our favourite stamp sets, colours, papers etc., are being retired, but at the same time, we’re all excited, looking forward to the new stamp sets, colours, tools, papers, etc. that we will soon have in our hands!

So this month, we will each be sharing projects with our favourites that will be retiring – maybe you’ll see some of your favourites there, too. 聽To tour through the blog hop, all you 聽have to do is click on the ‘continue blog hop’ button at the bottom of each post – this will take you to the next participant. 聽If some technical gremlins get in the way of a smooth 聽hop (yes, it does happen!), at the bottom of each post is also a list of each participant, with a link to their post that you can click on.

So, enough with the ‘housekeeping’ – let’s 聽get on with sharing!

Here is my first project, featuring a stamp set that I am really going to miss – Serene Silhouettes:

blogging friends - serene silhouettes

I think I have owned this set for at least 3 of my 4 1/2 years as a demonstrator, and I 聽have used it for all types of cards. 聽 This time, I thought I would experiment 聽with a new background technique, called Smackin’ Acetate.

Basically, you cut open a Clear聽Envelope, or a page protector, so that it opens like a book. 聽On the inside of the right hand side, apply your inks using either markers, reinkers or ink pads, and spritz with water. 聽Close the top piece, and ‘smoosh’ the ink around with your fingers, then open it up, and insert your cardstock (I used Whisper White). 聽You can repeat this as often as you want, until you’re satisfied with the colouring. 聽I used Island Indigo, Cucumber Crush and Pear Pizzazz ink pads.

After the cardstock has dried, then stamp your image stamp – here I used the flower silhouettes from Serene Silhouettes. 聽I stamped the sentiment from another retiring set, Choose Happiness, by inking up the stamp with my Pear Pizzazz and Island Indigo Markers. 聽Then I die cut it and the Pear Pizzazz layer behind it, using the Tags & Labels Thinlits Dies.

I used a card base of Island Indigo cardstock, and layered a 2 1/2″ x 5 1/4″ panel of Pear Pizzazz cardstock towards the left hand side. 聽I 聽then added the stamped panel using Stampin’ Dimensionals, and attached the sentiment. 聽I added some of the retiring聽Candy Dots in the bottom left and top right corners of the card, to finish it off.

My next card features another cool cutting technique, called Telescoping:

blogging friends - best thoughts

For my focal image, I used the retiring Hostess stamp set called Best Thoughts. 聽I just love this large bloom; it reminds me of a Rhododendron.

I stamped the image in Memento Black ink onto Shimmer cardstock, then watercoloured it using the Perfect Plum and Old Olive inks, with an Aqua Painter. 聽I really like using the Shimmer paper for watercolouring, as it doesn’t ‘pill up’ the way the Whisper White can, when it gets too wet.

After colouring, I used the Tags & Labels Framelits Dies to cut out 3 layers inside the image. 聽Then I glued down the largest piece to the Perfect Plum panel using Tombow liquid glue. 聽For this technique, you want this layer to be flat.

The next largest layer is attached using strips of double-sided adhesive. 聽The next layer is attached using strips of double-sided adhesive, but putting 2 layers of the adhesive strips. 聽The final, middle piece is attached by tripling the layers of adhesive strips. 聽This is how you achieve the ‘telescoping’ outwards of the layers.

In this close up picture, you can see how each layer is higher than the other:

blogging friends telescope

Another way to use this technique is to reverse the layers – have the layers go from highest on the outside to lowest on the inside; I’m going to do one of those, next time!

I then attached a strip of the retiring Blackberry Bliss stitched ribbon across the bottom of the panel. 聽The whole front piece is then attached to a card base of Blackberry Bliss – a colour I am really, really going to miss! 聽The sentiment is from the Butterfly Basics stamp set (not retiring – thank goodness!), stamped in Perfect Plum ink onto Whisper White cardstock. 聽Again, I used the Tags & Labels Framelits Dies to cut it and the layer behind it, and attached it to the card front using Stampin’ Dimensionals. 聽

So that’s it for my projects; I’d love to read any comments you’d like to leave! 聽Then you’ll want to click on the ‘Continue’ button below, and hop on over to the blog of the talented Jessica Mink聽, and be wowed by her creations!

Thanks for spending some time with me today; until next time – happy stamping!

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Blog Hop Participants:



Libby Fens




Deborah聽Smart 聽聽– YOU ARE HERE!

Jessica聽Mink 聽





Mary Ann聽Rossiter



Lisa Reber


Sketch Challenge – Paper Craft Crew PCCCS192

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Hello there, and welcome to our sketch challenge with the Paper Craft Crew!

If you’ve never participated in a challenge before, it’s really easy, and we’d love to have you join! 聽All you need to do is read this post (:) ) then click the link to the Paper Craft Crew page, and have a look at the cards created by the rest of the design team, for some more inspiration.

Then, you create 聽your own card based on the sketch, then post it on your own blog, or Facebook page, or Splitcoaststampers profile;聽basically anywhere where we, the design team can come have a close look, and leave you a nice comment – then link back to the challenge using the easy-peasy InLinkz tool. 聽It’s that easy!

So, let’s get you started! 聽Here is the sketch for this week:


I love this challenge; it has a great focal point, with room for embellishments, and some ‘artistic flair’. 聽Here is my card:


PCCCS192 picture perfect

I am so glad that the Picture Perfect stamp set is being carried over to the new catalogue in June! 聽 聽Now, I know that the flash seems to have changed the cardstock colour, but I actually used Rose Red cardstock, and stamped the 3 step flower in Blushing Bride, Pretty in Pink, and Rose Red. 聽The leaves were stamped in Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive and Mossy Meadow.

On top of the Rose Red card base, I attached a panel of Whisper White cardstock, after randomly stamping the spots from the Timeless Textures set, in Rose Red ink.

After stamping the leaves and flower, I used my retired Labels Framelits to die cut the piece, and layered it on top of a piece of Rose Red cardstock on which I used the Banner Triple Punch. 聽I then cut 2 strips of cardstock, 1 Whisper White on for the sentiment, stamped in Rose Red, and the Pear Pizzazz layered under it. 聽Between the two, I sandwiched a 1″ circle of Mossy Meadow cardstock, embossed using the Decorative Dots embossing folder.

Everything was then layered onto the card base, and a few Basic Rhinestone Embellishments were added.

That’s it for my card; I do 聽hope you’ll join us in this week’s challenge! 聽Be sure to see the rest of the design team’s cards at the Paper Craft Crew page, then link up your own card.

Until next time – happy stamping!

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Watercooler Wednesday – Anything Goes! Challenge

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Welcome back for another Watercooler Wednesday challenge!

It has been such fun, and so inspiring, seeing all of the amazing card submissions for each weekly challenge. 聽I really enjoy visiting each blog post, and having a good look at your card, and how you created it. 聽I 聽hope you’ll join in again this week!

This week it’s going to be really easy for you to join, as the theme is “Anything Goes”. 聽That means whatever you’re working on, no matter what colours, layout or theme, it fits this challenge!


I decided to use one of my favourite new sets, Timeless Textures, and a technique for creating a colour block on 聽your card:

WWC65 timeless textures

I started with my card base in Blackberry Bliss – a retiring colour I am *really* going to miss – and then set it aside.

I took a panel of Very Vanilla cardstock, and stamped the dots from Timeless Textures randomly in both Blackberry Bliss and Crumb Cake ink. 聽I then took my Clear Block ‘D’, and inked it up with Crumb Cake ink by ‘pouncing’ the ink pad on top of the block. 聽I wanted to keep a fairly crisp outline, so I did not spritz any water on either the block or the cardstock. 聽I simply stamped straight down onto the cardstock with the inked block, then lifted it straight back up.

I then inked up the lovely flourish image from Timeless Textures in Blackberry Bliss ink, and stamped it in the bottom right hand corner of the Crumb Cake square. 聽I really like that this image is not solid, so it gives the same textured look as the block stamping did. 聽I wanted to add a bit more colour, so then I took the small flower stamp from the Flower Patch stamp set, and stamped it a few times in Blackberry Bliss ink, but first stamped off once to remove some of the colour, before stamping onto the cardstock.

I then used the Botanical Builders Framelits Dies to create the flower layers; I stacked them together using Glue Dots, added some loops of Gold Thread behind it, and attached it to the card front using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

The Blackberry Bliss is so dark that it’s hard to see the details; here’s a close up picture of the flower, where you can see that I did add some Clear Wink of Stella to the inside聽petals.

WWC65 botanical builder

I’m quite happy with how this turned out; I know that there’s a bit too many details like the gold thread, and the sponging around the entire Very Vanilla panel for this to be a Clean and Simple card, but I’m happy! 聽If you’d care to let me know what you think, 聽I’d love to read your comments 馃檪

Now, I hope you’ll head over to the Watercooler Wednesday page, and check out the amazing cards the rest of the Watercooler Artists have created for your inspiration. 聽I’ll be looking for your card to be added to the challenge!

Until next time – happy stamping!

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Sneak Peek, Anyone?!

Hello, my friend! 聽Did the title of this post grab your attention?

Trust me, even as a demonstrator, I’m dying to get my hands on a physical copy of the new Annual Catalogue! 聽I wasn’t able to attend the convention earlier this month, so I’m relying on an online version, which just isn’t the same.

On the other hand – it’s better than nothing! 馃檪 聽If 聽you too would like to be ‘in the know’ and have an early look, and a chance to preorder from the upcoming catalogue before anyone else, you can do so by joining my team, and become a demonstrator!

It’s easy to sign up online, 聽and order your Starter Kit (if you join up after May 3rd, you’ll be able to include products from the pre order in your Starter Kit!). 聽After that, it’s up to you to either simply enjoy the benefits of getting a minimum 20% OFF all your future orders (plus being able to preorder from new upcoming catalogue, and get sneak peeks, and access to the online demonstrator only site with literally thousands of creative ideas & pictures!), or you can decide to make this either a side-business for some extra cash, or go full-time, full out and make this your full time business. 聽It’s up to you, and there’s NO PRESSURE – not from me, your Team leader, or Stampin’ Up! 聽 You can’t ask for better than that!

In 聽the meantime – let me tease you with a look at the front of the new catalogue!

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Did you squeal with delight, like I did?! 聽This catalogue cover actually reveals a lot – you can see some new products, embellishments, and of course, those fabulous new In Colours!!

Aren’t the colours gorgeous?! 聽And the names are just as great! 聽You have to look around to see them all, but they’re there. 聽Want to know their names? (like you’re gonna say ‘no’!) 聽Okay – they are: Dapper Denim, Emerald Envy, Flirty Flamingo, Peekaboo Peach and Sweet Sugarplum.

This is a picture from another demonstrator, Rachel of stamp your art out, who聽took this picture at聽convention, and shows the colours:

SU new in colours

I’m really looking forward to getting my hands on these new colours, and getting creative! 聽Unfortunately, I 聽have to wait until May 3rd to place my pre order, so it will be a little while before I can share any samples with you (SU! rules prohibit me from sharing any pictures from inside the catalogue, but I know that a lot of other demos, who did attend convention, have been sharing a lot of samples online).

That’s my sneak peek for now! 聽I am having a New Catalogue Kick-Off Party 聽on May 29th, so if you live in my area (Burnaby, B.C.) and would like to come, send me an email or leave a comment, and I’ll send you the details! 聽We always have a lot of fun, with make & takes, samples, free catalogues and of course yummy refreshments!

Until next time – happy stamping!

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April Paper Pumpkin Kit

Hello my friend! 聽Thanks for stopping by today 馃檪

I had the chance last week to spend some time with a friend & former Team Member, Debbie, and do some crafting! 聽It’s always such fun to craft with a friend; sharing stories, laughing when things don’t go ‘exactly’ as planned…. We each had our April Paper Pumpkin kit to work on, and we were so excited to put it together!

This kit also contained a special ‘thank you’ gift from Stampin’ Up!; they had just shipped their 1 MILLIONTH Paper Pumpkin kit in March, and so they included a free stamp set in each April kit.

This is the free stamp set; I just love the sayings in it!


I really like how you can combine the ‘everything’ and ‘is going to be alright’; I think I’ll 聽use that a lot. 聽And the flowers are too cute! 聽I haven’t inked up my set yet, as you can tell, but I’ll be using it this week.

This is the stamp set that is used for the kit:

Everything stamp set PP

The April kit included everything to make one of these adorable wreaths:

April PP wreath

It came with the styrofoam wreath form, all of the leaves in strips with adhesive already applied (!), the little chalkboard, and lots of extra black cardstock so that you can change up the sentiments to put in your wreath, or use them as tags. 聽The kit also came with a little Very Vanilla Craft Ink spot – woohoo!! 聽That is exclusive to Paper Pumpkin!

Even with our chatting & laughing, I think Debbie 聽& I still managed to put together our wreaths in about half an hour (okay, I was doing more talking, so I think I took about 40 minutes!).

Here is a picture of Debbie with her completed wreath – she was really pleased with it, and did a great job 馃檪


I just love how even after I’ve finished making the project kit, I always have leftover product to use to make more cards or projects, plus the ink spot, plus the stamp set! 聽It’s good value for the money, when you think of all you get, and keep for future use, in each kit.

If you’d like to have your own craft escape delivered directly to your door, it’s so easy to sign up! 聽Simply CLICK HERE, fill out your information, and your Paper Pumpkin will arrive around the middle of next month (as long as you sign up before the 10th of May, you’ll receive May’s kit as your first kit).

If 聽you already are a Paper Pumpkin subscriber – yay you! – there are more Past Kits available – to see them, you can CLICK HERE to have a look, and order yours.

While you’re shopping, you may want to keep 聽in mind the Retiring Products! 聽Some products are already sold out, so don’t wait until the last minute to place your order.

SU retiring header ribbon

You can see the聽SU Retiring List PDF, or if you’d like to see the products with accompanying pictures, you can see them in my online store HERE.

Until next time – happy stamping!

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Wacky Watercooler April Blog Hop

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It’s that time again – time for another wonderful, Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop! 聽

It’s also that time of year for the retiring products, so that’s what we’re going to focus on for this hop; the retiring In Colours, plus some of our favourite sets that are saying ‘good-bye’. 聽 We are also doing one of our favourite things, which is to choose 1 project from another hopper’s blog, and CASE (Copy And Share Everything) that project to share with you 馃檪

If you haven’t enjoyed one of our blog hops before, you may be wondering who we are, and what this is all about. 聽Well, we are a group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators who have become friends online through Stampin’ Connection, the demonstrator-only website. 聽A few of us have been fortunate enough to meet each other in person, but we are all ‘virtual’ friends, and we want to share our love of stamping with you!

Each of our blogs is linked to the one before & after, so to travel through the blog 聽hop, you just have to keep clicking in one direction – either ‘next’ or ‘previous’ and you’ll see every blog, and not miss a thing! 聽If you choose to blaze your own trail, you can click on the ‘home’ button, and that will take you to the list of participants, and you can travel from there.

You may have arrived here from my friend Heidi’s blog; weren’t her projects amazing! 聽Heidi is a constant source of inspiration for me, as well as being the coordinator for our hop 馃檪

For my first project, I want to first share with you the card that I chose from Libby Fens to CASE. 聽This is Libby’s card:

Libby's card to CASE

Isn’t this a great card? 聽If you’ve been following my posts, you’ll know that I’m the first to admit that Clean & Simple cards are not my strong suit, so I greatly admire the people who do them so well!

Here is my version of Libby’s card:

CASE Everything Eleanor

Perhaps a little less ‘clean and simple’ than Libby’s version, but I quite like it! 馃檪 聽In this card, I used the retiring In Colours Blackberry Bliss ( my favourite!), Mossy Meadow and Hello Honey. 聽The 2 stamps sets that I used are also retiring; Everything Eleanor (*sob!*) and Fabulous Four.

I started with a card base of Very Vanilla cardstock, and stamped the flourish from Everything Eleanor in Blackberry Bliss from corner to corner. 聽The flowers were stamped on scrap pieces of Very Vanilla, also in Blackberry Bliss ink, then hand cut using the Paper Snips. 聽I used the Hello Honey Marker to colour in the stamen, then added the Clear Wink of Stella to each flower. 聽I then used the retiring Bird Builder Punch and Mossy Meadow cardstock to punch out the leaves.

The sentiment is from the set Fabulous Four; stamped onto Very Vanilla in Mossy Meadow ink. 聽I layered it on top of a piece of Blackberry Bliss cardstock, then attached 2 smaller rectangles of Mossy Meadow behind the upper left and bottom right corners. 聽I then used Stampin’ Dimensionals to attach the pieces to the card front.

The flowers and leaves were then layered on again with Stampin’ Dimensionals; in this picture below, you can see a close up of the Wink of Stella:


My next project uses the retiring Beautiful Ride stamp set; I was really hoping that this set would carry over; I’ve hardly had time to use it!

Beautiful Ride

I thought this would make a cute ‘new address’ card to send out; of course if I were to actually use it, I would probably make it just 1 layer, with no popped up pieces, to make it less expensive for mailing lots of them!

For the base, I used one of Stampin’ Up!’s Note Cards, and stamped the ground using the Timeless Textures stamp set in Smoky Slate, and added the dots/rocks in Crumb Cake ink. 聽The VW car in stamped in retiring Lost Lagoon ink. 聽(notice how I stamped only the back 2/3rd’s of the car – because it’s moving!), then used Blender Pens and Lost Lagoon, Smoky Slate and Basic Gray ink pads to colour the car. 聽The little doggie driver was stamped in Basic Gray ink, then coloured in Crumb Cake in with a Blender Pen, and his collar coloured with the Real Red Marker.

I stamped the set of suitcases directly on top of the car, then stamped a second set on scrap paper, coloured them, then cut them out & layered them on top of the car, just for more dimension. 聽The sentiment is from the same Beautiful Ride set, stamped in Lost Lagoon onto Whisper White. 聽I used the retiring Bitty Banners Dies to cut the sentiment, and the Lost Lagoon layer behind it.

A quick & cute card to let your friends know of your new address; like I said, if you were to be mailing a lot of these, I would keep everything stamped directly onto the card front.

Finally my last project; a Gatefold card using a set that I know I’ll be keeping, even though it is retiring (insert sad, shocked face):

A Nice Cuppa gatefold

I’ve seen a few cards done in this style, and wanted to make my own, so here it is! 聽These cards are quite easy to do, it just takes a bit of scoring, then all of the layers. I started with a base of Blushing Bride cardstock measuring 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, then score at 2 1/8″ and 6 3/8″. 聽Your DSP layers for the front will be 1 7/8″ x 5 1/4″, layered with Whisper White cardstock measuring 1 3/4″ x 5″.

After scoring the base, I layered the retiring Birthday Bouquet DSP on each front panel. 聽I then stamped the 2 Whisper White pieces with the largest flower from the Birthday Blooms stamp set in Blushing Bride ink, stamped the sentiment in Mint Macaron, then layered them on top of the DSP.

I used the retiring Cups & Kettle Framelits to die cut the kettle from Mint Macaron cardstock, the inlaid pattern, teacup and tea bag from another pattern of the Birthday Bouquet DSP, and the spoon from the retired Silver Brushed cardstock. 聽 I used the Fine Tip Glue Pen to attach the loopy inlaid pattern to the front of the teapot, then attached it, the cup and the tea bag to the front left panel of the card. 聽I cut a piece of a retiring Paper Doily, and layered the spoon on top of it, and attached them using Glue Dots to the front right panel. 聽A Pearl embellishment on the teapot lid finished off the front.

The picture below shows how the card opens:

A Nice CUppa inside gatefold

For the inside of the card, I again stamped the largest blossom from the Birthday Blooms set in Blushing Bride, in the upper right and lower left hand corners of the Whisper White cardstock panel, then stamped the sentiment in Mint Macaron in the middle. 聽I attached it to a panel of the same pattern DSP that I used on the front of the card, and glued it inside. 聽I think this finished off the card nicely 馃檪 聽Of course, the envelope will have to be stamped, as well, before the card is sent!

Well, I 聽hope 聽you’ve enjoyed seeing my projects – please leave a comment for me, if you have time, before you head off to see what fabulous projects that Gail Allen has put together for your delight! 聽I know you won’t be disappointed, that’s for sure.

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Until next time -happy stamping!

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PCCCS191 Paper Craft Crew Sketch Challenge

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Hello, hello! 聽I’m so glad you’re here for another sketch challenge with the Paper Craft Crew! 聽Every week I am blown away by the creativity that you show, when you enter your cards into our challenges; it is wonderful to visit your posts, and read about how you decided to use the stamps and colours on your cards.

This week will be no different, I’m sure; check out our sketch for you:


Interesting shape elements, aren’t they? 聽This is how I worked them into my card:

PCCCS191 A Nice Cuppa

You can see that I moved the tag to the other side – that’s called ‘creative license’! 馃檪

I am absolutely devastated that this stamp set, A Nice Cuppa and it’s coordinating Cups & Kettle Framelits are retiring!! 聽It’s such a wonderful set for tea and coffee drinkers, I thought for sure it would carry over into the new catalogue. :'( 聽*sniff*

So, I will have to enjoy it while I can – and probably longer, because I think I’ll be hanging onto it, for personal use!

I started off by choosing my designer series paper first, then pulled my colours from there. 聽I stamped the tea cups in Wisteria Wonder onto Whisper White cardstock – boom, that was easy! 聽I then stamped the little tea bag in Crushed Curry, and cut it out using my Paper Snips. 聽I then used it as a guide to cut out the same shape, but larger, from Crushed Curry cardstock to layer behind it.

I cut a panel of Wisteria Wonder cardstock, and ran it and the little Crushed Curry tag shape through the Big Shot with the retired Fancy Fan embossing folder. 聽I chose to use that one, as it was closest to the scallops on the Metallic Doily that I used behind the stamped tea cups image (I simply flipped it over to use the back white side instead of the metallic side). 聽I punched each of the corners using the scallop part of the Curvy Corner Trio Punch (also retiring), then layered all the pieces together onto a Crushed Curry cardstock base.

I added a little bow made of some retired Wisteria Wonder Baker’s Twine from my stash, and also tied on one of the cute little teapots from the Have a Cuppa Embellishments. 聽


I hope you’ll join in the challenge with us; for more inspiration, check out the Paper Craft Crew page to see the rest of the Design Team’s projects!

Until next time – happy stamping!

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