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I can now share you my card I created for our recent Team Shoebox Swap.  I have shared the other cards recently.  This card was also the card I created for a group swap I was in.

I have used the Power of Hope stamp set and the 3D Stone Embossing Folder.

The black card was embossed with the embossing folder and you can’t tell in the photo but I swiped over the Versamark inkpad over the raised embossed parts on the card and it gave a little shine.

The Petal Pink card was stamped with the tree from the Power of Hope stamp set and the “Dots” were from the Beauty Abounds set.

The lady she was stamped in Memento and coloured with the Rich Razzleberry, Petal Pink and Black Stampin’ Blends.  The white card was cut with the largest die from the Stitched So Sweetly dies.  The sentiment was a bit bare just in white so I also cut a small piece of Gold Foil both diecut with the small rectangle from Stitched Rectangles Dies.  I finished the card off with a little of the Petal Pink Metallic Edged ribbon.

Hope you like it.  I have made this card quite a few times now.

This Power of Hope set is available Free as a Bundle with the Embossing Folder for Sale-A-Bration with orders over $180 AUD.  I hope you be sure to get your set before the end of March.  I think it’s a beautiful set and just a little different to others we have.

Have a great day,



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I mentioned in a previous post about our Team Shoebox Swap.  I thought I would share the other cards today with you.  It was just a small group this time so just a few cards.

Of course I changed them up a little from the original – because I could. 🙂

This one from Silvia is a card clip.  It is using the Parisian Beauty Bundle.  The Rococo Rose card was cut with the Stitched Rectangles Die and then the “script” stamp was stamped several times over it.  The Eiffel Tower was diecut from Gold Foil.  It’s hard to tell but there is some Wink of Stella over the Rococo Rose card and some clear heart embellishments.  The large noteclip had some Designer Series Paper wrapped around the clip.

This next one from Lynne was using the Painted Poppies bundle.  The Blackberry Bliss card was embossed with the Stone 3D Embossing Folder.  I angled the embossed card and the piece of Peaceful Poppies Designer Series Paper just to be different. The stamped poppy was stamped in Blackberry Bliss and cut with the die.  Using the Aquapainter spread over the ink a little to colour the poppy.

This next one from Vanessa is using the Honey Bee Bundle.  I am still not sure of this bundle but I liked making this card.  The one cool thing with this bundle is the bees in the Detailed Bee Dies cuts some of the bees in the Golden Honey Specialty Designer Series Paper from Sale-A-Bration.  So clever that Stampin’ Up! does this.

The honeycomb die was cut from the Bermuda Bay to use the small hexagons on the piece of Designer Series paper.  Also a fit with the dies!  I didn’t want to waste the honeycomb so I added that to my card.

The bees were coloured with the dauber and inkpads.  As the bees were embossed they resist the ink so you have coloured centres.  The large black bee at the top is stamped in black and diecut with the die.

I will post my card that I shared for the swap in another post coming up soon as I will give you some more details on it. Stay tuned for that.

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Have a great day,


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Last week I shared a card with the Painted Poppies stamp set in a blue colour.  I made another card at the same time too so thought I would show you that one.

I used the Stone 3D Embossing Folder on the Balmy Blue card as I did on the other one.  The Poppies was stamped in Memento Black and then coloured with the Balmy Blue Stampin’ Blends. Gotta love the new Stitched So Sweetly Dies.  I used those to cut the white scalloped rectangle.

The sentiment from Itty Bitty Greetings was heat embossed in white on black card and punched with the Classic Label Punch.

The Whisper White Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon is so lovely.  It is soft and so easy to tie in to a bow.  Don’t forget you can colour this ribbon with your Stampin’ Blends if you want to match your project.

I’m thinking other colours for these poppies.  Let’s see how we go with that one.

Have a great week,



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Last week I shared on my Facebook page this card with the Painted Poppies stamps.  I wanted to go with a different colour of poppy than what you might be seeing all around the internet.  I looked up some poppy colours and saw a gorgeous blue one called the Himalayan Poppy.  So I tried to recreate this.

The Balmy Blue card piece was embossed with the Stone 3D Embossing Folder. A new favourite of mine.  The Poppy was coloured with the Stampin’ Blends.

I put together a video showing how I created the card.  You can check out this video on Youtube -> HERE.

Apologies in advance.  I am still working this video thing out so be patient. 😉

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The other day I pulled out the Power of Hope Bundle with the stamp set and the 3D Stone Embossing Folder.  I wanted to be a little “arty”with it.  I don’t know why it was 40’C here!  I had already made one card with the bundle (which I shall show you later), and wanted to create more.  In between running in to the study to stand in front of the air conditioning to cool off a little and then running back to the Dining room to stamp and create away.  It was way too hot to work in my craft room even with the fan on.  Anyway, I was surprised what I came up with.  Thought I would share it with you today.

Before I started the card I did a little searching on Pinterest for Japanese art.  There were some beautiful images I must say but I chose this one to work with for inspiration.

This was my finished card.  Not exactly the same but that’s ok.  Sometimes you use images as a springboard for your creating.

I used Shimmery White card to take the watercolouring and just added a light wash with the Aquapainter and Granny Apple Green ink pad.  Leaving it to dry, which didn’t take too long in the heat I then stamped the images in Memento Black ink.  They were coloured with the Stampin’ Blends.  Afterwards I added a little more wash of the Granny Apple Green to the outer edges of the card and a little Smoky Slate under the building.  If you do this be very careful not to touch the stamped images or the black ink will run.

The stamped piece was cut with one of the Stitched Rectangles Dies and layered on to Poppy Parade card mat.  I had run that piece through with the Stone 3D Embossing Folder although it is hard to see that. The sentiment was stamped on to a piece of Poppy Parade card and I flagged the end with scissors.  I added a piece of Gold Foil Sheet too and flagged the end of that piece.

The tassel is one of the Best Dressed Tassels.  To colour the ends I masked off the top half of the tassel with some scrap paper and coloured over the ends with the Dark Poppy Parade Stampin’ Blends.  Colour one side and turn it over, mask the area again and colour the other side.  You may want to check and touch up any white parts. The tassel was tied on with the White Baker’s Twine.

It’s a little bit arty for me but I had enjoyed creating it.

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Have a great weekend.  I hope there is some creating in store for you.