Soft and Feminine Cards

Pop Up Posies Designer Kit

Hello and I hope you're having a lovely weekend.  Today's card features the Pop Up Posies Designer Kit.


The kit (on page 18 of the Stampin' Up Seasonal Catalogue) has 9 of those handy tags, plus all the bits and bobs you need to embellish them with 3 styles of flower.  There are 9 fabric covered brads plus the flowers - some as pictured above in Calypso Coral and Pool Party, plus some Very Vanilla patty pan style ones.  You get some bakers twine as well as that Just For You stamp.  Pop the completed tags on a gift, or use them on a card like I have.  The kit including the stamp is $22.95.


I've used a Crumb Cake base and  piece of patterned paper from the More Amore DSP pack on page 10.


I had some lace leftover from the Artisan Embellishment kit too.


Speaking of Amore - Valentines' Day was last month and it was my turn to remember (well only just!)  John and I seem to take it year about.  I remembered rather late so was in my usual rush.  I got a little cake from the bakery,  a card out of my stash from a Stampin' Up event a few years ago, and quickly punched a couple of hearts from the More Amore DSP to pop onto a toothpick and stick into the cake.  Punches are such handy tools!


Here's a closer look at the card.  The stamp set has long retired (I've forgotten the name of it now) but I thought I'd share the idea to use acetate.  Sort of hard to photograph but the base card is acetate or window sheet, then there's the cardstock panel stuck onto the front and inside ready to write on.  A bit of a fingerprint collector but nice for something different.


And now I'd best get back to the dining table.  I'm chained to it this weekend filing a gazillion bits of paper while we have a weekend catching up on some tax returns.  And filling up a few boxes of recycling along the way.  It will be nice to get it all done I guess. 

Hope your weekend includes something exciting.  Happy stamping.

Cheers, Sue

Artisan Embellishment Kit Again ....

Back again with another card I made while playing with the Artisan Embellishment Kit. 


All of the things on this card are from the kit, except the base which is Primrose Petals and the strip and circle of patterned paper which are from the More Amore DSP. 

I thought the cards that the kit ribbons are wrapped around looked too nice to discard, so trimmed some off one, rounded the corner again and popped it on to my card. 


This would be a padded bag, or hand in person card with those bumpy bits.  I had fun arranging and rearranging and rearranging and rearranging the elements.  ;-)


You can find the Artisan Embellishment Kit and the More Amore DSP on page 10 of the new seasonal catalogue.

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Cheers, Sue 

Artisan Embellishment Kit

One of the things that jumped from the new seasonal catalogue straight onto my wishlist was the Artisan Embellishment Kit on page 10.  Lacy and layered is not really my comfort zone but I've thoroughly enjoyed having a play with this kit and trying out a different style.


Isn't the lace lovely.  My base is brushed bronze (retired), and then I've got a Pool Party layer with a nice embossed edge. 

The heart is from the laser cut sheets of hearts in the More Amore DSP pack (pg 10).  They come in two colours.  I love the assortment of resin buttons in the Artisan kit.  I've used glue dots to attach them here.


The butterfly punch is the new little one on page 13.  I can't resist a new punch! 

I'll be back tomorrow to show you another card I made with the kit. 


Products Featured include:

Embossing folder - Delicate Designs (Main catalogue, pg 188, $15.95)


Glue Dots  (Main catalogue, pg 177, $8.95 for a pack of 300.)

Wedding-dressIt has been fun to experiment with something different.  Reminds me of when I got my wedding dress. 

Mum and I had a lovely day out browsing wedding dress shops and I'd tried on a stack. 

At this particular shop the assistant was putting my selections into the change room and said - let's just try this one too. 

It was quite a different style to the ones I'd been looking at and I didn't like it at all on the hanger.  

 I put it on and fell in love with it instantly.  

That's really got nothing to do with cards has it!?  Must have lace on the brain.  

Happy stamping and thanks for stopping by.


Cheers, Sue






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Think Ink Team Awards

It is that time of year again - the annual Think Ink Team Awards where my team celebrates another Stampin' Up year of fun and craft and creating.  Thought I'd share some pics.


I've been enjoying making these cards - saw this idea here  for the lovely background.  I've used Shimmery White cardstock and glued 2 strips punched with the lace ribbon border punch.  Creates a nice embossed look.  Some score lines with the Simply Scored.   Apothecary Art for the floral panel on watercolour paper. Regal Rose, So Saffron and Old Olive for my watercolouring.


Here's some of our 2012 Think Ink Team Awards prizes and certificates. 


(The role of Tina's die box is being played by Sue's die box for the pic - ha ha!)

Congratulations to Kylie, Tina and Rachel for their sales awards, and again to Kylie for her recruiting award, and to Judy - this year's Think Ink rising star award recipient.  Well done ladies!   And congrats to everyone in the crew for another fun year of getting inky.

I CASEd this Constantly Stamping card  to make this one using Bordering On Romance stamp set .....




That test tube used to hold jelly beans.  I washed and kept the tubes after we polished off the jelly beans as they looked so cute.  Actually I bought them especially to repurpose.  Have you ever bought something just for the cute container? 

Have a fabulous weekend. 

Cheers, Sue

Elements Of Style and Bleach


Thanks to a great convention presentation by Kirsty Brown, I've been having lots of fun playing with bleach lately.  


We're doing Kirsty's bleach technique at my June classes - one more group this Thursday then I'll share the cards we've done this month.

I was making a card for one of Jack's kinder friends - Alyssa - on the weekend and used a practise bleach flower I had on the table to make her card.  The big flower branch from Elements Of Style was clear embossed onto Regal Rose, then I punched circles from it. 


Colours: Crumb Cake base, textured Pink Pirouette for the scallops, Melon Mambo for the trim, Whisper White for the matting.


I do love my circle punches.  For this card I've used the 1" circle - perfect size for the Lovely Letters stamp set I used for the A.  Then the 1 1/4", and 1 3/8" circles and of course the XL Scallop Circle (1 3/4").  The Scallop Trim border is my most frequently turned to border punch lately.  Seems to go with any style of card.

Wish Big is from Short and Sweet greeting set.  And since Alyssa was turning 5 I just had to add some rhinestones for a bit of sparkle.   (Hannah gave this addition an A+.)


Very quick matching envelope using the gorgeous swirly thing from the Elements Of Style stamp set. 


And the swirl was handy for the inside too - this time in Crumb Cake ink.  Just time for Jack to write a greeting then it was off to the party!  (Memo to self - make cards more than 20 minutes before you're about to head out the door!) 


Only half a year to go of kinder then they'll all be off to school.   I do love kinder year. 

Back soon.  Been busy at the craft table so a few projects to share with you in this 'rather quiet lately' patch of blogland.

Cheers, Sue

Butterfly Card


A little butterfly card for you today using the butterfly from Nature's Walk. 

Colours: Rose Red, Regal Rose, Old Olive and Naturals Ivory

Other: A wheel (I forget the name now - will edit later!), eyelet border punch, oval punch, markers, pearls, crimper, sponge

Mood lighting shot.  :-)


Have a great weekend.  I'm off this morning to get rid of some grey hairs - aaahhh.

Cheers, Sue

Paper Strip Quilting Card

Hope you had a lovely weekend.  I'm back again to show you the paper strip quilting card we did in class this month.  (Technique inspired by this card.)

First we tried out the technique by making a small panel for our technique books. (Each month at class we have 2 techniques to add to our books, building up a nice resource over time.)


Then we made a larger panel to place on our card. 


Colours:  Concord Crush, Pretty In Pink

Other: Lap Of Luxury Designer Series Patterned Paper, Well Scripted stamp set, Beautiful Wings Embosslit and Rhinestones.  And of course a paper trimmer to cut all those strips and Anywhere Glue Stick to paste them down! 


I've got a few strips leftover.  I think I'll take them along to calisthenics this week and make up some more panels while Hannah does her class.

Have a super week!

Cheers, Sue

SaleABration Bliss and Faux Silk

Hello, cough cough splutter splutter - hmmm rather a bit of dust here in my patch of blogland!  It has been a little quiet on my craft table lately but I got busy on the weekend and have a few projects to share in this last part of March. 


Those of you who receive my newsletter would have seen my step by step Bliss Faux Silk card in the last edition.  My stamping friend Christine reminded me of an alternative way of doing the faux silk technique and I thought I'd give it a go.  Here's my newsletter card on the left, and the softer version on the right.

For the one on the left I stamped directly onto some tissue paper then crinkled it up, smoothed it back out and glued it onto a piece of white cardstock.  For the one on the right I stamped onto the piece of white cardstock, then crinkled and smoothed a plain piece of tissue paper and glued it over the top.  The crinkly tissue paper gives your project a nice crushed silk type of texture.  I quite like the softness of the second method.


The greeting is done with the gorgeous swirly script stamp set "Well Scripted."  I hummed and haaaed over this set as I really only wanted a couple of the greetings.  In the end I decided I loved them so much I'd get the set and I'm glad I did - it is so elegant.   Don't forget to check through your Summer Mini catalogue.  It comes to an end on March 31st.   Some items may appear in our new big catalogue in September - but we can never predict which ones so best to grab any 'must haves' before March 31.  Get in touch if I can help.


I've added a little bit of the swirl from the SaleABration set Bliss to the greeting and sponged the edges.  My oval punch (remember stamp first, then punch) worked well with this greeting.  And of course some of our little pearls to finish - I love these teeny ones.

I loved how my friend Sue put pearls along the scallop trim border in this card so decided to go to town with my sheet of pearls and add them to mine too. 


The Recipe:

Stamp Sets:  Bliss and Well Scripted

Colours: Rich Razzleberry, Sahara Sand, Regal Rose, Blushing Bride and Whisper White

Other: Scallop Trim Border Punch, Pearls, one of the oval punches, white tissue paper (raid the gift wrap box) and an Anywhere Glue Stick.


Now while Jack is at kinder I'll get busy on the computer and get a few more project photos unloaded to share with you.   See you in a couple of days!

Cheers, Sue

 PS.  I've got a couple of spaces left on Wednesday evening for our Paper Strip Quilting and Emboss Resist class.   Rather lovely cards this month (if I do say so myself, as my grandfather would often say!) so book a spot if you'd like a relaxed evening of card making.  Details here.

Baby Congrats Card


A card for a friend who had a baby girl recently.   She looks such a sweet little baby - it is hard to remember when Hannah and Jack were that small.  Doesn't the time zip by quickly.


I've used my big heart punch, some embossing folders and the lovely heart stamp from Punch Potpourri (a hostess stamp set.)   This card was inspired by this one  that I loved by Tina Gillespie.

The SaleABration stamp set Bliss was handy to add a little something to a gift bag. 


Babies, babies - I could almost get clucky.  Almost!   Think I'll settle for a little cuddle. 

Cheers,  Sue