Rose Garden cards

Here’s a few cards I made with new stuff from the Occasions catalogue. I used gold foil left over from a past card kit, and some retired designer series paper behind the rose.

Rose Garden gold congratsSupplies:
Rose Garden Thinlits Dies (get the bundle!  item 140804)
Melon Mambo/Black bakers twine from the combo pack (item 140555)
the wooden words are Expressions Natural Elements (item 138395)
Elegant Eggplant card stock
This and That Epic Day designer series paper
Gold Foil

When you get the bundle that includes the Rose Wonder stamp set together with the coordinating thinlits you qualify for a free Sale-A-Bration item!  I chose the Botanical Gardens Designer Vellum Stack and used it on the card below.  My lighting is not great, but that is another Elegant Eggplant (purple) layer with the vellum on top, making a lighter purple color. The label shape, label stamp and words are also from the bundle.

Rose Garden vellum thanks

This card uses most of the same supplies, and:
1-1/4″ burlap ribbon
Soft Sky ink
Elegant Eggplant ink
Whisper White card stock
So Saffron card stock

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Woodland Embossing folder

I forgot to post this card while the Holiday catalogue was live!  Well, now I can add the update that this lovely Woodland embossing folder will be returning in future catalogues.  It looks great with no added ink, but I had fun experimenting with adding ink to either side of the embossing folder (to either color the trees, or the background). So many options!  The greeting is the Whole Lot of Lovely stamp set (free with host rewards).

Woodland card thank you

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Koala fancy fold card

I just finished getting all my card kits ready for Monday’s class at my place!  I have a big stack of multiples all cut out and ready to go, and then I made this one of a kind card. A nice change of pace 😉

The fancy fold is just 2 extra cuts on the card base, and one extra score line, and looks like so when closed.
Koala fancy fold closed

I used the Kind Koala stamp set, Everything Eleanor stamp set, and the new In Colors Mint Macaron and Watermelon Wonder. It also uses the Dotted Lace Trim in Mint Macaron.  The patterned paper is Cherry on Top Designer Series Paper.

Did you notice that I changed the koala’s flower to match the other flowers?  I just inked the koala with markers and didn’t do the flower, then used the smallest flower from the Everything Eleanor stamp set to finish it off.

Here’s the card open. You can see that there is still a space to write a message inside.
Koala fancy fold card open

I followed the cutting instructions for the card found at Lisa Young’s web site, found here.

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#TGIFCTD02 Challenge

I love watching cooking shows where they give the chefs limited ingredients and free rein to create something delicious.  I recently discovered a similar challenge for card makers, and it inspired me to join in.

The TGIF Challenge is inspired by the show Chopped: you have a pantry of items you can pull from (white paper, black ink, adhesive, doily, white bakers twine, sponges, etc), and then a limited list of items that you can use on your project.


These are the ‘basket’ items to choose from this time.

basket 02

In this case, I don’t have either stamp set so I chose the Typset DSP, Pool Party ink, Hello Honey Ink, and Black card stock from the ‘basket’ to make the anniversary card. See more TGIF Challenge entries at TGIF Challenges

Typeset Card with Flower I used the Pool Party ink to sponge all the large round medallion shapes on the background paper, and to sponge the doily flower.  I then used the Hello Honey ink to sponge just the small diamond medallion shapes.  It makes for a subtle card with the ’61’ and ‘years’ cut out of the patterned paper.  Finally I made a bakers twine pom pom to finish off the flower.

Typeset Card 61 years

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Something cheerful

Get well cards can be tricky, especially when you want to give one to a person who has a chronic or terminal illness. “Get well soon” does not seem an appropriate saying for those times. However, a cheerful card or even a funny one can fit perfectly at these times.

Here’s a group-sized card I made this week for a friend.

Feel Goods cardYou can make a similar one with the chalkboard paper currently on the clearance rack (item #137786, on sale for $3.99 instead of $9.95) plus the Feel Goods stamp set (wood item #131916 for $32, or clear set item #129684 for $23)

To get the chalkboard look, just stamp and emboss in white, then sponge a bit of white ink on for the rustic look.  Pearls and burlap ribbon round out the look too.

I also used a few retired papers, and some glitter and the retired butterfly embosslits.


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New Catalogue starts Tuesday! Check out the new In-Colors

It’s countdown time!  Only a few days left until the 2015-2016 annual catalogue launches. I’m already playing with a few new items, and trying out colour combos with the new In Colors that were released.  The new colours 2015-2017 In Colors are

Watermelon Wonder, Cucumber Crush, Tip Top Taupe, Delightful Dijon, and Mint Macaron

Here’s an easy way to get your hands on a little bit of each – an In Color project share.

In Color share 2015

For $20  I will include

  • 1 yard of dotted lace trim in each of the 5 new colours
  • 1/4 package of Cherry on Top Designer Series Paper (12 full sized pieces sized 6×6″)
  • 1/4 package of In-Color envelope paper (this is sold as a package of 20 different 12×12″ papers, I am cutting them into 4 so you will get 20 pages sized 6×6″)
  • 2 pieces of 8.5×11″ card stock in each colour

Total = 5 yards lace trim, 32 double sided patterned papers sized 6×6″, 10 pages card stock sized 8.5×11″. Enough to make at least 20 cards using all coordinated layers and colours, such as this lovely card.

In Color card thanks

Add one of the new In Color ink pads to match ($8 value) and start making all sorts of fun coordinating projects!

Price includes shipping, taxes, cutting, packaging = it’s all included
Contact me for more info, to order, or request a catalogue

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Card making with friends and family

A few weeks ago I hosted a house full of card makers at my place. Some family, extended family, friends and new friends. We made a ton of cards!  I tend to have 6 to 8 choices available and on display for these classes, and all the materials are cut and ready to go, so it makes it very fast. And even with instructions and samples, there is still lots of room for creativity so we all ended up with different cards.

Here are a few of my samples

Perfect Blend Fabulous Four

The coffee cup stamp will not be available after this week, but it got lots of use on card making day. Everyone’s version had different greetings, different layouts and some used the other side of the patterned paper since it is also a perfect match.

Adventure Begins card

The Adventure card was fun for me to make. The wood grain embossed panel is rubbed with grey ink, then we embossed the greeting in silver on vellum to put over top. A few lengths of bakers twine knotted together in a button, and we’re done!  A few friends used the greeting “Choose the Road Less Travelled” which also fit really well in the red frame and could be appropriate for a baptism or encouragement card (or wedding card?). I think ‘the Adventure Begins’ is a lovely wedding sentiment too.

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With sympathy

Sometimes you need a card for  a somber occasion. At least you won’t have to go depressing card shopping, just make an appropriate card or two, then make the same card in brighter colors with a cheerful greeting for a happier event. It’s good therapy 😉

sympathy green
Card uses Simply Sketched stamp set (hostess set, retired) with Color Me Autumn paper, a silver embossed greeting.

Lotus Sympathy
This card uses the Lotus Blossom set from Sale-A-Bration that just ended. Since it is photopolymer, you can bend the stem piece when you stick it to the clear block. I didn’t want to fuss too much, so when I got an angle I liked (looking at this style card by Carole Parsons) I stamped it on this page, and 3 other cards. Then I repositioned the stem and stamped the second green stem on all 4 cards, and same with the 3rd stem when I had straightened the stamp.   Four super fast cards!

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Hexagon cards – plus free shipping this week

**All this week, April 6-10 there will be free shipping on all orders. So if you missed anything in Sale-A-Bration this is your perfect chance.**

A pair of cards this time using the positive and negative pieces from the ‘Hello You’ thinlits set.

Thanks card hexagons

I used the hexagon punch for this layout inspired by Dawn Olchefske.
– Crumb Cake base 8.5″ x 5.5″ scored on long side at 4.25″
-Night of Navy layer cut 4″x5.25″
-Hexagon punch-High Tide DSP (retired) 6 hexagon punches
-Eastern Elegance DSP (retired) for the flowers
-Boho Flower punch
-Color Me Autumn DSP for ‘Thanks’

First punch the 6 hexies, then lay them out on the blue layer, starting with the one touching 2 edges on the lop left corner. Leaving just a little margin between each, lay out the rest of them. Use a scrap hexie to show where you will punch through the blue layer – make a pencil line on the straight edge of this that is closest to the edge. Use this as a guide for punching out the 2 holes. Now glue it all together!

I made this card with the left overs I already had out

Thanks Color Me Autumn

The diamond pattern is the same sheet of paper as the thanks (the reverse side). Then I cut one of the hexies left over from the last card, and added them to each corner. A basic gold button with white bakers twine and lots of dimensionals. Fun colors!

Free Shipping

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Hip Hip Hooray card making burst

Seems my projects have been coming in bursts lately. One week I am focused on work, later the focus is on sewing, or an event comes up and I need a specific card so I make a few for that purpose. I finally had another card making burst and I’m here to share the results with you.

Mom and I decided about an hour before dinner that we should make 20 cards to send to my family in Japan. I know they prefer ‘simple’ cards (that is, no obscure greetings and no doilies or extra bling) so we opened up a card kit and had them all ready to go well before dinner.

Here’s all 20 cards we made from the Hip Hip Hooray kit, plus envelopes, grey ink spot, clear block and 3 stamps that are also included. Meg, I’m keeping the stamps and block – you can have all 20 cards & envelopes though 😉

Hip Hip Hooray cards

Ok, I did augment the kit with a few things I had within arms reach: Calypso Coral ink, thank you stamp from Everyday Occasions kit, bicycle and Hey There Friend stamps from past Paper Pumpkin kits, also a scrap of patterned paper and a tiny piece of black paper. Everything else (clips, shapes, bakers twine) was included in the kit – I didn’t even need scissors or glue!

Hip Hip Hooray extras

Those extras were obviously not needed, but they were fun to add and matched really well. When we were done there were still a dozen or more card stock stickers left plus lots of bakers twine, dimensionals and a few clips.

I have had this kit on hand for awhile, originally thinking it would be a nice project for someone else, maybe a nice beginners project for someone. Mom and I are probably not beginners anymore – but we had so much fun putting it together and I was surprised at how lovely the colors looked in person. It’s hard to take pictures of these and show the sweet color palette.

Hip Hip Hooray kit

Hip Hip Hooray card kit
item 134998   $24.95
makes 20 cards





Don’t forget it’s still Sale-a-Bration until the end of the March!  Every $60 purchase earns you a free item from the list here (pdf will open in a new page) Plus there are 4 new SAB items that were just added this week:



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