Quick and Simple Cards

Balloon Celebration: A Touch Of Pink

Some more balloon card inspiration for you today.  This one is a variation on Saturday's card. 


Tips and Techniques:  To make this one just grab a pack of your favourite Designer Series Paper.  I've used the Love Blossoms DSP Stack on page 17 of the Occasions catalogue.  (Note: There's a typo in the description - this is actually a pad of 6" x 6" squares,  not 12" x 12".)   You get 48 sheets with coordinating designs.  Makes it so easy to grab some that work well together.  Punch, arrange - all done.  You could whip up a bunch of these in a short time.  I was on a bit of a sparkly phase that day so added some coordinating Blushing Bride glimmer paper too.  Every day is better with a bit of  glitter I think. 


Got anyone who could use some sparkle in the mail?  Add a pack of glimmer paper to your next order.  My favourite colour in the glimmer paper is our beautiful Dazzling Diamonds.  Such a nice shade that goes with anything. 

Happy stamping!

Cheers, Sue


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Balloon Celebration: Now With Glitter

Balloons and sparkle - can't go too wrong with that combo.  Here's a sparkly option for your next balloon card. 


Tips and Techniques:  This one is a great option for if you're in a hurry.  So quick to just punch out a bunch of balloons in your favourite colours of glimmer paper.  (Thanks Ann - I loved the one you made at class that inspired this card.)  Stamp the strings and stick on your balloons - voila.  All done.  I found it easiest to arrange my balloons first then started from the top and adhere them one by one.  I used the bow from Balloon Framelits to cut a sparkly bow.  There is a bow stamp in the Balloon Celebration set you could use instead if you don't have that set of framelits.  Or if you're very clever with ribbon you could add a lovely ribbon bow for a nice finishing touch.  I'm all thumbs with ribbon so I love the 'zip it through the Big Shot' option.

I've used our lovely thick white for the card base, and our regular white for the section I've stamped on.  The smoothness of the regular white is great for stamping.  I've been going through LOTS of the thick white for the card bases.  A little sturdier so your card will stand up well. 


Have a sparkly day!  See you soon for another dose of balloon inspiration. 

Happy Stamping!

Cheers, Sue

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Thanks Card: Wooden Greetings

This is a rather grainy pic but I love this simple card.  Great for using up some smaller pieces of patterned paper (or an idea if you have some little sample packs.) 


Tips and Techniques: Use square punches or framelits to cut your trio of squares.  This paper is from Wildflower Fields DSP - free during Saleabration with a $90 order. Love these floating dandelions.  Looks striking with a frame of black.  I've used Tombow glue to attach the wooden greeting.  (Find them here: Expressions Natural Elements).  Hard to see in the pic but since it was quite a plain design, I added 2 lines of scoring using my Score Board.  A nice way to add a simple little extra something.  I've used the thicker white cardstock for my card base. 


My daughter Hannah loves to create and send cards too.  She put this one together for her grandparents as a thank you. 



Here's some other thank you card ideas from Stampin' Up.



Got anyone to thank during February?  Thank you cards are handy to have a little stash of aren't they. 

Happy Stamping!

Cheers, Sue

Cards With Washi Tape


We've been having lots of fun this month with my big bowl of washi tape!

Here's a colourful card that is so quick and easy to whip up.  


This one features Cherry On Top washi tape.  ($14.00 for 5 coordinating rolls.)

Line them up then add a wooden greeting.  (Expressions Natural Elements  $8.75. 5 each of 3 words - Congrats, Celebrate and Thanks. So versatile.   Page 160)

Some candy dots and a blossom accent to finish.  (Page 160/161.)


Here's a neutral toned version.  (Copied from Inspired by a gorgeous Angela Sargeant creation.) 


Added some silver dazzling details (page 162) to the wooden greeting this time. 


I loved class this month as everyone's cards turned out differently depending on which rolls of washi they picked from the bowl.  A little washi tape on the envelope to coordinate and voila - too easy. 


Start your washi tape collection today. 

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Washi Tape - colourful gorgeousness that matches your Stampin' Up colours.


Have a fabulous weekend!  Happy stamping.

Cheers, Sue

About The Label: Simple Cards


I had a lovely hour or so of cardmaking on Saturday for World Card Making Day.  Any excuse for some craft time.  My sister and daughter joined in the fun. 

I decided to introduce some ink to the pristine mint condition not yet used "About The Label" stamp set (page 129 for those playing along at home.)  Grabbed out the coordinating little set of punches (aren't they cute), a set of note cards and envelopes, the All Abloom Designer Paper pad (page 185) and some coordinating ink pads. 

For inspiration I turned to the page in the catalogue with the stamp set and found a few ideas to get me started.


The jars are easy to cut out with nice sharp scissors.  I love my paper snips (page 215.) 


And this stamp set has a nice range of teeny little greetings.  I opted for Hi - useful for a range of occasions!


Some patterned paper top and bottom and my 3 jars - just about set.  (Don't look too closely - I think one of those jars is a little lower than the other two.  Better not send this one to one of my gorgeous slightly OCD friends. Wink.) 


Some of our thick baker's twine in Strawberry Slush was just right for a finishing touch.  I had 27 tries at doing an attractive bow then gave up and snipped the ends off to a slightly less attractive knot.  :-)


Whipped up a little set in no time at all.   I love these little note cards and envelopes - great little size.


Happy Stamping!

Cheers, Sue

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Farewell Happy Watercolour

Happy Watercolour is one of the sets from the Occasions Catalogue that will not be carrying over to the main catalogue at the end of the month.  I love this set so thought I'd make a few more cards with it. 


In a simple mood lately so this is just a sheet of Night Of Navy cardstock. I've scored a rectangle using my Simply Scored board then added some piercing.  I used the Essentials Piercing Pack on page 179 plus my Paper Piercing Tool. 

The greeting is Perfectly Penned again (going to miss that one) and some of the splodges from Happy Watercolour.  Cut out with the super versatile Apothecary Accents framelits.  And some Candy Dots to finish.

I tried another panel of Happy Watercolour stamping and didn't like how it turned out.  


To save it from the bin, I got out one of my square framelits and used that to punch out a few pieces. 


And used those to make this that I like a bit better.  Base is Rose Red and the panel is Perfect Plum.  Used my Paper Piercer and Essentials pack again and the Fancy Fan embossing folder.   Can you tell I'm getting every use out of my Perfectly Penned set?  :-)




Tomorrow I've got some Blendabilities colouring with another favourite stamp set from the retiring list. 

See you then. 

Cheers, Sue

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Farewell Bright Blossoms: Just Stamps And Ink

I've been sorting through my stamp stash to see what we are farewelling this month and have a nice pile to have a Retirement Month play with.  Two to share with you today that are super simple - just stamps, inks and cardstock.  Sometimes it is nice to get back to basics. 


Stamps:  Bright Blossoms and the stunning greeting set Perfectly Penned.  Both retiring this month.

Colours: Pacific Point, Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight.  A bright happy combo. 

While I had my inks out I made another one with a different retiring stamp set - Betsy's Blossoms.


The greeting this time is from Happy Day - yep, also retiring. 

I love to use our Shimmery White cardstock when I'm doing cards like this.  It is a lovely white with a touch of added shimmer (we could all use a touch of added shimmer couldn't we!) and nice and strong for a card base.  I go through tons of it. 

My daughter Hannah (11) and I were making cards together this day so here's a few of her creations.  She's added some washi tape as well.  Spending time creating is fun, spending time with someone who shares a love of creating - even more fun. 


If you'd like to share some time creating this month - I've got space left on Thursday 26th June for my card class.  We'll be doing the Delft tile technique plus making another snazzy card using our new fringing scissors.  Details here

I've been rather busy at the craft table (aka the dining table) so check back soon for some more retiring product creations, plus some sneak peeks.

Cheers, Sue

Notecards: Hardwood and Banner Punch


This year' I've been enjoying using our little notecards and envelopes packs - I love the small size. 

For these ones I've been making use of some scraps left over from last month's class.  Trying to do a little more recycling this year! 

We cut out lots of banners in my February classes so I had a pile that looked a bit like this.  Perfect time to get out my new banner punch.  (Get this free during Saleabration with a $90 purchase. Ends 31 March.)


I've got a small fold up table that I sometimes set up in front of the TV of an evening.  For these cards I grabbed some inks that coordinated with the Sweet Sorbet DSP (another free choice with a $90 purchase) and the gorgeous Hardwood stamp set. 

Stamp straight on for a darker wood background like this ......


Or stamp off on scrap paper once then onto your card for a lighter background like the card at the top.  It doesn't matter if you get a slightly uneven finish - sort of works well with this project I think. 

I love my new Just Saying stamp set.  Bundle it with the coordinating Word Bubbles framelits and save 15%. 


If you've got some scrap patterned paper - grab a banner punch and make a pile of banners.  Quick and easy then to pop some along a card.  I used dimensionals to give them a little lift.

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Stampin' Up: Perfect Pennants You and Me Card


A quick and simple card today using the Perfect Pennants stamp set and some circle punches. 

I do love embossing folders.  This card features the new one - Ampersand.  Find it here.


The greeting is from Perfect Pennants stamp set.   Some handy greetings in that one for both card making and scrapbooking I think.   Find it here

Perfect pennants


I had some leftover bits of cardstock stamped with the Woodgrain background stamp so added those to the card to finish it off.  Always handy to make use of those scraps isn't it. 


Happy stamping!

Cheers, Sue

Notecard Creations: Petite Petals

Another simple little card idea for you today using our Notecards and Envelopes.  I love love love the new flower stamp set - Petite Petals.   There's a coordinating punch too. 


A nice, bright, happy colour combo today - Tempting Turquoise, Melon Mambo and Daffodil Delight. 

The greeting is from Lacy and Lovely stamp set.  I use it a lot - 'Hello' works for all sorts of occasions and is great for 'just because' cards too.   It is quite relaxing to just sit and whip up a bunch of these one layer, no fuss cards. 

Notecards and Envelopes pack:  $9.95 for a pack of 20


Happy creating. 

Cheers, Sue