Soft and Feminine Cards

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

Spritzing and Fifth Avenue Floral


A spritzer is one of those tools isn't it - once you get it out you spritz everything in sight. This card needed a little something and my spritzer seemed just the thing.


Colours: Rose Red, Chocolate Chip and Very Vanilla.

Stamp Sets: Fifth Avenue Floral and Sincere Salutations

Other: Choc Chip ribbon, some of that lovely antique lace from the Summer mini and some pearls.


And a little bit of tizzying for the inside of the card.


Cheers, Sue

Bliss In Razzleberry

I quite like making little 10cm square cards.  Actually if you make them 9.9cm square then you can get 3 out of an A4 sheet of cardstock.  Here's one featuring the SaleABration stamp set Bliss and a colour I love - Rich Razzleberry.


I used my Colour Coach for the colour scheme - Rich Razzleberry, Blushing Bride and Early Espresso.  The Curly Label punch is one of my most used punches lately.  I stamped a panel of white cardstock then picked out 2 parts I liked with my punch.   This card also has some DSP from the In Colour Patterns Stack, some self adhesive pearls and I've added a bit of spritzing with a Stampin' Write Marker and spritzer. 

Still spaces left this Wednesday 16th and also Wednesday 23rd at 7.30pm if you'd like to try a spritzing class.  We're making one masculine card, one Bliss card and one soft feminine card and trying two types of spritzing.  You'll get a Mini Mister to take home too.  More details here.

Cheers, Sue