Saturday, January 22, 2011


Yippee - I've stamped!  After a rather long hiatus, I've spent a little time in my craft room the past few days.  I returned from holidays with a chest infection and vertigo, so my creativity hasn't exactly come flooding back, but I do have a few cards to share with you!

Today I'm taking part in a blog hop, with 8 friends who are also Stampin' Up! demonstrators.  In our projects, we've used products from Stampin' Up!'s Summer Mini catalogue.  You can view the catalogue online by clicking on the cover in the right-hand sidebar of my blog.  There are lots of YUMMY things in this Mini; they are available only until the end of March.

You may have arrived here after seeing what the incredibly creative Amy Buchanan has made ... but, if not, no problem.  Just follow the links at the end of each blog post in today's "hop", and you'll get round all 9 blogs, and hopefully get lots of great ideas for using the new products.

The first card I have to show you is made with the gorgeous Aviary stamp set.  This is one that I'd coveted since seeing it on US blogs well before it arrived in Australia, so there was no question about me buying the stamps!  I've also used the adorable Itty Bitty Bits flower stamp, and co-ordinating Itty Bitty Shapes punch, to create some sweet embellishments.  The crochet trim's new too.  Take a look:

Stamps: Aviary, Itty Bitty Bits, Sincere Salutations, Daisy Dash jumbo stampin' around wheel
Card: Riding Hood Red, Basic Black, Very Vanilla
DSP: Love Letter and Newsprint Designer Series Papers
Ink: Riding Hood Red, Basic Black and Crumb Cake stampin' pads
Other: Itty Bitty Shapes punch, 1 1/4" square punch, scallop square punch, Basic Pearls, sponge dauber, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Victoria 5/8" crochet trim, mini glue dots

Next up is a simple, but I think rather sweet (can I say that about my own cards?!), card for a baby boy.  The new products I've used are the Baby Steps stamp (gorgeous little elephants, with the sentiment attached, and at only $13.95), Square Lattice embossing folder, Pinking Hearts border punch, and Itty Bitty Bits with the Itty Bitty Shapes punch (there are 3 tiny punches in a set, for $30.95 - great value!).  I just love all of these products - Stampin' Up! doesn't go far wrong in my eyes!

Stamps: Baby Steps, Itty Bitty Bits, Confetti
Card: Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Bashful Blue
DSP: Crumb Cake Patterns Designer Series Paper
Ink: Crumb Cake and Real Red stampin' pads, Versamark inkpad, Whisper White craft stampin' pad
Other: Square Lattice embossing folder, Pinking Hearts border punch, Mat Pack and paper piercing tool, Bashful Blue brads, mini glue dot, sponge daubers, Itty Bitty Shapes punch (3/8" circle)

Lastly, I have made a card using the Love Defined set.  It is a beautiful set of 8 stamps that are very versatile.  Don't you just love the 'grass' with hearts at the top?  I stamped the grass in Blushing Bride and Pink Pirouette inks, and (even though it doesn't show in the photo), stamped it off on the oval sentiment panel.  The sentiment is from a new set called Well Scripted; the font combinations are so beautiful - love them.

Stamps: Love Defined, Well Scripted
Card: Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Melon Mambo, Pink Pirouette
DSP: Crumb Cake Patterns Designer Series Paper
Ink: Crumb Cake, Pink Pirouette, Blushing Bride, Melon Mambo and Basic Black stampin' pads
Other: Basic Rhinestones, Square Lattice embossing folder, Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder, sponge daubers, Wide Oval punch, Lots of Tags sizzlits die, Heart to Heart punch, Stamp-a-ma-jig

Well, that's it from me, so it's time to visit the blog of Alisha Watson - she never fails to amaze me with her out-of-the-box ideas.

Here's a list of all the participants in today's blog hop, so if you lose your way, just pop back here and you can click on anyone's link to visit their blog.  Thanks for stopping by, and have a great weekend!

Ros Davidson

Di Dunk

Judy May

Kathryn Mangelsdorf

Nikki Sadler

Tina Gillespie

Amy Buchanan

Christine Blain (that's me!)

Alisha Watson


  1. I am starting to fall in love with that elephant stamp. And the lattice embossing folder really takes on the theme of the card its used on - here it reminds me of fluffy cloth nappies! TFS

  2. Stunning cards, Christine. Your creativity has come back from holidays better than ever [and it was brilliant before].
    Especially love the baby boy card...may need to case it in March! xo

  3. LOVE your cards, and yes you can say whatever you want about your own cards!

    I absolutely adore that little owl (in your first card) and his sticky outy ears - too cute.

    Look forward to lots more crafty goodness from you this year xox

  4. Gorgeous cards Christine, love them all. I wasn't sure about the Baby Steps stamp but it looks so sweet in that colour combo and all the layers. Lovely to have you back. xx

  5. Beautiful cards my lovely friend - love them all. Sorry to hear you've been so unwell - off to look up what Vertigo is now :)

  6. Love your cards Christine - as usual. Beautiful work.
    Sorry too, to hear you haven't been well. Vertigo is a horrible thing to have - I know!
    Take care and keep up your gorgeous stamping

  7. Christine they are wonderful, I love them all but the elephant one in the middle made be make that little sound we do when we see a brand new baby...AWWWWWWWWWWWW. If this is you not being creative then WOW!!! Hope you get better soon Chickie,

  8. You've been busy!! Have that bird set on my hit list and you have used it wonderfully well :) Darling baby card and the flamingos are too fun. Wonderful mix of cards :)

  9. Wow beautiful - love them all. Love how you used the DSP on that first one.

  10. Fantastic cards Christine! I hope you're feeling better soon xox

  11. Welcome back! It's so nice to see you sharing your cards again :) Love all of these ones, I see you didn't lose your mojo while you were on holidays!

  12. You have been busy since you have returned. I was so excited to see aviary make it here, love your take on those cute birds and cages. Loved all the texture and layers on your cards. Hope you are feeling better :-)

  13. Christine these cards are just "gorjus". That embossing fave is heading my way soon Can't wait! Hope you are feeling on top of the world soon, vertigo is soooo horrible. Glad to see that you brought back extra creative mojo from your hloiday, darn shame it came with extras(bugs) TFS. Cheers Donna Zammit:)

  14. Hi Christine. You & your gorgeous creations have been greatly missed! Hope you are 100% well again. :)
    Love the yummy colour combo of the wee owlie card & the sweet little itty bitty embellies you have created.
    The baby boy card is SO sweet! Love all the layers & all the details on the layers.
    The final one is cute too & I love the Kraft (oops, sorry, Crumb Cake) with the white & shades of pink. I'm so glad those lovey-dovey flamingoes finally made their appearance. lol! Hugs :)