image.jpgimageI’m sorry to say, this blog has ended. I had a stroke. After 15 months in hospital I’m home but still wheelchair bound.  I still make cards but rehab is my first priority. Let me finish with a few cards I’ve made since my stroke.

And a photo of my family at my brother’s wedding the day after I left hospital.

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I just love the new Artisan Embellishments kit from Stampin’ Up!.  So much so I use it sparingly so it goes further, if that makes sense.  Plus, with something so lovely, you need to make sure that the person you’re giving it to will appreciate it.  For me, this is the card I made for my lovely Mother-in-Law for Mother’s Day, who I know will appreciate all the gorgeous details.

 

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I love this colour combination – Crumb Cake, Island Indigo, Primrose Petals and Very Vanilla.  I’ve used Fan Fair DSP and Large Paper Doily Sizzlit for the background and the sentiment is from the Delightful Dozen stamp set.

Thanks for looking🙂

Rachel

I really love this card.  I made it for a class last year, and I was pleasantly surprised how it turned out.

I used the colours Perfect Plum and Crumb Cake, which go so well together.  The flower is made with Perfect Plum cardstock and First Edition Specialty DSP and the Floral Frames Framelits.  There is a Vintage Faceted Designer button in the middle of the flower, around a sentiment stamped from the stamp set, A Fitting Occasion.  In the background and on the envelope, I stamped Perfect Plum with the Daydream Medallions stamp set together with some Perfect Plum Colour Collection Designer Series Paper stack and Cotton Ribbon.

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This is a close up:

 

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Thanks for looking,

Rachel

I had a class a while ago where one of the cards we made was with the Swallowtail stamp.  I heat embossed it with Pewter embossing powder, and I must admit, I hope Stampin’ Up! don’t ever retire Pewter embossing powder – it’s a gorgeous colour! And I love how it looks embossed over First Edition Specialty paper.

I then coloured in the butterfly using blender pens and ink pads.  Lastly, a Pretty Petites stamp punched out with the new Petite Curly Label punch from Sale-a-bration gave me a sentiment for the card. This is the card I made for the class:

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And then while I was packing up after the class, I had had so much fun making the Swallowtail card during the class, and watching what all my lovely ladies made with it, that I had another play with it and made all these cards too:

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The card above was made simply sponging Island Indigo ink over the embossed image of the butterfly – love this effect!

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The cards above were made using a combination of blender pen colouring and using my marker pens to colour.

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Lastly, I made a card with white embossing powder and used my marker pen to colour it in.  Honestly, I shouldn’t have coloured this card in.  It’s not good enough by my standards and would have looked better had I just left it embossed, not coloured, clean and simple.  The white heat-embossed sentiment was from the Sale-a-bration stamp set, Feeling Sentimental.

Thanks for looking!

Rachel

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This is a card I made last year for a card night with some of the lovely ladies who come and stamp with me.  At the time, I looked everywhere for inspiration with this stamp set, Serene Silhouettes, but in the end I was inspired by one of my own cards!  Honestly, that doesn’t happen often. But this is the card that inspired me here.

I really like this colour combo of Raspberry Ripple, Primrose Petals, Wild Wasabi, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso and Very Vanilla.

Here is a close up of the same card with the sentiment “just for you” instead:

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Thanks for looking!

Rachel

And fast on the heels of Harry’s birthday post, my middle son, Joshua, celebrated his 7th birthday party last month (I’m getting better with the fast posting, lol!).  Again, no matter how much we suggested a party at Lollipops would be great, Josh wanted his party at home and he wanted a Justice League party.  But it couldn’t be a “Super Hero” party because at least Justice League had a girl and he wanted the girls to feel happy coming as well.  In the end, we went for a Justice League/Princess party!

So these were the invitations I made.  I used Stampin’ Up!’s World Spectacular DSP and World’s Greatest stamp, to help me with the theme – so Josh’s party really ended up being a “World’s Greatest Superhero/Princess” theme, lol!  Here are the superheroes:

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And here are the princesses:

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I used Versamark ink with the stamp set, Up Up and Away, with clear embossing powder to create a cool background. Here are some closeups:Image

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Here are the punch-art thin cello bags I made as party treats to take home.  Of course, Batman and Spiderman for the boys and Princess Ariel for the girls:

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Closeups:

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I made a special banner for the birthday boy (I will try and do some closeup photos of this to put up too):

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This was the party table:

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And on the party table, we had superhero sticks (inspired from Pinterest) using googlie eyes and SU paper for capes:

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Then we had Green Goblin Formula (aka green cordial):

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Next was some yummy Ariel Strawberries and Spiderman Strawberries:

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There were Rainbow jelly cups:

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and, of course, Captain America Star Fruit:

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The incredible cupcakes and birthday cake were made by one of the school mums, Rose, who you can check out at Cakes by Rose here – http://cakesbyrose.wordpress.com/.

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And finally I made the Lolly Bags to take home, again using World Spectacular DSP and also the Stampin’ Up! Petal Cone Die and Big Shot, which I hung from my Stampin’ Up! card tree:

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Thanks for looking!

Rachel

Well, last year my youngest turned 5 (yes, I know, I’m a little slow at getting photos up on my blog!).  Anyway, despite all our encouragement for a party at a venue instead of at home, Harry wanted his party at home.  And he wanted a Spiderman party.

So here are some photos from his party.  First, here is a photo of the birthday boy with his cupcakes for school and the invitations I made for his friends:

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A close up of the Spiderman head on the invites:

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Next were the Spidey Strawberries:

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Then there were the Stampin’ Up! Fancy Favor Bigz Die Spidey popcorn boxes:

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A pile of Watermelon Super Stars:

 

 

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A Spiderman Cupcake Tower:Image

A homemade Spiderman birthday cake:

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And blowing out the candles:

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Thanks for looking!

Rachel

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