I was asked recently by a friend to make a 1st Birthday card for her Grand-daughter. All the requirements was that it was to be bright and fun.
So this is the result. She was pleased with it. It’s not her Grand-daughter’s birthday yet but I know that it is safe to post here. You won’t tell right … 😉
I used the Number of Years set and the Large Numbers Framelits. I am sad both these are going. They are great for special numbered birthday cards. I also used the Balloon Celebrations set for the bright, fun balloons. They are easily cut with the Balloon Bouquet Punch. The colours used for the balloons are Tempting Turquoise, Melon Mambo, Pear Pizzazz, Pumpkin Pie and Daffodil Delight. The card mat is Tempting Turquoise and the card base is Melon Mambo. The Tempting Turquoise is a retiring colour. A great big ‘1’ was cut from Silver Glimmer Paper.
The card was inspired by one on Pinterest. I am not sure by whom now.
I hope you have had a wonderful weekend and maybe some stamping time??
Have a great week. Visit again soon,
Today for Friday Favourites is a very special one. I am sad to see the Thoughts and Prayers set retiring. It has been a much loved and very well used set, although I haven’t used it for a little while now. This was one of the first sets I bought when I joined Stampin’ Up! nearly 10 years ago.
I had to take a photo of the stamps. Not only was it a wood mount set only but it was double-mounted (or even triple-mounted!) which some sets were at the time. I have to say I am glad that Stampin’ Up! have moved away from this idea. It does make it a little harder to stamp like this.
I went back over some cards I had made with this set. Many were for Sympathy cards. I think that is why this set is so special. The cards were often for loved ones at a very difficult time. I went searching on my blog but in the early days I hadn’t tagged my posts at all so it was hard to find some posts. I found some photos in my computer files that I thought I would share with you.
Remember this was early days some even before the Big Shot and some photos were even scanned!!! Bear with me here. 🙂
If you haven’t got this set already then please grab it now. The sentiments are beautiful and the flowers are simple but elegant. It is certainly one to have in your stash. You can even choose clear mount now ($36 AUS).
View and order it in my store -> HERE.
Thanks for reminiscing with me with this set.
I had some time over Easter to have a go at the Colour Inkspirations challenge for this week. Let me say these colours were hard!!!!
These are the colours for Colour Inkspirations #30.
What do you think of them?? What a combination!!
I will share the card I made. I will say this is Take Two. The first card was not good. Can a card be ugly? Yes …
I was happier with this one.
When I attempt a challenge like this I pull out all the ink pads to see how the colours look together and then go through my stamp sets to see what might work with the colours. I had a few stamps out. I made the first card and I wasn’t happy with it – at all! And no it won’t see the light of day. Just let it be said that we can all do dud cards.
Any of the sets I had out didn’t appeal to me to try another one so I went through my stamps again and came across this set, Happy Celebrations. I had forgotten about this set. It was in my drawer with the “sentiment” stamps. I have had this set for over a year I think and used one sentiment out of it. I thought this might just work and it had 5 letters in “HAPPY” for the 5 colours. 🙂
The letters were coloured with the Stampin’ Write Markers. I even added a little sparkle with the Clear Wink of Stella pen.
The layout was based on Freshly Made Sketches #326.
If you get stuck how to put a card together following a card sketch is a great idea. I have a board for Card Sketches on Pinterest -> HERE if you want to follow it. If you missed yesterday’s post I gave some tips on following a sketch to make a card so head back to the previous post.
So how would you work these colours in a card??
Thanks for stopping by,
It’s been a busy few months with Sale-A-Bration. First of all, Thank you to all my customers for your support and patronage AND to the wonderful new people who have joined my team. I had 4 new people join the JEN’s INK team over Sale-A-Bration. They know a bargain when they see one. Welcome to them all. I love my team whether they are hobby demos loving the discount or striving to build up their business. BUT, Thank you to you all for visiting my blog. I would love to talk to you in person and love to say Hello. I love talking to people about cardmaking and sharing ideas. It’s always so exciting. We can all learn from each other. Thanks for stopping by in your busy day. Don’t be scared to leave a comment now and then. 🙂
Now we move on from Sale-A-Bration and from Easter. This past week I have been making my swaps for Onstage this coming weekend. This is such a fun event for Demonstrators held in locations all over the world. It’s too early for sharing my swaps yet but stay tuned in the next week and I can share them.
Today’s card I realised I hadn’t shared with you yet. I made this for my niece who recently got engaged in January. When I went to check on the photo to share with you today I realised it’s not the best photo. BUT I have already sent it so I hope it gives you an idea. This is with her favourite Stampin’ Up! colour Island Indigo.
A Whisper White card mat is embossed with the Scattered Sequins Embossing Folder. A piece of Island Indigo was cut with the Detailed Floral Thinlits and adhered directly to the white card. I left a section on the left of the Island Indigo card to allow for the sentiment and the ribbon. The sentiment is from Vertical Greetings which fitted well in the space. I thought I had added some Rhinestones or Pearls to the sentiment but obviously after the photo was taken. 😉 Some of that gorgeous White Organza Ribbon was wrapped around the card mat before adhering to the Island Indigo base. It was a very quick card and time was limited but I can report she LOVED it. So that’s all that matters.
Thanks for stopping by today. I will be back with more creating very soon,
So I have done it! I have finally made a Facebook group just for you. Of course you can see my projects I share with you here but why not join me in my own little group where I will not only share what I am up to BUT I hope to inspire you and encourage you in your own crafting. I will keep you up to date with all the Stampin’ Up! news and it can be a great place to ask questions and share ideas.
Do you want to know the most exciting part?
You can join in ‘Share a Card Sunday’ where it’s your turn to shine. Sundays is the day for you to share your own creations and get cheered along by everyone there. It is a positive group so don’t be shy. Occasionally we will have giveaways too.
So come and join in the fun. Head to my Facebook group -> HERE and ask to join.
I look forward to welcoming you there.
OK. I have another Waterfront card for you. Are you sick of seeing these cards yet? Sorry about that. Tomorrow is the last one for a while.
Today though I have a Lake scene stamped with this stamp set. It might be your typical scene with it. I was trying to recreate this scene from one of my favourite places in the world – Cradle Mountain in Tasmania, Australia. It didn’t quite look as I wanted to but I like the card anyway.
This is the scene and then I will show you my card. You be the judge. 🙂 I made this early on in my playing with this set so I was still getting a feel for it.
I climbed to the top of that mountain peak in the distance last year. It was a HUGE effort. It had been a goal of mine for maybe 18 years. It holds a special place in my heart.
The trees are a little larger in the forefront but I had to work with what I had. I can see a few changes that I would make now. It doesn’t matter. It doesn’t have to be exact. The landscape images are just to inspire us. Maybe I will have another go at it.
Thanks for your patience this week while sharing these projects. Last one for the week tomorrow.
Have a great day,
*** You still have time to order the Waterfront stamp set this week either online or directly to me. Receive 4 x A4 sheets of Shimmery White cardstock PLUS a tutorial for an exclusive project.
You can order online in my store -> HERE. Please use the Host Code this week: SBZEJCNH Thank You. 🙂
Something different from me this week for Wednesday WOW! #15.
I don’t normally share quotes or things like this on my blog. When I was thinking of what to post today this came up on my Facebook feed. I thought it was very apt and maybe you can relate?
Really I didn’t have to go past number 1! I always compare my work to others. Often I feel it isn’t good enough.
What about you? do you compare your work to others.
Anyway, #2 consoled me. Someone, somewhere will love what you do.
I hope that I inspire someone with projects that I share on my blog here.
So hopefully this might encourage you in some way – and remember #5. Sometimes mistakes lead to the greatest masterpieces.
Have a great day,
(If you receive this blog update as an email and you can’t see the image above then please pop over to the actual blog post and check it out).
I posted the image above on my Facebook Business page last week. It created a lot of discussion and lots of interesting statements of what people felt Stampin’ Up! is about. I thought I would share it all here and I would love to hear what you think PLUS I am going to draw someone at random to receive a prize.
Some of the things people on my Facebook page felt Stampin’ Up! was about to them is:
- Creativity – through stamps, ink, papers, sharing ideas and inspiring each other.
- Making a difference in people’s lives. (Changing lives and enriching lives). This can be through sharing stamping with others and helping them feel excited about it. Also, giving support to them maybe through fundraising or help.
- Memories – making them during events and get together’s and preserving our memories by scrapbooking them.
- Relaxing and providing a “time out” for you.
- Friendships – This was the most popular. It draws people in to share a common hobby/past-time. As a result friendships are formed and these can be long-lasting. For me personally, I have made friends with people from all over the world and I am very thankful for that. I wouldn’t have “met” them if it wasn’t for Stampin’ Up!
So, can you add anything else?? Why not drop me a comment and tell me your thoughts and what Stampin’ Up! means to you. Whether you are a Demonstrator or a customer. You might feel the same way as those mentioned above or it might be something else.
I am going to pick a comment at random to win a Prize It is the Sale-A-Bration set – Heartfelt Blooms. (This is a gorgeous stamp giving a photographic appearance to the image)
This is only for Australian residents only BUT if you are from outside Australia then I will send you 5 handmade cards.
SO, Tell me: What is Stampin’ Up! about for you?
If you want to know more about actually being in the Stampin’ Up! family, Sale-A-Bration is a great time to. You get $230 of Free products!!! Is that something that means a lot to you?
Find out more on my Blog Page ->HERE or drop me a comment or email to find out more. I have room for you to join with me on my JEN’s INK Team.
I had the pleasure of making 2 special 90th Birthday cards the last couple of weeks. I thought I would show you them.
This first one requested by a friend for a lovely old friend of hers.
I pulled out the Number of Years set and the Large Numbers Framelits for it. The card was inspired by one on Pinterest. The “90” needed something to lift it so I added a square cut with the Stitched Shapes Framelits in Copper Foil and added a few loops with the Copper Thread. The sentiment is from the Blooms and Wishes set.
This next card I sent to a special lady. I didn’t know her but I know what a milestone 90 is and I heard she was going to be having a very quiet birthday. I couldn’t let this special milestone slip by.
I added a piece of the Sweet Soiree Specialty DSP to a white card base. Cut a square with the Stitched Shapes Framelits in Vellum to sit the silver “90” on. It’s hard to adhere vellum so I added a couple of dabs with Snail Adhesive under where the numbers would sit. Then sentiment is from Happy Birthday Gorgeous.
Two special cards for 2 lovely ladies. I hope they had a lovely celebration in the end.
Have a wonderful week.
It’s a crazy time of year isn’t it??? I feel I have fallen off the rails somewhere. I need a holiday. Oh! That’s right, I just got back a week ago from one.
Anyway, you know how you get wedding invites at least 6 weeks before the Big Day. So you know it is coming up. Haha! Well yes Josh has another wedding to go to today so of course I made a card late yesterday afternoon. I had literally 15 minutes before I picked up my daughter from work.
Sorry the photo isn’t even great as it was late last night when I took a photo. I had done a quick search on Pinterest earlier in the day to get ideas so I was inspired by one I saw on there – and it was quick!! Isn’t that bad for a wedding. 😦
I used the Floral Themes stamp set. The paper is from the Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper pack. Who would have thought! I think it took most of the time to tie the ribbon!
To add to the dramas I had all my clear stamping blocks out in my studio for classes this weekend and I was in too much hurry to go outside and get them. So I put the stamps on an inkpad to stamp it. The trouble with that though is you can’t see where you are stamping. Hehe! It was a bit of a gamble. That explains the slight angle on the sentiment. 🙂
Later on I added an insert in the card. I added a piece of white copy paper and stamped the sentiment from the Rose Wonder set. Sorry I didn’t take a photo. I did relent and go and get a stamping block though. I also got my Adhesive Pearls which were out in the studio too. I think that finishes it off.
So a very quick card but my son was happy.
I need to make up a batch of wedding cards. I say that all the time… He already has 2 invites on the fridge for the New Year.
So there you go. I hope life isn’t too crazy for you. I hope to come up for air soon.
Have a great weekend,