Friday, July 31, 2020


Positive Thoughts is a lovely stamp set that has been sitting on my shelf, unloved, for quite a while.  I decided to ink it up, in some happy, bright colours:

 I started off with a Whisper White panel that I'd cut with the sweet rectangle die, from Nature's Thoughts.  I stamped the fern fronds in Granny Apple Green, stamping off to get a lighter impression on some.  I then repeatedly stamped the flower in Mango Melody (a colour I seldom use, but how pretty is it?!) to the right of the ferns.  Some are in full strength ink, and some stamped off.  I added black centres to some of the flowers, with a stamp from To A Wild Rose.

The embossed floral panel is a piece of Daffodil Delight card.  I rubbed my Daffodil Delight inkpad directly over the inside of the Ornate Floral 3D embossing folder, inserted the piece of card, and ran it through my die-cutting and embossing machine.  The ink has settled in the negative spaces, giving a lovely depth of colour to the piece.

The die-cut embellishments - Mango Melody flowers, and a Daffodil Delight butterfly - are from Nature's Thoughts, which co-ordinates beautifully with the Positive Thoughts stamp set.

I hope this bright and cheery card puts a smile on your face today.

If you'd like to buy any of the products I have used to make this card, you can get to my online store by clicking on any of the thumbnail images below.  I would love for you to shop with me, if you live in Australia, and don't already have a Stampin' Up! demonstrator.

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Thursday, July 30, 2020


Here's another way of using the Magic In This Night Designer Series Paper (coming out on 4th August), on a masculine card.  It's a very simple design, letting the papers (and the awesome Happy dies) do all the work:

Can you see the subtle argyle pattern, in the black paper?  I'm hoping that the white "birthday" die cut tones down the darkness of the overall design, a little!

On the inside, I stamped, in Cajun Craze, Pretty Peacock and Memento Tuxedo black ink, some stars from So Much Happy:

I've listed below the current Stampin' Up! products used on my card.  If you would like to shop with me, and you live in Australia, you can reach my online store by clicking on any of the thumbnail images below.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2020


This week's Colour Creations Showcase, hosted by Catherine Proctor, is focussing on Cherry Cobbler, a dark red in Stampin' Up!'s range.  A group of us is using Cherry Cobbler on our projects ... Cathy has a full list on her blog of the participants this week.  Please hop around our blogs, and leave some comments if you are inspired by our creations. :)

I didn't realise until I came to blog this week's card that I have used Butterfly Gala - the same stamp set I used on last week's Colour Creations Showcase!  With lots of new Stampin' Up! products out, I have been challenging myself to use some of my longstanding, less well-loved, stamp sets - Butterfly Gala and Very Versailles being two of them.  I had a lot of fun making this card, and hope you enjoy the end result!

I started off with a panel of Very Vanilla card.  Using a blending brush, I applied Cherry Cobbler ink all over the card, graduating from dark at the top to light at the bottom.  I spritzed some water over the blended ink, to give a mottled effect (that really only shows at the top - but I'm okay with the irregularity!).  Once the water was dry, I placed a Basic Pattern Decorative Mask over the inked panel, and again applied Cherry Cobbler ink using a blending brush.  I like how dark it came out.

I coloured some Whisper White Crinkled Seam Binding with my Dark Cherry Cobbler Stampin' Blends marker.  Holiday Rhinestones added a nice bit of sparkle to finish off the card.

All of the products I used to make this card are available to purchase from my online store.  If you live in Australia, and don't already have a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, I would love for you to shop with me.

Make sure you go to Cathy's blog, to see who else is taking part in the Cherry Cobbler share this week.  I am really enjoying working my way through Stampin' Up!'s colour range, with some of my friends, and I hope we're inspiring you along the way!

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