cards, Techniques


Do you have days when a card just doesn’t come together??? When anything you do, doesn’t go right and you have to redo it??? Do you look at the card and think “I just don’t know what is wrong”???  This was one of those cards.  It has just taken me 2 days to complete it.  I think I have redone every part at least once!  Maybe the heat was getting to me.  Well, I finished it!  I could have tossed it so many times but I was determined to see this through.

It started out as a card for this week’s sketch challenge at Inkspirations.  I had been wanting to try the faux tile technique and thought this would be good with this sketch.  After stamping and colouring (twice!), I cut the card up to 1″ squares and realised they were too small for the challenge.  I tried to make it work and it  just wasn’t happening.  So, I gave up on the idea of it for the challenge but wanted to complete the card – eventually getting there!!  Enough of the sorry saga you just want to see the card.

The flowers from ‘Elements of Style’ were stamped in Stazon on Very Vanilla  card measuring 3″x3″ (7.5cmx7.5cm).   They were then coloured using the Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose, Certainly Celery and Always Artichoke Markers.  I spritzed the card with the Crumb Cake marker, then cut it in 1″ (2.5cm) squares.  I then covered the squares in Crystal Effects to give it a glaze.  It is a bit hard to see in the photo.  You need to leave it overnight to dry properly.  It was after I covered it in Crystal Effects I realised I should have sponged the edges.  I just touched them up a bit with the Crumb Cake ink.  I then adhered the squares to a Certainly Celery mat and then Pretty in Pink. 

For the card base I stamped the swirl from the stamp set in Crumb Cake and sponged the edges.  I redid this 3 times.  The first time it didn’t come out right.  The second time I realised I cut the card wrong.  (That’s ok, I have used that on another card!)  This card opens upwards, so I wrapped around some Victoria Lace around the bottom edge.  The label is cut with the Big Shot in Pretty in Pink and the edges sponged.  I  had to do that a second time too!  The greeting is from “Fresh Cuts”.  (Thats a set I haven’t used for a while).   I stamped it in Pretty in Pink onto Very Vanilla and punched it out with the small oval punch.  The edges were sponged in Pretty in Pink too.  I adhered them with mounting tape and stuck some Adhesive pearls on it.  Phew!! I WAS DONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I couldn’t even think about doing the inside of the card then. 

Sorry about the ramble.  I hope you kept up with all that!  That was a marathon card.  I have another card that I made later while I had all the stamps and ink out.  I will show you that tomorrow.  I’m done.  It’s exhausting just reliving it!!!!!

Take some time to stamp today – you deserve it!

Jenny xx

3D projects


I can’t say that the content of these bags would make you skinny, but the bags are called clear skinny bags I managed to get from the US.  You can get them through

We made these in my Gift Packaging Class a couple of weeks ago.  You can decorate them anyway you like to give as little treats for someone. 

Here is a close-up of the Topper.

For this I have used Elements of Style, Party This Way and Lots of Tags.  Can you pick them?  I have also used the large scallop circle punch from the Summer Mini which has been withdrawn at the moment.

This is the other bag using ‘Perfect Punches’

Not the best photo – sorry!

I best be off.  I still have presents to wrap and things to do.  Christmas is only 4 sleeps away.

Stampin' Up!, swaps


I have just got back from Sydney Stampin’ Up! Regionals.  What a great day!!  There were lots of  ‘WOW’ and  ‘AAH’ moments.  So much to take in! I can’t wait to give all these different ideas a go.  I think that will have to wait a bit though until I get through the Christmas rush.  It was so great to meet up with lots of demonstrators that I chat to online or that I stalk their blog.  Of course, always a fun time with my stamping buddies too.  I received lots of great swaps back but I will need to go through them and take photos.  I will show you those soon.  I can now show you my swaps that I did.   I just kept to one design and did 2 different colours.

I started off doing the Old Olive.  After stamping the flowers from ‘Elements of Style’, I used the blender pen and inkpad to colour them in slightly.  This had been stamped on Very Vanilla, but I have to say it looks a little white in the photo.  I spritzed the card with the Old Olive marker.  A strip of Old Olive card was run through the Big Shot with the Very Vintage Wallpaper Embossing folder.  I added some Adhesive Pearls.  The sentiment is from ‘Teeny Tiny Sentiments’.

I decided to do some in the Rich Razzleberry.  I quite liked how these turned out.  I didn’t colour these ones.  I added Rhinestones on these ones.

These cards were inspired by a card by Natasha Zandbergen here. Why don’t you stop by her blog sometimes.  She does some beautiful cards!

After a big day, I’m heading off to bed.  I will try and get back very soon to show you the swaps I received.  Have a lovely Sunday!!!

cards, Challenges


I can now show you some of the cards I did on our wonderful stamping weekend.  I have shown you the other girl’s make and takes we did and I will get to mine at the end of this post.  First, I will show you the challenge cards we did.

This was my first challenge card.

STAMPS: Fifth Avenue Floral, Elements of Style

The next one I decided to do a Christmas Card.  This was for the “Clean and Simple’ Challenge (CAS78).

This was using some Early Espresso DSP from the Patterns Stack.  I stamped the “En Francais” stamp in Crumb Cake onto the Very Vanilla and sponged Crumb Cake around the edge.  The Old Olive strip was run through the Big Shot with the Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder.  I stamped an Ornament from Delightful Decorations and punched it out.  How good is it that you don’t have to cut this out, you can use the corresponding punch!!!  Which by the way, is one of the great Christmas Bundles on offer at the moment where you can get a roll of exclusive ribbon for FREE when you purchase any of the bundles.

Back to the card: I added a Self-Adhesive Rhinestone to the centre of the ornament.  I still wasn’t happy with it though.  Then when I got home I added some Linen thread which seemed to finish it off

For the next one.  Now, it was getting very late (or early depending on how you look at it!) by this time.  I slapped this card together quickly.

It’s not a great photo.  This was a ‘Clean and Simple’ challenge (CAS76).  I think I will do a faux metal crown for the top right square rather than the stamped and raised crown.  That will look a bit better – maybe!!

The next day we did another challenge.  It took me so long to do this card that I only had time to do one.  But, I was very happy with this one. 

This is with my new favourite set “Elements of Style”.  I have been looking at this set on US blogs for months.  I was so pleased to see it in the new catalogue.  I stamped the flowers in Crumb Cake and coloured it in with Pretty In Pink and Regal Rose ink and Blender pens.  I coloured the leaves in Old Olive ink.  I need a bit of work on my colouring.  It took so long to colour.  The bird was stamped in Pretty in Pink and Crumb Cake sponged aorund the edges.  The ribbon is retired Kraft Taffeta ribbon (Thanks Leonie!), but I think it matched nicely with this.

I stamped the inside too.

Now for my Make and Take.

This card was inspired by one I saw in our Demonstrator magazine we receive monthly.   The Rose Red Card measures 21cmx10.5cm and scored at 10.5cm.  I cut a circle out using the Circle scissors then ran the front through the Big Shot using the Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder. 

This is the inside:

The Very Vanilla card was 10.1cmx10.1cm.  I sponged the edges in Rose Red ink and stamped the flourish from “Elements of Style”.  The heart is from the hostess set “Punch Potpourri” stamped in Rose Red and the flowers coloured with Pretty in Pink.  I punched this out and mounted this with mounting tape and a Rhinestone added to finish.  I tied a bow around the front with the Organza ribbon. 

Ok. That’s me done!!! You are probably sick of hearing about this weekend so I will leave it at that!  You have probably had enough of these marathon posts too.  I hope you have enjoyed our creations as much as we had making them. 

I’m off now to catch my breath.  I will see you soon with some more creations.