Friday, May 29, 2009


Even after an absence of several days, that's about the most exciting post title I can come up with??!!!  I haven't had much crafting time this week; apparently I have been neglecting the family.  Soooo, after a self-imposed exile of a few days from my craft room, I snuck back in there and enjoyed a little 'me' time.  It took me a little while to decide what I felt like making.

I drew inspiration for my first card from the Stampin' Up Idea Book & Catalogue.  I love the colours in the Haiku Designer Series Paper, and my eye was drawn to some cards on page 76 of the catalogue.  The base of my card is So Saffron (LOVE this yellow), and I've used a panel of So Saffron Designer Series Paper.  The beautiful flowers, both small and large, are from the Eastern Blooms stamp set.  This is a really versatile set, that gives stunningly different results depending on colours used. I used my Boho Blossoms punch to make the tiny flowers from a piece of Old Olive paper, from the Haiku pack.  How cute are they?!  A bit of ribbon, piercing, and some pearl brads finish off the card.  I am really happy with the end result, considering I started off with a blank brain!

Eastern blooms thank you

Stamps: Eastern Blooms, Upsy Daisy (sentiment)

Card: So Saffron, Old Olive, Tangerine Tango, Very Vanilla

DSP: So Saffron Prints, Haiku

Ink: Tangerine Tango, Old Olive, So Saffron

Other: Boho Blossoms punch, pearl brads (from Pretties Kit), Apricot Appeal 1/4" grosgrain ribbon, edge distresser, paper piercer, dimensionals, stamp-a-ma-jig, sponge dauber

This next card I thought would be good for a (female) friend of my teenage son, but when I excitedly showed Jack, he said "Ah, no Mum", and slowly shook his head!  Anyway, I like it!!!  I love the simplicity of it, and the co-ordination of the ink, paper and ribbon.  I used my Classic Stars jumbo wheel, and Baja Breeze stampin' pad, to make the background panel.  My friend Kerry made a card at one of our recent stamping nights, using the stars in this colour, and I just loved it, so I must credit her with the inspiration!  (The link to Kerry's blog is in my side bar.)  The raised star is just one I cut out from the 'patterned paper' I had created, with the edges sponged to give it some definition.  I mounted it on a piece of Urban Garden DSP, cut to form a border.  Here it is, folks - hope you like it as much as I do, or at least more than Jack does, LOL.

Baja stars birthday

Stamps: Classic Stars jumbo wheel, On Your Birthday

Card: Whisper White, Basic Gray, Baja Breeze

DSP: Urban Garden

Ink: Basic Gray, Baja Breeze

Other: Silver brads (from SU's Vintage assortment), Baja Breeze 5/8" striped grosgrain ribbon, Basic Gray taffeta ribbon, baja breeze button (from Button Bouquet), dimensionals, mini glue dots.

Thanks for stopping by, friends.  I'll be back when I have had some more 'play' time in my craft room (this "working full-time" thing is just not right!!).


  1. What does that boy know!! I think it is lovely, great idea using the Baja Breeze ink on the Baja Breeze card stock, that friend of yours sounds really creative.LOL. Love the colour combo on the thank you card.

  2. Sons can certainly be unappreciative at times can't they Christine! I love the star card. Haven't done much with Baja Breeze've inspired me to get it out and play. Have a lovely weekend. Love Anita. xxx

  3. Well I LOVE that card. What would those treenagers know, lol. Gee that Kerry friend of yours is getting cheeky though don't you think!

  4. Love the Baja Breeze stars Christine - I think it is a great card for a teenage girl (or any girl for that matter!). I like the grey taffeta over the striped grosgrain for a different effect as well. Judy.

  5. Since Baja Breeze is one of my favorite colors, I love the star card.

  6. Love them both Christine. So did you get a chance to make your son another option?? :-)

  7. No, Sue - he can choose from any of the 200 other cards I've already made!! Christine :)

  8. titles are hard, aren't they? Great cards Christine!!

  9. Nice colour combination, and yes, I like this card too :o) However, teenage boys and public displays of the "L" word don't mix too well, do they (or did you do that on purpose? lol)?