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I really love the effect of using the Stampin’ Blends over heat embossing (AKA Black Magic Technique).  It seems to really give a vibrancy to the images.  I showed one with the Epic Celebrations set yesterday.  Today it is the Beautiful Peacock set.

The Beautiful Peacock set is one of the Sale-A-Bration Free choices.  I haven’t used this a lot but it is quite a fun set.  I have seen some fantastic samples with it.

To create the Black Magic Effect

Stamp your image in Versamark and Heat Emboss in White Embossing Powder.  When cooled colour over the embossing with the Stampin’ Blends.  (The Blends will not be available to order now until late May but store this idea in mind for later if you haven’t got them yet).  The Blends colours I used were the Light Old Olive, the Dark Daffodil Delight and the Light Rich Razzleberry.

I stamped the Peacock body on a scrap piece of black card and then coloured it and cut it out with scissors.  This was then raised up off the card with Dimensionals.

To finish the card stamp your sentiment on Lemon Lime Twist card and cut with the smallest of the Lots of Labels Framelits.  I added some loops of Silver Thread under the label piece before raising it up off the card with Dimensionals and added some Rhinestones in the centres of the Flowers.  The card base is Sweet Sugarplum.

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A Birthday is always a special reason for a card. 🙂 I needed to make a card for a friend of Josh’s who is turning 21.  There seems to be a run of these now.  I made 2 just in case!!!

I inked up the ‘Special Reason’ set for the first time.  I received this set for Prize Patrol from Onstage event last November.  I thought at the time “it’s another flower set!”. Being honest here. 🙂 But now I have seen some really sweet cards made with this set – and with the matching dies.  (I might have even ordered the dies the other day!).  Sometimes you just have to right. 😉

Anyway, to the cards.  This lovely young lady loves flowers so I thought this might be a good set for a card for her.  I teamed it with the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits, just because. 🙂


The card base is Sweet Sugarplum.  The flowers and leaves from the ‘Special Reason’ set are stamped on Whisper White card in Sweet Sugarplum, Peekaboo Peach and Mint Macaron and the dots are stamped in Smoky Slate. I cut a “21” in Silver Foil using the retired ‘Little Numbers’. I felt it got lost on the card so added a tag in Peekaboo Peach which was was cut from the 2nd smallest label from the ‘Lots of Labels’ Framelits.  I sponged around the edge on that to make it stand out more.  To assemble the card I then adhered that to the card base and tied around some Silver cord (retired), and added a gorgeous detailed dragonfly on it which was cut from the Silver Foil.

I forgot to take a photo of the inside.  I just stamped a Happy Birthday greeting from the Tin of Cards set and added a small stamped flower in Peekaboo Peach.

The second card I made was very similar.


For this one, I tied around Whisper White Baker’s Twine.  The sentiment from the set is stamped in black and I have cut that from the small banner in the Home Sweet Home Thinlits.  It’s great for those tiny sentiments.  I cut one out also in Silver Foil and layered them together.  I added a Rhinestone as it needed something else.  Underneath the dragonfly on this one I swirled around some Silver Thread.  


Before I could use this set I had to assemble it as it was a clear mount set.  As I was assembling it I thought I should take a video of what I do.  I know when I use clear mount stamps it can be frustrating when those pesky little stamps fall off your blocks.  Do you find that?? Some time ago I came across a way to keep those stamps on your blocks.  I have been doing it this way for the most part now and have had very little problems.

I have just uploaded it to Youtube but thought I would share it here.

How you can help keep those clear stamps on your blocks!!

I hope that might help you and stop some frustration.  Just saying!! 😉

Thanks for visiting.  I will try and get back sooner to share more with you.  I have been creating a lot but just haven’t made it to the computer yesterday.  It is summer holidays here and Mum’s taxi is working overtime!

Hope to see you again soon.


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Yesterday was my Mother-in-Law’s birthday.  As she makes cards herself the pressure is always on when I make a card for her.  I thought for the card I would ink up the ‘Best Birds’ set that I have had for a few weeks and have not been able to use yet. I played around with watercolouring it.  I will show you the card and then share a few tips in making this.

Rose Red Birds

I chose Rose Red as the base card as that is my Mother-in-Law’s favourite Stampin’ Up! colour.  Well any of the reds!  (TIP#1) I used a piece of Watercolor paper and firstly washed over the card in the centre area with the aquapainter to lightly dampen the card  I have discovered recently by wetting the card it allows the ink to spread much easier creating a more washed look.  I used Blushing Bride on the left, then Rose Red in the middle section and Cherry Cobbler towards the right end.

(TIP#2) For regular watercolouring you can use the Thick Whisper White card or Shimmery White but if you are creating a washed look you MUST use the Stampin’ Up! Watercolor paper. (TIP #3) You need to be patient and let it dry.  Either you can use a Heat Tool or leave it for a few hours.

I stamped the bird, the branch and the flowers on watercolour paper too Black StazOn and watercoloured them.  (TIP #4) When colouring the bird I gave a light watercolour with the Rose Red and added highlights of Cherry Cobbler.  On the wing I washed over it with Crumb Cake and then highlighted it with Soft Suede.  The branch was coloured with Soft Suede for the branch and Old Olive for the leaves. The flowers were coloured with Rose Red and then darker highlights added in the centre with more concentrated Rose Red.

These were all then cut with the matching ‘Birds and Blooms’ Thinlits.  Too easy with that. No hand cutting necessary!! 🙂

I was going to cut the washed piece with the ‘Lots of Labels’ Framelits. I left the framelit on the card ready to cut in the morning but when I looked at it then I thought it might look OK to have a frame over it.  I cut the frame from Crumb Cake with the 2 largest ‘Lots of Labels Framelits’.  I am really pleased I went that way with it. I stamped the hatch pattern from the stamp set in Rose Red in the middle of the piece and stamped the sentiment in Memento Black.  Then it was all put together and a couple of flowers stamped around the edge to finish.  I was pleased with the finished result – and I think it received approval when I gave it to her today. 🙂

I hope you found these tips helpful when you create your next watercoloured card.  Let me know how you go.

Have a great day,


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Happy Easter

Happy Easter to you all.  I hope that the weekend will be a great one with those you love and that you remember the greatest act of Love we have been given as we celebrate this time.

Last post I shared some cute Easter baskets.  I thought I would share another Easter bag as well as some Easter tags.  It’s not too late to whip these up right! This bag and the basket from last post plus these 2 tags are ones we made at my Easter class last week.


This little treat bag was inspired by a project I found on Pinterest but you can find the tutorial HERE. It’s very easy to make.  For mine I decorated it with the chick from ‘Honeycomb Happiness’.  This is such a great image for Easter don’t you think?  I stamped it on Shimmery White and coloured it with the Crushed Curry inkpad and the aquapainter. I cut the image with the Circles Framelits and layered it on a Crushed Curry card cut with the ‘Deco Labels’ Framelits.  The strip of DSP is from the ‘It’s My Party’ Paper Stack. I decided to stamp the greeting on Vellum in Black Stazon so it didn’t cover the chick too much. The greeting is from the ‘Easter Lamb’ stamp.  On the bag I punched the corners of the card with the Curvy Corner Trio Punch and added a slit with the punch too. I embossed the card with the Decorative Dots Embossing Folder too. Cute!

Inside there is a separate little box that you adhere to the inside.  It is so easy.


We made a similar tag.  This time I cut some of the DSP with the Deco Labels Framelits and I cut one with Whisper White as well to adhere together for added strength and also to have white card to write on the back.

I added a White Cotton Ribbon bow and some White Baker’s Twine to hang from it.


This next tag we made was using the Easter Lamb stamp.  So cute.  The lamb was stamped on Sahara Sand and coloured with the White Gel Pen after it was  cut with the Circles Framelits. I cut some DSP from the Bohemian DSP with the ‘Lots of Labels’ Framelits and also a larger one from Bermuda Bay.  I tied through some Bermuda Bay Baker’s Twine. A little flower was added punched in Crushed Curry with the ‘Itty Bitty Accents’ Punch Pack. The greeting is from ‘Teeny Tiny Sentiments’ and I cut this one with the Bitty Banners Framelits.


Now you can whip these up in no time – or file them away for next year 😉

Have a lovely Easter time.  Visit again soon,



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I shared the Fold Flat (3D) cards the other day.  I have made one of these cards using some great Sale-A-Bration products. (Only 5 sleeps to go until Sale-A-Bration begins!).  You will love this year’s offerings for Sale-A-Bration.  There are so many fantastic products.  It will be hard to choose believe me. 🙂

Here is the card but you can see how to make them in the earlier post HERE.  


Don’t you love that swirly paper?? It makes the plane look like it is flying over the ocean!  This paper is the ‘Perfectly Artistic’ Designer Series paper and comes in 12 sheets of 12″x12″ and available in so many gorgeous colours in the pack.  This one is Tempting Turquoise.  The stamp set is ‘Sky is the Limit’  A great one for those male cards!

On the front panel I stamped the clouds on the white card and stamped the plane in Basic Gray.  I stamped the plane again on scrap white and cut it out and raised it up with Dimensionals.  The greetings which come in the set are stamped in Basic Gray on Crushed Curry card and cut with the ‘Lots of Labels’ Framelits.  They were raised up with Dimensionals too.  The little loops are from the Burlap Ribbon.  I cut off the edge of the Burlap and then pulled off a couple of threads and looped them around.  I adhered them onto the back of the label with glue dots.  These give a little wavy look rather than than using the Linen Thread this time.  I added a Turquoise Candy Dot to finish but I am still not convinced of that but it is there now. 🙂

There you have it.  Now I know you are going to want to grab this set.  This set and the paper are only available until February 15 and then some new products will be offered so be quick.

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This was a a fun card I made a couple of weeks ago at our stamping weekend – and using ‘Sprinkles of Life’.  I couldn’t wait to show you it.


Do you like lots of scoops on your ice-cream?? 🙂

How about some more!


Hehe!! The card lifts up. Look at all those colourful ice-cream scoops.  I don’t really know what you call this type of fold – Fold out top card??? I found the idea for it on Pinterest and thought the ‘Sprinkles of Life’ set would be great for this.

It is very simple to make.  Cut your sheet of card in half vertically and score in half and then on one side score in half again.  Then fold on the score lines so a “v” shape is at the top – if that makes sense. I hope I have explained it clearly. Then you can decorate the card how you like.  When assembling the card I didn’t really know how many “scoops” I would need and how many colours so I just kept adding to it.  I layed them all out without sticking them down and rearranged them several times.  I didn’t want to have 2 of the same colour when you fold it up. Once I had that sorted it gently slid them off the card and stamped around the edge with the “sprinkles” and then adhered each scoop on top of the icecream cone.

Of course we had to have the bling.  I used Dazzling Diamonds with 2 way glue on each scoop. What a sparkly mess that was!  The sentiments were stamped and then cut with the ‘Lots of Labels’ Framelits. I added a Dazzling Diamond label underneath each of the sentiment labels. Then finished it off with adhesive rhinestones.

You could try this type of card with lots of different images.  See how you go.

Have a great day,



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Here is one of the cards we made at our stamping weekend.  I like the way this turned out. Andrea first made it and had CASED it from Pinterest. (Sorry I don’t know who the original creator was). Of course, we all really liked it and had to copy. 🙂


The base card is Pink Pirouette and the frame is Tip Top Taupe.  To make the frame I used the ‘Lots of Labels’ Framelits using 2 framelits together.  I used the smaller framelit that I used for the frame to cut a window in the front of the card.  I stamped the flowers and leaves in Tip Top Taupe in scrap white card. The great thing is the flower matches the Pansy Punch – no cutting!!! You do have to cut the leaves out but that is OK. I went around the outlines on the flowers and leaves with the Markers (Pink Pirouette and Mint Macaron) and I coloured the centres in. I added some pearls for some glam.  The small flowers were inked in Pink Pirouette and then stamped off before stamping on the base card in the bottom left corner.

Now open wide …..


The smaller flowers were stamped on a piece of Whisper White in Tip Top Taupe and coloured with the markers again.  The greeting was stamped in Soft Suede.  You can’t quite see but I added tiny pearls to all the centres.

Now open it out….


I inked up the small flowers again in Pink Pirouette and stamped them off on scrap paper. Then I stamped them on the next flap along the edge on the right side. I repeated this a few times of inking, stamping off  and stamping on the card.

Do you want to know the dimensions???  It is basically a standard base card and score the card in 1/3rd’s.  If that makes sense??  I did make this card a little taller though (15.4cm x 21cm).  It is easy to make your own and just a little different to the standard card.

Thanks for visiting me today.  Have a super wonderful day today 🙂