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World Card Making Day Oct1 - sharing creativity

T o celebrate World Card Making Day, I am participating in Kathryn's Blog Hop of Stampin' Up! Demonstrators from All Around the World to share a card that I have made today (or recently). Kathryn has also challenged us to post this card within a week to someone special, as we all love to receive a big paper hug in the mail. I couldn't agree more. I love the wildflower "Meadow Dies" and have had some fun cutting lots of wildflowers from various papers, and creating little montages with them, layered over an embossed panel. This uses the "Leaf Fall"   Embossing Folder. You can get endless variations of the flowers using patterned papers, and 3 stems is enough. I posted back in April with my tip on how to paint the wildflowers   They look great on both white or vanilla. I do love the kraft card stems in there too. this one uses the Hive and Eucalyptus Embossing Folders I have already posted a bunch of cards this week- my friendly Post Mistress - Treena -
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CI#130 a handy technique using strips of card

Welcome back for another round of Colour INKspiration.  This week's colour inspo picture has all the purples- now this is not my go to colour so I don't have a lot so card in these shades, so I used a handy technique that doesn't require much. I don't know if there is a name for this, but I do know it is not a new technique, but it is quite effective. Picture credit For the feature panels take strips of cardstock in different widths, and narrow strips of foil card - I used gold here (it's great way to use up the edges of scrap pieces). Edge the plain card with foil and adhere using strong tape to a large piece of window sheet (acetate). Leave small even gaps between the strips so that they will look as though they are floating. Using your cut and emboss machine cut the largest plain circle . It may need hand trimming if the cut doesn't go all the way through the assembled piece as it is quite thick.  From my piece of window she


Welcome back for another fun and bright colour challenge this week. I hope you have had some creative therapy recently - if not grab these colours and see what you can come up with! I ended up with 2 very different creations, just because the colours were sitting on my desk. The second creation uses one of the Artisan Additions dies and I love the effect.  I put a sheet of Mango Melody Cardstock behind it for some added interest. The jug is of flowers is a combination from Vintage Christmas and Bottle with Happiness. I love that the little message fits in the Best Label Punch. The silver foil accent was lying on my desk from another project but it fits quite nicely behind the Deckled Rectangle.     Picture credit Originally I started creating with the Splendid Thoughts set and I love the powerful effect of the Starry Sky on White.  Using up some DSP on the inside of the card I sponged some Starry Sky ink over the gray and white stripes to change the effect- an easy but effective trick.

Torn Paper technique for a tropical card

My last post was for Bronwyn's 60th Birthday using tropical colours. I had these colours on my desk and used them for a few other cards.  I was inspired by Cindy Schuster in a tutorial she shared recently ( The Crafty Carrot Collective Aug 22) using the torn paper technique. It's perfect for many occasions and these are great for men and women.  It's easy and fun- and you get 2 cards from the one activity- bonus. select 5 or 6 colours and cut cardstock to                       4" x 2 1/2" prepare two base pieces of plain thin Cardstock         4" x 3 1/4" Tear the strips in half gently "lifting" the card to create the rough torn edge. Adhere the layers using strong adhesive like stampin' seal, layering each piece in around 1/2" increments. Use the largest circle die to cut your shape. You may need to run it through twice and finish the cut with paper snips as it will be tricky to cut through so many layers.  Then decorate as desired. M

Bronwyn's 60th Birthday Blog hop #6 inspired by a very Old distinktive dsigns project

  Bron's 60th Birthday Blog and INSTA Hop #6 - Tropical Holiday The theme FOR #6 is "Tropical" to celebrate Bron's actual birthday. - She's enjoying the beautiful Tropical North Qld. Aren't the colours gorgeous in a tropical ocean - that's what I've used for this project. Bermuda Bay, Sahara Sand, Tahitian Tide and Starry Sky. Picture credit  Sahara Sand Starry Sky Tahitian Tide Bermuda Bay Crumb Cake I have decided to use the tropical colours, but wanted to replicate the very first project of Bronwyn's that I fell in love with. It's from Just Add Ink   Challenge #4 - one from the archives, since now they are up to #616!!! I have always been attracted to a grid layout and I still find lots of visual interest in this project, so I have recreated snippets of it for my shadowbox frame. Pocket Silhouettes was one of my first Stampin' Up! purchases and I still have it and love it, but I u