cards, Stampin' Up!, Techniques


We made this card at our team meeting earlier this month. Thanks Barbara for sharing it. I thought I would show you how you can make it too.  First let me show you the card.


I have used the ‘Wetlands’ stamp set.  I am glad this is still around.  I haven’t had a lot of time to play with this set.  I have used the Direct to Paper technique to create the background.


1. Choose your ink, I have used Crumb Cake and Soft Sky.  You can use regular Whisper White cardstock for this technique. With the Crumb Cake ink place it over your cardstock near the edge.  With the inkpad tilted very slightly upwards swipe the cardstock across the card starting at just off the edge of your card just in the lower half of the card.  You may want to repeat the swiping a couple of times until you are happy with it. Always starting off the cardstock each time.  It is fine to have white patches showing.


2. Now using the Soft Sky repeat the swiping in the top half of the card.  Repeat the swiping a couple of times until you are happy with the coverage.



3.  When you are finished stamp the image and the greeting from the ‘Wetlands’ set using Black ink.


Each time you do this technique it will be different – which is the fun part.  You never know what you are going to get.  Try it with different stamps and see what you get.  I can’t wait to try this again.

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At our South Pacific Convention back in May I had a play with this set ‘Bountiful Border’ in our Product Playground Area.  Now I will say I think this set can get overlooked in the Catalogue (p120 $30). I think it is a bit hard to work out all the parts of the stamps.  I had a play and stamped the images and brought the piece home – and then it sat on my table. I finally put it together last week and thought I would show you.


I first stamped the stem in Mossy Meadow and then inked up the petals in Blackberry Bliss.  Being a photopolymer set you can easily see to line up the petals on to the stem.  It might take a little playing around to get used to it.  When inking the dots in the set I found it easier to leave the stamp on the desk face up and very lightly touch the stamp with the inkpad.  I gently stamped it off first before stamping on the card.  I repeated this a couple of times around the flower stem.  I added some Burlap Ribbon and the Razzleberry Cotton Ribbon.  It matches in quite well I think.  The greeting is from ‘Wetlands’ and was punched out with the Large Oval punch.  I added some gold sequins around the card to finish.  I find glue dots the easiest way to adhere these to card.

So what do you think??  I am pleased with the final result.

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I am getting excited. I am going away for the weekend for some fun stamping time with my buddies.  Stamping 24/7!!! Well maybe we have to have a “little” sleep and there will be lots of chatter.  I can’t wait to show you some of the projects we made next week.

Have a great weekend.


3D projects, cards, Tutorials


There is only one week left of the current Stampin’ Up! Catalogue and the Occasions Catalogue.  I know there are lots of sneak peeks around of the new Catalogue but today I want to share a special project with you.  The Painted Blooms Designer Series Paper in the Occasions Catalogue is just so gorgeous and it saddens me that I haven’t used enough of it yet.  I had this idea in my head last week and just had to get this idea working before the week was out.

Firstly, I made the cards.  In the pack of Painted Blooms DSP there is a sheet with a gorgeous flower garden scene.  What could you really do with a sheet like this??? It just seems too nice to cut into it.  I saw this idea on Patty Bennett’s blog to cut the sheet equally and make a card set.  So I did just that!!  Here are my cards.


Laying out all the cards like this you can see the lovely image.  It does seem such a shame to cut it up but it does make a gorgeous card set.  I changed the sentiments on my cards to the ones Patty had on her blog.  The bases for the cards were either Blackberry Bliss, Pool Party, Wild Wasabi or Rose Red.  I used ‘Perfect Pennnants’ for the sentiments in the top row.  If you have a look under the sentiment, I punched out a circle using the 1 3/8″ circle punch, cut it in half and adhered that under the sentiment to layer it..  The sentiments for the cards in the bottom row were from ‘Wetlands’ set.  I cut this out with the smallest banner die in the Banner Framelits set and I hand cut a narrow banner to adhere under that.

Now after making this card set I needed something nice to put them in.  I wanted a window gift box. I came across this idea from Chiaki on Stampingpro.  I used the Dressup Card Box listed HERE on the instruction Sheets.  I did change the measurements. (It took a little fiddling!). The Australian card bases are larger in size than the US and the envelopes I had were larger too (mine weren’t Stampin’ Up! ones – shh!). I will tell you my measurements shortly but here is the finished box.



The lid for the box was made using another sheet in the pack of Painted Blooms DSP.  On the bottom of the box inside I adhered a matching piece of that DSP to line the box. I didn’t take a picture of that.  The Blackberry Bliss Satin ribbon is not wrapped around the whole box.  I wrapped a piece over the lid and tucked the ends just inside the lid.  That means the receiver won’t have to undo the ribbon each time they open the box.  I tied a bow with the ribbon and attached that to the top.

I cut a window in the lid – BEFORE ASSEMBLING – with the Deco Labels Framelits.  The width is a little wider than the Big Shot so I had to fold up one side and lay it over the framelit.  I adhered a piece of Window Sheet inside the box lid.  That just finishes it off.  I cut a large butterfly using the Butterfly Dies and adhered that straight on to the acetate.  A little bling never goes astray to finish off a project 🙂

Now for the actual box measurements.  I will give you the measurements I used. For those with Imperial measurements you can follow Chiaki’s tutorial.  I am sure those measurements will be fine.

THE BOX (Metric)


Cut card 19cm x 24cm.  Score on each side at 3.2cm.  Cut up opposite tabs on both ends and adhere.


Cut card 21.5cm x 16.5cm.  Score at each side at 1.9cm.  Cut up opposite tabs on both ends.  Cut your window before adhering together.

Hope you like this project??  Thanks for stopping by,




I can show you this card now.  I made this last week for one of my customers who are going through a hard time at the moment.  I just wanted to let her know I was thinking of her.



The layout was inspired by a card on Pinterest.  I used the Free Sale-A-Bration set ‘Lotus Blossom’ that you have probably seen everywhere on the internet.  This is a 3 step stamp set. I have used Lost Lagoon for the first 2 stamps in the set and then Pool Party for the 3rd stamp. The stem and greeting are stamped in Baked Brown Sugar.The greeting is from the ‘Wetlands’ set.  I then cut the piece with one of the Oval Framelits. A sheet from the Moonlight paper stack was cut with the Hexagon Hive Framelit.  The card base is Lost Lagoon.  When it was assembled I thought it lacked something even after adding a White Baker’s Twine bow.  I flagged the end of a little of the Burlap ribbon and tucked it under the oval.  That just seemed to “pop” the card then.

I think she might have liked it.  🙂

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A couple of weeks ago I had a chance to play with the ‘Bordering Blooms’ set.  This was my first time playing with Photopolymer stamps too.  I have to say I loved them.  Love how they stick to the block and stay!!! They are very easy to use too being able to see clearly through the block.  So here are the cards I made then.

This first one was CASED from Pinterest by Shelly Godby.  Her version was a lot more gorgeous and she stamped the inside too but I was happy with this.  I used Crisp Canteloupe and Baked Brown Sugar.  The scallop edge under the border was using the Dotted Scallop Ribbon Punch.  The greeting is from ‘Wetlands’.


Another quick card.  This one was CASED from Sharon Burkert on Pinterest.  Her card had a White Card base.  I decided to make mine on a coloured card base so I used Hello Honey.  I think this will look good on any colour base.  I will try that sometime soon.  The little flowers were punched from the ‘Itty Bitty Accents Pack’.  The greeting was from ‘Blooming with Kindness’.  I coloured Adhesive Pearls with the Calypso Coral Blendabilities set.


I liked this simple layout so I thought I would make it into a Christmas Card.  My first for the season. It’s a bit hard to get your head around Christmas yet but since the Holiday Catalogue is out very soon I have to make a start.


I used Cherry Cobbler and stamped the “vine” type image in Mossy Meadow.  The pearls were coloured with the Cherry Cobbler Blendabilities.

One more – sorry.  This next one I made for a workshop last week.  After stamping the blooms I coloured them with the Blendabilities.  The greeting is from the hostess set ‘Hello There’.  I added a little of the Gold sequins, Gold Twine and some paper piercing.  I haven’t used this colour combination for some time using Rich Razzleberry and Wisteria Wonder.


Hope you liked them.  I think these will be a great addition to your stamp collection suitable for many occasions.  Check it out below.  You can buy this or any other Stampin’ Up! products in my Online store.  Check the link in the right hand side bar.

Thanks for stopping by today. The rain is still pouring down here but it is good to have it.  The grass was looking a little brown. Hope all is well in your part of the world.  🙂