Archive | October 2008

Short & Sweet Birthday

This is the birthday card I recently made for my sister’s birthday.  I’ve reverted to one of my favourite colours again … Purely Pomegranate!  I just love the Purely Pomegranate satin ribbon 🙂  There is a lot of white for this card though and a dash of Pixie Pink.  I like the crisp and clean look.  I used the excellent Short & Sweet stamp set again … it really is a wonderful stamp set!  And today is the last day you can purchase it for 20% off!  So if you’d like to order it, let me know now because I am definitely placing an order on the evening of the 31st October 2008.

Here is a close up of the punched out images using the Large Star, 1 3/8″ and 1 1/4″ punches.  You can also see the paper piercing I’ve made using my mat pack:

Thanks for looking!

Short & Sweet Onesie Baby Card

I came across this ever-so-cute baby card a little while ago and then … no babies! So, now we have a new baby in the family (my cousin’s baby), I had the perfect reason to make this adorable onesie card … originally created and inspired by the talented Lauren Meader. You too can learn from Lauren because she kindly shared a tutorial for this card on her blog here.

In addition to making a onesie card … I also have the chance to play with my new Short & Sweet set (20% off this month) … perfect!!

I’ve used the colours Almost Amethyst and Lovely Lilac for this card … even on the flower! Of course, although it is not so noticeable in the photo, I have also used Dazzling Diamonds on the nappy pins. I hope it is a nice keepsake for mum and dad to keep for their new baby girl.

Thanks for looking!

Stampin’ Up!’s 20th Birthday Promotion

I finally found a teeny bit of time to play with my Sending Happy Thoughts Simply Sent Kit last night. I must say, I’m really impressed with the stamp set … the flower stamps have a two-tone effect. They are gorgeous!!

Anyway, Stampin’ Up! is celebrating its 20th birthday this year so until 31 October if you spend $20 on
regular catalogue merchandise you qualify to purchase any preselected birthday/celebration stamp sets at 20% off. The stamp sets are:

Item Page # Description Regular Price 20% Off Price
112594 37 Big Bold Birthday $53.95 $43.16
108894 38 Pretty Princess $45.95 $36.76
108753 51 Birthday Best $25.95 $20.76
110246 55 Crab & Company $52.95 $42.36
112318 118 Short & Sweet $29.95 $23.96

So, when I made up these cards from my Simply Sent Kit I also played with my new Short & Sweet stamp set! Gosh, it is fantastic!! hehe!! This is the first bunch of 5 cards:

The card below is exactly as per the instructions in the Simply Sent Kit …

I changed the background flower on the card below and used the sentiment ‘Wish Big’ from Short & Sweet on this card …

Another change of background flower on the card below (I love this flower with the Dazzling Diamonds!) and the sentiment ‘Best Wishes’ from Short & Sweet on this card …

I only changed the sentiment on this card from the kit instructions … ‘Wish Big’ from Short & Sweet …

A change of background flower on the card below (same great flower with the Dazzling Diamonds!) and the sentiment ‘Thank You’ from Short & Sweet on this card …

And a couple of close ups …

If you’re interested in adding a birthday promotion stamp set to your collection then make sure you email me before the end of the month!

Thanks for looking 🙂

Never Ending Christmas card

One of the reasons I joined Stampin’ Up! was to be a part of a team filled with great ideas. To me, this card is the epitome of sharing great ideas. Last week, one of my team leaders, Jayne Mercer, ran monthly training for her group. This was one of the cards she shared with everyone there. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to make that training. Yet, one of my team members, Michele, was able to go and she dropped by my house on the way home and showed me her card. Well, this card took me back to being a little girl! How cool it is to keep folding it over and over again!

And so, again, the beauty of being in Jayne’s team was that I could log on to her special team Forum and within a day Jayne had shared a video tutorial with all her team members on how to make this card. I am one lucky person to be a member of such a team! Thank you, Jayne, for sharing your talent! You can see Jayne’s talent here.

I must apologise for the poor photography … my camera is on it’s way out!

This was the front of my never-ending card …

The next side …

The next side …

And the last side …

I’ve used my favourite Christmas stamp sets, Season of Joy and the Snowflake Spot to decorate the card. I’ve also used the definition “wish” from Life Definitions. It’s a great stamp, that one! The colours I’ve used are Old Olive, Real Read, Night of Navy, Purely Pomegranate and Soft Sky. The Dazzling Diamonds I’ve used and the paper piercing isn’t too obvious in the photographs. Sorry!

Thanks for looking!

Another masculine birthday card

It was also my brother’s birthday last month.  And this is another card I’ve made using the Outlaw Designer Series Paper.

I managed to make this card without a Really Rust Ink pad … (on my wish list!) … I did use the Really Rust marker pen though, which helped out!  I like these colours for a masculine card … Chocolate Chip, Really Rust and Very Vanilla.

I must admit, I did go on “punch” overload with this card … I have used the Large Star, Star, Designer Label, 1 3/8″ circle and Photo Corners.  It didn’t seem like so many when I was making the card!

Thanks for looking 🙂

Wonderful Friend’s Birthday

Yesterday it was one of my wonderful friend’s birthday – Michele.  Michele has been a wonderful friend for so long now, including being one of my bridesmaids, but Michele is also a fellow stamper!  A true kindred spirit!!  You can see her gorgeous creations here.  Michele and her husband put on a great family BBQ as always – it was a lovely way to spend the afternoon with them celebrating a special day.  Thanks, Michele & Dave!  And “Happy Birthday” again, Michele!

Naturally, I had to make an extra special birthday card for Michele and this was it …

And a close up is here too …

I’ve used the stamps En Francais, Wonderful Favourites, So Many Sayings and not so noticeable on the bottom of the card One of a Kind.  The colours are Sahara Sand and Bashful Blue (blue is a colour I always think suits Michele as she has lovely blue eyes!).  I also used the gorgeous styled silver hodgepodge from this months’ Spring Mini with white taffeta ribbon.  I coloured in each letter of the phrase “make a wish” with my marker pens … not sure I’m 100% happy with that, perhaps I should have stuck to neutral colours there.  What do you think?

Thanks for looking!

60 years old!

My Uncle turned 60 years old last month!  And he’s the best Uncle  too.  Although he doesn’t like the fuss of a birthday, this is the card I’ve made.  Now I just have to get over to visit him!

This is a really simple card to make, which I must say, for a masculine card, I’m amazed to say!  I’ve used the Outlaw DSP, chocolate chip, sage shadow and very vanilla cardstock and the strip of chocolate chip wide grosgrain with my hodgepodge hardware.  The only bit I’ve stamped has been the “Happy 60” which used Everyday Flexible Phrases and Best Friends Numbers.  I couldn’t have placed the 60 so neatly without my stamp-a-ma-jig!  I hand wrote the “th” with my chocolate chip marker.  A little bit of paper piercing and the card was done!

I’d like to thank Michelle LeBreton for making me realise that I had to have the Outlaw DSP to make a masculine card.  You can check out Michelle’s stunning cards here.   And thanks to Teneale Williams too for the inspiration here on the elegant simplicity of the ribbon and hodgepodge.  Sometimes it is a little part of someone else’s card that inspires me to create my own card … what inspires you?

Thanks for looking!