ScallopTag Punch Card

So, you would have to be a non-user of Pinterest to have not seen the popularity of the Tag Punch Card.  There are even Pin boards dedicated to this little card!!  So when we had our last Team catch up night, I thought it was the right time to give one a whirl!

I finally gave this card for a lovely friend of mine who had her birthday earlier this month.  So now it's time to share!  Ta Dah!  My version of the Scallop Tag Punch card!

I've used Pool Party CS as my base, added a layer of Basic Black and Whisper White CS for my panels.  I've used one of my favourite sets.... Regarding Dahlias and the ever so pretty French Foliage for some background stamping.

I've stamped in Pool Party and Pacific Point, two lovely shades of blue. You might also see a sneak peek of the new In Colour....  Lost Lagoon.  It's a lovely shade of blue and punches perfectly with a new punch!!  The Itty Bitty Accents punch!

I've tied off the card with some White Satin ribbon I had in my stash.  Such a pretty colour combination don't you think!

So here's what I used to make this card:

Stamps: Regarding Dahlias, French Foliage (retired) & Express Yourself
Inks: Basic Black, Pacific Point & Pool Party
Papers: Whisper White, Basic Black, Lost Lagoon & Pool Party CS
Accessories: Scallop Tag Punch, Itty Bitty Accents punch, gems & ribbon

To make this card you can find the online instructions here or send me a message - I would love to help!

My card inspiration was found here.

Fit for a Princess

Well it's been all about the birthdays at my house the last few weeks!  Just this weekend gone, we had two parties .... my son's movie party on the Saturday and my little girl's party on Sunday.

So my Jessie girl turned four the other day.  And she's our princess.  So I wanted everything to be pretty for her, including the card, the cake, the everything!!  I finally settled on the idea of having a Princess Castle card.  But how to design???  The dilemma.  Google was my friend and I found a great template that I adapted for my card.

I cut the first layer from my stash of Pretty in Pink CS (I'm still sad my favourite shade of pink has retired) and cut the top layer from a piece of Pretty in Pink DSP.  The arched doors are the reverse of the DSP, so fit perfectly within the door I cut!

I've used various scraps of papers, punches and pretty pieces to decorate my castle.  Including lots of sparkly glitter around the window and door edges.  It doesn't show up too well in the photo, but they are there!  I've added ribbon bows, brads for door handles and a little butterfly!

I've used the white card insert as a feature as well, by embossing with my clouds Embossing Folder.  It also means I was able to write on the inside of the card which can't be seen from the front.

Jessie girl really loved this card, and that's all that matters for a four year old!!  Happy birthday princess xx

ps You can find the template for the castle at 'A Path of Paper'.

Calypso Coral Flowers

So just the other day I shared a card I made in my Melbourne workshop.  So the card I shared on Thursday used Bermuda Bay as the feature colour, so when demonstrating in Melbourne I decided to really mix up the colours and use Calypso Coral.  Its a pretty colour, just one I never use!

I stamped my flowers with Calypso Coral  ink and punched them out with the Petite Petals punch.  I love how that set coordinates!  I added little pearls to each centre of the flower, it makes them so cute!

I punched little leaves from Old Olive CS using the Bird Builder punch.  I love how you can use a Bird punch for flowers!!

I've put my card on a Whisper White card matt embossed with the Mosaic Folder.  So pretty, it reminds me of a garden trellis!

So here's what I used:
Stamps: Petite Petals & Express Yourself
Inks: Basic Black & Calypso Coral
Papers: Whisper White & Old Olive CS
Accessories: Pearls & Petite Petals Punch
Big Shot: Little Leaves sizzlet & Mosaic EF

Fresh Flowers

The other week I travelled to Melbourne to visit my family.  While I was there, I also did a small workshop for my favourite aunty.  So when packing for a workshop for Melbourne, I have to think compact and think organised and make sure I pack everything I need (I've learned that one the hard way!!).

So I decided to use two of my current stamp sets, Petite Petals being one of them.  I did the embossing at home on the Big Shot, but the rest of the card we made together.  This was my original design:

The flowers are really sweet and look so cute with the little pearls in the centre, but I decided it needed just a little bit of something more!

So when I got home, I had a second look and decided to add a strip of Washi Tape.  A little touch and not too much I think!

If you're wondering about the Washi Tape, this one is so cute and from the new Project Life range - this one being from the Everyday Adventure Project Life Accessory Pack.  How cute is that!!  This accessory pack is so cute and full of lots of things to use for Project Life or Cards or Scrapbooking.  Anything really!  

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So here's what I used:
Stamps: Petite Petals & Express Yourself
Inks: Basic Black & Bermuda Bay
Papers: Whisper White & Old Olive CS
Accessories: Everyday Adventure Washi Tape, pearls & Petite Petals Punch
Big Shot: Little Leaves sizzlet & Honeycomb EF

Birthday Skater

Just over a week ago it was my son's birthday.  Oh my gosh, he turned eleven - so where did that go?  I haven't had a chance to share my projects (well birthday card) as I had my daughter's fourth birthday a couple of days ago.  And guess what it gets crazier better!  I have two birthday parties on one weekend.  I'm feeling exhausted!!

So for now, I'm going to start with sharing the birthday card.  I needed something that wasn't too young-ish (is that a word) and Luke asked for a skater game, so seemed like the perfect idea... to make this card!

Inspired by skateboard punch art I found on Pinterest.  I got to work!!  I used a Smokey Slate card base, a layer of Marina Mist and textured Whisper White CS for the card.

I made the skate boards from Marina Mist CS & Old Olive CS, which I had stamped with coordinating inks using the Woodgrain stamp set.

I added lots of background interest using Gorgeous Grunge and Off the Grid in coordinating colours.  Made some little wheels and put it all together.  The sentiment was an easy add on, and I decided to not put the age on the card.  He's such a big boy now!!

So here's what I used:
Stamps: Off the Grid, Woodgrain, Gorgeous Grunge & Itty Bitty Baners
Inks: Marina Mist & Old Olive
Papers: Smokey Slate, Marina Mist, Old Olive & Whisper White CS
Accessories: assorted punches

Pinterest inspiration was found here.

A Happy Thank you

I love to thank my friends and customers that help me continue in my little business, being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator.  I joined for myself and my friends.  Over five years later, I still love it.  So when I receive orders, I try to send a Thank you card as often as I can.

These are my latest cards.  I love the simplicity and the colour just pops!  A great card to make when you're making a few, dozen or more!!

For my first card, I used the gorgeous colour of Coastal Cabana.  I inked the stamp once, making sure there was lots of ink on the stamp, and then stamped three times without reinking.  This makes a gorgeous ombre effect which is perfectly colour coordinated!

I have made a second colour choice by using the Strawberry Slush ink pad.  A really deep pink and really pretty!  I have then stamped the flower image over the colour using Basic Black inks.  A little sentiment was stamped as well.

For interest, I've added some gold sequins.  These sequins are so easily pulled off the Sequin Trim, the hardest part is trying not to get glue all over your fingers.  I recommend using tooth picks!

So here's what I used:
Stamps: Happy watercolour
Inks: Basic Black, Strawberry Slush & Coastal Cabana
Papers: Whisper White
Accessories: Gold Sequin Trim

Tomorrow I'll share a stepped up verison of this card we made at our Workshop in Melbourne :)


June Weekly Deal - Week 2

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Alpha Stampin' Around Builder Wheel
Afternoon Tea II Kit - Digital Download
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Soho Subway Designer Series Paper
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More Birthday Flowers

So on Saturday I shared my first version of this Birthday card, using pinks as the main colour scheme for the flowers.  I decided to mix it up a bit and try it with blue.  Pretty blues and yellows.  I'm really pleased how it turned out too!

I've used Crumb Cake ink on Crumb Cake CS for the woodgrain look.  The yellows and blues contrasted perfectly!

I've used Coastal Cabana and Crushed Curry inks for my colour, and punched out tiny little Crushed Curry flowers.  Add some bling with pearls and jewels, perfect!

Here's what I used:
Stamps: Gorgeous Grunge, Petite Petals, Hardwood & Teeny Tiny Sentiments
Inks: Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Coastal Cabana & Crushed Curry
Papers: Old Olive, Crushed Curry, Blushing Bride, Whisper White & Crumb Cake CS
Accessories: Pearls & Sponge daubers
Big Shot: Little Leaves die & Window Framelits

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Birthday Flowers

I don't know about you, but the end of May and all of June are busy birthday months for me.  So I have been trying to stock up on a few birthday cards.  I am loving the Petite Petals set, so thought what  a wonderful excuse to use them!!

I know, I know, I know I've been using the Hardwood stamp a lot, but it really is the perfect background stamp for so many cards!  And it stamps beautifully on Crumb Cake CS with Crumb Cake ink.  Sponging the edges looks good too.

 For interest, I cut out the centre using the Window Framelits, and added a stamp of scattered dots from the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set.  So cute!

I stamped my flowers with Blushing Bride & Melon Mambo, and added a few little itty bitty flowers too.  The leaves and the pearls add so much interest to the card!

I love this colour combination and intend to make more cards using this design!

Here's what I used:
Stamps: Gorgeous Grunge, Petite Petals, Hardwood & Teeny Tiny Sentiments
Inks: Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Melon Mambo & Blushing Bride
Papers: Old Olive, Melon Mambo, Blushing Bride, Whisper White & Crumb Cake CS
Accessories: Pearls & Sponge daubers
Big Shot: Little Leaves die & Window Framelits

Wise Owl

So  I haven't done any punch art in a while, so when I organised a dinner for a lovely friend to celebrate the completion and graduation of her Masters..... I knew it was the perfect time to start again!

And when you think of graduations, you think of mortar board hats.  Well I do, so it got me thinking of a wise old, scholarly owl!


And isn't it just lucky that Stampin'  Up! has the coolest Owl punch ever!!  I used a few punches though actually.  The owl body and face was made with the Owl Builder punch, the wings from the scallop circle punch and the leaves from the Bird Builder punch.

I added little black pearls for eyes, and hand cut the mortar board and tassel.  The owl's beak is actually the little heart from the Owl Builder punch.  My owl has been layered onto a piece of recycled corrugated cardboard.  Love that rustic look.

I then stamped the Hardwood stamp with Crumb Cake ink onto Crumb Cake CS and sponged the edges.  I thought it added the idea of a tree to the card.  I then used Whisper White CS as the card front and Soft Suede as the card base.  The Congratulations stamp is from the Happy Congratulations stamp set.

I've added a bow tied from Black satin ribbon.  The colouring in this photo is not so great, but I realised later that night that I forgot to add the little scroll to the owl's wing.   So the picture below gives you an idea of what the owl looked like (photo taken at night, so the colours aren't so great).  But the little scroll really adds to the card!

Happy Graduation!

So here's what I used:
Stamps: Happy Congratulations
Papers: Basic Black, Early Espresso, Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie, Coastal Cabana, Soft Suede & Pear Pizzazz CS, corrugated cardboard
Inks: Basic Black
Accessories: black pearls, Owl & Bird Builder punches, Itty Bitty punch & black satin ribbon
Big Shot: Oval Framelits

June Weekly Deals

Great News!  Weekly Deals have been extended.  Indefinitely!


The Details:
Each Wednesday, we'll be bringing you a new set of deals on a selection of fantastic products. Be sure to check back each week to see what's on sale so you can take advantage of these great deals before they're gone!

This Week's Deals:

Item  Description  Retail Price  Sale Price
3 Inch Circle Originals Die
Paper Doily Sizzlits Die
Peekaboo Frames Bigz L Die
Itty Bitty Punch Pack
Scallop Circle Bigz Die
Sweet Buttons Embosslit Die
Twitterpated Kit - Digital Download

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Convention Swap 3

Today's share is my final Convention Swap.  I simply ran out of time and just stayed with my three designs.  I know there would have been so many to swap with, but I was pretty pleased with the number of swaps I made and therefore received!

So today's Convention Swap is based on the Baby Shower card I made the other week.  I loved that card so much I decided to make it a swap!

 And of course I made baby cards for little boys and little girls this time.  Babies are so sweet, how could you not!  This first version was for little baby boy themed cards.  I used pretty much the same products as I did for the Baby Shower card, just swapped out the pinks for Marina Mist.  Marina Mist is such a pretty blue!

I love the little line/banner line.  The little banner stamps and punch outs made for such a cute banner, and the little blue shoes are adorable.  Of course I've added a loopy bow made of Linen Thread.

I also made a bunch of cards in pinks.  The only real difference being I was able to use some of my Blushing Bride chevron ribbon to add to the banner.  So cute!

 I've also stamped the baby sentiment on both cards, using Soft Suede ink and adding some little shiny gold sequins.  Love the sequins, they add a wonderful touch!

The finer details: I have used Crumb Cake CS as the card base.  I have then stamped the Hardwood stamp onto a piece of Very Vanilla CS. I used my scissors to distress the edge of the card, and then sponged Crumb Cake over the edges.  It blended the woodgrain card front to the base perfectly.

They looked so pretty in a stack.  Love love love!  I also noticed (oopsy) the convention recipe that I put on the back of each card was wrong.  Can't believe I got that wrong.  Teaches me to leave everything to the last minute!!

So here's what I used:
Stamps: Woodgrain, Baby We've Grown & Banner Blast
Inks: Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Marina Mist & Blushing Bride
Papers: Very Vanilla & Crumb Cake CS
Accessories: Gold Sequin trim, linen thread, Blushing Bride chevron ribbon, banner punch & sponge daubers.

Enjoy. I  hope you liked the swaps I made.  I'll try and take photos of the swaps I received.  There are a few.....

Convention Swap 2

So yesterday I shared one of my Convention Swaps designs, so today I can share another design I had!  This card (front), used some of my favourite products and favourite bright colours!  Coastal Cabana and Crushed Curry.  Yep, you're hearing a theme of Crushed Curry!!

I really liked this card and couldn't choose which was my favourite version.  So I'll pick both!

These swaps use the Eastern Elegance DSP papers.  They are so bright, with a wonderful choice of patterns.  I used just two of these patterns which I thought were perfect for a background paper.  As you can see, one pattern featured Crushed Curry, the second featured Coastal Cabana.

I cut my oval from Whisper White CS, using Oval framelits and inked the edges with Crushed Curry.  I've stamped an assortment of flowers from the Petite Petals  stamp set, using Crushed Curry, Coastal Cabana and Bermuda Bay inks.  Purty.

Little sparkly gems add the perfect touch to the centres of the flowers.  I've stamped the 'thank you' sentiment in Basic Black ink and added a loopy bow of linen thread.

Yep, can't choose which one I prefer.  Both purty!!

And yep, I made a stack of these too!

So here's what I used for this card swap:
Stamps: Petite Petals & Happy Watercolour
Inks: Basic Black, Crushed Curry, Coastal Cabana and Bermuda Bay
Papers: Eastern Elegance DSP, Whisper White, Smokey Slate & Coastal Cabana DSP
Accessories: Rhinestone gems, linen thread, Petite Petals punch & Sponge Daubers
Big Shot: Oval Framelits


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