Perpetual Fabulous lanterns card

What makes a card of asian lanterns both ‘perpetual’ and ‘fabulous’ you ask? Well, using stamps from the Perpetual Birthday Calendar and Fabulous Four sets. Also the fact that it mixes very old with very new supplies, and I think it is fabulous.

Perpetual fabulous party card

The old: Kanji stamp set (from prior to 2007?), and the crimper (also retired)

The new/current: Perpetual Birthday Calendar stamp set (chrysanthemum and flowers on the lanterns), Fabulous Four stamp set (greeting), 2″ circle punch, 2015-2017 In Color envelope paper, Mint Macaron/Black Bakers Twine

The key to this kind of card is to stamp the lanterns first, crimp them second keeping the fold lines horizontal, and punch out the circles LAST. If you do the punching out before the crimping you get weird oval shapes. Not very party lantern-y.


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World Traveler Anniversary card

I just finished cleaning up an epic crafting mess – which must mean it’s time for another card class at my place.  All the samples are made and all the kits have been assembled. Here’s a sneak peek of what we are making tomorrow. Sorry if you missed the sign up, I’m now fully booked.

World Traveler Anniversary card

-Papers: Tip Top Taupe card base, Bravo Burgundy, Very Vanilla, Going Places Designer Series Paper Stack
-Inks: Pool Party, Night of Navy
-Timeless Love stamp set
-Burlap ribbon, small heart punch (Itty Bitty Punch Pack – retired), World Traveler embossing folder

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Garden fence from a sled kit

I made this card with various scraps recently. Remember you don’t have to use items like the are listed in the kit.  The white picket fence here was made from sled die-cuts that I cut in half.

Fence sled card

Components from: Watercolor Winter Simply Created Kit (sled/fence pieces), Watercolor Wishes Card Kit (flowers and leaves), Beyond the Garden designer series paper, and Floral Wings hostess stamp set (Love Ya)

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Botanicals for You

This card is fast to make and has such pretty colours. I cut a whole stack of them to take to a friend’s house and make together. Only 2 layers to cut – so easy.

Botanicals for You card

The greeting is stamped by inking the full words in Daffodil Delight, then inking only the top in Calypso Coral, and only the bottom in Pistachio Pudding before applying to the paper.

I also used Baked Brown Sugar paper as the card base, and Venetian Romance Designer Series Paper for the layer. Plus some gold washi tape.

Most of the supplies are retired products, no longer available. Which was part of the plan since this is a “use up supplies, let nothing go to waste” card.  The stamp set however is brand new! It’s the Botanicals For You stamp set that is a current Sale-a-Bration selection that you can earn free with any $60 purchase (until March 31).




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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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