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Merry Christmas (Penny Black)

Hi Everyone,

Merry Christmas! I have finally finished my Christmas card creating for this year. Whilst it took me only a couple of minutes to choose the gorgeous Xmas Treat! Stamp from Penny Black to use on my card this year, it took me AGES to work out how I would like to use it. I have more than a few samples strewn across my desk! I finally settled on the design below and I am mostly very happy with it. It is rather plain and deceptively so because there is actually quite a lot of work involved. Loved every minute of it though, I must confess!

Here’s my card…

Merry Christmas Materials used:  Stamps - Xmas Treat! 2230F (Penny Black), Joy to the Woods Snow Day (Lawn Fawn) and Merry Motifs (Paper Smooches); Dies - Decorative DD701 (KaiserCraft),  Joy to the Woods, Stitched Hillside Borders (Lawn Fawn); Scan n Cut (Brother); Embossing Folder (Provo Craft); Project Life White Cards (Becky Higgins); Cardstock - American Crafts, Knights; Copic Markers; Hybrid Ink - Black Licorice (My Favorite Things); Hero Arts Shadow Ink - Soft Pool (Hero Arts); and Wink of Stella.

Merry Christmas
Materials used: Stamps – Xmas Treat! 2230F (Penny Black), Joy to the Woods Snow Day (Lawn Fawn) and Merry Motifs (Paper Smooches); Dies – Decorative DD701 (KaiserCraft), Joy to the Woods, Stitched Hillside Borders (Lawn Fawn); Scan n Cut (Brother); Embossing Folder (Provo Craft); Project Life White Cards (Becky Higgins); Cardstock – American Crafts, Knights; Copic Markers; Hybrid Ink – Black Licorice (My Favorite Things); Hero Arts Shadow Ink – Soft Pool (Hero Arts); and Wink of Stella.

I haven’t been visiting in blog land for a while now due to many reasons but I hope to catch up with you all over the Christmas holidays! I think a pyjama day surfing blogs might be on the agenda! lol

Thank you for stopping by today!

Happy Stamping!

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Hi Everyone,

I have just finished making some Christmas cards so thought I would share them. I had a blast colouring in the gorgeous Penny Black image. (Unfortunately, it would seem this image has been discontinued although I am convinced I have seen it as part of a T for Transparent set. If I find it again, I will link it here). It’s possible I made the card a little more complicated than it needed to be. Was fun though. :) The gold spots on the background, and the wink of stella on the ribbon shimmer so beautifully. The glossy accents on the berries finish it off so prettily. Wish the photograph could capture just how pretty the card is.

Here’s the card…

Merry Christmas Materials used: Stamps - Christmas (KaiserCraft), Christmas Spirit 1871K (Penny Black); Cardstock - American Crafts, Unknown; Dies - DD701 (KaiserCraft); Copic Markers; Distress Ink, Colour Shine - Gold (Heidi Swapp); Wink of Stella and Glossy Accents.

Merry Christmas
Materials used: Stamps – Christmas (KaiserCraft), Christmas Spirit 1871K (Penny Black); Cardstock – American Crafts, Unknown; Dies – DD701 (KaiserCraft); Copic Markers; Distress Ink, Colour Shine – Gold (Heidi Swapp); Wink of Stella and Glossy Accents.

And now I’m off to make more Christmas cards. lol

Hope you are all happy and well!

Happy Stamping!

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Bite Me (TSG)

Hi Everyone,

As I still had the Hauntingly Delightful stamp set from There She Goes Clear Stamps on my desk as well as some offcuts of paper from my previous cards, I decided that I might as well make another card in this series. There She Goes Clear Stamps really did have the cutest of images. Such a shame they are no longer in business.

Anyway, today’s card is a hybrid of the previous two cards I have shared (see here and here). Super simple. I didn’t want the sentiment to stand out too much as some people might take offence. I see it as a bit of fun and would pick my recipient very carefully. lol

Here it is…

Bite Me Materials used: Stamps - Hauntingly Delightful (There She Goes Clear Stamps), Happy Haunting (Lawn Fawn); Dies - Circle (Sizzix), Spooky Trail, Spooky Tree (Silhouette); Cardstock - American Crafts, Doodlebug Design; Designer Paper - The Bewitched Stack (DCWV); Distress Inks; and Copic Markers.

Bite Me
Materials used: Stamps – Hauntingly Delightful (There She Goes Clear Stamps), Happy Haunting (Lawn Fawn); Dies – Circle (Sizzix), Spooky Trail, Spooky Tree (Silhouette); Cardstock – American Crafts, Doodlebug Design; Designer Paper – The Bewitched Stack (DCWV); Distress Inks; and Copic Markers.

It has turned cold here today (we had 31°C on Friday and then storms with hail yesterday. It’s only 10°C today and should only reach 16°C as a maximum. Typical Melbourne weather!). I’m forgoing my planned drive to the beach and think I might stay tucked up inside…and maybe, just maybe, do some creating! :)

Whatever you are doing today, I hope you are staying safe and having fun!

Happy Stamping!

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Don’t Worry, they only want those with brains (TSG)

Hi Everyone,

While Halloween is over now, I’m not ready to stop playing with these cute “spooky” stamps. I’ve decided that if I don’t use sentiments which specifically refer to Halloween then there is no reason why I can’t keep using Halloween type images. lol I do have a few more images stamped up but – maybe it is time to turn my thoughts to other creations – I don’t know. Will see where the mojo leads.

For today’s card, I created another little scene. lol How I love them! As I really don’t have a lot of spooky themed stamps, I took the opportunity to play with my Silhouette Cameo which has, unfortunately, been sitting there gathering dust in recent months. I don’t have the space to keep it out at all times so it is a bit of a chore to get it out…but it is SO worth it! I reallllly needed this card to have a spooky tree and a rickety fence and the Silhouette store did not disappoint with the Spooky Trail die. In the end, the card came together quite easily and I really quite like it.

Here’s the card…

Don't worry, they only want those with brains Material used: Stamps - Hauntingly Delightful (There She Goes Clear Stamps);  Dies - Spring Showers, Stitched Hillside Borders (Lawn Fawn), Circles (Sizzix), Die-namics Blueprints 5 (My Favourite Things), Spooky Trail (Silhouette); Cardstock - American Crafts, Doodlebug Design; Designer Paper - The Bewitched Bundle (DCWV); Distress Inks; Copic Markers; Pearls - Yellow (KaiserCraft) and Wink of Stella.

Don’t worry, they only want those with brains
Material used: Stamps – Hauntingly Delightful (There She Goes Clear Stamps); Dies – Spring Showers, Stitched Hillside Borders (Lawn Fawn), Circles (Sizzix), Die-namics Blueprints 5 (My Favourite Things), Spooky Trail (Silhouette); Cardstock – American Crafts, Doodlebug Design; Designer Paper – The Bewitched Bundle (DCWV); Distress Inks; Copic Markers; Pearls – Yellow (KaiserCraft) and Wink of Stella.

If you celebrate Halloween, I hope you had a fantastic time! I’m off to tidy my craft table and then hopefully create something else.

Happy Stamping!

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Sorry, I’ve been wrapped up (TSG)

Hi Everyone,

I love all the colours and imagery surrounding Halloween (well, the more cutesy side of Halloween) but it really isn’t a big deal here in Australia. There’s no real need to make Halloween cards but I just couldn’t resist. I pulled out a set from There She Goes Clear Stamps which I purchased last year. (Unfortunately, There She Goes Clear Stamps is no longer in business. Such a shame as they had the cutest designs.) Although I had played with the set a bit last year I never actually finished a card or project using it so it was time to remedy that situation.

A lot of my cards tend to be scene type cards. I love making them! I thought about making a cute little scene but decided to stretch myself and try something very simple.

Here’s the card…

Sorry, I've been wrapped up. Materials used: Stamps - Hauntingly Delightful (There She Goes Clear Stamps), Happy Haunting (Lawn Fawn); Designer Paper - The Bewitched Stack (DCWV); Copic Markers; Cardstock - Assorted; Linen Thread (Stampin' Up!) and Glossy Accents (Ranger).

Sorry, I’ve been wrapped up.
Materials used: Stamps – Hauntingly Delightful (There She Goes Clear Stamps), Happy Haunting (Lawn Fawn); Designer Paper – The Bewitched Stack (DCWV); Copic Markers; Cardstock – Assorted; Linen Thread (Stampin’ Up!) and Glossy Accents (Ranger).

I know Halloween is tomorrow but I think I might keep playing with this set. It’s too cute to put away for another 12 months. Really this sentiment (and many others in the set) could be used at any time of year. Gotta love a versatile themed stamp set!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Happy Stamping!

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I Ruff You (Lawn Fawn)

Hi Everyone,

Wow, that was an unintended and long break. Some days pass by so slowly but somehow the time still marches by rapidly. It’s a strange enigma.

When I sat at my craft table today, everything was (unsurprisingly) just as I had left it. lol I wondered why I hadn’t actually finished my card as it was pretty close to completion. Although having said that it still took me a while to put it all together. I really struggled over where to put the sentiment. In the end I just kept it super simple and I like how it fitted into the scene. I think the other ideas I had been toying with would have over-powered an already busy scene. It’s not the card I pictured in my imagination and I don’t love it at the moment but I am hoping that when I look at it in another day or so I will have a new appreciation for it.

Here’s the card…

I Ruff You Materials used: Stamps - Critters at the Dog Park, Critters on the Farm (Lawn Fawn); Dies - Chit Chat Dies, Grassy Borders. Spring Showers, Stitched Hillside Borders, Sweater Weather (Lawn Fawn); Cardstock - American Crafts, Doodlebug Design; Designer Paper - Birthday Mood Rings (KI Memories), Hello Sunshine (Kaiser Craft), Copic Makers, Glossy Accents and Wink of Stella.

I Ruff You
Materials used: Stamps – Critters at the Dog Park, Critters on the Farm (Lawn Fawn); Dies – Chit Chat Dies, Grassy Borders. Spring Showers, Stitched Hillside Borders, Sweater Weather (Lawn Fawn); Cardstock – American Crafts, Doodlebug Design; Designer Paper – Birthday Mood Rings (KI Memories), Hello Sunshine (Kaiser Craft), Copic Makers, Glossy Accents and Wink of Stella.

I *love* Lawn Fawn stamps and I just adore creating little scenes with them. I love how each of the sets can work on their own but they can also mix and match so well too. It just extends the possibilities and that is such a good thing. More value for money, and who doesn’t love that!

Okay, I better go and try and finish the other partially completed card which is pushed off to the side of my desk. Hope you are all having a wonderful day!

Happy Stamping!

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Happy Fall

Hi Everyone,

Occasionally ideas come at the strangest of times or places. During the week, I was almost asleep when an idea struck me. I grabbed my iPad, opened the app “Penultimate“, sketched my idea and then went to sleep.

Fast forward to today, I had time to create and remembered I had an idea sketched out. I took out the iPad, opened the app and burst out laughing. Here’s why….

Sketch Idea using Penultimate app.

Sketch Idea using Penultimate app.

Oh my! I couldn’t even decipher my own writing! I finally worked it out but it took me longer than I expected. Decided to share it with you so you can have a giggle too. Have you worked it out?

Here’s the card…

Happy Fall Materials used: Stamps - Snow Day, Sweater Weather (Lawn Fawn); Die - Die-namics Blueprints 5 (My Favourite Things);  Cardstock - American Crafts, Knights; Designer Paper - DIY Shop (Crate Paper); Ink - ColorBox Petal Point - Enchantment, Provence, and Tuscany (ColorBox) Hybrid Ink - Black Licorice (My Favourite Things); Vellum; Copic Markers; Linen Thread (Stampin' Up!) and Wink of Stella.

Happy Fall
Materials used: Stamps – Snow Day, Sweater Weather (Lawn Fawn); Die – Die-namics Blueprints 5 (My Favourite Things); Cardstock – American Crafts, Knights; Designer Paper – DIY Shop (Crate Paper); Ink – ColorBox Petal Point – Enchantment, Provence, and Tuscany (ColorBox) Hybrid Ink – Black Licorice (My Favourite Things); Vellum; Copic Markers; Linen Thread (Stampin’ Up!) and Wink of Stella.

Yes, that sketch represented two little bunnies (from the Snow Day set from Lawn Fawn) playing in a pile of autumn leaves (from Lawn Fawn’s Sweater Weather set). I wished I had the die set for both stamp sets as it was very fiddly fussy cutting those leaves and the trees but I really like how it turned out. I want to work on that scene a little more. I’ve a few more ideas just for this sketch. I do think I might need the coordinating dies though… time to shop first? lol

Thanks for stopping by today! Hope you are having an amazing day!

Happy Stamping!