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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Sympathy Cards

I was only talking earlier today to a couple of my customers about Sympathy Cards. They are not a card I really think of making until I need one. And now I need one.

You may have seen in the paper or heard on the news about the death of a young university student. It was one of my husband's (Kim's) relatives - his cousin's son. He died early this morning after falling down a stairwell at uni.

It was not that long ago that the family was left numb by the tragic death of one of Kim's cousins. She was killed in a bicycle accident in the city.

Two young lives losts, and with them, all their hopes and dreams.

Only my son Troy was was home when I found out - I went and gave him a huge cuddle. I don't know what I'd do if I were to lose either of my two children. I just don't know how parents cope in times like this.

I've made my sympathy card - didn't have any "sympathy" stamps - I guess they're not cards I like to think of making. But I made do with what I did have......

To make this card you will need the following Stampin' Up! supplies:

Stamp Set - Fifth Avenue Floral & Basic Phrases.
Ink - Kiwi Kiss, Riding Hood Red, Baja Breeze
Card Stock - Baja Breeze, Riding Hood Red, Kiwi Kiss, Basic Black, Watercolour Paper
Accessories - Baja Breeze 5/8" Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, Curly Label Punch, Blender Pen

My heart goes out to anyone who has lost a child....


Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Bright & Beautiful

I really enjoyed making this card for a team collour challenge.

I used the Happy Moments SAB set which I am really loving. It is one of the sets that you can choose for FREE during Sale-a-bration if you purchase $100 on SU! product or host a workshop with qualifying sales of at least $600. The Sale-a-bration stamps are limited edition sets, and are only available until 31st March 2010.

I really like the bright bold combination of Pink Passion, Tempting Turquoise and Kiwi Kiss card stock that I've used. I coloured the image with my Stampin' Pastels (chalk) using a blender pen. The Stampin' Pastels are a great way to get all of the 4 colour families straight away, whilst building up your supply of ink pads and markers. They sell for $48.95 and can be found on page 127 of the IB&C.

The ribbon, to which I attached 3 Circle Ice Rhinestone Brads, is Ribbon Originals - Pigtails.... it's in the IB&C on page 150.

This card is a great example of how easy it is to bring a project together using Stampin' Up! product.  Everything COORDINATES beautifully! It's one of the aspects I love most about Stampin' Up! products.

Until next time....

Fiona :)

As an aside - we got 3 new foster kittens today to look after until they are well enough to be desexed and adopted. Brings the total number we have fostered during the last 3 years to around 50 I think.

If you are considering buying a cat PLEASE go to an Animal Welfare Shelter near you and give a homeless cat a second chance.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Another Eyelet Border Card

I've got another card made using the eyelet boder punch for you to see. I'm really pleased with it..... I used the SU watercolour paper for flower. I stamped the flower (Fifth Avenue Floral stamp set) with Staz On Black Ink and coloured the flower using my Taken with Teal Marker and my SU Aqua Painter. I think the Kraft and Taken with Teal card stock look great together. What do you think?

Thanks for visiting my blog.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Eyelet Border Punch

For one of my upcoming workshops, the lovely hostess - Wendy - has asked that I use the Eyelet Border Punch. As I don't own the punch I asked my up line - Claire Daly - if I could borrow hers. She very kindly let me borrow the punch (thanks Claire) for a couple of days so I could "play" and come up with a card for Wendy's workshop.

Well.... I'm going to have to put the Eyelet Border Punch on my next order...... I LOVE it - it is SO versatile. Have a peek below at the various "looks" I came up with.

This is a "2" card  - it uses:

2 card stock colours - Whisper White and Basic Black
2 ink colours - again Whisper White and Basic Black
2 stamp sets -  Live Like You Mean It (Hostess Set ) and Fifth Avenue Floral
2 cutting tools - Paper Snips and Eyelet Border Punch

This card was made using Basic Black ,Whisper White and Lovely Lilac card stock. I used 2 stamp sets - "Basic Phrases" (IB&C) and "For Everything" (Summer Mini).

I stamped the flower image and greeting using my Certainly Celery and Lovely Lilac Markers. I was VERY thankful that I had my Stamp-a-ma-jig, as it helped me put the flower in the correct spot on top of the stem. I would be lost without my Stamp-a-ma-jig - it's definitely $22.95 well spent. (page 155 IB&C).

The ribbon is Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon .

I used 2 punches - obviously the Eyelet Border Punch, but also the Curly Label Punch which you can only purchase as part of the Curly Label Punch Bundle. For $65.96, you not only get the punch, but also 4 coordinating stamps. (page 153 IB&C).

This card was a CASE (Copy And Share Everything) of a card I saw at Claire's when I borrowed her punch. I used one of the current "In Colours" - Kiwi Kiss, as well as Real Red, Bashful Blue and Whisper White (don't you just love the names that SU gives it's colours!).

The stamp sets are Fifth Avenue Floral and one of the four SAB (Sale-a-bration) stamp sets -  Vintage Labels. You can only get SAB stamp sets through the Sale-a-bration promotion that lasts until 31st March 2010. You can choose a set FOR FREE when you spend $100 on SU product, or host a workshop with sales of at least $600. If you are interested give me a call (03 9727 3992).

I've also used the standard wheel "lluminated" also borrowed from Claire (thanks again!).

Of Course, the Eyelet Border Punch got another work out - and I also used the Scallop Square Punch.

Rose Red card stock and ink - I just love this colour.... it's one of my (many) favourites. I simply added some Whisper White and Apricot Appeal  card stock and some DSP (pattern paper) in Apricot Appeal(punched with the Scallop Circle Punch to make the "icing"). This DSP is only available as a Hostess Gift with qualifying workshop sales. You actually get 60 sheets of 6" x 6" DSP in 5 colours (Regal Rose, Apricot Appeal, Brocade Blue, Basic Grey and Garden Green).

I used the Big Bold Birthday stamp set to stamp the cake and the greeting. The greeting was punch with the Word Window Punch.

This card uses the "For Everything" and "Butterfly Prints" stamp sets, and the coordinating Butterfly Punch all three of which are in the Summer Mini Catalogue. If you want either of these stamp sets or the Butterfly Punch then you need to be quick as the Summer Mini Catalogue finishes on 31st March 2010.

The two colours used are Very Vanilla and Cameo Coral.

I hope you have enjoyed looking at my latest creations......until next time....

Happy Stampin'


Tuesday, February 16, 2010

It's pink

Well - I took the idea from yesterday and ran with it.... all the way to my Pretty in Pink cardstock and ink pad. I added some Whisper White, some brads and chalks and came up with.......

To make this card you will need the following Stampin' Up! supplies:

Stamp Set - Fifth Avenue Floral; Happy Moments
Ink - Pretty in Pink, Rose Red, Kiwi Kiss
Cardstock - Pretty in Pink, Whisper White
DSP - Rasberry Tart
Accessories - Rose Red Brads, Chalks - Pretty in Pink & Rose Red

I just love the background. It's the large flower from the Fifth Avenue Floral stamp set, stamped in Pretty in Pink on Pretty in Pink cardstock.

Back to that craft table I go.....see you again soon.


Monday, February 15, 2010

A little bit of inspiration.......

Today I've made a card, the inspiration for which came from one of the members of the Art with Heart team, Christine Blain (you can see Christine's card here). I love how she used white ink on Kraft for her flowers, so I thought I'd try it using one of my relatively new stamp sets - "Fifth Avenue Floral" and some of the georgous Real Red Polka-Dot Ribbon that's in the current Summer Mini. (If you'd  like to add this ribbon to your stash don't forget that the Summer Mini Catalogue finishes on 31st March 2010).

This is the card I came up with. I've embossed the background using VersaMark and clear embossing powder. I also embossed a clear flower on the inside of the card. You can just see this in the second photo. I think you could make some really pretty backgrounds with this stamp set, in versamark, which gives a watermark effect, or even in tone on tone - for example stamped in pretty in pink on pretty in pink cardstock..... hmmm might have to try that next!

The flower on my card is raised with dimensionals, and really should have been stamped on watercolour paper, but I don't have any yet in my stash. (I ordered some yesterday so I can't wait til it arrives and I can get into some watercolouring)

To make this card you will need the following Stampin' Up! supplies:

Stamp Set - Fifth Avenue Floral
Ink - Whisper White Craft Stampin' Pad, Versa Mark, Markers - Real Red, Regal Rose, Pretty in Pink, Always Artichoke
Cardstock - Real Red, Kraft
Accessories - Large Oval Punch, Dauber, 3/4" Polka-Dot Grosgrain Ribbon in Real Red (from the Summer Mini), Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals, Embossing Buddy, Stampin' Emboss Powder in White & Clear, Heat Tool, Blender Pen,

I'm so glad you popped in to see what I've been doing.

Happy Stampin'


Friday, February 5, 2010

Easle Card..... equates to Easy Card

 hope you are having a fabulous Friday. I am. I had breakfast with my scrapping friends so we could work out our scrapping schedule for the term, and then I came home and surfed the net, looking at blogs I love.

I was so inspired by Dawn Griffith's Easle Card that I made one straight away. This card was dead easy to make...... and when it is "displayed" it looks SO different from your standard everyday card. You can check out  Dawn's blog here. I look at it all the time -  I think she's great and so inspirational!

To make this card you will need the following Stampin' Up! supplies:

Stamp Set - Butterfly Prints, Hello Again (both from the Summer Mini), Vintage Labels (Sale-a-bration set)
Ink - Basic Black
Cardstock - Orchid Opulence, Pink Pirouette, Basic Black
Accessories - Butterfy Punch (from the Summer Mini), 1 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon in Pink Pirouette (from the Summer Mini), Scallop Circle Punch, 1 1/4" circle punch, 1" circle punch, Stampin' Dimensionals, SNAIL.

Happy Stampin'